Photo: Kenai Commercial Store

Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2002

This 1949 photo is of the inside view of the Kenai Commercial Store on Mission Avenue near the bluff in Old Town Kenai. At the time, it was the only store in Kenai and sold food, clothes, building supplies and just about anything else a person needed.

The store was a precursor to the box stores of today. Rusty Lancashire is on the far right talking to Helen Jones behind the counter, who ran the store with her husband, Cecil Jones. The other people are unidentified (if you know these people, please contact KPC). In the foreground is a chain saw with a Clinton engine along with boxes with familiar labels such as Heinz 57 and Ritz. On the right are 50-gallon wooden barrels and on the shelves are large and small pressure cookers, a copper tub and wicker clothes baskets, among other items including building supplies.

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