Homefolks U.S.A.

Hi folks,

This past week I had the opportunity to hear from one of my old friends from years ago, Mr. Ben Barclift.

Many of the readers of Homefolks U.S.A. will recall Barclift Furniture Company from here in Russellville. My first job in the furniture business was with Barclift.

I started out as a delivery boy, and the store manger was Ben Barclift. Ben had so many friends and was always very courteous to the many customers who chose to shop with us at Barclift’s.

After Barclift sold out to the Jackson’s, many of the employees left the company and went to different jobs. Ben moved back to North Carolina, and that was the last I heard from him until this past week.

He is now 83 years old and still in fairly good health. It was a real joy to hear from Ben after many, many years. He still has good memories of Russellville but had to admit the city has changed a lot in the past 50 years.

Looking back on some of the merchandise that we sold at the time is almost unbelievable. Bedding sets sold for $49.95 per set. Living room suites were $129.95 for a sofa and chair. Dinette sets were $49.95. Of course, easy terms were always available, along with free delivery. Fall terms were available for many of the local farmers, with payment due in full Oct. 15 of the year.

One of the big sellers of that day was cedar bedroom suites for $199.95. Today if you could find a manufacturer that made cedar, it would be approximately $2,000.

One family that I remember well that purchased on fall term was Mr. William Hargett, who lived on the Water Plant Road. I am sure that most all the furniture in William’s home came from Barclift’s.

Most every home had a cedar wardrobe and chest, made by Murphy Furniture in Jasper. Cedar chests were $39.95, and a cedar wardrobe was $59.95.

It was so good to hear from my friend Ben Barclift, but the old memories really made me a little sad. Just natural, I guess.

Til next time,

Your friend,

Bobby


Thought for the Day

It’s a sad time when the person who gave you the best memory becomes a memory.

 

 

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: American Legion Posts 64 and 120 – ‘Veterans Strengthening America’

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss Northwest Shoals

Franklin County

RHS graduate crowned Miss UNA

Franklin County

PROGRESS 2024: In memoriam – Monuments honor the fallen of Franklin

High School Sports

RHS senior chosen as Bryant-Jordan Region 8 Scholar winner

High School Sports

Russellville High School ladies soccer team members participate in annual Night to Shine

News

Russellville High School Scholars Bowl team qualifies for state tournament

News

Vina kindergarteners connect with lots of other classes

News

PCHS JAG student places in district conference

Features

Wedding Spotlight: Layne and Frank Edwards

Franklin County

RHS senior competes at state DYW competition

News

Extension, 4-H present free resume workshop

Franklin County

Franklin County has lots to love

High School Sports

Russellville High School honors alum Luther Tiggs with special night of basketball

News

BTCPA announces second production of season

News

RMS holds annual state assessment celebration

Franklin County

Red Bay welcomes new city attorney

Franklin County

Attempted traffic stop leads to high-speed vehicle pursuit, wreck 

Franklin County

Vehicle pursuit ends in wreck, arrest 

News

RFD, RHS collab promotes job readiness, community safety

Franklin County

Local students named to Mississippi State University’s fall 2023 President’s List

News

Russellville Elementary features among U.S. News & World Report best elementary schools

News

RCS receives recognition as finalist for national award

News

Plans get underway to raise funds for cancer research in memory of Bedfords

x