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Subtle General Store, 1984

Posted on June 26, 2018 | in Uncategorized | by

Jerry Gibson bought some snacks from Bessie Janes, known as “Mrs Bessie” in January 1984 in the Subtle General Store in Metcalfe County. The general store, in Subtle, Ky., was on Ky 496 between Edmonton and Marrowbone and had been in the Janes family since it was established by Frances Janes in 1905. Mrs Bessie, 80, was the fifth Janes to operate the store. As reporter Jim Warren put it, “besides being the proprietor, she was also the community’s resident librarian, matriarch, chief conversationalist and newspaper correspondent. Photo by Steve R. Nickerson | Staff

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