OF THE STRAIN STORE - 1890
Nathan Strain, proprietor, the “Red Store” (circa 1890), stands beside the original
post office counter, holding keepsake medicine bottle.
Nathan Strain, owner of the now closed Strain’s Grocery, has been collecting history of the Red Store since he has owned it.
Strain’s Grocery boasts a colorful history, having the counter that once served as the Lucas post office. On one shelf stands a bottle of medicine with a now obliterated label that has been passed down to each owner since the original builder. In the back stands a still working cash register that dates back to the 1920’s.
The Red Store, nicknamed for the now barely visible paint that once adorned the building, was built in the 1890’s by a Mr. Stratton. The original building was located a few hundred feet from the present store.