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703 Edgmont Ave. - 625 Edgmont Ave. - 703
[1939 Picture of the Weaver Building, 703-705 Edgmont Ave.]
following was provided by Dr. George W. Lilley, Haverford, PA, son of the
store's founder, Cooley Lilley:
"The Cooley Lilley store opened at 703 Edgmont Ave. on August 7, 1919. I was then 7 years old and I remember it well. The merchandise was house furnishings and hardware, and it was heavy on the hardware, as my Dad had worked for some years with Palmer and -?- Hardware in the 600 block of Edgmont Avenue. Dad's expertise was in hardware, but he included house furnishings (pots, pans, etc.) as they thought there was a need for such a store in Chester at the time. Over the years the hardware and house furnishings gave way to gifts and toys, a more profitable line. [The store] moved to 625 Edgmont Ave. for some years and then back to 703. Dad rented the store to Weinbergs."
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