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Matheson's Grocers - c1959

Matheson's Grocers - c1959

Date Added: 17 March 2006 Contributor: Clem Watson Year: 1959 Picture No: 1579

Clem has supplied us with this wonderful photo of staff at Matheson's. Signs in the window include Brook Bond Tea, Players, Craven A and Cross & Blackwell.

Back Row: Jackie Mackay, Bob Patience, Derrick Matheson, Ken Macauley and Oliver Davie.

Front Row: Bill Durrant, Margaret Gilmour, Margaret Isaacson, Veronical Watson, Maureen MacBeth, Cathie Watson and Donald Matheson.

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Fantastic picture. And self-service checkouts at Tescos are progress? Comment left on 17 March 2006 at 19:58 by Estelle Quick
Great Shot Clem ...definietely a few memories there with all those faces ... Comment left on 18 March 2006 at 00:16 by John Macdonald
I remember a few of these people ie Derek and Donald Matheson, Jackie Mackay, Veronica Watson Oliver Davie Maureen Macbeth lived next door to me in Jemimaville Where are they all now??? Comment left on 18 March 2006 at 18:54 by Mary Mackay nowTomlinson Harrison
This photo was taken before lunchtime (the bakers would have been finished their shift after lunch) and I was given a copy before we emigrated to New Zealand.

Jackie was the shop manager, Bob and Ken were the bakers, Cathie was the assistant in the bakery shop, Margaret Isaacson was the clerkess/bookkeeper and Bill was the storeman whose duties included filling paraffin tins and fetching boxes of stock from external stores behind the shop and also at the Old Commercial Bank in Bank Street (Cromarty had 3 banks at one time).

Oliver was the "message boy" and Margaret Gilmour, Maureen and Veronica (Clem's sister) were shop assistants. Veronica was probably a student at that time, the shop being a holiday job.

Donald and Derick were partners in the business which was founded by their father (my grand father) in 1907.

Absent from the photo is John Matheson (no relation) who drove one of two travelling shops - John would have been out on his round by the time the photo was taken.
Comment left on 26 July 2023 at 13:38 by Roderick John Matheson
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