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Column: Store supplied band clothing until closing

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The story of the restoration of the old A. Tross building, “across from the courthouse,” brought forth a lot of recollections from people who patronized the department store that closed in 1966.

In fact, I came to the conclusion based on those memories that just about everybody who lived in Columbus prior to 1966 patronized the store owned by Aaron Tross and his family for most of the first half of the 20th century.

The building that now houses Reams Asset Management is undergoing a major facelift, but an element familiar to many residents is being retained — the raised lettering of “A. Tross Wholesale Retail” that had been on the store since the Russian immigrant started his business in 1909.

Among the memories of shopping expeditions at the store were those shared by Betty Brown Welch, who was married to Elwyn Brown prior to his death in 1992. She wrote:

“Elwyn Brown was hired in 1958 as band director at Columbus High School. He required all marching band students to purchase plain, black, tie oxfords to wear with their uniforms. He soon found that the A. Tross store was the place in town to send his students for shoes. Not only did the store have the required style, but also the price was very reasonable. A. Tross furnished all band shoes until it closed in 1966.”

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