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In 1928 W. H. Opie and G. E. Ulbright, who had owned and operated the grocery and hardware business under the name of Ulbright and Opie, both passed to the great beyond. In addition to being partner owner of the grocery and hardware business, Mr. Opie was president of the Forrest State Bank. As cashier of the Forrest State Bank, during the late Mr. Opie’s regime, Burl Miller served satisfactorily for a number of years after which he and Mrs. Miller went to Florida in 1925 during the boom, where they have remained ever since.

For 15 or 18 years, George W. Leonard and Thomas Grotevant both operated grocery stores in Forrest. Mr. Grotevant passed away in 1923, I believe, and Mr. Leonard in 1929. Mrs. G. W. Leonard continues to run the store. Mr. Wenger was mortician for many years and was succeeded by Mr. James Brown.

In 1898, and Dr. J. G. Barnheizer of Sigourney, Iowa came to Forrest and began practicing medicine and was soon afterwards married. Dr. Barnheizer and Mrs. Barnheizer still reside at Forrest. About this time, two new merchants entered business and Forrest, one of them, G. O. Thayer, who had been in the blacksmith business, opened a shoe store; and the other, Mason Bullard, opened a haberdashery. If I remember rightly, Mr. Thayer bought out the shoe business of Mr. Moyer, the father of J. L. Moyer, who owned the bakery. Mr. Thayer operated the shoe business until he sold out to Dr. John E. Carmon some time later; and Mr. Bullard continued his business until 1909. About 1904 Rodney Skinner entered the hardware business, having purchased the concern operated by Mr. Geiger who then left Forrest. About this time also, Mr. Torrence, the druggist, disposed of the store to Arthur and George Strawn, who later sold it to W. S. Mayhew, who is operating the store at the present time.

In 1902 the school building burned; and the same year, the Congregational Church burned. Both of these buildings were replaced with new structures. I cannot say when the first schoolhouse was built, but I imagine it was during the seventies.

In the spring of 1903, the mother of Charles, George and Dr. Carmon and Mrs. Finnegan passed away; and 10 days later, George Carmon passed away suddenly also. In September of that year, Charles Carmon who was the surviving owner of Carmon Brothers Hotel sold out to Mr. David Torrence. Mr. Carmon, Mrs. Finnegan and her son Rex Clarke moved to Chicago, where Mr. Clarke entered the University of Chicago. In the same year 1903, Mrs. F. R. Stewart and her two daughters moved to Chicago, where Miss Iva Stewart studied telegraphy and became a telegrapher for the Postal Telegraph Company.

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