|Site of "Jock's" Penny Candy Store, Cranston, RI, 2014|
They had penny candy and novelties like candy cigarettes, small waxed bottles with sweet liquid in them and of course, the waxed lips that all the kids loved, especially at Halloween time.
I begged my father to take me there so I could spend my allowance on such junk that now makes for wonderful childhood memories. But, the real reason my dad took me was so that he could buy his favorite gum and get a local newspaper.
It only took me a few minutes to research this location. A man named John Callery and his son owned this lot and the one next to it for many years and the earliest city directory where I can find it is the 1903 Cranston City Directory which tells me that it was considered Oaklawn and that Mr. Callery was also a blacksmith. (1921 Cranston City Directory) Later, his son (John Callery, Jr.) turned part of the property into a garage.
|1921 City Directory Clip|
Where the name "Jocks" came from I probably will never know. Update: A faithful reader of my blog tells me Jock is a nickname for John. I'd bet it was the son's name since he is the Junior.