|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. Tom's favorite gum shown below:
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|
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.
Second update from a friend who grew up in Oaklawn:
"The best I can remember is that it was at least a two story old house on the corner. The store part was a room in the front and seemed relativity small. When one would walk in the front door it would ring a bell and someone would eventually come down the stairs. I think there must have been hundreds (?) of kinds of penny or two for a penny candies. I enjoyed them all. Ten cents could provided enough candy to make a dentist cringe. They also had a cold drink chest type dispenser. Cokes were five cents. We called it Callery's..... Bought my fair share of baseball cards there also. I'm sure they sold bread and some staples but the candy is what lingers in my mind."
So, I conclude that I called it Jock's because my dad asked the man what his name was and when I heard that I remembered it and in my mind, it must have been called that! Isn't it fun what we remember?