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5/17/08-Rains County

Proud Of East Texas: Ray Hardware

Ray Hardware in Point, Texas has been in operation since 1905.  Clifton Johnson's wife's grandfather built the building and her father, Mr. Ray ran the business until Johnson took over in 1946.  Johnson says he returned from the Army on a Friday and went to work the next day.

In many ways, Ray Hardware is much as it was 103 years ago.  The original display cases are still there, as well as, the safe, paper dispenser and McClasky System for keeping records and charges.  The store still sells seeds and gardening supplies, nails, bolts, screws and chains as it has for years, but the old harnesses and dry goods are no longer around.

Johnson says, although he's "not getting rich, he's getting by," and he still enjoys going to work each day and visiting with friends.

Joan Hallmark, Reporting.


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