Monday, March 25, 2013

Barbour & Blaylock

The Oakland Press asked and so it received.

Readers submitted a number of historical photos of the Pontiac area and several of them included their stories as to why these photos were important to them, such as Clarkston resident Jack Blaylock.

Blaylock sent in photos of businesses his family has owned or had been a part of throughout the years.

"My grandfather, Benjamin Blaylock and his partner, Mr. Barbour, owned a grocery store, Barbour & Blaylock, on S. Saginaw Street in Pontiac in approximately the early 1900s," he said, describing the first photo. "In the picture, on the left, is Benjamin Blaylock and Mr. Barbour on the right. The boy on the right is my father, Galen Blaylock."

"The other photo is of my father's business, G. A. Blaylock & Company, Coal and Building Supplies," he added. "He opened the company in the mid-1920s and operated it until 1966. It was on Orchard Lake Avenue in Pontiac.”

Keep sending in your photos, readers!
—Andrew Kidd

The Oakland Press wants readers to share old photos of their favorite places while growing up in Oakland County. Make sure to include the location of the picture, the year the photograph was taken and the names of any people in it.
Mail your photos to The Oakland Press c/o Andrew Kidd 48 W. Huron St. Pontiac, MI 48342 or email them to Selected pictures will be featured in the print edition of The Oakland Press.

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