Local Businesses in Everett

Black and white photo of Everett Road small businesses. A rural road with quaint structures on the left side of the road. Trees are in the background.
Everett contained a few small businesses to support its rural residents.

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Local residents did not have to go far to meet their basic needs. Known as a "crossroads settlement," Everett's historic district is located around the intersection of Riverview and Everett roads. During the 1920s, Everett contained a post office, general store, school, church, cemetery, railroad station, and gasoline station. The gasoline station, located at Carter's General Store, may have been the first in the area. It was perhaps a harbinger of Everett's demise as cars and improved roads brought changes to rural life.

 
Black and white photo of Carter's General Store, Everett. Canned goods line shelves along the wall, two people stand behind a refridgerated case with a windowed front, and stacked crates create a middle island of merchandise.
Carter General Store, Everett.

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Valley Railway

In 1880, the Valley Railway established a depot near the crossroads and gave the community the name Everett, after the company's secretary-treasurer. With the establishment of rail transportation came Everett's first post office. The train provided the chief link with the outside world by bringing in mail and shipping out farm produce.

Carter's General Store

During the 1920s and 30s, Maude Carter owned Carter's General Store on Everett Road, selling mostly canned and boxed goods and gasoline. The store also had some meats and fresh produce. Bruce and Bertie Hamilton owned the business from 1944 to 1967, providing postal service from 1948 until 1953 (when service moved to Peninsula).

 
 
 
Black and white photo of Kepner's Store, Everett. A two-story house with white siding and large windows on the first floor. Wooden crates are stacked on the ground in front and on the step. A person is behind a stack of crates as tall as them.
Kepner's Store, Everett.

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Kepner's Store

Miss Frank Ivel Kepner built her general store on the intersection's northwest corner sometime after 1920. She served as the community's postmistress from 1917 to 1948. The building is no longer standing, destroyed by fire in 1969.

Sager Gas Station and Confectionary

During the 1930s, the Sager Family ran a gas station and confectionary store on the intersection's southwest corner. As more people used automobiles, Everett became somewhat less isolated. In 1935, the railway depot was dismantled and the road leading to Akron was hard-surfaced, making driving easier.

 
Black and white photo of Jim Szalay in 1931. A late-middle aged white man in a white button-up shirt tucked into dark pants. He is smiling and has his arms crossed over his stomach. He wears glasses and a trimmed mustache.
Jim Szalay, 1931.

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Szalay Farm Stand

Since 1931, the Szalay family has sold sweet corn to local residents and visitors at their farm stand on Riverview Road at Bolanz Road. "Big Jim" Szalay purchased 67 acres in Everett, taking advantage of the damp valley soil and of potential customers commuting between Akron and Cleveland. Today, Szalay's Sweet Corn Farm is a local attraction and its roadside market has expanded to sell diverse products.

 

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Last updated: December 20, 2021

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