Floyd, always the entrepreneur, was selling Wearever Aluminum at the time. The popular cookware was marketed through an innovative in-home demonstration system. Lauretta very effectively assisted in his presentations. If farmers hadn't the cash to purchase the popular ware, they brought eggs and chickens to trade. Ingeniously, the brothers stored this produce in their late father's old livery barn until shipping. This was the beginning of the Nagle produce business. They soon expanded, built a new warehouse, and became associated with the J.R. Hakes Co., of Laurens. From wholesaling groceries they next turned to the retail trade. Acquiring a dilapidated structure centrally located on Main Street, they remodeled it into a fine cash and carry grocery, first in the area. That building now houses the Hy-Vee Drug Store.
Their retailing interests continued to expand when Floyd started selling men's hats and shoes from a room at the back of the store. Before long, Lauretta launched the Apparel Shop in the south half of the building, from which area ladies were fashionably outfitted for generations. Mrs. Nagle retired from its active management in 1979, at the age of 80.
The second Nagle brother, Maurice "Bud", opened a garage and auto dealership, across the alley to the east in the early 40's. They first dealt only in used vehicles, but following WWII, they obtained the Chevrolet franchise and the business flourished. In the early 70's Marvin Hesse, purchased the business from the retiring Nagles and changed the name to Hesse Chevrolet. This successful operation still thrives in the spirit of those early owners, with Dave Stephenson as present owner-manager.
The Nagle story is just one example of the kind of thing the Marcus Historical Society will be doing, along with other such area organizations, to preserve Cherokee County's past for posterity.
P S: To the Marcus Historical Society -- Dave Stephenson is a real history buff. He's good at both seeking it out and preserving it. The Society might want to tap into his skills, but don't tell him I mentioned it !