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The way it was: Grocer, 1919
Erma (Bybee) Pollard, Paul Pollard and Arline (Pollard) McGowan with the I-X-L grocery delivery vehicle in Riverton, believed to be from 1919. From "Crossroads of the West," courtesy Riverton Museum

The way it was: Grocer, 1919

Jun 30, 2012 - Staff

Riverton was born as a farm town in 1906, but not everyone was involved in agriculture. A need arose almost immediately for a general grocery store for those who didn't grow their own food or who simply wanted the opportunity to buy name-brand, packaged products.

The I-X-L Grocery was the biggest and most successful of Riverton's early grocers. Supplied with a steady stream of goods via the Chicano North Western Railroad, plus products from Riverton Valley farms and ranches, I-X-L did good business for many years, beginning with a mobile truck and then from a couple of different fixed locations on Main Street. Deliveries were part of the service most of the time.

The proprietor was Paul Pollard, who worked the store with his wife, the former Erma Bybe of Lander, and his sister Arline (Pollard) McGowan, along with assorted stock boys and other through the years.

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