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Clyde and Rosemary LaGrange ran a store and gas station in St. Croix from 1940 to 1970. The store was built and owned by Levi LaGrange, who sold it Clyde.
“During the war the store closed down as they had few supplies they could sell, but after the war Mom and Dad started up again. My dad taught in various schools in Perry County for 29 years, and Mom and I and various cousins and others helped out,” said Larry LaGrange, who submitted this photo to The News. “Dad passed away July 31, the oldest and last living of the six boys of Oscar and Bertha Doogs LaGrange.” The photo was taken at a New Year’s 1946 gathering on the front porch of the store. Kneeling in the front row, from left, are Jerry LaGrange, Gene LaGrange, Mark LaGrange in back of Kenny LaGrange, Bobby LaGrange, and Ray LaGrange. Second row: Florence (Doogs) LaGrange (wife of Levi), Etta Rose (LaGrange) Patton, Shirley Ann LaGrange Feldpausch, Bertha (Doogs) LaGrange, Linda Lou LaGrange. Third row: Ed and Dorothy Mae LaGrange, Jeannette and Everett LaGrange, holding Don, Levi LaGrange and Tommy LaGrange (brothers to Oscar, who died in 1931). Back row: Gerald and Phyllis LaGrange, Clyde and Rosemary LaGrange. Clyde, Gerald, Ed, Everett, and Mark are brothers. Jerry, Kenny, Bobby, Etta Rose, and Shirley Ann are Levi and Florence’s children. Gene and Don are Everett and Jeannett’s children. Linda Lou and Ray are Tommy’s children.