Oral History Project | Tom & Marlene Eastman

Tom and Marlene Eastman share their memories of running a grocery store in Milan and interactions with the community over the years.

 


Narrator:
Eastman, Tom & Marlene
Date of interview:
March 26, 2010
Occupations:
Eastman’s Grocery Store owners

Timestamps

0:45
Origins of the store/ Bill Kramer
1:30
1978 Blizzard
3:30
Lawson’s Dairy truck/ Don Day
7:45
Stuck in the snow
10:00
Sleeping at the store
10:55
Old store/ Kramer’s Red & White
12:00
Bob Gardner/ Cardinal
13:00
Small grocery store distributors
14:45
Paying for grocery trucks
16:20
Closing the store
16:45
Mr. Fox’s store
18:00
Merchandise changes
20:00
Pop bottles
21:30
Decisions about downsizing
23:45
Meat
25:00
Dairy
26:45
Sorting bottles
28:20
Store hours
29:45
Roof problems/ Edison Athletic Boosters/ Bob Bickley
32:00
Jaycees help with moving
32:30
Community reaction to moving off the square
35:00
Home delivery
37:00
Walking to the store
38:00
Impact of Norwalk store and opening of Route 2
41:00
601 closing
42:30
Support for community
44:30
 
Employees/ Gladys Drake/ Brenda Daley/ Judy Smith/ Ken Valez/ Don Eastman/ Sue Engler
49:00
Thanksgiving sales
51:45
Socializing in the store/ Mrs. Pusateri
53:30
Family history
55:00
Buying a store in Milan
57:45
Meek’s Bakery
58:20
Local produce and meat
1:00:00
Work after closing the store
1:03:00
Trend in small grocery closings
1:06:00
Customer reaction to closing
1:09:00
Liquidating equipment
1:11:45
Missing the people of Milan

 


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