Today I continue my quest in creating and posting one block a day of the fabulous That Town And Country Quilt by the lovely Susan-Claire Mayfield. This is day two hundred and forty-eight of that project.

This quilt block shows a very brown building. On either side of the building are two bed post looking columns with round tops. Between them is a storefront with a rounded roof. The big sign in light tan on the roof reads, "E.R. Thorne, Cash Store, Gas-Oil, General Merchandise." Under that is a lighter brown area of the storefront, and on it reads, "Cowdrey, CO" There are two lighter square windows on either side of the brown entrance outlined in gray stitching. And the entrance is a brown, with a darker brown eave over it.

My good friend, Bert Shilling’s grandfather was E.R. Thorne.

He came to Cowdrey, Colorado in 1903. He purchased the first general store from Frank Lyons, his uncle.

He built the current store in 1927. It looks like he carried everything you might need including gas and oil, it also seems he didn’t believe in credit.

The store had rooms to rent upstairs and in the back. He had a few cabins to rent as well.

E.R. was in business from 1908-1956. He was also the postmaster for 37 years.

hank you Bert for sharing a little of your family history with me.