S N MOORE
DRY GOODS, NOTIONS AND CLOTHING
CORNER MAIN AND ARMSTRONG STREETS

  Square, honorable and reliable business methods go further and count more in a business career than any other factor entering into the stock in trade of the average enterprise. Long before embarking in his present extensive business, Mr S N Moore had, as a manager for Mr G S Frederick's flour mill, built up a wide acquaintance and gained the esteem and confidence of the people of this vicinity. He possesses unusual business talents, and to his indefatigable efforts, are justly ascribed the extraordinary growth of that enterprise. For almost five years, Mr Moore was in charge of the storage room and sales depot of the mills, which at his suggestion were first located on this side of the river in a portion of the building now used by Siever & Co, occupying a floor space of 14X18 feet. the necessity of fording the Potomac river had deprived the mill of much patronage, and a great change was noticeable in the trade directly after this needed innovation was accomplished. Business increased so rapidly that the mill was run to its full capacity every hour of the 24, and six days a week. The storage and salesroom became too small in a short time, and more space was added. Finally, a building 24X100 feet, one and one half stories, was erected where Rosedale Mills now stand. So ardous had been Mr Moore's labors, that his health at length broke down and for some time he retired entirely from active business life. On the recovery of his strength, he opened a dry goods business in a small store on Main St, April 13, 1895, moving to his present commodious quarters two years later.
  From the inception of the enterprise a strictly cash business has been transacted. Cash buying is a good thing fro the buyer. Cash selling is a good thing for the seller. Some merchants talk eloquently of the great benefits they derive from cash buying, and then sell on credit; of course, charging extra for interest and expenses and to make good bad bills. Their system is good as far as it goes, but it does not go far enough. Mr Moore has a ways believed in treating everybody alike, and the patronage accorded him evidences the public's approval of his business methods. No books are ept. The immense and widely diversified stock carried is a comprehensive one, including dry goods, clothing, furnishings, etc. The salesroom, 30X50 feet in dimensions, affords ample room for comfortable shopping, and is unusually well lighted.
  Mr S N Moore is a native of Pennsylvania, born and raised in Fayette county. He was married, August 26, 1883, to Miss Louisa Harvey, at Brownsville Pa, their family consisting of two daughters, aged respectively, fourteen and five years. In 1887, Mr Moore moved to Keyser, first engaging in the transfer business, which he relinquished to accept the management of G S Frederick's flour mill. He is affiliated with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics and the Ancient Order of the Knights of the Mystic Chain. His home on Church streets in the finer resident portion of Keyser, is an exceedingly attractive one. It was built some nine years ago, and is a 2 story structure, centered on two 50 foot lots having ample and spacious grounds on all sides.

TRANSCRIBED OCTOBER 29, 2001 BY PATTI MCDONALD

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