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The Cuba Free Press Feature IC January 29, 2004 bering the little store on the prairie of Vieman has its connections to Oak Hill. r north on Highway 19, take a left on Highway F, and a Road. All the way to the end, precisely at you will find the salvaged Vieman store, in to its appearance 12 years ago. undertook the restoration of the building, buy- in 1992. He has lived in the house right behind store and post office since 1979 and jokes that judge, and justice of the peace, among other too many people own an old town," Roger claims. Not would pursue the refurbishment of an old building to quickly disappear in James Ira Breur's Craw ford and Cuba Missouri in 1972. it's a of that could have been The :Was in shambles broken out, and rooted- contents. Vandals had destroyed the that had laid in since 1959. has replaced the roof, and windows, and prevented from decay. He is doing repairs little by little, with the theme of an old store in mind, complete wood stove, the original wood ceiling, metal signs machine. ' laughed at me when they saw me fLxing it remembers, "I could stand in front and see from one end Other.- In addition to its dilapidation, the building was 7 brush. has been piecing together information about the old [0 years, receiving a little help from Lorenzo great-grandson. The town was supposedly named when the post office opened and he owned the r in town, the store. No explanation seemingly discrepancy between the spelling of Lorenzo's last fl the town. office was established in 1898 among the fields of but discontinued and moved to Oak Hill just Prior to and after the post office was in exis- Vieman, residents traveled to Oak Hill to receive their was a businessman, farmer, and teacher and had ! postmaster in Oak Hill. He had opened'stores in Red Iem, was a merchant in Oak Hill at Burchard & .and started the Bank of Bourbon. said everything he touched turned to gold," Roger 50 to 100 people had resided in the area. A shop, church, and school existed in the the store was clearly the center of the small commu- the first postmaster and is buried in the the road from the store. a day's trip into Owensville or Cuba. A store like this ;," Roger said. The store housed a telephone and was supposedly the place to weigh newborn place with a scale.) The building functioned as the 1930s. From 1940 to 1959 it was a resi- different families, the Lickliders and Wagoners. live here if you wanted to, and didn't want said. The building does not have electric. connections to the old village of Vieman, and ;Up the road from Roger's revamped store on Road. Her paternal grandfather, William Collier, from 1900 to 1904, and her maternal Sam Souders, delivered mail in a horse and buggy land the store rested on belonged to H.P. (Henry and was actually located in Shoemaker's was also the postmaster from 1904 to 1906. Shoemaker out and moved the store to its The Shoemaker family, Viemann and Ralph P. Shoemaker's stepson) helped build the store. People often called him Renzo," Viola said, "There aany owners besides Viemann." Story by Christy Hahn Left: The old Vieman store around 1918. Viola Miller's sister, Adele Collier, can be seen holding a doll on the right, near the building. Sam Souders is riding inside the buggy, probably delivering mail. The post office was located in the far right of the building and the left side of the building used to be a tack room for stable horses. It is no longer there. Far left: The old store rests at the very end of Shoemaker Road off of Hwy F, at the county line. Below: The present-day Vieman store is being refur- bished by the owner Roger Vaughn. Left: Former postmaster William Collier is pictured, seated alongside his grandson Leslie Collier. Above: Former postmaster Logan Ferris. f Left: While restoring the building, Vaughn coordinates decorations to retain the appeal of an old store. Appropriate metal signs hang on its walls. Above, left: Old soda bottles rest on top of a soda machine. Above, right: A rocking chair and wagon wheel on the front porch. Vaughn said people used to gather on the porch of the store to play and sing gospel music.