Heritage Photo: Herron’s General Store

In this 1959 photo taken on Dunn Street in Barry’s Bay, Herron’s General Store is visible across the road behind the three girls in the foreground. Connie Schwieg provided information about the picture. Her pandemic project included organizing family photos, and she came across this one taken by her late sister, Joyce Lorbetskie. Pictured from left: Connie herself, Joyce’s best friend Dolores Stoppa and her little sister, Connie Stoppa.

At that time the Lorbetskie family lived on Dunn Street across from Herron’s store and Connie says it has not changed since 1959. She said, “When we came home from school we always made an excuse to drop in there because Julian, the owner (Michael’s dad) always gave us candy.” In those days Dunn Street was the “Girls’ Street” and Bay Street was the “Boys’ Street.” When the photo was taken Connie was roughly six years old in her first year of school, so she has few memories of living there as her family later moved to Conway Street. But she remembers this picture because her sister told her about it. Connie believes that Dolores and Connie Stoppa later moved to the Kitchener area.

Thanks to Mickey Herron for alerting us to this photo, and to Connie Schwieg for providing the background and allowing us to publish it. 


NOTE: If you are interested in having a picture and story featured in The Madawaska Valley Current, please submit the information to Bob Corrigan at madvalleycurrent@gmail.com (subject Heritage Photos) or mail your photo to Bob c/o The Current at PO Box 1097, Barry’s Bay K0J 1B0 (originals will be returned).


  1. John Hildebrandt

    I came into this world and was delivered by Mary Etmanski on April 15 1938 in a small apartment in the back of the store. The reason for my being there was that the beautiful home that my Father Charles Hildebrandt had just finished building, burned to the ground. Unfortunately he did not have any fire insurance. Being the Superman that he was, he built another home that is still there and it n the same property!!

  2. Linda Bleskie

    I stopped in last week and we had a big chat. I went to school with his brother Harry. He gave me a candy, vintage spool of thread ( priced at 35 cents, vintage woman’s hair net ( wow, remembering my grandmother and a whole lot of other women), and a Double Bubble ( also vintage). Michael can tell some great stories! Truly this place is a local gem!

  3. Margaret Cruchet

    I stop into Mr. Herron’s store for chicken feed. I could get it at a big store instead, but never would now that I have found this lovely place full of history and kindness.

  4. Sylvia Hinrichsen

    he still gives out candy in a wrapper ..in a jar and he shakes it out for you….he is a community treasure..with a lot of great knowledge ..a novice gardener/farmer ,many times I got my information and seeds there…he still sells seed by the scoop ..you can’t buy seed cheaper anywhere else that I know of…

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