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[Robert Vernon "Jack" Leeth]


"Buys what you have to sell--Sells What you have to buy."


The Hamilton Market Place opened its doors for business Oct. 8th, 1932, with one purpose in mind--"To serve and Satisfy the Customer"--during this short period our sales have more than tripled in volume--and more and more people are realizing their "dollars have more cents" at the Hamilton Market--at the Hamilton Market Place the farmers always find the top market price for anything he has to sell in produce, poultry, and farm products.

Jack Leeth, owner and manager of this store needs no introduction to the general public. Born and reared in Hamilton County, son of Mr. and Mrs. N. A. Leeth, former citizens of this city.

Graduated from Hamilton High School of this city in 1923 [sic 1924], entered business on his own in Hamilton at age 19, at that time owner and manager of the 1st Cash and Carry Grocery in Hamilton--Jack’s Self-Service Grocery--later selling this business entered business in other sections of the state.

In 1932 believing in Hamilton and its vast territory he returned and organized the Hamilton Market Place, enjoying a pleasant and increasing business and says "in less than 5 years we hope to have the pleasure of having organized a store 2nd to none in this part of the state--maintaining a market for farm products that will be a credit to any town and community and have hundreds of satisfied customers.

P. L. Smith, manager of the produce department of the Hamilton Market Place needs no introduction in view of the fact he was born and reared in Hamilton County. The son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Smith of Carlton, Texas. Mr. Smith is qualified in his line of business and says he believes "The poultry and produce business in only now in its infancy--and within the next few years more and more people will realize it a profitable business. He also says that "the best eggs and poultry in Texas is produced within a radius of 30 miles of Hamilton.

Frank Fuqua, also an employee at the Hamilton Market Place needs no introduction--having lived in and around Hamilton all of his life. Mr. Fuqua is an assistant in the produce department of the Hamilton Market Place and is an able and well qualified man for his work.

The Hamilton County News, Vol. IV, Number 11--Section Three

Historical and Trading Expansion Issue

W. F. Billingslea, Editor-Publisher

Subscription Price ONE YEAR ..$1.00

June 29, 1934


[Robert Vernon "Jack" Leeth was born March 5, 1907 and died July 5, 1972.  His parents were Nonnie A. Leeth & Masttie Jo (Cole) Leeth.  Jack married Clara Edna Rigsby March  29, 1929.  Clara was a daughter of Thomas Arthur Rigsby and Violet Hall. --IOOF Cemetery]


See also:  Hamilton Market Place

Jack's Self Service Grocery



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