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Judge recalls store's history

Posted: October 5, 2014 - 12:07am  |  Updated: October 5, 2014 - 12:56am
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Mark and lmira Roper built Roper's Crossroads in 1948 on the corner of Belair and Columbia roads. They lived in right side until a house was built in 1952.
Mark and lmira Roper built Roper's Crossroads in 1948 on the corner of Belair and Columbia roads. They lived in right side until a house was built in 1952.

 

Judge David Roper’s roots run deep in Columbia County.

He was only one-year-old when his parents, Mark and lmira Roper, opened Roper’s Crossroads in 1948 on the corner of Belair and Columbia roads.

He said he remembers the roads were dirt at that time and the store was surrounded by cotton
fields.

Judge Roper said he remembers the day when his father called the old Evans school and told him to hurry home after school because he had fired the butcher and he needed his
help.

He worked as the butcher from that day on and he used the family’s only car to drive two other boys from school to the store to help out also.

In the early years, part of the store was used as a residence until they were able to build a house and warehouse in 1952.

The store expanded again several years later when they added a variety store.

Both David Roper and his brother Mark worked at the store from the time they were old enough to unload carts until the family sold the property in 1977 .

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