Letter to the editor: Memories of Campbell’s Grocery in Luther
The Star in its Feb. 7 issue announced the sale of the Luther Grocery to Scott and Jody Lucas — best wishes and good luck to them. Also, good luck to Roz and John Gammara, the previous owners.
The article referred to the store being called Campbell’s Grocery in the 1930s. I have been asked by several people if that was my family. Yes, it was. Here is a brief history about the store. My dad, Larry Campbell, came from Scotland to Ontario, to the U.S. Marines and on to Detroit. My mother, Helen Chojnacki Campbell (Big Frank’s daughter), came to Luther from Poland. She graduated from Ferris Institute and moved to Detroit.
It was in Detroit that Mom and Dad met and eventually married. When the Great Depression hit, they moved to Luther and ran Campbell’s Grocery in the 1930s. Subsequently, they moved across the street in the 1940s, bought and ran what is now The North Bar.
As an additional side note, Don Robbins, a World War II veteran (who fought in the Battle of the Bulge), and long time Luther resident, worked for my parents in the grocery store when he was a youngster.
My parents, grandparents and family members are all buried, “just a little bit north of town on the west side of the road.” Many will recognize this as a line from “The Luther Song,” written by Roger Purchase.
Barry D. Campbell