Mrs. Graham, wife of Stephen Graham, of near Givens Station, died Tuesday at an advanced age. She had been ailing for several years. September 4, 1891 Pike County Republican
Vulgamore's Market in Givens, Ohio back in the day
Vulgamore store in Givens, Pike County, OH in 1947
Don O'Brian collection
Edgar Allen “Eddie” Vulgamore, 73, of Birch Street, Piketon, died 3:07 a.m. Sunday, 3 June 2018 at S.O.M.C. Portsmouth, Ohio. Eddie was born 26 May 1945 in Dayton, Ohio the son of the late Martin Dale Vulgamore and Rhoda Marcella (Tomlison) Vulgamore. On 13 July 1968 Eddie was united in marriage to Donna Sue (Ruark) Vulgamore, who survives. Surviving are two daughters, Tanya E. Vulgamore of Piketon, Ohio and Tina L Davis and husband George of Waverly, Ohio, grandson Shane Vulgamore and a sister, Juan Kay Lykins of Waverly. Eddie was a member of New Freedom Community Church, a Retired Former Co-Owner of Vulgmore Grocery, Givens, Ohio, and veteran of the U.S. Army, Ohio National Guard. His parents, a daughter, Sara Vulgamore, and a brother Preston Dale Vulgamore, preceded Eddie in death. Eddie was a loving father and grandfather. He had a wonderful sense of humor and always brought a smile to anyone he met. He loved to garden, painting landscapes and serving God. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 6 June 2018 at the BOYER FUNERAL HOME in Waverly, with Pastor Walter Rider, officiating. Burial will follow in Bailey Chapel Cemetery, Piketon with military graveside services by American Legion Merritt Post #142, Waverly. Friends may call at the Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly from 5 - 7 p.m. Tuesday, 5 June 2018 and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday.
www.boyerfuneral.com 6 June 2018 The Pike County News Watchman
1921 population of Givens was 35 with three business:
Marie Byrons Grocer
Clarence Rumfield Grocer
John E. Voelker General Merchandise
25 Aug 1949 Republican Herald
In 1883 Wells & Byron were building a new Ware room behind their store in Givens.
Looking inside of Givens Freewill Baptist church
photo by Pastor Charley Ross
photo by Tyrone Hemry Aug. 2006
D T & I at Givens Station
picture courtesy of Jim Henry
photo by Tyrone Hemry
Givens Freewill Baptist Church
photo by Pastor Charlie Ross
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Martin Dale Vulgamore was born April 21, 1915 in Wakefield, Ohio. He was born the son of Ralph and Virgie Waid Vulgamore. Martin attended school in the same community in which he was born and graduated from Wakefield High School in 1933 at the top of his class. During these years he helped support his family by working at Noel’s Market in Wakefield. In 1934 he enlisted into the Civilian Conservation Corp in which he served for six months. Martin returned to work at Noel’s Market in 1939 where he was employed as a huckster, driving a truck loaded with groceries throughout the countryside. It was on one of these stops that he met Rhoda Marcella Tomlison. She asked him on a date, and three months later the couple was united in marriage. For a short time Martin was employed at the NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. In 1947, Martin would return to Pike County where he purchased a small grocery in the community of Givens. With hard work, determination, and perseverance, he expanded the business over the next six decades. His store became the center of the Givens community. It was a welcome retreat for people of all ages. It was a place where customers were respected and appreciated, even when they often had no money to pay for goods. In support of the area’s children, he built an outdoor basketball court. He sponsored and coached his own slow pitch softball team for twenty years. He supported the local churches, both financially and figuratively. For some ten years he also operated a bulldozing business to support his family. Martin’s respect as a community leader was exhibited through his election to the Eastern Local Board of Education. He served as the board president in the 1960’s when the three local school systems were consolidated and Eastern High School was constructed. Martin and Rhoda’s marriage would prosper for 58 years, until her death in 1997. They were the parents of three children. Martin Vulgamore passed away May 7, 2007 and was laid to rest in Bailey Chapel Cemetery near Piketon.
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