My great-grandfather William Charles McDonald owned a hardware store in Philadelphia. The address was 933 South Street. He and his family lived on the property, moving in sometime between 1895 and 1900. They rented the property at first, and then bought it in 1904. It was sold in 1914.

This item from The Philadelphia Inquirer, dated Friday, January 3, 1902, reports that the store was burglarized. Two revolvers were taken.

About eleven years ago, there was a break-in at the bookstore where I worked. It’s not a good feeling – in the pit of the stomach – to see a smashed window and know that you’ve been robbed.

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