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What you couldn’t buy at F. S. Bowman Department Store on West Court at Muhlenberg streets in Woodstock you probably didn’t need. The store had four entrances on Court Street, one for shoes, one for dry goods and notions, another for groceries and a separate one for hardware. The grocery store offered a wide array of candy and soft drinks kept cold in a water-circulating cooler, always a favorite of kids walking to and from the town’s school a block west across the railroad tracks. These men had come to Woodstock sometime soon after the turn of the 20th century for court day. The store building was razed in the 1970s to make room for Peter Muhlenberg Plaza, a parking lot.

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