Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Although the name might they you this was a large place, but it is only a small area on the highway about seven miles from Marion at the junction of Hwy 641 and S. R. 70.
The first person to call the place "Mott City" was an old gentleman by the name of Dick Cruce, who lived on the other side of Crayne. At the time there was only four old houses in the area. I thought it should be just called Mottsville, but the name "Mott City" stuck (and has for all these years, even today August 2014, it is Mott City and it's even on our county maps)
In 1932 Mr. Mott built the store you see in the picture. There were gas pumps and a grease rack on the side of the store. Standard Oil was my gas supplier. When the fluorspar mines were running we had a good business.
Later, my sons turned the store in to a lumber business and concrete business. The business was known as Mott Lumber Company and they had a good business.
The store today is an antique store called the Picket Fence.