Walworth storefront has led many lives
You can find the former Alberth Bros. Meat Market just north of the square in the village of Walworth at 202 N. Main St. According to information compiled by Nancy Alberth Lehman, two brothers, Rudolph and Charles, built the shop in 1904. Then Charles married Lucy Schulz and started working for the railroad.
Rudolph sold the store and it took on new merchandise. It became an ice cream parlor, then a hardware store and a barber shop.
In 1925, the Schweizer Building, as it was then known, was sold to Charles Ferris. At that time it was occupied by the Ashby Barber Shop.
Al Schweizer was among the first to operate a hardware store in the village. Schweizer sold the business to August Krueger.
The A&P Company purchased the lease from Charles Ferris in October 1926. A&P opened their store the next month. Lester Sullivan served as manager.
In Lehman's booklet she writes that Sullivan said, “A little old man and lady ran an ice cream parlor here for years. We called it Banty Bancroft's ice cream parlor. Then Goelzer and Perrin Barber Shop, then Schweizer Hardware Store.”
A&P leased the building from Ferris until 1929. At that time Sullivan bought the building. In 1931, Joseph Robinson partnered with Sullivan. The store became a Clover Farm Store in 1950. Paul Pruessing became the store owner in 1961.
In more recent times, the building was occupied by the Walworth Times newspaper and Greenblatt Financial Service. Part of the building was rented by Cheryl Christenson for her What's New Shop
Editor's note: Heather Christenson is co-owner of Lost Castle of Treasures, which will be celebrating its first anniversary in the building Labor Day weekend. The shop sells a variety of things and specializes in vintage toys and video games, as well as many other collectibles and unique items. The shop is open from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The other part of the building houses office space.