The shopman might leave the counter where he had been serving a customer with butter and jam, go round to the other counter, where the articles required might be a "yaird o’ moleskin, a scrubbin brush, and almost certainly " a half-a-gallon o pit ile and a ball o week. But the progress of the Society called for specialisation as well as for increased accommodation. Now we see in succession the establishment of new bakery premises under William Barr; a fleshing department under James Baillie; a dress-making business under Miss Elsie Smith; a millinery department under Miss Martha Martin, later Mrs Barr.
A boot department comes next, followed by a fruit shop, fish shop and a dairy, the latest department being the beautiful hardware shop at the Cross. Mr Robert Forrest starts business for himself and is succeeded by the late Hugh Hamilton, who also starts business on his own account and is followed by George Ralston, the Societys first manager. Then come W. Miller, W. Semple, H. Flemington, A. Kirk,
and last, but by no means least, Mr James Young, the Societys present capable manager, who for ten years has ably discharged his responsible duties, and under whose capable management the new premises of the branch at Crossford were opened about three years ago. And now, in concluding this part of our story of Carluke Cooperative Society, Ltd., let us glance for a brief space at the men who have figured in its history. Sequence of office will not be given here; personal characterisation will not be attempted, for they were all worthy men. Rather do we mention them at this point to show how faithfully they represented in their persons the working classes of Carluke.
Review them in memory, and you will find that each and all of them reflected faithfully some phase in the work-a-day life of the parish. Alexander Pearson, George Tennant, John Murphy. Robert Davidson, sr., Andrew Pearson, Joseph Kay, Henry Andrews, Thomas Lennie, Patrick Love, Thomas Howitt, are amongst the names that come to the memory, all of them men who, in addition to doing their own days work, gave their spare time and energy to the building of an organisation which has been productive of untold good.
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