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Widow sets a lot of store by her independence, work By GORDON ENGLEIIART Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Staff Writer NEW MAYSVILLE, Ind. Joyce Turner was born in Kentucky and grew up during the Depression. The kids in her big family were taught early to work. "Work!" she recalls her father commanding. commanding. "Ask nobody for nothing. Be independent." The widow Turner, 60 in December, has worked. How she has worked. How independent she is. Since 1955, all alone, she has operated the New Maysville General Merchandise Store the second-oldes second-oldes second-oldes general store in Indiana. (She prefers to call it Turner's Turner's General Store.) For many years the store was open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. six days a week, and from noon to 11 p.m. on Sundays. Sundays. That was a 113-hour 113-hour 113-hour work week. "Now, as the years have gone by, and I've slowed up and grown older and puny, it's open from 8 a.m. ip 6 p.m. through the week, and from 1 f o 6 p.m. on Sunday," she said. Two months ago, Mrs. Turner put the store up for sale. If it's sold, she will open an antique shop in an abandoned grocery-store grocery-store grocery-store building across the street. The hours would be shorter. New Maysville is a hamlet of 52 people people northeast of Greencastle in Putnam County, a short cast from famed Big Walnut Creek. Besides the store, there are two churches Eternal Grace Baptist Baptist Church and New Maysville Community Community Church. Mrs. Turner is a friendly woman with keen eyes behind dark-rimmed dark-rimmed dark-rimmed glasses, and a surprising giggle when something strikes her fancy. Almost everyone addresses her as Joyce. Very young customers call her Joyces, having heard parents say they want something over at Joyce's. The store in the two-story two-story two-story frame building, erected in 1832, is a movie mo-See mo-See mo-See WIDOW PAGE 1G, col. 1, this section

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 21 Aug 1977, Sun,
  3. Indiana Edition,
  4. Page 1

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