Stewart & Holmes

Mankato Free Press
December 11, 1893

They came to Cook’s Book Store.

“We start here,” said Betsy.

…”I know what I’m going to chose,” said Betsy. “Little Men. I got Little Women last year.”

…They went in and said hello to Mr. Cook. His bright eyes looked out sharply under his silky toupee.

“You never pass me up, do you?” he said. He said it good naturedly though.

… They looked around thoroughly. They read snatches in the Christmas books. They studied the directions on all the games. Tacy chose a pencil set, and Tib chose colored crayons.

…Winona chose a book about Indians.

(Excerpts from Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown by Maud Hart Lovelace)

Cook’s Bookstore was probably a composite of the Stewart & Holmes Bookstore and Warwick’s, as both were located on South Front Street. Both stores carried a variety of books, magazines, music and musical instruments, school and office supplies, stationery, cards, calendars, and novelties such as toiletries and picture frames. They also sold dolls and paper dolls, toys and games for the children. (from Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley)