Friday, July 12, 2019

The Delmar Midget Market

Today on the facebook page "Seaford Delaware a look back in time" was posted a photo of the "Midget Dairy Market" in Seaford.

Now Delmar had it's own Midget Market and it was on the corner of Delaware and Bi-State Blvd and it looked quite a bit like the Seaford one.  

Merrill Ernest Jones from Marydel started a chain of about five of these convenient stores across Sussex County.  Eventually he sold them.  The one in Delmar became a Wynn's Dairy Market.  It closed some time in the 1990s.  The building became and is today a loan office.  The convenient store, both as a Midget Market and a Wynn's Market, gave employment to a number of people young and old. 

above 1969

As you can see the building that housed the Midget Market looks similar to the Seaford Midget Market

Merrill Ernest Jones, 97, died Friday March 14, 2014 in Leesburg, GA. 
His remains have been cremated and there will a memorial service at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Camden, DE at a later date. 

A native of Henderson, MD, MrJones at an early age after the death of his father took on the responsibility of looking after the family and moved to Burns, OR to work on the construction on a dam. He moved to Delaware and started farming. After selling his farm in 1955, MrJones was the owner and operator of several Midget Markets from 1955 to 1986. Throughout the years he was involved in Co-op Program and Marketing Program with the University of Delaware and the Seaford High School DECA Club. 

He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U. S. Navy and was a member of the V.F.W., American Legion and the Elks Club. MrJones was an avid golfer, loved to dance, working in his garden and traveling. 

MrJones was preceded in death by his parents George Ernest and Grace Virginia Cox Jones, daughter Phyllis Flores, grandson, Eugene Crain, Jr., granddaughter, Karen King, sister, Dorothy Kates and a brother Willis Jones

Survivors include his children, Linda Stokes (Gilbert), Leesburg, Virginia Faulkner (George), Marydel, DE, Grace "Beth" Fuller, Seaford, DE, Ricky Taylor (Denise), Seaford, DE, Terri Evans(Sherman), Seaford, DE, son in law, Cipriano Flores, Tucson, AZ, 11 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a special friend Maria Hammond, Winter Haven, FL.

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