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This will be a list of information about music stores that used to exist in St Louis, Missouri and the surrounding areas. I will attempt to ...

St Louis Region - Music Shops of Days Past

This will be a list of information about music stores that used to exist in St Louis, Missouri and the surrounding areas. I will attempt to list the dates that the stores were in operation but will indicate with a question mark when I'm uncertain about the exact date of demise. 

Alton, Illinois

  • Acord Music Shop (1952 - 1969) [1][2]
    • Located at 7 W Ferguson Ave, Wood River, IL 
    • Owned by Ozzie Acord and his wife Mabel.
    • Carried stringed instruments as well as band instruments and some accessories for both
  • Community Music Center (1953 - 1960s - ?) 
    • Sold sheet music, records, and band and orchestra instruments
  • Davis Music Company (? - 1932 - 1945)
    • Located at 412 East Broadway
    • Owned by Newton and Katharine Boggess [6]
    • Sold to the Gould Music Company after Newton's death [5]
  • Gould Music Company (? - 1961) 
    • Owned by Ralph Gould
    • Purchased by Clem and Juanita Halpin in 1961 and merged into Halpin Music Co.
    • Sold musical instruments, sheet music, records, and accessories
    • Also had a small instrument repair shop that did minor repairs
  • Harszy Music Repair Shop (? - 1960s through 70s - ?)

  • Kiesselhorst Music Store (?)
    • Maybe related to the St Louis piano company of the same name?
  • Peters Music Store / Peters Gift Shop (?)

  • Plummer-Kramer Music Company (? - 1920s through 50s - ?) 
    • Owned by Bert Plummer
    • Called the "oldest of the music services organizations in the community" in 1954
    • Stocked sheet music, band and orchestra instruments, and outsourced their repairs
  • Royal School of Music (?)
    • Primarily sold guitars and accordions and organized accordion bands
    • Carried accessories and sheet music but not orchestra or band instruments
    • Taught lessons in their establishment as well as in conjunction with other area shops
  • Williams Music Store (? - 1920s - ?)

East St Louis, Illinois

St Louis, Missouri

Sources

[1] http://scholars.indstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/10484/5029/isua-thesis-1954-mccormick.pdf?sequence=2
[2] https://www.riverbender.com/obits/details/mabel-c-acord-alton-obituary-6008.cfm
[3] https://www.advantagenews.com/news/educational-edifice/article_14256557-b682-568d-bbad-b28f63b27c1f.html
[4] https://www.newspapers.com/image/17211248/?terms=%22community%20music%20center%22&match=1
[5] https://www.newspapers.com/image/17144830/?terms=davis%20music&match=1
[6] https://www.newspapers.com/image/26096193/?terms=davis%20music&match=1

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