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Old Kennington's Department Store Shoebox | by Robert of Fairfax
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Old Kennington's Department Store Shoebox

Kennington's was a highly successful department store business started in Jackson, Mississippi by Robert Estes "Rossie" Kennington in the early 1900s who learned the business as a grocery clerk from his Uncles - better known as the Jones brothers from Alabama. Kennington was located across from the state capital (City Hall?) on East Capital St. It thrived for nearly half a century. Rossie even established a store in New York City in the 1930s. He tried to pass the business on to his eldest son, Robert. Unfortunately, Robert suffered a stroke and could never muster the energy his father had for the business. Afterwards, Rossie attempted to pass on stewardship to his son Jack who was better know for philandering and a roaring 20s style. Unfortunately, Jack died at an early age of 62 in 1965. It is not clear when the business ended. However, there is evidence it was sold to McRae's. It most likely was sold to McRae's after Rossie moved and retired in Florida in the 60s. Or, it could have been sold by his son Robert sometime before he passed away in 1982. Rossie died in 1969 at the age of 94.

 

Further research is required to determine who "Mrs W B Gibson at

784 Pinehurst St, Jackson, MS" was. This box was kept at the lake house of Robert Estes Kennington II (Rossie's grand nephew) in Branson, MO. Many thanks to my cousins for sharing it with me.

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Taken on August 11, 2007