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Codling's second store on Main at 4th Street.
J. Frank Codling was born in 1881, in Ontario, Canada. He learned to be a telegrapher in Syracuse N.Y. and in 1901 married Margaret King. They moved to Detroit and resided there for seven years before moving to Royal Oak.
Working in a jewelry store he learned to repair watches and distributed milk as a second income. In 1906 he established his own jewelry and optometry store in the window of the Crane Furnishing Store at 307 south Main. In 1908 he purchased the Crane company and moved to a new store on Main and 4th Streets. Taking on his brothers as associates the J. F. Codling Co. was incorporated in 1914. They purchased an adjoining building and established a men's furnishings retail business.
Dr. Codling served his community in many capacities, as fire chief, on the first city commission and one year as the mayor. He practiced as an optometrist in the Washington Square Building until 1937. He died in 1945.
J. F. Codling's first jewelry store in 1907. Located on the east side of Main street, south of 3rd street.
See photo above second door from the left.
Store built by J.F. Codling on Main at 2nd street in the 1920's.
Codling's building in the 1930's as the Klett & Cain stove and furniture store.
Bright Ideas Store at Main and 2nd today.
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