The Buck Store

It seems like Dollar Stores are popping up everywhere across America.  Today I will tell the story of what quite possibly was the first “Dollar Store” to exist in Murphysboro, Illinois.  It was called Buck’s Grocery, and the couple involved in that store come right out of our German Family Tree.

It all starts with the birthday of Adele Vogel.  She was born on December 10, 1883, so today would have been her 136th birthday.  Adele was the daughter of Henry and Amalia (Palisch) Vogel and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Below is her baptism record in two images.

Adele Vogel baptism record 1 Christ Jacob IL

Adele Vogel baptism record 2 Christ Jacob IL
Adele Vogel baptism record – Christ, Jacob, IL

A photo of the Henry Vogel family was taken fairly early in Adele’s life.  She is indicated by the red arrow.

Henry Vogel family early Adele
Henry Vogel family

The first census in which we find Adele was in 1900 when she was 16 years old.

Adela Buck 1900 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1900 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

Adele’s future husband would be Rudolph Buck.  Let’s take a look at his early life.  Rudolph was born on May 20, 1880, the son of Gottlieb and Pauline (Oehlert) Buck.  He was born and baptized in Altenburg.  Here is his baptism record from Trinity Lutheran Church.  It is not very readable.

Rudolph Buck baptism record Trinity Altenburg MO
Rudolph Buck baptism record – Trinity, Altenburg, MO

Rudolph could already be found in the 1880 census for Brazeau Township.

Rudolph Buck 1880 census Brazeau Township MO
1880 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Rudolph was still living with his parents in the 1900 census.

Rudolph Buck 1900 census Brazeau Township MO
1900 census – Brazeau Township, MO

Rudolph Buck went across the river to get married to Adele Vogel.  They were married on May 5, 1907 at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, Illinois.  Here is the church record for that wedding.

Buck Vogel marriage record Christ Jacob IL
Buck/Vogel marriage record – Christ, Jacob, IL

We find this couple in the 1910 census where they were living in Fountain Bluff Township, Illinois.  In 1908, a set of twins was born, but one of them was stillborn and the other died after just one month, so no children are shown for this family in this census entry.  It says Rudolph was a salesman in a general store.

Rudolph Buck 1910 census Fountain Bluff Township IL
1910 census – Fountain Bluff Township, IL

A son was born in 1910 and baptized at Christ Lutheran Church in Jacob, but all their other children were baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Murphysboro, Illinois.  We do not have church records from that congregation.  The Buck’s would have 5 children that lived to adulthood.  In 1915, Adele’s parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary and had this photo taken.

Henry Vogel family

In 1918, Rudolph had his World War I draft registration completed.  By that time, Rudolph was operating his own grocery store in Murphysboro.

Rudolph Buck – WWI draft registration

Next, we see this family in the 1920 census with all 5 children.

Rudolph Buck 1920 census Murphysboro IL
1920 census = Murphysboro, IL

The last two censuses in which we see Rudolph and Adele show them still living in Murphysboro.

Rudolph Buck 1930 census Murphysboro IL
1930 census – Murphysboro, IL
Rudolph Buck 1940 census Murphysboro IL
1940 census – Murphysboro, IL

Rudolph’s World War II draft card states that his grocery store was known as Buck’s Grocery.

Rudolph Buck – WWII draft card

The Jackson County Historical Society which is located in Murphysboro has a post card for sale on its website which shows the interior of Buck’s Grocery as it looked in 1928.

Buck's Grocery post card for sale

If you are interested in this post card, you can find it at this link:

Rudolph Buck died in 1958 at the age of 77.  Because he died at Lutheran Hospital in St. Louis, I was able to find his death certificate.

Rudolph Buck death certificate
Rudolph Buck death certificate

The following biography can be found on his entry.

Rudolph Buck information

Adele Buck died in 1966 at the age of 83. Adele’s obituary is shown below.

Adela Buck obituary

Rudolph and Adele are buried together in the Pleasant Grove Memorial Park in Murphysboro.

Rudolph and Adela Buck gravestone Pleasant Grove Murphysboro IL
Rudolph and Adele Buck gravestone – Pleasant Grove, Murphysboro, IL

I sometimes wish I could go back in time to step into an old general store or grocery store.  I know it would be an entirely different kind of experience than stepping into today’s Dollar Stores.


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