Looking Back: Mitzelfeld’s memories remain
August 13, 2014
From the Archives of the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm
In a Main Street Rochester location that previously held Murray’s Department Store — and before that a grocery store owned by Frank Towers and Rubin Johnson, and before that a harness shop — Mitzelfeld’s was a shopper’s delight.
“I loved Mitzelfeld’s,” said Lois Shankin, of Oakland Township. “It was small enough that you didn’t feel overwhelmed, but the quality was there. You could always find something.”
A partnership between William Mitzelfeld and Leslie Eggleston produced the Mitzelfeld Eggleston Department Store, celebrated with a 1949 grand opening. A marriage between William and Leslie’s daughter, Diane, followed, and the Eggleston name was dropped when Leslie retired to Arizona in the 1950s.
Mitzelfeld sons Brad and Monty continued minding the store until 2004, when they closed up shop for the final time, stating the decision reflected the changing face of businesses in small towns.
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