Yesterdays of Demopolis
Spight's Clothing Store

Spight's Clothing Store

Spight's Clothing Store

In September 1961 Spightís Clothing Store combined the Junior Miss and Boot Shop and the Ladiesí Store into one attractive building and the Menís Store adjoining through an open arch.  This was made possible when the Liberty National Life Insurance Company moved into its new building on Capitol Street and Spightís rented the building, which separated the ladies and Menís stores.  The Junior Miss and Boot Shop was formerly located in a building to the east of the others.

John Spight, Jr. was the proprietor of the stores, which grew from one into one Ė but a much larger one.  The original store was opened march 25, 1938 and for years was strictly a menís shop.  In 1941, when John Spight, Jr. entered the Army Air Force, Otto Stern and Miss Anne Spight (Mrs. George Davis) operated the store with the assistance of Johnís father, Mr. J.H. Spight, whose grocery store was one of the oldest businesses in Demopolis. 

Upon Captain Spightís discharge from military service, he and his wife, the former Miss Lillian Wilcox, of Uniontown, came to Demopolis and worked together in the business.  Otto Stern remained, and in 1952, George Spence joined the personnel.  When the Ladies Store was opened in September 1956, it was located in the building of the original menís shop, which was moved two doors to the west.  The Junior Miss and Boot Shop was opened February 14, 1958. 

It was always the dream of Mr. and Mrs. Spight, Jr. to have their stores together, and 1961 saw the fulfillment of that dream.  Upon opening of the Ladies Store, Miss Bertha Holloway, Mrs. Ben Gardner and Mrs. Kenneth Freeman joined the personnel.  In 1958, Mrs. S.B. Golden and Mrs. David Harris came to work in the expanding businesses.  Mrs. Gordon McCluskey was the credit manager.  With her husband, Otto Stern, Mrs. Helen Feibleman Stern was very interested in the business and helped out daily. 

Florence Lane did alteration for the three stores from 1958 and Levin Croom served as porter for several years. 

 --We would like to thank Mrs. Lillian Spight for providing this information.