Gift Corner

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About
Name
  • Gift Corner
Retail
  • Miscellaneous Store Retailers
Services
  • Cermaics, Gift Shop, Glassware, Greeting Cards, Jewelry Store
Facts
Founded
  • 1942
    Wooster,Ohio
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    • 135 S. Market St., Wooster, Ohio
    • 131 S. Market St., Wooster, Ohio

In 1942, Mrs. Ada Zufall came to Wooster, Ohio and opened a gift corner on Wooster Public Square. It was known as the Gift Corner. Two years later, her son-in-law, Rev. Paul Snowden Kelly, passed away. Miriam Kelly, widow of Rev. Paul Kelly, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church and the daughter of Ada Zufall, joined her mom in operating the Gift Corner. Miriam continued to own and operate the Gift Corner following the death of her mother in 1956. In 1972, Miriam sold the business to Mrs. John (Mary Alice) Streeter, who continues to own the Gift Corner today.

Prior to coming to Wooster, Zufall owned and operated a similar gift shop on the boardwalk of Ocean City, New Jersey for nearly 30 years.

  • First shop was a small corner room
  • Two years later, the store doubled in size
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Quick Facts

  • 1942 - Established by Ada Zufall
  • 1943 - The Gift Corner (Ada M. Zufall, proprietor): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1946 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. Ada M. Zufall & Mrs. Miriam Z. Kelly): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1944 - Rev. Paul Snowden Kelly dies on 8 April 1944; widow, Miriam Kelly, joins as a partner with her mom's store [1]
  • 1948 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. Ada M. Zufall & Mrs. Miriam Z. Kelly): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1952 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. Ada M. Zufall & Mrs. Miriam Z. Kelly): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1952 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. Ada M. Zufall & Mrs. Miriam Z. Kelly): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1954 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. Ada M. Zufall & Mrs. Miriam Z. Kelly): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1956 - Ada M. Zufall dies on 27 September 1956 [2]
  • 1956 - Business increased, the store next door was added Weirick's Groceries
  • 1957 - The Gift Corner (Miriam Z. Kelly): 135 S. Market St.
  • 1958 - Wooster, Ohio Sesquicentennial Celebration, June 14-21, 1958, p. 71.
  • 1960 - The Gift Corner (Miriam Kelly): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1962 - The Gift Corner (Miriam Kelly): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1964/65 - The Gift Corner (Miriam Kelly): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1967 - The Gift Corner (Miriam Kelly): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1969 ca. - Miriam Kelly marries Rev. Loyal Thomas Riley
  • 1970 - The Gift Corner (Miriam Riley): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1970 - Rev. Loyal Thomas Riley dies [3]
  • 1971 ca. - Miriam Riley sells the business to Mrs. John (Mary Alice) Streeter
  • 1973 - The Gift Corner(Mrs. John Streeter, Owner): Southwest corner Public Square
  • 1975 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. John Streeter, Owner; Mrs. Richard Kuntz, Manager): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1977 - The Gift Corner (Mary A. Streeter, Owner Ruby Kuntz, Manager): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1979 - The Gift Corner (Mrs. John Streeter): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1981 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mrs. John Streeter, Owner; Mrs. Richard Kuntz, Manager): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1983 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mrs. John Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1985 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1983 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1985 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1988 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1990 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1992 - Miriam Riley dies [4]
  • 1993 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.
  • 1997 - Wooster Gift Corner (Mary Alice Streeter, Owner): 131 S. Market St.


Gallery

  1. Paul Snowden Kelly, Obituary. Wooster Daily Record. 8 April 1944 p. 1
  2. Ada M. Zufall, obituary. Wooster Daily Record. Friday, 28 September 1956 p. 2
  3. Loyal Thomas Riley, obituary. Wooster Daily Record. Friday, 4 December 1970 p. 2
  4. Miriam Riley, obituary. Wooster Daily Record. Wednesday, 15 January 1992, p. B8