“There were a lot of family [members], even cousins, who worked in the store. [As for Oscar and Hannah’s sons], they started them working right away, at 12, maybe younger,” Sheri said. “They weren’t very tall. They stood on boxes to serve customers.”
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Purchase tickets at either the Hotel Ottumwa, Main Street Ottumwa or North Hy-Vee for $5. After your purchase, call 641-799-3464 to reserve a tour time. Tours run every 15 minutes from 2- 4:45 p.m Oct. 13 and begin at KMGO Radio, 334 E. Main St.