William Hattersley Store

Victor Store

The William Hattersley Store, known as the Victor Store since 1933, was a crossroad trading center and gathering place for the townspeople and surrounding farming community. It was located 50 yards west of intersection of Paris-to-Louisiana Road.

It was built in the late nineteenth century in Section 19, Township 54 North, Range 8 West in Jefferson Township. The original settlement of Victor was built on land belonging to M. Upton, B. Hughs, W. A. Jones, and Robert Calhoon.

Early commerce in Victor was dominated by three families: the Calhoons (blacksmith shop), the Stetsons (variety of businesses and houses), and the Hattersleys (the general store). William Hattersley occupied a frame house immediately to the east of the crossroads in Victor. His son lived in a house to the north.

The Hattersleys were instrumental in forming Victor’s second church, the Christian Church, located just to the north of  William Hattersley’s Jr.’s house, when they became dissatisfied with the older Fairview Union Church.

Known as the Victor Store after 1933, the business was operated by Benjamin and Oneva Blair. The Blairs sold groceries and household items, delivered feed, picked up poultry and eggs, and hauled livestock. The Hattersley/Victor Store also served as the center of community life—a place to exchange news throughout the week and to play cards on Saturday night.