Me and Turners Station Mercantile–A Mini-Memoir

By Jill Elsey-Stoner

Jill Elsey-Stoner and Candace Stoner
When I was growing up in my parents' house behind the store and post office in Turners, Missouri, one of my favorite things was returning empty pop bottles for cash. I rode a little red tricycle with an attached wagon and hauled my empty bottles down the driveway to the store. I used the refund money to buy candy.

Since kindergarten, I wanted to run the store—business name Turners Station Mercantile—that  has been in my family since