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Local businessman Alstott dies

Local businessman Alstott dies
Local businessman Alstott dies
Marvin Alstott reviews paperwork in November 2013.

Marvin L. Alstott, the man behind Alstott’s Hometown Hardware Store for the past 50 years, died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. He was 86.
Plans were already in place to begin liquidation of the hardware staple located at the corner of South Capitol Avenue and Poplar Street prior to Alstott’s death. The family had said in 2013 they were looking for a buyer who would continue to operate the hardware store, but none materialized.
‘They’re going to be missed,’ Glen Westerfield, a long-time customer from Corydon, said yesterday (Tuesday) while checking over items in the store. ‘You could always come down here and find what you need if you couldn’t find it anywhere else.’
According to a feature written by Alstott’s sister, Phyllis J. Heishman, and published in this newspaper in November 2013, the store began when A.W. (Arlston William) Alstott was an employee at the Farm Bureau Co-op, which was located across from the Geo. B. Wahl Hardware Store. Wahl spent a lot of time conversing with the elder Alstott, who spent much of his free time from work at Farm Bureau at Wahl’s.
A.W. purchased the hardware property and business from Wahl in 1943, renaming it A.W. Alstott & Sons Hardware. A short time later, the business was damaged by the flood 1943. It wouldn’t be the last time Little Indian Creek flooded its banks and entered the building.
In 1965, due to health problems, A.W. sold the business and the property to his son, Marvin. Otto Rowe’s car sales and service, on the south side of the hardware building, became Alstott’s warehouse and sales area.
Marvin began working for his father when he was 14. He was given a special driver’s license from the state to allow him to drive the truck for delivering merchandise and other needs of the business.
Even at the age of 84, Marvin continued to show up for work on a daily basis.
‘He was a good guy,’ Steve Haggard of Corydon said of Marvin. ‘We would always stop in here about every week. My kids would say, ‘When are we going down to see Mr. Alstott?’ He’d put out the candy for them. I’ve known him since I was little. He’d always want to sit down and have breakfast with you.’
Marvin served in the Navy for four years and, upon returning to the states at the close of the Korean conflict, resumed his position at the hardware store and became the TV repairman, a trade he learned from his Naval training in the field of electronics.
His funeral will be today at 1 p.m. at the Corydon Church of the Nazarene. Burial will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Corydon. Beanblossom-Cesar Funeral Home in Corydon is handling arrangements.