In 1934, Sylvia was twenty three and Hayward was twenty four. They had taken a shine to each other and decided to go to Burnsville, look up Preacher Donahue at the M. P. Church South, and get married. For the next fifty years, until Hayward’s death in 1984, Sylvia and Hayward lived on Oil Creek.
The Early Years
Above: Hayward Groves on the job. Left is Hayward at the Little Swiss Oil and Gas Co's well on the Currence property on Bear Run. Center and Right show State Road work.
When Frank Groves died in 1959, his will provided his store business, known as Groves Store, would go to his son Hayward Groves. Since Sylvia and Hayward had been operating the store anyway, the operation barely skipped a beat. For the next twenty five years, Groves Store became synonymous with Sylvia and Hayward Groves.
In December 1984 Hayward Groves passed away. Sylvia sold what she could of the store inventory and closed the store a few months later. Today, Sylvia sits in her easy chair and recalls with vivid memory all of the Oil Creek residents who are buried in the cemetery above her home, or those who chose to be buried in Orlando. She remembers the children who came to her store and bought candy, grew to adulthood and then moved away. Many people have come and gone during Sylvia’s almost ninety-eight years. She sits in her easy chair each day and thinks of them fondly.
Note- The Mr. McCord who tried to help young Lawrence Peterson would have been David McCord 1868-1947. He was a track foreman for the B & O. This was the McCord farm near Peterson. His daughter Virginia mentions her dad as she tells about her marriage to Luther Mitchell at Virginia McCord of Peterson's Siding
Comment by Tom Jeffries:
My dad, Coleman Jeffries, was a friend of Hayward Groves and frequently visited the Groves Store at Peterson Siding. When I was a boy growing up on Oil Creek, I usually went along because I was interested in listening to the conversations of the adults. Hayward was very colorful and used a lot of interesting expressions which I have never forgotten. An expression I remember Hayward using in referring to a particular person was that “he could lay down in the shade of a corkscrew and never be sunburned.” Another expression I heard Hayward use was that someone was “so crooked that he would have to be corkscrewed into the ground.” I attended Walnut Grove School and would visit the Groves Store to buy penny candy. Sylvia and Hayward were always very nice and I enjoyed visiting their store.