Tucked away in the back of the hardware store on South Frontage Road, Gertrude Haden has an office where she keeps books. The room, which is not big, is filled with filing cabinets. There are also shelves laden with family photos and walls of memorabilia making the space feel cozy and warm — like a home away from home.

Haden has been a bookkeeper for more than 70 years and 60 of those have been at the hardware store she and husband, J.B, started in 1958.

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