PRINCETON — After upward of 60 years of fulfilling the area’s agricultural needs, Princeton Supply Company is closing its doors.
Having owned the business for 61 years, Frank Nash has continually served the area. Before he obtained the business he worked under the former owner. Upon the former owner’s retirement, Nash saw a business opportunity.
Though still open for business, the store will close its doors, “Around August first,” Nash said.
Behind the register, Nash reflected on the years spent at the supply store and his life prior to his ownership. Prior to being a local business owner, Nash served the area in a different way.
Originally from Elgood, Nash is a native West Virginian. Throughout his life, he has served in some interesting positions. One of the biggest is his prior position as a blacksmith with the Virginian railway.
“I worked at the blacksmith shop on the Virginian Railway and I’m the only living blacksmith worker for the Virginian left,” Nash said.
As a blacksmith, Nash enjoyed the atmosphere and the liveliness of the career. With workers from the local communities, it was easy for the members of the shop to bond with one another as they worked.
“All of them were from Princeton and the surrounding community. It really kept Princeton alive,” Nash said, “Princeton was a lot slower then.”
Looking back, Nash described the difference between the town from then to now. With roughly only three restaurants and two hotels, the business population was small but locally owned.
Nash then served in the military in Korea after his work with the Virginian Railway. After returning to the Princeton area once his service was complete he obtained the store in 1958. Other than his service in the military, as a business owner, and as a Virginian Railway blacksmith, Nash has been continually active within the community.
“Here we work with the town people, the county, and also agriculture people. I’ve been the president of the Mercer County Farm Bureau, which has been a volunteer organization for around 40 years. I’m also on the committee to take care of the 4H Camp, the Route 20 park, and I’m on the West Virginia State University Extension committee,” Nash said.
Though his days as Princeton Supply Company’s owner will come to an end, Nash doesn’t plan to slow down. With so much to do in his various volunteer roles, he plans to stay active throughout the community.
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