Roy Walther was born in 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio, the youngest of five brothers, and spent his early years on a farm in what is now Fairview Park, Ohio. While still in elementary school his family moved to Lakewood where he spent the rest of his life. In 1970 and 1971 with the encouragement of his wife he began to write his memories of life at a time when, as he would say, "milk was milk, and corn was corn and life was much simpler."

The chapters which follow describe some of the happiest times of his life. Roy's father, Paul John Walther, was a man of many interests and a yearning to succeed, but was perhaps too impetuous, plunging into new enterprises without much idea of the nuts and bolts of the matter. One early enterprise was a fish store, but as Roy said, "he knew nothing about fish except how to catch them, clean them and eat them." The quick failure of the fish store led to the opening of Walther's Cash Grocery.

A list of Roy's stories is below. Just click on the title to link to a separate page with the report and a photograph or two. Hit the "Back" button on your browser to return to this page.

Grocery Days
The Transit Grocery
The Ching Tang Club
Starting the Car