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McCormick/McCullough Fund for Main Street Greencastle
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Robert McCormick (a.k.a Mac, Bob, and Curley) was born in 1926 in Lafayette. He attended Purdue University. Roberta (Cottingham) McCormick grew up on a farm in Warren County and also attended Purdue. They met on New Year’s Eve in Lafayette.
Mac's Apparel for Men
Robert began working in the clothing business while he was still in high school in Lafayette. He was “chasing a little gal” whose father owned a clothing store in town. After graduation, he served in the US Navy, and then returned to work in the clothing store. Through his work, Robert became acquainted with a representative of Montgomery Ward who told him that the Montgomery Ward store in Greencastle had the highest profit margins of any and that Greencastle would be a good place to open up another clothing store. Hearing this, Robert decided to speak with a representative from a Lafayette bank about what the steps would be in starting such a business, but the banker told him that he did not have anything for him. The next day, the banker, George DeLong, called Robert and said that he and his wife wanted to personally back his clothing store in Greencastle. Robert and George drove to Greencastle together and went into a clothing store on the courthouse square owned by Harry Livengood. Robert asked Harry if he would be willing to sell him the store and Harry agreed. Robert opened the store in 1954 and ran it until 1986.
Robert and Roberta remain very interested in supporting the courthouse square and small businesses in Greencastle.
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