I was contacted several years ago by James Boldebuck who was seeking information on the people who once owned Swindle’s Jewelry in Dublin, Texas. We published his request, and received pieces of information from those who had an interest in this one-time Dublin business. Today, I decided to publish once again to see if we can gather more memories from when the store was located in Dublin.
Patty Hirst, in typical Patty style, went on the hunt when she read our questions about the Swindle family.
“Swindle’s Jewelry was located across the street from Checkerboard.
“When they had the fire, where Corner Lot is located, Pinky Swindle (son of Grady) came over to remove the jewelry out of building so it would not burn. That was the end of Swindle Jewelry store in Dublin. I don’t think that their building burned.
“Also, Donna Hightower remembers buying Steve’s wedding ring there in 1974.”
Later, I happened to be in a Comanche grocery store at the right time (small-town perk, right?), and I saw one of the Swindle nephews who provided the following information for us.
Gracie was crippled from polio at the time she married Grady. Grady was perfectly fine until he was twenty-seven; at that time, a form of crippling arthritis attacked him, and it was because of this that he became a jeweler.
It was interesting to me to learn that the couple actually taught a “jewelers school” in the store in Dublin. Here, those interested could actually gain some type of certification upon completion of the course.
The nephew also confirmed my statement that the Swindles did also have a store in Comanche at one time as well as one in Stephenville.
If you have memories to add of this old Dublin business, please feel free to comment below.