|Rita Allen, the owner of Allen's Variety Store.|
PS- Ricky's mother, Almira Cramer Steele, told me that she first saw a telephone at "Aunt Rita's" store when she was a little girl. Allen's Variety Store was just down the street from the Cramer home. The phone was an oak box hung on the wall. It had a crank that you would turn to ring the phone.
Aunt Rita would lift little Almira up onto a box which stood by the phone so that she could reach the phone and turn the handle.