On the front of the store facing south there was a porch, and people would come up and park in front of the porch and run in and get their mail and stuff. This woman from down the Harbor, Sophie Wheeler, came every afternoon for her mail. One day she came up, and her son was on the hood of the car hanging on to the windshield wipers. She had driven all the way up from the Harbor, but Sophie couldn’t see too well. I remember hearing Bordie saying, “Here comes Sophie!” There used to be nice cut stone underneath the posts that held up the porch, but she wiped all those out. She hit every one of them. We had to put concrete underneath, otherwise the porch would have come down. I bet she hit three or four.
Based on an oral history interview with Helen Shurtleff Collins.
First published in “Remembering Adamsville” by the Little Compton Historical Society, 2013.