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Looking Back: Bessinger Market

March 5, 2014

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The Bessinger Market on Coolidge Highway gave store credit and helped many families in Berkley survive rough times.

In 1969, Mrs. Bessinger closed the business but continued to live in the home attached to the back. The building was later torn down to make a parking lot for what is now a credit union branch.

James Tong, with the Berkley Historical Museum, came across this photo while compiling it as part of “Images of America: Berkley,” which is available at the Berkley Public Library, Barnes & Noble and

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