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August 02, 2004

Editor's note: This article about Baxter Coovert was brought to our attention by Donald Smith of Winchester, whose father, Joe Smith, managed the store. The article appeared in May 12, 1948, edition of The Danville Advocate-Messenger.

JUNCTION CITY - Forty-nine years ago Baxter Coovert lost his eyesight. But what would have been a blow to most of us has served as an inventive for this Junction City man.

Coovert has had a successful business career as an automobile salesman, as a taxi-cab operator and now as a grocery man, according to an article.

The City Super Market on Junction City's Main Street has been opened by Coovert as his latest venture in a busy life.


Coovert was 10 years old when he lost his sight. Ten years later, he was graduated from the Louisville School for the Blind. From that time he has made his own way, cheerfully and more successfully than others without any handicap.

The reasons seems to be that Coovert refuses to regard his blindness as an handicap. For 20 years, he sold automobiles in Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois and West Virginia. Five years ago in June, he returned to his native Junction City and opened the Ducky-Wucky Cab Co. He has operated the taxi business entirely on his own since that time.

Coovert was married two years ago to the former Iva Brown, a nurse at the Ephraim McDowell Memorial Hospital.And now, Coovert has opened Junction City's newest market. He designed the City Super Market himself, with the assistance of Herman Swope.

The storebuilding has been torn down.

Joe Smith was a World War II veteran, and after he worked for Coovert a couple of years, he returned to Danville and opened a grocery store on South Second Street.|5/6/04|***

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