This is of the inside of
the old Pile Hardware at 1541 West Washington St. It would have to be
from 1932-1939 as Frank Marshall Pile is in the
pic (far left) and he passed in January of 1940.
Some of people we
know in the pic are...
Frank Marshall Pile (the F.M. in F.M. Pile Hardware) on the far left.
William L. Pile Sr. (Frank's son, William L. Pile,
Jr's. father) 3rd from left with his white starched
shirt and black bowtie with white polka-dots - wore it every day.
Jack Pile (Frank's son)-(far right).
F.M. Pile Hardware Company was founded in 1932 by Frank Marshall Pile.
Upon his death in 1940 his sons, William L. Pile, Sr. and John (Jack) W.
Pile, operated the store until 1967 when William Sr. assumed sole
ownership. His son, William L. Pile Jr., began assisting with management
in the mid 1960's and assumed ownership upon William Sr.'s death in
1982. William Jr. still runs the company with the assistance of his wife
They have built a reputation as "the" place in Charleston to
find items that can't be found anywhere else.