Just Say OMG!

The Advance of Bucks County - - BRISTOL AREA -

Oh My Good­ness, the en­chant­ing lit­tle stop nes­tled in the his­toric Bor­ough of Hul­meville, of­fers a uniquely di­verse, eclec­tic col­lec­tion of di­a­monds in the rough for an­tique and col­lec­tLbOH DfiFLRnDGRV.

The build­ing lo­cated on the cor­ner of Main Street and Hul­meville Road was erected in 18T1 and le­gend has it that in 191T, Harry Hou­dini, the Amer­i­can stunt per­former noted for his sen­sa­tional es­cape acts, oc­cu­pied D gUHHn URRP Ln WhHUH. HH SHUfRUPHG Rn WhH VWDgH Rn WhH VHFRnG flRRU whLOH Rn RnH Rf hLV YDuGHYLOOH WRuUV.

Now there is Motown mu­sic in the back­ground and a vast se­lec­tion of vin­tage trea­sures in the Prim­i­tive Room, the front room, show­cas­ing mil­i­tary ar­ti­facts from the Civil WDU, whLOH WhH PLGGOH URRP UHPDLnV HFOHFWLF. Glass­ware and Lenox col­lectibles com­mand WhH ODVW URRP.

Linda “Lynn” [Coombs] Mor­ris has been Ln WhLV buVLnHVV fRU RYHU 3.5 yHDUV. “, OLNH WhH VWRUH LWVHOf. ,W’V hDunWHG.” ,W VHHPV WhHUH wDV a vor­tex of air in the back room and a doll WhDW DOwDyV finGV LWV wDy LnWR WhH FHnWHU Rf WhH URRP.

Lynn moved from an­other lo­ca­tion ‘with a OLWWOH hHOS fURP hHU fULHnGV.’ “0y FuVWRPHUV DUH WhH bHVW Ln WhLV wRUOG. 7hHy FDPH wLWh WhHLU per­sonal ve­hi­cles and packed me and moved DOO Py VWuff.” (VSHFLDOOy hHOS­fuO wHUH RLFh DnG BHUnDGHWWH HDUW DnG PROLFH 2ffiFHU -Rhn )LPby.

Lynn was raised on Cedar Street in his­toric BULVWRO Rn WhH DHODwDUH. ShH wDV D FhHHUOHDGHU DnG SODyHG fiHOG hRFNHy whLOH Ln BULVWRO HLgh DnG VhH WDughW LFH VNDWLng DW WhH GUunGy ULnN. /ynn ORYHV WR GDnFH. “, GLG WhH BULVWRO SWRPS”.

She chore­ographed the 19T8 Bris­tol High SFhRRO “SDWuUGDy 1LghW )DVhLRn )HYHU” VhRw.

“,W wDV PDgnL­fiFHnW. 1R RnH hDG HYHU VHHn D fDVhLRn VhRw OLNH WhDW,” VhDUHG -RVHSh )UDnFHs­chini, es­teemed Bris­tol High School teacher of Amer­i­can and Bri­tish lit­er­a­ture who was re­cently hon­ored at the 2012 Bris­tol call ClasVLF.

/ynn’V GDG wDV D fiUHPDn fRU WhH &RnVROL­dated cire Com­pany on Pond C Mul­berry SWUHHWV. “, wDV Ln HYHUy SDUDGH. , gUHw uS Ln WhH fiUHhRuVH DnG , GLG Py hRPHwRUN Rn WhH VWHHULng whHHO Rf WhH SWDWLRn 50 YHhLFOH WhDW WhHy DUH UHVWRULng.”

Lynn came from an en­tire fam­ily of en­treSUHnHuUV. BRWh Rf hHU SDUHnWV, DRURWhy -HDn [0DgHH] DnG RDyPRnG “RDy” (ffer­son Coombs were real­tors, ownHUV Rf WhH RDyPRnG (. &RRPbV R( Rf­fiFH Rn PRnG SWUHHW. “, fROORwHG Ln Py fDWhHU’V fRRWVWHSV DnG wHnW LnWR RHDO (VWDWH.”

She started work­ing in the fam­ily buVLnHVV DnG WhHn MRLnHG wLWh 0V. )UDn DDYLV Ln &HnWuUy 21 RHDOWy. ,W wDVn’W ORng bHfRUH VhH wDV LnYROYHG Ln PuOWL- PLOOLRn GROODUV VDOHV.

“WhHn , GR VRPHWhLng, , GR ULghW.”

She con­tin­ued her ca­reer work­ing Ln PRUWgDgH DnG UHfinDnFLng unWLO “Oh my good­ness, the kids are all gRnH, , WhLnN ,’OO WUy WhLV.” ShH OHfW that pro­fes­sion to be­come a US Air­ways and United Air­lines stew­ardHVV.

Lynn and her hus­band, Alexan­der Mor­ris, are res­i­dents of Lan­dreth 0DnRU Ln BULVWRO 7RwnVhLS. AOH[ works in heat­ing and air con­di­tion­ing for Meenan Oil but con­sis­tently OHnGV D hDnG DW WhH VWRUH. “HH DOwDyV keeps me go­ing,”

She brags that he is a gourmet cook and raves about his chick­enL bURFFROL GLVh FDOOHG “LngUHGLHnWV.”

They are most proud of their three chil­dren and six grand­chil­dren and WhHLU gUHDW gUDnGVRn, -DyFH. )DPLOy

LW LV PRVW LPSRUWDnW. /ynn LV WhH WhLUG GDughWHU Rf WhH WhLUG GDughWHU wLWh WhUHH GDughWHUV. 7hHLU GDughWHU 0HOLnGD PLHF]nyVNL’V FhLOGUHn DUH DHYLn DHPSVHy, D GHDn’V OLVW VWuGHnW, DnG her two lit­tle sons are Michael and sin­cent PLHF]ynVNL.

Their eques­trian ath­lete daugh­ter Michelle Papen­dick has three chil­dren, Sa­man­tha Paige 9LROD, HDLOHy -DGH PDSHnGLFN DnG KyOH PDSHnGLFN. 7hHLU yRungHVW, 7Lf­fDny 0RRUH, UunV WhH PUR DHVN DW HRPH DHSRW.

Some friends en­cour­aged her to “get into DnWLTuHV.”

Oh My Good­ness is a trea­sure trove of Civil War and Get­tys­burg and relics and more curiRVLWLHV. PHRSOH ORYH WhH VWRULHV DnG /ynn HnMRyV PDNLng SHRSOH VDy “2h Py gRRGnHVV.”

She and her hus­band travel up and down the (DVW &RDVW WR gHW WhH UHDO GHDO, UHDO UHOLFV.

A fDYRULWH hDunW LV WhH BDWWOH­fiHOG 0LOLWDUy 0uVHuP Ln GHWWyVbuUg.

KRUHDn WDU YHWHUDn, SgW. 1VW &ODVV GHRUgH W. 0DULnRV DnG hLV wLfH, AObHUWD, hDYH bHHn FROOHFWLng PLOLWDUy DUWLfDFWV fRU 70 yHDUV. ,W LV GHWWyVbuUg’V ODUgHVW SULYDWH FROOHFWLRn. “7hH hLVWRUy LV un­bHOLHYDbOH.” They also own a candy mak­ing busi­ness, 0DULnRV &hRFRODWH. ,W’V bHHn D fDPLOy buVLnHVV fRU fiYH gHnHUDWLRnV nRw, VLnFH 1920.

BuW LW’V WhH VWRULHV…/ynn UHVHDUFhHV DnG LGHnWL­fiHV hHU LWHPV VR VhH FDn DFFuUDWHOy PDUNHW WhHP. ShH OHDUnV WhH DgH DnG RULgLn Rf HDFh.

“This is my fun place,” some cus­tomers hDYH VDLG.

BuW LW’V /ynn’V VWRULHV WhDW DUH WhH GUDw. Sarah MacDon­ald Hel­s­ley posted on the OMG cace­book, “You are my fa­vorite part of the shop!”

AnWLTuLng LV WhH RULgLnDO UHFyFOLng. SRPH SHRSOH buy DnWLTuHV WR GHFRUDWH WhHLU hRPH.

The sen­sa­tional ac­qui­si­tions can even have sen­ti­men­tal value for the col­lec­tion hob­by­ist or be a per­fect one-of-a-kind gift for some­one VSHFLDO.

No­table picks in­clude a signed Giuseppe ArPDnL SRUFHODLn figuULnH, D &LYLO WDU FRn­fHGHUate dol­lar (for dis­play on­lyF from Get­tys­burg; a sousa­phone, a valved brass in­stru­ment that is GHVLgnHG VR WhDW LW fiWV DURunG WhH bRGy Rf WhH PuVLFLDn; DnWLTuH fiUHDUPV DnG Dn 1890 PRVW 2ffiFH wLnGRw fURP PHGGOHU’V 9LOODgH Ln /DhDVND.

But it will be the sto­ries that will bring you bDFN. 7hDW, DnG hHU WwR SFRWWy GRgV.

0U. SFUuffy 0FSFUuff DnG 0LVV 0ROOy 0FDuff DUH SDUW Rf WhH VWRUH.

“WhHn , wDON LnWR /ynn’V DnWLTuH VWRUH, LW SuWV D VPLOH Rn Py fDFH. /ynn LV VR gHnHURuV DnG nLFH DnG , ORYH gRLng WhHUH. 7hHUH LV VR PuFh VWuff WR ORRN DW fRU D SHUVRn OLNH PH. ,W LV SDUDGLVH. 1Rw gR DnG VHH WhLV gUHDW SODFH fRU yRuUVHOf. YRu wRn’W bH GLVDSSRLnWHG,” VDyV -RVHSh D. AnGUHVV, DgH 9.

GLfW FHUWL­fiFDWHV DUH DYDLODbOH DnG /ynn Rf­fers a “lay­away” for most items, al­low­ing her FuVWRPHUV WR SuW Dn LWHP Rn hROG.

Call and ask about an item and she will post D SLFWuUH Rn WhH 20G )DFHbRRN fRU yRu WR VHH.

Rec­om­mend a “Spot­light.” Email vjm­run@ ya­hoo.com.

Ge­orge W. Mari­nos with Lynn Mor­ris at his Get­tys­burg shop

Ti­tanic circa 1900’s An­tique dress

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