Heart of the Community

People make up the fabric of a community. One example is Hubert Beard, who with his wife Florence operated H. P. Beard Hardware on Main Street for 59 years. His community service activity included dedication to his church, the Waterman Masonic Lodge, and Johnson Boy Scout Troop 94, which he started in the early 1950s. His ability to fix or build whatever was needed for a project was legendary. On his School Street property, he built a rope tow for skiing and kept access to the Gihon River open for fishing and swimming, complete with a diving board and picnic table. Learn more about Johnson’s farmers, mill workers, talc miners, merchants, sugar makers, homemakers, teachers, clergy and more in the gallery, or visit Holcomb House!