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Main Street merchant Lively dies at 94
Bill Lively, left, and Glen Moore are pictured in June 2013 in front of the city water building dedicated in their honor.
In the days when downtown McMinnville was filled with soda fountains and Main Street was the community magnet, Bill Lively was a friendly face behind the pharmacy counter at Lively-Ferguson Drug Store.A World War II veteran, a former city alderman, and a McMinnville firefighter back in the day when it was an all-volunteer unit, Lively had a life full of activity. He died Monday at age 94.“His store was open six days a week, a lot of times till 8 or 9 p.m. because those were the days when downtown was the only place to shop,” said longtime friend Joe Michael Woodside. “Lively-Ferguson Drug Store was a big part of this town.