For more than fifty years, Tiger Jack's distinctive, stove-heated wooden shack stood at the corner of Dale St. and St. Anthony Ave. in St. Paul. Inside, the colorful entrepreneur, who died in 2001, sold hickory chips, kerosene, shoe shines, vegetables, candy and more.
Tiger Jack's store was an integral part of the Rondo neighborhood, a lasting symbol of the success that hard work and commitment to family can bring. His tiny shack served as an informal gathering place, a lasting symbol of an era gone by for those who had grown up in the Rondo neighborhood.
Photographer Jim Gehrz spent time with Tiger Jack in 1984, and those pictures and the audio-taped interview allow us to look back at a man of distinctive character. This week, as the Rondo Days Festival is celebrated, we remember Tiger Jack.
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