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Harry Bosworth has seen it all; recognizes change is afoot

Geyserville?s history has been lived by Harry Bosworth, the owner of the general merchandise store that sells Western wear, hardware, grains and horse tack.

?We still do those things,? he said of the men?s work clothes and boots he sells to locals, along with the animal feed and farmer?s supplies. But, ?we don?t do it in the same quantities.?

These days, he?s as likely to be selling a cowboy hat to a French tourist or a book to a Bay Area visitor.

?I can see this place getting more touristy as time goes on,? he said.

One sign of the times is the recent departure of Lampson Tractor and Equipment from the center of town to a new location six miles to the north. While it isn?t certain what will replace Lampson?s, Bosworth said ?it will probably get filled more along the lines of tourism.?

Bosworth serves as a kind of unofficial mayor of the unincorporated town, and a link to a time when prunes and pears were the main crops around Geyserville, not wine grapes. He also used to cater to the sheep ranchers who are now gone.

Bosworth owns the water company, which serves about 1,000 people, along with the town cemetery, which numbers in the hundreds of graves. He is on the Geyserville fire board, is treasurer of the Kiwanis Club and is secretary of the Oddfellows Lodge.

The building his store occupies was purchased by his grandfather in the early 1900s. It once housed a buggy shop, a tinsmith and an undertaker?s parlor.

The wooden floors are original and the place has a familiar smell of vintage leather that goes well with the Colt revolvers and Winchester rifles mounted on one wall.

Saddles and a collection of wooden fishing poles also stoke the conversation.


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