Betty McGlone of Osgood is celebrating two milestones this year: her 90th birthday, which is May 17 and the 50 year celebration of being in business in Osgood.
After nine decades, McGlone looks back and said she realizes that starting a business when she did 50-years ago (in April) was not something many women did, but she was determined.
A celebration of the two accomplishments will be held Saturday, May 18, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Betty's Shop in Osgood. "Everyone is welcome," noted Priscilla Sutton, Betty's only daughter, who has been her mainstay for many years.
McGlone attributes her success in part to her mother, who was a stalwart supporter of working hard and getting things done. "I was raised during the depression," McGlone told the Osgood Journal, noting that she along with four siblings, three brothers and a sister, were raised by their mother.
Ancestors of McGlone dating back to the Revolutionary War have always been leaders and business people. McGlone carried on the tradition, even if she was the first woman in her family to do so. She's never been afraid of hard work and tells about babysitting for .50 cents a weekend and sometimes cleaning and ironing for a small wage.
When McGlone came to Osgood to work at the U.S. Shoe Factory, she was an accomplished shoe cutter, a rare position for a woman to hold then. She brought her skill to Osgood, but soon realized she wanted to do something more. "I really wanted to have a store," she remembered. In 1963 Betty's Shop became a reality with Betty running the store. She did continue to work at U.S. Shoe for about five years and run the store at the same time putting nearly everything she earned into the store to make it a success.
Taking her work ethic and determination, McGlone began going to Cincinnati on Sundays to buy items from wholesale houses. She said she learned from her mistakes about what the community wanted clothes wise, but soon had it down pat. She decided ladies and children's clothing would be best for the market in the area where people bought premium clothes for years. Now the shop is still in operation, but it houses tanning beds, and sells a few products as well. They also have a great line of tuxedos that can be rented for that special occasion and a dry cleaning service available.
The early days weren't easy, but McGlone said determination and sheer grit held her together when things were tough. She remembered once when a family cat got into a stock of her famous filmy negligies and well the "cat scratch dance" shredded many of those expensive items. "That was a bad day," she agreed.
The secret to her success could be attributed to her motto, which is, "you have to treat people like you'd like to be treated." McGlone taught herself to type and use a computer. She wasn't going to be left behind by technology.
McGlone has been a community pillar and is a member of the Osgood United Methodist Church, the Osgood Historical Museum, a life member of the Ripley County Humane Society, and a member in the Democrat Club. She is quick to point out here that her grandson, Tim Sutton, is running for Ripley County Sheriff on the Democrat ticket in 2014 and she is proud of him. "I want to live long enough to see him become sheriff," she laughed.
This lady of fine clothes and knowledge and skill of making shoes has many other interests. She is an also an artist. She is a past member of the Entre Nous, 4 Art Club, and has painted many works of art that hang on her walls inside her cozy apartment above her store in Osgood. She has made at least 14 quilts, 48 fancy pillows with intricate needle work.
McGlone was one of the founding members of the Osgood Beautification Committee, always taking pride in the town she still calls home today.
She, along with her daughter, invite the public to come and celebrate their special day at the shop located on Buckeye Street.