When Art Cobery drives along Central Avenue and passes the old Tower Market on Central and Vine Street in Glendale, he thinks back to the days of his youth. Cobery got his first job — and his Social Security number — at Proctor’s meat market. That led to an exciting job out in the desert for two summers.
“This was during World War II, when many men were overseas,” he said. “I was in the sixth grade, but I was older than the others and working already.”
Tower Market had several small businesses, Cobery recalled.
“George Proctor ran the meat market, the grocery was run by Germans, and a Greek ran the restaurant.”
There were four children in the Cobery family and they lived in a big house on Vine. Like many in those days, his mother took in three or four boarders and feeding those boarders became a challenge when food rationing was introduced at the beginning of the war.