Photo courtesy of The Gardner History Museum


The photo was taken in the Bruce Furniture Store in the mid-1950s. From left to right: Grace Patteson Pearce, Betty Bruce, Roy Bruce, Russell McConnell, and Toohey Ewing. The Bruces purchased the Stanley Furniture and Funeral Home from Grace Stanley Patteson in 1948. Grace continued to work with Roy and Betty Bruce for a number of years. The furniture store is still located in downtown Gardner.