Dingler's Drug store opened at 1321 W. Front St. in 1952. In 1953 they fielded their first men's softball team in the city recreation league, playing against Harris Gulf, J.C. Penney's, Front Street Presbyterian, Scarborough Chevrolet and Broad Street Methodist. The games were played at Abernathy Field. The next season, Southern Screw, the Record & Landmark, Boulevard Methodist, Concord Presbyterian, and White's Home Store joined the league. Later, Langley Processing, Beaunit, Paola Mills, Hunt Pen, Kewaunee Technical Furniture, Jiffy Join, Monro Mills, Blackwelder's Furniture, and Blackwelder's Gulf were getting in on the action. The 1962 season was Dingler's last, and the business was sold in '64. Statesville Historical Collection.