Interested in any information about this business (DUKE & AYRES) which seems to have been a chain of variety stores. It was listed in the Kaufman Co. Business Directory, July 1929, according to info found online. A cousin (3 times removed) in my DUKE line, Hixie Rebecca DUKE, married James Polk AYRES in 1865 in Grimes Co., Texas. I can only find them in census in 1880 in Brazos Co., Texas, but according to another researcher, James Polk AYRES died in 1884. As far as I know, he and Rebecca had no children, but he had several siblings. I'm trying to figure out who the owners of the Duke and Ayres business were. If you know anything at all about the Duke and Ayres stores, please let me know. Thanks very much.