|New benches being installed in front of the shopping center. The Esso station in the background was demolished in 2000. Photo from Jenine Olson-Heron|
Mr. Emory was a member of the board of directors of the Silver Spring Boys and Girls Club, a member of the Montgomery Hills Lions Club, the Civitan Club of Wheaton, Optimists International, Four Corners Businessmen's Association and the Moose Lodge of Silver Spring.
He was the proprietor of the Stone House Inn in Four Corners and the Deep South Bar-B-Q in Langley Park.
Mr. Emory specialized in family style Southern cooking and all-you-can-eat chicken from the family farm.
He promoted programs for disadvantaged youth and donated a music room to the Greater Washington Boys and Girls Club, Silver Spring branch.
As for the association itself, I was unable to find any information pertaining to its span of existence or membership. It is safe to assume that the Four Corners Business Men's Association represented most or all of the businesses in Four Corners at the time. I can only guess that it was disbanded sometime in the 1980's or early 90's.
The Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, which now represents some of the businesses in Four Corners, was formed in 1993 (hence the guess that the Four Corners Business Men's Association was disbanded prior to this time). The GSSCC assists and advocates for local businesses in the Silver Spring area, and many Four Corners businesses are members. A list of member businesses can be found on their website.
Anyone with information about the Four Corners Business Men's Association is encouraged to comment. It sounds like it was one o the few organizations that strictly focused on Four Corners, and it would be nice to know more about it.