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Any older folks ever really get on here that are from Coal City and remember??

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OldFart

Beckley, WV

#1 Oct 7, 2009
I am in my 60s..Remember the old days in Coal City..way back younder when the Ols Post Office was in front of Mr Lillys house beside Mr Shumates store..When there were as many beer joints as there was Churches..When there was a movie Theater here in Coal City..back when we had busses runnin through every 2 hrs..back when on FootBall nites at Stoco people walked to the Games and there were so many people walking it looked like Haloween with the kids walking from house to house...back when people didnt have to lock their doors..when it was common to see trees in Peoples yard that were White washed...Some of the old community leaders and citizens were always helpin everybody and never askin for anything in return...When the old grade school had the big building and Mrs Hatchers old room beside it...back when kids would race to the Community Church to see who got there first so they could ring the Bell...back when everybody worked and took care of their families...When the old Feed Store was still standing...The terrible plane Crash...When it wasnt uncommon to wake up and have Gene in your yard catchin fishin worms...Mr Whitleys store was the big store in town...When Wes Thompson was the Law...How everybody knew when one of the Men were away in the Service and how glad everyone was when they came home safe...Things like that from when we were young??..it would be nice to talk about things like that and remember to people who have gone on but still remembered by us...some of the funny stories from those times...Let relive the past some in this Discussion...a lot is still remembered and it might bring back such Grand memories...What say Folks wanna have some fun????
Leroy

United States

#2 Oct 8, 2009
I remember most of those things, I had totally forgot about Gene though! LOL!
Lil Ebb

Beckley, WV

#3 Oct 8, 2009
I remember much of that..,I remember when we would be on the community action bus and go by coal city colts practice and I would tell Grandma.,,I can't wait till I go to that school..,.,little did I know it was kids my age.,.,we were just to poor to have a ride to practice.,.Dad worked on the road and was gone alot..,when he was home he was drunk and raising a cain all over.,.,I am sad to say when the Colts were changed was my last year there.,.,was glad to move on to the middle school where my sons were on there first 2-time county champs team.,.,my how this place is withering away.,.,people will miss your generation old fart.,.,I know I miss several from your era.,.,my dad included.,.,classy and toughest group ever in this erea.,.bet I probably know you.,.,now someone will start trashing on this one.,.,sorry.,.,but we'll try and get this one going.,.,keep it up.,.I have many stories.,.but I am from Fireco.,.,now whitby.,.but a coal city boy as well..,25823
OldFart

Beckley, WV

#4 Oct 8, 2009
Anybody remember these people or places..Charlie Hodges garage..Posey Stanlys garage..Abb Jones garage..Don Pruits garage..Billy Akers garage..Johnnie McDormans garage..Big Boy Vencils garage.. Pete Bowyers garage..Ozzie Akers barber shop..Frazier Gills barber shop..Ralph Mills barber shop..Whitleys gocery..Coles grocery..Shumates grocery..Peters grocery..Jones grocery..Tilsons INS..Saunders grocery..Meadows grocery..Mimies Teentown..Joes TV and Repair..Walkers TV and Repair..The Coal City Club..The HobNob..Johnnie Wells place..Mr Fuller and his horse drawn wagon..Coal Citys cab stand..Price and Quesenberry bus lines..Jarrel moving..Thompsons transfer..Shumates furniture..????
Back in the days when one single name was all some needed to be reconized..Brown..CC..Arthur.. Junior..Bernie..Willis..I know these Places and People in your minds bring back so many memories...Lets tell some of those stories and remember them..as long as they are remembered they will never be really gone...Lets hear from you..!!!
Jackson

Beckley, WV

#5 Oct 8, 2009
OldFart wrote:
Anybody remember these people or places..Charlie Hodges garage..Posey Stanlys garage..Abb Jones garage..Don Pruits garage..Billy Akers garage..Johnnie McDormans garage..Big Boy Vencils garage.. Pete Bowyers garage..Ozzie Akers barber shop..Frazier Gills barber shop..Ralph Mills barber shop..Whitleys gocery..Coles grocery..Shumates grocery..Peters grocery..Jones grocery..Tilsons INS..Saunders grocery..Meadows grocery..Mimies Teentown..Joes TV and Repair..Walkers TV and Repair..The Coal City Club..The HobNob..Johnnie Wells place..Mr Fuller and his horse drawn wagon..Coal Citys cab stand..Price and Quesenberry bus lines..Jarrel moving..Thompsons transfer..Shumates furniture..????
Back in the days when one single name was all some needed to be reconized..Brown..CC..Arthur.. Junior..Bernie..Willis..I know these Places and People in your minds bring back so many memories...Lets tell some of those stories and remember them..as long as they are remembered they will never be really gone...Lets hear from you..!!!
That is awesome! Keep going, tell us more, but I would like to know where in Coal City these places were.
wow

Beckley, WV

#6 Oct 8, 2009
anyone have old pics to share
OldFart

Beckley, WV

#7 Oct 8, 2009
Hodges garage was where Ronnie Whites garage is now..Abb Jones garage was where Porter prices garage is now..Posey Stanlys garage was where Cunninghams is now..Don Pruits was where Pauls garage is now..Big Boys was where Johnnie Crees is now..Johnny McDormans was where Blues drive thru is now..Billie Akers was in the empty building at the Hylton loop..Pete Bowyers was where the first service station comin into Coal City is now..Ozzie Akers barber shop was in the Coal City Club building..Ralph Mills was in the same place after Ozzie moved..Frazier Gills was in the little shop across from the D&A garage was..Shumate furniture was in the old movie theater place..Peters grocery was in the building across from Ronnie Whites service station..Coles grocery was in the little store Jim and Linda Smith run now..Tilson INS was in the place where the Dollar store is now as was Whitleys grocery..Saunders grocery was in the building where Donnie Hugarts cabinet shop is now..Jones grocery was in a building beside Lane Thompsons..Shumates grocery was in the building across from the sureway..and Meadows grocery was where the sureway is now..The BobNob was across from the ols D&A garage..Abb Jones teen town was beside Porter Prices garage..Johnny Wells place was where the cash market is now..Minies teentown was across from Porter Prices garage..Oh and I left out Willard(smitty)Smiths grocery store was across from where Cunninghams is now...I had a dirt floor in it..
And trust me folks there are stories with every one of these places..and to my memory there has only been one Honarie Mayor ever in Coal City..Eugene Estes Sutphin...there is a story that would take a whole hard drive to cover..Hs was one special and Legendary Man...Keep em comin..I love it...
Leroy

United States

#8 Oct 9, 2009
This is great!
OldFart

Beckley, WV

#9 Oct 9, 2009
Here is one for ya Leroy, Did you know or have any idea that Coal City once had an Ice Cream stand? Kinda like a Dairy Queen was in the old days..Where you walked up and ordered what you wanted and they handed it out the window to you as you waited..After it closed there was a shoe repair shop in it..in those days when a pair of shoes got in bad shape you had them fixed instead of runnin and buying a new pair..the old gentleman who ran it also had a shoe shine chair in it where you sat in the chair and he polished your shoes while you were wearing them..After that closed it sat empty for a long time until Clay Duncan put a packette in it..Building isnt there anymore but it was located in what is now the parking lot for Blues drive thru..Just another tidbit some know but most dont...More to follow !!
Leroy

United States

#10 Oct 9, 2009
OldFart wrote:
Here is one for ya Leroy, Did you know or have any idea that Coal City once had an Ice Cream stand? Kinda like a Dairy Queen was in the old days..Where you walked up and ordered what you wanted and they handed it out the window to you as you waited..After it closed there was a shoe repair shop in it..in those days when a pair of shoes got in bad shape you had them fixed instead of runnin and buying a new pair..the old gentleman who ran it also had a shoe shine chair in it where you sat in the chair and he polished your shoes while you were wearing them..After that closed it sat empty for a long time until Clay Duncan put a packette in it..Building isnt there anymore but it was located in what is now the parking lot for Blues drive thru..Just another tidbit some know but most dont...More to follow !!
I had no idea about the ice cream stand or a bunch of the places that you have mentioned. I do remember Clay's little packette.
OldFart

Beckley, WV

#11 Oct 9, 2009
When I was a boy there was a big v shaped Budwiser sign beside the Coal City Club beside that sign was one of the paths to the Swimmin Hole..or as we called it Abney..not the camp the swimmin hole on Piney creek..starting in late spring and all through the summers its where you could find us all of course swimmin trunks were optional..Didnt anybody have a pool in their yard everybody went to abney..its where probably 90% of the people of my generation learned to swim..I know its where I did..and its still there as well as the path..might be hard to find but if anyone wanted to look they could find it..also there were two other ways down there not quite as steep and took a little longer to get there..one was the road across from where Cunninghams is now and the other the road on the left hand side of the club..Couple of summers ago i told some kids where it was and they didnt believe me but the went and found it and thanked me..asked me how longs that been there..I said as far as i know..Forever..Now mind you as for the kids of now a days its down hill one way to the swimmin hole which means that after a day of swimmin and fun ..its UP hill back..but like I told them yall now have 4 wheelers kinda makes the trip back up easier..but Low and Behold Coal City does still have a swimmin hole..maby some of you have been or will when and if its ever gets warm enough will go..its a fun place!! More to follow..
enjoying this

Beckley, WV

#12 Oct 9, 2009
This is directed to the oldfart...i am originally from the sophia area...but live in coal city now and i am really enjoying this forum...glad ppl can reminisce and talk nice instead of all the negativity!! keep em coming
Leroy

United States

#13 Oct 9, 2009
I too used to swim in that ol' swimmin' hole! We would go down in front of where Porter's is now.
Lil Ebb

Beckley, WV

#14 Oct 9, 2009
there is a link from the woodrow wilson web page that shows al kinds of old pics from the 50's and 60's.,.,has the old mtn. market and a wjls radio car there.,.,has many photos from the erea,.,I will find it and add the link.,.,I have the photos on a disc.,.,you can also just search southern wvcoalcamps and search from there.,.,those are my favorite sites.,.I remember frasier cutting my hair many times.,I remember the barber that was on one side of the club.,.,the mountain market with the floors that went up and down.,.,shumate delivering groceries to us in fireco.,.when the train ran and we would chase it and the man on the caboose would throw candy and batteries to us., about 600 people playing softball in the field in fireco.,.,hardly ever a fight.,.,sometimes tho.,.I also have a picture of my Dad playing the nickel machine at the hobnob.,.,I remeber clays packette to..,man things sure have changed.,.,.,and for the worst..,Its all in revelations my friends
coal city kitty

United States

#15 Oct 9, 2009
Wow all of these names sure bring back good memories. I can remember riding my bike all over Coal City until we got tired of that and then we walked until the street lights come on. I grew up in Coal City in the late 60's and the 70's and it back then was the best place to live. Oh how I miss it being that way.
Thanksfor the memories.
OldFart

Beckley, WV

#16 Oct 9, 2009
Alrite everybody thanks..aint it fun to Remember..Steve you might not have known but we had a ball fiels up here too..was out on Abney road. the Raleigh County League had baseball games there as did Stoco High and kids would go there and play baseball..I remember goin to the ball field in Fireco..and I did see Ebb playin those machines myself..was a great guy..Know you as well..chip off the old block..and thats a good thing.
Kitty wasnt it great to stroll the roads here and run from the dogs that would chase everybody..
Leroy. I was down there a couple years ago on a 4 wheeler and the place looks the same..just more grass and the power lines were gone..remember throin rocks and the sound they made?
enjoyin this..Welcone to our little piece of heaven..I was in Sophia a lot in my younger days..played baseball in the Little League and then the Senior leauge there..will never forget how everyone there treated us ole Stoco boys like we were part of their famileis..have such great memories from there and to this day still have friends from there..
I love the fact we can enjoy this post and I hope it brings more people to our forum who just want to talk and enoy themselves..
I have some stories that are funny,sad and tragic but there stories of things that have happened here over the years and part of our lives..
More to follow..the Fart
Old Fart

Beckley, WV

#17 Oct 10, 2009
Here is a very sad one..I know there have been way to many untimely deaths in Coal City over the years but this one stays with me to this day..back in the mid50s there was a young boy and his brother playing out back of their parents Mobile home in the lot across from Cunninghams Sunoco..but at that time it was Posey Stanlys garage and gas station..to be exact its the lot where Mrs Winston lives now..but the house thats there now wasnt there back then just the mobile home..the boys heard a airplane flying overhead and ran around to see it..at that time the plane flyin low hit the wires streached from telephone pole to telephone pole..one little guy made it inside the Mobile home but his brother didnt..the plane crashed ..killing the little boy..was a terrible scene and people from all over went out there to see if anyone could help..but they couldnt..it was the first time anyone close to my age had been killed and the sadness in the community was felt by everone..the next day was a school day but Mr E.H.Meadows the principal at the old Coal City grade school called classes off for the day..I went to school with both boys and knew the brother who survived rather well..cant remember the families name but they moved away soon after the crash..This like I said is a very sad story but I know some of you had no clue that there had ever been a Plane crash in Coal City..
More to follow..Fart
no idea

Rocky Mount, NC

#18 Oct 11, 2009
this stuff is really interesting. Who actually owned the Hob-Nob???
Old Fart

Beckley, WV

#19 Oct 11, 2009
No Idea..The Hob-Nob was owned by Frazier Gill and his wife Ramona..Frazier was the barber who had the little shop beside the Hob-Nob they lived in the house which is still there..That little barber shop had some of the best mountain Music around..frazier and some of his friends would get togather once a week and play fiddles,dobros,flattops and banjoes not just play them there were some state champion players that would come around..as a matter of fact one time channel9 the PBS channel had a show about them..needless to say if you liked BlueGrass music Fraziers barber shop was the place to be !!..
There were many people who ran the Hob-Nob over the years and many different businesses in it..once even a Church..The Hob-Nob and the Barber Shop are gone now but the Memories will live forever...Fart
coal city kitty

United States

#20 Oct 11, 2009
I remember when the Hob-Nob was a teen town and was run by the Wills. I can't remember their names but their kids were Debby, Tammy and Roy, I think. I remember when Johnie McDorman had the store and in the evening we all hung out in the front of it, and at the grade school. And I remember Ira Coles's store and working there with my momma putting up groceries and sweeping the old wood floor and Zeke sitting on the cooler talking to himself. \I remember Uncle Clays packette and him telling on me when I first started driving for speeding past his packette and not getting mad at him because I respected him and knew it took a village to raise a little idiot like me. And I remember being able to go in the Miner's Club as a child and be safe and getting free bubblegum and a pop to go. I remember riding Bobby Lilly's bus down to Besoco and being an inch it seemed away from the rock bank and feeling safe as could be. I remember kids from all of CC coming to Jenny Herron's house to jump off of her garage into huge piles of leaves and playing ping pong on a homemade table in the yard. I remember playing in the CC grade school play ground and having a2 girls softball teams and Kenny Cox was our manager. Both teams. LOL. I remember when Coal City was the best place in the world to grow up.

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