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Aunt Bea

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#23
Oct 8, 2013
 
You're not, by chance, Opie Taylor are you?
Ben Around

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#24
Oct 8, 2013
 
Aunt Bea wrote:
You're not, by chance, Opie Taylor are you?
Similar upbringing, but my name is Ben..... Ben Around. Actually, Greeneville was not that far removed from Mayberry. The community was much closer then, because there were very few outsiders during the 50's. Most everyone who lived here, grew up here, so you knew most everyone and their family.

I couldn't have asked for a better childhood, except that the fear of polio or nuclear war were pretty scary to a kid. A friend and fairly close neighbor of mine (Donnie Wills)contracted polio, and that was quite a sobering experience for a child. He died while still relatively young.
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Johnson City, TN

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#25
Oct 8, 2013
 
Can anyone tell me what business was in the storefront next to Ragan Furniture on W. Depot? Not where their new furniture is, but where the used items are in the locked storefront next door. I was in there once and the fixtures were interesting and opulent.
joe

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Oct 8, 2013
 
Newbie wrote:
Can anyone tell me what business was in the storefront next to Ragan Furniture on W. Depot? Not where their new furniture is, but where the used items are in the locked storefront next door. I was in there once and the fixtures were interesting and opulent.
A lot can be said for opulent fixtures.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

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Oct 8, 2013
 
Newbie wrote:
Can anyone tell me what business was in the storefront next to Ragan Furniture on W. Depot? Not where their new furniture is, but where the used items are in the locked storefront next door. I was in there once and the fixtures were interesting and opulent.
I'll drive by and see if I can remember. I think that is in the neighborhood of where the Star Store and Western Auto were.
Ben Around

Greeneville, TN

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#28
Oct 8, 2013
 
Ben Around wrote:
<quoted text>I grew up less than a mile from the heart of downtown, so I would go there probably every week or 2 , either alone(with my dog), or with a friend( and my dog). The dog would stay outside the stores and wait on me.
There was always a Christmas parade with Santa(played by Clark Harrison-a local Chrysler Plymouth dealer) riding on a float or fire truck which came right by my house. He would toss candy which we ran to get. There would occasionally be entertainment at the old VFW on Main St, near where Greeneville Orthopaedic is now. As I recall, there was a gym at the back of the building, and the legendary wrestler Gorgeous George once came to town(look him up). Also, some country music stars played there.
I remembered 2 of the big country stars who played the VFW in the 50's....Patsy Cline and Willie Nelson, if I remember correctly.
Aunt Bea

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Oct 8, 2013
 
Ben Around wrote:
<quoted text>Similar upbringing, but my name is Ben..... Ben Around. Actually, Greeneville was not that far removed from Mayberry. The community was much closer then, because there were very few outsiders during the 50's. Most everyone who lived here, grew up here, so you knew most everyone and their family.
I couldn't have asked for a better childhood, except that the fear of polio or nuclear war were pretty scary to a kid. A friend and fairly close neighbor of mine (Donnie Wills)contracted polio, and that was quite a sobering experience for a child. He died while still relatively young.
It must have been really nice growing up in a small town. I imagine you do have many fond memories and lots of great stories.(:
Ben Around

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Aunt Bea wrote:
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It must have been really nice growing up in a small town. I imagine you do have many fond memories and lots of great stories.(:
It was. I had a lot of friends. We played outside all day year round after school until dinner time, and never had to worry about getting abducted by a pervert. Nobody locked their car or house doors.
Aunt Bea

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Oct 8, 2013
 
Ben Around wrote:
<quoted text>It was. I had a lot of friends. We played outside all day year round after school until dinner time, and never had to worry about getting abducted by a pervert. Nobody locked their car or house doors.
I can relate somewhat. I grew up in the 60's-70's and witnessed a lot of changes take place. I was thinking about Halloween coming up soon and how it's a damn shame kids can't even go out trick or treating house to house like they used to. They miss out on a lot.
OMG

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Oct 8, 2013
 
baby boomer wrote:
The Greeneville of my childhood was centered in the downtown area. On Saturday mornings it was so crowded on Depot street you could hardly pass on the sidewalks. Roses, J.C. Penney's, Parks Belk & Watsons
were some of the stores on that street. The Transit Grille had a wide selection of newspapers & magazines
and was where I would buy most of my comic books. The tobacco market was the driving economic force in Greene County and the Austin Tobacco Co. played a major role in it's development. I can remember when Eastgate Shopping Center was built and then all the development along the 11-E bypass which ultimately led to the demise of the downtown busineses.
This is the Greeneville I'd like to see :)

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#33
Oct 8, 2013
 
OUTLAW RACER wrote:
Thank you, Ben Around. Interesting tour.
Agree, Ben hit it spot on!
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randy parton

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We used to have sheriff's that were not crooked. They did their job and did not hide behind there partys name. Yes we had a few bad apples but there used to law enforcement you could trust back then too.
Ben Around

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Oct 10, 2013
 
Newbie wrote:
Can anyone tell me what business was in the storefront next to Ragan Furniture on W. Depot? Not where their new furniture is, but where the used items are in the locked storefront next door. I was in there once and the fixtures were interesting and opulent.
I got by there this morning. That is the old Grover C. Bird Store. It is a very large building with 3 store fronts now. The store sold paint and wallpaper.
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Oct 10, 2013
 
Ben Around wrote:
<quoted text>I got by there this morning. That is the old Grover C. Bird Store. It is a very large building with 3 store fronts now. The store sold paint and wallpaper.
Thanks for the information.

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