The Golden Age in Hayti

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#139
Feb 16, 2008
 
I am thinking it was Sam Hayti Person.
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#140
Feb 16, 2008
 
papadood I remember you well. You are a couple yrs older than I am. You are very tall. Your sister Pat was very tall also. Since you have gotten older have you gotten shorter,haha I`m just being funny. Honest have you notice when you get older everything shifts? I hate gettin old. I think I need to be rubbed with WD40 so my joints will operate. Corkey`s mind is good. He remembers lot about (the good old days)he says living on Black Island was hard. Well I didnt mean to get off th subject. I need to start a thread about do you remember when you could get out of bed without pain? haha

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#141
Feb 16, 2008
 
I remember you very well also, Barb. You were a sweetheart then and even more of a sweetheart now. I remember the folks that lived around Black Island and the bad luck they used to have. The soil was so fertile over there and they would plant the most beautiful crops you ever saw. Then the river would rise and wash the crops away. I remember the farmers saying that if they could ever get three crops in a row from the area, they could retire. To my knowledge, it never happened.
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#142
Feb 18, 2008
 
papadood wrote:
I remember you very well also, Barb. You were a sweetheart then and even more of a sweetheart now. I remember the folks that lived around Black Island and the bad luck they used to have. The soil was so fertile over there and they would plant the most beautiful crops you ever saw. Then the river would rise and wash the crops away. I remember the farmers saying that if they could ever get three crops in a row from the area, they could retire. To my knowledge, it never happened.
Thank you very much. Some would beg to differ with you .as the old saying goes. I enjoy your stories very much.
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#146
Sep 20, 2009
 
This was a great discussion area. Sorry to see that no one, me for instance, has kept it going.
Papadood, you knew a lot of people I knew when I was a kid in Hayti. My mother used to work for the James family when they had a cafe in town.
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#147
Sep 20, 2009
 
Yes, this is a very nice thread! Lots of memories in here.
Hayti used to offer more for kids than it does now!
I remember the square was booming! My dad, Don Dowdy, owned a service station at one time and the 9 0 taxi service.
There was a skating rink and a theater. Kids used to gather behind Gauldings, eat at Curtis', had a blast! There was no such thing as not being able to park and talk.
Hayti has really changed over the past 20 years!
White kids have no place to gather.
The Heights is still booming though! The cops don't bother the citizens of the HEIGHTS that walk out in the middle of the road or gather in the lots out there! If the white kids try to do anything, they are banned from doing it! It really is a discriminating situation that we have here!
White kids should be able to enjoy riding around, meeting and talking, making friends and enjoying life! It makes me sick! The way it used to be is a 360 from what it is now!
I wish the city of Hayti would put in SOMETHING or dedicate some area where the kids could go and NOT have to worry about some cop running them off!
Reading this thread brought back a lot of memories for me...sad to say that my son said Wow...Kids used to have fun here huh?
I saw Randy's posts on here too...it just aint right that he is gone!
LIFE SUCKS!
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#148
Sep 20, 2009
 
Donna, what gas station did your dad own and during what years? I remember a taxi service that use to be in the vacant corner lot next to the library. This would have been, probably, 1950 or so.
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#149
Sep 20, 2009
 
Dad owned the gas station in the late fifties and early sixties....It was in the same place that the Missouri Delta Bank (not sure what they are using that building for now) downtown is. I don't know what the name of it was. And yes...the cab stand was in the lot by the library. He had that for many years!
I remember Dr. Bryant and Dr. Caldwell just across the street, Clevengers on the corner, People's Drug store, Mack's Bar, Ben Franklins, Barkovitz, Freda Rose and her Dad Kelly, Missouri Herald, 2 dry cleaners,2 furniture stores, a dentist Doc Moore?, Moore's Dollar Store, Shirey's clinic and drug store, Nethery's Lumber, Hays, Benny Jack's shoe store, Kohn's, Bradley's apartments, Dawsons gas station, Della's cafe, Wasn't there a car dealership on the square too? Bains maybe? Angelo's cafe, IGA, Buckley's grocery store, Metzger's station, Jame's Pool Hall (what was the brother's name that said "I would" all the time)? and on the road by the post office....there were several little juke joints... "THE TOP HAT" LOL I wasn't allowed to walk or ride my bicycle there....or in the alley behind Barkovitz. There was Bob's Daisy Queen, Gaulding's, Club Zanza, Idle Hour, Levi's, The West End, Everywhere you looked there was a place to eat or buy groceries and go get drunk!!!! LOL
Hayti used to be a booming little town compared to what it is now. Walmart has turned so many small towns into ghost towns. It is sad!
The kids can't gather anywhere anymore. This town is depressing!
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#150
Sep 20, 2009
 
papadood wrote:
Ray Scott was the night policeman in 1957. His family and mine go way back, even before I was born. So you can imagine how close the friendship was.
One night a bunch of us were cruising around the local streets. We had sang all the do wop songs we knew. It was getting late but nobody wanted to go home. We cruised by the North Side City Park and saw old Butch snoozing over in his cage. Somebody came up with an idea of how funny it would be to call the local police and tell them the lion was loose. We figured that Ray Scott would come out there to check it out and we would razz him big time, as we were prone to do.
But we couldn't decide who should make the call. Everybody kept daring everybody else when George finally said, "I would do it but I don't have a dime." All of a sudden a dime appeared and we stopped at Grissom's Grocery right across from the entrance to the park. We had forgotten that the dispatch for the Hayti police went through the Caruthersville police dispatcher.
George called the number and in his best southern black dialect said something like this. "I wuz jest walkin' down the tracks goin to da house when I herd sumpthin. I looked around and seen the bushes movin. Oh my god!! The lion is loose."
Then he hung up and we went over in the park to wait for Ray Scott. What we did not expect was that the Caruthersville dispatcher took all this very seriously. We looked down third street and saw headlights flashing a redlights blinking. It was the county sheriff cruiser. He had no more than got there when J.C. Hickman showed up. This scared us to death because you didn't mess with the highway patrol. But we were too inquisitive to leave. Then another highway patrol car showed up. It was Paul Moore. All 6'4", 250 lbs of him. We left the park but had to see what was going to happen.
J.C. set up a roadblock on the road going to Netherlands and we kept going through the roadblock. J.C. warned us to leave the area but wouldn't tell us why. After we went through the roadblock about five times, J.C. got a little testy and told us not to come through there again. About that time, we saw Ray Scott running a code 3 down third street toward the park. He went screaming through the park, went off the horseshoe road and hit a mud puddle. The police car spun out and he wrapped it around a tree.
Finally after the last trip through the roadblock and getting chewed out by J.C again, George yelled out the window, "Hey, did you ever think of looking in the cage?" Three spotlights were trained on the lion cage and there lay Old Butch, snoozing like a baby. All the hubbub had not even awakened him. We decided to make our getaway.
All of us were swore we would never tell and to my knowledge, nobody ever told who made the prank call. I figured after 50 years, it was time the truth came out.
Great Story Papadood! I remember old Butch,I grew up on North Second and remember laying in bed at night hearing him roar,and roar,and thinking will you please shut up,lol
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#151
Sep 20, 2009
 
Donna Dowdy Hodel wrote:
Yes, this is a very nice thread! Lots of memories in here.
Hayti used to offer more for kids than it does now!
I remember the square was booming! My dad, Don Dowdy, owned a service station at one time and the 9 0 taxi service.
There was a skating rink and a theater. Kids used to gather behind Gauldings, eat at Curtis', had a blast! There was no such thing as not being able to park and talk.
Hayti has really changed over the past 20 years!
White kids have no place to gather.
The Heights is still booming though! The cops don't bother the citizens of the HEIGHTS that walk out in the middle of the road or gather in the lots out there! If the white kids try to do anything, they are banned from doing it! It really is a discriminating situation that we have here!
White kids should be able to enjoy riding around, meeting and talking, making friends and enjoying life! It makes me sick! The way it used to be is a 360 from what it is now!
I wish the city of Hayti would put in SOMETHING or dedicate some area where the kids could go and NOT have to worry about some cop running them off!
Reading this thread brought back a lot of memories for me...sad to say that my son said Wow...Kids used to have fun here huh?
I saw Randy's posts on here too...it just aint right that he is gone!
LIFE SUCKS!
We did all used to have alot of fun in Hayti,we could gather almost anywhere and talk,listen to the radio,get out sit on the hood,whatever without getting run off.Times have changed,and it's a shame for the young people of Hayti,they have nothing to do.
Donna Dowdy Hodel

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#152
Sep 20, 2009
 
Debbie Nelson wrote:
<quoted text>We did all used to have alot of fun in Hayti,we could gather almost anywhere and talk,listen to the radio,get out sit on the hood,whatever without getting run off.Times have changed,and it's a shame for the young people of Hayti,they have nothing to do.
Thank You! Aint that the truth!!!!
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#153
Sep 20, 2009
 
I remember my brother, Kenneth, James (Red) Newsom) and some other guys creating a monster out on some gravel road...they painted a sheet, sprayed something flammable in a circle and stood in the middle of the burning ring...They made the local newspaper! LOL
Fritz got em! Mom still has that newspaper story at her house. It was hysterical!
The Hayti police department knew that all they had to do was call Don Dowdy and that would be punishment enough.
I also remember Clifford Cummings (State HWY Patrolman) used to come up sit and talk to us kids. He referred to the highway between the local KFC and Chicago Il as the "chicken bone 500"...he was a nice man! Wonder what ever happened to him?
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#154
Sep 20, 2009
 
I remember that being called chicken bone 500. lol What ever happened to Red and Mike Newsom? Something else I just remembered. The girl scouts or boy scouts pitching tents and camping out in the park for a week end.
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#155
Sep 20, 2009
 
Donna, you remember most of the things I remember.
I am not sure but I believe the gas station at one time was a Standard station. I remember a flying horse as part of the logo. I also remember a cafe next to the station and there was a taxi station next to the cafe also. Many of the taxi drivers would go to the cafe to have coffee. Dr. Shirey was the first person I ever meet in Hayti. He delivered me when I was born. Was there a furniture store on the East side of the square. Miss Green was my first grade teacher. Wonderful person.
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#156
Sep 20, 2009
 
Old brain kicked in again. Bain I believe was the Ford dealership that was on 84 highway on the way to the Joy theater. There was a Pontiac dealer on the Southeast corner of the square. Remember the use to give the kids a band to put around our heads with a feather in it each year when new cars came out (for two or three years that I can remember). Was there a cafe called the City Pig across from Mack's bar on the Northeast corner of the square?
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#157
Sep 20, 2009
 
Mike....I'm not sure about. I think he may have died with cancer. Red still lives in Hayti. Tony "Mouse" still lives in Hayti too.
I'm trying to remember if there was a furniture store on the East side...but John A's is still on the West. And there was Roy Moore's on the South.
There was Poteet Hardware, Ben Franklin's, Barkovitz Dime store, Kohn's, Missouri Herald, the Car Dealership, a flower shop?, and there was one building that they even used to have wrestling in All on the East.....trying to think of another furniture store.
I'll have to ask Mom.
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#158
Sep 20, 2009
 
Mrs. Brooks was my first grade teacher. Mrs. Green and Mrs. Cash were the other two. Then I had Mrs. Baker for 2nd grade....she was precious!

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#159
Sep 20, 2009
 
I'm glad to see some folks posting on this thread again. Donna, the car dealership on the square was Dorris Motor Company. They were a Pontiac dealership. They donated a Star Chief Pontiac to the high school driver's education class for driver training. I learned to drive in that old stick shift, even though it was new at the time. Dalton Rogers (I hear he passed away) was the driver's ed teacher. He was pretty cool with us kids and I passed my test on the first try. A funny aside, when I took my test, I had 270 degree peripheral vision which I understand was quite rare. The trooper would put a skull cap on your head with a sort of swivel rod on it. He would move the rod back and forth behind your head and ask you to tell him when you could see it. He would barely move it and I would tell him to stop. After five or six tries, he became testy. He was certain that I was either guessing or pulling his leg, both of which irked him. He must have tested me 15 times trying to fool me when he was moving the rod but I got it right every time. And in response to Yetter's post, I think the service station was a Mobile station. Their sign had a flying horse and the words "socony vacuum" on the bottom of the sign. I never did know what socony vacuum meant. I"m sure there are al lot of stories out there if folks would just post them. By the way, Donna, did you have an older brother? Perhaps one that married Sue Dalton? Just curious.
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#160
Sep 20, 2009
 
Yes! That's right....Dorris Motors. Yes, I have an older brother, Kenneth Dowdy. He married Roxanne Blaylock.
Kenneth had to work at the gas station, I'll ask him what that meant.
I have to tell ya'll this story on myself.
I stole a package of Certs and some mascara (which Mom was devout Pentecost and I could sit on my hair, where/when was I going to wear mascara?) from Hays Store once. David King saw me, he told Mom and Dad.
They made me apologize to David and sell Missouri Heralds to earn back the money.
Nobody wanted them cotton pickin newspapers...10 cents a piece. Anybody that DID want them, had a subscription. I never did steal again! That was the Worst job I ever had. LOL
But I learned my lesson...
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#161
Sep 20, 2009
 
I remember there being two James families in Hayti. One was Jesse James and he had a son by the name of Jerry. I think Papadood has mention hime before. The other James family also had a son named Jerry. His father worked at the Bain car dealership as part's manager for many years. I remember coming home from college one time and I was asking everyone I could find if they had seen Jerry James. Everyone would look at me funny and say no. Suddenly the light went on and I realized they thought I was looking for Jesse's son. I was looking for the other Jerry. Jesse's boy was pretty tough and no I didn't want to find him. What was Jesse wife's name? I knew both James families. Jesse was alway nice to me, but he could be one "tuff" dude.

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