Lea

Princeton, WV

#1215 Nov 28, 2009
I'm wondering if you don't like the old gas station buildings too--to me Esso alone means a gas station--don't know why, but just like it. Last I knew it was still Esso in Canada.
tomhell

Wilmington, NC

#1216 Nov 30, 2009
All Esso stations in this country became EXXON in 1973. Canada still have ESSO's.

Toyboy and Me worked at the Texaco Station in the mid 50's. Owner was Bill Bennett and later Fred Saunders. Others who worked there were Ed Lawrence, Harry Barton, Harry Lambert and Jay Taylor. We were full service. Pumped the gas, cleaned the windshield and checked the oil on every vehicle that pulled in. We also washed vehicles, changed oil, greased chassis and changed tires. Can't get service like that anymore.
do you remember

Beckley, WV

#1217 Nov 30, 2009
dO YOU REMEMBER THE STATION BESIDE THE hINTONnEW oFFICE(WHERE BANK PARKING LOT IS NOW)? i THINK Reesy Grimmett worked there . He was young and good looking.It was the late 50's. Would like to know wheres hes at now.
Resident

Beckley, WV

#1218 Dec 1, 2009
Get some 60s memories in here. I really enjoy reading them.
common sense

Port Republic, VA

#1219 Dec 1, 2009
I can't help you with that one; I left Hinton in June of 1959. I have visited, but have lived in Virginia for the last 50+ years.
tomhell

Wilmington, NC

#1220 Dec 1, 2009
Do you remember.
Reese Grimmett was at the 50 year high school reunion in October at Pipestem. I hadn't seen him in several years. Other than losing some hair he appeared to be in good health. I think he lives in Lewisburg.

I think the station you are interested in was The Hinton Taxi Office. They had a gas pump where you could buy gas after hours. The Grimmetts did have a Station at the foot of Avis Bridge. I was getting gas in a Plumbing truck when the news came over that Kennedy had been shot. It's said that everyone remembers where they were when that event happened. That holds true for me.
tomhell

Wilmington, NC

#1221 Dec 2, 2009
Do you remember.

I do remember a ESSO station across the alley from the Hinton News Office. Took a little mine jogging from Toyboy and a good nights sleep to remember it.
Lea

Princeton, WV

#1222 Dec 2, 2009
tomhell wrote:
Do you remember.
I do remember a ESSO station across the alley from the Hinton News Office. Took a little mine jogging from Toyboy and a good nights sleep to remember it.
When you cut down that little alley or dirt road, the taxi office was on the right and the Esso on the left; my Grandmother lived down there for a while, and I can still miss all the 'train' stuff going on--not just the sounds of the whistle, but the grating sounds as the cars hooked, unhooked, the wheels on the tracks, even could hear the wheels on the large baggage carts or wagons as they were pulled along the pavement, and could so clearly hear the conductor shouting "All Aboard". Course the 'Lunch Room' had some really good food--think one of the women there was a Ms. Turley (spelling?), but do remember what she looked like and the home-made banana ice cream with chunks of banana and slivers of ice in it--never had any like it since.
A Tait

United States

#1223 Dec 4, 2009
My wife's father was born at Wiggins. How he migrated to Elkhart, Indiana, is it's own story. He lost his job in the Great Depression and after a brief sojourn in Bunker Hill, Indiana, the family came to Hinton or to be more exact, to live with his parents.

While my wife's stories about life during that time are by no means unique but do tell the story of those who lived hand to mouth with next to nothing.

Is there any interest here if I can coax them from her? If the person who started this thread would sooner I move to Memories please say so.

From reading the comments of those who have responded to Hinton in the 50s, I get the feeling that many are not to far removed from the 30s

Art Goshen, Indiana

“A AVIS KID”

Level 2

Since: Sep 07

Avis Wv.

#1224 Dec 4, 2009
tomhell wrote:
Do you remember.
Reese Grimmett was at the 50 year high school reunion in October at Pipestem. I hadn't seen him in several years. Other than losing some hair he appeared to be in good health. I think he lives in Lewisburg.
I think the station you are interested in was The Hinton Taxi Office. They had a gas pump where you could buy gas after hours. The Grimmetts did have a Station at the foot of Avis Bridge. I was getting gas in a Plumbing truck when the news came over that Kennedy had been shot. It's said that everyone remembers where they were when that event happened. That holds true for me.
----Hey TomHell--I rememember that day-----working for mountain state construction ,co---Laying pipe on a job at chesapeake wv--working behind some houses and a lady came out and gave us the news --I cried---was not a shamed ---sad day------

“A AVIS KID”

Level 2

Since: Sep 07

Avis Wv.

#1225 Dec 4, 2009
Hey Lea ---Were are you???---it has been a few days.----NO LEA----If you don't answer I am going to tell !!!!-Who is LEA-!-I will let the whole world know.---The truth about---Susie Lea----If you have a problem with this --contact stoneboy@bellsouth.net-------

“A AVIS KID”

Level 2

Since: Sep 07

Avis Wv.

#1226 Dec 4, 2009
A Tait wrote:
My wife's father was born at Wiggins. How he migrated to Elkhart, Indiana, is it's own story. He lost his job in the Great Depression and after a brief sojourn in Bunker Hill, Indiana, the family came to Hinton or to be more exact, to live with his parents.
While my wife's stories about life during that time are by no means unique but do tell the story of those who lived hand to mouth with next to nothing.
Is there any interest here if I can coax them from her? If the person who started this thread would sooner I move to Memories please say so.
From reading the comments of those who have responded to Hinton in the 50s, I get the feeling that many are not to far removed from the 30s
Art Goshen, Indiana
--Hey --Al--I like your memories ---Don't care if they are from the 30'th or 60's---just nice to remember---If you like to post on memories --that is good---Thanks ----hope your wife will share some more ----What is the earlest you wife has on places like jungle beach??---i think it was one of the first along with edgewater----But!!!!!-
common sense

United States

#1227 Dec 4, 2009
The day JFK was shot, I had just finished bathing my 3 month old baby girl and was starting to watch Divorce Court on t.v. Walter Cronkite came on with the announcement, and even though I'm a Republican, I was shocked and saddened by the event. A very dark day in America's history. I'm still not sure Oswald did it, but I am convinced Jack Ruby shot him to shut him up! I have never believed Ruby died in prison, either. I guess I'm a conspiracy nut, but not nutty enough to believe Jesse Ventura!
Mel

AOL

#1228 Dec 5, 2009
Well it sure is good to note that I was not even missed after all this time LOL LOL
dsmith

Beckley, WV

#1229 Dec 5, 2009
You also had Hinton Furniture at 2nd Ave and Temple. You didn't have to leave town to buy a new car as Holstein Chevrolet, Garten Ford, Grimitts Pontiac, Dodge and Plymouth. Fredikins Jewelry was also along Temple street. Hickman's Pharmacy. Coste TV and Appliances. Gores Barber Shop. J.C Pennys and Sears Catalog stores. Mountgomery Wards. Neely's Barber Shop. Hellem's Grocery Store. Dodd's Photo Shop on Ballengee Street. We also had a Buick and Cadillac Dealer but can't remember the owner.
Lea

Princeton, WV

#1230 Dec 5, 2009
Mel wrote:
Well it sure is good to note that I was not even missed after all this time LOL LOL
I did miss you posting, but, I've been on here very little this week myself, so I figured others had some busy days also, and another day or so I would have come searching--also have missed JWM and Linda, so hope we'll all get back in good form soon.
A Tait

United States

#1231 Dec 6, 2009
dsmith wrote:
You also had Hinton Furniture at 2nd Ave and Temple. You didn't have to leave town to buy a new car as Holstein Chevrolet, Garten Ford, Grimitts Pontiac, Dodge and Plymouth. Fredikins Jewelry was also along Temple street. Hickman's Pharmacy. Coste TV and Appliances. Gores Barber Shop. J.C Pennys and Sears Catalog stores. Mountgomery Wards. Neely's Barber Shop. Hellem's Grocery Store. Dodd's Photo Shop on Ballengee Street. We also had a Buick and Cadillac Dealer but can't remember the owner.
Many of those names I have seen in our visits to Hinton over the years. From where I sit it appears that, like so many other places, when the dime store went out and the strip malls came downtown was doomed. I have been in Hinton, when Murphy's was the place to meet and one was hard pressed to find a parking place close by.

With no industry in the area, what supported the economy besides the railroad and the mines? We stayed with Woody Hicks who ran the station at Willow Wood. He always seemed to stay busy.

Art Goshen, Indiana619
Lea

Princeton, WV

#1232 Dec 6, 2009
A Tait wrote:
<quoted text>
Many of those names I have seen in our visits to Hinton over the years. From where I sit it appears that, like so many other places, when the dime store went out and the strip malls came downtown was doomed. I have been in Hinton, when Murphy's was the place to meet and one was hard pressed to find a parking place close by.
With no industry in the area, what supported the economy besides the railroad and the mines? We stayed with Woody Hicks who ran the station at Willow Wood. He always seemed to stay busy.
Art Goshen, Indiana619
Actually, people didn't have to leave town to do much of anything in those days, buy a car, go in the hospital, eat out, go to school, shop from Murphy level up to more expensive clothing, walk to ballpark, etc., etc. Don't know if you've had the time or desire to read back over Memories or the 50's topic, but there's been a lot of (Hinton in the past) ground covered and it's pretty good reading. In the 40's and 50's some people still didn't have cars and not many were 'two car' families, but when you went to town, I remember my Mother driving around the blocks forever trying to find a parking space--also, the cars were pulled into the curbs at an angle, so it allowed for many more people to park downtown.
Lea

Princeton, WV

#1233 Dec 6, 2009
A Tait--I was thinking about your question of what supported the economy, and wonder if anyone knows the answer to what has happened all over the country to cause the demise and breakdown of town/city living as it was. Superficially it seems like the "chicken and egg" theory, of what happened first. There were many businesses in and around Hinton, so there were many jobs--by the same token, many had jobs, so they could support many businesses. Was it actually 'greed' and 'power' on every level (from individuals to high corporate factions) that was responsible for taking away our "storybook towns/lives? If so, guess we all had some portion of a 'hand' in "shooting ourselves in the foot". What's other opinions?
A Tait

United States

#1234 Dec 6, 2009
Lea wrote:
A Tait--I was thinking about your question of what supported the economy,
Lea, I can understand businesses supporting one another however Im wondering where the money came from to begin with.

My county,Elkhart, is the home of the mobile home and travel trailer industry. There are also a number of different factories through out the area. What have got or did have in Hinton or Summers County for that matter.

When the travel trailer factories shut down it was a major catastrophe but too many people are responsible for the shape they are in now. For way too long, we have been in a 'I want NOW pay later' mode. Here $200,000 homes were selling like hotcakes, 2 or 3 new cars on every drive way. The monthly payments had to be enormous!. Suddenly, there is no paycheck and people dont have a dime in the bank!

One laid off RV worker was interviewed on television. He had been TAKING HOME $1000 a week and made the remark that he wouldnt work for a measly $15 an hour! The most money that I ever made in one year was $11,000. Those guys who are in debt up to their eyebrows should have had a money manager like mine! I brought my pay check home and my wife managed it. We raised 3 kids and built a nice home. Not had built built with our own hands and sweat!

I dont that you are off the mark listing greed as a cause for the problems in our economy. I am not a particularly religious person but there is no doubt in my mind that this country has strayed too far from the Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule.

My wife will quickly tell you that we have no idea what the great depression was like. She will tell you that until you have walked across town to work in a laundry for 10 can hour and hope that when you got there that there would be work for you to do.

In short this whole country has been living way to high on the hog for too long. Now it is time to pay the piper! We are going to see our standard of living fall there is just no way arount it.

Didnt mean to get on a soap box

Art Goshen, Indiana

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