Remember Huntington in the 50's?
Old Timer

Knoxville, TN

#603 Dec 16, 2009
fla cracker moved back wrote:
<quoted text>no I never attended the show but watched it many times on tv. and knew some of the kids on the show. I worked after school and on weekends so had little time to attend. I lived in the west end beside the old cabell school and attended there thru the 4th grade then moved to Proctorville Ohio and graduated Fairland H.S. but knew and ran into many of the kids in HHs graduating in 60 that went to school with me at Cabell. another resturant you may recall was the T&T lunch on 3rd ave and 12th street near the Roxy theater I believe. My uncle was a cab driver in the early 40's and early 50s and he used to let me ride with him (actually babysitting me) while mom worked.I remember they knew the schedules of all the trains C&O and B&O and Greyhound bus and would be there to try and get a fair. Do you remember the old bus depot on fourth ave between 8th and 9th street around where they built the Tipton theater next door to Parkers Jewelry?
No, I don't remember the old bus station between 8th and 9th St. The only one I remember is the Greyhound Station further east on 4th Ave. closer to Marshall. I used to make trips via Greyhound when in boarding school. I barely remember the Tipton theatre at all. Seems like there was a NEW CHINA RESTAURANT next door or close by the Tipton.(Finding a grub worm crawling out of my salad was a revolting shock that caused my family to avoid that place from that day.)

I am hoping somebody will write a book about how it was while growing up in Huntington back during the "age of innocence". How great would that be?? There are lots of mighty good memories connected to our hometown and also some funny stuff from a child's perpective that might be entertaining. It would be extremely nostalgic for some of us, I'm sure.
Old Timer

Knoxville, TN

#604 Dec 16, 2009
Highlander 61 wrote:
T and T lunch was on third ave and the Roxy was on 4th ave. The only theater I remember close to T and T was the Rialto. Did not know the Dunfee girl that Danny asked about. Old timer you probably shopped at the Smart shop,Angels, Amsbarry Johnson, George H. Wright too. We hung around Gallagher's drug store next to the w,va. building, it had a great lunch counter.
Oh boy...the Smart Shop...oh yeah! That's one of those good clothing shops I keep raving about!!

Gallagher's was my crowds hang-out too!! We had taken over the place throughout all of the 50's. It didn't seem to matter how loud and rowdy we got, we were tolerated and treated well by the manager and employees. Another fantastic memory! Thanks!
The Storyteller

Flint, MI

#605 Dec 17, 2009
Old Timer wrote:
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Hello Butch,
I visited your' link and enjoyed listening to your songs. I am very interested in obtaining your book. In reading some of your' biography, on MySpace, I know the autobiography will be great! Thanks for posting on this forum and leaving a link for us to explore and enjoy!
If you're ever singing around Pigeon Forge, TN...make sure to let me know!
Hey Oldtimer, I never addressed the interest you expressed in the auto biography I wrote ... actually, it is a work in progress. I only wrote it so I could pass on some family history to my children and grandchildren, regarding the abject poverty that I was raised in. The song on my site "The Storyteller" was inspired by this book. It started as an autobiography and morphed into partly satire regarding my life. My Mother didn't really get it. My Dad left us to fend for ourselves ... but the desire for survival that came with that experience has allowed me to overcome and succeed. I wouldn't change it. I've had an incredible life. That was the intent ... handing that knowledge and life lesson to my kids. Thanks for this forum, The Storyteller
CKgal

Wexford, PA

#606 Dec 17, 2009
The Storyteller wrote:
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Hey Oldtimer, I never addressed the interest you expressed in the auto biography I wrote ... actually, it is a work in progress. I only wrote it so I could pass on some family history to my children and grandchildren, regarding the abject poverty that I was raised in. The song on my site "The Storyteller" was inspired by this book. It started as an autobiography and morphed into partly satire regarding my life. My Mother didn't really get it. My Dad left us to fend for ourselves ... but the desire for survival that came with that experience has allowed me to overcome and succeed. I wouldn't change it. I've had an incredible life. That was the intent ... handing that knowledge and life lesson to my kids. Thanks for this forum, The Storyteller
How lucky your children and grandchildren are, Storyteller. You sound like a great guy.
I don't post here often, but I want to tell all who do how much I enjoy reading your posts and reliving memories of growing up in the 50's and 60's near Huntington, WV.

Since: Dec 09

Phoenix, AZ

#607 Dec 17, 2009
Old Timer wrote:
I grew up in Huntington during the 50's. Back when my school, Cammack, was a combined elementary and jr. high school within walking distance. Huntington High was the proud Pony Express on 8th St. Dreamland and the Olympic Pool were top notch hang-outs. Wards donut shop on 4th Ave and 1st Street. Wiggins and all the drive-in restaurants on 5th Ave. near East High and the Field House. Anderson-Newcomb and Bradshaw's were the best dept. stores. Silver's and McCrory's dime stores. Gallagher, Lawrence, and Wild Drug had the best lunch counters.
Do you have any memories of those times and places? If so, then share your memories.
Yer killin me. My father's family was from Huntington. I use to go there as a kid. They lived on 5th ave which was just an alley behind I think it was Adams Ave. The Elizabeth Day florist shop was out in front. My Uncle took it over after old man Day died. My uncles name was Babe Phillips. Nickname ofcourse, but he was pretty well known. There was a donut shop, just a little thing, was it on Jefferson? Its a place Soupy Sales hung out in the day.
I have so many memories of Dreamland..omg. I went back to the area and lived in Proctorville for a few years. I ended up teaching a fall semester class at Marshall. I can't believe your post this is awesome. I tell people about it and they think I am nuts.

Thanks soooo much for sharing.

Since: Dec 09

Phoenix, AZ

#608 Dec 17, 2009
Old Timer wrote:
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No, I don't remember the old bus station between 8th and 9th St. The only one I remember is the Greyhound Station further east on 4th Ave. closer to Marshall. I used to make trips via Greyhound when in boarding school. I barely remember the Tipton theatre at all. Seems like there was a NEW CHINA RESTAURANT next door or close by the Tipton.(Finding a grub worm crawling out of my salad was a revolting shock that caused my family to avoid that place from that day.)
I am hoping somebody will write a book about how it was while growing up in Huntington back during the "age of innocence". How great would that be?? There are lots of mighty good memories connected to our hometown and also some funny stuff from a child's perpective that might be entertaining. It would be extremely nostalgic for some of us, I'm sure.
Oh another thing... my grandmother and great aunt who were quite the prissy ladies during the week, use to go to the wrestling matches in town..om I went with them when I was like 10. I almost died. these two old ladies screaming for one of them to kill the other.. haha it was great.

Since: Dec 09

Phoenix, AZ

#609 Dec 17, 2009
You guys got me all choked up. Now I have to go read all of the posts. Better go get my hankies first. This is fabulous.
CKgal

Wexford, PA

#610 Dec 17, 2009
Aughra wrote:
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Yer killin me. My father's family was from Huntington. I use to go there as a kid. They lived on 5th ave which was just an alley behind I think it was Adams Ave. The Elizabeth Day florist shop was out in front. My Uncle took it over after old man Day died. My uncles name was Babe Phillips. Nickname ofcourse, but he was pretty well known. There was a donut shop, just a little thing, was it on Jefferson? Its a place Soupy Sales hung out in the day.
I have so many memories of Dreamland..omg. I went back to the area and lived in Proctorville for a few years. I ended up teaching a fall semester class at Marshall. I can't believe your post this is awesome. I tell people about it and they think I am nuts.
Thanks soooo much for sharing.
You will be happy yo know Dreamland is still open every summer but the crowds aren't there like they used to be back "in the day". Are you old enough to remember the 2 high diving boards?
Huntington Author

Clearwater, FL

#611 Dec 17, 2009
The Storyteller wrote:
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Hello, I was born in the west end of Huntington, and lived in 39 (that I remember) different places in and near the city. We lived in Northcott Ct for 4 yrs ... the longest of all those places. I remember almost all of the inner city ... the floodwalls, creeks, rivers ... changed schools 16 times from the 1st to the 12th. Played football for HHS & HEHS. I am a Songwriter and have written a few songs about the city and of Wv. I have a few pics of those years and have written an unpublished autobiography of those times. Thanks for bringing up this topic. Butch www.myspace.com/butchrunyon
Butch, I went to the link you posted and enjoyed your music. Are you related to Gene Runyon who played for HHS around 1960-61? I played football with and against him when my family moved to the east end of town. I graduated from HEHS in 1961

Since: Dec 09

Phoenix, AZ

#612 Dec 17, 2009
CKgal wrote:
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You will be happy yo know Dreamland is still open every summer but the crowds aren't there like they used to be back "in the day". Are you old enough to remember the 2 high diving boards?
Im straining my brain, I think I remember that but can't associate anything that happened. I'm 55.
Danny

Gainesville, FL

#613 Dec 17, 2009
Aughra wrote:
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Yer killin me. My father's family was from Huntington. I use to go there as a kid. They lived on 5th ave which was just an alley behind I think it was Adams Ave. The Elizabeth Day florist shop was out in front. My Uncle took it over after old man Day died. My uncles name was Babe Phillips. Nickname ofcourse, but he was pretty well known. There was a donut shop, just a little thing, was it on Jefferson? Its a place Soupy Sales hung out in the day.
I have so many memories of Dreamland..omg. I went back to the area and lived in Proctorville for a few years. I ended up teaching a fall semester class at Marshall. I can't believe your post this is awesome. I tell people about it and they think I am nuts.
Thanks soooo much for sharing.
did you know Allen Phillips..his mother lived on 4th Ave at about 3rd Street..Allen married Eloise Douthat and ended up in Albuquerque N.M.

Since: Dec 09

Phoenix, AZ

#614 Dec 17, 2009
Danny wrote:
<quoted text>did you know Allen Phillips..his mother lived on 4th Ave at about 3rd Street..Allen married Eloise Douthat and ended up in Albuquerque N.M.
No, my family lived on west side. I will google it and see what the cross streets were. Ralph, Donald, Edwin Phillips. My grandfathers name was Ralph too.
fla cracker moved back

Enola, PA

#615 Dec 17, 2009
Highlander 61 wrote:
T and T lunch was on third ave and the Roxy was on 4th ave. The only theater I remember close to T and T was the Rialto. Did not know the Dunfee girl that Danny asked about. Old timer you probably shopped at the Smart shop,Angels, Amsbarry Johnson, George H. Wright too. We hung around Gallagher's drug store next to the w,va. building, it had a great lunch counter.
yu are correct about the theater on 3rd ave. on another post one talked about Hugh Day and Babe..I remember them both well. for my mother used to deal with them often. I lived just down the street from the florist shop. Hugh Day more or less took Babe and raised him from an early age and taught him the buisness..Hughs' mother was Elizabeth Day and she graduated from the old Proctorville High School in Ohio. I remember Hugh Day coming to our house to get an order from my mom and get it just the way she wanted it.you are correct the shop was on Adams ave and 9th street west. I also remember going with my grandfather out sixteenth street in his ol pickup and getting bricks from the kilns they were tearing down to build Cabell Hgtn Hospital as it was formaly a brick yard..I also remember the old trolley rails in the middle of 16th street but do not remember ever being on them.I never found the question on the Dunfee girl, however I did know a Mary Dunfee thet lived down on Waco rd I believe.Does anyone remember a kid named Herschel Shelton that went to Cabell School He was in the third grade and got killed by a train somewhere around 12 st west?
Old Timer

Kodak, TN

#616 Dec 17, 2009
The Storyteller wrote:
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Hey Oldtimer, I never addressed the interest you expressed in the auto biography I wrote ... actually, it is a work in progress. I only wrote it so I could pass on some family history to my children and grandchildren, regarding the abject poverty that I was raised in. The song on my site "The Storyteller" was inspired by this book. It started as an autobiography and morphed into partly satire regarding my life. My Mother didn't really get it. My Dad left us to fend for ourselves ... but the desire for survival that came with that experience has allowed me to overcome and succeed. I wouldn't change it. I've had an incredible life. That was the intent ... handing that knowledge and life lesson to my kids. Thanks for this forum, The Storyteller
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I am glad you are enjoying this forum. Personally, I have been greatly enriched by the trips "down memory lane" provided by the ones who have joined this thread. I sincerely appreciate all of the people who have shared their memories here. In the beginning, I asked the question, "Remember Huntington in the 50's?"...never dreaming that so many would reply. It has been a great experience for me!

Thank you for your response about your book. I wish you much success in the writing of your history. I too believe that life's experiences mold us into individuals with certain wisdom we could not obtain in any other way than to live through and overcome adversity. I do admire you for the legacy that you are leaving your children through your' songs and your' written word. Blessings to you and yours!

Have a wonderful Christmas.
Old Timer

Kodak, TN

#617 Dec 17, 2009
Aughra wrote:
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Oh another thing... my grandmother and great aunt who were quite the prissy ladies during the week, use to go to the wrestling matches in town..om I went with them when I was like 10. I almost died. these two old ladies screaming for one of them to kill the other.. haha it was great.
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WELCOME!!

I had to laugh about the "prissy ladies" enjoying the wrestling matches!! I had an aunt that used to watch Gorgeous George, <remember him?> wrestle on TV. She'd get so excited she'd shout at the screen and end up throwing her popcorn at the television when things didn't go her way.(She was the only relative that had a TV at that time and the rest of the family thought she was losing her mind!) Thanks for the memory!!
fla cracker moved back

Enola, PA

#618 Dec 17, 2009
Danny wrote:
<quoted text>Calvin tried to get me in AMWAY,Cecil Dudding was in sales then.my uncle Clyde Holderby was service manager and cousin Glen Grove was in parts..my dad George Miller was sales manager at Ch.13 up the street..Do you know if Bud is still alive or the fact that he accidently killed his wife
Danny Bud passed away quite sometime ago and also Morris Brumfield,Cecil passed away a couple yrs ago.the Buick store is now part of the Moses Auto group on route 60. I worked up on 5th ave between 29th and 30th street which is now multi minny stores. I was there when Buds wife died. after the accident of the plane crash Hez sold the dealership and Bud bought a chrysler ply dealership in Texas and was there for a few yrs taking Morris Brumfield and Bobby Shy down with him. The last I heard from Bob Shy he was in Daytona Beach at the Ford Store...Also Dick Newman was living in Daytona as well. Paul Lewis is still alive and I intend to look him up after the holidays and he can fill me in more on Bud. Ah good ol "Pdubs" doughnuts.
fla cracker moved back

Enola, PA

#619 Dec 17, 2009
I remember buying my familys' first color tv from the Good Year service store on 4th ave. only a couple of shows were in color then Disney being one and maybe Wagon train??? and some commercials which were in poor color and you had to adjust it frequently. I bought it from Lowell Dudding. He and I were in JCs together.He and his wife and my wife and myself used to go around town together. He later moved to Florida (which I didn't know) and a yr or so later I moved there as well...Imagine our total surprise when I walked into a store in Brandon Fl. to buy a new refrigerator and he raised up from his desk and came walking around the counter to wait on me....a very strange feeling... neither of us knowing we were within hundreds of miles from each other.
The Storyteller

Flint, MI

#620 Dec 18, 2009
Huntington Author wrote:
<quoted text>Butch, I went to the link you posted and enjoyed your music. Are you related to Gene Runyon who played for HHS around 1960-61? I played football with and against him when my family moved to the east end of town. I graduated from HEHS in 1961
Thank you very much. I am very nostalgic about Huntington. Yessir, Gene is my lovely brother. He was a tough boy. I enjoyed watching him play. He lives in Chesapeake these days. I saw him in September. I played for HHS, and East both, ran track. I kept changing schools. I was a halfback and broke my thumb before the 1st game, so I transferred to Circleville for a while, then back to East and ran track. Seemed we had to move every time the rent came due, sure made it interesting.

Since: Dec 09

Phoenix, AZ

#621 Dec 18, 2009
Old Timer wrote:
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WELCOME!!
I had to laugh about the "prissy ladies" enjoying the wrestling matches!! I had an aunt that used to watch Gorgeous George, <remember him?> wrestle on TV. She'd get so excited she'd shout at the screen and end up throwing her popcorn at the television when things didn't go her way.(She was the only relative that had a TV at that time and the rest of the family thought she was losing her mind!) Thanks for the memory!!
To add a bit more humor to the prissy ladies, my grandmother was around 275 lbs and aunt ore was about 200. But these were not slovenly heavy women, they were straight backed, well groomed and very proud. I have got to get my sister on her. Both of my older sisters were actually raised in Huntington. My folks split and they went to our grandmothers and I went with my dad to my greatgrandmothers. Our family was originally from Metz/Hundred W VA. down a little road called Cambell's Run. That is about 3-5 gen before me. But we still have our family reunions there. As a matter of fact I think some removed cousins still live in the original house at the end of the run, but I understand it has been let go.
Anyway back to Huntington...My grandma live on W 5th ave. south of the rr tracks (that aren't there anymore) behind adams ave. I cannot remember how far west, but it wasnt far from where adams curved around and took you to that park. anyway. I am enjoying this so much. I still have friends and family there.
Danny

Gainesville, FL

#622 Dec 18, 2009
fla cracker moved back wrote:
<quoted text>Danny Bud passed away quite sometime ago and also Morris Brumfield,Cecil passed away a couple yrs ago.the Buick store is now part of the Moses Auto group on route 60. I worked up on 5th ave between 29th and 30th street which is now multi minny stores. I was there when Buds wife died. after the accident of the plane crash Hez sold the dealership and Bud bought a chrysler ply dealership in Texas and was there for a few yrs taking Morris Brumfield and Bobby Shy down with him. The last I heard from Bob Shy he was in Daytona Beach at the Ford Store...Also Dick Newman was living in Daytona as well. Paul Lewis is still alive and I intend to look him up after the holidays and he can fill me in more on Bud. Ah good ol "Pdubs" doughnuts.
Bob Shy moved to Hendensonville Tenn. and died in Jacksonville Fl. 6-4-05

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