Remember Huntington in the 50's?
Old Timer

Miami, FL

#122 Jul 23, 2008
Thanks Buzzard!! What fun!!
My score?

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Mr Ninteen Thirty Three

United States

#123 Jul 24, 2008
Do you remember= Woodlands right over fifth st hill=the Wheel drive inn next to AC&F= Chat&Chew Inn and or the chew chew Inn on 5th ave about 25th or 26th st and also Verners there also and they served beer also= some one mentioned some one that sold papers in front of Geo.H.Wrights=there was also a guy always around Galigher's Drug & the WVa Bldg that sold papers pulling a wagon and always said papers and two other things= also when down town I often saw a man in the same locatoin and he had no legs and sold pincels and things like that and moved around on a plywood board about 20x20" sq with roller skates used for wheels and from the side walk to the top of his head he could not have been more than 24" tall.I think that many years later he died in one of the hotels close by like the Milner or Adelphia and they found two hundred thousand dollars in his room.Pan handling must have been good business back than like with soxie.Drug stores down town that I know right off hand were = Lawarnce, wallgreens wilds, Galigher's Kiser and Stevens Drug.all in a three block area.5&10 cent stores=Kresgees on 4th &10th= Grants, McCroys & Silvers on 3rd= Hardwares down town=Love's,Emmond-Hawkins. Foster something next to it and Cook's Hardware.Western Auto's, RCA-Victors Morrisons Dept store on 4th between 8th & 9th st next to Star furniture,Jennings Bakery, Brackmans street car,Tom's lunch, the Mayflower'Pennys, Sears Mountgomery Ward's.B&O train station C&O.The End for now but will add more soon.Mr 1933
Mindy C

Fairmont, WV

#124 Jul 25, 2008
Funny how when people post things, it brings back memories. I remember the guy with the pencils. I also remember going to Sears on 29th as a kid. How about Huntington Hospital??? The Princess Shop, Nasser's the Smart Shop. I remember George Mallott driving around in that blue & white cadi, with the license plate NO1UNO. The beauty school on 8th street and Nick's News right around the corner.
Old Timer

Miami, FL

#125 Jul 25, 2008
Mr Ninteen Thirty Three wrote:
Do you remember= Woodlands right over fifth st hill=the Wheel drive inn next to AC&F= Chat&Chew Inn and or the chew chew Inn on 5th ave about 25th or 26th st and also Verners there also and they served beer also= some one mentioned some one that sold papers in front of Geo.H.Wrights=there was also a guy always around Galigher's Drug & the WVa Bldg that sold papers pulling a wagon and always said papers and two other things= also when down town I often saw a man in the same locatoin and he had no legs and sold pincels and things like that and moved around on a plywood board about 20x20" sq with roller skates used for wheels and from the side walk to the top of his head he could not have been more than 24" tall.I think that many years later he died in one of the hotels close by like the Milner or Adelphia and they found two hundred thousand dollars in his room.Pan handling must have been good business back than like with soxie.Drug stores down town that I know right off hand were = Lawarnce, wallgreens wilds, Galigher's Kiser and Stevens Drug.all in a three block area.5&10 cent stores=Kresgees on 4th &10th= Grants, McCroys & Silvers on 3rd= Hardwares down town=Love's,Emmond-Hawkins. Foster something next to it and Cook's Hardware.Western Auto's, RCA-Victors Morrisons Dept store on 4th between 8th & 9th st next to Star furniture,Jennings Bakery, Brackmans street car,Tom's lunch, the Mayflower'Pennys, Sears Mountgomery Ward's.B&O train station C&O.The End for now but will add more soon.Mr 1933
WOW!!! What memories! I had forgotten about a lot of the places and people you mentioned. Thank you so much for sharing such great memories. I will look forward to reading much more from you, Mr.1933.
Old Timer

Miami, FL

#126 Jul 25, 2008
Mindy C wrote:
Funny how when people post things, it brings back memories. I remember the guy with the pencils. I also remember going to Sears on 29th as a kid. How about Huntington Hospital??? The Princess Shop, Nasser's the Smart Shop. I remember George Mallott driving around in that blue & white cadi, with the license plate NO1UNO. The beauty school on 8th street and Nick's News right around the corner.
Thank you Mindy! My mother used to shop at the downtown stores you mentioned. I loved the unique styles found there. Wish we could find those kind of quality clothes now-a-days! Please share more when you have time?
Mr Ninteen Thirty Three

United States

#127 Jul 26, 2008
I am back with more but first a corection for I was born at St Marys hosp and have lived in Huntington all of my life and now on to the memories=the 6th st bridge when it had the toll booths on both sides and on Wv side as you started up on the left was Wv electric & on the right was a white framed house with windows always open and there always seemed to be women in the windows.Go figure.On tenth st river side of the flood wall there was a very large white frame scrap paper business where you could take old news papers & magazines and sell for money.Staying along the river at 26th st e was the river barg boat that you paid to drive your car onto and go to the Ohio side & it went both over and back.Also the 26th or 27th st tennis courts that over looked the river,very nice with cool breeze.Radio center=Arena Gardens where you could ice skate on 8th ave at I think 2nd st= Memorial hospital 1st &6 th ave= Marvin Gardens restaurant 7th ave at 5th or 6th st =Molleties Pizza *th st & 7th ave=6th between 8th&9th st were teo good ones The Alantic Sea Food &New China Garden's=Reliance Dress Factory =Biltmore Hotel=Tweel Pharmacy big yellow brick appt bldg as you come up from the 10th st underpass coming toward town=The Huntington Athletic Club on 9th st between 7th & 6th across alley from Huntington Hotel which was across st from Prichard hotel & on toward 7th ave adelpha hotelPolice station under City Hall=Richard Fulburg's South Side Inn 10th st & 9th ave now Ginos=Kenedy sorry I don't think I spelled it right next to 10th st market on right side of Kenedys was Cash's ESSO station next to czsh heading east was a house that for a few years was Gene Brackmans take out end.Well that's all for now. Wylie-1933
Old Timer

Dillon, SC

#128 Jul 26, 2008
Mr Ninteen Thirty Three wrote:
I am back with more but first a corection for I was born at St Marys hosp and have lived in Huntington all of my life and now on to the memories=the 6th st bridge when it had the toll booths on both sides and on Wv side as you started up on the left was Wv electric & on the right was a white framed house with windows always open and there always seemed to be women in the windows.Go figure.On tenth st river side of the flood wall there was a very large white frame scrap paper business where you could take old news papers & magazines and sell for money.Staying along the river at 26th st e was the river barg boat that you paid to drive your car onto and go to the Ohio side & it went both over and back.Also the 26th or 27th st tennis courts that over looked the river,very nice with cool breeze.Radio center=Arena Gardens where you could ice skate on 8th ave at I think 2nd st= Memorial hospital 1st &6 th ave= Marvin Gardens restaurant 7th ave at 5th or 6th st =Molleties Pizza *th st & 7th ave=6th between 8th&9th st were teo good ones The Alantic Sea Food &New China Garden's=Reliance Dress Factory =Biltmore Hotel=Tweel Pharmacy big yellow brick appt bldg as you come up from the 10th st underpass coming toward town=The Huntington Athletic Club on 9th st between 7th & 6th across alley from Huntington Hotel which was across st from Prichard hotel & on toward 7th ave adelpha hotelPolice station under City Hall=Richard Fulburg's South Side Inn 10th st & 9th ave now Ginos=Kenedy sorry I don't think I spelled it right next to 10th st market on right side of Kenedys was Cash's ESSO station next to czsh heading east was a house that for a few years was Gene Brackmans take out end.Well that's all for now. Wylie-1933
Good, good, good!!! My goodness-sakes...so many places that I didn't know existed and some that I remember very well. Excellent recall you have Wylie-1933. Yes, please keep 'em coming. Where did you go to school? South Side Inn had the very best cheeseburgers...and they delivered to your home!!**I remember the old Memorial Hosp. on 1st St. Went there to have stitches in my head when I was about six yrs. old. Old Huntington was a mighty busy place, huh?
Mr Ninteen Thirty Three

United States

#129 Jul 28, 2008
To Old Timer & Mindy C, I am going to try again to responde to your questions.I spent over 4 hours Sunday by clicking on (REPLY) and adding my answers to you by adding them right after (Quotes)added #clicked post comments but did not enter.I am going to try again the way I first did it. I went to kindergarden thru 3rd=Marshall Lab=Miller=Cammack=HHS=attende d Marshall Collage was drafted=Fort Knox to Fort Ore for both first & second eight then sent to Salzburg Austria than for year & a half to Vincenza Italy and home to Huntington to this date.All of my growing years I lived on 11th ave & 11th st till married at 21.Now to your (busy hum )the answer is yes thru most of the 50's Huntington was a city that any one in this county would have loved to live in.At that time it was moving toward 90.000 with a down town with so many stock loaded stores and most always so busy. Stores from 8th st thru 11th st and from 2nd ave thru 6th ave.Bussines office,Doctor Lawyer & Indian chief offices thru out all of the floors of the WVa,first Huntington National Bank Bldg=the whole C&O Building was almost all for C&O employees until they left Huntington.The first floor of the C&O was Kiser Drugwith the soda fountian but back then all drug stores and ice cream parlors had soda fountians and many stores & there were many stores of each of these business=furniture,drug Stores.shoe,dress apparel stores some men's only and also ladies only,sporting good stores,department stores,card & variety,auto,pawn,hobbie and I think that I have mentioned most but at that time toen town was where the whole city and smaller citys around Huntington did their shopping.Now after the mid 50's Huntington was like going to the top of the big dipper at Camden Park for once you get to the top that became Huntington for it was all down hill from there.That is not to say that there have not been good things done and built here for the 48.000+ that still live here.Going to stop for now and thanks Mr Olt Timer & Mindy C for your responce to me.I wish you well. Mr Ninteen Thirty Three
Buzzard

United States

#130 Jul 29, 2008
Mr. 1933 jogged my memory too. Remember the fountain at the back of the First Huntington National Bank where it joined the arcade? I remember going there on Saturday's just to get a Coke made from Coke syrup and soda water. Then off to lunch at the counter in the Arcade across the steps that lead down to the bowling alley and pool hall. Great hamburgers and fries. Many a time I would ride my bike from my house on Midvale Drive to downtown. I'm not sure I'd try it today .... afraid I might get shot.
Old Timer

Miami, FL

#131 Jul 29, 2008
Buzzard, "afraid I might get shot." (??)
Since I have been living away from Huntington for many years, I am not as informed as I could/should be. I remember, at a young age, walking from the downtown movies to my home on the southside after dark. The only spot I dreaded was the 8th St viaduct. I never did face any situation that was threatening, so it's sad for me to hear that the criminal element has made safety a freedom robbing issue nowadays.**In reality, after having lived in Dallas for many years, I suppose Huntington is not much different than other cities in respect to danger. Such a shame. I like to remember how it used to be. Thanks for sharing!
Mr Ninteen Thirty Three

United States

#132 Jul 30, 2008
Buzzard of Ga,I do remember most of the business in the arcade also the peanut shop,Albers resturant the jewlery store on the corner I think it was Bumgarners Jewery & the barber shop.the arcade was where my wife and I first learned to bowl,& I played pool there as well as in the very big one up stairs.I did bowl for the first time in my life at the two lanes in the May building and you had to run to the back or a friend and set your own pins.I am afraid that you are right about maybe not making it to town without chicken thugs for they work like wild dogs in a pack or at least two with bats or guns but that is not to say that most of the people here are not still many good people.Your mention of not making it to town made me remember the phantom shooter or gun man that shot into lighted bed room windows and had the town so fearfull at night and he finaly hit some one and finaly the police though that they may know who it was and the family sent him out of town and whether it was he or not the shootings stopped.I mentioned before about the 26th street car ferry and I don't know who will remember this but some may find it intresting if they don't remember.The ferry went both over and back for many years but one year we had a big drought and as the river receded they saw the top of a car,and they pulled it out and inside they found a man in the drivers seat and he had eather typewriters or adding machines in the car,and came to the conclusion that he was wating for the barge to return with his foot on the brakes and fell asleep.I am sure that all in the forty's & fifty's still remember listing to all of the radio shows, to numerous to mention but like the fat man,thin man,FBI,Rin Tin Tin'Jack Armstrong the all American Boy etc;and the amazing thing was that the way they did the radio shows then it was just the same as if you were watching it on TV for in your mind you could see it all.I remember walking the neighberhood with my dad when he was a air raid warden when the lights out siren sounded to make sure that all of the neighbors had there blinds pulled and than the all clear siren.More people had bomb shelters built than you would have though and I remember the gas stickers you had to have on your windshield and it depended on where and what kind of work you did as to what stickers you got and that determaned how many gallons of gas you could have that week. Ration stamps and so many things you could not get and little hard pressed paper coins of red & blue for limited quanities of meats & white butter that came with yellow color that you could add to make it look like real butter.Bordens horse&buggy door to door delivery and while the milk man was putting your bottles of milk on the porch he would whistle and the horse would go to the next house on his route or u-turn and stop at just the right house 7 if it was right across from where he was he would run right thru the buggy pick up the next order and go out the other side.My grandfather mannaged the city ice company and I would ride on the ice truck that had a step that was about a foot from the ground and you held on to a bar rail as they went from stop to stop and would carry the big blocks of ice on their sholder and take it in to the custemer and with a ice pick chip it to fit in the wood ice box.Everyone saved all newspapers and magazines and tied them up and put them by the front curb once a week along with all tin cans that we had to cut both ends out of put the lid inside of the can and mash flat with our foot.Well I got a little windy but it may just help bring back good memories for some.Wish all well. Mr Ninteen Thirty Three.
Southsiders

Vienna, VA

#133 Aug 1, 2008
from Vienna, VA
We remember Jennings Bakery also, especially the large oatmeal cookies, the cream puffs and cream horns. One of my favorite spots was the Whirligig on the corner of 10th ST & 5th Ave. Their Aristocrats (hamburger with all the trimmings) and their chocolate pie were to die for.Himself remembers when he was very young and loved living in a railroad town when he would put a penny on the track and wait for the train to flatten that thing out.
Bob McCartney

Tallahassee, FL

#134 Aug 2, 2008
Let's don't forget Cam's Ham across from Huntington High and Monty's Pizza. Used to eat there once a week. How about WSAZ TV where Boz Johnson was news director and Jim Thacker was sports director and John Kennedy coming to Huntington when he was running for president. Also no one forgets about Frisch's drive in at Chesapeake,Ohio where we cruized every Friday night looking for chick's to pick up.
danny boy

United States

#135 Aug 2, 2008
Bel Tone hear aid store was in the arcade and the barber shop was Duffy's ... Harry Price had the best bakery in town, the Mayflower Rest. was on the corner of 4th Ave & 11th St. and up the street was a radio station with a DJ named Lloyd Gartin, he always signed off by saying, "I would rather be a little late than be the late Lloyd Gartin"
West Ender

Freetown, IN

#136 Aug 5, 2008
I've had so much fun reading these posts! I lived in the West End, attended West Jr.(we were the Westerners then and Cammack was the home of the Blue Streaks) and graduated from HHS (remember when the band was all-male?) in 1974. A lot of businesses mentioned in these posts were still around when I lived in Huntington.

Some of my memories: Taking the bus to town and studying at the old Public Library, and always visiting Nick's News across the street before going home. Mom and her friends loved to shop for bargains at the Bazaar. My grandmother, who lived out on Old West Road (aka Gimlet Hollow), did her grocery shopping each month at the B&B on Fifth Avenue. Harveytown Elementary was affectionately known as "Harveytown Tech." Heck's Department Store on 14th St., the A&P store on Madison Ave. A favorite family eating place was the Midway Drive-In (loved their fries and burgers) on the corner of 6th Ave. and Fifth St., next to Tradewell and close to Colonial Lanes and the Rebels and Redcoats Tavern.

In the early 70s we moved east to Fourth Street and I remember the Big Bear store on the corner of First St. and 6th Ave. Broughton's was the best place to get ice cream--still the best, in my opinion. Cam's Ham had the biggest ham sandwiches I'd ever seen, and an order of onion rings could feed several people. My uncle used to work at the City Market on 7th Avenue.

Wow--lot of memory lane here. I now live in Indiana, across the river from Louisville, KY and manage to get back to Huntington about once a year. Thanks so much for these posts.
Old Timer

Dillon, SC

#137 Aug 5, 2008
Love the fifties? Turn on your speakers!

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Danny Boy

United States

#139 Aug 6, 2008
I would like to take this time to thank the Old Timer for starting this forum, you are one special lady
Old Timer

Miami, FL

#140 Aug 6, 2008
Thank you Danny Boy!
Mindy C

Fairmont, WV

#141 Aug 6, 2008
I forgot about Broughton's, I still to this day love to buy Broughton ice cream, even in Fairmont, WV. Monti's pizza was the best, my brother worked there when the Aldredeges owned it along with the fur shop they had. How about Steak N Ale that used to be on 3rd ave? I remember my mother talking about the drug store on 10th st & 5th ave about how good their food was. Is olympic pool still open?
WV Girl

Charleston, WV

#142 Aug 6, 2008
I just discovered this site today and have enjoyed all of your posts! I was actually trying to find information about the old Corral Drive-In at the corner of 16th Street and 4th Avenue across from Old Main. It preceeded Wiggins at that location. I recently found a photo of my grandfather working the counter at the drive-in. It is my understanding that he was the original builder/owner of the drive-in to accommodate Marshall students and automobile traffic coming to town. Many of my older relatives who would know specifics are long gone. Anyone remember the Corral Drive-In? Also, I'm remembering visits to Santa in front of Mootz's (?) Bread around 20th St. and 5th Ave. I believe Heiner's has always been located in the West End. Yes, Huntington has changed, but I still think it is one of the greatest places to live and raise a family! It was sad to see downtown decline, but I was a teenager in the 70's and college student in the 80's who LOVED shopping trips to the mall! I am thrilled that Pullman Square is a bright, new spot in Huntington and that plans are being made to redevelop the "4th Avenue Corridor" to Marshall. I see signs of many good things to come! Keep the faith and keep coming back to check the progress! Kudos to Dr. Touma and many others in town who are returning many of the old business fronts to their original grandeur! Lovely architecture! The tree-lined streets are still a treat in the residential neighborhoods near Ritter Park and Fifth Avenue is still home to some of the most beautiful churches anywhere! Growth is evident at Marshall University, our fine hospitals, and area schools - many undergoing major renovations and rebuildings to serve the growing population. It was exciting to see hundreds of folks gather each evening for the last four weekends in the ampitheatre at Ritter Park (at the top - next to "Gobbler's Knob") for our 15th season of Huntington Outdoor Theatre. Great musical productions! I'm proud to call it "home"!

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