Remember Huntington in the 50's?
wva granddaughter

Fulton, MD

#1536 Apr 24, 2013
I loved Wiggins. I have been craving that bar b que for 30 years. I lived in MD and nothing comes close. Booten's grocery store used to can their own and we would buy a case. Please share the rec ipe if you find it.
Ron Gatlin

Pickens, SC

#1537 May 31, 2013
The B & B Food Market was the main grocery store in Huntington in the fifties/sixties. John Beckwith was the owner. I worked at the old B & B for about six years in the late sixties/early seventies. I remember the old Del Monte Roundup. I remember the sizable Christmas bonuses. I remember the many bag boys and cashiers who worked there. Those are sweet memories. John Beckwith was an outstanding employer. He took care of his people. I would love to have a B & B reunion of the folks who worked there during that era!
nanapam

Lavon, TX

#1538 Jun 2, 2013
Another Old Timer wrote:
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On 6th Avenue and 6th Street there was the Guthrie Hospital. At least that is what it was called about 1960. It may have had another name earlier than that but I don't know of any other. It was a very small hospital. I was in there once visiting my aunt who had surgery there. That was in 1960. Anyone else remember?
This is in reponse to WV-Fl who was asking for info on Rowley Clinic. Dr. Rowley was my grandfather. The Clinic & Hospital were at 1522 6th Avenue in Huntington. Guthrie Hospital was in a different location and no part of my grandfather's hospital. He passed away in 1960 and the facility was first turned into a nursing home and later sold as living quarters for Marshall University Students. I was also born in Rowley Clinic as was my sister and cousin. We were all delivered by my grandfather. In the 60's my uncle had a pharmacy next to the clinic. It was called Hesson's pharmacy. My aunt operated a dance studio across the street called Hesson's Dance Studio. Hopefully this info will be relayed back to WV-Fl
Nanapam

Lavon, TX

#1539 Jun 2, 2013
Re Post wrote:
Topix (Band Festival in the good years) I was again back into Wandas Web site and came on to the picture of the Guyandotte Tect excuse me I mean the Huntington East High School band marching under the eight street viaduct and it made me think of what a great time that was for all ages to watch.It was so large than with over 100 bands from all corners of the state and you must know how exciting it was for the little children and they would sit near the curb to see the bands march and play all the way from where it started at 16th st & 4th ave all the way to Fairfield Stadium.It was even exciting when the police on their motorcycles would move through near the curb and motion those to far off of the curb to move back.But now to us high school students there could not have been a more exciting time on that big week end to cruise and walk the town with famileys every where and of course the band girls and majorettes in their outfits & I am sure for the girls it was all of the boys.They were every where in all of the shops,5 & dime stores with the snack counters so full I think that we would still be waiting for a seat.Bailey's,White Pantry,Brackmans Diner,Wilds Drug,Jim's & Whirligis just to name a few places for they were all over town the ones that came here and the ons from here were all over the town to all of the Drive Inn's etc: and it was just a great time for all what a town it was back than.I don't know where they put all of the buses but most near the stadium for that is where it ended on Saturday evening and they all headed fore home and how lonely the town seemed to be after all of that for a day or two.More of Band Festival The bands came from all over the state and some as far as 300 miles and, in order to gethere in time for Friday and Saturdays compititionthey would arive on Thursday and since there were very few motels if any at that time and the Hotelsfilled up fastfamilys had in advance signed up to take in students to stay in their homes thruthe band festival.WE TOOK IN TWO EACH YEAR AND THEY WERE ALWAYS very nice and we all enjoyed their stay.The bands hadband compititionat the city hall I think on Friday and on Saturday they marched to the stadiumand and once there would compete for the best band in the state. The parade started on 16th street and 4th ave to 8th street south to 11th ave east to 12th street and to Charleston Avenusto the stadium pretty mucn non stop except when the bands would begin to back up and they would stop in place for a few moments and this was all don in the summer heat with those heavy band suits and carrying their band instruments.We always iived on 11th ave & 11th street and when the bands backed up and stopped an front of our house we were always ready with pitchers of ice water and boy did they run from formation for a quick drinkfor they had come all that wayand were just a few blocks fron the stadium. Stop and pray that it posts
Your post about band festival brought back great memories. My mother always housed several band students for the festival and she and my aunt also taught the Huntington High School Majorettes so band festival was a major part of my childhood. Little did I know that when I was in high school I would also be marching in the band festival as the drum majorette for Barboursville High School. What great memories.
maggie1210

Chicago, IL

#1540 Jun 3, 2013
Good morning. Does anyone remember the Surfer/Surfside (something w/surf in the name)Club on 4th avenue in 1966? The club was on the right side of the street about 1/2 block from Marshall near Wiggins? The owner's name was Bill?

Any info much appreciated.

Thank you.
maggie1210

Chicago, IL

#1541 Jun 3, 2013
Does anyone remember the block in the mid 60's? Area of 16th & 8th Avenue. Bison's and Clems?
Old Timer

Shelbyville, TN

#1542 Jun 3, 2013
nanapam wrote:
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This is in reponse to WV-Fl who was asking for info on Rowley Clinic. Dr. Rowley was my grandfather. The Clinic & Hospital were at 1522 6th Avenue in Huntington. Guthrie Hospital was in a different location and no part of my grandfather's hospital. He passed away in 1960 and the facility was first turned into a nursing home and later sold as living quarters for Marshall University Students. I was also born in Rowley Clinic as was my sister and cousin. We were all delivered by my grandfather. In the 60's my uncle had a pharmacy next to the clinic. It was called Hesson's pharmacy. My aunt operated a dance studio across the street called Hesson's Dance Studio. Hopefully this info will be relayed back to WV-Fl
Small world isn't it? Dr. Rowley was my mother's employer for many years, he delivered my son in 1959 and he was like an adopted grandfather to me. I took dance lessons at Hesson's when I was in Jr. High. Also, I see you live in Dallas...Big D was my home for over 40 years. Moved from there in 2005. Yes, it's a very small world indeed! Welcome to this forum!
sammy

Princeton, WV

#1543 Jun 7, 2013
highlander 61 wrote:
I remember the Fricke pie co on 7th ave and 5th st. They were the only makers of a pineapple pie in a small lunch pie, about 4 inches in diameter. I could eat a couple of these along with about 6 wards donuts. yum yum
Loved that pie
paul altizer--westmor elan

Huntington, WV

#1544 Jun 8, 2013
Old Timer wrote:
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GREAT!! Thank you! I would be so happy to have access to some photos of the old city market as it was way back then.**I think I made a mistake when I stated Junior's last name as Narcise...I think his last name was Trimboli or something similar. However, I do remember the Narcise family as being long time friends with the Bradley family. Glad to hear from you Julia.
his name was mike (title) trimboli still living, seen him last wk. a great guy. used to service shafer grocery in Westmoreland and lived about 3 blocks from our store.

Paul Altizer
J Lawrence Meek

Venetia, PA

#1545 Jun 10, 2013
My Dad owned White Cross Pharmacy, Doc Lawrence, and every Sun. when my Mom went to Mass Dad took us to Hesson's to see his friend Mr. Hesson. My sister and I took dance lessons at the dance school when we were in grade school. White Cross Pharmacy was originally at 1st St. and 10th Ave then moved to the shopping center across from Dwights. My sister still lives in our family home on the south side.
Danny Clarke

Huntington, WV

#1546 Jun 10, 2013
Anyone know or remember Avaline Darlington (Hodge)? I believe she took care of me as a child living on 1st Avenue and 26th Street in the early 1940's. I only remember her as 'Avaline', but doing some research, I think her last name was Darlington who was married at one time to Everett Hodge.
Highlander 61

Columbia, SC

#1547 Jun 10, 2013
Are you related to the Danny Clarke who coached football at HEHS in the late 50's and the 60's along with Dink Allen?
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Ms Langdons daughter

Cincinnati, OH

#1549 Jun 17, 2013
WV Old Timer wrote:
I worked at the Wild Drug Store soda fountain and lunch counter one summer and at Noble's Shoe Store for a couple of summers while in High School. Going to Camden Park was always a treat! But, I always ran out of money too soon! Dreamland was the best cause I could be there when it opened and stay until it closed. I rode the city bus both ways. Huntington was a lot safer back then. Yes, those days are some special memories for me.
My Mom worked at Wild Drug Store in the mid to late 40s.. I was trying to locate where it was. Is there a building there? She lived in huntington from 1939 - 1970s Thanks,
Danny Clarke

Reno, NV

#1550 Jun 17, 2013
@Highlander 61: No, no relation to Danny Clarke, the coach at HEHS. I grew up in Westmoreland and played football at Vinson. Graduated there in 1955.
Jo Jo

Evansville, IN

#1551 Jun 17, 2013
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.
I remember Huntington in the 60's. When Wiggins was full on Friday nights. HEHS and HHS loved to duke it out at Fairfield Stadium. I loved my adopted hometown and cried when my parents moved me to another city in my junior year. I'm glad now, because I haven't been back in years, so my memories of Huntington remain stuck in the 60's when it was a glorious city and the kids were so cool. HEY, ALL OF YOU HIGHLANDERS FROM 1968,69, AND 70, YOUR THE BEST AND I LOVE YOU ALL.
WV Old Timer

Madisonville, TN

#1552 Jun 17, 2013
Ms Langdons daughter wrote:
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My Mom worked at Wild Drug Store in the mid to late 40s.. I was trying to locate where it was. Is there a building there? She lived in huntington from 1939 - 1970s Thanks,
Wild Drug Store was located on 9th Street -(going south from 4th Ave. Wild's was across the street from Bailey's Cafeteria)... which would be the west side of 9th St. Sorry I don't have the exact address, but the building was still there when I was in Huntington a year ago. Can't remember how far it is from the corner, where Spencer's Jewelry used to be, but it was very close to 4th Ave. Maybe someone else will pinpoint the exact location for you.
Nancy

Denver, NC

#1553 Jul 22, 2013
Jonesy54 wrote:
Yes, Mr. Remember 1933, Big help. I was born in '35 and only lived there a short while. By the '40's my family was living up on Union St. off Davis St. So, I was young, around 3, but do have a good early childhood memory, as you do! I definitely remember the tearing down of the smokestacks. You are absolutely right about the drugstore being Bunn's! And the laundry was White Way -- the little street I mention was probably just an alley beside the laundry. I have no memory of Northcott Ct. Wouldn't you just love to stand there for a few minutes and see it as it was then?? Did you ever see a trolley running down 16th St.??
I lived in Northcott across from Bunn Drug Store. I remember when Pilgram laundry burned
down. We all stood out in the dark and watched the big blaze. I lived there from about 1941 to 1958. Yes the train used to run down the street on those tracks. The engineer would throw big pieces of chalk to us kids. Then one day they blacktopped 16th street! I guess that is when they tore down the smokestacks. We watched the band festival come down 16th street every May to Fairfield Stadium. I would love to see our old apartment enforce they tear it down. Had a lot of memories there.
ALKOLWV

Charleston, WV

#1554 Jul 24, 2013
Old Timer

Louisville, TN

#1555 Jul 26, 2013
Read about the fire at Camden Park. Guess it could have been a lot worse than reported. Glad the park is open again!
TRP-HTGN

Grayson, KY

#1556 Jul 31, 2013
misses huntington wrote:
I'm so glad I found this discussion because I'm going down memory lane! I miss the old Huntington and some may blame it on old age, but I need some help remembering a few things! When I was going to HHS, I worked at Frank's Shoe store. I'm trying hard to remember all the stores around me there. I know there was Nassers, Learner, Belle's, Jaskow Furs, Smart Shop and others, but I'm having a hard time remembering their exact locations. Boy, I miss those days so much! I would get my breaks at the shoe store and run down the alley and into the back door of Stone and Thomas...probably spending all the money I had made that day!! My mom would call and say "Meet me at Baileys for dinner!" and then if we had time we may go into the Smart Shop and look for some cute clothes. I remember we always wondered what our competition at Foard and Harwood or AB Shoes had going on...we used to go down and check it out! I don't want to offend when I say that Pullman Square was a nice shot in the arm for Huntington, but nothing will replace the days of old! I would love to chat with anyone who can fill in the gaps. I graduated from HHS in 1981.
Hey there.. Jaskow furs was located in very narrow 6 or 8 story building on the SW corner of 9th st and 3 1/2 alley. The lot is still vacant and you can still see a few of the blue and white tiles from the entry way.
By the way, I am also from the HHS class of '81.

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