Remember Huntington in the 50's?
Frank Christlieb

Arlington, TX

#1579 Mar 11, 2014
Dear New Old Guy:
Hello there. Sorry I am so late responding to your post from a few weeks ago. I really appreciate it! So great to hear that you remember the big band dances at Dreamland in Kenova. I was born in 1961, and after my birth mother Betty Workman put me up for adoption, my adoptive family moved to Houston when I was less than a year old. Wish I'd grown up in Huntington and gotten to experience that life.
Is there any chance you went to any of those Dreamland dances around 1963 or '64? That's when Betty sang with the Hal "Scotty" Scott band there on a few occasions. Always a chance you saw her there if you did!
Thanks again for your post and for reminiscing about the good ol' days!
Frank Christlieb
Arlington, TX
Buppyeb1

Huntington, WV

#1580 Mar 26, 2014
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.
What is your name? I might know you!
Michael Nierman

Ashland, KY

#1581 Apr 2, 2014
William A Niermann Jr wrote:
I am the grandson of William Jennings Niermann, who owned Niermann Drug Store on Norway Avenue. My dad, William A. Niermann, grew up in their house on Norway Avenue, worked in the drug store and went on to become a successful pediatrician in Baltimore, MD. Both are deceased now, but they would have loved your recollection of your early days in Huntington. As a child, I used to love visiting my grandparents, going to Stewart's, Wiggens BBQ, Jim's Restaurant, Camden Park and watching the old C&O trains roll into the station. Thanks!<quoted text>
I just found a prescription from Nierman's in my basement of a store that I'm opening in Huntington. Coincidentally I opened right to it ... And my last name is Nierman ... Bizarre ...
thomas thornburg

Jacksonville, FL

#1582 Apr 7, 2014
my first job was at BBF on forth avenue just west of Marshall university that was in 1962 I was 16 years old it was fun job.
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Yolanda

United States

#1584 Apr 16, 2014
Hey, this is a great find. I grew up in Huntington, but left in '72. I moved to the Columbus area with my (then) husband and did not move back. Now I am missing all my friends and my old home town. I belonged to a group on Facebook that was dedicated to sharing Huntington memories, but unfortunately, said something that the administrator didn't like so now I have been banished from the kingdom. I've been looking for a place to share my many memories... Maybe this will be it! Keep talking it up, please?
Old Timer

Sweetwater, TN

#1585 Jul 10, 2014
How's life in and around Huntington? Haven't been there in more than a year, due to obligations elsewhere. Hope to make a trip in the Fall. Sure miss getting to read the posts of old friends and friends I have yet to meet. Hope everyone is having a good summer. Blessings to all!
danny miller

Archer, FL

#1586 Jul 18, 2014
Old Timer wrote:
How's life in and around Huntington? Haven't been there in more than a year, due to obligations elsewhere. Hope to make a trip in the Fall. Sure miss getting to read the posts of old friends and friends I have yet to meet. Hope everyone is having a good summer. Blessings to all!
miss you..........
danny miller

Archer, FL

#1587 Jul 18, 2014
pam clary wrote:
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I volunteered at the Orthopedic Hospital through my senior girl scout troop when I was in high school. It was an amazing experience and led to my career as a pediatric nurse which spanned 43 years.
are you married to john clary
Beagle_Buddy

Altavista, VA

#1588 Aug 7, 2014
The Storyteller wrote:
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I sure remember George Booth, my oldest sister and her husband owned a little store on 24th st & 1st ave. George kept hanging out there and my sister was afraid of him. Her husband (my Brother in law) ended up shooting George in the arm....that was about 1955 or 6.
Another junk man was our friend and church member...Denny Mullett...he was one of my heroes. He helped feed many of the really poor families like ours..RIP Denny. He lived in the alley between B street & 25th St.
Were you a member of Jesus Church? Homer Howard and his wife Lizzie owned the building. I would eat at their house and at times Denny would be there too. A real nice guy. Denny would say that he wasn't hungry but would just have a sauce of food. No one counted how many times that he filled that saucer. Remember how big his cart was? He would have to have a big appetite.

What was the name of your sister's store. Do you remember Roy that had a store at the corner of 1st Ave and A Stree?
Anonymous

Altavista, VA

#1589 Aug 7, 2014
Namboy 69 wrote:
I grew up on 3rd Ave & 24 St.Moved to Walnut Hills in 7th grade. I was a fire nut,my uncle was a fireman @ the Canda Station on 3rd & 21-22 St. I remember the tobacco warehouse fire,Ford Dealer,Barber Supply store on 4th Ave across from Ch13. Went to church @ 1st Ave Methodist, Highlawn Ele.Enslow,Lincoln Jr then East.The names written were familiar, Waughs Tacketts.Lost a dear friend to the Ohio River.He was a Hutchinson boy & only a teen. Hung around the shoe factory tobacco whse,Jack Knights(I think he owned part of the tob whse.Basil Bias owned the Pure oil Gas Station on 25 & 3rd.Little restaurant behind gas station.The Becketts lived on corner of 3rd & 25 St. Evans Super Market on 3rd with the Pepsi Plant next door. Worked at Adkins Fat Boy Wiggins,Mr Donut,Burger Chef & of course STEWARTS!!!! Left home for the USAF & never got to move back.Lots of Memories from birth 1949- 1968 when I left. Can never forget & really don't want to. LOVE YA HUNTINGTON!!!! John F.
Hi John. I lived next door to the restaurant you mentioned and it was run by Harold Chapman. My great uncle and his son Jack built the building. He paid me 50 cent for helping carry cinder blocks one day.:) I knew Basil and also Al Crum who owned the Pure station before Basil. Do you remember Jim Bennett's Bait Shop between the Pure Station and Chappy's Restaurant? I also had lived close to the Shoe Factory. When I was 5 (1947) I lived 2 doors away from your church. Did you know Eddie Hensley? He lived on the other side of the empty lot across B Street and 1st Ave.

I remember when Highlawn Elemantary opened we walked from Enslow "Dog Houses" where I finished my 5th grade. A few of us used to hang around the Pepsi Bottling Company. They would give us free pop and in the evenings let us come inside.

When you mentioned losing a freind to the Ohio River, I thought you were talking about Sonny Tackett's brother.
Anonymous

Altavista, VA

#1590 Aug 7, 2014
gotnoproof wrote:
When I was a kid both sets of my grandparents lived in east huntington, up close to Saint Mary's. One set lived in a house where part of the hospital parking lot is at now, and the other set a few blocks away on Guyan Ave. Late 50's and early 60's I spent a lot of time at the Highlawn Pharmacy, and two other places, I can't remember the names, but they were on the corner of 28th and First Ave, one on each of two corners. One was a little grocery store, the other I think was an ice cream place. And I used to walk or (Old Maynard ride my bike over to Guyandotte where there was a Cushman motorscooter shop. same with an old Harley shop down on 3rd Ave. And I ate Stewarts Hot Dogs every chance I got. Whenever I'm in Huntington, I still go there.
Ah, another Drugstore Cowboy. I spent lots of time on those stools trying to turn a soda straw inside out with my teeth while the owner's wife Mattie Thomas tried to convince me that an ammonia coke was good, and that I should try one. I used to ride motorcycles with their son Maynard. Do you remember Paul the delivery boy that had a cushman and delivered meds. He had a dog that would run behind him. Sometimes a couple of blocks..........Every Easter Paul would dye the dog Green.
Anonymous

Altavista, VA

#1591 Aug 8, 2014
lola smith wrote:
Came across this forum last night and it brought back lots of memories.
I was a little girl in Huntington in the '50's, the youngest of 4 kids. My father was head of the Guyann Creamery. Anyone remember milk being delivered to your home by the milkman who rode standing up in a horse drawn cart? All of the creamery's horses were white and very well trained. I remember our milkman walking around the corner and whistling for the horse. Around 1952 the horses were put out to pasture as they were replaced by trucks.
Anyone remember Humphries Drug Store near HHS and Miss Ford's Dance School? Dance recitals were held a couple of times each year in the HHS auditorium.
I went to Miller Elementary which was just around the corner from our house n 11th Ave. There was a little grocery store near Miller where my mother shopped when she didn't have the car available. I remember she charged everything and paid off the bill the end of each month. In bad weather she called her order in and they delivered.
My best friend and I would catch the city bus at our corner...bus tokens were worth a dime...and rode downtown by ourselves. We were about 7 yrs old. We would window-shop and go to Walgreens for a ham salad sandwich and a coke, the take the bus back home. Hard to imagine that our parents had no problem with two little girls by themselves in the big city. Sure couldn't do that today.
My aunt worked at the Kidde Korner and there was an expensive dress shop nearby called Kurzmann's.
My grandparents lived on 10th St not far from Ritter Park. I remember all of the beautiful rose bushes there.
I learned to ice skate at the field house and learned how to swim at Dreamland. We used to go on picnics out in Wayne and out to dinner at a place called the French Tavern.
Haven't been on Huntington since a quick visit in 1995 with my sister who was going to a HHS class reunion. The town was so vigorous and exciting when I was a kid but it seemed so depressing my last visit.
Thanks for bringing back the good memories.
Yep, I remember horse drawn milk delivery. I lived on 25th St just above the Ohio River. Mr. Payne would park in front of our house and pick me up. I would ride with him to 3rd Ave. Later there was a write-up in the Herald Dispatch when he got his truck. He was the last milk man to get one.

I learned to swim and ice skate the same place that you did. Remember our hockey team? They used to give us broken sticks and unfrozen pucks to play with.
EastEnder CrossRoads

Winfield, WV

#1592 Aug 14, 2014
Kevin wrote:
IS this true:Stamford Park is sitting on Grave's of Bethel Cemetery, Fact. has anyone raised title issues,land use,ownership etc..have you ever seen Bethel/Bethany Cemetery Deed? What will happen to these bodies?
I grew up within yards of Bethel Cemetery; and was in my teens when Stamford Park construction began. At that age, my peers and I were pretty familiar with the area and its wooded paths/trails. Anyway, even though Stamford park is adjacent to Bethel Cemetery, I'm confident that none of the graves were encroached upon in the process. The road and lots in that particular section of Stamford Park were some of the first to be constructed; and, the developer, Eastwood Construction,(known as a very responsible/ethical local contractor) took special care to have the property surveyed and marked to avoid the Cemetery. Although the family (Crews) that lived on the Bethel Cemetery property for many years moved from the property prior to Stamford Park construction, I believe that a member of the family was still keeping watch and taking care of the property throughout the development process. Interestingly, I'm told that there's another family cemetery (Ferguson, I believe) situated between the Bethel Cemetery plots and the Stamford Park lots. Most people assumed that those graves were part of Bethel; but, the local "old timers" told me that they weren't. Although I haven't been up there for years, Bethel can be accessed via Bethel Rd (accessed at the crest of the hill on Norway Ave just "up'(west) of CrossRoads Methodist Church. I'm pretty sure there's still a big iron gate at the entrance.
Old Timer

Sevierville, TN

#1593 Aug 25, 2014
Hey there Danny! How's things?

Haven't been online for a while. Anything new?
Old Timer

Sevierville, TN

#1594 Sep 11, 2014
What a good topic this has been. Lots of memories shared. Lots of sentimental things to remember about growing-up in Huntington, W.VA. I've enjoyed every story and thank everyone that took the time to post a memory or two. I've made a few online friends through this forum, friends I will probably never meet in person but will still value our communications always. Bless all of you.

Always remember HOME and the people that made it special.
The Storyteller

Detroit, MI

#1595 Sep 13, 2014
Beagle_Buddy wrote:
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Were you a member of Jesus Church? Homer Howard and his wife Lizzie owned the building. I would eat at their house and at times Denny would be there too. A real nice guy. Denny would say that he wasn't hungry but would just have a sauce of food. No one counted how many times that he filled that saucer. Remember how big his cart was? He would have to have a big appetite.
What was the name of your sister's store. Do you remember Roy that had a store at the corner of 1st Ave and A Stree?
STORYTELLER:
I was a member of Jesus Church. Don't know the name of the store, but my sister is Alice, she was married to Ernest Howard, Homer and Liz's son.
danny miller

Gainesville, FL

#1596 Oct 18, 2014
Old Timer wrote:
Hey there Danny! How's things?
Haven't been online for a while. Anything new?
doing well........parkinsons eating at me
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The Storyteller

Detroit, MI

#1598 Oct 28, 2014
Beagle_Buddy wrote:
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Were you a member of Jesus Church? Homer Howard and his wife Lizzie owned the building. I would eat at their house and at times Denny would be there too. A real nice guy. Denny would say that he wasn't hungry but would just have a sauce of food. No one counted how many times that he filled that saucer. Remember how big his cart was? He would have to have a big appetite.
What was the name of your sister's store. Do you remember Roy that had a store at the corner of 1st Ave and A Stree?
I was a member of Jesus Church, my sister, Alice married Homers' oldest son, Ernest. I remember Roy. When we were nearly starving, Roy would make sure we had food. Great guy. I'm not sure of the name of the store that Alece and Ernest had. It was closer to 24th St
huntingtonorthop edic

Lithonia, GA

#1599 Nov 1, 2014
pam clary wrote:
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I volunteered at the Orthopedic Hospital through my senior girl scout troop when I was in high school. It was an amazing experience and led to my career as a pediatric nurse which spanned 43 years.
I was a patient at the Orthopedic Hospital in 1957 through 1958. It was first at 1330 3rd Avenue and then it moved to 1230 6th Avenue and was owned by Doctor Arthur Shade Jones. The Nursing Administer was Ms. Edith Miller. This was during the days when the families didn't have the means to pay didn't mean anything. Most of us children there were very poor but we were loved and knew we were cared about. I am living today because of this very hospital and its staff.

I am glad to hear this hospital had an influence on you life.
huntingtonorthop edic

Lilburn, GA

#1600 Nov 1, 2014
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
Huntington Orthopedic Hospital was located at 1230 6th Avenue after it moved from 1330 3rd Avenue. Doctor Arthur Shade Jones was the owner. He later sold it to a corporation and it now River Park Hospital (I think). I was a patient there in 1957 and 1958. We were treated wonderful
even though we didn't have a dime.

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