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MakeMeSmile

Enterprise, AL

#1 Jan 23, 2008
I often wonder about the yesteryears of our little town and the people that lived here, don't you?
MakeMeSmile

Enterprise, AL

#2 Jan 23, 2008
I'm not old enough to remember way back but......


I remember when there was a small hamburger place, a gas station, and grocery store that greeted you as you turned in to Mammoth Spring. And the grocery store having a wood floor like alot of the business in town still have. I miss seeing these when I'm in town. All towns use to have these business. Somehow it don't have the feel of being a town without them. If you drive around you see many buildings and older homes, that speak to you. "Saying I was a busy little town back in the day"



So what do you remember?

It would be nice to hear the your wonderful stories of yesteryear's.
The young and the old has their memories, do you have any to share. Be it 1 or a 100 years ago.

Things like but not to exclude many other things you might enjoy remembering and sharing:

What business were here when you were young?

Where did you go to school?

Who was you favorite teacher?

How about a pelder, that went around town selling his wares. And what did they sell?

Where did you hang out?

What michief did you get into? That still makes you laugh when you think about it.

Things like that!!!!
MakeMeSmile

Enterprise, AL

#3 Jan 23, 2008
What business was uptown? Most of them have an upstairs. Did the ones that own the business live up over their store? Just wondering!

JOK

Since: Dec 07

Mountain Home, AR

#4 Jan 23, 2008
MakeMeSmile wrote:
I'm not old enough to remember way back but......
I remember when there was a small hamburger place, a gas station, and grocery store that greeted you as you turned in to Mammoth Spring. And the grocery store having a wood floor like alot of the business in town still have. I miss seeing these when I'm in town. All towns use to have these business. Somehow it don't have the feel of being a town without them. If you drive around you see many buildings and older homes, that speak to you. "Saying I was a busy little town back in the day"
So what do you remember?
It would be nice to hear the your wonderful stories of yesteryear's.
The young and the old has their memories, do you have any to share. Be it 1 or a 100 years ago.
Things like but not to exclude many other things you might enjoy remembering and sharing:
What business were here when you were young?
Where did you go to school?
Who was you favorite teacher?
How about a pelder, that went around town selling his wares. And what did they sell?
Where did you hang out?
What michief did you get into? That still makes you laugh when you think about it.
Things like that!!!!
I have been here only six years so I don't have much to say on the subject, but I sure do Like your posting. Thank you very much.
JOK
MakeMeSmile

Enterprise, AL

#5 Jan 23, 2008
JOK wrote:
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I have been here only six years so I don't have much to say on the subject, but I sure do Like your posting. Thank you very much.
JOK
Well I welcome you JOK and thanks, I just thought it would be fun for everyone that reads this post to be able to take a walk down memory lane. I'm sure there are some old timers and young people out there that have some good memories that when they think back it makes them smile or even long to go back, if only for a day. This is away to go back, if only by remembering and to see who remembers the things that you do. I'm sure some have the same memories in common.

One of my memories, is of not to many years back. There was a business that I think sold homemade quilts.(Can't remember) But hanging out front on the street were these 2-litter bottles that had been cut and painted and spinning in the wind. I just loved seeing them every time we went threw town, they always caught my eye. I often wished my mother would have bought one. I'm sure there are others that remember them. They hung right next to the road, you could see them rather you were driving or walking. Anyway just a small memory but none the less, one that makes me smile. Does anyone else remember seeing them.

I'm sure some of the younger people would be fascinated to hear or I should say read some of the older memories. I know I would.
Tackleman

O Fallon, MO

#6 Jan 24, 2008
I remember swimming in the spring where the visitors center is now, and the sale barn that was there also. The movie theater where I went to see the last show shown (Ben Hur.)When Luke Haney was the city marshall, When Johnston cab ran from 5am to 10pm.
Jack Haney was coach for the first year, Sled riding down the school house hill, Smileys pool hall, Walking to Thayer to go to the movies after the theater closed in Mammoth. Ellison's cafe, where you could get a burger and fries for .25.
Cristy Freeman water skiing on the spring were she went on to be a world champion in the sport.
I can remember when the Mr.Bentley lived in the old log cabin where the restaurant is now, Going on camping trips on Spring River and not seeing anyone the whole week end, and if you did it was someone you knew.
I could go on for hours but got to get back to work now I will check back in.
Thanks for starting this thread.
MakeMeSmile

Enterprise, AL

#7 Jan 24, 2008
Woooohoooo!! Tackleman, you made me smile :)Sounded like a great time you had. I almost felt I was along with you. I must be younger I'm sure. Because I never got a burger for .25 LOL, but I do remember the old log cabin, before it got replaced. It's sad too see it gone. But time moves on. But we do have our memories to hang on to. Thank's so much for taking time out of your day to share yours. It made my day, I enjoyed reading your post, and I'm sure it will spark a few memories for others too. Can't wait to hear more!!!!
Tackleman has give us a great place to start.
So come on everyone share some of those good times!!! It might make me/you smile :)

Since: Jan 08

Thayer mo

#8 Jan 24, 2008
i remember the dinner bell down town thayer
dutch oven
slims pool hall front street
the creamery at tindals
sins 5 & 10 and his wife was the school nurse
cranes 5 & 10
doc coopers office
and coopers drug on chestnut
martins drug i wonder if the mirial of the town is still on the wall
piggely wiggles front and chestnut
big h foods after piggely wiggles burned
western auto now true value i think its been 3 yrs sence iv been there
trimbles cheverolet now napa
robinsons gro store
foseler and olds clothing stores
i remember 2 shoe stores one had cheaper shoes and the other the shoe store had more of like dress shoes they was next door to each other owned by i think the same people
the jewery store i think it was like martins cant remember
ace on 2nd
and mamoth
the old feed store that is now the bank
the ford dealer now browns
and the town & country
and guys gro outside of town
doc walkers office and short stay hospial across from the car wash
jolly rogers
both drug stores mayers and Rexall Drug
and there was a store in mamoth when i was young like zero gravity beside the bank
my uncle used to take his boat on the spring no island in the way then
the reunion where the park is now they actually had rides then and stands gave the bikes away on the stage by the canon, get streched pepsi bottles not to far from the stage every year they broke to ez
hanging out in mamoth on the ford lot before they started staying at home playing video games and went to the pump and pantry to play and cruise to mamoth back to thayer and stop in and talk to friends on the ford lot

when to thayer
favorite teacher hard to say grade school miss barbe
high school eather mr williams now mayor or paul light
watkin pedeler and the kerby vac sellsmen
and a few encyclopedia sellsmen
MakeMeSmile

Enterprise, AL

#9 Jan 25, 2008
Hi sayno2bs, sounds like someone from the friendly sister town, close sisters at that. I hope that it will tag someone that maybe shares the same memories as you. Who knows maybe a lost friend you stop to talk to on the ford lot.

Or maybe someone can answer this question for you.
((( martins drug i wonder if the mirial of the town is still on the wall )))
I'm sure there's got to be someone that knows!!!!

It sounds like a mix of Mammoth and Thayer's memories there. But then of course it is like each ones back yard or front lol.

Thanks for sharing your memories, I wish I had a gift to give, but you did make me smile :). Maybe a gift for us all, will be that someone else will share their memories. It sure takes edge off the cold weather and warms us up a bit in our soul.

So is there anyone else out there that wants to share their memories of our small towns. Just look at it like this. It's a gift that cost you nothing, for a lot to enjoy. Now that has a nice sound to it. Something to give for free, thats hard to find now-a-days.
Thanks saynotobs for the walk down Memory Lane :)
Tackleman

O Fallon, MO

#10 Jan 26, 2008
The humphreys grocery store was where the flea market is now and an hardware store right across the street where every Saturday they had a drawing from tickets which was gave out during the week by all the stores. That was a big day every week.
The Nimick shoe store and the 5 and 10 next door. My friend and I use to take our pet deer into the 5 and 10 and the owner would give us a pack of BB's for bringing him in. We used to hide in the hayloft of the sale barn when our parents came to get us from swimming. The owner of the sale barn son and I would ride our horses to the Thayer saddle club every Thursday night. I got my first real kiss from my girlfriend on the ride back one late summer night.
After we was of age to drive, we would drag races on the cold spring straight stretch, and burned over $2.00 worth of gas every weekend. We came up with the money by picking up pop bottles along the highway and sell them to the store for .2 each. They had a roller rink in the parking lot next to the Piggly Wiggly for about two years. It was in a big tent and cost .50 for 4 hours of skating.
We would make a run to Myrtle Mo liquor store or Lanton (at the age of 16)and buy a truck load of beer and then go to the hanging tree near the State Line and sell it bootleg.(Funny thing after I turned 21 I never drank again.)
Tackleman

O Fallon, MO

#11 Jan 26, 2008
I remember the flood that got into the fish hatchery ponds and for three years the fishing in warm fork was great. Some of the Goldfish grew to a huge size.We went to Laseter Hole on the Myatt to swim, and just get away from town. Or the lime Quarry west of town on Highway 9.
I Remember Mr. Waver who was the janitor at the school, Mrs.Eastes in the first grade, Mrs. Holden in the third grade, Jason Frezzel a Mr. Powell and several other teachers. I have the original painting of the mural in the Simmons Bank the oil painting is 14x18 and the artist gave it to my father in the 1940's.
A funny thing was, all the guys at Mammoth (That I ran around with.)all went with girls from Thayer, Couch, or Myrtle. I guess all the girls were scared of us.(LOL)I left Mammoth when I went to Viet Nam and returned ony for a short time. I remember riding the school bus with Tessie Washam (Tes Harper now)and hearing her sing every Friday after noon in one of the classes we had. And one of the other posters reminded me of DR. Walker. He would come to the house to see my grandmother twice a week and when my folks found out I was smoking they took me to his office and he faked an x-ray of my chest and told me if I didn't quit I was going to die. He did not know he was the one who got me started by throwing a almost full Pel Mel on the side walk of our house when he came to see grandma, where I would pick it up and smoke it.( At the age of 8.)
Tackleman

O Fallon, MO

#12 Jan 26, 2008
Growing up in a town like Mammoth is an experience like most people do not ever get. I have found in life the morels you are taught by the extended family of a town like that stick with you later in life. I remember that Mrs. Culvert who owned the bank taught me how to tie my shoe on the sidewalk in front of the bank, and the next time I came in she asked me to show her again, and put a crisp $1.00 bill into a savings account for me. I still have that account. And when the city Marshall comes to your house and has breakfast with you and your parents is worse than going to jail, and starts you down the right path.
When you get to a place where you want to quit school because you think your smart enough, a teacher talks you into staying and even going on to collage. Things are different now and I think it's a shame. Where we was sneaking a beer and driving fast (Which was not right.) The kids (Not All) now are into Meth, Crack, Marijuana, sitting in front of a computer 24-7. I hope some of the kids there are able to find people in the town which still believe in being a mentor to the kids and help them to have memories of Mammoth like my generation.
Sorry about all the post but there is a word limit i guess.
Tackleman

O Fallon, MO

#13 Jan 26, 2008
The humphreys grocery store was where the flea market is now and an hardware store right across the street where every Saturday they had a drawing from tickets which was gave out during the week by all the stores. That was a big day every week.
The Nimick shoe store and the 5 and 10 next door. My friend and I use to take our pet deer into the 5 and 10 and the owner would give us a pack of BB's for bringing him in. We used to hide in the hayloft of the sale barn when our parents came to get us from swimming. The owner of the sale barn son and I would ride our horses to the Thayer saddle club every Thursday night. I got my first real kiss from my girlfriend on the ride back one late summer night.
After we was of age to drive, we would drag races on the cold spring straight stretch, and burned over $2.00 worth of gas every weekend. We came up with the money by picking up pop bottles along the highway and sell them to the store for .2 each. They had a roller rink in the parking lot next to the Piggly Wiggly for about two years. It was in a big tent and cost .50 for 4 hours of skating.
We would make a run to Myrtle Mo liquor store or Lanton (at the age of 16)and buy a truck load of beer and then go to the hanging tree near the State Line and sell it bootleg.(Funny thing after I turned 21 I never drank again.) THIS IS THE FIRST OF THE THREE POST
Krazy Kay

Mountain Home, AR

#14 Jan 26, 2008
Thank-you both for the insites,I remember,havin to move every 4 years in the military with my dad.So now I dont get too close to anyone anymore.Know how lucky u were to grow up with the stability of being close to familiar friends&family.I see a lot of bickering among family&friends here & it saddens me that some people dont understand the gift of a small town& being able to stay here.For the sake of the young folk I would like to see some sort of factory here .I had heard there was a chicken factory a curtain & a shirt factory out in "Salem that employed folks.I will move on some day we ALL will one way or another.In the meantime lets dialog & stop callin the sheriff on each other.Talk to one another help one another life ends just around the corner.And stop bein jealous of Ca.its the weather that draws people there .Its nice to read what it used to be like here Ive been seein it in the bldg.s Krazy.....
Krazy Kay

Mountain Home, AR

#15 Jan 27, 2008
Hey is anybody out there...Im a fan of Tess Harper,I watch for her in movies& shows like C.S.I. Shes great shes still riding high on That horse.I dont know about anyone out there but Im proud to live in a town Tess Harper came from.And other talented people who live here.And it aint braggin it is what it is an thats all it is "Hey is anybody out there..."Krazy likea
Carol Humphrey

Palatine, IL

#16 Feb 4, 2008
Does anyone remember Miss Lula Lucas's Beauty shop or the Gold Stamp Store or Stublefield's 5&10 cent Store? On Saturday Spec Rhode's coming to the Reunion & setting with ticket in hand waiting for the bike give away. Thank's for the MEMORIE's

Since: Jan 08

Thayer mo

#17 Feb 4, 2008
i had forgotten about the gold stamp store tolk so many books of stamps to get anything lol
Tackleman

Mountain Grove, MO

#18 Feb 18, 2008
Vacks BBQ South on 63 about 8 miles, could buy Near Beer.1%. Freemans Ford Dealership on Main Street, Pat Guttermans 59 Chevy (Great Car) Terry Taylor 67 Nova, and 55 Chevy, Darrell Bentleys 68 Ford Toreno, and 64 Chevy SS. I can remember them guys were the ones who had fun and didn't worry about much. They were the ones who drag raced on the Cold Springs streach.
Wonder what ever happend to them?? Did they break their necks or grow old?
Ouch

O Fallon, MO

#19 Apr 18, 2008
Heard one of then was a Trooper in Missouri. Go Figure.
STACEY HAINEY

Columbia, MO

#20 Apr 19, 2008
Tackleman wrote:
I remember swimming in the spring where the visitors center is now, and the sale barn that was there also. The movie theater where I went to see the last show shown (Ben Hur.)When Luke Haney was the city marshall, When Johnston cab ran from 5am to 10pm.
Jack Haney was coach for the first year, Sled riding down the school house hill, Smileys pool hall, Walking to Thayer to go to the movies after the theater closed in Mammoth. Ellison's cafe, where you could get a burger and fries for .25.
Cristy Freeman water skiing on the spring were she went on to be a world champion in the sport.
I can remember when the Mr.Bentley lived in the old log cabin where the restaurant is now, Going on camping trips on Spring River and not seeing anyone the whole week end, and if you did it was someone you knew.
I could go on for hours but got to get back to work now I will check back in.
Thanks for starting this thread.
TACKLEMAN,
I WISH I COULD HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW SOME OF THE THINGS YOU SPEAK OF, I AM ONE OF JIM REESE'S GRANDKIDS, AND IVE GROWN UP HEARING THE STORIES THAT YOU HAVE MENTIONED. INCLUDING WATER SKIING AT THE SPRING, BUT MOM (SUSIE REESE) TALKS ABOUT CHASING THE WATER MELON TRUCKS THROUGH THE HILLS SOUTH OF TOWN, AND EVAN THE SCHOOL SKIPPING TRIPS TO THE LAKE......
IS NICE TO SEE SOME FOLKS TALKIN NICE ON THESE POSTS

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