I grew up in Moberly in the 70's!

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Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#1 Jan 28, 2013
First of all let me say Skateland was a BIG deal back then lol!

My family moved to Moberly around 1970, my dad worked at KWIX and my mom at Southwestern bell. I lived on Bond st. went to West Park, then Bradley, then Junior High for half a semester before we packed up and moved to Independence.

I had a lot of great times growing up in Moberly. Had a lot of great friends and schoolmates, John Burton, Tim Mallory, Rob Branham, Harold Childs, Ron and Karen Thompson. Played ping-pong at St. Pius on Sunday and Wed. nights, then we moved over to North Park(I think). Bob Tretheway ran the ping-pong club back then. I remember one cold Christmas day(1974?) me and Jimmy Stewart went to see Uptown Saturday Night at the 4th st. theatre lol!

Lemme see, besides Skateland and the 4th st. theatre me and my friends would try to stay out of trouble. We'd sneak to the roof of KWIX and get a view of Reed st and beyond. We'd almost drown in the quarry, we'd somehow get into the Moberly vs. Vincennes junior college basketball games, that place would be packed for Vincennes! We always got a season pass for the municipal swimming pool. Tear down the alleys on our bikes, jump anything we could Evel Knievel style. Back then Bond and Franklin werern't total ghettos like I read they are now. I went back to Moberly once in 2000 and the old neighborhood looked like yeah, a hood. I had great teachers at West Park Ms. Baker, Ms. Dumb, Ms. Hughes, and that great principal Doug Underwood, sorry to hear he passed a few years back..he truly was a great man. I wish I knew more of my classmates, I remember Jim and Jimmy Stewart, Lori Farmer?, Harold Childs, etc. I distinctly remember being excited each school year but then I went to Bradley and it was not nearly as good as West Park. Then in Junior High I think I had 7 classes and at least 3 teachers were pretty disappointing, even downright nasty. When I moved to Independence the schools seemed a lot better.

I loved Rothwell lake, I played little league and my grandparents would drive their camper up from Springfield and park it there ever summer. The carnivals were always fun, sometimes they'd be at Rothwell park and sometimes they'd be in the parking lot across from KWIX.

Small towns can be great for kids to grow up in, I certainly feel I was very lucky to be there in Moberly in the post Vietnam 70's. There was a little anti-establishment feel there, a lot of guys with vans and playing tennis or jogging or fishing and I don't know if they even had jobs. Every neighborhood seemed to have an upper and a lower class right next to it, kind of all mixed into one pot if you will. Too bad the drugs in a small town seem to permeate everywhere but that's the way it was back then and prob still is.

I remember the drug stores on Reed, the wal mart north of the city, the pizza hut on the way to skateland(YAY!), the 63 drive inn? T,G,Y, Dairy Queen, Daylight Donuts, the big KWIX/KRES radio tower., 4th street theater and what was the name of the other theater on the same street, State theater? I delivered "The Paper" for awhile, that was tough for a skinny kid like me to carry all those papers!

Ah, great times. I'm sure a few people are still around. I like Rob Branham lives down under, Tim Mallory sells hot dogs in Columbia. I wish I knew what happened to Harold Childs, he always stuck by me thru thick and thin. Man he was fast!
huh

United States

#2 Jan 28, 2013
dude...all of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s have great memories...however....Moberly has changed. Its not the same. Its a 3rd world country now full of crime and drugs and no jobs. Not a place to raise kids...sad.
Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#3 Jan 28, 2013
huh wrote:
dude...all of us that grew up in the 70s and 80s have great memories...however....Moberly has changed. Its not the same. Its a 3rd world country now full of crime and drugs and no jobs. Not a place to raise kids...sad.
Yes, I know the drug problem only too well. My brother started getting involved in drugs there in the 70's and he's still an addict. From my trip back to Moberly back in 2000 it looked like the town was slowly decaying. Of course, looking at a town as an adult is much, much different than when I was just ten years old.
Former Resident

Wilmington, DE

#4 Jan 28, 2013
Eric, you touched on a lot of good memories for me, too. Here's some of mine, which may include some you already mentioned:
* Playing Midget League baseball on the field by Holman Road at the entrance to Rothwell Park and pickup games at the old Junior High School and Central School
* Playing basketball at the St. Pius playground and lots of other places
* Watching Greyhound basketball games in the great old college gym
* Watching high school football games on the football field behind the Junior College
* Going to Mart Super Drug Store and buying 16 oz. bottles of Double Cola
* Going to Jackson's Market on West Rollins and buying baseball cards and snacks
* Exploring the woods at Possum Hollow and other locations
* Riding bicycles everywhere during the summer
* Playing tennis on the courts in Rothwell Park
* Going to Hasting's (Highway 63 Golf Course) and riding the golf carts and driving buckets of golf balls
* Going to Community Lanes to bowl, play pool or pinball, and just hang out.
Lots of other great times - just can't name them all!
Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#5 Jan 28, 2013
Former Resident wrote:
Eric, you touched on a lot of good memories for me, too. Here's some of mine, which may include some you already mentioned:
* Playing Midget League baseball on the field by Holman Road at the entrance to Rothwell Park and pickup games at the old Junior High School and Central School
* Playing basketball at the St. Pius playground and lots of other places
* Watching Greyhound basketball games in the great old college gym
* Watching high school football games on the football field behind the Junior College
* Going to Mart Super Drug Store and buying 16 oz. bottles of Double Cola
* Going to Jackson's Market on West Rollins and buying baseball cards and snacks
* Exploring the woods at Possum Hollow and other locations
* Riding bicycles everywhere during the summer
* Playing tennis on the courts in Rothwell Park
* Going to Hasting's (Highway 63 Golf Course) and riding the golf carts and driving buckets of golf balls
* Going to Community Lanes to bowl, play pool or pinball, and just hang out.
Lots of other great times - just can't name them all!
Yes, all those memories and so much more. It's hard to describe how lucky I feel to have grown up in Moberly at that point in time. I walked, ran, and rode bikes all over that town and never felt in danger, except for being chased by a couple of dogs(one german shepard named "King" almost got a hold of me lol!). I particularly remember the elderly people being especially nice to me, something I'll never forget. I guess they got a kick out of living their lives vicariously thru us little kids.

Being on the west side was cool because we had the park nearby. I watched man walk on the moon at West Park elementary because the principal Doug Underwood parked a TV console in the auditorium during those times. I loved school so much back then I stayed after on the last school day in late May 1975 to help the teachers put all the books away in the closet. Not that I was a great student, I was quite a handful for them I'm sure!

It definitely was a great time back then, Moberly is kind of like a big and small town. Too big for you to know everybody and small enough where you always run into someone you know. We were the big town around that area until you got to Columbia.
still here

Mexico, MO

#6 Jan 28, 2013
thanks eric this was really cool and so appreciated. thank you.
still here

Mexico, MO

#7 Jan 28, 2013
what doing in hawaii?
nik

United States

#8 Jan 28, 2013
I wish they had stuff like that now for my kids
Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#9 Jan 29, 2013
Thanks for the nice replies. I've lived here in Hawaii on and off for the last few years as I retired from the military back in 2007. I plan on moving back to the mainland in a few months, Island Fever is real lol!
nice

Columbia, MO

#10 Jan 29, 2013
It's is nice to see people using this forum as it was intended. I love the old stories. I grew up a decade behind you guys and was lucky enough to catch the tail end of a really great town. I still live here currently though I do hope to move. This town just isn't the same. I think I'd enjoy my old age somewhere a little more stable with a decent city counsel. The people running Moberly now couldn't poor water out of a boot with the directions wrote on the bottom, won't be long this town will dry up and blow away just like Macon pretty much has. It's sad! We need intelligent voters who really care about the town and the people and not just how to grease their own wheels and pockets. It's all buddy buddy now and those buddy buddies are using it up fast as they can get it but the people are not better off only the city counsel is! Corruption is bad here now. The citizens need to stop with this I don't think I can make a difference. Their one vote doesn't matter they say. I've heard it and so get mad!!! Anyway enough of my rant on why this great town went to shit. I'd point fingers but it's all ready on here, just a different comment.

I remember many of the things you speak of. The skating rink, that was so fun! And cruising Reed St was such a blast. You would see everyone at some point in the evening. There are times I wish I had the gas I burned back then now. Actually I wish the gas prices were closer to the 80-90 cent mark like they were back then!
Eric Thank You for your service.
Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#12 Jan 30, 2013
Thanks again. About small towns. When I was a kid I'd go with my dad to Macon as he had to report on the weekly city council meeting. Think about how fun a 3 hour meeting is for a nine year old lol! Anyway, I'd get so bored I'd walk around the block to the drug store and get a vanilla coke. One time I walked by the sleepy fire station and an old fireman asked who I was and where was I from. I said "I'm from Moberly" and he replied "Ah, young man you're from the big town!".
Former Resident

Washington, MI

#13 Jan 30, 2013
I remember when Moberly first got cable TV in the late 60's or early 70's. After just watching only Channel 8 (KOMU) in Columbia and Channel 13 (KRCG)in Jefferson City, and sometimes Channel 7 in Quincy/Ottumwa (KHQA),it was great watching the TV channels from Kansas City and St. Louis. TV wasn't 24/7 back then, so I remember watching the sign-off screen at the end of a day and at the start of a new day.
Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#14 Jan 30, 2013
I remember Moberly cable. The local access channel would always have that rotating cardboard wheel with programming notes on it. I'd turn to that channel to listen to baseball games, I'm pretty sure I listened while the Royals tried to win their 17th game in a row but lost to the Mariners something like 1-0.
Busy Bodies

Huntsville, MO

#15 Jan 31, 2013
How about the playmore, Mary Ann's sandwich shop, Gillian bakery , Mear's Drug Store?
Former Resident

Wilmington, DE

#16 Jan 31, 2013
Some more memories (are any of these still there?)

* Mckenzie Drug Store
* Gateway Sandwich Shop
* Patterson's - i remember the Coke machine with the 6.5 oz. bottles
* Listening to The Trading Post and Party Line on KWIX radio
* Wrestling matches at the Municipal Auditorium
* Fast-pitch softball tournaments in Rothwell Park
* A grocery store across the street from St. Pius X School
* The old Safeway store located in what's now the parking lot for the current store

More later!
Eric Haynes

Honolulu, HI

#17 Jan 31, 2013
Yeah, Mckenzies..that was the name of the drug store on Reed and 5th st. right?

Patterson's at the end of Reed st. right before you got to the Post Office?

I remember the Mennonites parking their horses in front of the Safeway lol. I bet that'll never go away!

I was closer to the I.G.A. I'd go there on summer nights and get a Chocolate Soldier out of the soda machine and drink it outside the store then return the bottle for the 2 cents.

I have a lot of memories of the 4th Street and State theater. Spent so much time in those two theaters it's hard to believe. I remember it being packed for Towering Inferno, everybody in town seemed to be there. I remember the red course seats, which ones were lumpy and which ones were good. I saw Star Wars at 4th st. theater in 77' up in the balcony it was so packed. We didn't have a choice back then, had to see whatever was showing. For some reason W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings stuck around for about 3 weeks, I ended up seeing it 3 or 4 times because I didn't want to tell my friends I'd seen it already. They used to have little coupons in the paper for Saturday Matinee, they'd show old Flash Gordon and Three Stooges etc. for 50 cents with that coupon.

There could be a book, a screenplay, or a series of articles on those times. The only movie I can think of that almost hit a home run on my experiences was Stand by Me.
Bob Tretheway

United States

#18 Aug 16, 2013
Hi Eric. I have fond memories of Moberly and especially you and your family. Please give me an update on your family.

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