Remembering The Old Welch Of 70's/80's

Remembering The Old Welch Of 70's/80's

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Young Timer

United States

#1 Dec 8, 2008
Remember the old dairy queen, murphys,theatre, tic toc (skipping school playing pinball), hole in the wall (them hot dogs!!),etc..?
Born In The 80s

Bluefield, WV

#2 Dec 8, 2008
I would of love to of seen all that, I wasn't born until the late 80's tho so didn't get to see any of it, if i did, i must of been to young to remember it lol. It would be so cool to go back in time though and get to see welch in its great days lol
Memories

Douglasville, GA

#3 Dec 8, 2008
Awesome places and awesome memories, along with the memories of cruising the drive-inns. The 70's was the best of times in Welch for me.
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soup nazi

Bethlehem, PA

#5 Dec 8, 2008
the best times i ever had.
Power Wagon

Maysel, WV

#6 Dec 8, 2008
Those were the days my friends. To see the town of Welch now makes me so sad. The younger generation have no idea of the beauty and convenience we had in Welch. Had car dealerships, furniture stores, jewelry stores, Cox's, J.C. Penney, Watson's and 2 or 3 dollar stores. The apartments were so well kept. Now it looks so desolate. The memories of the 70's is the best!
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Cathead

Oakvale, WV

#8 Dec 8, 2008
I remember the old wooden floors in G. C. Murphy's and the fold down seats around the front of the store where people could sit and rest. Women would even nurse their babies there. We would go downstairs and look at all the fish and birds in the pet department. The candy isle was awesome with dozens of loose candies separated into sections behind glass. The clerk would dip it out with a dipper when you made a purchase. The smell of the hot cashews and peanuts was cool. We would ride to town every Saturday on one of the buses that came through Premier regularly several times a day. It cost 10 cents to ride from Premier to Welch. Then, we would go to the movies and get in with 6 RC Cola lids. A box of popcorn and a cup of pop was 20 cents. Candy bars were a nickel. I never had the nickel but always got a box of popcorn and a pop. On Saturdays there was a record hop there in the theater and young people would come and dance. I never was a dancer so didn't attend too many of those. Then on Saturday nights the house lights would come on and we'd all play BANKO. It was just bingo with punch out cards. Whoever won got 10 silver dollars. The theater was segregated. All black people sat upstairs behind a wall that was about 4 feet high. Now, that's really a shame, but it's true just the same. I've rambled enough. I may get a wild hair and type some more later. Anyway, those were a few of my memories of Welch from the 50s.

“Say What?”

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Since: Mar 08

Somewhere

#9 Dec 8, 2008
Cathead wrote:
I remember the old wooden floors in G. C. Murphy's and the fold down seats around the front of the store where people could sit and rest. Women would even nurse their babies there. We would go downstairs and look at all the fish and birds in the pet department. The candy isle was awesome with dozens of loose candies separated into sections behind glass. The clerk would dip it out with a dipper when you made a purchase. The smell of the hot cashews and peanuts was cool. We would ride to town every Saturday on one of the buses that came through Premier regularly several times a day. It cost 10 cents to ride from Premier to Welch. Then, we would go to the movies and get in with 6 RC Cola lids. A box of popcorn and a cup of pop was 20 cents. Candy bars were a nickel. I never had the nickel but always got a box of popcorn and a pop. On Saturdays there was a record hop there in the theater and young people would come and dance. I never was a dancer so didn't attend too many of those. Then on Saturday nights the house lights would come on and we'd all play BANKO. It was just bingo with punch out cards. Whoever won got 10 silver dollars. The theater was segregated. All black people sat upstairs behind a wall that was about 4 feet high. Now, that's really a shame, but it's true just the same. I've rambled enough. I may get a wild hair and type some more later. Anyway, those were a few of my memories of Welch from the 50s.
And 60's
Cathead

Oakvale, WV

#10 Dec 8, 2008
I think we should give credit where credit is due, though. I see a real effort in progress to clean up, shape up, and beautify Welch since the floods. My hat's off to all involved.
old timer

Bluefield, WV

#11 Dec 8, 2008
Power Wagon wrote:
Those were the days my friends. To see the town of Welch now makes me so sad. The younger generation have no idea of the beauty and convenience we had in Welch. Had car dealerships, furniture stores, jewelry stores, Cox's, J.C. Penney, Watson's and 2 or 3 dollar stores. The apartments were so well kept. Now it looks so desolate. The memories of the 70's is the best!
It's like that in every city...Have you ever been to downtown Pittsburgh,PA.,? Nothing there...
Susie

Sterling Heights, MI

#12 Dec 9, 2008
Cathead wrote:
I remember the old wooden floors in G. C. Murphy's and the fold down seats around the front of the store where people could sit and rest. Women would even nurse their babies there. We would go downstairs and look at all the fish and birds in the pet department. The candy isle was awesome with dozens of loose candies separated into sections behind glass. The clerk would dip it out with a dipper when you made a purchase. The smell of the hot cashews and peanuts was cool. We would ride to town every Saturday on one of the buses that came through Premier regularly several times a day. It cost 10 cents to ride from Premier to Welch. Then, we would go to the movies and get in with 6 RC Cola lids. A box of popcorn and a cup of pop was 20 cents. Candy bars were a nickel. I never had the nickel but always got a box of popcorn and a pop. On Saturdays there was a record hop there in the theater and young people would come and dance. I never was a dancer so didn't attend too many of those. Then on Saturday nights the house lights would come on and we'd all play BANKO. It was just bingo with punch out cards. Whoever won got 10 silver dollars. The theater was segregated. All black people sat upstairs behind a wall that was about 4 feet high. Now, that's really a shame, but it's true just the same. I've rambled enough. I may get a wild hair and type some more later. Anyway, those were a few of my memories of Welch from the 50s.
When I read this I was thinking that it sounded like my time in the 50's and then at the end I found out you were writing about the 50's. Thanks for the memories. I loved the G.C. Murphy dime store and you forgot the ladies shops, Thrift shop, Chris Ann and Beryl Shop. Oh, those were the days.
Cathead

Oakvale, WV

#13 Dec 9, 2008
Susie wrote:
<quoted text>When I read this I was thinking that it sounded like my time in the 50's and then at the end I found out you were writing about the 50's. Thanks for the memories. I loved the G.C. Murphy dime store and you forgot the ladies shops, Thrift shop, Chris Ann and Beryl Shop. Oh, those were the days.
Haha....I didn't forget them. I just got tired of typing.....lol.

“Say What?”

Level 2

Since: Mar 08

Somewhere

#14 Dec 9, 2008
Cathead wrote:
I think we should give credit where credit is due, though. I see a real effort in progress to clean up, shape up, and beautify Welch since the floods. My hat's off to all involved.
That's really evident to those of us who visit once a year.
Susie

Sterling Heights, MI

#15 Dec 9, 2008
Cathead wrote:
<quoted text>Haha....I didn't forget them. I just got tired of typing.....lol.
we can't forget the Flat Iron drugstore with the cherry cokes and glass top tables.
Missing Welch

Logan, WV

#16 Dec 9, 2008
Now who can forget the Pocahontas Theater (my mom told me I couldn't sit in the balcony. lol) The Veteran's Day parades? The Gary/Welch football games and the barrell? On to Mt. View--we really did have good teachers -- Mr. Gray was the best!
saigon

Bluefield, WV

#17 Dec 9, 2008
The black folks did sit up stairs. But lets look at it this way.In the winter it was warmer,good
location to be with your girl,not a lot of traffic.And the wall was there to keep someone from falling over,this wall was not a problem.
not in the way.I would got to both theaters on Sunday.And take a sunday with me from down the street.Frankins if the spelling is correct.
Jo Ann

Morristown, TN

#18 Dec 9, 2008
It was great. My mom worked at the Murphy's sometimes in the snack bar but, mostly in the office. I loved Welch in those days. We had no idea how lucky we were to have been there. It breaks my heart to go downtown now. It's been a long time though. Princeton is about as far as I go anymore.
Jo Ann

Morristown, TN

#19 Dec 9, 2008
I am fairly new to topix. How do you get the town to say where you're really living now? I am not in Ky., but in the beautiful Smoky Mtns. of Tn.

Since: Sep 08

Melbourne, Fl

#20 Dec 9, 2008
STARLAND!!!!
vintenwin

Miami, FL

#21 Dec 9, 2008
saigon wrote:
The black folks did sit up stairs. But lets look at it this way.In the winter it was warmer,good
location to be with your girl,not a lot of traffic.And the wall was there to keep someone from falling over,this wall was not a problem.
not in the way.I would got to both theaters on Sunday.And take a sunday with me from down the street.Frankins if the spelling is correct.
I hope you are not making a "back door " justification of segregation there Saigon .It would seem to me that there was nothing good about being exiles into the upper regions of the theater . The screen was smaller there , and most probably did not go there to "pitch woo ".
vintenwin

Miami, FL

#22 Dec 9, 2008
exiled....I do not look at the screen when I type . Neither do I check what I write .I just type and send ,lickety split . lol !....yikes !

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