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#23
Dec 9, 2008
 
I ,too, have fond memories of all that has been spoken about Welch, of old.And , yes, I did pitch a little woo up in that balcony.
Welch is on the improve.It will never be like the 60's again, but what will ? The river walk is a good step forward .They should make it another Gatlinburg - like tourist attraction .W.Va. doesn't have a place like that .
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#24
Dec 9, 2008
 
I remember when there were several places in Welch to buy a new car. Don Clark Ford, Hall's Chevrolet, Mabe Cartwright Dodge, Hurd Motor, Gianato Pontiac, John's Rambler, and the place there on Riverside Drive....(brain fart). Thomas Joyland carnival came every spring. After finally finding a home at Linkous Park I saw them set up at the ball field at #10 Gary where the nursing home is now, on Premier Mountain where Magic Mart is, and even behind where Jimmy's Hardware is in Roderfield. There were places to eat galore. Maggie's Sandwich Shop, The Shamrock Grill, The White Front, The Tic Toc, The Diner, The Capitol Lunch, The Palace Cafe, Lambert's Grill, Franklin's Dairy, Little Pigs, The West Virginia Drive In, The Sterling Drive In, The Mountaineer Restaurant, City Lunch, and I probably left some out. There were 3 jewelry stores....Davis Jewelers, American Jewelers, and Becker's Jewel Box. We had 2 portrait studios....Woody's which I think later was Justice's and Smith's Studio. I remember several grocery stores such as Harry's Food Market, S & M Markets (where I worked), Deskins, and we had 2 Krogers. When Deskins was where Fannings is now, they had a neon sign with a shopping cart that the lights made the wheels look like they were turning. There were 3 hospitals....Stevens Clinic, Grace, and Welch Emergency which we called Nunmer One Hospital. There was an extensive bus service out of Welch that went all over the county and a taxi cab service as well. If you count Noah Mahaffey, there were 2 taxi cab services. Noah was from Premier Mountain and at 35 cents was 15 cents cheaper than the Welch taxis. I remember the era of the service station. When you got gasoline you also got your windshield cleaned, your oil checked, your tires gauged, and battery water checked....."That'll be two dollars".

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Cathead wrote:
I remember when there were several places in Welch to buy a new car. Don Clark Ford, Hall's Chevrolet, Mabe Cartwright Dodge, Hurd Motor, Gianato Pontiac, John's Rambler, and the place there on Riverside Drive....(brain fart). Thomas Joyland carnival came every spring. After finally finding a home at Linkous Park I saw them set up at the ball field at #10 Gary where the nursing home is now, on Premier Mountain where Magic Mart is, and even behind where Jimmy's Hardware is in Roderfield. There were places to eat galore. Maggie's Sandwich Shop, The Shamrock Grill, The White Front, The Tic Toc, The Diner, The Capitol Lunch, The Palace Cafe, Lambert's Grill, Franklin's Dairy, Little Pigs, The West Virginia Drive In, The Sterling Drive In, The Mountaineer Restaurant, City Lunch, and I probably left some out. There were 3 jewelry stores....Davis Jewelers, American Jewelers, and Becker's Jewel Box. We had 2 portrait studios....Woody's which I think later was Justice's and Smith's Studio. I remember several grocery stores such as Harry's Food Market, S & M Markets (where I worked), Deskins, and we had 2 Krogers. When Deskins was where Fannings is now, they had a neon sign with a shopping cart that the lights made the wheels look like they were turning. There were 3 hospitals....Stevens Clinic, Grace, and Welch Emergency which we called Nunmer One Hospital. There was an extensive bus service out of Welch that went all over the county and a taxi cab service as well. If you count Noah Mahaffey, there were 2 taxi cab services. Noah was from Premier Mountain and at 35 cents was 15 cents cheaper than the Welch taxis. I remember the era of the service station. When you got gasoline you also got your windshield cleaned, your oil checked, your tires gauged, and battery water checked....."That'll be two dollars".
Yeager Ford down by what is now the Welch Community Hospital. I always wanted one of those Cobras.
Homesick

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Cathead wrote:
I remember when there were several places in Welch to buy a new car. Don Clark Ford, Hall's Chevrolet, Mabe Cartwright Dodge, Hurd Motor, Gianato Pontiac, John's Rambler, and the place there on Riverside Drive....(brain fart). Thomas Joyland carnival came every spring. After finally finding a home at Linkous Park I saw them set up at the ball field at #10 Gary where the nursing home is now, on Premier Mountain where Magic Mart is, and even behind where Jimmy's Hardware is in Roderfield. There were places to eat galore. Maggie's Sandwich Shop, The Shamrock Grill, The White Front, The Tic Toc, The Diner, The Capitol Lunch, The Palace Cafe, Lambert's Grill, Franklin's Dairy, Little Pigs, The West Virginia Drive In, The Sterling Drive In, The Mountaineer Restaurant, City Lunch, and I probably left some out. There were 3 jewelry stores....Davis Jewelers, American Jewelers, and Becker's Jewel Box. We had 2 portrait studios....Woody's which I think later was Justice's and Smith's Studio. I remember several grocery stores such as Harry's Food Market, S & M Markets (where I worked), Deskins, and we had 2 Krogers. When Deskins was where Fannings is now, they had a neon sign with a shopping cart that the lights made the wheels look like they were turning. There were 3 hospitals....Stevens Clinic, Grace, and Welch Emergency which we called Nunmer One Hospital. There was an extensive bus service out of Welch that went all over the county and a taxi cab service as well. If you count Noah Mahaffey, there were 2 taxi cab services. Noah was from Premier Mountain and at 35 cents was 15 cents cheaper than the Welch taxis. I remember the era of the service station. When you got gasoline you also got your windshield cleaned, your oil checked, your tires gauged, and battery water checked....."That'll be two dollars".
Wow!!! thanks Cathead, I don't remember all those stors etc... But my Brothers and Sister remember alot of such In welch. Was there a place to roller-skate?. Boy, I sure wish McDowell had kept growing ... Moving forward and all.
Again, Thank you.
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#27
Dec 9, 2008
 
I had a teacher at Welch High. She would ask you a question,if you didn`t get the answer right,she would say x y z and big curly Q. What was her name? I will never forget. I am a better person because of her . Can I get a witness?
Cathead

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#28
Dec 9, 2008
 
Homesick wrote:
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Wow!!! thanks Cathead, I don't remember all those stors etc... But my Brothers and Sister remember alot of such In welch. Was there a place to roller-skate?. Boy, I sure wish McDowell had kept growing ... Moving forward and all.
Again, Thank you.
Yes, there was a place to roller skate. Romie Coe owned a skating rink and it was upstairs in a building close to the bridge that goes across Tug River across from Ed Shephard's old Pure Oil station. Those buildings are gone now.
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#29
Dec 9, 2008
 
voter wrote:
I had a teacher at Welch High. She would ask you a question,if you didn`t get the answer right,she would say x y z and big curly Q. What was her name? I will never forget. I am a better person because of her . Can I get a witness?
That sounds like something Jeanette Bivens would have said. Remember her? Did anybody ever go to the Chatter Box or the Candlelight? My mom says that there's a new restaurant in town now that "is to die for"!!!
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#30
Dec 9, 2008
 
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<quoted text>Yeager Ford down by what is now the Welch Community Hospital. I always wanted one of those Cobras.
Yes....Yeager Ford came after Don Clark. OH Man!!....I just remembered the car dealership on Riverside Drive I couldn't think of while ago. It was Morgan's Motor Mart. There was a beer joint beside of it called the Cliffside Inn. And, believe it or not across the road from that was a grocery store.....S & M Market. It was built on the hillside above Summer Street and you barely had parking room. If you looked at the location now you would never guess there was a grocery store there. Two other businesses close to there were Poe's Esso Station and Ray's Gulf. There was a swinging bridge that went across the river from Summer Street over to Linkous Park. Every year we were amazed at the huge strings of lights in the shape of a Christmas tree behind The Sterling Drive In. We would drive up there just to see it. I remember the big bus terminal in Welch. There were other businesses in that building as well. It was kinda like a shopping plaza. There was a locksmith shop owned by Ebbie Eanes and also a record store. I remember going up Premier Mountain when it was only 2 lanes. If you got behind one of those Welch buses you were in for a long ride up the mountain. We went to the Starland Drive In Movies all the time. They usually showed 4 movies on the weekend. There was a real working carousel there with a huge slide, teeter totters, and swings. While we waited for it to get dark Mr. Russel had a jeep decorated with 2 or 3 tailers hooked to the back like a train. He would pull us around the lot through the alleys and driveways. Then, after the first movie they would hoist a big screen cage on the roof of the snack bar and draw a ticket out of it for the door prize. The film would break and the horns would blow. Sometimes if we had extra money we would stop at the Chatterbox in Big Four and buy some hot dogs to take into the movie. The fireworks on July 4th were always awesome at the Starland....or at least they were to me.
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#31
Dec 9, 2008
 
do you remember the windjammer night club or wagers amoco station i use to work there those were the days
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#32
Dec 9, 2008
 
The Pocahontas! I remember being around 10 and paying 75 cents for children & 1.00 for adults. Popcorn and candy were dirt-cheap & we loved getting 'graveyards'! Anyone remember those? And when it burned down, what a fire! Speaking of fires, I remember the fire dept. & library burning. That was so sad. Oh, and the walk up the hill to Welch High School. Looking back, it was quite a view of the town from up there. I remember the Dairy Queen, too. It would get really crowded on hot summer nights. You would always see people you knew, parked there eating their ice cream. And what about the Tic Toc? Gosh there are so many great memories. For me, growing up in the 70's in Welch was wonderful!
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Dec 9, 2008
 
in va wrote:
do you remember the windjammer night club or wagers amoco station i use to work there those were the days
I remember playing music at the Windjammer one night. It was just me and my friend Charlie Davis. I played guitar and Charlie played the banjo and we played for tips. I also remember Wagers and Walt Wager. They were up on Premier Mountain and then moved to downtown Welch.
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Dec 9, 2008
 
voter wrote:
I had a teacher at Welch High. She would ask you a question,if you didn`t get the answer right,she would say x y z and big curly Q. What was her name? I will never forget. I am a better person because of her . Can I get a witness?
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Dec 9, 2008
 
"The Hole In The Wall"
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Melbourne, Fl

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Dec 9, 2008
 
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Dec 9, 2008
 
Cathead wrote:
<quoted text>Yes....Yeager Ford came after Don Clark. OH Man!!....I just remembered the car dealership on Riverside Drive I couldn't think of while ago. It was Morgan's Motor Mart. There was a beer joint beside of it called the Cliffside Inn. And, believe it or not across the road from that was a grocery store.....S & M Market. It was built on the hillside above Summer Street and you barely had parking room. If you looked at the location now you would never guess there was a grocery store there. Two other businesses close to there were Poe's Esso Station and Ray's Gulf. There was a swinging bridge that went across the river from Summer Street over to Linkous Park. Every year we were amazed at the huge strings of lights in the shape of a Christmas tree behind The Sterling Drive In. We would drive up there just to see it. I remember the big bus terminal in Welch. There were other businesses in that building as well. It was kinda like a shopping plaza. There was a locksmith shop owned by Ebbie Eanes and also a record store. I remember going up Premier Mountain when it was only 2 lanes. If you got behind one of those Welch buses you were in for a long ride up the mountain. We went to the Starland Drive In Movies all the time. They usually showed 4 movies on the weekend. There was a real working carousel there with a huge slide, teeter totters, and swings. While we waited for it to get dark Mr. Russel had a jeep decorated with 2 or 3 tailers hooked to the back like a train. He would pull us around the lot through the alleys and driveways. Then, after the first movie they would hoist a big screen cage on the roof of the snack bar and draw a ticket out of it for the door prize. The film would break and the horns would blow. Sometimes if we had extra money we would stop at the Chatterbox in Big Four and buy some hot dogs to take into the movie. The fireworks on July 4th were always awesome at the Starland....or at least they were to me.
My last 4th of July at Starland was in a 56 Ford convertible and one of those rockets didn't go off until it hit the ground by my left rear tire. I hate to think what would have happened if it hit a little further over into my car. When I didn't have the money to get into Starland, I would drive up on a mining road(?) I think it was and watch from there. If we were quiet, we could hear the sound up there from all those speakers.

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Welch, WV

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#38
Dec 9, 2008
 
Man, ya'll are making me so homesick, but like Thomas Wolfe said, "You can never go home again." I remember skipping vocational school and walking the railroad tracks to get downtown. It was sad but, nobody ever tried to stop you from walking off. I remember whenever the Tug would flood and they would reroute traffic over the railroad tressel, I remember hearing "Another One Bites The Dust" played over and over and over again on the jukebox at Landmark Lanes. I remember the big anchor by the parking garage, I remember riding the school bus with tire chains on it and inevitablly one of the chains would break and you'd have to listen to that whack, whack, whack so loud that you couldn't hear each other talk. I remember standing at the benches at the Junior High School and looking down on Welch. I remember snow that stayed on the ground for weeks and standing by a burning tire, my clothes steaming so I could warm up enough to take another ride down a snow covered hill. I remember the Pineville Drive-In where they had hot dogs with these unbelievable buns, buttered and toasted on both sides. I remember the Christmas lights strung across the road downtown. I remember the parades, I remember the fair that would come to Stevens Park and the Hoochie Coochie shows that they had. I was always too young to get in but, it is an understatement to say that my young mind was intrigued by the prospect of dancing girls. LOL

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Memories wrote:
The Pocahontas! I remember being around 10 and paying 75 cents for children & 1.00 for adults. Popcorn and candy were dirt-cheap & we loved getting 'graveyards'! Anyone remember those? And when it burned down, what a fire! Speaking of fires, I remember the fire dept. & library burning. That was so sad. Oh, and the walk up the hill to Welch High School. Looking back, it was quite a view of the town from up there. I remember the Dairy Queen, too. It would get really crowded on hot summer nights. You would always see people you knew, parked there eating their ice cream. And what about the Tic Toc? Gosh there are so many great memories. For me, growing up in the 70's in Welch was wonderful!
I remember the pay toilets at the theater, it was the first place that I ever read the poem, "Here I sit all broken hearted, Paid my dime and only farted!" ROFLMAO
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Dec 9, 2008
 
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Remember the old dairy queen, murphys,theatre, tic toc (skipping school playing pinball), hole in the wall (them hot dogs!!),etc..?
no post i hit the mouse by mistake.
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#41
Dec 9, 2008
 
So many memories and they are all good ones!Golden Skillet fried chicken.Cruising the drive-ins on Saturday night......
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Princeton, WV

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#42
Dec 10, 2008
 
In my memory now, I'm starting up Premier Mountain in Jr Poca in the 60s and 70s. Where Lewis' is now was Luke Giatano Pontiac. Right past there on the same side of the road is where G. L. Phillips had a plumbing and heating business. There was a "man" made out of sheet metal and stove pipes on his roof. We later rented movies in that same building when it was Buddy's Home Video. On up the road on the left was Southern Distributors and S & M Market. I worked at both places there. Downstairs in that building was J. G. Hunt Distributors. I remember Floyd Cox drove a Falls City beer truck out of there. On up was the Cottle house and the liitle house Mrs. McCoy lived in. Both of those houses are gone now. There were 3 beer joints all on the left going up the mountain and later on a 4th one opened. There was the Midget, Hillside Inn, Splash Down, and the Blue Star that later became the Ponderosa. Beside the Ponderosa was a furniture store where Acres is now. On up the road on the right was a Texaco station owned by the Wagers. The place where Blevins' Pawn Shop is used to be a garage. There was another little building there that housed Grey's Grocery. That's where I bought all my BBs. Up on the hill there was a white wood framed church where Dewey Frazier was pastor. Over where Magic Mart, Wendy's, and Goodsons are used to be a slate dump. An old black man lived on the hillside behind where Wendy's is now. He lived in a shanty made from scrap wood, cardboard, and the such. His last name was Scott and he picked up pop bottles on the road. He always had a burlap sac on his back. On the very top of the mountain under the radio station was a 2 story building called The King Coal Building. My dad would play in his band there and there were always huge crowds. They had a square dance on Saturday nights. The National Guard was also housed in that building. I remember one year Don Reno and Red Smiley came there to play. Mountain Top Baptist Church occupies that spot, now.

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