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

Charleston, WV

#43 Dec 10, 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".
how about Dr Memorial Hospital
Susie

Sterling Heights, MI

#44 Dec 10, 2008
Mr H wrote:
<quoted text>how about Dr Memorial Hospital
I worked there in the front office for awhile.
Susie

Sterling Heights, MI

#45 Dec 10, 2008
Lit Cuz Bush wrote:
Dr Burger and nurse Zoe
Grace Hospital
I remember.
soup nazi

Bethlehem, PA

#46 Dec 10, 2008
i remember most all of that WOW what fun it was 2 live in welch at that time in my life. P.S. u can always go home.
Cathead

Bluefield, WV

#47 Dec 10, 2008
Mr H wrote:
<quoted text>how about Dr Memorial Hospital
Doctors Memorial Hospital and Grace Hospital were the same place. They changed their name from Grace Hospital to Doctor's Memorial.
vintenwin

Miami, FL

#48 Dec 10, 2008
soup nazi wrote:
i remember most all of that WOW what fun it was 2 live in welch at that time in my life. P.S. u can always go home.
Only if you are the same person that left.No ?
Power Wagon

Maysel, WV

#49 Dec 10, 2008
I remember there was a restaurant beside of what is now the kwik serve in Welch. The Tic Toc Grill, Franklin Dairy, The Carter Hotel, The Beryl Shop, Cox's, JC Penney, B.F. Goodrich, an Army/Navy Store, skating rink, pocahontas theatre, starland, and there was a little market out where the rescue squad is near the Bantam across from KFC, owned by the Warners...I could go on and on, but the best was the hot dogs at the little place owned by Carmen. Super S Discount, Buddy's Discount, Golden Skillet, Billy Boy's Pizza Hut, Howdy House...
Cathead

Bluefield, WV

#50 Dec 10, 2008
Power Wagon wrote:
I remember there was a restaurant beside of what is now the kwik serve in Welch. The Tic Toc Grill, Franklin Dairy, The Carter Hotel, The Beryl Shop, Cox's, JC Penney, B.F. Goodrich, an Army/Navy Store, skating rink, pocahontas theatre, starland, and there was a little market out where the rescue squad is near the Bantam across from KFC, owned by the Warners...I could go on and on, but the best was the hot dogs at the little place owned by Carmen. Super S Discount, Buddy's Discount, Golden Skillet, Billy Boy's Pizza Hut, Howdy House...
I remember all of those. Sam Jones Radio and TV was there beside of Warner's store as well.

“I Never Finish Anythi”

Level 4

Since: Dec 08

Premier, WV

#51 Dec 11, 2008
We had a Sears downtown that later moved out past McDonald's.
Oh The Memories

Princeton, WV

#52 Dec 11, 2008
Thanks Cathead and everyone else for helping me remember so much from the 50's, 60's, and 70's.
I especially remember this time of year coming into Welch to shop with the bumper to bumper traffic, crowded stores and sidewalks. It was so exciting to see all the beautiful Christmas decorations. Does anyone else remember the Christmas scenes and cartoon characters that some talented high school students would paint on the big windows in the stores downtown for the holidays?
fix a flat

United States

#53 Dec 11, 2008
rail road tracks went thru town, parking along mcdowell st, we would park in front of murphy's. standing at the wall at welch hospital to catch a ride home, the fountain that was down from the lib.

“I Never Finish Anythi”

Level 4

Since: Dec 08

Premier, WV

#54 Dec 11, 2008
fix a flat wrote:
rail road tracks went thru town, parking along mcdowell st, we would park in front of murphy's. standing at the wall at welch hospital to catch a ride home, the fountain that was down from the lib.
That's some good ones. I also remember the tracks that went through the middle of town. The train station was located close to where the library is now. We would go there and get on the train and ride to Iaeger just to ride the train. Our ride would take us through Mohegan and Davy. I thought it was odd to travel to Iaeger in that direction. The tracks crossed McDowell Street right at the parking building and when a train came through the gates would drop down to block traffic. When I was very small there were still a few steam engines in operation, and you could see the big white puffs of smoke that came from them. Then, one day they parked one on the tracks close to The King Cut Rate drug store and we were allowed to climb aboard and have a looksee. The Cisco Kid was there that day......minus Poncho. In 1958 McDowell County celebrated 100 years as a county. I remember lots of festivities, badges, string ties and such. All the men of the county grew beards including my dad. Then, one night there was a huge show at the Welch High School football field. I went to see that with my dad. Some pranksters put soap suds in the fountain near the old train station one time. When they were finally caught they were made to wade out in the fountain and clean it all up. Their picture was put in the paper cleaning the fountain.
Gamer

Princeton, WV

#55 Dec 11, 2008
the other car lot on riverside drive was morgan motor mart.

“Say What?”

Level 2

Since: Mar 08

Somewhere

#56 Dec 11, 2008
Cathead wrote:
<quoted text> That's some good ones. I also remember the tracks that went through the middle of town. The train station was located close to where the library is now. We would go there and get on the train and ride to Iaeger just to ride the train. Our ride would take us through Mohegan and Davy. I thought it was odd to travel to Iaeger in that direction. The tracks crossed McDowell Street right at the parking building and when a train came through the gates would drop down to block traffic. When I was very small there were still a few steam engines in operation, and you could see the big white puffs of smoke that came from them. Then, one day they parked one on the tracks close to The King Cut Rate drug store and we were allowed to climb aboard and have a looksee. The Cisco Kid was there that day......minus Poncho. In 1958 McDowell County celebrated 100 years as a county. I remember lots of festivities, badges, string ties and such. All the men of the county grew beards including my dad. Then, one night there was a huge show at the Welch High School football field. I went to see that with my dad. Some pranksters put soap suds in the fountain near the old train station one time. When they were finally caught they were made to wade out in the fountain and clean it all up. Their picture was put in the paper cleaning the fountain.
The Keystone Cops put my Dad in the pokey fo rhis beard not being long enough and demanded bail to get him out. When they called, we told them to keep him.

“I Never Finish Anythi”

Level 4

Since: Dec 08

Premier, WV

#57 Dec 12, 2008
Former McDowell Resident wrote:
<quoted text>The Keystone Cops put my Dad in the pokey fo rhis beard not being long enough and demanded bail to get him out. When they called, we told them to keep him.
Yep, I remember them throwin' people in the slammer.

“Say What?”

Level 2

Since: Mar 08

Somewhere

#58 Dec 12, 2008
Cathead wrote:
<quoted text>Yep, I remember them throwin' people in the slammer.
I believe it was a fund raiser for something. Can't remember what it was.
kat

Lerona, WV

#59 Dec 12, 2008
I was at Welch high in 69.It was great . My favorite teacher was Mr. Spencer . science teacher. Sure miss those days.grew up in Roderfield ,near the old Jimmy's supermrk.
No Fork For Diner

United States

#60 Dec 12, 2008
The lump of Coal between Keystone and Northfork still there?

“Go Steelers! ”

Since: Feb 07

Kimball

#61 Dec 12, 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 who can forget the lack of public bathrooms around and Murphy's charging you a dime every time you had to go! Oh my if that were now, I would probaby piss in the floor just to spite them. LMAO
Florida man

Merritt Island, FL

#62 Dec 12, 2008
Former McDowell Resident wrote:
<quoted text>Yeager Ford down by what is now the Welch Community Hospital. I always wanted one of those Cobras.
Go little Cobra...I know you gonna shut em down...she's real fine, my little 409 (cubes)

Real nastalgia! Love it.

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