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While reading Debbie Griffin’s article in last week’s Letter Box, I too regressed to the “good ol days.” I have come to the conclusion that I am older than Debbie, since I remember more “stuff.”

I remember when the post office was in the Calhoun Realty building. Amos Gibson, Pearl Kelly and Louise Godfrey had grocery stores across the street from the Chronicle office. There was also a little “greasy spoon” there.

Behind the courthouse, Shirley Smith had a cab stand, Heineys had a restaurant and Dorcas Ayers was the switchboard operator at the phone office. There were no dial phones.

Calhoun Super Service and Poe Gunn’s were the department stores of the time. My husband bought a pair of shoes at Poe’s on the day we got married. Hube Hardman had a restaurant and Shode Ward had a pool hall.

I loved walking home from Grantsville Graded School, where my favorite teacher was Wilma J. Stump. when some of us kids got as far as J&B Drug Store, we would see Scott Duffield walking down the street. He would take us all in and buy us a five cent cone of ice cream. Times have changed, that wouldn’t happen today.

Dr. Toepher was the main physician in town and appoint-ments meant nothing. The whole community was saddened when his daughter, Emily, died.

Von Yoak and Bernie Siers ran GE Appliance where John Oshoway’s office is. Stan D’Orazio’s law office was where Dollar General is. Madalyn Hathaway had a restaurant in the old Grantsville Hotel that my mom leased for awhile. Southern States was located in the former Pursley Appliance building and was run by George Ball. Bob Morgan had a service station right across the street. The old bridge was still in use, with a traffic light on each end.

The library was in the courthouse. Mrs. Mollohan was the librarian. It was one of my favorite hangouts.

Yes, there have been a lot of changes, some good and some not. As humans, we fight change. We accept and adapt, and like the Streisand song so aptly puts it, memories are “The way we were.”

 

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