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T-G blog reader looking for answers

Posted Saturday, February 16, 2008, at 11:15 PM

A person who reads the T-G blogs on a regular basis has requested some help from other readers.

I think I can help on one question and on the second question I have no idea.

This reader first asked the name of the small hotel once located near the Gunter Building. Was it known as the Riverview Hotel?

Does anyone know where Pontsler's Grocery (not sure of the exact spelling) was located. The reader thinks this small husband and wife grocery may have been located just off Elm Street during the 1940s.


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Bo, sometimes I have a hard time visualizing the differences between pre-urban renewal and post-urban renewal. However, the name Pontsler's Grocery has a familiar ring to it. I can not tell you where it was. It seems to me that there was a small grocery behind Ray's grocery about half way up that street between Ray's and the back of Empire Pencil and Willow Mount but I am not sure about that. Also, it seems to me as if Sonny Grooms' mother had a grocery store somewhere in that area. Also, T.L. Smith had a small grocery and hamburger joint right in the sharp bend of the road about where the old Harris Middle School gym sat and across the highway from where Gant's Cleaners was. T.L. (Tom) Smith wore a patch over one eye. Also, it seems to me that there was a small grocery just about where the BP? gas and mini-mart sit now close to where Bill Noblit lived and Clyde Landers lived and had an upsolstery shop. Sorry I could not have been more help.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sun, Feb 17, 2008, at 11:29 AM

One person said the Pontslers were German and spoke with an accent that didn't go well for them during the World War II years. He couldn't remember the exact location.

-- Posted by bomelson on Sun, Feb 17, 2008, at 2:34 PM

The hotel was named either Riverside or Riverview. It was operated in the 50's by a family by the name of Biggs. they had a dau. by the nane of Betty Biggs. I once took her to Columbia for a dance put on by a frat buddy of mine. She danced with my friend most of the night and on the road back very little was said.

-- Posted by jesse phillips on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 8:53 AM

Hotel name is Riverview Hotel.

Also here are some name of some stores of past and present, scroll down the list:

http://www.tngenweb.org/bedford/Pictoria...

Here is some good history info of Tennessee, Click on the links in the story to get even more history.

http://www.tnhistoryforkids.org/students...

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Mon, Feb 18, 2008, at 4:01 PM

I talked to a person this morning who remembers the grocery in question. He said the name was Pontzler rather than Pontsler and also said it was located just off Elm Street, possibly on a street no longer the same due to urban renewal

-- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Feb 19, 2008, at 3:56 PM

Can anyone tell me the name of the sportings good

store in the basement of the old Gunter Bldg? I

know that Carl Reed was the manager; maybe someone

has the name!

-- Posted by birds215 on Wed, Nov 24, 2010, at 12:22 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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