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David Melson

Picturing the Past 24: Two legends

Posted Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 10:48 AM
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  • David, Thanks for two more great pictures from the past. I do not remember Strolling Jim but from the pictures I have seen that was some majestic horse. The first year that I can remember going to the horse show was in 1947 when the horse show was being held behind the high school. That was the year Merry Go Boy won for the first time.

    As for the W.P. Cooper mansion, when I was walking to town I would walk the railroad tracks to the intersection of Whitthorne and East Lane. Then I would cross the street and walk along the top of the rock wall shown in the picture.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Sep 1, 2009, at 12:02 PM
  • Another great set of pics David. Fascinating history as well!

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 1:36 AM
  • Leeiii I was also at the horse show in 1947 when Merry Go Boy beat Midnight Sun for the championship.

    We would walk home from school behind the Cooper house. I think the Govenor's mother had a parrot that would yell for us to shut up.

    -- Posted by jim8377 on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 8:02 AM
  • jim8377, It is strange that you should mention that parrot. Bryant Street passed directly behind the Cooper property real close to the big house. I have heard that parrot squawk on more than one occasion as I was walking over to the Adamson's house to shoot some hoops.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 8:51 AM
  • I used to cut thru the Cooper estate to get to the old Junior High....One afternoon The Parrot was on a overhead wire and said " Get Out Of Here You Son of a ......" ....leeiii, I too shot hoops at the Adamson's (Lloyd was in my class)....

    -- Posted by FlaDon on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 5:18 PM
  • Lloyd was one year older than me so we are close to the same age.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Sep 2, 2009, at 5:42 PM
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