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Picturing the Past 42: Past meets present

Posted Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at 9:45 AM

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The front of what was left of the Lee Roy Cunningham home, 731 N. Main St., Monday morning. (T-G Photos by David Melson)
Several readers have left comments about growing up on North Main Street, who lived where and who spent time with who.

Do the remains of this house bring back any memories?

Shelbyville City Council member Lee Roy Cunningham and his wife, Elizabeth, were the last occupants of this residence at 731 North Main, which burned early Monday. The greenhouse area was part of a first-floor flower shop; the Cunninghams lived on the second floor. For those who left Shelbyville years ago, this is on the west side of the road near the Noblitt Street intersection and would have been the second house south of Noblitt (the house next to Noblitt was torn down years ago and the lot is now part of the Cunningham property).

One person referred to this as the "old Thompson house." Were they correct?

The second floor's gone, but you may still be able to see enough of the facade to recognize the house.

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Also lost in the blaze were a '57 Chevy BelAir and what appears to be the body of a mid-1950s Thunderbird in storage buildings behind the main house.

As Lee Roy told me, though, what really matters is that he and his wife escaped with their lives.

UPDATE: Two weeks ago I did a PTP on Dr. Carl Rogers' 1952 Christmas display. His daughter, Jeanie Blessing, says the decorations and audio recording still exist. The brightly-lit scenes many people remember will return in 2010 for the first time since 1992, Jeanie says, but this time with everything repainted and restored and the audio recording converted to a modern form of media. Definitely something we -- and a new generation -- can look forward to.


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David, Great pictures of a sad event. It is good to know that the occupants are safe.

I am sure that steadyeddie, razyn, and davidnoe will have some great memories of this property from their childhood days.

That may have been the old Caleb Thompson home. I can not be sure. In the back of my mind I was thinking that the Thompson home was on the corner of North Main and Noblitt with an iron railing fence around it, but I do not know for sure.

That will be great for Dr. Rogers' Christmas display to be revived. There are some great memories surrounding our annual pilgrimage up on the hill to see and enjoy his display.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 10:20 AM

Im thinking the Thompson House was where EPCO credit unions drive thru is.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 12:46 PM

The old drive thru not the new ones

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 12:46 PM

Yes, leeiii....the Caleb Thompson home was on the north side of Noblitt Street (big two-story home with the iron fence all around. On the south side of Noblitt street was the Noblitt home and the second home was the Evans home...not the same structure shown here. Makes me think this Cunningham home must have replaced the Evans home after I moved away in 1954.

-- Posted by steadyeddie on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 3:17 PM

I am so excited to hear that the Rogers' display will be back next year. I always loved driving out to see it when I was a kid.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 4:21 PM

Is this the house where the Reese family lived years ago and ran Reese's Motor Cycle Sales or something to do with motorcyles?

-- Posted by Mil0843 on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 4:23 PM

I'm not sure where the Reese family lived, but the motorcycle sales business was in a building, since replaced with a newer structure, that faced Noblitt Street.

-- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Jan 5, 2010, at 6:08 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.