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Picturing the Past 44: Depot St. in '56

Posted Tuesday, January 19, 2010, at 9:46 AM

This Goodyear store was on Depot Street in 1956. (T-G file photo)
This Goodyear store on Depot Street, from April 3, 1956, jumped out at me when I spotted the negative.

Where was it? I'm guessing it was just east of the longtime furniture store (Woosley & Thomas, Clifford, whichever name you remember) and before North Jefferson, and in the area which today is a vacant lot just west of 82 Bypass. And I may be totally wrong, so feel free to correct me. Was this the location from which Goodyear moved to North Main in the mid-1960s?

Looks like someone had a nice '55 BelAir 2-door sedan in for service (I always notice the classic cars...)

To the left is ---- And Co. (name's cut off, unfortunately) and to the right is David P. Ra--- Jewelers. Can you fill in the blanks? Was the jewelry store operated by a David P. Raney by any chance?

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David, Thanks for another great picture. I remember this store very well. Somewhere around the late '40s Santa Claus found a bicycle here that had been repossessed, and he could get it for $60. He got that solid black Double Eagle Goodyear bicycle with a horn and a light on it, and with white wall tires, and with a passenger carrier on it also. He also purchased a new deep bicycle basket (like the paper boys used), and I was ready to go to work as a Times-Gazette carrier boy. Mr. Glynn Collier (circulation) hired me to carry route #11 (Depot Street and all streets off it) plus Bethany Lane. David, Oh how you can make the memories begin to flow. That was a hard route for a young boy because several of my customers were slow to pay. Every few weeks my Dad would go with me on Saturdays to collect. I can remember that he would ask people if their paper delivery had been satisfactory. When they replied that it had, he would then tell them that this boy has done his job, and now you are going to pay him for it. It is amazing how good he was at helping me collect.

Yes, this is the store that Goodyear moved from when they moved to North Main, and yes it was just East of Woosley & Thomas or Clifford. I do not remember which was there in 1956. It was the next door down (I think). As far as the Jewelry store goes, I can not remember it, but I do remember Palmer Produce being in this building up until they moved to Lane Parkway.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 12:10 PM

wasn't that also the location of the old Chevrolet dealership?

-- Posted by balloon boy on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 1:55 PM

No the chevy dealership was on the corner just across the road in front of the church

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:17 PM

I am very sad to hear of the passing of Marcia Manley. It's been more than fifty years since I saw Marcia, but time has not dimmed the memory of a bright, outgoing young lady.

I didn't know that she had chosen to follow her mother into the teaching profession, but am not at all surprised that she did.

My sincere condolences go out to her family and friends, as I know she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

-- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 2:46 PM

The Woosley, Thomas, Clifford furniture store was actually in this building. They started out in the building to the left and kept on adding on till they took in all that block, I think.

-- Posted by luckylu on Tue, Jan 19, 2010, at 4:32 PM

David, this photo kind of pre-dates me by a couple of years but I sure do enjoy the history you give along with the pics you post. I'v heard older relatives speak of "Goodyear Tire" on Depot Street. I do remember the old Goodwill Shop on the corner of North Main and Madison. I believe that there was also a Western Auto store right behind it.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 4:46 PM

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