David Melson

Picturing the Past 49: Back to the Dixie

Posted Tuesday, February 23, 2010, at 10:08 AM
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  • Thanks David for two more great pictures. Yes, in my mind I am thinking that HDA stood for home demonstration agent.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 11:11 AM
  • For that matter, is the 1939-vintage old Central High School preservable? Or will it just sit beside Elm Street for years to come, slowly deteriorating while considered both too sturdy to tear down cheaply yet too expensive to renovate?

    David, I wonder if the answer to your question "too expensive to renovate" might possibly be found in the criteria used to arrive at a conclusion.

    If the only consideration is the possibility of short term gain, or at least avoiding any possible loss, I would think that a blindfolded, smash and burn, scorched earth policy would serve the purpose well.

    On the other hand, if we place even a moderate amount of value on the educational history of our town and county, it seems to me that we should be asking ourselves "Can we afford NOT to preserve one of the few remaining links between yesterday and today?"

    There has to be some positive use for a school that has been such a valuable resource, for so many people, for such a long time. Perhaps a museum, dedicated to the history of Bedford County, staffed by volunteers of various local organizations.Sure, it would cost some big bucks on the front end to do a quality upgrade on the building, but with a worthwhile goal in mind, and a well planned approach, it could be done.

    I did not attend this school myself, but if there was a legal fund set up for the preservation of it, I would certainly be willing to make a one time contribution, just out of respect for what it has meant to the community.

    -- Posted by ilikeoldsongs on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 2:09 PM
  • In the newly posted photo of the Dixie Hotel I can faintly makeout what I remember as vertical strings with ivy growing on them on the porches....I'm sure many famous people stayed at the Dixie...I remember my Dad telling about Minnie Pearl's Cadillac breaking down and he took her there when he worked at Stewart-Potts...

    -- Posted by FlaDon on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 2:10 PM
  • I remember the grand old bilding in many ways. I remember Miss Kitties beauty shop,Quick Loan service,and the switch board with all the Cathey's taking turn working it. They also worked at every job it took to operate the Hotel.

    I worked for Mrs.Cathey in the kitchen as a cook,and doubled as a waitress.

    I had lunch there once,and they served food in a home fashion,by putting your order in bowls on the table,and you filled your own plate.

    It was just a special part of the square,I hated to see that wrecking ball hit it.

    -- Posted by Gus on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 2:52 PM
  • Does anyone remember the song by Johnny Cash,"on a Sunday morning sidewalk",and did't they shoot some promotional track where the Dixie was a part of.

    -- Posted by Gus on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 2:58 PM
  • We've had quite a few people mentioning the Johnny Cash video shoot. I'll be checking our files soon and dig out what we've got.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 3:16 PM
  • I am still trying to get a copy of the video. No luck yet, but I will keep searching.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 4:09 PM
  • My grandfather lived there several years because he insisted on living on his own. There were no 'retirement' homes in those days and this was as close as he get. The Cathey's were wonderful, they more or less adopted him and did a great job of looking out for him. They made sure he ate well and checked on him regularly. I will never forget Mr. and Mrs. Cathey for the care and love they gave "Mr. Shorty" They were very special people.

    -- Posted by chs61 on Tue, Feb 23, 2010, at 7:58 PM
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