David Melson

Picturing the Past 54: South side square

Posted Tuesday, March 30, 2010, at 11:43 AM
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  • Either I'm disoriented (which may be possible) but in this submitted photo (likely taken from the Gunter Bldg.) aren't we looking east with the south side of the square fully shown but only a corner of the east side? Beyond the south side of the square the viewer is looking down Depot Street (towards the Times-Gazette office). I think the original caption which was a part of the photo should have said south side instead of east side.

    -- Posted by marnold1118 on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 10:42 AM
  • marnold1118, you are correct. If this were truly the east side fully showing we would be seeing the hotel directly ahead, which was on the north corner.

    -- Posted by ontheoutside on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 11:20 AM
  • I love these pictures and especially the ones before my time (which most are). The square looked like a happening place and too bad we can not see that same kind of look today. My father and mother first met where the Bedford Theater is located in this pictures in the 1970s so it is fun to see what it looked like before even then.

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 11:44 AM
  • The "southeast" in the caption written on the photo threw me off. Obviously this is the south side of the square with just a small portion of the east side. I've edited accordingly. Thanks.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 11:45 AM
  • This answers the question of where the Bedford Theater was located.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 3:19 PM
  • There's even someone standing on what was known as Fly's.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 3:50 PM
  • I am not sure about Nina. In the back of my mind I am thinking that it was Eli Cooper who owned that store, but then again it could have been the Joe Katz store that I am thinking of.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 6:39 PM
  • Hi everybody, I went to school with Judy Cooper. Her mother and Daddy were Eli and Nina Cooper. They owned the store for as long as I can remember. I really enjoy getting to remember with everyone. I believe Judy had a sister, but I can't remember her name.

    -- Posted by Wilderness 68 on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 9:11 PM
  • Wilderness68

    I believe Judy's sister name was Jeri.

    Does anyone remember the waffle Shop? Was the owner Harley Morgan? It was on the south side of the sqaure near where Nina's was.

    Does anyone remember the man who parked on the corner of Depot and the east side of the square?He was a peddler,and I remember one item he sold was leather purses.He was there every Saturday.

    This was in the late 50's early 60's.

    -- Posted by Gus on Tue, Mar 30, 2010, at 11:13 PM
  • Gus, Yes I remember the waffle shop although I never knew who owned it. I have also had a hard time remembering the name of the business.

    I do remember that they had a delicious open-face roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 6:13 AM
  • Yep, Nina was the wife of Eli Cooper and the mother of Judy and Jeri. Nina ran the retail store on the square and Eli sold women's apparell from the trunk of his car - cash or, on credit, to those who either couldn't, or didn't, make it to town.

    Industriousness abounded in those days and, those endowed with the trait were, for the most part, successful. Today, with licenses, taxes, graft and coruption, (not to mention other contributions to the government for welfare recipients who don't live within one thousand miles of you and, aren't aware that there is a meal termed breakfast) the entreprenurial spirit has slipped away from the individual and into the hands of corporate thieves like AT&T and Charter.

    -- Posted by garhawk on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 10:17 AM
  • Gus,

    Harley Morgan did own The Waffle Shop for a few years. It was in between Knox Pitts and Hennings Jewelry . . . He was also known for his blue cheese dressing.

    -- Posted by bbbluebird on Wed, Mar 31, 2010, at 3:28 PM
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