David Melson

Picturing the Past 77: Cotton and cars

Posted Tuesday, September 7, 2010, at 12:05 PM
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  • Thanks David for two more great pictures. Somewhere around 1962 I bought a 1956 Chevrolet from Arnold and Ragan at this very location. If my memory serves me correctly I believe that it was Jersey Farms that occupied the building on the far right.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 1:49 PM
  • leeii,

    You are correct. My mother and father had Ray's Drive-In a little further out Madison Street and Tom Smith, current county official, was our "Jersey Farms" milk man (1956 - maybe 1966.)

    Do you or do you know anyone who has any photo of Ray's Drive-In? I'm still looking. Thank you

    -- Posted by decorate1 on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 2:05 PM
  • And I'm looking as well.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 2:45 PM
  • No, but I am looking forward to someone coming up with one.

    decorate1 I saw in the paper back several months ago where Barbara who was one of the carhops in the late 50s had passed away. Back in those days I could usually be found at Rays Drive-In, or the Rebel Maid, or the bowling alley on Madison, or on the square. If you could not find me at either of those places, as a last resort you could check my house.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 4:11 PM
  • David,Best I can recall that dam is off 64 west past the flat creek bridge.If you turn down Roddy lane and dead end on the river,it would be up about 100 yards or so.This would be in line with the old rubber mill.I think part of the cotton mill was later used for the rubber mill.Maybe I'm correct in my thinking.

    -- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 9:13 AM
  • Thank you leeii and David. Yes, leeii -- Barbara King, Johnny's sister, was always one of my favorites at "The Place" (as all of us kids called it) -- she always had a smile on her face and the customers loved her as well as both my parents and all of us girls(remember there were five of us). Patricia McPeak was another sweet one who worked there. Daddy decided to get out of the restaurant business when I was 10 -- just when I was old enough to take orders and carry the trays. My dream has been to have another drive-in just like his. Maybe one of these days.

    -- Posted by decorate1 on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 7:13 PM
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