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Picturing the Past 87: Elm Street view in 1958

Posted Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 1:30 PM

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The scene on Elm Street in Shelbyville following a July 1958 traffic accident. (T-G file photo)
The envelope dated July 3, 1958 containing this negative read 'Madison Street' and I began wondering where the store pictured in the background had been.

Then it hit me that the street name on the envelope just may be wrong -- and this accident in the photo was actually across from the old Shelbyville Super Market on Elm Street in Shelbyville. Apparently the photographer was standing in front of what was then Central High School.

We're not going to get into posting photos of individuals' tragedies, but no one was seriously injured here (somewhat surprising considering the amount of damage and less-safe cars of that era), and this is a good example of what someone at Central High saw across the street from the 1940s to the 1970s. That view looked much the same in the mid-1970s shortly before CHS moved.

Picturing the Past is featured each Tuesday in this blog. Reader contributions are welcome.


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It looks like the photographer is standing on the sidewalk step that went between C.H.S. and Central Elementary, and that was the grocery store across the street.

-- Posted by Cal t on Tue, Nov 16, 2010, at 2:45 PM

Thanks David for another great picture. My Dad had a Black 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline that looked just like the one in this photo, however it had long since been traded before this photo was made.

Please check Looking Back-Where was it to see what Cal t and I have been talking about.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Nov 16, 2010, at 2:57 PM

David,

Even without our modern safety features, take into consideration, the metals used for these automobiles, likened them to "tanks" -- my husaband's grandmother had a 1952 Chevrolet similar to this model -- she was bumped by a semi on Madison Street in 1971 and all it made was one dent at the point of impact. The metals were much harder [and rusted much quicker] than what is used today.

-- Posted by decorate1956 on Wed, Nov 17, 2010, at 8:25 AM

Before the invention of Gatorade and "hydrate", "hydrate",I don't remember any water at all during football practice and it was a daily routine to cross the street after practice and get a cold drink at the grocery store.I am surprised we all survived without brain damage. The people who worked in the store were always nice.

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, Nov 17, 2010, at 10:34 AM

I remember the store well, and the Spur station that stood to the right of the store where a survey company is now. Cal t is correct in stating that those who worked in the market were always pretty nice.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 12:30 AM

Do any of you remember when the C.H.S. students went on strike and walked across the street to that store? My mind is gone at the moment and I don't remember what caused the problem to begin with.

-- Posted by Cal t on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 11:50 AM

The Spur station is now the Shelter Insurance office of Tina Davenport not the survey office.

I remember us going across the street and buying food for us to cook for our Home Ec class at Central. Good memories!

-- Posted by Postive Thinker on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 12:28 PM

Cal t I can not remember at the moment just why we went on strike, but I do remember that Jimmy Bomar headed it up, and I also remember that it was short lived. I think that it was over by shortly after 8 o'clock.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 1:01 PM

leeii, you are right, and I think that a new rule had been put into effect that when we arrived at school before classes we were to go directly to class. I think that there was a lot of hanging around at the store and in school hallways before school, and then a mad dash to classes when the bell would ring. I remember that so well, and I still think it was funny maybe because of who initiated it. I think that it made the Nashville Tennessean.

-- Posted by cookie on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 1:27 PM

cookie, as you remember it, was it the new rule that caused us to all get upset?

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 1:49 PM

leeii, I think that it was a new rule, and I remember thinking at the time, that it was a crazy rule, because in front of the store was not on school grounds and I didn't believe that the school could punish anyone. We quickly found out that they could. I just don't remember the punishment. Maybe your memory is better than mine.

-- Posted by cookie on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 2:19 PM

I do not remember the punishment, but whatever it was Mr. Jett sure got our attention, because it was over very quick.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 3:58 PM

I've spent most of today thinking about this and I think the big problem on our part was that we were on school grounds and then went across the street, rather than meeting there before school.I remember going in a large group out the front door. My problem now is that I don't remember the rest of the story, probably due to the fear factor of what might happen in Mr. Jett's office. I had been there before.

-- Posted by Cal t on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 6:55 PM

Cal t, I think that you are probably right. That has been a few years ago, and I have many senior moments. I still can remember the crowd that day standing across from the school and James Bomar waving his hands for everyone to come on over and join the crowd. Still think that it was hilarious that such a big deal was made of it. With what goes on now in schools, it was a very minor incident. We need more "Mr. Jett's" in our schools.

-- Posted by cookie on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 7:20 PM

Hi Cookie,

My dad went to school with several of our teachers and knew the others very well.If he heard of a problem at school that involved me there is a dead peach tree at home that reminds me every time I see it of what would happen after we got home. Even when two of my class mates and I had to visit Mr. Jett's office for "horse play" he was fair, but carried a big stick.

-- Posted by Cal t on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 7:55 PM

Yes, and that big stick had a name. It was "Mable".

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Nov 18, 2010, at 8:38 PM

I remember a couple of times that my dad took me fishing during school hours. He would call Mr. Jett and ask if it were alright for me to get out of class to fish. Mr Jett always said "yes". Can you imagine that happening today? I have such good memories of my high school days, and I think that it was such a good bunch of kids. Cal, every parent needs a peach tree in there yard, and make use of those small branches. I can still see my Mother running her hand down the branches to remove the leaves when I was little. I don't know why the leaves needed to be removed.

-- Posted by cookie on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 8:22 AM

I remember a couple of times that my dad took me fishing during school hours. He would call Mr. Jett and ask if it were alright for me to get out of class to fish. Mr Jett always said "yes". Can you imagine that happening today? I have such good memories of my high school days, and I think that it was such a good bunch of kids. Cal, every parent needs a peach tree in there yard, and make use of those small branches. I can still see my Mother running her hand down the branches to remove the leaves when I was little. I don't know why the leaves needed to be removed.

-- Posted by cookie on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 8:24 AM

sorry about second posting

-- Posted by cookie on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 8:25 AM

They removed most of the leaves so the switch was effective, but left the last few leaves on the end for sound effect. I hated the sound of the switch coming thru the air, but it didn't kill me.

-- Posted by Cal t on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 10:09 AM

I wonder if the switch punishment ended with our generation. I know that I did not use it with my children, not that I was opposed to it, but used other means of punishment.

-- Posted by cookie on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 3:29 PM

I'm sure there are a few that still get the switch like we did, but nowadays they will try to arrest you for punishing your children. Some say that disciplining kids this way leads to mental issues in the future; I say they learn a lesson and don't repeat their mistake. It never effected me in a bad way, how about you?

-- Posted by Harleytodd on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 4:28 PM

It never affected me in a bad way either that I know of. Maybe my psychoanalist could shed some more light on that.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 5:10 PM

Central High must have been a training ground for C.O. Jett. He left there to take over the boys reform school at Jordonia. God only knows their were enough of us deliquents for him to train on.

-- Posted by eyeavol on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 5:21 PM

eyeavol, maybe we are the ones most responsible for Mr. Jett (Chrome Dome) getting promoted to Jordonia. That would be the next step up from old CHS.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 6:55 PM

I still remember sneaking across the street during "Home Room" to get a Coke and a candy bar. I was able to run a bit faster in those days.

-- Posted by MyMrMarty on Fri, Nov 19, 2010, at 9:18 PM

I vaguely remember that during this time there was some "dust-up" because girls were forbidden to wear the latest fashionable bermuda shorts to school. Could this have cause a "walk-out"?

Maybe so....

-- Posted by caligal on Sun, Nov 21, 2010, at 3:47 PM

Nice posts folks.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 10:28 AM

Thanks to David for posting such good pictures that stir up such good memories. I always go to David's blog before I read anything else, even though I find all of the blogs interesting.

-- Posted by cookie on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 1:24 PM

Me too.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 1:50 PM


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