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Picturing the Past 88: Holiday mystery

Posted Tuesday, November 23, 2010, at 2:07 PM

These men inspect what were likely lights which were part of a Christmas display on the Shelbyville square in late November 1950. (T-G file photo)
It's late November 1950 in the photo and I'm guessing the lights these men are inspecting are connected with a Christmas display on the courthouse lawn. That's the southeast corner of the Shelbyville square in the background.

The negative's dated Nov. 30, 1950 and only after I got the photo ready to go did I discover that the T-G's November 1950 bound copies are nowhere to be found - so I can't identify the men. I'm sure someone will be able to.

The streets in the background got me to wondering about Depot and South Main Streets years ago. I'm too young to remember Depot before the late 1960s or so -- I can remember the old Cannon Chevrolet and another, smaller used car dealer located about where the T-G parking lot is now, and I can remember the old Dixie Home operations. But what was on Depot Street in earlier years?

And what about South Main? We posted a photo of the old Main Street Church of Christ, and of course Fly Manufacturing Co. and the post office were there, as well as the two former homes of Duck River Electric. What else was there back in the old days?

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The man in the overalls and suit coat and tie looks a lot like Albert Moulder, but I am not sure how old he would have been in 1950.

On South Main the Carney Building was across from the Post Office. I am not sure what year the Shelbyville Power and Water building was built. On down the hill was Jack Ray's boat building concern on the right. St. Williams Catholic Church was on the right. Where Flat Creek highway or Lynchburg highway split off to the left of South Main there was a small group of buildings at Camp White. Most everything else was residential except for the American Legion building.

On Depot Street some of the buildings that I remember starting with the First National Bank, was H & H, Peoples National Bank, Castner-Knott, Kuhns, John W. Ruth and Sons, Hames-Daughtery Drug Store, Princess Theatre, L. C. Fritzsche, Woosley and Thomas Furniture, Goodyear store, Boyd's Chevrolet, First Christian Church, First Baptist Church, Thompson Funeral Home, Hart's Pan-Am Service Station, N. C. & St. L. passenger depot, and the freight depot. Maybe someone else can add some more including the businesses beyond the Deery Street intersection.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 4:19 PM

Some other stores were:

Dot's Tot Shop,Day Brothers Food Store, Model Laundry Cleaner, Turner's Drug Store, Bible,

Book and Gift Nook (Over Turner's Drug Store,

McKee Dept. Store, McDonald Insurance Agency,

Jack M. Palmer's Fish and Frozen Foods. There

is something very nostalgic that no one really

needed to know what street a store was on...

it was just "in town."

-- Posted by caligal on Tue, Nov 23, 2010, at 6:28 PM

There are several more listed in 1957- 1960. Southland Dept. 109 Depot,Huffmans Appliances 203 Depot, Austin-Lyons Jewelers 115 Depot, U.S. Tire AMOCO gas no street #,and Philpot Printing 526 Depot. Mc Donalds Insurance was listed as 209 West Depot.

I remember turning our pant bottoms up like that so as I grew tall during the year they would fit properly by the time they wore out.Seems to me they used to shrink more than they do now.

My daughter would not walk anywhere with me if I turned them up.She said I looked like a geek,so that gave me opportunity to do it anyway just for fun.

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, Nov 24, 2010, at 12:47 PM

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