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Picturing the Past 92: Stopping by Parks-Belk

Posted Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 3:29 PM

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Central High students in "old fashioned" style at Parks-Belk in Shelbyville from Oct. 7, 1958. (T-G file photo)
Finished your gift buying? If it were the fall of 1958, the old Parks-Belk store in Shelbyville would likely have been one of your stops.

This photo dated Oct. 7, 1958, shows it all: Everything from clothing and accessories to tricycles and children's wagons. Wonder what was going on with the piggy bank and flamingo on the shelf?

Look closely and you'll see the pneumatic tubes in which money was sent from one floor to another.

The photo was made for an "Old Fashioned Bargain Days" sale at Parks Belk.

No caption was published under the photo, so we have no immediate idea who these costumed Central High students were.

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But here are the same people in modern (for that time, anyway) street clothes, not completely in the same order but obviously photographed the same day by the T-G for, according to the negative envelope, the Central High Echo.

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


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Thanks David for another great couple of pictures. Parks-Belk along with Castner-Knotts were the super stores of our day. If I had clearer copies I am sure that I could identify most if not all of the people in the pictures.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 3:46 PM

I may be wrong but the flamingo looks like a stork to me and baby clothes are near it. Seems like I remember that stork from Parks-Belk.

-- Posted by shemac on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 5:36 PM

Not a clear pic but it looks like Jerry Wheeler on the left then Jerry Robertson and Larry Hardison. The girl in dark blouse looks like Faye Parsons. The others are hard to make a positive I.D.

-- Posted by Cal t on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 8:22 PM

Hi Cal t, I agree with you about Faye Parsons and Jerry Robertson. Lots of others are very familiar and I have the '59 annual out and am trying to put names with faces. I'm not convinced that the two groups of people are the same. I have studied the pictures pretty hard and can not find any of the same people. Maybe those fake mustaches are throwing me off! What really confuses me is why are they in costume and what was the occasion? I don't remember any club at Central dressing like that for a retail store. I do agree that the stork was for the baby department. That store seemed to have a big variety of items. I shopped the fabric department mostly. I also remember buying my first suitcase which was heavy cardboard. It was a great store. Hopefully, someone will add some more names. The second picture seemed to be mostly Class of 60 and 61.

-- Posted by dianainnc on Tue, Dec 21, 2010, at 9:57 PM

The only common link for the girls and boys would be the 4-H Club 1959 Aquila.Sharon Shelton was a V.P.,Faye Parsons was Reporter, Jerry Robertson, treasurer. From that info and the names listed in the club, I think I have several more people identified.I wish we could have had this pic a few weeks ago at our 50th reunion, because all the answers to our questions were there. Possible girls L-R are June Lowe,Geneva Pruitt,Sharon Shelton,Faye Parsons, Margaret Cortner,and 3 still not sure about. Right now I'm looking for a phone number of the person who might have the answer.

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 11:22 AM

Cal T and Dianainnc: I think you're both right on most being from the 1960 class. I agree it's Jerry Robertson in the middle, but maybe Baker Walker on the left and Ray Gilliland on the right? Does that make sense to either of you?

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 3:31 PM

Cal T and Dianainnc: I think you're both right on most being from the 1960 class. I agree it's Jerry Robertson in the middle, but maybe Baker Walker on the left and Ray Gilliland on the right? Does that make sense to either of you?

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 3:34 PM

marnold1118,I could go with Baker Walker, but I never remember Ray Gilliland having a flat top hair cut.Looks to me that the one on the right has that style of hair.Also 2nd from right could be Linda Moulder.I have enlarged the pic some and looked at several years of Aquila pics but can't really be sure. I also agree with dianainnc that there are not the same number of people in the top pic, and they don't seem to match. Could be Larry Locke in the center and Eddie Wright in front

-- Posted by Cal t on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 4:39 PM

Bottom picture. Could the third girl from right be Marilynn Hale and the first girl on the left, Penny Fly? Wish that the picture was clearer.

-- Posted by cookie on Wed, Dec 22, 2010, at 8:39 PM

I remember my grandmother taking me there and the Fair Store in search of those horribly uncomfortable stiff jeans. No pre-washed in those days!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Dec 23, 2010, at 7:02 AM

Cookie, thanks for mentioning that first girl on left of bottom picture may be Penny Fly. I think you could be right. I also agree that Marilyn Hale may be in the picture. Here's my line-up for the bottom picture: Back Row: Penny Fly, Carolyn May, Sharon Shelton, Faye Parsons, unknown, Marilyn Hale, unknown, Mary Ann Vandagriff. Then in front I agree it's Baker Walker and Jerry Robertson and possibly Larry Hardison. In the 59 Aquila sophomore class pictures, Larry Hardison has a flat top and is wearing a stripe shirt that looks just like the one in the bottom picture!

In the costume picture, I have Ronald Arnold on the left of the back row. Next may be Linda Molder. In the 6th position is Judy Sorrells, then possibly Donna Rappleye or Christina Powers. In the 4th position from right, it may be Wanda Sutton and in second from right I have Annie Mai McAnally. I am pretty sure about her. If some of these are correct, then we have students from freshman class as well as sophomore and junior.

marnold1118 and Cal t, let me know what you think of these names. I don't see Larry Locke or Eddie Wright in either picture. This has been lots of fun. I still wish we had some idea of what was going on!

-- Posted by dianainnc on Thu, Dec 23, 2010, at 5:32 PM

After the first of the year we may have a good idea who these people are. Our classmate is going to her garage to dig out the original article. There is a possibility that there are students from other schools that are involved,and this is probably 4-H related. I have looked at all the names mentioned and checked out the hair to get a match, so now my first impression is more confused than ever.

-- Posted by Cal t on Fri, Dec 24, 2010, at 9:55 AM

I think the first picture is of some of the regular employees of Parks-Belk. The lady, third from right, is Mrs. James (Ruth) Crowell. She cut many a yard of material for me to purchase.

-- Posted by luckylu on Mon, Dec 27, 2010, at 12:12 PM

dianainnc: I think you're pretty close to being correct on the bottom photo...a few I'm not sure of, but I agree 100% with Sharon Shelton, Faye Parsons, Marilynn Hale and Mary Ann Vandagriff and Baker Walker and Jerry Robertson. For the costumed photo, I agreed definitely with the Ronald Arnold identification. Let me toss out a couple of new names--8th position from left: Sally Dee Huffman (or were Bucker and she younger than this group?) and in 10th position: Marie Sharp? Any thoughts? This is fun, but hard. Everytime anyone of you mention a new name I get more confused.

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Tue, Dec 28, 2010, at 8:46 AM

Very interesting to see. Thanks for running these old photographs. It brought back memories from years ago. Larry Locke

-- Posted by jetjaca4 on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 9:25 AM

marnold1118, I think we are making progress. Girls number 8 & 9 in costume picture are really puzzling me. I have their names on the tip of my tongue, but just can't come out with them. I hope Cal t's contact is able to help. Marie Sharp is a possibility in number 10 spot, unless it is Mrs. Crowell as luckylu suggests. Another one that is interesting to me is the boy in the tuxedo on the right. He is such a Dandy! He looks like he is quite comfortable in that tuxedo! Sally Dee would have been in junior high still when this picture was made and Bucker even younger. If it was a 4-H related event, I don't know that they would have mixed high school and junior high groups. I've enjoyed working on this puzzle. Thanks to David for giving us the challenge.

-- Posted by dianainnc on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 9:55 AM

I believe the 4th from left in the top photograph to be Sammy Sanders, who worked there for more than 25 years.

-- Posted by toad on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 10:05 AM

Not sure of anything but my lineup of the top picture would be right to left (1-?, 2-Kay Martin,3-Carolyn Simmons,4-?,5-Deidra Brantley,6-?, 7-?, 8-Miss Rogers the librarian,don't recognize the rest. Bottom picture kneeling (Jerry Wheeler, Jerry Robertson, Estel(E.J.)Smith. Standing left to right Marie Snell,Geneva Pruitt, ?, Faye Parsons,?, Marilyn Hale or Donna Roberts, ?, Freeda Fly. Wish someone had the real list. I really enjoy this blog and everyones comments.

-- Posted by jancan on Wed, Dec 29, 2010, at 11:40 PM

As Cal t mentioned several posts back, there's a possibility that other schools are represented in the bottom picture...the two girls at far right are dead ringers for Kay Woodward and Elaine Walker, both Bell Buckle HS Class of 59.

-- Posted by dkd57 on Thu, Dec 30, 2010, at 12:42 AM

The final correct answer on the bottom pic is from Faye Parsons who has been looking for the T.G. clipping since this started.

This was a fundraiser for Senior 4-H Clubs

L-R Wartrace High Patricia Driver , Linda

Tenpenny , Baker Walker [kneeling]

Central High , Sharon Shelton, Faye Parsons ,

Jerry Robertson [kneeling]

Community High , Julia Crowell , Faye Burton,

George Farris [kneeling]

Bell Buckle High, Kay Woodward, Elaine Walker

and not pictured [Sonny Coop].

-- Posted by Cal t on Tue, May 14, 2013, at 6:57 PM


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