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David Melson

Picturing the Past 113: Remembering Ernie Robertson

Posted Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at 3:21 PM
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  • I remember Ernie well. He was coming into the T-G about the time I was starting as a carrier boy. It seems to me that I remember him with a straight stemmed pipe much like the one Henry the Father carried in Dennis the Menace.

    Speaking of the Fayetteville tornado in 1953 my Dad, my Mother, and me made the trip down there to see the devastation caused by the tornado. I had never seen that kind of damage before in my life. I picked up a piece of stained glass from one of the churches and kept it for a long time.

    -- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Jun 7, 2011, at 4:44 PM
  • Wouldn't it be great to see an exhibit of his wonderful photos? I'm trying to figure out where this locomotive picture was taken by looking at the background. Maybe the actual photo would give more clues. By the way, the Fayetteville tornado was in 1952, Feb. 29th I am pretty sure. I was in the middle of it as we had just moved to Fayetteville the year before. Almost everyone who tells me they remember the tornado also says that their family came to see the destruction. It was quite a devastating blow to the downtown.

    -- Posted by JRL on Wed, Jun 8, 2011, at 12:57 AM
  • To clarify, JRL is right. The high school in Fayetteville burned in spring '53, according to our back copies, and that was another blow to an already reeling town.

    -- Posted by David Melson on Wed, Jun 8, 2011, at 10:06 AM
  • Ernie Robertson was just fantastic, a great combination of ability and common sense. He helped me tremendously in becoming a newsman.

    -- Posted by bomelson on Thu, Jun 9, 2011, at 5:08 PM
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