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Picturing the Past 119: Mittwede's

Posted Tuesday, July 19, 2011, at 3:16 PM

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Mittwede's grocery store as it appeared in a photo dated May 25, 1966. (T-G file photo)
Not the best reproduction here, but many Shelbyville residents remember doing business at Mittwede's grocery store, in the East Side Shopping Center (then known as Mittwede Shopping Center) off Depot Street.

Mittwede's was one of Shelbyville's first supermarkets. I remember this store well as a child.

Looking back at old Times-Gazettes it looks like Bill Mittwede had mastered the art of promotion, even to the point of giving away cars.

Shelbyville today has only a few large grocery stores and a couple of smaller ones, nearly all chain-owned. Mittwede's is an example of the old days when everyone knew their grocer -- and it seems the grocery stores were spread all over town.

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


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Are we better off with the big groceries? This is not a comment but a true question. I used to work in one as a teenager and you are right, we knew our customers and they knew us.

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Jul 19, 2011, at 4:37 PM

I shopped with my parents as a child at Mittwededs many times. I remember going to the front of the store to get an Icee, I pulled my cup from its holder, turned the handle to fill the cup, turned the handle back to stop filling after my cup was full but the machine continued to squirt out Icee. Something had broke on the machine and I filled the entire front of the store with Cherry Icee...it was a mess!!!

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Jul 19, 2011, at 4:46 PM

I was at the Recreation Center pool recently, and I was wondering, if there are any old pictures of the way the outdoor pool used to look with the high dive, etc. If you have any, could you post them? Also, of the old city pool too? Thanks!

-- Posted by cherylrichardson on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 9:41 AM

I remember going to Mittwede's and remember being very overwhelmed with the aisles of canned foods. The older stores had shelves along the walls and you just handed the grocer your list and they got everything and put them in a "poke"!

If only that were true today! I, too, would love to see a picture of the old swimming pool. Spent many summer days there and nights too, when they had night swimming! And those frozen Milky Way bars!!!!

-- Posted by caligal on Wed, Jul 20, 2011, at 3:56 PM

Oh I remember Mittwede's grocery very well. My mother always thought they had the lowest prices in town. With four children to feed, mom was a real bargain hunter!

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 12:34 AM

Is this the store that was where the Pawn Shop is now just off Depot Street? I think maybe A Carpet Place was there also not long ago..

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 3:47 PM

Dianatn,yes it is.For all you nostalgic folks you can still go in the store and buy something.I'm sure Bill will be glad to sell you a memory or two.

-- Posted by mytaxesaremine on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 3:50 PM

Was Mittwede's ever on North Main Street also? I recall a grocery store about where the Christian Book Store is now and keep thinking it was Mittwede's.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 3:56 PM

The store where the Christian Book Store is now was Dials Supermarket. They had great fudge pies that came from the Bakery on Lane Parkway. And great prices on fresh produce. Wish the Bakery was still open.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 4:40 PM

Thank you AmericanWoman for jogging my memory (it has gotten pretty bad recently) I do remember Dials they use to have a fresh produce truck parked out front sometimes.. I loved that store :) The name just left me :(

-- Posted by Dianatn on Thu, Jul 21, 2011, at 5:56 PM

The work "bakery" jogged a fantastic memory. I recall when Whitman's Bakery was located on North Main Street, just off the square, next to Taylor's Drug Store. We lived out in the country and every Saturday morning, our parents would drive into town to shop on the square. I had an every-Saturday routine. First, I would walk into Whitman's and and savor that fresh baked aroma before buying 3 glazed doughnuts for a dime, then I'd take the remainder of my allowance and spend it at Corhern's basement, where the toys were, or at Wright's or Kuhn's. In those days, toys were displayed in small bins and not protected in plastic bubble cards. You could handle them and try them out before plunking down your hard earned nickels and dimes. Spending my fifty cents then was more fun spending much more than that today.

-- Posted by marnold1118 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 8:44 AM

marnold1118, Thanks for stirring a memory in me. I very well remember when the toys were in small bins, and I remember buying toy dump trucks for a nickel. I also remember that before it was Whitman's Bakery, it was Becker's Bakery. If I am not mistaken, Becker's Bakery started on East Depot just East of the movie house (in the old Fritzsche location) before moving to North Main in the location that was later occupied by Whitman.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 9:38 AM

I remember Mittwede's Supermarket very well. When I was a teenager and still going to school I worked at Mittwede's part time as a "sack boy". My first day, as I wrote the date in a Journal, was March 13, 1964. I worked after school, sometimes help to unload trucks before school, I worked on Saturdays and Sundays and I was paid sixty cents an hour----that is one penny a minute---but that was in 1964. It was a very good place to work at and I worked here until sometime in 1965. It was here while working as a sack boy I kept noticing this young girl and her sister who would come to the store very often. I knew who they were, but I did not know them personally. I knew the younger sister was sort of interested in my younger brother but I did not suspect the older sister was coming to Mittwede's to check me out. We were married three years later.

-- Posted by Highway64 on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 9:05 PM

I love riding the coat tale of yall's memory

It makes it easier for me to remember when somebody jogs my memory just a little.

Beings we are talking Grocery Stores there was another grocery my Mom use to go to on Cannon Blvd I remember it being about where Craig and Wheeler Real Estate is now.Anybody remember this one?? :)

-- Posted by Dianatn on Fri, Jul 22, 2011, at 10:18 PM

The two main groceries that I remember on Cannon Boulevard from the past were Riverview Market, and Guy's Supermarket.

-- Posted by leeiii on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 7:44 AM

Riverview market had a bin out in front beside the door that you put soda bottles in and then youd go to the register where they would pay you either a nickle or dime each for the bottles.

Guys CeeBee market was owned by the Mallards at one time. Me and my husband went to school with the son Tim Mallard and are friends. We still see Tim and his parents from time to time. They live over near Manchester or Winchester. I remember buying candy bars in the 70's at this store for 10 cents each and remember as the price went up to 25 cents. I even remember where the food was located in the store like it was yesterday. My husband, daughter and I once lived in a huge bluish grey house located behind the Magnolia Hotel beside Guys market. 107 Pickle Street...it burned a few years back. I was told that was one of the very first structures ever built in that area long ago...that you could walk out the front door and there were no other buildings between that house and the Courthouse on the square. Im not sure if that was true but I do know the house was very old. I really liked living there.

A little further down from Guys and Riverview was a service station on the corner near the laundry mat. I remember in the 70's the gasoline being 71 cents a gallon and probably even cheaper. The old guy that worked there checked our oil and washed our windshield everytime. I would buy penny candy and he would give me and my sister empty cigar boxes that we would sometimes cover in construction paper and color designs on them...we used these to hold our glue, pencils etc. in school. The school would even let you use the boxes undecorated to hold your school supllies back then...guess it would be against rules now since it is advertising tobacco.

Anyone remember the gigantic tree in front of Southside school? Or the famous meri-go-round on the playground at Southside? Had much fun on that Meri-go-round and a few bloody knees from falling down while pushing it.

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Sat, Jul 23, 2011, at 9:23 AM

I remember the big Oak at Southside, I believe I still have a piece of it from when they cut it down.

I remember standing inside the workings of that old merry go round, dodging the mechanism as others rode it. I remember Mr. Mcbride's paddle with material tied around it when he caught us too.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 5:47 PM

I remember that old merry go round! I loved that old thing. I remember pushing that thing and I thought it went so fast. I remember the swing set too. We use to stand up and swing. Also, the big slide that use to get so hot. I remember someone fell off it and broke their arm. I had Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Courtner, Mrs. Massengil, and Mrs. Caperton. Those were the days! I wish I could go back. My dad use to pick me up in a pony and buggy in the 70's. Anyone remember that!

-- Posted by R.A. Clift on Mon, Jul 25, 2011, at 10:02 PM

I am sure that I met Mr. McBrides paddle atleast a time or two...lol. My teachers were Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Stewart, Mrs. Cortner, Mrs. Caperton and Mrs. Massengal in the 70's. I have spoke with about 4 of those teachers over the years. I absolutely loved when Mrs. Campbell would read to us and play the records of Georgie the Friendly Ghost after we had lunch, then we would take a nap with our heads on our desks. I won many spelling B's in her class. And loved the big red plastic bomb that when wound up made a ticking sound as we passed it around playing hot potatoe. When it wound down it would have a loud ring and nobody wanted to be holding it when that happened...lol. Having foot races outside while Mr. McBride timed us on his stop watch and having a friend pull you around with a rope on the scooters in the gym was GREAT!

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 12:26 AM

I remember those scooters! HA! We would fly on those things. I also got a paddling after riding one of those scooters when we were not allowed to be pulled anymore. Does the stage in the gym still have those wonderful curtains? We use to play up on the stage and run behind the curtains. LOL. I also remember when they added the NEW addition on the back, my class got to be the first ones to move into the new area. My 4th grade class thought we were so grown up, because we got to move in the new section with air conditioning.

-- Posted by R.A. Clift on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 8:09 AM

I remember when they added the new addition in the back of Southside school. I also used it on the 1st year that it was built but I think I was in the 5th grade at the time. A friend and I made up a plan to pull another girl on a scooter while my friend opened the doors on the front of the stage while Mr. McBride had stepped away for a few minutes...I swung the girl around on the scooter by the rope and when she was headed for the opening of the doors I let go of the rope which sent her flying underneath the stage. Then we shut the doors and Mr. McBride blew the whistle to line up for class. SEVERAL minutes later we were both removed from class and escorted to the office. I know it was mean but it was funny at the time. I have always wondered what ever happened to the janitor of Southside. He was a real tall thin man that walked with a limp due to some kind of a problem with his leg. I think his last name was Brame but I am not sure. Does anyone know if he lives in Shelbyville now or anything about him?

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 11:11 AM

I remember him as well!

I also remember when I was in the 3rd grade that a fellow student lost her life due to a house fire. She was one of my close friends. She loved horses as much as I did, and we use to play with them on the playgound. Does anyone else remember Van?

-- Posted by R.A. Clift on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 7:51 PM

AmericanWoman,

I think your right about moving into the new addition in the 5th grade. In fact, I think you were in my classroom with Mrs. Caperton. It's a small world.

-- Posted by R.A. Clift on Tue, Jul 26, 2011, at 8:02 PM

R.A. Clift,

The girls name was Van Summit and she was in the hospital for a while after the house fire before she passed away. I remember all of the students signing a huge homemade card and sending it to her in the hospital. She had long blonde hair and loved horses as you said. Were you in one of the classes where we all made a 7 foot Santa Clause out of paper mache?

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Wed, Jul 27, 2011, at 11:29 AM

Yes I was! I was also in a couple plays, once dressed as a pirate, and a cowboy in the other. My best friend Jody Fort sang Home On the Range. Unfortunately, the Fort twins moved later on. I wonder where they went? I also won second place in the art contest by drawing the Campbell Soup Kids. I have a newspaper clipping with my photo. lol. I wonder where we could get a list of students who were in the classes, since there was not an annual. I still have some elementary pictures of the students and a few of the teachers.

-- Posted by R.A. Clift on Wed, Jul 27, 2011, at 5:34 PM

Cattleman, Yes Mittwede's store was located at one time in the location that you mentioned, but this picture is from a later location in what came to be known as the Mittwede Shopping Center.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 6:10 AM

Cattleman, I think you are right. I think that Day Brothers followed Mittwede in that building. In the early 70s I was the Mess Sargent (or Dining Facility Manager) for the Shelbyville Army National Guard Unit and I bought my groceries on an alternating basis from Day Brothers at that location and also from Dials at their final location at the corner of North Main and East Highland.

-- Posted by leeiii on Thu, Jul 28, 2011, at 11:06 AM

Wow! Many memories were brought back tonight speaking of Southside School, Mittwede's, Dials, C & M, and many other places.

I remember shopping with my mom back in the 50's and 60's at Mittwede's. She also went to Dial's, Day Bros., and C & M sometimes too. One of the things I remember as a kid at Mittwede's were the BBQ chickens rotating over and over. I would just stand and watch...lol...I worked for Sam a little while after I got out of high school until it closed. That was sad.

I'm wondering if I might know American Woman? I used to be in Funland alot back in the 80's.

Also MArnold1118...I remember you well when I was a kid. Remember the bee swarm one Sunday morning back in the 60's?

-- Posted by dh38583 on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 11:20 PM

Also, I remember falling out of the car one night as my mom made a turn beside Day Bros. Market. I wasn't hurt too bad but she was terrified of course. My parents had an old 53 Chevrolet. If I remember correctly, you pushed down on the handle to open the door. When she made the turn I leaned against it and out I went. She had a relative close by who ran the old Popeye's Bar and ran with me to her house. The people who ran Popeye's last name was Corbin. I remember going their with my mom as a small child while she visited. Does anyone remember much about this place?

-- Posted by dh38583 on Fri, Jul 29, 2011, at 11:32 PM

dh38583, I belive there was a husband and wife that worked at Fun Land for a while...their names were Ken and Dawn. Henry or BUM also worked there and my husband shot pool with him and a couple of men that were both named Ronnie, Termite and others. My names is Lisa. :)

-- Posted by AmericanWoman on Sun, Jul 31, 2011, at 9:37 AM

You are correct about Ken and Dawn AW. I remember all these guys you speak of. My name is Dwight.

-- Posted by dh38583 on Sun, Jul 31, 2011, at 11:57 PM

the original Dials superette was where Walgreens is now. The Dials built a new store where the book store is now. before that there was a gas station where the book store is now.

-- Posted by bodyshop on Wed, Aug 10, 2011, at 12:14 PM


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