Every time I visit this site so many good memories come back .... 1955 at Trigg and Lauderdale was the beginning of my afternoon paper route .... Sam Fuson, a real alien to all of us as he and his wife were from Michigan, owned the drug store. Nickle juke box, soda fountain and all .... Elvis records and Little Richard. He was an antique gun collector and I went to auctions with him .... have two Confederate rifles I bought for $5 apiece still today .... and a few more items in a collection of Civil War artifacts .... All the old haunts, Royal Theater costed a dime ..... Capital was for hot dates at 25 cents ... until you could drive .... then off to the Bellevue drive in. Walking home from Crump stadium with a stop at Leonard's. We were so lucky to be a part of the fifties as teenagers.
I am the oldest son of Tommy Jones and Faye Russell. My uncle was Johnny Jones and one of my aunts was Shirley Russell. I really enjoy reading all of the memories all of you have written about. I remember a grocery store, I think it was on S. Lauderdale, named DiSalvo's. Does that sound right to anyone? Mom and Dad always loved South Side and spoke of many whose names I have seen on this site. To add a little bit of another connection, Elmer Ray was my coach in high school at Whitehaven. The very first football game that I ever attended, Dad took me to see South Side play Messick at Crump Stadium. Billy Fletcher was the quarterback. I've loved football ever since.
Last period with Mr. Richardson .... on the ground floor .... most the guys would skip out about half way through the class a litle later he (Mr. Richardson) would say something like "Class is getting small,huh". The last ime I saw him, the trio was singing at the veterans home and he was a patient there. Who could forget Ms.Allensworth and her rubber girldle that she use to snap when she got upset. The best one though was Miss Annie Kay Tharpe..english. She use to quote "Experience is a dear school but, a fool will learn in no other". Back then I don't think any of us had a clue, ask me now.
Dolpho Fratini owned the Weona store #29 at James and McLemore. All of the Tidwell boys worked there at one time, Robert, Happy, and Chic. When they got to old my brother Dick Sutton worked there and then I followed him. George Bruno owned the store at College and McLemore. Mr. Fratini's father in law owned the #29 store before him. Mr Ugolini was a partner in the #29 store. He was married to Adolpho's wife's sister. They also owned a Liberty Cash at the corner of Lauderdale and Trigg on the NW corner.
SANDERS DRUG STORE,SOUTH SIDE PARK JUST HANGING OUT, WITH BIG JOE WILLIAMS,TERRY & TOM LAFFERTY, BILLY & JIMMY PHILLIPS, GENE ATKINSON ,JOE DEMING, JOE TERRELL, DON GOAD. MAN WHAT A GROUP WITH SHIRLY RUSSELL, ANN CARTER, ANN STODDARD AND THE THRAILKILL SISTERS WORKING AT SANDERS AND MANY OTHERS. GOING BY THE THRAILKILL'S HOME FOR COFFEE AND CARDS, THEY ALWAYS MADE US WELCOME, THOSE WERE THE DAYS.