Thursday, November 5, 2009
More Street Scenes from The 50s and 60s
Top photo is looking North on Second Street on a snowy morning. Notice the absence of the city hall building (aka. The Mayor's Office). A fire destroyed it and the jail and it had not been rebuilt at this time.
Next is the building on West Main that held a number of businesses, at this time Miller's Furniture and Appliance store.
Center: The old original Waters' Funeral Home with it's gazebo and sitting area around a goldfish pond. Chairs in the foreground are in the old Prather home yard where the photo was taken from.
Mr. Garley McVey blows sediment from the water system in the next to last photo. We really had some good water in Baldwyn. I didn't realize it until I moved around over the years and found that all ground water in wells isn't great to drink without treatment.
And last is shown the old water tank that we would climb to see around the countryside. At the halfway point, you could see the transmitter tower lights of WBIP in Booneville. If you were lucky and Slim Weldon wasn't around, you could go all the way to the top and write your name with a 10 cent can of paint from the Western Auto Store (no spray cans in those days). Also notice the fire siren mounted on a crossbeam. This old tank served the town for many years but is now gone.
Photos from various sources, Betty Massengill, Clarene Evans, and old newspapers.
Posted by Carl Houston at 6:51 AM