Wednesday, 09 May 2012 10:11
Scottsboro was very different during the days before the depression and WWII than it is today. The first difference is the size. Kennamer had telephone directories from 1951 and today as examples. She said “the telephone operators were a source of information and passed on the information.”
Life literally centered around the square and immediately off of the square with all the businesses, churches, car dealerships and theaters. Paynes Drug Store and Wales Jewelry are the only ones that are still in business on the square. Many of the buildings have the original names on them.
Time was spent at the movies, library, school, church activities, scouts and roller skating only where parents allowed the children to go.
Kennamer said, “There were four subdivisions—Walsh, Webb, Skelton and Thomas; three manufacturing companies—Benham, Maples and Gays; three banks—First National, Jacobs and Central; rooming houses, two weekly newspapers—the Sentinel and the Progress; and restaurants in Scottsboro.”
First Monday was a trade day with dogs, cats, and horses and it was court day. The dogs and cats that were not sold were left in town to roam or be adopted.
Arlene Grede announced that AARP has established an office for volunteerism. Information may be found at www.volunteeraarp.org or at 866-740-7719.
The next meeting will be Tuesday, June 5 at 3 p. m. at Jackson County Senior Center in Scottsboro. Interested people are invited to attend these information sessions.
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