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Recalling Spring Hope of ’50s, ’60s

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Downtown Spring Hope this past Saturday was like the town of the ’50s and ’60s. Folks were milling around the stores, and the community yard sale was absolutely a success. Hopefully, the chamber will make this a quarterly event.

We had a great variety of vendors, and shoppers were having fun. Only one suggestion, close that section of Railroad Street next time as we had an 18-wheeler try to go down it, and it was nearly a disaster.

Shopping in Spring Hope in the ’50s and ’60s was so much fun. I remember going to Delbridge’s, Gardner’s, Hathaway’s, Chartell’s, Edwards Brothers Hardware & Appliance, the Red & White grocery, Sykes Seed Store, The Town Shop, Southside Pharmacy for a fountain Coke and comic book, and, of course, the Joyce Theater.

I’m sure I missed a few but, after all, it was a long time ago. As tenant farmers, we bought most of our supplies from F. D. Bissette (it had an “e” back then). Mama would use the feed bags to make dresses, aprons, blouses and sometimes quilt squares, so Daddy always had to be sure he had enough of the same pattern to make whatever she was sewing at the time.

The first quilt I remember her making had no pattern, so she dyed the squares in the wash pot. The ladies in the community came for a quilting party, and when they finished, I had the honor of being the first to sleep under it. Of course, the old saying is that you have to name each corner of the quilt with some boys name that you know, and if you dream of him that night, you will marry him. That particular old saying did not come true.

If you haven’t taken the opportunity to visit the Spring Hope Museum during its sports exhibit, I encourage you to do so quickly. The memorabilia on display is simply wonderful. Also, all the editions of the Enterprise are there, and the Spring Hope Senior Citizens had a really good time last week just taking a step back in time. Remembering a younger, simpler time is always rejuvenating.

Jan Mills is The Enterprise’s customer service representative. Reach her at 252-478-3651 and jmills.enterprise@wilsontimes.com.