Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Remember When, do you? by Jimmy Morrissey

My friend Jimmy Morrissey lived at 1008 Meridian Street for many years.  His parents moved there in the 1920's and the family owned it until the early 1990's.  Jimmy typed a list of memories to share and handed out copies at the last Glenn School/Northeast Nashville reunion.

I  Remember When, do you?
Prepared by Jimmy Morrissey

1. When making a phone call I heard, “number please” from an operator.

2. When Lucky Strike Green went to war and did not return.

3. There was a Sycamore Lodge in Shelby Park.

4. I could ride the trolley car to town for 5 cents. I would catch it in front of Caplans department store located at the corner of Wilburn and Meridian. 
Caplans 5&10 and Roxy Theater.  North Edgefield Remembered.

5. The trolley car transfer station located between 3rd Ave. and 4th Ave.,  parallel to Deadrick St.                                          

Walter Williams Metro Archives

6.  I rode to High School on the bus for 3 cents.
North Edgefield Remembered

7.  Saturday afternoon movie was 12 cents.
North Edgefield Remembered

8.  Never heard of bottled water for sale in a grocery store.

9. Gasoline was 25 cents per gallon.

10. Cigarette was 20 cents per pack.

11. Most major department stores located on Church Street.
Metro Archives

12. TV, two letters in the alphabet.

13. Home Air conditioning, opening windows and doors.

14. Auto air conditioning, rolling down the car windows.

15. Banana split or milk shake was 15 cents.

16. Lower Broad and 1st Ave. flooded almost every year.
Metro Archives

17. Walking to the middle of the Cumberland River when it was frozen.

L to R, Ernest Oeser, Roy Buck and Robert Oeser, Jan. 27, 1940

18. Loaf of bread was 10 cents.

19. One pound of bacon was 19 cents.

20.  25 or 50 pound block of ice delivered to your home ice box.

21. A piece of paper, pencil and your brain was a computer.

22. All major movies theaters located down town.
Metro Archives

23. Grimes, Gilberts and Krystal Hamburgers  located on the Square.
Metro Archives

24. Coke was 5 cents.

25. Ice cream cone was 5 cents.

26. Krystal hamburgers was 5 cents.

27. Krystal Hamburgers, located on Church St., between 6th Ave. and Capitol Blvd.

28. Tony the Chili King located on Deadrick St. Between  3rd Ave. and 4th Ave,
Nashville Banner

29. Circus came to town near Centennial Park and at Sulpher Dell Ball Park.
Facebook Metro Archives

30. Cool meant the weather had turned chilly.

31. I walked to school and church.

32. Woolworth and Kress located on 5th Ave. between Church St. and Union St.
Metro Archives

33. Candyland  located at the corner of  6th Ave. and Church St.

34. Sears Roebuck located at the corner of  8th Ave. and Church St.
M. Bradley collection

35. Montgomery Ward located on Union St. between  5th Ave. and 6th Ave.

36. Cain-Sloan located at the corner of 5th Ave. and Church St.

Metro Archives

37. Phillips & Burtorff  located on 3rd Ave. between Church St, and Union St.

38. Burke’s located on Church St. between 5th Ave. and 4th Ave.

39. Loveman’s located at the corner of 5th Ave. and Union St.

40. Western Auto located in the downtown area (maybe at the corner of 5th Ave. and Deadrick)

41. Where the Nashville Court House is presently located there was a red court house building. 
      During the spring and summer farmers would bring their produce to the square on Friday
      night and Saturday and park around the court house and sell their produce. This practice
      stopped when the new court house was built.
Mike Slate

42. Yes, the Arcade is still located in the same place, and Walgreen’s is still at the corner of the
      Arcade and  5th Ave.
Yelp - Carson C.

43. VJ Day,  that was an extremely happy day. Church St. was packed with people and cars.
      Gasoline rationing ended. If you had an “A” stamp, you received 4 gallons of gas per week.

44.  You would have to travel 7,000 miles to Bavaria, Germany to see a grown man in short pants.

45.  National Stores located at the corner of Deadrick St. and 3rd Ave.
46.  I played marbles under the plum tree in my back yard.

47.  On summer nights we played kick the can under the street light. 

48. Every Christmas Harvey’s had a nativity scene placed in front of the Parathion.
Facebook Metro Archives

49. At Christmas almost everyone had a live cedar tree for a Christmas tree.

50. Christmas shopping did not begin until after Thanksgiving.


  1. I absolutely Love this. Thanks Debie.

  2. Thank you for sharing "the good old days" with us. These pictures are priceless. Kaye

  3. I remember going up town with my grandma on bus to pick up my grandpa's check from Sunday school board I think that what it call he work in mail room for thirty one year .then stop by a place call Billy or Woolworths to eat and bring him lunch. .sometimes they had bbq dinner on there roof fir the family .really miss my pa .I was born in sixty three

  4. Thank you Debbie for the flashbacks, and the step back in time to our grandparent's day :*

  5. This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

  6. I remember all of these things. Walking to the Roxey from Nirth 6th St., playing in the rain looking for Indian money, so much carefree fun.

  7. I remember going thru my grandma's pockets to find the peanuts that the man in the Arcade would pass out. I was a secret my brother's didn't know about.


Comments are welcome and will be moderated.