Remembering Cleveland's good old days

Posted 11/4/17

To The Editor:I was born Aug. 24, 1940. I can remember our beautiful old Courthouse where my grandpa and several other old gentlemen would position themselves on benches and enjoy each others' true …

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Remembering Cleveland's good old days

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To The Editor:

I was born Aug. 24, 1940.

I can remember our beautiful old Courthouse where my grandpa and several other old gentlemen would position themselves on benches and enjoy each others' true tales, as well as swap knives.

The Bohemian Theatre was across the street and the Princess Theatre was down from the Cleveland Hotel. The hotel was very elegant, but I never went there to eat because it was too expensive. We went to The Spot and got delicious hamburgers.

All of Cleveland did a lot of walking. One of my favorite memories was to park downtown and "people watch." So many people were walking up and down, especially on Friday and Saturday.

I remember Cooper's bookstore; Miller's department store with the rounded glass storefront; and Appler's shoe store, where a clerk would actually take your foot measurement to see that you were fitted properly.

Ah, the good old days!

Dad was a  builder and I remember a lot of transactions he and Cherokee Valley Bank did on a handshake. I would not quote this, and sign my name to it, but I kind of think Heaven will be like that; that is, operating on a handshake. I sure hope so.

I could go on and on about the Star Vue Drive-In, The Little Pig we circled around and Speck Hospital, among others.

Yes, as I said, these were the good old days! How I miss them, so!

— Mary Odom Epperson Chappell
Cleveland



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