Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 


Things that ceased to exist
It is fun to recall the changes through the years and how some things have ceased to exist.

Remember the Bright Spot Theater on Main street near the old Buttonwood tree?  During World War I it had after school matinees every afternoon for five cents that featured those wild, wild west movies starring William S. Hart, Tom Mix, Hoot Gobson, and Buck Jones.  How the kids would react to those exciting chases with those loud whoops!  The manager would turn on the lights and parade up and down the aisle until the noise subsided.

A big treat was a 15 cent ticket to the annual strawberry festival run by the Grange Hall on Walnut street.  What an immense plate of ice cream and strawberries was served!

Thom McAn;s sold two tone brown and white, and black and white, crepe soled sport shoes, that cost $2.50 a pair.

The Blazin Rag saloon was located down over the bridge in Batesville in the fork of the Kresson and Berlin roads where the liquor store now stands.

Every summer a small merchant on the Main street sold three cent flavored snow balls which he made with an ice scraper from a 15 cent piece of ice in his express wagon.  The board of health probably would close him down now.

Remember Doc Glover’s brother, G. Barrett, a West Point graduate and a retired US Army Colonel after thirty years service in the Phillippines?  He was Haddonfield’s mayor and he held inspection every day of his police department.

Hopkins Pond was one of the best bass fishing ponds around until it was contaminated during a storm by a sewer main break.

Mitchell’s lane was the name of the passageway that ran from Lake street up to Willits avenue along the rear property lines of the houses on Colonial avenue and Grove street.  It continued up to the rear of the Main street properties and a left turn formerly continued it down across Grove street to the street that is now Evergreen lane.

From Willits avenue another lane went up at the rear of the Friends avenue properties to the Indian King yard and a left turn to cross Colonial avenue joined it to the other lane.

When some of the houses were built parts of these rights of way were closed but some sections still remain.  It is interesting to stroll around and see what still is there of these lanes.


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