Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SMALL TOWN AMERICA:  Large In History

WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM   WISDOM

          YOUR PERSONAL GPS
You might reach your life's destination better if you remember
DON'T FORGET WHERE YOU CAME FROM ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING - Sara Marie Hogg

WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS OUR NAME, AND A SAFE PLACE TO RAISE YOUR FAMILY Terry Hayes Roach

TU-ENDIE-WEI STATE PARK
Site Of The Battle Of Point Pleasant
Point Pleasant, WV is my home town, the place where I was born and raised.  The seat of Mason County, it was once a thriving community but today the down town probably has as many business closed as open.  Like the rest of the state, the population is on the decline, down 6.1% since 2000.  The 2014 population was 4,359.

ONE THING ABOUT LIVING IN A SMALL TOWN, I KNOW EVERYBODY AND EVERYBODY KNOWS ME - Anna Smith

CAMPBELL'S CREEK, WV
The small community of Campbell's Creek, WV has a Methodist Church, a gas station and a few stores.  The few famlies there go back for several generations.  Simon Kenton had a hunting camp at Campbell's creek when it was all a wilderness.  The  Indians broke into his camp and killed one companion.


Kenton and his other companion ran bare foot and naked 46 miles in the snow and ice to Point Pleasant where they were rescued.  Today the area is crime ridden and almost as  dangerous as when Kenton camped there.

I HAVE LIVED MOST OF MY LIFE IN A SMALL TOWN AND I'M IN THE HABIT OF KNOWING AND TALKING TO EVERYONE - Ellen Gilchrist


An entire blog, or two, could be written about Wall, South Dakota.  It was a highlight of my and Julie's three month trip around America in 1981.

In 1931, Ted Hustead had graduated from Pharmacy School and had been working at different drug stores.  From a $3,000 legacy from his father, he went looking for a drug store to buy and found one in a small prairie town of Wall, SD.  With his wife, Dorothy--a high school teacher--and young son they made their home behind a blanket stretched across the store.



PEOPLE IN A SMALL TOWN, MUCH MORE THAN IN BIG CITIES, SHARE A DESTINY - Richard Russa


Wall was made up of only 326, mostly farmers wiped out by the depression and a drought and in five years there was no growth in the store.  Then, they got a great idea.  They had a deep well with cold water.  On a major east west highway, people were offered FREE ICE WATER..  From that day forward they have been swamped.

A SMALL TOWN IS A PLACE WHERE THERE IS NO PLACE TO GO WHERE YOU SHOULDN'T - Burt Bacharack


Today you can get anything at Wall Drug store, from furnishing your home to exploring the Nile.  See a dinosaur or ride a "jackalope", it's all there.  You will see WALL DRUG STORE signs around the world--I'm looking at one in my office.  Yes, you can get a prescription filled.



Wall Drug gives away 20,000 cups of water a day.  Coffee is a nickle, free with donuts for a lot of people, from honeymooners to veterans.  They have barracks to house the college students that live and work there in the summer time.  They take in $10 million dollars a year from two million visitors.  A REAL SUCCESS STORY FOR A SMALL TOWN.

I RODE MY BIKE TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY FROM AGE 5 TO 14.  iT WAS A SMALL TOWN AND YOU COULD GO ANYWHERE - Ron Paul


MY COUSIN CHERYL AND I
Cheryl is from Campbell's Creek


 THANK GOD FOR OUR SMALL TOWNS

THANK GOD FOR YOU AND YOURS

THANK GOD A FREE UNITED STATES




1 comment:

Cheryl said...

See...something good came out of Campbells Creek! haha!