OUR TOWN MAIN STREET

Main Street in small towns seem to be the center for local people to congregate and relate, and receive news events on a home town level.

In a direction running north to south our business area began with the Rex Movie House, the National Bank, a Druggist within an ice-cream parlor, an A&P store, two (2) gas stations, two (2) doctor offices across the street from each other, Dr. Grant and Dr. Brecksman, a haberdashery, a hardware store, run by T. Simon & Son, Wilson Lumber Company, U.S. Post Office, a Jewish Synagogue, Chotzkin's Bakery, Motts Funeral Establishment, Then a stretch of an open block that was the Coal Mine Company property. We came upon Miller's Feed Store, and a Sunoco gas station. Across the street was a foundation of an old burnt out store, it was our chief gathering place during the summer months. We loved to harmonize as a group, especially for the local people as they leisurely strolled down our Main Street toward Polonia Park for the usual Sunday night dance. We as a group would also join the crowd to listen to the band music that came from an open-air pavilion.

Our town had more than a share of liquor and beer taverns. When the coal mine boom existed, had working miners after a days hard work walked to their favorite taverns to wash down the coal dust in their throats with a number of shots of liquor, followed by a glass of beer. A Sunday Blue Law existed whereby stores and taverns were closed - It hardly effected the beer taverns, for all cafes would recognize their customers with an entry through the back door. I guess the law figured to let thirsty miners alone on a Sunday.

Such was the ways of our town people from the past generations, toil of hard labor, and the reward of a cool beer at the end of the working day.

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