Memorable car of the day:
From a car show in Eustis Florida. This '37 was new when my girl was born at home on Spruce street in Belmont.
This town, Belmont, NC, was a cotton mill town. Sherry was born here, I moved here in 1954. Belmont was actually reflective of a small Southern town. Stores closed by 6 o’clock. Stores also closed at noon on Tuesdays. There was a Donut Dinette that was open 24 hours on Hwy 74. One or two service stations were open until 9PM.
Kids played ball on empty lots. No houses were locked and in the summer windows and doors were wide open day and night to stay a little cooler.
People went to town on Saturday to shop as a rule. There were no malls yet. The town was speckled with Cotton Mill Villages. Sherry’s family lived at the Climax Cotton Mill village. She was born on Spruce Street. The Climax Mill Building is still there, but is a storage and shipping complex not a cotton mill. The machines were sold to an overseas company and shipped out.
Only a few of the mill houses are left, instead now that area is covered with modern Medical services. Spruce Street still exists. Now in her 80s and yesterday had a medical procedure called Ultra Sound. Geography wise, the procedure was completed just a few yards from where she was born. We are awaiting the results of the procedure. As I am sure you all know, waiting is not a fun thing at times.
PS: (Sherry is still hoping it will be a girl! ;-)