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Laurel's Yesteryears

Let take a look back at some of the things we remember about the town we grew up in.  If you know of someone who has moved away, give them a call, an e-mail or text message and invite them to join in.  The more the merrier.
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I remember when the fog machine would come down the street spraying during the summer.  The fog was thick and white and you really could not see through it. (Not like the small spray they put out today.)  The driver would yell at us to get away as we would ride our bicycles around in the denseness and have a ball.
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I remember all the good food and fun times at the Dairy Queen on Friday  and Saturday nights.  ThumbUp
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I still call it 'Dairy Queen' too. Wink

Do you remember when the drive-up window was installed?
It was Big News at the time.   :)
YellowBird

My husband still calls it Dairy Queen but I stopped when no one knew what I was talking about so I now call it PDI's. I seldom get anything to eat there because it's so packed at lunchtime you can't get near the place. We've even tried calling in orders from the office but the line is either busy or they don't answer the phone. Mr. YB eats there quite often.
YellowBird

former laurelite wrote:
I remember when the fog machine would come down the street spraying during the summer.  The fog was thick and white and you really could not see through it. (Not like the small spray they put out today.)  The driver would yell at us to get away as we would ride our bicycles around in the denseness and have a ball.


We used to run or ride our bikes behind the truck. There's no telling what kinds of chemicals we inhaled. Now I get totally aggravated if I encounter one while driving - it leaves oily residue on the car not to mention if I'm driving with the top down and inhale it yet again.
YellowBird

Ted wrote:
I still call it 'Dairy Queen' too. Wink

Do you remember when the drive-up window was installed?
It was Big News at the time.   :)


I don't remember that, Ted. What year was it?
YellowBird

The first thing that comes to my mind when I think about my childhood is Daphne Pool and the thrill of driving by at the end of May and seeing that it had been filled with water that was sparkling blue in the sun. I can still remember the smell of the chlorine and the cold water we had to walk through before climbing the few steps up to the pool area. Coach Cecil Williams was usually supervising the concession stand. The lifeguards watched carefully and blew their whistles every few minutes to stop a foolish young'un from doing something stupid, or, in retrospect, sometimes blew their whistles just to show they were in charge.
YellowBird

magnolia wrote:
I remember all the good food and fun times at the Dairy Queen on Friday  and Saturday nights.  ThumbUp


Oh my yes. All the cars backed into the parking lot and everyone milling around visiting.
Guest

Sometimes it was called DQ, but mainly it was the Dairy Queen.  I would like to know when the window was added -seems as if it was always there-ha!  I remember also how we would pull up to the window and get a cup of ice!!!
TooTallGirl

Oh Lordy, the fog machine...aka DDT.  We used to play London Fog and Jack the Ripper and Creature from the Black Lagoon and anything that required fog.  I doubt it was as bad for us as we might think.  We are all still here. LOL  Perhaps it was some kind of...dare I say...preservative.  LOL LOL LOL

Thank you, formerlaurelite for starting this interesting and memory-filled thread.
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Oh Daphne Pool---I remember the special shows where all of the lifeguards would perform.  Some would dive off the high board, some were dressed as clowns and others would just perform special dives.  One of the things that was done was gasoline was poured into the pool around the diving board and they would dive through the flames.  Really brought some excitement to us younguns back then.
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Remember the "Little Brown Jug" football game on Thanksgiving between Laurel and Hattiesburg.
Also that the Christmas lights in downtown Laurel were turned on Thanksgiving night.
Downtown had a lot of folks that night to see the lights.
TooTallGirl

former laurelite wrote:
Oh Daphne Pool---I remember the special shows where all of the lifeguards would perform.  Some would dive off the high board, some were dressed as clowns and others would just perform special dives.  One of the things that was done was gasoline was poured into the pool around the diving board and they would dive through the flames.  Really brought some excitement to us younguns back then.


Oh Yes, Daphnepool meant and its memory still means a lot to me.  Wink   I remember when they had the Miss Laurel contest there.  One year one of my cousins was in it and placed although not 1st place.  Nevertheless, we were all so very proud of her.  Besides being pretty, she was very sweet and kind...even to silly little cousins. Daphne Pool in 1958 was my favorite place to go...after spending the whole morning and early afternoon shelling butterbeans and peas. LOL LOL LOL   Today I would do most anything for a frozen Zero candy bar.  I guess it  would not taste as good unless you had spent the afternoon swimming and working up the appetite of a grizzly bear.  Not many overweight kids back then.  It all got worked off of you...or sweated off.  LOL I always remember those little disinfectant pools we had to walk through to climb the stairs to the deck.  I wonder...I guess there must have been a lot of nasty little feet or something back then.
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YellowBird wrote:
Ted wrote:
I still call it 'Dairy Queen' too. Wink

Do you remember when the drive-up window was installed?
It was Big News at the time.   :)


I don't remember that, Ted. What year was it?
I don't remember either.  Wink
I'm hoping someone else remembers.
Guest

We would call it the Municipal swimming pool and yes, the frozen zero bars were the best!!!  It was also so much fun to rent those humongous inner tubes. (Well, they seemed big at the time-ha!)
TooTallGirl

We called it the Municipal Pool too sometimes, Magnolia.  I don't really recall what the real name was or why it kind of had two names.  Whatever it was it holds some of my fondest memories of growing up in Laurel...well...neck and neck with Lake Waukaway. I have said this before, when I smell Coppertone...I can close my eyes and BE at Waukaway again.  Maybe we can get hammer to tell us some stories of his lifeguard days there.
TooTallGirl

The snow of 1963?????  Oh yes.  I was still living in Laurel, working at my greatly appreciated job in the office at Masonite, dating a boy who was not Thunder, even my parents were still married.  I remember that boy going to Fines and buying me some white boots...NOT the tall ones that came into style later but some short warm ones with fur inside and black and white plaid.  I thought I looked soooooooooo stylish and sophisticated with those boots on.  I loved them and kept them and they made the trip to CA with me in 1965.  Go figure???  Warm boots in Sunny CA???  What did I know?  I thought movie stars walked the streets too but NOT where I live.  LOL  I was walking to my little white car sporting those pretty white boots and I slipped on the slight incline in our front yard and busted my 2T booty. Hurt my pride mostly.  But I was mostly concerned about damaging my boots. Funny...the priorities of young girls.  LOL LOL LOL
YellowBird

That was the biggest snowfall I have ever seen in Laurel. I was in 8th grade and my mom, who was afraid to drive in the snow, called Carter-Heide and had them deliver a pair of boots similar to what you described, 2TG. Mine were kind of a taupe color lined with fur. I thought I was soooo cool! LOL.
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Does anyone remember when the sawmill pond dam broke.  It created quite a stir that day and for a couple of days later.  The pond (at least part of it) was where the Sawmill Mall is now

Also, when the city bus accidently backed into the pond out by Charity Hospital.  That is where they would turn around and head back toward town.
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With Thanksgiving having just passed, does anyone remember going downtown to see all of the Christmas lights that were turned on at night on Thanksgiving Day.
Guest

I don't remember that.  I didn't think they were turned on that early, but that's nice to know.  I remember a house on 2nd ave. that had the most lights imaginable.
YellowBird

I don't have a specific memory of when they were turned on but I remember going Christmas shopping downtown at night and it was like a wonderland. It was always cold and we'd scurry from store to store trying to keep warm. It was so much fun.
TooTallGirl

I always get real aggravated when towns and people put up Christmas lights BEFORE Thanksgiving so maybe it is because I unconsciously associate it with those lights going on Thanksgiving night.  I know, like YB said, the downtown would look magical when the lights woud come on. We discussed it a lot of the other Forums but I wouldn't mind revisiting the Cotton Mill Christmas displays if you all are up for it.

Even today when I hear Christmas Carols like It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, Hark the Herald Angels Sing and a couple of others, I think of those very cold, clear nights my folks would drive us up to the Cotton Mill and we would sit in a cold car all bundled up and look at the display on top of the building and listen to the music flowing out like..magic.  The windows would fog up and then we would have to either roll one down or wipe it off with a flour sack dish towel if someone had remembered to bring one.  It was a beautiful sight and something we looked forward to...back in the days when it took very little to grab a child's attention...and cause them to use their imagination.  I swear I could pretty much see Santa Claus flying across that clear cold sky on hs way to bring me a Toni doll or a Blue Willow Tea Set or a doll cradle from S. H. Kress  with a wind up key that played Rock-A-Bye Baby.  I don't have those dolls or even one piece of the tea set anymore but I still have that cradle. It sits in my son's old room that I made into a room for books. I hate to call it a library.  On the botton of it is still written with what looks like a black Crayola ... $7.98.  I'll bet my Mama had that on the lay-a-way plan for a few months...and Santa got all the credit.  LOL LOL
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YB,, has Laurel put up their Christmas lights yet??
If they have I will come over to see them ...
they always do a good job of it!! :)
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old relic wrote:
YB,, has Laurel put up their Christmas lights yet??
If they have I will come over to see them ...
they always do a good job of it!! :)


The city ugly has them in Mason Park but I have not noticed them lit.
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Sad, but true, Phoenix.
YellowBird

I think they will turn them all on, including Mason park, tomorrow since that's the day of the pitiful Christmas parade.
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YellowBird wrote:
I think they will turn them all on, including Mason park, tomorrow since that's the day of the pitiful Christmas parade.


Nothing at that parade I want to see.  If you go, all you will see is a few good people and the rest looking like they are having sex in the streets....

I will take my wife and mother to have pancakes!!!
TooTallGirl

Boo Hoo...another one of my childhood memories bites the dust.  I read that "Burton's Jewelry changing focus" which I guess means that it won't be a jewelry store anymore.  If I were living there I might go and buy something...just for old times sake.  My wedding set came from there as did my sister's, my cousin's and everyone else that I knew... and the little bit of china and silver, etc. that I got as wedding presents came from there. And remember when they put your pic or announcement in the window with a place setting displayed of the patterns you had selected?  Remember "Charm Bracelets" and you could get a charm added for various momentous occasions. Still have mine.  Quit adding to it long ago but...it has many precious dates engraved on varous charms. I guess I have just gotten so old that my past is disappearing on fast forward.  Burton's Jewelry. - RIP -
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TooTallGirl wrote:
Boo Hoo...another one of my childhood memories bites the dust.  I read that "Burton's Jewelry changing focus" which I guess means that it won't be a jewelry store anymore.  If I were living there I might go and buy something...just for old times sake.  My wedding set came from there as did my sister's, my cousin's and everyone else that I knew... and the little bit of china and silver, etc. that I got as wedding presents came from there. And remember when they put your pic or announcement in the window with a place setting displayed of the patterns you had selected?  Remember "Charm Bracelets" and you could get a charm added for various momentous occasions. Still have mine.  Quit adding to it long ago but...it has many precious dates engraved on varous charms. I guess I have just gotten so old that my past is disappearing on fast forward.  Burton's Jewelry. - RIP -



They will still be there but not as large.  The name will go away but Doyle, Courtney and Jeff will be doing custom made jewlery and repairs.

They make some great things on site using the lost wax method.  I have had several items made for my wife and myself. They are very nice and resonable.  

With the economy people are having their old stuff fixed more than they are buying the new.

Wish you had been here, I bought several charms for my wife.[b]
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YellowBird

I wasn't aware Doyle was going to keep it open. I went to the sale Tuesday and bought an Arthur Court dish for 80% off. I was hoping they would have more of it but that and a vase were the only AC products they had. Burton's has gone down over the last few years and they had very little in stock. Brides had stopped registering there and it was very hard to find anything to give as a gift unless it was jewelry, which was outrageous. Even at 70-80% off, I couldn't afford a single item of jewelry they had, not that I was really looking for any. I saw some pretty little sapphire and diamond earrings - not big at all and the diamonds were just chips - and on sale they were $1200.
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YB, sapphire and diamond earrings for $1200-that's a steal!!  :lol:  :lol:

I didn't know they were still in business.  I always thought they were a little high, although hubby and I did get our wedding rings there decades ago at a very good price.  That was the place to register, buy rings, etc. at that time.   I always like Kux-I assume it is no longer there.

Have a nice day, YB and everyone!! ThumbUp
TooTallGirl

I always felt 'confident' that what came from Burton's was quality and worth the price...I guess because it was locally owned for years and years and if something was wrong with it they were there to confront. I don't buy jewely anymore...or rarely.  Guess I don't  need anymore of it and at a certain age I kind of decorate myself less...as in less is more. LOL  Now when I see various places advertising their big jewelry sales, particularly before Chrstmas and Valentine's Day and they are 60 and 70 percent off...I can't help but wonder what the quality of the merchandise is.  The only thing I might still like and I never see one of the same shape and style is a Saphire ring like one another boy gave me before I knew Thunder.  Funny...somehow...and I am NOT a loser of things...I lost that ring right after I got engaged to Thunder. Maybe it was devine intervention.  LOL LOL  I sure loved tht stye of that ring.  Oh well........
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magnolia wrote:
YB, sapphire and diamond earrings for $1200-that's a steal!!  :lol:  :lol:

I didn't know they were still in business.  I always thought they were a little high, although hubby and I did get our wedding rings there decades ago at a very good price.  That was the place to register, buy rings, etc. at that time.   I always like Kux-I assume it is no longer there.

Have a nice day, YB and everyone!! ThumbUp


[color=cyan]Kux is still in business, however, its too is not the same.  After Joe died, it seem to lose the touch that they  had.  You could always find anything you wanted.  The prices went way up and the service way down.

I did find my wife several nice things at Burtons during the sale and will still shop there for custom made items.
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Thanks, Phoenix!  Is Kux still in the shopping ctr. where Piggly Wiggly once was-sort of behind CG's?
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magnolia wrote:
Thanks, Phoenix!  Is Kux still in the shopping ctr. where Piggly Wiggly once was-sort of behind CG's?





No Walgreens came in and bought from CGs north and the Kux location.  They moved up two blocks on 15th avenue.  Piggly Wiggly is going to reopen in the same location after a fire closed them down.[/b][/i]
YellowBird

Several people commented that they thought Doyle raised the prices of the jewelry before marking it down.
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YellowBird wrote:
Several people commented that they thought Doyle raised the prices of the jewelry before marking it down.


I don't think so....I was looking a a particular ring before the sale and it was the same price at the sale less the discounts.  I bought it and saved a right good amount of money.  The main thing is Marvid loves it and thats all that matters anyway.  Early Christmas present.
Guest

I still prefer t do my shopping at Kux and Reed's. :)
MindyMe

Back in the day Burtons was THE place for brides.I got my Desert Rose china there I use to this day. I know it's prolly been mentioned but remember shopping at Williams on Magnolia down from there and then they added that upstairs area for teen clothes? Also when Fine's added "Mississippi Britches"? And the elevator at Carter-Heidi and that tube at AlecLoebs that the clerk put your mom's charge slip in and sent it upstairs? Also remember that mirrored post at Butler's shoes? And Patricks on Saturday mornings for 45's? And going to the Pinehurst in between Sunday School and church after you'd been there on Saturday nite at Phi Kappa parties? Remember that lady with the flashlite at the Arabian? And Garbo's pickle juice? Let me finish dating myslef...Gant shirts froot loops collecting, Bass weejuns and madras plaid. (Sorry so long got carried away,lol!!)
magnolia3

Loved that chocolate pie at the Pinehurst in between SS and church!! :)
YellowBird

Mindy, you and I must be about the same age. I had a nice collection of "froot loops" from guys' shirts. Williams and Fines were where I bought most of my clothes but my grandmother lived in Meridian and bought me lots of clothes at Alec Loeb's there and in Laurel. Shoes came from Carter-Heide or Williams. I recall having a madras parka and a wrap-around skirt and thought I was oh so cool. Why we wore those wrap-around skirts is beyond me because we had to spend the entire school day trying to keep the boys from untying them. And of course I had weejuns! That was a necessity.

Do you remember pop-top chains? I don't remember what I told my parents about where all those pop-tops came from. LOL. You could also get 2 hours on a parking meter downtown with the ring from one of them.

My china came from Burton's too. I used the every-day set until most of it was broken but have never once used my fine china. After I got it, I decided I didn't really like it very much.

I so remember that mean woman with the flashlight! I'll bet she hated her job.

You must have gone to Jones Jr. High because I never went to Garbo's or drank pickle juice. I did one time drink half a glass of vinegar on a dare. It was not a good idea!

I never had time to go to the Pinehurst between Sunday School and church but I did spend a lot of time there on Saturday nights at Phi Kappa parties. We also liked to go on Saturday afternoons after seeing a movie at the Arabian
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YellowBird

magnolia3 wrote:
Loved that chocalate pie at the Pinehurst in between SS and church!! :)



How much time did you have? I want to think we only had about 15 minutes at First Baptist.
MindyMe

The Presbyterians, Epicopalians, and Methodists must have had longer. Baptists take their amount of church time attending more seriously, lol!
magnolia3

We had more time than that.
magnolia3

We don't need as much time.  LMAO
YellowBird

Baptists didn't give you a chance to escape!! LOL.
magnolia3

I was answering your question about time and didn't notice that Mindyme had posted.  Then, I answered her post about the other three churches having a longer time and that Baptist take their time seriously.  It just all got jumbled, but it's all in fun.  I guess to an outsider looking in, it may all be too confusing, but to us, we get it!  LMAO

YB, if you have already answered this, oops!  Is Lakeview  Restaurant reopening?
TooTallGirl

I remember most all of the stuff being discussed here except weejans and froot loops ?????  And I never was invited to a Fraternity party...Phi Kappa OR the other one TKE OR TKO or TEK or something like that.  In fact, I never went on a date until my senior year and it was with a boy who moved there from Louisiana.  I was a REAL late bloomer.  LOL LOL LOL

I was persuaded by future in-laws to 'pick out China' at Burton's and I guess I really wanted to so I did. I got about 5 or six pieces.  BUT...35 years later...I got a whole set.  I will tell this tale when I return from the kiitchen.

Does anyone remember "Pop Beads'?

I sure wish I had copied all my 'Tales' from the LMS Forum before I couldnt retrieve them.  ShootFIre !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There was one about Burton's and The Diamond Shop and The Haunted Princess trailer I occupied.  Darn it.  I'll see if I can tell them again...IF anyone wants to hear them. Let me search.  Some might be on here. I may have written them on BOTH forums for a while. LOL LOL LOL
MindyMe

I would love to read those! Dug em out. Also Bass Weejuns were a type of shoe (loafer). And 'froot loops' were the lil loop on the back of the boys button down shirts (usually Gant shirts) that the girls would rip off and keep. I am sure the boys' moms were not a fan this particular trend, lol! And yes I remember pop beads. Also those silver spoon rings and mood rings...
YellowBird

I did answer the question about Lakeview but was it on this thread or YB's nest? It has reopened under the most recent name, Gollywhoppers, and I think maybe it's open Thursday, Friday & Saturday nights and there is a Sunday buffet.

I had forgotten about pop beads until you mentioned it, 2TG. Those were the "thing" when I was in elementary school.

Mindy, I am still tempted to pull off a froot loop when one of the lawyers is wearing a shirt with one but have managed to restrain myself so far. LOL.
magnolia3

Thanks, YB.  There was certainly no urgency.  I just overlooked your answer somehow.  I hope y'all have a fun July 4th.  Let us know if you hear how the Waukaway weekend went-hope the weather is good.
TooTallGirl

What about "Virgin Pins'?  I still have mine although, lordy, I don't know why ...after 45 years of sleeping next to Thunder.  LOL LOL LOL Wink  Wink  Wink
YellowBird

I forgot all about virgin pins!!! I think I still have one somewhere. Anyone remember dammit dolls, a/k/a trolls? I have no idea why they were called dammit dolls but I can still remember the first time my cousin and I saw them at Fine Bros. and just had to have one. We laughed at them all the way to her grandmother's/my great-aunt's house on 4th Avenue.
old relic

Giggle  Giggle OMgoodness ladies,,,I haven't thought about those little 'hooks' on the backs of boys shirts in years!!!!!!! LMAO  LMAO I had a pretty good colection of them when I got married in 1967... I have managed to lose them tho after all these years...darn that brings back memories!!!!! Wink and good ones too......
TooTallGirl

Trolls...my, my.  I was 'too old' for them and was married a little bit before I decided to get kids so I missed out on them the first time around.  HOWEVER, during the...early 80s, my youngest son discovered trolls from the 60s and he started collecting them.  I would find them them at the Salvation Army, Goodwill, garage sales, rummage sales, etc. Could find them at antique shops too for a higher price.  He ended up with a TV size carboard box of them...before he discovered girls and stopped with the trolls.  I wrapped them all   separately in tissue and they are packed away for him.  If they ever come back for collectors, maybe he will have a small fortune.  I LOVED those trolls. Found some really unique ones.  My favorite was a medium- sized one with a black robe with printing, "Here Come De Judge"...a reference to Laugh-In. They started making them again in the early 90s I think but they were NOT like the original.  Cheap, cheesy plastic and stamped China.
YellowBird

My daughter had a few when she was a kid too but like you said, they weren't the same. I was probably in 7th or 8th grade when they came out and EVERYONE had to have them and we all brought them to school. I just wish I could come up with something that kids think they just have to have. I saw something on the news not too long ago about some little elastic bracelets that some guy produced and has made a small fortune because they've become the rage with adolescent girls.

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