Last week we showed a photo of the Walton Way and 15th Street intersection in the 1960s as the area began to transition into a commercial center.
Here is how some of you remembered it and that intersection.
GOING TO MARKET
I remember going to the vegetable curb market with my parents in the 1950s, which was located on Walton Way near 15th Street. Miss Cheshire and, I think, her sister owned it. I remember the coin-changing device they wore on a belt. My grandfather owned a drug store on the corner of Walton Way and 15th in the 1930s.
– Bobby Anderson
My grandfather, Dr. James Hammond Carmichael, graduated MCG in 1885. His office was above the pharmacy of his father-in-law, Felix Lake. This would be late 1800s. I grew up being told this is 15th and Walton Way.
– Anne Sherman
GETTING ATARI AT SEARS
I have fond memories of going to Sears with my parents and with my grandmother. When we got there, the first thing my father, brother and I did was head to the basement since that was where the sporting goods, tools and toys were and eventually video games as well.
One of my most vivid memories of it was when, on what seemed to be a typical visit, my father showed some interest in an Atari video game system that my brother and I had been begging for. It was about 1975 or 1976, I’m not sure exactly when. Out of the blue, he walks with us over to the Atari (or Sears VCS as Sears had re-branded it) and starts asking questions about it. We, of course, were excited by our father’s interest hoping it might lead to him buying it for us one day, so we eagerly supplied him with the information. He wanted to know if any games came with it, if it required any other accessories, etc.
Once we had explained all of that, he reached over and picked the box for the system up and told us to pick out one additional game each. We were in heaven. We wondered how this fantastical windfall had happened upon us. Why did Dad spontaneously decide to buy us an Atari?
We only found out later that he and mom had planned this and wanted to spring it on us in a special way. It certainly was as I never forgot it.
In my opinion, the Sears in the mall never matched up to the “massive” one at Walton Way and 15th. It had four huge levels, a large toy department, an impressive sporting goods and tool selection, and even a candy shop.
Another memory that stands out is the Krispy Kreme across from the Sears. I remember many visits there with the family as well as the one on 13th at Reynolds. Now we have to drive all the way out to Washington Road at I-20 to get them while they’re hot.
– Barry Christian
BUYING CHOCOLATE-COVERED PEANUTS
When I was a teenager, I worked afternoons at a sporting goods store on 15th street across from Sears. A co-worker and I took turns every day to go to the candy counter at Sears and get our daily supply of their delicious chocolate-covered peanuts.
– Dan Whitfield
WORKING AT SEARS
I worked in the children’s department at Sears from 1965 until we moved to the mall – before retiring in 1992. Lots of fond memories and hard work!
– Dot Girndt
COFFEE, DONUTS AT KRISPY KREME
Krispy Kreme donuts moved to the corner of WW and 15th from a shop near the S&S. Good coffee and good donuts. Not they are not good now.
– Billy Jones