‘Mom and Pop’ stories needed for Looking Back

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Articles, pictures wanted about stores from bygone days

By Linda Ireland

Many of my childhood memories revolve around the tiny general store in Ovesen Heights.

It was a joy to go inside the little block building and listen to the owner, Boots Howell, and my mom swap stories.

Boots would sell you one egg, one roll of toilet paper, enough flour to finish your biscuits or a postage stamp. She was a true believer in customer service.

For 35 cents, you could get a quarter’s worth of pickle dog and a Coke.

I can still hear the clank of those glass bottles when you got them out of the box cooler. Remember those little returnable bottles? Is it just me or did Cokes taste better back then?

She sold gas too – leaded and unleaded.

It was a sad day when Boots and her family closed the store. But it was a sign of the times, too, as transportation improved and bigger stores took over. The “mom and pop” businesses – once located in nearly every community – are nearly all gone.

Chances are you have similar memories or once owned a small business. If so, we invite you to share photos and stories about those days with our readers. “Mom and Pop” is the theme of our annual Looking Back at LaRue County special section.

To maintain the historic theme of the section, we ask that submitted items deal with businesses that closed at least 10 years ago. However, if your current business started as a mom and pop many years ago, perhaps under a different name, you are welcome to submit that information.

Deadline for submissions is Oct. 30.

Items can be mailed or dropped off at our office at 40 Shawnee Drive, Hodgenville, KY 42748, faxed to 358-4852 or e-mailed to editor@laruecountyherald.com. Photographs may be picked up after the section publishes Nov. 18.

For more information, call our office at 358-3118.