Causby Tours #3Causby Parker - 9-25-14(Click on photos for larger view)
Welcome to The Causby Photo Tours. Causby Parker has set out to photograph places and buildings in Alderson and give some information about them. Some are the way we have always remembered, while some are not. There are links at the bottom of the page will take you to the previous tour and the next one. Please take time to comment. Causby is doing this out of passion for our little town. We hope you enjoy the Causby Photo Tours.
Across the tracks from the "Bombshell Ironworks, at the end of Memorial Bridge, is where Ellis Baker owned & operated an Electric Shop. According to "Cricket" Duff, the building sits on CSX property and is on a 20 year lease by the City of Alderson.
Across the street along the edge of the road which is now occupied by the Alderson Alumni Park, the C. J. Casdorph Grocery Store sat, (as remembered by "Cricket” Duff), before it moved across the bridge, beside the Snack Shack. (As remembered by my husband, Ward Parker) C. J's once accepted produce, honey & eggs from local farmers, in exchange for groceries.
Back up Rt.3 on the corner of Alderson Ave and S. Monroe, is the home of Lena Ratliff. She used to take in seniors who were no longer able to take care of themselves and provided them with a warm home, prepared them 3 meals a day, gave them the care they needed and saw to it that they received the proper medical care as well. This home is now owned and occupied by her daughter, Norma Ratliff-Carter.
On the empty lot across from Mrs. Carter's is the site of the former Pure Oil Sta. owned & operated by Laird Wall, located across Rt. 3 from the Senior Center. (According to Ross Copenhaver and "Cricket " Duff) this property is now owned by rev Mark Stauffer.
Between the "Pure Oil Station." lot and the Alderson Presbyterian Church is, what used to be, a Beautiful old Victorian house. I have not been able to find out who owns it or who lives there. It is in very poor condition.
The brown building between Church & City Hall is now owned by the town and currently being used for storage. (According to Ward Parker's memory) his grandmother, Grace Allen , born in 1904, told him that when she was a child , this was a millinery (hat) shop, shortly after 1906. (According to "Cricket" Duff's memory), his Aunt, Nell Ayers ran a restaurant there for years, until about 1951. Ward Parker also remembers that somewhere between 1948-1951 (appx.) there was no store name on the building and that the only sign in the window was made of cardboard and just had "PIES" handwritten on it.
Turn left, here into the alley and you find the Alderson Police Dept. in back of The City Hall. Police cars shown parked behind the Ayers restaurant (brown) building.