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.
Back of Peg Withrow's store (later Sam Bennett's Barber Shop & Laundromat) Back "in the day”, probably 50's, Tommy Knapp was a Justice of the Peace & Notary Public. He had a tiny little "building" right at the back of this store, on the corner across Wickham Ave. from the Post Office. There was once a barber shop in the basement down a set of steps in front of this building, below street level 4. Front view of Withrow's Store, now owned by Darrell McCallister.
Empty lot beside Withrow's is where Lobban's Furniture Store used to be. At Christmas time they had a "Toy Land" upstairs with electric trains running & dolls, "red rocket" wagons, Daisy B.B. Guns, they had it all! Lobban's Funeral Home began in the back of the Furniture Store (as remembered by Cricket Duff.) When they left there, they built the current building.) This property is now owned by Michelle Bowles.,
The building on the left: Downstairs is where "Tubby" & Bertha Kirby had a mini grocery store, now, rental apartment upstairs and little antique shop to the right of downstairs. In the 50's, this building housed Jim Russell’s appliance store on the left, and on the right, Dixon Printery.
The empty lot to the left of the old Theater building once housed (J.J. Townly's little store notions, like a 5 & 10 cent store) For more on Townley, click here.
The theater. I think was originally owned by the Russells, then became the Alpine. The marquee was removed long ago but you can still see where it was attached to the building. Currently owned by Dick & Vivian Pranulis. The building attached to the theater had Dave Gwinns beer joint, and in later it was Flint Brothers Beer Joint. The west side of the building was the Creamery operated by Rutter Pugh. In the late 60's, I think Jack Hunter also had a grocery store here.
The empty lot on the corner of this block; This comes through John McCurdy, from Glenna Grose Cather (class of 49) She states: "Grandmother, Mrs. Russell, built a playground there for her grandchildren and any one else that wanted to use it. There were monkey bars and swings. A rope swing in the big tree, some kind of a ride that you set on and it went around and I am not sure what else. There was never a house on it in my memory and I always assumed that my grandparents owned the property-they always took care of it-mowing, cleaning up etc.. I have a picture of Eve Reese playing on one of the bars if I can find it. Brings back good memories.!!" (I was told, by Vivian Harness - Shepherd that Woody Lemons, at one time had 3 house trailers on this corner lot.)
The pictures on the left and middle, are behind the empty corner lot. As was told to me, by Carolyn Jones-Eggleston, this lot used to hold a two story white house, owned by Leonard Bowyer's Aunt, Catherine Ballard-Jones. The picture on the right is across the street from the empty, corner lot, This is a back and front view of what used to be the home of the Russell’s and later, Woody Lemon's Tourist Home, and now owned by Dr. Charles Lilly, a dentist from White Sulphur Springs, who now has the house up for sale.