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home : columnists : columnists July 25, 2017

Christmas, Weldy's and More Notable Nineties

By Paula Dunn
From Time to Thyme

The holiday columns sparked quite a response.

Marilyn Conner reminisced about several places in "old" Noblesville - the log cabin and old pool at Forest Park, Gran'Pa's candy store, Falvey's clothing store and all the stores on the courthouse square.

She said when she moved here in 1974, she couldn't wait to take her boys to Murphy's dime store so they could see the candy counter and the wooden floors!

The Christmas column stirred up warm winter memories for Julius "Jude" Lees. Jude lives in Oklahoma now, but grew up in Noblesville during the 1930s and '40s, back when the population was around 5,000.

Jude told me he also used to sled down the hill overlooking the Forest Park golf course when he was a kid, but he and his buddies didn't use the old iron Logan Street bridge to get to there. Instead, they walked across the railroad bridge or, if the ice was thick enough, they'd take a short cut from Monument Street and walk or crawl across White River. (YIKES!)

In those days most homes were heated with coal and Jude says the many chimneys in town gave off a "comforting aroma." There was no snow removal, so the few cars that were able to get around just packed down the snow, making it great for sledding. Occasionally, a horse and sleigh might go down the street, too.

At Christmas the sidewalks around the courthouse square would be jammed with people doing their shopping. Jude attended First Ward school and remembered a large Christmas tree was always placed in the middle of the first floor hall. (I remember that from my day, too!) They sang Christmas carols and exchanged gifts, and Jude says no one was ever left out.

The Christmas column took Bret Richardson back to the days when Weldy's drugstore served sundaes in those little silver cups. Bret said he can still hear the fountain Cokes being poured into the glasses!

Nancy (Norton) Zent grew up in Noblesville during the 1950s and said her father worked at Weldy's for 42 years so she spent a lot of time there. She mentioned that the last time she was in Noble Coffee & Tea she could detect a faint odor of the prescription case, which was where her dad generally worked.

I remember Weldy's pretty well, but wasn't able to picture the prescription case so Nancy drew me a floor plan. She also sent some photos from her old high school yearbooks.

The case was in the back, toward the Logan Street entrance, and now I know why I don't have a clear memory of it - it was behind the wall where the magazines were kept. You entered through a swinging door to the right.

Speaking of Weldy's, David Sutton said Weldy's old location was one of the places his father, Joe Sutton, operated the children's clothing store, Sutton's Tynee Nook. That leads me to the . . .

Notable Nineties Update: The main reason David wrote was to add Joe's name to the Notable Nineties list.

He also added his stepfather, Buell Dillon. Buell used to be a part owner of the Economy Elevator in downtown Carmel, when - as David puts it - "there wasn't a downtown Carmel."

Carol Reid added Helen LeCount. Helen is active in the Presbyterian Church and volunteers at the hospital. (People my age will remember Helen's husband, Cory, who was the NHS principal for several years.)

Guy Barger, President of the Silver Stars Bowling League, sent in fellow bowlers Helen Nelson of Cicero, and Clifford Eckles and Wayne Yancey of Noblesville.

Congratulations to all of you!

Paula Dunn's From Time to Thyme column appears each Friday in The Times. Contact her at younggardenerfriend@gmail.com

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