Old Store building as it is
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following material is not "Facts & Figures", but just a few things that I
remember from the past. Parts may be inaccurate and feel free to let me
know if any inaccuracies exist.
Arthur & Minnie McCombs owned and operated a
small grocery in Rockport, KY in the forties and fifties-probably in the
thirties also, but I am not in the know on this. Don't know when they
opened this store, just know that this small store was one of the first that I
ever remembered. This store was mostly for business and as a kid under
ten, you just did not fool around in the store. Was impressed with
the dark wooden floors and the dark wooden walls and visual images of this old
store will never leave my mind; well hope not. Be advised that I may
reminisce for the next few paragraphs and unless you want to travel there,
please scroll down to the end and look at the date and time. If you are
still here, thanks.
A story of Shim's Grocery would not be complete unless
a person had a visual impression of Shim and the McCombs. Shim was
probably in his late forties when I first saw him. He was of average
height, a little on the chubby side and had a round face. Was always
pleasant to me. Minnie, his wife, was a typical housewife of
those days and sometimes worked in the store. She was a very slender woman
that always seemed to be wearing an apron, but did not all ladies in that time
frame. They had one son that I knew of, but he graduated from Rockport High
School in the late forties/early fifties and I knew very little about
him. As I recall, he was tall and athletic looking, but just did not fit
in the athlete mode. Don't remember him wearing glasses, but don't think
that he ever endeavored in sports. Think that his name was Aaron McCombs,
but may have that wrong............
Shim McCombs, as we all knew him, operated his store
until he retired and then shut it down. A new grocer was in town and he
was taking Shim's business, but that is another story. Hope to expound on
Jamie Reid becoming the new trend setter in the next episode.
Shim was a character, that if you ever knew him, you would not
forget him. He was good in business, but his characteristics went beyond
that. He was one of the world's worst drivers. In this county, there
are a lot of bad drivers. Well, Shim, had all of them beat. In the
early fifties, most of the young boys in Rockport would try to
get to Central City on Saturday to take in a feature movie at the local
theater. We would just not consider Beaver Dam as an option. It
was always Central City. Our favorite was, of either Roy Rogers or
Gene Autry. Lash Larue or Tom Mix movies were not bad. Just as
long as it was a Western Movie, it was fine with us. We would have to
hitch-hike to Central City and then walk to downtown to watch the movie.
We were always advised to watch with whom to accept a ride with and advised to
turn a deaf ear to Shim. A stranger was OK, but don't get in Shim's
truck. Shim drove a Chevrolet PickUp Truck. Think that it was a 1948
or 1949 Black Chevrolet Pickup-may have been dark green. Anyway, just
don't catch a ride with Shim was the warning to all of us. Saw a lot of
western movies on Saturday and rode with whomever would pick us up, but
never rode with Shim.
Have been long on the start of Shim's business and need to back
up. Will have more coming................As usual, if you tire of this
type mail, just let me know. Otherwise, all that I need is an address and
a rainy day.
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