A community is often defined by the hometown shops and eateries dotting its main thoroughfare. With that in mind, the Southern Standard is showcasing downtown McMinnville in a series of historic photos in our annual calendar.
Memories will be recalled when viewing the “Memories on Main Street” calendar, starting with the cover shot. A historic Main Street is dotted with businesses long gone, such as Locke’s 5-10, Hillis Hardware, McMinnville Grocery and Meat Market and J.C. Penney Company.
The back photograph of Mullican-Henegar Chevrolet sales and service station, was in the location of our current McMinnville Fire Department.
The newspaper sought photographs from our readers, hoping to capture the essence of eras gone by.
Life-long McMinnville resident Mildred Phillips, 87, had photos from the days of Southern Continental Telephone Company. Its office was located on Main Street in the current building owned by Tami and Larry Ross, attorneys.
“My mother and father, Toy and Virginia Cantrell, both worked for the telephone company,” said Phillips. “Mother worked the switchboard, and my father was a lineman, and I feel like I was raised on Main Street.”
Her Aunt Hazel Christian and Uncle John Riggs, were also employed with the company, and he is pictured in the lineman photo.
“I went to work with mother, and she had a cot there where I would go to sleep,” said Phillips. “One of my memories is we rode a horse to get back and forth to our home and to school.”
McMinnville has been a hub of business and enterprise since the town’s establishment in the early 1800s.
Standard publisher Pat Zechman said, “Join us in taking a walk through history as we remember life in an era that formed us as a people and community. The Standard is proud to present a poignant remembrance of the county seat.”
As well as other photo contributors, the newspaper is grateful to the Brady, Hughes and Beasley photo archive now housed at Magness Library, which is also located on Main Street.
The calendars are now available for purchase, making great holiday gifts. They are priced at $5 each and can be purchased at our the newspaper office at 105 College Street.