The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

Local News

December 24, 2012

Shopping in Oak Hill in the 1950s

(Editor’s note: The following article is reprinted with permission from the 2012 edition of The Reunion Log, the newspaper of the Collins High School/Oak Hill High School Alumni Association.)


As I remember Oak Hill during the ‘50s, several stores come to mind. These stores were important to me for various reasons. First was The Piece Good Store where I shopped for material. Eva Mae was always so helpful in picking out just the right pattern and material. Further down the street was The Quality Store where we bought our school supplies. There was only so much room in the store so we waited outside for our turn to go in.

Then, there was Georges’, which was probably my favorite. Not only did I shop there, but I worked there part-time during my high school years and early college years. Lewis George was a true “cheerleader” when anyone was trying on clothes, making you feel like you had always picked the perfect dress. That was the place for formals for prom. Also, I remember his shoe sales — buy one and get the second for 1 penny.

I can’t forget Katie’s, which also was important in my life. When you went in her store, you were treated as family, not just a customer. The summer I was married, I went in to do some last minute shopping and left with a lovely gift from Katie “just because.”

And, finally, there was Wanda’s Bridal Shop where you went when you became engaged and needed all the things that a bride would need even if you didn’t know you needed it! Wanda was such a supportive person in helping you navigate everything that was needed for a perfect wedding day: the invitations, the china and silver selection, the perfect wedding gown, and on the day of the wedding, making sure everyone was where they were supposed to be at the appropriate moment to make it a perfect day.

Today, we certainly have more shopping opportunities in the malls that surround us, but the special thing about shopping in Oak Hill in the ‘50s was that all these storekeepers knew who you were and treated you as someone they knew and cared about. We have lost that in today’s world.

(Ann Flack Bowman is a member of the Class of 1953.)


Text Only
Local News
  • 080414 FT science plume.jpg Rousing conclusion to summer reading program

    The Lively Family Amphitheater turned into one big science laboratory Tuesday.


    August 3, 2014 2 Photos

  • ee 1.jpg Energy Express makes impact on students’ lives

    Energy Express to him, Matt White says, is all about a “different experience.”

    July 24, 2014 2 Photos

  • maurices Fostering Self-Esteem

    The local Maurices is involved in a project aimed at making the school transition a little easier this fall for foster children in the area.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Children’s Health and Safety Fair scheduled for August 1

    Montgomery General Hospital and Dr. Traci Acklin have announced that the 2014 Children’s Health and Safety Fair will be held on Friday, Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the hospital.

    July 21, 2014

  • Theater to hold auditions

    Open auditions are set for Tuesday and Thursday at the Historic Fayette Theater for the comedy/drama “Belongings”. Auditions will be held at the theater in Fayetteville at 7 p.m. each evening.

    July 21, 2014

  • asb carver 25 years and counting

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Taylor Made Free concert series

    The next free public concert in the Lively Family Amphitheater Summer Concert Series is a performance Saturday at 6 p.m. by popular band Taylor Made.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Energy Express open house set

    Energy Express, an award-winning summer reading program serving 35+ children in Fayette County, will host a free open house for members of the Beards Fork SALS community. The event takes place on Thursday, July 24, at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    July 17, 2014

  • rhody1.jpg Stages of life

    July 14, 2014 3 Photos

  • thurmond depot.jpg Explore town’s rail heritage

    Discover what life was like in one of the New River Gorge’s most renowned towns as you join National Park Service rangers and Operation Lifesaver on Saturday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to explore the historic railroad town of Thurmond.

    July 14, 2014 1 Photo