1950 and After
Some of the Businesses in Town in the 1950's
Stanley Sundries, (photo on left) run by B. J. Cauble, was still in
town in the McLurd Building on the corner of East Chestnut and
Highway 27. This had previously been J. W. Dellinger's Drug Store.
The Trailways Bus stopped here on it's route between Charlotte and
Lincolnton and many people caught the bus here to spend the day in
Lincolnton or Charlotte for shopping, doctor visits, etc.
Shook's Grocery served the people in the mid-town area. Run
by Ernest Shook. They were located in the McLurd Building next to
Beside Shook's Grocery, in the McLurd Building, was Shook's Clothing Store, owned and run by Paul and Edna Shook. Paul was
Ernest Shook's brother.
A small office on the very end of the McLurd Building
housed the McLurd-Dellinger Insurance Company managed by Stewart Dellinger. His uncle,
Lee McLurd, began the business many years
prior and passed it along to Stewart.
The Hammack-Derr Hardware Store was
located on the corner of Highway 27 and East
Street. George Derr was manager.
The new medium, Television, had come
into being in the 1950's and people in town were
purchasing TV sets. This in turn brought a new
occupation to town, the TV Repair business. Everette Kinley had a TV Repair Shop at his home on South Main Street.
Pete Sigmon had a TV Repair Shop, at one time in Henry G. "Gig" Hovis'
Furniture Store, (Stanley Hardware
and Supply Co.) later on down the
street near Frank Boyd's Hardware
and still later at his place of residence.
J. D. McCarn also had a
T.V. Repair business on N. Main St.
Horace E. "Red" Poteat
had his auto repair shop on the Dallas Road at the edge of town.
Clarence Hastings had an auto repair shop where he later repaired lawn mowers.
This was located on East Chestnut Street behind Hammack-Derr Hardware.
There was a dime store, The Southern 5 & 10; the Rexall Drug Store and the
Western Auto Store in town.
The Western Auto Store was next door to the
Rexall Drug Store and was managed first by David Scott. He and his wife, Eunice,
came to Stanley in 1954. Dave Scott managed the Western Auto until the early
1960's when he managed a dime store for awhile and then went to work with the
Post Office. At that time the management of the Western Auto passed on to John Bridgeman.
Frank Boyd still had his hardware store on South Main
Street near Gaston County Dyeing Machine Co.
Stanley Dry Cleaners, owned by Olin Handsel was downtown next to Frank Boyd's Hardware.
Another dry cleaners in town was Rhyne Rudisill Dry
Cleaning on the North End of town. Owners of the business were
Glenn Rhyne and Calvin Rudisill.
Weddington's Jewely Store was in the little metal building
next to Gaston County Dyeing. Later Clyde Potts' shoe shop was
there as well as Tom Gardner's Jewelry Store.
Richard Bradshaw and Alfred Hager ran the Firestone Tire
Store next door to the Peterson House.
Connected to the Peterson House was an ice cream store.
First managed by Thad and Dora Ballard. Thad and Dora were owners of the old Peterson House. They transferred management of the
ice cream store later to Ovelia and Don Calvert. Then in the 1960's
the managers of the ice cream store were Harold Armstrong and
Jim Rhyne also had an ice cream store next to his home on
North Main Street. His ice cream was the soft serve type.
The Esso Service Station on the corner of the Charlotte
Highway and East Parkwood Street was built in 1954. Webb Martin
was manager and later Guy Boggs ran the station. William I. "Bill"
Kincaid ran the Station after Mr. Boggs and also owned rental mill
village houses in Stanley. He and his wife, Ernie, were members of
Stanley Methodist Church. After living here a few years they
moved back to Bessemer City, their hometown.
Handsel's Self Service Grocery, was on the north end of town. The business had enlarged from the
small old-fashioned mercantile type store to their recently built brick store which was the first self service
grocery in town. Russell Handsel was owner.
Hunter and Katherine Black
in North End Cafe
Jim Handsel in front of his dad's grocery.
Jim worked as butcher.
Casey and Lilly Caldwell bought the North End
Cafe about 1953, from Lonnie Bryson. Casey had been in partnership with
Mr. Bryson for many years prior. Casey sold his share to Katherine
Black around 1955 and Katherine and Lilly ran the cafe. Later they moved
downtown to the former location of B.J. Cauble's Cafe.
Harry Medlin ran that cafe before B. J. Cauble. It was in
that cafe' during the 1950's that the teenagers gathered to drink soft
drinks or hot chocolate and listen to the juke box after the basketball
and football games.
The Bank in town was the Citizen's National Bank with Marsh Cavin as Manager, later Everette Harrelson
Ned Cannon managed his laundry business in a small building on North Main St. between Rhyne and W.
Poplar Streets for many years. The business was begun by Alvin Green who ran the laundry for many years
until Ned Cannon became owner. On 4 March 1957 Ned built his new laundry on North Main Street across
the railroad tracks.
Robert's Grocery, a larger grocery store,
moved into town. This grocery was run by Robert
Stroupe, originally from Mt. Holly. He branched out
from a family grocery business.
Collins Department Store was located next to
Robert Stroupe's Supermarket which was on the corner of West Chestnut and Main. Roberts' later moved
to the corner of West College and N. Main Streets; next
to the Methodist Church. Two houses had been on that
location; one that the T. C. Moore family had lived
in, was torn down; and the other was owned by Dr.
Weathers and was moved to South Buckoak Street.
Joe and Jim's Grocery came to Stanley in the
1950's and was located on the comer of South Main
and West Chestnut St. where previously the Ben Carpenter home was located, then Robert's Grocery.
Reeves Warren was the butcher and manager of the
Wallace Furniture Company was still in town
managed by Lester "Doc" Shook. It was located on
the corner of South Main & New Streets.
Hammack Funeral Home was on the second
block of Plum Street.
The Foxes out on the Old Mt. Holly Road had
a store in their home in the 1950's.
W. G. Hawley still had his lumber company in
Herb Cannon's Atlantic Service Station was
on the Charlotte Highway next to the Rhyne-Rudisill
Dry Cleaners. It had previously been managed by a
Wilson Rhyne's Sinclair Station was still located on the corner of Charlotte Highway and Lucia
Road. Beside the Sinclair Station was another Atlantic
Service Station managed by Miles Davis and then later
David M. "Pete" Rhyne ran the Esso Service
Station on the corner of Charlotte Highway and East
The Gulf Service Station was located across
West Carpenter Street from the old City Hall location (now police station). This gas station had been
in business for several years.
Clyde Potts had a shoe repair business in town, which later became the Quality Shoe and Clothing
Store, on the northern end of Stanley.
Zed Humphrey had his little grocery store on the southern edge of town near the Dallas Road.
The two physicians in town were Dr. B. G. Weathers and Dr. J.C. Fesperman.
Dr. O. Roy Keith practiced dentistry in Stanley on a part time basis in the office over the barber
shop but discontinued his Stanley practice around 1957-1958.
Dr. Clyde McCall moved his dental practice into town in the late 1950's. His first office was on the second
floor in the building, next to the Post Office, that had the Stanley Barber Shop on the first floor.
Better Telephone Service
Most people in town who had telephones had a party-line which meant there were other people on the
same line as you and each party had a different ring. A few people had private lines.
In 1954 the Southern Bell Telephone Co. built an exchange building behind the T. C. Moore home,
on West College Street. Many households got their first phone as a result.
|J. P. Stevens Textile Mill
in the mid 1950's
(Click on the image above to enlarge.)
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