The stores that made the move to the malls were Sears, Penney’s and Wards. Now Wards is gone altogether. Great stores like Kresge’s, McClelland’s and K&S Department Store are gone — and how can we forget the restaurant in Kresge’s, where many workers downtown stopped to get their lunches made by the nicest ladies around, like Mary Lou Budd, who served you with a smile. We just don’t have people like that anymore who treat you with great service.
At nighttime, after the stores were closed, you could just walk along the storefronts, looking at the things you wished you had. Those who had cars would drive around the square, showing off that new or used car so precious to the driver and the passengers who were lucky to have a friend who owned one. And today, I wonder, where did it all go?
I guess that my memories of a time long gone probably are not that interesting to those who only live in the present.
We can only tell it like it was and hope that a little bit of it gets through to our children.
Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at email@example.com.