The drugstore was taken over by his son Edward who ran it for many years. He finally sold it to the present day owners. Now they have a mural painted on the side of the building showing some of the history of Gillespie.
There was a parking meter in front of the mural and I photo shopped it so the mural can be fully appreciated. My thanks go out to my niece Jeanie and her husband Curt for thinking of me and sending the photo.
When I was in school the main street of Gillespie was a busy place. The Illinois Terminal System (ITS) ran down the middle of main street and the Big 4 railroad crossed over the ITS about a block from my home. All the stores were open and it was possible to take care of most of your needs and never leave town. With the advent of cars being so popular the ITS closed down and the Big 4 also disappeared. The closing of 13-14 coal mines in the area also had a big impact on the town.
Now the main street has vacant buildings, some missing buildings and a few good stores. There were also about 8-10 bars on main street including Monky's Corner, Russells, and others whose names I don't remember. Most of them also have bitten the dust and only a few bars remain. Times sure have changed back there and I'm not sure it was for the better.
We've seen this all over the US in our travels where the downtown areas are dead and everyone shops at Walmart. To each his own.
Gerry and I are both fighting a bad cough and have decided to hang around Eureka for one more day and see if we feel up to heading down the road. I hear the sun is shining in Florence, OR and we may check it out on Thursday.
It looks like our friends Linda & Sherwin have had enough of spending the cold winters in Maine and have sold their home there. They are are moving to Tucson sometime in July. Wow, what a change that will be as they sure will be warm in AZ in July-September. We are happy for them that they can fulfill their dream of moving and it is just around the corner.
That's all from cloudy, damp and cool Eureka, CA.