He recalled the delicious dinner rolls served at the old Holland Inn restaurant; the Star Gas Station directly to the west, and an array of downtown car dealerships, including McAleer Buick, Julian’s AMC, Koehn Motors, Glen T. Smith Chrysler-Plymouth-Imperial, Barkman Chevrolet, Noble Ford and Bob White Oldsmobile-Cadillac.
Jake Aurelian isn’t old enough to recall downtown in the 1960s, but he shared a memory of the late, great Cleve Alexander Sporting Goods in the early 1980s: “I always loved Alexander’s toy section downstairs, and I recall they always had toys that were sold out elsewhere.”
George Tilton, a member of the Schlarman High School Class of 1970, shared some delightful reminiscences. For instance, at the Viking Inn, near Danville High School, a boy wearing a Schlarman letter jacket could get a cool drink and a good pounding. But my favorite was this: “Am I the only one who experienced depression and mood change in the middle of summer when I was hauled downtown to Sears or J.C. Penney ‘Back to School’ specials in JULY? Talk about summer buzz kill.”
Danville native Kevin Cullen is a former Commercial-News reporter. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.