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By B. E. Lane
we first moved to Clinchport in the early twenties, no one had cars but just
a few people.
Buggys and wagons were used
remember while at
school hours seeing wagons
going by loaded with eggs,
to sell at
how we had
who owned land
with timber sold their trees
and used the land for raising
This was a great asset
for the farmers.
enjoyed taking my mother to visit
Grandma Bishop via horse and
buggy. I felt as
the horse wouldn't
fire in 1945
was a desperate
loss for some
of the residents
living in the
looked out the window
and said, "Clinchport's
the Laura Bowling
Apartment House aflame
and also the Henry Kidd
trucks from Gate City came but there was no way to pump water out of
Clinch river so nothing could be done to out the fire
was happy the wind wasn’t blowing or the whole town would have burned,
the fireman discussed.
mail then was housed in a smoke house behind R. J. Carter’s residence,
across the street from the Post Master.
Frank Wolfenbarger’s house and a new post office could be built.
the store buildings were rebuilt, the citizens learned to make out the
best they could with what was left to do with.
apartment was located in the Kidd’s Apartment Building.
I lost all I had.
Clinchport Elementary teachers took the students up on the hill above
Claude Carter’s and let them watch the fire.
My daughter, Barbara, watched and became terribly upset.
all lived through that terrible ordeal and then the 1977 flood destroyed
more homes than the fire did.
that’s the way it was in 1945 and after the ’77 flood.
To have lived through that makes me believe we can stand up again
after the 1977 flood and build again.
Clinchport and Rye Cove Schools have produced more teachers, nurses,
postal workers, lawyers, etc. than most any other schools in the big towns
in the Ole Dominion state.
boat dock being built at the location where Virginia Rhoton and family
lived, prior to the flood, is a great improvement we are proud of.
We hope it will help to bring people into town.
For one thing at a time will soon help rebuild the town here
is plenty of land for flea markets, store building, cafes, etc. if there
was enough interest among the town’s people.
We also have the Southern Railroad through the town.
itself has changed considerably since those days.
There were three to four hundred people living in the area and
business were plentiful in the town.
Along with the businesses already mentioned, there was Neely’s
Beer Garden and Restaurant.
Neely’s also had a pool hall.
Going to Neely’s
and watching them grind was always a treat for youngsters.
You could get a haircut at Jim Edwards’ Barber Shop for
twenty-five cents, a shve or even a shower.
coming into Clinchport usually stayed at the Clinchport Hotel.
This hotel had no shower facilities at that time, so you would
often see the guest carrying their towels and clean clothes to Jim
Edwards’ for a shower.
my fondest memories of my early days in Clinchport was the Clinchport Drug
Company, which was run by my father, Eugene D. Fugate.
I remember working at the soda fountain, making Coca Colas, milk
shakes, cherry cokes, dipping ice cream for banana splits, and other