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History shared about Moore's Pool Room building

Here's information on the history of the building on the square that caused readers to inquire about the sign 'bakery' above what is now home to Moore's Pool Room. Everyone is trying to remember when there might have ever been a bakery there, but for now we have memories of the other businesses that have located here.

By Ralph Roy Waggener

My oldest Brother had a bowling alley there when I was very young, only remember being there a couple of times!

Ralph Shearer has told me of setting pins there and how dangerous it was!

Later on My brother-in-law LG "Peanut" McKinley and my dad EP started M&W Auto Parts there and Joe Johnson had his radio repair shop there and helped with parts sales!

The Columbia Gas Department had their shop there for many years! They left and it sat empty for a while.

EP bought this building and I think it was when Arthur Lee had his business there!

I was very young when this happened but I was there during the transaction! This was done in our front room at 705 Jamestown Street and the first and only time I've ever seen a five hundred dollar bill or a thousand dollar bill!

I was twenty-one years old when I decided to build a poolroom and I bought five new pool tables.

Sammy Sandusky and Jr. Dial helped me redo the building! I had bought some very fancy paneling for the walls but the walls were plaster and we could not nail into it!

Sammy came up with the idea of gluing it on and with a lot of hard work we finally got it on! Sammy showed me how to lay the tyle floor and I did that.

Charles Sandusky built the big counter for me and we opened one evening and it was crammed packed very quickly! Had to borrow change from Yvonne and Charles Marshall at the Columbian Theater next door!

I got blamed for getting kids drunk and it took me years to figure this out.

My customers where high school boys and LWC students who for the most part where good people, BUT ever month to six weeks they would need to make the trip to Marion County, the beer mecca and of course drink it all on there way back!

They came to us to eat and we made sure they got home all right by ether having someone take them or make sure they where OK to drive! Little did I know that when mom asked where the little darlings had been the stock answer was THE POOL ROOM!

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