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Crail Hope store warm lay-over on bus ride to Greensburg HS

Comments re photo 38151: Scenic Green Co KY. Crail Hope looking down Hunter's Trail by Linda Waggener

By Gary Lane

I was in this store many times years ago. It was operated by Mr. and Mrs. Malcom Gooch.

Their daughter, Janelle, currently lives in the Gooch home next door to the store. The Lawsons lived across the street for many years.

My cousin, Don Church, who grew up at Crail Hope, still lives about 1/4 mile from the store.

We would ride the school bus, get off at the store while the bus made a circular route and returned to the store, where we would again board the bus and ride to Greensburg to High School.

Mr. Gooch would always have a good warm fire going in the stove in the back of the store.

If we could manage to have an extra nickel we would buy a "Coke" or a piece of candy. Most days I just wished I could have one because there was no extra money for those things. Besides. Mom always cooked breakfast at home before we caught the school bus around 6:45 a.m.

The store was a general merchandise store with all the necessities needed for cooking and keeping the house going.

I think there was a post office there at one time.

Mr. and Mrs. Gooch had two children, Dr. Norman Gooch, now deceased, who was a dentist in Edmonton for many years; and Janelle, who was a registered nurse and taught in the nursing program at T. J. Sampson Hospital in Glasgow for a long time.

They were all good citizens of Crail Hope.

Many good memories came to mind when I saw this picture. -Gary Lane

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Scenic Green Co., KY: Crail Hope, looking down Hunter's Trail

2010-12-02 - Photo by Linda Waggener. Hunter's Trail and KY 1048, Center, KY
Looking down the main street of Crail Hope, KY, near the tri-counties of Green/Metcalfe/Hart Counties. The little street is Hunter's Trail. On the left is what was known as the Crail Hope Store, which fronts on Hunter's Trail, lies along KY 1048, and backs up to KY 218. The little town is only 32-plus miles from downtown Columbia, KY, via KY 61 North, KY 68 West in Greensburg, KY, KY 218, and KY 1048 to Hunter's Trail. More details would appreciated. Using any Contact Form to send your comment.

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