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Memories of O.G. Rowe, his store at Chance, KY

He was writer's first teacher, and a continuing mentor even when the writer went with O.G. on his mail route. O.G. Rowe's store was a major educational institution on Harvey's Ridge & Chance, as well as its market, and civic and social center. Bobby Morrison also got on the job training there, earning big bucks bringing in the firewood for the stove which warmed Rook games to as late as midnight. And then, there is the famous Randall Sullivan/Bobby Morrison gunpowder caper. The explosives was made in Ethel Scott's Chemistry Class, and left its mark on that long remembered stove. There's more here, another huge chapter for the history, when somebody writes, assembles, or writes the Book on Chance. - CM

By Bobby D. Morrison

I have very fond memories of the O. G. & Irene Rowe store.

My grandfather, Charlie Morrison, lived on top of the hill just past the store and we would go down there at night with him when I was very young.

Our family later expanded the house and lived there for many years.

I can remember my next youngest brother begging Grandpa for a nickel to buy a Coke until he would go to sleep. The store was the gathering and gossip place of Harvey's Ridge & Chance late evening and night.

During the summer we would sit outside under the trees at night. In the winter time many people would come to play Rook and gossip. O. G. really liked to play Rook and often hot games would last until after midnight.

My brothers and I used to carry in wood from the woodshed to the store and house. We started at two cents per load and I believe got up to three cents per load some years later.

O.G. was my first teacher in 1949, but after a few years went to carrying the mail from Columbia down KY 61 to Burkesville, back up 704 to Bakerton, Amandaville, Chance, Fairplay and back to Columbia. I rode with him several times and helped put the mail into the boxes.

One great memory when I was in high school, probably about 1959: Randall Sullivan and I made gunpowder in Mrs. Scott's Chemistry class (I believe without her knowledge). I was telling them down at O. G's. about it and he said you cannot make gunpowder. I said I have some here. He told me to pour some of it on top of the wood heating stove and he struck a match to it. It burned a well embedded mark in the metal. The last time I was in the store several years later the mark was still there.

The caption said something about it being the first post office. I have never heard that. To my knowledge the post office has always been at what you have highlighted many time as the old Chance post office/store.

My Father and grandfather owned it from sometime in the early to mid 40s and sold it to Clarence Bean probably about the early 50's. Their daughter, Mary Helen Dutton, who is 86 and lives in Pleasure Ridge Park, (Louisville) might know.

She still works as a school guard according to her card for our 50s Anniversary. There are many fond memories of growing up on Harvey's RIdge at Chance. We were poor but we didn't know it. We had a great time and it was a wonderful community. .

WIth some remembering there are a lot of things that happened at O. G's and on the Ridge during the 1950's-1960's that would be of interest to many but that is another story. --Bobby D Morrison

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