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A bit of Columbia, KY History: First house on Glen Mary Street?

Childhood memories of boyhood in Columbia. His father was the late Gene Overton, then pastor of the Columbia Church of Christ. Remembers his first job at the Circle R for $1.25 an hour. 'I thought I was rich,' he recalls.

By Ivan Overton

I have just recently discovered your magazine and I appreciate it so much. I grew up in Columbia, living on Appen Avenue, while my parents built a house on Glenmary Street (I believe it was the first house constructed on that street). We moved to the Glenmary house in late 1963 or early 1964.

We lived there for 10 years before moving to Bowling Green in 1973. I cherish my boyhood memories of growing up in Columbia and all the good people that I got to know. Thank you so much for your magazine.

My father was Gene Overton. He was the minister for the Church of Christ on Jamestown St. He passed in 2007 after a long fight with prostate cancer.

We used to sled down the hill on Glenmary before it was developed and we played baseball in that empty corner lot in the curve.

We walked anywhere we wanted to go. My first job was at Circle R for $1.25 an hour. I thought I was rich! Ivan Overton, Bowling Green, KY

Thanks, Ivan Overton. It so good to hear from you. Your fond memories are most likely, in part, because of this wonderful neighborhood where you lived - both the Jones-Wright Addition and Glen Mary Street. Will never forget hearing, second hand, from a classmate whose father's profession required frequent moves. She lived in on Appen Avenue for much of her grade school years and said, I was told, that of all the towns she lived in, Columbia was the one she always remembers as home. Hope you keep in touch. - EW


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