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Mystery picture nailed -- Coomer's Restaurant in Columbia, KY

By 7:40amCT, Wednesday, September 7, 2017, we've gotten some fascinating information about the photo from: Phyllis Curry, Brenda Smith, Sonny Williams, Patty Green, Morgan Long, Diane Benningfield, Kenneth Scott, Ricky Clutterbuck, Marilyn Hunter, Louis McQueary, Marc Evans, Morgan Long, and Steve Coomer, and we're pretty sure there will be more, later. We hope you add yours.
Comments re photo 74572 MYSTERY PICTURE Who are these folks

By Linda Waggener

It's heartwarming to read the results of those who remember the little restaurant on the public square in Columbia, KY and the people who ran it and frequented it. Responses are all included since every guess we've received has been exactly correct, on identity, but each respondent has its own special memories, starting with this one:

Phyllis Curry, and continuing to include all the others:
I was not there when this photo was made, but I certainly have wonderful memories of Coomer's Restaurant, Nell's Variety Store, Wooten's Department Store, Lerman's and the many businesses located around the square in this era. Coomer's Restaurant, the delightful Myrtle Coomer, mother of Bea, Berniece, and Norman, and wife of Haskin Coomer. I am pretty confident the customer is Willie Nell, owner of Nell's Variety Store. The young lady is my good friend, Bea Coomer Beard, and the lady in the background is the matriarch of the Coomer family, Myrtle Coomer. - Phyllis Curry, Another of the Jamestown Hill gang
And there's many more . . .

Brenda Smith writes: Willie Nell is the sharp looking man.. owner of Nell\'s variety store Bea Beard is the cute young lady...who is the daughter of Mrytle Coomer Mrytle Coomer the one with the watchful the owner of the restaurant --Brenda Smith

Sonny Williams writes:
That's coomers cafe on the square. The man is Willie Nell and the ladies are Myrtle Coomer and Bea Coomer. All good people. --Sonny Williams

Patty Green writes:
I think the customer is Mr. Nell, the pretty young lady is Bea Beard and can't see the other lady too well but it could very well be Mrs. Myrtle Coomer, the business looks like Coomer's Cafe, been there to eat many times. --Patty Green
Morgan Long writes:
The man with the cigar is Frank Nell ~remember him from Nell's Variety Store. --Morgan Long
Diane Benningfield writes:
I think it is Bea Coomer, Myrtle Coomer and maybe Willie Nell, with the cigar. --Diane Benningfield
Kenneth Scott writes:
Willie Nell Columbia businessman, Bea Coomer high school classmate, and Myrtle Coomer owner of Coomer's Restaurant --Kenneth Scott
Ricky Clutterbuck writes:
The Gentleman is Willie Nell, the young lady holding the pot is Bea Coomer Beard, and the Lady overseeing it all is Myrtle Coomer (Bea's Mom). They are in Coomer's Restaurant. Willie Nell was my parents neighbor on Wright Drive, and Myrtle and Bea are cousins of mine. --Ricky Clutterbuck
Marilyn Hunter writes:
Man with the cigar is Willie Nell , owner of Nells ten cent store in the corner by First National Bank then!! I can't identify the ladies just now!!! --Marilyn Hunter
Louis McQueary writes:
Ed That is Myrtle Coomer, Willie Nell, Bea Beard. --Louis McQueary
Marc Evans writes:
Willie Nell and Haskin Coomer wife and daughter at Coomer's Restauarnt Ricky Bennett said. --Marc Evans
Morgan Long writes:
The man with the cigar is Frank Nell ~ remember him from Nells variety store. --Morgan Long
Steve Coomer writes:
Not fair for me to answer, trying to figure out who that is seated. I like Mr. Nell's change holder, every gentleman had one! --Steve Coomer

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