|Little Tourists and a patient horse.|
Before its sad recent decline, Pampell's was an important part of the Kerrville community. Graduations were held there, upstairs. Dances, too, including square dances "called" by Louis Schreiner. Movies were shown upstairs. There was an "Opera House" up there as well, though I think that meant something quite different in those days. I think it meant a space where performances were held. I know live performances were staged there, including performances by traveling "Chautauqua" groups.
In my own youth, during the mid-1960s to the mid-1970s, Pampell's was a drug store and soda fountain. A part of each work day was spent there; my father would often walk down there with a customer or family to "have a Coke."
I remember other regulars, too. The Mosty brothers, Leroy and Tony, from Mosty's Garage. Merrill Doyle, the artist, was often there. Dad often met Joe G. Russell there, too. Mr. Russell was another fine artist in our community.
The Hoods, Bob and Carolyn, were the owners then. Virgie Morriss worked the register opposite the soda fountain, and Emmie Kneese worked the long soda fountain. Ms. Emmie made me many a milkshake; Ms. Virgie sold me many a Hersheys bar.
These images, for the most part, are from an album Lanza Teague shared with me long ago.
|Young tourists: Virginia, Dorothy, and Margaret.|
Note the Pampell's building is a painted frame building.
|A buggy in front of Pampell's. Note the Candy and Bottling Works sign.|
Note, also, the front has been stuccoed.
|A sleepy Water Street, sometime just before World War I.|
I have the old Victrola Pampell's sign in my collection.
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