Elm Street Shopping Center

Tanker Cook, Class of '65 wanted to know about the Elm Street Grocery

Says Vera Wood(s) Weaver, class of 56 "My Mom worked for the Elm Street Grocery."

Vera was twelve when she first noticed her husband, Tommy Weaver, class of '54. His

Dad had a barber shop in the strip center.

I’m not sure about the florist or bakery, but I know that it was behind the house we lived in on Norton St. I used to play with Mike Anderson and the Haynes boys along with Bobby Hale. They all lived in my neighborhood when I was in the 4th thru 7th grade. It was some fun times for me to remember in Minden. I left when I was halfway thru the 7th grade and moved to Shreveport, but will never forget the good times in Minden.

Tanker Cook (would have been Class of ’65)

Ellington's Bakery
on Elm Street, owned by parents of Nancy Ellington, class of 1966

Submitted by Katie Carey Sims, Class of 1966

Was there also a beauty shop in the strip center? If so, does anyone remember who

owned it?

This has been fun. Tanker, thank you for reminding us about the Elm Street strip

center. We had almost forgotten about it. Wonder if they had a Washateria in this

strip center also? It wasn't very large but it was a neat little shopping center for

the neighborhood.

I think a lot of kids will have fond memories of Elm Street as it was also close to

Victory Park.

What was the name of the grocery store down the hill from R. O. Martin's house,

across from Earl Cook's house, as you enter Tillman Addition?


Submitted by Earlene Lyle

Class of 1956

Oh, my. This was a MOST familiar area for me. I lived on Park Highway, which was only a few blocks from Elm Street and this little shopping area. We were also within a couple of block of Victory Park. Not only that, I spent many, MANY an hour in a brick home on Elm Street just a house or two toward town on the same side of the street as this little strip mall. First, in 1953, the Lyle family bought the brick home on the same side of the street and as the shopping area. There was at least one home between the Lyle house and the shopping area. A few years later, 1956-57, Jerry Frasier's dad bought the house and remodeled the garage into a rehearsal area for our musical group called 'The Tunes'. I don't remember much about the shops in the strip center, certainly not the Elm Street Grocery, but I DO remember a barber shop being there. I don't remember a washateria being in this area, but then I didn't take much notice of things like washaterias back then.

Now, there were TWO grocery stores on Lewisville Rd. down the hill from the R. O. Martin home. Going down that hill, toward town, at the bottom of the hill on the right was Slack's Grocery. If you turned right at that intersection just past Slack's Grocery, you went into Tillman Addition. Lots and LOTS of us lived in that area. At the same intersection, "kitty-cornered" from Slack's, was Murphy's Grocery. The Slacks hired me one summer when I was about 12 years old to answer the phone, take call-in orders, and then gather and bag everything ordered by each customer. Then, Henry, a black man who also worked there, delivered all of those orders to the customers. We had one customer whose husband traveled a lot and could not leave cash with his wife because she was an alcoholic and would use any cash he left to buy booze. He set up an account at Slack's so she could call in and order any groceries she needed. All of her orders included butter and Dr. Tischener's Antiseptic. We found out, eventually, that she would eat the butter to line her stomach, and then drink the antiseptic. I think her husband discovered what she was doing and told us she could no longer order the antiseptic.

This time in my life was the very beginning of my learning a little about people, some good and some not so good, but the Slacks were good TO me and looked out FOR me and my welfare. They made me feel as though I was as valued and trusted an employee as any of the adults who worked there!

Sorry -- got carried away with these memories.


Ellington's Bakery on Elm Street
had the best Italian bread with a hard crust, soft inside and otherwise perfect taste like the bread in Italy and the eclairs were outstanding.,as good as any in Paris. Never understood why it did not stay around forever.

Submitted by: Edna Lowe Searles ( Class of 1954)

I worked in the grocery store and filling station when I was in Jr. High. The owners were Mr. And Mrs Veatch. Good to hear from you Sherry.

Submitted by: Buddy Smith, Class of 1954

Marie Higginbothem
(sp) owned the beauty shop.

Submitted by: Connie Mason class of 66


The name of the grocery store was Slacks. It was next door to where Jimmy White lived. Submitted by: Doug McCrary, class of 1958

Are you talking about Slack's grocery at the corner of Lewisville and

Chandler, across the street from the entrance to Tillman Addition?

Judy Gleason Claassen, Class of 1954

Where Was Peavy's Grocery

By the way, was the grocery on the corner Peavy's? es

Submitted by Edna Lowe Searles, Class of 1954


On the subject of the Elm st. strip mall (shopping center). I remember the grocery store being Fred McGowan's. He was also an excellent butcher and made the most wonderful chicken salad on the planet. I still make mine the way he did and it's pretty good too. There were several barbers who had the shop but the one I remember was Dan Pace. Around 1960 (give or take) Dr. Sam Williams moved his dental practice to a spot behind the stores. There were probably 4 more shops beside the barber and the grocery but I don't remember them so they must have been "girl" stuff.

Greg Grambling, Class of 1968

These memories of the Elm Street Center really are a treat. When my children, Kelly and Keith, were young, about 6 or 7 years old, we lived on Brackin Street, directly behind Richardson School. A trip to the little grocery was a daily affair. They would take a nickel or dime and buy "penny" candy. I can not remember who owned it, but he would always give them a few extra pieces.

Keith got his first haircut in the barber shop there, where a Mr. Combs worked.

There was also a Doctor's office there, I cannot remember his name, but my children would get the allergy medicine from the pediatrician in Shreveport and ride their bikes up there to get the injections.

Life was much more simple then.

Carolyn Sale McDaniel (1954)

Re: The Elm Street Mall

My memory says that there were two dentists and two doctors in that strip at one time: Dr. Williams and Dr. Charles Connell. Also Dr. Van Horn and Dr. Foster.

Joyce Carey's mother, Mrs. Humphries, did alterations there for Al-N-Way cleaners and one other cleaners at one time. She was quite a seamstress.

The butcher at the meat market there was excellent also.

Dottie Day Adcock, Class of 1957


I was at the library today going through early 1950’s newspapers looking for an article that would tell me when my dad and Ellis Woods opened the first Piggly Wiggly in Minden. I didn’t find the article yet, but I did find this item in the Dec. 28, 1951 Minden Herald.

E. Bloom, who with his wife recently came to Minden from Canada, has taken over active management of the grocery store in the Elm Shopping Center, formerly known as Pate’s Grocery. The store was originally owned by J. D. Pate, a former Ringgold contractor, who has not announced his future plan.

Bloom formerly was a clerk in the store and is a native of Sweden. His Canadian wife is beauty shop operator at Tyler’s Barber Shop, also in the Elm Shopping Center.

Submitted by Ann Mays Harlan, Class of 1958