Oppenheimer Street: Steeped in history and memories

“Pressing our handprints in the sidewalk my dad poured from the driveway to the front door; planting sycamore trees that were brought from the 19-Mile Crossing; eating sweet loquats from the Goodwin’s loquat trees at 200; building forts from limbs down by the railroad; and playing cowboys and Indians with our cap pistols.” These are the memories shared by Dixie Carlisle Wofford whose family moved to 118 West Oppenheimer in 1946. “The handprints on the sidewalk are still there, but the huge sycamore we used to climb has been cut down. My grandmother Ruby Carlisle’s brother Robert Taylor lived next to us at 114, and our friends Richard and Sharon Shurley lived nearer the railroad tracks. The Kessler family lived across Oppenheimer in the next block.”

Dixie’s sister Carol Carlisle Shaw adds, “When Daddy built our home, as well as Robert Taylor’s next door, there were only two houses on our block. It was wide open country all the way to the railroad tracks to the west and north. Judy and Genese Graham next door at 114 were like built-in babysitters. When the Grahams moved, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Smith moved in. Mr. Smith was the manager of Horner’s grocery store. Lee Goodwin next door was the cook for the Greyhound station downtown and often brought us treats.”


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