Remembering North Getty Street as it was in the 50s

Longtime Uvaldeans, now in their seventies and eighties, will remember a time in the ’50s when North Getty was alive with activity. For the teenagers of that era, it was a place to be seen, a time when “draggin’ Getty” was a favorite pastime. Teenagers called it “the loop,” meaning the area between the El Lasso on the south end and the Dairy Delight on the north at the corner of Getty and Oppenheimer.

Behind the doors of those beautiful tree-shaded homes, lived the “movers and shakers” of Uvalde: downtown businessmen, physicians, attorneys, bank officers, educators, and ministers. Familiar names included Horner, Schwartz, Dart, Suttle, Dalton, Speir, McNelly, Fulenwider, Goldberg, Whitecotton, Carlisle, and Calvert.

My family moved from Uvalde to San Antonio in the summer of 1954, but, every summer, my sisters and I would return to spend a few weeks at 1106 North Getty, the two-story home of Acree and Edith Carlisle, our uncle and aunt. One of our greatest pleasures was the long walk to the El Lasso up Getty Street, which was lined with historic homes and magnificent trees.


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