Maysville Kentucky Blog

The Maysville Kentucky Blog is your guide to the beautiful and historic small town of Maysville Kentucky, snuggled into the rolling hills along the Ohio River. Though this blog has been discontinued, you can get your Maysville Kentucky fix over at Ken Downing's Mason County Kentucky Blog @ http://masoncountyky.blogspot.com

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Maysville Remembered Fondly

Today's post comes from Jimmy McElfresh II who grew up in Maysville Kentucky and wanted to share his memories. He still has two cousins living in town.

Maysville Remembered Fondly

I love the Maysville blog! My name is Jimmy McElfresh II, I grew up there in the late 50's and 60's. My grandmother was Janie Mae Thackston, she owned a thrift store on Market street. My Uncle Cotty, John Henderson & Aunt Cecil, had a farm in Washington. My Aunt Betty lived close by. Aunt Betty could knock out a picher of beer and a Tomato Pie (Pizza) faster than any elderly woman I had ever seen. That was a treat for me and my sister Jayne, just to watch and wait for her belch. My father Jimmy McElfresh I, was raised in Maysville and was also a Veteran of Korea.

What I remember most was my MamMaw had an apartment above Grandaddy's pool hall (Floyd Thackston) on Market street. We took walks a 4 am as he loved to walk. My Mammaw taught me some good values and would give my sister Jayne and I, 50 cents for every pair of socks we sold. I remember Kreskies where I would get me orange slices (candy) my sister would buy the red hots. Sadly when Grandaddy fell on the ice, he was never the same. I hope to pay one last visit to Maysville, before I get to old.

In his later years a stroke kept Grandaddy confined to bed, I was glad to tend to him. When he wanted to have a beer with his best friend Pat O'Brian, he or Pat would give me and Jayne .25 to get an ice cream cone around the corner. We knew it was only .10 a cone! We always knew where the ice cream parlor was, as a civil war cannon was shoved into one of the sidewalks next to the parlor. I also remember the wall that protected us from the Ohio river and the roar of the train at night. To a little boy, Maysville made him a better man. I am a Vietnam Era Vet who never forgot his roots, even though I live out west, Maysville is the town I shall always love and hold dear to me in my heart. I miss you Mammaw & Grandaddy, Good Night and save a place for your Grand -Son, Jimmy.

Jimmy McElfresh II

See also Maysville 50 Years Ago: One Man's Recollections from our April 2006 Issue

4 Comments:

said...

Does anyone remember the Mingua family that lived in that area? I also am trying to find out information about Tracy Thackston, he committed suicide in the 1950's.

1:38 PM
said...

I was also born in Maysville in 1959 at the Hayeswood Hospital. Growing up in the early sixties will always bring fond memories.

6:00 PM
Jeremy said...

I added a link at the bottom of the article for easy reference.

11:16 AM
Ken Downing said...

Jimmy, I think you would enjoy an article I wrote about Maysville in the 1950s. Go to the April archives to find the article

10:23 AM

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