Tag Archives: Looking Back

Looking Back
September 13, 2018

The days of cows and horses

By Mary Ellen Shaw

When you have lived long enough in the City of Rutland to remember the days of cows and horses then you know that you have been around for awhile!

Back in the 50s there was still some farmland…

Looking Back
August 30, 2018

Friends from different generations

Conversations with friends always bring up interesting topics. A recent one led us to the subject of people in our lives, who, though much older than we were “back in the day”, later became our friends or coworkers as adults. Such relationships may seem a…

Looking Back
July 5, 2018

The days of trading stamps

In today’s world you can save money by downloading coupons to your phone and save money as you shop. Of course, if you follow my column on a regular basis you know that I don’t do that from my 2003 Tracfone!


Looking Back
April 26, 2018

Playing outdoors in the 1950s

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you grew up in the 50s you probably spent a lot of time outdoors. There were no digital devices to keep your eyes glued to a screen. In fact, many homes in our area were just getting their first television.

April 12, 2018

Banking and passwords

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Back “in the day” if you wanted to deposit a check or get some cash, you went to the bank, saw a teller, and left with your deposit receipt and cash in your wallet.

You couldn’t accomplish either of those tasks…

Looking Back
October 11, 2017

“Number, please?” No longer

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Having grown up with party lines and phones without a dial, I am truly amazed by the way communication has changed. Dial phones were probably as welcome to my parents’ generation as cell phones are to mine.

But what is the…

Looking Back
August 16, 2017

The days of factories

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you lived in the Rutland area back in “yesteryear,” you will remember the numerous jobs that were available in area factories. ”Yesteryear” from the point of view of my own early remembrances goes back to the 50s and 60s….

Looking Back
August 2, 2017

The neighborhood concept

By Mary Ellen Shaw

If you have a garden area that is close to the street you get to meet a lot of people while you work.

These people seem to fit into the category of “walkers”—dog walkers, fitness walkers and stroller pushers.

I am…

July 13, 2017

Proms of yesteryear

By Mary Ellen Shaw

As often happens when a group of women get together, phones are taken from pocketbooks and pictures are shared.

One of the most recent reasons for doing that was to show pictures of grandchildren who attended junior and senior proms. Some…

June 21, 2017

Remembering summer places for food, ice cream

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Now that summer is here it brings back memories of summer meals and ice cream treats enjoyed outdoors back in the 60s and 70s.

The A&W Restaurant on upper North Main Street was one of the “in places” to go. It…