- Don White, newspaper columnist somerset, via Pulaski County Facebook group:
corner of E.Mt Vernon St. and Carroll Street
"Fred Bullock's store." I think it was after Lee Anderson sold it that a Mr. Johnson had it for a while. Lee had a cute-as-a button daughter named Lana and they lived in the house that still stands just west of the store. The Johnsons lived in a two-story white frame home on Carroll Street, maybe two doors off East 80 on the right. They had a really pretty blonde daughter named Patricia.Always wondered what became of her. You might notice that pre-teen me paid more attention to the store keeper's daughters than to anything else about the business. I do recall it being a Pure Oil station with two old-fashioned tall pumps. Directly across the street was Colyer's Grocery, operated out of the basement of Harold and Pearl Colyer, our landlords until mom bought the property next door to the Colyer house....which is still there. Maybe 100 feet further west on 80 sat the larger general merchandise store operated by the Lovett brothers...who hailed from Stearns and lived above the store.
- Somerset Commonwealth Journal 09/18/2016 by Don White:
"....Things didn't get a whole lot better when we moved some 6 miles away, and for $25 per month, rented a place
from Harold and Pearl, who lived next door in a house that didn't need painting and wasn't in danger of collapsing.
I don?t think they ever had children, but they did, by golly, have a TV that was way bigger than Emma?s.
It?s always been my observation that people who don?t have kids can tolerate having them around only for brief periods of time. And only then if the kids are quiet and keep their feet off the furniture.
They?re also often more obsessed with making money.
That all worked out well for me.
Mom would hand me the rent money, tucked away in an envelope, and watch from the porch to make sure I didn't drop it on my way to make delivery.
Going once a month on a Wednesday, always at 6:50 p.m., was my idea.
That?s when Wagon
Train came on and I could usually count on being invited to stay and watch an entire episode.
Pearl always answered the door, and on those times she hesitated, I opened the envelope just enough for her to smell the twenty and five dollar bills inside.
All good things must come to an end, how- ever.
As my monthly adventure did when Mom bought the place for $2,000.
I knew being under that kind of debt meant never having a TV of our own would be mission impossible.
- Facebook Robert Sears, of Somerset 01/14/2020:
"Do any of you remember Harold Colyer that lived at East Somerset who recorded music on an old machine that made disc recordings? I have a very treasured 78 he made of a quartet made up of my Uncle Leonard Sears, Harold's wife, Pearl, Walter Clines, and my Grandpa, Jim Arthur Sears with Leonard's wife on the piano. He also made a record of my cousin, Wilson at age 3 singing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. I have seen pictures of a machine like Mr. Colyer had, but I have never actually seen one up close."