Camp Hill use to be a nice little town with good
people and lots of families and kids. But as things would have it there
was nothing to keep the young people here. As the kids left Camp Hill High
School they also left Camp Hill as fast as they could. There were no jobs
to be had so we all had to leave to find our way in the world. When the
young people moved away apathy set in.
I understand that in 1972 Flem Wilson got himself
elected himself Mayor because no one else ran and very few showed up to
vote. I am not real sure if this is correct, but it is what I have been
Later city leaders have let the town fall down.
They let the water system go to hell and now have to buy water from Dadeville.
The buildings on main street are either falling or burning down, and the
ones that are not are boarded up.
The one thing the "Class of Sixty" counted
on was that Camp Hill and Camp Hill High School would always be there for
us, like a safe haven. We had talked many times about CHHS being home and
that we would never forget it. We also had said that we were going to have
reunions every five years. We had our first class reunion in 1980. Some
of our class don't keep in touch like we had said we would do. BUT nothing
The school is a disgrace, the gym is gone and
junk is stored on the football field. Weeds are growing all around the school.
The school waas used for a short time as a sewing factory. Now it just stands
empty, like a ghost from the past.
Only a few businesses are open. Strozier's station
(I don't know who is running it) but it can't sell gas anymore because of
the new federal laws about underground tanks, and city hall are open. Monroe
Johnson's garage (owned by Eaton) is now closed along with Eaton's Garage
and Eaton's Snack Bar.
UPDATE: Eaton's garage is closing after his wreck
in 1999, and because the city hall has increased the price of doing business.
Also Monroe most likely will close because of Lic fees. Fees went up from
$90.00 to $500.00 this year. For those of you who know Monroe Johnson and
how old he is knows that he doesn't do that much business in a year. He
had just keep the doors open so the "older men" would have a place
to gather and solve the worlds problems. He might do a little work on a
car if you just had to have something fixed. In May 1999, The city of Camp
Hill told him that they would put him in jail if he stayed open and didn't
pay the $500.00. The police came to the shop to lock him up, but he had
put up a sign saying CLOSED. All the men were there talking and the city
could't do a thing. It seems that certian people want to run people out
People are not moving into Camp Hill, (I believe that anybody would
be a fool to move there the way things are) and the ones there are either
leaving or being buryed in it.
This is what happens when all the young people
have to leave a town to find jobs.
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