Bill Ellis: Another new change comes to Putnam
Roger and Pat Allen, owners and operators of Foodland at Scott Depot, have announced completion of their newly remodeled store in the heart of the Putnam County section of Teays Valley. The store will reopen as Save-A-Lot at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20. A grand opening is planned for 9 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 24.
A variety of names and proprietors have had a store in Scott Depot for many years. The first I knew of was Hezekiah H. Pine, whose store also contained the post office, just across from the depot of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad at Scott Depot.
Later, Rector Boggess had a store in the building now occupied by Teays Valley Hardware Store operated by Brad Bogle, the grandson of the late Bill Perry, who founded the hardware business. In the late 1940s, Pete Sovine had a small restaurant on the east side of the grocery store. Pete and Freda’s son, Butch Sovine, my dear friend since 1947, is owner and creative genius of Putnam Gardens. Howard Gregory, one of the West Virginia’s finest builders, has his Teays Valley Builders office in the east portion of the hardware-building complex. Mr. Balderson had the store for a short time and then Rector and Becky Boggess operated it again.
Perhaps the best-known grocer at Scott Depot was Rector Boggess, who operated in a couple of different locations, the last one being across Teays Valley Road from the former Foodland store. The Boggess building was later operated as the location of Hussons Pizza. Rector, Becky and their children were widely known for their vocal music and for many years, he was the song leader for the Scott Depot Church of God.
You will also note that Scott Depot Christ Fellowship, next door to our community’s remodeled and renamed grocery store, is in a major building program.
When our family moved to Scott Depot, there was also the Maddox Family grocery and feed store located just west of Bills Creek Road, owned by Everett and Stella Maddox. My mother and brother, Whitey, used to walk to that store, buy their groceries and then Mr. Maddox would take them back home with their food in his truck. Putnam County has been widely known for its neighborly way of living and it still is.
Be sure to visit the remodeled store and meet its manager, Vanessa Cook and assistant store managers, Jerry Pauley and Matt Lilly.
Bill Ellis is a syndicated columnist who can be reached at P.O. Box 345, Scott Depot, WV 25560; phone 304-757-6089.