The Resource Oral history interview, Ronn Short ; interviewed by Amy Accles, (sound recording)

Oral history interview, Ronn Short ; interviewed by Amy Accles, (sound recording)

Oral history interview
Oral history interview
Statement of responsibility
Ronn Short ; interviewed by Amy Accles
  • This interview records the reflections and viewpoints of Mr. Ronn Short, former owner of Colonial Touch Bake Shop/Cafe (now out of business), on the atmosphere and condition of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Va. before and after the completion of the Valley Mall in 1978. His opinions reflect those of a long-time resident and shopper of the area; also as a former businessman
  • (cont.) Reminisces about the small-town atmosphere of a busy centrally-locally downtown area ten to twenty years ago (ex. the feeling of community/comaraderie which existed). Describes the area as being the location for shopping (department, five-and-dimes such as McCrory's, clothing, other small retail stores) and professional offices (attorneys, accountants, doctors, etc.). Mentions customer relations and the use of traditional merchandising techniques (compared and contrasted to today's advertising methods); Christmas shopping. Compares and contrasts regional shopping areas; notes impact of highway systems on shopping developments and shoppers' habits
  • (cont.) Believes downtown has changed from a retail/shopping center, drawing people from all over the region (incl. W. Va.), to a professional office-type area. Opinions that the Mall was responsible for the demise of downtown shopping, with the relocation of the two main department stores (Penney's and Leggett's) to the Mall. Believes strongly that parking and access/convenience to businesses are the main reasons why people do not frequent the Square today. Mentions traffic patterns; revitalization attempts; shopping patterns of today; relations between the town and James Madison University; and proposed new County jail. Regrets the sense of loss of community in the downtown area
  • (cont.) Refers to the following stores: McCrory's, Leggett's, Penney's, Alfred and Joseph Neys', Woolworth's, Bride's House, A&N, Image Boutique, Cato's, Valley Books, Jewelry Box, Colonial Optical, Whitesel Music, Schewel Furniture. Mentions sandwich shops/restaurants such as: Jess' Quick Lunch, The Palmer House Restaurants, Calhoun's, Joshua Wilton House; entertainment spots such as the Elbow Room, and movie theaters such as the Virginia and State Theaters. Refers to the big fire which destroyed a city block [1968]. Mentions the following banks: Virginia National Bank, Black Diamond; also Harrison Plaza (professional complex)
Accompanying matter
  • bibliography
  • biography of composer or author
  • historical information
  • other
Cataloging source
Date time place
Recorded at the home of Amy Accles, Harrisonburg, Va. on Feb. 6, 1990
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
Literary text for sound recordings
Series statement
James Madison University sound archives
Series volume
no. 2-2.
Oral history interview, Ronn Short ; interviewed by Amy Accles, (sound recording)
  • Complete transcription of tape available
  • Interview setting summary and index also available with tape and full transcription (leaves 12-25 of text)
  • Forms part of Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia, an oral history project. For more background information, see Court Square, Harrisonburg, Virginia. Part of an oral history project / Amy Accles (OCLC record 25527973). For details on individual interviews, all conducted by Amy Accles, see the following: Oral history interview [sound recording] / Terri Denton (OCLC record 25614979). Oral history interview [sound recording] / Bob Sullivan (OCLC record 25569256)
Accompanying material
1 transcription (16 leaves ; 28 cm.)
Configuration of playback channels
Control code
1/8 in.
3 7/8 x 2 1/2 in.
1 sound cassette (40 min.)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Other physical details
1 7/8 ips
Specific material designation
sound cassette
1 7/8 ips (tapes)
Tape configuration
quarter 4 track
Tape width
1/8 in.

Library Locations

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