The original stage backdrop from the old Yadkinville High School auditorium returned home on June 22. Descendants of the owners of the businesses painted on the colorful 24 X 36 foot canvas held an informal reunion in the multi-purpose room at Yadkinville Elementary School.
Descendants and the businesses they represent included Lloyd Pardue (Charlie O. Pardue & Son Fresh Meats & Groceries), Linda Mason Kinley (Mason Hardware & Electric Company), Jan Wallace Hively (Carl E. Wallace & Son Standard Plumbing Fixtures and John Henry Dobbins & Son), Crystal Vestal Sprague (Johnson and Jabe Joyner Barber Shop), Grady R. Long (Ralph Vestal Long Roofing & Feed Store), Ronald Eaton (Yadkinville Roller Mill Co., J. H. Dobbins & Son, Dobbins Roller Mill/Yadkin Hatchery), Andrew Mackie (Mackie & Hinshaw Funeral Home), Philip Shugart (Yadkin Dry Cleaners), Jim Logan (Hubert Logan Ford Motor Company), Ann Dinkins Park (Yadkin Lumber Company), Kaye Shugart Brandon (Yadkin Dry Cleaners), Ruth Dobbins Shermer (J. H. Dobbins & Son and Dobbins Milling Company/Yadkin Hatchery, Nelson Dobbins, Hubert Logan Ford Motor Company), Charles Dinkins (Yadkin Lumber Company), and Sam Williams (James Williams & Son Printing Company).
Lloyd Pardue, former social studies teacher at the old school, saved the 1930s canvas backdrop from destruction when Yadkinville High School auditorium was demolished in 1981.
“Saving local history is important,” he said. “Now we can remember the town businesses that supported the old school.”
Ruth Dobbins Shermer, former teacher at the school, contacted descendants for the reunion. Her father, Nelson Dobbins, built the original building in the 1920s. She said that the backdrop remembers the local businesses that supported Yadkinville School.
“They believed in education,” she said.
Pardue said a company from Winston-Salem made the backdrop. The company sold the ads, painted them onto the canvas, and installed it. It covered the back wall of the stage. Folding wooden bushes covered the sides of the stage. “It was all we had until the PTA paid for the curtains,” he said.
Most of the businesses on the backdrop are gone or have changed locations over the years. Mackie & Hinshaw Funeral Home was located in the old Phillips home on West Main Street, where Bill Miller’s Apartments are today. Now it is located two miles west on Old 421 at Fleming Road and called Mackie-Sinclair-Hawkins Funeral Home.
Other businesses advertising on the backdrop include Auto Service Company, Charles H. Vestal, Mgr., Bank of Yadkin, Blue Ribbon Ice Cream, Winston-Salem, Bocock-Stroud Company, Winston-Salem, Carolina Drug Store, Draughon Business College, Winston-Salem, Draughon’s Service Station, Albert G. Draughon, Prop., Duke Power Company, Eagle Café, Farmer’s Feed & Seed, Will L. Mackie, owner, Grant’s Place, Shell Gasoline and Groceries, Hauser & Moser Feed Store, Winston-Salem, Jessie G. Bowen & Co., Pianos, Winston-Salem, The Ladies Shoppe, Lloyd Dixon Shell Service, Low-Smithdeal Paint Company, Winston-Salem, Mabel’s Beauty Shoppe, M. W. Mackie Insurance Company, Milas Wilson Mackie, owner; M. McNulty, West End Florist, Winston-Salem, New York Life Insurance Company, Wiley E. Dobbins, owner, Pioneer Chevrolet Company, Joe Welborn, owner; Wells Furniture Company & Wells Nurseries, Yadkin Clinic, Yadkin Independent Oil Company, Yadkinville Shoe Shop, John P. Poindexter, Prop. Yadkin Café, Raymond Cleary, Prop., and Yadkinville Service Station, Earle Lee Cranfill, Prop.
Andrew Mackie is a local historian in Yadkin County.