By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
While Gail Nagel might not have been born and raised in Madison, he has many memories of this town since coming to Madison in 1986, Nagel lived in Fredonia, Pennsylvania. When he came to Madison he remembers gas only being about $1.40 per gallon; nearly $2.00 cheaper than it is now.
He also recalls that there were two car dealerships in town: Robinson Ford and Cantey Chevrolet. He remembers there being a Sears where Madison County Community Bank is. He also remembers Stone Fox being on Hwy 90, right beside the Four Freedoms Park.
Other stores that Nagel remembers that are no longer in town include Pantry Pride, Pic-n-Save and J.B. Davis Filling Station.
Another memory that Nagel has of Madison was the snow of 1989. The city of Madison basically shut down because people did not know how to manage in the snow. The roads and stores were closed until the snow cleared up.
As for funny memories of this town, Nagel remembers a man from Greenville who used to drive a mule and wagon around town. He remembers hearing that that man parked his horse at a parking meter. The man also used to ride his horse around in the back of his car, a Mercury with the top cut out, or took him fishing out on his boat. He also remembers that the horse had a hat with two holes cut out for his ears.
Anyone interested in being interviewed for this article can call 973-4141 and make an appointment with Kristin Finney, or may drop by Greene Publishing, Inc. any day before noon. Those interviewed must have lived in Madison for a large portion of their life, and be able to recall a few things that have changed since that time.