By Kristin Finney
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Though he has not always been in Madison, Walter Corbin has spent many years in this small town. He and his wife originally hailed from Alabama, but work brought them to Madison. Corbin got an offer to work at Marcus Weever’s ranch as a Manager.
When he first moved to Madison he remembered the easy going attitude and the calmness that filled the city. “There wasn’t much of anything here. It was kind of a poor town,” Corbin stated.
He and his wife did not have the money to go out on dates or things like that, but they did enjoy going out to eat at Hillcrest Dairy Bar. “There weren’t many places to eat in town,” he explained.
They attended church at St. Johns Church, just west of Madison. They raised their children here and all five of their children graduated from Madison High School.
Corbin and his wife spent a lot of time grocery shopping. One of the best stores in town was the Quick Check, which is now Winn Dixie. They also shopped at Setzer and Pick-n-Save, when those stores were still in town.
He recalls of Pick-n-Save, “They had everything that you could want. Whatever you wanted, they had it.”
Though he wasn’t here for his entire life, Corbin remembers a Madison far different than what it currently is. He remembers a place that was laid back and calm, very different from his hometown in Alabama.
“Madison’s changed quite a bit since them days,” he told this reporter.