Days past antiques and a history lesson
By Pat Thomann, Editor
Alma Parish knows a lot about antiques and a lot about the community she has called home for over 75 years. Alma is the owner of Days Past Antiques in Grand Rivers. Sitting on the front porch of her business you get the feel that you are in a different era.
The two log cabins and connecting breezeway that make up the business are filled with beautiful items from the past. The two cabins are filled with antique furniture, glassware, stoneware, beautiful cabinets, lots of new and old handmade and hand quilted quilts and lots more.
Alma moved to Grand Rivers in 1940 from Eddyville when her father came to work on building the Kentucky Dam. Alma’s father was an ironworker, building bridges across the United States and her mother was a schoolteacher.
At the young age of 18, Alma married Douglas Parish and they had three children. Douglas Parish was a maintenance supervisor at Air Products in Calvert City and they were married 55 years before his death in 2002.
The Days Past Antique cabins were originally located in Tiline and were about a mile apart. Alma purchase the cabins and had them moved to their present location in 1981. While sitting on the porch connecting the two cabins, Alma described what life was like in Grand Rivers in the 1940s.
Business was booming in Grand Rivers. There was a dance hall, a pool hall for men only, two restaurants and several groceries including Deweese Grocery owned by the grandfather of Jeff Deweese. There was also a gas station, barbershop, dry goods store and a doctor’s office among others.
Because Grand Rivers was bordered on two sides by rivers, people came from the upper part of Livingston County and from Lyon County, what is now the Land Between the Lakes area to do their shopping. The only way to get to Paducah to the west or Eddyville to the east was by ferry.
Like the antique shop she owns, talking to Ms. Alma was like a walk in the past. Days Past Antiques is located at 1555 J.H. O’Bryan Ave. Grand River, Kentucky. Alma also has items for sale in her home across the street.
If you would like to visit her shop it is open every Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM or by calling for an appointment at 270-362-4683.