When a bridge finally linked the central city with North Anderson, it seems Broadway was indeed Broadway, a wide stretch with Interurban tracks down the middle. During the time Harry Baldwin was mayor in the 1930s, according to Shoemaker, the City Council renamed the street Baldwin Avenue in his absence. Immediately signs sprang up proclaiming, “It’s still Broadway to us.” Soon after that Baldwin pressured the council to restore the Broadway name.
Oh, and Louise Street (now Dr. J.T. Menifee Street)? One neighborhood resident recalls its history, the streets in the addition being named by farmer Harry Fricke (not sure of the spelling), who owned the land, with the names of his children. They included Louise, Nelle, Halford and Dewey. Area residents also insist Lou-EESE is the preferred pronunciation rather than the colloquial Lou-EYES.
Of course, since it lost its original name, I guess the pronunciation is moot.
Jim Bailey’s reflections on Anderson’s past appear on Sunday. His regular column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.