I remember there were nine businesses in town,three Bars,three Stores, a Steakhouse, a Gas Station and a Greenhouse
“Bernice’s Store” was more than just a store,she also sold gas, Sinclair Gas (you know the one with the big green brontosaurus on their sign).Also she had a small diner.Bernice Dugan owned and ran this early version of a Casey’s (Maybe that’s where Casey”s got their idea).
“Bobo’s Store”(which was located directly across the highway from Bernice’s) It was ran by Jim and Clyde Bobo.This store was a General grocery store.
“Carl Lee’s Store’ this store was ran by Carl Lee (or as us kid’s used to call him “Ping-a-Ling).Us kid’s would always stop in there and purchase candy and what-not after school.Well that and to tease him.He would always run us out with his meat cleaver but we all knew he would never use it on us (or would he?lol).
“Laird’s Gas Station” this was ran by Gene and Guy Laird.They had gas,kerosene,oil and groceries.They were pretty good about giving a person credit on groceries and gas,imagine that,credit for gas when it was only 32 cents per gallon).
“Laird’s Greenhouse” the greenhouse was owned and ran by Helen and Clyde Laird I can remember this greenhouse as the big glass (not plastic or fiberglass as most are now) building between route 100 and the railroad tracks. Hmmm,I can’t believe with the rocks available at the tracks it lasted so long but people were different back then and thoughts of throwing rocks at it probably never crossed there minds. I guess that goes to show you our small town was and is full of good neighbors (and children).
“The Brick Tavern” was owned and Operated by Ray and Margaret (SP) Walters.(I started with Ray and Margaret because by the time I got the balls to go in they were the owners). Ray and Margaret were like second parents to us kids and damn good friends with us even up into our adulthood.We had some damn good times there playing pool,shuffleboard and even foosball.The Brick was also the place where we were introduced to our first video gaming experience “PONG”. Wow we,ve come a long ways since then lol.(WE MISS YOU VERY MUCH RAY AND MARGARET!)
“Ma Casters”(SP) This is what we called this bar it might have been “Mom Caster’s”for all I know. I’m not too familiar with this bar because it was always considered a rough place.It had to have at least one fight every weekend if not every night. So needless to say it was no place for children.
“Virginia’s Tap”(earlier known as Humphrey’s) This bar was ran by Virginia Tomic , the mother of a friend to us kids.There were a lot of Army games played by us kids there lol.I never hung around in the bar much hell we were outside playing those war games.
“Britz’s Steakhouse” This establishment was owned by John Britz and later by “Boots”and Sophie Phillips.It was a real nice place with a bar just inside the front entrance and a large dining area just past the bar.Our family would order tenderloin takeout all the time.In my teen years I enjoyed hanging out with the kitchen staff.I know that sounds strange but they were all friends of mine.
That just about covers the businesses as I remember them (You may remember things a little different ).So until next time,keep those memories and I’ll try to keep mine.