Hello my friends. Thank you for reading my article each week. I do appreciate your interest and hope you will continue to read my humble words and thoughts. Every time I meet someone and they tell me they read the column I do so appreciate their kind words. It is nice to know there are such nice people reading my words of wisdom!
It seems like there was a lot of celebrating the 4th of July throughout the county this weekend. There were special events in nearly every corner of the county. I heard there was a big turnout of citizens in the Lewisburg area for food and fireworks. Ditto for the Red River Fish & Game Habitat down in the Adairville area. There were a lot of folks gathering in Auburn as well. I am so glad that patriotism is alive and well in Logan County.
The improved Logan County Fair is right upon us. The fair is next week July 18 – 23. The site is the Logan County Extension Service Complex on the by-pass in Russellville. The grounds open at 4 P.M. each afternoon. Entrance to the fairgrounds is free. Take note that some events do have a charge. Look on the internet under Logan County Kentucky Fair web site for a complete schedule. (Be aware that several past years’ fairs are still on the internet and do not look at the wrong year’s schedule.)
I had three calls asking that I put something in this article regarding one of the most popular events, the Little Mr. & Miss Logan County Pageant. The categories: boys 0-5 years and girls 0-12 years. The event is Tuesday July 19 in the auditorium of the County Extension Complex beginning at 6 P.M. The entry fee for contestants is $15. Admission is $5 per person. Small children are free. For more information contact Dee Dee at 270-726-1678. The Logan County Tourism and Convention Center Commission is in charge of this popular event.
Since my earliest days I have loved grocery stores. Little mom & pop stores of days gone by were my favorites. When I was a little kid I use to travel with my dad, who was a wholesale food broker and pro baseball scout. Of course this was in the summer time when I was out of school. Adairville once had five little grocery stores and I think every one of them had home delivery. Mr. James who had been a famous pro baseball player was one of my dad’s regular customers. (Mr. James’ only child was Sara Lou McCormick who later ran the candy store in town and just died a couple of years ago at 95 years young.) The James store had a horse and wagon that did the home deliveries. I got to ride along with the delivery boy on his delivery route and usually the customers always wanted to feed and refresh who ever brought the groceries. It was usually homemade cookies and milk from the cow out back. I think the other stores had delivery boys who rode bicycles.
Usually the stores had a dog or cat laying around in the store. Sometimes on top of the soft drink cooler or on top of the meat counter. (The county health department did not seem to mind back then.) Most of the stores had chairs for the talkers. You could even eat boloney or cheese and crackers, an RC Cola, a moon pie and in a couple of stores they would make you a sandwich in the meat department. Then you could sit, eat, drink, play checkers or even play Rook. You could stay as long as you liked. It took dad a whole day just for Adairville and a few stress just a couple of miles away. At night we would go to the Princes Movie House. There wasn’t any TV back then and little to no air conditioning.
We repeated the same schedule in Russellville, Auburn and Lewisburg. Dad would wrap up the week by stopping at probably 20 other little mom and pop stores out in the country usually at little cross roads. We ate at some wonderful little cafes and I always liked the ones that had country music playing loudly. They all had front screen doors that the kids liked to slam. There were at least three little stores in the county that supplemented their income with the sale of illegal moonshine under the counter. Dad use to pick up a pint somewhere in Chandlers or in Adairville and once or twice in Oakville. Dad said the best was made by two sons of a local Baptist preacher. They always called their brew “Holy Water.”
The other thing I remember was in the late 40s and early 50s when television arrived and the ringer washing machines came out. Everybody wanted those two items and to the front porch they went. That is right! People wanted their neighbors to know that they could afford those two costly items and they kept them on the front porch so neighbors could see them as they drove by. People were pretty honest back then and no one took someone else’s washer or TV. It is still a thrill to me to see a washing machine or TV on someone’s front porch down a country road. Sometimes their best chair or couch is out there as well. Oh, what memories!
With A Smile – There was an old man that use to live in the Lick Skillet community. He was hard of hearing and after a good many years got a hearing aid that his family did not know about. He went back to his doctor who inquired about how well the hearing aid worked. The old man said he liked it, it worked, his family still not know he had the hearing aid and that he had changed his will three times after hearing family comments!!
Time To Go – Good night sweet ladies and intelligent men and to Mrs. Callabash where ever you are!
To contact Dick Dickerson about the Logan County News, call 615-389-5495 or email [email protected]