George Smith: Back when it was good food cheap
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WEDNESDAY’S LIST ... of beans ’n greens ’n other things:



If you remember Vic’s Café you probably have a list of pallbearers filed away.

That leads to a menu from Vic’s Café someone recently mailed me. There is no date printed on the menu, but written across the top is “Anniston, Alabama, Nov. 19, 1937.”

Your order? You might try ...

“No 1. 50 cents

“Vic’s Special K.C. Club Steak broiled.”

With that you got French fried  potatoes, Cole slaw, one vegetable, hot rolls, butter, and milk, tea or coffee.

Or there was ...

“No. 3 30 cents

“Choice of:

“Roast Leg of Lamb

“Baked young hen with celery dressing.”

With either you got whipped potatoes, English peas with butter, a pear salad or head of lettuce with fresh dressing, a dessert (not Mince pie), hot rolls, butter, milk, tea or coffee.

A ham sandwich was 10 cents, ham and egg was 15 cents. You could even get a sardine sandwich for a dime.

Sounds great, huh?

Well, the minimum wage in 1937 was 25 cents an hour. My dad was working in a sawmill for $2 a day and plowing an old gray mule in his spare time.

We never made it to Vic’s Café ... nor even to Noble Street.


ONE OF the good guys around is Richard Shipman, a lineman-troubleshooter for Alabama Power. I first met Richard when he put his big bucket on a pole in my yard and took care of some squirrel problems.

Richard stopped by this week and we sat out front, drank coffee, and talked for a while.

Yeah, that’s a little thing. But think about it. How often, even in a week, does some little thing such as I’ve just mentioned make your day and your life just a bit richer?

And I haven’t had a squirrel problem lately, either.


QUOTABLE: “One must wait until evening to see how splendid  the day has been.” – Will Rogers


BIRTHDAYS: Oct. 2 – Bonnie Bailey; Oct. 10 – Margie Mize; Oct. 13 – Betty Vice and Amy Brillhart; Oct. 14 – Gladys Kelly.

Put Mattie Crisp on the birthday list. I have the name, but for some reason didn’t put down the date.


AND WHILE we’re talking goof-ups, in Sunday’s column on October I had Charlie Brown sitting in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin. It is Linus and his blanket that waits each pumpkin season and I KNOW that. Read the column three times and missed. Two editors also missed it. One reader (only) didn’t.

Get ’em, Linus ...


TOP TEEN: Meet Sarah Callaway “Calley” Compton, senior at Jacksonville Christian Academy where she carries a 4.0 GPA and has had the No. 1 academic ranking since fifth grade.

A member of the National Honor Society and the 4-H Club, Calley is captain of the volleyball team and also head cheerleader.

She is a member of First Baptist of Piedmont, part of its Upper Room Ministries for the youth group, and this past summer made mission trips to Nicaragua and New Orleans.

“Calley is an all-around great student,” says Principal Tommy Miller. “She has been at JCA since fifth grade. She is involved in school activities and is full of school spirit. JCA is blessed to have Calley Compton and we will miss her greatly when she graduates.”

Proud parents are Neil and Kim Compton of Piedmont.

Take a bow, young lady ...


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