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October 1, 2013

A walk down Memory Lane

I have written about my days with my cousin Bill Caldwell at his Sinclair Station. Also a little about the many things I remember of my youth and some of the things that transpired, about the crowds in Rushville on weekends especially Friday nights and Saturday all day. The consumer owned light and power and telephone company in town. A lot of things from throughout my youth and a lot of things I truly miss.

The one thing I miss more than any is the old-fashioned service by those who did their best to get your business. You went to the grocery and not only did they sack the groceries for you but helped you take it out and even loaded it into you vehicle for you. You went to a clothing store and they had what you wanted in your size in stock and at a realistic price. The paper was six days a week and cost a quarter a week delivered. Dad had numerous competitive auto dealers in town. Dad was Ward Sales and Service; Spotty Christian sold Chevrolets; Thompson and Johnson sold Dodge, Chrysler Plymouth; Alexander Sales had Olds, GMC, Buick as well as Johnson outboard motors; Dad had Philco appliances along with Pontiac cars; Loren Shields had DeSoto Plymouth; and Floyd Kirkland sold Cadillacs. Jim Bangs was one of several who sold Ford automobiles, but for some reason Rushville could not keep a Ford dealer.

Pontiac had a sales representative at Hoods Garage in Milroy; Wainwright Chevrolet was in Mays. My graduation present from Dad was a Chevrolet Del Ray from Wainwright’s. Alexander Merlin (I believe) later on sold Nash then American Motors cars and was south of town. I can off hand think of three men’s stores, three ladies’ stores, as well as three jewelers in Rushville. Milroy had a drug store as well as doctor and dentist, even a hotel.

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