Rushville Republican

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October 1, 2013

A walk down Memory Lane

(Continued)

Woolworth had a store for a time at First and Main Street. Our Coca Cola bottling plant was not only a good place to watch them bottle Coke but brought a lot of people to town to do just that. Moster’s had competition with Todd Funeral Home and Wyatt Moore. Todd and Wyatt Moore started off as furniture stores then evolved into funeral homes. In the old days furniture and funerals had a lot in common; both used a lot of wooden products. Pat Todd had a horse drawn hearse that was behind his funeral home for some time. I remember when I got married the factory foreman threatened to borrow that for me to take my bride away from the church. Thankfully, Pat didn’t think too highly of that idea, nor did I.

School always started right after Labor Day and let out just prior to Memorial Day. And the county was separate from the city and the county started later and got out sooner than the city dwellers so the young men could help out on the farm. Township Trustees ran the county schools with a county superintendent of education over all to be sure the schools complied with the state and federal requirements. And if you were a county school you would have basketball teams no matter what. And those basketball teams could lose every game all year long, but if they beat Rushville even once it was considered a winning season.

Many in Rushville used August for vacations, prior to school starting. That and the fact the county fair was in August made that my favorite month. Our family did what many others did and would go to Michigan, usually Lake Douglas, for their vacations. Lake Douglas was the place to go in the late ‘30s early ‘40s. We went there until after the war then sort of branched out and ended up buying a home in San Diego. Boy! Was that a surprise to me and many others! I pine for the old days, but I also like a lot of things we have today we did not even think of in my youth. It should be interesting in 50 years to see how and what you youngsters of today remember.

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