I can REMEMBER going with my Mom to the A
& P at Morris and Washington Streets because the only stores
in Mars Hill were Arzsman's Market, the Regal Store at Holt &
67 where the big gas station is now north of the tracks.
She drove our brand spanking new
Sandpiper Tan 1953 Ford Customline that cost $768 at Foxworthy
Ford at 819 E Washington Street. Hamburger was 39 cents
a pound, cubed steak was 45 cents a pound and Swiss steak was
89 cents a pound. Campbell's Chicken Noodle Soup was 11 cents
a can, Tomato Soup was 9 cents a can, a carton of 12 ounce
Pepsi's was 49 cents plus a 10 cent bottle deposit.
On special occasions we would go to
Ziegy's Barbecue over near Beech Grove or down to Shelbyville,
IN, to the Nickel Nook where you could get a regular size
hamburger with lettuce mayonnaise, tomato slice, onion slice
and 3 pickle slices and cheese if you wanted it for 15 cents.
All drinks were a nickel. (originally, the hamburgers were a
White Castles were a dime apiece back
then with cheeseburgers 12 cents. Satellite Burgers were new
and they were 15 cents. Burger Chef had a "Triple Treat";
hamburger, French fries and a small milk shake for 50 cents
(pus 2 cents with the NEW sales tax.
When we went to A & W Root Beer Stand or
the B & K, plain hot dogs were 15 cents, Coney dogs were 25
cents, large root beers were a dime, small root beers were a
nickel and baby root beers were free. A large popcorn was a
quarter and a small was a dime.
We would get a dozen Coney dogs, a gallon
of root beer and 2 large popcorns and go over to Weir Cook
Airport and park behind the chain link fence and watch the TWA
Constellations and the Lake Central DC-3s take off and land
right in front of us.
I would go with my Dad to his Phillips 66
Filling Station at Tibbs and Morris. He let me help put gas
in the cars. In 1953 and 1954 they had a lot of "gas wars"
and I have seen a gallon of regular sell for 12.9 cents a
gallon and ethyl was 16.9 cents a gallon. Fuel oil was 25
cents a gallon.
My first job (after my paper route) was
at Burger Chef in Maywood at 95 cents an hour. Three weeks
later (at age 16) they made me Assistant Manager at $95 a
week, a month later, they made me a store manager at $135 a
week plus bonus. I bought a new car !
A Candy ice blue 1966 Ford Fairlane GT
convertible at Ed Martin Ford, 8200 E. Washington Street had a
sticker price of $3127.63, and I paid $2700.00 for it. It had
a 390 with 335 hp in it and that is when gas prices JUMPED to
75 cents a gallon.
Postage stamps were 4 cents and post
cards were a penny.
Memories from age 6, Larry Pellum