were the days...
Smith was well known in Enfield in the 50's and 60's.
Famous for the best ever fountain drinks at Rheummler's
Drug Store, she was always a favorite with the after
Lucy passed away on March 15, 2006 at the age of eighty-seven. I sat down with her for the following interview in September of 2005.
EDITOR: If you had to have one memory of
those years, Lucy, exactly what would it be:
a really tough question, but I do remember, oddly enough, the
noon whistle, and the dogs howling because it hurt their ears.
EDITOR: Enfield had so many interesting
characters, tell us about some of your favorites.
there were so many. Marilyn Duckworth was one of best, she
was so much fun. She and Freddie James were great friends,
and they would come in for ice cream and a coke, and everybody
in the store would be laughing, because they were such clowns.
Always telling jokes,always in a good mood, they were so much
fun to be around.
Marjorie Barlow, who at the time worked in an
insurance office, was one of my favorites, too. Her daughter,
Ann, had a beauty shop in main street,, I believed she called
it Ann's Lavender Salon.
Wilma James was one of my best friends. She
had a restaurant on main street, and Belle Hatcher worked for
her. Wilma and Belle were wonderful cooks and could make the
best chili. I spent many a lunch hour, sitting in her restaurant
eating that chili...
Pearl Vaught, Sis Arton and Wave Brandon would
come to the drugstore every day. They were the regulars. Pearl
raised canaries, and I had a canary that wouldn't sing. I remember
her trading me an old iron on a stand for that canary. I still
have the iron.
But of all the people I remember, Myrtis Fields
was the most special person of all. She was such a good woman,
and such a hard worker. I remember when she won a new car for
selling the most subscriptions to the Carmi Times. She was
a notary public, I remember her charging twenty-five cents to
notarize a document for me.
The Jordan Sisters, Elizabeth and Dorothy
were two of Enfield's most upstanding citizens. They lived
in an apartment over the gas station, and would visit me in
the store regularly. I am still friends with Dorothy, even
now, and she visits whenever she can.
Coach and Rose Poore would come in. They lived
just down the street, and Tammy was a little girl at the time.
Even when she was a toddler, she was horse crazy. If she would
see a horse on a magazine cover she would go straight to it.
I think that Elmore and Nina Elliot were definitely
the most striking couple in Enfield. Elmore owned the lumber
company, and Nina loved flowers and working in her yard. She
had the prettiest irises....
EDITOR: Tell us about some of the
Well, there was Mrs. Palmiter from Palmiter's Grocery Store.
She raised african violets and they were always blooming in
her store window.
Mrs. Hazelip, from Hazelip's Store was a grand
old lady. Every morning she would go to her business with a covered
basket with her lunch in it. I loved to go over and visit with
her. She always talked about health issues, and I've always remembered
her telling me that if young people would cut back on their salt
consumption, it wouldn't be so difficult when they were older
and had to give it up.
Stanley and Bernita Orr owned the jewelry store
on main street. I remember them taking long walks daily, at a
time when it wasn't fashionable to walk. I offered Bernita some
homemade sugar cookies, once, but she declined, as she didn't
eat fat or sugar. That was rare in those days, people didn't
monitor sugar and fat intake like they do today.
Vivian Mossberger owned the Beauty Box and the
laundromat, Chris Wageneck owned the local hardware store, and
the old post office was on the same side of the street as the
EDITOR: Tell us about some of the
kids from school that came to the drugstores:
Carter and J. R. Fields were always two of my favorite boys.
I remember J. R. coming in to the store when he was about thirteen,
telling me that I had a flat tire. He took my keys, fixed my
flat, and I made him a thick milkshake. Lloyd fixed my car,
too when it had problems... I really liked those boys.
Jerry Brockett would come in and read car magazines.
He was crazy about Indy cars and his dream was to go to the Indianapolis
I remember making phone calls, and Brad Miller
would be operating the switchboard. In those days, you had to
dial the operator to place the call, and he would fill in occasionally
for his Mother, Madge.
Steve Martin raised cattle. He was crazy about
his cattle and talked to me about them often.
Jannie Ruemmler worked in the store during highschool.
We had such good times together, I always enjoyed being with
Phyllis Tyner was in the store a lot, too. She
was such a sweet girl, and I remember she loved Dick Clark's
Probably Jeanette Smythe was my favorite of
all. I enjoyed her so much. She was so pretty, and so smart.
She would visit on the weekends and we would take her to my Mother's
house. She loved my Mom's blackberry cobbler, and she always
called Janice, cupcake.
EDITOR: And what about colorful
characters, every town has them.
LUCY: Oh my, well the Hays
Brothers, Andy and Johnny were certainly colorful. Two old bachelors,
they would come to the store in the late afternoon, go home to
supper and come back and sit in a booth until Doc closed the
store. I remember once, they didn't come in for a couple of days.
The next time Doc saw them he said "it's okay if you don't
come in, if you just want to sit out there in the country and
live in ignorance, it's all right with me." And, of course,
Dobbs Hosick and Hoot Gowdy were extremely colorful characters...
EDITOR: Thanks so much for sharing
your memories with us.
LUCY: You're welcome, it was
so much fun remembering the "good old days."