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Maybe you weren't a kid in the 1960s or 1970's but you will appreciate some of the memories of those who lived in Cushing back then.

Main Street before the bricks..."The Hut"...Snackette with the flashing neon that could be seen for several miles to the southeast from upstairs at Grandma's house on the hill.... Christine's...Dairy Boy...Carhops at Steer Inn...Bicycle Built for 2 rental and an Icee at the original Bill's E-Z Out.....The Bus Station....45 rpm spindles...Vee Drug...City Drug (Cherry Phosphates, chicken salad sandwiches on toast with lettuce...nickel ice cream cones)...45 RPM records...Moore Burger....Fran's...Woolsworth...C.R. Anthony's...The Sundown Drive In Theater....with "Dollar a Carload" night!)Peters.......Penneys...Montgomery Wards...Earls Jewelers...McCoy's, Olivers Shoes, H&K Shoes....Billingsley's...paddle ball...Western Auto...Smith Park...Beechnut gum...Wilcoxen's and their spudnuts...Otasco...Brooks Clothiers...Helen's...Opal's...IGA by the newspaper office...Gibson's...ball and jacks...the old Escott's with the little horses to ride and sometimes little "carnival" rides in their parking lot...Dunkin Theatre...Painting on downtown store windows before a game...and marching down Broadway in your Tigerette pep club uniform.... ...someone please tell me there was a good reason we were out there sweating...wearing our skirts with the waist band rolled up (to make it shorter)and a wool sweater over that....the corner grocery stores where neighbors shopped....Pronto Pups and Dip Cones at Dairy Queen...or those Monkey Tails....Dilly Bars....The Horseshoe  Club...Ice Plant...wash tub wringers...Coca Cola Bottling...Escoe's grocery...Gibble Gas stations... Tarvers Grocery..."I Can't Believe I Ate The Whole Thing"...Mimeograph paper...Nickel cokes in paper cones in a stainless steel holder at City Drug, along with their nickel ice cream cones or the huge one for a dime...on Saturday congregating downtown by TG&Y and Woolsworth where you would find a mannequin leg upside down with a nylon stocking on it Jungle Gardenia sachet cream in little square bottles for 11 cents, Tangee lipstick, the smell of mothballs, standing in front of the candy counter at Woolworth's, looking through the glass...trying to decide how to spend our money...warm cashews or malted milk balls that would be put into little white paper bags, greeting cards individually wrapped in cellophane, work clothes and work oxfords...sheer curler caps...roller skate keys...cork popguns...and then there was Beanie and Cecil...washtub wringers...Marlin Perkins....TV test patterns...security drills at school....25 cent a gallon gasoline...Ralph's jukebox...tableside jukeboxes...  Alltons...Brownlee's...Reiley's..... Tarvers...Ralph's...Safeway....Fish pond at the library....Gayley Motor Company...Flash bulbs....Frostee Foods...Brylcreem... Burkey Creamery....Roller Skate keys....Eddie Pridmore's Grocery.... Burma Shave signs on vacation...T.G.&Y. and their goldfish...Cork pop guns...Chatty Cathy dolls...Beanie and Cecil... when you played in the snow making snowmen with carrot noses and wool scarfs....and riding down "hills" on a sled... And then it was spring and you got your lacy Easter hat, gloves, purse, white shoes and new dress......full service gas stations...and the "ding-ding" the rubber driveway hose made as you drove over it to alert the attendant of your need for help....cigarette candy...aluminum Christmas trees and color wheels could be bought at Woolsworth...Keystone Kitchen that served vending machine sandwiches (such new technology, at that time!)..... Frontier Bowl...The movie-Old Yeller....The Skating Rink...Youth Center Dances... Chef Boy Ardee...Christmas Parades... Ricky Dee Whalen's dad always played Santa Claus...Lincoln Logs....the wading pool in the park, the City pool, washtub ringers...feeding the ducks over by the Pioneer Club...picnics...green stamps...Easter egg hunts...5 cent stamps....the newstands on Cleveland...Sky King...nd when you started driving you'd go to Bill's E-Z Out for an ICEE...so everyone on "the drag" would see you behind that big ol' steering wheel...Opal's Thrift Shop...Western Day Parades.... Butch wax...Drive in movies at the Sundown...Summer Reading Progams and the decorated bike parades the library held for achievements...gum wrapper chains....Reel to Real Tape Recorders....Chi-Rho's... Pea shooters...Studebakers...choir practice.....when Pizza Hut came to town...the viaduct.......Rock Restaurant whose owner had a grandson who later grew up to be Sam Harris who got his big break on Star Search....Gum Wrapper chains...Howdy Doody...Packards...Edsels...El Toro Mexican Restaurant......penny candy...cars with ignition switches on the dash board....Blackjack chewing gum...Bible School...Peter Paul, Caravelle... Tinkertoys...Fury the horse, and later the car...knowing how to "drive a stick" was common...Pearson's 7-up Bar...PAL Bubble Gum...O.J.'s Beauty Lotion, Fizzies....Marshmallows for a snack...Milkshake Candy Bar... Car Hops....hand signals for cars without working turn signals...Marathon Bar...Blue flashbulbs...Frozen Kool-Aid...Brownie cameras and later the Polaroid Instamatic...each day of the week had it's own movie starting with Sunday night at the movies...."Ding Dong...Avon Calling"...party lines...blue flashbulbs machine and the smell of that chemical...  watching Timmy and Lassie on Sunday nights and hearing that sad whistle in the opening or closing  which to us, signaled that our weekend was almost over...Jiffy Pop in a foil cooking pan...Hee Haw and Laugh In....Hollywood Candy Bar...Nickel packs of baseball cards....Tang...Erector sets...S& H Green stamps...Animal crackers in circus boxes...PF Flyers....Hi-Fi's (Hi Fidelity)...S'Mores...McDonalds Hamburgers on the turnpike were only 15c...Franco American spaghetti or macaroni and cheese..."Bosco drinks his Bosco"...Howdy Doody...Bit-o-Licorice Candy...Drive In restaurants...Black Cow Suckers...Metal ice trays with lever to pop them out quickly.. Fizzies...Topo Gigio on Ed Sullivan...and the night the Beatles made their debut on there....Sugar Babies...Sugar Daddies...Wax Lips....Fizzies...candy cigarettes...cherry lipstick candy..."I've Got a Secret with Garry Moore...Home Juice Delivery....Jewel Tea....Fuller Brush Man, headlight dimmer switches on the floor...telephone prefix  was "Capital 5", which was known as CA5 and then 225....Home Juice delivery in glass bottles ...Studebakers..."Pop machines" with glass bottles...6 pack of wax Coca Cola shaped bottles with colored syrup....Trying to go up the stairs at the old high school in mini-skirts....Soda pop machines that dispensed bottles...tableside jukeboxes at coffee shops...cafe curtains...home milk delivery in glass bottles with cardboard stoppers....Dr. Fielding's dental office above City Drug, the one with the soda fountain....Central News Stand and the Acme news on Harrison street, Vicki's clothing store...Adams Supply, Stephens Supply, the old Cushing Grocery down by the depot...Keller's Department store...Triple D Discount...Ralph's... Razz's Cafe...Garner's Trading Post... Allen Seals Photography (who had a live seal on the sidewalk for a promotion)... Parlett's Studio... Harlson's Music Store...Dr. Atteberry the piano playing, popcorn eating optometrist who was a novel all by himself... Nelson's Furniture... Edmundson's Hardware where Lyle Grigg would order our latest 45 rpm hits for us and let us view Billboard magazine... Billings Hardware of course...who doesn't have fond memories of Josh and Loralu... professional outdoor wrestling matches down by Hughes Lumber...pea shooters...little green pill boxes from Vee Drug............and how about the tall thin, hot tamale man who with his tamale push cart...ice cream in the little cups with thin wooden paddles...and the taste it left behind...speaking of ice cream....how about Mellorine stuff that could be dropped in the sink and would hold its shape without melting...Melamac dishes...ice dock with ice in brown paper sacks for the 4th of July picnics....trading in grocery coupons at Wilcoxen's...Daddy Cool's Sinclair...Christines' Cafe on Sunday...Tarver's upper level held fabrics...Billingsley's ...Montgomery Ward's upstairs...Julie's Dance Studio where some of us took a flying leap at trying to be graceful...Gibble Gas Stations....Christmas Parades...gumball machines set on the sidewalk by Jim's Leather shop,pet turtles bought at TG&Y...Home Cafe...Darrell's Cafe...Ward's Grocery with the Rainbo Bread advertisement on the door...the parking meter cop making his rounds....


Janey Jelsma Bright added this: The full service then, Phillip 66 Station, owned first by Ress Adams and then my stepfather, Sim A. Eldridge purchased it from Ress Adams. The Phillips 66 Station was on the corner and close to the Greyhound Bus Station on Harrison down from and across the street from the two drug stores one on the west side was City Drug Store.
I am Dora Jelsma Eldridge's girl and graduated in 1959 from Cushing, Okla.
My father was Peter C. Jelsma and worked as a manager of the Sewell's Grocery Store and died in front of it during their move to where Forsee's Chevrolet. MORE MEMORIES

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