Looking back: PTA spaghetti supper cost $1.25 for adults in 1971

Published 11:54 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Forty-five years ago in 1971, things were relatively quiet around town, but even then there were interesting articles in The Atmore Advance.

A former area man, Comer Lynn, 64, was shot to death when the Pensacola, Fla. food store he was managing, was robbed.

As you may know, my husband was the manager of a grocery store for many years. It was one of my fears that something like that would happen to him. I do remember that one of his employees was robbed on his way to the bank and I think someone got shot one time, but nobody died.

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A woman, who was wondering why she could not reach her relatives by phone, went to the home of her sister and found six people in the house near to being unconsicious from the effects of carbon dioxide poisoning. All were treated and some were required to remain in the hospital for a few days.

Carbon dioxide is a dangerous silent killer and I am not exactly sure how to avoid it. I am sure that there is a way to measure it. I will have to check with the fire department about it.

It was announced in The Atmore Advance that the test oil field at Lottie was being abandoned. After drilling to a depth of 16,762 feet, the search in this particular area came to an end, at least for the time being.

On the other hand, it was announced that the Jay oil field was termed “most significant” of the current drilling sites in this area.

Why, oh why couldn’t I own some land with oil underneath?

Fundraising was on the minds of some people. A.C. Moore PTA announced they were planning a spaghetti supper. Adult plates would be $1.25 and children’s plates would be 75 cents.

The First United Methodist Church planned to have a chicken and dumplings supper with adult plates being priced at $1.50 and children’s plates at $1.

I would have enjoyed the spaghetti and may have even enjoyed the chicken and dumplings. My husband was a great lover of chicken and dumplings. He would eat them anytime and anywhere.

The city of Atmore began a campaign to rid the city of old abandoned cars. Those who did not remove the old cars could be fined up to a maximum of $100.

I wonder how that went. I don’t know why people like to have two or three cars sitting in the yard that don’t even run. You know they are not used because the grass is so tall around them.

Debbie Morgan, a senior at Ernest Ward High School, was named Miss EWHS. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.O. Morgan of Bratt.

Over the years, I have seen grocery stores have many different things to either sell or give away, but in 1971, Piggly Wiggly was giving away copies of masterpiece paintings. With the purchase of $5 or more one could get 12 copies of the old masters. I think they may have been selling the frames to go with them, but I’m not too sure. They also had fresh fryers for 24 cents a pound.