Looking back: Pecan pies cost less than $1 at local stores

Published 12:04 am Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The first of February in 1967, there were all sorts of banquets going on in town. The Blue Devil team was treated to a banquet while a party was also to be held honoring the band at Atmore Country Club.

Bills had been introduced that would give $14 million to the Creeks east of the Mississippi.

Westside Baptist Mission was to move into its new building.

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At the meeting of the Lions Club, two correspondents for the Birmingham News presented a program of their time spent in Vietnam.

From their viewpoint, we were winning the war militarily, but it was going to take much longer to win it politically.

Remember this was in the newspaper in 1967. We were in the early stages of our long, long stay in that little country.

My prices that week were from A&P and Piggly Wiggly. The A&P had pecan pies for 53 cents while Piggly Wiggly had pecan pies at 58 cents.

Have you priced any of those lately? You couldn’t even buy a slice of pie today for those prices.

A&P also had a pint of “Joe Patti oysters” for 89 cents. I wish I had a couple of pints of oysters. I can’t even remember the last time I cooked an oyster. Ground beef was 49 cents a pound at A&P while one could buy three six-bottles of Coke for $1 at Piggly Wiggly. They also had mayonnaise for 22 cents a pint.

Walnut Hill just went to the dogs. (I always wanted to say that). They held the fifth annual AKC Field Trials. At the end of the show, Little Tip was declared the big winner.

The Strand Theater lines up some pretty good films. They advertised “Namu, the Killer Whale,” Paul Newman and Julie Andrews in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Torn Curtain” and “The Reluctant Astronaut,” starring Don Knotts. All of them would have been good, but I love Alfred Hitchcock films.

Esambia County High School selected their valedictorian, Barbara Donaldson, and the salutatorian was Dian Pouncey.