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Looking back: 45 years ago, the holidays neared in Atmore

Forty-five years ago, in 1972, there didn’t seem to be very much going on. I guess it was the time between back to school and getting ready for the Thanksgiving/Christmas holidays. There were even a few vague ads for Christmas.

A&P had Soft Weave tissue on sale at four two-roll packages for $1; a can of Le Sueur peas for 29 cents; and frozen orange juice was 29 cents for a 12 ounce can.

Gordon’s  (a furniture store) had bedroom suites on sale as low as $179.95. I don’t remember such a low price for a bedroom suite.

Piggly Wiggly had a 10 cents sale on lots of items. Some of the items were cabbage for 10 cents a pound; oleo margarine for 10 cents a pound; Clorex, green beans, tomato sauce and lots of other things. It looked like a car-load of things for very little money. Those were the days.

All salaried county employees were to get a $10 a month raise. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but every little bit helps.

While meetings were being held in one section of the prison, to determine the punishment for some inmates, another person was being stabbed to death in another part of the prison. I am sure that did not help the decision that had to be made.

It was the time of year when all the schools were choosing homecoming queens. All the nominations were dressed in beautiful dresses and they certainly looked the part. Escambia County High School Homecoming Queen was Geri Coon.

One person was killed and one injured in two separate accidents near Century. Any wreck is too many but thank goodness there were no more that week.

McRae Street Methodist Church sponsored a spaghetti supper. Tickets were $1.50 for adults and $1 for children. That is the first time I noticed a spaghetti supper advertised and I can remember there being lots of those 30 and 40 years ago. All you had to do was make lots of sauce, big pots of noodles and some garlic bread. A little salad was usually added and it all went a long way making a good way to make some money. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

The City of Atmore received $80,000 which was half of revenue sharing money.

The Rotary Club speaker told of the nuclear age plans of production of electricity for lights and power. There was a lot of talk of nuclear stuff back in the day. Some of it was acted on but it doesn’t seem as if as much as we thought it would be. I am not too sure that I would be glad to hear of nuclear anything. I would be afraid we would all get blown to bits, or vaporized. But of course, I am of the older generation and am leery of stuff like that.

It was announced in The Atmore Advance that the State of Florida should gain $5 million in taxes from the oil fields from around Jay, Fla.

There was a grand opening of a Super 5 & 10 Store in town. A wig was only $3.99 while one could buy a recliner chair for $38.88 and bath towels for 87 cents. Now those are some bargains.

As it was near Halloween, West Brothers said, in their ads, that customers would be treated in their store, not tricked. They had men’s pants for $3 and boys’ pants for $2.

A pig was presented to Jere Beasley at ceremonies in Montgomery. The only thing I could think of when I saw this was, how will he get it home?

Lastly, there was a photograph of a nurse wearing a cap and that made me think about the fact that nurses don’t wear caps anymore. There was a time when you could tell by the cap they wore, where a nurse had gotten her degree. I don’t know when they stopped wearing the caps. They were actually pretty neat.