Looking Back: The Pig had Coke for 18 cents a quart

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Last week I told you of some of the new businesses that opened in Atmore in 1973, 45 years ago. Business was really booming. Piggly Wiggly also moved to the Adams Shopping Center. They had some pretty good bargains with their move. They had Cokes for 18 cents a quart (notice it was still measured in quarts and not liters); cranberry sauce at 18 cents a can; fryers for 33 cents a pound; celery stalk for 10 cents and a roll of paper towels for 10 cents.

Let me take the time to wish everyone a great Thanksgiving. To close I want to tell you a little story.

My husband had several aunts and they were all a treat to be around. One Thanksgiving we all met at the home of one of those aunts, in Florala. As we prepared the meal the conversation turned to another Thanksgiving that the aunts remembered.

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They were complaining that they didn’t like to pick the feathers off the turkey, but they wanted to cook a fresh turkey.

They bought a turkey and penned it up a few weeks before the holiday in order to fatten it up. They became quite friendly with the bird and when Thanksgiving rolled around they prepared to kill the turkey. Of course, they had gotten too attached to the bird and were reluctant to do the dirty deed of chopping his head off. They hit him with the ax and began to pull the feathers off the turkey. Suddenly the turkey woke up and realizing it’s peril, began trying to get away from the two women. Neither one of them were willing to try for another lick to the head, but what to do?

They decided to take the turkey and turn it loose in the woods nearby, but the poor thing was now naked, having had all his feathers pulled out. One of the aunts went into the house, got an old doll dress and dressed that bird up. They then took the turkey and carried him to the woods and turned him loose.

Now by this time I realized I had been been tricked into this story. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t stop. They finished the story off by telling of a man who was hunting in the woods and reported that he had seen a turkey in the woods wearing a dress.

Needless to say, we had a great time in the kitchen that day.