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pierce

Ruston, LA

#61 Jan 13, 2011
i am 66 years old the thing i remember is the winters were warmer
Stinger

Winnfield, LA

#62 Jan 14, 2011
blt wrote:
doe's anyone rember the a$w rootbeer place ?it was out on 167 around where they had a large boat sales place, in the area of machens cafe&motel,they had the boat place long after the a&w,just wondering!!
Yes, I remember the A&W root beer stand. It was located where BR's
pawn shop is. Does anyone remember the "Passion Pit' at the Drive IN? HA..I have a good story about trying to sneak in the Drive In. My cousin had a Cadillac with a HUGE trunk. As he and another friend paid to get in, three friends and I were hidden in the trunk.WELL,,SOMEONE decided it was time to 'pass gas"..talk about STINK! Well,,we started beating on the trunk and back seat for them to let us out, and we got caught and thrown out. Then one time I had a friend who didn't have enough money to get in, so he got in the trunk of my parent's LTD. Well,,the ONLY place left was right next to the projection booth, and he had to stay in the trunk for about half of the movie because we couldn't open the trunk because we would have been seen and caught!

I have memories of the 'river' that would run across the floor of the Venus theatre when it rained really hard. I also remember the RATS that would dash around under the seats! I remember the 'love seats' at the Princess theatre! I also remember the silly 'skits' that someone would put on at the Venus. One time it was a 'man from outer space"..i.e. some guy with a rubber mask on that looked like an octopus was eating him. After these skits they would show a movie.

I have very fond memories of Gum Springs..not only during the day, when we could swim and run the trails around the swimming area, but also at night, when we would get a keg of beer and party the night away. I also remember the Bombing Range and the pond, where
many a keg and bottles of rotgut wine were consumed.

Someone posted a huge list of the businesses that were around during the 50's and 60's. I remember being in a league when the bowling alley was here. It's amazing at what Winnfield USED to have for not just the young people but for everyone.It's a wonder that this town still exists.But, I wouldn't give up my childhood for anything. We had no fear of pedophiles or predators. We would play til our parents threatened to lock us out if we didn't come home.

There are a lot of other things I could write about, but will wait for another time.

Stinger
winter

Alexandria, LA

#63 Jan 16, 2011
Family sitting around fireplace as cold winter rains pelted the windows.
The Pharmacist

Lafayette, LA

#64 Jan 20, 2011
Howard Griffin in Monroe at Christmas.

They would move all the boats out of the showroom and fill it with toys and decorations and...and...SANTA CLAUS!

I remember the train and slot car set ups. Ever see "A Christmas Story"? The department store window where Ralphie is seen drooling over the Red Ryder BB gun?

Yeah, like that. A kid's Christmas wonderland...

Still remember the jingle, too:

Howard Griffin's land of toys
Loads of fun for girls and boys
Bring the kids and look around
The biggest toy deal in the town!

/sigh
long ago

Alexandria, LA

#65 Jan 21, 2011
The Pharmacist wrote:
Howard Griffin in Monroe at Christmas.
They would move all the boats out of the showroom and fill it with toys and decorations and...and...SANTA CLAUS!
I remember the train and slot car set ups. Ever see "A Christmas Story"? The department store window where Ralphie is seen drooling over the Red Ryder BB gun?
Yeah, like that. A kid's Christmas wonderland...
Still remember the jingle, too:
Howard Griffin's land of toys
Loads of fun for girls and boys
Bring the kids and look around
The biggest toy deal in the town!
/sigh
I remember that!!!!
Rastuss Hagnanomous

Edinburg, TX

#66 Feb 1, 2011
Giant cookies that looked like Snoopy.
lewis

United States

#67 Jun 8, 2011
Wonder if anyone reading this remembers the WW11 years. I lived there at that time. My grandfather had a little grocery in Laurel Heights and my cousin ran the Green Garden for a time.
oldie

Alexandria, LA

#68 Jun 8, 2011
lewis wrote:
Wonder if anyone reading this remembers the WW11 years. I lived there at that time. My grandfather had a little grocery in Laurel Heights and my cousin ran the Green Garden for a time.
I remember WW11 days. What are some of your memories of those days?
lewis

United States

#69 Jun 8, 2011
My Dad worked for the L&A RR. We lived across the tracks from the railroad shops-just opposite the water tank. The troop trains ran in front of our house. My sister and I walked to school which was a short distance. She was in high school and I in grade school.
I remember collecting scrap metal and grease for the war effort.
A lot of things were in short supply or rationed, including coffee.

I had a second hand bicycle which I would paint with a 25 cent can of enamel from the Western Auto, which was run by A.W.Berdon, bought our medicines from Mr. Sam Emerson's drugstore. Hugh Mercer was the postmaster. A big deal was to be allowed to go from class to the Post Office to buy War Stamps.

Winnfield will always be my Mayberry. I had both sets of grandparents, 3 aunts and a whole bunch of cousins there. We rode our bikes all over at any time with no worries.

Gum Springs and Mack's blue hole, the sawmill and the tie-yard were all on the agenda.

Whenever life gets too complicated, I travel back there.
biker

United States

#70 Jun 8, 2011
How many did you buy?
How many gears did those bikes have?

The war savings stamp (WSS) was a patriotic program used by the United States Treasury to help fund participation in World War I and World War II, and was principally aimed at school-age children. Savings stamps were available in ten cent and twenty-five cent versions, and provided interest. In some cases collections of stamps could be redeemed for war bonds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_savings_stam...
oldie

Alexandria, LA

#71 Jun 8, 2011
I was in grammar school during the war, also. I remember the "stamp lady" came to each classroom on a certain day of the week selling stamps for ten cents each. We pasted them into a book that held $18.50 worth. You then traded in the filled book for a "War Bond" worth $25.00 at maturity 10 years later. I always had several dimes to take to school on stamp day.
lewis

United States

#72 Jun 8, 2011
biker wrote:
How many did you buy?
How many gears did those bikes have?
The war savings stamp (WSS) was a patriotic program used by the United States Treasury to help fund participation in World War I and World War II, and was principally aimed at school-age children. Savings stamps were available in ten cent and twenty-five cent versions, and provided interest. In some cases collections of stamps could be redeemed for war bonds.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_savings_stam...
1 gear. Also, I said I went back there when life got complicated. I meant in my mind. I have not physically been back to Winnfield since 1975.
I took my boys to Porter's Drug for a soda. They still had the old soda fountain.
oldie

Alexandria, LA

#73 Jun 8, 2011
lewis wrote:
<quoted text>1 gear. Also, I said I went back there when life got complicated. I meant in my mind. I have not physically been back to Winnfield since 1975.
I took my boys to Porter's Drug for a soda. They still had the old soda fountain.
Have you read "Barefoot Days" thread on this forum? Some other memories of days gone by.
I Remember

Robeline, LA

#74 Jun 15, 2011
The Diamond Drive In, Mr. Ranell or Randel Brady's little gas station in the y in front of the cheverolet place and Bass's Filing station right past the drive in.
Bumblefoot

Natchitoches, LA

#75 Jun 17, 2011
winter wrote:
Family sitting around fireplace as cold winter rains pelted the windows.
You were lucky. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down at the mill, fourteen hours a day, week in, week out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home, our dad would thrash us to sleep with his belt.

Aw, the memories.
easy answer

United States

#76 Jun 17, 2011
my favorite child hood memory is getting beaten on a regular basis. didnt matter with what, switches, belts, paddles, etc. for the good ole days..
dabbler

Brown City, MI

#77 Aug 30, 2012
oasys wrote:
Does anyone remember the Goat Castle, my parents always talk about that place. My best memories are of growing up in Joyce (aka Gorhamtown) and walking or riding to Twin Oaks to get an Icee also Hollands Grocery was the BEST hangout!!
In response to an old post...

I do have fond memories of the Goat Castle though. The year was 1955, I was 22 years old, and in Winnfield, Louisiana during military maneuvers.

I was an Airman first Class Radio Operator with the 502nd Air Tactical Division. I served with this init in Korea throughout 1953. Returning to the States we were stationed at Pope Air Force base located near Fayetteville, NC. We were adjoining to Fort Bragg's 81st Airborne base.

In September... through November of 1955 we convoyed to Louisiana and spread through out the state, where we set up military mobile radio relay stations to help direct Air Force radio traffic of military airplanes involved in maneuvers.

We found a fire tower at 3:00am in the morning near Winnfield off route US 167. There we attached large radio antenna weighing about 100 plus pounds, or so to the tower framework just under the Observation box.

I remember it very clearly how we climbed around in the dark on the girders and cross members, setting up our equipment and coaxial cable. I thought "only a fool would be doing this in the dark." Well, I guess the service was made up of dedicated fools, because we all did our job as best we could, just because it was our job, and time of day was immaterial.

Now then, to get to the Goat Castle.... I could have driven several miles to another radio site about 20 miles off, where they had a cook on premise. I chose not to at times, and drove toward Winnfield to the Goat Castle. Usually it was for supper and the hour was late.

I recall a woman and her two daughters operated the restaurant; a very charming woman and two beautiful daughters. I don't recall ever having known their names.

I usually had the same meal, but it was they who introduced me to Chicory coffee. Normally, I had regular coffee... in a large cup. Chicory was quite strong, and was served in what I refer to as a small demitasse' cup. Well believe it or not I enjoyed it very much. For the 3-month period that I was in Winnfield area, eating at that restaurant, I would usually have 3 cups of Chicory with my meal.

The story as I remember about the Goat Castle was... it was the abode of either a vagrant, or squatter who had a bunch of goats, living in the abandoned building. Whether he was ousted or had died, I'm not certain. The Mercer family as I know now, from this web site, who eventually bought and operated the restaurant/motel, named it after its previous occupants... The Goat Castle.

I have wondered many a year what had ever become of the people and the restaurant. By chance, because of Google satellite camera, I tried locating it by viewing air photos; I even emailed several other offices in Winnfield, but no one responded, nor possibly remembered it.

Today... at 79, I can say case closed. None-the-less, I do wish you well on your search for a photograph.

Oh... by the way. I do remember one daughter telling me her mother wished she could have adopted me. God Bless Her.

As I said, they were good folk to remember, who were part of my life for a short period of time.

dabbler@bigtube.net

Bob
Alice Brokaw Wideman

Ruston, LA

#78 Jun 6, 2013
Does anyone remember 1936 ? I went to school there for a year. Margaret Grigsby was my teacher - 6th grade.
I have a picture of Trades Day. Not sure what the date was, but have a similar picture of a group of women outside the New Baptist Church dated 1920. Among the women was my aunt, Mrs. A.P. Burton ( Minnie). She loved entertaining, especially playing bridge. Her house was next to the post office.

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