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Tales from the old-timer

Treats in the Early 60’s

By Jane Thibodeau Martin,

daughter of the Old-Timer



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When I was young my mother didn’t have a driver’s license - not to mention Dad needed our car to go to work. So trips to town were events to be looked forward to. I was reminded of a few of those places on a recent long weekend in my hometown.

There was an emporium called, I think, Goodfellows, which was sort of a combination tavern/soda fountain and tobacco shop/newsstand. Seems like an odd coupling of businesses these days. There was a curtained doorway from the soda fountain area into the cigar-scented “bar,” which made it seem sort of mysterious. They made the BEST chocolate ice cream sodas at this place and a trip there was a huge treat. Dad was pretty willing to go there, since he could have a beer in the back while we got our sodas.

Once in a while on Sundays during the football game, my parents’ friends the Mays would drop in at our house. If we were lucky, it would be decided to go get pizza at the “Humdinger” restaurant which was located on Highway 64 just inside the city limits area. I still, after all these years, remember their AM 570 radio commercial. It featured what had to have been a local female talent singing:

Chubby Chicken, we’ve got the chubbiest chicken around

Juicy pizza, there’s no better homemade pizza in town

We have a wide choice of foods my friends,

Shrimp, burgers, frog legs, it isn’t the end

We have the chubby chicken, best tasting chicken around!

This jingle still pops into my head, and I will probably be humming it in my rocking chair when I am in my dotage.

Finally, there was a “5 and dime” called Woolworth on Main St. in Marinette that had a lunch counter. When we were out shopping we sometimes stopped in and got either French fries and a fountain Coke, or a chocolate ice cream soda. We VASTLY preferred the ice cream sodas at Goodfellows, but Mom wasn’t so interested as Dad in getting a beer so if we were with her it was going to be Woolworth. Food service in a store - it went out of fashion, but has returned with a vengeance with many large retailers having in house coffee shops or fast food restaurants - none of which have any of the charm of the lunch counter at Woolworth.


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