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(After learning so many things about Elsberry’s history and having heard so many stories about what life used to be like, we here at The Elsberry Democrat have decided to start a new continuing series called “Remembering When.” We would like to invite anyone and everyone to share their stories with us about a time in their life that really stands out. Whether it was cruising around town in your 57’ Chevy or how a group of you would meet at the old tower and enjoy the night, we want to hear it. You can submit your stories by either calling 573-898-2318 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or simply by visiting our office. We can’t wait to hear what you remember)
Ruth Lilley, 76 , of Elsberry: “When we were growing up here in Elsberry, the only place for us to hang out was mainly the ‘Princess Ice Cream Shop’, which was run by Jessie Davis. Mrs. Davis would wake up early in the morning and bake pies like coconut cream, chocolate, stuff like that because she had a little deli too and her coconut cream pies were to die for. She also made chicken salad, tuna salad, salmon salad; she did grilled cheese and even grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. She did this for people who would come in and eat lunch and the place was always packed, but mainly it was a hang out for kids and she was like another grandma for us kids. She took care of us and you had to behave, no roughing around, no way. If the picture show got out late she closed about nine o’clock but would not leave until every child’s parents came and picked them up. Sometimes it would be 9:30 p.m., quarter to 10 before they would get there to pick up the kids but she would never left them stranded.
If you missed a couple days, didn’t show up like you usually do, she would ask if you’ve been sick or what was wrong. I remember one time I didn’t do something and my mother punished me by taking away the Princess for one whole week and to me that was child abuse. Well just before that I was in there with my girls and we were getting a little too loud and I looked at my friends and told them ‘Oh No! I got to go. I got to beat mother home.’ Well mother beat me home, so she took the princess away. When I [got ungrounded] I went back to the Princess and Mrs. Davis met me at the door, crying, asking if she hurt my feelings for getting on to us about getting loud saying, ‘I love my kids, I wouldn’t hurt my kids.’ I told her no, I just didn’t do something I was supposed to do at home and my mother punished me, well then Mrs. Davis lectured me too.
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