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Looking Back: Remember 21
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Hooper, John, Author
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Written: 21 July 1996
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    Latitude: 44.35012 Longitude: -78.73286
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Remember when:

*We didn't have to suffer from the stink of exhaust fumes when reel lawn mowers were used instead of to-day's gas powered machines.

*Cone-shaped spindles of string hung from grocery store ceilings when packages and bags were tied up or the glued strips of paper from dispensers that wet the tape as it was ejected for sealing parcels.

*Posters in our classrooms read:

M is for milk,

You need to drink plenty.

But no tea or coffee

Before you are twenty.


Sleep with your windows open

Or in the open air.

*Corsets and girdles were undergarments commonly in use.

*"Bill" Nugent, owner of the Hotel Benson, had an alligator approximately 18 inches long housed in a large aquarium located in the lobby of the hotel.

*Claude Brown and the late Allan "Sam" Rogers were partners in the Oasis Restaurant in Minden.

*Ron Redgers and Jack Elliot were co-owners of the "Rockcliffe Hotel" while Len Bates was proprietor on the "Dominion Hotel" in Minden.

*As youngsters one of the first things we learned was the following verse:

Little hearts will ope' with ease,

To very, very little keys.

Don't forget the two are these;

"I thank you sir" and

"If you please."

Somewhere these two important words have been lost in the shuffle.

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Looking Back: Remember 21