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April 26, 2014

TUCKER: Fattening flashbacks

Tonawanda News — Do you remember Werkley’s Candy on Goundry Street in North Tonawanda? The handmade candy was the best around and at Easter time, the store had a very large jar on the counter filled with marshmallow “Peeps.” It was a favorite store for all our family, and most possible yours, too. In this month’s Lumber Shover, the newsletter of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, a Mother’s Day advertisement from Werkley’s is reproduced — a wonderful flashback.

Speaking of flashbacks, Gordon Hayes emailed a menu from Woolworth’s store from 1957. The menu includes so many great items, including a “super deluxe ham sandwich, baked ham sliced very thin and stacked high on plain bread” all for 40 cents. A “Tulip Sundae” was 25 cents, and my personal favorite, a banana split, 39 cents. If you were more into apple pie, it was 15 cents per slice.

Bob Derner added to the reminiscences of Woolworth’s.

“If I remember correctly, they used to sell warm cashews at a display when you first walked in the door,” Bob wrote. “No one could resist them — at least I couldn’t! Those were the days, but then, we really didn’t have a lot of money jingling in our pockets in those days either.”

Stan Nicholson recalled one of his favorite memories was going to the Rivera Theater (yes that was its name in those days) on a Saturday in the early 1930s with his buddies.

“First we crossed the street and got a nickel bag of candy at Murphy’s,” he emailed.  “The Rivera always had two main movies and a serial which we followed every Saturday. Movie charge was a dime if my memory is correct. ...  I hope that I will never forget my olden days in the Tonawandas.”

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A couple of weeks ago Elaine Davis, whom you probably all know from Lane Jewelers in Tonawanda, and I ran into each other. Elaine commented on the yarn being sought by so many quilters and noted that she also is a quilter. A number of years ago, Elaine made my husband and me each a lovely quilt, which I still use on my bed.

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