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A few months later my daughter Vickie, my grandson William, and I made much the same trip. We did visit Roswell and saw International UFO Museum and Research Center, the Roswell Museum with great exhibits on Robert H. Goddard the father of modern rocketry. We had a wonderful time at Los Alamos visiting several museums. We visited the site where Billy the Kid was shoot by Pat Garret, also the scene of the Lincoln County Wars and Silver City, Billy The Kid’s hometown. It is hard to get away from Billy the Kid in New Mexico. It seemed to me that most of New Mexico’s old heroes were outlaws like Billy and Poncho Villa. On both of the New Mexico trips we visited White Sands National Park, drove down to El Paso, Texas, and on the trip with Vickie we went on a short bus trip into Mexico.

The Stores

I never realized what a big part stores have in our lives. They served functions beyond the apparent. They, along with churches, were the focal points of our neighborhoods. Francine wrote about a store where her father got milk during World War Two for here sick brother. I am going to tell about some of the ones I remember.

The main store in my youth was Troy Raines Store in Macon. It was located on Montpelier Avenue at Pio Nono. Troy Raines was a general store in the truest meaning of the word. He sold everything you needed to live in the 1940’s world. He sold food, had a meat market, and had a lunch counter. He sold all manner of dry goods, from overhauls (not overalls) to shoes. Anything in the hardware line and hunting and fishing gear. He had a feed store and a filling station adjacent to the big store. I loved to get a hamburger from the lunch counter. They smelled real bad, but I liked the taste. I would always get sick when I ate one. I know now the smell was from spoiled meat that they would grind up in the meat department. But, if I could get one more of those hamburgers and knew it wouldn’t kill me to eat it, I would pay $100.

The only grocery stores that I knew as a boy that was part of a chain was the A & P stores. They were every small compared with today’s stores, not to much bigger that a modern convenience store. Then later came the Piggy Wiggly stores and the Kroger’s.

The nearest regular store to where we lived on the farm was Long’s Store. Mr. J.A. Long ran it and after his death Mrs. Long ran it for a very long time. I loved to stop there with daddy and buy gas. As there was no electricity the gas had to be pumped up to the glass tank on the top of the pump. I enjoyed doing the pumping and then watching the tank empty as it went into the car.

Sadie Walker’s store was a few miles southwest of Long’s Store. Sadie sold beer and

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