It now seems a long time ago when we spent Saturday nights in town. During the summer months the stores remained open on Saturday nights. This was both a necessity and a social time for the farmer. He quit his work early, and the whole family headed for town. Mother had her grocery list and Dad was going to get a hair-cut and visit with his neighbors. The children were given a few coins for their pockets.
On a nice summer night the town’s sidewalks teemed with happy people. Farmers got a chance to discuss crops with their neighbors. You would find many couples visiting over a cup of coffee in one of the restaurants. The children headed to the Noid Drugstore on Main Street where Polly Noid dished up ice cream cones for a nickel. Some older women would sit in their parked cars watching the people walking by.
There are still a group of us that have good memories of those long ago summer Family Saturday Nights.
By Doris Stensland – September 2016