Out Of Business After The First Day

This was in 1943, the year the R&N Cafe opened for business. Here we are, Rita, Nancy and Tricia, all ready for church. we had been to the beauty parlor~

This was in 1943, the year the R&N Cafe opened for business. Here we are, Rita, Nancy and Tricia, all ready for church. We had been to the beauty parlor for perms~

Nancy was about six years old and I was ten.  One day we found some stuff in the alley that Tutt and Dorothy Ellis had thrown away. There were a couple of old fancy wall lamps, a matching light fixture, and a pair of green draperies. We had found a gold mine~ we took it home with no real plans but decided to spruce up the garage. There was a floor in the back with one window and a door, it was mostly filled with junk. The two lamps went on the sides of the window and we hung the fancy light fixture from the rafter. It was looking good. (except for all the other mess which we hauled out to the alley). There was an old ironing board and two bar stools and this is when our plans came to life. That is when The R & N Cafe was born. (aka Rita’s & Nancy’s Cafe). There was a big trunk that held all the old Life Magazines that we were never allowed to look at, it was during the war and there were pictures too horrible for children to see.   (We looked at them many times) Anyway, with a drapery covering the trunk and the other one on the ironing board, it was coming together. We moved a few dishes out from the house and a stew pan. Now, ‘What to serve our customers?’. Mother canned most of our food, there was a closet full in her kitchen. We picked cans of  strawberries and hominy. We took a turn being the waitress and raved about the fine food. Delicious!         Now  Monetta Bradshaw and Linda Jones lived on the next block so Nancy ran down to see if they wanted to come and eat at our new cafe. They did and it was free and we had a cheerful crowd. There was still most of the pan of hominy  left but we were tired of this venture and all went over to grandmother’s house to play on the swing. We forgot about our cafe for  a few days and when we went back the hominy was green and had fuzzies growing on it, we just threw the ‘pan and all’ out in the pasture.  Our grand opening had only lasted about 30 minutes but it was fun.                                                   Nancy and I talked about these old times often, it was one of the things she always remembered.

2 thoughts on “Out Of Business After The First Day

  1. Rita, I just had a touch of dejavu when I saw the three of you posing before church. Lovely ladies, of course, but what caught my eye was the house you are standing in front of. It is the spitting image of the old house on Rabbit Road where Johnno and Snooks Mayo lived in the 50’s and raised Johnny and Sammy Mayo until they moved to town. Many fond memories in that house from the days Dad and I came to hunt on the Jackson place out near the McIntosh place. Wish I had gotten to know you and Dan back then,

    Finally got a pretty good rain here in Georgetown this weekend. I hope you did too.

    Love to you and Family,

    Al and Pat Luedecke

    • gHi Al,
      I remember their house out on Rabbit Road ( Will Davis Rd). Dan and I lived on the farm over there for 20 years before we build our house here. So it was us, then Boots and Alma lived over on the south side of the road, they bought the Robinson place, then the the Jacksons joined our place, then the Mayo’s on the south side of the road, and on down to the Edwin Jackson place. Will Davis was a big land owner in Schleicher County, never married so there were a lot of nieces and nephews who ended up with large ranches from his estate. He had great wealth but he was ‘careful’ with his money. He got my mother to figure his taxes every year for $10. We had some nice people on our road. Nook and Johnno and their kids came to the Presbyterian Church so we were all good friends. Of course, Alma and Boots too. He worked in foreign countries until he retired so Alma always had interesting stories to tell. (she liked it here best of all). My daddy built our house in the picture, it cost $1,600 to build. Two nice size bedrooms, one bath kitchen and living room, and 5 people. We had chickens, a cow, big garden every year and a yard full of fruit trees. Daddy was known for his trees. Nice remembering. My little sister died in June after having dementia for 7 years. The worst thing that can happen to a person and her family. She was a beautiful girl with a beautiful family and this hateful thing took away all her sweet memories. For the last year, she didn’t know any of those she loved the most. Yes, we have had such good rains this year. It just clouds up and rains every afternoon. Everything is green.
      Love for all, Rita

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