October 19, 2010 and October 26, 2010
Area Businesses Supported 1954 Manitou Play
Manitou High School’s 1954 junior and senior classes presented an annual play on April 16 that year titled “The Custer’s Last Stand”. It was a fun production about a fictional Custer family. Several skits were also part of the entertainment that evening.
The annual junior-senior play was a fundraiser. Students sold ads for the play’s program to businesses and individuals in Manitou, Frederick, Tipton and Snyder. From the perspective of 2010 – 56 years later – listing of those businesses is a nostalgic reminder that the area communities were active, thriving places.
The play’s eight-page program contained 134 sponsorship ads! Businesses included all kinds of enterprises, including many gasoline service stations, grocery stores, and auto dealerships.
Dr. Josie Roark, Chiropractor, Manitou; Joe Bohannon, Grocery & Market; Cities Service Station, Jessie McAlister, Prop., Manitou; Henrick’s Grocery & Market; Manitou Drug, Jewell Henricks; Manitou Garage, George Neugebauer; Manitou Laundry, Lizzie Hogue; Othe James, Barber and Radio; O.P. Stone for Carpenter and Plumbing, Manitou; Park Gin, Sid Arnold, Manager; Ruth’s Beauty Shop; Schreiner’s Blacksmith Shop, “All Kinds of Welding”; Smith’s Café.
Berry Electric, Snyder; Burba Chevrolet, Sales and Service; Farris Dept. Store; Ford Motor Co., Snyder; Henry Floyd’s; Joe Toma Grocery; Linton’s; Magnolia Service Station; Red Cross Drug; Rexall Drug; Sanitary Grocery, Snyder; Snyder Produce; Snyder Shoe Shop; Summers Oil Co.; Wm. Cameron & Co., “Capable and Dependable Since 1868”, Ben Knight, Mgr., Snyder; Williams-Wynn Grocery.
B. & R. Plumbing; Cicero Smith Lumber Co., “Everything for the Builder”; First National Bank, Tipton; Fitzgerald Furniture; Give & Take Grocery; Jemison & Taylor, “Go West – Trade With Us”; Largent Drug, Tipton; Lee’s Department Store, Dry Goods and Shoes; Loftis Chevrolet, “Your Friendly Chevrolet Dealer”; McDonald Drug Store; Mitchell-Goodwin Lumber Co.; Moran Motor Co., “There’s A New Ford in Your Future”, Tom Moran, Tipton; Nellie’s Café; Right Price Grocery, Tipton; Shep’s Shoe Shop; Smokey’s Produce; Spinning Wheel; Tipton Cleaners; Tipton Hardware; Tipton Implement Co., John Deere Dealer; Walker Brothers, “Your Friendly Food Store”, “We Deliver”.
A & B Butane Co., Butane and Propane, “Courteous Service”; Albert, Lois and Dot Beauty Shop, 524 South 14th; B.F. Goodrich Co., Retail Division, 207 W. Grand Avenue; Billy Fisher’s Magnolia Service Station; Blue Moon Dress Shop; Byrne Implement Co., Allis-Chalmers Sales, Service, Parts; Byrum’s Cleaners; Cameron & Blankenship, Frederick.
Also, Cohea Studio; Corner Drug Store; Dairy Queen; David Rhodes, Sinclair marketer; Dr. Pepper, “10-2-4”, Jack Harness; Eales Oil Co., Wholesale & Retail; Earl’s Super Market, “Frederick’s Most Complete Food Store”; Farmers Co-operative Grain & Cotton Co., “Trade With Yourself”; Faulconer’s Grocery; First National Bank, Frederick; Frederick Electric, Sam Hurst, 110 South Main; Frederick Florist, “Say It With Flowers”; Frederick Ice and Locker Co.; Frederick Implement Co., B.R. Campbell & Harvey Loftis; The Frederick Leader, “Tillman County’s Home Daily”; Fry Newman Motor Co., Studebaker.
Also, Gambill’s 5 cent to $1; Gene’s Café; Geo. M. Burkhardt Abstract Co.; Gibson Equipment Co., International Harvester, Sales & Service; Gish Funeral Home & Home Furnishings; Goodyear Service – Goodyear Tires, G.E. Television; Hamilton Cash Grocery, Ed Moeller’s Market; Hicks Cash-Way Lumber Co.; Honest Tom’s Food Market, “Poor Man’s Friend”; Ice Berg Locker Cash Grocery & Market, Charley Brannon; J.E. Fry Co., Furniture, Appliances, Electric Wiring; Jimmie Jones Cities Service, Wholesale Products; Kent-Burke Implement Co., “Better Built Farm Equipment”; Langston Drug Store; Lester Hayter Auto Supply; Loutherback Grocery, “The House of Quality”; and Marks, “Fashion is our Specialty”;
Also, Minneapolis Moline, Wilson-McPherson, Sales & Service; Myers Butane; National Bank of Frederick; Noel Jones Auto Service, Mechanical and Body Repairs; O.E. Brittain Motor Co., FORD, “The Fashion Leader for ‘54”; The Orchid Shoppe, Shoes, dresses, hats, jewelry; Patton Pontiac & Cadillac, Grady Patton; Perkins-Timberlake, “Your Friendly Store”; Phillips 66, Frederick; Redy Gas Co., Butane & Propane; Rex E. Curtis Men’s Wear; Rounds & Porter Lumber Co., “Everything to Build Anything”; Seay’s Drug; Steele Hardware, Frederick; T.O. Wright, Canvas and Upholstery Work; Tom’s Peanuts & Candy, “I’m At Your Service”, Laurel Saunders.
Also, United Cash Grocery and Market, “Best in the Food Line”; Victory Service Station, Magnolia Products, Dan Harness & Ken Hodges; West Side I.G.A. Grocery & Market, “Your Food Dollar Goes Farther”; Wade Watson Chevrolet Dealer, “Guaranteed Service and A Square Deal”; Wall Bros., Gleaner Baldwin Combines, “Most Complete Line of Parts in Southwest”; Western Auto Associate Store, Wizzard Appliances and Davis Tires; Whitten Cleaners, “Cleaners That Clean”; Whittier Implement Co.; Wilson-Spraggins Motor Co., “Your Mercury Dealer”; Wm. Cameron & Co., Building Material; Zumwalt Plumbing, Heating, Hardware, Air Conditioning.
Joe Wynn is a member of the Tillman County Historical Society Board. He can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org