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... Jones' Three "R's" in Alva, OK by Leslie Kurth re: Frank Deaton's daughter (Diane).
... Homer Jones & Rialto, Ranger, Ritz & Liberty by Terry Smith - re: Remember Wahoo, as well as many a memorable Saturday afternoon with Grandma Venosdel and other cousins at the 'serials' showing at the Ranger. Also remember when Homer would have a big birthday party for Johnny each year at the Rialto. Somewhere hidden in a box or album, I have a picture of me as a child sitting on the lap of 'Smiley Burnett' when he made a personal appearance at the Rialto. Those many afternoons of adventure, children under 12 got in for 10-cents. You had to jump upto the adult admission of 35-cents after that. Another favorite was the 'Saturday night Preview'. If you could stay up that late, you went to the late feature, and could stay to preview next week's film for no extra charge. Great memories.
WaHoo! At the Rialto. How could I forget it? My grandmother took me every Wednesday. One night, I yelled WaHoo, won my first ever prize, and got to run up on the stage to collect a yellow metal bun warmer. I was so proud. That bun warmer got pulled out every holiday meal to hold the butter scones, rolls or biscuits my mother would make. When I left home, I packed the bun warmer and took it with me through untold numbers of moves. It may be in a box in my storage room right now.
... The Rest of the Story SBW - re: The Groceteria was on the south side of Barnes, east of 7th Street and was renamed Magnuson's when it was remodeled.
'Blakemores' was located one block north of the square and eventually became 'Ideal'. The 'Eastside Market' sat in the same block as the 'Runnymede Hotel' and was the forerunner to the 'Red Bud Supermarket'. I remember Mrs. Short having a store in a residential area between 2nd and 3rd street not far from Longfellow School.
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