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Hardscratch essay reminds Jim of Royville, KY store

For the uninitiated, Greater Royville stretches out along KY 80 from inside Adair County line, plumb clean to Russell Springs, KY, and was, for many years, the "going to town" town for a wide area of Adair and Russell County; it is the Texarkana of South Central Kentucky, so to speak, crossing the most definitive county line, to those living right up against it, in the world; though a Martian would scarcely notice a hair of difference. -CM

About: From Hardscratch: Friendships and great times more precious than gold

By "Jim"

Mr. Hill's wonderful essay brings to mind a dead-certain fact of rural life: until you've been a member of a general store family, either as owner, shopper, loafer, or (as in my case) a kid underfoot keeping a wary eye on the adults, you haven't lived.

When I was but a wee tot (about two years after the last known pterodactyl sighting), my folks owned and ran a general store smack-dab in the middle of the greater Royville, KY, metroplex.

Although that was several decades ago, I well remember many of the regulars, both shoppers and loafers, who daily came through the somewhat tattered screen door that proclaimed "Colonial is good bread." The loafers, of course, congregated to swap knives, guns, and lies - not necessarily in that order.Among the notables who darkened the door were Mr. Hughes, a somewhat eccentric fellow who on any given occasion would make pronouncements.

A favorite was "I never et but one termater in my life and I've always regretted eatin' that one."

Another character was Mr. Bernard, who would buy large bottles of vanilla extract by the half-dozens, always with the solemn assurance that "The wife does a lot of baking."

And there was Mr. Coffey, who would stop by at least three times a day for his RC Cola fix. He stood 6' 5" and was a moveable mountain to a little fellow like me.

Shoot. Now I'm hungry for a 'loney sandwich (fixed up rag'lr, of course), a Moon Pie, and a bag of salty peanuts afloat in an ice-cold R-o-C Cola.

Of course, a catfish dinner at the Hardscratch General Store would go down pretty good too!

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