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Old Knifley: Bob Spires remembers watermelon by the slice

His grandmother, Hallie Knifley, ran the store. In the summer, after buying a nickel slice of watermelon, one could go into the store and get a pinch of salt from the big stone crock behind the counter to sprinkle it. . . sweet memories, Bob Spires remembers

By Bob Spires

I spent so many of my early years running in and out of those screen doors! My Grandmother, Hallie Knifley, ran the store for decades, and would let me have just about anything I asked for.

When I knew the store, the wooden porch had been replaced by concrete. In the summer, it wouldn't be unusual to see as many as 10 men loafing there in the evenings, whittling cedar curls and enjoying each other's company.

Every 30 minutes or so, one of the men would rake up all the curls and burn them. I was always fascinated by how quickly the pile of cedar curls would be consumed by the fire.

Marshall Chelf was my uncle. In summer he would cut a watermelon and sell it for 5 center per slice.

When you bought a slice, you could then go behind the counter, get a pinch of salt from the big stone crock to sprinkle on it, then go sit on the store porch and enjoy it.

I remember Mr. Edsel Dunbar would also get a pinch of salt for the banana he bought there!

Thanks to Dean Quinn for the photo and the sweet memories it brought back! Bob Spires, Murfreesboro, TN

This story was posted on 2014-02-26 19:41:20
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