Dean Kaster told me he and his brothers, Donnie and Larry, had duties in the building and his was to run the bowling alley. His folks, Forest and Ora, had just closed their coal mine in 1950, and bought the Corner Café. They served hand made tenderloins, hamburgers, fries and malts from real ice cream. Dean said it was a bit different blowing then. They used duckpins instead of the ones we have now, with a soft ball twice as big and scoring was not the same either.
My dad and mom, Orel and Alice Kaster, Forest’s brother, used to go bowling there also. Forest and Ora owned the building and businesses for three years. They lived upstairs in the apartment.
Betty and Paul Cridlebaugh were the owners after Forest and Ora Kaster. The help was paid .35¢ per hour and Betty sold plate dinners at .75¢ each. She remembered she had three good helpers, Donna Rae Tubaugh, Judy Cox and Sharon O’Connor. Betty said she had a good business at at the time the new Post Office and the now middle of the building of the high school was being built. They were so busy they had to set three lunch times, 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. in order to get everyone fed. She said they paid $5,000 for the building to Mettie Roland and $1,200 for the business.
Betty had some stories to tell. For instance, Dave Bishop was so tight, he would peer in the Corner Café windows to see if any of his friends were in there so he could get one of them to pay for his coffee.
Don Pettibone found a small animal, dead, not a skunk, and put it in Larry Brooks’ car and had to take it back. Larry was not pleased. Don then wrapped in all in a box with pretty paper with lots of ribbons and put it n Dave Bishop’s car. Dave took it to the Corner Café but would not open it. He took it down to Turner’s Furniture Store to show it to Bert and opened it. By this time, it was pretty ripe. And “Bert like to run himself to death trying to get away from that package.”