There was also a story about Johnny Spencer and a goat on top of the Post Office roof. My mom saw the goat up there and wasn’t sure who got it down or who put it up there. There were always people who thought Postmaster Don Pettibone or his enemies did it. believe the newspaper, the Moravia Union, did take pictures to feature on Wednesday.
On the Fourth of July someone shoe firecrackers at the Corner Café enough to take out the lights. Betty had an old police car they had purchased and took out after whoever had done it and chased kids all over town. Floyd Allen was also trying to catch them.
Betty was really mad if it was the kids and firecrackers that took out the electricity because she had allowed them to come in after the cafe was closed and practice their dancing skills for prom. She said they were very careful and paid for any candy bars or pop, leaving money on the counter. She didn’t want it to be the kids who shot off the firecrackers.
Betty and Paul lived in the apartment upstairs in the building and the dryer vent fell out on George Firkins below. She yelled out the window, “George, are you hurt?” George didm’t hear her and went right on.
She told me about being pregnant and her dress went up in the back, almost over her head, while working. Nobody told her, until someone besides her regular customers told her. The regular customers were too tickled to tell her.
There were several owners I was not able to get any information on by press time, but some of the ones I had information on definitely represented some of the life and times of a small town in rural southern Iowa.