The Cracker Barrel


My mother was born near the small town of Mt. Olive in the Shenandoah Valley. We'd visit my cousins regularly, and those trips almost always included a trip to Bill Baker's store. There always seemed to be a group of old-timers sitting there telling stories, sharing news, chewing a quid, or smoking a pipe with a lot of laughs. As a kid, I didn't understand some of the stories they told. I think it was supposed to be that way. 
    On Saturday nights, the kids would go to the local movie theater with strict instructions to meet my uncle after the movie at the gas station across Main Street. He spent the time there with other fellows telling stories, sharing news, chewing a quid, or smoking a pipe. Sometimes, it was better than the movie.
    We don't know where these sessions took place in Manchester Township. Probably at Bentzel's Mill, the Emig Store, or George Pfaltzgraff's store in Foustown. I'm sure they would sit around telling stories, sharing news, chewing a quid, or smoking a pipe.

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