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Pride shows in Beverly

April 14, 2008 - Jim Bartholow
Between special sections to put out, attending Cleveland Indians' opening day, and fighting a cold it's been tough to find the time to write during the previous few weeks. So much for my whining. ...

It's really nice to see a small town get behind one of its own. Driving up there Sunday I noticed a sign on the McDonald's about OSU tickets for $5. I thought, wow that's a good buy, what's up with that. Well, in my mind I was thinking OSU football. But in Beverly, OSU this time of year is all about OSU baseball. That's because Fort Frye grad Tyler Engle is playing for the Buckeyes' baseball team and from what I read on the sports pages he's doing pretty well. So, obviously, pride is showing in a big way on the streets of Beverly.

In helping to lay out our Progress editions I learned there is a lot going on in the Mid-Ohio Valley in our businesses, schools and elsewhere. This area is rich in artistic talents. And hundreds of community volunteers are putting time to make this area a great place to live. It's refreshing to me to read about people helping other people, when there's so much bad news making headlines. Monday morning we got a call about the old Broughton's restaurant on Seventh Street being torn down. There were some nice memories in that place for the Bartholow family. We'd go there quite often when our two kids were young for ice cream cones. Butter pecan is my favorite. But what really sticks in my mind is a taste of Superman ice cream. I think it had little bits of bubble gum; a real taste sensation in its day.

Reading the weekend edition story about upcoming road work, jogged my memories of Pike Street when we first came to town in 1972. It was two lanes out to the interstate; no Burger King, no Captain D's. Of course, the Cone and Shake was open and a favorite of mine for the cheeseburgers (my standard when judging anyplace that serves food). It later became Leslie's favorite for the nine months she carried our daughter (shrimp dinner cravings). I remember the BK drive-in next to the Cone and Shake. That was THE place to go for root beer in a frosted mug. You'd just pull up in your car, park under the big awning and wait for your waitress to take your order. This was another good place for cheeseburgers, and the hot dogs were special, too.

There was Cain's Motel, Elby's Restaurant, assorted car lots, and close to the interstate was the Wagon Wheel. It didn't look like much on the outside, but I'm told it was more than just a bar. The food was worth the trip, I'm told. I never went inside. The Wagon Wheel was just off Pike, close to where Shoney's is now located. Things on Pike Street really took off when it was widened to two lanes into and out of town. Hecks, Hills, Kmart, Kroger, Rax, and Wendy's soon followed and Pike Street began to take on the look people today would recognize.


Thanks to the reader who replied to my blog item about the Harmar Hill steps. Imagine, smooching on those steps.


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