S and M Produce
Newport News, VA 23607

THEN:
 
  Ken Strayer and Dick McCain  
     

Here is a picture of the produce truck (plus two more pictures I found) for S&M Produce that my daddy, Dick McCain (M)
and his business partner and friend, Ken Strayer (S) ran back in the late 40's. They ran their truck through Stuart Gardens
and the other neighborhoods and apartment complexes that were in the area at that time. My dad is the gentleman
on the right. Notice their cute little "coats" that they wore.

Later they opened a little store on Wickham Avenue. I can't remember what it was called, but they were put out of business
when the bigger grocery stores opened in the Stuart Gardens Shopping Center. Their little store also caught on fire and I
don't think they had adequate insurance.  I remember going to the store after hours and riding my tricycle up and down
the aisles.  They delivered groceries and ran credit.  My Mother used to complain that Daddy didn't "collect"
on his outstanding bills from their clients.  She kept the books showing all the delinquent accounts until after he died
Some of the "high and mighty" (as she used to call them) owed Daddy a lot of money that was never collected.

Thought you might be interested in this little bit of history of NN.
 
- Janice McCain Rose ('65) of VA - 05/15/06 and 05/16/06
WOWZERS!!!  Thanks so much, Janice!

 

East Side, West Side

Words and Music by Lawlor and Blake - 1928
 

Down in front of Casey's
Old brown wooden stoop,
On a summer's evening,
We formed a merry group;
Boys and girls together,
We would sing and waltz,
While Tony played the organ on
The Sidewalks Of New York.

Chorus:
East side, West side,
All around the town,
The tots sang "ring a rosie,"
"London Bridge is falling down."
Boys and girls together,
Me and Mamie O' Rourke,
Tripped the light fantastic
On The Sidewalks Of New York.

 

 


(This page was created on 05/23/06.)


Fruits and Vegetables clip art and Grapevine divider lines courtesy of http://members.fortunecity.com/abkldesign/index.html - 06/09/04

"East Side, West Side" midi courtesy of http://www.jbott.com/estwst.html - 06/09/04

"East Side, West Side" midi courtesy of http://www.kididdles.com/mouseum/s033.html
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/12/03
Thanks, Dave!

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