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She remembers the old restaurants in San Antonio

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Lois Wauson is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or
September 24, 2010 | 1,671 views | 5 comments

It makes me happy when someone calls me to say they read my column, "Rainy Days and Starry Nights" in the WILSON COUNTY NEWS and they liked it so much they want to tell me. It's much better than getting a phone call from someone who disliked something I said in the story. Well, that doesn't very often. In almost 10 years of writing the column I have only received two of those kind of calls. And I thank God and my faithful readers for that!

And I like it when I meet people out around this area, and they say, "Are you the one who writes in the paper? I have read your column for years. It is the first thing I look for when I get the paper!"

People know me through my column. I went to the volley ball game in Poth last week, and sat next to a man named David Wehmeyer, who is the Poth School Superintendent. My brother Bob introduced me.

David said, "Oh I read your stuff in the paper all the time. Read it for years."

I think to my self, "And I am just that little country girl from Kasper School. Wow!"

This morning I received a call from Harriet Dodgen from Seguin. She said, "Is this Lois?"

I said, "Yes it is."

She said, "You don't know me, but I read your column all the time. My name is Harriet Dodgen. I live outside of Seguin."

She then told me about how she enjoyed my column this week about favorite restaurants I have been to in San Antonio. It seems she had been to those very restaurants long ago, and has fond memories of them too! I had written about how Eddie and I used to go to the Manhatten Cafe on Houston St. next door to the Majestic Theater. It has been torn down now, and I asked if anyone had memories of the same restaurant and had picture. She didn't have pictures, but she remembered how it was her favorite too, back in the mid-forties!!

She worked at a little dress shop for juniors on Houston St. then, and they used to go to the Manhatten for lunch sometimes. And like me, she said the food was excellent.

Harriet said their favorite place to go mostly was at the lunch counter at Kress's Variety Store. Wonder if anyone remembers that one. She said they used to get a lunch plate for $.25. Imagine that! And it was a very flling and tasty plate.

Harriet married Walter Dodgen in 1946. They lived in Eastwood Village many years.

Harriet said she also agreed with me about Schilo's Deli and how she remembers their beautiful bar at the rear, with the beautiful mirror across the back. I told her it was still there! She and her husband always got the cold frosty glasses of tap beer. I told her when Eddie and I came to San Antonio in later years and went there, he would always get a glass beer too. I think I will get one next time I go there!

She also told me about the times they, too would go to Christie's and how they had such good seafood. And how she also loved their Remoulade dressing! Wow. We got to reminisce about Christies 60 years later! Maybe we went there the same day and never met!

Like me, Harriet said they always went places on the Transit buses. Lots of people didn't have cars back then.

Harriet is 87 years old, and I sure would love to meet her. She sounds kinda like my Aunt Clare in Georgia. Fun to talk to, and fun to be with. She does't believe in getting old, and talking about your ailments. We just live with them and go on and thank God every day that we wake up in this old world another day.

I like to get phone calls like that one. Harriet made my day. I wondered if anyone would want to read about restaurants of years gone by. Well, I guess someone does. Harriet did. Thank you Harriet.
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November 17, 2010 10:59am
My memories don't go back as far as many of your readers. I do remember special trips "to town" with my grandmother Elsa Mitchell. What a treat it was to dress up a little and go for lunch at the Camillia Room ... More ›

Lois Wauson  
Floresville, TX  
November 16, 2010 8:28pm
4th Generation and Mr. Deaton, Thanks for your input. It's nice to remember the old places that make us happy back then, isn't it? That cherry pie must have been scrumptious for you to remember to this day! I miss Christie's ... More ›

Donald Deaton  
Floresville, TX  
November 16, 2010 10:25am
I remember all of them, as my Father had his locksmith company on East Losoya. We would go and eat at the Old original Restaurant, and although there is a place called that on the river, that is not the original. It was fabulous ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
November 16, 2010 10:08am
As an adult, I too use to go to Christies in SA before they sold it several years ago. They had the best sauce for dipping in those fried shrimp....also, use to love the iceberg lettuce salad with a big lollop of dressing on ... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
November 16, 2010 10:04am
As a little tyke, I had trouble with my eyes and had to go into San Antonio one time a year for an annual check up. We were so poor, that church mice took up collections for us, and going to San Antonio was equivalent then ... More ›

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