Sev­eral ran the cafe down­town

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - OPINION - Pea Ridge His­tory BIL­LIE JINES For­mer editor Pea Ridge Graphic 1967-1976

Mrs. Win­nie Shadley, with help of her daugh­ters, Win­nie and Mar­ion, con­tin­ued to op­er­ate the cafe. Then, in Oc­to­ber 1945, she mar­ried Don John­son, and he and Irene went on run­ning the cafe for a cou­ple of years.

Flarence Ella Bo­lain thinks it was around 1946 or 1947 when her par­ents, Dewey and Una But­try ran the cafe with help from their daugh­ter-in-law, Mil­dred But­try.

Mrs. Bo­lain also spoke to another pro­pri­etor of a cafe there, Pansy Gastineau now of Spring­dale. With help from her mother-in-law, Geneva Gastineau, she op­er­ated the busi­ness from Oc­to­ber 1962 to Au­gust 1963.

Mrs. Gastineau re­port­edly sold the busi­ness to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Thomas. The Thomases’ daugh­ter, Cynthia Brown­ing, said that her mother was joined by Mrs. Howard Greene in the op­er­a­tion. Later, Mrs. Greene with­drew from the busi­ness, and Mrs. Thomas con­tin­ued to run it for maybe a year or so.

Ear­lier, from 1949 to 1951, the cafe was op­er­ated by Phil and Florence Beguin. Their daugh­ter, Jenita Prophet, said that her fa­ther also ran a real es­tate busi­ness there for Bob Vogt in the back of the cafe. The fam­ily resided in the back of the cafe, and she pointed out that this was in the part of the build­ing that later housed the Pea Ridge Fire De­part­ment.

At the same time, she said, there was an apart­ment up­stairs in which var­i­ous fam­i­lies resided; And Char­lie Tet­rick’s feed store was in the south­east corner of the build­ing.

The cafe was a pop­u­lar place for teenagers to hang out, she said. They played mu­sic and pool there.

Just how many op­er­ated a cafe there is not known, nor was the writer able to con­tact some who might have known more. For in­stance, it was men­tioned that Retha Jef­fer­son and the late Pearl Miller might once have had the cafe, as well as Ruth and Hu­bert Fol­lett and Ruth and Frank Dean. Records do show that Oct. 26, 1956, Eula Campbell, a daugh­ter of Char­lie Tet­rick and his wife is­sued a War­ranty Deed to Roy W. Tay­lor and Nada Z. Tay­lor, his wife, for the prop­erty.

Dur­ing the Tay­lors’ pro­pri­etor­ship, it is said that they cut a door be­tween the two build­ings, whereas, it had been a sep­a­rate wall be­tween the two parts of the struc­ture pre­vi­ously. In the east build­ing, they es­tab­lished a ban­quet room. The cedar wain­scot­ing in that room still was in use in what had been the Coun­cil Room un­til re­cently. Just how long the Tay­lors ran the cafe is not now known.

Editor’s note: This ar­ti­cle is fourth in a five-part se­ries. It was writ­ten by Bil­lie Jines, for­mer editor of The TIMES of North­east Ben­ton County. It is the his­tory of the build­ing which served as City Hall for many decades prior to the re­cent con­struc­tion of the one on We­ston Street.

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