Interview of Charles H. Stone by Susan Meehan for the Elizabeth V. and George F. Gardner Digital Library Memory Bank. Stone discusses growing up in the West Shore area of Cumberland County, his father's box manufacturing company, and his career as a lawyer.
Working at the Silver Spring Drive-In during the all nighters in 1974 where movies were shown all night. Jim Centrell was the manager. Mr. Jones was the owner of the drive-in and Ogden foods ran the concession. Momma Singer ran the ticket booth and David Deninger was Singer's grandson. Brenda ran the register and Dwayne ran the projector and he would always play Afternoon Delight during breaks. Had a cassette tape with the song and would rewind the tape before each break. Easy and fun place to work. Watch the movies on the hood of the bosses car and whenever someone came in to get something to eat they would take turns. Sold hotdogs, popcorn, hamburgers, and pulled pork. Leftover popcorn was stored in a garbage bag with a plastic liner for the next day and hamburgers were taken apart and put in the pulled pork sauce. Though many people often praised the hamburgers. Deep fried eggrolls and french fries with the boys the only ones allowed to take out the hot grease out and the drums would have maggots and pour the hot grease in and the maggots would pop.
The drive-in was located on the Carlisle Pike. You could see the movies from the races. It was loud and dusty on a Saturday night and you had old speakers. Had to roll up your window to hear the movie. But there were no complaints as they knew what to expect. Centrell was fun to work for and would take people out for dinner some nights. Drive-in open seven days and employees worked six nights with one day off. Excited when a new movie was played but by the fourth night it became repetitive. Herby the Love Bug was a headline, the Rescuers, Blazing Saddles, Saturday Night Fever were also shown. When Centrell passed away Lender left soon after due to new manager.
Rainbow Roller was also along the Carlisle Pike and they also had all nighters. First had organ music before moving over to pop music. Poison played there a couple of times before they were famous. Sherry Hogan, Robin Hartman, Mary Hubbard along with Lender and Gill also went there. Mary had a pickup and everyone would pile up in the back of the truck. Mary and Robin were older and received their licenses first. Lived closer to Enola making the trip to Cumberland Valley Educational Park difficult. The school was large. School memories include Moo Power being painted on the top of the dome. One of the Hogestown boys painted it and got in trouble. At that time there were still cow pastures behind the school. Lender and Beckey met in Good Hope. While I-81 was being built they would met beneath the 81 bridge and rode their bikes on the road.
In the 70s they would iron hair to make it straight. Globs of mascara. Hip huggers and bell bottoms and gaucho paints in high school. Hurricane Agnes in 1972 mainly affected others they knew. One of Lender’s foster brothers was getting married and one of the bridges was closed after 8:30 at night. It was not possible to get to the wedding. Lender saw a hill wash out on Good Hope Mill road while Beckey had some water in her basement. Beckey had a pet mouse that was trained. Bought from a someone at school for a dollar and initially kept in a shoe box with holes.
Good Hope Intermediate School dances. At that time it was just seventh and eighth grade. There was a tunnel for gym class. Had one piece white gym uniforms that snapped up the front and they were worn from seventh grade to senior year of high school. Staggered lunches. Lender always brought a lunch to school. Mr. Mouser was a math teacher in eighth grade. Had home ec with sowing. Made a duck recipe with red wine in seventh grade. Teacher would measure the amount of wine in the bottle with a piece of tape.
Ninth grade building was separated from the rest of the school but was connected by another tunnel. Scary at the time. Talk with Mr. Chapman and occasionally skipped class to staple papers for him. Intermural badminton team on court 1 as Beckey would play in her backyard a lot. Swimming at the high school. Would always be late to next class as she would have to blow dry her hair. Lender took diving at the high school as she was already able to swim after growing up at the pool in Enola. Swimsuits were embarrassing. School was fun. Study halls were enjoyable. Make paper footballs or other projects. Eighth period study hall meant you could skip out early as long as you were not caught as there were no study hall monitors or parking lot monitors. No longer the case as students today no longer have as much freedom.
Colonel Denning State Park camping, Beaver Falls, and the Shore. Weekends for Beckey consisted of Rainbow Roller on Friday and the Silver Spring Speedway on Saturday after she had stopped working at the drive-in and started working at Kentucky Fried Chicken. Lender did not start going to the Speedway until the 1980s. Three Mile Island was working at the New Cumberland Army Depot less than 10 miles away taking inventory outside. Had to take three days of work and stay with family in Wilkes-Barre. Lender’s father was around radiation in the Navy and he did not want his family exposed to radiation the same way he was. Not much changed after for Lender as she was young and went out dancing to Julie’s and other places. Beckey was living in New York and was making plans for her parents to come up if things became worse. Disco areas in the area included the Metron in Harrisburg. Remebers it as the son of the owners of the drive-in wanted to open a disco club and so he took Lender to a number of discotheques in the area. The Wonder Why now Vissagio’s was the place that Lender went to the most.
Beckey went one time to the Creekview. Lender would throw parties when her parents spent the weekend in Wilkes-Barre. People who had no connection with you at school would show up and 10 people would turn into a 100. An under 21 club opened up just as Lender was around that age and went there a few times with younger friends. Willow Mill Park was off of Wertz Mill road and back around the Creek. There was a stage that Beckey would have baton recitals on. Cumberland County Child and Youth had their annual picnic there. Willow’s Grove was another popular place that Beckey would go. Baton recitals there as well.
Silver Spring Speedway was a weekly thing and you sat in the same spot every time and you got to know the people around you. Lender ended up on a couple of pit crews. John Stoner did the sportsmans. Lender’s husband raced a little bit on Lincoln. A few classmates were involved as well including Dave Cattleman, Jim Shuttlesworth, and Dave Berkheimer. Every Thursday, Lender would go from the Weis store for groceries and they would occasionally go to Kresges and they would sit at the soda fountain and her father would buy the kids a Coke. Hand me downs were they would get most their clothes. Lender wore dresses and they were not allowed to wear pants until sixth grade. Sizzlers were short, short dresses at Junior High in Good Hope.
The 70s was hard for fashion as it was all over the place. Maxis, mini, and minis. Make jean pocketbooks. Cut inner seam out of jeans and get a piece of material for the front and back to make a maxi skirt. Converse high top sneakers for five dollars at the bin store. Donkey basketball at highschool for charity. Shaull Elementary School went six weeks in the summer for kindergarten and started the first grade that September. Donald Darr the English teacher ran the roller skating party and the Shaull School kazoo band.
Recently reunited the kazoo band for a flash mob at the Capitol City Mall. Mr. Hoffman the English teacher was another good teacher. Relaxed, good listener, and teacher. Mr. Gruber an assistant principal was another impactful teacher. Mrs. Martin a culinary arts teacher was another good teacher. Mrs. Rupert or Mrs. Scott was another good teacher. Mr. Hess, a history teacher, taught the roaring twenties senior year. Mrs. Bay in ninth grade did Ukrainian eggs.
Bring in international food. Cannot exit the IMC without signing out a book which was not the case when for Lender’s school experience where you could walk out with a book without signing it out. The football field and the gymnasium dome are still recognizable. Stand up on the hill during football games.