My mother grew up in Mena and went to school with "Lum and Abner". In fact she had told me that she went on some dates with Norris Goff when she was a girl. I have only passed through Pine Ridge a time or two and never stopped in at the "Jot-Em Down Store. I wish now that I had at some time. I used to enjoy listening to "Lum and Abner" on the radio when I was growing up.
laid back, restful
My father grew up with Ethel Graham and she would have us over there at Dicks fishing camp from 1 to 2 weeks every summer as I grew up. I remember walking down the dirt road from camp to the store just for a grape soda. I think the last time I had one to camp was before I left for over seas. Ethel and Charlie was running the place at that time and left a large part of it to Floyd McKinze. Wish I could get back down there just to walk that road one more time. Has anyone re-opened the camp or is it not there anymore?
From childhood in the 30s I always wondered how Dick Huddleston was related to my mother's Huddleston family in Indiana. In the 1970s I finally visited Pine Ridge and met Dick Huddleston's daughter who still lived across the road from the store. All Huddleston/Huddleson/Hudelson's are related somehow from early 950 AD era in England. I became involved in redoing all of the Huddleston family research in the United States after 1971. Now with the internet, more and more people are tracing their ancestry. I wish all Huddlestons could visit this store and review the radio programs by Lum and Abner that represent what went on in many small town store where the people gathered to share the news of the community, with others as family. It was a wonderful time for neighbors to gather and share. The stores that use to let you buy groceries on credit, try that today. There is a special place in my heart that took me 40 years to visit and find out who Dick Huddleston's family were. Now I know.
Pine Ridge, AR
I love Pine Ridge because I live here and own the store and museum! To answer a couple of the posted questions: Dick Huddleston's camp now belongs to his great-grandchildren and is not open to the public; Dick may have given Floyd some land or something from the old McKinzie store, but the Huddleston Store and McKinzie Store have been the Lum and Abner Store and Museum of over 40 years; we are still laid back and restful; Huddlestons still stop by researching any family ties. Double check any on-line maps - this one had us in Cherry Hill and another had us in Oden. Pine Ridge is between those two wide spots on the road, and is not any wider. Watch your local newspaper for Lum and Abner as a comic strip!
St. Louis, MO
I worked at KAAY Radio/LR from 1969 to 1972. I met Chet Lauck a couple of times while I was there...and very nice, classy gentleman.
My love for Golden Age Radio has existed since I was a kid, and while I was at KAAY, George Jennings, newsman with Sonny Martin (Matt White) began a show called The Breakfast Serial using Old Time Radio Shows on the Morning Show.
Later, when I moved back to St. Louis in 1973 - with George's blessing & help - I began The Breakfast Serial on KSLQ Radio/St.L, and later syndicated it around the country.
SO, "Lum & Abner" have always been one of my favorites...especially their Christmas Show which was just beautiful.
Thank you for keeping the "Jot 'Em Down Store & Museum" for ALL Generations to see and enjoy ! IT IS AMAZING !!
PS: Here is my WebSite Dedicated to The Breakfast Serial and Golden Age Radio: www.serial.thewwbc.net