04-25-2019 Tri-City Area History Page

Alvin Ott and young son in 1944 Do you have memories of separation during times of war? Stop by the NBHS Museum if you have a memory you would like to share. North Berrien Historical Museum is always interested in photos, stories or information sharing. The museum can be contacted at 269-468-3330 or by email to info@northberrienhistory.org. From the photo collection at the North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue, Coloma

The Paw Paw River Journal

The Galloping Gourmet I haven’t written about food for quite a while. And it is such an important part of our life. We’re just fortunate that in this new residence we are getting good food. In our apartment we have a small kitchen… refrigerator, microwave, hot and cold water. Truth be told they are feeding us so well we don’t need to make much extra. Guess we should be thankful for that. When we were still living at home, we went out for dinner every night! I would go out to the freezer in the garage and find some dish that looked attractive. Our kids gave us things to stock that freezer, and we also bought things we’d like to try. In the frozen food section of your favorite market there are more dishes than you could possibly experiment with. No, that was not the problem… what really worried me was the long nights, and I would think, what would happen if we had an emergency. Guess I’d just have to call 9-1-1. That’s when we started seriously thinking about assisted living. And we found this new place just a little over a mile from one of our daughters. All of my adult life I have been fascinated by food. When I was a kid, it was not so important. But I spent over a year eating out of boxes and cans. Ever since then food, good food, has been an important part of my life. I guess for most people eating is pretty special. Else, why would we celebrate so many occasions by going out to eat? So what about all those meals that are not as important? We have to get through lunches every day. Some people spend a lot of money eating lunches out. Quite a bit of my working life I took a lunch with me. And that is the reason the lowly sandwich was invented. Either someone said, or I read some place the sandwich was invented by a titled aristocrat called the Earl of Sandwich. He was involved in an all night gambling session and didn’t want to stop to eat. So he had one of the servants put a slab of meat between two slices of bread so he could eat on the fly, so to speak. From that has evolved an American custom… when little kids are hungry; give them a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Peanut butter is not the only filling to go between slices of bread. When mom Kling was in assisted living, we got acquainted with the other people there. Some of them were real characters (one guy was still fighting World War II). Another little lady was close to 100 years. She was a vegetarian, and every night before bed time she would have a sandwich containing one thick slice of a huge white onion. That would’ve made my stomach turn flip-flops, but she ate it and calmly went off to dreamland. Almost anything combines well with peanut butter… slices of banana, onion, cheese. My favorite is sliced dill pickles. The sharp flavor of the pickles cuts the sticky ground peanuts. To me, just a wonderful flavor! I have never tired of it. All the years I took a lunch with me… of all sandwiches I ever tried… the best was peanut butter and dill pickles! Another universal sandwich favorite of mine is the cheeseburger. I don’t remember ever meeting one I didn’t like. Back in the days of Crystal Palace, we went to that marvelous place to hear the best big bands in all of our country. Guess we didn’t realize how lucky we were. Can you imagine anymore going Saturday nights, one after the other, to see and hear your favorite music groups? That’s what we did! And afterwards we always had to have something to eat. There were two restaurants called “Brownie’s”, one in Watervliet and one in Coloma. Quite often we would be at the one in Watervliet because it was on the way home. That place would be jam-packed with young people. Jukebox blasting out more of our favorite tunes… and quite often we would order a cheeseburger and chili. Didn’t keep me awake either, afterwards! All the years we traveled, Marion and I have probably eaten in hundreds of places. If we are not on a tight schedule, we like to investigate new eateries. How do we find them? One good source is truck drivers. When we were using CB radios, I would always ask them. Other good reference sources are policemen, firemen, people who work in downtown areas and go out to lunch. Also when we were traveling we would look for congregating gray-headed retirees. They would always be gathering at places that were not too expensive and had quality food that sat easy on their stomachs. So we would follow the crowds. Only problem, say at lunch time, if you’re on a tight schedule you can get behind caught up in the crowds of old geezers. Quite often we would order cheeseburgers. They are usually pretty safe and if you order them with the extras… you are sort of getting a complete meal! I can see one right now in my mind’s eye. And it’s starting to make me hungry. So maybe I’ll wander out to the kitchen and see what’s available. You know, not everyone in the world can do that! Aren’t we lucky to be living in a country where we can weave golden threads into the great tapestry of our lives? Yes, we can still do that in these storybook towns along the Paw Paw River.

Watervliet Library News Pinteresting Apr. 29, 5:30 – 8 p.m. Arts & Crafts for grown-ups, held the last Monday of the month. Sign-up is required. April – Plantable Paper Medicare & Medicaid May 6, 4 p.m. Jeff Armstrong of United Healthcare will present information and answer questions about these two fundamental insurance systems and the Dual Complete (HMO SNP) plan. Book a Social Work Intern! Tuesdays 1–4 p.m. Need help with on-line applications, unemployment or housing? Drop in or make an appointment for help with questions or problems. Yoga Mondays 9 – 10 a.m.; Chair Yoga – Wednesdays 6 – 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays 7 – 8 p.m.; Fridays 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Library Garden Park Purc