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Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society: Pequot memories

Looking South on Front Street, Thurlow's Hardware, Standard Service and Our Savior's Church (Early to mid 1950s). Source: Project Centennial 1894-1994 - by the Pequot Lakes High School Social Studies class of 1994.

April showers bring May flowers. They also bring muddy country roads.

I grew up in Pequot and attended all 12 years at the Pequot Lakes School. When April came, the roads became very muddy and the school bus could not pick up the "country kids."

We "town kids" loved it because the school would close for a week for "mud vacation!"

During our much-loved vacation, we were able to enjoy going to movies on weeknights at the Lakes Theatre in town (which was in the Cole Memorial Building). Tickets were 9 cents for children, 35 cents for adults, and popcorn was 10 cents.

We would also play hopscotch using a stick to scratch the squares in the dirt and a rock or piece of broken glass to throw on the squares.

Climbing trees always kept us busy, even though we often fell out of them.

We had chores to do at home, like pumping water, carrying wood to the house for the wood stove to heat the house, and always cutting grass with a push mower and shoveling snow in the winter.

When most of us were able to drive a car, we would pool our nickels, dimes and pennies to make 26 cents and donate it for a gallon of gas. Someone was always able to get the family car on a Sunday afternoon if we would pay for the gas.

Off we would go to the big town of Pine River, but since no stores were open on Sunday, there was never much going on there.

Kids walked everywhere or rode their bikes. Very few had a car of their own. On a quiet Sunday afternoon, some of us would walk to Jenkins and back on the train tracks that went through town, walking on one rail, one foot in front of the other, and on the other rail coming back.

Sock hops were always a lot of fun. We had to take our shoes off at the door of the school gymnasium. There were always parents there as chaperones. The records were playing our favorite songs and we danced until 9 p.m. The school allowed this on Friday nights.

The American Legion would sponsor teen dances on Friday nights after the school stopped having dances. It was a fun time and didn't cost anything.

After school, which was in session from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with an hour off for lunch, we would walk to Pfeiffer's Drug Store and have a lime phosphate, a cherry Coke or a Whirl-A-Whip.

Growing up in Pequot has many wonderful memories for me. We made great friends who have remained friends through the years. We were the very proud "Pequot Indians" and always had so much pride.

Life was simple back then, but I'm glad I was part of it.

Shirley (Halvorson) Robideaux is from the Pequot Lakes High School class of 1956 and a member of the Pequot Lakes Area Historical Society..