by Don Chaney

Don Chaney is the former mayor and a long-time resident of Crane.

Article #30
Taken from the Crane News, published July 2, 1998.


     Back in the thirties, I worked at a Piggly Wiggly Store in Wink.  I remember the first jar of Miracle Whip I ever saw.  The salad dressings at that time were greasy looking and they separated lots of times.  A Kraft salesman camein with the Miracle Whip.  He ran around the store with a jar of it, and sampled it out with wooden spoons.  In those days it was well named for it was a miracle.  It tasted good right out of the jar.  The whipping was the answer.  It was later in the thirties or early forties that I saw my first bag of Fritos.  There was a man coming out of San Antonio where they were made.  He peddled them from store to store.  He had a huge metal pan which he took down the street to the Gypsy Garden Cafe here in Crane.  It was run by Treva (Mrs. K. P.) Looney.  He had them make a huge "Frito Pie" with lots of chili and cheese.  He sampled that to customers in our store.  This stuff was an instant success.  Right after that, the Frito Co. got big.  They put out a stock issure.  If I had been able to buy ten dollars worth, I would be fairly well off today.  I wasn't able.  Also, over at Wink, dog food was dry and scarce.  A salesman came in with a very startling thing.  His company had invented canned dog food.  He had an opened can.  Now believe this or not, he went around the store with a wooden spoon eating the dog food.  He really wanted to sell it, didn't he?  He told me it was 100% pure horse meat and was inspected.  I didn't try it.

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