Mac’s Cafe on Main Street in Winslow

My grandma, Barbara Bolin Evans,  had fond memories of working at Mac’s Café.  She used to walk from Muren to Winslow into work. My Grandpa Evans always told the story about how when he first met her she was walking to work in the winter without a coat.  He said the first thing he did when they started dating was buy her a winter coat.

She was close to the Dedman and McCord families back then, who ran the cafe.  She remembered John David and Mary Jane Dedman Smith as children growing up there.  I asked John David to share a little history of the store with me.  John David Dedman runs the Winslow Eskimo website at www.jddedman.com.  He worked for years as a postal clerk in Winslow and has some good stories to share.

Mac's Cafe, Main Street Winslow, about 1956

Mac’s Cafe, Main Street Winslow, about 1956.  Where the bank parking lot is now.

“At one time back in the 50’s, there was a Marathon gas station on the corner just south of the restaurant and there was a big sign out front that said “Mac’s Café”.  Actually it was a tavern but they did have a fairly good food business, especially sandwiches.

The tavern burned in either 57 or 58 and was a total loss.   The building was owned by Harcourt Scales and was not re-built after the fire.   Someone had broken in to the tavern to steal things and torched it to cover up the break in.

Attached is a picture I had of the inside of the restaurant and I think it is dated 1952.   The lady to the far left is Sarah McCord, my grandmother and I am sure the waitress is Barbara, your grandmother.   I think the man drinking the beer could have been Pap Dorsey and the man sitting behind him reminds me of John Hunley.   I cannot think of the names of the lady and man sitting at the bar but they were frequent guests in there.

I have this picture up on my web site at http://www.jddedman.com.   The juke box is one of those old rare Seeberg record players, and then they had a bumper pool table.  Later they put in a shuffle board and a TV.   The kitchen was on the back left side and the door on the right was to men’s restroom, the ladies room was closer to the kitchen.   One time in the mid 40’s they had slot machines that sat around the restroom door and along the wall.   I remember on VE-D in 1945 after the end of the Japan war, I hit the jackpot on the 10 cent slot machine.  It was not long after that the slots were taken out, and buried as it was becoming illegal to have them.”

Mac's Cafe, 1952.

Mac’s Cafe, 1952.

I had shared this picture with my grandma and she agreed she was the waitress.  She remembered that old plaid dress.

“ After the tavern burnt, the John Russ Insurance Agency re-built it and had their insurance office there for several years.   John Russ, Herbert Russ and Basil Thompson worked there.   At one time, John let us use the back part of his office for amateur radio meetings which we held every month on a Monday night for a long time.   I was a licensed ham, as well as Basil, and Herb wanted to get a license but never did.   Ernie Hume and his wife and son did get a ham license. “

My grandma told me that she had a picture of Pearl and the store somewhere too.  We found it one day in a box in the old cupboard in her bedroom.  I shared it with John who told me about the picture.

The McCord at Mac's Cafe.

The McCord’s at Mac’s Cafe.

“The photo you sent me was of Pearl B. McCord and his wife, Sarah E. McCord.  They were the owners of Mac’s Café which was located at the location where the Citizens State Bank (German American) now sits.   Pearl was my mother’s father and at one time in the early 30’s was Postmaster at Winslow Post Office.   My actual grandmother – Audie, died when my mother was only 12 years old and Pearl married Sarah a few years later and they lived in the house down from you on Center Street where Jerry and Mary Jane lived for years..

I had lived in the same house from about 1958 until 1963 when I moved to Evansville, then Mary & Jerry moved in there.

My grandfather had a large roll top desk sitting where you see them in the picture and he did his book work there and it was where he could see the bar and kitchen.  After the fire, the only thing that was saved was the desk and I ended up with it myself.  I had to take off the roll-top as it was damaged too much, but the rest was okay and I used it for years while I was living in Winslow. “

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23 comments on “Mac’s Cafe on Main Street in Winslow

  1. allan gieselman says:

    Remembering! Not many of us out there that can remember these things. Thanks John/Rose for sharing these memories….;0)

    • Rose Marie says:

      I wish Winslow still had a high school. Maybe things would be more like they used to be with people roaming around town.

  2. John Dedman says:

    Good story about life in Winslow over 50 years ago. You did a good job and pleased to see it on your blog.

  3. Bev says:

    Really neat!

  4. Jerry Nelson says:

    Terrific! Thanks for sharing your memories!

  5. Jo Ann Radcliff says:

    I do not remember the cafe, but do remember the one Sarah had in her home. My sister, Betty worked for her in this cafe. Do remember John Russ insurance being on main street of Winlsow.

  6. Mary Jane Smith says:

    Thanks, Rose, for another great blog. Sure brought back a lot of fond family memories!

  7. joycel2012@frontier.com says:

    Hi Dear Lady, I do appreciate all of these pictures and information.

    this last message, I can tell you who the picture you didn’t remember who they were. in 1952, the couple sitting at the counter is John Truitt and Geraldine Sexton (not sure how this is spelled. Geraldine passed couple of years ago. John is still living. They were ‘seeing each other almost daily, as he was the ‘bread’ man in Winslow.

    Matter of fact, he couldnt stay by my side while our daughter was being born, born or trying to be butt first and he ‘had to go deliver bread’. 1952 in Winslow.

    Thank you for the picture. I would like very much to have a copy of the real picture, but I copied the one on the internet and guess that is enough. of course, I knew about their affair anyway. Geraldine has passed…she married a Cooper and they moved up North somewhere.

    Joyce DeJarnett Truitt

    • Rose Marie says:

      I am glad we got to correspond with each other a little about this blog post. Thanks for reading and keep in touch.

      • Joyce says:

        Rose, Do you know, and I am sure you would know..(: is Cannelton in Pike County? I know where it is, been thru there many many times, but am confused as to County lines.
        Thanks
        Joyce

  8. Joyce says:

    As for my interest in Pike Co…. My Great Grandfather, Ford DeJarnett moved to Pike Co., so long ago, forgot the date right now, he built two buildings, facing each other, in case one caught fire the family could just move into the other one. That’s what my Father told me.
    I wrote a book “Ford DeJarnett’s Family.” of course it is in the Barrett Library.
    Joyce

    • Rose Marie says:

      Joyce, I will have to read your book next time I am there. Cannelton is in Perry County. That’s where some of my folks are from too.

  9. do you remember my great Uncle shirl’s furniture store in downtown Winslow? We lived in Winslow when I was 4 yrs old. We lived in a little apartment behind the tavern. We moved to Arizona in 1957. My Dad was related to the Barretts’ by my Great Grandfather Ed. Barrett. My sister was born in Winslow. Delivered by an old Doc Miller?

  10. Savannah says:

    Funny, I was just asking Uncle Ernie and Aunt Marilee a couple of weeks ago what the buildings were that were on bank parking lot. they didn’t mention the tavern/mac’s café.

  11. Anonymous says:

    I’n back again. Hope all goes smoothly. I hope I’m not a bad person to get along with and so sorry if so. I don’t want that to be so. am interested in all the newsy things about Logan county in Pike as this is where my folks are from. I hope we can all be friends.
    Joyce

  12. James Risley says:

    Rose my grandmother was a McCord, her name was Hattie, she was a wonderful person she married Walter Risley, she passed away while i was in vietnam. She had a sister that lived just up the road from McCord Ford. She was married to a Norrington. I think his name was Charles.

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