“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.”
“If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?”
These two signs, displayed in Park Cafe, Bridgewater, South Dakota, somehow summarized the wisdom of the day back in the 1960s. Life was not particularly fast-paced, and, unsolicited advice was not always well-received.
Park Cafe, Jack’s Cafe and the Inhofer Bakery all catered to the 700 residents of the town. Park Cafe did a brisk breakfast and lunch business; Jack’s Cafe had extended hours for supper (we weren’t sophisticated to call it “dinner”); and the Bakery catered to the high school crowd for their after basketball games. These were the days of the thirty cent malt (the real thing, not a milk shake!), the five cent ice cream cone (chocolate was best), ten cent bottle of pop (not “soda”), and the twenty-five cent hamburger.
A hungry customer could get a meal for a dollar or two. That included two slices of roast beef, mashed potatoes (with gravy), a slice of bread, a vegetable and coffee. A slice of pie could be had for a quarter.
Yes, the prices were definitely less than those of today–but then so were wages! The three cafes are now just a distant memory. The Wildcat Inn currently serves as the local eatery in Bridgewater, and, some years hence may inspire memories of their menu, prices, and philosophy!