• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Here is a reminder that Railroad Street, downtown Midway, has a special anniversary coming up in about a week. The Historic Midway Museum Store will be celebrating 20 years as an downtown business. To honor that 20 years, owners Bill and Leslie Penn will be having an open house. The date for this event is June 15 from 5 to 8 p.m. The Historic Midway Museum Store building was built around 1880s by Henry Baxter Russell. It was originally opened as the Central Saloon. In some of its advertising, the business presented itself as “A Dealer in Fine Old Whiskey & Cigars.” When I was a teenager growing up in Midway, it was a saloon and it was called Hollywood Inn. During that time, it was a pretty rough place where fights broke out, and during its history at least one person was shot. Midway has settled down a bit since those days. For other Midway history tidbits, check out the store’s history section. ••• When I was in grade school, there was a special going-on at the drug store. On the second Wednesday of each month, the first 10 students who came in the drug store after school got to buy their ice cream at half price. One particular month, I had made up my mind that this was the month for me to get my half-price ice cream. The final bell rang and everyone was off and I made a run for the drugstore, which was about five blocks from the school. I almost made it. I was number 1. I went ahead and paid the full 10 cents for my ice-cream. I went on to My Irish grandmother’s house and told her about my timing and how I almost got to save an extra nickel, which by the way at that time would buy a lot of other extra stuff. She replied, “Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.”

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