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Re: “The WHBQties - Wow!

tall girl w blonde hair on the stool....Lisa Stampley (Britt) from Olive Branch High School.
Currently on FaceBook

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Posted by win on 11/11/2014 at 3:51 AM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

I worked there from age 15 to 17. She was one of the hardest working women I ever knew. She put all her kids through college with her business from what I was told. I learned so much about hard work, passion and drive from her. I loved making those shaved ice sno cones. Used to go home covered in snow cone colors. Old Gold was one of my favorites. The sno cone and the homemade pronto pup! Yum.

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Posted by southernbelle on 11/05/2014 at 8:48 AM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

thanks Pat for the info. When I worked there mrs Humber kept where she got the sno machine from a secret. But she did tell me where and the name of the machine. I never forgot and my husband and I bought one . For several years would make snow cones for our grandchildren. Wish I had thought to take a picture and make a poster of it. So many good memories there . They were the nicest people to work with.

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Posted by Charlotte Diane Rutledge Bennett on 11/04/2014 at 6:11 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

Charlotte Dianne Rutledge Bennett, Elvis lived at 1414 Getwell. Later the HOUSE was moved over to Kimball Ave. But by that time Elvis had moved to Audubon and then to Graceland.

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Posted by Pat Hill on 11/04/2014 at 5:27 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

Went to a church on Willow Rd. Went by there many times.

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Posted by JoAnn Everett May on 11/04/2014 at 3:36 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

It was the Whistle Stop before the Snow Cream Castle and I think Elvis lived on Kimble before Audubon

Posted by Charlotte Diane Rutledge Bennett on 11/04/2014 at 1:26 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

I went to Willow Oaks, down the street and my mother would sometimes pick up a Yankee snow cone and have it waiting for me in the car when she came to get me after school. I have such fond memories of that place!

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Posted by Suzannah Gordon-Luchins on 11/04/2014 at 12:33 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

I don't remember the name, but there was an ice cream/sno cone establishment at that location in the 50s. First time I ever saw Elvis was there in 55. He was driving a 55 Cadilac, pink bottom with a white top. I don't remember is he lived at 1414 Getwell or on Audubon Drive at the time.

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Posted by Billy Brooks on 11/04/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

I grew up on Rhodes right off of Getwell and snow cream castle was the popular hang out place for us too. I sure do miss those days!! Wouldnt walk through that neighborhood to save my life now though.

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Posted by Tammy Yopp Adams on 11/04/2014 at 5:34 AM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

I went there when it was called the whistle stop the when the new owners took over ( The Humbers) I got a job there the summer of 64. They were the nicest people to work for. I miss seeing that place when I go back to Memphis which is not oftened. I use to live in that area. Thanks for the info about it and the owners. I wondered what happened to them and they did first operate On Highland and Park.

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Posted by Charlotte Diane Rutledge Bennett on 11/03/2014 at 9:04 PM

Re: “Burkle's Bakery

RIP Lee Baker, Sid Selvedge, Randall Lyon, Philip Dale, Connie Edwards ... and all others from that era that have passed on.

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Posted by Tim the T-Shirt Guy on 11/01/2014 at 10:02 AM

Re: “The Eads School Bus Crash of 1941

I personally know the Sherrill Family. Guy and Dale Sherrill were the parents of Glenn and Alma Sherrill. They never got over this horrible episode. Mr. Guy was a changed man and Miss Dale could not talk about it only to say they had purchased the children new shoes and had them sitting in the window for them to see when they came home. She was a strong woman, but this was something she could not retell. It hurt too much.

Jeanette, my sister is married to Kenneth Sherrill, the son of Mr. Guy and Miss Dale and while he is was too young to understand what happened at the time, he remembers some of the sadness. Sometimes it is hard to understand how something like this can happen to good people like the Sherrills, but as Mr. Guy always said, "The man upstairs will take care of it".

Mr. Guy and Miss Dale were wonderful people. I still miss them.

Marilyn Potter Jones.

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Posted by Marilyn Potter Jones on 10/31/2014 at 1:25 PM

Re: “The Sno Cream Castle

What an awesome story and comments! They made me cry. I'm Edith's grandson and grew up covered in Sno Cream stickiness. I live in San Francisco now where there's an explosion of gourmet fatty soft serve ice cream. I think about her often and what she'd think of ice cream flavored with corn flakes and bourbon. My grandmother was an amazing person. Thank you so much for a trip down memory lane lined with my grandma's magic elixir!

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Posted by Reagan Humber on 10/28/2014 at 9:19 PM

Re: “The Grave Mystery at Shelby Farms

Sorry to say I just walked the trail today Oct 23, 2014 the old blue car is there...the house is gone...nothing much left to say much was ever there....which made me sad...I'm going back a few more times and see what I can find and take some pictures.

Posted by Michael Gestring on 10/23/2014 at 10:23 PM

Re: “The Epping Way Mystery

I went to the old Barry brooks Mansion Today I will show picture`s on Facebook soon .I`m is so saddened to see this once great Memphis family`s property going to ruin. This was a great contributor to the Memphis legacy in history. So sad to see the mansion in total ruin.

Posted by Tom on 09/29/2014 at 7:15 PM

Re: “Digger O'Dell

Digger was also buried in Phenix City, AL. Don't remember if it was a car dealership or a grocery store. I think he lived his later years in Seale, AL and may have died there. At one time, he claimed to have owned one of Elvis's old Cadillac so (purple).

Posted by F on 09/21/2014 at 9:27 PM

Re: “Cybill Shepherd - Supermodel

The Glamour April 1970 cover (the one with her hair up) is the one that Peter spotted in the supermarket. In Cybill's autobiography "Cybill Disobedience" she shows the cover and the story behind it.

Posted by Patty on 09/20/2014 at 5:26 AM

Re: “The Grave Mystery at Shelby Farms

After posting the long comment above, in which I wrote that "There is no trace of the children after their parents' deaths", I found considerably more information about them. Briefly, all but Willie moved to Memphis in the first decade of the twentieth century, sold the land in August 1911, and moved to Prescott, Arizona, where Allie, Ora, and Douglass lived the rest of their lives. Ora had married William A. Thompson in 1893. He disappears from the record after 1915, although Ora was still listed as married in the 1920 and 1930 censuses and on her death certificate in 1933. Willie's fate after he was disinherited remains a mystery.

Here it is, without all the transcriptions of land transactions, death certificates, etc.:

Robert was involved in several real estate transactions in Shelby County between 1876 and 1886. Some involved auctions of property seized for nonpayment of taxes in which he bought the property; others involved mortgages, warranty deeds, and quitclaim deeds involving Elizabeth J. Galloway and he husband W.H. Galloway. All were purchases. Some of the available (online) images of the records of the transactions are illegible, but these are the only surviving records, according to the staff of the Shelby County Archives—all the paper records were destroyed after being microfilmed. The online records are digital images of the microfilms. An 1888 map of Shelby County, Tennessee published by M.T. Williamson in Memphis shows R.W. Mann as owner of two adjacent tracts of land in the eastern part of the county, one of them adjacent to his in-laws’ estates. One comprises 127.50 acres and the other 87.50 acres. They are north of the Wolf River and south of the Tennessee Midland Railroad, which appears to follow the roadbed of the future CSX Railroad, part of which is now the Shelby Farms Greenline. The land is west of a road that appears to be Germantown Road. All in all, it is certain that his land was within what is now Shelby Farms Park, as is some of the land owned by the Twyford family at the time the map was drawn. Robert and Mollie certainly owned and probably farmed these two tracts. However, an archaeological assessment of the area, combined with historical maps, including the 1888 Williamson map with the present boundaries of the park overlaid, show that their gravestone is located on land that belonged to Eliza J. Cole. Whether or not they were buried there is uncertain, but seems probable.
Source Citation: Panamerican Consultants, Inc. Final Report: Archaeological Assessment For The Shelby Farms Park Bicycle, Pedestrian, And Equine Trails Project, Authored by: C. Andrew Buchner, Andrew Saatkamp, Angie Clifton, and Karla Oesch, June 2013, 36 (accessed 31 Jul 2014 from
Source Citation: M.T. Williamson, Map of Shelby County, Tennessee 1888, carefully compiled from the RECORDS and other authentic sources (Memphis, Tennessee: W.T. Williamson, 1888; image from the Library of Congress , accessed 21 Jul 2014.

Robert and Mollie died within ten days of each other: he on November 25, 1891 and she on December 5, probably of an infectious disease such as tuberculosis that could be prevented or successfully treated today. They almost certainly knew they were dying, as each made a codicil to their wills a few days before their deaths. Mollie made hers after Robert had died. They are probably buried at the eastern end of the park—at least they share a gravestone. The inscription gives their names, dates of birth and death, and the words “In memory of our Father and Mother.”

Their oldest son William W. “Willie” Mann disappears from the record after his parents added the codicils to their wills. In his, Robert Mann essentially disinherited Willie, leaving him a “lot of about two acres in the south east corner of the tract given to my son William W.” and taking away the 82 acres he had originally left him; the rest of the 127½ acres was left to then 6-year-old Allie, along with $1000 in money. The 127½ acres had originally been left to Douglass, who was to receive instead $1200 in money. The codicil does not explain why Robert disinherited Willie and substituted money for the land he had originally left to Douglass.

Ora Mary Mann married William A. Thompson on 13 Dec 1893 in Shelby County. They lived in the city of Memphis at least from 1908 through 1910, during which time her brother, John Douglass Mann and sister, Allie Gray Mann lived with them. Douglass had lived in Memphis since 1901 and Allie since 1904. They all moved to Prescott, Arizona about 1911. Douglass, who had worked as a driver and messenger for a transport company and as a railroad flagman in Memphis and a railroad brakeman in Arizona, died there on August 31, 1915 at age 39 of pulmonary and intestinal tuberculosis. His brother-in-law William Thompson gave the information for his death certificate.

Douglass apparently never married, nor did Allie, who lived in Prescott working as a stenographer until her death there on December 13, 1972 at age 87. Ora died in Prescott on March 15, 1933 of lobar pneumonia. Her husband may have been alive at the time of her death, judging from the wording of her death certificate, but he does not appear with them in the 1920 or 1930 censuses.

On 04 Aug 1911, before moving to Arizona, Allie, Ora and William, and Douglass sold the two tracts of land (127½ acres and “about 85” acres) to a C.A. Rodgers for $6000, about $147,816 in 2013 dollars. Willie is not listed in the warranty deed as one of the “devisees and heirs at law of R.W. Mann, deceased”, suggesting that he was either dead or was not legally an heir to any of the property.

They may have moved to Arizona for their health, as was widely recommended at the time, especially for people with diseases of the lung. John Douglass Mann died of tuberculosis, as his parents may have also. He may have acquired the infection from them. He was about 15 years old when they died, and according to a 1997 article in Epidemiology and Infection, the approximate chance of developing a primary infection when exposed at age 15 is 9%. More than half (59% - 86%) of those treated may become reinfected, and these are late 20th century statistics, when the disease could often be treated successfully. This was emphatically not the case early in that century, let alone before. The disease may lie dormant for many years before manifesting itself.
Source Citation: Vynnycky, E. and Fine, P.E.: The natural history of tuberculosis: the implications of age-dependent risks of disease and the role of reinfection. Epidemiology and Infection, Oct 1997; 119(2): 183–201, PMCID: PMC2808840. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health,, accessed 27 Jul 2014.
Source Citation: Harris, William. The natural history of pulmonary tuberculosis. World Health Organization, published online at, accessed 27 Jul 2014.

Posted by Bill Wilson on 09/14/2014 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Remembering "Monk" — aka Tony Cassatta

CL -

I took guitar lessons in 1965-67 from Mr. Pappalardo, as did my brother. My cousin took violin from him at his house on Malvern.

Posted by urbanyouthvillage on 09/08/2014 at 1:49 AM

Re: “Southern Bowling Lanes — Memphis' "Bowling Palace"

A slight correction to the above post--it was owned by 3 men, including George Perkins, the other owners being my father Joe Altfater and Aaron Brenner. My sister and I bowled there almost every weekend when we were kids, and had many of our birthday parties there. I remember Eddie McAnespie (sp?) being the manager and he taught us to bowl.

Posted by DeeLois on 08/23/2014 at 11:13 AM


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