Wright's Corner - 1979
hi ra&K; if tfAJ - "k;, H TilTiS x - :-- .. Store keeps Wrights Corner Photos by Bob Strongman Text by Linda Negro Wrights Corner Wrights Corner is plainly printed between St. Elmo and Beecher City on the Illinois State map but finding it might not be as easy. You have to know what you're looking for. It isn't a small community or even a ghost town, it's a grocery store. And that's all Wrights Corner has ever been in its more than 80-year history a grocery store, garage and home for the owner. Mrs. Lloyd Durbin, who runs the store with her husband and sister-in-law, Nelsine Sarver, can't remember These four workers Briefly Speaking ...In The State Contacts about marina possible until Aug. 1 Clinton Persons interested in developing and operating the Clinton Lake Marina have until Aug. 1 to contact Illinois Power Co. More than 100 persons attended a meeting about the proposed marina this week, said G.L. McClelland, Illinois Power's director of general services. McClelland said the company will not choose the developer or operator until interested persons have had a chance to contact the company. The cost of the marina's development is contingent on the number and type of facilities placed there, he said. Public hearing for police chief set Areola A public hearing will be held Monday Durbin's Store marks Wrights Corner why or when Wright's Corner was placed on the map. She says "it's kind of an old landmark." Durbin's store is a grocery store but it specializes in serving large sandwiches and gallons of coffee to the customers that file through each day. Customers can linger over the old- downed 13 sandwiches in one lunch ment agencies. A company official said the suit "currently is unchanged, but we may spell out more clearly our intentions in the brief." The judge had said the company "failed to present a justifiable case or controversy." Checker autos too uncomfortable for governor Chicago (AP) Two new Oldsmobile 98 Regency se- dans will be ferreting the governor and his family around in Springfield and Chicago instead of his Checker Marathon automobiles. The reason is that the Checkers, which look like taxicabs, have become uncomfortable for Thompson, who has back problems. Elderly man charged with slaying wife yl$ Mt ' fM J between Beecher City and St. Elmo. fashioned meat case to choose meat, cheese and dressings which will fill the two large slices of bread. Regardless of whether they ask Mrs. Sarver to slice salami, corned beef, pressed turkey or ham, meat loaf, pickle loaf and any assortment of cheeses, three kinds of pickles and add mustard, ketchup, may-onaise or onions, the sandwiches cost 85 cents each. break at Durbin's. Brother gets load of feces for birthday Chicago (AP) Sam Matar and his brother John don't believe in giving ordinary birthday presents to each other. Shirts and ties just won't do. On Saturday, John's birthday, his brother sent him two tons of horse manure. "As far as I'm concerned, the idea stinks," John said Saturday after the load was delivered to his front yard. It was stacked in a pile eight feet high. Sam, the owner of a car dealership in Monterey, Calif., said he included a note for the top of the pile that read: "The baby rocks you sent me were not housebroken." The bachelor brothers, who are both in their 30's but refuse to give their ages, have been playing practical jokes on each other's birthday for several years. "On my birthday in February, John had 21,000 pounds of small rocks dumped in my front yard," said Sam by from "He said on map Those large sandwiches friendly atmosphere attract and the area oil field workers, pipeline and construction crews in addition to the area farmers and campers, hunters and fishermen. In addition to the sandwiches Durbin's offers milk, ice cream, soft drinks and coffee. And some claim the copy of the Decatur Herald Newspaper which is delivered daily to the store "is the most widely read (copy) newspaper in the country," and is "usually dog-earred by noon." Durbin's store also has a gas pump and although it isn't self service many of the "regulars" are trusted to help themselves, Mrs. Durbin said. "And we haven't had any trouble getting enough gasoline so far, we're just hoping it lasts," Mrs. Durbin said. Durbin's grocery business long ago gave way to the supermarket chains in area towns so the Wrights Corner Store stocks the "drop-in pick up" items, Mrs. Durbin said. The nearest stores are eight miles to either south to St. Elmo or north to Beecher City. The Durbin's, he's 74 years old and she's 71, purchased the store in 1965 after operating a dairy farm for years. Durbin still farms with his son Richard, while his wife operates the store. The Durbin's don't have any immediate plans to retire but "our health is not too good," said Mrs. Durbin, looking to the future. However, the couple keeps the store open seven days a week. "We like to come in of a morning about 5 a.m. just before the men start going to work," she said. "And in the spring and summer we like to get out about 6 p.m." State may chemical firms for killing By Dick Zaker Charleston ; ' I f f ,,'' ' , Nelsine Sarver keeps the slicer Coffee drinkers chipped in to buy i ;,h "-ff, h1 .V'-- i? ash i cl k tv s" . . , - Richard Durbin and his dad, Lloyd, stop in for file charges was a leak in an ammonia nitrogen storage tank, Busch said. The Swift , -7 " running for the large sandwiches. this painting for Mrs. Durbin. sandwiches. a inst fish iiitu wiui mc; iiiuiui; t uiiuiiuu tfiiiiui Board or in Coles County Circuit Court.