Lake Charles American-Press from Lake Charles, Louisiana on July 26, 1964 · Page 21
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Sunday, July 26, 1964
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SUNDAY, JULY 26, 1964, lake Charles American Press STORE KEEPER-Minnie Sigler is shown in her rural store in Fullerion, La. Rocking chairs, sun bon- neiB, Iron pots, homemade quills, fresh ground corn meal, and a post office all under the same roof. The combination of store and post office have been combined to put Fullertoit on the map with Miss Sigler's successful mail order business. MAIL ORDERS PUT FULLERTON ON MAP POSTMISTRESS—The post office in Fullerion, La., has been operated by Minnio Sigler for 15 years. The post office has no routes and there aro no postmen. She is shown here sorting the mail for iho people in her community. Postmistress Minnie Sigler Successful Woman l7o4^F Q iillSon T is E on the SVS^^slw \!E Sfl * f£ cessful maii -° rdcr ,???«.. wild plum, muscatel, year when I can't gc<, away this country kildic. _ ___ „,„„„,.„,., 3 flroVG "Of course Fullerton is on the of trees Is the Sigler Service map!" the soft spoken Minnie Grocery Store which also nous- Sigler says with a suggestion of es the United States Post Office indignation. of Fullerton, Louisiana. And sure enough, if you go to The postmistress is Minnie DeRidder, then to Pitkin, go j Sigler who has held the position five and a half miles down the I for 15 years. She has lived in gravel road, cross over the cat- this area all of her life, and tie breaks, and go to the dead from her rural store she oper- Wife Gets $16 Million In Divorce Settlement a successful business also. Her post office has no routes, (here arc no postmen, yet through her ingenuity and with LOS ANGELES (AP)-For 55 years of marriage, Mrs. Ednah Race Capron testified, she had to make many of her own clothes, listened to her husband complain every day "of all the unpleasant things that ever happened," and was denied a nurse's care wh^n she was bedridden last year with a broken leg. didn't know he had even a million dollars, much loss the $30 million her attorneys discovered after she filed suit for divorce. Her husband had always kept his riches a secret from her, she said. Mrs. Capron testified to a life of frugal living, dating from her Pinchback, 7,000 jars of jellies and relishes were sold last year. Miss Minnie and the Pinch- backs make their home together in the comfortable cottage nest to the store. "I started my mail order business about 17 years ago," Miss Minnie says, "out of sheer necessity. Camp Polk had a rifle j range practically out the front door of the store and it scared grapes, wild plum, muscatel, blackberry, apple and may haw pulp. In another room there are At the age of 74, Mrs. Capron has an interlocutory divorce decree and a §16 million settle- n ! marriage to Capron in 1909, as a young baseball yer. She said she was denied : servants, though they lived ", ~,-~ "j'i" i_"~~.i •","•" , an $85,000 home in merit, believed to be the largest Beach) CaliL Mrs. Capron, granted the de- 1 ver e cree in superior court, charged cruelty against her husband, multi-millionaire George H. Capron, 79. She said he told her last year, when she broke her leg, that he would give a million dollars if someone woud take her off his hands. At the time, she testified, she cardboard cartons neatly stacked and labeled with such mouth watering Louisiana delicacies as watermelon rind pickles, hot pepper relish, chowchow, tomato jelly, plum butter, fig preserves, pickled okra and peppers, and every kind of jelly. "Now is our slow season," says the postmistress," my day starts at 6 a.m. in the summer. But, in the winter I'm up at 2 a.m. to fill my orders and get them packaged. I love my work and I take pains with my orders pea seeds and quilt scraps by EVlTn »"""" '" ** '" advertising in the market bulle- "' tin that the Department of Agriculture puts out." "We (the Pinchbacks and Miss Minnie) wanted to stay here, so we decided to harvest what was growing and preserve i it and start our mail order busi- .ness on a bigger scale." : Today they operate from a cwport' canning kilehcn bllilt t() :NOW ' JUrt , Board of Health specifications. .-. . years, attorneys said, Capron built up an estate worth $30 million, chiefly through property trades. More Ice ? SCOTSMAN ICE MACHINES will fill the bill! Not even a pelican, holds as much ice as a Scotsman Ice Machine bin! The Scotsman bin is kept automatically full, too, all around-the-clock. You'll find more than fifty Scotsman models—both ice flakers and cubers. Make your own flaked ice for as little as 8c a 100 pounds. If you're using more than 50 pounds of ice a week, you can't afford to be without a Scotsman Ice Machine! Install one this week. Get full information from LOW BANK RATE FINANCING t P TO 36 MONTHS ' Cell Don Shirley Your Area Scolimon Iceman ' The storage room has shelves from floor to ceiling lined with gallon jugs of juice from Louisiana mayhaws, huckleberries (the south's .blue berry) wild "In the fall we smoke our own hams, sausage, and bacon. We have standing mail orders for these products just like we do for our other products. Our gift packages of assorted things are real popular at Christmastime and we just work around the clock." Miss Minnie is going to attend (tic national convention of postmasters in New York City in August. "I have always wanted to go to a national convention but they have been held at the time of from my business, but this year because of the Fair they are meeting in August. 1 have a cus- tomcr in (he city and I promised to call when 1 gut there." j The unique system of book- j keeping that this trio uses is that for every jar of preserves they sell they put. a penny in jar, and at the end of their fiscal year, which is Christmas time, the count of the pennies tells the number sold. They buy each other Christmas presents with the pennies. Commissioner of Agriculture Dave L. Pcarce says he is encouraged by rural folks like Miss Sigler, who usrcl their initiative and ingenuity lo start new projects for income, when they're needed. "Miss Sigler has done something wonderful," ho says," by building her business through the mail and satisfying her customers consistently with Louisiana products." Mrs. Pindibad; adds to their items for sale with her homo- made quilts, which slie pieces and quili.s, aprons, sun bonne pot holders and many other household items. So, from Fullerton, La., to ail points go native products from this country kitchen.. V. v o n home ground corn meal and , .-, ., ,. , ,, . Knls ' nn( to Incl ! tlon Sllch fh " 1RS a ;"' ( ' am - • s - vru l ) - ' Sour Oeani Cakes, or pecan pralines. When Miss Minnie was nsked if she ever helped with the guilt- ing she replied, "Oh yes, in my s l' ;ire linn-." MAIL ORDERS—Minnie Sigler is shown with jams and jellies that she prnpares for her mall orders. Miss Sigler began selling gourd seeds and quilt scraps out of necessity 17 years ago by advertising in the market bulletin of the Department of Agriculture. FINAL CLEARANCE CONSOLIDATION 414 7581 CA1UOSSA GKI'PCTTO C11UNM) • i-°RING 6- SU'.'.' • L-kESS ^HOtS ALKING PUM 1 CORDIAL MADK.MSOISKI.LK KIIVTILM STKI' MIL can: Ml:. SHYMOI JULIA-NELL! I'ALl/'/.lO CAPHINJ UKL.MAM-ITTl CASUAL & FLATS ,F.ATHEKS 1'ATKNTS FABRICS J'lAlPS, SL1.NGS, SWUNU'O'LATOI: HONK. WHITE I'ASJU.S, BLACK NAVY, <;HKY, JtKI), ML'LTl- ( OLMIiS. COMBIXATIONS Entire spring and summer stock of our other stores have been shipped here for final clearance. Many more colors, styles, and sizes are now available. > i .••'• - " '-,) '.:-- ij .. •&-••'•• \\r-.t rth** knits with a knack for t ravelling now ... for meeting fail fashionably

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