St. Joseph News-Press from St. Joseph, Missouri on May 6, 1988 · 30
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St. Joseph News-Press from St. Joseph, Missouri · 30

St. Joseph, Missouri
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Friday, May 6, 1988
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Apple roadside oddity It was called The Big Red Apple and with good reason. It was 30 feet high and 100 feet in circumference. It was painted a beautiful apple-cheek red and was a structure designed in the familiar shape of the pome of Eden. Built in Doniphan County at the edge of the largest apple orchard in Kansas, it was located on U.S. Highway 36, eight miles west of St: Joseph near Wathena. The Big Red Apple was originally conceived and constructed in the mid-19208 by Hunt Brothers Fruit Co. The firm billed the gigantic fruit-like edifice as the "largest apple ever grown." Tourists were known to drive miles out of their way just to see the roadside oddity. St Joseph fathers, my own included, would drive the old autos across the new, free Missouri River bridge that had just opened in 1929 to treat the family to a Sunday visit to the Big Childhood It's good to see so many older folks using the Hyde Park drive and the boulevards to get their daily exercise. I think back to the '30s when a favorite pastime was hiking from Hyde to Bartlett Park on Saturday, or we'd head east to the dirt roads into the country. Now that area is mostly housing additions. A favorite sleigh-riding place on the boulevard (and the Hyde Park hills) was the "S" curve, and we could ride almost to Hyde Park Avenue. It was a long ride and a long walk back. The drives weren't plowed in those days, and there was no traffic at night. The small pine trees planted along the boulevard . (west of the new 14th Street) are now a Stray mother cat approached family home for Many years ago when we bought the house we live in, we found a stray cat had gained entrance through a broken basement window and had her kittens. She was. afraid of us so we Ueft't her ValoneV arid 4 sf . JOSEPH, Mb'.,' GAZETTE, Red Apple by the side of the road. As will be recalled, there was in the interior of the Apple an open staircase leading to the second floor, where space for dancing and a jukebox was provided and banquets were held. In addition at that location, one could buy snacks and fruits and vegetables. There was also at that site what was in those days called a tourist camp. There were actually two editions of The Big Red Apple. The first burned to the ground in the early 1930s and was promptly rebuilted. The second apple was also destroyed by fire, never to rise again. According to Frederick C. Hunt of the Hunt Co., the second structure burned in the mid-1930s. At that time, there was talk of the possibility of arson, but nothing developed to prove this, rumor as fact. Walt Drannan spent near regular pine forest. I miss the trumpet vines that grew along the boulevard along the curves over the log railings; they added color to the parkways. I grew up a block from Hyde Park, and it was a wonderful place to be, especially summers. Before the drive was put through the park, the ditch on the north side would fill with water in the spring and was really full one year so the older boys had a canoe and raft on it and had their pictures in the newspaper. We had a playground supervisor for organized games, etc. One was Frank Frogge, and another fellow organized a girls' baseball team and took us in a truck to var-ious places. Much-enberger girls always tried not to frighten her. One day when I went to the basement she came to me. Above her eye, stuck in her head was a stick about four inches .long with several thorns on it. v How it got there I'll never ',V.know,. but.I. reached X M Jffl fig! if IP 3 10, I The Big Red Apple advertized nearby orchards. Hyde Park beat us! We could swim in the afternoons and would often walk back to the park after supper (no television) and watch the swimmers or just hang around the playground with friends. Red Rienke was one caretaker good to the kids in the park and many evenings joined us as we roasted apples (from the orchard south of the park) or toasted marshmallows. There were band concerts on Sunday evenings which brought out large crowds. I'm certainly glad the Hyde family provided the city with a beautiful park that has given the public so much enjoyment for many, many years. Madge Randall St. Joseph medical help for kittens down, took hold of it and gave it a quick pull. She turned and ran back to her nest of kittens. I felt good, somehow; I had done a kindness for a needy animal. Dolores Reeder St. Joseph "MAKE THE WISER CHOICE..." "I've got my own way of doing things." "I live alone. And I've come to appreciate having things my own way. One thing I've recently done is complete a pre arranged funeral plan. Sure, I've got life Insurance and a will. out prearrangemem assures me the protection of my personal beliefs. I just don't think it would be fair to leave difficult decisions to family and friends who are miles away. And besides, it's my right to choose exactly what I want. I think I made the wiser choice. You can too." For more Information or a private conference at no obligation or cost, call or write today. COUPON , 4 11 (lauiri I fffl Heaton - II 1UT IY iifS Jo; of Uiuit Ji5f 3609 Frederick, St. Joseph, Mo. 64506 Name. Address CityStateZip Phone Number. All dressed up and staying home It was my first Apple Blossom Parade. I was 7 years old and I was being allowed to wear my best dress and shoes. My dress was pink organdy, with ruffles around the skirt and sleeves and lace around the neck. My shoes were black patent leather, and I was going to be allowed to leave off my brown cotton socks and wear my new white anklets. I was as a fairy prin-, cess. I was Shirley Temple, and I was going to the Apple Blossom Parade. I was feverish with excitment in fact, so feverish I was developing little red freckles on my face. My mother felt my face and then lifted my dress to look at my back and stomach. Measles! I threw a tantrum, but it didn't help. I still had to stay at home. Pat Kauffman St. Joseph Bowman - Smith and Sidenfaden Chapel Yes, I would like information on pre-arranged funeral plans.

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