Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on July 11, 1973 · Page 32
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Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois · Page 32

Galesburg, Illinois
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Wednesday, July 11, 1973
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) 3Jfci^lesburgjRefl|$t(Bf»Mgi! # Golesburg, III,,. Wednesday,Jujy JL1 .#J,?_?3 Lively Place Not ladylike, admits Mary Holley, but she'd regulars at Cold Springs Station, Nev., than rather play pool with the Saturday night fiddle with the 1-armed bandits in Reno. NEA Tradition Old Stage Stop **• By TOM TIEDE ::COLD SPRINGS STATION, Nev. (NEA) — Years ago, when the Pony Express was operating 'between Missouri arid California, the vast wastes of the West were interrupted by way stations where, in the summer heat or winter" growl, a horse could be fed, a stage might unload its passengers for restroom privileges, or a cowboy with a thirst or need for civilization would mosey in for an occasional Saturday night blow. Tilings haven't changed much. COLD SPRINGS STATION today receives fewer horses and no stagecoaches, but its historic function on Saturday night continues down to the last beer. It is now called a service station-cafe, many of 1he customers are sunburned tourists in Polaroid spectacles, but the place remains for dozens of stuck-away cowboy's, shepherds and miners the only nightlife, the only let- your-hair-down. joint, the only relief from routine for miles. Located in midstate, highway 50, "directly between nothing and nowhere," the station is one of the last of its nature. Turnpikes and population growth have negated the need for watering holes in much of the America of 1973. Most of the roadside spots that do still remain are hokey souvenir spas. But Cold Springs? Earthy. The tourists might mind that the drinking glasses are spotted, but the citizens of the area are not so fussy; "Even if there were someplace else to go," says one, "I wouldn't." ADMITTEDLY, in this era of tourism, the station does leave much to be desired. Owner John Holley says there is .no electricty, no running water. "But I wouldn't trade one bit of sagebrush here for the Ritz Club in New York. Hell, I think I'd feel crowded." The regular customers agree. They could stop 30 miles east, in Austin, "where the bars outnumber the churches," or they could go 60 miles west, to Fallon, "the big city as we call it." But they stick, on Saturday night, to Cold Springs Station, dirty glasses and all. (Most of them don't bother with glasses actually; they drink their brews from the bottle.) PART OF THE reason the regulars stick is owner Holley and his wife Mary. Both in their 50s, they foster, in different ways, an old-shoe camaraderie with the regulars. He is a rumpled, whisker-rub^ bing sort who offends no one. She is an energetic, sometimes loud old babe who keeps things lively. And lively it is here on Saturday night. Not jumping, since there are at most only about a half-dozen customers, but brisk. Mary. plays pool with two young shepherds ("Maybe it ain't ladylike, but I'd rather do it than pull on the arms of those goddamn s!ot machines in Reno"). John discusses travel with tourists from San Jose. A lumberman irom Fallon feeds the jukebox for a song by Marty Robbins. State highway worker Charles McCambridge, wearing levis and Stetson, laments the day he ever left "cowboying." Flies flutter in a water ring cn the bar, three fellows on stools chuckle over a blue joke, a visitor wonders if it's true Nevada has legalized prostitution. There is little sophistication in it all. No talk about politics, for example. Holley, when asked, says "The worst mistake I ever made was in voting for Nixon in 1968." Mary says Watergate makes her "so damn angry I don't want to think about it." McCambridge fades at any mention of the world, wishing instead to talk only about "the colt I'm breaking for a friend." INDEED, THE REGULARS prefer the confines of their irolaition. Realities confuse or bore them. The talk of Nixon is rapidly eclipsed by a story about old Ray Walker, alias Walky Talky, a sometimes hermit and leading citizen of a nearby ghost town. "I don't know how he does it," somebody says, "living out there, all by himself. Last t:me I saw him I asked him if he ever got lonely and he said no, that he busied himself telling jokes all day. Oh, I said, you got company then? No, he said, I tell the jokes to myself; that way I always .get a good laugh." That's the kind of thing that counts at Cold Springs. John Holley says he's so cut off from society that the last time he saw a show was 30 years ago — "Frankenstein." His wife says the only time she mixes with the outside world is when she shops for groceries. "I DO ALL the shoppin' myself. One time I asked him to bring home a head of let- luce and you know what he got — cabbage! I'll never trust him again." So it goes here on Saturday night. Someone's in the corner reading a National Geographic A mousy little vagabond, who stutters, sits on a barstool hoping that Holley will hire him as a handyman. Jerry Lee Lewis, taking over for "Drinkin' wine spodeo" on the Juke. Mary, wobbling a bit from a beer too many, is frying a hamburger near a wall decorated with Christmas cards. "THEY CALL ME Mrs. Minnesota Fats," Mary says. "I don't know about the Minnesota, but I am fats." It will continue until 10 or 11, or until owner Holley falls asleep. Then the pool cues will be racked, the bottles gathered up, the stove turned off and the gas pumps locked! And the regulars will return to their mines, to their ranches or to wherever it is they go out here when Saturday night is over. Cambodia Poses Question: Who Is Real War F orce; By PHIL NEWSOM UPI Foreign News Analyst The United States has said it K willing to consider Prince Norodom Sihanouk, chief of the C am b o d i a n government in exile, a participant in any peace negotiations for Cambodia. Foreign News Commentary The next question is whether the unpredictable Sihanouk will negotiate with the United States. Right now, he says he won't. And the question after that is whether Sihanouk really is the right man to negotiate with after all. Among the several unanswered questions about the war in Cambodia is the one about who is really fighting it on the other side. If for many years the South Vietnamese Viet Cong were no more than shadowy figures in the jungle, the leadership of the Cambodian him credit for being more than one side of a triangle, and maybe a temporary one, at that. His chief credentials are that he is recognized by Hanoi and Peking as chief of state, although he himself is quoted in an interview with the French newspaper Figaro as saying he expects a Communist attempt to dislodge him after the war. The other sides of the triangle are the Lon Nol government, which now controls not much more than the capital city of Phnom Penh, and the insurgents, known as "The Cambodian People's National Liberation Armed Forces," or more generally as the "Khmer Reds." The few prisoners taken byj Vietnam, the government side suggest;neighbors Cambodia but weakening the whole structure of the Vietnam cease-fire itself. With the end of American bombing in Cambodia scheduled for Aug. 15, U.S. hopes for a satisfactory peace settlement appears to rest on one or a combination of three possibilities. One is for the Lon Nol government to demonstrate within a few weeks what it has failed to do in three years, an ability to stand on its own. Another is for Sihanouk to emerge as a leader capable of resuming the balancing act that for so long kept Cambodia more or less neutral as war engulfed both Laos and South its two Indochina that most of the fighting is be ing carried on by Cambodians, although it is the contention of the government and the United States that the insurgents are both supplied and led by the North Vietnamese. A third is to bring pressure for peace on the insurgents through contacts with Hanoi, Peking and the Soviet Union. All of which is to suggest that presidential adviser Henry Kissinger has his work cut out for insurgents is even more a mystery. ! With this as a general thesis, him on his next visit to Peking One Side of Triangle jit is said to ba President Nix- -especially so since even in the .Sihanouk claims it, but with Ion's belief that if the Lon Nol face of American bombing the no clear lines of communication between his Peking exile and the Cambodian jungle few give government falls, it will be IhejCambodian insurgents seem to signal for a pro - Communistihave military victory within take - over affecting not only I their grasp. || i PETE GOMEZ —"1 I GOODYEAR TIRE CENTER • Second $36 E. Main St., Galesburg 703 TIRES MUST BE SOLD! HHRPIilJ3jfll Pete Gomez — Owntr— 9 •' 1 - t • ' Sale Positively Ends Saturday, July 21 CREDIT TERMS AVAILABLE FREE MOUNTING 108 Mags Must Be Sold! LOWEST PRICES EVER CRAGAR S/S With CAPS 14x6 — 14x7__. 14x8-- 15x8.- 15x10.. $34.95 __$39.95 —$44.95 .__$49.95 ___$59.95 FREE INSTALLATION E-T IV MAGS With CAPS 14x6.75— —$29.95 14x7.5- $31.95 15x7.5_ _____ $32.95 15x10 $49.95 GABRIEL Only Hi-J ackers 9 Pair Expert Installation Availabli OPEN DAILY 8:00 to 5:00 Saturday Til 3:00 Many More Tires Marked Down FAST SALE! Java $ 35 to $ 5ton a set of Rally GT White Letter Tires • Not a racing tire but designed like one,.. wide tread groove design to give squeegee-like firmness and road-grabbing traction • Low, wide 4 -ply nylon cord construction AS LOW AS Six* A60-13 Plus $2.02 Fed, Ex. Tax Ha Tradi ti»i»i III! Itf. MM '"Tire With Trad* MlMcf nusrti. tl.Tix firTirs A60-13 $40.75 $32.00 $2.02 D60-13 $44.95 $35.11 $2.41 E60-14 $47.10 $37.53 $2.52 F60-14 $49.15 $39.27 ' $2.76 G60-14 $51.20 $40.02 $2.90 L60-14 $60.60 $41,01 $3.49 F60-15 $50.15 $40.12 $2.89 G60-15 $52.25 $40.01 $2.96 H60-15 $55.30 $43.50 $3.i9~ L60-15 $61.70 $48.04 $3.49 Ado Air Conditioning Recharge Our Air Conditioning Specialists: « Inspect Cooling System. • Cleim Coils. Check Compressor. • Inspect All Belts. • Check Head Pressure. Inspect Electrical Components. Including Up To 2 Lbs. o< Frson li Needed With Lubf & H*r* It What Wt Do. • Complete Chassis Lube. • New Autolite Filter. • Valvoline or Pennzoil. t Full Oil Change. t All Labor Included. FILTER Oil Chang* $E£99 Up T« 5 <li$. of Straight WeieU* Oil Fienium f U<3 Exita out End Alignment H*r« U What W. Do; • Set Toe. • Set Camber t Set Caster. • All Labor Included. Add $2.00 Foi All 536 E. MAIN ST., GALESBURG PHONE 342-3157J " 1

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