You know you are from Miles City when:
- You remember Bill's Mini Market at both locations (a block from each other on East Main).
I just remember the one.
- You've ever gone to the dangerous flumes near 12-mile dam to dive in...(yes, a kid nearly drowned there...I don't remember his name, but a classmate of mine named Keith Scheeler saved his life with CPR..this inspired Keith to eventually become a paramedic).
We used to park out by the flumes, but I never went swimming in them-too smart, maybe?
- You remember that the mexican restaurant that briefly existed on Haynes Ave was called "Dos Banditos".
Nope-after my time.
- You frequented the Bean Bag store because what little change you had in your pocket got you a lot of candy and stuff.
No, I went to Herb's Superette when I wanted candy.
- You remember the creepy music that came from Howard Letke's (God rest) ice cream truck.
- You remember the Kappes' at the Melody Shop.
Used to shop for records there all the time-and bought my first and second guitars there.
- You remember a very full house of Chris and Bernetta Christopherson's kids (18 altogether). I'm told the youngest, Tina, is about to get married.
- You've ever eaten, even once, at my late uncle Appy's "Shish Kebab" restaurant when it was next to Parker's Bar and across the street from the old police station, or stopped his "Shish Kebab truck" for a treat the year or 2 it existed.
- You remember playing with the toys you wish your parents could buy for you at Rasco Tempo.
No, but I still have playing cards I bought there-they were plastic, wonderful, and virtually indestructible. We have four decks.which will probably be passed down forever!
- You visited Woolworth's before it became Ben Franklin.
- Used to get sodas there.
- You remember an almost-as-full house of Dick and Jane Bonine's kids (13 altogether).
There were Bonines' everywhere.even in my class!
- You at least knew someone who took piano lessons at that house on Montana, just off Main, next to the big Presbyterian Church.
I took piano lessons from Esther Benson, or "Mommy B" as she had us call her. I remember her visiting us in Norway, and couldn't believe how cosmopolitan Miles Citians are-go to Europe-you'll meet someone from Miles City somewhere!
- You've eaten a Paco from the Crystal Pistol.
After my time, sorry.
- You or a friend got a haircut or hairdo at Miles City Beauty College when Ms. South ran it.
Oh yes, we had to try it out.
- You once called-in, or had dedicated to you, a song at night on KATL's "Miller Request Line".
(Jon Boe wrote)No, but my older sister did a call in deal while in high school, doing dedications from the "Roman 5" that had the whole school in a frenzy. Sorry Barb for spilling the beans... they've been secret for 40-50 years... I think.
- Thanks, Jon, for letting the secret out! I used to anchor Spinners Sanctum and play requests, and later on I sang on the radio on the show that Charlie Lee had from the Radar Base.still have photos and notes from that time in a scrapbook somewhere.
- You remember when the Greyhound bus stop was on Main Street below the Milligan Hotel.
Used to walk past it often.
- You've ever been inside McDonald's (the clothing store, not the fast food place).
- Yes, I remember shopping there occasionally with my mom.
- You sadly remember Both the Sacred Heart Shamrocks and Custer County Cowboys missing their chance to become co-state football champions in '82 when both lost close semifinal playoff games to Whitehall and Stevensville, respectively.
- I remember the Shamrocks and the Cowboys, but probably not the particular incidents you are referring to. There was a friendly rivalry between the two schools, but CCHS was so much larger than Sacred Heart we didn't compete in the same classes in sports when I attended CCHS.
- You sadly remember a rash of fires that destroyed places such as the El Robo Building, the Aloha Lounge, and a few others.
Nope-I must have been gone by then.
- You remember how a few teenage girls went "gaa-gaa" over a handsome young man named Dan Pius.
- You ever attended "Battle of the Bands" at the Eastern Montana Fair.
No, but I did manage to make one Bucking Horse Sale in 1968.
- You never went to, but heard wild stories about, a certain bar on Main Street called the "Sports Page".
No-I was too young to go to bars.
- You happen to know that the lady who ran the donut shop near Custer High was Geri Kellum.
What donut shop?
- You still cringe to this day remembering visits to Dr. Pellet's dentist office. (my wisdom tooth extraction was the worst! Youch!)
My dentist was Dr. Bundy.
- You remember going to the Safeway that used to be where Blue Rock Distributing now is.
Yes, I went there with my mom sometimes.
- You remember seeing Bill Newhouse at Mavericks games when he was still with us.
- You frequented Benasky's news stand.
- You Remember When Blue Caboose Travel Service was ACTUALLY IN a blue caboose!
My mother used them sometimes for her travel arrangements.
- You remember Bobby Kenny and his walkie-talkie.
- You remember that the arcade that used to be where the Cellar now is was called Arnie's Arcade.
- You actually remember seeing John Stone when he was a milkman.
No, never did.
I guess I relate more to posts about the underpass flooding, the bowl being an ice-skating rink in the wintertime with an old boxcar as the warming house. I remember the wading pool in Wibaux Park, and walking to the swimming pool in the summer-first for lessons, and later for swim team practice, and later for work as a lifeguard. I remember the Barn Theater, and all the plays, and the many days I spent selling tickets in front of Foster Drug. I also had to work the box office at the theater on production nights. Never quite got the smell out of my system, and even today seeing a live theater performance makes me long to "get back into it". I have been gone from Miles City for forty years, and yes, I was just there in April. I moved to San Diego, North Dakota, and Minnesota, and still ended up moving back to Montana. I like the way people think and live here-we take time for our lives, enjoy our neighbors and friends, and the beautiful scenery that is part of this state. Even Eastern Montana has great beauty (although I must confess that I did not see it when I lived there) that I can appreciate today.
Thanks for the memories.
Barbara Boe Anderson