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The 1960s: Do you remember Albers?

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Steve Roush-
“The hit parade, grape Tru-Aid, the Sadie Hawkins dance
Pedal pushers, duck tail hair, and peggin' your pants
Howdy-Doody, Tutti-Frutti, the seam up the back of her hose
Ah, do you remember those?”

– The Statler Brothers

Ladies and gentlemen, since we’ve gone back to Hillsboro in the 1960s, we’ve stopped in at local auto dealers, gas stations and clothing stores. We’ve even visited the county fair and took in a couple of films at the Colony Theatre and a drive-in movie at Roselawn in Allensburg.

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get a little hungry. We could go to a restaurant, which we will, but for now, let’s do a little grocery shopping.

Good golly, Miss Molly, there are a lot to choose from. We’ve got Albers Super Market, Creamer’s Grocery, Creed’s Food Market, Gabriel’s Food Market, Hammond’s Grocery, Harshbarger’s Thrift-E-Market, Hi-Land Market and Restaurant, Kelch’s Market, Kroger, Lowe’s Market, North End Grocery, Owen’s Market, H.D. Penquite, Ray’s Market, Schaeffer’s Super Market, Smith’s Farm Market, South High Market and Steen’s IGA Market.

Well, I know exactly where Albers is, and my Dad always told me his folks did a bulk of their grocery shopping at Albers since it was only a few blocks away from their West Pleasant Street home, so let’s drive the ol’ Studebaker over to Albers – which I knew as Great Scot as a youngster and is now known as Community Market on West Main Street.

After all, the newspaper ad says when you come into Albers, you come out better every time.

Want to flip some burgers? Albers is selling two pounds of ground beef for 69 cents. How about hot dogs? A pound package of Winner Quality Wieners is 49 cents. Chicken breasts are 59 cents a pound. Chuck roast is 35 cents a pound, shoulder roast is 49 cents a pound, English roast is 79 cents a pound, rump roast is 99 cents a pound and pork steaks can be had for 49 cents a pound.

How about steaks? Round steak is 79 cents a pound, sirloin steaks and rib steaks are 89 cents a pound, and T-bone and cubed steaks are 99 cents a pound.

If you’re out of coffee, you can buy a one-pound can of Maxwell House for 59 cents. Remember, it’s good to the last drop.

Your 10 cents goes further at Albers – among the things you can get for a dime there are cans of green beans or sweet peas, applesauce, thin spaghetti, elbow macaroni, lemonade, dog food, Hi-C drinks, marshmallows, French fries, sliced pimentos, beets, chicken broth and Butterfield Irish potatoes. Bananas are also 10 cents a pound, but sometimes they go on sale for 9 ½ cents.

Here’s a deal, corn on the cob is 39 cents a dozen. Best I’ve seen. Ten pounds of potatoes are also 39 cents.

At Albers, you can eat big and spend small. If you scream for ice cream, you can buy a full gallon for 89 cents. Sherbet is 49 cents for a half gallon of assorted flavors.

This takes the cake – they’re selling devil's food delight chocolate cake for 25 cents each. Rum cakes are 39 cents each.

Does anything cost more than a dollar here? (Shop Happy … Shop Albers!)

Albers says we should “save the way millions of smart women do with S&H Green Stamps.” Do you remember those? I vaguely remember those. If you’ve never heard of them, according to Wikipedia, “S&H Green Stamps was a line of trading stamps popular in the United States from the 1930s until the late 1980s. They were distributed as part of a rewards program operated by the Sperry & Hutchinson company (S&H), founded in 1896 by Thomas Sperry and Shelley Byron Hutchinson. During the 1960s, the company promoted its rewards catalog as being the largest publication in the United States and boasted that it issued three times as many stamps as the U.S. Postal Service. Customers would receive stamps at the checkout counter of supermarkets, department stores and gasoline stations, among other retailers, which could be redeemed for products in the catalog.”

Albers would have bonus coupons where customers could get 50 extra S&H Green Stamps with a $5 purchase, 100 extra S&H Green Stamps for spending $10 or more, or 150 extra S&H Green Stamps with a $15 purchase or more. According to one Albers ad, “It takes only 1,200 stamps to fill your S&H Savings Books!”

Just a stone’s throw from Albers, in 1961 the Hillsboro Indians football team beat Williamsburg 40-6 at Richards Memorial Field in the last week of September. Mike Collins, Doug Bays, Glenn Dent and Bobby Storer helped lead the Tribe to the big win that gave HHS a 2-1 record on the season.

Back to food, it might be good to price compare at other local grocery stores, but let’s pause for now and we’ll continue next time.

Steve Roush is vice chairman of the Highland County Historical Society Board of Trustees, a vice president of an international media company and a columnist and contributing writer for The Highland County Press. He can be reached by email at

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