Dear Call Box: I bought a guitar from American Music at Main and Monroe streets during the 1960s. Mr. Turner, I think, was the owner’s name. Do you have any pictures or information about this downtown music store?
M.C., St. Augustine
Dear M.C.: We wish we did, but we were unable to find anything in our archives. We contacted several Jacksonville music professionals, and they were not familiar with the store. We searched the Main Library’s city directories and found that it was first listed in 1956 at 403 N. Main St. In subsequent listings, we found the address as 307 and 302 N. Main. The last listing was in 1973, leading us to believe it closed around 1974.
The man you refer to is Cloyer A. Turner. We found a short online notice that a man by that name had died in 2003 in Crescent City. No other details were given.
Philip Barnes said he first bought his Gibson C-O Classic guitar from the American Music Store in the early 1960s for $120. He’s not sure of the man’s name, but he said, “I remember he had a curved little finger on his right hand that he told me was the result of playing guitar so much over the years.”
His Gibson is still a great instrument, by the way, Barnes said.
Ron Allen, who has a music ministry, said his father bought him an Ovation guitar from a store on Main for his college graduation circa 1973. He does not recall the store’s name.
If we learn more about American Music, if it was sold or if it moved from downtown, we will do an update.
Dear Call Box: In a history column about Shady Rest Fish Camp at the end of Starratt Road, it mentioned a recipe for deviled crabs. I would like that recipe if the family is willing to give it out.
Dear P.B.: Cookie Faling Davis, whose father owned the camp for a few years in the late 1940s, still has the recipe for her grandmother’s prized deviled crabs that were very popular with visitors to the camp.
Davis, an artist who does clay sculptures and acrylic paintings, is happy to share Henrietta Anderson-Copeland’s recipe. Davis said her first paid job was catching crabs and picking crab meat for a penny per crab.
“We actually saved the crab shells and washed them, then stuffed the crab meat back into them,” she said, adding that she now makes shells out of tin foil.
NETTIE’S DEVILED CRABS
1 cup celery, chopped
2 small onions, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup butter
2 cups diced bread (4 pieces of white toast that are then soaked in water and then the water squeezed out)
1 egg, beaten
1 pound crab meat
Saute celery, onions, thyme, salt and pepper in melted butter until vegetables are tender. Stir in bread and egg, and return to low heat. Add crab meat, stir lightly and cook 1 minute. Put in crab shells, which Davis makes from tin foil. Place on a cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until brown. Serves 6.
Update: Arlington resident Cleve Powell has vivid memories of going to Uncle Joe’s Drive-In, the subject of a recent Call Box query from a reader who wanted to know the name of the “hot dog restaurant” across from the old Atlantic Drive-In Theatre at Atlantic Boulevard and Bartram Road. At one point you could drive all around the building, which had a dirt parking lot and curb service in the back. One person said the hot dogs were 20 cents when he went there while another said 25 cents.
Powell called it his “hangout.”
“I didn’t have very much growing up,” he said.
But that wasn’t a problem at Uncle Joe’s. In 1953 Powell said he could buy two gallons of gas for about 34 cents, take a date to the drive-in theater for $1 and spend about 80 cents for a hot dog, fries and two Cokes. They would cut the hot dog in half and share the fries but buy two Cokes.
Richard Bowers recalled that the foot-long hot dogs went up to 50 cents in the late 1950s.
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