I had a pretty good arm growing up. I would bet you today, if I was standing in the middle of the square at the center of Morrills Corner, I could grip a baseball in my hands and heave it six different times, and I'd land it near the pumps of the six filling stations at the corner. Six, count them Six! There was an Esso, an Amaco, a Shell, a Sunoco, a Flying A, and a Cheveron. They were all there within sight, within hitting distance of at least the pumps. How many do you think are left today of the six? Marchin, my brother, knows the answer. Now, if you guessed ZERO, you would be quite the guesser.
Heck, you might even venture down to Old Orchard Beach and take over the booth of Dave the Guesser.
The corner has changed quite a bit, from when it was my old stompin' ground. As a matter of fact, there are only two buildings that have kept their same use for over 50 years. Wanna try again?
I'll tell ya, if you said it was a bar and a restaurant, you'd be correct again. Back then, the bar was The Brass Rail. It's now the Morrills Corner Pub. I worked at Edna's Restaurant, which now goes by the name of Samuel's Bar and Grill. Wow! Over fifty years and just two establishments still standing as is. Amazing!
And by the way, growing up I pleaded and begged 'the powers that be' for a McDonald's nearby. No way. At the time, there was only one set of Golden Arches in town. Now? You are right again, Swami! A good size set of arches moved into the neighborhood and took over one of those gas stations many years ago.
Just my luck.
Thirty-five years too late for me!
* By the way, these two, colored caps were found on the cement lot of a once thriving full-service station in New Jersey.