Left to Right: Buddy, Luther, L.W.
The Angells: In Their Own Voices
This winter, I’m planning to publish a book about the lives and work of my great-grandfather, L.W. Angell, and his sons Luther Angell and Charles “Buddy” Angell. Although the book is based around my family, it provides a personalized picture of life in rural Missouri from the late 1920s to present day.
Today, I wanted to share an excerpt from the manuscript.
The Old-Time Coke Machine at the Centralia Hog Barn
“In addition to the hand-me-down couches the office has an old-time Coke machine. During my childhood, Luther kept it filled. He turned off the payment function, so we could grab a Coke – in a glass bottle – anytime we wanted. He kept the machine stocked until Coca-Cola stopped delivering returnable glass bottles some time in the late 1990s or early 2000s. A couple wooden crates full of dusty Coke bottles sit outside in the hallway. As if fifteen years later, Coca-Cola might change their mind and we’ll begin ordering glass bottles again.
The grandkids weren’t the only ones who enjoyed a free Coke on Luther’s tab. The Amish in the nearby community of Clark also enjoyed their square bale hauling trips to the hog barn, because a cold, free soda waited inside.”
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