The 60's Era

Our Town

A small town in America, the community of our youth . . .


Lee's Cafe was famous for their Chicken Fried Steaks, pies and a great salad dressing (that was family secret) but what hungry teenage boys loved best was their breakfasts. The biggest challenge was "The Truckers Breakfast." It consisted of a full pot of coffee, a pound of hashbrown potatoes, a 1/2 a loaf of toast, a half dozen eggs and a 1/4 pound of bacon. There was no extra charge for the arterial blockage. Lee's was also the place where the guys would gather after dances, dates or parties. They would usually meet for a late night meal but there were occasions when Lee's was only the starting point for "other adventures." Lee's closed in 1995.


We all stopped at the World's Largerst Gas Station to see how much gas a buck could buy. Many classmates worked at Slim Olson's including Tim Hilton, Rick Hepworth, Denny Poulsen, Kelly Brown, Gary Palmer, Dale Taylor, Randy Hogan, Jeff Laub, Kenny Simpson, Brent Blackham, Doug Boulton, Scott Uffins, Doug Thompson, Skip Larsen and John Wentz.

​   Cole Esquire was THE fashion place for young men in Bountiful. Owner Lyle Cole offered an excellent sellection of better brands in merchandise from 100% wool slacks and dress shirts to Alta Adler sox and Elsha Cologne. Classmates Rob Hawkes and Mike Holmes worked there.


Elmo Steed's Texaco was located on Main Street just south of Union Mortuary across the street from Rick Hepworth's house. Mr. Steed was a really nice guy and good businessman. He often gave customers a cold soda while he filled up their tank, washed the windows and checked the oil. An ice cold Cream Soda in a glass bottle was amazing.


Paces Dairy Ann - Their malts, shakes and sundaes were great but the Country Boy hamburger with cheese was fantastic. Paces also sent out a fleet of Ice Cream Trucks. Classmate John Hanks was one of those Ice Cream Drivers. The best items from the ice cream truck were the YIPPIE (a frozen malt in a cup with a stick) the Rocket (a muti colored popcycle) and the Drumstick (a chocolate dipped ice cream cone rolled in chopped nuts).



Wally's Burger Bar.  Wally and his family lived in the house next door to the burger joint. Wally connected a bell the to the family home which he rang with a plea of help after he was overwhelmed with a late night rush of customers.



Harmon's Kentucky Fried Chicken was fine dining in the Bountiful of the 1960's.


​     Hair Today, Gone to Morry's 


Parades down Main Street were always a big event. At Homecoming, Cantalope Days, The 4th of July and Handcart Days ​parade entrants ranged from boys on bicycles with crate paper in the spokes to fully decorated floats. The two little boys seen across the street between the back of the car and boat might have been my brother and me. Years later we would have been impressed with the girls in the one piece swim suits but that day we were just disapointed they didn't throw candy.



Hunters Ice Cream was a unique place. They manufactuered their own ice cream on the premises. Long before Haagen Daz, Hunters was producing a premium super rich ice cream. They offered the premium and regular ice cream in a gallon, half gallon or brick. You could also order a two and a half gallon pack.


Winegars Market first opened for business in 1917 and has continued in a number different forms to this day. Classmate Dirk Winegar along with brothers Dee, Bill, Rock and sister Sally all worked in the markets from a very young age. Notice the bicycles parked in front of the store without locks.​



     In spite of Dirk Winegars busy schedule, which included working at the market, school, sports, activities, study, hanging with pals and keeping several girlfriends happy at the same time, he was still able to maintain a solid C average.​



Remember the 'love seats" and how your shoes would stick to the floor? The Queen Theatre was a great place to have your parents drop you off to be with your friends to see movies like 50,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Blob, The Alamo, Jailhouse Rock or Tom Thumb.


The hamburgers, fries, shakes and soda's were very good at Stonies Drive Inn, but the real attraction was always the waitresses. Classmates LaVona Seeley, Charlotte "Charlie" Tague and Jean Williams worked there with Carol St Joer & Vida Cook (class of 67) Millie Seeley (class of 68) and Maureen (VHS). Cheryl was the owner and Lynda was her sister in law.



Ticket prices were always a bargain at the Bountiful Drive-In when only the driver and pasanger paid while the three people hiding in the trunk got in for free. Wonder why they never figured out why most of the cars teenagers were driving seemed always to be lowered in the back? 



The Equalizer . . offering hope for the Hoods, Greasers, Party Girls and Straying Betas.

 Bountiful Drug . . . Carla Olson made the best chocolate malts.

Servus Drug. "Let's order a large plate of fries, I'll have a lime Coke and you have a cherry Coke and we'll share OK?"

The Spudnut Shop. "Give me two Spudnuts and a large root beer in a frosted mug please."

 It seems like only yesterday. How did all of this pass us by so quickly, like a glimmer in the night?