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Hi,

I grew up in a small town, everyone knew my parents, couldn't do anything!

I live in a smaller town now. The bank and the post office are in the same building. If four people are in the P.O. lobby it's a crowd. The bank part is open on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
 

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I, too, grew up in a small town. Everyone knew everyone else's business, and to make matters worse, my dad was a teacher. He knew I was in trouble before I did! I've lived in small towns most of my life (still do) - seems the stories and gossip is always the same, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. Urban sprawl has pretty much engulfed the town in which I grew up. When I was young, Farmington, MN was a small farming community south of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Now it seems to be a 5th-ring suburb with Miles of houses to the north, but still farming to the south.

Lived in the U.P. of Michigan in the late 70's and early 80's just a few miles from AuTrain in a town called Christmas. At the time there was but 70 - 100 people, 3 bars, a small cinder block store/post officepainted to look like a Christmas present and a tourist trap kind of deal. You would put a nickel in a pop machine, a bottle wouldslide down and a small penned bear would open and drink the pop for your amusement. The PETA crowd would have a stroke over that kind of thing today! Dang but I miss Trenary toast and good pasties! (TOJ knows what I'm talking about if nobody else does.:waving:)
 

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Hi Ozarkryder,

Yes I do know what you are talking about.....small world ! I live in AuTrain, Christmas is five miles down the road. There is a big indian casino there now, and a large motel next door. Trenary Toast is still being made, went thru Trenary yesterday,on the Wing and could smell the fresh toast being made. We just got a dozen pasties, made by the Masons club.

Things have changed a lot in the seven years I've lived here, new motels, restaurants, and other businesses. The tourist season is year round now, with the snowmobile crowd in the winter.

If you get up here stop in for a little b.s. and what ever.
 

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OK, I know this is an old thread, but I'm a new guy, so I gotta add mine. :)

The town I grew up in was a small farm town in Eastern Washington State, population at the time, about 100. When we went trick or treating, we could easily go to every house in the town, except the cranky old lady and the "name of religion withheld so as not to offend" family. We often got homemade treats too, and didn't have to worry about them being poisoned or having razor blades in them. We always had a bon fire and weenie roastin the park after trick or treating. Our school was the only school for 6 or 7 towns, and the 4 year high school only had 250 kids. My class was huge, the biggest ever at the time, with 67. The town had 1 grocery store, local owned of course, 1 hardware store, 1 gas station,and 3 saloons. Hmmm :shock: We didn't have a police department, but we all knew the 1 county sheriff that sometimes patrolled the town. I can personally relate to a number of things in the list. :)

John
 
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