7 loaves of white bread, available for a dollar when I was a child there in the 50s!
BUT SERIOUSLY...as an Oak Hill native (a small town of 5,000 or so 17 miles from the metropolis that is Beckley!) in the south-central part of the state, I offer you pinto beans cooked with a ham hock, kale cooked the same way and doused with apple cider vinegar when serving, corn on the cob, pickled ramps, pickled pig's feet, cornbread, fried chicken, yeast rolls, potato salad, country ham and biscuits, venison when family or friends shot deer (too often!), fresh fruit pies, whole smoked hams sold in butcher paper with no water added and my personal favorite, fried bologna sandwiches, cream cheese sandwiches, the WV hot dog with "everything"-mustard, onions, chili and slaw! The drive-in/curb service phenomenon, along with drive-in movies, were, and no doubt remain, huge in semi-rural WV, and many favorite childhood memories revolve around stopping at the Pete and Bob's or King Tut drive-ins in Beckley and eating in the dark in the back seat of a Buick with your siblings or cousins. (Oak Hill had The Mountaineer and Top Hat drive-ins, but they were not to compare to the Beckley legends, where you could get exotic things like a ham-and-cheese sandwich called the Long John and fried fish sandwiches! I was a returning adult in the 70s before Oak Hill saw its first McDonald's...)
Bill, you're right on the money, in everything you say!. I was just thinking out loud here, when I posted, and you answered the call.
I know Oak Hill, but not its eateries. Beckley was my home, and Sophia, more specifically.
I grew up with a pot of beans on the stove, or potato soup, if the beans were out. To this very day, I hate potato soup...lol I do make a lot of pintos at home, though I wish I could find my great-grandmothers style of chow-chow, which was almost a pickle relish, but green pepper based.
I know quite well the pleasure of a fried bologna with onion and mustard, on cheap white bread; the taste of cream cheese on toast.
Pete and Bob's was gone, before I came along. King Tut's however, is still going strong, and I still love their Nightmare dogs! I'll even bet you money that the women who last gave me my food,were the same girls who gave you yours...
The last of the drive-in theaters closed almost 20yrs ago, I'm afraid. I think there may still be one open in St. Albans, bu I make no promises.