Cool’s The Rule

Of course we’re in that sweltering hot time of the year, when we’re looking for some relief from the blistering heat. So let’s take a break and enjoy some “cool” conversation. We can begin with the Fields Fish, Oyster and Ice Company.  Owned for a time by former Sanford Mayor E.W. Fields, tihs business was going strong on South Horner Boulevard into the 1970s. In a way, this is still a cool spot in town, as the present-day home of the Sonic Drive-Thru.

Our next building, located on Market Street, was the long-time home of the Sanford Ice & Coal Company. Owned & operated by Tom & John Salmon, the business covered both bases … ice for cooling and coal for heating. This address is now the home of the Ready Mixed Concrete Company.

Doesn’t this look like the perfect spot for some road food, topped off with some ice cream? Monroe S. Campbell’s Drive-In Griddle was a popular pit stop for travelers on US Highways 1-15-501, just north of Sanford, in the mid-to-late 1940s. Of course locals enjoyed the delicious treats as well.

In the 1930s, Sanford residents cooled off at the Fairview Dairy Restaurant at 126 Carthage Street. Founder Phil Yarborough started the restaurant as an outgrowth of his Fairview Dairies. In the 1950s & 60s, Lawrence Cheatham operated the restaurant under the name of Larry’s Fine Food.

One of the very first places to visit for a cold carbonated beverage in Sanford was the Lee Drug Store. Founded in the late 1920s and located on South Steele Street, the store was operated by Joe Lazarus for much of that time. Joe, pictured here at the soda fountain, passed away in 1974 and the drug store closed for good in the early 1980s.

Finally, here’s some cool of another kind. We see Jonesboro residents ice skating on a pond located at around the 2000 block of Lee Avenue. This picture is from around 1900, when the Tinney Inn was a large nearby hotel.

Editorial content, pictures and research background, compliments of Jimmy Haire and Images of America: Sanford and Lee County, by Jimmy Haire & W.W. Seymour, Jr, available here for purchase.