Hamburger in the Ruff in the former Woodland Dairy
Note the For Sale sign in the window.
When Mr. Richards first came to Ames in 1950,
he started a restaurant business where Woodland Dairy had operated across
the street from the Highway Commission. Read
Tom Richards' account of the Richards family business.
Highway 30 in Ames had its first military traffic tie-up since World War II days here Tuesday as hundreds of soldiers from Camp McCoy, in Wisconsin, stopped briefly on their convoy route to Omaha for an emergency assist in the flood area there. City police un-snarled traffic as fast as it wound itself around the intersection near the highway commission offices, as the convoys stopped for brief periods. But all was not going as scheduled, according to two of the officers accompanying one of the convoys.
The soldiers were alerted at 4:03 Monday afternoon at the Camp McCoy base. They were fed, and then started piling into the open trucks for the overnight trip. At about 9:30 they cleared their base, stopping first at Albert Lea, Minn. at 9:30 Tuesday morning for breakfast. However, facilities there were not equal to the need, and the dehydrated eggs failed to go around, leaving some with only coffee. Again into the trucks for the men, and on to Ames, where the convoy pictured above stopped for a few minutes.
In the photo..., troops of Company C, 115th Engineers, rest atop the company's air compressor unit which will be put in service to help in the flood Region.
[In the photo above]..., the hungry soldiers are shown as they "took over" Richard's cafe at 819 Lincoln Way for sandwiches, candy bars and whatever else they could buy during their short stay. Florence White is shown at right waiting on one of the boys. Also helping was Mrs. S. Wetteland. Owner M.J. Richards was literally "up to his neck" in the kitchen at the time, frying hamburgers as fast as the stove would turn them out.
Asked about "who would pay for the soldiers' luncheons here in Ames," the officers said that each was spending his own money, and if one had no money and couldn't borrow it he would probably be hungry before he got to Omaha where the convoys were to "await further orders."
Except for the apparent failure to provide for the soldiers along the way, there seemed to be little else SNAFUED. But the officers were wondering what the army would do when the soldiers got to the emergency area.
Generally, to the Tribune reporter, it looked like a typical army maneuver, tough on the boys who were sitting up in the open trucks for the long ride, but with the Yankee spirit of making the best of things evident as the boys joked about the situation and looked foward to being able to help the homeless along the Missouri river basin.
article and photos from the Ames Tribune