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Letter to the Editor - June 14

June 14, 2012

Thanks for the memories, Manbeck Bread Co.


To the editor:

I sure was sorry to see them tearing down the old Manbeck building. I have the most happy memories of the bakery. I used to live on Mechanic Street when I was a kid. And the smell was out of this world.

My brothers and I used to go down to windows on the side of the building. We would call to the men working there and ask if they had any loaves of bread, which they called “cripples.” They were loaves of bread that cracked on top. They would give us a loaf out the window. The bread was still warm. We would break the loaf open and scoop out the inside and eat it, and then we would share the warm, crusty outside. That was heaven to us 9- and 10-year-olds. I can just about taste it now.

Then, at Christmas, the lady that worked there would give us all a box of candy and an orange. We were poor, but that was riches for us.

Thanks for the good memories, Manbeck Bread Co.


Ruth Hahn
Williamsport

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