The following is an excerpt from an issue of Art Haney's original Bluebird Flyer, and was included in the most recent Flyer. The response was in reference to the recent photo of the structure which formerly housed Selma Snack Shop. You can view the photo at the top of this page, second from left. To comment, go to the Journal section directly below this section.
"(The late) Bob Shumaker was first to respond correctly that the house in the photo was once Nemyer's "Selma Snack Shop". Bill & Mary Nemyer opened their restaurant around 1947 to the best of Bob Nemyer’s memory. In the 1946 "Touchstone" yearbook there was an advertisement for Nemyer's Cafe in Parker, Indiana. There were no yearbooks published by the classes of 1947 through 1951 so verifying exact dates of the things that took place during those years using yearbooks is impossible. When talking with Bob last year he told me the Nemyer’s had operated a restaurant in Parker for about a year before closing it and opening the Selma location. Bob also told me all the booths and counter were built by Bill for the Selma store. After Bill’s death in 1963, Mary operated the restaurant until 1965 when it was closed and the restaurant equipment was sold to Bessie, who some of you may remember operated a restaurant downtown in the building once occupied by the Harry Theis Drug Store. Mary then became the Postmaster, or Postmistress as Bob said she preferred to be called, until her death in 1976. Bob Nemyer provided some stories I wish to pass along. If one of the students asked Mary to use the phone to call their old lady to come pick them up she would firmly tell them they could not. But, if they wanted to ask again and use the word Mother instead of old lady they would be allowed to make the call. Also, Bill would not allow soft drinks to be delivered in cartons or cases. His reason for this was cockroaches had been delivered at one time along with the cartons. Therefore, the bottles were brought into the storeroom individually. Bob told me his Father and Mother would always make coffee at home to take with them to the store every morning. The reason for doing that was the building had an alarm system that could be heard all over town. As soon as the door was opened the alarm would sound and the townspeople would rush to the store expecting coffee. Bob also told me he had sold many roundtrip bus tickets to Muncie for thirty-five cents as Nemyers served as the Greyhound Bus terminal for Selma at one time."