Compliments of LeVerne Langheld Kidd



The beautiful young lady on Ed's arm has been his special friend since the time she was born. She is 18 this yearand graduating from high school. In that picture she was the winner of the "Miss Blue Devil" Pageant.  Ed is it a coincidence that her flowers are the color of the "Purple Cow  yummy grape soda and ice cream concoction?"

Says Ed, "Carolyn, one person in this picture is me and the other one won a beauty contest. Can you tell which is which"?

I asked Ed if he would mind if I forwarded this picture to you and he said it would be O.K.  Thought you would enjoy putting a face to his name. He is really funny!!! Have enjoyed swapping memories of Homer, the Purple Cow and Eat-N-Tell and old friends we had in Homer with him.   

Submitted by Carolyn Sale McDaniel


Ed Broughton, December, 2007

I admit that I probably knew the poem "Purple Cow" but that is not where the name for the "Cow"  came from.  It was named after a drink made with soft Ice Cream and a Nehi grape soda. Admittedly not as good as a "Grapette" ( Mmmmmmm good, I would push my own grandma away from the table just to sniff the bottle cap.) but it made more drink.

 My uncle C.D. and "Kat" Lowery built it as a "Dairy Queen" type soft Ice Cream place. I named it for them and designed and painted the first sign that went up and stayed up for years.  My cousin "Bo" from Athens and I worked there a lot and made lots of good dishes. Try a half cantaloupe filled with soft ice cream sometime.  The cheapskate owners wouldn't let us serve that one but we ate it ourselves since we worked mostly for nothing.   Not braggin, just reminiscing.


Joe Bays, Jerry wise. Richard McComic, Terry Joe McClung and I were pretty regular patrons of The Purple Cow.  We had many cups of coffee, and hamburger steaks there, oh so many moons ago. The steaks were delicious, I might add. We made many trips between the Purple Cow and The Eat N' Tell.

Usually didn't do anything at The Eat N' Tell, except sit in front for awhile and see who might drive up, and then back to The Cow.

If memory serves me right, it was an Uncle of Ernest Broughton that had it built and was the first owner-operator.  right Ed??


The Purple Cow name was derived from the
yummy concoction of grape soda and ice cream that they served.  Ernest can tell you more of this story.  Thanks,
Carolyn Sale McDaniel (Class 1954)



2/15/06I imagine the name "Purple Cow" came from a poem popular in the early 1900s, as follows:

by: Gelett Burgess (1866-1951)
          I NEVER saw a Purple Cow,
          I never hope to see one;
          But I can tell you, anyhow,
          I'd rather see than be one.

"The Purple Cow" is reprinted from A Nonsense Anthology. Ed. Carolyn Wells. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1915.



   Carolyn ,,,  I did not know Mrs. Caver was your aunt. I knew she was a smart and respected business lady.

 I well remember car hopping for her at the Eat N Tell, the original one. Do you remember Kenneth Kendrick? He hopped too. 

 I am not sure I remember you either. I was in Homer class 53/54. I did my gal'lin toward Haynesville and Magnolia  though instead of Minden. 

 I have a brother in Minden now, Ronnie, he is on the school board and may run for something else this time.

Going toward Haynesville just across the railroad Mrs. Caver had a drive-in called "The Eat N Tell"  This was before the Purple Cow days. Ed Broughton.

Earnest,  Mrs. Ophelia Caver was my aunt?  The very first "Eat-N-Tell" was started in a railroad caboose.  Same location.

 I remember it well and in later years helped my aunt in the cafe, as I would spend much of my summer vacation with her in Homer. 

Carolyn Sale McDaniel (Class 1954)


2/9/06  Do know about the Purple Cow.   In 1950 my uncle C.D.  Broughton and "Cat" Lowery wanted to buy a Dairy Queen Franchise.

 It was $10,000 and at that time that was a lot of money. So they got the idea of building an ice cream place like a Dairy Queen instead. 

 I am the one that gave it it's name, and invented the grape and ice cream drink that we named it after,,,

and I also designed and painted the sign that went up and stayed up for about 20 years. A cow reared up holding an ice cream.

 I worked there a lot and made all kinds of shakes and other treats. MMMMM good stuff.
Later My uncle Carlton, (Bo's daddy)  bought it and expanded it into a sit down restaurant too. Our band used to get on the flat roof and play music to draw crowds.  

Then My mama and daddy bought it, it burned and was rebuilt and they ran it for several years.  I bought it in 1970 and ran it for a few years.

 Currenty the building is a black church.
There never was a drive-in at the triangle. Nor was there a drive-in called the thing in Homer. At the triangle there was the State's gravel piles. 

 Ann was an imaginary "loose woman"  that was used to play jokes on boys who thought they needed a date... Kinda like college hazing now a days.
Going toward Haynesville just across the railroad Mrs. Caver had a drive-in called "The Eat N Tell"  This was before the Purple Cow days.
"The Thing" was also a practical joke.

Ed Dettenheim and I took a drum head off a drum at the high school  and stretched it over an oil field grease bucket, (five gallon) rigged a cotton trot line through a hole in it

 and used fiddler's rosin to pull down it and create a sound like some kind of lion or wild beast. 

We broke up church services, the black (metal building) movie theater, made mules run away etc. the Guardian Journal picked up the name "The Thing"

and publicized it for us. Strangely enough we never got caught with it.
I don't have a picture of the original Purple Cow.

"Dead Man's Curve"   they are everywhere. Yes, there was one on the Oilfield road. I don't remember much about Minden kids coming over, my territory was the

Haynesville girls and Magnolia girls.

Next time I go home I will look in Mom's picture box for a picture of the Purple Cow.
 I guess I have two favorite memories. One is making music on the roof with "Dub Thomas, Fred Beavers, Ed Dettenheim, Tom Ruple and some others.   

The other is just a personal story that has stuck with me over the years. I whipped three boys from Athens one night for beating up my friend at a high school basket ball game.

I was working at the "Cow" and someone called me from the high school and told me about it just as they were driving up. I dragged them out of the car and got them all.

 Maybe that is not so good a memory, but if you knew my friend Tom and about his handicap,   you knew you did NOT mess with Tom if Ernest was anywhere around.

No making fun,, No mocking how he talked. no picking at him or laughing at him, etc.
Ed Broughton


 2/8/06  Oh what fond memories I have of the "Purple Cow"!!! Our senior year of high school, we would cram as many as possible in Sammy David's Plymouth station wagon

 and make a run to Homer to the Purple Cow. Several of us were good friends with the Homer teenagers and always had great fun visiting and hanging out with them.

The name of the drive-in was derived from the Purple Cow drink they sold, which was a concoction of grape soda with ice cream. Yummy!

Thanks for the memories -

Carolyn Sale McDaniel (Class of 1954)


2/8/06You may change this story however you wish, but I will give you the facts-----Sue and I were high school sweethearts.

 When we started dating I was a junior and she was a freshman.  Sue graduated in January of l942 (mid-term) and I graduated in May of l939.

 We were married June 8, l942.  This year we will be celebrating 64 years of marriage. 

Whoever says teen-age marries don't last does not know what they are talking about. 

We have many happy memories of Minden High School, Caney Lake, and the old triangle.

 I am 83 years old and still like to look at beautiful women and over the years Sue learned to tolerate my lust.  This is  the reason our marriage has lasted so long.


Sue and  Carter Norman


2/7/06   Sherry,

After our conversation last night, I was laying in bed going back in time as best as my mind would let me, and this is what I came up with. 

The triangle had at one time a drive-in

out in the middle of it. If my memory is correct, it was called "The Thing."  I remember seeing it while traveling to Haynesville to visit family.

 The drive-in called The "Purple Cow" was located on Hwy 79 just before you got into Homer on the right hand side of the road.

There was also a spot out on the Germantown Rd. known as "Dead Man's Curve" that also produced a few mishaps if this demented

old brain of mine does not have it mixed up with something else.  I guess that this concludes this brain storm.  Until the next time, enjoy, take care, and may God bless.

Billy Baldwin, Class of 1955


This picture was taken just off the Homer Rd. not far from the Wal-Mart store. It is the Old Arcadia Rd.

 Some of you may recall this little road, we referred to as The Triangle Rd.

 It was a short road that connected the Arcadia Road back to the Homer Rd., and was a popular spot for "Parkers,"

so I was told, of course I never went there!. But it may bring back fond memories for those who did! Cooley Creek crosses under the Homer Rd.

and this bottom area became a popular spot for drag racing because of the two hills that over looked this bottom.

The boys could stand on these hills and watch  for on coming traffic and warn the dragsters.

 Leverne Langheld Kidd, Class of 1957


LeVerne, I never parked there either but I have heard the legend of "Ann at the Triangle". Maybe one of the boys will share the legend with us.

That was also where they took the new kids "snipe" hunting,

 Sherry Gresham Gritzbaugh, Class of 1955


There were some bad car wrecks at the triangle. Does anyone remember those?

I believe the car was Lamar Pace's Hudson that he, Irby and Byron Braswell were in. Irby was scarred, Byron suffered broken bones etc., Walked with a cane afterwards Don't remember about Lamar. Understand he lives down by the lake now.

Maurice Whitlow, Class of 1948


Fred Ellington was in a wreck that happened on Mile Branch hill on the Dorcheat Road. I think he was in a convertible and was going too fast around 1949/50. I believe he was driving a Ford Model A. He was ejected through the canvas and wood roof. I was a sophomore that year. Those were two sad and very serious car wrecks. I lost track of him and asked about him years later and nobody could tell me what happed to him.

Bernard McCoy, Class of 1951

I don't remember which class Fred was in. I do know that the wreck happened on Mile Branch Hill on the Dorcheat Road. I think he was in a convertible and was going too fast. Wanda

Ballard Monzingo, class of 1952


According to Rowland Ivy, (class of 1952)  he does remember  Fred Ellington being in his 8th grade room so we have posted his obituary with the class of 1952 if anyone would like to read it.