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    Submitted by Justin Hunt

    Subject: Crown Cafe & Family Photos

    My name is Justin Hunt and I live with my family in Jacksonville, Texas. After my grandmother (Margaret Warren Hunt) passed away I received a lot of family pictures, etc. As a child history always interested me and she would tell me lots of stories. When I came across your magazine (which is awesome by the way), I thought I would like to share some of my family history [with your readers].
    Jacksonville Texas Crown Cafe interior
    Crown Cafe interior
    Photo courtesy Justin Hunt
    The photos are of a Cafe my great-grandparents (Joseph Bailey Warren and Oleta Sides Warren) used to own and run during the early to mid 50's. The name was the Crown Cafe and it was open 24 hours a day. The Crown was said to have had the best chicken-fried steaks in town. The builiding was torn down a few years ago but for many years you could still see the painted "Open 24 hours" sign on the window that my great-grandfather had put there so many years before.
    Jacksonville Texas Crown Cafe
    Oleta standing in front of the Crown Cafe
    Photo courtesy Justin Hunt
    "My Grandmother standing in front of the Crown Cafe which was owned and ran by her parents" - Justin Hunt
    Oleta Sides Warren of Jacksonville Texas Crown Cafe
    Oleta
    Photo courtesy Justin Hunt
    Great grandmother Oleta Sides Warren working in the Nichols Factory in Jacksonville TX
    "My great grandmother Oleta Sides Warren working in the Nichols Factory in Jacksonville" - Justin Hunt
    Jacksonville TX Tomato Bowl.
    "Bedford Forrest Sides (Sonny) and Pat Cash standing in front of the Tomato Bowl." - Justin Hunt
    I would love to hear any stories that any of your readers might supply. Thanks once again and keep up the good work on Texas Escapes. - Justin Hunt, Jacksonville, Texas, January 13, 2007

    I came across a few more I thought you might like to add.... thanks .....and keep up the good work!!!! - Justin Hunt, December 17, 2007
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