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Southridge Village resident turns 99 on Valentines Day

Posted: February 15, 2014 - 6:16pm

Dan Dipert, resident at Southridge Village Assisted Living of Conway, turned 99 years old this Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Dan was the owner and operator of Coffee Dan’s restaurant in Damascus, Ark. It ran for 40 years, started in 1937.

When asked how he felt about turning 99, Dan said, “I’m grateful because I have lived a long wonderful life with my wife, Nell Dipert.”

Nell passed away January 2013.

Dan also stated he was in the military for five years where they sent him to military cook and bake school. This is how he became a Mess Sgt. Which is in charge of the kitchen. He said he was sent from CCC camp to another and was Colonel Grover C. Graham personal cook.

Throughout the years, Dan and his wife celebrated his birthday and Valentine’s Day with Nell making him a heart-shaped cake in different flavors each year.

Dan said his first valentine he ever gave his wife was in 1934. It was a heart shaped box of chocolates that cost $1.00, but “back then a dollar was a lot of money,” he said.

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lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/17/14 - 10:03 am
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Coffee Dan's

As a teenager I worked for the Dr. Pepper man, Chester Jones, who had the distribution rights for Faulkner and Cleburne Counties. Coffee Dan's was actually across the line in Van Buren County but whoever worked that county thought Coffee Dan's was too far away to bother, so we sold to him. We ate lunch there sometimes but I don't have any specific memories about what the food was like. Seems like it was meat, potatoes and gravy stick-to-your-ribs type fare, welcome to a kid like me who was burning a lot of calories and had no worries about cholesterol. Looks like it didn't hurt Dan any either--99 and still going strong! Happy birthday, Dan, and many more.

Diogenes
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Diogenes 02/17/14 - 11:32 am
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Brings back good memories

Didn't Mr Jones carry Nu-Grape too? Doesn't matter, I've got to go find some now, along with something chicken fried with gravy on it. Thanks J.

Happy birthday Mr Dan

lachowsj
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lachowsj 02/17/14 - 02:08 pm
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Yep, good memories

Dr. Pepper, Diet DP (which Ollie Hammett called "don't maka you fat drink"), Suncrest Orange, Nu-Grape, Sun Drop Lemon-Lime. All in returnable bottles with a 2-cent deposit. On those long 12 and 13 hour summer days I would sometimes fall asleep between stops. Mr. Jones would reach his arm out the window and bang on the roof until I woke up so he would have someone to talk to. The longest days were when we took the drive to Prim and Woodrow. I heard a lot of stories about Arkansas politics, his cousin Mutt, Vilonia and Liberty schools, bird dogs, turkey hunting, his former employee James Clark (who at that time was my principal at Conway High), and on and on. Sometimes he would just say, "How are we doing?" and from memory go through all the stops and how many cases we had sold. The days sometimes got longer if he felt the need to talk a little politics with store owners along the way, something I didn't appreciate too much since my salary was $9 a day, no matter how long it took. But I wouldn't trade those memories for anything.

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Diogenes 02/17/14 - 04:34 pm
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Mr Chester had one more cousin

The greatest Jones that ever walked God's green earth: C Homer Jones - fox hunter/ fair master. (Note: we owned and stocked the foxes and none were ever harmed during a hunt).

I just assumed it was Oillie Sr on Parkway and not Oillie Jr on Front St.

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