Many thanks to Effie Rich for taking time to send us her memories of Como Springs. We appreciate her memories and hope you enjoy reminiscing with her.
My family moved to Morgan in September 1929. We lived on what is now Commercial St. – we called it String Street when we lived there.
Como would open on Memorial day. However, my sister’s birthday was June 6th so that was the date each year that we would begin our summer swimming. One of their advertisements was “Swim in water fit to drink”
There were two and later three swimming pools as I remember – the indoor pool with a fireplace in one end, the large outdoor pool and later a small pool about a foot deep for children.
I was baptized in the indoor pool.
Things I remember:
A café operated by Irene Heiner. She was an excellent cook. Her specialty was chicken noodle soup. It was delicious.
A roller skating rink where we skated during the week and danced on Saturday nights. The Morgan County Fair ended with a Candy Dance at Como.
There was an ice cream stand in the skating/dance hall where all sorts of ice cream treats were sold.
Another stand facing the pool served soda pop cooled in big ice/water coolers, candies and pop corn. (I worked there one summer – $10.00 dollars a week - 7 days a week – some times 10 to 12 hours a day - Money to start school.
Connected to that stand was a stand selling hot dogs and hamburgers. The condiments were mustard, ketchup and a homemade relish that was wonderful.
The Bowling Alley was added. This was before automation – the pins were set by hand.
There was a beautiful grove with trees and a place to build camp fires where we would take a picnic or roast a hot dog.
A bowery in the grove served for family gatherings and reunions
During the summer when Como was open John Heiner and his wife lived in a house next to the swimming pool. Sometimes my mom would visit with Mrs. Heiner while we swam. Mr. Heiner worked in the stand by the pool where you would pay to swim. You could buy or rent suits.
There was a band stand built on the southwest corner of the outdoor pool and on Sunday afternoon the High School Band would play a concert. For this every member of the band who played that Sunday would be able to swim free that week.
Some of the brave youth would dive off the bandstand into the 9 foot deep end of the pool.
There was sand all around the two sides of the pool. Later concrete replaced the sand.
There were two sets of locker rooms - One for the women and one for the men. There were locks on the doors and when you were through swimming you would call “Locker boy” or “Locker Girl” and they would unlock your room.
You could wring the water out of your suit by putting it through a wringer. (hand operated).
Riding the merry-go-round with beautiful horses was enjoyed by the youngsters and some of my own children.
There was at one time a little train that the little ones could ride.
Water from the springs and drainage from the pool formed a lake where you could take a ride in a small boat and during the winter when it would freeze over it served as an ice skating rink.
Cabins were built where many people from the surrounding areas would come and spend a week and enjoy swimming.
In my recollection Como served 2 generations - my generation and my children.
There was a high fence on one side of the pool and often in the evenings people would come, have a hot dog, hamburger, ice cream or bottle of pop and watch the swimmers.
Remember – there was no air conditioning at that time.