Agra native celebrates 50 years in business at the same hometown snack bar
AGRA, Okla. -- 1956 -- the year that Elvis Presley’s first single hit the music charts and President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized adding “under God” to the “Pledge of Allegiance” – was also the year that Dale McFarlin opened his snack bar business on Main Street in Agra, Oklahoma.
A native of the small central Oklahoma town, 30-year old McFarlin returned home with his wife Helen and young son Jim, preferring the simplicity of small town life to the faster pace in Enid where they had previously lived.
“I just always kind of liked a small town – the atmosphere and all,” McFarlin said standing in his usual position at the snack bar counter. “Things are just a little bit simpler in a small town seemed to me like.”
Dale McFarlin liked Agra so well that he stayed in business in the same white, clapboard store in the same town for the last 50 years. The townspeople who can’t imagine life without him assume that’s a record.