Almost 50 years ago, when I was in my early teens I used to work for Kendall Pierce who owned the Newspaper store on Main Street. It was in the Page Block at the time.
In the wee hours of every Sunday morning a bunch of us boys would unload the trucks coming into town with the Boston Herald, the Boston Advertiser and the Boston Globe. We would manually insert the ads and magazine sections into the news section that was right off the press. The New York Times and the New York News would arrive last by Trailways Bus.
We then counted off papers and tied them off in bundles and and loaded three or four panel trucks and dropped off papers to several stores in Ayer, Groton and Harvard. But the big job was home delivery to hundreds and hundreds of Officer’s and NCO’s homes all over Devens.
But before I started all that work with the guys, I always sat at the counter and had breakfast at the Park Street Diner. Bacon, Eggs, Homefries, Toast, Orange Juice and a slice of pie. I didn’t like coffee back then, Starbucks had not yet been invented. Back in the day, before we were nagged about cholesterol and saturated fats, a hearty breakfast like this fueled America’s working force. Back in those days, a breakfast like that was about a buck and a quarter. Now it’s closer to ten bucks. I believe the diner was owned by Lester Berry. It is now the site of the Sovereign Bank at the corner of Park and Main Streets.
So what prompted me to write this piece. Well a few weeks back, while Googling for unrelated information I came upon a website about old diners; this feature in particular is about the old Park Street Diner. It reminded me of a simpler time. For some of you it’s something you never heard of, for others it’s a look in the rear-view mirror of life in Ayer. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it inspires you to cook up a pan of bacon. I expect to smell it wafting through the neighborhood when I leave for work in the morning.