In the 70's and 80's my sons and I deer hunted in the Cedar Vale and Hewins area. Deer hunting always seemed to make us hungry so a trip to Carters grocery was always a part of the hunt. We tried to make it to the store around lunch time at least a couple of times during deer season. Carters was the only store in Hewins. You could buy groceries, work gloves, 22 rifle and shotgun shells and a few other general store items.
The store was owned and operated by Earl and Aldine Carter. It was also the local post office. Earl ran the store and Aldine was the postmistress. The store was heated with a wood stove with chairs and benches around it where the locals or passerby could sit and visit and get caught up on the local news. There were also many tales told around the stove, some true and some that may have stretched the truth a might.
Earl was known to be a bit conservative with the amount of wood he would put in the stove and I heard one of the locals say that one cold winter day he put his hand on the stove and it was not hot enough to burn him. Earl just grinned and continued with his work. Earl and my dad, Vic, grew up together in Hewins during the depression and being conservative was how they survived.
When we went to the store we would buy a box of crackers and have Earl slice us up longhorn cheese and bologna, both which came in rolls and was hand sliced by Earl with a butcher knife and wrapped in white butcher paper. We would then get a soda pop and set around the stove and devour the items we had purchased, while visiting with all present. I know that Earl's cheese and bologna was the best I have ever eaten. The Carters finally closed the store and a special piece of my deer hunting was lost, but not forgotten.