Pat Shingleton: "The Cone and The Clothes Line..."
You may be thinking of Abe Doumar, Albert Kabbaz, Arnold Fornachou, or David Avayou during our final weekend in July. All claim to have invented the ice cream cone. Weatherwise Magazine and the Library of Congress’s American Memory Project identify Charles E. Menches as the inventor. He and his brother Frank also claim the invention of the hamburger in Hamburg, New York. They originally topped Parisian waffles with ice cream then wrapped warm waffles around a cone-shaped splicing tool for tent ropes to create the cone. Syrian immigrant, Ernest Hamwi contended that he provided the Menches boys with a zalabia, another waffle concoction when they ran out of glass cups. In 1903, Italo Marchiony patented a pastry cup machine for ice cream. July 23rd was Ice Cream Day. A summertime task during our younger days was “stretching the clothesline.” The line was secured at the garage, the flagpole, the porch, and stretched back to the garage. Here is where my mom “hung-out-the-clothes” - kept off the ground with a “clothes-prop.” A shower emptied the house whereby kids, a grandfather and a few neighborhood buddies scrambled to retrieve the clothes before they were rinsed again by Mother Nature. My brother Denis was never alert when it came to bike riding and often strangled himself on the line, traversing the yard before it was taken down. Many are still opting to hang their laundry on clotheslines instead of using energy-sucking dryers.