Before I give you the Cord Weeks story let me give you a little background of Cord and his family.
In the early 1900's the Weeks family had moved from McNairy County to Corinth, Mississippi before World War I.
Cord's oldest brother John, using two bicycle wheels, constructed a moveable building large enough for a man to stand in with space for a small pan heated with an oil burner and a shelf long enough for the meat and buns, and hog lard for cooking and opened a pass thru window Hamburger Stand. I believe this to be the first cereal hamburger sold in this country. He had the meat market man grind the meat, adding to his specifications potato flour and wheat flour. He rolled his stand to a lot across from Rubel's Department Store (the large store in this country) and sold his hamburgers for 5 cents each.
Over the next 50 years five of the six Weeks boys were in the hamburger business in many locations in Corinth. For years Cord had his own place or worked with one of his brothers. Once he had a hole-in-the-wall place next to the "Picture Show". Later when I got married (over 50 years ago) a man named "Happy" had the place and we bought a dozen hamburgers for our wedding supper for 50 cents.
For many years Dave Weeks had a hamburger stand in a trolley car in the South end of town. Dave became financially well off selling hamburgers and cokes for a nickel each. Sometimes he would sell 100 to 120 dozen per day. This was a time when most people made from 50 cents to one dollar per day.
Fate, the youngest of the Weeks boys also had a "stand" in Corinth. Later he had one in Selmer and Savannah. After leaving Savannah he moved to Booneville, Mississippi and I believe his son still runs the place.
Many people over the last 75 years have sold the Weeks burger. For the last few years a new name has been given to this type hamburger. It is now called a "slugburger". Why?
In the late 1920's and early 30's a man and his family by the name of John Smith (son of Jay Smith) had different locations in the South End. At one time he had a real hole in the wall place. There was no window and only one door. He cooked his hamburgers on a wood stove. It got hot inside when the outside temperature was 90 to 100 degrees.
Saulman, the father of the Weeks boys had a roll-around peanut roaster and sold hot roasted peanuts on the streets of Corinth... [pp.99-101]
Source: E.D.Richard. THE YARNS AND THE CLOTH. Savannah,
Tennessee: Fundco Publishers, Inc., 1989.
[Note 1: My father, M.L.Sandy, on reading this remembered Bill Weeks, one of the Weeks brothers who also operated a slugburger stand, who was married to the sister of his uncle Jim Harris's wife. His cousin Rex Harris's mother was Bessie and her sister was Eadie Clay. Rex and my father visited in Corinth, before he moved here permanently, and stayed at the home of Bill Weeks and his wife. During that time, my father dated their niece, Ella Lee, who is now married to Ed Archer. My father remembers Bill Weeks and his wife as wonderful people. 11/19/1993]
[Note 2: Ed Archer recalls when Bill Weeks had a "hamburger stand" on Cruise Street, where the parking lot is now just east of Phillips Dry Cleaners before the Cass St. underpass. Money was scarce when he was a teenager (1937-39). There was a saying among the teenagers, "lets go down to Bill Weeks and SMELL the hamburgers." Ed Archer ltr 12/5/1993]
[Note 3: Ed Archer says Mrs. Rich's "stand" was on the same side of Cruise St. next to where Phillips Dry Cleaners is today. It was a very small, free standing building with seating for about 6 customers. To illustrate how hard work and hamburgers could bring financial rewards, Ed recalls the story Hoyt Horn told him about selling a 180 acre farm to Mrs. Rich's son. Her son told the realtor to go by and see his mother and she would write him a check for the $10,000 purchase price. Mr. Horn asked Mrs. Rich which bank she wanted to write the check on and he was most impressed when she said "either one." Ed Archer phone conv 12/7/1993]
[Note 4: According to Stan Dillingham, displaced Corinthian now working in Huntsville, the meat market man mentioned in the book passage above was W. Roscoe McEwen, his grandfather. Stan Dillingham Email, 8/3/1996. Stan is the son of John and Edna Dillingham. John is a retired Rural Mail Carrier.]
Data transcription by: Milton Sandy, Jr. November 19, 1993.