probably substantial, even at those prices.
     The Beanery saw  excitement at times.  In 1947, while the managers were at the Princess Theater enjoying a movie, the roundhouse whistle blew, signaling a fire in progress.  The managers rushed home, to their quarters adjacent to the Beanery in the east end of the depot, to find their apartment and the Beanery engulfed in flames.  Local and railroad firefighters quickly subdued the blaze, leaving about $2000 damage to the equipment and a $700 loss to the managers’ personal affects.
     Meals at the Beanery could be somewhat elaborate, depending on the time of the year and the day of the week, and amazingly inexpensive to modern eyes.
     The Sanderson Times for March 18, 1938 published a special menu for the Beanery, which consisted of tomato and rice soup, cottage cheese and pineapple salad, celery hearts, stuffed olives, barbecued spring chicken, green beans, snowflake potatoes, ice cream, tea or coffee, all for the whopping price of  90˘! 
     Later that year Mrs. L.H. Lemons, manager, (and former Beanery Queen) advertised Sunday chicken dinner for 40˘.  It’s not clear how big the portions were, but  by  usual  American   standards  they  were 
the Western Union man would post the latest news on a blackboard outside the depot. That was also the reason so many people came to the depot at train time...they wanted to hear the latest news from the passengers.
     Mayes remembered, as a small child, pressing his nose up against the Beanery window and wondering why those people were eating “little green marbles.”  When he had accumulated  a dime pumping his father’s blacksmith forge handle, he decided not to squander his hard-earned money on candy at Kerr’s.  Instead,  he went back to the Beanery and had his first meal of English Peas. He  thought they might be the best things he had ever put in his mouth!
Sanderson Depot