For as long as her children can remember, Mary McCall McNamara (Class of 1954) has loved fried balogna sandwiches. They finally found out why when Mary told a news reporter.
For the three months’ time KGH nurses were required to attend classes at the University of Tennessee campus a mile or so away from the hospital, the nurses were given tokens to ride the city buses each way, Mary recalled.
Down the street from the hospital, Wolfenbarger’s restaurant was a favorite hangout for local young men and, of course, student nurses…even though Miss Keller declared “Wolfie’s” off-limits to her students.
Wolfie’s would exchange the nurses’ bus tokens for food.
A fried bologna sandwich was 25 cents, or 2-1/2 bus tokens.