We always enjoy your articles about the Rim country history. Of special interest to us was the photo in your recent addition of "CLUE" showing "Sherlock's"-- a restaurant that is now the Knotty Pine.
My father, Raymond Sherlock (Known to most as RW) and I (Gary) opened this restaurant in May of 1955. It was leased from developer Bill Miller. His real-estate office was located to the right in the same building. That looks like his Jeep Wagon parked in front of the building. The trailer in the back belonged to my father.
I was 18 and had just graduated from Phoenix Technical High School in Phoenix. At the same time we rented and moved to an old house that sat on the corner of Main and 87 where the Payson Chamber Office is now. The large sign had originally been on a restaurant and nightclub my father operated on Indian School Road in Phoenix. I remember when you turned that sign on it lit up all of Payson.
The restaurant was very busy. On weekends our scheduled close time was 10 p.m., but people just keep coming. Sometimes in would be after midnight before we could close the door. Next to the cash register we had a refrigerated case with cold cuts which we sold to both the "Flat Landers" and the locals. Last time I looked some of the equipment I hooked up was still in use. As busy as we were, profits were slim. We had to truck all supplies up the old Bush Highway that added to the cost of doing business.
By fall of that year Bill Miller convinced my dad to lease the restaurant to someone else and we both went to work for Bill building houses. For years that big sign was stored behind Dad's house, which he had built behind the Ice Plant. Later dad became a contractor and built many homes around the Rim Country.
In 1957 I joined the service where I met my wife Judy. We moved to Payson in the early 1960s, but found that making a living hard, so we joined the "Flat Landers" and moved to Phoenix to raise our four children. Dad retired to Phoenix in 1970. Judy and I have now retired and returned to "God's Country". We live in Pine.
If readers are interested in more detail about my father's experience in Payson or his life, I have placed a book he wrote and published in the Pine Library. The title of the book is "Sherlock Homes" by Raymond Waldo Sherlock.
Gary Sherlock, Pine