By all accounts, Herb McCandless was a good man. It's something to be good once in your life, or for a time in your life. But Herb was good for at least 59 of his 85 years -- as evidenced by the restaurant he leaves in his name.
It's very reasonable, like most of the stuff on the menu. And it's evident that the whole matter is a home-grown operation. For instance, I took the option of having fried squash with my meal instead of fries... I could have gone with fried okra or a number of different
vegetables. With three of us, food and drink came in at about $15. It's a good deal, and the community appreciates it.
While I was there, I learned that Herb's has always been open to all. Though it came into being in the 50s, it was never segregated. I also heard McCandless wouldn't turn away someone because they couldn't pay. The Creamland wasn't the only thing he ran -- he also operated a pizza joint, a laundromat and more during the years. His contributions were substantial to the Ashdown community.
on this website.
The restaurant will go on to serve the community. His wife, Helen, may continue to come in and hand-batter the onion rings. I doubt Ashdown will ever forget him.