Thursday, May 27th 2010
In 1956 Ruth Robertson worked for her brother-in-law in a restaurant called The Hut in Ridgefarm, IL. It was just a blip on the map it was so small. Ruth was working in the restaurant on a Sunday straightening up and getting ready for the evening meal. She was alone in the restaurant when a car pulled up and three young gentlemen got out.
They came into the restaurant and two of them went and sat down and one went to the juke box and started searching the selections. The two gentlemen that sat down ordered their food, and the other gentleman kept searching the juke box. Ruth was very busy and she didn't have time for this man to stand there and search the Juke Box so she approached the third man and asked him if he wouldn't mind ordering because she was busy and had a lot to do before the evening meal.
He asked her if she would ask her boss to plug one of his records on the Juke box. So she gave him her check receipt book and asked him if he would mind writing down the name of the song and sign his name. So he did and handed it back to her with the name of the song which by the way was "Mystery Train". When she asked him what his name was he looked at her funny, and she said "well I don't know you, should I"?
He shrugged his shoulders and said "Well I guess not".
Ruth went back and cooked their order, he had a cheesebuger and french fries. When he left he said he was on his way to see his mother in Tennessee. The next Sunday Ruth and her family were watching Ed Sullivan on TV and all of the sudden the same gentleman that was in the restaurant was on TV, so she ran as fast as she could to retrieve her apron and see if this check receipt was still in the pocket and sure enough it was. Signed by Elvis Presley!
Ruth still has that check book receipt with Elvis Presley's signature on it if anyone would like to see it.