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Meet sweet Maggie Brown

Meet sweet Maggie Brown
Working for the Pig Stand restaurants in San Antonio, Maggie met and waited on many famous people, but her favorites have always been law-enforcement officers, among them former La Vernia Mayor Harold Schott and his wife, Lucy. Schott is a former San Antonio police officer; Lucy works for the U.S. Marshal’s Service.

Ask anybody who has visited Country Care Manor if they know who Maggie Brown is and they will most likely say yes. This little lady wears a distinctive hat and sings out loud to the music she loves. She has even danced during music shows the nursing home has hosted.

Born Margaret Elizabeth Carouth on June 19, 1926, in Brownwood, Texas, Maggie started singing in church at the age of 7 and has never stopped. “Amazing Grace” is one of her favorite songs to sing.

She married Albert Brown at the tender young age of 15 in Comanche, Texas. Her first car was a Model A Ford.

Maggie was a candy striper at a San Antonio hospital.

She had three children, and has 14 grandkids and nine great-grandkids. She lived at the Victoria Courts and also worked at Playland Park on Broadway, and for a daycare in between raising her family. She lived in Roosevelt Apartments on East Houston Street until 15 years ago.

She may be best known to many for her first job, at the Pig Stand restaurant in San Antonio, where she worked for 46 years.

She worked at several different Pig Stand locations, including the Broadway restaurant downtown, on Highway 90, and at the restaurant at the intersection of Rigsby Avenue at W.W. White Road. She said her biggest tip was $50! That was a lot of money back then.

Maggie saw and met many famous people while working at Pig Stand. Musicians Buck Owens, Tex Ritter, George Strait, and Waylon Jennings were among the celebrities she waited on and met.

One aspect of her job that gave her great pride is the fact that she waited on many policemen in her time and has a very high regard for our law-enforcement officers.

At the Highway 90 location, the Pig Stand staff fed the trail riders from Laredo who came in for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. They’d put hay down in the parking lot for the horses.

This little lady knows a lot about San Antonio history. Be sure to drop by Country Care Manor and visit Maggie Brown and listen to her stories. Maybe she’ll even sing a song or two for you.

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