In 1952, Mr. Charles & Mrs. Lorethea Hamke purchased the house on 427 N. 2nd St. in Vincennes, Indiana. Charlie began remodeling their new home with the help of co-workers from Schultheis Furniture Repair. His friends would not accept payment for their work so Charlie got some large metal cans from a local bakery. He would fill them with homemade caramel corn and gave them to the men as thank-you gifts. Those men shared the treat with their neighbors.