Remembering THE GOOD BROOKVILLE!

Remembering THE GOOD BROOKVILLE!

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good old days

United States

#1 Oct 27, 2010
before the dam was built, the old dairy cottage,the old iron bridge at 7th and main,cly's furniture store,western auto store,nixie's,street dances(Rosenberger's parking lot),valley house,440 tavern,reidman's drugstore(icecream and shakes),huffine's jewelry store, fashion store, popper's, texaco(Lake's gas station), riding your bike down the old dump road, tom davis as sheriff, dog and suds, crusing every Fri. and Sat. night.,st. michael's,st.peter's,st leon,and cedar grove festivals, the fair(Tractor Pulls till 2a.m.)American Legion fried chicken, you knew your neighbors, kick the can,ghost in the graveyard,(valleykids),Custom vans,Quick and Easy market,and on and on......
lefty

United States

#2 Oct 28, 2010
Hey how about the Dairy Queen (McDonalds),Danners( Dollar store) Sears (empty store) Poppers( Insurance office) and Hertel's shoe store(Summey's) and Hertel's Restuarant ( Chinese restuarant) and Thies ( Goldfinch). How is that for a memory of 40 years? If only we could go back!!!!!!!!!!
Brookvillian

Joliet, IL

#3 Oct 28, 2010
Sure enjoyed reading this! Yes, I remember it all. And those days were before cell phones, texting, Facebook, MySpace, video games, etc. Kids actually played outside. And wearing jeans with holes in them meant you were poor. Most folks hung their clothes out on a clothes line. Hoosier Pete gas station actually pumped your gas AND cleaned your windows AND checked your oil. So many memories.

The good ole days? Yes, in many ways but there's also something to be said for what we call "Progress". I like my computer, microwave oven, cell ph, air conditioning, automatic washer & dryer, etc. but I sure miss the days when kids respected their parents & teachers & the tv shows were all rated "G". Guess I want my cake & eat it too.

Since: Mar 10

Conshohocken, PA

#4 Oct 28, 2010
Just a quick correction--Stang's shoe store was in the building currently housing Summey Photography and Hertel's Shoes, later Billie Jean's Gifts and Shoes was located in the building now open with Meadow's Photography.

While were are walking down Brookville's memory lane, I recall Elmer Vonderheide's Shell station (now El Reparo's location) and Ratz Bros. service station at the junction of 101 and 1. Both places to get ice cold soda in bottles, old guys hanging out and the little rubber thing you drove over that rang a bell inside. Those were the days of a full service station and for you young folks, that meant the attendant would come out, ask you how much gas you wanted, fill your tank, wash your windshield and even check your oil and tires!

It probably dates me, but I remember when the Valley House was Vinny's Pizza, when the Franklin County Community Foundation building was People's Trust Bank, when First Financial Bank was a clothing store--Johnson, Josten--something like that and I seem to remember a fabric store on Main Street as well. Anyone recall where that was or the name?

Western Auto was the place to go for small appliances, bicycles and auto items. King's TV was right down the street and Reidman Rexall Drugs, now Georges, had a complete soda fountain with a counter, stools, phosphates, and ice cream sundaes. The Dairy Cottage sat in front of Krogers, now CVS and there was no chicken and jojos back then, just two walk up windows where you placed your order. Don Shorts service station was right next door and it seemed like all of the local car crashes were hauled there--after a wreck you would always see people standing around looking at the car or you might even know who it was by the make and model of the car sitting there.

I hope this thread continues and we hear more recollections form the good old days.
bob marley

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#5 Oct 28, 2010
i recall all of these ! Do you remember Bascombs grocery and Huffine's jewelry ? I loved to go in the western auto store , it was full of toys too.There was a bike there that I longed for but never got.I used to think those valley kids have it so good , they can walk to all the stores and friends houses.We country kids had it even better now that I'm grown and old I see it differently.All of the places listed are great memories , this is a great thread.

I used to walk the old iron bridge over Blue Creek with a friend , that was fun.Yeah your right about holey jeans ,that was a sure sign of poverty if they were baggy too.I still recall those days with happiness.
SAD

Rock Island, IL

#6 Oct 28, 2010
I remember riding my horse in a Memorial Day Parade. Some how he managed to relieve himself inside the phone booth. I remember phone booths on Main street that cost a dime for a local call. After basketball practice at the good old Brookville Greyhound gym. A few of us would go to Rexall and get one of those yummy sodas. We would tell our parents to pick us up there. I remember the fair and how the tilt a whirl was the wildest ride. If you rode it without getting sick, you were something. Keep this thread going. I love it.
bob marley

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#7 Oct 28, 2010
The Dairy Cottage on the last day of school , our bus driver Leo Druess bought everyone on the bus a treat. Hot peanuts at the soda fountain at the Rexall along with a fountain cherry coke.Wow the pop was even better back then.I recall all of the pay phones too a dime a call. The Library was even fun to go into back then.I miss that ding ding of the gas station ringer.I'm not sure but I think Obemyers Marathon at Oldenburg still has one lane full service.Do you recall the old party line telephones ? what a head ache !!!!!!You never heard back then of drugs or theiving nor the crimes that are rampant these days.AWE the old small town of Brookville 40 years ago !!!!!!!!!!
I think

Fort Wayne, IN

#9 Oct 28, 2010
I think the save a lot building use to be hooks drug store. Anybody remember?

Since: Apr 10

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#10 Oct 28, 2010
Yes that was a Hooks.

There was the Fashion store on the corner across from whats now the Dollar store. They carried great jeans and tops for the discerning teenager. I remember being in high school and getting to walk up town for lunch. Lunch was usually a bag of cheetos and a Tab (our idea of dieting) but at least once a week we would splurge for Dairy Cottage.

Road tripping to Riley and Oxford for beer. Bringing it back to town where the cops would roust us from parking lot to parking lot until they had enough and told us to get our butts home.

Putting a bucks worth of gas in your beater and being able to drag Main all night long.

Since: Mar 10

Conshohocken, PA

#11 Oct 29, 2010
bob marley wrote:
i recall all of these ! Do you remember Bascombs grocery and Huffine's jewelry ? I loved to go in the western auto store , it was full of toys too.There was a bike there that I longed for but never got.I used to think those valley kids have it so good , they can walk to all the stores and friends houses.We country kids had it even better now that I'm grown and old I see it differently.All of the places listed are great memories , this is a great thread.
I used to walk the old iron bridge over Blue Creek with a friend , that was fun.Yeah your right about holey jeans ,that was a sure sign of poverty if they were baggy too.I still recall those days with happiness.
I don't remember where Bascom's grocery was located...can you give a location? Speaking of the old iron bridge; do you remember in the late 70's when the bridge was deemed too dangerous for heavy traffic? If you wanted to go to the fair, it was one lane with someone there directing traffic to keep too many cars from being on the bridge at one time.

One place we all forgot to mention was Popper's clothing store located where Edward Jones Investments is now. Poppers was a great place to go, with the men's and children's clothing on the main floor and ladies clothing upstairs. Also, remember the Banana House located south of town? I am not sure why it was called the Banana House though; anyone have thoughts on that and who ran it?

For a short time there was a Radio Shack on Main across from the Dollar Store, then later it became a sporting goods store before becoming the art gallery it is now.

Thanks to the poster who remembered Danners. You could find everything in there from yarn and fabric to hamsters and 45's and albums.

I had forgotten, but I believe there was also a Mongomery Ward catalogue store on Main; maybe it was in the First Financial building?
lefty

United States

#12 Oct 29, 2010
I think wrote:
I think the save a lot building use to be hooks drug store. Anybody remember?
Yes, you are correct.Then hooks moved to where CVS is today.When I was a kid in that building was Krogers.
oldtimer

United States

#13 Oct 29, 2010
Counter checks. Walk into any store in Brookville and ask for a counter check. They'd ask, "Which bank?" then give you a blank check. Fill it out, sign it, done.
Jes

United States

#14 Oct 29, 2010
FCNative wrote:
Just a quick correction--Stang's shoe store was in the building currently housing Summey Photography and Hertel's Shoes, later Billie Jean's Gifts and Shoes was located in the building now open with Meadow's Photography.
While were are walking down Brookville's memory lane, I recall Elmer Vonderheide's Shell station (now El Reparo's location) and Ratz Bros. service station at the junction of 101 and 1. Both places to get ice cold soda in bottles, old guys hanging out and the little rubber thing you drove over that rang a bell inside. Those were the days of a full service station and for you young folks, that meant the attendant would come out, ask you how much gas you wanted, fill your tank, wash your windshield and even check your oil and tires!
It probably dates me, but I remember when the Valley House was Vinny's Pizza, when the Franklin County Community Foundation building was People's Trust Bank, when First Financial Bank was a clothing store--Johnson, Josten--something like that and I seem to remember a fabric store on Main Street as well. Anyone recall where that was or the name?
Western Auto was the place to go for small appliances, bicycles and auto items. King's TV was right down the street and Reidman Rexall Drugs, now Georges, had a complete soda fountain with a counter, stools, phosphates, and ice cream sundaes. The Dairy Cottage sat in front of Krogers, now CVS and there was no chicken and jojos back then, just two walk up windows where you placed your order. Don Shorts service station was right next door and it seemed like all of the local car crashes were hauled there--after a wreck you would always see people standing around looking at the car or you might even know who it was by the make and model of the car sitting there.
I hope this thread continues and we hear more recollections form the good old days.
The fabric store was in the Tebbe Liquor store building.
Jes

United States

#15 Oct 29, 2010
Between 4th and 5th sts. we had Hertel Restaurant on the corner of 4th and then across the street was the Corner Cafe, Bernhardt grocery,Jone's wallpaperr store, Klemme Liquor, Cap's bar(best chili in town)Public Service bldg. Across the alley was the 440 cafe, Jorene Dres Shop, Valley House Hotel, barber shop, Waywood Tire Shop and Maggie Wright's drugstore.
Hope these are right.
fired up

Machesney Park, IL

#16 Oct 29, 2010
I remember going to the sale barn every wed. my mom and I would walk up town to shop all day. That was a big deal back then.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#18 Oct 29, 2010
Remember the smell of roasting nuts when you walked into Danners?
And all the candy in the wooden cases was enough to excite any kid.
If you were extra good your mom would buy you something from there.

My mom didnt drive so Friday was town night when we got groceries and did laundry in the winter. I remember daddy sometimes buying us kids a cherry coke but I cant remember which place it came from, Nixies or Midtown.
Local Brookvillian

Berwyn, IL

#19 Oct 29, 2010
Oh my, what fun this is! Laughed at the mention of "counter checks". Wondering now how in the world they knew whose acct to pull from if writing was illegible? That'd never fly today. Lets see; The Banana House was named that cause you could buy bananas cheap by the case. Think owner was named Ed (working on finding out his last name - stay tuned) I recall the Tap Rm tavern (where The Shack is now) McEntee Car Sales where I bought my 1st new car (now where K of C is) Sale Barn was located next to Valley Meats across from Hoosier Pete. Reneker Chevrolet, Herlinger, & Drewes (car dealers) all used to be located where Valley Meats was located (now an empty lot) Bascom's Grocery; I think was located where Rosenburgers Market is now. Rosenburgers used be at other end of town across the bridge & served as a slaughter house too maybe? Anyone remember the big castle looking mansion that was torn down to make room for Kroger? Ah... memories.

Since: Apr 10

Location hidden

#20 Oct 29, 2010
My dad worked at Hillman Brothers Ford for years. I think before I was born it was located either where the Eagles and bowling alley are today or down near the Burkhart apartment Building.
Can anyone confirm?

I remember when they built the current Ford showroom and they had a grand opening with a helicopter which gave free rides. Employees kids had to wait til last and after all that anticipation my mom wouldnt let me go up. Oh how I cried.

When you bought a new car you sometimes got a miniature replica. When the model years changed sometimes dad would get to bring one home for us kids. Those were awesome.

I also remember when FCNB opened their bank on the corner. They had a TV camera so you could see yourself walk past. They also had a treasure chest and you picked a key to see if it would open the chest. I won! Since I was little they let my mom scoop up as much change as she could in her hands for my prize. I bought a new bridle for my pony with my winnings.
middle aged

Hamilton, OH

#21 Oct 29, 2010
ok.. who drove & what make was the car with the Ace of Spades on the side
Local Brookvillian

Berwyn, IL

#22 Oct 29, 2010
FCNative wrote:
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Also, remember the Banana House located south of town? I am not sure why it was called the Banana House though; anyone have thoughts on that and who ran it?
Got the answer; The Banana House was owned by man named Gurney. Then Ed Roberts took it over & sold groceries too (back then most bought on credit)& the bananas were brought in by the truck full in cases. Guess our town was a big banana eating town then? LOL

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