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elmhuf

Matteson, IL

#744 Sep 22, 2013
TWKAY wrote:
still wanting and asking for more info on that band The Prophets that was locally popular in the mid 60's.. can anyone help me out ??
Was John Hunter a member?
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#745 Sep 25, 2013
TWKAY wrote:
still wanting and asking for more info on that band The Prophets that was locally popular in the mid 60's.. can anyone help me out ??
Jerry Cage (TTHS '67) was one member of The Prophets--he lives in Indiana. I know they were in a battle of the bands at Thornton High on September 15, 1965 and came in third, behind the Epics, and Newports.

If you are on Facebook, Bill Bielby is the man to talk to. He was a member of the Newports and has done a major sociological study on south suburban bands of that era.
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#746 Sep 25, 2013
Dusty wrote:
I remember when The Homestead (Turkey's) burned down. What I remember about that building was that it was brown brick and it was a triangular shaped building. One (west) wall ran at an angle along Greenwood Rd. and one (east) wall ran along Chicago Rd. north and south. The entrance was kind of narrow on the south end and above the doorway, it had the year it was built. I think it was 1892 but I'm not 100% sure.
Your close enough, Dusty! 1888 was the date, and it was called Dillner's Saloon (via the Dolton History book).

Imagine!--everyone was still riding horses and probably packin' pistol--and Chicago Road wasn't even paved--Dolton wasn't even a town. Dillner also had a picnic grove across to the south at some point. The brickyards--later became the two clayholes--attracted a lot of Russian, German, and French-Canadians who enjoyed their drinking.
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#747 Sep 27, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
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Your close enough, Dusty! 1888 was the date, and it was called Dillner's Saloon (via the Dolton History book).
Imagine!--everyone was still riding horses and probably packin' pistol--and Chicago Road wasn't even paved--Dolton wasn't even a town. Dillner also had a picnic grove across to the south at some point. The brickyards--later became the two clayholes--attracted a lot of Russian, German, and French-Canadians who enjoyed their drinking.
I think there still packin' to this very day!
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#748 Sep 27, 2013
I was looking at the 1978 4th of July Parade Video on YouTube and there were some good views of Rigoni's Sporting Goods Store on there. There was a sign on the northeast corner of Rigoni's that I believe read, A & W Radiator Service and listed some of the work they did like steam cleaning, welding, etc. The cut-through road was to the north side of Rigoni's. It was sort of an alleyway and it ran in between Rigoni's and the State Farm Insurance office. I also think they were starting to rebuild Value Village at the time so it had to be within a year maybe that all of these buildings were gone. Was the automotive shop behind Rigoni's or the State Farm Office?
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#749 Sep 28, 2013
Dusty:

Phone book lineup of that area of the west side of Chicago Road:
14222 Rigoni's
14216 Gas for Less/Dolton Auto Laundry
14216 State Farm Insurance
14214 Home--once Herman Franke-Laundry owner
??
14210 Dolton Pet Shop

I can't remember the State Farm, but it shows the same address as the Laundry--assume it took that spot when the Laundry sold out.
Anderson

Davenport, IA

#750 Sep 29, 2013
Maria Gonzalez wrote:
Lived in Dolton from 1959 thru 1979. Went to Thonrnridge HS. Good old days. Miss friends and way of life back there. Does anybody remember Tom and June (sister) Anderson? If anybody remembers them please let me know thanks.


Hi Maria I am Tom and June sister Chris..just saw this post tho looks like you did this a while back. I remember you very well, as you and June were great friends. Unfortunately June passed away in Dec 2010 from breast cancer. Tom is well and lives in Florida. My mother is still with us and just turned 95! So good to see you here and what a great site for nostalgia. Many of us have great memories of growing up in Dolton.
Jeff Zoller

Romeoville, IL

#751 Oct 2, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>Some of my friends and myself used to buy worms at Rigoni's Sporting Goods when it was on Chicago Road. That was around 1976-1977, we were around 14, maybe 15 at the time. We'd go sneak into the Izaac Walton Club and catch loads of bluegills. I think it was Mr. Rigoni who would sound out "the poachers are here!" every time we came in to get bait. He was in a wheel chair at that time. He always seemed interested in what we'd be catching!
I remember someone running a bait shop out of there house or garage, in Dolton on 144th St., west of Chicago Road but east of the tracks on the south side of the street.
. The Rigonis where our back yard neighbors when we lived at 619Main St. Chris was seriously injured while working in his dad's body shop, hence the wheel chair. His sister pearl used to be our babysitter. The bait shop further south on Chicago rd was located behind the house off the alley just north, across the street and down a few doors from Dalles Hardware Store. We always referred to the little bait shop as "Minnow Macs"
CAB

Matteson, IL

#752 Oct 7, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
<quoted text>
http://tinyurl.com/qa4rcgp
At the link above you'll see Rigoni's Auto Body shop (white building), which was just north of the Homestead tap (next picture). This was from a home movie I have of a July 4th parade around 1960--thus fuzzy. To the north of Rigoni's was "Gas For Less" that had the little street running through it from Chicago Road to Greenwood. Frank Wesse operated the station. Folks used to use that road as a shortcut and get Frank's dander up.
Rigoni did operate a sports store on 142nd near Cottage Grove--it didn't last long due to stiff competition from the franchise sports outlets like Sport's Authority. Can't remember, but assume they sold bait.
Mac's Bait shop was the only business of that type I remember in Dolton--run by Magnus "Mac" Ankarlo out of a side building to his home at 14517 Chicago Road. Man, that place stunk--but the fish loved it!
THANX SO MUCH FOR YOUR ANSWERS ON RIGONI'S I did try to reply on another day, it must not have taken, or i did something wrong hope I'm replying correctly now. I did run into Dominick Rigoni, and yes, you guys were right- was there on Chicago Rd. Enjoyed seeing the picture, believe I was too young to remember it there. His dad Chris, my dad and some other men belonged to the Porcupine Club in the Dorchester, played cards there. and yes, Chris was injured at the garage when a car had fallen on him, and had always remembered him in a wheelchair. They later built the building across from Piscateers, and was a bait shop there, they also lived in the bulding. Dominick had the shop that was by the Dolton Park -(prob his dad's - but he ran it) Anyway, did want to thank you so much for the answers here, and the memories it has brought back!!!
CAB

Matteson, IL

#753 Oct 7, 2013
Jeff Zoller wrote:
<quoted text>. The Rigonis where our back yard neighbors when we lived at 619Main St. Chris was seriously injured while working in his dad's body shop, hence the wheel chair. His sister pearl used to be our babysitter. The bait shop further south on Chicago rd was located behind the house off the alley just north, across the street and down a few doors from Dalles Hardware Store. We always referred to the little bait shop as "Minnow Macs"
Thanx so much for the info - and yes, i wrote below that I recently ran into Dominick, it was a bait store on 142nd, and they did also live in that building after the home they had near the park. you can see the rest of my response below - thank you again for your response. love this site, and the walk down memory lane!
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#754 Oct 8, 2013
Jeff Zoller wrote:
<quoted text>. The Rigonis where our back yard neighbors when we lived at 619Main St. Chris was seriously injured while working in his dad's body shop, hence the wheel chair. His sister pearl used to be our babysitter. The bait shop further south on Chicago rd was located behind the house off the alley just north, across the street and down a few doors from Dalles Hardware Store. We always referred to the little bait shop as "Minnow Macs"
That was too bad to learn what happened to Chris. As 14-15 year old kids we knew him as the "guy in the wheelchair" or Mr. Rigoni. He always seemed to be interested in whatever mischief we got into when "poaching" for fish at the Ike's. I do remember a bait shop at someone's house on 144th St west of Chicago Rd on the south side of the street.
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#755 Oct 8, 2013
Carl, I looked at where the auto body shop was on the Historic Aerial website and it looks like the shop was behind where the sporting goods store was. Behind where State Farm was, was a section of Value Village, maybe a storage area or where they loaded and unloaded goods? There were several different years you could see this on the website. The old Value Village must have been bigger than what I thought-it looks like they added on to it quite a bit. Wasn't there a basement in that store too?
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#756 Oct 9, 2013
Dusty wrote:
Carl, I looked at where the auto body shop was on the Historic Aerial website and it looks like the shop was behind where the sporting goods store was. Behind where State Farm was, was a section of Value Village, maybe a storage area or where they loaded and unloaded goods? There were several different years you could see this on the website. The old Value Village must have been bigger than what I thought-it looks like they added on to it quite a bit. Wasn't there a basement in that store too?
Dusty: Excellent research! Yes, the old Value Village, for it's time, was quite large. The original store was directly on the SW corner of 142nd and Chicago Road. A newer section was added to the rear in the latter 1960's--west with a second entrance. The older section did have a basement. In fact that's where the fire started in July of 1976 that destroyed the entire store. It began where paint supplies were stored and was difficult to manage for the FD.

A picture in my album of that store is here from different angles:

http://tinyurl.com/knpr6ns
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#757 Oct 10, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
<quoted text>
Dusty: Excellent research! Yes, the old Value Village, for it's time, was quite large. The original store was directly on the SW corner of 142nd and Chicago Road. A newer section was added to the rear in the latter 1960's--west with a second entrance. The older section did have a basement. In fact that's where the fire started in July of 1976 that destroyed the entire store. It began where paint supplies were stored and was difficult to manage for the FD.
A picture in my album of that store is here from different angles:
http://tinyurl.com/knpr6ns
There were quite a few Value Village photos in your album Carl! I was looking at a bunch of the other photos of Dolton around Chicago Road too. Interesting to see an A&P and a National Food store in Downtown Dolton. I remember the National Store on 144th & Pennsylvania Ave. There was an A&P Store in Almar Plaza and one next to K mart later on. Thanks for the link!
Mary A

Joliet, IL

#758 Oct 29, 2013
looking for diane shepard from dolton, went to school with her and just trying to see what old classmates are up to my dad built most of dolton we used to live on grant street does anyone remember mcfarlands
Mary A

Joliet, IL

#759 Oct 29, 2013
Burpie wrote:
Where is everyone, now? I'm not going to hide the fact I lived on the corner of 143rd & Ellis Avenue...and the old lady on the northeast corner, came shaking her arm out while we were playing baseball...Mrs. Miller, the one who owned the Miller Marine Repair/Storage in Riverdale...shook her fist and said, "You hillbillies go back where you belong!" Geeze, if we brought our habits with us, our bb guns would have used her for target practice.
Nevertheless, she died alone, but became so lonel, long after her husband died. She refused to leave that house until the family discovered everything we already knew: she had dementia!! For years!
Anyway, where's everyone from 143rd and Ellis - up and down, to Woodlawn and Maryland Avenue?
Who's out there? Just discovered this WAS the website my sister was referring to all along, so where's my D. Kerrick, the clown? Where's D. Mori and D Mori, the "opposite twins: from 144th and Ellis? Geeze, and where are you, D. Potzler, cheating us out of the latest dance/prom clothes, ahead of our time, borrowing your ma's real estate clothes? Where's everyone? David Capputo....Harry Blaundin is still a cop, a detective in Dolton, picking up over the leftovers.
Hey, everyone, let's keep this alive! Check back soon!
hey just discovered this by accident i used to live on 148th i n grant street mcfarland here
Mary A

Joliet, IL

#760 Oct 29, 2013
Shrimp Boil wrote:
Fri., Aug. 9th, 6:00 PM at the Dolton Ikes.
oh man we went there all the time we lived right close to there off chicago road
Mary A

Joliet, IL

#761 Oct 29, 2013
Judy wrote:
<quoted text> Moscavolo's
we used to stop there every sunday after church
StuCat

Melville, NY

#762 Nov 3, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks BT!
Although I never used the Pacestter Pool, I remember it! WE'd drive thru there cruising around, or before that, ride our bikes thru there only to be ran out by the local kids who didn't like other kids on there "turf"! Don't forget, they had a different grade school and JR. High (Patton)as us, so we didn't know them at that time. They did go to TTHS, the same H.S. that the rest of Riverdale and parts of Dolton went to-so they knew us by then, in fact, I remember going to a big block party in there during the very early 1980's!
Back to the pool; it seemed to be a popular place, it was always loaded with kids and teens during the summer. If it's not operational now, they should bring it back!
I remember getting chased by the Pacesetter boys when I went to Roosevelt.
Funny how they wanted to be my buddy when we got to TThs.
Great place to grow up. Use to work at Arts bowling alley. Remember being upset when they
Cut all the trees down by the IC behind hi low by the tennis courts.
I lived at 169 east 142 nd street my parents sold that house in 1971 for 19,300 dollars
We moved to riverside dr in dolton.
The house in riverdale just sold for a whopping 17,000 dollars after 40 years!!
I walked across the Model roof too. Anyone have any news about Mr Stein the gym teacher??
StuCat

Melville, NY

#763 Nov 3, 2013
CAB wrote:
<quoted text>THANX SO MUCH FOR YOUR ANSWERS ON RIGONI'S I did try to reply on another day, it must not have taken, or i did something wrong hope I'm replying correctly now. I did run into Dominick Rigoni, and yes, you guys were right- was there on Chicago Rd. Enjoyed seeing the picture, believe I was too young to remember it there. His dad Chris, my dad and some other men belonged to the Porcupine Club in the Dorchester, played cards there. and yes, Chris was injured at the garage when a car had fallen on him, and had always remembered him in a wheelchair. They later built the building across from Piscateers, and was a bait shop there, they also lived in the bulding. Dominick had the shop that was by the Dolton Park -(prob his dad's - but he ran it) Anyway, did want to thank you so much for the answers here, and the memories it has brought back!!!
Was tigon is the sports store on Chicago rd.
I used to buy n
My Betas there for tennis at Ivanhoe

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