StuCat

Huntington Station, NY

#764 Nov 3, 2013
By The River wrote:
Hi. I'm really late to this party, but Wow! I stumbled upon this quite by accident...a 3 year topic...amazing. A couple of these memories really rocked me. The trampolines in the parking lot at Almar Plaza. I didn't think anyone remembered that. They were right in the corner there at 154th and Cottage Grove 10 cents for 10 minutes of bouncing! I checked out the space a few years ago. You could still see where the pits had been filled in and the blacktop was patched over them. I still remember seeing that A&P sign being put in position by a crane, pretty much the finishing touches of Almar Plaza Construction, in 1959. OK...here's my obscure question: Does anybody remember "Georgie Bombs"? You would know what the were if you played by the river around 158th and Drexel anytime in the 1960s. Thanks for all the memories!
We're Georgie bombs the chunks of dried earth from the little Cal river that were probably soaked with oil
They were so heavy?
StuCat

Huntington Station, NY

#765 Nov 3, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>I remember the knife sharpening guy pushing his cart around and the bells on it would ring as he pushed it along! He was getting a good workout pushing that cart all over too!
On the Grainery Demoltion Ceremony-Was there any plans on what they were going to do with land left behind?
I remember the knife sharpening guy. Do you remember the guy who sold fruits and veggies out of a red panel van around 69.
I used to buy a red delicious apple from him for a nickel and thought it was the greatest.
I live in ny and when I walk by the fruit vendors the smell brings me right back to hat van!
Dusty

Geneva, IL

#766 Nov 12, 2013
StuCat wrote:
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I remember the knife sharpening guy. Do you remember the guy who sold fruits and veggies out of a red panel van around 69.
I used to buy a red delicious apple from him for a nickel and thought it was the greatest.
I live in ny and when I walk by the fruit vendors the smell brings me right back to hat van!
There was a guy who had a makeshift farm stand who sold fruit and vegetables out of the back of his truck across from Sibley & Michigan Ave around late summer to early fall. I don't know when he started but he was there up to the early to mid 70's. Maybe when the Village Farm Stand opened on Sibley & Indiana (State St. to the So. Hollanders) he couldn't compete.
JR S

Munster, IN

#767 Nov 17, 2013
Aroundtown wrote:
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Yep. Both businesses gone!
Damiani's is actually making pizza out of a bar in Lynwood now.
carl 3615

Harvey, IL

#768 Nov 17, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>There was a guy who had a makeshift farm stand who sold fruit and vegetables out of the back of his truck across from Sibley & Michigan Ave around late summer to early fall. I don't know when he started but he was there up to the early to mid 70's. Maybe when the Village Farm Stand opened on Sibley & Indiana (State St. to the So. Hollanders) he couldn't compete.
Not certain, but the Eylanders had a small farm in that area in the 1940's on up to ??. I have a home movie of them reaping onions. Of course quite a few had small farms in that section of South Holland in those days, a few to this day.

I remember when Walt's Foods was nothing more than a small shack with vegetables for sale on 159th and State/Indiana in the 1950's--now they have a small chain of great stores.
Mereworth

Poplar Grove, IL

#769 Nov 18, 2013
carl 3615 wrote:
I remember when Walt's Foods was nothing more than a small shack with vegetables for sale on 159th and State/Indiana in the 1950's--now they have a small chain of great stores.
Do they still have the signs up in their stores telling you not to tip the kids who bag your groceries and haul them out to the car for you? That they are paid well enough the customers don't have to pay them extra for service?

I tried flipping a buck or two at the kids and they would always decline it. Figured they thought I was a "secret shopper" testing them out on the matter.
By The River

Minneapolis, MN

#770 Nov 18, 2013
StuCat wrote:
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We're Georgie bombs the chunks of dried earth from the little Cal river that were probably soaked with oil
They were so heavy?
Very Close! Actually, Georgie Bombs were those thick weed stalks that we pulled out of the ground, with a big clump of clay attached to the roots. We'd swing them into the river and they'd hit the water with a big splash and we all yelled "Georgie Bomb!" I know that went on for years there on the banks of Little Cal beyond the baseball diamond in the park. We played more there than in the park itself, pretty much on the bank of the river from about Ellis all the way to Cottage Grove. What kinds of weeds were those? The stalks were up to 4 or 5 feet tall, with some leaves on the top. They were in the shape of celery stalks, and if you broke them open it looked like white Styrofoam inside. We called it "Indian Gum".
I remember prying out the clay pieces that you mention as well. They were like cracked tiles in geometric patterns, in a band starting several feet back from the water line. There's got to be hundreds or thousands of people that threw Georgie Bombs there in the 60s and 70s.
carl3615

Harvey, IL

#771 Nov 18, 2013
Mereworth wrote:
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Do they still have the signs up in their stores telling you not to tip the kids who bag your groceries and haul them out to the car for you? That they are paid well enough the customers don't have to pay them extra for service?
I tried flipping a buck or two at the kids and they would always decline it. Figured they thought I was a "secret shopper" testing them out on the matter.
You know, I'd have to look for those signs--my eyes are usually glued to the cash register--if so, I'll post again.
carl3615

Harvey, IL

#772 Nov 18, 2013
By The River wrote:
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What kinds of weeds were those? The stalks were up to 4 or 5 feet tall, with some leaves on the top. They were in the shape of celery stalks, and if you broke them open it looked like white Styrofoam inside. We called it "Indian Gum".
I've seen those on the river--a reed plant, but a million species of those exist. Might they be cattail plants?--those were reeds and were all over the Little Cal. I remember my dad cutting the reed you spoke of when it was dry and giving me some of that Indian gum...sure wasn't like Juicy Fruit!
Dusty

Bloomingdale, IL

#773 Nov 20, 2013
carl 3615 wrote:
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Not certain, but the Eylanders had a small farm in that area in the 1940's on up to ??. I have a home movie of them reaping onions. Of course quite a few had small farms in that section of South Holland in those days, a few to this day.
I remember when Walt's Foods was nothing more than a small shack with vegetables for sale on 159th and State/Indiana in the 1950's--now they have a small chain of great stores.
I don't think the guy selling fruits &/or vegtables out of the back of his p/u truck was an Eylander. The reason being is that in the early to mid-70's, me and some other kids were checking out a fort some other kids built and probably abandoned. This was near East Riverside Drive and Markham Drive on the Harvey and So. Holland border. While we were messing around with the fort, a big tall old guy in a long black overcoat and hat approached us. He told us he didn't mind kids playing on his land but he didn't appreciate the mess that was made from wood and junk left behind from building the fort. There was no use in telling him we didn't make the mess. I started asking him if he had a farm but he said that wasn't the point. Now I believe this guy could have been an Eylander. If I were to guess his age then, I'd guess late 70's-early 80's.
Interesting to hear how Walt's got started Carl!
Dave I

Scottsdale, AZ

#774 Dec 18, 2013
By The River wrote:
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Very Close! Actually, Georgie Bombs were those thick weed stalks that we pulled out of the ground, with a big clump of clay attached to the roots. We'd swing them into the river and they'd hit the water with a big splash and we all yelled "Georgie Bomb!" I know that went on for years there on the banks of Little Cal beyond the baseball diamond in the park. We played more there than in the park itself, pretty much on the bank of the river from about Ellis all the way to Cottage Grove. What kinds of weeds were those? The stalks were up to 4 or 5 feet tall, with some leaves on the top. They were in the shape of celery stalks, and if you broke them open it looked like white Styrofoam inside. We called it "Indian Gum".
I remember prying out the clay pieces that you mention as well. They were like cracked tiles in geometric patterns, in a band starting several feet back from the water line. There's got to be hundreds or thousands of people that threw Georgie Bombs there in the 60s and 70s.
I remember riding my bike down there in a path between those stalks all the way to the bridge where there tons of pigeons and nests
Dave I

Scottsdale, AZ

#775 Dec 18, 2013
StuCat wrote:
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We're Georgie bombs the chunks of dried earth from the little Cal river that were probably soaked with oil
They were so heavy?
Regarding Almar Plaza, We used to have tones of fast pitch rubber ball games on the side on the A&P. We drew the strike zone on the wall. Had to catch grounders before the sidewalk for an out and anything across the street was a home run . lol
1Tom S

League City, TX

#776 Dec 27, 2013
Snake 8 wrote:
Does any one remember Parkview lanes on 138th. If you do please comment, I am looking for stories or old pics Hal Schumacher ran the place is there anybody from the old days that spent time there.
I'm curious about Park View Lanes because I have read that Marcheline Bertrand ( Mother of Angelina Jolie ) grew up with a father who owned a bowling alley in Riverdale and she grew up there. From what Iunderstand this was the only bowling alley in Riverdale in the early 50's and 60's. She attended St. Mary's School and Mother of Setonand then moved to Beverly Hills, California,
Jeannie

Alsip, IL

#777 Dec 27, 2013
1Tom S wrote:
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I'm curious about Park View Lanes because I have read that Marcheline Bertrand ( Mother of Angelina Jolie ) grew up with a father who owned a bowling alley in Riverdale and she grew up there. From what Iunderstand this was the only bowling alley in Riverdale in the early 50's and 60's. She attended St. Mary's School and Mother of Setonand then moved to Beverly Hills, California,
I babysat Marsha. her sister and brother. They lived on Wabash Ave. in Riverdale, IL. Her dad & mom owned Park View and another bowling alley I think in Oak Lawn. Marsha's grandma Jean would send me to the store to pick up her groceries at the IGA. It was fun when I watched the kids during the day, because we would go to the bowling alley and bowl and get all the free snacks we wanted.
Dusty

Bloomingdale, IL

#778 Dec 30, 2013
1Tom S wrote:
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I'm curious about Park View Lanes because I have read that Marcheline Bertrand ( Mother of Angelina Jolie ) grew up with a father who owned a bowling alley in Riverdale and she grew up there. From what Iunderstand this was the only bowling alley in Riverdale in the early 50's and 60's. She attended St. Mary's School and Mother of Setonand then moved to Beverly Hills, California,
There's some posts on pages 26-27 you might be interested in checking out. Also check out post #'s 406-407.
Dusty

Bloomingdale, IL

#779 Dec 30, 2013
1Tom S wrote:
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I'm curious about Park View Lanes because I have read that Marcheline Bertrand ( Mother of Angelina Jolie ) grew up with a father who owned a bowling alley in Riverdale and she grew up there. From what Iunderstand this was the only bowling alley in Riverdale in the early 50's and 60's. She attended St. Mary's School and Mother of Setonand then moved to Beverly Hills, California,
Posts #406 & #407 are on page 20.
Dusty

Bloomingdale, IL

#780 Dec 30, 2013
1Tom S wrote:
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I'm curious about Park View Lanes because I have read that Marcheline Bertrand ( Mother of Angelina Jolie ) grew up with a father who owned a bowling alley in Riverdale and she grew up there. From what Iunderstand this was the only bowling alley in Riverdale in the early 50's and 60's. She attended St. Mary's School and Mother of Setonand then moved to Beverly Hills, California,
Check this out too: http://www.nextreads.com/display2.aspx...
BTW-The Parkview Bowling Alley was torn down about 2 years ago.
By The River

Minneapolis, MN

#781 Jan 15, 2014
Dave I wrote:
<quoted text> Regarding Almar Plaza, We used to have tones of fast pitch rubber ball games on the side on the A&P. We drew the strike zone on the wall. Had to catch grounders before the sidewalk for an out and anything across the street was a home run . lol
Yes. That was the Joslyn's house right across the street there on the corner of Maryland. That was definitely Home Run territory. We'd also wait for the milk delivery to the A & P. The driver of the truck would let us "help" him, then he'd give us each a small carton of chocolate milk.
Dave I

Scottsdale, AZ

#782 Jan 16, 2014
By The River wrote:
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Yes. That was the Joslyn's house right across the street there on the corner of Maryland. That was definitely Home Run territory. We'd also wait for the milk delivery to the A & P. The driver of the truck would let us "help" him, then he'd give us each a small carton of chocolate milk.
We also got that chocolate milk! You had to be early and usually did it when I slept over night at the first house on the corner as you entered the alley to the A&P. Too funny..
sambo

Lansing, IL

#783 Jan 16, 2014
tom hu wrote:
i used to work at the pizza hut on Sibley in 1985 to 1987 my first job. what was the name of that candy store on Lincoln ave. about a 5 minute walk from Lincoln school?
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