You're an old time Riverdale/Dolton r...
Ron Bomneau

Allendale, MI

#887 Jul 14, 2014
Riverdale 72 to 92 wrote:
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I remember that place, and it did serve subs for a while in the 80s. It closed down and was vacant when I left the area. I moved to SW MO and set down roots here. I've heard a lot of stories about people being killed in the grainery over the years, but as far as I know, none of them are true.
. Red Meilke is the Daleys paramedic, also a Dolton volunteer firefighter, killed in the Hales and Hunter grain elevator. Died trying to treat a kid that fell into a silo.
Ron Bomneau

Allendale, MI

#888 Jul 14, 2014
Moe's snack shop was on 144th between Clark and LaSalle street on the south side. In the small shop where McCutcheon Insurance located years later.
Good Old Days

Orland Park, IL

#889 Jul 14, 2014
McCutcheon Insurance is now in Mokena.....
Been doing a lot of reminiscing lately. I've gotten cancer since my last post here and mom is now in assisted living...still talks about missing her home in Dolton and she's been gone 20 years from there. Yep, been doing a lot of thinking about the old days. The WIshing Well by Lincoln School where we used to pay our electric bills and get lightbulbs (what else was that place, anyway? Can't remember!) The card shop on the corner of 142nd and Chicago,.the Dolton-Riverdale Savings and Loan next to the Dolton Bakery and Dolton shoes where we'd go for boots every year -- the white ones with the little button you tightened the boots with by looping something over the button. The Dolton Department store where we would get our St. Mary's uniforms every year. Going to Candy Cane park to play tennis, afternoons at neighborhood football games, neighbors being neighborly. Miss it all, but glad I got to experience it and grow up there.
John kruzich

Fort Smith, AR

#890 Jul 19, 2014
My father," Charles Skip Kuzich" managed "Art's roller rink" in the late '50s. That's also where he met my mother Ida.
Bruce Brown

Wheaton, IL

#891 Jul 28, 2014
ZMan 65 wrote:
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A good buddy of mine, Steve Tillery, delivered for Newmans back in the mid 1960's. I remember Newmans white Chevy Corvair with a large Rx mortar and pestle attached to the roof
I grew up in Riverdale from 1946 - 1968. I knew Steve from my Babe Ruth team(that is the Steve Tillery, who was born in 1947 and went to Thornridge High). Do you know what happened to him? I have not seen him since 1968.
ZMan 65

Concord, CA

#892 Jul 29, 2014
Bruce Brown wrote:
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I grew up in Riverdale from 1946 - 1968. I knew Steve from my Babe Ruth team(that is the Steve Tillery, who was born in 1947 and went to Thornridge High). Do you know what happened to him? I have not seen him since 1968.
Yep, that's Steve. Knew him since kindergarden. We graduated Thornridge in 1965. I left for college, my folks sold their home and moved in1971. Lost track of so many friends/classmates from back then as the area , society, and culture underwent such rapid and massive changes during that period. I think I heard from someone that Steve studied computers and made a life for himself in Florida.
ZMan 65

Concord, CA

#893 Jul 29, 2014
Good Old Days wrote:
McCutcheon Insurance is now in Mokena.....
Been doing a lot of reminiscing lately. I've gotten cancer since my last post here and mom is now in assisted living...still talks about missing her home in Dolton and she's been gone 20 years from there. Yep, been doing a lot of thinking about the old days. The WIshing Well by Lincoln School where we used to pay our electric bills and get lightbulbs (what else was that place, anyway? Can't remember!) The card shop on the corner of 142nd and Chicago,.the Dolton-Riverdale Savings and Loan next to the Dolton Bakery and Dolton shoes where we'd go for boots every year -- the white ones with the little button you tightened the boots with by looping something over the button. The Dolton Department store where we would get our St. Mary's uniforms every year. Going to Candy Cane park to play tennis, afternoons at neighborhood football games, neighbors being neighborly. Miss it all, but glad I got to experience it and grow up there.
Wishing Well was pretty ecclectic. Owned and run by Alberta Watson who was quite a character. Had to be from all the kids piling in from Lincoln School. In addition to utility payments I remember you could buy school supplies, candy, soda pop, frozen treats ( they had a walk up window open in warm weather ), all sorts of sewing and craft materials. The girls bought all their yarn there to wrap around the class rings from their boyfriends. Alberta even started selling some antiques. I bargained back and forth with her for about a week before she finally brought price down on an old steamer trunk I bought as sort of a pre-hope chest type gift before I got my nerve up enough to get engaged.
Bclausing

Queen Creek, AZ

#894 Aug 4, 2014
ZMan 65 wrote:
<quoted text> Wishing Well was pretty ecclectic. Owned and run by Alberta Watson who was quite a character. Had to be from all the kids piling in from Lincoln School. In addition to utility payments I remember you could buy school supplies, candy, soda pop, frozen treats ( they had a walk up window open in warm weather ), all sorts of sewing and craft materials. The girls bought all their yarn there to wrap around the class rings from their boyfriends. Alberta even started selling some antiques. I bargained back and forth with her for about a week before she finally brought price down on an old steamer trunk I bought as sort of a pre-hope chest type gift before I got my nerve up enough to get engaged.
Always went to the Wishing Well. Went to Lincoln School and lived in the valley on Kanawha. Alberta went to our church back then. She was really a wonderful women. Graduated from Tridge in 1969.
Shep5150

Pacific Palisades, CA

#895 Aug 7, 2014
Riverdale 72 to 92 wrote:
Love these posts. Needed a blast from the past. Thanks everybody! A couple of businesses I remember, and things I loved doing: store around 145th/146th and Indiana Avenue called the Milk Pail. You'd go in and walk up to a counter and they'd bring you your goods. Probably back in the early to mid 70s it was open, then closed and turned into something else. Eating at Joe's Restaurant on Indiana Avenue and ordering hodge podge, I think we called it. I worked at Artese Pizza for a while in high school, probably 1985 or 1986. A couple of guys named Pete and Faustino ran it. I also worked for about a year at the Tape Escape in Value Village Mall in the late 1980s. I think it's a nail place now. Also, Romar's bar on Chicago Road, a lady named Leigh (I think) ran it after her husband died, and she and her spinster daughter, Margie, I think, lived in back. Great memories, good times, good people.
Used to hit the Milk Pail all the time...lived at 14502 Edbrooke Ave...also, delivered pizza with Mike Butler at Artese Pizza on 144th summer of '87.
Shep5150

Pacific Palisades, CA

#896 Aug 7, 2014
Shep5150 wrote:
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Used to hit the Milk Pail all the time...lived at 14502 Edbrooke Ave...also, delivered pizza with Mike Butler at Artese Pizza on 144th summer of '87.
Actually it was Brunetti's, I think, on 144th that we delivered pizza for...wow, old school!
Candycards

Matteson, IL

#897 Aug 10, 2014
Candy Birkenfeld wrote:
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I have a pic of the Homestead, from LONG ago, when it was Dillners, is in a book written by Marlene Cook. "The Dolton Tattler" 1892-1992. I hung around the Homestead back in the 70's. Was quite a place back then ;) anyway, Marlene does have copies of her book she sells. I gave one to a family member for Xmas. Very Good!
i finally checked back on here - thank you so much for the info on the books! and yes-- is my in-laws that have the New Corner Bar & Grill in Lynwood w/Damiani's in there -- still doing good there-- hope you have made the trip out !:)
carl3615

Harvey, IL

#898 Aug 11, 2014
Ron Bomneau wrote:
Moe's snack shop was on 144th between Clark and LaSalle street on the south side. In the small shop where McCutcheon Insurance located years later.
Hi Ron:
Moe Schwartz moved to California to retire. A young lady moved into his complex--she was down-and-out with a child, but hoped to make it in acting. Moe saw her plight and often cooked meals for her and the child. She moved out. But some years later Moe received a large envelope. In it was an autographed photo of Whoopi Goldberg. She thanked him for all the meals he cooked for her.(Story via Moe's sons, Ray and Vic).

Carl D
Vanadis

Kållered, Sweden

#899 Sep 20, 2014
Hi! The link to the photo of Rosstedt's Meat Market is not valid anymore, does anyone have one that works?
carl3615

Harvey, IL

#900 Sep 24, 2014
Vanadis wrote:
Hi! The link to the photo of Rosstedt's Meat Market is not valid anymore, does anyone have one that works?
Try this:

http://carl3615.smugmug.com/History/Riverdale... #!i=2696167217&k=2X8dSSL &lb=1&s=A
carl3615

Harvey, IL

#901 Sep 24, 2014
Vanadis wrote:
Hi! The link to the photo of Rosstedt's Meat Market is not valid anymore, does anyone have one that works?
Looks like this site skewers longer URLS--so click on the link given, Rosstedt's picture is on the bottom row in the middle:

http://carl3615.smugmug.com/History/Riverdale... #!i=2696167217&k=2X8dSSL &lb=1&s=A
robin

San Diego, CA

#902 Oct 8, 2014
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>Excellent Post! I'm sure that brings back a lot of memories to a lot of us who grew up in the area.
I grew up in Dolton and went to Thornridge Hs graduated in 1974. I remember everything u mentioned totally forgot about our dances being called flings. Lol Does Thornridge still have the Lassies? I use to love their outfits.
HARD NOSE BEARS FAN

New Caney, TX

#903 Oct 18, 2014
Does anyone remember the t-shirts nick used to sell in his bar nicks sports page in dolton HARD NOSE BEARS FAN? If you do & know where I could get one let me know, I sure would love to have one again......
Rob

Chicago, IL

#904 Oct 28, 2014
Bob Jacobson wrote:
Trying to figure out what was the name of food drive-in on Halstead at 138th the Halstead Drive in was behind it and gas station on the corner.
The drive in was called LouArts.
Rob

Chicago, IL

#905 Oct 28, 2014
The drive-in off the corner of 138th and Halsted in Riverdale, IL. was called LouArts. It had a Seeburg Juke box that played a tune for a nickle.
Burp

Bolingbrook, IL

#906 Nov 10, 2014
Just took a trip through Dolton a few weeks ago. It saddened me to see downtown Dolton. All the banks are shuttered, up for sale. A new, small bank was erected on the northside of the parking lot where Koch's used to be. And, where Koch's Food/Meat Mkt. used to be is now shuttered. Cable bldg., and almost all the store fronts, gone.
Driving through the old neighborhood, seeing our once well-kept house, the fence is broken, deteriorated, and the bushes overgrown with weeds. The same can be said for the rest of the old neighborhood that once bustled with kids all over, houses well kept, yards manicured...now, it looks what I imagine Iraq to be.
Along 142nd Street where Panazoo's store used to be, there was a street crew from Chicago repairing the 142nd & Woodlawn intersection. It became obvious to me that by now, all the ones who did a great job on the sewers, streets, and trees aligning the street are now gone or retired.
The latest I heard was Dolton has not paid its water bill, owing more than seven years of payments to the city of Chicago. I was told that the Feds may step in and take over city hall. The years of corruption in city hall since the transition of the old neighborhood has bankrupt the small village.
If you want to get in a depressing mood, take a ride through. I won't look back or go back. What once was there seems like a dream now.

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