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Bob Maynard

Cleveland, OH

#682 Apr 13, 2013
This guy use to come by our store all the time....The Milk Pail.....wow what a memory...how cool
Bob Maynard

Cleveland, OH

#683 Apr 13, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>That was the old timer that if you asked him his name, he'd answer back "John Dillinger Junior-your a son-of-gun!"
This guy came by our store all the time...The Milk Pail....he go thrue that whole speech every time...and he had this other thing he would say....center...then he would spellit out to you..c.e.n.t.e.r.....lol

Since: Apr 13

Medina, OH

#684 Apr 15, 2013
Anybody remember the Milk Pail...opened in the early 70s....use to be Dillmans barber shop...
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#685 Apr 15, 2013
Bob Maynard wrote:
Anybody remember the Milk Pail...opened in the early 70s....use to be Dillmans barber shop...
Yeah, I can remember the Milk Pail! I remember when it was Eddy's Trading Post just prior to it being the "Milk Pail." I can't remember it being Dillman's Barber Shop, but I remember when Dillman's was just a little bit south of your location. We used to ride our bikes up and down there on a daily basis and I remember looking at the clock on the wall in Dillman's to see what time it was when we'd ride past heading southbound. We used to stop in your store for a quart of chocolate milk! A lot of families from the area used to shop at your store including ours. It seemed that you had a busy place there with the best prices on milk!
As for "John Dillinger" I read on the "If you grew up in Dolton-Riverdale" Website on Facebook, someone wrote that he used to go into Riverdale Bank, come in one door and dance his way through saying "cows may come and cows may go, but the bull in this place never leaves" and go out the other door!
carl3615

Harvey, IL

#686 Apr 19, 2013
Note to all: A number of us had photo albums on Webshots, but that website closed in December. I'm in the process of reloading hundreds of vintage area pics and will announce when done in a couple weeks. Our video site is going with old home movies:

http://www.youtube.com/tthscarl

Bob--I just mailed you, but now I wonder what the name of the milk/cigarette place on Halsted, just north of the Riverdale Drive-In restaurant and south of Pipe 'O Peace golf course was? It was a small building one would simply drive up to. Was it Milk Jug?

And are you related to the famous dragster, Don Maynard, who lived in Pacesetter at one point??
Burpie

South Whitley, IN

#687 Apr 29, 2013
Good Old Days wrote:
I posted here about a year back....life is not going so well for me these days and reading all the posts again really helped....I can remember now when life was so much better and carefree...if only it could be that way again.
Anyone else go to see Dr. Iwantez on 142nd Street and sit on the round bench around the tree outside? I lived on 144th and Dobson and had friends just minutes away on on Ingleside, Kimbark, Minerva, Dorchester....it was wonderful just to go to some friend's house after school and wait for them on the bus.(And no one would have dared abuse a monitor/driver!) I can remember carrying that schoolbag..and the big snow of 1967. I was almost an overnighter at St. Mary's when a neighbor came with a tow truck and took me home, too, cause I was the littlest kid on the block. We got as far as 142nd and Dobson and then had to walk the last three blocks in the dark drifts, most of which were over my head! I remember hitchhiking to town with my dad the next day for food along Lincoln, because none of the little streets were passable. My dad got milk for a baby on our street...that's how people were in those days. God, I miss it.
Hope you are doing well now. Your post brought back a lot of good memories. Dr. Iwanetz! Only Dr. that never retired! Think his son took over that clinic. Such fond memories of carefree days. Nothing bad ever happened. It was the best place to grow up together, because back in 1965 everyone moved to Dolton, so everyone was everyone's friend.

Sooo sad, when I went through our old (what was new back in 1965) neighborhood (south of the stretch from Woodlawn to Drexel, off of 142nd. Street. Sadly, it resembles a ghetto. It's hard to believe it was such a wonderful, fun place, SAFE place to raise a family. To be truthful, houses boarded up, streets look like a war zone. I think back, and saw what's there now. Spooky.
peanut

Riverdale, IL

#688 Apr 30, 2013
You would all be really disappointed to see it today........
Kathleen Thomsen

Champaign, IL

#689 Apr 30, 2013
I can't believe this topic is still going strong!!
Burpie

Manhattan, IL

#690 May 6, 2013
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!
Jeff Zoller

Jersey City, NJ

#691 May 15, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
Interesting, Bill. Well from the net it looks like the sand in Dolton was left there by the glacier that helped form Lake Michigan. If you remember Michigan Avenue in Roseland, it had a deep downward slant to it's east--that was all dug out by the glacier.
We had no sand in Riverdale I can remember. But it was pretty well built up by time I was born in the 1950's.
Carl, Long time- no talk. My dad built our new house at 151st and Blackstone in 1957. Kind of an isolated wooded area back then then. What a great place to grow up and roam free! We had a unpaved sand road in front of our house the whole time we lived there. Not a through street. We moved out of Dolton in 1971. This was just one of the many lake shores that Lake Michigan had over the ages. Don't know when that stretch of Blackstone was eventually paved. Hope all is good. Jeff
Chuck

Chicago, IL

#692 May 17, 2013
bob wrote:
hey i lived in riverdale for 27 years 1965 to 1993, i loved riverdale, my grand father tony artese ran artese pizza, i worked there for 1 day in 1969 i was 4 years old. he also owned the frosty hut on 139th street in riverdale i worked there from 1970 to 1982. i worked at sterks from 1984 to 1988, my dad worked at container corp directly across the street, i remember waving to him when i gathered carts. my mom and dad lived in riverdale from 1950 to 2003. they moved when someone broke into the house and stole there car.somehow i feel sad about the old neighbor hood, i had alot of fun there.
What ever happened to the recipe for that Pizza? It was part of my memories. I grew up in Dolton 2 blocks from Artese. On Friday we had either pizza or the restraint next door. Geiers?
Gayle

New Lenox, IL

#693 May 18, 2013
Triple J wrote:
<quoted text>
I remember going into Art's to bowl as a kid a couple of times. I've heard of Rube's, but that was from friends of mine who lived in Harvey years ago. I believe that Carmen's was "Dave's Place" and some of my friends had parents who worked there on weekends Part time. It later became Franco's after Carmen's. There was also a VFW Hall next door to there too and the boat store was on the other side of Franco's.
How many Friday nights did my friends and I dance at Carmen's until last call! Oh the fun we had!
Gayle

New Lenox, IL

#694 May 18, 2013
Burpie wrote:
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Hope you are doing well now. Your post brought back a lot of good memories. Dr. Iwanetz! Only Dr. that never retired! Think his son took over that clinic. Such fond memories of carefree days. Nothing bad ever happened. It was the best place to grow up together, because back in 1965 everyone moved to Dolton, so everyone was everyone's friend.
Sooo sad, when I went through our old (what was new back in 1965) neighborhood (south of the stretch from Woodlawn to Drexel, off of 142nd. Street. Sadly, it resembles a ghetto. It's hard to believe it was such a wonderful, fun place, SAFE place to raise a family. To be truthful, houses boarded up, streets look like a war zone. I think back, and saw what's there now. Spooky.
Dr. Iwanetz- worked with him at Ingall's nursery!
Dan

United States

#695 May 19, 2013
The Dolton show is now a night club!!! I remember getting yelled at but the Dolton park police for climbing a tree. lol
Mereworth

Poplar Grove, IL

#696 May 26, 2013
Dusty wrote:
...the Jolly Trolley, when there was the High Low Foods Grocery Store and a Jewel on 144th St (in Riverdale), National Tea Groceries on a 142nd ST (in Dolton) Krogers on Indiana Ave., the railroad tracks that were along Greenwood Road, the "Rocket Slide" in Dolton Park, IC Pssenger trains screaming through Riverdale before Amtrak and the olive drab green IC commuter trains before the double deckers came along! Going to the Thompson Clinic on Lincoln Ave, the "horse farm" before the old "Eagle" grocery store was there. When K Mart opened in 1970...
Interesting you should mention the "horse farm" because my grandfather, Ed Oedzes, owned that property before he sold it to Eagle late in '65. He was allowed to keep horses there as long as he owned it, was "grandfathered" in on that score, was the last person in Dolton to have horses. There were four horses there - Bob, Ribbons, Spotty and another whose name escapes me. It was a real problem, though, keeping horses there because the neighborhood kids kept getting into the pasture and riding them. My grandfather was afraid the kids would get hurt and he'd get sued for having an "attractive nuisance" although he chased the kids off the property a million times and told them to stay away. After Gramps sold the property he and my grandmother moved to South Holland. That big two story house just got to be too much for them and the stairs in the place became a problem at their age. My aunt and uncle, Bill and Shirley Koch, lived right next to them. Uncle Bill owned Koch's Food in Dolton and the Big B in Riverdale. They moved the same time my grandparents did, although they stayed in Dolton for a while, moving to University before finally moving to Indiana in the early '70's.
Mereworth

Poplar Grove, IL

#697 May 26, 2013
ckutz wrote:
I remember the trampoline park. They were ground level and built into the Almar Plaza parking lot. I believe the place closed down in the mid 60's.
I remember going to the trampoline park with my cousins, Jackie and Teddy Koch, when we would come to visit. That would have been around 1960 sometime. I thought it was GREAT. Now I would probably end up in the ICU if I got on one of those things :-)
Mereworth

Poplar Grove, IL

#698 May 26, 2013
Dusty wrote:
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There was the old store on Chicago Rd.,then Koch's "Big B" where High Low was, and then came Koch's Store in Thornton.
Koch's in Dolton moved around a bit during the early days. It closed I think in the late 1980's (name changed to Dolton Foods.) Big B closed in the mid 1990's and the store in Thornton is still there but I don;t know who owns it.
There was another butcher shop on 144th St, just west of the old White Hen on the same side of the street. I'm trying to figure out the name of that one!
The Koch's in Thornton is still owned by my cousin, Ted Koch, and his mother, my aunt Shirley. Koch's in Dolton and the finally the Big B in Riverdale were sold after my uncle Bill Koch passed away from cancer in '86. My mother worked at the Big B from '79 until she FINALLY retired in '87. She ran the bakery section.
Dusty

Roselle, IL

#699 May 30, 2013
Mereworth wrote:
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The Koch's in Thornton is still owned by my cousin, Ted Koch, and his mother, my aunt Shirley. Koch's in Dolton and the finally the Big B in Riverdale were sold after my uncle Bill Koch passed away from cancer in '86. My mother worked at the Big B from '79 until she FINALLY retired in '87. She ran the bakery section.
I knew (know) all of them, even "Flo!"
Dusty

Roselle, IL

#700 May 30, 2013
Mereworth wrote:
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Interesting you should mention the "horse farm" because my grandfather, Ed Oedzes, owned that property before he sold it to Eagle late in '65. He was allowed to keep horses there as long as he owned it, was "grandfathered" in on that score, was the last person in Dolton to have horses. There were four horses there - Bob, Ribbons, Spotty and another whose name escapes me. It was a real problem, though, keeping horses there because the neighborhood kids kept getting into the pasture and riding them. My grandfather was afraid the kids would get hurt and he'd get sued for having an "attractive nuisance" although he chased the kids off the property a million times and told them to stay away. After Gramps sold the property he and my grandmother moved to South Holland. That big two story house just got to be too much for them and the stairs in the place became a problem at their age. My aunt and uncle, Bill and Shirley Koch, lived right next to them. Uncle Bill owned Koch's Food in Dolton and the Big B in Riverdale. They moved the same time my grandparents did, although they stayed in Dolton for a while, moving to University before finally moving to Indiana in the early '70's.
I think it was your mom from Big B who told me the same thing (around the very early 80's) about the horses and the kids trying to feed them apples and things. Small world!
Mereworth

Poplar Grove, IL

#701 May 30, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>I knew (know) all of them, even "Flo!"
YEP! "Flo" was my mother. She finally retired in '87 at the age of 71 and moved up here with me. She passed away in March of '03. My Aunt Shirley is still with us but her daughter - my cousin - Jackie Shilling, passed away three years ago now.

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