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Mereworth

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#702
May 30, 2013
 
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>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!
My grandparents lived for a number of years in a house on Lincoln avenue, not that far up from Sibley. When they originally moved to Lincoln ave it was all prairie in that area and my grandfather kept horses and a milk cow or two on the property. In '52 (I believe) he sold the property on Lincoln and bought the property on Sibley. At the time it wasn't built up in that area at all so he brought the horses with him. At some point in time the village fathers told him he had to get rid of the horses and Gramps fought back on that score. The decision was finally reached that Gramps could keep the horses but if he sold all the horses he couldn't replace them and if he sold the property nobody else in the village could bring in livestock. So to my knowledge he was the last person in Dolton allowed to have a horse in the village limits. Actually the horses he had there when I was a kid weren't his - they were Bill Koch's for the most part. I believe two of them actually belonged to friends of Bill's and the herd occasionally got bigger when Gramps bought a pony or horse for my cousins, Bill and Shirley's kids - Jackie, Teddy and Karla. Interestingly, when Gramps sold the property to Eagle, neither of the two houses on the property were torn down. They were moved. Koch's house was moved to a corner lot on Lincoln ave (Lincoln & Ellis?) and my grandparents home was moved to a lot a few blocks to the west of where it was and turned into a two-flat I believe. I looked for it recently on Google Maps and didn't see it so I imagine it was torn down and replaced by a single-family home.
carl3615

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#703
Jun 1, 2013
 
Jeff Zoller wrote:
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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
Hey Jeff--GREAT to hear from you and hope all is well.

Sure missed you and the good times we had on the Delphi Riverdale-Dolton forum--6000 members and over 50,000 posts. Now everyone is spread out across the net--left town like before, lol.

Well one thing I do know, no sandbox in the area was hurting when we grew up. Now ya gotta pay a few bucks for a bag of sand!

And many who came to Dolton/Riverdale in the sixties on up don't realize how open the area was and how much farming was still integrated in the area. We would go to South Holland right to farms for eggs and produce. Now it's Walts!

Carl

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I moved to Riverdale in 1992 when my grandma bought her house on wallace. I was 8 years old. I am a black female. Most of my neighbors were nice old ladies that were over 70. My best friend was an 86 year old lady named Betty. The area was still fairly quiet and safe. In the last part of the 90s they tore down the projects and moved all the scum out to the area. Now the whole area is crappy. I want to apologize to the whites for any destructive blacks. I now know why whites run away when a black person moves to town... but please know that we are not all the same. I fix things I do not destroy. I miss the old riverdale and dolton... Even from the early 90s. Now there are only thugs and burnt up house back by the 130s and 140s. Its a shame.
Thom J

Downers Grove, IL

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Jun 15, 2013
 

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I don't know if I mist it in the posts, but I loved eating at Andys Dairy Freeze at 142nd Maryland. The dog n suds closed when I was about eleven, but left such an impression on me that when I found out that there is one in Grays Lake I started going there a couple times a year from Lisle to get a Texas burger. I also remember when I herd Value Village was burning down on the radio I rode my bike to watch. They rebuilt it but it wasn't the same. Does anyone know what years the Dolton Carnival run.
Pywackett

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Jun 17, 2013
 

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Jackie_Robinson wrote:
I moved to Riverdale in 1992 when my grandma bought her house on wallace. I was 8 years old. I am a black female. Most of my neighbors were nice old ladies that were over 70. My best friend was an 86 year old lady named Betty. The area was still fairly quiet and safe. In the last part of the 90s they tore down the projects and moved all the scum out to the area. Now the whole area is crappy. I want to apologize to the whites for any destructive blacks. I now know why whites run away when a black person moves to town... but please know that we are not all the same. I fix things I do not destroy. I miss the old riverdale and dolton... Even from the early 90s. Now there are only thugs and burnt up house back by the 130s and 140s. Its a shame.
you sound like a person who would be welcome in ANY neighborhood.
IrysheisfromRive rdaleIL

Chicago, IL

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#708
Jul 2, 2013
 
Thank you Riverdalian...what a memory burst...I know each and every place you mentioned..when times get tough, I tell my grandkids about all those places you mentioned. I tell them how we thought Riverdale was so boring but you could walk here or there and find a place to hang out, buy a pop, get a record (Value Village - actually Dolton), or grab a pizza. Walking was THE thing until you could drive around and show off the fact that you had a car. 144th always was the goal for groceries, the Ben Franklin (which sadly burned down), or to go to a park to hang out. I miss those days when I could jump the tracks to visit my gram and aunts, who lived on the other side. Thanks for a walk down memory lane.
IrysheisfromRive rdaleIL

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Jacki - I can appreciate your hearfelt comment...but don't ever apologize for something someone else does. I grew up on 141st Dearborn in Riverdale, moved away and then married and ended up living three houses away from my old house, on 141st in Riverdale with my kids. I moved away in 1995, just as the neighborhood started changing for the worse. My sister and aunt stayed in Riverdale and my sister ended up leaving this earth during a home invasion a few years back. I do not hold the whole neighborhood responsible...only that piece of crap that took her away and deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his useless life. Her neighbors were always helpful to her and my aunt, no matter what their color. And neighbors, both black and white, came to her services to extend their sympathies. Life is just full of change...some good, some bad...it is what it is. I am sorry that you did not have the extremely wonderful memories I have of Riverdale throughout my life. I hold onto those great memories and cherish them. Thank you for your post Jackie.
Cubbiesof1969

Mcpherson, KS

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#710
Jul 5, 2013
 
What a wonderful long list of posts by many people ...my Grandma ran Lynore's Beauty Salon and lived up above the store. I still remember driving through Riverdale & Dolton at Christmas time and gazing at all the street decorations.
Thornton, Thornridge, and the new (1975) Thornwood all had great rivalries.
tom kinney

Missoula, MT

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#711
Jul 28, 2013
 
Are there any kinneys still there?
Shrimp Boil

Geneva, IL

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#712
Jul 28, 2013
 
Fri., Aug. 9th, 6:00 PM at the Dolton Ikes.
Joe Seely

Chicago Heights, IL

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#713
Aug 11, 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?
They were pretty vague about that, just talking about how all these different places were looking at development there.
tthscarl

Harvey, IL

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http://carl3615.smugmug.com

My photo album of vintage Dolton-Riverdale-Harvey is back up (link above) after our old host went kaput. Thousands of pics and a couple old phone books and history books.

Despite all the pics, a lot is missing. Still cleaning up loose ends and corrections appreciated.
Fred Parks

Orland Park, IL

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#715
Aug 17, 2013
 
Cyman wrote:
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My sister worked at Cal's in the mid-70s and I remember the cow incident. She might have been working there then as well. I loved their roast beef. My sister also brought home our family dog of 18 years from one of her coworkers at Cal's.
By the way, this is a really cool site...
I miss all the pizza places...Vesuvios, damianis, artese, traversos, etc...no good pizza in ga.
My wife worked at Cal's when the cow was stolen. She worked there there from 1973-1975.
Fred

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#716
Aug 17, 2013
 
Cyman wrote:
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My sister worked at Cal's in the mid-70s and I remember the cow incident. She might have been working there then as well. I loved their roast beef. My sister also brought home our family dog of 18 years from one of her coworkers at Cal's.
By the way, this is a really cool site...
I miss all the pizza places...Vesuvios, damianis, artese, traversos, etc...no good pizza in ga.
Gary,
My wife Lexi says hi.
Fred

Orland Park, IL

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#717
Aug 17, 2013
 
Gary,
My wife Lexi says hi.
TWKAY Westchester

Westchester, IL

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#718
Sep 1, 2013
 
Does anyone remember a 60's band in the area called the Prophets ? or any other bands in that decade ?
Mereworth

Spring Grove, IL

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Sep 1, 2013
 
TWKAY Westchester wrote:
Does anyone remember a 60's band in the area called the Prophets ? or any other bands in that decade ?
How 'bout a late '60's rock band called "The Other Side"? My cousin, Ted Koch, was the drummer.
carl3615

Harvey, IL

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#721
Sep 1, 2013
 
Looks like long links don't work here. Click on that link, the Prophets pic will be on the top row, 3rd picture.
carl3615

Harvey, IL

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#722
Sep 1, 2013
 
Ouch!--PAGE 4 of that album, top row, third pic. sorry!
By The River

Minneapolis, MN

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#723
Sep 2, 2013
 
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!

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