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Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#724 Sep 3, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
Looks like long links don't work here. Click on that link, the Prophets pic will be on the top row, 3rd picture.
Carl, can you try and enter that link again? Thanks!
Ann Gismondi

Geneva, IL

#725 Sep 5, 2013
Hi Everone,, glad I found this site, and quite by accident too!!! Loved reading some of these posts, but I don't think I read anyone mentioning Bozo hot dogs. Does anyone remember those!?
Our first house in Dolton was on Sheppard Dr,and from there we moved to 143rd and Woodlawn. I went to St Mary's, and Thornridge High School.
Thank you for all the good memories!!! Loved it there, and have found no place like it since
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#726 Sep 5, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text>Carl, can you try and enter that link again? Thanks!
Here's the link to The Prophets rock band photo from 1968. Click on the photo, then on top there's options to make it larger:

http://tinyurl.com/n52rkhq

(long links won't work here, so tinyurl makes one for free).
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#727 Sep 5, 2013
Ann Gismondi wrote:
Hi Everone,, glad I found this site, and quite by accident too!!! Loved reading some of these posts, but I don't think I read anyone mentioning Bozo hot dogs. Does anyone remember those!?
Ann:

Here's a coupon for Bozo's for you:

http://tinyurl.com/mle6oej

In fact I was just washing my car across the street from the stand today--under another name. Of course Bozo's had to change their name to Boz's, thanks to actually being sued by the clown of the same name--imagine being sued by a clown!

Ahh but note the advertising page above and how they slickly got around it. Instead of an "O" at the end, they used a picture of something that looked like an "O."
By The River

Minneapolis, MN

#728 Sep 6, 2013
Does anyone know who the founder of Bozo's Hot Dogs was? I seem to remember some cart-in-street selling in the early days. Then again, they say that if you actually remember the 60s, you weren't really there...
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#729 Sep 6, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ann:
Here's a coupon for Bozo's for you:
http://tinyurl.com/mle6oej
In fact I was just washing my car across the street from the stand today--under another name. Of course Bozo's had to change their name to Boz's, thanks to actually being sued by the clown of the same name--imagine being sued by a clown!
Ahh but note the advertising page above and how they slickly got around it. Instead of an "O" at the end, they used a picture of something that looked like an "O."
Thanks Carl.
Ann Gismondi

Naperville, IL

#730 Sep 7, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
<quoted text>
Ann:
Here's a coupon for Bozo's for you:
http://tinyurl.com/mle6oej
In fact I was just washing my car across the street from the stand today--under another name. Of course Bozo's had to change their name to Boz's, thanks to actually being sued by the clown of the same name--imagine being sued by a clown!
Ahh but note the advertising page above and how they slickly got around it. Instead of an "O" at the end, they used a picture of something that looked like an "O."
Thanks, Carl for the coupon. I do remember that there was an issue with the name, and they had to change it. I wish I could remember the names of the owners of Bozo. They were nice people.
Bill SULLIVAN

Park Ridge, IL

#731 Sep 10, 2013
Don Hart was the owner of BOZO hot dogs.
CAB

Matteson, IL

#732 Sep 13, 2013
Does anybody remember Rigoni's bait shop? was there a Rigoni sport store? or a garage on Chgo Rd, in uptown Dolton- close to the old Homestead? Then also was Rigoni's bait shop on 142nd st, also - shop owned by the family right by Dolton Park - thanx
CAB

Matteson, IL

#733 Sep 13, 2013
What was the name of the short street that ran behind the new Value Village (lol, gone now but the one that was in strip mall, it ended on Chgo Rd - could go straight onto Greenwood Ave? so wondering if it was Greenwood also - believe that street is gone now. Thanx again.
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#734 Sep 15, 2013
CAB wrote:
Does anybody remember Rigoni's bait shop? was there a Rigoni sport store? or a garage on Chgo Rd, in uptown Dolton- close to the old Homestead? Then also was Rigoni's bait shop on 142nd st, also - shop owned by the family right by Dolton Park - thanx
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!
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#735 Sep 16, 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!
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.
Dan

Rockwall, TX

#736 Sep 16, 2013
I survived 8 years with the nuns at Queen of Apostles! They should have made T-Shirts for that! Spent many summers at the Ivanhoe clubhouse playing ping pong, checkers etc. Couldn't wait till they froze the baseball field at Ivanhoe Park and would pray they didn't do it on a windy day otherwise it was tough to skate on and almost impossible to play hockey there. The "warming house" was a great place to come in from out of the cold and everyone would be packed in there when the fireplace was going. Played what I thought was some serious basketball behind High-Low and remember when the YoYo man would be out front of Ben Franklin dime store selling his wares. Actually, I stole one of his YoYo's out of his car! I hope the statute of limitations has run out on that one!
If you had a Shwinn 5 speed bike with a Banana seat and some Converse All Star gym shoes you were wealthy. I didn't have either. I went to Thornton High School and thought it had to be much easier than the nuns only to run into the 69 riots. Guess all that running from the nuns and at recess paid off in High School as I was definitely hard to catch. Now, I'm a Texan having moved to Dallas back in 83. Still root for Da Bears and pray I will live long enough to see the cubs win the World Series. Hey! It's possible! I survived the nuns, didnt I?
TWKAY

Westchester, IL

#737 Sep 18, 2013
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 ??
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#738 Sep 18, 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. 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.
Dusty:

Phone books showvRignoni's Sports to be at 14222 Chicago Road--all that is a strip mall and the old convention center now. But it would have been right across from Dr. Levinson, the eye doctor, who's still there today (well, his son anyways). So it was right where that Gas For Less station was in the early 1960's.

Guess bait shops were a dime a dozen in those days. Remember the eternal comic book ad: Sell earthworms-make profit?
Bill Clausing -AZ

Queen Creek, AZ

#739 Sep 18, 2013
CAB wrote:
Does anybody remember Rigoni's bait shop? was there a Rigoni sport store? or a garage on Chgo Rd, in uptown Dolton- close to the old Homestead? Then also was Rigoni's bait shop on 142nd st, also - shop owned by the family right by Dolton Park - thanx
Used to get bait from Rigoni's. Fished Isaac Walton before it was fenced in back in the mid to late 60's with Jeff Jankus, Ben Smith, Glen Duesing, and Bill Redmond.
Great times. Hung out there all night.
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#740 Sep 19, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
<quoted text>
Dusty:
Phone books showvRignoni's Sports to be at 14222 Chicago Road--all that is a strip mall and the old convention center now. But it would have been right across from Dr. Levinson, the eye doctor, who's still there today (well, his son anyways). So it was right where that Gas For Less station was in the early 1960's.
Guess bait shops were a dime a dozen in those days. Remember the eternal comic book ad: Sell earthworms-make profit?
I remember seeing a photo of Rigonni's, maybe on one of your websites where you have all the classic D-R photos. The address you mention sounds dead on too. I remember that "cut-thru" road where the gas station was, but can't remember it being there when Rigoni's had the store there. Is it possible that a building, such as the old gas station, had been expanded and blocked of that short cut road? This is all before the "old" Value Village burned down.
Yeah, I remember ads saying to sell worms, sell Grit Newspapers and to be like Charles Atlas and no one will kick sand in your face!
carl3615

Chicago Heights, IL

#741 Sep 19, 2013
Dusty wrote:
<quoted text> I remember that "cut-thru" road where the gas station was, but can't remember it being there when Rigoni's had the store there. Is it possible that a building, such as the old gas station, had been expanded and blocked of that short cut road? This is all before the "old" Value Village burned down.
!
Dusty, I have a good collection of old Riverdale-Dolton phone books going back to 1904--some missing. Rigoni's Sports was first located at the very same address as their previous auto body shop--14222 Chicago Rd, just north of the brown-brick tavern on the corner (Homestead, Turkeys, etc). The first phone book showing the sports store is 1975.

It's not in 1973. So they probably rehabbed the auto body shop.

The gas station ("Gas For Less") with the through road was called the "Dolton Auto Laundry" and was owned by Harry Franke, per the book. It disappears from the phone books around 1968. Not certain what replaced it then--if anything--14216 Chicago Rd.
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#742 Sep 20, 2013
carl3615 wrote:
<quoted text>
Dusty, I have a good collection of old Riverdale-Dolton phone books going back to 1904--some missing. Rigoni's Sports was first located at the very same address as their previous auto body shop--14222 Chicago Rd, just north of the brown-brick tavern on the corner (Homestead, Turkeys, etc). The first phone book showing the sports store is 1975.
It's not in 1973. So they probably rehabbed the auto body shop.
The gas station ("Gas For Less") with the through road was called the "Dolton Auto Laundry" and was owned by Harry Franke, per the book. It disappears from the phone books around 1968. Not certain what replaced it then--if anything--14216 Chicago Rd.
I remember going to that auto repair place with my father to fix sagging door on his car. The local body shops were giving us some high estimates to fix it. The guy at that body shop (Gas for Less) tightened a few screws and that solved the problem! He only charged my father $5.00. This had to be around 1973 or 1974, the car was a 1972.
Dusty

Wheaton, IL

#743 Sep 20, 2013
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.

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