Lisa Allen

Sullivan, MO

#1 Jul 4, 2009
Did anybody grow up in Nameoki in the late 60's to early 70's? I lived there and had several cousins there, Jim and Kathy Hartzel, Doug Smith, and the Allen kids.
We use to walk on the newly tarred road in our barefeet and I can remember the bug sprayer driving around spraying everything. That had to be good for us, right?
howie

Granite City, IL

#2 Jul 4, 2009
Are you referring to Nameoki Grade School, Nameoki subdivision (was there really one in granite City), or ?? I remember those bug sprayers putting out a LOTTA fog. In the subdivision I live, kids used to chase the bug sprayer all the time. I think G.C. went for a different kind of sprayer after some kids got sick inhaling the stuff. Yeah, those jeep drivers would drive the streets as well as the alleys, whole neighborhood would get foggy, and my Mother would close up the windows and doors for about a half hour.
ex-resident

Sullivan, MO

#3 Jul 5, 2009
I'm talking about the neighborhood. We went to Logan school.
It's amazing that we lived through that and then my family moved to Benton St. where I hear they dug up a bunch of lead. Hard to believe I'm still alive.
Anna

Dexter, MO

#4 Jul 5, 2009
ex-resident wrote:
I'm talking about the neighborhood. We went to Logan school.
It's amazing that we lived through that and then my family moved to Benton St. where I hear they dug up a bunch of lead. Hard to believe I'm still alive.
THey did dig up a lot of yards in that neighborhood. My mom and dad's got dug up about 8 years ago; they used sod for the grass on most of them. I live right across from GCSM on Est. 23rd st. and I had a ganglian cyst when I was only 3; I still have a scar on my wrist. It is amazing what we live through in that town. I've moved, I miss it somewhat, but I know I want to more to southern Illinois as soon as I can! lol
mrskleen

South San Francisco, CA

#5 Jul 5, 2009
I was one of those kids that chased the bug sprayer man, lived right in front of the steel mill on 20th street and inhaled all those gross smells from the coke plant from around 196o until 1976 then move away. Has there ever been any research on the health effects on any of us kids that was around all that stuff
ex-resident

Sullivan, MO

#6 Jul 7, 2009
Someone told me there was a law suit concerning the lead, and that's when I found out about it. Couldn't find anything on a lawsuit, but it is amazing we're still kinckin'. LOL
ex-resident

Sullivan, MO

#7 Jul 7, 2009
mrskleen wrote:
I was one of those kids that chased the bug sprayer man, lived right in front of the steel mill on 20th street and inhaled all those gross smells from the coke plant from around 196o until 1976 then move away. Has there ever been any research on the health effects on any of us kids that was around all that stuff
Those kids that huff today had nothing on us did they? That had to be good for the brain cells. Was that coke plant behind Emerson elementary? I remember a plant when I went to school there and it always had a unique smell. I loved that school. Good times there.
howie

Granite City, IL

#8 Jul 7, 2009
ex-resident wrote:
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Those kids that huff today had nothing on us did they? That had to be good for the brain cells. Was that coke plant behind Emerson elementary? I remember a plant when I went to school there and it always had a unique smell. I loved that school. Good times there.
Nestle's is the one you're thinking about-that powdered tea smell. The building is still there.
mrs kleen

Toledo, OH

#9 Jul 8, 2009
I also think it was Nestles.The coke plant sorta smelled like rotten eggs. it is a wonder we survived living there in all that pollution, although it seems that a lot of people my age, I was born in 1957 at St. Elizabeths are passing on at a much younger age/ I think moving away in 1976 helped me stay healthy plus I learned in my early twenties that partying really ages you quickly. When I come to visit Family I cannot believe how much older some of my friends look, not that I look so great, believe me, but it amazes me that some people just never learned that partying hard and smoking cigs takes years off your life. And add the factor of the Mill and everything else that has ruined the health of alot of people that I care about. If anyone knows where I can find out anything concerning infertility and birth deffects related to the Mill, or living in Granite I would appreciate it
ex-resident

Sullivan, MO

#10 Jul 8, 2009
howie wrote:
<quoted text> Nestle's is the one you're thinking about-that powdered tea smell. The building is still there.
You're right and I can still smell that. Do they still use the building or is it empty?
ex-resident

Sullivan, MO

#11 Jul 8, 2009
mrs kleen wrote:
I also think it was Nestles.The coke plant sorta smelled like rotten eggs. it is a wonder we survived living there in all that pollution, although it seems that a lot of people my age, I was born in 1957 at St. Elizabeths are passing on at a much younger age/ I think moving away in 1976 helped me stay healthy plus I learned in my early twenties that partying really ages you quickly. When I come to visit Family I cannot believe how much older some of my friends look, not that I look so great, believe me, but it amazes me that some people just never learned that partying hard and smoking cigs takes years off your life. And add the factor of the Mill and everything else that has ruined the health of alot of people that I care about. If anyone knows where I can find out anything concerning infertility and birth deffects related to the Mill, or living in Granite I would appreciate it
I was born at St. Elizabeth's in 63 and moved from there in 1976 too. We sure were exposed to alot of chemicals. I heard some of the kids in my class have committed suicide and I have suffered from severe depression for years. Do you think those things are linked?
Anna

Campbell, MO

#12 Jul 11, 2009
I suffer from high blood pressure and I had to have a ganglian cyst removed from my wrist when I was 3 and I lived across from the steel mill on 23rd street. Not to mention bronchitus (sp?) and small cyst that still appear on the top of my wrist ever so often to this day.

I remember the old Nestle factor,it was right across from Hoods Tavern..I think I have the name of that right. All kinds of different smell from that monstrosity, some good, some bad, and some just gagged the breath out of you.
x res

Collinsville, AL

#13 Jul 15, 2009
howie wrote:
<quoted text> Nestle's is the one you're thinking about-that powdered tea smell. The building is still there.
that smell was bad i agree but there is something about that memory mellon collie feeling.
mrskleen

South San Francisco, CA

#14 Jul 20, 2009
ex-resident wrote:
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I was born at St. Elizabeth's in 63 and moved from there in 1976 too. We sure were exposed to alot of chemicals. I heard some of the kids in my class have committed suicide and I have suffered from severe depression for years. Do you think those things are linked?
Well, I do think that it could be in some way ,either because we lived in such a depressed area or the pollution did something to our growing brains as kids. As for me, I too have suffered from cysts, boils(so gross),but not since I moved away. Im sorry to hear about your depression. I have Family that still live in Granite and they too suffer from depression.I do understand how it can effect not only yourself, but Family members as well. Meds dont always work, but do know that even though I dont know you personally I do hope that you will get thru your hard days and have lots of good ones ahead. Lets get the word out and ask people to write us if they have had health issues that they think may be related to living in Granite and perhaps we can get some answers
scott

Granite City, IL

#15 Jul 20, 2009
I took a course at Granite city Campus.The instructor said that Granite City Illinois has a high stress level because of the polution.It was a phsychology course.I notice that there are more people here that seem streesed compared to places like.highland jerseyville.were there is less indusrty.
Lisa Allen

Sullivan, MO

#16 Jul 26, 2009
mrskleen wrote:
<quoted text> Well, I do think that it could be in some way ,either because we lived in such a depressed area or the pollution did something to our growing brains as kids. As for me, I too have suffered from cysts, boils(so gross),but not since I moved away. Im sorry to hear about your depression. I have Family that still live in Granite and they too suffer from depression.I do understand how it can effect not only yourself, but Family members as well. Meds dont always work, but do know that even though I dont know you personally I do hope that you will get thru your hard days and have lots of good ones ahead. Lets get the word out and ask people to write us if they have had health issues that they think may be related to living in Granite and perhaps we can get some answers
Thank you for your concern. I had a classmate contact me about 8 years ago and I was suprised at how many of our other classmates had committed suicide. There has to be a reason for so many people with depression and suicide from one area.
Tim

Duffield, VA

#17 Dec 24, 2012
I was born at St. Elizabeth's in 1961. Our family moved to VA in August of 1972. I went to Mckinley, Wilson, and Nameoki. I only attended Nameoki in the 5th grade(71-72). I had Mrs. Schmissuer for most subjects, but went across the hall for Math. I don't remember his name. I also remember the mosquito fogger. I often wonder how good that was for us. I lived on Briarmore across the railroad tracks. I remember using the trains for excuses for being late even though we stopped at the little park near the school to take a spin on the merry-go-round before going on to school.
ex-resident wrote:
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I was born at St. Elizabeth's in 63 and moved from there in 1976 too. We sure were exposed to alot of chemicals. I heard some of the kids in my class have committed suicide and I have suffered from severe depression for years. Do you think those things are linked?
1958 granite lady

Collinsville, IL

#18 Dec 26, 2012
I grew up by Wilson Park. In my block alone,out of 16 houses, 5 people have died of some form of cancer: 3 pancreatic, 1 colon cancer and 1 leukemia. That seems like too much. I am sure breathing fumes from the fogger truck and the mill, American Steel, Coke plant, Nestle Tea, and Union Starch will have long term affects. It needs to be studied.

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