Memories of Johnston City,Illinois

Memories of Johnston City,Illinois

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Della Armstrong

Laverne, OK

#1 Jan 31, 2009
Several nights ago I came across a page of memories of Johnston City. I can't seem to find it tonight, my grandparents lived there from 1917-1965. I have memories that were not posted I would like to share. I remember the ice plant, the Lithuian Cemetry, the French Hall,the News Paper stand, the sound of the news boy pulling his newspaper cart down the side walk on Sunday mornings. The railroad tracks that ran along Market St where my grand parents lived (1111 Market St)Counting the cars on the train,going to a very small grocery store that had more candy and soda than groceryies(Mrs.Schudusky's). I remember the neighbors next door (Beavers). Going to the Baptist Church with them,they sang in the Gospelairs. The noise at the French Hall as the men played Bocca Ball. The summers that were hotter than any place in Illinois. The love that my grandparents had for my sister,brother and myself.



sha

Sesser, IL

#2 Aug 27, 2011
I Know della its been along time sense your post but I belive we used to play together when you came to your grandmas if her first name you Amy.
Jc memories

Savage, MN

#3 Aug 29, 2011
that would be on facebook by chance? there is a site on there with almost 1000 people talking about their memories of j.c.
Brenda Beasley Lyles

Clover, SC

#4 Nov 30, 2011
My older sis told me about the JC pages. What is the one on Facebook, I can't find it. But I was born on Market St. in 1947, my Dad was Oscar 'Doodles' Beasley, mom, Lela. He played lots of music and had lots of friends. We moved to Chicago are in '55, he died in 1960 at age 48. I remember the Ice plant, and when it burned down..I also remember the Frenchmans club and Bocca Ball, with all the foreign languages from the men who played. My brother climbed the old water tower on Brush Street with Maynard Goddard...they got in a little trouble for that as Frank Tastori the caretaker of it was not happy at their antics. I remember playing on the train tracks and in the water of the creek that flowed beside it, as well as, playing in old cars at Big Mary Sandusky's junk yard over on brush street. I also remember the great uptown Halloween festivals with the booths and cake walks. I was to the big city from such a nice place and never got over leaving my home. My old house was finally demolished last year, we lived near Greenberry Beaver, his daughter Shirley is still in the house. We were at 1003, I think. Thanks for the comments.
Della Armstrong wrote:
Several nights ago I came across a page of memories of Johnston City. I can't seem to find it tonight, my grandparents lived there from 1917-1965. I have memories that were not posted I would like to share. I remember the ice plant, the Lithuian Cemetry, the French Hall,the News Paper stand, the sound of the news boy pulling his newspaper cart down the side walk on Sunday mornings. The railroad tracks that ran along Market St where my grand parents lived (1111 Market St)Counting the cars on the train,going to a very small grocery store that had more candy and soda than groceryies(Mrs.Schudusky's). I remember the neighbors next door (Beavers). Going to the Baptist Church with them,they sang in the Gospelairs. The noise at the French Hall as the men played Bocca Ball. The summers that were hotter than any place in Illinois. The love that my grandparents had for my sister,brother and myself.
JC Lion

United States

#5 Nov 30, 2011
Brenda, I remember you and we share a few people in common. The page on Facebook is called Remember Growing Up in Johnston City. It was started in August 2011 and has grown tremendously. There are hundreds of pictures and lots of memories shared. Go to it and asked to be added to it and someone will let you on. It has been a big boost to everyone at a time when things haven't been going so well. I heard you all enjoyed the videos. Glad you got to see them.
JC Lion

United States

#6 Nov 30, 2011
Brenda, I remember you. We share a few people in common. The website on Facebook is called Remember Growing Up in Johnston City. Started in August 2011 and has really grown. Hundreds of photos and memories shared by people all over the U.S. and elsewhere. Go to it and someone will let you on. I heard you got to see the videos. Hope you all enjoyed them.
jc resident

Carterville, IL

#7 Oct 22, 2012
Have you heard last Wed night Shelly Pyle and helpers put on a outside movie theater at the City Park East stage (out by ball fields) It was a hoot. Over 50 high school kids showed up even though it was at 9pm and very cold. The cost was free and refreshements were sold. If you read this call a Lions Club member and encourage them to keep this up come Spring and Summer. Awesome addition to our towns recreation. Free movies Cash refreshment stand! whoo hoo
E Parking Lot Gourdhead

United States

#8 Oct 22, 2012
I was there when officer Dean suckered punched K.R.for calling him soapy.Dean was wearing a lead glove.When Dean pulled over D.S. for speeding on his 10 speed bike.When the school students went on strike over Rocky not cutting his hair.When Dean stole R.S. and I 12pack.Rick went to the P.O. and came back with OUR beer.R.C,took a gun to school to kill Parks.Clairida tried to arrest Casey for leaning on a parking meter.D.R. rode his horse through West Side.When Hurleys would ring over 400 people in one night every weekend.When Messimore would pull you over and take your beer and drink it.The Sani cream after winning a ball game.
bad biker

Paducah, KY

#9 Oct 29, 2012
jc use to have a nice firework show teenagers wouldcruise town and sit at different parking lots and talk or drag race out east they use to always have good teams no matter what sport it was
Tommy McClerren Jr

Davisburg, MI

#10 Mar 21, 2013
Brenda Beasley Lyles wrote:
My older sis told me about the JC pages. What is the one on Facebook, I can't find it. But I was born on Market St. in 1947, my Dad was Oscar 'Doodles' Beasley, mom, Lela. He played lots of music and had lots of friends. We moved to Chicago are in '55, he died in 1960 at age 48. I remember the Ice plant, and when it burned down..I also remember the Frenchmans club and Bocca Ball, with all the foreign languages from the men who played. My brother climbed the old water tower on Brush Street with Maynard Goddard...they got in a little trouble for that as Frank Tastori the caretaker of it was not happy at their antics. I remember playing on the train tracks and in the water of the creek that flowed beside it, as well as, playing in old cars at Big Mary Sandusky's junk yard over on brush street. I also remember the great uptown Halloween festivals with the booths and cake walks. I was to the big city from such a nice place and never got over leaving my home. My old house was finally demolished last year, we lived near Greenberry Beaver, his daughter Shirley is still in the house. We were at 1003, I think. Thanks for the comments.
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Hi Brenda, We lived across the street from you and moved to Michigan in 1949. I have only been back three times but nothing much changes. I remember Lloyd climbing the water tower, the ice plant and Guy Foleys Store. I also remember the only time we were allowed to drink coffee was when we came to your parents home. What a treat that was. I remember the old lady's store on Market street too. Maynard Goddard grandfather made root beer and stored it in an old well. We used to have trains stop at our house where Dad was a butcher and would trade pork for coal. We never had much but neither did anyone else so it seemed natural. I was really happy to see your post and look forward to reading more. Your cousin Tommy McClerren Jr.
Tommy McClerren Jr

Davisburg, MI

#11 Mar 21, 2013
Hi Brenda, We lived across the street from you and moved to Michigan in 1949. I have only been back three times but nothing much changes. I remember Lloyd climbing the water tower, the ice plant and Guy Foleys Store. I also remember the only time we were allowed to drink coffee was when we came to your parents home. What a treat that was. I remember the old lady's store on Market street too. Maynard Goddard grandfather made root beer and stored it in an old well. We used to have trains stop at our house where Dad was a butcher and would trade pork for coal. We never had much but neither did anyone else so it seemed natural. I was really happy to see your post and look forward to reading more. Your cousin Tommy McClerren Jr.
Debbie Watson 1976 Grad

Johnston City, IL

#12 May 12, 2013
bad biker wrote:
jc use to have a nice firework show teenagers wouldcruise town and sit at different parking lots and talk or drag race out east they use to always have good teams no matter what sport it was
There USED to be a lot of good times here amd good clean fun stories to pass along to our kids and grandkids. I miss those good ole days. Now it just seems the young policemen want to make a name for themselves. This town is more crooked that a dog's hindleg!

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