Gone but not forgotten
tinkeraol

Phoenix, AZ

#619 Dec 23, 2012
Hey Tax! you had many encounters with Herbie?

I only saw his group in action at a dance...Rumpus Room?Maybe..Yeah, he snapped his fingers like Fonzie and the group beat the crap outa 1 poor alone guy. I was just going to ask if someone remembered the name of the group and I did. The 'Gents'.........Queer name for a bunch of jerks that would do that regularly!
Another name of a group comes to mind..Chessmen.O' well, thanks for the memory, we will talk later!

Since: May 11

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#620 Dec 23, 2012
tinkeraol wrote:
Hey Tax! you had many encounters with Herbie?
I only saw his group in action at a dance...Rumpus Room?Maybe..Yeah, he snapped his fingers like Fonzie and the group beat the crap outa 1 poor alone guy. I was just going to ask if someone remembered the name of the group and I did. The 'Gents'.........Queer name for a bunch of jerks that would do that regularly!
Another name of a group comes to mind..Chessmen.O' well, thanks for the memory, we will talk later!
The Gents wern't so tough if there wern't more than two with The Rat. He wouldn't get involved untill they weakened someone.

Since: May 11

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#622 Dec 23, 2012
The rat nephew schaeffer wrote:
Tax did u guys just not get alone or was my uncle just a punk I was in 3 rd grade when he passed so I don't have a clue
I got along with the Rant and the majority of the Gents. We were in High School together. This is just the way that bunch was. Herb would never go one on one with anyone. Possibly due to his size I would guess. The others at that time wern't very large either that is why it took so many to win a fight.

Since: May 11

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#624 Dec 24, 2012
The rat nephew schaeffer wrote:
Thanks tax my name is kriss schaeffer I'm Jeannettes son I moved out of town 6 yrs ago but all my roots r here including my friends and family weather good or bad it nice to her story's about the old times did u know my uncle Jeff b 4 he passed ?
I don't believe I did. Any relation to Russ Schaeffer?
scooter

Elgin, IL

#626 Jan 20, 2013
How about tom naples part of hospital
shoppers world next to naples
Roller rink now a gas station
Dom the hot dog man with the cart
Hasty grill 18th and north now empty
Leyden Motel now walgreens
Mel Park drugs now a liquer store
Terrano's Deli 18th and division now empty
Amlings now aldi's and Value city
Cock Robin now a parking lot
Butches Beef now a parking lot
Melrose Park Bank 17th and lake soon to be torn down
Star slide and batting cages 1st and north now has denny's and a strip mall
Skip's drive in now Mcdonalds
you have any more you can think of
62 Lincoln Grad

Augusta, GA

#627 Jan 27, 2013
old guy wrote:
I went to skips during its hey day. Anyone remember the big bust (I mean bust as in mass arrests) at skips? Mostly i miss amblins haunted houst. I went there as a small kid,got scared, took my kids, they got scared. ai miss not being able to take my grandson there. Another real same is this is the last year for kiddie land. That should have landmark status.
Yes I remember the arrest. My cousin was a copy at the time and participated in the big bust. North Avenue was blocked off by car enthusiasts to hold drag racing contests. They even had a dragster race!
62 Lincoln Grad

Augusta, GA

#628 Jan 27, 2013
SenseiPatty wrote:
Wow, I just found this forum. This is so cool. My sister and I were just trying to recall some of those names and places. Our home was on 12th and Superior. We moved out in 1965 when Westlake bought our house. I remember a penny penny candy shop on Lake St. next to Montana Charlies. I have to admit, Stretzels (I'm sure I misspelled it) was my favorite. I remember there was one just east of 5th Ave. on Lake and one by Otto's Meat Market in Maywood (Down the street from White Way). My sisters, brother and me used to get chased away from Westlake all of the time. Their new entrace had a great slope to it and we used to skate board (homemade boards) down it all of the time. We also used to launch our parachute guys over their air vents outside. We lived on the block with the Bellows, Weiss, Goggins, Brust, Schramm. It sure was nice reading about good Ol' Melrose Park!
I knew the Weiss Family. Renada Weiss gave me her bike when I was 10. My sister is still friends with Karen Brust. We lived at 12th and Chicago Avenue.
jowee

Elgin, IL

#629 Jan 30, 2013
Palmere's pizza now a Mexican seafood place
Chicken House now Gabriel's
Pudgies Popcorn
Rags-a-line knife sharpener
Mosquito spraying truck
The cannons at Melrose Park School
Del Bello's Beef
Ramona's Pizza (I won't say what's there now because you know who will chime in.
simply sam

Roselle, IL

#630 Mar 10, 2013
I remember some of the grocry stores in our town
Bonfanti's better recalled as Rosie's ...best bargain for candy
Cannells food store on Lake street
Scanios had a small store built into his garage
Amici's had a store on 23 & Cortez
Chickies a nd Militellos chickens were cleaned and ready at a momenets notice 23 & Cortez
Tassi's TV Repair on Division
Prabish tavern on Lake Street
Leoni's restaurant on 23 & Lake
Blue Moon lounge on Lake
Portes Drug STore
Marsicano's Drug store
Hopppy's Barber Shop
Paul's Barber SHop
Merk's Shoe repair
Harry Young Auto Parts
Spanheimers Tavern across the old police station
Great big sandwiches and heard L E N A R D when the order was ready
George Perez

Tampa, FL

#631 Apr 16, 2013
This is really a cool site. I livedin Melropse Park from 1970-77 went to Melrose Park and one year at Proviso East. Loved the town. I worked at Merk's Shoes and took my forst guitar lessons at Monty's Music?. I htink thats what it was called. Lived accross the street from Leo Pool. Great times, great times!.
George Perez. bpegeorge@gmail.com
Gregor wrote:
I lived in Melrose and worked at the National food store down the block from the drug store. I played in a garage band with instruments bought at the pawn shop on 19th (Broadway).
We played music at Veterans Park behind Winston Plaza. Played with Jim Peteric and others from Melrose and Bellwood.
Bought my first dress suit at Eries on the corner of 19th and Lake.
Remember the bowling alleys on 19th later became a slot car track that you paid by the minute.
what happened

Chicago, IL

#633 Apr 16, 2013
Its good to hear all these good memories! Now Melrose is a breeding ground for dirty mecxicans and there gangbanging. They destroyed are town with lake street smelling like grease from all the cat meat and possum meat these dirty BEANERS cook in there disgusting resturaunts that took over most of the buisnesses we grew to love! Do yourself a favor don't come back to Melrose it'll just make you depressed and physically sick!!
DSB

United States

#634 Apr 16, 2013
Shaboom Nite Club ( Stay Out All Night Disco )

Tommys Mardi Gras ( Bobos )

2 late night watering holes in Stone Park on Mannheim Road
Leo

River Grove, IL

#635 May 5, 2013
Ponderosa Grill was on 23rd and north Ponderosa steak house was on 9th and north
Guy West wrote:
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No - Ponderosa Grill was on my block at the corner of 23rd and North. I walked down the alley to get there from my home at 1815 24th...
Leo

River Grove, IL

#636 May 5, 2013
My parents owned the grill on 25th and lake
Jack Utz wrote:
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How about Hoppy's barber shop at 23rd and Lake?? This one goes WAY back. D&P (Dap's) grill at 25th and Lake...Porte's Drugs on Broadway, Melrose Theater on Broad.
Question

Bogotá, Colombia

#637 May 5, 2013
Does anyone remember the hot dog truck that used to sell hotdogs at the race track, at the lot on 5th Ave.
Leo

River Grove, IL

#638 May 5, 2013
I remember him it was a spanish guy
Question wrote:
Does anyone remember the hot dog truck that used to sell hotdogs at the race track, at the lot on 5th Ave.
Question

Bogotá, Colombia

#639 May 5, 2013
Spanish guy? From Spain?
rae ann petrella

Dunedin, FL

#640 May 8, 2013
it brings back a lot of memories !!
shadow

Bellwood, IL

#641 May 10, 2013
and take a good look at Melrose Park now and the horrific changea that have taken place during the reign of Ron Serpico. North of north ave and 1st ave are Maywood Jr and take a good look at the stores on Broadway and on Lake St. Thanks Serpico for ruining our town and to all of you who continue to vote for him. Get your heads out of the sand and his ass and cruise your town
Help

Elgin, IL

#643 May 22, 2013
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