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Charlotte Collins

Hyden, KY

#81 Aug 25, 2012
Hmmmm...... I lived most of my life on Goodell Street right beside the Steel Mills. Funny..... I don't remember any stink at all! Had a great childhood there and went to Ann Visgar and River Rouge High (class of 71). Loved swimming in the pools at Dunn School and Memorial Park, and loved the River Rouge Day Events. Every Easter there would be an egg hunt, Lol, at the Park. I am Charlotte Tackett Collins and my family now lives in Kentucky; my sisters Debbie and Donna live in Pike County, Kentucky. We had lots of friends on Goodell and many great times. Our neighbors were the Reyes, Guffey's, Laginess family, and the Suttons were a few doors down. I remember going ice skating at the Recreation Field every winter, and walking thru the underpass that went under the street over to the High School. We would get a pizza from Guys Pizzeria with our babysitting money. My cousins Karen and Kandra still live in Michigan and I enjoyed coming up last year for the Rouge Days. Wish I had a time machine and could go back and relive those days.
Old Wyandotte Punk wrote:
All I remember about Rouge is that it stunk. Air quality there was rancid. The steel mill polluted everything, the river, the houses, with it's horrible rotten egg smell that surely drifted to Wyandotte every hour of the day. The political scene was corrupt as hell. Ecorse and Rouge were the downtrodden areas of the downriver communities. Sure at one time it was a nice area, probably more in the early part of the century. I'm telling ya'... GREAT LAKES STEEL MILL cancerized that whole area, along with the Marathon Petroleum Co. that was built in 1930 on Fort street adjacent to Schaefer road by the Aurora Gasoline Company; the only refinery in the state of Michigan. Rouge already looks like Del Ray and into that strip along W. Jefferson. Leave me some replies. Love to hear what the new generation that is living there thinks?

Lincoln Park, MI

#82 Feb 2, 2013
Cheryl from Hollywood FL wrote:
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I remember Cunningham's, Reno's and Renaud's Drugs along with several other businesses. I loved going shopping at Kresge's on Jefferson. Shearer's Bakery made the BEST birthday cakes...it's a shame that they closed :( I would shop for clothes at Red Robin's and shoes at Schiff's (both on West Jefferson). I did laundry at the White Cloud and I LOVED the meat counter at Rouge Public Market. Jeff and Coolidge Market closed and Family Dollar took its place. How sad, because J&C was conveniently located across from my apartment at the Reno Building - I would run across the street to pick up something if it couldn't wait until I went to Farmer Jack or Meijer. There was a Val-U-Mart convenience store where my grandma would go to get her lottery tickets. I also remember the delicious meals Chef Henry would make at the Coffee Pot. As a teenager, I played at the Time Warp and Mike's Arcade. A couple more closed businesses - Dr. Cole's office and Richard Allen's (it was Labadie's Rexall before it was sold). Things have CHANGED :( I WISH someone could scan their old Heralds online and pay for the website rougeherald.com It would be wonderful to recall more memories of my growing up on Goodell Street.
This is Roger former owner of Time Warp Arcade. I was a pleasure to serve the community of River Rouge from the years of 1981 to 1991 and was able to provide a safe and FUN place to go.

Goodrich, MI

#83 Dec 5, 2013
To Old Wyandotte Punk. I grew up in River Rouge in the 50's, 60's, and early 70's and it was a great place to live. It did not stink. I don't know what you are talking about. Soungs to me like you are one of the Wyandotte snobs that we dealt with while growing up. You people always thought you were better than us and still do. Here is a news flash for you. YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN ANY OTHER CITY. You just think you are. The corruption did not start until the 1970's and that is when River Rouge started to fall apart. It was sad to watch a great city fall apart, but that happens all over when greed comes into the picture. I wouldn't change my childhood in River Rouge for anything. Everybody I know holds those memories with love and smiles. You really don't have a clue. As for the people who live there now, I feel bad for them. They will never know the River Rouge that I knew.
kevin aronson

Melvindale, MI

#84 Dec 8, 2013
yeah sharkey I remember you at Lourdes back in the 80's. I remember david and larry hall too. there house they stayed in as teens on pine street is now an empty field. I remember danny james and ross and albert lozon too. I know a lot of folks. if you are in Memphis,Tn its better than here.Just think you are only minutes away from Tunica and you can go gambling and drink for free

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