Reflect on the good times in Vallejo ...

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#705 Feb 26, 2013
Hogan69 wrote:
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I was born in 1951 @ Vallejo General.
Where was the old Kaiser?@ today's site?
I was also born at Vallejo General when it was on Tennessee St. Dr Elston delivered me and was my doctor until I became a Teamster and started going to Kaiser in 1981. I just saw he passed away on 01/22/2003 and is buried at Sunrise Memorial Cemetery in Vallejo.

As far as the old Kaiser, isn't it in the same location as the new one there now? I seem to recall they were green wood buildings.

Bob

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#706 Feb 27, 2013
I made a long story short when I said I quit Scotty's and became a Teamster.

I did a few more years cooking at the Cactus, Golden Bubble (used to be one of the TOP dinner houses in Vallejo back in the day) and a couple of other restaurants. Around 1977-1978 I started driving truck moving furniture. In 1981 I went to work for Colombo French bread as a transport driver and that's when I became a Teamster.

Bob

Since: Jul 12

United States

#707 Feb 28, 2013
Bob Allison wrote:
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Yeah, pretty easy to find doing a search. As you will see, I put it as my avatar. It kinda cropped it, so some of it is missing.
I also found a lot of pictures of the old town. The one of Herb's Troc brought back memories of a couple of birthday dinners I had there. It was on Tennessee St on the next block across from the movie theater. At that time there was a Chevron station where a Jack In the Box is now. It was located about at the corner of Broadway & Tennessee St. As a kid I loved to go there mainly because of the talking mina birds.
Bob
YES, I remember the minabirds well going in there with my Grandpa. What a wonder that was to a little kid. Herb's Trocadero brings back serious memories. My grandpa's auto electric business wasn't far if I recall. Not driving at that time of course, means my spatial skills on town streets were poor.

According to your age, you and I must have been in the same grade at the same time. I went to Cave and Highland. I wonder where those class pictures got to ;).

Since: Jul 12

United States

#708 Feb 28, 2013
zippydedodah wrote:
My family owned/operated Taco The Town...we also had drive-thru and walk up places (2) around town, near the high schools, but just for a short time... Mr. Taco and El Taco if i remember correctly.
Gravity Hill was a blast of course... the old house of ill repute out in Glen Cove also comes to mind, which no one has mentioned yet!
Chris' Club and J&D (?) market, right next to our restaurant as well as the tombstone maker place on the corner.
Oh well, stop living in the past and move into what little i have left of my future!
You finally solved my question several pages back. I heard people talking about a bar named the same, but that isn't the memory. Did you have coke and 7up bottle caps strung on strings that made up the curtains between rooms? My family went there a lot.

Since: Jul 12

United States

#709 Feb 28, 2013
I came back to this thread because I had a very weird "Vallejo" day yesterday. It was my Mom's funeral which I had done all the planning for. My family and childhood, and Vallejo, are inseparable even though none of us live anywhere close now. The family hadn't come together in about 40 years. All my cousins flew up with their mom and the rest of us living here in Washington, met for the occasion. Vallejo was the topic during the funeral and at the get together following. Most of the names of places mentioned here surfaced at least once.

Since I was doing the Eulogy, a chunk of it had a story that took place at Rudy's Supper Club. Well that set the tone of it, and it was a day of nostalgia for all of us. Certainly the Barrel Club came up (to us kids,it might as well have been the Pyramids), and those head-covered mugs of root beer from the bar at Sadies Hof Brau etc. What a blast from the past.

Of course we all traded emails and I'm about to send out a spam to the entire family about this thread. Might just bring a few more stories.

I will tell you, the feeling I get when I let myself get lost back in thoughts of Vallejo in the 50s and early 60s are nothing short of a blissful transcendence. I have to ask myself if it really was that good and happy, or if anyone in that time thinks that way about their hometown. This thread suggests it was a unique place since so many people seem to share that magic feeling.
BigDaddy

Oxnard, CA

#710 Feb 28, 2013
RIP!

The best memory of Vallejo in the good old days was my Mother making me take my clothes off in the garage because I smelled so bad after a day of:

sliding down the hill -

playing with the dog -

getting tad pols from the pond -

playing in the stream behind the neighbors house -

riding my bike down the hill scraping every part of my body-

Then the street lights came on and home I went.
zippydedodah

Chiang Mai, Thailand

#711 Feb 28, 2013
Eagletree wrote:
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You finally solved my question several pages back. I heard people talking about a bar named the same, but that isn't the memory. Did you have coke and 7up bottle caps strung on strings that made up the curtains between rooms? My family went there a lot.
Yes... i spent many an hour helping make those bottle cap curtains... i HATED them as a kid...they often scratched me walking thru them!

Since: Jul 12

United States

#712 Feb 28, 2013
zippydedodah wrote:
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Yes... i spent many an hour helping make those bottle cap curtains... i HATED them as a kid...they often scratched me walking thru them!
That is so weird to think about that. Talking to the person that made those awe inspiring curtains, I mean no fabric or door could have been cooler. But you were responsible for someone else's memory of what, 50 some years? How weird it is that you hated what you were doing, yet that simple thing brought indelible memories to other people. Makes you take a second glance of the little stuff we do in life. It may have meant a lot to someone else.

Since: Jul 12

United States

#713 Feb 28, 2013
BigDaddy wrote:
RIP!
Thanks BigDaddy, when it's time, it's time.

I contacted the Times Herald (I think that was it) to put an obit in on the off-chance that someone might still be alive in Vallejo who would remember her. She belonged to all sorts of women's clubs there, and sung quite a few places. But they wanted 54 something to post it. Times HAVE changed.

Thinking about my mom, I remember some place called the "Casa De ...." something. It was like a hotel or large club. I remember some big show there when I was really young. Seemed like a larger than life stage. Anyone remember a place like that that had that start for the name?
BigDaddy

Oxnard, CA

#714 Mar 1, 2013
CASA DE VALLEJO HOTEL was big time meeting place in Vallejo back in the day. MY 1970 Valllejo High School Prom was held there.
vjonative2

Vacaville, CA

#715 Mar 1, 2013
casa de vallejo.... quite the place at one time. unfortunately, it was bought by an unscrupulous company that turned it into a senior residence that the owners totally neglected. as a result, there was a fire that killed 2 or 3 people. the damaged building has sat empty and unrepaired for several years now. a once wonderful place ruined by money hungry outsiders. very sad.
are you willing to share who your mom was? my condolences for your loss.

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#716 Mar 1, 2013
Eagletree wrote:
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YES, I remember the minabirds well going in there with my Grandpa. What a wonder that was to a little kid. Herb's Trocadero brings back serious memories.

According to your age, you and I must have been in the same grade at the same time. I went to Cave and Highland. I wonder where those class pictures got to ;).
I also seem to remember it was the Trocadero, but the sign I see from and old picture it just says Herb's Troc. Wasn't there some other famish place with the name of the Trocadero?

In the back in the dining area wasn't there some of those 1920 or so era large plastic lights like on the old juke boxes? Look like the ones on the Wizard of Oz in the Emerald City.

I went to McKinley from kindergarten through the 6th grade.

Bob

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#717 Mar 1, 2013
Eagletree wrote:
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I remember some place called the "Casa De ...." something.
I read through here when I first got up around 4:00am, but my fingers weren't working then. I see you got the "Casa De Vallejo" name.

It was a nice old Spanish style hotel. I have been married twice. On the first one we had our rehearsal dinner there in the banquet room.

I also remember taking my babysitter/house keeper there for one of her birthday dinners back in the early 60's in the restaurant area.

Around 1981 I was going to AA.(I haven’t been in years, but I haven't drank for over 25 years.) Anyway, I recall AA held a Sunday morning breakfast meeting there. The BIG woman that either bought the restaurant, or was just running it, was an old madam from I think Crockett…or in Vallejo and just had a restaurant in Crockett. She was BIG, proud of it and always wore mo-mos.(Sp) She'd love to take her 50lb breasts and lay them on the young guys head...I was one of them. All in fun, but she would love to embarrass you with her madam ways if she could. She was the type that could get away with all most anything!!! I can't remember her name. I think she even wrote a book about her life.

Bob

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#718 Mar 1, 2013
Eagletree wrote:
It was my Mom's funeral which I had done all the planning for.

Rudy's Supper Club.

Sadies Hof Brau etc.
Sorry about your Mother. I lost mine in 2008. She was 90. She lived with us and we took care of her for the last 12 years of her life.

Rudy's Supper Club, remember the pipe organ? Man that thing was a MONSTER'S!!!

Sadies Hof Brau that was a hell of a place!!! Always loved to go there as a kid and get a turkey sandwich on a French roll.(I think they got it from Colombo French Bread, the place I drove transport for 25 years and retired from.) Then it turned into a pizza place (being nice here) that I don't recall as being up to Vallejo standards for pizza back then.

Bob

Since: Jul 12

Elk, WA

#719 Mar 1, 2013
Casa De Vallejo, yup, that rolls off the tongue pretty easily. It's what I thought but couldn't remember for sure. Believe it or not, my main memory of that comes to mind as looking out from under a table in a massive crowd of people, I think I was too sleepy to be awake, must have been really small. I think it was a fashion show and my mom and aunt were modeling. Kind of a warm and convoluted memory. Seems I can recall seeing the exterior of the place too. I'll look it up.

She went by Betty Ann as a partial answer to the one question, but to post personally, I shouldn't put the last name (on the net, we have so many "friends" listening to everything we say lol, every mother's maiden name is a "commodity"). She and her mom and sister would sing and play anywhere they could. They did the child star thing and tried to make it in the midwest. My grandpa jumped at the chance to make some money when Mare Island exploded in work with the war, and came out and took a machinist position. They migrated to Vallejo like so many of that time. My dad met my mom just before the war was over on a bus headed to Vallejo after he'd finished his overseas duty and was assigned to meet returning sailors scheduled to be "retired" and take them through the process. They were married right away and I think they had their first house on a Moreland street (I don't remember it, I wasn't born). Eventually through VA, they bought a little place on Downs Way.

The type venue I remember was Rudy's but there was another place she commonly would sing and for the life of me, I can't remember it's name. But I remember Rudy's clearly because it was always dramatic, all the guys at the bar hootin and whistling. My dad seemed to think it improper at that time, but this week, he admitted he loved the fact that he had the "hot chick". LOL, cute to hear a 90 year-old man admit that.

That's how I came to be searching for Vallejo memories since I was researching my Dad's ship and WWII service and that had reminded me of Spengers being so close, which in turn brought me to this thread last year. The ship sat over in Suisan Bay until about 1973. Amazing that we lived so close to the ship he'd served on all over the Pacific.

Since I'm cleaning out years and years of memorabilia, I'm going to start going through my moms and grandmas old papers with an eye for Vallejo stuff. We did find a hat box from one of the big department stores. I'll have to get a picture with the name on it. I bet there is a lot that would be interesting to this thread.

On the bread at the Hof Brau Haus, I do remember that, I think I always had something like pastrami or corned beef. I just remember it was a sandwich that was better than anything you could get at home, like wonderful. Wow, I'd have that tonight if there were anywhere I could get one. Indeed, that is my most poignant memory of Vallejo, good food, every night. Nothing anywhere nowadays seems to compare. China Barn started my obsession with Chinese food. Some place near it had Ravioli that was to die for (I remember going with my grandpa and he'd bring a kettle and they would fill it up as take out). Restaurants serve food that tastes downright sterile by comparison. Plus it's not often that everyone knows the proprietor personally and by name. Every restaurant, the owner would greet my Grandfather with a hug or handshake as if we were visiting a relative. I always thought "How can grandpa know so many people", but frankly, I think that was just how business owners did business. That was how every night was in Vallejo.

Trocadero really connects with the minabird and an aquarium in my brain. I'll ask my Aunt to fill in there and get back to you. She was a resident from 45 up until about the late 80s I think.
vjonative2

Vacaville, CA

#720 Mar 2, 2013
@eagletree, zanetti's. on nebraska, across from tarantino's fish market. it was in the bottom floor of the family's home. you brought your own container and could get the best minnestroni, ravioli or malfatti (sp?). vallejo used to have some really good restaurants. now... appleby's, chevy's, olive garden. nothing good. do you remember the country club steak house on solano? it was owned by the valentino family.
BTW, you're right about your mom's name. i wasn't thinking. or maybe this thread makes me forget how dangerous our world has become. sorry.
GEE

Stockton, CA

#721 Mar 2, 2013
@ Bob
I don't know if you are aware of it, but Colombo Bread is no more. As far as I am concerned, it was the best "commercially" available sourdough bread/roll, especially those longer hefty rolls, slightly grilled and heaped with thinly sliced good roast beef, mushrooms, onions, etc. and then ready to be dipped into good, home made au jus!!!

I sure wish Plato (he started the thread) would come by and say "Hello". We are able to enjoy these conversations because of him and I would just love to hear from him or those that know about him.

Although I am just a recent arrival (20 years) to Vallejo, I can see the past come alive through those who are posting their impressions. The past and those good old days seen through the eyes of a child are precious.

How will Vallejo's children interpret their formative years in say 30,40,50 years?
vjonative2

Vacaville, CA

#722 Mar 2, 2013
@bob, juanita. she was in sausilito before vallejo. yes, she loved the boys. if you were female, you had to be bold or she would eat you alive. she loved to talk about her "cock", otherwise known as a nasty rooster that had the run of the restaurant.
@GEE, i agree about plato. his thread has brought much pleasure to many. it would be nice to know that he is doing well.

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#723 Mar 2, 2013
GEE wrote:
@ Bob
I don't know if you are aware of it, but Colombo Bread is no more. As far as I am concerned, it was the best "commercially" available sourdough bread/roll,
Yeah, I know they went under.

I started with them when it was still owned by the original families. At that time they still used the almost 100 year old mother dough. If the bread didn’t just look right, it didn’t go out the door!

BTW, I really started at the Toscana bakery, but it was all the same company by then. Colombo/Toscana/Parisian and a couple more small SF Bay area French bread bakeries.

Around 1990 all the original families retired and sold it to Kraft Foods. I think that’s when the mother dough wasn’t used and they started buying sour dough starter. Still not too bad, but that was the start of the downfall. Then it was sold to Gays Bakery, and then Interstate Bakeries (IBC) bought them. They are the same ones that owned Wonder/Hostess/Dolly Madison and I think a few more. IBC killed all of these icons!!!

Not much to do with Vallejo, other than they had depots there to drop the bread, a lot of restaurants used it, it was in most of the stores, so I need to stop about it in this thread. If anyone was offended, I apologize about it.

Bob

Since: Jan 13

Warren, MI

#724 Mar 2, 2013
vjonative2 wrote:
@bob, juanita. she was in sausilito before vallejo. yes, she loved the boys. if you were female, you had to be bold or she would eat you alive. she loved to talk about her "cock", otherwise known as a nasty rooster that had the run of the restaurant.
Juanita, yeah that sounds like her name.

I do seem to recall something about her and a rooster...I'm SURE she would've got her millage outta that one!!! The one I seem to remember was a stuffed bird…maybe a memory from somewhere else. Yeah, some people can get away with anything!!!

Sausalito...it doesn't seem like her type of town.

Bob

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