anyone remember crestwood back in the sixties

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Don O

Demotte, IN

#1 Dec 21, 2007
I remember the gravel streets,
Hank and anns restaurant,
shooting pool at rubes,
junior high at blue island junior high and high school at eisenhower.
The snow storm in 1967 was great too.
Howell airport was still there.
almost nothing was on cicero at that time.
everybody knew each other.
To be Continued
DonTheTrucker@netnitco.net
Life long resident

Chicago, IL

#2 Dec 24, 2007
I remember going to Hank & Anns as a kid. The Gill & Kwill(I am not sure of the correct spelling) and Smitttys or the Alpine for dinner or to play the bowling game with my brothers as our father solved world problems with other neighbor hood guys. Cicero ave was only two lanes in each direction. We had the sub-divisions of Playfield,the Gardens and the Old Section. I played at Howell airport. There was only one Nathan Hale school.My older brother played little league baseball at the diamon on the corner of Lavergne and 135th street.I went to Blue Island School only for 7th grade and then moved over to the new open middle school.I remember when the plane crashed where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken is, and I still live here raising my own family. I can think of 40 other residents still residing here who are within 5 years of my age plus or minus.
Christina

AOL

#3 Feb 18, 2008
"I remember when the plane crashed where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken is, and I still live here raising my own family. I can think of 40 other residents still residing here who are within 5 years of my age plus or minus."
Hi I was doing some research on Howell Airport and I was wondering if you knew the date of that plane crash. I hope I hear from you.
Darlene

Hammond, IN

#4 May 28, 2008
I remember buying houses from Gilbert and Wolf.They were located in the mall where Garys drugs was.I remember swimming at the pool.We joined every summer.
Jeff

Hartford, CT

#5 Jul 9, 2008
Great Memories; I lived in the old section, last street to get sewers and paved streets. Every summer they put the tar over the streets and in the heat tar bubbles would form, fun to pop as a kid but got all over your bike tires. Hank and Anns sounds so familiar, was that the name before Twos Company there on Cicero next to the Old State Police station. I used to fish in Rubins Ditch behind what later became the Eldorado (now gone). There used to be a tiny store and hotel there, perhaps 3 rooms. The field behind Eldorado had excellent minibike paths and jumps in the early 70's, burms, it was like a forest back there; now it's a soccer field. There were also great forests (or they felt like forests) in the blocks behind where Shopmart is now. Excellent places to explore as a kid. No longer there. Roller Wheels was the place to be in the mid to late 70s. Remember getting my haircut at a barber next to Gary's in Playfield Plaza and kids hitting homeruns into/over the creek behind the major league field. Fastpitch behind nathan hale, a home run if you could hit it to the grass on a fly. There used to be a place where you can buy dogs (not hotdogs but real dogs) on cicero around 138th, and the crestwood library used to be in the back of the police department. The siren always went off at 1030 every Tuesday morning. Loud if you lived down the block. The streets used to flood in the Old Section of Crestwood when it rained as there were no sewers (only septic tanks which bring other less pleasant memories). I remember floating toys out the window and finding them blocks away later. I remember my neighbors going down 138th court in a canoe. White Hen was the only store around and they only let 2 kids in at a time; Had to wait in line to get my cherry Bubs Daddy. Went through all the Nathan Hale schools, was one of the first graduating classes at the Middle School. It was all open, really no walls or half walls between the classes, very unusual, brick streets, stop lights, principal worked in the "Mayors Office", I heard later they put up more walls to let the kids concentrate. There's an idea. Santa used to go around on a firetruck down the streets near Christmas time. Had to drive to Mottos if you wanted to go grocery shopping and return the 6 pack of pepsi bottles for deposit money. They could also cash your paycheck there. Times have changed. So many things on Cicero. The best little restaurant to ever come was Jr's Hotdogs. They were better than the rest and now they too are gone.
Skipper

Evergreen Park, IL

#6 Jul 9, 2008
Christina wrote:
"I remember when the plane crashed where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken is, and I still live here raising my own family. I can think of 40 other residents still residing here who are within 5 years of my age plus or minus."
Hi I was doing some research on Howell Airport and I was wondering if you knew the date of that plane crash. I hope I hear from you.
Summer of 1977, pilot was killed as the plane fell short of the runway. Landed on 127th Street into the guard rail, about 150 ft east of Cal Sag Rd.
To young to remember

Country Club Hills, IL

#7 Jul 9, 2008
That is hard to remember, I'm not that old but drive by public works they still have the equiptment from the sixty's.
To young to remember

Monee, IL

#8 Jul 9, 2008
To young to remember wrote:
That is hard to remember, I'm not that old but drive by public works they still have the equiptment from the sixty's.
I smoked dope right before I posted this so I can't really remember what year any equipment is for the towns helicopter!!!
Betty Howell

Naples, FL

#9 Jul 23, 2008
Good morning! Interesting reading to say the least! I'm the airport brat who grew up sweeping hangars & cleaning oil spots off the floor, and eating at Hank & Annes, the Gill & ???, Corsi's, Cacvallini's and others....
Betty Howell

Naples, FL

#10 Jul 23, 2008
Christina wrote:
"I remember when the plane crashed where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken is, and I still live here raising my own family. I can think of 40 other residents still residing here who are within 5 years of my age plus or minus."
Hi I was doing some research on Howell Airport and I was wondering if you knew the date of that plane crash. I hope I hear from you.
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That was KFC? I'm not arguing, I vaguely remember the incident but thought it was a Long John silver (were they around back then?) or a Brown's Chicken. Was a few years back......
Betty Howell

Naples, FL

#11 Jul 23, 2008
Life long resident wrote:
I remember going to Hank & Anns as a kid. The Gill & Kwill(I am not sure of the correct spelling) and Smitttys or the Alpine for dinner or to play the bowling game with my brothers as our father solved world problems with other neighbor hood guys. Cicero ave was only two lanes in each direction. We had the sub-divisions of Playfield,the Gardens and the Old Section. I played at Howell airport. There was only one Nathan Hale school.My older brother played little league baseball at the diamon on the corner of Lavergne and 135th street.I went to Blue Island School only for 7th grade and then moved over to the new open middle school.I remember when the plane crashed where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken is, and I still live here raising my own family. I can think of 40 other residents still residing here who are within 5 years of my age plus or minus.
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Wonder if you played with my older brother Bill? Or if I knew you?
Betty Howell

Naples, FL

#12 Jul 23, 2008
Christina wrote:
"I remember when the plane crashed where the old Kentucky Fried Chicken is, and I still live here raising my own family. I can think of 40 other residents still residing here who are within 5 years of my age plus or minus."
Hi I was doing some research on Howell Airport and I was wondering if you knew the date of that plane crash. I hope I hear from you.

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Summer of 1977, pilot was killed as the plane fell short of the runway. Landed on 127th Street into the guard rail, about 150 ft east of Cal Sag Rd.

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I remember it differently. The airplane, a Mooney crashed on take off from Runway 31, the northwest runway & landed on the chicken/fast food restaurant.

The airplane was not based at Howell Airport, but only a visitor.
Betty Howell

Naples, FL

#13 Jul 23, 2008
Skipper wrote:
<quoted text>
Summer of 1977, pilot was killed as the plane fell short of the runway. Landed on 127th Street into the guard rail, about 150 ft east of Cal Sag Rd.
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Was Harry Raday mayor of Midlothian then? He was a great guy!
Margo

Chicago, IL

#14 Jul 23, 2008
I think there was a Police Officer named John Foster. My Mom was friends with his wife.
Muddy Waters

Chicago, IL

#16 Aug 20, 2008
Please do not drink the water in Crestwood.
Water Falls

Monee, IL

#17 Aug 20, 2008
Muddy Waters wrote:
Please do not drink the water in Crestwood.
Then they will drink a fresh glass of Crestwood Tap water. Still no proof!!!!
Terry Packer

Buffalo, NY

#18 Sep 15, 2008
Betty Howell wrote:
Good morning! Interesting reading to say the least! I'm the airport brat who grew up sweeping hangars & cleaning oil spots off the floor, and eating at Hank & Annes, the Gill & ???, Corsi's, Cacvallini's and others....
Hi Betty
Just thought I'd say hi. I can be reached at PackerTL3@yahoo
Terry Packer

Buffalo, NY

#19 Sep 15, 2008
For Betty Howell -

Just wanted to say hi. Reach me at PackerTL3@yahoo
Spike

Chicago, IL

#20 Sep 17, 2008
It was definately a KFC. It wasn't even a year old when the plane crashed. Stranzek was the mayor since I first moved there at age 8 in 1970. My grandpa was one of the first homeowners along central. I used to play hockey at Nathan Hale all the time(street hockey). My uncles back yard was at the end of one run way. you could see the KFC from his backyard. We drove past the airplane crash scene not knowing it happened. It was rested between the kfc and the intersection. Juniors hot dogs was the best.

I remeber the most of the volunteer fire department. They used to have a loud diren at the firestation and when it went off, the volunteers had these blue lights they put on their roofs and would rush to the fire dept. I remember 2 volunteer fire fighters on the way to the fire department coliding together at long ave and 135th st. I even remember 3 homes being knocked down to build the Lexington house. my parents still live there, my grandpa died about 15 years ago. He was a bar guy.
Betty Howell

Naples, FL

#22 Sep 27, 2008
Thanks! I thought Howell Airport was cool too!

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