Growing Up in West Franakfort

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WFAlum

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May 7, 2012
 

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We all had to start some place in life and West Frankfort was that place for alot of us. Im not sure what it is like today, but those who grew up there Im sure have good memories no matter what years it was for them...For me it was the 70s and 80's and they were good times in WF. The mines were open, people had good jobs, people had hope, and you could get a summer pass to the park pool, bikes were ridden everywhere, the country club had a huge kids day on saturdays, especially in the summer, LeMasters was the 'tough' spot for teens(lol),later it was the Arcade next to the high school, people really shopped downtown businesses-even for christmas, PN Hersh is where we got our clothes-across from Glodich', Hammers mens clothes was a great place to get jeans/dress clothes, teen town was packed every friday night after the game, telephone numbers were dialed on a rotary dial and only 5 numbers in town, football & basketball games were attended by the whole town it seems-especially the Turkey Day Game, the park had the concession stand (teffertillers ran it)Old Kig Coal was huge & always at the park, the 4th of July was unbelievable, the South Seven was the king of conferences down in our part of the state, the Dairy Queen could have 150 kids in the parking lot and no one complained, kids got into fist fights and everyone just moved on, we had doctors' offices behind Sawikis store, a pharmacy/drug store on main street near the tracks (larryfitzgerald ran it for many yrs) Edwards school was still attended, the Jr High was behind the post office, Grandpa Johns was outside of town, Food Park was on Cleveland street, Pamida was across from 1st Baptist church, Tillys'Store sold candy by the peice down by Frankfort Elementary, Bonacorsi' was still open on 4th street, the Ice House was still open and was so much fun to buy ice from, and our Union Hospital was a pretty cool thing to have in town...Life was pretty good-we had quite alot in our little town and we certainly shared some good things with each other. If any of you remembers any of those things or other great memories of your time growing up in WF-please share it..thanks :)
Concerned in Carbondale

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I love it!!!!!! I grew up there in the 70's and 80's too. What fun times and a nice town then. Don't forget Mikes's drive inn or A and W as it was then. Dixie Cream donuts too. Heights Market or Johnnys with the best selection of candy around. Summers at the park and the festival on the 4th of July. Remember when President Carter came to town? The sidewalk sales week with the downtown merchants. What fun times!!!!
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Just to add to this thread, how about Mikes Cafe.
Good burgers, juke box, booths, frosties, always a crowd and the pinball machines in the back. Mamies Sweet Shop where Joe would take your order. Not just the turkey day game, but homecoming week was always a great time. Glad to see that tradition is still upheld, but it should be during Thanksgiving week. Being a Joiner school kid, I can remember dodge ball games upstairs in the gym. We had those when the weather was bad. Mr. Gray our principal always seemed to play, too. We would have a movie day in the gym, also. Dragging main, of course it was 4 lane back then, parties at the lake. How about sneeking in the park pool? I can remember going to the Strand theatre. Things seem to have been simpler then, but it didn't when you were living it. Wish my kids could experience some of those things. Still love this town though.

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Birds Fan wrote:
Just to add to this thread, how about Mikes Cafe.
Good burgers, juke box, booths, frosties, always a crowd and the pinball machines in the back. Mamies Sweet Shop where Joe would take your order. Not just the turkey day game, but homecoming week was always a great time. Glad to see that tradition is still upheld, but it should be during Thanksgiving week. Being a Joiner school kid, I can remember dodge ball games upstairs in the gym. We had those when the weather was bad. Mr. Gray our principal always seemed to play, too. We would have a movie day in the gym, also. Dragging main, of course it was 4 lane back then, parties at the lake. How about sneeking in the park pool? I can remember going to the Strand theatre. Things seem to have been simpler then, but it didn't when you were living it. Wish my kids could experience some of those things. Still love this town though.
I remember Mr Gray for sure; we did that too at the park pool. I remember Mamies and it was awesome. Good old Joe Yusko was his name I think, him and Mamie we pretty cool folks. Draggin' main man what a bunch of fun we had doing nothing at all. Hanging out at BS-parking lot. I remember we could go up to the Heights Cemetary and see all the coal mine lights; yes parties at the lake--skinny dippin'! I remember the old bowling alley on Cleveland street-next to the tracks. It's tough sometimes, to remember things like this when those chapters of your life are closed. You cant go back in time which is sad, people pass away some of them very young, people move away, and hell we all grow up and away from our childhoods in some way. I hope other people post stuff Ive enjoyed reading these other 3 posts on here. Please Keep 'em coming folks.
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May 8, 2012
 
Draging Main, parking at the Dairy Queen, tennis under the lights at the park, those were the days.
Melissa

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I loved the sidewalk sales. The Athletic Dept. OKC at the park was the best. The old park pool where so many memories were made. The high drive. Goofy golf at the park. Sledding down Gardner hill and St. Louis street up in the heights. Trips to the museum. Making apple butter at the museum. Slush puppies from Johnny's. Making stone soup in school. Square dancing.
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Dog & Suds across from the High school, Reabons/Burger Nook, Bolins ice cream & Peaks sporting goods.
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I was getting ready to post Burger Nook. 7 burgers for a dollar. The Little Pigs across from Edwards school and the Uptown Grill. Hardees was known as Sandys,and how about the candy counter at Ben Franklin. None better. Fresh cooked cashews and other type of peanuts. P. N. Hirsch was right beside it. Pamida was also called Gibsons discount center. I believe there were 5 lumber yards, many hardware stores, car lots, gas stations on a lot of the corners, and assorted shops.
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May 11, 2012
 
The snow cones at the park, Mikes cheeseburgers, bowling alley cheeseburgers, dragging main, the arcade by the high school, homecoming week and painting on the store windows at Halloween. I moved away in 1985 but I was born and raised in WF and had wonderful memories of it!
memories

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May 12, 2012
 
Swaffords Hardware,if John didn't have it,you didn't need it.lol
Rectors next door to pn hirsch.Texaco that was where the catholic church playground is.
I loved the gas station next to the tracks,when the parents bought so many gallons of gas a free glass was given with characters on it I loved those .tthe restaurant called 'aunt Coras" was a hang out too,
It was in the Swain building on the corner of main and monroe,Does anyone remember Gilbert Ice's feed store? I was late for school many days because I stopped there to look at baby chicks .
Newberry's and Bea Jent the lady with the black glasses hanging around her neck,she would often give and extra ounce or so of candy when she worked the candy counter.When she was cutting fabric it was always the precise amount.
Those were the days.The old town just ain't what it used to be,But I love it.I can't even imagine West Frankfort back in the days before my time when it was really booming
Stephanie

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May 12, 2012
 
What about the Frankfort lake. Campn all summer and jumpn off the bridge. Playing in the sand on the beach. Fishn off of anyones dock. An probly being joined by them at some point. The Church league softball teams. St.Johns always had the best uniform. lol The ice cream truck! The peacocks at the park! LOVED THEM!! But they sounded like a lady screaming and scared me a couple times. hahaha I shook Jimmy Carters hand while setting on my daddies shoulders. An I remember seeing men on top of buildings. My lil brothers clothes came from Judys Justin. I remember sneeking in the into Edwards School thru the bathroom window and playing basketball with my friends during the summer. Clark gas station was my favorite place to ride my bike and get a bottle of coke! I remember one yr taken my Halloween candy to UMWA and having it xrayed. An I LOVED to go look at the babies in the OB. An how about the Cherry street ballfield. Now the street runs to 9th but it used to stop at St.Louis and if you hit a foul on the 3rd baseside you hit a white house. LOL An I also played in orient on ballfield that had 2 toys in center field. Cause there wasnt a fence. You had to hit it 240 to get it there. hahaha An Hardees Moose Cup was soooo dang cool!!
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Carbondale, IL

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May 13, 2012
 
Does anyone remember the #9 gob piles & all the dirt bikes that rode there???

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