want proof that you can't take the Milwaukee
out of the boy? Here goes... I was born in
Milwaukee in 1948. We, actually, lived on 112th Street in
Wauwatosa, in those days. I remember swimming at, either, Hoyt Park, or
Greenfield Park, depending on which one was least crowded. I, also,
remember sitting in the audience in the WTMJ Auditorium on Capitol Drive
to watch a live radio show.
We moved to the Rust Belt town of Elyria, Ohio during the Christmas
holidays of 1954. Until the summer of 2003, I hadn't been to
Milwaukee since 1967. I have lived in
Houston since 1968. Last summer, I reached the point where I had to 'go
back home'. You guessed it. I fell in love with
Milwaukee all over again. Since I can't
stand cold weather, living there would be pretty tough. Still, having
been well traveled during my life, I can tell you that you have a city to
be immensely proud of.
Last June (2003), I took my wife and kids to
Milwaukee. As much as I was impressed with all that was new, I was
far more impressed with how much was still there, intact, and looking
better than ever, not the least of which was my old neighborhood! I took
the kids to see my kindergarten and first grade classrooms at Underwood
School at the foot of 112th Street at W. Potter Road. They were, for the
most part, unchanged. The old house was immaculate!
Here's a special memory. The last summer we lived there, my dad had to
take a flight out of the old Layton Avenue Terminal for Cleveland. I
tagged along with Mom to drop Dad off. As we walked into the terminal, we
noticed a bit of a ruckus going on inside. There was a large crowd of
ladies and people with cameras. Turns out, it was Liberace, getting ready
to take a flight out, too. In fact, he was on my dad's plane, on his way
to a concert in Cleveland!
Love your website! Keep taking good care of
Milwaukee. While that town holds a lot of great
memories for me, I want you to know
that, today, she looks better than ever.
" I was born in 1951 & lived there (Milwaukee)
until 1966 (moved to Miami Beach). I enjoyed looking at the Retro-Milwaukee
web site. I have a few more nostalgia
places: Hoight Park community swimming in Wauwatosa, & the Strand theatre
downtown on Wisconsin Ave. Also, the skating rink at Sherman Park. I just
thought of another one: Petroff's.....Susan S."
"Love this site. Grew up in
Milwaukee in the 50's and 60's. Haven't heard
the Messengers 'Midnight Hour' since they played it live at Samuel Morse
Jr High. Now I know I'm going back this summer on vacation."
"What a wonderful walk down memory lane..I
moved from Milwaukee in 1991
to southwest Florida..but I'm always from
Milwaukee! There are memories
in here that I want my son and grandchildren to know about their
heritage...Don't forget Leon's custard.."
Leon's, a Southside Icon
Captains Secret Cheese Fondue Recipe
I really hope you can help me out here. I remember going to the Captains
Steak Joint and wanting to eat nothing but their cheese fondue. I've
tried sooooooooooooo hard to get that recipe, or something close, but
haven't had any luck. If you could get this for me it would mean the
world. I have alot of very good memories about that place. Please see
what you can do ok? Thank you, thank you.
I'm 53 yrs. old and am so happy that I found this website.
remember most is the Christmas Parade that happened on Vliet St. Our
family lived on 24th Place and Vliet for years. The Zoo at Washington
Park was wonderful. The 1st year of Summerfest. My Dad was a friend of
Mayor Maier's parents and I went to Neeskara School on N. Hawley Rd.
with Mayor Maier's niece. Shopping on 3rd Street and the downtown,
Wisconsin Ave as well as Mitchell St., Bayshore and of course
I definitely was born at the right time. I hope you could get more
pictures of Milwaukee in the 50's &
60's. I also remember attempting to
ice skate with my sis (8-yrs. older) and her friends at Washington Park,
they dragged me from one end of the lagoon to the other. I still can't
skate. Now all these years have passed, I have 2 daughters and 4
and have been married to my high school sweetheart for 34 1/2 yrs. We
were '68 grads from Washington H.S. Thanks again for the
Sandy Gillich Thrall
Buran AMC Jingle
Love the website!
Four things I remember that I didn't see mentioned are:
1. Drews Discount Variety Stores (There's one left in downtown Wauwatosa)
2. Golden Guernsey milk man and his truck
3.Buran AMC dealer and the jingle (Buran, Buran, Buran has the answer to
the call of the open road)
4. And now, with the passing of Fritz Dinesen,
memories come back of him
when he was in the "city of Sowt Milvawkee"
I was trolling for photos of old Milwaukee (TMER&L) buses when I found
your retro site. Brings back a lot of memories... Remember ĎWABAHí on CB
radio? What was that all about anyway? There was a guy with a strange
answering machine message - these were rare in the late 60's - called
himself Wrecker John - people used to call the number to hear his
message which would change every few days. I recall Bordenís had an
Elsie The Bordenís Cow traveling deal that they'd set up in
groceries...as a real little kid I couldn't figure out how the cow new
to talk to me when I walked past! I do recall the parking lot director
at Sears down by Mitchell...all the small neighborhood grocers - I grew
up off Howell Avenue across from Humboldt Park - remember the bandshells?
Bus stops where the metal sign said "Car Stop"? Voter registration lists
tied to light polls at election time? Knife sharpeners pushing carts
through the neighborhoods with bells that rang that were driven by the
wheels? Produce trucks selling in the neighborhoods - they'd call
Potatoes - Tomatoes - Sweet - a - Corn! When you shopped at Gimbels
downtown - having taken the #11 Streetcar - they'd deliver your
purchases to your home? The deliveries were made by Barry transport in
green trucks..then later by a company nobody heard of in brown
trucks...United Parcel Service. Signs at the registers said "The package
you take with you gets home first!" Remember the smell of Carmel Corn
when you walked into Sears? Remember the awesome Boston Cream Pies you'd
get from the Deli at Gimbels? Remember the A & P Warehouse down by the
River? Fruit Boat? The first time you went to a Kohlís grocery with the
curved roof? Hot Ham and rolls on Sunday morning from Heinnemans or
Model Bakery on Oklahoma? Slot car racing at Oklahoma Hobby? Any chance
of getting an audio clip of the WEMP Braves Game singing intro? "There's
a Game Today..The Braves are playing..and heres where you should
be..We'll take you out to the Ball Game on WEMP..1250..WEMP..Milwaukee..WEMP.....
Sponsors were...and I can still hear the jingles...Miller
Highlife..Clark Super 100 Gasoline and Dual Filter Tareytons. Then we
can get started on theaters that used to be such as the PIX on Howell
just south of Lincoln and the Airway on Howell just north of the airport
which became a First Wisconsin Bank. If only there was a way to convey
the way you used to know that a Clark station had opened 'cause you'd
see a search light in the sky...to this day if we're driving around at
night and see a search light in the sky we'll say to each other...Clark
Ahh---so much --- you should hear my 91 year old parents go on about it
:~) Milwaukee - it's a great place to be from.