Retro Milwaukee Memories Page 12
I was a Carvel Dari Freeze bicycle vender.
Does anybody remember the Chester The
Pup comic strip in the Green Sheet?
My father wrote that column for many years.
Jim O'Halloran. Jefferson, Maine.
I lived in Milwaukee from 1952 to 1957.....
and rode horses at a wonderful riding school
there. I don't remember the name of the school
or the man who ran the school. The farm had an indoor arena
and ran a very professional program for training young
Could you please post this and see if anyone remembers the
school name or the name of the man who ran it?
I was looking for pictures of what I thought was a pharmacy.....
on the NE corner of Greenfield Ave and 71st in West Allis.
My Aunt and Uncle owned
Seder Jewelers on Greenfield
Ave. between 70th and 71st.
Spent many hours there in
I was born in Milwaukee in 1945....
and lived there for approximately 30 years.
I will submit my memories of Milwaukee in a follow up email, however, my purpose for writing you is in the hope that you might have a photo of the Pig & Whistle Drive In that was located on East Capitol Drive, one that you might consider putting up on your wonderful website dedicated to Milwaukee Memories.
I have so many memories of Milwaukee that I could write a book, I grew up on the northeast side which was the Mecca of the city. If there was even the remotest possibility that a time machine would be invented before I died, I would buy a ticket immediately, Milwaukee was, in the truest of terms, "The Big Little City", "The Machine Tool Capital Of The World", and "The Brewery Capital Of The World."
It was greatest time in history between 1945 and 1965, a great economy, everyone had a job, kids were polite, girls wore skirts, we had real American cool looking cars, Rock & Roll, we had Wisconsin Avenue for cruising, sock hops, The Braves (many who actually shook my hand), and so much more. There's no book big enough to describe Old Milwaukee.
Thank you for taking a moment to read my email and hopefully, that you might find an old photo of the Pig & Whistle Drive In.
I just found this website. What a hoot!
I was born in Milwaukee in 1943 and left permanently for the New Mexico frontier at age 24. On the occasions I returned for visits to family it was disconcerting to see all the changes. All in the name of progress, I’m sure. I saw a reference to Chick’s Chicken Shack. My parents owned Chick’s from around 1953 when it was located on the corner of 6th and Wells until it closed sometime in the 80’s; they also bought Pinky’s Tap next door. Both of them built in the old ‘half-timbered’ architecture. It had a REALLY scary and disgusting second floor which was totally unused but good for a ‘creep fix’.
The kitchen fans exhausted across a 3 foot wide space between us and the pawn shop and Club Terrace (I was too young to go see ‘Dagmar”, the famous female impersonator) next door. The grease would just run thick down the wall but no one (except me) ever ventured back there – I marveled that an ailanthus tree grew right up through that disgusting mess in the gloom. (I’m sure the Health Dept would object to that nowadays but it certainly didn’t affect the chicken we turned out.
Us kids worked in the restaurant as soon as we were able to navigate the city on our own – back then, that was about age 11! We’d start out making toast, graduating to dishwashing, waitering, cooking and, finally, running the place when Dad would take an infrequent vacation. I started tending bar at Pinky’s on my 21st Birthday – I recall having a difficult time learning how to pace myself with all the drinks everyone bought for the owner’s son.
I can remember hurrying to get my chores done before opening the doors at 3:30 so I would have a chance to just sit in the front window and watch the activity on Wells, especially the streetcars. I loved the streetcars – I loved riding to the end of the line just to watch the conductor get out and switch the electrical connection to the overhead wires and everyone would get up and swing the backs of our wicker seat backs to face the other directions – absolute magic to a kid!!
Swimming in the Natatoriums, getting REAL custard at the huge port cochere of Gehl’s creamery, missing several buses home hanging out in the sort of forbidden territory of the bookstore on 6th and Wisconsin. S&H Green Stamp building on 6th and Wisconsin where my parents moved Chick’s when they tore down the old one and everything else in the neighborhood for the civic center. There was a barber shop where they’d catch all the fuzzy hairs with a burning splint and toss in a quick head massage even if you were a kid.
Every year we’d go to the the Arena for the Sports show and watch fly fishermen cast from one side of the pool in the middle to the other. Gene Autry showed up one year – I was crushed when my hero appeared paunchy, dressed in a shiny chartreuse cowboy shirt. I think the car show may have been separate but that was always exciting because, back then you could tell, in a second, every year, make and model of each car maker. I remember the viaduct that the streetcars drove over – deliciously scary.
Concerts at the Riverside Theater – Jerry Lee Lewis and Fats Domino stand out. My grandmothers worked in the drapery making department on the top floor of Gimbels overlooking the River – a great, cavernous room with big tables a lot of old ladies.
And GREAT food: the Carradero Club for pizza, that incredible Swiss Chalet up in Mequon, not to mention the Chalet on the Lake if you had to impress your date, learning how to love lobster (much to our parents’ chagrin) at the semi-fancy restaurant on the corner of Washington Avenue and Sherman Boulevard – The Boulevard Inn, I think. There was a statue of Baron Von Stueben out front – (see below) La Choy’s where we’d stop for Chow Mein on the way home from work. White Tower on 6th and Wells where we’d go when we got tired of chicken at work – and George Webb’s was too far away.
High School proms at the Eagles Ballroom. Driving Hawley Road through Miller brewery checking out the huge copper kettles. Holding your breath while driving past the Red Star Yeast factory next to the freeway. Foreign films at the Downer Theater. The Domes at Mitchell Park (?). Watery excursions to Mauthe Lake or West Bend – the freezing temperatures of Lake Michigan never appealed. How cool and modern the new War Memorial at the end of Wisconsin Avenue was. Day-Tripping on the Milwaukee Clipper (what ever happened to that?) and just wandering around the docks or down in the industrial valley.
We moved to Wauwatosa at some point a half block from the Menominee River and the wild green forest that bordered it on the west side (the east had it’s attraction as well – skating lagoons and picnic areas). But it was the forest that held the most fun – we’d swim and build rafts and every Spring we’d harvest the gazillion golf balls that washed down from Currie Park. It got pretty disgusting in the 70’s and 80’s but I think it’s been cleaned up. It was a new neighborhood and constant construction meant lots of raw materials for forts and lots of places to play games and jump off roofs onto dirt piles. TV held no attraction to compete with that.
Finally, the best tribute of all – whenever we have a family reunion we settle in to a hot afternoon of Sheepshead (5-10-15 or 10-20-30, if we’re feeling flush) No one else in the world plays this fantastic game (unless someone from Milwaukee has taught them). Of course, no else drinks from a ‘bubbler’ either nor ‘goes by’ your house, meaning that they are actually gonna stop there. It was a great place to be a kid.
Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben West Lisbon Avenue, by J. Otto Schweizer, 1921
I played drums in Virg Hoffman's (sax) quartet at the original Mamies Grotto in the mid-fifties along with Harv Lachmann (piano) and Floyd Stindle (bass). The two sons of Mamie Gigliotto ran the place.
Contact me if you want any information about this great restaurant... but don't wait too long because I'm 82 years old now.
I was born in Milwaukee in 1943...
& lived on the Northwest Side off of 89th & Lisbon Ave.
I joined the Marine Corps while a senior at Washington High school. I graduated & left for
San Diego Marine Corps Recruit Depot in June of 1961.
During my last year in Milwaukee I played rhythm guitar for a Band called the Warheads.
We played a lot of high school Senior Proms & other gigs around Milwaukee and the
surrounding area. Milwaukee was a great place back then. A lot of wonderful times
fill my 69 year old head.
Does anybody recall ever seeing the Warheads?
I have been trying to find whatever info I can on the Band & the Band Members.
If you have any information I would appreciate it if you could pass it along.
Thanks in advance
Morgan City, La
I was born at St. Joseph's hospital in 1943....
Our family lived in a duplex on 30th & Courtland
from 1948 until 1956 when we moved to 89th & Townsend St, Milwaukee. This is the Northwest part of Milwaukee & there wasn't any paved roads in the neighborhood. I played
In a rock & roll band for all of 1960 & part of 1961. I went to Pius High School for 3 years
and graduated from Washington High School in 1961. The Band name was Jerry & the
Warheads or it could have been just the Warheads. Does anybody have any info about
this band? We played a lot of Senior Proms & other gigs.
I just got a 45 record of Thunder Wagon by the Noblemen. You couldn't beat Milwaukee
for great Rock & Roll music. I just found out that Bobby Nelson , who played at the Clef
Club & at Timmerman Field passed away. He was living in Las Vegas at the time & he
recorded 2 songs that I know of. One is "You can't pick a winner every time", and the other
is "there's nothing true about you".
That was a long time ago & I miss those innocent days. I left Milwaukee and headed out
to San Diego, Ca. For Marine Corps Boot Camp. I have been living in Morgan City, La.
since 1966. My wife & I make frequent trips to Milwaukee to visit friends & relatives and
always visit my old neighborhoods.
By the way, I really loved the chocolate ice cream from Carvelle on Burleigh. And who can
forget Winter's frozen custard.
If any one has any info on the Warheads I sure would appreciate a heads up.
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