Retro Milwaukee Memories Page 12

I was a Carvel Dari Freeze bicycle vender...
I sold Lollapalooza bars and
Flying Saucer ice-cream sandwiches for a dime. I earned one-cent for each
bar I sold. It was hot peddling that heavy freezer in the summer of 1958 in
the area of 51st and Forest Home Ave. If any one has a picture of Humphrey
Chevrolet on 35th. and Wisconsin Ave, I love to see it.
Great site!

Dave Horn

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.


The Milwaukee Journal's Green Sheet
I'm having difficulty remembering all of the comics that appeared in the
Green Sheet during the 50s & 60s. I can remember a few: Lil' Abner, Nancy,
Mrs. Worth, Pogo, There Oughta Be a Law.  I would appreciate it if you can
help with more. Thanks.

EDITORS NOTE: Additional 1963 Green Sheet Comics:
Our Boarding House (Major Hoople)
Rex Morgan M.D.
Judge Parker
Priscilla's Pop
Mary Worth
Mark Trail
Morty Meekle
The Better Half
Ben Casey
Biddle & Bert
Apartment 3G
Off The Record
Brother Juniper
The Family Circus
Mr. Tweedy

For the memories list -

Dirty Jack's Record Rack
Right around the corner from the original 1812 Overture store on Brady at 1947 N. Farwell Av.
 It was below street level on the partially-submerged lower level.


  53rd Street School, Marshall HS
 I grew up on the northwest side, and attended 53rd Street School, where the teachers generally spent the entirety of their tenure with MPS. This meant that they had your older and younger siblings, and your parents really got to know them. Mr. Jacks was the principal and he was there forever, it seemed. Every Christmas we got candy canes, and chocolate Santas, and  at Easter, chocolate bunnies, from whatever local candy company donated them.
One PTA meeting, Eddie Mathews, Johnny Logan and Warren Spahn visited our school, and  the entire school showed up to welcome them. I loved Eddie Mathews, so it was a dream come true.
Until I entered 5th grade, we had no hot lunch program, but since I lived a block from school, I ran  down the alley and across the yard, into my back door, where my mom had soup and a sandwich waiting. Sliced bologna or liverwurst on buttered white bread was the read deal, with tuna salad on Fridays. The school lunches from MPS were awesome, though, even though the food was said to be army surplus. I remember Swedish meatballs on wide buttered noodles, and cornmeal cookies--I think they were called Ranger cookies--were amazingly delicious, even though we used to have contests to see if the cookies would break when they hit the floor, which they usually didn't. Yet it was when I came home for lunch on Friday the 22nd of November, back in 1963, a day I will never forget, when I was innocently eating a PB & J sandwich, while my mother watched "As the World Turns," that a news bulletin suddenly appeared, with Walter Cronkite informing the county that President Kennedy had been assassinated in Dallas.
The following year I entered John Marshall Junior Senior HS, where we saw movies like "Drums Along the Mohawk" at lunch hour in the auditorium, and I swam in the indoor pool for water ballet. We had new textbooks, loads of electives like Creative Writing or German or Speech, and those teachers seldom seemed to leave, either. Mr. Wergin was an influential principal, who invited the Health and Human Services Chief of the US to speak at our graduation in 1969.
My childhood memories include school field trips to Kettle Moraine  dairy farms, where, invariably, someone asked where the chocolate cows were that gave chocolate milk. I remember my mother absently exiting a Dutchland Dairy forgetting the watermelon under her shopping cart, and frantically running back to pay for it. I remember trick or treating and getting homemade cookies and candy apples. We lived smack dab in between St. Stephen's Czechoslovakian and St. Catherine's Catholic churches, and usually attending the former since my dad spoke Czech and it took forever getting out of there.
There was roller skating at St. Pius and ice skating at Sherman Park. I took out 7 books a week from the Finney Library My best friend Maureen and I took ballet, acrobatics and modern jazz dancing at Pat Marquardt School of the Dance, which was Pat's mom's house converted into studios and a waiting room in the basement. I recall our frustrated mothers sewing sequins on our tutus every June before the big recital at the Uptown theater, where Miss Pat hired the Pete Jolly Orchestra. I danced the Robert E. Lee with a cane and top hat, while Maureen was the Irish washerwoman. Patty Jacobs did "I Enjoy Being a Girl," and she went on to become Miss Wisconsin, despite once forgetting her entire routine!
I remember walking to the corner I. G. A store for penny candy like Snaps, wax coke bottles, buttons, and the 2 cent Boston Baked Beans. Candy bars like  Three Musketeers and "Oh Henry," named for Hank Aaron, were a nickel, and if you were rich enough to lose ten cents, a Maple or Vanilla Bun Bar was worth it. The IGA became Shutkins Pharmacy, but after numerous robberies in the 60s and 70s, they closed down.
I recall gong to the A & P on FonduLac with my mother, and smelling the Eight O'clock Coffee brewing. The floors were wooden and creaky. Next door was Heinemann's Bakery, where my mother treated me to a  frosted chocolate bar cookie--the recipe for which I spent years attempting to locate, but to no avail. Ruby Chevrolet was on the corner.
Capitol Court was where my mother, sister and i often spent our Saturdays shopping, and where she eventually was employed part time at the Grand, in order to afford our clothes as we entered high school.  remember Maru Imports, dreaming I would one day decorate my house  with everything in that store, as well as the porcelain figurines from Woolworth's.
I lived on 51st Blvd. here nothing ever happened, and the kids all knew each other. Every snow day we met in my backyard to build a snow fort and have "war," until someone got hit with an icy snowball, and cried, so we had to go inside. I remember shoveling until my mom had hot chocolate for us, and we pretended to be shivering and sickly, so we would not be forced to go back outside.
I remember that Jesson's Cleaners' deliveryman Tony arrived with my dad's white starched shirts every Friday. Mrs. Baines was our local "egg lady," who brought fresh eggs down from her farm in a wicker basket.
I remember Captain WITI, Gretchen Colnick, having nightmares after sneaking downstairs to watch "The Mummy," with The Advisor, (white image against a black background), Dr. Bop and O.C. White, Barny Puip, Bob Barry, Eddie Doucette, Bill Carlsen with the weather, The Library Story before the Saturday cartoons like Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle,  and, most especially, the Lombardi Packers, who played the Lions every Thanksgiving, when you dare not ask for second helpings if Starr had the ball on 3rd down.
I remember the summer after my freshman year at Madison going to the first Summerfest, and Sly Stone showed up an hour hate, sang "everyday People," and passed out on stage! I recall Edgar Winter and J. Geils Band, along with B.B, King, who was taking heart medication even then.
I recall a Marquette game against Wisconsin where Al McGuire jumped upon the scorers' table when there was a call he disliked.
My parents sold our house to the first black family on 51st Bd. of which I am very proud, but which also caused them to receive death threats. It was the beginning of very unique times and much change in Milwaukee. What makes me sad about the city--I left to live in LA in 1976, where I am a screenwriter and author--is how much ethnic flavor has seeped out of the city. I mourn the loss of so much manufacturing, the decline of the school system, and the freedom to walk home as a child and sneak through the milk chute, when I forgot my house key.
Those were some amazing times! Gummutlekeit!!!
Lisa S.

Bill Carlsen with the weather


 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 riders.

Could you please post this and see if anyone remembers the school name or the name of the man who ran it?

Linda Obser

Let's see - I worked at Wisco 99 stations...
going through college. On Sherman
Blvd, in Tosa on Bluemound and the Car Wash off Oklahoma.  They were owned
by Pure oil then and eventually Union 76.  They were great folks to work
for. You ran your butt off in those banana suits. I also worked for WBON in
New Berlin till it was sold to Youth For Christ.  I did afternoon drive
opposite WTMJ's Jonathan Green. Sometimes we had fun with each other on the
air. The 60's were the days.  I loved getting a sizzling steak at Dutchland
Dairy.  Sometimes one of those huge ham sandwiches at the Pig and Whistle. I
grew up in West Allis on 77th street by the race track at the fair. Nothing
better than a brat and fries to walk around the fair with dripping ketchup.
Loved Zuli's Pizza on Hwy 100 and Greenfield. Graduated from Central High.
Zulie's was a hangout for us. Oh and the old happy says... The soda shop on
Greenfield avenue for a malt or banana split. But the BEST of the BEST was
Flemings A&W... They had the best roast beef sandwiches ever. Remember Lou
Ehlers Buick in Shorewood, at Wilson and Capitol drive?  In my Junior year
of high school, I worked for Billy Wisniewski's Midas muffler shop. That
wasn't much of a thrill in winter. Well heck, it wasn't in summer either.
Riding the # 10 Wells-West Allis streetcars to downtown Milwaukee, that old
wooden trestle always made me anxious. How many folks remember Johnny
Anthony's Dance Party on channel 6?  That was fun.

Ken Pangborn

Now in the Warmth of the Tama Bay, Florida area with lots of fellow

Wisco Kid

I moved to Milwaukee from Upper Michigan, in 1962...
it was a big deal to move to the city.
I first lived on 30th and Vliet. Then moved to 30 something and
Highland in one of the old mansions. Across the street from one of Marquette
U.'s Fraternity House. That was fun, loads of parties. In 1962 I was hired
at Allen Bradley with my friend Sharon. We were living high then. Good wages
finally. I also lived on Lincoln Ave. and 30th & Arthur Avenue, Ellen St.
off of K.K. 76th and Oklahoma. Etc. etc. My daughter Tracy was born at St.
Lukes Hospital in 1963. I hung out at the Clubhouse & Mary's Log Cabin
across from A.B. Ate a lot of meals at Dutchland Dairy on Oklahoma, big boy
on 27th St. Shopped at Gimbal Schusters at South Gate Mall. Later hung out
on the North Side of Milwaukee. Clef Club, Marquee . South side Monreals,
Donuts & Nick M. What party animals? Loved to eat Steak & Eggs at Mazos
early in the morning on the way home. Ice Cream at Leons, Grocery shopped at
Arlans. No car, used to push the shopping cart over the RR tracks. That was
an adventure? I love Milwaukee. I attended my first Summerfest in early
1970's. It was so small. Then watched as it grow almost too big. My love for
the city has never dimmed. I recently returned, wish the Steak House 100 was
still there. We danced  & drank many nights there. I worked at Milwaukee
Electric Tool, G.E/Beltmann North American. Bartended on the East side at
Monreals. Worked at Best before it became Best Buy. So much more I could
fill a page of good times on Lake Michigan, the beautiful Parks. Living at
Lake Shore Towers overlooking the lake. Bike riding, hiking in the Forests.
The city has it all. Recreation, shopping, a beautiful downtown area. I was
very happy to see it so have so many new places to eat. We took the boat
ride. I have mega friends there still. I'll always call it my home. Even
though I have lived in many states as far away as Alaska. I am a true blue
Milwaukee girl.

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 the 60's.

Raeann Gifford

Hi,  I was born in Racine Wi. in 1946...
  I remember going on a blind date in the summer of 1964 to a amusement park in the Milwaukee area. 
This place as I remember seemed to be a year round thing.  I'd love to know the name and location of the place. 
Tim Kornwolf
I just discovered this wonderful, nostalgic website while searching for the "Old Smokey".....

railroad engine.  Back in the 50s and 60s stood Judd's Restaurant on the corner of E. North Ave. and N. Oakland Avenues where Pizza Man once was.  My grandparents lived directly above that Pizza Man sign in Apt. 3.  The Murphy bed folded out of the wall to accommodate my grandparents' over night guests.  Gramps also put his two fingers in the holes in the wall near the floor.  Rumor had it that mobster John Dillinger once stayed in that apartment while hiding from the police, and upon his discovery, a shoot out occurred.  The backyard was all hilly, had a sandbox for kids and wash lines.

How about across the street with Frenchie's Restaurant, and the Italian Market?  And just down the street is the Oriental Theatre.  This was my neighborhood.  We even played 4 square over at Maryland Avenue School.  First Wisconsin Bank was over at N. Farwell and E. North Avenues across from Von Trier's and behind the bank was an A & P grocery store.  I shopped with Grams and she let me purchase my first ever pint of orange sherbet.  Not bad for a kid who was eight years old.

Another place that had great ice cream desserts was Zarder's Restaurant and how can you forget the Swedish House and their smorgasbord?  Or even Shakey's and Ponderosa Restaurants?

All in all, the most fondest memory was shopping at Gimbel's with Grams and riding the escalators.  On the top floor, she played cards with the Italian ladies she met at the market and I got to look out the windows down over the city and Milwaukee River.  Then again, there was Tasty Town on the first floor with an occasional visit by Ione Quinby Griggs, a writer for the Green Sheet of the Milwaukee Sentinel.

The memories are all soooooooo good!

Thank you,
Carol Herman

I know everyone says this, but I have enjoyed this site for years...
I stumbled upon it probably 8-10 years ago. I check back often for new additions.

In one of the early "memories" pages, someone makes reference
to a "spiral staircase" that used to be at Mayfair, and asks if anyone else remembers it. I did not see
any further reference or follow-up to this.

As a latch-key kid in the late 70's-early 80's, I spent most of my afternoons and weekends
at Mayfair. Also, my grandparents both had heart-attacks in the 1970's and were advised by
their doctor to walk, so they'd go to Mayfair every morning. I guess they were the original
"mall walkers." On my days off from school, I'd tag along with my grandfather and we'd
have breakfast at McDonalds and watch the skaters from the big picture windows above the rink.

I remember the spiral staircase, but for the life of me, I can't remember what it led up to.
This was in a small, dimly-lit, obscure part of the mall, I believe it stood where the main
(mid-mall) entrance is now, but remember that no one considered that an entrance back then,
as most people entered the mall through one of the anchor stores, Marshall Field's on the north
and Gimbel's on the south. There was a cheesy fountain which was not connected to the stream
that ran down the center of the mall itself, with it's plastic-floored gazebos and swimming goldfish.
The spiral staircase was adjacent to the fountain. I can still picture the surrounding shops: There
was a pretzel store, an arcade, a card store (i.e. Hallmark-type place) with Bresler's 33 Flavors and
Merle Harmon's Fan Fare just steps away across the cobblestone floor. I know that staircase went
upstairs, but I can't remember what was up there. It's very odd. My mind draws a complete blank,
even though I can picture everything else.

Other sights and sounds of early Mayfair that stick with me to this day were "Tiffany's" bakery;
some accused them of piping faux-baked goods smells into the mall to make passers-by hungry.
There was Spencer's Gifts, where you could purchase rock posters and blacklights and disco balls
and other things at a back counter that younger folks weren't allowed to see. The place always smelled
like patchouli oil. Years later, I understood why.
Lastly, I recall with great joy the upstairs, formal, sit-down restaurant inside of Marshall Fields
which I am guessing most have long since forgotten. It was called the "Linden Room," and at
Christmas each year, hosted "Breakfast with Santa." They had a mammoth Christmas tree that
would rival many trees even by today's standards. I don't know if it was fake or real, but it stood
in the center of the dining room, and reached to the huge ceilings and skylights. The women of the
store would trim it every year. My mom worked security for Marshall Fields and would have to work
late-night shifts in the days after Thanksgiving as the women worked overtime to put the tree up.

If that was a fake tree, I wonder where it ever wound up. I can't stress this enough: The thing was HUGE.
And every year, after Breakfast with Santa, all the children in attendance would make their way out of the
Linden Room and through the Marshall Fields Toy Department (which you just HAD to pass through
to get back to the elevators) and dream of surprises to come on Christmas morning.

P.S.  I am a direct descendant of the Cook Coal Co. / Henry Cook Co. My grandmother, Margaret (Cook) Robel was one of George Cook's daughters.
 I have done extensive research on the company's history/locations, etc. I have also accumulated some company photos and memorabilia,
 ink blotters, etc. If anyone ever asks about Cook Coal, or has additional information to offer, I would love to hear about it!

Bruce R

Hello again.  My original post from around 2010 is on page 10....
Here’s something you may not have.

This is a beautiful 1956 Buick Roadmaster parked at Feerick Funeral Home on E. Capitol Dr, where my mother worked in October 1960.
I had just returned from 2 years Army duty in Germany and bought this car before moving on to my next post at Ft. Carson, Colorado.
It was a nice warm day and I had just spent a few hours waxing the car with all that chrome.

Someone has posted a picture of a 1950 Buick Special on your site which prompted me to send this picture.
My first car after graduating from South Division H.S. was a 1950 Buick Roadmaster purchased at Berndt Buick on 26th and National.

Good to see your pages expanding. Also good to see I’m not the only Milwaukee native still looking for Candy Raisins and a recipe for that special Milwaukee cheesecake.

Best regards to the people of Milwaukee, young and old. I still have family in the city and many fond memories like when I was a kid living on 15th and Burleigh and the baseball games at Borchert Field.

Rudy Rau
Colorado Springs

The Schusters store on Third Street was great!...
  My Grandma took me and my sister shopping there for our fancy new Easter dresses, new shoes and hats.  I can still remember the smell and sounds of that store.  The floor was carpeted and there was a constant ding ding ding ringing in the air.  Never knew what that was.  The best part of the trip was the basement snack counter.  The freshly popped popcorn had real butter and you could ask for as much butter as you wanted.  The hot dogs were delicious.  So back on the bus we went with our greasy popcorn hands and new apparel.   Then there was Sundays at Grandma and Grandpas on Warren Ave., off of Brady Street.  Church at St. Hedwigs was always followed by a visit to Scortinos Bakery for hot ham and hard rolls.  Then home to eat.  On the table was always great bakery from the National Tea grocery store.  The donuts were spectacular.  You can't get those kind of donuts anymore.  National Tea also had those fun S&H Green Stamps.  Waking  up in the morning on Warren Ave. to the refrain of "rags - rags", from a man pulling a cart full of rags.  I wonder still what he did with all of those rags.  Does anyone know?  Wasn't it nice to get fresh milk in bottles put in the milk chute?  There was the Home Juice Company who delivered big bottles of Papaya Juice and Lime Juice.  I can still taste that Papaya Juice.  The Five and Ten Tap was not far from Warren Ave. and sometimes after church on Sunday, Grandpa would hoist me up on one of the stools so he could have a beer or two.  That was the best place to go for a Hamburger and beer.  Friday fish and chicken fries had people lined up outside.   I agree with the person who said it was great to be alive in the 50's.  It really was. 

Chris Kiedrowicz

I am 76 yrs old and lived in Milwaukee till the late 40's...

then came to Racine with my family where I am now. I remember my cousin and  I went to the natatorium on north ave to swim.  You had so much time and then the lady would call you to get out. I believe it was made into a restaurant in later years but didn't last too long. We lived on 27th and Brown and was within walking distance to Washington park where we hung out during the summer and ice skated in the winter. I remember the 47 blizzard where the snow was almost up to the second floor and the street cars and autos were stranded for days. I remember going to the butcher shops where the floor was covered with saw dust. I remember the lady that owned the grocery store across from elm st. school where I went, calling my mom and telling her she got cigarettes and that she would put some away for her. And on the next block my parents would send me to the store there to get a chicken. They
 didn't want to stand in line. I remember the ration stamps where you were allowed so much gas, (if you were lucky enough to own a car) We didn't. and I think one pair of shoes. Sometimes we had to put card board inside cause the leather was all worn away. I remember going to the rainbow theatre on 27th and Lisbon on Sundays where you saw two movies and the cartoons and the news. Times were tough but every one helped each other out and families were close and watched out for each other. I wonder how the generation of today could put up with that?
My memories date back to the forties, is that okay?...
Lived on Kane Place, Milwaukee's lower east side.
 Pulaski playground was our Mecca. And Wolski's
was there before they grew famous.  Brady Street was great, the Astor
theater where our mothers collected dishes on "dish nite". Lerner fruit
market, Sajdak's shoe store, the Kosobucki jewelry store with its
unattainable diamond rings in the window, but best of all was Polish Annie's
Dry Goods Store.  There you could buy all kinds of fabric and thread, and at
Christmas time a dozen ornaments imported from Germany cost about sixty
cents a box.  Though gone from Milwaukee now I still subscribe to the Brady
Street News.  You can take the girl out of Milwaukee, but you can't take
Milwaukee out of the girl.  Oh. I  can't forget how we went "crabbing" in the
Milwaukee River (our house was right on the river, and how our summer days
were spent at Caesar's Pool.

Vern Marie Pukenis Rolbiecki
Where was the Natatorium?
As a boy growing up on the south side, I remember going to the public natatorium for 25-cents on men's day.
I can't seem to find any information on where it was or when it was torn down. I was only eight and nine years of age back then (1961-62).
I am also interested in anyone with memories of Casanova's hobby shop just off of 16th and Greenfield. I remember buying model cars there for $2.00, and the old, squeaky wooden floors. What happened to the store?
Did anyone go to Greenfield School off of 21st and Scott from 1959-1963? Would love any copies of class pictures or names of teachers. I remember a Miss Shelton and a Mrs. Schlondrop.
Glen Morris

Remembers Natatorium
As a child from Chicago, I remember coming to Milwaukee to eat at a
place that had dolphins swimming in a pool in the center. I think it was on
the south side off the highway, but I am not sure. I currently live in
Germantown and would love to remember the name of this restaurant and  am
hoping you can help me out:-)

Thank you,

Editors Note: Public Natatorium Restaurant. It went BK around 1985 and the owners 
left the animals to fend for themselves. The heating plant broke down 
and Soda the Dolphin nearly died during the outage. Eventually the 
animals all found new homes.


 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.

Bob K


I was born in 1956...
 Tearing up reading all the people's comments about Milwaukee. I was born around Hopkins and Hampton next to La Duca brothers music store and a Boy Blue on the other side. Moved to 88th and then 90th and congress... then to 52nd north of Hampton for 3rd and 4th grade. Walking down (yes, I said "walking down") to the Villa theater for I think Saturday afternoon movies. There was a candy store not far from our house on other side of 51st st. that sold penny candy. Waiting for my friends to get done with their catholic classes on weekends so we could play basketball. Fishing bottlecaps out of the soda vending machine at the gas station with a coat hanger and a magnet because they were worth something. Playing with the neighborhood kids and using our imagination... nothing could be better than a big cardboard appliance box. Playing monopoly in the hallway of our duplex when it was raining.
Moved to 103rd south of Hampton for 5th grade thru high school. Riding our bikes to so many area golf courses with our clubs on our backs. Enjoying food from the grills at Hanson and Currie. Zarders by Dineen, and the elusive giant goldfish in the pond aside from the pool. CYO dances in the Wauwatosa East neighborhood. Went to junior high at longfellow... great places down North Avenue towards 60th street. Just playing with my friends outside and having a ball. Talking the bus downtown to the Moon Shop on about 5th and Wisconsin... looking at all their different items and purchasing a few. We went everywhere on our bikes and on the bus and no one ever bothered us even though we were only 12 or so years old. I won't mention the other places that other people have already. Milwaukee was a great place to live in the 60's and 70's for me. I live in Madison now, and it is sad to see what has become to much of Milwaukee. But it is still home, and I love to
 visit even though most of the places I loved are gone. Leons is still there... Webb's are fewer but still around... Kitts and the old Kopps turned Roberts turned Juniors is still there but not the greatest place to go now. Only one complaint: BRING BACK THE BROWN MUSTARD THAT WAS AT MILWAUKEE COUNTY STADIUM!!! Miller Park doesn't have it like it was. It was the BEST!!! Stopped at a White Castle on the way through Chicago the other week and took about 40 packs of their brown mustard that looked just like the MCS mustard... brown and smooth without the grains in it. I once brought it up to Wendy Selig at a season ticket holders banquet, but she scoffed at it and went on her merry way. Long live Milwaukee!
  Scott W.

Born and raised in Riverwest in the 60's...
  Some great memories.  Went to Fratney Street School (still operating), then Boys' Tech High School, where it took me a few decades to realize how great that place was.  I remember all of my friends lived either "upstairs" or "downstairs", but no one I knew of had a single family home (except my "rich" aunt who lived in Menomonee Falls).  Played at Kern Park a lot, sledded down the hill at Pumping Station Park in the winter, but avoided the pool at Gordon Park 'cause that's where all the tough kids hung out.  We could hear the 1968 riots from our front porch on Weil Street, and I remember the neighborhood was never the same.   Most everyone was either Polish or German, and the Catholic kids all went to St. Mary's or St. Casmir's schools.  I was actually jealous that they got to go to catacism (sorry about the spelling) on Saturdays.  We bought penny candy at Pop's store on Bremen Street.  Our parents went to the corner taverns (many corners had four of them) for weekend socializing.  We watched 3 channels of black and white TV, and WOKY and WRIT were THE radio stations to listen to on our clock radios.  Vietnam war was on the TV all the time, and I couldn't understand what all the protesting was about.  Silver Spring was the suburbs, Appleton Avenue was two lanes, and Capitol Court was the hot shopping area.  I remember my 10th birthday party was at the Capitol Court Cinema.  Got to go to one Brave's game as a kid and thought I was in heaven.  I had so much fun in Milwaukee as a kid that I never even realized I was poor.

Scott Arganek

Help! I'm pretty sure this little amusement park was close to Milwaukee...
 and I'd love to know where.

The big clues are:

- weird building the shape of an oil can (the domed kind with a centered spout)
- four lane road in front of it
- an intercity bus goes by at 2:20, and it may be a badger coaches bus
- the sign in front of the place says "weber beer"

Dennis Toeppen

I lived in what they call "Riverwest" ....
now but Pierce and Auer was where I
spent my Grade school years and Humboldt and Burleigh was for high school.
We walked the "tracks" to get most places and had to be in when the street
lights came on.  Remember when your Mom called out and you could hear her a
block away?  Remember when you literally "called" for your friends to "come
out and play"? "OH FOR CAROOLE... OH FOR BOBBEEEEE.."?  How about Goldman's
on Mitchell and White Castle Burgers?  George Webb's had the coupon for 7
Burgers for $1 but then the State tax came in and sometimes we couldn't get
them because we needed another $0.04 for tax. 
 We had Torner's Ice Cream
Parlor on Chambers and Holton and would always stop there for some "penny"
candy on our way to the GRAND Theater where admission was a nickel on a
Saturday afternoon for a matinee and 15 cents on a Sunday for first run
color movies like Fantasia, Snow White and Bambi. 
 A few blocks to the North
was Aldo's Pizza where we hung out many times having just a Coke.  There was
Fratney Street Playground where during the day we could play "Bottle Cap
Hockey" and "beater" and at night we would play "Snatch the Bottle", "4
Square" and "Red Rover Red Rover".  We traveled to other playgrounds for
softball games and welcomed them to ours. 
 In the winter they Froze the
playground and made an ice rink out of it.  The Journal shack was right next
to the playground and we had to go and "sub" the Sunday paper on Saturday
night before early morning delivery.  There was the 4 lane bowling alley
with pin setters called the North Shore Bowling Alley and if you could
afford it you went up to Capital Drive to Strachota's Bowling Alley that had
24 lanes.  There was the "Pig and Whistle" that had the very BEST BIG CHIEF
double hamburger and custard ice cream shakes and malts.  Estabrooke park..
Kern Park.. And Gordon Park which had the swimming pool and also had some
swimming meets where you could see swim races almost like the Olympics.

 There was "Pumping Station Park" where we sledded down the huge hill and
went screaming across the street onto the other side.  The little league
teams played and sometime you could even watch the high school games where
they had full uniforms and all.  If you went all the way down the street to
the river you could sit on the river bank and go "crabbing" with some
chicken livers you got from the butcher at the corner market.  And if you
walked the path to Gaenselen School you could find a "tarzan" swing that was
hung in the trees by the river. 

This is an excellent site.. Brings back so many memories.  I WILL be

Diane in West Bend now.

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 was born in 1945 and grew up on 64th and Lincoln...
I went to Don Bosco high and graduated in 63. This really brings back memories from the past like cruising Lincoln ave and Oklahoma ave and Mitchell street picking up girls and just having a good time. Gas was 22 cents a gallon McDonald's hamburgers were 15 cents and a new Corvette was about  $6,000. After high school I worked at rail road express in back of the Johnson cookie factory and across the street from Flintdrops guns. Then I was drafted and was sent to Vietnam were it seems that the nice world from the sixties ended. I will always have fond memories of Milwaukee and I thank you for this wonderful site.  Tom
Born in 1930, lived on 39th and Chambers....
38th Street school. We celebrated
Decoration Day (Memorial Day) by placing geraniums at gravesites. Fourth of
July, we were given flags, marched to Sherman Park. Billie the Brownie,
Heine and his Grenediers at noon on WTMJ. Skating in the winter on the
lagoon in Washington Park or an iced area in Sherman Park. Peckham Junior
High for a while until we moved to California in 1942. Peckham was a tough,
but good school.

High snow drifts in the winter, walked to school. No school buses.

A different time.

Gordon Phillips
Seal Beach, CA

Mamies Grotto
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.

Bob Worth

What if my memories are from the 40s? 
 I was born in 1935 and attended Clarke Street School on 29th and Clarke St - still there?  Now Peckham is gone - apartment building?  Attended Pulaski High School, on S. 27th and Oklahoma Ave, and graduated in 1953. Pulaski and its twin Rufus King High School both built just after WWII.  Married at Hephatha Luther Church on 17th and Locust.  My husband worked at Krueger's Bakery on Center St and Holton St.  Hankins Store on 27th and Center, the Savoy Theater.  Jefferson Hall on Fond du Lac which used to be the Turner Verein Hall for those who enjoyed gymnastics, or just getting together.  Wedding receptions held upstairs.  The firehouse on 30th and Locust that rang their alarm at the end of WWII.  Ice Skating at both Auer Ave. baseball field, and Washington Park Lagoon.  The original zoo on Vliet St (I think).  Al's Frozen Custard place just across the street from the Mitchell Field airport.  Taking a greyhound bus from downtown Wisconsin Avenue to Franklin, south of the city.  Music lessons at Boy's Tech for band students from many Milwaukee schools.  Going to the fantastic downtown movie palaces.  Seeing "Gone With the Wind" at the Riverside Theater in 1939 with a box of Fannie Farmer candy to enjoy.  The snowstorm of 1947.  Wanderers' Cemetery - a place where wanderers could have their final rest.  It's still there but the name does not tell the story.

I know you probably don't know much of these places - but your memories brought back mine.

Thanks for sharing. Now in CA.  Betty Knuth Baumann
lived on N. 30th and Locust Streets from 1939 to 1949, then to towns of Franklin and Greenfield

So glad someone from good Ole Milwaukee sent me this site a few months ago...

        I was born in 1938 on 5th & Melvina, a few blocks off Capitol Drive.  I left the summer I turned 21 and moved to California on my own.  In between those years, I had a wonderful childhood, so filled with memories of Milwaukee, growing up with family and friends that 12 years ago, I sat down and began to write about growing up in Milwaukee.  Well, one memory led to another, and pretty soon I had covered more than a 100 pages, now grouped into chapters.  There was Green Bay Avenue grade school, where I learned everything about reading, writing and arithmetic, and first kiss.  Ice skating on every ice pond within 2 miles of the house, and there were many, Rufus King High School...of which I am immensely proud that it is just exactly as it was all those years growing up in the fabulous 50's. (Can you believe they still have those girl gang showers?), Milky Way Drive in, boys...Drive-in Theaters (not telling much detail there). And then I thought I had best add some of the old photos of family, friends, the house, picnics...the list goes on and on, ainna?

        So I thought, well, there were all those great restaurants in the areas, Friday night fish fry, Pappy's, Mammy's (anyone remember that ribs place?) and hundreds of other wonderful eateries around the city and suburbs.  Well, then, why not add a few family recipes...Christmas Cookies,  Thanksgiving Dinners, Sunday night dinners.

        Frankly, I couldn't stop writing.  It was as if the words flowed like water through the sluice gates at the Michigan harbor during the smelt runs. There were vacations spent 'up north' at Grandma & Grandpa's place on the lake, fishing, digging for night crawlers, bass, perch, sunnies, blue gills, Pike, Walleyes, and frying them up in the cast iron pan with bacon grease and cornmeal coatings, the very morning they were pulled out of the lake.

        Goodness.  Here I go on again.  Well, if I don't get this published (privately, as I named names!) this year, my family will disown me.
Major problem is that there were so many great things I remembered, my bio has morphed into more than 300 pages.
That says it all for Milwaukee, family and friends.
Again, thanks, Retro Milwaukee, for letting me share along with so many others who had the privilege  of being a part of the heart of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Sybil Friedel Thomas

I worked at Porth Pie Company from 1963 to 1967...

when I was 15-18.  The person who remembered getting broken pies may have received one from me! 
 I am trying to remember the name of the shoe store on Wisconsin Ave, near the
Riverside theatre that sold only men's shoes for $7.70/each...all of the
shoes were the same price.  Can anyone help me?  Many many great memories
of growing up in Milwaukee!
Ken L.
Rolla, MO

Does anyone have any photos (interior or otherwise) of their experience on the Hanna-Kildahl...
(excursion boat at the foot of Mason Street?) back in the 50's & 60's? This boat still has a following on facebook, but no pictures of the interior in her heyday.
Great site/collection of memories!

The Hanna-Kildahl in 2012

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

Bob Radtke
Morgan City, La

I, too, am enjoying your site and Milwaukee Memories...
I, too, spent way too much time as a kid in front of the TV set!  I loved watching the local shows.  News, weather, movies, contests, it did not matter, I watched all of them.  (Anyone remember Judy Marks?)

Here's another one.  Anyone remember when one of the Milwaukee TV stations used cool moving weather graphics before there were computers for this sort of thing?  (I think it was Channel 6?)  The weather symbols on the map had animation.  They were actual, physical pieces stuck on the map.  The "high" symbols would turn clockwise and the "low" fronts would turn counterclockwise (or the other way, I don't remember.)   The rain clouds would have drops falling and the sun symbols would have rays coming out.

I am now a TV engineer and can guess how this effect was done back (using a rotating polarizing filter in front of the camera lens) then but have never been able to find out more information about this.

-Kevin Ruppert

Holloway House restaurant
Trying to find any information, especially pictures, of the old Holloway House restaurant my mother and I visited a few times downtown. I don't know if it was on Wisconsin Ave., or where?

I'm looking for photos of town pride on 61st and villard ave...
 if I knew how or where I can find at least 1 of the building   It would mean everything to me. It was my hangout when I was young in the early 80's and a picture is truly worth a thousand words

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
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.



Bob R.

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