More Milwaukee Memories Page 10
|You have a terrific site.
I am doing some research for a book that I am
writing about my life growing up in Milwaukee. It seems that I am a bit
older than some of your contributors but your site has brought back many
memories. I graduated from Nicolet High School in 1962.
Here are some more:
Solly's butter burgers on Port Road
Kopps Custard on Appleton
Moma Mias across for Sate fair, on Capital and on Silver Spring
The teen bars like the Old House, Weliers, Eddie and Tessies, and The
Ernie Von Schledorn [sp] main street in Menomonee Falls
Concours Motors on Silver Spring
Sendiks on Downer and on Silver Spring
Clark Gas Stations
Milwaukee's many parks
Milwaukee Country Day School
MUS or Milwaukee University School
Interurban Electric Train
The Boulevard Inn
The Basement on Brown Deer Road an old speak easy
Wulf's Island on Green Bay Road
The Fox Bay Theater on Silver Spring
The Tuxedo Bar on Downer
Eddy Mathews Bat-a-Way
Mammas and Poppas Restaurants.
Karl Ratzschs's and Maders
The English Room
The Brass Rail strip joint
The Main Event bar
TheTie Rack tie stores
Pure Gas Stations
Milwaukee Bands like Twistin' Harvey and the Seven Sounds, the Chevrons,
Marty Zivkos in Hartland
Chris Corners Bowling Alley
Enterprise Pool Hall
Brown Port Bowling Alley
Glendale Lanes on Silver Spring
Mitchell Park Domes which was called the bra factory
Pabst Old Tankard Ale
Picnic Bottles of Beer
Gettlaman $1000 Beer
PBR for Pabst Blue Ribbon
Briggs and Stratton
Cream City Bricks
Benfelt Ice Cream
The Green Seven
Red Star Yeast
The old Nortshore Country Club
27th Street Viaduct
Mrs. Howe's Potato Chips
The Nash rambler
Allen Bradley and the biggest clock in the world
The Gun Club north of Lake Park
The Whiskey A Go Go just south of Safe House
Victor's on Van Buren
The Cape Cod across from Ratzsch's
The School House on Port Road across from Nicolet High School
Hi, I have vague memories of Arlans, Murphy's (I beleive on about 84th and Silver Spring, where Silverbird Bowling is now...used to be Red Carpet Silver Spring...) and More-Way? I beleive More Way was on Appleton just north of Silver Spring...later the home to Pick n Save, and now Time Warner Cable. I know Murphys was a dime store/variety store type of place and I remember the fun "ride" outside the famous horse, or rocket, that you could ride for 10cents.
How about Miss Q pool hall on about 72nd and Capitol, and there was another game room on 60th and Capitol....WLPX Air Force wings?! Boston Village on Fond du Lac across from Capital Court...I remember they had escalators with no steps so basically moving conveyor belts to move you up a level....
Love all of the letters and memories sent in and I could read these for hours.
I grew up next to the Mitchell Airport.
Sledding down the hill across the street and skating at the airport park were highlights of the winter season.
During the summer, the air show at the airport was an event for all of our relatives to sit on our front lawn and watch the Blue Angels fly directly over our house. They were so low that we could see the pilots.
Texaco used to "sky write" ads in the sky that you could see for miles.
Watching fireworks on the lawn at Wilson Park was a 4th of July ritual. Remember the talent show they would have prior to fireworks??
Howell Avenue was our stomping grounds with Tippecanoe Library, Grebe's Bakery, The Sands gift shop, Ben Franklins, and Dutchland Dairy,
I went to Tippecanoe on Clement for Kindergarten. Remember the metal piano shaped slide? It would burn your butt in the summer because it got so hot.
Parades were a bid deal. South Shore Water frolics parade, St. Francis Days, and the misc local 4th of July girl scout, cub scout, speaker with music on a cart with flags.
We all participated to get that cup of ice cream with a wooden spoon at the end of each parade that landed in a local park.
Baton clubs like the Leslynettes and Dailey Debutantes were all the rage. The Challenger Band was HOT!!
Does anyone remember the old balloon vendor at the bigger parades?? He used to yell out " Balloons, pick em' out!" in a shaky old voice.
Church festivals, always a big deal. Now my family calls them "drinkin' for Jesus" festivals. I remember that the priests always had a significant buzz at those gatherings.
It was they only time they actually seemed human to me. Ya know, laughing, talking with us and the parents, did not have elaborate religious garb on, just the black skirt and rosary.
Funny, I don't remember that the nuns ever let loose.
Christmas was not complete without the Bob Kames family organ TV show where all of his kids would be playing kooky organ tunes and wearing matching outfits that we would roll our eyes at.
We were too cool and would complain about how queer it was to watch.
Went to St. Pauls for grade school.
Went to St. Francis for high school - Captain of the Marinettes
Have lived out of the state for almost 28 years now but I come back at least twice a year and visit my dear family and friends and hit some of the same old haunts. Long live Night Owl!!
My wife and I were both children in the 50s and
teenagers in the 60s in Milwaukee.
I was born in 1958.....
I remember riding downtown with my mother on the bus. My favorite place to go was Gimbel's. They were always busy! They had the huge (it seemed to me) deli and bakery departments. I loved the large lunch counter on the first floor - we always had to wait in line. They had the best hot dogs on an unusual split hamburger bun. But Gimbels was the best right before Christmas. The huge windows outside were all filled with the greatest displays of elves, santas, reindeers, etc. They were even better than the the window of the movie "A Christmas Story"! The toy department had a room off to the side with Santa and a toy village. Does anyone remember the Christmas train that rode on a track on the ceiling? I only got to ride it once or twice, but it was really different! The large restaurant on the 8th floor was always special, too, and always very busy. We ate in a room that overlooked the river. I loved the old fashioned elevators with the operator that had to stop it at just the right level. When I was a Girl Scout, we went to Gimbels and saw where they made their chocolates. I remember watching a lady making each piece of chocolate by hand.
We would also go to Boston Store and that was fun, too. The block west of Boston Store had a really neat Chinese store that always smelled so good and had the most interesting gifts. My mom would let me get a box of the rice candy where you could eat the paper around the candy!
Most people talk about when Mayfair had the skating rink, but
I remember when I was really young that it was totally open-air,
even where the skating rink would eventually be. In the area
where the food court is now, were several stores, including a
bakery and a Fruit Ranch.
Lime House Goerkes Corners was a four way stop with no street
lights and the only thing on the corner was Zorbas Restaurant
and a small motel. I94 was just opened. The only thing between
Pilgrim Rd. and Goerkes corners was Alioto’s and Robert Hall
clothing store, the rest was farms. West of Goerkes Corners, Hwy
18 was a two lane road into Waukesha with only a new Arlens
store and the Nike site near-by. As far as Waukesha goes, The Attic, Paul’s Coffee shop, Plush
pockets pool hall, Fox head beer, Fox river ice skating, 59
drive in theater, and on Sundays it turned into the 59 drive in
flea market. All those confusing one way streets, Blackshirts
football, Elray & the Nightbeats,. Godfrey company, Milwaukee
Cheese Co., Waukesha Motors, Johnson Sand & Gravel, Pix and Park
Theaters, Schrima’s Pizza, Jimmy’s Grotto, Sunset Bowl, Burger
Chef. I could go on and on but I’ll see what others have in their
memories. Thanks for all your work on this great site. Bob F Landy
Goerkes Corners was a four way stop with no street lights and the only thing on the corner was Zorbas Restaurant and a small motel. I94 was just opened. The only thing between Pilgrim Rd. and Goerkes corners was Alioto’s and Robert Hall clothing store, the rest was farms. West of Goerkes Corners, Hwy 18 was a two lane road into Waukesha with only a new Arlens store and the Nike site near-by.
As far as Waukesha goes, The Attic, Paul’s Coffee shop, Plush pockets pool hall, Fox head beer, Fox river ice skating, 59 drive in theater, and on Sundays it turned into the 59 drive in flea market. All those confusing one way streets, Blackshirts football, Elray & the Nightbeats,. Godfrey company, Milwaukee Cheese Co., Waukesha Motors, Johnson Sand & Gravel, Pix and Park Theaters, Schrima’s Pizza, Jimmy’s Grotto, Sunset Bowl, Burger Chef.
I could go on and on but I’ll see what others have in their memories.
Thanks for all your work on this great site.