This site takes me back in so many ways as someone who was born in 1960 in Milwaukee and has basically lived here all my life.
Interesting to see the stories of Wisco99. My dad drove truck for the General Electric shop on 3rd and Oklahoma and always filled his trucks up there. Also often filled our station wagons up there. They always had great giveaways there and since Dad was such a regular customer, the store folks were generous with him as far as store giveaways were concerned. My brother and I both had our first baseball gloves because of giveaways from that station -- pretty decent "Super Pro" gloves, too, that lasted us through a few years of Cub Scouts softball (played over at Tippecanoe Park behind Clement Ave. School). Dad was the coach for the Immaculate Conception teams from about 1967 till 1973 or so. Also, sets of drinking glasses and such from Wisco99 filled the family cupboards. When Wisco closed, that station on 6th and Oklahoma became a Martin for quite a few years before becoming a McDonald's. Quite a few Friday nights we'd ride with dad to fill up the car and then go across the street to pick up a bucket of fish from Dutchland Dairy for dinner.
Growing up in Bay View in the 60s and 70s was a truly great experience. From 1958-'63 Mom and Dad owned and ran South Towne Records on Kinnickinnic. Then we moved over to Delaware Ave in '64. As a kid I watched At Random be built from the ground up. Groppi's was our grocery store. We moved down a few blocks on Delaware in 1969 for two years, right even with South Shore Park, then settled into a house on Hanson Ave. between Oklahoma and Euclid (right by the old American Motors factory). What a childhood. We'd walk down to Oklahoma Tap as kids to buy soda (Orange Nesbitt) and candy (yes, Snirkles!).
In about 1972 they built a new Boy Blue (It's now the Gyro Stop) on Oklahoma just west of Clement. My friends and brothers and I walked there so many times a week in the summer.
I saw someone else previously mention spending summers by her cousin and trying to fall asleep to the BOOM BOOM of the Drop Forge factory. That was such a huge part of the soundtrack of my youth.
Attended Immaculate Conception for grade school, Fritsche for ninth grade and then Bay View. Just the greatest era to be a kid in Milwaukee.I could go on and on, but will save some for other times.
Also a little older I heard about the
submarine races at Jones Island. It was
a passion pit and every night would have
dozens of cars parked there with the
windows steamed up. I know I could mention many many more
places that would bring pleasant
memories but will let others jump in and
I will enjoy reading. John
I happen to stumble upon this website and I am glad I did!
Growing up on south side (Bay View area) in the 50s, 60s I was reminded of the "good old days" that my parents used to tell me and now I too can relate. Some memories have stuck in my brain - Fenzel's Bowl on KK in the 50s which then became Rogahn's (with Russ Ten Pin Grill) and lastly Bay View Bowl. It was almost next door to Gabey's Beer depot where I would return bottles found in trash for pennies and nickels and also would buy "Double Cola" soda , and it is a few blocks from Siegel's (still there). Across from Siegel's was Gladys Bakery where I stopped every day to buy "butter horns" after delivering th Milwaukee Sentinel for 2 yrs. A little north on KK how many remember Prentice Drug Store (now an trendy restaurant) or Frank's Barber Shop on the west side of KK. And the Franz opened a shop around the corner from Prentice Drugs. Also on KK, the Masonic Temple on the corner of KK and Otjen. As I got older like 12 I was allowed to go to Frosty's on Howell Ave across from St Auggie's church. Moving west a bit one memory was Johnson Municipal Hospital on 13th and Muskego and later changed the name to Johnson Emergency.
Also a little older I heard about the submarine races at Jones Island. It was a passion pit and every night would have dozens of cars parked there with the windows steamed up.
I know I could mention many many more places that would bring pleasant memories but will let others jump in and I will enjoy reading.