More Milwaukee Memories Page 9

Wow, I actually saw a few things on your Site that I'd forgotten about, and I usually pride myself on remembering everything!
Here are just a couple of my Milwaukee pictures:

Someone asked about Pate gas stations- this station was located at 60th and Oklahoma (NW corner), just a few blocks from my home.
 Behind it is Kubiaks drug store. This was probably taken in the late 1950s.

This is me with my cousin Felice at the Kiddieland amusement park at Capitol Court in 1958.
 Or was it KiddieTown? Southgate had one, Capitol Court had the other.
Dean Milano

Just wanted to let you folks know that the amusement park at Capitol Court was called Funtown.  I remember it well.  Great site, but it truly saddens me to see what's become of these areas. But Milwaukee is still a great city.

I am enjoying reading your website.
I never lived in Milwaukee but grew up in Whitewater, Wisc in the 1960's and 70's. I fondly remember my visits to Milwaukee with my parents when I was a kid. It was a big deal for a small-town girl to go to the 'big city' and stay at a hotel downtown. I think we took the Greyhound bus from Whitewater. We often went after Christmas and stayed at the Sheraton-Schroeder hotel. I was surprised that old guys lived there and sat around in the lobby. My mom had a metal charge card that she used at the big department stores downtown. I was so excited to buy some white go-go boots at Gimbels. We went to see the movie "The Sound of Music" in a big theater downtown and I thought I was in heaven. I ate at my first Chinese restaurant somewhere downtown. I think there was a George Webb hamburger chain in Milwaukee that always ended their ads with a prediction of how many games the Brewers would win. All our TV stations came from Milwaukee. I loved Albert the Alley Cat on Channel 6 (ABC). I also remember Judy Marks and crazy Bill Carlson the weatherman who advertised Butternut coffee on Channel 4 (NBC). I used to know all the jingles for the Milwaukee car dealers and thought they had some pretty hokey ads. I also listened to Milwaukee radio stations. Doug Dahlgren was one of the local DJ's. Imagine my surprise when I moved to Indy in the 1980's and heard his voice on one of our radio stations. When I was a little kid, Mayor Maier was mayor for so long that I thought his first name was Mayor! I remember him singing the "Summerfest" song. We enjoyed going to the 'new' zoo and seeing Sampson the gorilla! We stopped going to downtown Milwaukee when they built Brookfield Square Mall. When I joined the Army (WAC's) in the 1970's, I went to the recruiting station and took the oath in Milwaukee. I left on a plane from there for basic training in Alabama. I've only been back to Milwaukee a couple of times since the 1970's.

MAG from Whitewater

Grand Memories

"They say she gets her clothes at The Grand"

 How can you forget that wonderful store?

 My husband Pierce Rosenberg president of 'The Grand' made it the talk of the country.

He was a philanthropist and very prominent in civic affairs. It saddens me that he is forgotten. Please look up his obituary.

 'The Grand' was purchased by Best and company of New York. My husband was vice president of Best and Co. when he passed away in 1966. They then closed all of the stores because they had hoped that he would be pres. of them all. We didn't want to leave Milwaukee. :-(

 I have many fond memories. My 2 children Nancy and Robert Pierce were born in Milwaukee. We lived in Fox Point. Our lives are very interesting and busy as it always has been. As a digital artist my art keeps me very busy.
Mildred Jarrow Riley [widow of Chapin Riley of Worcester Mass] is my professional name.

My home is in Rancho Palos Verdes ,Calif.
Mildred Riley

I cannot say for certain that there was only one, but I do know that one was located behind Southgate (where the Wall Mart is now but still nearer the creek prior to the opening of the theater there).  Growing up in the '50's, I recall the electric service trains that ran on the raised lines from the old lakeshore plant in St. Francis and just north of Coldspring.  The walking of the tunnels of the creek beneath Treasure Island, and Point Loomis in the winter.  The paving of this creek taking away the grotto behind Pulaski and near St. Luke's (when you could still see the original brick building).  The two Leon's on 27th Street, when 27th and Oklahoma was he busiest intersection in Milwaukee.)    Playing on the snow piles behind Southgate and the rectory of Our Lady Queen of Peace.  The A&P on 16th and Howard where you could buy bait for crabbing in Wilson Park's pond.  The Electric train that ran to Chicago in under 90 minutes and the reports that on the last run people recorded the sounds for memories.  The Heil plant on 27th and Oklahoma that became a Jewel.  Crushing pennies on the rails of the tracks that crossed Oklahoma there and flying model airplanes in that field.  Collecting the flora, fauna and insect life in the fields behind Southgate and the flooding that came each spring on this thin stream.  Stan's Bootery and Badger Paint Hardware strore on 27th St.  Gentlemen's Jim and White House liquor stores.  Boy Blue drive-in. Butter on the bun Hamburgers, Hearts of lettuce salads.  Mitchell Street State Bank across from Goldman's on Mitchell Street near Sears of course.  The original Stein's Garden Store, Southgate Ford, Arlan's, Spartan's.  Introduction to Beauty on WTMJ Sundays, sponsored by Bluemound Furniture.  The electric trolleys, and replacing the runners on the wires using a long wooden pole.  International Harvester running furnaces day and night, the natural gas tanks that went up and down near Red Star Yeast, the smells of the slaughter houses in the Valley halfway down the viaduct on 16th sty.  Often seeing Congressman Zablocki talk to my dad.  Lots of basketball being played in the alleys, and commented on by McGuire when he first came to Milwaukee. 

For those who miss Milwaukee Barnaby's...
 Hope to see you sometime at the Des Plaines restaurant. Check out our history page!

Wendy Kendrick

Love your site!
  Milwaukee, the best place for a child to grow up.  Born in 55 I recall so many great features of the "Layton Park" area.  27th and Forest Home. When Forest Home was widened between 27th , west to 31st in the 60's, the neighborhood lost so many familiar icons.  Buschats (sp?) Drugstore. The Beer Depot, Drews Discount, Summers Bowling Alley and the Forest Home Bowl.  Ten cents a line back in 63.  Naker Meats had a slaughter house on the south side of Forest Home.  In the alley between 29th and 30th. A garage really.  They slaughtered calves for veal.  We'd take the cow eyes to Holy Ghost school for science class....what a hoot.
For other southsiders my age, remember the toboggan run at Jackson Park?  All day for fifty cents.  Or until your legs and arms got tired of dragging that SOB up the stairs!

 Wouldn't change a thing in my childhood.....we were blessed.

Tom Kruzick

I adore your site!
Have never been into memories as much as those that I
have found on your site. Born and raised in Milwaukee. I, like many, am
having a great time reading everyone's listings. Since my uncle was Solly
from Solly's Coffee Shop, I grew up loving those butter burgers.
Graduated from Rufus King High School in 1967, the list goes on.
Doeges, Pete's Bakery (first job), Woolworths in Capitol Court (second
Rank and Son, (first cars) and the list expands.....
Just love this site! Thanks,
Peggy Sue

Wally Rank, a car dealer and philanthropist, shows off part of his antique auto collection in this
 1977 photo. Rank died of an aneurysm in May 2000 at age 83.

Tastes, Smells, Sounds of Retro-Milwaukee
While I have not combed through all of the pages of  Beer City memories, I would like to contribute some of the tastes, smells and sounds of the city that was my birthplace in 1944 and  home until 1989. What young Milwaukeean did not get his first taste of brown mustard on a County Stadium hotdog sold by a vendor? Was there any better peach ice cream than that sold by Sealtest run by the Luick Dairy on Capitol Drive? Was there any better bottled root beer than Granpa Graf's Creamy Top? Was there any better cookie than the Twilight Dessert made by Robert A. Johnston? Were there any better candy bars than Ziegler's Giant Bar or Sperry Candy's Denver Sandwich or Chicken Dinner? Was there any better hamburger than the one you could get at the Butter Bun on Wisconsin Avenue? And how about that almost sweet aroma emanating from the Red Star Yeast plant? Or the nose-holding stench coming from the Pfister Vogel tannery or the Milwaukee Road Shops in the Valley? Or the unforgettable odor  of the Monkey House at the Washington Park Zoo? Or the sound of a bat hitting a hardball at the Eddie Matthews Bat-a-Way on South 27th?
Milwaukee is a city of names long gone, but not forgotten: Omar, Lambrecht, Polly Prim, Allis Chalmers, Automatic Products, Dutchland Dairy, Thora Cigars, Thiele Sausage, Wisconsin Ice & Coal, Heil, Rex Chainbelt, Nordberg, Milwaukee Road, the TMER&L and the four great movie houses on the Avenue (Strand, Alhambra, Wisconsin and Riverside).
When a thirtysomething stranger, standing in line with me to get into County Stadium for the final night game at the old ballpark in September of 2000, asked me what it was like when the Braves ruled Milwaukee and all of Wisconsin, all I replied was, "To root for the Braves in Milwaukee during the '50s was doing the best possible thing at the best possible place at the best possible time."



I was born in 1956 at St. Joe's....
 lived at 35th and Brown.  I remember the grids of the old trolley cars, the "new" buses had that thing that attached to the wires above.  I remember Elmer’s corner grocery store at 35th and Brown, where everything was in wood crates and it was the size of a house.  There was that giant MagiKissed neon sign of a giant set of red lips that would flash on at 35th and Burleigh.  That smell of yeast on the freeway on the way to downtown.  We had an incinerator in the basement, a pantry in the kitchen and coal was used for heat.  The wash machine had a ringer.  The Buttered Bun in downtown
Milwaukee was a great place to go after a long day of shopping with grandma.  I had a Golden Book about Gertie The Duck.  We'd stop at the Gas Company to visit my dad and see all the model kitchens.  Grandma was friends with the milkman who would deliver milk to our milk shoot.  Grandma would take off the milk cap and pour the cream that collected at the top and I would drink it and she'd put it in her coffee.  We would walk to the A&P on North Avenue.  We'd stop at the dime store at 35th and North.  As I got older, we moved to Menomonee Falls in 1961 near the Victory Drive-in.  It was so far out that we soon moved back to 53rd and Burleigh.  Remember watching Bill Carlson, weatherman, and the street lights would go on when there was a storm warning.  My phone number began with “hilltop.” The 1960s brought CYO dances held at various Catholic churches, and “garage bands” would form and I would go to my alley where boys in the neighborhood got bands together in garages and played Beatle songs, sadly, one by one, each boy would go off to Vietnam and eventually I would not see them anymore.  Girls wore bracelets with soldier’s names on them.  The riots broke out with Father Groppi.  Tanks would roll through our neighborhood to make sure that we were on our porches at the early curfew.  Bough penny candies for "recess" on the way to Sherman School.  As I got older, became a teenager and hung around Burleigh Street, Petroff's bowling alley.  Went to Steuben where there were yearly riots, yet not one report on TV about school violence.  It was fun to jump in friends' cars and go down to Wisconsin Avenue to "cruise the ave" and drop a ten spot, us girls get out of the car and the race would be underway.  Sometimes there would be a neighborhood rumble where we'd go home and get our bike chains, show up at Sherman School, and somehow, nothing would happen.  Paddy wagons were these strange looking truck-like vehicles.  Out to eat at Dutchland Dairy for fun or Kopps.  As the 70s approached, times began to change.   For fun, I would go to the rooftop of St. Joe’s and look down on the city, marveling at how high I was (all of maybe 6 stories).  The music began to change.  “The Site” was the place to be seen and heard by the Lake downtown.  “The Party Line” was the place to call to meet up with people.  Call Weather at 936-1212 for the latest weather report. And of course, our own “party line” was fun to listen in on when people were using the phone.  AM radio was listened to and FM was not quite in focus yet.  WOKY was the hot spot on the dial (yes a dial radio, no buttons to press).  Bob Barry had all the latest info.  The Moon Shop was the place to go to buy gag gifts.  Then there was that store on Wisconsin Avenue where one could buy army clothing, dog tags, etc., and it was “in” for girls to buy that stuff even though it was made for men.  Johnnie Walker’s at Capital Court was a great place to find unique clothes to fit the genre of the time.  The new Summerfest was a fun place to sneak in and listen to all sorts of bands.  I’d just slide down the hill and duck under the fence.  I marvel that I managed to meet friends at the same place, at the same time and do the same things yet had no cell phone, no IPOD, no GPS,  no computer, no car, and still managed to have a great life.  Contact me if you remember any of this too. 


Sue, Transdrift@aoldotcom    replace the dot with a .

I grew up in West Allis in the 50's Central high grad in 1959.
Who doesn't remember Zuli's pizza? Those 5 inch thick ham sandwiches or steaks at the Dutchland Dairy? Not to mention Halans. Remember Dance Party with Johnny Anthony? Too bad they didn't have video tape or DVD's back then. Wouldn't time travel be neat?  Muskego Beach (what beach?)  Clem Zablocki.  The only guy to ever sleep though 30 years of Congress.  Or when LBJ spoke as Kosciusko
park?  WBON radio before it got religion? Oh the Pig N' Whistles were great.  Beecher meats? We had lots of fun with that one in junior high school. Was I  - EVER - that young? The number 10 Wells - West Allis? Going across that wooden trestle being SURE it was going to collapse.

I wonder if anyone remembers the huge S&H Green Stamps billboard painted on the side of a down town building in Milwaukee and a near by revival center. Some vandals placed  "JESUS SAVES" right about the S&H Green Stamps poster. They didn't rush to fix it.  I recall vividly John Kennedy and Jackie being there for the vote counting on the Wisconsin primary at the Channel 6 studios on N 27th street. I was home on leave from the Air Force and I did some booth announcing at 6 and I was SO  in love with Jackie. Wasn't every guy?

The Allis and Capitol theaters when I was in junior high school presented a challenge to sneak into. Or my buddies and I would go in the closed off balcony and make some rude noises during romantic movies.  Timing it perfectly for the moment of passion.

Oh how many guys cruised "Mitchell Street" on the weekends? Milwaukee is still home to some great Pizza. Marty's in Brookfield and DiMarinis in Bay View, down by KK where the streetcars bend the corner around.  Milwaukeese. Of course no more streetcars.  We can remember when Blatz was a beer that wasn't half bad. Gimbels-Shusters. The Shroeder hotel. Or going down to Jones Beach for the evening submarine races.  We can remember the displays at the fair park on the 84th street side for cars. The Kaisers, the Willys and that stuff.

Then came the 60's and at the end of the 60's we got our MUSCLE CARS. The Javelins and AMX's. Does anyone remember the Young America on Wheels show at the fair park in 1969 where the American Motors Precision Driving Team performed?  Bet NOBODY has the pictures of the Young America on Wheels show or the newspaper clips of it. The Sentinel did a whole special section for a saturday edition.  Remember Buran AMC at 62nd and National? Central High School when it was at 76th and National?

Fritz the Plumber and Jack Raymond on the radio. Joe Dorsey and his Wire Request show for Squirt Nesbitt Hires.... The 6 MILLION DOLLAR MOVIE?
Rocky Jones Space Ranger. Captain Video. When WTMJ was on channel 3 and the ONLY TV we had?  Then came channel 12 and we thought we were in heaven.  WTVW. Wisconsin's Television Window. Soon came Channel 6. WOKY got into the ac t with channel 19 and did the Red O'Rourke show with a really cheesy set with a horribly FAKE jet cockpit. Hey it was the 50's. And then of course WCAN on channel 25.  The short lived WFOX-TV on channel 31. What did it last? 35 seconds?

Oh golly who could forget Wolf's on 70th and Greenfield? Wolf's everything. Cleaners, newsstand, soda shop.....  Milwaukee County Ban on the other side of Greenfield. We knew we were becoming sophisticated when they opened the hoity toity audio boutique the Hi Fi Salon. Wauwautosa didn't even have one. Spic and Span cleaners. Remember when Purity did home delivery of potato chips? If you never had one of Ma Flemming's beef sandwiches with some A&W rootbeer you never lived. Or go to Gillies for frozen custard. (You still can, of course.)

We can also remember Father Jim Groppi. Some of us loved him and some hated the man. A painful memory was Alabama governor Wallace's embarrassing showing in Wisconsin.  Holsum bread? I worked for Wisco 99 to get through college. Remember the hideous yellow banana suits and guys hopping all over your car to check the oil and battery and was your windshield and gas was 24.9 a gallon? Give me a "buck's worth of high test"  How many remember Mamie's grotto? Probably the best steak place Wisconsin ever had.  The Hickory way downtown for great BBQ. Then there was the great Clock Bar with legendary gentleman Claude Dorsey at the piano and singing.  What a man. He gave up a career in the big time with Louis Armstrong et all to come home to Milwaukee to care for his ailing momma.  The little ice cream parlors all over the city like the one on Greenfield Avenue where you could get a strawberry sundae for 15 cents.  The National grocery on 77th and Greenfield. Hawthorn Melody Milk. Hileman's Kewaskum dairy products.  Wauwautosa as the birthplace of the John Birch Society.

Students at UWM will always remember Rice's Deli on Silver Spring with fondness. Then there was the Black Angus that had REAL beef sandwiches. Of course so did Arby's once upon a time back in the 60's. Alas no more.  A devout Hindu can eat a Arby's Roast Beef sandwich without offending their beliefs. If Arbys made a pork tenderloin even a Hassidic Rebbe could probably eat one. The best food science can devise.

Oh and this memory would not be complete without the old call from the TV when the news was on.. "Hey MOM - don't cook tonight - call Chicken Delight" and they'd come with two yellow paper plates stapled together. Actually, by today's standards, it was pretty darned good friend chicken. Did I forget to mention Millie's Pizza on 80th and Greenfield. Oh how good it was. Grease and all.  Where IS that time machine???

Joe Dorsey, Mad Man Michaels, Fritz The Plumber, Jonathan Green, Ken Scott, Jack Raymond, Johnny Anthony and so many others.  Albert the Alleycat and Barbara Becker. Judy Marks the femme fatal of TV weather.  At least there still is the Butler Inn for good BBQ. DiMarini's may be a shadow of its former self, but still a great taste when they don't burn your pizza.  Who can remember when Lou Ehlers Buick was in Shorewood? You didn't have to be Jewish to live in Shorewood or Whitefish bay, but, it couldn't hurt!

There was a time when the Golden Domes of St. Stan's were actually golden.  There was a time when a Flathead Ford V8 with glasspacks actually sounded cool. When men's trousers had a little extra belt in the back. Don't ask me why. Nobody knew what it was for. Kind of like the portholes on the fender of  my dad's Buick.

Have you ever been to
St. Josaphat's Basilica on 6th and Lincoln?  If you haven't you need to see it.

Let's not leave off Grandpa Graff's sodas.  Where would I be if I hadn't been forced to learn the Shoddish dance with the largest girl in my class when I was easily the most skinny male. Good think it was the Shoddish and not a slow dance.  And old Billy Wisniewski owned the franchise for Midas mufflers.
And can we ever forget Crazy Jim's autos? For $50 you too could drive an absolute wreck. Rustbuckets that used more oil than gas. You had to see his cars to believe them. They'd start, they may or may not stop. Or steer. There was no safety standards then. You were lucky if the darn things would keep the rain off our head.  Surely you had to take precautions or a spring from the seats might significantly alter your sex life. I wouldn't exactly call them junkers. Everyone else did.

Oh and Sloan's furniture. God love old Sam Sloan.  You could make deals there on furniture nobody else could touch. And Sam was always good for a story or two.

Surely those were the "Happy Days."

                                                      Young America On Wheels 1972


This website is soooooo cool. 
 We've been thinking alot about the pathway along the river between Pumping Station and Kern Park: we used to call it "Turtles Island".  Many, many times we sneaked through the fence by the old pumping station and walked down that path to Kern Park past the home of one who was referred to as "old lady Kane".  She would holler at kids for traipsing through her property down there thus prompting stories to be passed on about her, e.g., she wore boys tennis shoes and would brandish a shot gun at kids, etc... There were homes along the river, like hers, that we were fascinated by.
Is there more information about that others can share?
Thanks--keep up this great piece of history for Milwaukee.

Wow!! Take me back
  My parents moved to the far south side of Milwaukee which was the Town of Lake at that time  when I was about 3 yrs. old (68 now and living in AZ for 12 yrs.)   We were near the "water tower"  on 6th st., the volunteer fire dept. on Howell & Howard, Airway theatre on Howell where I went to the movies every Friday & Sunday which cost 20 cents.  The Airport terminal was on Layton Ave.  The #11 steetcar line ended at Howell & Bolivar Ave. which I later used to go to Notre Dame High School on 5th & Mitchell. Graduated in 1957. Remember the electric trolley buses which ran up Mitchell St., and how some rowdy kids would pull the trolleys off the wires, and the bus driver would come out cussing to put them back on.  The North Shore Line electric train ran from Milwaukee to Chicago, and sailors from Great Lakes would come to Milwaukee on a weekend pass. Now we could use those electric buses & trains. Then I worked at Allen Bradley for 10 yrs. when it was actually run by the Bradleys, until their death.  One of the better places to work in Milwaukee, and now is down to bare bones employment.  These are just a few of the many good memories from the 40s,  50s & 60s. Too many more to write about.  Wish I could have do overs.
Jim Lukes    Sun City,AZ

I was born on an Army base in KY but lived in Milwaukee...
 since I was 1 year old. (1954) I have many fine memories of Milwaukee's south side.  I
spent the majority of my adolescence around 43rd and Howard ave.  As I
get older some of those memories are starting to fade.  Too often my
children say "dad you told me that already".  So the anecdotes are
mentioned less often and that is why they seem to be fading.  I would
like to share a couple of things that if anyone else remembers they
could add to.

1. The Hunger Hike...about 1969 started at County Stadium and headed
north then west and through Wauwatosa eventually finishing at the
stadium.  33 miles and one of the first events to ask for pledges per
miles to help the hungry

2. WOKY Pops festival...1969 featured The Monkeys, Andy Kim, Bob Seeger,
The Guess Who, and about a dozen other national acts.

3. The plane that crashed at Mitchel Field and was blocking traffic on
Layton Ave.  I was sleeping less than 300 yards from the crash when my
Mom woke me to show me the crash out of our kitchen window on Price Ct.
This would have been 1960.

4. Drew's Discount Variety Store on 51st and Howard.  Stopped everyday
on the way home from school at Walt Whitman Elementary.  Also SKippy's
restaurant on the opposite corner.  Skippy talked out of the side of his
mouth when he yelled at us.

5. The Pop's cartoon show hosted by Pops with Lippy Lucy "who would talk
and talk and talk and talk" Also remember Punky and his Pals, and a
talking Toucan that was one of Bob Trents puppets.  If I remember
correctly the voice of Albert the Alley cat was of Jack DuBlon also
played on Nightmare Theatre. Fuzzy on that.
Also Channel 6 did a summer promo using the Herman Hermits song "Henry
the Eighth" while channel 4 opened their news with Chicago's intro to
"I'm a Man"

6. Remember going to State Fair to see Joey Chitwoods Tournament of
Thrills and County Stadium to see Eddy Feigner The King and his Court
play softball with only 4 players.

Going to Milwaukee Hamilton in only it's third year Oklahoma was the
Main St. of our world.  We cruised from 76th and Oklahoma (McDonalds and
Marcs Big Boys) to 27th and Oklahoma (McDonalds and Marcs Big Boys)
which was Pulaski territory.  Hamilton's theme song that the band played
at all athletic events was "The Stripper". We got the okay for the song
when the principal mistook the request for "The Striper".  It was used
for almost 20 years.

I also belonged to one of the only urban 4-H clubs in Milwaukee...the
Howard ave Teen H'ers.  I remember once while the County Fair was going
on at Mayfair's parking lot (not enclosed yet) we were asked to help
wash some old antique wagons and carts that were displayed in the middle
of the "mall"  that were being used in the movie "Gailey, Gailey" shot
in Milwaukee in 1969.

If any one can add any details to these memories please do. 

By the way "great idea!"

Harry Stoetzel

A  south sider born in 59

I grew up near 15th and Oklahoma. Born in 59. My dad was a manager at the Woolworths on 10th & Mitchell. I attended St. Gerard’s until the school closed. Then Oklahoma Elementary, Audubon Junior High, and finally Pulaski. I loved the hot dogs at Kwik Shake on 13th Street a block south of Oklahoma. Did my kids shopping at Sidelloes Ben Franklin on 13th street. There were several shoe stores on 13th street near The Sentry. We had a cool corner store called Stawskis on 15th and Manitoba. We would go to frequent the Rexalls on 16th Street by St. Alexander’s. Remember Cooks coffee in their dull orange and brown trucks? How about South Star Dairy on s. 9th?

 I loved visiting my dad at the Woolworths. They had these great hot dogs with buttered buns. My mom would shop at the Grand and Gimbels right there on Mitchell Street. Clothes from Robert hall on Forest Home by the big Sears.

 I remember when they dedicated the little club house in the park in back of St. Gerard in probably 68 or so by the ball diamonds.

 Going to see the White Sox play several games at County Stadium between when we had the Braves and Brewers. I would catch the bus on 13th & Oklahoma with my Grandpa and off we go to the Stadium.

 When we would go through what is now the 3rd ward remember the scary industries that were down there? Open flames from smokestacks and as kid they frightened me!

 Where has the time gone? Here I am in my 40’s living in Waupaca, WI. A long way from memories on s. 13th Street.
Tim S.

I was born in December 1944 at St. Joseph's Hospital. 
 My grandparents owned a building on Upper Third Street.  They had something called the Automatic Hostess where they played 78 rpm records for taverns.  People would speak into a juke box microphone and request a song.  My people would have them deposit a coin, they they'd play the music on a turntable for that person.  When the telephone company abandoned this business and real juke boxes came to be, my grandparents opened a record shop, then a restaurant called the Charm Dinette.  I went to grade school at St. Gall's where Father Restle and his Irish Setter ruled the parish. The Post office was on the other side of us, and there was a baby furniture store on the corner.  Later I moved with my mom and stepfather to 3800 N. 24th St.  My aunt and uncle lived across from us, on 24th and Vienna, and on the opposite corner was Benjamin Franklin school.  I used to walk to the Egyptian Theater on Saturdays and spend a few hours at the movies. We attended church at St. Agnes, and later I went to junior high at St. Leo's where another aunt was housekeeper for Monsignor Meyer.  Sister Alcantara was my favorite teacher.  Mesmer High was next, and there were a lot of rich snotty kids there.  I was shy and had problems with asthma, so I missed a lot of school.  Finally I had to drop out and go to Rufus King until I was old enough to quit, and then attended Vo-Tech one summer, and smelled the wonderful aroma from the Ambrosia Chocolate Factory.  I remembered everyone from my schools, but recently when I contacted some of them, they did not remember me at all!  Maybe because I was absent so often, but it was a shock, like I was a ghost.
Milwaukee was a great place for a child.  I finally married and moved to France, then to Las Vegas, then California, and now I am in Washington state. I miss the lightning bugs in summer.  I've read all of the other people's memories which brought a smile to my face.  Milwaukee may have forgotten me, but I shall always remember Milwaukee.  If anyone knows me, please email. LOL!
Little Judy

 I was born and raised in St. Francis
.....and moved to Milwaukee when I was married in December of 1967.
Places my Husband and I went to were Dino's on Howell.  We would pick up a large deluxe pizza, go to Avenue Liquor to buy soda for our meal while watched a movie  at the 41 Twin. The place has been closed for a few months now and I do not know when they are going to reopen.  They say it is being remodeled.
The 41 Twin is now owned by Northwestern Insurance.  They built a huge building on the site.
Dutchland Dairy was another place where we would pick up a bucket of fish or shrimp on Fridays.  Long gone and now a restaurant.
Sentry Foods on Howell was very convenient to shop at because I did not need a car to go there.  It has been replaced with a Family Dollar store.
Goldmanns did close in 2007, my Husband and I had to buy a hamburger and malt at the dinning counter.
Skyway Theater is a Church
Blue Jay has changed many times in the years since they closed and just re-opened as a restaurant.
Boy Blue on Howell is a Middle Eastern place called Sahara Cafe
Big Boy is a Perkin's Restaurant.
St. Veronica School is now called St. Thomas Aquinas Academy from Grade 4 to 8.  St. Paul' Grade School is also St. Thomas Aquinas Academy  for the lower grades.
The Drug Store that was next to Dino's is a Hub Cap Shop
The Car Dealership on Howell Ave next to Boy Blue has changed hands to another dealership and is now an auto repair shop, used car dealership and taxi business.
Avenue Liquor is still there.
There was a restaurant across the street to their south side.  That is now Bowlers Pro Shop.
Al's Custard was torn down a while back.  I forgot what is there now. First it was a used car lot.  Now it is something completely different.

Leon's is still there and still has excellent custard.

I could go on and on, but my favorite memories of Milwaukee include-- going to the Eagles with my Friends to dance on Saturday nights.  Sitting on Bradford Beach in the summer.  Ice Skating on the Humboldt Park Lagoon.  Bay View pep rallies and night football games (St. Francis did not have a high school, so they sent us to Bay View.  I was the last class from St. Francis to be allowed to attend a Milwaukee high school.)  Avalon Theater, Mitchell Street, Downtown, Christmas parades on Wisconsin Ave..  Participating in the 4th. of July Parades with my children, representing St. Veronica's.  The Go Go dancing places Downtown with my Friends.   

Sign me as a young 62 year old

Great site!  I was born in '55 in Milwaukee on the Northwest side. 
 I grew up across the street from McGovern Park.  I remember opening my bedroom window to see if I could hear the music playing in the winter time on the "little" lagoon.  That way I'd know the skating rink was open. I'd hear Diana Ross and The Supremes as clear as a bell.  I remember the kidney shaped pool and 4th of July in the park. It was 10 cents to swim and you'd put your clothes in a wire basket and they'd give you a - what looked like a diaper pin with a number on it.  There was also a "big" lagoon where they'd rent boats for 50 cents.  I also have fond memories of A&W.  We'd ride our bikes there and Mr. Lovering (sp?) would give us free baby root beers and popcorn. All the "souped" up cars in the parking lot.  And drag races down Villard Avenue.  I also remember the Mil-Kay.  Old Frank filling little brown bags with penny candy. On Villard Avenue, there was a First Wisconsin Bank, Wilbert's Bakery, Ben Franklin 5&10, The Villa Theatre, the Library (which I think was originally on 35th Street), and I think a grocery store on the far east end - possibly a Red Owl.  Jayne M.

Wow! What a great site!

 I was born in 1945 and grew up on the east side of Milwaukee.


Some of my memories:


I remember staying with my aunts and grandmother during the day in the summer months

because both my parents worked. Grandma had a huge 4 family duplex on Fratney Street.

Two of my aunts lived in the upper and lower rear duplexes.


Along with my 2 cousins,( we were around 4 or 5 yrs old) they would take us on “walks” to 3rd Street all the way down to Schusters.

We all wore leather harnesses and leashes on these walks. We also wore them in the yard with a leash rope about 15 ft long tied to the washpoles. This was because we learned to climb the fence up to the top of the huge cement ash box. From there we could jump down and get out of the yard.


We would also ride the bus downtown and shop at Gimbels and Boston Store. We walked up and down Wisconsin Ave on our leashes. I recall eating at the lunch counter at Gimbels. I also recall the huge Lionel train layouts at Christmas time.


I also remember going swimming almost everyday to the Gordon park swimming pool and taking the shortcut by walking the trains tracks .


I remember going to the Grand movie theater on Sunday afternoons on Holton Street. (10 cent to get in, 5 cents for popcorn and 10 cents for a coke. 25 cents went a long way on a Sunday afternoon.) I remember always being asked “how old are you? Under 12 was 10 cent admission.


I remember 4th of July parades to Gordon Park. The parade started in front of my school  St. Mary Czestochowa. We all got a flag. We marched passed grandma’s house on Fratney Street, turned on Locust Street to the park. We got a ticket for a cup of vanilla ice cream . That night we watched the fireworks in the park.


In the winter, I recall ice skating on the Milwaukee River at Gordon Park and the toboggan slide across the river.


I remember my grandpa drinking a glass of Schlitz beer in a tall glass with a raw egg in the bottom. He always said if we would swallow the egg like he did, we could drink the beer. No one ever took him up on it.


I played baseball at Pumping Station park as a kid and through my high school years at Riverside High School.

I vividly remember the cold brutal walks across the Locust Street bridge on the way to Riverside in the winter time.


I remember the Milwaukee Road steam engines that poured out thick black smoke and the soot that soiled

the clean clothes on my mom’s wash line.


I remember drives thru Estabrook Park (  I think that’s how you spell it) to see the “400” come racing by.


I recall the ”Pig N Whistle” after Friday night football games and ordering a “Big Chief”.


I recall numerous trips to County Stadium to watch the Braves. My friend’s dad was a banker and had season tickets. My aunt and uncle owned a tavern and also had season tickets. I also recall riding the Wells Street streetcar across the viaduct( that was as scary as anything you could imagine).


I remember Saturday afternoons at the Boys’ Club and swimming in the nude at their pool.


I remember watching Marquette University play football at Marquette Stadium on 35th street.


I remember Pete’s bakery and the cream puffs and crullers


I remember Quality candy at Christmas and Easter. The chocolate covered cherries and the huge chocolate cream eggs.


Good memories!


Irv  The Workingman's Friend

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