"They say she gets her
clothes at The Grand"
How can you
forget that wonderful store?
Pierce Rosenberg president of 'The Grand' made it the talk of the
He was a philanthropist and very prominent in civic affairs. It
saddens me that he is forgotten. Please look up his obituary.
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
My home is in Rancho Palos Verdes ,Calif.
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
Hope to see you sometime at the Des Plaines restaurant.
Check out our history page!