Milwaukee Memories Page 14
...wonderful site, takes me back a lot...
Does anyone know the name of the club on State St. that hosted live
Country western music on weekends?
I am looking for pictures of the neighborhood near 4200 block of glenway street in Wauwatosa....
My parents owned a house there but I wanted to see what it looked like in the early 1950s when their house was built.
Born here in 1943.....
Don't forget Fazio's on 5th, starring Tommy Tune… The Butter Bun on 4th and Wisconsin Ave….The Camera Man between 8th and 9th on Wisconsin Ave., He took your picture as you were strolling down the north side of Wisconsin ave., handed you a small white envelope with a serial number on it, if you wanted your picture (for a fee). Little white envelopes would be blowing up and down the Ave….Windy Wisconsin Ave. between 6th and 5th esp. the South side of the street, women had to hold their skirts down.
I was on the Marquette University faculty as a NROTC staff
instructor/advisor from 1975 to 1978.
In no particular order:
Being on campus when the then 'Warriors' won it all in Al McGuire's last
Going to see the Bucks (post Kareem) play on the colorful MECCA home court -
yellow and red geometrics designed by Robert Indiana.
The Experimental Aircraft Association Museum in Franklin (since moved to
Summerfest 1976 with Elvin Bishop and Judy Collins among the headliners
The Miller and Pabst brewery tours
Hegarty's tavern a short walk away from Marquette
Ground Water waterbeds, El Sombrero Mexican buffet, Toy's Chinese
restaurant, Pieces of Eight on the lake, Ambrosia Chocolate factory and
The smell of hops, chocolate and the rendering plant in the Menomonee River
Pick-up volleyball at the YMCA
Sailing the small boats on Northridge Lake and the big boats on Lake
Northridge and Southridge malls
Eddie Doucette, Jill Geisler, Larry the Legend on the airwaves
Jogging around Lake Park and Brown Deer Park
The Melody Top Theater and polo matches at Uihlein Field off of Good Hope
Buying wood furniture from the R. Raml woodworking company on West Mill
Barbequing fresh corn and brats in the early fall and washing it down with
Dear Retro Milwaukee.........
Additionally, I am looking for photos and information on the 1966 St. Martin's Fair that took place in Franklin. One of the vexing questions concerns the police command post (CP) in use at the fair in 1966. At that time, with the Franklin Police Department in its infancy (the police station was in an old farm house; Greendale provided communications and holding cells for prisoners until they could be taken to the county gaol, then located in the Safety Building), the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department was responsible for all law enforcement functions at the fair. That said, I have been unable to locate their CP for 1966. It may have been at the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary Church, at the Parish Hall, or at the parish school (all located at S.116th Street). Does your organization have any information and or photographs for this period?
I have checked with the Franklin, Milwaukee County and State Historical Societies, as well as the public libraries. Sadly, without result. This seems to be a forgotten event in a forgotten time.
Finally, I am keen to learn of the experience of anyone who came to Milwaukee from the UK in the 1960s.
Any assistance will be fully acknowledged. My email address is.........
More Milwaukee Memories from Rob....
1. Capital Foods, 41st Capitol Drive
2. Sentry Foods, 44th Capitol Drive
3. The Northwest News, near Fond du Lac and Capital Drive
4. Summerfest Sports Programme. Secondary (high school) football (soccer) was played on weekdays and adult football (soccer) and rugby football were played on weekends. Additionally, handball, fencing, and archery were on offer. The sport area was located near the large stage. Multitudes sat on the playing fields during concerts. Ergo, very early every morning the pitch had to be cleared of broken glass and rubbish before the fields were safe for play.
5. The Blue Eagles Soccer-Football Team. Football (soccer) in the Milwaukee public high schools started at John Marshall Middle-Senior School (High School) in c.1967-1968. At first it was an intra school activity. Then it expanded as the team played exhibition games against Pio Nono and Cathedral secondary schools and the Milwaukee Kickers Juniors. By c. 1969 the team played in the Junior Division of the Wisconsin Soccer Football Association. By c. 1970 other Milwaukee area public high schools also had teams. They formed their own league that played throughout the year. The league held the first state wide high school soccer tournaments. Mr. John Schissler, Jr of Marshall was the leader of the movement and the head of the league. During this incipient period the Blue Eagles were not allowed to use the school name, Marshall.
6. Mr. Gene Edwards. Mr. Edwards was the president of the Wisconsin Soccer Football Association and the president of the US Soccer Football Association. He was active in getting the US into both the Olympic and the World Cup. Mr. Edwards was also a chief executive of Blue Cross & Blue Shield, which at the time was located in Milwaukee (downtown, I think).
7. Judge Ted Wedamyer. Ted was a prominent local lawyer, judge and eventually a Federal Judge.
8. Dineen Park Football Pitch. This was the home pitch for the Marshall Blue Eagles Soccer Football team.
9. Barnaby's Restaurant. Located on or near 69th and Capitol Drive. The Blue Eagles had many free meals there.
10. The 84th (Royal Highland Emigrants) Regiment of Foot. This was an historical re-enactment group from Milwaukee c. 1971. They, along with many other such units, re-enact the American War of Independence.
I hope that this information will be of interest. Some of the information is little know, but is an important part of local history that ought not be forgot.
I lived in Milw (1954-1966) on the near southside....
but do not recall where Hills Dept Store was located. Can you tell me the address.
I love reading through the memories on your site.
I was born in West Allis in 1926......
two blocks from the State fair park. I spent a lot of time at the fair grounds' I remember the 1 mile dirt track , and the quarter mile midget car track that had racing every fri. evening. The state fair was different then. Horse pulling, and the wrestling tent. More people danced then The Roof, Eagles Modernistic ballrooms. I loved the big band sounds, and went to the riverside often listening to all of the big bands. West Allis was sports minded as well. Ice skating was big. central park was my favorite place to skate. I worked for a while at Flemings A&W as most of the local kids did. I remember when Hy way 100 was the edge of town. As a young kid I remember horses doing most of the delivery work. I am 87 years old now, and these memories make me feel young again. There were much less problems as the youngsters had more things to do. I am saddened by all of the industry that has left West Allis. R.J.F..
Anyone remember a Kiddieland amusement park
It was somewhere near Milwaukee? I found this old photo which was marked
Kiddieland 1954 Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The only problem is I can't find any
info on this place. It looks like it had boat rides, a carousel and other
The owner of Kiddieland lived in Illinois (Harry ?) and my father was the
manager of Kiddieland. I, unfortunately, was too young to remember the span
of time Kiddieland was in Milwaukee, but I loved it. I have such wonderful
memories as we went a lot because of my dad working there in the evenings
and of course I rode for free! Oh, happy days! Kiddieland was situated
where Point Loomis Shopping Center now sits. Forgive me if it's not called
Point Loomis any longer, but I've lived in Dubuque, IA the past 11 years and
don't always get past there to know what has changed. There was a Howard
Johnson's Restaurant across the street in what at one time was Southgate
Shopping Center, right on the corner of 27th Street and Morgan Avenue facing
east where we would go to dinner.
Kiddieland had live ponies and I always got to ride "Brownie" as he was my
favorite pony and so was the merry-go-round. They had lots of rides and it
certainly was fun while it lasted. The reason Kiddieland closed was because
the owner had throat cancer and died and his wife didn't want to continue
Filling the root beer gallon jug at A&W on Mill Road. GEX needed a card to
get in on 60th and Florist. Suberpia subs, Barnabys Pizza, and go karts on
76th and Good Hope. The garlic Chips at the Captains on Capitol Drive. I
remember standing in line to see Santa at the kooky cookie house at Capitol
Court. Boston Store downtown lunches, Quinlevan Buick 37th and Wisconsin.
On the corner of Jefferson and Wells you can hear cathedral bells..... Ask
your neighbor with Gordon and my dad listening to invitation to beauty on
the radio. Larry the Legend speak your onions... everyone has a cb. How
about melody top and the polo field looking for balls. That piranha at the
ABC fish store on Villard. Brewers chalet to eat on Good Hope. I love
back then.......Jolly good joke in the bottom of the can.....
Born at St. Joe's in 51 and lived there till 83 when we moved "up north" for work. Great memories of the northwest side in the 60's and 70's. Don't know where to start.
Riding our bikes every summer day to swim at McGovern park. The penny candy store on 51st and Villard after swimming. A&W drive in on Villard, the Dog n' Suds by McGovern park.
Frank Sadlers DX station, my dad's favorite mechanic. Rex-all drugs and soda fountains. The Red Owl grocery store on Fon Du Lac Ave. that later became Peaches records. The start of
FM album rock with WZMF and WQFM, Reitman and Green the space commander. Suburpia, " get two friends to join you in a sandwich". Neds pizza and Petes pizza along with Barbierries pizza
in the Bonanza shopping center. Red's Hideaway and the Jolly Troll. Kinney shoes and GC Murphys (I worked there in high school). Capn's hamburgers and Siemers broasted chicken. Bob Barry on WOKY and O.C. White and DR. Bop on WAWA. Albert the alleycat on channel 6 weather and Dick Johnson on Packer preview. Brewery tours at Schlitz, Pabst and Miller. Turning 18 and going to the old house and Marty Zifco's. Drive in theatres and Zeb Billings. Beneath the street to see Truc. 60's bands the Wrest, toni's tigers, D Rob and the Robbs and the messengers. How about Cleopatra running at the Strand for seemingly 2 years. Took the city bus everywhere. Went to UWM then and discovered Brady street and the great east side of the 60's and 70's. What a great time in a great place. Thanks for the memories.
MM Madison high school '69
Oh how I love this site!!!
I grew going to grade school in the river west area Yeah Fratney!. Anyway moved away late 60's went to Edison and than Custer. So many memories. Fireworks at the lakefront. The Fourth of July Circus Parade, The very first Summerfest, Statefair, in West Allis before they changed it years ago, and the great sandwiches you could get under the beaches away from the weather. So many memories. I miss Milwaukee's Sundays hot ham & rolls, I miss Ned's, I miss Leon's. that are still there as of 2113. But I miss Boy Blue coming Down the street running in asking mom for some change. I miss just the safety we felt as kids whether we were 12 years old and on a bus on 6th & Wisconsin heading to one of many movie theaters. Or on 24th & State getting off the bus to walk to a friends or all the way across town by Brookfield. I loved it. So very many places have come and gone. Capital Court, Northridge, Southgate, restaurants, like Dutchland dairy, Lelanni's Pig & Whistle, Shakey's, Ponderosa, Fontain Blue, than I can't remember the place but the were a family place that celebrated birthdays with Bingo the Clown? Well old Blue eyes Frank Sinatra might of had his town to sing about but us here on Milwaukee memories It's Our Kinda Town!!! By the way who has that famous fondue recipe? Take care.
How about before the 50’s?.....
Does anyone remember Ray, everyones favorite bus conductor on the little Wauwatosa route from 60th and North Ave to 60th and Vliet St? How about Hoyt Park and walking blocks in the hot sun to spend the afternoon there with your friends! On the way stopping at the Mother Goose house for ice cream on 88th and North ave. Or the Lannon stone quarry when you could get a group together and money to buy gas! Will never forget those streetcar rides on the Wells Street car over the viaduct...out of town visitors thought we were crazy to ride it! And of course, Washington Park with the row boat rides in the summer and skating in the winter. “Tosa”, a wonderful place to grow up....hope it stayed that way.
My name is Chuck and I just read all 14 pages...
of Milwaukee stories on the retro Milwaukee site.
What great stuff!!
Makes me feel right at home again.
I was born in 1956 and lived in Wauwatosa on Underwood
Ave. right near Hillcrest Ave.
Went to Lincoln school for grades 1-6, then Longfellow
for grades 7-9, then Tosa East high for grades 10-12.
My maternal grandfather ran Milwaukee streetcars in
West Allis. My dad worked at Allis Chalmers.
I lived in Tosa and Milwaukee until 1986 when I
came to Florida to skydive, and I kind of never went
home after that.
Please let me know how to contribute my stories
to your website. Good job on it! Man, I could not stop
reading once I started!!
Even all these years later being gone for so long,
people everywhere still know I'm from there because of
my accent. What's so bad about that, hey? :)
I grew up in the best town in the world,....
and it seems that you all actually know that to be true. It seems that Milwaukee is often viewed by the rest of the nation as a “hick town” but to me it was the best place to grow up anywhere in the world. I was born in 1960 at Milwaukee General and was the last of 8 kids. Most of my family grew up in smaller towns like Marinette, Janesville, and DePere, but myself and two sisters grew up pretty much exclusively on the Southside. First on 5th Place just off of Lincoln and then shortly after I was born we moved to Rusk Avenue just off of KK. We had the complete Mayberry experience. Our neighbor Andy owned a hardware store on the corner, Mrs Klitzke next door taught piano lessons, and best of all Mr. Motor lived across the street and he was a lieutenant with the MPD in the 2nd district so we NEVER had any crime in our area. I always thought I had the best of both worlds, because we had all the cool things of a big city nearby, but we lived in an atmosphere that was so much like a small town, that it couldn’t have been better.
Things I remember:
· Going to the Avalon Theater, where I always felt I was entering dreamland with the stars on the ceiling
· Going to Chet’s Variety store to buy magic tricks and comic books
· The awesome Summer Festivals at Immaculate Conception Church
· The South Shore Water Frolics Parade and Fireworks – Where I learned to believe in Magic
· Suburpia Sub sandwiches
· DiMarrinos Pizza
· Visiting Old Smokey with my folks (my mom loved the old steam engines)
· Going down to South Shore park with my mom and sisters in the summer and playing by the lake all day long
· McDonald’s being built just off of KK and working there in Lime Green Polyester Shirts and pants – seriously we could not have looked STUPIDER
· The old Llewellyn Library and the Billy Bookworm Club
· The Castle on the Hill – Bay View HS – being there while the North extension was built (new music rooms, etc), then we became the first Arts Magnet school – largely because Ray Dietrich was such a great teacher of Music I think; and then having the first Afro-American Female Principal in town, Going to school during a big teacher’s strike, and feeling scared, but getting to do cool stuff like making jewelry (I made a turquoise ring for my mom)
· Marc’s Big Boy Hamburgers
I could go on and on, but I am so glad that there is a site like yours that celebrates our town. I will dig out some pictures that I have (My dad was a professional photographer, so he was always snapping photos) and send them your way.
Keep up the good work!!!
Rauel F. LaBreche
Billy the Bookworm 1960
Gcharlie on page 13 asks about the club on State St. with country music...
Two come to mind. Nicks Nicabob on the northeast corner of 26th and State
and Rickys on the southwest corner. Sonny Williams, Stoney Calhoun, and
Kidd Carson come to mind as band members at Nicks while Billy Spaulding and
his sister June, headlined at Rickys. Nicks Nicabob featured big name
country stars frequently, usually backed by the house band. The Clef Club on
55th & Center was another weekend hot spot. Many will remember Bobby Nelson,
Bob Steele, Billy Schmidt and Earl (can't remember his last name) known as
the Bobby Nelson quartet. Hope this info stirs some old Milwaukee
BB, Las Vegas
I was born in 1959 and lived on the south side of Milwaukee on 20th and Howard...
Wilson park was down the block where I spent many a winter ice skating on the frozen
lagoon. There was Hoopers grocery store at the end of one block and the beer depot
down the other direction. I went to St. Mary Magdalen and St. Romans for elementary
school and Pulaski high school. I remember the Fourth of July parade that would go
down 20th street right in front of my house every year and being able to see the
fireworks from Wilson park when I was sitting in my front yard. I fondly remember
Dutchland dairy and Marks Big Boy, who could forget those shredded onion rings. I
remember going to Sheridan park and walking down the curvy path to the water for
late night bonfires. Gimbals baked Alaska and of course George Webbs 6 for dollar
hamburgers, of which I ate all of them and chicken noodle soup that was bright
My father worked for Milwaukee Dressed Beef, at the time all I knew was
that he worked under the bridge, It was very mysterious. I remember when Burger
Chef came to town and how exciting it was to take your hard earned dollar from
collecting newspapers to spend. I remember when they built the interstate and the
huge very high bridge over the valley to get to downtown. I remember my brother and
several other guys helping to rock the city bus out of the snow so he could ride it
to Tech high school downtown.
The Mad Hatter bar downtown is where I spent many
weekend nights. Quality candy and their marshmallow Easter eggs was the best thing
ever. The orphanage behind St. Francis hospital where I always wanted to visit.
Of course the circus parade downtown, where you could buy a color changing chameleon.
Pepe's pizza and Dominic's pizza by Pulaski park. Does anyone else remember when
you could go to Pulaski park and rent a board game for a week. I thought that was
the greatest thing ever! Forest home cemetery where some of the tomb stones date
back to the early 1800's. Kinikinic parkway had some of the most beautiful scenery
in the spring as well as Whitnall park.
I remember going to listen to music at the
Humbolt park band shelter. I lived in Milwaukee until I graduated from high school
in 1978 and then moved to Florida. I have so many fond memories of my childhood in
Milwaukee and feel blessed that I was able to experience such a wonderful city. I
hope to return in my retirement years to make some new memories.
Like everyone else, I'm loving your site...
I was born in Milwaukee good old St Lukes
Hospital. Grew up in West Allis until we moved to Brookfield in the early 70's,
until we moved out of state my junior year of high school.
Many fond memories.
Haven't read everyone's post yet but I will. I've been trying to find out
information about an event, an all day music fest that was held at county stadium in
June of 1969 (I believe). I was hoping to find out what bands played there that day
and just stroll down memory lane. I attended the concert but was just a kid only 12
yrs old at that time.
Does anybody have any info on this? or can you direct me to
website about it. I've searched google, but have hit dead ends.
Jill K. firstname.lastname@example.org for responses please.
Late 1940s and early 1950s...
I remember going to Szerbat's Bros butcher shop
on the corner of Locust and Fratney, I believe, and the small "sweet shop"
directly across Fratney.... Anyone else remember?
Does anyone remember the Layton Show House.....
on 27th and Lincoln Ave. I do have a picture
of it. We lived about a half block away from
it and went there all the time. I cannot find out
anything about it. If anyone remembers it please
share your information
Thank you !
What was the name of the downtown Milwaukee lunch cafe.....
where Al McGuire ate lunch alot at?
It was in a building on Wisconsin, I think like on the 5 th floor.
It has been closed for years.
Can you help me?
Does anyone remember the name of the pizza place on Wisconsin Ave.....
about a block east of the Eagles Ballroom?
Lived in that area all my life but can't remember name of that place.
Thought your readers might enjoy this....
Probably from around 1963-4
We saw their live show at the Point Loomis theatre.
Author- Chicago Music Scene: 1960s & 1970s.
Available at my website:
I've lived in metro Milwaukee most of my 63 years......
and thought I'd share a couple
memories / pictures.
My grandmother, Dorothy Sevedge, started the Newcomer Hostess Service (and Newcomer
clubs) in the 1930s welcoming new Milwaukeeans with products from local merchants.
She operated the business for over 50 years. In 1948 her friends at the Ad Club
asked her if she would like to be in a Blatz beer print ad...check out the picture.
Coming home for lunch from school in the 1950s, I would catch Joe Shott and the Hot
Shots band on WTMJ tv. A local antique dealer was actually in the audience of the
show and got a handkerchief with the band's likenesses. I bought it from her and
have included a picture.
I was born in 1947 in Milwaukee at the old St. Lukes Hospital.....
They tell me there was a major snow storm that year.
I grew up in West Allis on 57th & Burnham. John Young's Drug store was
on the corner of 57th & Burnham and they had a fine soda counter where I
spent a good deal of time.
I remember my first job, pedaling newspapers for the Milwaukee Journal.
I remember Bomberg's Bakery and hot ham and fresh from the oven butter
crest rolls on Sunday.
As a teenager I fondly remember CYO dances at St. Rita's and other
schools. There was youth center at Horace Mann on Friday nights too.
I went to high school at West Milwaukee High and remember our sad
football team and great pizza at several places around the neighborhood.
Giovanni's, Auggies and others.
There were good jobs in factories then too. Wisconsin Motor was just
down Burnham street. Rex Chain Belt was not too far over on Mitchell.
At Christmas there was the Mitchell street parade and Schusters had
their display windows all decked out with Christmas goodies and toys.
Billy the Brownie was on the radio and we all gathered around to hear
I used to take the bus to Mitchell Street by myself. Riding the bus was
safe in those days.
All the great breweries were going full steam back then too. I had two
uncles who worked for Schlitz. And there was the Brown Bottle at
Penny candy at the Dime store on Burnham...and yes, they had candy
The Milwaukee of my youth was a great place to grow up.
I remember the garage bands of the 60's. The Legends, Paul Stefan and
the Royal Lancers (Paul was a neighbor just three houses down) El Ray
and the Night Beats and many others. Beer bars like The Old House, and
Wylers. Trips to Madison and the Bunny Hop and driving home after. I'm
still amazed we didn't get killed!
The beautiful tree lined streets of West Allis and Milwaukee. Basketball
games at West Milwaukee and letter jackets and cheerleaders. I had a
crush on Mary Powers in my freshman year!
The Plankington Arcade and shopping at all the fine stores downtown. And
all the great old restaurants like Frenchy's, John Ernst, The Five
O'clock Club on State and there was one at Pabst Brewery in the basement
of the old church, the name escapes me.
And of course Kegal's Inn in West Allis had one of the best fish fry's
around and still do. Taverns had great fish fry's, like the 5th Wheel
Pub on 43rd & Burnham.
Growing up in Milwaukee of the 1950's and 60's was a magic time and I
wouldn't trade it for the world. I just wish we go back there now! Times
were better then.
I was born on the Southside of Milw. in 1955....
I heard no mention of National T foodstore on 76 and Beloit which is now Rupenas.
There was a Ben Franklin 5&10cent store
the cent was a 'C' with a line through it, not on my keyboard must not use it
anymore. Krambos food store on 76 and Oklahoma. Later taken over by Kroger.
National T food store also on 60 and Oklahoma. Other various locations
throughout the city. The store with the squiggly roof. That was Treasure Island.
Movie ushers showing you to your seat with a flashlight, we always had to sit in
the 6 row.
Buddy Squirrel next to the Modjeska Theater and the Grand Theater on
about 12 and Mitchell. Layton Theater on 27 and Lincoln. No one seems to remember
that one. Paul's hamburgers on 27th Forest Home, great burgers. Betty restaurant
on 27th and Lincoln, awful food but they never through us out.
McDonald's selling 2 burgers order of fries and a soda and change back from your
dollar. 41 Twin drive-in. Main Monkey Go Kart track next to the 41 Twin .
dime night at Muskego Beach later Dandelion Park. I think my dad was disappointed
when I started to go on the rides with my friends. He loved that place. 25 cent bus
rides and electric buses that occasionally the bus driver had to get out and put it
back on its track. Schneider Coal Co. on about 33rd and Forest Home across from
You didn't pay to go to the zoo or museum. James Bond films were considered
too riskay. Going to the corner store with a list from your mom ,sometimes a pack
of cigarettes on there and giving it to Mr. Brookman or Mr. Cornell, never
questioning you, everyone knew your parents. The Borden ice cream man on their
scooters. Grandpa Grafs soda, had a summer job there as a helper at lunchtime the
coke, pepsi, and the grafs guy would meet and exchange sodas. Wish I had a camera
seeing the coke guy drinking a Pepsi and Pepsi guy drinking a coke. Eating at the
restaurant inside Walgreens. Don't forget the Point Theater. Wow what great
memories. Miss you dad.
Thanks for all the great memories. Great site!!
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