More Milwaukee Memories Page 6


Don't forget Melody Top, Johnson's Skate Rink (with the blue floor!), Mill Road Triplex (movie theater in a strip mall that later became a sixplex!) remember the staircase?, Arlan's Department store on Silver Spring and GEX department store (my aunt worked there and got to meet country singer Charley Pride there), that was on 60th and Florist.
On a smaller note: Lambert's pharmacy on 91st and Silver Spring and Hilltop Food Store (last of the mom and pop groceries in the area).
Does ANYONE remember Leilani's restaurant and hotel out on Bluemound Road?  How about Nino's?
This was a great place to grow up.
Does anyone remember The Dungeon on Appleton and 91st, Wine and Roses on Silver Spring and 105th?  How about the Tanglewood Club on Hampton and Fond du Lac?  Too old for me but parents used to go there.
The go karts at Bonanza Shopping Center?  There used to be a club there, several stores including a Drew's and that was where you took your driver's test.  Nothing there now but Gianelli's pizza.
How about Moreway on Appleton and Carmen?  Used to have rides and games and a lunch counter in back.  Treasure Island was way cool, too.  They used to have a ride made to look like a train and it just moved back and corny!
The big slide at Johnson's was great, too, and the go-karts.  I just spoke to Mr. Johnson recently and, if you happen out that way, he is going to be getting the go-karts going again.  Or try.  Remember the Red Barn on 76th and Good Hope?  Barnabys and later there was a Bally's Tomfoolery (restaurant and video games back in the early '80s).  How about Amnesia and the Tijuana Yacht Club at Northridge?  Does anyone remember the Victorian Station on Mayfair Road south of Watertown Plank?  Excellent.  Things used to have such character!!!
I was born in Milwaukee in 1935.
During those times things were bad. I remember taking meat grease (cant remember where) women's silk stockings were hardly available as was cigarettes. soon my mom and dad had me rolling them for them in this little machine. you put a cigarette paper in, pour in the tobacco and lick the end. Seems they used " bugle boy", I went to elm dale school , we lived at 27th and brown. All the people in that neighborhood helped each other. I remember the quarantine signs they would put on your door if you had measles or mumps etc. you had ration cards and could only buy so much gas, and shoes.
      We had a bakery near the school and once in the while before school my mom would send me to get some jelly filled donuts. We went to St Stephens church on Walnut street and after stop at the Jewish bakery where they had the best bread and  CRUELLERS. I wonder if you can still buy those cruellers in Milwaukee? (EDITORS NOTE : Yes, almost everywhere.)
     We spent all summer at Washington park, and roller skating and playing hop scotch. I'm 71 years old now and think of Milwaukee so often, I'm in Racine since 1949. I'll never forget the times in Milwaukee.

Looking for Info happy to find this site. I grew up in Milwaukee also at the Parklawn Housing Projects in the 50's, moved to West Allis is the 60's and remember the "candy raisins" and giant "Sen-Sens" from the penny candy store near 77th and Becher streets. In the 70's I drove limousines for the Allen Siehr Limousine Service. Starting with one car, that belonged to the Pfister Hotel, Dick Siehr and I and others drove for the first Summerfests, and all the rock groups that came to town. We drove Elvis, the Rolling Stones, KISS, Heart, you name it we drove them. So many fond memories. Dick Siehr's business grew and grew, but I had left in the late 70's and moved to California. Which is why I am writing to this site.....I know something happened to Dick Siehr, but can't find any info on what, why or where.  Does anyone have any info on this? I would appreciate knowing all I can. Those were wonderful times....I will never forget the police escort we had when "Laverne and Shirley" came to town for promos. Could write a book on all the escapades of the rock groups and stars I drove for Dick. He was quite a guy. Thanks for your help. Fondly, Jeffrey Schulz,aka Max Schulz @

I grew up on 70th and Oklahoma Ave. 
I thought Oklahoma Ave. was the 
main thoroughfare. In the 60’s and 70’s I thought Milwaukee was the 
best place to live. I guess I still do, because I still live in 
Every house had at least four kids. In our dead end circle with five 
houses there were 22 kids!
I remember Dutchland Dairy on 6th and Oklahoma
I loved the Five & dime store with the penny candy counter on 68th and 
Morgan– wax lips and fingers, candy pencils (I’ve never seen these 
again) paper dots… we drove that poor lady nuts taking 10 minutes to 
spend 5˘. Saving up 29˘ to buy cutouts at the same store.
Ice skating at Wedgewood park with the music blaring from the shack
Marc’s big boy
Taking the bus to Southgate theater with my older sister when I was 8 
to see Camelot and sitting up in the balcony.
My very first rock concert at the Auditorium. Tickets were 4.50, 5.50 
and 6.50.
Summerfest ’73 where I saw BB King and Johnny Winter – my parents 
dropped us up and picked us up.
Giles Leilani – OMG when I saw that picture. We had our wedding 
reception there in 1981 (still married to the same wonderful man).
I remember the man from Golden Guernsey putting the milk in the milk 
chute and getting a quart of chocolate milk on your birthday.
The green sheet, and Albert the Alley Cat.
I remember taking the bus to Boston Store when it was the only store 
built at Southridge and having to pay a 5˘ “zone fare”
Grocery shopping at the A&P, and collecting green stamps. Having 
someone else fill your tank at the Clark station.
Spending and entire afternoon at McCarthy park swimming. No towels were 
allowed and girls – no matter how short their hair – had to wear 
bathing caps.
Frozen Charleston Chews and rowing boats in the pond.
I remember having to get a work permit (you still have to I had to sign 
my sons’)
I went to St, Greg's for grade school, and I graduated from St. Mary’s 
High School. I loved going to an all girls high school, heck there were 
Thomas More, St. Francis and Marquette – more than enough guys to go 
around. (I ended up marrying a TM guy and our sons have graduated from 
TM too!)
My dad worked for Allen Bradley for forty years. When they sold the 
company all those great Christmas parties and company picnics went the 
way of the dinosaur! Those gift bags were great! There was always a 
board game. One year we received roller skates, another year sleds.

        Wax Lips
Street Car Parade
I really enjoyed your site it was sent to me from another old Milwaukee friend and former residence.  I really like the sections on transportation.  I was a police officer there from 1965 - 1969 and miss the old friends etc.  I wonder if you would have readers mention the Street Car Parade every Christmas holiday.  My question for you is does anyone have any information on the music, it was and is the only time I have heard the version of Jingle Bells and would like to have some history on it.  Thank you for the memories and please keep up the good work.  I may have some photos of the electric train that ran from S. 13 Street to the old power plant on Lake Michigan.
It ran close to Waterford St when it ran under Howell Ave.
Best regards,
Michael W
I was born in Milwaukee in 1948 and here are some of the things I remember:
Al's custard on Layton Ave
Christmas parade on Mitchell St
Walking to school (AE Burdick) in the winter and seeing homes getting a delivery of coal
Ice skating at Humble Park lagoon
Waiting at the airport all day for The Beatles to arrive
Seeing The Beatles perform live at the Arena
Hunting rabbits in the fields across from the airport on the west side of Howell Ave
The vegetable stand on the corner of Layton and Howell
When the Air National Guard flew P-51 Mustangs
The Night Owl drive-in on Layton Ave
When the "old" airport terminal was on Layton Ave
Riding the street car on Howell Ave to go "downtown"
Attending Bay View High School in the 60's
CYO dances
The Airway theater
The Avalon theater
These are just a few memories of a simpler time.
James Duszynski
Two Rivers, Wi
Dirty Helen's
Didn't grow up in Milwaukee, but I have enjoyed browsing this site.  There was a reference to "Dirty Helen's" and some of the old timers from here in Beaver Dam have mentioned that they had frequented the place.  I have what is said to be a section of her bar in my basement, complete with carvings from the early 50's.  It has no sentimental value for me, and I'm wondering if there is an historical place where this could be donated for display?
John B

I remember going to Brown Deer park ice skating with my grandpa.
My Grandma owned a poodle grooming shop on villard avenue "Shewell's Poodle Grooming."  Kitty park on kiley avenue. Our Lady of Good Hope carnivals, Northridge Mall. Mill road theatre, Starlite outdoor theatre. Noyes pool, and oh yes the lovely swimming cap rule! Captains and Big Boys, Boy Blue, Hush puppies from Arthur Treachers. This is a really fun website. I have pictures of my grandparents in downtown Milwaukee when they were dating, it really is a great city and I loved all the memories everyone shared.

 I lived in Milwaukee from 1932 to 1950...
and your retro web was sooo much fun to read.  But now for a few of "my remembers".    I have been living in north carolina for the past 51 years.
 The Eagles Club on Wisconsin Ave with name bands every Saturday.  Bands like Kenton, Dorsey, etc.  Remember the Riverside Movie Theater...where I saw Pattie Page sing, and many others.  The Wisconsin Roof with weekend dancing.  Remember the "Big B"  the burlesque theater off Wells Street at maybe about 5th or 6th street. (as teenagers, we always snickered as we passed it on the number 10 street car.)  Speaking of the number 10 streetcar....there were two number tens.  If you took one by mistake you ended up in the village in Wauwatosa right there at Keenan Drug and the other drug store across the street, Paulises I think.  If you took the other one you went to Allis Chalmers at 70th and Greenfield.  It was very confusing at times.

I could go on and on, now that you have my memory juices flowing.  I will forward your web to other ole timers from Milwaukee.  Thanks so very very much. Sincerely Marge Kalashian



   Candy Raisins
Hi: Love your web-site...remember
Spanish bar cake from A&P food stores. We called it raisin cake. How about Howe's potato chips??
Do you have any pics or info on these two?
I would love to know.
Mary Lehman, West Allis

Click on the above logo to see Uncle Hugo eating Howe's Chips on the ToonTracker site
Best walk down memory row I have taken in a long time.
 I grew up on the south side of Milwaukee. Spent long summer nights at my cousins house off of Oklahoma Avenue trying to fall asleep listening to the BOOM-BOOM-BOOM of the drop forge. Humboldt park was where we spent the afternoons hoping summer would never end. The summer really picked up when it was time for the Waterfrolic's down at South Shore. Lake Michigan was always the best place to explore. To add a little excitement we visited the Avalon Theatre on KK. There was nothin like tossin popcorn off the balcony. Thanks for taking me somewhere I haven't been in a really long time. I'm 49 and living in California now but it almost seemed like yesterday!
Lynne House-Simmons
No longer shoveling snow

I was born in 1957, grew up on Pierce and Locust Street, Some of the things I remember are:
Foodliner  Grocery Store -  Locust Street
Szerbats Meat Market  - Locust and Fratney
Singers Hardware Store - Locust and Fratney
Torners Sweet Shop - Holton Street  I loved their penny candy and ice cream sodas!
Mazurs Drug Store - Holton Street
Red Barn - Oakland Avenue
International House of Pancakes - Oakland Avenue - A favorite hang out when I should have been in school.
Unclaimed Furniture Store -Off of Holton Street
Pete's Bakery on Chambers Street - I got my donuts there every morning before going off to school at Riverside High School.
The Grand Theater on Holton Street
The Oriental Theater on Oakland Avenue
Ice Skating at Pumping Station, Kern Park
Swimming at Gordon Park and also their 4th of July Celebrations
Ma Baench's on Locust Street
Pig & Whistle on Capitol
Arlans, Spartans, Zayres, Phar Mor and Treasure Island
John Oster Corporation on Lydell where my father worked. - I got my first blender from there.
Fred's Butcher Shop - Pierce and Locust Street - He had chocolate popsicles for 3 cents, Twinkies for 11 cents
Bread costed 25 cents a loaf.
Some taverns in the neighborhood:
Ed Newhouse's bar on 600 block E. Locust, then it became Sammys tap.
Johnnie Cyra's bar on Chambers and Pierce.
The Tracks - Locust Street
The New Wheel - Chambers Street
Chet and Estelles - Bremen Street
Riverside Tap - Locust Street
Auggies Tap off of Burleigh Street
Aldo's Pizza - Holton Street - I miss their pizza.

Memories of School:
Franklin Pierce Elementary - Pierce Street
Fall Out Drills - Duck and Cover


What a wonderful site!!! 
It brings back so many wonderful memories. I was born in 1938 in my dad’s bakery on Buffum Street.  During the early ‘40’s we moved to 11th and Center.
The ‘ragman’ coming down the street in his horse-drawn cart calling, “Rags, Rags”;
The ice truck, with the delivery man hunched over with the weight of the block of ice on his back held in place with the huge ice tongs to finally deposit the ice in the top of our icebox;
The horse-drawn fruit and vegetable cart with all the colorful product piled up while the housewives and neighborhood kids came out to gather round and purchase the freshest ones;
The Christmas Parade at night on 12th and Vliet;
The ride on the trolley car to Vliet to go shopping;
Going downtown to go shopping and getting all dressed up in our Sunday best as this was a special treat!;
Picking my dad up at A. O. Smith off of Capitol Drive during the war when he worked at the ‘bomb plant’;
Walking up the huge snowdrifts in our alley to the top of our garage during the blizzard of ’47;
The red brick alley behind our house;
Walking to 12th Street Grade School and passing Panthers who had the most delicious ice cream – one scoop in a cookie cone with jimmies please – only a nickel!!!; Electric street cars, I remember paying only 10 cents for a ride;
Walking to Franklin playground off of 13th Center Street and playing for hours, no need to fear, we felt safe!  We went there for ice skating in the winter also;
Being confined to our backyards during the middle ‘40’s during August for fear of ‘catching polio.’  We would never dream of leaving or defying our parents when we were told to just play there and not leave the yard,
Getting the milk off the back porch in the winter and seeing that the cream had frozen and pushed the cardboard cap up a bit;
Standing outside my girlfriends’ house and calling “Oh for Eileen” or “Oh for Pat” in a sing-song way………
Riding my new 2-wheeler bike up and down my street, but not going around the block for that was not allowed, nor crossing the street;
Friday fish fries at Holligans for a quarter, I believe, along with a nickel glass of soda, my parents, brother and I would walk there as we didn’t want to use the rationed gas;

Sat. afternoon movie matinees at the Franklin Theatre for only 25 cents, our poor parents chose to stay at home all by themselves while my brother and I were entertained for several hours watching Flash Gordon serials, in addition to lots and lots of cartoons and the main feature.  For our quarter, we’d get a ticket and a big box of popcorn, could life be any better?!!!!
Spam fixed many, many creative ways, a way to make the meat ration stamps last a little longer.
Playing ‘make-believe’ for hours on our front porch or the back yard…..
The Victory Gardens in everyone’s back yard during WWII…
Walking to Zivko’s for my weekly accordion lesson…….

 Thanks for the nostalgic look back at my favorite city, my hometown, Milwaukee!

Bobbi B.
What a great site!  Thank you.
 I have so many memories of Milwaukee,
I can't write them all down.  I was born and raised there and lived
there till 1968.  So it's been a long time but wherever I live, when
people ask me I always say I'm from Milwaukee and try to hold back
bursting into song...".I'm from Milwaukee and I ought to know, it's
Blatz, Blatz Blatz beer wherever you go."
No one mentioned the Natatoriums which I have heard were made into
restaurants.  There was one on Center street near Center Street
School.  Last time I went passed it, the building was still there.
It was so great to be able, even as a small girl, to go downtown on
the bus and walk around the museum all day.  It was free and it was
great.  What about the Pig and Whistle on Capitol Drive?
I just enjoyed your site so much.  I will return.  Thanks again.

Bowling Legend Hank Marino
Great Site!
   I don't know how much more I can add to the memories already documented here.
I was born in 1945, and was raised at 22nd & Lincoln until I married and moved out of state. I know the Holler House from your home page well. I went to school with Gene & Marcie's daughter and Have bowled there with my dad. When I reached legal drinking age, I would often stop for an after work beer just like my dad used to. Every late afternoon an 80 year old Polish man, who spoke only Polish, would shuffle in and sit alone a a table and light a small cigar. Gene would bring the old man a shot glass and fill it with brandy and make small talk in Polish. He would charge the old man 5 cents for the drink (this was about 1968). When the old man finished his brandy, Gene would refill the glass and buy him one. The old man would finish his second brandy & cigar and quietly leave. Fifteen minutes later, the old man's wife would enter, but without the cigar, and Gene would repeat the servings again for the lady. You could just tell that this was the high point of their day, and the Holler House made it special to them.
   My fondest memories of my youth were the daily trips to Kosciusko Park pool in the Summer. My friends and I went literally every day. You would pay your money and get a ticket. You went thru the turnstile and up to a window to get your basket. You put on your swim suit and put your clothes and towel in the basket. The basket had a number on which corresponded to a safety pin the the same number. You pinned the safety pin to your suit and got wet under the shower, then you went before a lifeguard for the athlete's foot check. If you past you could enter the pool.
What a place to be raised!
John Czajka
Berwick, LA


Former Milwaukeean Now Living in Honolulu
I was born in Milwaukee in December 1949 and grew up on the Northside.  I attended St. Boniface Catholic School (11th and Clarke) in the 50s and 60s and graduated from Riverside High in January 1968.  I can remember going to the old zoo at Washington Park and swimming at Gordon Park.  During those years downtown was alive and well.  I loved to go to the beautiful Warner theatre, the old Wisconsin, Alhambra, and Strand theatres.  I attended my first professional play Porgy and Bess at the Pabst Theatre.  And I can’t forget shopping at Gimbels downtown and Schuster’s on North Third, and Sears on North Ave.  I also remember taking drives along the lake front with my dad, and riding the old street cars.  I loved riding the Chicago Northwestern, Milwaukee Road and the old Northshore Line to Chicago.  I can also remember riding the Milwaukee Road Olympian Hiawatha to Seattle.  That was when passenger train travel was at its best.  My friends and I used to go to the “Battle of the Band” at the State Fair grounds.  I still remember when all the great R&B acts would appear at George Divine’s Million Dollar Ballroom at 24th and Wisconsin Avenue, such stars as James Brown, B.B. King, Ike & Tina Turner Revue and many other legends.  As a teenager in high school, I had a weekend job busing tables at the English Room at the historic Pfister Hotel.  We also had great fun at the Muskeego Beach amusement park; the old wooden rollercoaster was a blast, and so was the Tailspin rollercoaster at the State Fair grounds.  Does anyone remember going to the drive-in theatre on Bluemond Road?  I certainly do.  During Christmas, we would walk around the St. Boniface neighborhood singing Christmas carols, it was a safe neighborhood during that time.  Remember the REAL hamburgers at MacDonald’s, and the delicious steak dinners at Nino’s Steak House downtown?  I also remember when the Milwaukee Symphony would have concerts during the day at various Milwaukee public schools.  During the mid-60s, all the choirs from the Milwaukee public schools would give a joint concert at the Arena during the spring.  What a beautiful sight to see. all the kids in their colorful choir robes.  And how could we forget the high school Friday night basketball games and Saturday morning football games.  My dad would take me to wrestling at the Milwaukee Auditorium to see Dick the Bruiser, Killer Kowalski, Vern Gagne, Bo Bo Brazil, and Haystack Calhoun.  I will cherish all those memories forever. 
Thanks for a wonderful site. 
Robert Rainey

                              Wooden Roller Coaster  Muskego Beach
Remember Pate gas stations?

How about DX Boron ? or Skell
Halan's ; The Grand ; Red Owl ; Red Bell  grocery stores.
The corner Rexall Drug store with soda fountain & round stools .
Have a (Bommino's) turkish-taffy or a Stewarts hot dog after a swim at the pool. (Hoyt). (or a cheese corn).
The neighborhood paper station. (Journal only back then). The Sentinal would be delivered early a.m.
We called 'em bean guns. That was cheaper to load them with than the silver painted clay pellets they sold for this toy gun. (Carefull; someones gonna lose an eye) . ......JS   

My Milwaukee memories
...born 1932:  Here goes:  The State Fair on Greenfield Ave in West Allis when they had horse stalls at 77th and Greenfield.  The Gridley Dairy,  West Allis Central High School, Keenan Drug Store in Tosa and Paulis Drug across the street also in Wauwatosa.  The old zoo in Milwaukee, Kovack's Fabric Shop on Water Street,  The Flemming's  A & W in West Allis,  Wolf's on the corner of 70th and Greenfield Ave.  I lived in Milwaukee when there was a horse drawn milk wagon, a daily ice truck that delivered ice for your kitchen ice box, a bread truck that delivered home made bread from Razich's Bakery on Greenfield Ave.  I remember the Allis Theatre and Capitol Theatre where a movie cost just 10 cents.  A double dip ice cream cone was just a nickel at Freezes Candy Store.  The Layton School of Art.  Does anyone remember when Marquette University had a football team?  And The Ardmore Bar, which is STILL alive and well.  I could go on and on with what I remember, but I will give the next person a chance.  Oh, just one more...Central Park, where they had a band shell, wading pool and ball field between National Ave and Greenfield Ave across from Kerney and Trecker Factory.  Thanks for the Memory...Marge Kalashian

Bill Carlson
 I didn't see any mention of perennial weatherman Bill Carlson, pitching Hills Brothers Coffee.
Jack Dublon as Dr. Cadaverino. (was also Albert the alley cat.) 
Top 40 D.J.'s ; Bob Barry; Tony Carr ; Jack Lee ; Lee Rothman (before he was on the bowling game) Eddy Doucette (was later a Bucks announcer ). Or Dr. Bop & O.C.White. 
Remember Schmidt Orlow Stumpfs at Mayfair? Tasty Town at Gimbels. Kreske's drug stores (later became Kmart)s. The Uptown Theater.
The Victory Drive-in movie theater.(out on Lisbon Rd.) 
Dog & Suds ;  A&W ; Zarders (had roller skating car-hops)  drive ins. 
When McDonalds was something new. Hamburgers were 15 cents; fries were 12 ; a shake was 20 cents. .......JS  
                                   Victory Drive-In 1953

Hi There
I was born in West Milwaukee in 1943 and raised there, the only village which had it's own public schools, police department, fire department recreational park, and 38 family owned taverns.  West Milwaukee High School was in the suburban league with all the Big Guys like Wauwatosa, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay and the like and we might not have been # 1 in power but we sure were #1 in heart!  Great place to grow up and raise a family.
Susie From 52nd and Mitchell 

 West Milwaukee Landmark Froedtert Malt
WOW, this site brings back a lot of memories 
I was searching for Suburpia and found it.
The Kookie Cookie House at Capital Court during Christmas.  Always went there to see Santa. And they always had the big tree in the court for Christmas. There was Kiddie Land.....the small amusement park that was in the front of the parking lot in the summer.  I always liked driving the gas powered tractors.  Boston Store across the street with their three level parking structure.   Right next to the Sweden House.  The first time that I found out what a buffet was... The Schwaben Hauf.   Might not be spelled right, just how I remember it. Right on Capital with the big pipe organ in it and served German food.
Going to Ben Franklin or Drews to get candy.  Those things that are like wafer saucers and little candy balls in them and that licorice that was rolled up in 5 rolls in a pack....don't remember the name.  Remember Nips?  And the wax bottles that you bit the top off of to get the juice.  Remember when Mars bars were flat and had the 6 almonds on top??  An almond in every bite....
Beneath the Street on 35th and Fond Du Lac (Later Fantasies) to watch up and coming bands.  Saw Styx there before they made it.  George Webb's with 7 burgers for a dollar and the big MagicKist neon lips on the corner.  The Uptown Theater was close to there.  Buses that used to run on electricity and ran on wires that hung over the road and watching them spark in the rain.
The old museum when it was still in the building that is the library.  The big elephant was right near the front. The owl with the flapping wings was my thing. And who remembers being the cool kid that knew where the secret button was to make the rattlesnake work in the new museum.
And I will throw one more out there to see if someone remembers.  The Carodaro Club on Erie.   Pizza place. Where they had the big square pizza on a huge cookie sheet cut into squares.  The Special was the best and still is.  The cook, Jimmy,  from there went to Vietnam and when he came back started Balistreri's.  They have one on Wells and the one on Bluemound.  His first one was in an old Ned's on 52nd and Villard but then moved to Wells.
 Thanks for letting me share
BTW, if anyone has Captain's fondue recipe, let me in.  I really miss that!!!!!!
Can you bear to go back to the 40's?
I was born in M'woky in '39 lived on 20th & Hopkins near Union Cemetery, complete with real Civil War graves. We played in the new holes sometimes, they were "trenches in France." I had my choice of five movie theaters to go to The Milwaukee, Zenith, Franklin, Savoy, and Egyptian. All within easy walking distance. The Franklin had the best popcorn, greasy in a brown paper bag. My school (Auer Avenue) had movies on Saturday for a nickel with really old serials. The gas station across the street pumped gas up into a glass container on the top of the pump and then let it drain down into your tank. The Egyptian had 25 cartoons for a quarter on Saturdays. There was a Street Car Car barn on 27th&Hopkins where I got my papers when I was old enough to have a "route". The tin shack they used during the week was at Keefe and Hopkins, the neighbors complained about the noise on Sunday mornings so they moved into the car barn. My route ran along side the Cemetery on 20th St. There was an article the other day on the '47 snow storm and I remember the principal of Auer Av. (Otto Schubert) walking to school the next morning in case anybody got there and expected the building to be open. The school was open at nights for "Social Center" and you could learn weight lifting and such. The play ground had a sunken area with 4 baseball diamonds that were flooded in the winter for skating. You changed shoes to skates in the field house. We swam in the Gordon Park pool in the summer and the was a Wisconsin Ice and Coal (I think) building across from the park and they cut ice out of the Milwaukee River in the winter. The railroad tracks crossed Locust and Humboldt right at the corner of the park and there was a wooden tower where a man pumped the crossing gates up and down when a train was due. There was an old fashioned bill board just West of the alley on Hopkins between 21st and 22nd and we used it as monkey bars and climbed up and down on the supports at the back of the sign. When I was old enough to go to Peckham Junior High we walked to school along Auer Av. there was a place where you went under the RR tracks in a pedestrian tunnel. Right there was a factory that made armatures for electric motors and there were always star shaped pieces of flat metal on which they would wind the wire. We used to fold these pieces into rings and belts and so on. Sometimes we walked along Burleigh St passed Geyser Potato Chip factory (Be Wiser Buy Geyser) were you could get broken chips in a greasy bag for a nickel sometimes. Across from Geyser's and up and alley was a slaughter house and we used to climb up on a roof and watch them dispatch the cattle with a .22 rifle. Seider's Hardware store was on Hopkins at about 22nd St right near Koepsel's Drug store which sold Root Beer in Glasses they kept in the freezer so they were frosty. Dy-Dee Wash was just down the street and sometimes we'd get huge brass safety pins there. I remember during the War (WWII) we'd have blackouts and everything was dark except for the Pabst Beer sign on the corner bar. My dad worked at Allis -Chalmers 2nd shift and sometimes on payday he'd bring home hamburgers in the always popular greasy brown bag at Midnight and my mom brother and I would get up and eat them at 1 in the morning. One last thing, for now, we rode the street cars that ran up and down Hopkins and in the summer we'd ride in the rear and step on the pedal that dropped sand on the tracks in the winter if they froze and the steel wheels couldn't get traction. Nice remembering with you all.
Ron Bauman, Neosho
I grew up on the lower north east side...
 ..on Bremen Street between Hadley and Locusts Streets. Our neighborhood was mostly Polish, With some German, Italian and others making up a diverse, wonderful place to grow up.  I was born in 1942 and attended St. Casimir Grade School until 1956. By the time I was sixteen, had a drivers license and my dads car. To this day I still see about ten or twelve of my grade school chums on a regular basis.  What great memories. Nobody mentioned the Milkyway Drive In located on Port Washington RD. just a block or so south of Silver Spring. and Doeges Drive in on Teutonia Avenue.  How about Town Pride Custard on Villard and Teutonia. Great custard and hot ham sandwiches.  Just across the street was a Clark station, a place where I worked in the summer. Wash your windows sir or mam? Check your oil, radiator, and transmission? How far would you have to go to get this kind of service today? And it was free!  I remember the Streetcar # 13 I think, it was a Wells ST. car that ran across the viaduct over to State Fair Park.  A fun ride that I took many times.  The Princess Theater on Holton And Center, the Grand theater on Locust and Holton St. Admission, popcorn, and a soda was $.25  The movies were great, with Rocket Man, Buck Rogers, and other serial movies.Then there was the Polish Falcons Bar and hall, with a bowling alley downstairs.  I set pins and started bowling at this establishment. Gordon Park was the best place to swim, and we played down by the river many many times. In the winter we skated on the Milwaukee River just below the Locust St. bridge.  What a great site!  Thank you for bringing back some very happy memories of Growing up in Milwaukee.
Jerry Hohnstein

Great Website!
I happened to be searching Porth Pies and came across your site. My grandfather Walt Karow and uncle Erv Schultz drove and delivered for Porth Pies. They were driving in the blizzard of 1947, my grandfather told my mom who was 14 at the time that the snow was right below the phone wires! They drove from Sheboygan to Milwaukee to Sheboygan. I remember everything mentioned so far thru experience and tales from the relatives who are now gone but not forgotten.  My parents had the 5th Wheel in Elkhart Lake around the 50's, remember fresh donuts delivered in the morning, twisters, mudpies, cruellers, the jukebox, counter seating, fishing at The Marsh, go karting. Then to Sheboygan, Fessler's Drugs, Sheboygan Theater, the lakefront-building campfires, Vollrath Bowl-The Zoo and sledding, ice skating in front of the old US Grant Grade School. Moved to West Allis in 1969. I have 2 remaining cassette tapes with WOKY radio tidbits on them. Michael Lee Scott-Lee Michaels-Mike Scott (his name kept changing) New Years Day "Counting down the top 92 hits of 1971" "The Big 92" "Hits Keep Coming" "Keep On Pushing" "WOKY We Love You". Remember Bob Barry, Summerfest with the Midway games down the main walkway and the Midway on the point, playing the ukulele over the VA pa system at the VA Hospital during their radio hours, my grandmother Marcella Schultz Karow Larson volunteered there. She actually went to school with Liberace's brother. Her mother, Hattie Schultz, had a bakery out of the front of their house, I believe at 1039 S. 31st St., State Fair-invisible walking dogs, Dutchland Dairy on 95th & Lincoln, the penny candy store on 96th and Lincoln, walking the Hunger Hike on May 12, 1973-all 30 miles, my knees got extremely swollen!, my mom getting full service at the gas station, oil/tires checked, windows washed, tank filled, Treasure Island on Hwy 100, Slurpees and ICEEs, fun at Shakey's Pizza, ting-a-lings at Gimbel's candy counter downtown Milwaukee, the counter at Woolworths, all the parades, roller skating on Hwy 100, ice skating on Greenfield Park's frozen lagoon, the ice shows at the Arena and the Sport Shows and concerts there too, the Zoo, Mitchell Park Domes, The Milwaukee County Stadium and concerts there too, Old Milwaukee in the Museum, all of the brewery tours, the vast variety of entertainment, the lakefront fireworks, filet and lobster at Ray Jacksons, the ice cream truck with that jingle, knowing everyone in your neighborhood and having Block Parties. If time could have stood still!  Carol Jaksic, Oxford, Wisconsin

Erv Schultz & Porth Pie Truck

Blanche Schultz on Wisconsin Ave (Trombone)

5th Wheel

I was born in Milwaukee in 1949.
Having moved to Texas
after a long military career, I find it comforting to
see this site and speak of my memories.
1) The dairy Princess Manikin at State Fair who spoke
to you. (She was about fifteen feet high). 2)Albert
the alley cat. 3) Billy's quiz on TV 4) Billy the
brownie at Christmas 5) The Boston Store Tone at
Christmas: "This is my favorite Christmas store,
excitement rings through every single floor, what
wonderful things will Santa Claus bring to Boston
Store this Christmas?". 6) Ned's Pizza 7) The Nike
Missile site on the lakefront 8) Pix theater in Bay
View 9) Boys Tech High School, Don Bosco High, Mercy
High for girls, DeSales Prep 10) North Shore line
train to Chicago 11)Third Ward Italian festivals 12)
Bumper sticker "Milwaukee, Great for Living, Great for
Business and Growing greater" 13) Natatoriums 14) Row
boats at Kosciusko Park 15) Allen-Bradley's first
clock tower 16) "Submarine Races" on Jones' Island.
17) Milwaukee passenger ferry to Michigan 18) $0.75
bleacher seats at County Stadium. 19) Danny Walton,
Phil Roof of the Brewers 20) The first time Henry
Aaron played for Milwaukee 21) Red Lion room at the
Knickerbocker Hotel
Dr. Peter Rossa
Reklaw, Texas

   Paper Mache 'Alice in Dairyland' speaking to children in 1948
     The real Alice would be just offstage and out of view.



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