More Milwaukee Memories Page 10

Hello from Milwaukee suburb Greenfield
I am sending you a possible inclusion to Retro Milwaukee from 1960-61.
Clark Oil and Refining Corporation, then headquartered in West Allis, was one of the prime radio sponsors of the then-Milwaukee
Braves baseball broadcasts. In 1960-61, Clark produced a two-year advertising campaign featuring two characters named
Fizbee and the Chief. Both characters were voiced by the famous Warner Brothers cartoon talent, Mel Blanc.
The premise of these radio spots, which aired between innings of Braves broadcasts, was that the Chief was Fizbee's boss
at Clark Oil, a blustery blowhard who was always coming up with hair brained schemes to promote Clark gasoline. Fizbee was
a meek, mild mannered Everyman, who always saved the Chief from his ridiculous ideas. The commercials were quite humorous
and very popular in this area.
Fizbee and the Chief also adorned the cover of Braves scorecards and pocket schedules, as well as promotional drinking glasses,
road maps, trading stamp booklets, calendar, decals, and matchbooks.
I am sending you a couple of Fizbee and the Chief depictions from the many that I have compiled.
Hope you enjoy this piece of Milwaukee history.
Dan Wildt




Love your site,  Looks like a lot of time and effort went into it's  
creation and maintenance.

For what it's worth, I've attached a picture of the original El  
Demerons, who later became the Ricochettes (the one's whose songs you  
have posted on your site.) I was the drummer for the El Demerons.


More Memories..
Add "Saturday Night at the Movies" on channel 18 UHF TV to the List of 
Retro Milwaukee...every Saturday night at 8pm we could count on the opening 
with the tarantula crawling across the book, and the eerie music playing at 
the beginning; then seeing, or TRYING to see those old black and white 
horror movies on Channel 18... great!  Since the UHF reception was so bad, it 
was always fuzzy and coming in and out of reception, so the horror movies 
with bad special effects and all were even scarier because we were kids, and 
had to imagine alot! 
You have a terrific site.
I am doing some research for a book that I am
writing about my life growing up in Milwaukee. It seems that I am a bit
older than some of your contributors but your site has brought back many
memories. I graduated from Nicolet High School in 1962.

Here are some more:

Solly's butter burgers on Port Road
Kopps Custard on Appleton
Moma Mias across for Sate fair, on Capital and on Silver Spring
The teen bars like the Old House, Weliers, Eddie and Tessies, and The
Cedar Beach
Ernie Von Schledorn [sp] main street in Menomonee Falls
Concours Motors on Silver Spring
Sendiks on Downer and on Silver Spring
Johnston Cookies
Clark Gas Stations
Milwaukee's many parks
Milwaukee Country Day School
MUS or Milwaukee University School
Interurban Electric Train
The Boulevard Inn
Milwaukee Map
The Basement on Brown Deer Road an old speak easy
Wulf's Island on Green Bay Road
The Fox Bay Theater on Silver Spring
The Tuxedo Bar on Downer
Eddy Mathews Bat-a-Way
Mammas and Poppas Restaurants.
Karl Ratzschs's and Maders
The English Room
The Brass Rail strip joint
The Main Event bar
TheTie Rack tie stores
Pure Gas Stations
Milwaukee Bands like Twistin' Harvey and the Seven Sounds, the Chevrons,
the Legends
Marty Zivkos in Hartland
Timmerman Airport
Chris Corners Bowling Alley
Enterprise Pool Hall
Brown Port Bowling Alley
Echo Bowl
Glendale Lanes on Silver Spring
Mitchell Park Domes which was called the bra factory
Pabst Old Tankard Ale
Picnic Bottles of Beer
Gettlaman $1000 Beer
PBR for Pabst Blue Ribbon
Briggs and Stratton
Master Lock
Johnson Controls
Cutler Hammer
American Motors
Cream City Bricks
Bucyrus Erie
Square D
Milwaukee Gear
Universal Foods
Benfelt Ice Cream
The Green Seven
The Saxony
Red Star Yeast
Jones Island
The Valley
The old Nortshore Country Club
27th Street Viaduct
Mrs. Howe's Potato Chips
Badger Meter
The Nash rambler
Allen Bradley and the biggest clock in the world
A.O. Smith
Johnson Marine
Mercury Marine
The Gun Club north of Lake Park
The Whiskey A Go Go just south of Safe House
Victor's on Van Buren
The Cape Cod across from Ratzsch's
The School House on Port Road across from Nicolet High School


Mike Trost
Rhinelander, WI
Hi, I have vague memories of Arlans, Murphy's (I beleive on about 84th and Silver Spring, where Silverbird Bowling is now...used to be Red Carpet Silver Spring...) and More-Way? I beleive More Way was on Appleton just north of Silver Spring...later the home to Pick n Save, and now Time Warner Cable.  I know Murphys was a dime store/variety store type of place and I remember the fun "ride" outside the famous horse, or rocket, that you could ride for 10cents.
How about Miss Q pool hall on about 72nd and Capitol, and there was another game room on 60th and Capitol....WLPX Air Force wings?!  Boston Village on Fond du Lac across from Capital Court...I remember they had escalators with no steps so basically moving conveyor belts to move  you up a level....
Love all of the letters and memories sent in and I could read these for hours.
I grew up next to the Mitchell Airport. 
Sledding down the hill across the street and skating at the airport park were highlights of the winter season.
During the summer, the air show at the airport was an event for all of our relatives to sit on our front lawn and watch the Blue Angels fly directly over our house.  They were so low that we could see the pilots.
Texaco used to "sky write" ads in the sky that you could see for miles.
Watching fireworks on the lawn at Wilson Park was a 4th of July ritual.  Remember the talent show they would have prior to fireworks?? 
Howell Avenue was our stomping grounds with Tippecanoe Library, Grebe's Bakery, The Sands gift shop, Ben Franklins, and Dutchland Dairy,
I went to Tippecanoe on Clement for Kindergarten.  Remember the metal piano shaped slide?  It would burn your butt in the summer because it got so hot.
Parades were a bid deal.  South Shore Water frolics parade, St. Francis Days, and the misc local 4th of July girl scout, cub scout, speaker with music on a cart with flags.
We all participated to get that cup of ice cream with a wooden spoon at the end of each parade that landed in a local park.
Baton clubs like the Leslynettes and Dailey Debutantes were all the rage.  The Challenger Band was HOT!! 
Does anyone remember the old balloon vendor at the bigger parades??  He used to yell out " Balloons, pick em' out!" in a shaky old voice. 
Church festivals, always a big deal.  Now my family calls them "drinkin' for Jesus" festivals.  I remember that the priests always had a significant buzz at those gatherings.
It was they only time they actually seemed human to me.  Ya know, laughing, talking with us and the parents, did not have elaborate religious garb on, just the black skirt and rosary.
Funny, I don't remember that the nuns ever let loose. 
Christmas was not complete without the Bob Kames family organ TV show where all of his kids would be playing kooky organ tunes and wearing matching outfits that we would roll our eyes at.
We were too cool and would complain about how queer it was to watch. 
Went to St. Pauls for grade school.
Went to St. Francis for high school - Captain of the Marinettes 
Have lived out of the state for almost 28 years now but I come back at least twice a year and visit my dear family and friends and hit some of the same old haunts.  Long live Night Owl!!
King Burger
 To the person above who lived near Billy Mitchell Field- Do you remember a little place called King Burger right near the airport? Back in the late 1950s, my brother and I hiked to the airport from our home near 60th and Oklahoma. I believe I was 8 and he was 6, so that was quite a feat for the two of us, plus the fact that we didn't even tell our parents what we were doing or where we were planning to go. When we finally got near the airport, we each had a hamburger at King Burger and it was the best Burger either of us had ever eaten. Probably because we were so beat from hiking all that way! And in those days, no one even thought it was odd for two little kids to take on a hike like that. Today, half the police force of Milwaukee would probably be out looking for those kids in mortal fear that some horrible fate would befall them.
Dean Milano
(Editors Note:  In 1962 the address for 'King Burger' was listed as 1215 W Layton Ave.)

My wife and I were both children in the 50s and teenagers in the 60s in Milwaukee.
 She lived on 15th and Burleigh and went to Keefe Avenue grade school. I lived on 22nd and Roosevelt and went to Garden Homes School. We both went to Rufus King. Here are some of the things we remember, some together, some separately.
Doege’s drive-in with the car hops in costume on roller skates. The booths inside covered in red with the booth jukeboxes.
Pete’s bakery where we went while waiting for the Journal to be delivered for us newspaper boys, to the “paper shack” (W-4?) on Teutonia just south of Roosevelt Dr
Friday night dances at Garden Homes where the house band, Jerry and the Warheads, always played “Harlem Nocturne.”
Going to Menomonie Falls was a day trip.
Sledding down the hill in the abandoned right-of-way of the old Interurban at 20th and Olive before it was all filled in.
Eating “cold” lunch at school was a treat and having a hot lunch at school was really special.
Does anyone remember the “mock invasion” of Milwaukee at the Lakefront (Bradford Beach)? Might have been the same day or weekend that the Blue Angels put on a show. Possibly in the mid-1950s.
The Egyptian Theater on Teutonia Avenue.
Making the loop. Pig and Whistle to the Lake front, “yo-yo” Wisconsin Avenue until the MPD told you to leave and back to the Pig.
Driving the “Hogsback” on Friday night out to Holy Hill and trying to sneak up into the bell tower.
Capitol Court had trampolines, miniature golf and go-carts on the Fond-du-Lac Avenue side.
North Stadium at Rufus King actually looked like a stadium. Go Generals!
Sneaking into a gas station while the attendants and mechanics were busy (full-service stations) and buying cigarette from a machine for 35 cents.
’58 Chevy, Bel-Air, ’60 Mercury convertible – summer nights in Milwaukee.
My buddy’s 250cc Allstate motorcycle made by Sears.
My Mom made me get a “butch” haircut (like a flat-top) when I was about 8. I didn’t want to go out all summer.
Trying to sneak into the house late through the “milk chute.”
TV dinners were a treat. A break from the steak and roast Dad had to have most of the time.
Pasquale’s Pizza (somewhere on Atkinson Avenue?) for $1 + tip delivered. Cheese only!
Ned’s Pizza on Villard Avenue.
The best of all – Mama Mia’s on Silver Spring. Garlic Bread to die for! Still there and we still go when we get back home!
The tunnel under the road that ran from Keefe Avenue school playground to Lindbergh Park.
The 4th of July wagon, bike, buggy parade along Burleigh to Gordon Park
Flooding Gordon Park and the field next to Garden Homes in winter to ice skate.
Skateboarding on the maintenance road down to the beach at Doctor’s park and behind a motorcycle at various locations.
Faith Church dances.
Action TV on Teutonia Avenue for 45 rpm records.
Mel’s Barber Shop on 26th and Atkinson. 50 cents for a “regular” haircut for a kid.

AJ Buehler
Canton, GA

I grew up on the northwest side in the late fifties, sixties and seventies...

...first near McGovern park and later near 80th and Hampton.
Attended Grantosa Drive school, Samuel Morse middle school and John Marshall high.
One of my favorite things to do as a young kid was to go to FunTown at Capital court and ride the kiddie rides, boats, planes, cars, etc.
My father always bought beer at Otto's beer depot on Villard. Otto always gave me a big fat salty pretzel stick when I came along with dad. 
We always bought milk in the big heavy glass jugs with the plastic handles at Dutchland Dairy.
Bought groceries at the National Tea store on 76th and Hampton and got haircuts at Guy's barber shop in the same strip mall.
When I was in high school I had part time jobs at Sehmer's and Strucell's resturants on Appleton. Also Champion chicken on Lisbon (its still there!) and the Chinese Chef.
Went to school with Nick Gugliatto who later was the boyfriend of Lawrencia Bembenek and helped her escape from prison.
My first Summerfest concert was Sha-na-na, I remember sitting on the grass in a thick cloud of pot smoke. Went back the next year to see Helen Reddy!
I remember car hops wearing white hot pants at the Town Pride drive inn on Villard during the early 70's.
Also the movie theater at Brookfield square that had ash trays at each seat and allowed smoking.

Ken A.



I was born at Deaconess Hospital on March 29th 1963....
and lived 1 block south of Mitchell St. on 615 w. Maple. I went to St. Anthony's School & Church and ACTUALLY still venture there once and awhile. I never left Milwaukee and when I married in 1982 lived on 5st & Howard ave. WHAT A CHILDHOOD! Every Saturday EVERYBODY would sit on their porch and drink Blatz or Red White & Blue beer while the kids played outside until WAY PAST dark. NO THREATS, NO DRIVE BYs NO NOTHIN, BUT FUN!! I used to collect my pennies and go to the sweet shop next to Greibes Bakery and OH THE CANDY!!! I got my first "promise ring" for my wife from PAUL'S JEWELERS (PAUL himself before he was killed). I thought I was king!
As a youngster my band of rebels and I would skip out of school and hang out on IRV THE WORKING MAN'S roof. NO TROUBLES, NO CARES, NOW, FORGET IT!!! My POP bowled on Mitchell St. and My MOM and I would go to a movie at the Majeska Theatre or shop at SCHUSTERS, GOLDMAN'S lunch counter (AWESOME PLACE!!!), WOOLWORTH, SEARS (they had EVERYTHING). Dinner at the Greek Restaurant on Mitchell. AND, What about KNIGHT'S POPCORN on Saturday night for a snack, THE BIG BOX, or BLACK BEAR SODA! GRAVEN's BAKERY on Windlake. My POP ALWAYS had his car worked on at BOOT'S AMACO and I would watch and dream of having a cool old car. And then there were the HARLEY'S. My Uncle Ron had a 1968 full dresser with the white bags and fringe and I lost my mind getting a ride on his lap thinking "THIS IS IT, I'M HOOKED" and in 1979 received a 1971 SPORTSTER on my 17th birthday (I WISH I HAD THAT ONE BACK). I HAD SO MUCH FUN as a kid. I remember it all like it was yesterday. My Aunt and Uncle lived across the street on Maple and when we moved to OAK CREEK in 1974 my sister would drive me to my Aunt's house so I could still go to St. Anthonys. I was JUST HEART-BROKEN to leave there but the neighborhood was getting bad although my Uncle was a Milw. Cop and the whole street was cops and firemen. WELL, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Thanks for reminiscing. And KEEP IT UP it'll jog more memories for me. A lot of you MAY have known my parents even.
Tom C.
Great website!
  I now live in Houston Texas but still remember my life in Milwaukee growing up in the sixties and graduating from Boy's Tech in 1971. Lived on 26th and Lapham most of that time. In high school we would cruise from Big Boy's on 27th and Morgan up to Big Boy's on 76th and Oklahoma all night long. Sometimes for a change we'd do Wisconsin Avenue.
 I remember getting the gas and electric company cook books for my mother every year at Christmas. Playing football with my friends on 27th street during the curfew after the riots of 1967. Leons custard was a favorite as was their Spanish burgers. Married my high school sweetheart who went to Hamilton which was brand new back then. Headed back to Milwaukee for a long over due visit soon.
  Gale Dunse

My memories of Milwaukee are from the late fifties early 60’s....
 on the near South West Side – 38th and National Avenue.  The house is gone now, bought  by Harnischfeger for an expansion that never happened.  Harnischfeger was two blocks away and operated their “Drop forge” at night and the whole house shook. From my bedroom window shone the Johnson’s Cookies Crackers Candies Chocolate -  red neon sign from the top of the 4 story factory. It would flash on and off all night – watching was better than counting sheep when you couldn’t fall asleep.  Later, there was a George Webb on the corner – and our Friday night treat, the only ‘restaurant” experience we ever had growing up – was to cut the coupon from the Thursday Journal and get 7 hamburgers for $1 – what a treat!

I remember taking my bike or the bus wherever I wanted to go. Across the 35th St viaduct to the library or to Mitchell Park. Skating on the lagoon at Mitchell Park in winter, sliding down suicide hill on sleds we dragged the mile up National Avenue, then up the hill – what energy we had then.  Went there often in summer  to rent a boat and paddle the lagoon. Climbed up the hill over the Menomonee valley and I remember a plaque and the remains of a cabin owned by Jacques Veau, early settler of Milwaukee.

Worked at Dutchland Dairy on Saturday’s slicing ham for Sunday’s ham and  hard roll specials. Who makes that now – or is there a different menu for Sunday lunches these days?
When I tell my children about getting our feet x-rayed in big box-like contraptions at the shoe stores, they think I am ready for Shady Pines, but it was just part of growing up in Milwaukee and getting a new pair of shoes, a really special occasion reserved for the start of the school year. 

The school day always started with standing and the Pledge of Allegiance.  Once a year the mayor ( I think that was who it was) came to the grade school and passed out 2!  Ziegler chocolate –peanut candy bars – that was the best day of the school year!
Been gone from Milwaukee 36 years and don’t get to visit often – most of my ”landmarks’ are gone – the homestead, the church I was married in,  South Division High School  (’63) – even the ‘Braves” stadium my brothers and I used to sneak into to see ball games  -  but it was the best place to grow up – a simpler, safer time.
Susan Koller
Verona WI

Have been a lifelong Milwaukee resident now 65 years.
I remember when I was still in high school, Washington, during the summer break either after my junior or senior year, Milwaukee had WRIT and WOKY as the rock AM radio stations. I believe one Friday nite while WRIT disc jockey named "King Richard" was on he decided to play Bill Justice's instrumental "Raunchy" He put it on a continuous play, played it for 90 minutes, got in his car, and lead a 300 car parade up and down Wisconsin Ave. There were many arrests made due to cars speeding around side streets to get closer to the lead car. I believe he drove a supped up Mopar vehicle painted bright orange. Only in Milwaukee!!
Donald G. Heinritz
Enjoyed your web site.
I was born and raised on the South side of Milwaukee on Austin Street.  My father had
a grocery store on Howell Ave. across from St. Augustine's Church. On the other
corner was Schipper's Bakery, oh the delicious smells that emanated from there.
I can't find another bakery as good. 
I remember during World War II, we would run down to watch the boat launchings and
take our bikes to ride out to Billy Mitchell Field to see the prisoners of war.
Humboldt Park was great for sleigh riding, ice skating and boating.  I remember the
4th of July Parades that would end up there and we would get an ice cream at the end
of the parade.
I remember the Aragon theatre on Howell and Lincoln, they used to give out dishes.
Also the Avalon Theatre.
There was another park off Chase Ave. that had a children's pool.  We would walk
all the way out there just to go wading.  I also remember the wooden bridge on Howell ave.
I was always so afraid it would break while crossing it.
Remember Gimbels and the Boston Store at Christmas, the windows would be filled
with wonderful moving elves and Santa.  The Gas & Electric co. used to put out Christmas recipe books, which I still use.
Most of all I think I miss the fish fries, they were sooo good.  Now that I live in MD I've
traded them for crab cakes.
It sure was fun going down memory lane! 


Today on the A&E channel, a "Cold Case Files" episode regarding the infamous Black Dahlia murder case from 1947 in Los Angeles was broadcast. The show brought to mind The Blue Dahlia nightclub on Bluemound Road in Milwaukee.

I grew up just south of 76th Street and Bluemound Road and saw The Blue Dahlia a number of times during my youth. It was torn down before my teen years and I never got to visit the inside of it.

Bill Cmelak

Teshner's Blue Dahlia, 5700 W. Bluemound Rd. Milwaukee, WI


Milwaukee, once a top-rated city in the U.S.....
with a top notch Police Department, School system, Health Department, Public Library and many other social services-a city that grew and prospered under Frank Zeidler and later Henry Maier. My family moved to Milwaukee in 1926 and I was born there in 1938 on E Kane Pl. I think of myself as a cross section Milwaukeean since my young childhood was spent on the north side, my teen years on the South side and my early married years in Bay View.

We spent a time in the Town of Milwaukee then moved to 15th and Burleigh. The Milwaukee Brewers played at Borchert Field and I started school at Keefe Ave. Elementary School on 16th and Keefe. My older brothers and sister took my younger brother and me to see Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy at the Riverside. Schuster's, Gimbels, and the Boston Store were big deals. Early lazy mornings on 15th Street included listening for the horse drawn wagon of the milkman as he always shared a bottle of choclate milk with my brother and me. The coal deliveries, garbage pickups and ice deliveries were all by horse drawn wagons as well.

We later lived at 34th and Hampton (the boonies) and spent many a day hopping on freight cars in the rail switching yard there as well as playtime at the creek just down the street.

We lived a short time on the south side near KK and Mitchell and were buddies with Nick and Able Monreal who later would run a restaurant on the south side. Then a move back to the north side, Cass St. just north of Brady. I attended Lincoln Jr H.S. and for kicks, we would swipe olives from the big barrels at Glorioso Bros. store on Brady. Many a summer day was spent near the yacht club located just south of Bradford Beach playing baseball, or just bumming around at the Juneau Lagoon or at Bradford Beach.

Our next move was to 20th and Mineral and I went to South Division H.S.. It was a long walk to school on cold winter days and the boys would all compete to decide who had the most frozen DA hair style by the time we reached school in the morning. Warm weather (summer months were shorter then) found us back at South Shore Beach or at one of the many parks on the south side. When money was available, there was a trip to George Webb's for 4 hamburgers and a choclate malt.

I remember when Southgate went up. Also spent a lot of time on Mitchell St. and snuck into many afternoon matinees at the Modjeska Theater when I decided I didn't want to sit in a class all afternoon.

My first car was a 1950 black Buick Roadmaster that I bought at Berndt Buick on 27th and National-they had two locations. I joined the Army in 1958 and when I left on the train from the old Northwestern Station on N Lake Dr., I left the 'old' Milwaukee. I met my wife in Colorado Springs a few years later and she moved to Milwaukee to live with my sister at 10th and Beecher before were were married at Holy Ghost Church in 1961. Our son was baptized there and we lived in Bay View until we moved to Eagle Wisconsin in 1967.

That is where we lived until my job took me to Chicago in 1969 and we lived there for close to 30 years before moving to Colorado Springs in 1998. I chose the Springs as it has a nice section that reminds me of Sherman Blvd.

I still wear my Wisconsin cap a great deal and whenever I bump into someone from Milwaukee, we agree that it was the best city we could have grown up in. Of course, the blizzard of the late 40's was an event we could have done without but then, it was part of being from the beer capitol of the world.


I was born in 1958.....
 I remember riding downtown with my mother on the bus. My favorite place to go was Gimbel's. They were always busy! They had the huge (it seemed to me) deli and bakery departments. I loved the large lunch counter on the first floor - we always had to wait in line. They had the best hot dogs on an unusual split hamburger bun. But Gimbels was the best right before Christmas. The huge windows outside were all filled with the greatest displays of elves, santas, reindeers, etc. They were even better than the the window of the movie "A Christmas Story"! The toy department had a room off to the side with Santa and a toy village. Does anyone remember the Christmas train that rode on a track on the ceiling? I only got to ride it once or twice, but it was really different! The large restaurant on the 8th floor was always special, too, and always very busy. We ate in a room that overlooked the river. I loved the old fashioned elevators with the operator that had to stop it at just the right level. When I was a Girl Scout, we went to Gimbels and saw where they made their chocolates. I remember watching a lady making each piece of chocolate by hand.

We would also go to Boston Store and that was fun, too. The block west of Boston Store had a really neat Chinese store that always smelled so good and had the most interesting gifts. My mom would let me get a box of the rice candy where you could eat the paper around the candy!

Most people talk about when Mayfair had the skating rink, but I remember when I was really young that it was totally open-air, even where the skating rink would eventually be. In the area where the food court is now, were several stores, including a bakery and a Fruit Ranch.
Thanks for letting me relate these memories!
Tracy Galloway

Lime House
Does anyone know when the Lime House Restaurant was
last open? When it was torn down?

Hopefully there is a date?


Marilyn Remmel Milwaukeean (15th Place & Arthur, 45th & Okla)
now Brookfield, Wis.
Editors Note: The Lime House Closed in 1994, the building was torn down a few years later

I'm looking for information on St. Amelians Orphanage....
 My dad spent a good portion of his childhood there (late 1930's - 1940's) and is looking to connect with anyone else who has a history with the place.  If anyone has any info please contact me @  (remove nospam)

This site is fantastic, really brings back the memories...
 I was raised in the Town of Brookfield (went to Waukesha High School) in the late 60s. I have lots of Waukesha memories with ties to Milwaukee.

Goerkes Corners was a four way stop with no street lights and the only thing on the corner was Zorbas Restaurant and a small motel. I94 was just opened. The only thing between Pilgrim Rd. and Goerkes corners was Alioto’s and Robert Hall clothing store, the rest was farms. West of Goerkes Corners, Hwy 18 was a two lane road into Waukesha with only a new Arlens store and the Nike site near-by.

As far as Waukesha goes, The Attic, Paul’s Coffee shop, Plush pockets pool hall, Fox head beer, Fox river ice skating, 59 drive in theater, and on Sundays it turned into the 59 drive in flea market. All those confusing one way streets, Blackshirts football, Elray & the Nightbeats,. Godfrey company, Milwaukee Cheese Co., Waukesha Motors, Johnson Sand & Gravel, Pix and Park Theaters, Schrima’s Pizza, Jimmy’s Grotto, Sunset Bowl, Burger Chef.

I could go on and on but I’ll see what others have in their memories.

Thanks for all your work on this great site.

Bob F

 I discovered something perhaps 10 years ago that you might find interesting. At Water Tower Park in front of St. Mary's Hospital there was a water fountain that had obviously been there for many, many years. It was ancient and isn't there anymore. On the drain of that water fountain was stamped "F.W. Bubler & Co.". That's where "bubblers" came from. The first water fountains in Milwaukee were Bubler's. I've never met anyone else from Milwaukee who knew that- so now you know..

 Landy Scott
I got your website from an old friend and decided to send a donation.  I thought some of the things on my dad, Landy Scott's website might be of interest to your readers since he's from Milwaukee and was well known in the midget racing circles in the 40's and 50's.
Dan Scott
Burbank, CA

Cool site!
I lived on the Northwest side. My girlfriends wore a path to shop at Capital Court.
They had a Woolworth's store with a food counter. When we were done  shopping we
would get an order of fries and a Coke for the treck home.

On Fond du Lac Ave. there was a Capn's Drive Inn to stop at also.

There was a Bowling Alley called Silver Bird Lanes.

I moved away in 1974 but my husband an I get back every couple of years and tour the

Milwaukee is great!

Jeanne D
You have a great site!  
 I was born in Milwaukee in 1952 and lived there until 1988
when we moved to Janesville.  Some things that I remember are Bob Berry - WOKY -
WRIT (the teen stations at the time) - "This is your Brave's reservation - Wemp -
Milwaukee" - Today 4 Women with Beulah Donohue - my 4th grade class from Greendale
actually appeared on that show - Pop's Theatre on channel 18 Sunday afternoons which
featured the Three Stooges - All-Star Wrestling with Dick the Bruiser and Da Crusher
also from Channel 18.  Bill Carlson, weatherman from Channel 4, and his commercials
for Hills Bros coffee, one night the TV crew actually glued his cup to the saucer
and another occassion they glued his cup and saucer to the table, I don't remember
the host of the show but on Channel 4 they used to read the Sunday comics, early
morning cartoon show called The Electric Company which was on after the Farm Report
(I was an early riser as a kid), Jaeger bread
 company with home deliveries, Borden's Dairy also with home delivery, Golden
Gurnsey - home deliveries - Sealtest milk and ice cream, Omar Bakery similiar to
Jaeger's, the Southgate Shopping Center before it was enclosed - Gimbel's Christmas
windows - Big Boys restaurant on Wisconsin Ave - Dutchland Dairy - "More than a
Dairy store" - "Bubblers" on every street corner - The Strand movie theatre - the
old 41 Twin outdoor on 27th Street - Momma Mias Pizza - great hang-out after our
high school football games - the lit flame on top of the old Gas building downtown
which changed color according to the temperatures - the old public Natatorium on
the South Side - just some of the things I remember

Dale Beutin - Janesville, WI

 I grew up in Hartford so it was big deal to go to Milwaukee.
Until 1956, we would take the Saturday morning train into Milwaukee and get off at the Old Milwaukee Road Station and go shopping downtown at Gimble''s and Boston Store and the evening train back home. Round trip was $1.75. When the 4 lane highway (US41) got better, we started to take the car into Milwaukee. It was a major deal.

In the 1950's WTMJ -TV had a Saturday Noon live TV show "Joe Shott and the Hot Shots with a live studio audience. Host was Gordon Hinckley. The Hot Shots were a western/country/texas swing type band,

During the Xmas season cars would be lined up on Fond du Lac ave trying to enter the Sears parking lot as a mysterious unseen voice guided drivers to parking places.

The toy department with the fabulous electric train layout was what ever boy dreamed of.

Let's not for get Billy the Brownie Radio show sponsored by Schusters.

In the 1960'w the hip generation discovered "18 year beer bars in the "border counties' adjoining Milwaukee County.

Zivko's in Hartford, Wileer's in Port Washington, Brat Stop at Kensoha. Great dances featuring great local groups at UWM, MIT(MATC), Marquette Union, War Memorial Center, CYO's all over the area. Followed up with a late night burgers at Marc's Big Boys, or George Webbs. George Webb always predicting the Braves would win 12 straight games

Taking th evel\avator to the top of Marine Plaza then the tallest building in Milwaukee. The riots on the North Side in 1967. Fake ID's and going on Brewery tours for the free beer.

Cruising the "Avenue" and Lake Shore Drive.

The Robbs at Gallaghers, The Messengers, The Skunks, The Next Five, The Destinations with Reed Kaling, Tiwsting Harvey and the 7 Sound and many more rock and roll bands of the 1960's

Remember when Marquette had football and had a stadium up on 35th St. near the what would later become the freeway? Remember when they were the Warriors and when Al MC Guire came to TOWN!?

Taking your girl friend to the Safehouse. When movies played for weeks and weeks at one theater. Stock car races, at Slinger, Hales Corners, Cedarburg. Crazy Jim's Demo Derbys, first Braves game, Ringling Brother's Circus under the Big Top at the Lakefront! Shrine circus at the Milwaukee area, Sentinel Sport Show at the Arena.

Jimi Hendrix Experience, Eric Clapton with Cream at the SCENE. Dave Clark Five At the Eagles, rock shows at County Stadium, Lucky Logan, Tex Myers, Eddie Douchette, Doc Dooley, Paul Christy, Tony Karr, and Bob Barry spinning the hits at Writ and Woky.

Thanks for the great page

Robbo in Minnesota

 I was born and grew up on the west side.....,
 N. 25th Street between Wells and Wisconsin. My parents bought our house from two sisters who had lived in the house since it was built in 1909, and I was born there in 1943. The neighborhood was lovely when I was a small child: large houses, tree-lined streets and a wonderful park right across the street provided by the Milwaukee County Hospital grounds. I spent many happy hours in that park – both during the summer and riding my sled down the "hospital hill" in the winter. I rode my tricycle up and down the street, but was not allowed to go any farther than a neighbor’s driveway; roller skated, played hopscotch, jump rope, played games of "my car, your car", and "yellow, red, green, blue, fire" on the front stairs, and in the winter made snow angels on the front lawn and at Christmas decorated the front living room window using stencils and Glass Wax. We would always drive over to the "East Side" to see how all the expensive houses were decorated at Christmas time and had a huge tree in the living room decorated with ornaments and tinsel. When returning from playing in the snow or ice skating, we would come into a warm house and put our mittens and scarves on the radiator to thaw out. My mother was a wonderful cook and baker, and I miss all of that wonderful food like baked custard rice pudding and homemade bread. Did anyone else ever have canned stewed tomatoes with milk and sugar for dessert? I remember when we got our first television set and watching "Inner Sanctum", "I Love Lucy", and all of those other early shows. Remember how amazing everyone thought it was to have "today’s news today" with John Cameron Swayze?

Does anyone else remember hearing "heat bugs" in the summer? We never had "play dates" as children, and were free to roam with other neighborhood kids in the summer until in it got dark outside, when it was time to go home for dinner.

And I will never forget my 5th grade teacher, Miss Newman, at Wisconsin Avenue School. She read "The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" to us 5th graders, and we ate it up. She would always have us act out plays in front of the class, and would put the girls on one side of the room and the boys on the other to see which side could have more correct answers in an English language quiz. She was so far ahead of her time….and we practiced penmanship while listening to classical music! I would love to know if anyone else remembers Miss Newman and knows anything about what happened to her or anything about her life.

I have lived in California for so many years that I feel like I native there, but was encouraged to record some of my early Milwaukee memories here when I happened on this website.


EDITORS NOTE :  Miss Newman was our school Principal at the 67th St. School (Now Honey Creek School) back in 1964!

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