Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #13: January 1, 2005 to January 31, 2005)

HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 22:47:25 (EST)
WRONG AGAIN - the bucking jennies were mules at Riverview! Sooner or later I'll get it right. I too, remember the ROLLER SKATING RINK at Riverview. When I was very small one of the piers to a ferry boat from Phila collapsed and we heard people screaming so my parents picked me up (I was playing in the sand by the water)and carried me over to the roller rink to watch the skaters to shield me from the horrible event occuring in the water. Also, one of my favorite things was to feed bread crumbs to the mass of HUGE CARP in the pond.
Connie <>
USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 13:31:18 (EST)
my mistake about the ride at LENAPE - the bucking jennies weren't goats, they were mules.
Connie <>
USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 13:17:30 (EST)
For Pat LeVan, No my Wife had no Nick Name, I know because we went from the first grade together and just celebrated (29TH)our 50TH together. For Shirley Jester, Yes I can Read. For all others interested. I Haven't seen anyone mention the skating rink at Riverview Beach Park. And how about the large Pond with the big Carp that you could feed by hand. I went to St Paul's School and we went every year as a group I think it was like the 5TH or 6TH grades on up, I'm not sure, but we sure looked forward to it every year.
Ray Jubb <>
Wil, De USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 11:08:43 (EST)
RE: Riverview Beach Park - Went to Christ Our King grade school. Every year they would take the choir girls and altar boys to Riverview. My Dad also took my sister and I there several times during the summer. You're right, part of the fun was the ride on the ferry. I have a video of Riverview, probably from the late 40's early 50's. I got it from a museum or something across the bridge. If anyone's interested in getting one, I'll get the info for you.
Dot Becker <>
USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 10:31:11 (EST)
Re: Lenape - I think it was some kind of driven belt on rollers at the end of the funhouse; you used to come out of the funhouse and jump on this wide belt and it carried you down to the ground. A family friend of my family got caught in the roller at the bottom, and it messed her foot or feet up badly. I was just a kid then, so don't remember how seriously she was injured (though I think it was permanent, disabling injury).
Bruce <nowant@nospam>
Wilmington, USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 10:23:54 (EST)
re LENAPE PARK - if anyone can get the Brit-com "Keeping up Appearances" on PBS - be aware that there is an episode at an amusement park with scenes in a FUN HOUSE exactly like the one in Lenape. I remember the one in Lenape had an exit where visitors slid down some type of tarp.
Connie <>
USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 09:49:21 (EST)
FOLKS: In my posting yesterday, I may not have been clear. I was quoting from an article written in the Sunday News Journal, by Journalist, Ken Marmarella, entitled, "Dela-Where are we anyway?" He was referring to what HE thinks are the lack of boudries within and around neighborhods and places in Delaware. Obviously, he's not a native or he'd have grown up know the boundries , as we did. I wrote him and asked him to join us, and LOOK at Harry's website if he wanted to learn about OLDWILMINGTON history. Sorry if anyone thoght that was MY quote, it wasn't.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Monday, January 31, 2005 at 08:30:45 (EST)
I thought I remembered everything about Riverview, but I had forgotten the ducks with the numbers! The prizes were terrible, but we loved that game. I was terrified of the fun house, but kept going back for more. The only thing I never tried were the canoe rides. And to Carol about the market - my grandparents lived on 5th & Lincoln and I know what you mean about the chickens - the whole process was awful, except when my mom would discover double yolks - for some reason that was a big deal.
Patty <>
Wimington, DE USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 19:57:55 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 17:18:57 (EST)
Wilmington Places and Names. An article in the Sunday News Journal - Wilmington, Delaware's largest city, has more than TWO DOZEN NEIGHBORHOODS and they tend to be named for landmarks like a TROLLEY BARN, and they don't have easily defined boundaries, either. But that's another story. Oh, and the trolley barn? It's long since disappeared from the landscape.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 17:17:31 (EST)
Deb, my grandmother used to sell her vegetables in the 50's every Saturday at the Market on Lincoln Street. She was always at 5th & Lincoln. My mother would always buy a live chicken and we would walk home with it squalking because it was tied upside down. I remember how it went from squalking into the pot on our stove but I don't like to talk about that part -- even to this day it bothers me.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 15:41:37 (EST)
FOLKS: Through the marvels of this wornderful site Harry has created for Old Wilmingtonians; Kay, (breckslnkid) and I just found out we live 5-mins apart and our G'kids attend the same elementary school! We're gonna do LUNCH! (BIG SMILE) Harry? Is it possible to create a chat type area like this guestbook? Where everyone can read and discuss the points of interest in one place?
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 15:28:45 (EST)
Re: Riverview Thank you everyone that took time to mention all the things they remembered about Riverview Park.It sure brought back a lot of memories,some that I had forgottren all about.The donkeys,tunnel of love etc.
K Burton <>
Pike Creek, De USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 15:18:31 (EST)
My grandmother used to sell her vegetables and eggs on King and/or Market Streets in the 50's & 60's. As one of many of her grandchildren it was a real treat to go with her. She would give us money to go to Wilmington Dry Goods, Green's and some other stores that I recall as having the best Italian Ice and Soft Pretzels I ever had.
Deb Davies <Taichideb@comcast.ent>
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 14:44:58 (EST)
I remember a ride at Riverview called "The Whip". It was my favorite. Also, I remember those ducks with the numbers on the bottom. My mother worked for the Electric Hose and they always had those picnics in late August when the plant was closed for a two-week vacation. I agree that the most fun was the ferry ride over.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 13:59:28 (EST)
re Riverview - I also remember the bucking jennies, a ride made up of "goats" which seated 2 or 3 people. It rode around on a track around the park and every once in a while they would begin to spin around.
Connie <>
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 13:48:52 (EST)
I remember the merry-go-round and the "ducks." (They floated by and I picked one up. There was a number underneath which determined the prize one received.)
Connie <>
USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 13:43:45 (EST)
My trips to Riverview,were with Neighbors.Mr.& Mrs. DeNight He worked for Electric,Hose,and Rubber.They had a yearly picnic there. We always looked forward to going each year also. I think the boat ride there was half the fun.
K Burton <>
Pikr Creek, De USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 12:42:13 (EST)
K. I remember the Tunnel-of-Love boat ride. And the picnic grove. I only ever went there with my parents, I think it was gone by the time I was a teen. We used to go over on the ferry from New Castle or the Wilson Line (not all Wilson Line trips stopped at Riverview, so it depended on the day I guess. I would be allowed to take a friend and my Dad would lug this huge picnic basket to a table in the grove. It was my first rollercoster ride. I fainted. They had to stop the ride and carry me off. That was the first time I learned I had a fear of heights. My parents never let me on one again! I tried the ferris wheel with the same results.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 10:47:59 (EST)
K Burton - The mid 30s, my family and relatives attended the duPont Chambers Works annual picnic each summer at Riverview. We'd take the ferry from New Castle, which docked right at the park, and set up our picnic on the tables in the grove nearby. Then off we would go to the amusements. I was only a child then, so we settled for the Old Mill, the Caterpillar, the Fun House with the maze of mirrors, and the wavey mirrors, the carosel with the brass rings, the bumper cars, and probably a few others that I no longer recall. My father, one time, took me on the Wildcat roller coaster, which terrified me. That picnic was always a fun occasion that I looked forward to all year.
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Sunday, January 30, 2005 at 00:45:45 (EST)
K Burton <>
Pikecreek, De USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 22:39:43 (EST)
DON: Oak Orchard! As a kid we spent two weeks every summer in Oak Orchard. I haven't been there for years! How far back do you remember? I can remember when it had a decent boardwalk, and a pier with a dancehall. I remember a summer of Glen Miller music playing on the jukebox non-stop. My Daddy taught me how to swim there one summer, right in front of the "Hotel". And wasn't there was a place behind it where you could buy fresh clams for a penny-a-piece?
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 22:14:35 (EST)
For Ray Jubb: Was your wife's nickname "Dee"?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 20:57:36 (EST)
BILL: (BIG HUG) Thank you! For whatever reason my previous two posts never showed up. Not that they we're any thing significant. But thanks for the reply. I hope everyone is keeping warm and healthy during this cold, icy winter?
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 19:56:31 (EST)
Lived in Wilm. and around New Castle all my life till I retired and moved to Oak Orchard.
Don Maxwell <>
Millsboro, DE USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 17:17:33 (EST)
J Rambo, wasn't your Dad a city fireman for a time back around the early 50's. You and I were in the same class with Mrs. Brown down at M.C.I. Williams School at the time.That was 1953 (6th grade), my Stepfather and my Uncle were both fireman at that time, and I thought I remembered your dad being one also.
Wayne <>
USA - Saturday, January 29, 2005 at 14:05:38 (EST)
J Rambo, Don't know why you couldn't reach me, you had the right e-mail address. Anyway I knew and worked with you Father when he ws with the ABCC. Also remember the building on Connell Street. My Wife was raised at Lancaster Ave & Connell Streets, her name was Nora Sullivan.
Ray Jubb <>
USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 21:41:05 (EST)
I remember the Filipino guys who went around to various schools and kids' hangouts, holding the yo-yo contests. I was never good enough to win one of the famous diamond-studded black yo-yos, but I dreamed of owning one. Those guys were amazing with the stuff they could make a yo-yo do! (I had trouble "walking the dog"... I discovered later that you should never attempt that trick near a fire hydrant!)
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 21:34:44 (EST)
I remember especially the hot dogs at the Queen Theater. They were right up there with the Deerparks to a 9 year old kid. It was the first place I ever saw one of those spike like things that held the dogs as they spun atound in a glass box. I can almost taste one now. When you figure my age and the fact that I wanted one of them more than candy you know they had to be good. I remember once that was the basis for the movie I choose to watch, those hot dogs. Yes they were that good!
Wayne <>
USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 20:19:38 (EST)
Anyone remember the yo-yo contests that they had in the Woolworth 5&10 next to the Queen theater? Every spring someone would give demos and hold contests for the kids. Grand prize usually was a "diamond" studded YO-YO.If you had one of these you were the king of the neighborhood!!! You could see a movie,have a hot dog & Hires root beer for .25$ and if you were lucky enough to have money leftover you could buy a regular yo-yo for .05$ or .10$..
Sam Ciroalo <>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 19:27:28 (EST)
To Ray Jubb: Wow, I didn't know you could read a book.....I know you went to WHS. I thought only the "good guys" from P.S. duPont HS could read!
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 13:45:13 (EST)
Ray Jubb, I tried to reach you at golfopera but couldn't get through. My Dad, Sam, was a retired Captain on WPD and later was Chief Agent for the ABCC. We lived on Connell Street. Had many friends at Defiance Club including Billy Jarrell and his buddy, Frannie. The Connell Street Theatre, which is in the book by Marjorie McNinch, was turned into a car storage garage that I managed for my Dad for a few years in the 50's. Still had all of the ornate metal ceilings and you could clearly see the opening where the camera was for showing the movies. I intend to get the McNinch book, thanks to your information about that.
jim rambo <>
wilm, de USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 13:32:25 (EST)
Bob, to clarify the movie house information; according to a 1997 article in the Wilmington paper by Gary Mullinax, Marjorie McNinch "drew heavily on research presented by Elbert Chance in a series of articles in the publication Delaware History" for her text on movie theaters. That would seem to say that Elbert Chance first put much of the information out, and Marjorie McNinch used that material in her book, among other facts that she found. Sounds like Elbert Chance deserves more credit than is being given. :)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 10:25:02 (EST)
Along with Marge McNinch's excellent book on the history of theatres in Wilmington, Elbert Chance of Newark, former Director of Sports Information at the University of Delaware, wrote a comprehensive series of articles on the same subject that were published in the DELAWARE HISTORY JOURNAL, the quarterly published by the Historical Socierty of Delaware, some ten years ago. Elbert has also written a book chronicling the history of the Blue Rocks baseball team which is chock-full of facts about the team and its performance, most notably from back in the days of Managers Skeeter Newsome and Danny Carnevale in the 1940's and 50's.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 07:19:30 (EST)
My father drove taxis all his like except for 8 year he worked at Farnhust as a cook. He quit that as he had to work all holidays. He drove for Yellow, stationd either at the train station or on 11th St side of the DuPont building. Back in the 20`s they were Pierce Arrow cars with the headlights on the front fenders. Does anyone remember CHARLIE the cab driver ?
mickey <mickey710webtv,net>
USA - Friday, January 28, 2005 at 00:01:15 (EST)
I have a book by Marjorie G. McNinch, first edition 1997, Titled 'the Silver Screen". It list the following Movie Theatres' for our Wilmington:PALACE, LYRIC(RIALTO), NICKELODEON.BIJOU,QUEEN,PICKWICK,ARCADIA,SAVOY(TOWNE),MAJESTIC,WONDERLAND,ALDINE(LOEW'S ALDINE),GRAND,GARRICK,VICTORIA,NATIONAL,HOPKINS,THE PLAYHOUSE,AVENUE,WARNER,HOPKINS,THE AUDITORIUM,PARKWAY(RITZ),THE STRAND,POLONIA(ACE), 11th WARD THEATRE,CONNELL STREET MUSIC HALL,VICTORY,PARK,REX,KERRY DRIVE-IN,EDGEMOOR,BRANDYWINE DRIVE-IN,AND THE CREST. This book gives the locations,when opened and when closed, who owned and or operated and how long they did so.This book can probably still be obtained through Cedar Tree Books,LTD Nine Germay Drive, Wilmington De. 19804.
Ray Jubb <>
Wil, DE USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 22:52:13 (EST)
USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 22:46:51 (EST)
I am interested in putting together a St. Peter's Cathedral reunion for the decade of the 60's.Please email me if you have an interest.
Stephen Armstrong <>
Bowie , Md USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 19:15:08 (EST)
Nancy, look at the "Neighborhood Forums" section of this site for some discussions earlier this month about the tunnel under the B&O tracks .
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 17:43:41 (EST)
The taxi co. I'm thinking of had it's office on MD. Ave., right at Five Points, on the south-east side of the intersection; I'm thinking the name may have been "Park" cab??? They only had about 3 cabs.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 17:40:27 (EST)
Was the TAXI company near Richardson Park the Ace Cab Co? The 1975 directory has one listed at Cleland Course Rd in Cleland Hts which backs up to Canby Park. (On the New Castle Co ACD map that's at page 8 B-10.)
connie <>
USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 16:50:03 (EST)
Does anyone remember the tunnel that ran under the old B.& O. station? You could go under the tracks from one side to the other.
Nancy <>, de. USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 15:30:40 (EST)
Re: Taxis. What was the cab co. that used to be based at Five Points, on Maryland Ave. (Richardson Park)?
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 13:56:26 (EST)
Re TAXI CAB COMPANIES - I remember Diamond, City, and Yellow. Does anyone recall any others? I didn't see them listed in the "transportation" section.
Connie <>
USA - Thursday, January 27, 2005 at 11:20:37 (EST)
Does anyone know what happened to the large statue of the Blessed Mother on 9th...across from Carlino's & St. Anthony's? I only noticed it was gone 3 weeks ago!
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 16:47:22 (EST)
Hi again Carol! We used to go to Boobie's for candy & ice cream too. The closest relatives I had to 8th & Scott lived on 6th, between Lincoln & Scott - down from where Katie's used to be, & my grandparents lived on 5th & Lincoln. I'll ask a couple relatives if they knew your parents/grandparents.
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 16:44:27 (EST)
I too vaguely remember Monkeys being kept at Rockford Tower. This little bit of nostalgia really shook me. Thanks for mentioning it.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 14:35:18 (EST)
Mickey - I remember the Seventh Day Adventist church at 7th and Adams. The Klim family from two doors down used to go there. The children went to their school.
Connie <>
USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 13:24:59 (EST)
Yes, I vaguely remember the monkies in Rockford Tower. Maybe mid '50s.
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:46:41 (EST)
Do you remember the Sat. night dances at the Riddle Chapel (since torn down) in Kentmere? How about Rockford Road, Ivy Road, the Gap, St Helena Road. Do you remember the Street Dances in Rockford next to Mrs. Painter's house, and the rendition of Sonny Boy , Mrs. Hallam, and the wooden stage put on that lot? Do you remember the favorite swimming holes? Headgates and Beachie for the boys, and Second Dam and Henry Clay, and Silver bridge for everyone. Beachie was called Depression Beach. We swam in the rapids when we became brave.
Helen Doherty <>
Wilm., De. USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 12:04:43 (EST)
My brother, Holmes Doherty, has a question. Does anyone remember monkies being kept during the summer in the Tower in Rockford Park? They were there for a couple of years during the summer
helen Doherty <>
Wilm., De. USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 11:52:22 (EST)
No one seems to remember the Seventh Day Adventis church at 11th and Adams. Sorry, no pictures. Hpw about the Paper Mill on the Brandywine just before the B&O railroad bridge. The traffic bridge was called, I think The Augustine cutoff just before it went under the RR and became 18th St. I lived in one ofthe mill houses in 1937. Now that `s not to far back to remember And Huber`s Bakery used to sell their old bread to farmers for $,75 a big bag. There were sticky buns still good enuf to eat. Oh, for a good sticky bun. It would taste so good now !!!!!
mickey <mickey710@webtv,net>
tx USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 11:25:44 (EST)
I remember the little Baptist church.My family and I used to pass it on our way to Mass at St.Anthony's.My brother and I used to go close so as we could see in the windows.We were fascinated.
K.Burton <>
PIKE CREEK, De. USA - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 08:23:03 (EST)
Patty, my grandparents lived at 8th & Scott. Right across the street from the Baptist Church and caticorner to Boobies store. Do you remember Boobies? Back then, the people living in Little Italy were all Italians but we had the nicest black people in Wilmington mixed in. I was always treated so well went I went in to Boobies to buy a candybar or icecream. I don't remember the name of the owner but he was a big black man and always smoking a big cigar. On Sunday mornings, after my grandmother had put her sauce on, she would sit on her porch and listen to the preacher's sermon coming from the Baptist church across the street. No air conditioning back then so the windows were wide open and all of Scott street could hear him.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Wednesday, January 26, 2005 at 06:17:00 (EST)
USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 19:41:21 (EST)
We went to our first Hagee's reunion a few weekends back and had a great time. I haven't seen some of the people since we were in St. Ann's CYO.....what fun! It was wonderful and Richie and I hope to attend next year.Is Mike Walsh going to tell the same jokes ? LOL Oh. Someone named Jean posted a letter mentioning my name. Sorry: but,I do not know who that is.
Phyllis Glenn Ventresca <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, January 25, 2005 at 14:10:02 (EST)
Patty, I seem to remember the boys calling the Park usher, "RRRRRalph". I haven't lived in Wilmington for 15 years because I was transferred to Texas but I moved to Italy in 2000. I do get a little homesick for Delaware, though. I hear people my age are having a great time living downstate in Sussex County and that a lot of baby boomers have moved down there.
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Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Monday, January 24, 2005 at 03:50:33 (EST)
USA - Monday, January 24, 2005 at 00:35:34 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 17:24:46 (EST)
Before it was called Comegy'a and Scotty's, the corner bar at Conrad and Union Streets was called Walton's Beer Garden. It was there from the 1930's to 1970. Great food!
Art <>
DE USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 15:54:11 (EST)
How's your weather back there? It seems that some parts of the Wilmington area escape most of the severe stuff while others get clobbered. How are things in YOUR area of the city? Deep snow? Not so much? I heard that the Philly Airport was closed for the first time in 9 years, so you must have some of the white stuff around... Hope everybody is warm and toasty, and that you have plenty of provisions in case you're snowed in... Let's hear some weather reports from various areas of town.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 14:45:04 (EST)
The REX was near 7th & Lincoln Streets (1914 to 1917).__The Victory was located at 1715 W. 4th Street (1920 to 1923).__The Victory then bacame Hunt's Theater (1923 to 1926) and then the Broadway (1926 to 1929).__The building itself later became the Sons of Columbus Hall.__More non-era movie theaters will be added as research is finished...
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 12:28:55 (EST)
HOCKESSIN , DE USA - Sunday, January 23, 2005 at 10:17:11 (EST)
Does anyone remember the Ace theater? We use to call it the scratch house. It was only a few blocks from my house. I remember on Saturdays they would give you a ticket or something that had a number on it. Between the double feature (remember them?) they would show these black & white films of these old guys racing (mostly bicycles). Each guy had a number on his shirt and whoever won that race in the film the kid or kids with that number would win a prize. Tell you what, they were the funniest damn films I ever seen. WE use to laugh our heads off at those older guys and their bicycle races. I think thats what we referred to them as- the bicycle races. I seen many a good picture at the Ace.
Joe <>
USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 21:30:51 (EST)
My niece and I were talking one day about the beatle's sneakers we had as kids, and boy do we wish we would of held on to them!!
Sharon (BOLT) Buchana <>
Newark, De USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 19:14:50 (EST)
I also went to the Park Theater in the 60's. I remember seeing the Beatles movie "HELP" there. I loved growing up in Wilmington. I was born in 1952, my family doctor was Dr. Potocki. I went to Lore Elementary and then to Cedar Hill, and went to Bayard Junior High. Any one out there around my age? Would love to here from ya.
Sharon (BOLT) Buchanan <>
Newark , De USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 19:08:36 (EST)
Comegy's on Union Street used to be called Scotty's back in the 80"s. Can't remember what it was called before that. Had a lot of good times in Scotty's. and after it became Comegy's.
Sharon (BOLT) Buchanan <>
Newark, De USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 19:04:09 (EST)
Carol - I really don't recall any real problems with rowdy types at the Park Theater. I'm sure it was noisey, but I was a preteen then and that would have been the norm. Also in that neighborhood, does anyone recall Seidel's Pharmacy on the SE corner of Front and Union. One snowy evening, we kids were sledding on Linden St. in front of my house in the Gardens. As I took my turn down the hill, the Seidel delivery truck made an illegal right turn up the hill from Bancroft Pkwy and right over me. This occurred shortly after the streets in the Gardens were made one-way. The driver, a Baptist minister, apparently wasn't aware of the change. I still bear a faint scar on my forehead from his bumper guard.
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 18:44:26 (EST)
I went to the Park theater in the 20s. remember I am ald I went to the Queen when thy had stage shows but all I remember was a bear on roller skates. Does anyone go to Govatos for lunch ? They make the best candy in the world. I get some for xmas every year but am still looking for sticky buns
mickey <mickey710@webtv,met>
USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 18:41:33 (EST)
Carol Merlini (let's try that again). I was always at the Park Movie from the late 40's to mid 50's, and there was always a crowd of rowdies there. Do you remember the poor usher that they used to tease and call "Rough Ralph"? When did you leave Wilmington for Italy?
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 17:24:51 (EST)
Evidently you have to click on my name in the previous message to get to the URL with the photo. If you can't just use this:
Mike <>
USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 16:02:20 (EST)
The attached URL shows the Queen Theatre when it was a hotel. If I remember correctly, the last movie played there was the Titanic movie "A Night to Remember." I saw that movie there. I Have a question about the mural of the Swedes landing in Wilmington that used to be on the the wall to the left in the Warner Theatre. I remember reading that they were preserving it and cleaning up the graffiti and taking it out of the theatre before the building was demolished. Does anyone know where it is on display? If it even still exists? Who painted it?
Mike Klezaras <>
New Castle, USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 16:01:11 (EST)
To Tom Wood. Tom, when your generation attended movies at the Park Theatre, back in the 30's, were the kids reasonably well behaved? I attended the Park Theatre movies in the 50's and the place was always like a free for all.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara , Abruzzo, Italy - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 13:30:08 (EST)
Remember back in the 50's whenever anyone mentioned that they had just seen a good movie,the question was,was it in color? Many of the movies were not at that time. We sure have come a long way.
K.Burton <>
PIKE CREEK, De. USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 12:16:17 (EST)
The Park theater on Union St was the first one I ever went to. They were still silent films. The piano player lived next door to me, loved to hear him practice. An usher named James lived next to my aunt. I don`t remember if WHOOPEE was the first talkie, starring Eddie Cantor but do know it was the first shown in color but Al Jolson came out wth Sonny Boy about the same time. Remember I am OLD
mickey <>
tx USA - Saturday, January 22, 2005 at 00:07:09 (EST)
One of my memories of the Park Theater was when me and some friends were in my house just about ready to leave to go to the Park, we turned towards the tv in my living room. They were bringing Lee Harvey Oswald out and we wanted to see this guy. Then all of a sudden, bang, Jack Ruby pulls out and shoots him dead. We went to the movies at the Park but don't ask me what we saw. The real life murder on tv was on our minds from then on. Still is, how can one forget seeing a real live murder coming over the tv in your own living room.
JOe <sgtpepper212@aol>
USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 23:32:49 (EST)
Tom, You're right about the Park being on Union Street between 4th & 3rd. I worked there as a cashier when I was in high school in the late 40's. I have many pleasant memories of those times.Lorraine
Lorraine Bandiera Wasik <>
Dickson, TN USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 21:08:29 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 18:59:24 (EST)
Let's try that again. When I was a youngster living in the Gardens in the 30s, we use to attend Saturday afternrnoon movies at a theater on the west side on Union St. between 2nd and 4th. It sticks in my memory that the theater was named the "Park". Does anyone else recall that, or a different name?
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 18:17:27 (EST)
Thanks for restoring my faith in my own memory, guys... I just looked at my Wilmington map, and sure enough, there's Park Place, and the doc's home was right across from Cool Spring Park. And yes, the theater was for sure the Ritz. I remember that well. (At least there's a FEW things I remember well!) The reason I couldn't find Park Place is because my Delaware Trust map of Wilmington didn't list it in its list of street names, and I thought it was farther west than it is; my impression was that it was somewhere closer to Bancroft Parkway... but now that you've set me right, I can almost remember my mom driving me to the doc's office, and turning off Delaware Ave at what must have been Jackson St. Ahhhh, the ravages of time.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 16:15:42 (EST)
I think the movie theater on Delaware Ave. was the Ritz. It was right next door to Smith and Strevig's drugstore.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 12:27:06 (EST)
wilmington, DE. USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 11:51:07 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Friday, January 21, 2005 at 08:42:37 (EST)
Speaking of doctors, when I was a kid we had a doctor who actually made house calls...! He was Dr. Martin B. Pennington, and I believe his office was in his home. I kinda remember his home, and I think it was on "Park Place", but I just looked at a Wilmington street map and can't find a "Park Place". I seem to remember that there was indeed a park across the street from his residence, but can't recall exactly where it was located. Anyone know if there is such a street, or am I imagining things?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 23:31:06 (EST)
Radio Station: WIP (AM 610) in Philly Late Night Station Jingle: The night-time is the right time to listen and enjoy, colorful sounds, color radio. Daytime Jingle: Double-u I P Six ten Metro radio Philadelphia
Tom Johnson <>
Jackson, SC USA - Thursday, January 20, 2005 at 08:50:47 (EST)
I wonder if anyone knows how long old Doc Wales, and my grandmother refered to him, was in practice. I think he had a very long practice. Is anyone old enough to remember "Old Doc Wales."
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 18:17:02 (EST)
Here is a Doctor tid bit....Way back in 1907, Dr. John Wales of Wilmington, and his cousin, Emily P Bissell, established the first Christmas Seal. It stemed from Dr Wales request to his cousin to raise $300.00 to keep the tuberculosis sanitorium open. The first seal went on sale December 7, 1907 and raised $3000, well over the $300 requested by Dr Wales. As far as I know he had an office at 1500 Delaware Ave. The corner of Delaware and N. Rodney. He's of particular interest to me because he delivered my grandmother and most of her siblings at their home on Gilpin ave...Back in the days of housecalls, and being born at home....
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 18:06:55 (EST)
AL Minne: I remember Dunkin Donuts on Concord Pike by Charcoal Pit; my aunt worked there. I used to go to the Penny Hill Donuts almost every week and would eat 'em by the dozens. Iy used to be slippery and we'd slide all over. I'm sorry to hear about your sister and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I never heard about it back then. Thank you for the comments to me. What other people do you know that I might know of?
Barbara Halfen (Jackson/Loveland) <>
Salem, OR USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 16:46:09 (EST)
Alex Wysocki: Thanks so much for your quick response regarding Harry Cloud. Sorry for the delay. I'm not sure about him being a police officer; I just know that he worked at the bridge, and this day he was painting the white line down the middle of the highway and was run over and killed. He had two sons. My parents were good friends with him and his wife. Yes I know just about everybody on Ebright Road. I was born and raised in that vicinity. And then in the '60's I lived in the trailer park. Your name doesn't sound familiar; could we know each other?
Barbara Halfen (Jackson/Loveland) <>
Salem, OR USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 16:30:04 (EST)
In regard to the Semi-Pro football teams in Wilm. dont forget to add "ADAMS A.C. I played for them a couple years 1950-51.
Bill Hare <>
Ocala, Fl USA - Wednesday, January 19, 2005 at 09:27:31 (EST)
I would like to see the Seventh Day Adventist church at 11th and Adams Sts mentioned . I went to the church and also the school from the 5th thru the 9th grade. Sorry I have no pictures
mickey <mickey710@webtv,net>
tx USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 23:22:53 (EST)
Defiance was a men's club loctated on Jackson St. between 2nd & 3rd St. They sponsored many very good sports teams and won many championships over the years. Great place to meet with friends on Sunday afternoons when the bars were closed.
Sam Ciroalo <>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 21:47:53 (EST)
The semi pro football league began in mid 40's. Teams were St.anthony's Definance,West Side Indians, Parkway, Cutrona's. Games were played at 3rd & Clayton,Baynard Stadium, Price's Run. I played in the league for a few years, and the teams drew great crowds on Sunday afternoons.
Sam Ciroalos <>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 21:35:26 (EST)
In the 1950s I remember seeing sweatshirts with a bulldog and the word "Defiance." Was there also a school associated with "Defiance?"
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco , CA USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 17:58:56 (EST)
I remember Dr.Gilday and I think he and Dr.Bohan were inpratice together. If my memory serves me right I believe Dr.Bohan had a son who became a doctor.
Mike Snyder <>
newark, Ct USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 15:27:36 (EST)
All of the football on tv recently brought back memories of the great semi-pro football games at 3rd & Clayton Sts. in the 50's. I remember Defiance, Conrad Alumni, St. Anthony's only, although I'm sure there were others. They were very good games and the price was right too; they walked around with a bucket during halftime, asking for "donations".......probably for beer. The players were athletes who had excelled in high school but had probably not gone on to play college ball. Anyone else recall those games or the other teams involved? It's now Judy Johnson field.
jim rambo <>
Wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 10:44:30 (EST)
Regarding local doctors. Does anyone remember a Dr Gilday. I think it was Frank, and that his office was on Delaware ave. I noticed he didn't make the linst
Sean <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 10:39:38 (EST)
To Fran, I,m not sure if I am the Helen Doherty of whom you speak. I did play baseball, but was not a pro golfer. That was Patsy Hahn. And my name is spelled Doherty, there is no ug in it. Otherwise I guess I am the same person you mentioned. Thankyou Jean for your kind words. Pat LaVan I was a year behind you and a friend of Reetzie and Marie Lucey. My sister Nancy was three years behind you. Helen Doherty
Helen Doherty <>
Wilm, De. USA - Monday, January 17, 2005 at 17:08:08 (EST)
#9 school was located at 8th & Wallaston St. That was between Washington & Jefferson Sts.Info if you update sometime. Great web site.
Sam Ciroalo <samciroalo@comcast.netb>
Bonita Springs, FL USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 20:01:41 (EST)
Learned to swim at the bathhouse
bill rogers <>
PIKE CREEK, DE USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 17:28:08 (EST)
Bob, responding to those porn ads and spammers is not a good idea; they don't read the incoming mail, they just harvest your e-mail address, add it to a mailing list that they sell, and then you will be swamped with more and more of the junk that they are sending out. The best thing to do is just ignore all of these ads, and let Harry delete them.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 17:04:18 (EST)
Helen Dougherty was also a very good baseball player as well as a professional golfer.
Fran <>
Bonita Springs,, Fl USA - Sunday, January 16, 2005 at 15:05:55 (EST)
The Bath-House. Yes, I do remember. I almost drowned there once. And then I almost drowned a neighborhood girl, Eleanor Sweeney, because I grabbed onto her to save me. Somehow, we both survived.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 22:30:30 (EST)
does anyone remember the bathhouse located near the old delaware hospital? happy valley playground is now there. girls were allowed to swim one day ....boys the next.
Nancy Lynch <>
wilmington, de. USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 22:12:38 (EST)
I will answer for Helen, yes it is the same one, a super basketball player and great person.
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 21:55:37 (EST)
For Helen Doherty: Helen, I certainly do remember your cousin, Dr. Gerald Dougherty. Although I didn't know him personally, I did know his daughter, Lucy. Dr. Dougherty delivered all my cousins (youngest Gerald is named for him). He was my mother's family doctor. She was a Mulherin from the Forty Acres. According to my mother's family, he was a brilliant diagnostician. They insisted he could look into your eyes and diagnose your particular illness. Supposedly, he demonstrated this skill at Johns-Hopkins at one time. The Forty Acres Irish were very proud of him. I do remember the Fagins. Reitzie was in my class at Ursuline ('53). Are you the Helen Doherty who was a super basketball player a couple of years behind me?
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 19:48:49 (EST)
Bruce Glad someone remembers St.Helenas what is this guy 'Poker'doing on here I hope he stays away this is a nice site and I don't think he knows much about Wilmington!We all hang-out at Conrad and Harrison St.most of us went to St. Pauls,but some of the Hedgeville boys came up to our conner,we had kids from all over the city come to Mikes, That was the name of the store on the cornor many of us met our husbands or wifes there
Diana <>
wilm., de USA - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 18:04:23 (EST)
BOB, yes, I know what you mean about costly for any "Italian" in Texas. I can imagine you paid a pretty penny for the Delaware Sub (with the cold roll) that you bought in San Antonio. Having grown up in Wilmington's Little Italy, I know what an Italian Water Ice should cost. But when I told the owner of a shop on 6th Street in Austin that he was ripping people off by charging $3.75 for a large cup of Lemon, he told me he was calling the Cops, LOL, LOL.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 09:34:32 (EST)
David Platt was our family doctor too. When I was eight in 1954, he told my mother that the noise I was making due to a scratchy throat was just a bad habit and he prescribed some sugar water (a placebo). A few years ago, I returned to Italy to the province in Abruzzo where many of the Italians in Wilmington originated. Not only do I meet people who have the same sur names of nearly everybody I went to school with at St. Anthony's, but at certain times of the year, these people are also making that old familiar sound to scratch the throat. So, in reality, we never had bad habits. We had an allergy that people from this region of Italy are particularly susceptible too and apparently the same culprit plant grows on the East Coast. Ah the wonders of coming back to your roots. Absolutely amazing.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Saturday, January 15, 2005 at 08:56:44 (EST)
The DR Skura who delivered my first baby hasn`t been put on any Doctors list. He was on Lancaster Ave at Rodney Also add a dr Chavin who delivered my 4th in St Francis. He was Jewish and had never been in that hospital before
mickey <>
USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 22:23:24 (EST)
In the section on Doctors, do you remember my cousin Dr. Gerald Luke Dougherty who had his office in his home in the 1800 block of shallcross Ave. I remember there was a huge roll top desk in his office. And do you remember Barney and Pete Fagan's package store in the 1700 block of Scott St.? Dr. Dougherty's grandson is our councilman in the forty acres, and he is presently serving in the aemy in Kuwait.
Helen Doherty <>
Wilmington, de. USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 17:28:16 (EST)
We went to Sacred Heart's CYO dances. And St. John's, at Concord Ave and Market Street An any other dance we could find. Wilmington High Went through a time when they held dances in the gym on Friday nights. Guess it all depends on our ages. I was busy raising kids in the 60s.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 09:59:06 (EST)
St. Helena's dances - ah yes, I remember them well. The last one ended me up at Penny Hill after a little tiff with someone from New Castle. They were enormously popular back then.
butch schilling <>
mount pleasant, sc USA - Friday, January 14, 2005 at 09:27:24 (EST)
Pat Diamond, who worked for a long time at Penny Hill Sub Shop, now owns Goody's in Boothwyn, just around the corner from the Farmers Market at Booth's Corner. He still makes terrific subs.
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 23:34:50 (EST)
Do I see Merry Christmas on that bus? tsk tsk [ good old days]
bill rogers <>
PIKE CREEK, md USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 20:27:24 (EST)
mickey, i also grow up down the street from sophias on lincoln st. I think there was only one son George ,the other was a son-in-law that worked in the store. now Georges son owns walters steak house on union st.
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 19:39:59 (EST)
Hey Diana, I mentioned the CYO dances at St. Helena's a couple of months ago. No one "bit" on that then, and as popular as they were, it surprised me that no one remembered them. I used to go to them in the eraly 60's.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 19:33:57 (EST)
I have not seen anyone bring up St. Helena's dance what great memories I have of those! Anyone remember? We kids from Wilmington took the bus to go to Bellfont!
Diana <>
wilm., de USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 15:48:25 (EST)
Sophie's subs were simply the best! When I was in high school, we stopped there frequently. It was run by John and Sophie Constantinou and their sons. Later, one of the sons, George, opened Constantinou's House of Beef on Delaware Avenue across the street from what we called "the car barn." It now has a more exotic name. George's upscale steak house occupied the space that once housed the B & O Restaurant, which for years served pretty much diner-style food. I particularly remember the hot roast beef sandwiches.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 15:42:37 (EST)
For a year or more ,I lived just down the street from Sophies. That was in the late 40`s and early 50`s Out here in texas I was ordering subs from the Taste of Plilly til they went sky migh on ptices. They claimed it was the water from there that made the sub so good. I think you just have to have the right Italian meats Still looking for sticky buns. Austin is to far from me
mickey <>
tx USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 11:36:25 (EST)
K.Burton <>
PIKE CREEK, De. USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 08:44:57 (EST)
About subs - I had many a sub from the Penny Hill Sub Shop at Phila. Pike and Marsh Rd. (I lived just across the street at 250 Phila. Pike for many years). I used to love to watch them make the subs; and after leaving Wilmington in 1961, realized I could never find any even half as good. In desperation, I started making them at home. I think the most important thing is to be sure to put olive oil on the inside of the roll as well as on top of the ingredients. Also, SHRED, don't chop, the lettuce and make sure the ham, cheese, etc. are sliced very thin. I always look for the rolls in a good Italian bakery; but no bakery anywhere has been able to duplicate the taste of DelCampo's. I'm getting hungry and it is only breakfast time!
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, January 13, 2005 at 08:01:05 (EST)
In regards to the DELAWARE SUB STORES IN TEXAS, just had one in the SA store, beats SUBWAY. Only thing the Rolls are kept cold thus making a wet roll. They told me the rolls come from Ga. They make a large sub, but it was costly.
BOB <>
tx USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 22:05:23 (EST)
Having been treated by both Dr. David Platt and Dr. Mooreland I can attest to their skills. I do remember that Dr. Mooreland did like to bet on the horses. He did it one time while I was in the CHIAR. Does anyone remember Thompson's Candy Store at 3rd and Jackson?
Alex f Wysocki <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 19:03:10 (EST)
Jean----We just found out about the Hagee's reunion's about 2 years ago.The newness hasn't worn off yet.I couldn't believe how many people I knew,and hadn't seen in over 40 years.Think I will keep on going for a few years anyway.
K.Burton <>
PIKE CREEK, De. USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 18:43:44 (EST)
Thanks for the addition of Drs. David and Ethel Platt! They were both wonderful people and compassionate caregivers. Dr. David, in particular, is remembered as a man who did housecalls in good humor and treated his patients, even small kids like me, with dignity.
jim rambo <>
Wilmington, de USA - Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at 15:46:20 (EST)
A doctor missing from your list... Dr. Ethyl Platt. was in practice with husband Dave,at 4th and Franklin. I realize how difficult it must be to get all info, but thought you could use this info if you update your list sometime. Also a dentist...Dr.Moreland (forget his first name) had office in house next to Drs. Platt on 4th st.
Sam Ciroalo <>
bonita springs, FL USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 21:47:19 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 17:25:42 (EST)
MICKEY! You're amazing! 1918! And I thought 1933 was a good year. You c'mon home, babe, and we'll take you to Dead Presidents AND The Six Paupers for whatever suits your fancy.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Tuesday, January 11, 2005 at 16:47:51 (EST)
Jo Ann: Thanks for stopping by my "grafitti wall"... sorry I missed you, but you're welcome back any time! Bruce: No problem on the grilled cheese sandwiches. I just hope the recipe hasn't died with the demise of the Spic 'N' Span; they were marvelous!
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 23:09:45 (EST)
K.B. yES THE HAGEES IS ABLAST, BUT AFTER A WHILE YOU HAVE TO MISS A FEW, I was going every year but now may be every other is enough, my husband goes every year with his friends,
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 18:29:57 (EST)
Jean <USA>
WILMINGTOM, DE USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 18:21:57 (EST)
New trivia - with answers at the end: a - When did the Edgemoor Theater open? b - What was the first movie to play at the new Edgemoor Theater? c - When did the Cine Mart open? d - What was the first movie to play at the Cine Mart? Answers: a - 1942. b - "My Favorite Blonde" with Bob Hope. c - 1968 d - "The Odd Couple" with Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 12:27:31 (EST)
Bill Fisher, I asked my sis-in-law about the grilled cheese sandwiches with BBQ sauce inside, at the Spic & Span, and about the origination of the sauce. Sorry, although she worked there, she doesn't remember those sandwiches - or, in fact, what kind of sandwiches she made, or they had, or even what she did when she worked there, after this time has passed. She just remembers she didn't work as a car hop, she was inside.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 12:19:24 (EST)
I clicked on Bill Fisher and wound up at his front door. Another great Wilmington website. I hung around a while, but nobody was home... So, I helped myself to a cuppa coffee and a sticky bun and left him a message. Thanks Bill.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 12:07:02 (EST)
Sorry about the Dead Presidents I just know a friend talks about it alot. But as for Doctors, a DR Beck delivered me back in 1918. He lived , I think ,on 4th St between Union and Lincoln Sts
mickey <mickey>
tx USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:27:10 (EST)
Now Mickey, Dead Presidents isn't nostalgia, they haven't been there that long, have they? I think you need a sticky bun! :)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 11:00:28 (EST)
Under Sub Shops The correct spelling is Philomena's at 2nd and Lincoln St. Under doctors there was a Doctor Waters at either 201 or 203 N. Bancroft Pkwy in a house owned by Woodlawn Trustees.(FLATS)
Ralph Walsh <Ralphdc21@aol>
Wilm, De USA - Monday, January 10, 2005 at 04:15:20 (EST)
On taverns you didn`t mention Dead Presidents, somewhere around 7th and Union and Comegyes`s ai 3rd and Union
mickey <mickey710@>
tx USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 23:51:37 (EST)
Ooops, I guess web links are no longer possible here. (Probably a good thing, to keep the SPAM jerks from abusing this site). Anyway, the link to that website about the Del Mem Bridge is:
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 21:41:45 (EST)
Jo Ann, here's a website that confirms the fact that the Delaware Memorial Bridge is the world's longest two-span suspension bridge: Click Me
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 21:37:07 (EST)
You missed a couple of dentists and three doctors.Dr Skura, Dr F\Gross and Dr Rickards.Dentists, dr Cox and Dr Darrah
mickey <>
tx USA - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 12:12:49 (EST)
Hi Al. Just thought I'd mention that in 2006, Italy will start building the longest suspension bridge in the world. It will span Reggio, Calabria and Messina, Sicily and will go across the Straits of Messina. Don't know if it will be dual spans, however. But it's a most gorgeous part of the world for sure and the bridge will bring more tourists to Sicily. Right now, they have to take the Ferry.
Carol Merlini <>
Pescara, Abruzzo, Italy - Sunday, January 09, 2005 at 05:49:32 (EST)
Re--Jean, You spoke of the Hagee's Reunion.I along with quite a few of my friends attended this year,what a blast we all had.Can't wait for the next one. With Mike as M.C. we were all entertained with His funny jokes.
K.Burton <>
PIKE CREEK, De. USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 23:23:56 (EST)
Hi all, and a happy new year, just got back to the new site and found on the 6th two new guest, Phyllis and Mary Kay,phyllis did you have a good time at the hagees reunion on Fri. sorry I missed it but heard you and Richie were there, would loved to have seen you both. Mary Kay, I went to #13 school with you and grew up in the forty acres. Remember your dad well, a wonderful person and the #10 bus on delaware ave.
Jean <>
wilmington, De. USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 22:12:17 (EST)
AL MINNE: Sorry to read about that 'first' concerning the Delaware Memorial Bridge and your sister...sigh. This is from my Delaware Trivia book: The Delaware Memorial Bridges are the WORLDS longest twin-span highway bridges.(Published 2001) I've done a Google search and can't find anything to dispute that.
Jo Ann <>
Pike Creek Valley, DE USA - Saturday, January 08, 2005 at 19:27:06 (EST)
Remember when there was lots of ice on the Brandywine, it's where I learned to skate. We also had a great pond at the end of Washington Street, I think the Wilmington Music School is there now.
Eleanor Veazey Hoffmann <>
Hockessin, De USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 21:58:21 (EST)
I'll ask my sister-in-law about the sauce, as she used to work at the Spic on the Phila. Pike - but after this period of time, I doubt if she retains any knowledge of the sauce or how the sandwich was constructed; but, it doesn't hurt to ask. :)
Wilmington, USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 09:17:48 (EST)
Re: grilled cheese with barbecue sauce- the sauce was inside the sandwich, with the cheese. I don't think it was put on until the sandwich had been "grilled". I also have no idea what brand of sauce they used; it might have been their own concoction-- but it was delicious.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, January 07, 2005 at 02:52:11 (EST)
Awhile back I ask about a leather factory at Liberty St in Browntown.I rembered the name Skluts
william <>
charlston, DE USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 19:16:27 (EST)
What an awesome site dedicated to the transportation!! I had previously stated in another Guest Book signing about my Dad having been a bus driver for Delaware Coach Company and driving through it's changes to become D.A.R.T.. What memories were brought back just scanning the various photos of the buses. Thank you for a walk back, in time!
Mary Kay (Dunlop)Kennedy <>
Ottawa, IL. USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 19:06:14 (EST)
How about DR. John Glenn @ 10th and Jefferson Street and then 4th and Broom? He was my dad !
Phyllis Glenn Ventresca <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 17:29:23 (EST)
Thanks Bill and Bruce for the THREE LITTLE BAKERS links. I'm amazed!! Not only are they still around but evidently an important part of the WILMINGTON culture. CAROLJANE you are right about the good food. I miss it. One of my best memories is about my dad and me making the friday evening trip to "LITTLE ITALY" and going to the back door of an Italian resturant with pot in hand. A few minutes later we'd be on our way home with the pot full of spaghetti and a loaf of fine Italian bread.
Al Minne <>
Temecula, CA USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 14:45:17 (EST)
FOR MICKEY IN TEXAS: You can find Wilmington/Philly style Sticky Buns at the Uppercrust Bakery in Austin, Texas. There is also a chain of Delaware Sub Shops in Austin owned by a guy from Browntown. He may have branched out now to other cities in Texas because his subs/steaks are the best. If you really want a good sandwich, though, you have to come to Italy. Italians in Delaware are mostly responsible for the good food you were all accustomed to.
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Pescara, Italy - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 10:21:53 (EST)
Tell me about the grilled cheese with bar-B-Q sauce. Was it inside with the cheese or on the top?
USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 09:42:06 (EST)
Bill and Bruce, I recall the Spic&Span being at the 31st and Market Sts. location in the 40's. A Tatnall St. neighbor was a waitress there. Her last name was Thompson. They really did have the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, January 06, 2005 at 07:43:01 (EST)
Yep, Bill, it was on the SE corner of 31st & Market. In fact, I think the building was only torn down about 10 or 15 years ago, after being the office for another used car lot for many years. The 50's was when the Spic's were in their glory. I don't know when the one at 31st. street was built, but it was on that corner, fer shurr! :). And, as you said, on the NE corner was a used car lot, and down 31st. St was Hessler Sign Co., and Mondorphs(sp) Bottling Plant, and on up Market St. was a house or two, then the Food Fair, at 32nd & Market.
Wilmington, USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 22:29:43 (EST)
Wow, Bruce; I lived two blocks from 31st & Market for about three years, and don't remember a Spic 'N' Span there. I recall that there was the Riverview Cemetery behind a row of houses on the NW corner, a little mom & pop grocery on the SW, a used car dealer on the NE, and I can't remember what was on the SE corner-- it may have been a Spic, but I sure don't remember it. Of course, that was from 1947 to 1950; perhaps that was before it was there...? The one I'm familiar with was the one just north of the Penny Hill State Police Station. We used to get marvelous grilled cheese sandwiches there with barbecue sauce on them. Scrumptious! That was in the early 50's.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 22:15:30 (EST)
The Three Little Bakers dinner theater website is
Wilmington, USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 19:16:54 (EST)
You are correct, Pat. The third Spic was at 31st. and Market (I always remember this stuff after someone else tells me.....).
Wilmington, USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 19:11:38 (EST)
As I recall, the third Spic&Span was on Market St. probably between 30th and 35th Sts.
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 18:20:08 (EST)
The best drag racing was on Newport Pike in front of the from the bowling alley past the Pleasant Hills Drive In and down to the Fairlane 500XL was the champ there for a loooong time
Bob <>
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 15:14:06 (EST)
There's a pretty decent thumbnail sketch of the Three Little Bakers on the Brandywine Valley Motor Inn's website: Click here
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 14:54:24 (EST)
Bruce - HAY ROAD was the site I remembered as the main place we drag raced. We would caravan as many as 50 cars (I counted once) out of the CHUCKWAGON parking lot. We would pull into a field, park the cars and sit on the bank over looking the road to watch the races. The Cops would sometimes block the field exits and ticket all the drivers meanwhile the passengers would escape on foot through the woods! I noticed the THREE LITTLE BAKERS on LANCASTER AVE listed under Bakeries. Remember their history? They were brothers that had circus tumbling act. They evented the three man stack that falls forward with all three ending in a somersault. One of the brothers suffered a very bad neck injury that killed the act so they went into the bakery business. They were European and family experience in baking. Their product was delicious!! Years later the brother fully recovered and they returned to the stage for charitable work but continued with the Bakery at least well into the 50s.
Al Minne <>
Temecula, Ca USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 13:20:48 (EST)
Speaking of drag racing, anyone remember racing on Hay Road, by the DP&L plant? Used to be very busy there on weekend nights, and usually, one or the other of the guys racing would fail to make the sharp left-hand turn at the end of the strip, and go off into the ditch, or over the ditch and into the marsh. Anyone remember the dirt roads out on Cherry Island? Service roads for the electric towers, but ir was a great place to park, drink, whatever. And you could also get to Cherry Island from a bridge on either 7th St. or 12th St., I forget which.
Wilmington, USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 10:06:15 (EST)
I think there were three Spic & Span's, but I can never remember where the third one was; one was at the top of Penny Hill (Where Gino's was, afterwards - and now it's Spallco car rental), and one was on Union, just North of Pennsylvania Ave., and the third was ??? (wait, there might have been four, was there?).
Wilmington, USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 10:01:09 (EST)
Hey Guy's, don't forget the 2 or 3 Spic 'n Span Drive-ins curb service in the area!!!
Harry Rogerson <>
USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 08:50:34 (EST)
Hi Bruce, Thanks for reminding me of the Charcoal Pit! I think we kept the wieght off by running and hiding from the cops when we were busted at our organized but elegle drag races!!!
Al Minne <>
Temecula, CA USA - Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 00:54:23 (EST)
I remember the drive in at the Greenhill Dairies dairy on Greenhill between Front & Second. I don't know if it was the first, or not - but in the late 50's, it was one of many on our regular weekend route, which started at the DanDee, the B&G (affectionately known as the Blood and Guts), both Greenhill Dairies, the Chuck Wagon, and we'd end up at the Charcoal Pit on Concord Pike - and maybe go on to Lynnthwaite's for ice cream. And, we'd eat at all of those places; it's a wonder we didn't gain a hundred pounds a weekend. We didn't put on weight then - now I can't stop putting on weight, and I only eat birdseed. ??
Wilmington, USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 21:55:59 (EST)
Delmer, in the late 40's, you could buy a whole dozen doughnuts at Penny Hill for 39 cents, so I think you ate more than you let on. :):)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 21:48:13 (EST)
I noticed that my uncle's name, Dr. William Ruggiero, was not included in the list of Doctors.He had his office in the Medical Arts Building. I'm not sure of the date but I believe it was in the late 40's
Lorraine Bandiera Wasik <>
Dickson, TN USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 20:59:50 (EST)
Certainly do remember Penny Hill Donuts. In the early '40's walking from Mt. Pleasant on Duncan Rd. after a school dance or basketball game to the shop. Think a 1/2 dozen was 30 cents. Very tasty!
Delmer Nicholson <>
Cincinnati, USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 20:26:18 (EST)
Hello BARBARA HALFEN, All your recently added comments brought back great memories but two things peaked my interest. DUNKIN DONUTS...I remember when they first came to town and everyone was excited about it but I can't remember the location. Does anyone remember PENNYHILL DONUTS? You question about the DELAWARE MEMORIAL BRIDGE brought back another memory. It is not a happy one but it is interesting history so I will share it. My sister Georganna Minne was the first person to commit suicide by jumping from the brige in 1961.
Al Minne <>
Temecul, Ca USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 20:07:49 (EST)
Hi HAROLD CLEMENS, I remember GREENHILL ON MARYLAND AVE. Usually went ther after a hamburger at the CHUCK WAGON ON KIRKWOOD HIGHWAY. Do you remember the first drive in at the actual dairy? I believe it was located at GREENHILL AVE AND 2ND STREET. I'm not sure but I think this was the first or least one of the first drive ins in WILMINGTON.
Al Minne <>
Temecula, CA USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 19:50:49 (EST)
How about the T&C arena? It was an outdoor arena located on Scott St. between 2nd & 3rd. They had weekly boxing matches and professional wrestling.T&C was also a bakery. Can't remember what the "T" was, but the "C" I think was for Calverese.
Sam Ciroalo <>
Bonita Springs, Fl USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 19:41:25 (EST)
Hi TOM WOOD, I remember standing on the Lancaster Ave bridge and getting caught in the smoke from the STEAM ENGINES as well. Had forgotten about the flattened pennies, now you do it in a vending machine. It probally cost us just as much since a penny had some value in those days. There was a rail spur that ran west of Lancaste Village that we would play on, many pennies bit the dust there. That also was where I regretfully started smoking. The game was to take a drag than try to walk the longest distance on the rail. I quit smoking thirty years later. I remember seeing three old steam engines simataneously blowing off steam while standing in the Elsmere Yards. Quite a sight and noise! This would have been cirica 1948.
Al Minne <alminne@msn>
Temecula, CA USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 19:39:29 (EST)
wow Barbara..Pepe's Pizza..thanks for bringing that one back..havent thought about their great pizza pies in years.
bob <>
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Tuesday, January 04, 2005 at 10:14:42 (EST)
any one remember the Greenhill near newport on maryland ave that car hops on roller skates
harold clemens <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 20:04:23 (EST)
USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 18:25:19 (EST)

Since I last wrote, I thought of some more things: Sammy Green's Sub Shop Marsh Road; Army Navy Store; Third Street Bridge; Remedios Restaurant; Jake's Seafood; Amish buggies; Rainbow Diner Marcus Hook; Wilm Speedway - the Gypsies; Talleyville Fire House; Country Maid Milk Store; Stateline Rest.; Talley Ho Motor Lodge; Art Craft Lighting Center, Concord Pike; Holiday Inn, Concord Pike; Pepe's Pizza; Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square; Dunkin Donuts, Concord Pike; Blue and Gold Restaurant, Concord Pike; Richard's 5&10 Fairfax; Delaware Memorial Bidge. Does anyone remember Harry Cloud who died painting the white road line on the Delaware Memorial Bridge? How about Atlantic City, Wildwood, and Cape May? Let me know. Barbara
Barbara Halfen (Jackson/Loveland) <>
Salem, OR USA - Monday, January 03, 2005 at 17:08:10 (EST)