Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #25: January 1, 2006 to January 31, 2006 entries)

Jean & Connie - And I was in the class of '57. I also remember the bonfires, & driving down Market Street after we won - honking our horns and yelling out the windows. How did we get away with that?
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 14:40:44 (EST)

Connie, yes how well I remember the pep rallys--I was in the class of 58
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 10:11:47 (EST)
Before Dave Nelson, named "Admiral Nelson" by Al Cartwright of the JOURNAL - EVERY EVENING, the UDel football Hens were coached by Bill Murray, who went on to greater fame as head coach at Duke. His picture hangs in the lobby of the Carpenter Field House. Murray's daughter Joyce married chemistry grad student Bob Witman, who earned a pHD at UDel and had a long career with duPont down in Augusta, GA. Nelson coached at the University of Maine before coming to Delaware, a was indeed a teammate of Forrest Evashevski and Tommy Harmon on Michigan's great 1940 team.
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 07:31:23 (EST)
The ferry for the duPont Deepwater plant employees ran between the Marine Terminal and a slip on plant property. My father road that ferry for many years and I rode it the summers of 1948 and 1950 when I worked over there. The crossing was just north of the Memorial Bridge which opened in 1951, ending the ferry service between New Castle and Pennsville.
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Monday, January 30, 2006 at 00:52:31 (EST)
Speaking about the ferry -- I have the pleasure of caring for a centenarian who will be 107 in June. His mind is amazing. Since both of us are native Delawareans I enjoy so much talking with him about the past. I remember him saying that when he worked for DuPonts in NJ he would take the ferry to work. He said there were times when the river would freeze and he would have to stay until it thawed. I believe that would have been around 1918-1920. I be happy to ask him any questions you may have about Wilmington. He was a guest on Regis & Kelly in September. Some of you may have seem him. Such a neat guy.
Diane <dianew19809>
wilmingto, de USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 17:51:49 (EST)
A few notes on UD's uniforms: 1) Yes, the design came here with Dave Nelson from Michigan. 2) While the uniforms are as close to identical as two teams can get, Michigan's blue is noticeably darker and the uniform numbers are a different font. 3) The helmet design actually originated at Princeton, and was subsequently used at (or taken to) Michigan. Princeton still uses the design, only with their colors obviously.
Chip <>
Newark, DE USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 15:01:42 (EST)
With a 50th Wilmington High School reunion coming up this year (the "old" Wilmington High), it's brought some fond memories to the forefront. Who remembers the great pep rallys we had on Fridays before the weekend football game? After the last class of the day the bell would ring and everyone would literally run to the auditorium to get a good seat to cheer our team on. Such school spirit we had in those days!
Connie Clancy <>
Wilmington, DE - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 13:59:56 (EST)
Speaking of news on TV - I remember when it became a big deal to extend the news from 5 minutes to 15! Now they talk for an hour or two and say the same thing over and over, then add tabloid gossip about Hollywood. Oh for the good old days with that man who began his radio news show with, "Good evening Mr and Mrs North and all the ships at sea."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, January 29, 2006 at 09:59:03 (EST)
Re: the Strawbridge's sell-off. It's ironic. Younger people will grow nostalgic for the Strawbridge of Christiana Mall, while some of us cherish memories of its Merchandise Mart venue. It seems that the same thing that has happened to the old Wilmington newspapers (eaten up by larger conglomerates like Gannett) now is happening to local department stores (Strawbridge acquired by Federated Dept. Stores). And, yes, the Wilmington, Delaware News-Journal, such a wondeful paper(s) in its Morning and Evening News incarnations, became watered-down when it was sold to Gannett. Lately, I've read a few print issues, and see a disheartening homogenization. I suppose what is happening in this case is a result, too, of the general decline in the news print business. Readers who are internet savvy will rely on the Web for national and international news. Those who cannot have, or choose not to have, access to computer news instead resort to television news stations like CNN, MSNBC, or Fox. I long for the days before Gannett.
Donata Lewandowski Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 22:06:31 (EST)
Oops, an error and an addition to my last post: Forrest Evashevski was legendary at the U. of Iowa, not Iowa State... and I forgot to mention that he also played at Michigan, and was team Captain in 1940. I'm not positive, but that would seem to be the timeframe that Dave Nelson and Tom Harmon played there also.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 21:24:32 (EST)
Yes, Joe- Dave Nelson did play on the same team as Tom Harmon at Michigan. I'd guess that that fact had something to do with the style or the Delaware uniforms. Does anyone know what the UD uniforms looked like BEFORE Dave Nelson's era? Another anecdote: Dave, Mike Lude and Forrest Evashevski (Legendary Head Coach at Iowa State) are credited with originating the famous "Wing-T" formation that was so successful at Iowa State and Delaware.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 21:15:08 (EST)
Re: University of Delaware and University of Michigan football uniforms -- didn't longtime Delaware Coach Dave Nelson play in the backfield with all-time Michigan great Tom Harmon?
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland Heights, OH - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 20:03:17 (EST)
Wayne - I had moved by the mid-50's to Woodlawn Ave., but still was around 10th & Lincoln because that's where my family & friends lived. I don't remember the cop. Did you know the Popitti's, Rapauno's,Viscount's - too many to mention. What was Carmine's last name? Hope you stopped in at Delmore for their ice cream or shakes - they were delicious.
Patty <pattywerk>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 19:36:19 (EST)
Speaking of school colors and uniforms and such, I went to Mt. Pleasant, whose football team uniforms were identical to those of Michigan State, and I also went to the U. of Del., whose uniforms are perfect matches of the University of Michigan's. Wonder what the love affair between Delaware and Michigan was?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 19:24:31 (EST)
Hmmmmm, Minnesota....Vikings? Not sure I've heard of them (just kidding). Sounds like St. E's was ahead of their time in re: colors and team name, huh? Do you think MN was watching what St. E's was doing back then..........
Phil <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 17:37:55 (EST)
To Phil about the school colors and mascots. I just sent an email to the webmaster about updating the St. Elizabeth's portion. Our mascot is the Vikings. I'm very surprised it hadn't been entered earlier. Interesting, I presently live in a state which has a national football team called the Vikings, and the University of Minnesota has as its school colors, maroon and gold. But, St. E's did it right by combining the two.
Susan Ciconte <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 16:14:59 (EST)
WILM.INGTON, DE USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 10:32:33 (EST)
Forgot to mention and thought you all might appreciate knowing that, of course, the music that accompanied the Calypso dance number at the "Nabe" when my friend lost her skirt, was Harry Belafonte's, "Dah Oh".
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 10:13:47 (EST)
The West End Neighborhood House (The Nabe) was a great hang-out after grade school at St. Anthony's during the late 50's and early 60's. We had Friday night "dances" where the girls had to bring a box lunch to share with a boy. Occasionally, the kids put on a variety show for the parents. We laughed forever and it was the talk of the neighborhood when one of the girls in the Calypso dance group (I won't mention any names), lost her tied on Sarong skirt when she bent down to pick up her bunch of bananas that was part of the correography. It's still funny when I think about it after all these years.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 10:08:31 (EST)
Patty, I don't know when you lived across from the diamond, but I remember John Choma the Wilmington motorcycle cop who lived there on Lincoln St. in the late 50's. I think he was every teens friend and favorite cop in those days. There was also Carmine who later owned the body shop in Elsmere for years. He parked there in a 55 olds with his girl every night. I don't know which one of them lived there but I used to see them when I walked my girfriend home to be in by 10 O'clock at 4th and Delmore. Of course that was long ago when you could walk the streets, park in front of your house, and people respected those in law enforcement.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 10:05:41 (EST)
I remember when I was a kid,going on the ferry at New Castle, and watching my dad play the slot machines (I was too young to play). I think he gave me the winnings. Also, going down the Delaware and Chesapeake Canel on the Wilson Line. Also, sledding at Rockford Park, and climbing the rocks there, and going all the way to the top of Rockford Tower for whom Tower Hill was named. Also,watching the sports car hill climb going up Mt Cuba, the highest point in Delaware, and skating at Twin Lakes out Kennet Pike.Also Camp Tockwough in Marylard where I broke my arm in a pillow fight. Down here in Texas, they have ranches in Western Texas, which are larger than the whole state of Delaware!
Bob Mosbrook <>
Victoria, TX USA - Saturday, January 28, 2006 at 09:42:00 (EST)
I remember a 9th grade Warner Jr High ferry boat ride to Chester Pa. As for the ferry boat to Riverview, I do remember that it carried cars.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 15:03:41 (EST)
i'm not sure if my first post went thru, so i'm trying again. if you remember sledding at the resovoir and palmers market and lincoln park then you must remember dan's sub shop on dupont street, mike monoco's barber shop also on dupont street( he gave out whole rolls of life savers with your haircut), ray's steaks and subs @ 10th and dupont (great pinball machines) the "cave" and the "hideaway", the post house on pennsylvania ave............
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 10:32:00 (EST)
ok, so people do remember palmers market and sledding at the resovoir, but do you also remember dan's sub shop @ 8th and dupont, mike monoco the barber on dupont street ( he gave out fruit flavored lifesavers with your haircut),ray's subs and steaks on 10th street??????
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 10:02:35 (EST)
Hi Ole School - We are here! If you'll go back through the archives, especially the early ones, you'll find lots of postings on Little Italy. I remember the reservoir, & altho I didn't go to St. Anthony's, I know many who did. If Lincoln Park is the old "ball diamond" - I lived right across from it on 10th. We used to sled down the hill outside the diamond on cardboard boxes!
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 27, 2006 at 05:57:53 (EST)
Hi OldSchool 55, I remember Palmers Market. They had excellent meats, & veggies. They delivered & I loved that.They even "billed" @ the end of the month. Ah, the gracious living back then. Up here, I shlepp the Tide, Dog food, 6 packs of 7-up & brooms, then go back the next day for food. Things were a lot less heavy when I was 30!!!!
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 23:34:07 (EST)
Yep, the New Castle Ferry went to Pennsville, and the Wilson Line went to the park, as I have stated. The new Castle Ferry was in the business of carrying U.S. Route 40 motor traffic across the Delaware River from New Castle to the continuation of U.S. 40 in NJ - not carrying people to an amusement park, that's why there was a separation between the park and the ferry. U.S. 40 did not go through, or near the amusement park. The Wilson Line carried walking passengers to the amusement park, no motor traffic; it was sometimes referred to as a ferry, but was a people ferry, not a motor vehicle ferry.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 20:38:07 (EST)
ok, heres another one, anybody remember the outside movies at the west end neihborhood house in the summer? or sledding down the resavoir hill at 9th and clayton?
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 17:23:47 (EST)
anybody here from the ole little italy crowd? st anthony's grade school?? lincoln park??
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 17:20:53 (EST)
I'm wondering what year Riverview Amusement Park closed. I vaguely remember going there as a child.
Mary Roepke <>
Bloomington, MN USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 16:20:20 (EST)
does anybody remember palmers market @10th and clayton???
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 16:07:25 (EST)
The Pennsville ferry slips were approximately 200 yards south of the Wilson Line pier; an easy walk to the park entrance. If you go to Google, Local and type Pennsville, NJ into the address window, go to the satellite image and zoom in on the shore. The ferry slip pilings are still there and plainly visible. Also remnants of the Wilson Line dock (off shore).
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 14:35:26 (EST)
The Wilson Line had many destinations, Riverview was just one of them.
Phil <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 13:35:37 (EST)
I remember taking a school trip on the Wilson Line. It was the 6th grade class from Mary C. I. Williams in 1954. I have no idea where we went, but I don't think it was Riverview. I would have remembered an amusement park.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 12:10:07 (EST)
Hey everybody, Come on, where's the A.I., Dickinson, McKean, St. Elizabeth's, etc. alumni? Your help is needed to fill in the blanks in the "High School Colors and Team Names" section of the Nostalgia page. Let's work to get this completed.
Phil <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 11:59:16 (EST)
Bruce is right. And it must have been on the Wilson Line because it went right into the park.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 09:13:15 (EST)
I kind of recollected slot machines being on the New Castle Ferry, but my mind is like swiss cheese anymore, so I questioned an old-timer friend who would know about slot machines on the ferry and Wilson Line. He told me that both the New Castle Ferry and the Wilson Line used to have nickle slot machines on them. The Wilson Line docked at Riverview Park, the ferry went to Pennsville (close, but not right to the park). I would imagine that's what Connie is speaking of, about winning nickles on the ships.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 09:04:28 (EST)
To Connie, I am old enough to remember, we used to do a stage show, called Stars of Tomorrow, in the grove at Riverview Park ,but not the ferry. How did your parents win nickles?
Donn Brown <>
Wilm., De USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 16:47:15 (EST)
"Strawbridge's sets sell-off as end nears Delawareans nostalgic as they make final trips to state institution" This article is in today's site
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 09:24:04 (EST)
Did anyone ever go the dances that WAMS held at Riverview? We had a bunch of kids that went just about every week during the summer.
Swifty <>
York, PA 17403 - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 11:26:45 (EST)
When I was very small my parents would win nickles on the ferry boat to RIVERVIEW PARK and win enough nickles to put me on a lot of rides.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 23, 2006 at 09:10:25 (EST)
A friend stopped by today and gave me a whole book of 5 cent ride tickets for Riverview Park. How cool is that!!
Dave Ziegler <>
Newark, De USA - Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 17:47:33 (EST)
Jim, I just KNOW you joined the Lake Chapala Society! If you meet up with a lady there named Irene (she's blond and in her 80's; actually you can't MISS her), tell her I said hello from Italy.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italia - Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 17:24:57 (EST)
Jim Rambo, how about the beautiful flowers in Ajijic? I had two, big Poinsettia bushes (red and white) in my garden and I also had a Gardner. Have you seen the purple Bouganvilla that overhang the street in La Floresta where the Charos tend the horses? Have you made it to Mario's yet in San Antonio for the best breakfast in town? How about the kids who get to ride their bikes WITHOUT a helmet? Now that's what I call a good childhood. Ah, life is wonderful in Ajijic! But it's not bad in Italy either!
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, January 21, 2006 at 17:15:42 (EST)
Perhaps this is why Wilm has a Lore Ave!?! "1901 Chief Justice 'Charles Lore' declared Delaware's usage of the pillory should be abolished because it was a relic of barbarity."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 20, 2006 at 09:26:24 (EST)
To Jim Rambo - If I said "158 South College Avenue in Newark, Delaware, circa 1961-64" to you, would you know what I'm talking about? (I was # 101, and my tenure was 1953-1956.)
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 23:27:51 (EST)
Born 'n raised in Wilmington; third and Connell. Now a resident of Ajijic, Mexico. Yeah, I made "the move". Wake up every morning to 70 degree temps and SUN. Those of you who are concerned about making a move should think again! It's a paradise down here. Everything's about one third the cost up there and the people have zero "attitude" about us gringos. We have created a new kind of middle class Mexican. More money and no attitude. Having grown up in Wilmington, where attitude is palpable, it's a real pleasure to see the Mexicans enjoy their lives here. This is just a note to suggest a re-evaluation if you are close minded about moving even further south. It is truly wonderful, inexpensive, friendly and "even more" as they say in the commercials. Want to know more? Just ask me at I will be glad to answer any questions about life here in no cost! I'm the Bayard Jr. High kid via Conrad via U. of D., 1964. Prosecuted for the Attorney General from 1985 to 2005. Just keeps on gettin' better.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 22:46:06 (EST)
George Bader lived on Carter St. Al,Carl lived on Tatnall St, 2200 block. They were both bricklayers.George was a carpenter,hada younger brother can remember his name.If Al is living he would be in his late 70's George is about 76.
cg <ileancharles@aol>
wilm, de USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 21:54:09 (EST)
what about Brian Lucey,? know him well, see him at a couple of the clubs, I think he was a forty acre boy, went to St. Anns and sallies.
Jim <notknown>
ugh, de USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 16:15:43 (EST)
Further proof of a "Wilmington Morning News" is the following inf from "today in DE history" - "1919 Fire destroyed the offices of the Wilmington Morning News at 511 Market Street in Wilmington."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 09:35:29 (EST)
Pat Le Van: I see Carl Bader several times a week and I asked him today if that was his Family that a couple of you have talked about, living in the area of Carter Street. He said that it was his Family and he had some great memories about living in that area. He moved from there while still in grade school and He is a year younger than I, which makes him an old man, at least 70. I've known him since grade school, great guy. Also I remember someone talking about Brian Lucey. I see him along with Bader at the Defiance Club.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 23:06:17 (EST)
Having lived in M.P. (across the new cable-stayed bridge from Charleston) for almost four years, I can attest to the pleasant weather for the most part. We had some minimal damage from Hurricane Gaston in 2004 and, of course, Hugo did major damage to Charleston and the coastal towns of Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms and McClellanville in 1989. It snows about once every 20 years, whether it needs to or not, and you don't have the bitter cold temps here very often. It's hot and humid in the summer but I don't mind it for my own part. Work, lunch and all the necessaries are within 2 1/2 miles and the beach is only a 15 minute drive. All in all, it's a great place to live.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 09:14:36 (EST)
JEAN - No, I am not a native Delawarean, but my family lived comfortably and pleasantly in Wilmington and suburbs from 1949 to 1966, and I lived in Newark from 1952 to 1956. I know about the hurricane risk on the South Carolina coast, but we'll just have to live with that...also, the Delaware-style, oven-like heat and humidity of July and August prevails down there as well. (We used to call it "semi-sub tropical Delaware".) It's the extended raw, cold and snowy Winter we're trying to escape from after 60+ years, more or less, of enduring what nature provides to New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. The dollar-stretching picture is much better down there, too, particularly for us older folks.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Wednesday, January 18, 2006 at 08:21:26 (EST)
Bob, are you a native Delawaren? I will never leave De. born and raised and like the change of seasons---plus, children and grandchildren all live inDe. and could never leave them or even my friends at this age in my life.
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 12:38:11 (EST)
Are any readers here living, or know anyone living, down in the South Carolina Low Country, in or around Beaufort, not far from Parris Island and Hilton Head? I finally retired on December 31st, and we have bought a home on Lady's Island in Beaufort, where we will be beginning on January 31st. Getting away from New England Winters and finding a more financially reasonable place to live for the rest of our lives were our prime motivators. We did not consider Florida as an option. I have no idea why. Except for a stint many years ago in Port Arthur, TX, this will be the furthest South I've ever lived, or planted down my combat boots.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Tuesday, January 17, 2006 at 11:05:24 (EST)
In re: the lion in Richardson Park. The lion was housed on Mary Street in Richardson Park. It was owned by Norman Taylor. They kept it in the basement of a very small house. One of my sisters lived almost across the street from there. I believe I heard that it is no longer living.
Mary Ann <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 16:20:13 (EST)
RE: The lion in Richardson Park, it is my understanding from people who have lived there, that the lion in Richardson Park belonged to one of the Artesian Water Taylor family grandchildren (male). I don't know any more, but that's from a very good sorce. There was also a train (model railroad) that ran around one of the yards on an elevated track. I saw the track when I was about 8 or 9 years old (late 40s) but never saw a train run on it. It took up the perimeter of at least one vacant lot and maybe more. In those days it was very common to buy not only the lot you were building your house on but additionally one or two adjacent to it.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 14:39:39 (EST)
Anybody remember the people who had the lion that lived in Richardson Park?
Darlyn Green-Kocher <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, January 16, 2006 at 11:00:50 (EST)
Bob Veazy: Thanks for the reply. We are now snowbirds here in FL for 9 mos. We now live in Bethany during the summer. Hope you are Joan are also well. Are you still living around the Prices Corner area? Give my best to Joan.
Laurel "Erdman" Major <>
Ft. Myers, FL USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 13:22:04 (EST)
For Laurel Major: Yes Laurel, my wife is Joan. I remember you, as well. We have been friends of Mary Lou and Ronnie for years, however as the years have passed we don't see Mary Lou as Much as we used to. Hope you are doing well.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 13:12:10 (EST)
For Bill Rogers: That is fabulous, Bill. I was and still am impressed by that old display at Christmas time. 2 questions. Was it done with red bulbs or red lamp shades or red window shades? Where is Charlston, DE ?Take care
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 09:59:13 (EST)
For Bob Veazey: Is your wife named Joan? If so, I believe she was in my brother's wedding in 1954. My brother, Ronnie Erdman, is now in the Masonic Nursing home on Lancaster Pike.
Laurel "Erdman" Major <>
Fort Myers, FL USA - Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 00:02:49 (EST)
George I use to light the cross
bill rogers <>
charlston, DE USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 19:54:08 (EST)
Yo! Thanks for the heads up. I was searching the site for the 'word' Archvies...Duh.
TheKid <>
wilm, de USA - Saturday, January 14, 2006 at 08:36:21 (EST)
Pat - I grew up at 115 E. 25th St., the George Bader family lived across the street on Carter. On the other corner from us, Mr. and Mrs. Mullins from Sweden, Mr. Mullins had a voice box; Mrs. Mullins never cut her hair, made her own soap, and would wash her hair in the backyard. I loved to sit and watch her comb it all out and then braid it back. Right behind us on Carter St. lived the Vavella's - Johnny, Karen, Linda and their Mother whose name I forget, but she had flaming red hair! Next to the Bader's on Carter were Mr. and Mrs. Lance. Our name was Walker - Sid, Betty and Debbie. We moved from there to Hockessin in 1963.
Deborah Collins <>
Lebanon, VA USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 23:39:17 (EST)
Hey, Kid: Just click on the word "here" in the header on this page where it says "Archive files..."
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 19:52:04 (EST)
TheKid <>
wilmington, de USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 19:04:37 (EST)
Re: Clifton Park. The original Clifton Park Apts. were built in the late 40's, early 50's, and were a nice apartment community for many years before falling on hard times, and a couple of subsequent owners. In the 80's, sometime, there was a private group that bought the old, rundown Clifton complex and named it Paladin Club as they began remodeling the buildings. They were forced into bankruptcy by one of their subcontractors who wouldn't live by the terms of his contract, and sued them for his fee before completion. So, the private corporation was forced into bankruptcy when they couldn't pay off the malcontent - according to rumor. After laying unfinished for awhile, Pettanaro then bought the remaining properties and is finishing the complex. The better buildings, though, are in the original remodeled buildings done by the corporation that started the project; not the later remodels, which are far inferior.
Phil <>
Wilmington, De USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 18:46:05 (EST)
RE Hotel DuPont Who remembers the red lights at Christmas time in the windows of the DuPont building. One could see the shape of the cross if one was far enough from the building.
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 15:53:33 (EST)
Rick, you can get Sicilian pizza at Serpe's Bakery on Kirkwood Highway. There's also a pizza place on Lancaster Ave. in the little shopping center where the recruiting place and cigarette outlet is, but their's isn't that good. Besides, they put toppings on it - in my opinion, that's not Sicilian pizza.
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 15:28:14 (EST)
Clifton Park Apartments ran the gamut. They started out nice, went down hill, section 8 and such. They were boarded up eventually. A developer, Pettinaro, I think, purchased them in the 1990's and renovated them as condos. The community is now called Paladian Club. From 1953 to 1955, my parents lived in Clifton Park apartments. They purchased there first home in Fairfax in 1955.
Sean <>
Wilmington, De USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 14:58:51 (EST)
I am dying for a piece of old-fashioned cheesecake that they sold at an Italian bakery on Market St. (@24th??) in the 60s. They sold the best sicilian pizza, without cheese, but their cheesecake was the best ever. It didn't have crust, they sold it in squares that they would cut and wrap in white paper. It was very dry, not very sweet and ummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Does anyone know how to make it or where to find some like it?
Rick <>
Herndon, va USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 14:04:45 (EST)
I remember Brumbley's. We moved to Clifton Park during my senior year at PS, so I went past Brumbley's everyday. If my memory serves me correctly, they did a pretty good business. Speaking of Clifton Park, I went by there a couple of years ago and they have been converted to condo's. They didn't look the same.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 13:26:12 (EST)
Speaking of the Merchandise Mart. Does any remember Brumbley's Christmas Trees? They sold them at the intersection right before the Merchandise Mart. I think from the late 50's well into the 60's or maybe even later.
Judith K (Brumbley) Harrington <>
wilmington, de USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 13:09:52 (EST)
In looking at some old postcards of the Hotel duPont, I've noticed some from the early 1900's that show balconies on some of the hotel rooms, and postcards from the 30's show awnings on many of the rooms. I believe I remember the awnings in the early 40's, but I'm not old enough to have remembered the balconies. Does anyone remember either, personally? Just wondering....
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 13, 2006 at 10:38:35 (EST)
Ray Jubb: I knew the Mellon family. They lived one block from me on Tatnall. I knew Mr. & Mrs. Mellon, Catherine, Bert, Janie, Tommy and there was a younger brother whose name I can't remember. They were a very nice family. I remember Mrs. Mellon wasn't in very good health. She was always very kind to the neighborhood children.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 16:20:35 (EST)
Back in the mid 70's there was an Amtrak Metroliner accident that killed a boy along the tracks in Banning Park. Does anyone know the boy's name?
Joe <>
Green Brook, NJ USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 15:46:30 (EST)
I'm looking for any pictures or photos or memorabilia of Lynthwaite Farms Ice Cream. My father used to take us there. Remember the bulleye trash can..Any ideas where I could find something...(I can't email at work-ill check back for any answers) Thanks..It would mean alot to me
Patti Rankin <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 11:15:40 (EST)
For Ray Jubb: I remember the fact that the business was there, but did not personally know the family. It’s funny, but I think that our dog “Skippy”, a little white fox terrier, knew more people in the area of 23rd and Washington down to Tatnal than we did. He would disappear for a few hours every day (this was before leash laws) and we found out in later years that he had a regular route where people gave him handouts! Smart dog! He also would trot out to 29th and Jefferson, where my girlfriend (now wife) lived, and sit on their front steps for a visit, and then return home. Of course, there was a lot less traffic in the 1940s than there is now.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, January 12, 2006 at 11:04:14 (EST)
For Bob Veazey: Did you know the Mellon Family at 23rd and Tatnal streets? I worked for "GEORGE A. MELLON & SON PLUMBING AND HEATING" they had Their Plumbing shop behind their house on Tatnal Street. At one time they had a lock on all the Catholic properties in the State of Delaware. But when Tom(the Son)took over he somehow managed to lose all that, and eventually, everythin else.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 22:37:39 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 19:29:30 (EST)
Re Zelda Quack-Quack. She covered a big area, because we would always see her on 4th & Market, in front of the peanut store (there was a big Mr. Peanut out front). This was around 1953-1955. We would walk from WHS after school and wait for the bus there. She was there most of the time, always with the umbrella, & yes, she would chase people with it. It wasn't always because she was teased...sometimes she would just take off after somebody for no apparent reason. Anyone know her real name?
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 19:04:35 (EST)
I have been enjoying the comments of all the Posters re: the Merchantdise Mart. No one has mentioned Closics Baby Furniture there. Am I incorrect, or was the store there in the mid-50's? I was pregnant in '58 and although my husband was a wonderful fellow, he had no skills "puting things like cribs, bathinetts etc, together. Closics was the place to go. They assembled everything and delivered the furniture to us fully "put together"
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 19:03:43 (EST)
Zelda was called Quack-Quack because she walked like a duck with her feet pointing outwards. It was cruel, but kids are like that.
Jim <>
Middletown, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 14:40:59 (EST)
I meant to add that where the original Acme was later became the Strawbridge and Clothier Budget Store after the Acme moved to the north end.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 13:50:02 (EST)
Yes, Ray, the original Acme was in the south end of the Merchandise Mart, next to Woolworth's; the larger one was put in at the north end when that end of the mart was built, later. Hurricane Hazel was in Oct. 1954.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 13:48:15 (EST)
Re: Merchandise Mart and Acme Market. I worked at the Acme there and it was managed by John Teol. While John Managed the little Acme Market his Brother Jim Teoli was opening the new much bigger Acme Market further down in the mall, I believe on the other end of the Mall. Anyway I was transferred to the newer one to help get it stocked and up and running. I was there the night all the plate glass windows blew in from one of the biggest storms Delaware has ever seen, i think it was "Hazel" not sure but I think it was in 54.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 11:49:21 (EST)
Wayne: I do remember Quack Quack. Her name was Zelda. When I was a teenager, I worked in Woolworth's Store @ 9th & Market. She used to come in all the time. She told everybody that she had a boyfried named "Joe" (that's another story). I also remember that she always carried an umbrella, an would chase the kids with it. Judy (Brumbley) Harrington
judith K Harrington <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 11:26:32 (EST)
I read where there was a little old lady the kids teased on the east side. Does anyone remember Quack Quack from the Quaker Hill Area. All you had to do when you saw her was say Quack Quack and she'd chase you all over. You'd think you had lost her and start playing with your friends and half an hour later there she was, and everybody would take off running in different directions. Looking back it was cruel, and I have absolutely no idea what Quack Quack meant or why it set her off, for all I know she could have been having more fun with us than we were with her.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 09:53:36 (EST)
Sharon - Thanks for helping me out. I remember her teeth too. You know Sharon, I wouldn't trade the memories of the East Side for anything--we could go on and on. Diane
Diane <>
wilmington, de USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 09:31:03 (EST)
Mary Jane: My mother and father were married at St John's on March 3rd, 1951. My great-grandparents were married there 11/1893. I can't remember the exact day. I just know that she had her first child 5 months later on 3/15/1894. I was baptised at Calvary, Hillcrest, by John Wilson Haynes on January 05, 1965
Sean <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 09:27:17 (EST)
Sean: I was married by Dean Gressle at St. John's. We had a great reunion when I move to the Lehigh Valley and found that he was the Bishop. I only remember Cannon Bancroft from your list of Priests. He Baptised my whole family. Bob Veasey is correct, St John's adopted the social causes and fought the racial injustices of the 60's. Lead by Father Driesbach, the EYO was very active with picketing and sit-ins, the dismay of my Dad. :)
Mary Jane <>
Coplay, PA USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 09:03:58 (EST)
For Mary Jane: Dean Gressle passed away 12/07/99. If anyone is interested, his obit is on line at If you go to obituaries, and type in the last name Gressle, he's the only one in the archive. He was the retired bishop of Bethelehem, Pa. Prior to becoming a Catholic, I was an active member of the Cathedral Church of St John. I was there from 1979 to about 1983. I remember Canon F. Sidney Bancroft, Canon Shackleton. Dean Alan Hohlt, Dean Scobell. I'm betting some of you knew them. Canon Bancroft lived with his wife on Woodlawn Ave. He passed in 1989. He reminded me of "old Fezziwig" from a Christmas Carol. Sean
Sean <>
Wilm, De USA - Wednesday, January 11, 2006 at 07:28:16 (EST)
Does anyone remember families from around east 22nd, 23rd, Sts., etc such as Baders, Walshes, Biggins, Gamgorts, McGees, Lynches, etc.?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 21:53:40 (EST)
For Diane, My posting got cut off. I was saying that we had "Dennis" at our home on 22nd and Carter Sts. Her services must have been very cheap because we were not well off but my mother had her do ironing in our basement. She would be babbling away to herself. I felt sorry for her. Ib agree with you--she was quite a colorful lady dressing in bright mismatched clothing. I believe that one or both of her 2 front teeth were silver. I remember being embarrased when my friends came over and she was there. She must have worked very hard for very little money. She seemed very lonely. She was a sad soul! We used to give her some of our old clothes from time to time.
Sharon <>
Weston, Fl USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 17:06:14 (EST)
For Diane, I sure do remember
Sharon <shar646@aol,com>
WESTON, FL USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 16:58:02 (EST)
There is an archived posting from Bill Fisher dated 3/4/04 concerning Friday night jam sessions at Horn & Hardart in the Mart.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 15:33:14 (EST)
Mario, Bob and anyone else who's interested: the Horn & Hardart's in the Wilmington Merchandise Mart was NOT an automat. It took over the facilities that were formerly Boines' Restaurant, and apparently it wasn't worth it to convert it to a "behind-the-glass-doors" operation, so it continued as just a "straight restaurant." I lived about 1/4 mile from there, in Edgemoor Terrace, and used to frequent the place regularly. On Friday nights they used to hold jam sessions, and one of the regular participants was the late great Lem Winchester. He was a Wilmington City cop who played marvelous vibraphone. He went to the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and played rings around the likes of Terry Gibbs.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 15:30:32 (EST)
To Bob, yes I do recall that Horn and Hardart as did Bruce in his January 9 posting. All these dishes were behind glass doors and after you inserted your money, you could open the door and take out the food of your choice. I think it was a little smaller than the Horn and Hardarts that were in Philadelphia.
Mario <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 14:43:25 (EST)
George, Mitch Thomas' son Mike was an Basketball All-Stater in Delaware at Salesianum and later went on to star at St.Joe's in Philadelphia
Stephen Armstrong <>
Bowie, Md USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 13:36:58 (EST)
Toi Mario of Harrisonburg....Funny, but I don't remember the Horn and Hardart in the olde Merchandise Mart. Was it an Automat? I was a great patron of the H&H Automats in NYC in the early 1960's, most notably the ones on East 42nd St., and not far from Carnegie Hall (and Birdland) on W. 57th Street. I used to love their Pumpkin Pie and their bottomless cup of coffee, all for about 35 cents. You were also likely to share a table with a very "interesting" person. After January 31st, I will be corresponding from Beaufort, SC., as soon as I figure out how to put the computer pieces back together. You might say that I'll be trying to "amalgamate" them...Anyone on board who knows anyone living in Beaufort or in the nearby Low Country?
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, Ct USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 13:14:50 (EST)
Does anyone remember the cleaning lady by the name of "Dennis".? She used to clean houses around our neighborhood when I lived on 28th & Pine. She would sit on the corner waiting for a bus talking to herself. She was harmless; she was a real colorful lady (I think). She was a black lady with red lips and always had a scarf around her head. Kids used to tease her. I felt sorry for her. I wondered about her, where she lived, did she have any family, etc.
diane <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 13:03:49 (EST)
Mary Jane: My Dad (Al Gardner) worked at St. John's from 1963-1966; in 1966, we moved to Milford and he became rector of Christ Church there. Dean Gressle passed away last year, in the fall I think. Bishop Moseley has been dead for a number of years; I'm not sure if his widow is still alive. I remember several visits to the Deanery, on Bancroft Parkway; this is when the Bishop's house was on Wood Rd. My Dad was ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in June 1965, at St. Andrews (downtown). I'm pretty fuzzy on other church-related stuff; think I was too busy going thru the pre-teen to teenager transition. LOL Oh yes, Canon Bancroft! I had forgotten about him. I'm trying to remember who all was in my confirmation class. I only remember Angela Cooper. This would have been in 1965 or early 1966, at St. John's.
Ruth <>
Hyattsville, MD USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 10:42:17 (EST)
Speaking of the pictures of the Merchandise Mart that the webmaster took, notice the sign for "Marshalls" on the facade where the Acme used to be, north end. There never was a "Marshalls" there, nor (according to rumor) were there any plans to put a "Marshalls" there, just as there were no plans for a "Staples", either - whose sign was also on the facade for awhile. Rumor has it that those signs were placed so it would appear that the developer was attempting to develop the site.
Phil <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 09:54:26 (EST)
My father would take me to the ACME parking lot at Prices Corner to learn how to drive and park. He would bring four sticks mounted on bases.___This would be the old ACME store when Prices Corner was just a crossroad.___ While talking about the 'Mart', have you all looked at the photos I posted showing the closed stores and Strawbridges broken windows??___At that time there were only three stores open!
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Tuesday, January 10, 2006 at 04:54:59 (EST)
We lived at 321 West 23rd Street until my family moved in 1953. The smell of baking from Brownies drove me crazy, especially when they baked sticky buns. They had the BEST! Ref. St. John's, the "blue nose" ladies were upset with Dean Bennett, because he would cross the street on many an afternoon to Becker's Saloon for a brew. He used to visit my family on 23rd Street Sunday afternoons (after we reurned from Buena Vista Street) and have a beer with my Grandmother Wahl. She was from Germany, and he liked to brush up on his German with her. Ref. Dean Mosely, he gave private confirmation instruction to my wife, who had grown up at McCabe. I was in Korea at the time, and Joanie decided that we should all be of the same religion. When I returned, Bishop McKinstry confirmed her, again at a private service. I remember that there were families that lived on Race Street, but I'm an old geezer now, and my memory for details has sure faded. St. John's has gone into "social service" and other "liberal" causes big time, and I understand that they have spent most of their endowments on the local neighborhood and in the process alienated the old big money contributors. That's a shame.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 16:41:23 (EST)
I really do remember both the Brown Bakery and the Federal Bake Shop. Loved all their goodies especially Brown's sticky buns. I can't remember a donut shop on Market St. near Vandever Ave. The fish store was Norton's. There was a Nord's Hardware, Haywood's Luncheonette, G&G restaurant, Henry Glazer's shop, Martin's Cleaners, Hearn's Restaurant. Becker's was on the corner of Vandever and Market and down past 20th St. there was a "taproom" (that's what my Dad called it). I think it was owned by a guy named Russo. Across Market St., there was Owens' Haberdashery, a beauty shop, a shoe repair shop and Majestic Market. Anybody else remember these places?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 15:37:58 (EST)
Like a lot of other people, part of my learning to drive was in the parking lot of the Merchandise Mart on Sundays. We would set up the sticks and I would promptly knock them down.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 15:08:52 (EST)
Dave, I was a little behind you at Brown, I went to Brown from '58 through '61. I used to live north of town, up Penny Hill, and often walked in to school - if I couldn't hitch a ride on the back of a trolley. My mother would give me trolley fare money, but I would save it to buy some tomato pies at the M&M Bakery.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 14:25:13 (EST)
Yes, Eckerd's was at the north end of the Mart, and SunRay Drugs was at the far south end. Both had lunch counters, as did the Woolworth's in the south end, and yes, there was a Horn & Hardart (though I don't remember which was first H&H or Boines). There was also a J.C. Penney in the south end, and an Acme Supermarket in in the north end. I don't remember Henry in security, but how about big Palmer Walls on his three wheel motorcycle? The Merchandise Mart opened in 1954, if I remember correctly - the first suburban shopping mart in Delaware (and the beginning of the decline of downtown Wilmington shopping).
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 13:21:03 (EST)
Re the Merchandise Mart stores. How about Pooles and the Mart Record Shop, Fannie Farmer Candies, Hoys, Mullins and Boines restaurant at the far north end. Also the drugstore at the north end was Eckerds as mentioned. Doubet Jewelers was another. Does anyone remember Henry of the Mart Security ? a happy and friendly sole.
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 12:44:18 (EST)
If reference to the Merchandise Mart, could the drugstore have been Eckerds? If I recall it was at the north end.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 11:54:22 (EST)
I had Monk Dillion as a home room teacher in the 8th & 9th grade. I think he was also my science teacher in the 9th grade. He used to call me Elvis because I had this hugh pompadour. Just like a lot of other guys I was trying to be like Elvis. I sure would like to have some of that hair today.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 11:45:30 (EST)
At the Merchandise Mart, was not there a Horn and Hardarts cafeteria there?
Mario <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 11:45:22 (EST)
My girlfiend and I were trying to remember all the stores located in the Merchandise Mart when it first opened. The Merchandise Mart was our so called "Mall". Growing up in the city all we knew was going to town (market street) to do our shopping--when they built the Merchandise Mart it was a big deal. We know for sure Strawbridge & Clothier. The other names we believe were Braunsteins, Arthurs, LeRoys, Penney's, Carousel Shop, Storm's and what other stores?? What was the name of the drug store on the north side? Wasn't there a super market, too?
Diane <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 11:12:56 (EST)
There was a Dillon family on E 22nd Street in the house between Brandywine Methodist and the Tele Co garage. The son's nickname was "Manny." Jim (Monk) Dillon, the Science teacher at Warner Jr High, lived on W 22nd St between Washington and West.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 10:15:30 (EST)
For Bob Veasey Bob I remember that before my grandparents, the Harrity family, lived on VAndever ave, they lived at 105 Race Street. They probably moved to VAndever with their daughter in the late 40's oe early 50's. Their names were Patrick and Ellen. I remember hearing the bells and the couplers slamming together from the switchers (trains) in the railyard across the street from their home. I also believe there was a Dillon family and a Lynch family on the same block of Race Street. Do you remember any of this. TAke care
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 10:10:55 (EST)
Does anyone remember a donut shop between Vandever Ave and 20th Street on the same side as Becker's? It may have been in the vicinity of what was the old fish shop and Gus and Gus's diner.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 10:10:54 (EST)
I'll bet Pat LeVan and Bob Veazey remember Brown's Bakery at the SW corner of 23rd and Washington, next to Hearn's market, back in 1949-1950. During a reconstruction of Hearn's facade back then, the new structure "swallowed up" Brown's and the latter became the new Bakery Department of Hearn's, without so much as a change in the Brown's staff. Brown's and the Federal Bake Shop downtown on Market Street baked the best non-ethnic cakes and pies in Wilmington back in those days (in my opinion, any way).
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 08:38:01 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 08:17:28 (EST)
I remember Bishop Mosley when he was just a Dean; it seems to me he joined the staff of St. John's somewhere around 1950, give or take a couple of years. I can remember him in conjunction with our Boy Scout Troop #26, which met at St. John's. I always thought he looked a lot like Tyrone Power, the film actor. Don't think I'd know him if I fell over him today, though. Really nice man.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, January 09, 2006 at 01:18:53 (EST)
Ruth: Bishop Mosley and Dean Gressle were at St Johns when I moved in 1967. I moved to Milford,too, and discovered Father Newmann, a former clergy of St. John's, was now a Pastor in Milford! Interestingly enough, when I moved to the Lehigh Valley in in the late 70's, Dean Gressle was the Bishop of this area until he retired. The clergy at St. John's opened there hearts and homes to their congregation, especially the kids. Do you remember Father Driesbach?
Mary Jane <>
coplay, PA USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 23:45:11 (EST)
I remember when M&M was just north of 22nd on Market in the 40's and 50's. And it was there until it moved up to the 400 block of Philadelphia Pike, next to Beeson's Funeral Home. We talked of this earlier, when we were talking about tomato pies. The M&M was just a little storefront, maybe the second door north of the corner, on the west side of Market. It wasn't directly on the corner. The brick front of the store was painted white. They baked, and still do, all sorts of pies, cakes, and breads, and made tomato pies, too. Most of their business was wholesale, but they welcomed retail trade, too. I used to stop there on my way to school sometimes, to get some tomato pie for lunch - of course, I'd have it eaten before I got to school. I remember, too, before I was old enough to be walking in-town from north of the city that my parents used to stop there at least once a week for the best pastries and cakes. They still are among the best in Wilmington today.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 22:04:14 (EST)
The bake shops I remember along Market St. are: Minnie Jacobs between Vandever Ave. and 22nd St. on Market on the east side of Market in the 40's and 50's. A bake shop on Market St. between 23 and 24 Sts. owned by the Masik family on Market also on the east side in the 50's and 60's. There was a bread bakery on Market St. between 22nd and 23rd where the old Welch's candy store was on the west side of Market St.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, Fl USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 21:02:17 (EST)
As was discussed a few months ago, the M&M Bakery was located at 22nd & Market Streets, across from Brandywine Methodist Church. I believe it was another bakery before that, but too long ago to remember. Ben's Shoe Store was at 3rd & King Streets. He now lives at Forwood Manor where my mother lives, on Marsh Road above Silverside. Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 20:07:34 (EST)
I remember federal bake shop on market at 7th, did you check out the web site under bakeries to see if it is listed??
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 15:23:32 (EST)
I remember Buena Vista Street, I spent one week there, guarding a DP&L power station near the Brandywine. It was in April of 1968. I also worked at Richardson Variety Store on Market St. in 1959 during High School. Walking up to Beckers Corner was a little scary.
Mike <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 14:59:47 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 12:50:02 (EST)
talking about 5th & 6th on King do you remember getting your shoes fro, Bens ,I think that might have been on 4th
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 12:33:24 (EST)
A lot of you ladies and gents, past and present, seem to have close ties in one way or another to a little street off Vandever Avenue in Brandywine Village called BUENA VISTA STREET, which I don't remember ever being on or even ever having consciously seen, during my time in the 9th Ward back in the early 50's. It sounds like it was a great place to grow up, or even to visit relatives. I can place it on the map, but I wonder if there is a link to a photo of that street that we could all see. Was the street named for the Mexican War battle site, or just because it had a good view of something like the nearby sugar refinery?
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Sunday, January 08, 2006 at 08:41:29 (EST)
Josephine Leggio lived on Spruce Street between Vandever Avenue & 22nd Street. Her back yard was right behind our back yard. What a nice lady she was. I had forgotten the name of Louis Cavuto, the show repairman. I remember Dan Durso, but I think he was in town (we called it "in town") around 5th or 6th and King Streets, later in Elsmere. What memories! Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 23:50:13 (EST)
I certainly do remember Josephine the Barber. Her last name was Leggio. She had a shop between Concord Ave. and 22nd St. on Market. Before that, she was on east 22nd St. She used to come to our house at 2223 Tatnall to cut my father's hair. My Dad was in a wheelchair from 1947 until he died in 1967. She was a wonderful person. We exchanged Christmas cards for many years. Also, I remember Louie Cavuto. He had the shoe repair shop at Vandever Ave. and Buena Vista. He always gave us the old rubber heels he took off shoes so we could use them to play hop-scotch. I also remember Dean Bennett. He was the dean of St. John's Cathedral. A lot of us little Catholic kids who went to St. Patrick's used to play on the grounds of St. John's. I am sure that we were a roudy little bunch, but he was always so kind to us even though we didn't belong to his congregation. I remember his wife was short and had red hair, and she was a darling, too.
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 20:17:40 (EST)
Does anyone from around the Becker's corner area remember Josephine the Barber? She had a shop down around 22nd or 23rd and Market. My mom use to take us there for haircuts when we were kids. I also can remember my grandfather took me to a seafood market in that same area, where he used to get fresh oysters and have them shuck them and he would eat them raw right in the store. I had a great aunt and uncle who lived further down Vandever Av, by the name of Frank and Ada Stirlith, Does anyone remember them?
Sandy Paski Conner <>
Bear, Delaware USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 11:30:43 (EST)
For Mary Jane: I don't know what time in the 60s you went to St. John's, but I went there too, from 1963-66. My Dad was a curate there; he wasn't yet an Episcopal priest (but was ordained in 1965). St. John's was where I was confirmed by Bishop Mosley, I think in 1964, might have been 1965. My youngest brother was baptized there; Mr. & Mrs. Herrington (who owned Penny Hill Donuts, btw) were his godparents. They lived in that house right next to the donut shop too; it's been in the news in the past few years--one of their daughters wanted to sell the house, but the neighbors petitioned for it to be declared a historic site or something, I think (lol help me out here, Wilmingtonians!). At any rate, I spent one year at Shortlidge (63-64), one year at Warner (64-65) and one year at Mt. Pleasant Jr. High (65-66), until we moved to Milford down state. For two years, we lived on Franklin St., right around the corner from Warner, then for one year we moved to Hillcrest Ave., at the corner of Hillcrest and Marsh Rd. I was there about a year ago (looking for my grt. grandparents house in Bellefonte, which I did eventually find, btw!) and what really struck me was how narrow the streets seemed! *laughs* I guess to a kid, they would seem larger/wider... but it looked like everything had shrunk!
Ruth <>
Hyattsville, MD USA - Saturday, January 07, 2006 at 07:46:48 (EST)
Yes, brother Bob Hudson, was in the class of '52, P.S. Joan was in '48, Jack in '50, me in '51, Bob '52. Kenny and Richard went to Mt. Pleasant. The Norwood I was referring to was Norwood Hudson, brother of Earl and Mary Alice. I believed they lived over top the shoe repair shop across the street from Beckers. No relation to the Jesters mentioned. Harry is from Chester, Boothwyn area. He graduated from Archmere in '48, and taught at Concord High School from the time they opened, to retirement in '91. I know Tommy Gears, and knew most of the Reilly "kids", too. We were from farther down Vandever Avenue, between Pine and Spruce Streets. Good to hear from the guys who remember the old neighborhood. Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 14:28:52 (EST)
George, Shirley: Tommy Gears lived on Buena Vista. I think there was a James and Mary Ann Reily, also. I recall all the neighborhood Moms had a bake sale and with Mammual's permission, bought playground equipment for their lot in the back. Wonder what was in those rusted drums we played on? Shirley, are you related to a Larry Jester?
Mary Jane Raffell [Clune] <>
Coplay, PA USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 12:55:39 (EST)
FOR MITCH THOMAS FANS: I remember going to the St Elizabeth's gym (same place dances were held) and watching a benefit basketball game. One of the teams was made up partially of radio announcers. Mitch Thomas and George Frick were on the same team and both were quite good.
George Klein <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 12:43:40 (EST)
Shi8rley and Mary Jane: I remember playing games like Relievio and baseball in a big open space behind Mamele's paint store. I knew most of the Reillys including Donald, Jeanette, George, John, Norwood. There was another sister whose name escapes me. I believe there was a Paul also. DO not know him but hew works at Amtrack where my brother is. Shirley, Hudson is a familiar name but I can not put a face on it right now. I remember a guy named Buth Clark who probably lived on Buena Vista. Then there was Tom Gears, Vandever ave maybe. Other names Paul Dougherty, Pete Convery. Those guys hung out at Beckers but lived in the same general area.
George Klein <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 12:32:22 (EST)
Hi Shirley and George: All of these names are so familiar. I am sure we crossed paths on Vandever Ave. Are you refering to Norwood Reily? Did you ever come down Buena Vista on a summer's evening to play Relieveeo in front of Mammuels[spelling?] Paint Warehouse [which was the "jail"]? Yes, Shirley, it was a great place to grow up!
Mary Jane Raffell [Clune] <>
c, p USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 12:19:20 (EST)
Shirley H. Jester - Was your brother Bob Hudson in the PS Class of 1952? If so, I saw him for the first time in 50 years in 2002 at our class reunion. And I don't remember you from PS, but I remember Frank Jester. Are you related?
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 11:05:08 (EST)
Mary Jane: My Father was George Lobdell Veazey, Jr. He was the second oldest son. My Mother was Dorothy Wahl Veazey. The last son, Twin Sam, died last year. My Wahl Grandparents also lived on Buena Vista Street, so my parents were childhood sweethearts. I was in the Air Force 1951 thru 1955, but we (Wife, son Bob, Jr. and after 1960, daughter Lynn), used to make the “Sunday after church” visit to Buena Vista Street after I returned home from the service. Maybe we crossed paths?
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 10:45:41 (EST)
For George - those words do sound familiar. I can hear the tune in my head and I'm trying to put those words to the tune.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 10:24:35 (EST)
For Swifty: "Mr Thomas, please promise, we'll never part" Does that sound like it
George Klein <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 10:15:40 (EST)
I worked at WILM part time while I was in high school. It seems to me that Mitch Thomas' theme was a vocal call Please Mr. Thomas. I cannot recall the name of the group.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 09:57:50 (EST)
Bob Veazey: I have such a connection to your wonderful family. We lived next door to your Grandparents for years. They were the sweetest couple and treated us like their grandchildren! We went to church with Bertha. I remember most of your cousins! Jimmy and Jeannie..Bertha was best friends with my Mother. AND Bessie is my godmother! Carolyn was who I wanted to be JUST LIKE when I grew up, and Karlyn was like a big sister to me! We all played basketball for St. John's when Bessie was the coach. Carolyn was the PE teacher when I was at P.S. I know your grandparents had 8 children. Who are your parents?
Mary Jane Raffell [Clune] <>
Coplay, PA USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 09:57:28 (EST)
For Mary Jane Raffell: My Grandparents lived on Buena Vista Street, last house on the East side. At one time almost every house on the street was a “Veazey” family house. The row houses were originally built by a Veazey relative name of Gamble. We also attended St. Johns and all the Veazey related kids visited the Grandparent’s house after church on Sunday. My Aunt Bertha Veazey Brown lived several doors up from my Grandparents. Maybe you remember some of my cousins, we all attended P.S. and St. Johns. There were Kearney and Sutton cousins, as well as my sister Eleanor. They tore down my Grandparents house last year.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, January 06, 2006 at 08:02:21 (EST)
Butch, I think your right, saturday night dance party or any way something close to it--you would call and try to talk to the same people like you said, I did the same thing--maybe we talked to each other. now here we all are sitting on computers e-mailing each other
Jean <usa>
wilm, d USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 17:37:04 (EST)
NEWARK, DE USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 17:06:28 (EST)
Mary Jane & George... I lived at 631 Vandever Avenue from 1933 to 1954. Used to stop at Pops on the way to Warner Jr High and get a sub to eat for lunch. Mostly ate it on the way, then skipped lunch. Anyway, do you remember any of the Hudson kids from my family? Joan, Jack, me..., Bob, Kenny and Richard. I know Mary Alice, Norwood, and Earl Hudson who lived up in the unit block of Vandever Avenue. My dad thought we were distantly related. We all went to Brandywine Methodist Church at 22nd & Market Streets. It was a great place to grow up! Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 16:46:20 (EST)
Hi Mary Jane: There was Snip(Charlie), Pat, Nancy and Buzzy (Walter). My memory is fuzzy on when and where they lived, but at some point they lived on Vandever, then on Hutton Street, another home down by the Brown Boys Club and they had an apartment on Market Street jus above St PAtrick's Church. The home on Vandever was owned by my Aunt Pg and Uncle Jay Taylor. My grandparents lived there with thme ans at some point in my life , my parents and I lived there for a short period (probably around 1947),
George Klein <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 11:08:01 (EST)
For George: YES, I remember Cosmos, but we always called it POPS. That is what we called the owner. I don't remember your cousins, but I remember your Grandparents! What were your cousin's first names?
Mary Jane Raffell [Clune] <>
Coplay, PA USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 10:57:03 (EST)
For Mary Jane : My grand parents and some aunts and uncles live at 18 Vandever Avenue. I remember a sandwich store, Cosmo's on the corner of VAndever Ave and Buena Vista. My grandparents were Harritys and my cousins were Schneiders. Any recollection of theem?
George Klein <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 10:37:53 (EST)
I think Phil is right. I also remember Night Train as Mitch Thomas's theme song.
Dave Ziegler <>
Newark, De USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 10:34:45 (EST)
Found this wonderful site by accident. It's such a time capsule! I lived in Brandywine Village [Buena Vista St] in the 50's and 60's. Went to George Gray, Warner Jr. High, PS duPont, and St. Johns Cathedral. I spent all my pennies [from found soda bottles] on candy at Becker's [Market and Vandever Ave] and waved to Louie the Shoe Repair man everytime I passed his store. Thank you for this terrific site. I have passed it on to my brothers and friends.
Mary Jane Raffell [Clune] <>
Coplay, PA USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 10:14:20 (EST)
Jean & Bruce - remember that busy line very well - had a conversation with a gal that lasted about a year in a manner of speaking. Wasn't it on Joe Moran's Saturday Night Dance Party?
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Thursday, January 05, 2006 at 08:57:18 (EST)
Yes, Jean, I remember well both things you wrote about - talking over the busy signal and party lines. Those were the days!
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 15:35:22 (EST)
Bruce is SO RIGHT about the new Newsjournal web site. To paraphrase an old saying, "If it ain't broke, don't break it."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 13:45:11 (EST)
Do you remember calling on a radio station and getting a busy signal and talking to other people--and do you remember the old party line, you would pick the phone up and someone else was on the line and you had to wait to make a call----BOY have we come a long way, now we walk around with cell phone in our hands
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 13:27:35 (EST)
I don't remember Reggie LaVong or the WAMS Night Train show, and I was a teen in the mid-50's and a regular WAMS listener, so I'd like to hear more about it if there are more memories of it. Some of the old WAMS DJ's check this forum, so maybe they will chime in, I hope. I thought Buddy Morrow's "Night Train" recording was Mitch Thomas's lead-in for his show on WILM. Will someone please help my befuddled mind?
Phil <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 10:52:43 (EST)
I think the host of WAMS's "Night Train" was Reggie LaVong. When I Google his name I see he was a long time radio personality in the New York and Philadelpia areas. I don't recall how long he was on the radio in Wilmington in the mid fifties and whether or not it was a syndicated show. Buddy Morrow's version of "Night Train" was his theme song and he really opened my mind to R&B music at the time in my life. Mitch Thomas's show was on the rival station, WILM.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale , AZ USA - Wednesday, January 04, 2006 at 01:40:41 (EST)
NEWARK, DE USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 18:34:29 (EST)
I don't want to go on about off-topic subjects (current affairs) so will just make one more statement on this; the Wilmington newspaper has been becoming a current events (party-time) newspaper more and more with each issue lately. I believe the whole editorial board must be all early 20-somethings. And the Delaware Online website has just made some drastic changes, and not to the good, if you're looking for news-related issues; it's terribly difficult to navigate now, and not much about news, but about everything other than news.
Bruce <>
Wilmiington, DE USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 16:19:53 (EST)
Bruce, you are soooo right! I subscribed when I lived Wilm., but now, I occasionally read the "Journal" on-line. One newspaper towns are in jeopardy of becoming one-horse towns, imo. Some of the editorials are mind-numbing & biased. I used to watch the City Council on Ch 12, I think it was. Mayor Baker's accident sounded scary' I remember he was Pres. of City Council when I watched them on TV and he struck me as a no non-sense kind of fellow.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 16:10:36 (EST)
....And it's been all downhill ever since. Well, actually, it's been going downhill ever since Jan. 30, 1978, when the DuPont Co. sold the paper to Gannett. And it reaches new depths with each new issue.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 15:17:33 (EST)
FYI the News Journal This day in Delaware history "1989 The Evening Journal and Morning News newspapers formed the News Journal Company."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 13:33:34 (EST)
On the subject of doctors, mine in those days was Dr. Jim Kerrigan, whose office was I think on Hillside Ave. in Claymont. That was , of course, during the days when doctors made their rounds and I remember he'd say, "roll over, punk!" - great doctor - after he gave me those 12 poison ivy shots, I never had a a problem with it again.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Tuesday, January 03, 2006 at 09:13:30 (EST)
I remember the skating rinks but, I thought you had to wear rink skates---I still have my skate key, remember to make the skates fit your shoes. I was allowed to wear the skates I had my socks on,(just like in bowling alleys) but I could not wear the little short skating skirts which I lovedI always had my long pants on in case I fell down.
Jean <USA>
wilm, de USA - Monday, January 02, 2006 at 13:21:21 (EST)
I wonder if anyone remebers the Delaware Skating Rink. It used to be where the Merit gas station is on DuPont Highway in Wilmington Manor. I rember the clamp - on skates they had, because my mother would never let me rent the shoe skates.
Barbara Dunn <>
Newark, De USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 18:21:20 (EST)
I lived at 29th and Washington Street from 1935 to 1950 and yes Ponsell's Drug store was at 27th and Tigue's was at 28th and Washington Street. Lanzalotti Cleaners was across the stree from Ponsell's.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmington, De USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 12:49:04 (EST)

Hi Bill, thanks. I had remembered going to Dr. Shames when I was a kid and I thought that I was right in saying that he was in Richardson Park. I guess they were brothers? Everyone, have a very Happy and Healthy New Year....WELCOME 2006!!
Marge <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, January 01, 2006 at 08:42:31 (EST)