Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #26: February 1, 2006 to February 28, 2006 entries)

I might add that in selling programs at Delaware park. Mookie taught me that when programs were .15 and someone paid a quarter to give them a program and a Delawre park pencil which I paid 2 1/2 cents for. we sold those pencils for .10 each. Mookie travel the De and Md tracks and made a good living. The park made him remove the dime.
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 15:33:00 (EST)

There was a news stand at 6th and Union that sold those NAG-RAGs and I belive it's still there and probably still does.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 13:48:47 (EST)
Those tout sheets were legit. I never saw them being sold downtown myself but, because I worked summers at Delaware Park, I saw them every day being sold at the track. My favorite, at the time, was Jack's Little Green Card. He seemed to be more accurate than the least for me. My favorite tout at the track was a program seller from Baltimore named "Mookie". He gave everybody a diferent horse, hoping that the winner would "tip" him. Programs were fifteen cents. Every time someone threw down a quarter, Mookie would point to a dime on the end of his seller's stand. People would pull several times on the dime and not be able to get it off the stand. That was because Mookie had the dime nailed, yes nailed, to the stand. They would eventually walk off in frustration as Mookie pretended to be preoccupied with something else! The sheets were legitimate. Sam Glassman, a/k/a "Mookie", was not.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 12:34:53 (EST)
When I was working the day shift as a lowly usher at Loew's Aldine back in 1951, the elderly gent who worked the day shift as the official ticket taker sent me around the corner, on either East 8th Street or on nearby King Street, to get an "Armstrong." At first I thought this was some kind of "make a fool of the new kid" ploy, and I told him so. He laughed and explained to naive me that it was a horseracing tout sheet, so I went to the place and bought it for him. The little store was full of tout sheets of every kind and color. I had never seen one of these before. Does anyone remember that place? Was it legit? And were these things in general circulation in the Downtown Wilmington of that time? I never remember seeing them in any conventional newsstand or newspaper store.
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 09:57:32 (EST)
Thanks, Jack and Ray, for putting the correct info out about Sammy - but still unanswered is who was the newspaper guy at Rosenbaum's? Wayne, the guy in front of Rosenbaum's was there in the years you mentioned - I think he was more in front of the Wilmington Savings Fund building than Rosenbaum's. I've got some cobwebs in my memories, too.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, February 28, 2006 at 09:02:39 (EST)
To end the quiz on the News Stand and who was who: It was "Big Nose Sammy" that had the Stand and it was "Herby" that walked the streets hawking the papers, and who ever it was that described him with the roped tied around his clothes did a good job describing him, I could almost here that squeaky voice, "Paper,Paper,Paper". I patroled that area quite a bit while I was a Supervisor in the downtown area and used to try and stop the kids (and some adults) from teasing Herby. Sammy could take care of himself but poor Herby was a couple bricks short of a load.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 23:37:36 (EST)
Jack, ya know, I knew something was wrong with my recollection. I even went back to make sure it wasn't Woolworths on the corner. It was Big Nose Sammy that we're all thinking (at least me) about on that corner. Well that solves one of the mysterys, but now who was Herbie? Better yet who had a place outside Rosenbaums (I don't remember that at all) I wandered around Market Street from the late 40's until the early 60's first as you all did by walking, and the last few years by car. That's when every night was cruise night in Wilmington. At least until 8:30 or 9:00 at night. Then most of went home, belive or not all you younger people reading out there. (In by 10:00 on school nights - 11:00 on weekends).
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 22:12:22 (EST)
Herbie Barkmer did not have his own newsstand. I think you guys are thinking of a local character named "Big Nose Sammy". Herbie purchased papers and then carried them around downtown Wilmington hawking them.
Jack Riley <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 19:49:58 (EST)
RE Herbie: If you look at the Wilmington pre 1975 photos on this site, and see the picture of Kresges 5&10 there on the corner, you can just see the beginning of his stand. Look over the fender of the car turning left onto 8th St and you'll see magazines on the wall. Looking to the left of the lady standing on the 8th street side there are what appears to be papers on the ground. He not only carried the local rag (the only thing we had and still do) but Philadelphia and New York papers. There were probably other things there like scandal sheets of today as well as the magazines he kept off the ground in the racks.
Wayne <>
New Castle , DE USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 12:34:33 (EST)
RE Herbie: Herbie didn't roam the streets hawking papers. He had a newstand which was located on the northwest corner of 8th and Market Sts. It was around the corner from the 5&10 located on the corner. He actually had a rack, I belive to be wooden that had magazines in it. It leaned up against the 5&10 on the 8th street side of the building. Although he sold to a lot of drive by customers his main stay was walkup. His picture was painted by Charlie Coloumbo along with Jake the Broom Man (who roamed the streets) and probably several other Wilmington people who were local celeberties just by being there during that special time.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Monday, February 27, 2006 at 09:40:15 (EST)
It was Connie that posed the question about Herbie, I believe, wasn't it? And I believe Herbie was the news stand operator at 6th or 7th St. & Market (I forget which, but there are paintings of him around). His residence was a block west on the same street. He was robbed at home, or in the area of his home, and never fully recovered, as I remember. I don't know who was in front of Rosenbalm's, but I don't think it was Herbie. Corrections welcomed.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 21:27:58 (EST)
hey carol, anybody else out there from little italy,st anthony's ,padua....??? there has to be more than just you and me.
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 20:43:55 (EST)
Carol - I don't see an answer to your question about Herbie Barkmer being robbed in 1979. I believe Herbie was a guy who roamed the streets selling papers, he never had a news stand. I worked in Wilmington in the seventies, always would see him on the streets, this may be unkind, but he looked like a "bum", layers of dirty clothes topped by an ancient coat tied on with a rope around the waist! I vaguely remember hearing about the incident, everybody was amazed to find out he had all that money! Hope this helps.
RJB <nospampls>
Pennsgrove, NJ USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 20:43:42 (EST)
Carol - I don't see an answer to your question about Herbie Barkmer being robbed in 1979. I believe Herbie was a guy who roamed the streets selling papers, he never had a news stand. I worked in Wilmington in the seventies, always would see him on the streets, this may be unkind, but he looked like a
RJB <nospampls>
Pennsgrove, NJ USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 20:42:49 (EST)
SPEAKING OF WALKING: In 1951, after having lived on West 23rd Street, our family's first Wilmington address, we moved to Thomas Drive in the brand-new Monroe Park garden apartments out on the Kennett Pike at Barley Mill Rd. PSDuP HS evidently cleared it for me to live there and continue to attend school at 34th and VanBuren, but walking all the way to school, so easy from 23rd Street in the 9th Ward, was no longer possible. For awhile though, in the morning I walked a mile from Barley Mill to the end of the line of the #10 bus at Rising Sun Lane, took that bus to 11th and Washington, then transferred to either the #11 up to 34th and Washington, or for more direct service, to the #12 to right in front of PS. Then my Dad bought a new car, and enjoyed driving me to PS before he drove down to the Nemours Building to his office. Today, he'd be burning up so much gas doing this that I'm sure he'd invite me to return to the bus commute.
Bob Wilson <>
Beautiful Beaufort, SC USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 18:45:51 (EST)
In regards to the farmers Mkt on King street and the Wilm PD. In the 50's and 60's there was one great Officer, his name was BILL ALLEN. His beat was from 4th street to 9th st on King st. anyone dealing with the stores and farmers remember how will he kept traffic moving on king st. He was one great guy
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 17:26:01 (EST)
there has been a lot of comment about walking recently. for the "suburbanites" of the 50's remember where you used to go, regularly, and how you used to get there. i grew up on silverside rd, accross from green acres.i wnt to school in town for many years. i would go into wilmington to go shopping, or in the summer to prices run swimming pool, etc. before i was of age to drive, the only way was the bus on philadelphia pike,with the long walk up silverside rd; or the problamatic "arden tin can" that ran once an hour (if it ran at all) out marsh road. we thought nothing of walking everywhere. when i went to st helena's i road my bike to and from, the school bus didn't come out to my area. no big deal. (and they weren't 10 speeds). i think we were alot better for it.
mike mulins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 16:56:28 (EST)
on tv last night i heard a bit about the explosion in the number of farmers' markets in the us in recent years. that in the mid-50's there were only about 800 in the whole country. do you remember walking down king st (i think it was on thursday) and all the farmers had their trucks backed into the curb selling fresh produce, et al. as i remember it ran from 6th or 7th all the way to 4th st.there was hardly space to walk between the trucks they were parked so close i remember there were all kinds of funny rules and traditions that goverened and permitted the market, but it worked and worked well for many years.
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 16:44:30 (EST)
When we went to school we walked. Now children are being bused to different towns and by the time they get home they're too exhausted from a long, noisy, smelly ride on a school bus to go out and exercise. In addition, they're probably brain-dead by the time they get to school to function properly. They need that walk in the fresh air to feed their brain the oxygen necessary to study and learn.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 12:58:48 (EST)
I was cut off! It's lack of physical activity and portion control. The epedemic is really hitting our young school age children. I'm affraid many will be on perm disability with many health problems by the time they are my age (41). The drain on the tax payers is a scary prospect!
Sean <>
Wilm, De USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 07:55:52 (EST)
Carol: It's exercise and portion control. Portions in the USA have all gone off the charts, and many live in suburban neighbourhoods that border busy highways, or are just plan too far to walk anywhere. Here in the city, we can walk for just everything. It's not air conditioning. It's lack of exercise, and
Sean <>
Wilmington, De USA - Sunday, February 26, 2006 at 07:52:53 (EST)
For the sheet music try Concord Music on Marrows Rd. in Newark. I was always able to find sheet music there for numerous instruments and they have large catalogs if you need to order something.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mount Olivet, Ky USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 22:27:52 (EST)
There is still a place at Booth's Corner which sells sheet music - whether he has what you want is another story. Besides Ebay, try Googling what you want, and see what response you get. Good luck, it doesn't sound like it would be hard to come up with, I think Frank's "My Way" should be, hopefully, an easy find.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 21:43:32 (EST)
Barb, why not try EBAY? I'm sure you could find it there, very quickly, and easily, with a good price. By the time you run here there and everywhere, spending money on gas and your time you have it in hand. Mailed right to your door. I've found it very easy to get anything you want (sometimes way too easy).
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 21:29:11 (EST)
As a south Florida resident for over 20 years, I must say that living without air-conditioning here is unthinkable. The temps here are unbearable in the summer months. P.S. I am not fat. I walk a lot and drink lots of water. Also, when I visited southern Italy, I noticed our hotel was air-conditioned. Ciao.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 20:12:25 (EST)
Hello. Hope I am not changing the subject too much, but do any of you know if there are any stores left in Wilmington, or enviorns, which sell sheet music. I would like to find "MY WAY". The song Frank Sinatra made famous. No Boston Stores can help. I remember going to a vendor in Booth's Corner, in PA. to buy old sheet music. I have a neighbor, a retired music prof. whose collection of sheet music would be complete. So... I'm wondering if my Wilmington connections can help.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 20:10:36 (EST)
Ok, Jim, thanks. I didn't know the A's went back that far in KC - I wasn't a big baseball fan back then, so don't remember dates in re: . When did they leave Philly?
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 14:35:10 (EST)
Hey, it WAS the Kansas City Athletics and it was the first year that the team was in Kansas City. I think it was 1954 or 1955. A friend of mine and I confronted Yogi Berra in the lobby of the Hotel duPont and he recruited us to be batboys. That's how I recall the games; Phillies played both the Yankees and then Kansas City in exhibition ball games. Heady stuff for 14 year olds.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 13:56:10 (EST)
Is this the man who used to have a magazine/news stand in front of Rosenberg's at 9th and Market? "1979 Herbie Barkmer, longtime peddler of News Journal papers on Wilmington's streets, was robbed of his bank books and $13,500, all of which except $1,700 was recovered."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 13:22:57 (EST)
RE: Old Ball Park, I can remember being in the 7th or 8th grade at St.Paul's School when we played Sallies 7th & 8th graders at the old Ball Park. It had to be 1948 or 49 and it was during halftime of another game, and I want to believe that it was a game between P.S. DuPont and the Red Devils, but I'm not sure, if anyone else out there is older than dirt like myself maybe they can remember and tell me. Also we (St. Paul's) beat the tar out of Sallies. The Paper, which I wish I had a copy of billed the game as the Sallies Flies are soundly beaten by the St. Paul's Fleas or something like that, I remember they used the Fleas and Flies tag on us but I may have it in reverse, not sure. Then again I'm not too sure about anything these days.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 12:40:56 (EST)
Wow, 1/2 soled and re-heeled, that brings back memories. Our family always had our shoes re-soled and re-heeled - does anyone still do that? I imagine we all just throw the shoes out now and go buy a new pair. Thanks, Vickie, for the wonderful memories.
Phil <>
Wilmington , De USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 08:25:27 (EST)
I have a lot of fond memories of the Wilmington Blue Rock. In those days the major league teams used to work their north at the end of spring training. The Phillies played the Yankees a couple of times before the official season started. If I couldn't sneak into the ballpark, we would climb onto the top of the ticket booth for the drive-in. In 1954 the field was converted into 2 little league fields and I played in the 1st game for Food Fair (remember them?) on field #1. Field 1 had the dugouts. I was the happiest 12 year kid in the world.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 08:20:09 (EST)
Oops! I mentioned in my last posting that I had DeLaWarr year books and New Castle Middle. Well I might have several New Castle Middle from my children which I belive is not the era for this site, but I meant to say from the Old William Penn which is not New Castle Middle School. The couple of books from the Old William Penn are from the mid 60's. Sorry for the error. Take care. Vickie Jones Snyder
Vickie Jones Snyder <Cooking>
New Castle, De USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 07:44:54 (EST)
I had some time this morning to go back and spend time reading more memories of Wilmington. I havent written in a while and thought I would add a few more things I remembered growing up. I remember that we walked everywhere, which explains why we all weighed 95 lbs soaking wet back then. Since I grew up near 3rd & Franklin Streets, I walked every day to Mary C I Williams School. I remember there was a shoe repair shop there on 3rd Street. I dont know if I really remember the name of it but we took lots of shoes there to be 1/2 soled and healed. We never got new ones unles we grew out of them and my grandparents always had their old ones repaired. It seems the man's name was either Mike or Dave, could have been neither. I just remember how hard I would see him working, he had dark hair, muscles and seems to always look sweaty when working. Of course there was no air conditioning so that explains the looking sweaty thing. My brothers always went to the Barber shop on the corner of 3rd & Franklin and I think it was called Levy or David Levy or something like that. It was nothing to walk from 3rd & Franklin to Bayard Jr. High, back home, then to either West End Park, Camby Park or Downtown Wilmington. Not sure we could all do all that walkig I was happy to see so many of my "old Schools" photos on this site. It is nice to go back and show your own children what you school looked like. After all they think I went to school in a one room tent so to show them a real building existed is payback for the all the "you're older than the Memorial Bridge" jokes. I love doing family genealogy and had no idea growing up that I should have asked "more" questions. Since I asked hundreds I thought I had already pushed my luck. I use so much of the memories of growing up in my genealogy notes and really enjoy adding more about the areas each of my family members grew up in, mostly from my memories of the stories they told me. To come to this site and see some of the little things that jog those old memories is great. I am so glad to see this site still going strong. I also love working on class reunions and getting to see old classmates and friends at these reunions. Althought I went to Wilmington Public Schools, I started out at Minquadale School for 1st grade and then to both the old and New William Penn High Schools before moving and graduating from DeLaWarr. Since they were rival schools at the time I was not pleased with that move. Life has a way of putting things in order. I probably spent the least amount of time at DeLaWarr as my classmates and I got so involved with the reunions that I have most of the records of classmates for our class as well as others since we turned our last reunion into an ALL CLASS REUNION. It was great! I also have quite a collection of DeLaWarr Yearbooks and a couple of New Castle Middle Yearbooks too. Thanks to the generosity of Karl Kaminski from DeLaWarr we have 2 scrapbooks of his time as Coach of the Track team at DeLaWarr and many old 8 x 10 photos taken for the yearbooks. I put the track scrapbooks on CD and they are on line with another site. I will have to look up the site name but it has to do with Track and Cross County from the past and includes the current stats each year. I also have some pretty good memorialibilia from DeLaWarr and a tiny bit from William Penn. I went to Mary C I Willams from 1957-1962 and Bayard from 1962 to 1965 if you remember me from school feel free to contact me and let me know some what you remember from our school days. Hope to stop back soon. Take care. Vickie Jones Snyder
Vickie Jones Snyder <>
New Castle, De USA - Saturday, February 25, 2006 at 07:34:54 (EST)
Just started reading a book by a Wilmington author, Rick Maier. It's called "exit south". Kind of a different book. I would certainly not to try to critique it here; however, it would be interesting to know if anyone out there in "Wilmington" land has anything to say about it.
Pat (Stillwell)LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 21:05:07 (EST)
I remember seeing the Joey Chitwood show there every year, and the "Whiz kids" were there one summer, but I don't know if the Phils were playing, or if it was just a promotion. Didn't they also hold the circus and/or the carnival there at one time, or was that behind the stadium? Oh, and I did see a rodeo there once or twice, also. Of course, we went to see the Blue Rocks when we could sneak in. Are you sure you saw the Kansas City A's there? How about the Phila. A's? :):)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 20:03:56 (EST)
Anyone else go to the old Wilmington ball park to sporting events there? I recall seeing the Sallies football team in the mid 50s, wrestling with Argentina Rocca, the Harlem Globetrotters with their artificial wood floor, the Phillies versus the Yankess and then the Kansas City A's and a rodeo or two. Blue Rocks played there all summer. Being "fashionably poor" at the time, we used to wait until the Star Spangled Banner was played and all of the police were at attention. We would then climb over the fence and run like hell for the bleachers! Sometimes more exciting than the events!!
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 19:25:28 (EST)
Lori, I'd like to help with some information about that sub shop, but lack of more information just makes it impossible. There have been so many sub shops in and around Wilmington over the years, and so many tales that go with each, that's it's going to be difficult to pinpoint which one you're referring to. Hopefully, you can remember something else that will help zero-in on the area, or the people, or something to help us help. Good luck, we're all here to help if we can.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 19:22:44 (EST)
To[o]muchinfo: But this *IS* a book... a book of memories about a great city, great people and what they did in that city. If you can't or don't want to take the time to read the wonderful recollections here (no matter how long), then it's not the problem of the posters, and they shouldn't have to abridge their entries to satisfy you. It deprives other readers of some really terrific memories.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 16:21:01 (EST)
SPECIAL TO SUZIE SMITH.....I see you are looking for something about Mary Klund. Do you mean MISS Klund, the Art Teacher at PS DuPont HS for many years? I took art for all 3 years that I was at PS in the early 1950's. I liked her a lot. I hope she liked me. I think that her family operated a theatre on 10th Street years and years ago, which is mentioned in Elbert Chance's great series of articles he wrote 15 or so years ago for the DELAWARE HISTORY JOURNAL, and possibly also in Marge McNinch's book on the same subject, which was published in the mid 1990's.
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 15:39:38 (EST)
Bruce, I also enjoy your posts. Keep 'em coming!
Cyndi <casanford>
Wilmington, De USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 14:29:39 (EST)
As I remember it, Swifty, it was at 4:00 0r 4:30PM. When they had morning blasts, it was on Saturdays, I think, and was at 8:00AM.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 08:40:52 (EST)
Bruce - keep those memories coming. You get me to think about things that I haven't thought about in years and I appreciate it. Concerning the quarry, didn't the blasts occur at just about the same time each day?
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 08:08:16 (EST)
Bill: Hello there again. I was just checking in to see if you or anyone else out there has any idea about the sub shop owned by Italian/Irish family whose daughter had to quit school in the early 60's to help out? Anyone have any idea at all? I am sorry that I don't have much to go on, but I just thought maybe someone would remember going to school with someone who would fit this profile? Thanks!
Lori Lewis <>
Dover, DE USA - Friday, February 24, 2006 at 01:30:19 (EST)
i used to sit on the wall that ran along scott street directly across from your grandparents backyard and eat popsicles or candy that we bought from boobies!!! i remember the singing in the church i also remember the street dances on scott street during the festival who knows, we may of shared a dance or 2?? lol
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 19:14:37 (EST)
Suzie - yes, I remember your father - I was a 1957 grad of WHS. If you haven't already discovered, you can join and post an announcement for memories, stories, etc. All schools are involved, and WHS has an outstanding number of grads you can reach. Good luck with the party!
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 18:56:26 (EST)
Yes, I do tend to get carried away, don't I? Don't mean to upset anyone, just passing on some nostalgia. Sorry about that, when I get going, I don't know when to cut it off. I'll work on that, I realize I could have sent private emails to the people asking. Now, with me keeping it short, we can get on with what this forum is for.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 18:47:27 (EST)
Oldschool, my grand-parents lived cati-corner to Boobies, which was owned by the Tolliver family and they were the nicest people. Mr. Tolliver was a big man who wore a white apron and smoked a big cigar. 8th Street Baptist Church was directly across the street from my grand-parents. On Sunday mornings in the summer, my grandmother always put her sauce on the stove early and went out and sat on her porch and listened to the sermon coming from 8th Street Baptist. There was no air conditioning back then and the church's windows were wide open and my grand-mother could hear the preacher talking and all the parishoners saying "Amen". The women were always dressed up really fine for church in beautiful, bright colored suits and big hats that matched. Around the corner on Howland street, we had Fournier Hall and all the wedding parties that got married in St. Anthony's would be around in the neighborhood too on Saturdays. June, we had the Carnival, fireworks, street dance. I used to buy dried Ceci on a string at the Carnival. Here in Italy, it's so common, you can get it anywhere.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 18:28:13 (EST)
carol, how did you wind up living in italy?? a far cry from 4th and greenhill/
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 17:17:22 (EST)
Bruce, make your comments a little shorter to much to read at once, I never read it aLL, YOU GET A LITTLE CARRIED AWAY. short and sweet & to the point
tomuchinfo <usa>
wilm, de USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 16:40:21 (EST)
All the postings concerning Shell Pot brings back memories. Ed and Sam Veazey were my twin uncles, who were avid hunters, perhaps due to their American Indian heritage. We have an ancestor on my Grandmother Veazey’s side; her grandfather, James Gamble, whose mother was an American Indian. James was a member of the 1st DE Regiment and was killed at the battle of Chancellorsville in the Civil War. Around 1936 Ed and Sam took me with them as they checked their muskrat traps along what they called “The Bulldog”, the Shell Pot Crick. On that trip I managed to fall in the water as I tried to cross on the dam that had been part of the old mill. They also took me to “gig” frogs near New Castle and catch great crabs on a line baited with chicken in the Delaware River off New Castle, and fishing in Noxentown Lake. The Twins often traveled to Maine to hunt in later years. They were great guys! In the late 1930s, fireworks were legal in NC County, but not in the City. We boys bought fireworks and took them to the old Shell Pot Park to set them off. There were still many remnants of the park at that time. There was an undulating ribbon of concrete that had apparently been part of a skating rink, and we skated on it many times. There was a turnaround for the trolley cars at where the main entrance of the park had been located.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 16:30:38 (EST)
Anyone remember Mr. Smith...or Coach Smith who was at Wilmington High and Conrad I'm planning a surprise 80th birthday party for him (he is my father)...I just stumbled on this site looking up Mary Klund's's great. If you do remember and want to share some of you memories I would love to have them for a book we are putting together as a surprise. Thanks! Suzie Smith
suzie <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 15:14:34 (EST)
Bruce - I remember the blasting at the quarry. I used to think that some of the houses were going to collapse. It was a pain in the butt when they closed the roads for blasting. If I recall, I had to drive up to Hillcrest Ave and the take Brandywine Blvd. to get home. Some of the other things you mention around that area are going completley over my head. I think I'm having a senior moment.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 10:13:40 (EST)
Pat: Got a graduating class year for Ms. Mackey?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Thursday, February 23, 2006 at 00:37:43 (EST)
Speaking of Mount Pleasant, who remembers Linda Mackey?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 21:19:32 (EST)
Thanks, Donn, for the information about the Wildcat; I had heard the name before, but wondered if my source was confused due to the roller coaster of the same name (not the same coaster) which was at Riverview Park later on. Glad to have the chance to offer my rememberances, Keith. Bruce (inlimbo)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 20:50:02 (EST)
Bruce/Wayne:(sounds like something out of "Batman"!) Re Petrillo's Quarry, a pal of mine and I used to walk past it every day coming home to Edgemoor Terrace from P. S. duPont High School. On school days, we rode the 20 Edgemoor bus in to 10th and Market and transferred to the 12 Boulevard out to the end of the line at "P. S." We'd walk home in the afternoons, down Monroe St to Lea Blvd, past the Sears store to Edgemoor Road and then up the hill past the quarry. As we passed it, almost without fail one of us would say to the other, "Pretty soon they're going to hit water, and we're going to have a really great swimming hole here..." It got to be a ritual with us... Sadly, that prophecy never came to pass, but it was a great thought at the time. After about 6 months of the bus/trolley caper, it got a bit old, so we both transferred to Mt. Pleasant High School.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 20:45:34 (EST)
Go to "Beaches & Parks" from the above pull-down and then select "Shellpot Park Info" and you will see a photo of the 1916 Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousel that was once operated at Shellpot park and other info...
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 20:04:56 (EST)
thank you so much inlimbo and everyone else. you have been a tremendos help in confirming a hunch i had. thanks for sharing your memories. i didnt realise that shellpot park went back as far as the synagogue.thats really interesting. i remember my grandfather telling stories of when he was a kid having fun at the park. looking at it now, its hard to believe that it was once a place to go and enjoy yourself. times sure have changed! this is a wonderful site for learning about local history. i really enjoy reading the posts. sorry about the double post yesterday webmaster!anyway...........thanks again! you guys have been really helpfull!
keith <>
wilmington, de USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 18:52:53 (EST)
To Bruce [ inlimbo ] According to [ reference ] There was a roller coaster called the Wildcat,in Shellpot park. I was made by Phil. toboggan co..It debuted in 1925, and closed 1933 The carousel ended up at Dorney park, but was destroyed in a fire.
Donn B. <>
Wilm., De USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 16:37:17 (EST)
Pat, you didn't tell us what it was that my Uncle Baily told you to say. But he was my mother's older brother. Back in the early 50's, he walked a night beat near our house at 4th & Greenhill and occasionally, he would show up early in the morning and say to my mother, "Theresa, where is my breakfast"? So of course, my mother would drop everything and fix him something. Then, while we were eating, he would say to us kids, "All violators and perpetrators of the law, etc., etc." I also remember him saying that he once had to shoot a criminal in the line of duty and that criminal sent him a Christmas card every year.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 16:14:34 (EST)
The place you're talking about was Petrillo's Quarry. They mined granite and crushed the stone in various sizes, and also made cement. At one time, they were the largest cement producers in the area (I don't know how big the area was), with a large fleet of Diamond T trucks. I used to live at the top of the quarry, and every afternoon (and sometimes in the mornings), they would blast the stone from the walls - dynamite. They'd have to close and block all the nearby streets before doing so, and posted watchers to see if any big chunks hit any houses nearby. We used to climb those walls in the evenings, after the workers had gone home. What great fun! No fear! Eventually, Petrillo's had mined as far as the property lines all the way around, and couldn't buy any more land, as hard as they tried, and couldn't go any deeper, as they'd hit many springs. So, after using up all of the stone that was left there, they closed the site down and moved operations over to behind where the most recent County building is on DuPont Hiway, at Minquadale. They operated out of there for awhile before shutting down, I don't know anything about the operation after it left the quarry, I know they didn't do any mining in Minquadale. Petrillo's advertised free dumping at the quarry site for clean fill, for years. They (someone) also purchased some fill to dump there. After a number of years (not long enough, I don't think), they have built some kind of buildings there for businesses. I think they're going to have settling problems for quite awhile. Time will tell. And, Wayne, it's from that area that I used to walk to Brown every morning for school - I saved a whole dime by not taking the trolley; a dime I would use to buy a piece of tomato pie at M&M bakery at 22nd & Market. Well, I'd walk if I couldn't catch a trolley and ride the back, jumping up on the rear bumper and holding onto the reel where the pole rope wound up.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 16:04:54 (EST)
While we're in this part of town I'd like to ask a question. On the way up Penny Hill there is a turn off that took you over to Clifton Park Apartments. Just after making the turn on the left there was the quarry I think you are reffering to. I stopped one time to see just what it was. When I got out of the car and walked over I was truly amazed, that hole seemed to go half way to China. I saw what appeared to be earthmovers at or near the bottom. They are called uke's and you can see them wherever there is major road construction. They looked like a Tonka toys down there. I still can't belive how deep that pit was. Later I had gone by that way and saw that it was filled in. My question - Where in the world did they ever get that much dirt to fill that enormus hole?
Wayne <>
New Casstle, DE USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 13:18:56 (EST)
As did I, Swifty. Junie's was only a block from my house. Do you remember the ball field across the street, and what league it was that played there? I think a little kids league played there, but I believe it was more of an older men's league that played there, mostly (maybe a city league or semi-pro). I'm sure you also remember the dam in the Bulldog Woods, which is still (partly) there, by the entrance bridge to Colony North Apartments. Do you also remember them building the apartments, and when they extended Lea Blvd. from Spruce St. over to the Printz, and when they built the Mart, and Edgemoor School? Going back a ways, but I remember......
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 12:51:33 (EST)
Bruce - In your last post you mentioned a name I had not heard in years - Junie's. I spent a lot of money in Junie's (10 to 50 cents at a time) and also played softball against them in the 60's. Thanks for the memories.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 11:17:46 (EST)
Well, can I say the 1948 map is wrong? Haha. But it is. Of course, if one looks at the maps suggested, the side by side pair, they will see that Clifton Park is listed as stretching all the way from Edgemoor Rd. down (figuratively) south across Lea Blvd., all the way to the reservoir in Pennrose - behind the bakery and Pepsi, etc. Any local knows that that is wrong, Clifton Park only went as far (figuratively) west as just past Westview Rd., at the site of where the old junior league (I forget what league it was, Pop Warner, or whatever) baseball park was, across from what used to be Junie's Soda Fountain (a couple of names that are unfamiliar to most, but known to locals). Notice that the 1948 map also lists Edgemoor Terrace as crossing Edgemoor Rd., and Edgemoor being where Edgemoor Terrace actually is. Sorry, that is wrong too (what can I say?), Edgemoor Terrace is only and totally on the (figuratively) north side of Edgemoor Rd.. Clifton Park was an apartment complex including the streets named on the map, no more, no park, built in the late 40's. To the (figuratively) south of Clifton Park was the Bulldog Woods and the old dam (on Shellpot Creek), which woods connected to Shellpot Park. Shellpot Park was from the Pike up to joining Clifton Park at the above mentioned point, at the ball field. Way before my time (born 1941), at the bottom of Beeson Ave., on the curve of Edgemoor Rd., there were a few houses on the south side of the street, there is no reminder of them at all, now. I see lots of errors on both maps, in area names and street names. Seller's Estate and Park date back to the early 1800's (maybe before), the name Clifton Park dates back to the late 1940's. So..... William Sellers named his mansion "Clifton" (which later was Riverside Hospital), that may be (?) where the name for the apartment complex came from - but, sorry, there was no Clifton Park park.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 10:08:35 (EST)
Well, to make things as clear as mud, go to___ select 'sellers-clifton-park.jpg'.___There you will see two maps, side-by-side indicating the two parks in the same location!___It looks like both of you guys are correct!
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 07:48:31 (EST)
Bruce, if you check the 1948 map on this website, in the top right quad, there is a 'Clifton Park' indicated in that same area with the Shellpot Creek running through it...
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at 07:11:30 (EST)
Keith, I can give you a little information on Seller's Park - a start, at least, you'll have to look elsewhere for more detail. I grew up in the area - on top of the hill behind Petrillo's quarry, from the late 40's on. Seller's Park is the area on the river side of the Phila. Pike at Edgemoor Rd. (Shipley Rd. after it crosses the pike). Seller's Park was part of the Seller's Estate, which ran approx. from the river to Phila. Pike, and approx. from River Road to Lea Blvd. (approx., I said - just to give an idea where it was) back in the 1800's. In my years, there was never an organized park of any kind in Seller's Park, but there were (are) motor paths through the area, and there were picnic tables at various spots. As far as I know, that's all that area has ever been. Due to the shade from the trees, the grass and weeds in the area stayed low (no sun to grow), so it was a nice area to walk, picnic, cool off on a hot summer day/evening, the trees shading the area kept it cool in the summer; and wade, and in some spots on the creek, swim (a couple of tarzan ropes, too. It would still be a nice area to walk in and picnic if there weren't so many thugs and dopers in the area now. The area was never called Clifton Park, Clifton Park was the 92 building apartment complex further to the east, now known as Paladin Club. The apartment complex was built on the site of the old Seller's mansion, which became Riverside Hospital, and then, for awhile, Paladin Club contractor's office, and maybe a club house for Paladin Club for awhile. The old horse stable and service barn from the estate remain back behind First State Bowling Alley. On the West side of the Phila. Pike and Shellpot creek, about where the Forman Mills store is now, and the Jewish Synogogue on Wash. St. Ext., and along the creek, back around the turn of the last century (1900 somewheres, until about 1933), there was an amusement park known as Shellpot Park there, which had picnic groves, a dance hall, etc., and some rides (I've even seen a picture which purports to be a roller coaster at Shellpot Park, but the roller coaster cars and gear are too new to have been from that period). Not saying that there wasn't a roller coaster at this park, just that the one in the picture I saw surely wasn't. Shellpot Park is what was known as a 'trolley park', as it was built by the trolley company (in this case, Wilmington City Railway), at the end of it's line to draw customers to using the trolley. Some parts of Shellpot Park building foundations can still be spotted if you walk back behind the shopping center at the bottom of Penny Hill.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 22:11:28 (EST)
does anyone know if the wooded park at the corner of philadelphia pike and shipley roads (now called SELLERS PARK formerly called CLIFTON PARK)was more popular at one time than it is now? was there a picnic grove in this park at one time?does anyone have any memories pertaining to this park? any info would be appreciated. thanks
keith <>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 20:35:07 (EST)
Interested to know if anyone out there has any info on fraims dairy. Also if anyone has any history of a farm on Simon road in north wilmington. Have found several fraim dairy bottles in region and would like to learn more. Originally from mt. cuba area and still fascinated wirth the history around wilmington.
t green <>
warwick, md USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 20:31:55 (EST)
Ray, one other thing about Bailey or Mr. Deleuterio (sorry about the spelling Carol I forgot it again)as I called him. In Jan 1980 I went to the old DMV lane on Bancroft Pkwy and went to Baileys office. I told him I got hired at B.P.D. He told me something to say to myself B4 I went to work every day. I don't know if he was kidding or not because he always shouted but I used to say it to myself as I walked a foot beat in West Baltimore and every day of my 25 years. I told it to a lot of new guys and as far as I know there are still some cops in Baltimore and Newark still saying it I hope. It would be a good legacy for Bailey if they are.
Patrick Corcoran <pc410@alltel>
Mt. Olivet, Ky USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 16:56:19 (EST)
Ray, I was at both of their funerals and I lived right around the corner from them. Was in their homes many times. Freds daughter was in our St. Thomas class with me and your daughter. I used to go talk with Fred when he was working in the old DMV inspection lanes. My wife worked there with him and Fred was one of my references when I got hired on to Baltimore P.D. couldn't have done it without him. I remember you too. I didn't know you that well but I knew all the WPD guys to see. Still do know most of them and still have family on the job at WPD.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mt. Olivet, Ky USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 16:47:14 (EST)
For Pat Corchran: Sadly Pat, the only one of the Officers you mentioned still living is Spencer. There were two Brothers, Nick Rodriguez and Ramon, Nick is gone but Ramon is still with us. Fred Filippone and Bailey(DiEleuterio)along with Nick were really Colorful guy's and I have to add great and dedicated Police Officers. You probably wouldn't know but Bailey and Fred were next door neighbors to one another. Fred Filippone never missed a single day's work in his 20 years on the job. Bailey after he retired used to play cards at the D.A.P. and when he would see me he would say, "Jubby I hear your getting soft,I heard you helped an old lady across the street" I learned a lot from Bailey, good guy.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 12:44:14 (EST)
carol, i'm sorry, i dont remember those sweets that you mentioned. i do remember the 8th grade girls selling penny candy at the end of the lunch line, and those same girls going around selling soft pretzels out of a laundry basket during school time! i grew up not far from 8th and scott, i know the area very well, they must of lived near boobies! i remember boobies had the best candy and popsicles!!!
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 08:34:13 (EST)
Please check out today's front page to the News Jounal. After 52 years a piece of mail was retuned to the sender (State Chamber of Commerce). You will enjoy this bit of history and nostalgia.
Ed Simon <>
Milford, DE USA - Tuesday, February 21, 2006 at 08:22:22 (EST)
THANK YOU DAVE! I went to the donut shop and Jiffy Lube a couple times and thought that was where the Glass Kitchen had been. I missed it!
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 17:29:46 (EST)
Connie, the Glass Kitchen is still there, operating and is still fantastic. I meet a couple friends there for lunch every Thursday. The prices, food and service can't be beat!
Dave Ziegler <>
newark, de USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 14:53:31 (EST)
Re: Padua. No, Oldschool, I lived at 4t & Greenhill but my grand-parents lived at 8th & Scott. Yes, Brother Mike was such a nice guy. He just made our day. Everybody loved him. Another thing that really sticks in my head, I mean sweet-tooth, is those dark chocolate iced, creme-filled pastries they used to sell at the end of the lunch line near the cash register. They were sort of in a bell shape and had the marshmallow/whipped creme filling just in the top. So delicious. I never did see those pastries again after going to Padua. Do you remember them?
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 14:45:23 (EST)
carol, i forgot to mention, brother mike is still making the lunches at padua even today!!!!
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 13:04:42 (EST)
There is an auction on Ebay for an item from "Morris Beck Pontiac", in Wilmington. The item doesn't say DE anywhere, but the seller has a thought it's from Wilmington, DE. Does that name (Morris Beck Pontiac) sound familiar to anyone?
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 12:19:07 (EST)
I have a newspaper picture from June, 1950, showing the Wanamaker's Augustine Cutoff store under construction. The caption under the picture reads that the Augustine Cutoff store closed when Wanamaker moved to the Christiana Mall.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 11:57:19 (EST)
I believe the Wanamaker's on Augistine Cutoff was built in 1950, or thereabouts. The family and company are from the Phila. area, and the original/older stores were located there. Connie, you should remember when the Augistine Cutoff building was built, I remember it, and I'm younger than you. :):)
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 11:46:14 (EST)
Connie, I also find it extremely hard to believe that the John Wanamaker building on Augustine Cut-Off was built before the Civil War. I'd believe the late 1940's or early 1950's... 1861 seems to be the date the Philadelphia store was born. Here's a blurb from the internet: -------------------------------------------- John Wanamaker started his Oak Hall Clothing Bazaar in Philadelphia at Market and 5th Street in 1861. He expanded the store with aggressive promotions and advertising that earned him the titles of "Merchant Prince" and "The Father of Modern Advertising" including balloons, giant posters, and a gong inside the front door. By 1876 he had built a department store on the site of the vacant Pennsylvania Railroad Freight Depot. His original idea was to open a central market of cooperating merchants similar to London's Royal Exchange and the Halles Central in Paris. But in the new era of urban mass consumption, it became a "New Kind of Store," called the Grand Depot, with skylights and gas chandeliers in "the largest space in the world devoted to retail selling on a single floor." At the center of a series of expanding circles of 129 counters was the gaslit tent for the demonstration of elegant women's ballroom fashions. In 1896 Wanamaker bought the old A.T. Stewart Cast Iron Palace in New York and connected it with a "Bridge of Progress" to a new 16-story building next door. In 1903 he built a new store in Philadelphia on the site of the old Grand Depot, 12 stories of granite with an interior Grand Court 150 feet high. In this court was the second largest organ in the world, after the Auditorium organ in Atlantic City, and a great eagle from the 1903 St. Louis World's Fair. "Meet me under the eagle at Wanamaker's" became a familiar invitation in Philadelphia.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA United States - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 11:23:46 (EST)
Carol, i too went to st anthony's in the 60's, and i remember brother mike vividly. i graduated in 69. did you live near the church, most who went there did. looking forward to hearing more.
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 10:57:55 (EST)
From this day in De history - February 20 "1961 Radio Station WDEL helped the John Wanamaker Company celebrate its 100th Anniversary at its Augustine Cut-Off location in Wilmington." I find it hard to believe that the building is 100 years old.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 10:38:03 (EST)
Things happening on this date in history: If we go back a couple of days to Feb. 15th and the year 1963. For those who had a rough time with math, that was 43 years ago last Wednesday. Pebbles Flintstone was born. How old does that make you feel?
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Monday, February 20, 2006 at 09:38:42 (EST)
I never went to the Glasgow Arms but ate at the Glass Kitchen (which was behind the Arms) a couple times. They were fantastic. My uncle used to visit there every time he came to visit us.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 10:56:06 (EST)
It was a shame to see the Glasgow Arms Restaurant close, they were a favorite of our family for many years.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 10:42:13 (EST)
I remember how worn down the marble stairways were in the Wilmington Court House when I was a child. Then when in my 20s we went there for Christmas carols. It was a marvelous feeling to be in that building. They don't build beautiful structures like that these days. On another note - this day in DE history Feb 19 1994 The last meal was served at a favorite restaurant in Glasgow, the Glasgow Arms. The site later became one of a fast food chain.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 10:02:36 (EST)
Yeah, I'm sure I mispelled Kaszmarchek too! The point was I remember the old WPD building and when I was on the job I spent too many days in the old court house. I've been in every room of that old building. I always had a sense of being in footsteps of some great WIlmingtonians from the past when I went in there.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mt. Olivet, Ky USA - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 08:53:08 (EST)
It's DiEleuterio, Pat. But you were close. My uncle, the Lieutenant, was also the best golfer in Wilmington.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Sunday, February 19, 2006 at 04:57:10 (EST)
As far as St. Thomas. If you went to a Catholic H.S. after leaving there in eight grade. ST Thomas Parish would pay your way. I went to Sallies in my freshman year. Then Monsignor Conway died and the Parish felt that it was too expensive to pay for high school. The next year I had to switch to a public school. Yuck!
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mt. Olivet, Ky USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 22:51:12 (EST)
I worked Baltimore City P.D. in the early 80's then just retired after 22 Yrs. at Newark. P.D. I do know all the Jubbs at WPD. As well as Kasczmarchek, Fillipone, Dielueterio, Spencer, Rodriguez etc. etc. I hung out at the old station house a few times. I remember the lockers outside of C.I. and the soda machine. Say "Hi" to your daughter for me. pc
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mount Olivet, Ky USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 22:45:41 (EST)
Pat Corchran, I spoke with my daughter and she said she did go to School with you. And Pat, I also retired from the WPD, 1959 to 1980. You must have went on about the time my nephew went on Capt. James Jubb, he's still there.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 21:17:59 (EST)
Ray Jubb, I'm 46 and I believe I may know your daughter. If it's who I'm thinking of she was probably one of just a handful of kids who had any sense. I wasn't one of them. It took 25 years as a cop to mature me.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mount Olivet, Ky USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 19:24:14 (EST)
For Patrick & Ray: Where in St. Thomas Parish did you live? My sister, brother and I graduated from St. Thomas (1953, 1957 & 1965 I believe). We lived on 4th & Union, then on Woodlawn, catecorner from what was then the "new" school. Our family name was Di Benedetto.
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 16:39:40 (EST)
Whoops. His name was Brother Michael Rosnello. AGNELLO is the Italian word for Lamb. Guess I have been away from the English language too long. The first time I ever saw Brother Mike was when he was brand new in the parish and was brought into our 8th grade classroom and introduced to the students. He was so young and bright and handsome at the time that we thought he was like a breath of fresh air compared to the nuns.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 12:35:18 (EST)
I went to Padua in the 60's. Tuition was higher for students who came from parish's other than St. Anthony's. Padua students like myself, who were also in the St. Anthony grade school were responsible for selling spaghetti tickets to the monthly dinners that were held in the school cafeteria. We also worked as cook's helpers and waitresses at those events to offset our tuition and lessen the burden on our Italian parents so we could attend the best girls school in the city. I remember spending many hours in the kitchen with the grand-mothers from the parish helping to make spaghetti sauce and I remember Brother Michael Agnello coming in loaded down with big bags of cheese and bread -- and of course, making everybody laugh. The good times growing up in that neighborhood will never be forgotten.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 12:19:23 (EST)
For Pat Corchran, Pat I have lived in St. Thomas' Parish for 44 years and my children were sent to Catholic High Schools from there and we had to pay for their High School education. May I ask how old you are, my oldest is 46, she went to Padua and we paid what we thought, at the time, was a goodly amount for her four years.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 10:51:11 (EST)
I just retired from 25 yrs police work in Delaware. I now have a cattle farm in Ky. and I was looking up things De. related. I found this site and like it a lot. It brings back great memories of home. I also was looking at St. Thomas R.C. school site. When I went there your parents had to work bingo once in a while to pay for tuition and then the parish paid for your high school if it was a Catholic one in town. Now I see that St. Thomas' grade school tuition is over 4,000. Unbelievable! If I was in grade school now my parents would have to send me to a public school.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mount Olivet, Ky USA - Saturday, February 18, 2006 at 09:37:36 (EST)
School Colors can be found under the Nostalgia Topic "Schools" and Military is under its own Topic "Military Units & Members"...
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Friday, February 17, 2006 at 10:22:59 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Friday, February 17, 2006 at 08:34:32 (EST)
Harry, did you delete, or just move, the high school colors and teams? I can't find them since they've been taken off of the nostalgia page.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 20:48:59 (EST)
Thought you might have known her. Tough is mild. Her sister was an identical twin, but worlds apart in temperment. She was very much a loner, but if the mood struck, she would knock on the door and sit and talk to my grandmother for an hour or so. She had a big frame, and one time she broke the shield on my grandmother's shield back arm chair. Grandma had to move it into the spare bedroom once the glue set. I last saw Gladys in 2002, when I took a bike ride out there and rode through the apartment complex. At that time she was in good shape, but suffering from molecular degeneration. Sean
Sean <>
19806, De USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 15:35:56 (EST)
Sorry, I know I don't have that much to go on. All I know is that the family was Irish/Italian and the father died in the late 50's. They owned a sub shop (I thought it was a deli) in the early 60's and the one daughter had to quite school in her junior year to help out.
Lori Lewis <>
Dover, DE USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 13:53:33 (EST)
Sean, yes, Ms. Woodward was a Supervisor when I entered training. She was tough,kind and always fair, but she was one strict Lady. I learned much from her.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 11:03:19 (EST)
Barb: I believe you were an RN at the Memorial Hospital on Lovering. Did you ever know another RN named Gladys Woodward. She was my grandmother's neighbour in Monroe Park (Greenville Place) apartments. I think she is still there. She had a twin sister named Grace. Sean
Sean <>
19806, de USA - Thursday, February 16, 2006 at 10:37:58 (EST)
Re THE LEGGIO BOYS - They were very close. When George joined the Marines, Sam joined as soon as he could. They requested and received special permission to serve in the same war zone. After George became a city policeman, Sam joined up. I don't remember if he was in training or just got out when the accident occurred. At the time, they had two policeman to a patrol car. I expect they would have requested they both be in the same car! Does anyone know about the boy who was in the back seat? He told people what happened. I understand he either 'walked away' or, at most, didn't suffer serious injuries.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 16:51:54 (EST)
Sorry, I don't remember you, Julie.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 16:43:26 (EST)
I have been reading the comments on this site for quite awhile and have never made any comments. I have enjoyed it allot. In regards to the snow. I remember with very fond memories the snows we had in the 60s and 70 when I lived at 1718 N. Broom Street. I couldn't have asked for better neighbors. We all took care of each other. After the snow was over we all helped each other dig out and respected each others parking spaces. Drank hot chocolate and just had a grand time. Charlie Eckman, good neighbor across the street had a station wagon and took anyone that needed to down to the Acme at 14th and duPont. I lived there for 17 years and truly miss it. In the summer I would cut everyones grass. I had an electric mower for a 2x4 yard so to make it worth while I'd cut everyones back year. I am sorry Carol feels the way she does but most people in Wilmington would not have parked in front of someone elses property. I went to school with Carol. I understand.
Julie Glenn <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 15:24:12 (EST)
For those of you like me, out of town and nostalgic about the snow, check out the photo gallery section of for some great pix of the latest snow storm to hit Delaware.
Tom KOlasinski <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 12:05:48 (EST)
LAS VEGAS, NV USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 09:15:02 (EST)
Lori Lewis: Can you be a bit more specific as to the location of this deli? What part of the city was it in? Do you recall any street names that might give a clue? Wilmington's a pretty big place when it comes to sub shops and delis...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, February 15, 2006 at 02:51:46 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 22:33:52 (EST)
Well, as for the comments about snow, having lived in the South for over 30 years now, I'm sorry, but I still miss it. When we lived in Hockessin on the Old Lancaster Pike after moving from Wilmington, I can remember sledding down the hill and we would not stop til we got to the fire house. I also remember my Dad sliding down a snow hill from the second floor of our house, which was two houses below Walker's Greenhouse, and then shoveling us out. For me it was a rite of passage, if you could live through the winters you could live through anything. Also, one miracle has occurred since my last posting on this site, I have been discovered by family I haven't seen in 40 years and we are corresponding again and talking by telephone. How wonderful and magical this has been for me! We are planning a trip back to Wilmington in the late Spring to visit and I can hardly wait to get HOME!!!!!!!!!! Deborah
Deborah Collins <>
Lebanon, VA USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 21:01:16 (EST)
Dave Cauffman - just curious...what years did you live at 25th and Madison? Did you know Nathan Hall, and a guy named Bobby somebody who owned a bright yellow coupe? Do they still make coupes, by the way?
Bob W. <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 19:25:57 (EST)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 16:58:52 (EST)
Imagine that. Somebody being un-neighborly over a parking spot in Wilmington! There ought to be a law against putting things in the street to "reserve" parking. Only the St. Anthony's Carnival rivals a snowstorm and nobody ever does a damn thing about it. Hands off! Don't get involved! It's for the Church. There's no snow and no meters where I live now.....and the locals are neighborly.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 16:33:16 (EST)
I am trying to find the name of a Deli that was operated in Wilmington in the late 50's early 60's. The owner's were Italian and Irish. They had a daughter who left school in the 11th grade to help out when the father passed away. Anyone remember?
Lori Lewis <>
Dover, DE USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 15:18:07 (EST)
In the 80's, I lived on McCabe Ave. right off Broom near Salesianum School. All the streets in my neighborhood were one-way and McCabe went East. So one evening after work, because the weather report was calling for a blizzard that night, I decided to park my car on the previous street that was one-way going West. This way, it would be easier for me to get out onto plowed Broom Street and make it to work the next morning. Good thinking ahead by a conscientious employee, right? Well, the next moring when I got over to my car that was parked on "somebody else's street", God forbid, I got a tongue lashing, as I was trying to dig out, by an old lady standing on her porch who said, "how dare you park on my street and throw snow on my sidewalk that my son just came over and shoveled for me". When I told her I had to get to work and I didn't appreciate her nonsense, she told me, that "She didn't have to go out until Easter and it was MY problem". That was in 1986 when neighbors were just starting to become un-neighborly. I can only imagine how it is now.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 14:53:49 (EST)
For Bob Austin, We lived at 1107 Wagoner Drive from 1955 (fresh out of the Air Force) until 1961. I don't recall your friend, but then, that was a long time ago and I am an old guy with a dwindling memory!
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, February 14, 2006 at 14:17:41 (EST)
Yep, there was a lot of problems with those homes when they were first built - it wasn't one of Magness's better efforts. By the time you mention, Bob, all of those problems had been corrected.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 22:10:52 (EST)
Good Grief! My parents rented a home on Bucknell Road in Green Acres from about 1960 to 1966, and I had never heard about that fire hazard. My Dad was not much of a one for building a hearth fire. Just as well, I guess........
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 21:36:16 (EST)
As I remember it, the number of fires in the new homes in Green Acres were caused by the contractors sweeping their construction debris (wood shavings, chips, sawdust, etc.) into the void in the wall around the built-in fireplaces. The void was supposed to be an open area where temperatures are allowed to dissipate. It was easier and simpler for the contractors to just sweep their trash into these voids then clean it up and dispose of it correctly, or take it with them. So, when the new homeowners fired up their fireplaces for the first time, these shavings, dust, etc. in the walls caught fire. After a large number of fires occurred, investigations determined the cause to be the trash in the voids, so the contractor had to come back and correct the fireplaces in all of the homes.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 19:52:58 (EST)
I remember that snow storm in 1956 (I think) well. We had a bin full of "kennel coal" behind the house that we used for heat and to cook for almost a week. 5 houses burned the first day in Green Acres, accross the street, because the second floor supports were "too close" to the chimneys.
mike mulllins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 17:20:52 (EST)
NEW BRAUNFELS, TX USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 17:14:23 (EST)
The snow over this past weekend reminded me of snow storms of the past. Around 1956 or 7 we had a storm that dumped so much on us that intersections had piles that prevented one from seeing on-coming traffic! We lived in Woodland Heights at the time, and were without power for about 2 weeks. We had a hill in our back yard, and when the snow melted, water entered the back door to the laundry room, flowed through the family room, out the door to the garage and then down the drive to the street! A mess. Do any old Wilmington residents remember when the city would dump snow over the rail of a little plaza on the south side of the Crick (just below the Washington Street Bridge)? I remember making snowballs from that pile on the 4th of July!
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 08:43:38 (EST)
Bruce, Bill et al - I've come to hate winter as it displayed itself yesterday in the Northeast. That made being down here in Beaufort all the more pleasant: cool, clear skies and lots of sun. There are many folks down here as the result of local military assignments, and those like me that wanted a more benign climate in our declining years, the threat of September hurricanes notwithstanding...a really good mix of who-seem-to-be-very-friendly people. Real estate values are great, compared to anything north of Baltimore, and groceries and gas are almost at bargain levels. So far, so good!
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 08:36:05 (EST)
I'll bet Peabody MA residents are wishing they only had as much snow as New Castle County received.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, February 13, 2006 at 08:19:35 (EST)
Well, at 7:20AM, in my neighborhood there is about 8" or more on the ground already, and it's still snowing very heavily! I haven't looked at the weather on TV to see what's going on, I don't really care - I'm secure in a warm wrap and a cup of hot chocolate. It's a lovely day for reflecting. I hope no one has to go out today, it won't be a good day for that; I haven't even heard a snowplow on the neighborhood or local feeder streets.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 12, 2006 at 07:24:25 (EST)
Off subject, but hoping Wilmington doesn't have too much of a bad time with the Nor'easter probably already causing problems. Sleep warm, friends.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 23:18:58 (EST)
Thanks for the info about Sammy. I remember his father telling us how Sam had lost all short term memory. Every time George Sr went to visit Sam, Sam asked him where George Jr was and Sr had to tell him about the accident again.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 16:02:57 (EST)
Josephine passed in 1982
sk <>
Wilm, De USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 12:19:00 (EST)
Connie: Sam also died as a result of the accident. He however lived for years at the VA in Elsmere where he died about (strictly a guess) 25 - 30 years ago. I remember the Mustang he (George) drove and was killed in. For those of you who don't it was a beautiful 6? fastback and I belive it was baby blue in color. He took off (George) from the light at Price's corner (when it was still an intersection) heading toward Elsmere. He made it as far as Chucks seat covers where he hit a telephone pole in the middle of the Kirkwood highway. It split the car not only in half, but the motor broke loose and kept traveling down toward Elsmere in the Newark bound lanes. George was a Wilmington city cop at the time and always complained about the lack of traction the Mustang had. He died in that accident, but as Connie stated his brother a passenger, lived in the VA hospital for the rest of his life (guessing again) another 5 - 10 years. Don't quote me but I belive the "accident" happened on the first or last day of April in 1967.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 08:45:04 (EST)
Josephine, the barber rings a bell. Where was the barbershop located? I lived on 22nd & Carter St. I have a recollection of a woman with very short hair (almost like a man's haircut). I think my mother took us there for our haircuts.
sharon <>
weston, fl USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 08:27:21 (EST)
Connie, I didn't know the Leggio boys personally; but Josephine, their grandmother was my father's barber. I remember her speaking of a grandson being in the VA hospital many years ago. She and I exchanged Christmas cards for many years, but then I surmised she must have died when the cards stopped.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 08:13:05 (EST)
Does anyone remember the Leggio boys from E. 22nd Street? I was wondering if anyone knows how Sammy is doing. (He was in the VA hospital ever since the car accident that killed his brother, George.)
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 11, 2006 at 07:43:41 (EST)
There is a wonderful old book about the Christiana River ("Delaware's Forgotten River", by C.A. Weslager) that devotes a chapter to Folly Woods and nearby Middleboro. While it mentions several old tales about the dangers of travelling through the woods it doesn't give the area any other name. Weslager speculated that "Folly" referred to a house built by one of the local landowners named Richardson who built it for one of his sons to entice him to live in the area. The house remained vacant and was known as "Richardson's folly" which may have been the origin of the name for the area that later became known as Folly Wood. I remember "Folly's Pond" when I was young. I think it was filled in when the county made the area a park. Weslager wrote that there were several springs in the woods. The pond was first created when the railroad line was constructed and the embankment prevented the springs' natural drainage into the river. Probably way more than anyone wanted to hear about Folly Woods but the Weslager book is fascinating if you can still find a copy.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Friday, February 10, 2006 at 00:35:54 (EST)
Speaking of areas having different names, Banning Park, off Maryland Ave and Boxwood Road was know as Follies Woods. It also had another name that associated it with people who hung out there. I'm sorry but I can't remember at this moment what it was, but it had to do with Highway Men (Robbers). My grandfather told me that highway men would wait in the woods and attack farmers coming home from Wilmington after selling their goods in town all day. The word on the street was if you got through ????? Woods you were safe the rest of the way home.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Thursday, February 09, 2006 at 09:32:23 (EST)
Bob, I'll bet it feels good to get settled-in. Like Bruce, I'd love to hear about the move from snow country to hurricane country...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 22:46:43 (EST)
That's great, Bob - we're wishing you the best and hope you'll fill us in with details of what life is like there in Beaufort; you may have some Northern neighbors moving down if you do.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 22:13:38 (EST)
I am now in residence down here. It is GREATTTTT!
Beaufort Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Wednesday, February 08, 2006 at 19:50:03 (EST)
does anyone remember hearing about "gypsy woods" at the corner of concord pike and murphy roads? i am researching a memory of an elderly lady who said she remembers gypsys that often would camp at this location.she said that local farmers called the spot gypsy woods because of this. i am guessing the timeline on this to be 1900-1920???i doubt there would be anyone still living that would remember this but have any of you heard stories? any info would be appreciated.
keith <>
wilm, de USA - Monday, February 06, 2006 at 20:12:54 (EST)
Ray, lots of the old diners are listed on the main page of the site, under "Restaurants, Deli's, ....etc". I remember the Sherwood Diners as being at: 4th & Union, 10 S./ Market St., and on U.S. 40 at Glasgow. Mike Klezdara's family was involved with many of the diners back then, hopefully, he'll check in. A couple others: Jimmy's Diner in Newark, Hollywood Diners, - there were many of them around, including Concord Ave. & Market, Trojan Diner on New Castle Ave., Chef's Diner on Maryland Ave., etc.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 17:33:53 (EST)
The Sherwood Diner at Rte 141 & the duPont Highway...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 16:03:54 (EST)
I was having a discussion with a friend about "things that aren't there anymore". One of our topics was diners. I remember the Country Girl at Front and Maryland Avenue. It was the favorite place for my crowd to frequent after a night of dancing in nearby pubs/nightclubs. I know there were many more but I could not for the life of me remember their names and where they were located.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Sunday, February 05, 2006 at 15:45:44 (EST)
Almart on Kirkwood Highway was located where PetCo is now - the 'Kirkwood Plaza' where PathMark is located. The original Almart building was broken up into several small stores. Before PetCo, the front building was a kitchen ware store similar to Kitchen & Company. Before that, it was the location of the A. C. Moore craft store which moved to where Hechinger's was located in the same shopping center. Another Almart was located in the Concord Mall where Sears is now located. For info - Pomeroy's was located where Boscov's is located.
Harry Rogerson <>
Perryville, MD USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 18:44:52 (EST)
I believe there may have been an AlMart on Lea Blvd. perhaps after Gaylords or could it have been Concord Pike? My memory is a bit shaky, too. OK, all of you out there in Nostalgia Land, where was it? I left Wilmington in 1961, so I believe it was after that.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 14:06:34 (EST)
Yes, there was at least one Almart, it was the original tenant of the big store behind the Chuck Wagon, on Kirkwood Highway. I'm sure there was more than one, but my shaky mind isn't in a giving mood at the moment, maybe later. :)
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 12:29:10 (EST)
I am having a senior moment. I cannot remember where there was a Almart in Wilmington. Enlighten me please
Harry Brand <>
Wilmingoton, De USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 11:36:37 (EST)
Perhaps this is why we have a Heald Street. "Jan 4 1864 The real estate developer Joshua Heald's Wilmington City Railway was incorporated which inaugurated horse drawn streetcar service on Delaware Avenue"
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, February 04, 2006 at 08:51:32 (EST)
And may I add: The two hundred million dollar County surplus has evaporated. First there was talk about a refund; even a lawsuit over it. Now, with the Tom and Sherry Show wound down, we discover that the millions given to Wilmington and to those many uninsured, flooded-out homeowners have left them wanting more taxes! Hell, I remember very well when County Government was non-existant; when Bill and Louse Conner ran for office in the early 70's and Bill was elected County Executive. Methinks we may have been better off without the extra layer of GVT? That the surplus was given anticipation of an outrageous.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco USA - Friday, February 03, 2006 at 16:29:19 (EST)
It may be that all Wilmingtonians are in shock, first due to the 40% increase in our natural gas bills, and moreso now that we've learned that our electric bills will be rising 59% in May. That, along with the exorbitant gasoline increases I believe has our heads spinning, and makes us speechless - and writing-less, too. OUCH and DOUBLE-OUCH, and YIKES, too!
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, February 03, 2006 at 10:08:11 (EST)