Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #28: April 1, 2006 to April 30, 2006 entries)

Larry, obviously the electric coaches didn't have manual transmissions, but I rode the #20 Edgemoor Bus from Edgemoor to 10th and Market (and the 12 Boulevard trolley out to P. S. duPont H. S.), and I don't think the diesel bus on the #20 line had a manual transmission-- but I could be wrong on that. Anybody know for sure?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 18:46:53 (EDT)

TARPON SPRINGS, FL USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 18:01:10 (EDT)
Engineering trivia: Did the Delaware Coach buses in Wilmington have manual transmissions in the 1950s?
Larry Roszkowiak <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 16:12:58 (EDT)
Wilmington Memories: Trading comic books in Happy Valley using a Scooter made from an orange crate and a Board and the parts of one skate. The box held the books. Helping my Dad put up the American Flag at the Memorial for the men in service during the second world war. The flag pole was located up by the tennis courts at Van Buren and Lovering. There was a glass enclosed case with the names of those serving in the Armed Forces. I also remember sliding down the same grass hill on cardboard, lots of fun and fast too. Going to the Bath House during summer on Boys day. Playing cowboys in the woods and rocks. Fishing at the mill pond. Scarry movies at the Ritz, coming out after Spooky movies and climbing the cemetary fence across the street late at night. BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Sunday, April 30, 2006 at 15:07:00 (EDT)
Ralph, thanks so much for the information, particularly about the separate entrances for women. That is quite interesting. I have some information that the tavern/store was around in 1959, but may have been around earlier, too. And, thanks for the tidbits about "keeping order" in the place. Actually, my original comment was really in jest, since we always hear about stores as fronts from long ago.
Susan Ciconte <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 12:59:47 (EDT)
John, went to St. Anns and grew up in forty acres but, not sure about a public school in rockford, the mill store and a library. At kentmere was the chapel, which was a kindergarten and we went to dances.
Joe <>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 12:04:59 (EDT)
john medkeff <>
bear, de USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 00:10:37 (EDT)
john medkeff <>
bear, de USA - Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 00:04:44 (EDT)
Wasn't Charles Boyd also a florist in the Wilmington area? I seem to remember a delivery car (like a panel truck or station wagon without windows) with the name written in script and done in chrome rather than just painted on. I do remember Mullins (men's clothes at 6th and Market) had an early 50's Chevrolet station wagon like that.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Friday, April 28, 2006 at 08:24:44 (EDT)
Ralph, glad you're back. Wilmington misses you. If you see Lou again, ask if he remembers me. We went to Warner Jr High at the same time. I really enjoy sitting here at night reading all of the postings about Wilmington. Since I was born and raised here, I love to read all about it. We sure have some fond memories. We lived in the Price's Run area, and my brothers still go to a reunion of the guys from Price's Run, every year on the first Saturday in April. My sister and I don't go because of the "No Girls Allowed! rule. I think one of my brothers made up that rule. Keep the memories coming! Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 23:41:02 (EDT)
Just heard Rush Limbaugh say that he was in Wilmington last week and had dinner at Columbus Inn. He had big praise for the place, mentioning the extensive wine list...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 13:39:56 (EDT)
Is there anyone out there that remember the OBERLEY BRICK COMPANY TRUCKS? Not sure of spelling. While at WHS awaiting classes we would sometimes look out the open windows and gaze at passing cars, they always looked different from that angle. This was most likely June 1948 or 1949. I saw and heard this truck that had very wide wheels and solid rubber tires, and the rubber on the wheels seemed awfully thin to handle the weight of the load of bricks. Add to this the engine sounded funny, I guess it was because it was a 1930 or earlier. This truck was also chain driven which added to the sound. The trucks were always going west on Delaware Avenue to deliver bricks for new housing I would guess. Those trucks were unique. BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Thursday, April 27, 2006 at 07:21:22 (EDT)
does anyone remember a CHARLES BOYD FROM DELAWARE ?
john medkeff <>
bear, de USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 23:53:43 (EDT)
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 19:37:59 (EDT)
Wow, this is amazing! I was born and raised in Wilmington but live in Denver now. Anyone remember a floral shop in the late 40's on Market Street called Elmer J. Fox, Florist? That's my dad.
Deborah <>
Denver, CO USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 19:13:27 (EDT)
Hey, Dont forget "Cozy Morley's" on 9th St. in Chester.
Bill <>
Ocala, Fl USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 10:21:20 (EDT)
There was a place around 7th & Curlett - the late Pete Mulrooney and I went there the night I got out of the service in 1964 - memories are dim due to my condition that evening but think they had a pool table - does anyone know the name of the place, albeit with so few clues?
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, April 26, 2006 at 09:13:58 (EDT)
I don't think I've seen anyone mention the "Hideway" up near Baltimore Pike and Rt #202. Or George's Cafe at 4th & Clayton St. How about "Andy's Musical Bar" in Chester and the Ukranian Club after Andy's closed at 2:00 A.M. and what about the "Gay 90's" on East 4th St. and the "White Eagle" at 4th and Pine and Nigro's at 3rd & King, Gallaghers at Lancaster & Franklin, Shorty's at Front & Jackson, you no I'm old when I say Front instead of Lancaster and that is when Front Street was a two way Street. My girlfriend and I (She's Been my Wife for 51 years now) used to sit in the hallway of her house looking out onto Front Street through the glass storm door watching the cars banging into one another during snow storms, that was in the 1300 block of Lancasteer Ave. It didn't actually become Front Street till you got down to Monroe or Madison.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 23:22:21 (EDT)
Below is a link where you can read story and view a copy of the "Unfinished Portrait of George Washington", by Gilbert Stuart.
TheKid <LostInCyberSpace>
Wilm, De USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 15:19:16 (EDT)
PAT, I believe the first time I went to that tavern was around 1955 or 1956 after returning from Japan. It was the same gang like a social club and everyone seemed to know each other. For the most part the patrons were older than I. Everyone seemed to have a great time. There was a small kitchen where they cooked burgers that tasted great. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 13:54:13 (EDT)
Bill, thanks for the reply, the only reason I knew about the unfinished painting was my first grade teacher told us. She also said he was the Father of our country and a war hero. She also mentioned that the artist name was STUART, not sure of the spelling. I had noticed prints in corner stores and taverns of Washington, Lincoln, and Roosevelt. I guess it was a patriotic thing. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 13:27:03 (EDT)
Bob, I do remember Haydens and I remember Mrs. Hayden. I was just a kid and actually never was in there; but, lots of my older relatives went there. The bar was at 28th and Market and I believe the Haydens lived between 21st and Concord Ave. on Tatnall.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 13:17:42 (EDT)
Butch, what Billy McGonigal are you talking about? it's not the one from the forty acres, from a large family and flash's brother?
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 12:39:33 (EDT)
Bob, I remember the George Washington paintings in all the schoolrooms very well; I never knew it was unfinished until about 6th grade-- I always thought it represented Washington rising out of the clouds, since he was such a great man, or something along that line. You're right- they seemed to be in every school room, but like you I don't recall them in junior high or above. Wonder why?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 12:02:23 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the school class rooms that had the portrait of George Washington? It was the famous unfinished painting and I remember seeing it in all the class rooms when I was in elementary school. I don't remember them being in junior high, maybe I wasn't looking for them. I was wondering if they were in all the schools. There was also a very nice place at twenty-eight and market known as HAYDEN'S, my mother worked there in the 50's and 60,s. Mrs. Hayden was a grand lady and the tavern was small and quaint. They had a small piano and everyone had a good time. The crowd was older than I and it seemed to be the same people that came there , some were lunch crowd and others at works end and the later guests. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, April 25, 2006 at 09:41:07 (EDT)
Bruce you're right - the Fun House was the Black Duck when I used to go up there, but mostly I'd go to Billy's when I wasn't somewhere at "The Hook." Incidentally, "Billy" McGonigal now owns a Best Western Resort Hotel in N. Myrtle Beach, SC, about 1 1/2 hours from Charleston. Those were great times except for the night in 1959 when I "rolled" that blinking red light at Ridge & Naamans Rds with predictable results!
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 16:09:07 (EDT)
I thought the bar in the shopping center where Trader Joe's is located, was called Pandoras
SpeederMurdoch <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, April 24, 2006 at 08:37:35 (EDT)
I have fond memories of my mother sending me to the corner store with a note so she could have sandwhiches for our lunch. I was about five years old and she knew I might forget what she asked me to get so she always sent me with a note. It was always the same things, a quarter pound of Cold Meat and a quarter pound of Cheese and bread. We had an Ice Box so we only bought what we would use at lunch and not store left overs. I recall the grocer always gave us spiced ham and american cheese, and I would eat almost all of the cheese before I got back home which was about a block away. She would holler and send me back for more cheese! I learned to keep the note in my pocket and order a half pound of cheese after that. The corners stores always let us charge and pay payday. I still love the taste of cheese. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 23:58:38 (EDT)
Welcome back Ralph!! Butch, I remember Billy Ritchies he's the one that owned the Fun House, too - on 9th Street (Ridge Road) in Linwood.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 15:00:06 (EDT)
Just in case there are any older firemen out there who are wondering: their names are Burris and Heverin. When they first started out, one was in the Chief's house at 11th & Washington and the other was at 12th and King, behind the old Post Office. I briefly lived up on West street just above 11th and saw a lady come down West and make the turn (almost)and wind up hitting a phone pole between the corner and the firehouse. I was about 7 or 8 years old at that time. It turned out some 15 years later she bacame my mother-in-law. You couldn't go anywhere or do anything in Wilmington in those days that didn't come back to you at some time in your life.
Wayne <>
New Castle, De USA - Sunday, April 23, 2006 at 14:05:10 (EDT)
Two other bars I can remember my Uncle, Aunt, Mom and Stepdad frequenting were Charlie Selvaggio's at 7th and Tatnall and another at 4th and Tatnall. We lived in the apartment building at 5th and West. My Uncle, and my Stepfather were both city Firemen. My Uncle was parked on 5th St. and was at the bar at 4th and Tatnall when a drunk hit his parked car, in front of the apartment. Being a city fireman, because his vehicle was involved in an accident (even though he was legally parked outside his own residence, and nowhere in site) he had to work 3 days without pay. I always remembered that because, even at 11 years of age I thought it was a really stupid regulation. Another regulation was instituted because them. There was a fire at(I beleive it was called the L & H Wonder Store) on 4th between Shipley and Market (about 1953)in which a fireman was killed when a refrigerator fell through the first floor and trapped him in the burning basement below. Because of that incident and them being brother-in-laws both on the same shift and both attending the same fire even though they were from different stations a regulation was instituted that relatives could not work the same shifts. This ended a lot of their partying at the local watering holes together.
Wayne <>
New Castle , de USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 21:17:37 (EDT)
susan, thank,s for the welcome back. i remember your uncles bar. it was also a package store for purch. beer and whisky to go.and here is a historic fact, . cutrona,s had a entrance for woman only ,and they sat in a special area.cutrona,s was not a large place, but as a former wilm. police officer i can never remember any trouble. it was on the n-e. side of king st. next to clate harrison,s public parking lot between 8th. and 9th. on king st.. and like i stated susan . your uncle kept order in his place. never any trouble there that i can remember.
ralph pryor <>
tarpon springs, fl. USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 16:50:28 (EDT)
More "watering holes" not mentioned. Some of them on the south side and outside Wilmington that I played in; San Souci Lounge, Brown Derby, Jackson Inn, Sulky, Dutch Inn, Jefferson Inn, Red Lantern and Jimmy's Tavern. Also spent lots of time earning in the Italian-American club near Chester which was only open after the other bars closed and closed its doors at 5:00 a.m.. A red-faced confession: one night was stopped at 5:30 a.m. by one of Wilmington's finest at front and market Street. I was more than tipsy and when asked where I came from the officer remarked if I had made it that far that fast in that condition, I may as well go the rest of the way home.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 14:02:30 (EDT)
Good to hear from you, Ralph. And, welcome back. You do just fine with the computer. For all, while on the subject of restaurants and taverns, or speak-easies and saloons as they are called here west of the Mississippi, does anyone remember a restaurant/tavern located at 8th and King called Cutrona's Restaurant and Tavern. The owner was my great uncle, Frankie Cutrona, who moved to Hollywood, Florida, in the early 70s, and has sinced passed on. The name may have been more of a euphemism for a typical beer garden, and who know what else was going within the outer walls.
Susan Ciconte <>
Minneapolis, MN USA - Saturday, April 22, 2006 at 12:11:12 (EDT)
TAROON SPRINGS, FL USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 23:31:21 (EDT)
OK, all you "kids" from the 40's and 50's - what are your fondest memories of growing up in the Big W (as Mitch Thomas used to call it)? How about the neighborhoods, dances, playgrounds, sports, gathering spots. Would love to hear all those old memories.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 18:57:19 (EDT)
Bruce, I must mention Billy Ritchie's on Chester Pike in Crum Lynne - coldest beer in the area and featuring "Little Ernie" on the piano and Reds Hill singing "songs that he wrote."
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 10:32:34 (EDT)
Old School, I remember the Other Side. They used to advertise on the radio using The Doors song "Break on through to the Other Side". It was in the strip center next to the entrance of Brandywine RAceway. I remember seeing the Chambers Brothers there - "Time Has Come Today". The Tally Ho was a nice place for awhile - but in it's final days was known as a place of ill repuite.
Bruce <>
Houston, TX USA - Friday, April 21, 2006 at 08:33:21 (EDT)
Oh, the one on the other side. :):):)
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 20:55:22 (EDT)
The club on the "other side" of The Other Side was Dillinger's.
Jack Riley <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 20:30:55 (EDT)
Oldschool, I know where you mean now, I was only in the shopping center once, when Bryn Mawr Stereo was there. I rememeber there being watering holes there, but never checked htem out. Of course, when I was doing my running around, that shopping center wasn't there, that drive/entrance was the entrance to Brandywine Raceway then. Are you sure there was a Royal Exchange there? I thought there were only two Royal Exchanges, the one in Branmar Plaza, on Marsh Road, and the one in Pike Creek Valley, on Rte. 7; I didn't know there was a third. BTW, old timers, who remembers the Holiday Inn on Marsh Road, just north of where Branmar Plaza is now? That was befoer the national chain of motels was even thought of; the Holiday Inn on Marsh Road was a night club.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 13:50:17 (EDT)
the "other side" was a night club on 202 up in the shopping center where sullivans steak house and trader joe's is now. actually there were 2 bars in the same shopping center, the "other side" and the "royal exchange" one was a little more casual than the other, but both were pretty popular places in the early to mid 70's
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 13:08:01 (EDT)
To Phil Culver: Stan sold Matson Run in the early 80's and reired.I believe Stan passed away in the 90's.
Stephen Armstrong <>
Bowie , Md USA - Wednesday, April 19, 2006 at 11:23:20 (EDT)
Oh yeah, oldschool, I remember all of those places except The Other Side, that doesn't ring a bell. But the Tally Ho, Brandywine Club and Ranch House were on my list of places to "hit" on the weekends about 10 years before you, in the mid 60's to mid 70's. We also hit the bars up Marcus Hook way, Old Mill, Hurley's, Fun House, JP's, Mary's, T-Bar (on MacDade Blvd.), Village Inn, etc., but I'm not going to go into that, I just discussed them a few months ago.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 15:24:36 (EDT)
Speaking of watering holes, in the mid 70's to early 80's we used to go to a bar on concord pike called "the other side", there was also the "tally ho" and when last call rolled around we all drove to pa to a place called the "brandywine club", they were open till 5 in the morning i think??? on the way home we had to stop at the "ranch house" for steak and eggs!!!!! anybody else remember those days???
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 12:46:48 (EDT)
Back in the late 70's when I was at the U of D, I used to play pick-up baseball games with George Thourogood and members of his band. We'd play on a field off of Kell's Avenue in Newark (now converted to softball and soccer fields). George drove around in an old Checker Cab at the time and he had all of the equipment. I didn't really know him but he seemed like a genuinely nice fella. He had already made quite a name for himself at that time but you would have never known he was a famous musician.
Erik <>
newark, De USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 12:02:52 (EDT)
Does anyone have any history on Ol' Man Gasser, the Pharmacist or the Matson Run News Stand owner, Stan? I used to work at both of those places 1968 - 1970 and am just curious if they are still around. I know Gasser's Pharmacy and Grocery are long gone and Matson Run is more or less gone, too. Phil Culver, PS 1970
Phil Culver <>
Layton, UT USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 10:49:40 (EDT)
Kid , you are so right about the Delaware Destroyers. I went to Brandywine High with George and sat next to him in Spanish class. Many days our teacher, Mr. Gravely, would wake George up with a question knowing he had been asleep. If we only knew then that the kid who always dressed in black with orange socks would become a rock star !
Bruce <>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at 07:57:21 (EDT)
The Out of State underage watering holes I remember best from the days I spent at UDel in Newark, were "Frenchtown" over in Maryland, on an arm of the Chesapeake Bay, and a place smack dab in the middle of Elkton. There was another Maryland place straight west on the extension of Main Street in Newark, and I think it may also have been called the Hilltop. North of Newark, over the PA line, was a place called Gatti's, which was open later than midnight. Older college guys from the Deer Park would head for Gatti's, some times with disastrous results, because the road was dark and winding. At least one UDel undergrad during my time there lost his life on that road to Gatti's back in 1954.
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 20:57:37 (EDT)
Ahh, yes. Do y'all find it surprises most out-of-towners whenever we say George Thorogood and the "DELAWARE" Destroyers? So many didn't know him when "Delaware" was part of the band's name.
TheKid <LostInCyberSpace>
Wilm, De USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 17:14:24 (EDT)
Welll, I thought the building I saw was the old Anvil, I'll have to take a ride out and check it again one day soon.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 14:24:27 (EDT)
Bruce and Swifty - Glad to see some folks out there remember the old "joints". I saw George Thorogood (From Brandywine Hundred) at the Anvil in the mid 70's before he got famous for "Bad to the Bone" and he had the place rocking - people dancing on the bars. Bruce I thought the building had been torn down, but from what you say it's still there. The people that worked there were great.
Bruce <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 14:04:51 (EDT)
The mention of the Anvil Inn is bringing back a lot of memories. Most of them are good such as the Kit Kats. I also recall seeing the Flamingoes there (and at the Cafe Continental). The bad memories are of the hangovers. I also bought quite a few 25 cent Micholob drafts at the Horse & Buggy. How about the T-Bar? That was like a home to the Kit Kats.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 13:53:59 (EDT)
Yes, Bruce, I freaquented the Anvil Inn almost every weekend in the mid-60's. That's where our group became friends with the Kit Kats, remember them? "Let's Get Lost On A Country Road", among others. I was in Kennett Square a few months ago, and the building is still there, but the bar has a different name now. Going out Lancaster Pike, do you remember the two watering holes just over the PA line, where lots of Wilmingtonians went after the DE bars closed (PA had later closing hours), we used to frequent them also: The Stone Step Inn and the Hilltop Inn. I believe both are still in business.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 11:40:11 (EDT)
Wateringholes : Chadds Ford Tavern, Buckley's, Horse & Buggy on Marsh Rd. (they had a great yearly outdoor party) and one place I spent too much time (and Money) The Anvil Inn on Rt. 1, close to Longwood Gardens. Anyone remember The Anvil ?
Bruce <>
Houston, TX USA - Monday, April 17, 2006 at 09:58:51 (EDT)
FRANK, thanks for the kind words about my mom. And I remember Guy well....I was always his favorite, he would let me sit at the bar and play with the German beer steins, as long as Little Nickie wasn't around. Big Nick didn't care. thanks again
Linda <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 15:56:42 (EDT)
Sorry Sandra, I have a daughter named Kathy, a cousin named Kathy and a daughter in law named Kathy but no relation to the ones you have mentioned.
Wilmington, De USA - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 15:05:27 (EDT)
Wayne, my family orginally came from Third and Connell but I do not know that name. We ended up moving to 314 N. Broom and that was many years ago.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmington, De USA - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 15:02:10 (EDT)
I knew a girl by the name of Dianne Brand. She, her older sister, and her Dad lived on Third Street between Connell and Broom in the mid 50's. The older sister was kinda heavy with red hair, I don't remember her name. Dianne was very tall and thin with long brown hair. We went to Warner Jr. High together. I really liked her, and thought a lot of her, however she was much more mature than I and much more sophisticated as well. As much as I cared about her, even then I knew it wouldn't ever work. Funny, that even as a 13 year old kid you know when you're out of your league. I always wondered what happened to her.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Sunday, April 16, 2006 at 11:09:11 (EDT)
Bruce, yes, that was the name. I recall they had the freshest pretzels I ever enjoyed.I also recall, one Fri. night "Sarah's" dad's car had a flat tire when we were leaving & a bar tender came out, changed the tire & sent us on our way WITH A NOTE to explain. Imagine, how really kind & considerate guys were before all the women's lib & PC police took over. CHEERS!
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 23:25:48 (EDT)
Sandry Lenkiewicz <>
Claymont, De USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 22:38:33 (EDT)
Sandy L enkiewicz <>
Claymont, De USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 22:22:07 (EDT)
Barb, could the place in Claymont have been Yetters Restaurant and bar, or maybe the Coach House? They were both on the Pike. The Coach House remains, but it's called Crerand's (or something like that)now.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 22:06:37 (EDT)
I remember when Remedio's on a corner had a ladie's entrance. Someone said it was so women wouldn't have to walk past the men on the barstools to get to a table.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 17:13:54 (EDT)
Watering Holes: I had my first "legal" drink at what was the English Grill, very elegant! Had lot of not-so-legal drinks over the Penna. line. However, it seemed like back then, as long as we behaved, nobody cared how old we were.
TheKid <LostInCyberSpace>
wilm, de USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 17:09:29 (EDT)
Well for gosh sakes, WAYNE. As "ladies" we didn't call them watering holes.when we were old enough for "adult beverages" We would go to resturaunts with bars and order pink ladies, rum & coke and bloody Marys. Such were places as the Columbus Inn, The Rodney Hotel, the place with the disc jockey on Market St, several "holes" on Union St, & if any of us could get a Dad's car, up to a place in Claymont????. What fun! Your subject has really stirred my memory. Buckley's was "VERY" in, too.!
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 16:42:33 (EDT)
The Italian Restaurant right closest to Saint Francis Hospital is Madeleins
Sean <>
Trolley Square, De USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 16:00:03 (EDT)
I ate at Katies restaurant many times in the 50's and I do remember your mother. She was great and always made sure I got a seat at the bar where I could talk golf & horses with Guy the bartender.
PAUPACK, PA USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 12:09:31 (EDT)
Other than months ago the mention of a few of the Night Club Types, I've heard no mention of the popular watering holes in the area. It seems to me that we either are a group of teetotalers or maybe everyone is ashamed to admit frequenting such establishments. The state has a lot of country roots being a border state during the civil war and especially after the opening of the two auto assembly plants in the 50's which brought a lot of people looking for work here from Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and so on. One of the watering holes that catered to those who preferred country music to pop was located at 5th and Church Sts. It was called the New Garden Cafe. I heard there was a band (Al Smith I believe) that played there that recorded a song titled Dustin The Banjo. Although I was much to young to frequent the place, I'm sure some of the people on the site could enlighten us on this and some of the other establishments in the area, and possibly some of the artists that performed in them. It may or may not be of interest to others but is a part of our history.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 11:27:43 (EDT)
To Barb: Katies was a couple of blocks from St. Francis. You're right about their sauce. Perfecto!!!
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Saturday, April 15, 2006 at 08:10:38 (EDT)
Sandy Lenkiewicz <>
Claymont, DE USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 23:58:58 (EDT)
Swifty, Is Katies the Italian Restaurant behind the St. Francis Hospital? If so, I agree, meals there were fine. I remember their red sauce was excellent. Happy Easter to our WebMaster and all who post here.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 23:50:33 (EDT)
Hey Bruce,.City Lanes I think were on 6 & 7 St.on the second floor.
Ed Begley <>
Santa , Tx USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 23:18:27 (EDT)
I remember Katies. Had many fine meals there. I also worked with the son Nicky at the Bank of Delaware for 1 year. He was a co-op student.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 19:52:53 (EDT)
Anyone remember a mom & pop store on Claymont St. by the name of Silvers? Sold all kinds of items not grocery. I believe the owner was jewish and also on Vandever Av. a store by the name of Mary's who sold grocery items. I remember going there as a child and my friend's father was a railroad employee. Mary allowed people to run a bill of credit (no interest charged) if they were paid monthly. I believe the family was Italian and very nice.
Pat (Paisley) Patton <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 18:54:12 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 18:44:20 (EDT)
I posted on this maybe a year or two ago. No one was mentioning Katie's resturant at 6th and Scott. My mother worked there for years and years. Her name was Helen. I received a few reponses with fond memories of my mom especially. If anyone else has stories, please post them. Hearing about my mom is one of the best gifts anyone can give me. All my best, Linda
Linda <>
Wilminton , DE USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 17:03:26 (EDT)
This day in DE history - April 14 1942 Eastlake, Wilmington's first public housing complex, was begun in the city's northeast section.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, April 14, 2006 at 08:03:04 (EDT)
For Dave Cauffman,---The bowling alley on Vandever Ave. was Brandywine Center, 98 Vandever Ave. If I remember correctly ther was a paint shop on the first floor. It was Seeburg & Blackwell.
Norm Bukalew <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 17:05:41 (EDT)
No, Center City Lanes (and earlier names), were the lanes on Shipley street, on the second floor, someone was talking about them a few days ago. I'm not old enough to remember the bowling alley on Vandever Ave.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 16:22:43 (EDT)
Wasn't the 2nd floor bowling alley called Center City Bowling?
Larry Roszkowiak <>
San, CA USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 14:48:18 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Thursday, April 13, 2006 at 11:35:49 (EDT)
JEAN, I thought the yearbook was tied to this site too. When I went back to search for it I could not find it, maybe I was mistaken. The first search I thought I had the yearbook but it stated it was removed because of space. I then found it with YEARBOOK WHS 1960 DELAWARE. I clicked on yearbook and was able to click on the letter for the last name of the student to see the photo. I saw that my old homeroom teacher was then DEAN OF BOYS! Here I am fifty-six years from WHS. ..BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 23:15:45 (EDT)
Bob, I meant the WHS year book on this web-site--I saw it listed but,now I can't find it I'm sure it was on
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 22:11:46 (EDT)
opps -- my mistake -- my mom went to Bancrfot (not Warner) and then P.S. Also, when I was a toddler my parents used to take us to a shoe store downtown that took an x-ray or whatever that was called DeCourcells (sp?); it later moved out Kirkwood Highway.
joanne <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 21:37:14 (EDT)
I have been reading these blogs to my mom. She grew up on the East Side. She went to Warner and then P.S. In regards to a recent post regarding a store in the 300 block Claymont. She says there was a store named Annie's that was on the corner. Her mother lived at 304 S. Claymont St -- across from Palmer School. Also to Marie McKelvey -- my mom didn't go to St. Mary's but hung around with a group that did go there -- The Filetti's and P. Catanelli (sp), ? Quill.
joanne <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 21:32:42 (EDT)
I found the yearbook just now after searching and I got it by going to YEARBOOK WHS 1960 DELAWARE. Wilmington High School Class of 60. Class pictures A-Z and a yearbook index. ..BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 18:26:23 (EDT)
What ever happen to the WHS year book, I was looking for it and could not find it, also the childrens shoe store was Ben's on 2nd and King, they sold buster browns
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 17:27:19 (EDT)
hit wrong button. My brother graduated PS in 1965
April <memories>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 12:17:29 (EDT)No one insulted Ralph, in fact, we love and miss his posts. Just tired of hearing about his PC problems. What do they have to do with Wilmington nostalgia?
Enough <>
Wilm, DE USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 07:48:56 (EDT)
There was a shoe store between 9th and 10th on Market called "Juvenile Foot Fitters" where my mother took me to get shoes. They had an x-ray machine which I thought was pretty neat at the time. Also, they had big blocks with small chairs on top. The kids climbed up there and their feet would be at the salesman's upper body level so he wouldn't have to keep stooping down to adjust the shoes. Anybody remember that place? Also, there was another shoe store that had an x-ray machine. It was farther south on Market. I think it was called Bendheims.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 07:42:52 (EDT)
C Holt - The shoe store was Buster Brown Shoe Store, 200 block Market Street. I loved when I needed new shoes so I could look into the machine again. When I looked this up on Google, the site also mentioned iron lungs - I had forgotten how frightening they were.
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 06:16:20 (EDT)
The last class to graduate Wilmington High School was in 1960. I saw it somewhere on links from this site I believe. There is the year book with the pictures of each one that graduated. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at 05:48:09 (EDT)
Ray Jubb, thanks a lot for mentioning me to "Flash." My brother and I always looked forward to his visits. It's good to know "Mickey" is in good health. I have to come back to Delaware for a murder trial in Sept. Maybe I'll run into him.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mount Olivet, Ky USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 21:54:13 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the shoes stores in Wilmington 1955-1965 that used a type of an x-ray/fluoroscope machine to check the fit of new shoes? I can recall my mother taking me to a shop just off of Market Street that used this type machine. I had to slip my feet into these holes then you looked into a TV tube.
C Holt <>
Middletown, DE USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 21:44:28 (EDT)
To Pat Corchoran : I played golf with Flash (Mickey) McGonigle today and asked him about your Father. He rememberd him well, said they worked together for almost 15 years. Flash said he was a part time worker while your Father was full time with the Company. He said your Dad was one hell of good guy. and told me to say hello to you.
wILMINGTON, dE. USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 21:34:28 (EDT)
I was in the class of 58 that's WHS, and I no there were a couple of more years after that but, how many I'm not sure
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 19:21:25 (EDT)
Connie & Jean...I don't know the last year to graduate from the old WHS, but it couldn't have been '56, since I graduated in 1957! Does anyone know which year was the last? At the risk of being the next person to be attacked, a word to all those who jump down someone's throat for voicing their opinion, whether it's right or wrong. As long as someone is not being obnoxious or rude (and complaining that some posts are too long or focus too much on a particular subject is NOT rude), the board is open to everyone's comments. No one put down an individual, only the number of posts ABOUT an individual. Please be a little more considerate of everyone's opinion...even if it doesn't happen to coincide with yours. Peace
Patty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 18:58:46 (EDT)
I went to St Mary's school and church at 6th and Pine Streets. I remember Father Jennings, especially when he would lift the host up over his head, those were the days when the priest offered mass with their back to the people, and you could see his beautiful wavy hair. I always said he looked like Dennis Morgan. Glad to hear he is still alive and kicking.
Marie McKelvey <>
Cape May, NJ USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 18:52:41 (EDT)
Connie, the class of 56 was the last from the old school and holding the 50th reunion this year, Jack Duffy is chairperson I thinkhe sent info to the webmaster
Jean <usa>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 15:06:53 (EDT)
Bruce, Many thanks for the address & email of Sweeneys Bakery. I'm going to try to bring Delaware crullers to this Krispy Creme Town.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 14:58:20 (EDT)
The area refered to as GANDER HILL, is that the area just before the old Electric Hose and Rubber Company but just north of it? My parents attended a get together in that area in the middle to late 40's. My brother and I also went to a place where the Bride and Groom lived. We had soft drinks and all kind of goodies. We were chased by a bunch of GANDERS down a common alley, boy those birds we big and they were mad. They acted like some kind of watch dogs!I was just curious as to how the place got its name...BOB
Robert J. Mc Kelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 13:47:35 (EDT)
Yes, Roy, the name of the store was Charlie's Little Store. Owned and operated by Charlie and his wife. I think their last name was Jack. Not sure about that but I was born and raised in Lyndalia and I still live there.
Marge <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 13:45:39 (EDT)
Anyone know the name of the bowling alley that was on Tatnall Street just behind Grady's?
TheKid <lostincyberspace>
Wilm, de USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 12:56:53 (EDT)
This day in De April 11 1957 Salesianum School moved from its old location at 8th and West Streets to its new one in Wilmington on North Broom Street.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 12:46:31 (EDT)
Barb, Here's Sweeney's website, from which you can get their phone number and address:
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 09:11:17 (EDT)
Sweeney's is on Naaman's Road in the F&N Shopping center.
SpeederMurdoch <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 07:58:20 (EDT)
Note to Stephen Armstrong and others interested. In a posting back in March you mentioned Bill Bruton, ex-Braves player, married to daughter of Judy Johnson. Unfortunately, Bill passed away on 5 Dec 1995 in Marshallton DE. I remember him playing for the Braves teams of the 1957-1960 era and I still love his 57-60 baseball cards. (He played other years but those are my favorites.)
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 07:21:38 (EDT)
Back in the 1958-1960 timeframe I used to ride my bicycle from my home in Gordy Estates, across the street from the General Motors plant on Boxwood Road, to a little mom/pop grocery/general store in a field in the middle of Lyndalia not too far from Boxwood Road and Maryland Avenue. We all went there to buy candy and baseball cards (5-cents a pack ... $1.80 for a box of 36 packs, today those packs are worth hundreds to thousands of dollars each! -- wish I had saved them). Anyone remember that place, and what is there now?
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 07:13:26 (EDT)
Hi, anyone know if Sweenys Bakery is still on Faulk Rd? I found a Bakery up here that will attempt the CRULLERS {powdered sugar coated,} if I can get help from Sweeneys for the dough they use. I really, really miss tootling out on Sat morns. for those delicious confections. Thanks. Barb.
Barb <>
Peabody, Ma USA - Tuesday, April 11, 2006 at 00:07:56 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Monday, April 10, 2006 at 16:23:15 (EDT)
PINSETTERS, yes, that jogged my memory too. I was a pinsetter one summer at Grady's on Orange Street. I was small enough to jump around in back of the alleys like a monkey and set the pins quickly. The bowlers would throw change down the alley when they were done. That was the only compensation I got. Grady's was on the second floor of the building and when I got my money together at the end of my shift I always wound up spending it on renting a pool table in the next room to the alleys. I remember one year the very famous Andy Verripapa put on an exhibition of trick shots on the bowling alley.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Monday, April 10, 2006 at 16:01:00 (EDT)
The coming of Easter reminds me of how we would always do the "Brandywine Walk" on Easter Sunday. It was an informal Easter Parade but it seemed that everyone in Wilmington came out to show off their finest. And it was a long walk from Third and Connell out there and back but it never stopped us.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Monday, April 10, 2006 at 11:32:32 (EDT)
Thanks Bob, they were still all hand-set in the mid-50's, too. My brother didn't stay at that job long, either. Too hot, too noisy, and not enough pay.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 14:11:43 (EDT)
BRUCE- I believe I was about Thirteen years old when I worked at Parkway, so it would have been 1945. We did pick up the pins and set them back up. I did not stay there very long.It was all done without the mechanical stuff they use now....BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <windsorme2@verizon,net>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 13:04:39 (EDT)
Bob, my brother Allan was a pin-setter at the Parkway Lanes in the mid-50's, is that anywhere around the time you worked there?
Bruce <>
Wilmington , DE USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 11:05:00 (EDT)
Hi Marge, I remember the little store on the corner, across from Diver's, when it was a flower shop - I thought you meant across PA. Ave.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 11:02:30 (EDT)
Jack, you're right. It was a Food Fair. I forgot to put that in my post.
Marge <>
Wilmington, De USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 08:44:47 (EDT)
The little grocery store that I was talking about was located on the same side of the sttreet as Diver's (right on the corner) but directly across from it. It was a very small store and I remember the door to go in was on the side (Grant). I think that after the store closed, they opened up a flower shop. I don't remember a store on the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue where the Buick place was. Yes, there were Hearn's stores at Silverside Road, Collins Park, Elsmere, Meadowood Shopping Center, Fairfax and the main store (the offices) located at Concord Avenue and Washington Street. My Father was the seafood buyer and manager of the seafood and produce for all of the Hearn's stores. After Hearn's closed, he opened the White Barn Seafood Shop in Chadds Ford. Good memories of traveling around with him to the different stores. I used to go to the Washington Street store all of the time. Remember they had a soda counter there?
Marge <>
Wilmington, De USA - Sunday, April 09, 2006 at 07:40:19 (EDT)
Sorry, The Store I carried groceries from at Delaware Ave. and Jackson St. was an A & P. ..BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 16:57:53 (EDT)
While reading the current posts I was reminded of when I was about thirteen years old. The American Stores were always that funny yellow color, when ever I would see a house that color I would think AMERICAN STORE YELLOW. The Parkway Bowling Alley was my first job, two cents a game setting up pins. Never made any money as it was so hot I spent it on soft drinks as soon as I would get it. I remember the SPICK & SPAN drive-in for burgers. I believe the AMERICAN STORES became A & P. I had a wagon with stake sides and carried groceries home for shoppers from the ACME STORE at Delaware Ave. and Jackson St. for whatever they wanted to pay. Once I pulled an order to up monkey hill to 18th & Van Buren for a dime. Once in awhile I would receive fifty cents going outside to a car. $14,00 Fri. nights & about $10.00 Saturday. BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 16:51:52 (EDT)
I was told by an old boss of mine at DuPont who got his early training at that market, it was the original Jansens at the location where the Parkway Bowling Alley was (on th NE corner of PA Ave & Union St.) Jansens now being up in the Greenville area at the old Shields shopping center there.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 15:19:43 (EDT)
The supermarket on Pennsylvania Avenue next to Frank W. Diver's was a Food Fair.
Jack Riley <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 13:02:03 (EDT)
I remember an American Store (when they were painted gold with black trim) being on Delaware Ave. (south side) near Union, I believe. There was also an American store at 20th and Market and one at 24th and Market. Anyone remember that? Also, we shopped at the Hearn's at Concord Ave. & Washington and knew most of the employees in the 40's and 50's. Bruce, what was your aunt's name?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 11:57:49 (EDT)
Yup! I was mistaken on the street. The market I referred to was on the SE corner of Pennsylvania Ave. and N. Union St. Even way back when living in Wilmington I confused Pennsylvania and Delaware Avenues. After shopping at that market, usually on a Friday evening, my father would drive a few blocks south on Union to a little bakery that sold the most delicious cinnamon buns, which we would enjoy at breakfast on Saturday morning.
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 11:02:25 (EDT)
Knowles Music & Hobby Shop was on the second floor on Market just above 4th untill the late 1940s. When the owner, Lew Knowles came out of the Navy, where he played in Navy music organizations in Hollywood (great assignment!) he moved the shop to 4th and Shipley next to the Salvation Army. Later he moved up Shipley to above 6th. Lew played bass fiddle in several symphony orchestras and local dance bands, including my father-in-law's (Paul Wilkinson) band on ocassion. Lew also served as president of the Musician's Union and started a Concert Band. He later re-located to Independance Mall. I worked for Lew from about 1943 until I went in the USAF in Jan. 1951. I handled model airplane sales, altho I also played clarinet & sax in DE Post #1 Boy's Band, Warner and P.S. Band & orchestra and Jhon O'Leary's Dance Band. I learned to drive in Lew's 1936 Packard that had license plate #4!
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 10:26:25 (EDT)
Knowles is the name of the music shop I was thinking of and in my earlier note had placed at 6th and Shipley. That was the reason for the ? I wasn't sure of exactly where it was.I'm sure at the time I'm thinking (early 50's) it was not up that far on Orange. I still think it was around 6th or 7th but, it's nailed down to a couple of blocks in that general vicinity. And yes they were very helpful, even to a 12 year old kid just looking.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 09:23:00 (EDT)
Marge, that A&P was where the Buick dealer (Wilmington Motors, I believe) was later on, wasn't it? In fact, I think the Buick dealer used the store building for awhile before they tore it down and built a whole new building for the dealership. And, I don't know if you were listing all of the Hearn's Markets, but don't forget the one at Philadelphia Pike, just north of Silverside Road (which is Webb's Cleaners now). I had an aunt that worked at the Hearn's at Concord & Washington for about as long as your father; I believe she was a head cashier when she retired. I think there was a super market at Delaware & Scott St., which shared it's parking lot with the B&O station, I don't remember the name; this was on the West side of the tracks - not the East side, where the Acme Market is now. Remember where you used to park when you went to the B&O station? At Union St. & Pennsylvania Ave., I think there was some kind of store on the N.E. corner, right up against the R.R. track banking, where the Parkway Bowling Alley was later, but I don't know if it qualified to be called a supermarket; but I think it was some kind of food store. Remember, too, the Spic & Span that was across Union St. from the bowling alley, North of PA. Ave.?
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 09:21:21 (EDT)
There was a grocery store located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Grant (directly across the street from Diver's Chevrolet). I remember going there with my Aunt who lived on N. Grant Avenue. This store was an A&P (I believe). Not sure if that's the store that you're referring to but there was no Hearn's store on Delaware Avenue and Union. My Father worked for Hearn Bros. for over 35 years. The closest store downtown was on Washington Street (that was the original store) and on Lancaster Avenue.
Marge <>
wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 08:05:48 (EDT)
Dave and Bruce, Yes, I too remember Knowles as I used to visit that store many times to purchse both sheet music and other accesories. As a matter of fact, I purchased a new valve trombone there and the son of the owner (I forget his name) was very helpful.
Mario <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Saturday, April 08, 2006 at 07:50:59 (EDT)
Thanks, Dave, that name (Knowles) sounds familiar. If more people substaniate that, then we can get it added to the list.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 22:32:09 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 22:12:44 (EDT)
Webmaster Harry, I checked the Stores-Retail tab before I replied to 'Bruce In Houston's' post, trying to remember which store and location to mention in my reply. I could not find the answer to my question there, as the list is not a complete list; there were other record stores of the type, and in the general area that aren't listed. So, it's up to us to scratch the cobwebs out of our minds and come up with the names of more of those record shops. I, myself, believe it was one of the MacAbees, but the list only included one address for MacAbee's, and they had a number of different locations. Some others that I don't know the exact name or address: Willard (or Millard) Wilson Music (bet. 10th & 11th on West(?)), record shop on 4th, bet. Market & Shipley (next to L&H Sporting Goods), record shop on 9th, in 200 block (not Gewehr's), record shop on Orange, between 9th & 10th - near Copper Kettle Ranch).
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 17:05:18 (EDT)
I remember going to a (super?)market in the mid-40's with my parents on the north side of Delaware Ave. at Union St., west of the B&O tracks. The name Hearn's comes to mind, but I'm not sure. Directly across on the south side of Delaware Ave. was a Diamond Ice & Coal facility, I believe. The front was all glass and a large engine of some sort was visible inside with a huge flywheel, but I never recall seeing it turning. Was it part of the refrigeration system?
Tom Wood <>
Albertson, NY USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 16:36:24 (EDT)
I am new to the site and was reading back on old nostalgia and saw my dad Joe Filliben's name. He was a policeman on the Wilmington force as well as his father Joseph Filliben was. Anyone who knew him can e-mail me to discuss anything you may know about him that I don't. I would be glad to hear from you.
Kathleen O'Neill <>
New Castle, De USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 15:44:42 (EDT)
RAY- We all walked to school back then I never was lucky enough to get a ride. Besides there was a WAR on! My mother never took me to the school she asked an older boy to take me the first day of school. We aways walked in groups of six or eight along the PARK DRIVE between the RACE and the cemetary. Past the Delaware Hospital and up the steps to the Washington Street Bridge where old #24 was located. ...BOB Sometimes we would jump the rocks in the Brandywine to see how far out in the "crick" we could go. ...RJM
Robert J.McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 15:35:35 (EDT)
hi would anyone know of parkinsons market it opend in 1914, on delawre avenue and union street wilmington delaware.i would love to see a photoe of it, but been unable to find one, the owners were john parkinson. wife nora ,daughters bessie and clara, and florence. i would like to know if there would be any information on it, i understand it was quite a large place, would love to hear from anyone who could tell me anything about it many thanks patricia,
patricia <>
wilmington, de usa - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 15:16:26 (EDT)
Robert, I also attended #24 school from 1949 to 1954. I remember having Art class in one of those round rooms. I spent many hours staring out the windows at the mysteries of the Brandywine which flowed nearby. When I was old enough to begin sneaking down there I became somewhat of an expert at solving those mysteries. I remember the playground was divided. There was an upper-level for grades 1-3 and the lower-level was for grades 4-6. We walked to school in those days. (Something I revel in explaining to my grandchildren and great-grandchildren). My mother walked me to school the first few days, teaching me about crossing the streets on the corners and with the green lights. From then on, I was on my own. I did make quite a few stops on the way at the candy store on the block before reaching the school. In those days the nickel that I was given for milk money brought in lots of candy. To the person who calls himself "enoughofRalph", shut up already. Even your name bothers me, reminds me of a thief who wears a mask and always gives the wrong address when asked where he lives.
Ray Zelano <>
New Castle, De USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 14:52:36 (EDT)
Your right Pete, Flash tends bar at the Stapler on Wednesday"s. And to Harry, that is a different "Flash" your talking about.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 11:18:13 (EDT)
BARB- Things got better in the 3rd. grade, new things such as inkwells and scratchy pen points and pen wipers. We had a CLOAK ROOM to hang up our coats and leggins. It was pitch dark and I would reach my hand up to count the coat hooks, mine being the forth one. We sat on the floor in the dark and take off our boots, got our fingers stepped on and also sat on a wet floor. The floor was wet from the snow on our boots. The CLOAK ROOM was located behind the blackboards. If there was a light it did not work. I remember that my teacher was much younger and also pretty. Each year was better than the last until I graduated.
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 11:08:13 (EDT)
When I think of MacAbees, I remember it on 7th street between Market and King. The 5 & 10 on Market just around the corner between 6th and 7th (H.L.Green's, I think) also had a very good record dept. There were no booths, they would play your choice over the store's P.A. system for all customers to hear. I remember that because I bought a record by Jim Reeves called Bimbo about a little boy. It had quite a catchy tune. An elderly couple came up and wanted to buy it but I had the last copy on hand. I've always regretted not letting them have it, I could have easily come back and got it a week later. But, who thinks of something like that when they're ten years old. Looking back it's one of my not so proud of myself moments. There was another store on Shipley that you could get records from, but they predominately sold instruments. Thay were on Shipley right down from the Deerhead maybe a 1/2 block, just above 6th(?) However we of the younger generation all remember the store that popped up briefly on Market just above 5th which sold 45s only. It came along in the late 50's at the beginning of Rock & Roll and with the advent of the 45 RPM, which made single's so popular.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 11:02:07 (EDT)
Re: MacAbee's - pardon my senior moment. The years that I worked at MacAbee's were 1961 thru 1963.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Friday, April 07, 2006 at 09:28:26 (EDT)
Yes, Pat- I remember Robelin's; I think they later moved to W. 9th Street, somewhere between Orange and Tatnall- pretty close to Huber's Sporting Goods, as I recall. It seems to me that MacAbee's moved to that area, too; maybe in the very early 50's... or is my memory playing tricks again?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 22:00:07 (EDT)
I remember a music store on Market St. near Braunstein's and I believe it was Robelin's. They carried musical instruments, sheet music and had booths to listen to records. Anyone else remember it? This was in the 40's and 50's.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 20:00:39 (EDT)
Robert J. McKelvey, your post made me smile! I recall my husband telling me that when he was attending # 24 school, he was the "lookout" when the teacher was out of the room. Well, one day he yelled "cheese-it" and everyone scattered to their chairs. She caught him and for punisment, gave him 15 cents & sent him to a store to buy some cheese & crackers. He then sat before the class and ate them. Sounds like the same teacher.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 17:37:52 (EDT)
Re: MacAbee's - I worked there part time during Christmas for a couple of years. At that time it was owned by John Davis and was located on King Street near 6th. I think they may have been at a different location before that. To really shake up your memory, John had been a Delaware State Trooper and he suffered a back injury during the uprisings at Collins Park when a black family tried to move in. It's hard to believe that happened during our life time. John was a super nice guy and I really enjoyed working for him.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 14:58:52 (EDT)
Yes, flash is still around and playing golf, he did come from a large family and just lost a brother and sister--born and raised in the 40acres and also could be found at the stapler clubalso hung out with Bob ( kaker) Blakely, and I think Joe Kalonowski(spell)also from the fire dept.
Pete <usa>
wilmington, De USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 14:18:50 (EDT)
Pat, could you be thinking of "Flash" Conaty who lived in the Forty Acres and played basketball? His brother was Tom Conaty that was a city cop and killed by Danny Norris. Flash went to Sallies but transfered out in his Soph. year.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmington, De usa - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 14:16:13 (EDT)
Bruce & Bill - Mc Abees is what I was trying to think of- thanks for the memory jogger ! Glad to hear they tore down the De la Warr. I remember the WA Wa stores, there was one on Concord Pike across from the Your Home store (Is that still there? My parents shopped and knew the family that owned it way back when) Seems like everything has become Super - Houston has Super Targets, Super Wal Marts - which means they sell groceries. I guess like the old Super Markets.
Bruce <>
Houston, TX USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 13:49:47 (EDT)
Bruce in Houston, I can't help you with the record store, I remember it, but can't place it. So many record stores in Wilmington back then, and many had the booths. I can tell you what became of the De La Warr. Remember when it was built? It was a marvel, and a grand motor hotel, but as you say, in later years it deteriorated into a dive, and section 8 housing, and a place that prostitutes worked out of. It finally was torn down, and there is now a Super WaWa there (WaWa is a regional convenience store chain, if you've been away awhile, and the designation of Super means that they also have gasoline pumps there). Very competitively priced gas, like Hess and others do. WaWa has grown from the old milk dairy that used to be in WaWa, PA, into a large chain of these stores; Google WaWa for history, etc.
Bruce D <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 12:35:30 (EDT)
Bruce from Houston: that record store would have to be MacAbee's. I believe it was on 7th St, possibly 8th, between Market and King. Spent manys an hour in there listening to potential purchases!
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 12:13:56 (EDT)
While checking out the school pictures I took a long look at Public School #24.I went there for six years beginning in 1938. I have lucid memories of my 1st. grade teacher standing at the door saluting each child as we passed. She seemed so stern and tall dressed in black or grey, and it was a very long dress. There was a tall DUNCE STOOL where the gum chewers and talkers had to sit wearing the tall cone shaped cap and face the wall. It was sometimes occupied but not by me, as I believe I was to timid. If the DUNCE called attention to themselves or squirmed they were placed beneath the teacher's desk where they could not interfere. I survived,I guess she wan't so bad....BOB.....The school really looks weird, I guess I never looked at the top. ...RJM
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May , N.J. USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 12:12:02 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the name of the record store that had booths where you could take a record and listen to it in a private booth before you bought it. I think it might have been on King Street. Also, What ever happened to the Lord De laware hotel on Dupont Highway. When I lived in Wilm. in the 70's the place was a hang out for some very bad people. I couldn't believe that the police let it go on with everyone knowing what went on there.
HOUSTON, TX USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 11:19:32 (EDT)
Pat, I'll be playing golf with McGonigle this coming week and I'll ask him if He is the person you are referring to.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 11:11:33 (EDT)
Do anyone who has ever tried to remember when the Black Cat burned down, here it is - April 6 1946 A blaze, believed to have been started by a smoldering cigarette butt in the bar, destroyed the Black Cat Recreational Centre near the split of Routes 13 and 40 with an estimated loss of $65,000.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 10:31:40 (EDT)
Pat Corcoran, no I didn't know Megonigle, but lived in Happy Valley (1410 Van Buren St.) briefly from 1959-63. In 1960, I think it was, a guy who worked at Gilpin Liquors was killed in a robbery and, if I'm not mistaken, they never solved it, which may make it one of the oldest unsolved murders in Delaware. Other than that, things were pretty quiet living on the second floor of Dr. Mekanik's building.
Butch Schilling <>
Mt. Pleasant, SC USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 09:39:42 (EDT)
Ray Jubb, that's great! That sounds like him! I always thought he was older than my dad who died at 80 in 1993. Ask Mickey if he remembers me. I haven't seen him since my mom died. I guess when your a kid adults seem old to you. My brother Tom and I always looked forward to Mickey coming over and we would argue as to who would run to the fridge to get him a beer. He's a great guy.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mt Olivet, ky USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 09:21:09 (EDT)
Shirley Hudson Jester: Great to hear from you and it would be nice to see you. Ray Jubb knows where we live and would be a good person to ask. Ray: Thank you for your kind words. You know how Jim and I feel about the Defiance gang and we too miss Billy Jarrell and Bill Clough. We still see Joe at the Club. He is doing well for his age. Amazing that someone in Kentucky would inquire about Flash.
Pat (Paisley) Patton <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Thursday, April 06, 2006 at 06:57:24 (EDT)
For Pat Corcoran, Pat, are you sure this Mcgonigle your talking about is deceased? The reason I ask is because I play golf with a retired Firefightyer whose name happens to be Mcgonigle. He is 83 years young, I have heard him called Mickey but He mostly goes by "Flash". This Mcgonigle was reared in St Ann's Parish, and they say he was one heck of a ball player in his day, came from a very large Family and he still walks the golf course and play's better than a lot of young guy's.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 22:52:03 (EDT)
Do any of you Happy Valley folks know a Wilm. Fireman (now deceased) named Mcgonigle? I just knew him as Mickey. Thin guy with a high scratchy voice. He used to visit my dad every Sunday. pc
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mt. Olivet, Ky USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 19:36:00 (EDT)
Patsy Paisley Patton...your brother was a gem. I did know that he had died. They always have a list at our reunions. We should be having a 55th this year. He was the same with everyone. Never a bad word against anyone. I sure remember Price's Run Tower. You weren't allowed in the "Big Pool" unless you could swim to the Tower. Of course, we all sneaked past the lifeguards anyway. The Red Cross gave free lessons in the mornings, so I learned to swim at a very young age. We'll be down in South Bethany later this month, and again in May. I'm gonna try to find you. I'll ask Ray Jubb for your number, if you don't mind. He and Nora are good friends of ours. My brother, Jack, seems to be very well known around Wilmington. Guess I shoulda been an UMP! Thanks for responding to my note. Ralph Pryor....hurry back. We miss you! Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 17:28:48 (EDT)
I, personally, would like to 'thank' those of you, who actively participate in this nostalgia page. Having been born, and raised, in the 40 Acres, grants me whatever privilege is needed to contribute to this site. I have many memories of growing up, the daughter of a Delaware Coach Company driver. The niece of a proud Wilmington Policeman, Ralp Pryor. By the words of his superior officer, 'he truly was one of the best' vice cops Wilmington had ever seen. My cousin has worked tirelessly to rebuild Uncle Ralph's computer, not once, but several times, in order for him to rejoin his very many friends, who daily add to our memories, on this site. I told him of your rude comments re: all of the posts, like I over did it, and he had a comment, for you. Perhaps when he is back on line you will be so kind as to insult him, to his keyboard! As for your rude comment re: my writing in caps...I have an eye problem, post op from a lens transplant that makes it difficult, sometimes, to clearly see. Thank you, Harry Brand, for your kind words for my Uncle Ralph. To Harry Rogerson, again, thank you, for your kindness. I intend to act responsibly in submitting my thoughts and carefully choose my words. Family is a very precious thing and friends on this site usually treat each other like family, with respect. Perhaps, 'ENOUGHOFRALPH will indeed learn something today. Mary K. Kennedy Ralph Pryor's Niece
Mary K. Kennedy <>
Ottawa, Il USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 13:50:48 (EDT)
Pat Paisley Patton is not lying when she talks so kindly about Billy Jarrell. I knew him for quite some time and never heard him say one bad word about anyone. He always found some good in everyone and that is the part he would talk about, not the bad. The Summer before he died he spent a weekend at my place in Rehoboth as he did every June for the Defiance Golf Outing. That last summer wasn't a good one for Billy and I still remember him telling me how sorry He was to have to miss the deck party at Pat & Googie's House because He wasn't feeling up to it. Every year the day before the Tournament Pat & Googie put on a heck of deck party for all the guy's from Defiance. Pat is one gracious Host and a good friend to the Defiance Guy's. We all still miss the three billy's, Billy Jarrell, Billy Cluff and Billy Cox. All passed away within a couple years of each othger.
Ray Jubb <golfopera@ao;.com>
Wilmington, De. USA - Wednesday, April 05, 2006 at 00:06:22 (EDT)
Bob Wilson: Yes, I found your picture also and I do remember you. I wasn't so exciting in High School and then I found Jim. I do keep in touch with some of our classmates. Peg Everett Millman continues to be my best friend. Also Joanne& Bob Hines.Jim and I both knew Bob Perry. So, how did u end up in S.C? Did you ever publish that comic strip that u spoke of in your yearbook? As Dr. Phil says, How's that working for you?
Pat Paisley Patton <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 18:30:56 (EDT)
Pat Paisley Patton - I just realized who Drexel was just moments before I read your note here. In fact, the first Paisley that came to mind to me took two days for my old brain to hatch, and it was YOU. I rushed to the 1952 "Pierrean" and there you are on page 27, on the bottom of which is another Theta Phi, Bob Perry. I am on page 35, top right. Other Theta Phis in our class were former police chief Jack McCool and John Armstrong. Sorry to learn of Drexel's passing. I didn't know him, but I knew of him, and hadn't seen his name anywhere for at least 50 years...
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 17:01:30 (EDT)
Shirley Hudson Jester -Hi Shirley I remember you well and your family. Jim umpired with Jack and we lived in Windermere while in Wilm. I grew up in the Price's Run area and learned to swim when my brother's left me at the tower at Price's Run pool.We have been in the beach area for about 9 years.Jim never took up golf. He always says that he isn't old enough yet.Drexel died in '96.*Bob Wilson* My brother went to P.S. and graduated in '51.Drexel pitched baseball at P.S. He was a member of the Theta Phi Fraternity and quite a rounder in his early years. He later became a surveyor, married and had two girls. As I said we lived in the Prices Run area. He died too young. I still miss him.
Patsy (Pat) Patton <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Tuesday, April 04, 2006 at 07:44:29 (EDT)
Googie, I really do know how to spell your nickname. Must be getting old! Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 23:28:11 (EDT)
Goggie Patton...I remember you and Drexel Paisley...and Patsy Paisley. I am from the class of '51, P.S. duPont High School. My sister, Joan was in '48, brother Jack, '50 and brother Bob, '52. The 2 younger guys, Ken and Richard went to Mt. Pleasant. Don't believe all Ray Jubb tells you about my brothers. Jack was the best Ref of all time. And they are the best golfers in Myrtle Beach. At least that's what they tell me. Good to hear from the old P.S. crowd. Great memories from school and Price's Run area. Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 23:26:48 (EDT)
Jim (Googie) Patton - You mention that your brother-in-law's name is/was Drexel Paisley and that he is/was also a friend of Ralph Pryor's. As soon as I saw that name, I knew that I knew it from somewhere. I never met Drexel, but I can see him today in my mind's eye. Wish I knew when and where our paths might have was probably in 1950 or 1951, the same time that I remember knowing Ralph from up around 23rd and Jefferson...
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 21:46:32 (EDT)
Hi, I lived in Wilmington from 1934 to 1958. My mother made great soup, Borcht (beet soup) Anyone Polish decent, love to have the recipe. Thanks.... Marie
Marie McKelvey <windsornanny>
Cape May, NJ USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 16:33:00 (EDT)
We used to take the B&O to Chicago every summer, boarding the train at the station there at Delaware Ave. and DuPont St. I think I remember the steam locomotives, not sure, but I sure remember the diesels - and that distinctive sound that they made, that Bob mentioned. Since the train to Chicago went south from the Wilmington station, to D.C. before heading west, out through Harper's Ferry, etc., I never went over the Brandywine Bridge on the B&O, but it must have been a sight, looking out the windows and down to the Brandywine.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 14:15:13 (EDT)
BRUCE, You are right that the 6-12 insect repellent it was a bit messy. we would rub it on when we went into the woods or when camping just after the second world war. It was used by the Armed Forces back then. We would buy it as war surplus at ARMY NAVY STORES along with the had to "have it combat" boots.Although the boots were two sizes larger than what size our feet were I never got any blisters or foot problems. Lucky I guess....BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 09:46:49 (EDT)
You mean, like these: We're both speaking of the same thing, I didn't remember the name.....
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 09:39:33 (EDT)
The 'coil things' were the 'PIC's'...
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, April 03, 2006 at 03:53:07 (EDT)
I remember the PUNK STICKS and also the sound of the locomotives when they were coming and going to Wilmington . The B&O railroad bridge over the Brandywine was only five or six blocks from my neiborhood. I can still recall the sound of the B&O ROYAL BLUE locomotive as it made its way to and from the station. It had a unique sound like no other train, most everyone that heard it in my company would say "there goes the ROYAL BLUE". I guess it may have been a steam locomotive and later most likely diesel power. The sound was distinctive. When during the second world war the steam locomotive engineer would spin the big driver wheels when pulling a large train of cars. I can remember being told they also would spin the wheels to knock off flat spots on the wheels caused by severe braking. WE could hear the wheel race. ..BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 20:54:55 (EDT)
We also used those coil things that you put on a little pressed metal stand and lit, but I was speaking of when the DDT spraying plane would fly over the drive-in movie; you had to roll the windows up and wait until the spray had all landed on the ground. During that period, with the windows rolled-up, the inside of the car would get so hot..... The "6-12" that we would put on to chase mosquitoes, chiggers, and other bugs was an oily liquid that you rubbed all over exposed parts of your body. I just did a Google search, and found this: "Insect Repellent 6-12 (2-ethyl hexanediol-1,3) which was seven times as effective as citronella and definitely superior to it in other respects. In 1942 Insect Repellent 6-12 was one of the three chemicals approved for use of the armed forces in the prevention of mosquito-borne disease.
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 20:30:53 (EDT)
We still find cat tails along the roads down here in Cecil County and burn them on our deck every year.___At the drive-ins in the 50's & 60's we would use 'PIC'.___And then there were 'Punk' sticks which also kinda worked.___I remember, with the other kids, standing on the corner at 6th & Bancroft Parkway when the DDT spray trucks would come by.___Sometimes we would even follow it as it went all through the Woodlawn 'Flats'– just like we would follow the street sweepers.___And, when the steam engines would pass under the 6th and 7th Street bridges – there we were, standing on top taking in all of the smoke!___It all smelt so good and I can remember those odors today…
webmaster <>
wilmington, de USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 15:50:04 (EDT)
Oh Boy, DDT! Remember when they used to come around in trucks, spraying DDT in the summertime? The spray from the trucks only reached near the roads, so really wasn't that effective. Then they switched to using airplanes, and the planes would swoop down low, spraying all of the neighborhoods. You used to run to get inside so that you wouldn't get covered with DDT. And smell - YUCK! I remember sitting at Lehmann's soft ice cream stand, or at Lynnthwaites, and having to cover the ice cream when the planes flew over, and how about at the drive in movies? You had to roll the windows in the car up for awhile, and it would get stifling in the car, as you waited for the stuff to settle and the smell to go away........ Remember "6-12" (or was it spelled out?) misquito repellent? You'd rub that all over you, and be all sticky and stinky?
Bruce <inlimbo>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 12:08:55 (EDT)
I don't recall the pond where the new Sallies was built, but I remember the high vegetation. I believe there may have been a few cattails near the sidewalk that we harvested on occasion.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 07:21:13 (EDT)
Anyone recall the pond that stood in the area where SALLIES SCHOOL located? we would go there in the summer to get cat tails to ward off mosquitos. The vegetation was very dense and towered over us little guys. There were very narrow trails that led to the pond, we were only able to see ahead a few feet. We would gather the cat tails and would be relieved to find our way out .We would dry the cat tails in the sun for quite awhile until they were brown. We could then light them and blow on them to keep them smolding while we sat on our porches to keep the bugs away.They were very effective, this I would guess was before DDT. Homes were not air conditioned and we would sit on our porches to catch any breeze that happened along . Such were the days!...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Sunday, April 02, 2006 at 04:56:18 (EDT)
Not to outdo anybody here with talk about Springs, but I had a natural Spring in my back-yard and there was a green and white spring-house with a pitched roof that sat on top of it and which wild daffodils and snap-dragons used to grow up around. My father bought the property in Brandywine Hundred in 1960 and the spring-house was so well constructed, it would have cost him about $300 (a lot of money back then) to have it torn down. So it's still there. We had the water tested every year and as far as I know, it's still 100% safe to drink. There were two artesian wells close to the spring, which my father covered up with cement because he was worried a child would come along and fall in.
Carol <>
Pescara, Abruzzo Italy - Saturday, April 01, 2006 at 14:55:26 (EST)