Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #31: July 1, 2006 to July 31, 2006 entries)

To Barb, I knew the Kulesha's very well. Also, if you don't have any luck in getting the book through the Delaware Sport's Hall of Fame let me know. I play golf with the Director down there and I'll see what I can do in getting it to you or I'll mail it to you myself.
Wilmington, De. USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 18:52:47 (EDT)
Remember the Pit....Sloan brothers had that and Dog House on the Pike.....How bout Big Jim Kennedy. Ever eat the Kitchen Sink? Their steak sandwiches were the best.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 18:10:42 (EDT)
St. Hedwigs and MoJo's...Polish people and Ukraninas have a way of Egg Art called Psyanki....Beautiful designs on eggs for Easter... Went to Polish and Ukranian Churches for perogies and glombki...St. Nicholas on miller road and SS. Peter & Paul on Phila. Pike....St. Stans on east side and St. Hedwigs Browntown and Hedgeville. St. Hedwigs had high school off Maryland Ave...later WHYY had studios there. Lived across street from St. Hedwigs hear the bells ring @ 6:00-12:00-6:00....Remember the Obara's across from Pulaski Park?
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 17:59:17 (EDT)
Responding to Wayne Butler. I believe we used to play together at George Gray School playyard. I also lived in Eastlake at 2528 Locust Street. I seemed to remember they were doing some kind of work in the school yard and they have those big concrete rollers like a tire, & we would get in them & roll them. If this is you, didn't you get hurt? Just a vague memory. I used to go with "Swifty" to Ty's Platter Picker Parties as a regular--he used to call me Norman Nutsy. They were at the King WILM studios then they moved over to Delaware Avenue at the New Century Club. So are you that Wayne?
Norman James "Jim" Batty <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 17:38:48 (EDT)
George, I can recall the huckster that blew the horn while selling fish. Always heard that tin sounding horn, it seemed more like a horn from New Years Eve. Are there any small grocery stores left in Wilmington? Anyone know? We kids would buy cup cakes or donuts and sit outside the store on the bread box and drink a soda. Anyone recall the bread boxes? ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 13:46:25 (EDT)
Ray, Many thanks about the book. I will be calling the Stadium to see if they'll mail it up here. About the cleanliness of Polish people: The first Apt. my Husband & I had was @ 1100B. So. Rodney St. We rented the second floor from a couple neamed Kulesha, who lived downstairs in "A" What endeared them to us was their generosity, particularly on Easter Monday. All kinds of pastries,salads & succulent meats. Every Saturday, Mrs. K. would scrub her front door & that would in turn cause me to scrub mine {about every three weeks}. You could really tell the difference between the doors, after 3 wks. HOWEVER, what really caused us to love them so much was their grace & humility, when we declined their homemade Duck Blood Soup one Easter Dinner.
Barb. <>
Peabody, MA USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 13:41:11 (EDT)
I remember Lauacher' truck selling the vegetables, and on Fridays, i believe he used to sell fish. He had some type of horn, like an old bugle that he blew when he arrived in the neighborhood. Take Care George
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 13:22:10 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the man who delivered produce to your home via his old black open-backed truck? His name was Alfred Labocker (not sure of the spelling) ... he used to service my great-granmother and grandparents home on 7th Avenue (The Anchorage) in the 1950's.
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 12:51:51 (EDT)
Sorry about that last posting, I had things turned around a little. Barb is the one who should get the Book, but I can see that a trip to Frawley stadium to get same might take a little doing for her LOL. I hope you could have Family or friends send you one though, You would enjoy it. And to TOM : BrownTown & Hedgeville were my old stomping grounds, may even have known your Father. All my friends were Polish, when I would go into their homes the parents used to ask me if my name had been Jubinski or Jubulewski or something like that and cut down as some Polish folks would do with their names. Always thought the Polish People were the cleanest people in the world, can still see the elderly lady at 105 S. Jackson (Stepnowski)sprinkling water on the brick sidewalk in front of Her house, then dusting it with ajax and scrubing it with a broom. I lived at 103 S. Jackson, boy those were the days. Wish people were still that clean today in that area.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:50:08 (EDT)
To Barb from Peabody: I have that Book Barb and enjoyed it very much. Saw so many names of old friends in the Book that it brought back some fond memories. To Tom: Your questions Re: Bounderies of Brown Town and Hedgeville are clearly depicted in the Book that Barb talks about in her post. For $20.00 you can pick one up at the "Hall of Fame" Office under Frawley Stadium on South Madison St.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Monday, July 31, 2006 at 11:25:19 (EDT)
Mentioning the Lucians brings back many good memories. That used to be the Thursday night gathering in the basement of St. Paul's Church where we could drink inexpensive beer and dance with the girls.
Mario <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 07:39:28 (EDT)
Arnie, My family always bought a broom from Jake the blind broom salesman. Going way back to about 1937 I remember the Rag Man on Madison St. by Sacret Heart Church. He had a two wheel cart that looked like a hugh box that he lifted and pushed from behind. I could hear him call out what sounded to me like "Rag Ups". My brother and I were told "eat your meal or the Rag Man will come get you". There was a neat produce wagon with rubber tires and the fruits and veggies were displayed behind glass at the sides of the wagon. The wagon of course was pulled by a horse. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 02:59:59 (EDT)
I can remember the old soda's from ice chest with lids. The drink I liked was Orange Crush. You're right TWICE AS MUCH FOR A NICKEL.....(:>) Remember the Broom Man walking the Streets. How bout the Produce Man.....or Rag Man?
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Sunday, July 30, 2006 at 01:25:56 (EDT)
Sandy Lenkiewicz <>
Claymont, DE USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 21:41:43 (EDT)
Mary Burk Klund - my homeroom teacher for 3 years at PS! Ah, the memories! Shirley
shirley hudson jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 20:08:01 (EDT)
UH, Bob, The Bob Wilson I know didn't draw He was known for his "creative" inclinations, like glueing the girl's practice tennis balls together, OR, going to Howard Johnsons after a dance & where the menu said "eggs any style", would order one scrambled & one poached, or, well, you get the picture.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 18:31:29 (EDT)
Pepsi Cola Hits The Spot 12 Full Ounces, That's A Lot Twice As Much for a Nickel, Too, Pepsi Cola is the Drink for You! (Nickel Nickel Nickel Nickel) Remeber the Sunday Comic Strip Pepsi ads with the Mutt and Jeff-style Keystone-type Cops? Them and Peter Pain for Bengue (pronounced Ben-Gay). And Barb from Peabody, do you mean that ol' Bob Wilson (not me) was into heavy-duty creating? I used to draw a lot in High School. Is that creating? Miss Klund at PDS DuP thought so...........
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 17:44:09 (EDT)
Arnie, Most of the neighborhood stores in the late 30's and 40's had the old ice water coolers where you lifted the lid and reached for your soda. I really don't remember the vending type until about 1950, and they seemed to be at the service stations. On hot days we would reach for Pepsi, or RC Cola because we got more for a nickle. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 17:13:59 (EDT)
LUCIANS..... A older 21 Group from CYO.... Any of You Still Out There ? What happened to Wally Tabasso?
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 16:30:17 (EDT)
CYO Days..... 75 years....The Dialog wants info from old timers about your memories and reminiscenes.... I can remember on Baynard Blvd. they had a old coke machine for a nickle pull the crank and out came a bottle of coke. Bill Kapa of Hedgeville I can still see him today with his short hair cut.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 16:28:06 (EDT)
Bob. Jr. Thanks for clarifying. I suppose all boys aged 15-18 are "creative", but, the one I knew was REALLY creative.{If you get my meaning} I know where Browntown is, but just where , or what are /were the geographic boundries of Hedgeville? It amazes that I lived in the 9th Ward, but the two other places have names. Were there "Ward Bosses" in the political sense? Also, does anyone remember an old tavern that was somewhere along the Brandywine? I recall being with some friends, one of whom fell & broke her knee. We went in that place to get help & accepted a ride to her home from a well aged man {probably in his 40's hA!}. Couldn't/wouldn't do that today, would we?
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 15:11:50 (EDT)
Ray Jubb: I wasn't raised in Browntown but my father was (1415 Duncan Street) and I have many fond memories of visiting my grandmother there when I was a child and listening to my dad's stories about growing up there. There is a very interesting book, "Sports And Recreation In Hedgeville And Browntown Wilmington, Delaware" written by Thomas Duszak, Green Street Press, 2002 that you might enjoy if you haven't seen it yet. The book is full of information on the history of both Bronwntown and Hedgeville as well as a chapter on the Jackson Street Boys' Club. Also mentioned is Eddie Cihocki, the first Hedgeville resident to play Major League baseball. The ball diamond and park near Duncan Street is named after him.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 14:38:59 (EDT)
Barb, no you have the wrong Bob Wilson here, which is easy, because the name is the sixth most common one in the US. I am PS DuPont HS 1952, U of Delaware 1956, and my parents and I were the only ones in my family who ever lived in Delaware...and the only two schools I ever attended in The Diamond State are so noted.Because my name is so common, I have always had nutty nicknames applied to me, most of which are not suitable to repeat here in a public medium.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 14:37:29 (EDT)
Robert J. Wilson Jr. Are you Bob. Wilson of Tatnall School "fame"?
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 12:40:52 (EDT)
I see a lot on this site about Browntown and Hedgeville but very seldom here form anyone who actually lived in these area's. Would be glad to hear from some folks that were raised in either of these neighborhoods in the late 30's to the late 50's. Also, there is going to be a reunion of Boy's Club members coming soon, if anyone is interested I will keep you posted on dates and so forth. I was practically raised in the Jackson Street Club. I was a member in good standing from about 1940 till the year I got married, 1955.
Ray Jubb <>
wILMINGTON, dE. USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 11:23:29 (EDT)
The mention of J. Caleb Boggs brings back pleasant memories of the unpretentiousness of some of the state-wide Delaware politicians of the 1950's. The U. S. Senators were John Williams and J. Allen Frear, Boggs was at that time the U. S. Congressman, and the Governor was Elbert N. Carvel. Williams even made the cover of TIME magazine because of his national reputation as a great and fair-minded fiscal expert.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 08:48:50 (EDT)
July 29 1956 Brandywine Springs State Park was formally dedicated by Governor J. Caleb Boggs.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, July 29, 2006 at 08:02:36 (EDT)
Speaking of Gino's -- I cooked FrenchFries at the Prices Corner Gino's in 1966 for $1/hour. The Managers were Herman Wilde and Bill Mehar (not the current TV guy). The floor was so greasy we skated around instead of walking. They had Black employees but they wouldn't let them handle food. They were only allowed to be "porters" who held the doors and swept the lot. Gino's also sold Kentucky Fried Chicken. Sometimes I would clean and cut the "chickens." I've never since seen any poultry with that particular anatomy. The countermen would callout the orders for others in the back to prepare. Whenever a pretty girl entered they'd call loudly, "One fish!" There was no fish on the menu.
Larry Roszkowiak <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Friday, July 28, 2006 at 12:22:02 (EDT)
Connie: No, I don't remember any of the people from Eastlake, and I would have gone to Warner with her too. I only lived there for about six months from the fall of 48 till the spring of 49. It was the saddest time of my life. My grandmother (more like a Mother) was dying of cancer and they didn't want me around, so I was sent to live with my Aunt and Uncle. As to Ty Finch; his given name was Dudley Tyrone Finch. He was at WILM in 1958. A friend Domenick Merlonghi and I used to go to the station daily after school and hang around. He was Wilmingtons answer to Dick Clark. I met some famous people there like Brook Benton and Charlie Gracie to name a couple. They would tour radio stations promoting their records. WILM held dances on Saturdays at the station. Swifty I remember seeing you at a few of those. When JFK said we were all getting flabby and should practice exercising more, Ty Finch was involved in organizing a 50 mile march to Dover. It was on Feb 15, 1963, and a bitter cold night. I had caught up with a group aroung the Kent Manor Inn and Ty Finch was among them. He had some sort of a viral infection or maybe just a bad cold but one could very easily see he wasn't going to make it to Dover. I think that was the last time I saw him. As I've said before, for you trivia nuts out there, that was also the night Pebbles Flintstone was born.
Wayne Butler <>
New Castle, DE USA - Friday, July 28, 2006 at 09:39:21 (EDT)
I worked with Dean Tyler in Philly. He is now retired in the suburbs of Atlantic City. Here is a DJ posting which has not been updated for him: Dean Tyler (Tyler Finch) WAMS [Wilmington DE] 196? WILM [Wilmington DE] 196? WIBG [Philadelphia] 1969 WIP [Philadelphia] 1970 WNEW [New York] 1976 KLIF [Dallas] 1978 WFIL [Philadelphia] 1980 WPEN/WMGK [Philadelphia] 1983 - GM Now: General Manager at adult standards WPEN and classic rock WMGK-FM, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After he "retired" as GM at WPEN/WMGK (I think it was 1996 or 97), he did the morning airshift with Elaine Soncini while remianing WPEN GM. He retired a couple of years back.
Michael Klezaras <>
New Castle, DE USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 21:54:13 (EDT)
I think the Gino!s near troop 1, [formally Spic & Span? ] ,moved to the space near Archmere ,after a couple of years, where Boston Market is now. After Gino!s , it became a Roy Rogers, then Boston Market. There was also, a Gino!s at Pennsylvania Ave ,and Dupont St.,where Boston Market is now. My favorite, was Gino!s special! Also,Remember the cheap, red, plastic ashtrays? You can split the check, if I am right .
browny <>
Wilm., DE USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 20:32:53 (EDT)
There's dinner riding on this, so help me out. This is not so old, but where was the Gino's fast food rest. on Philadelphia Pike. I say it was across from Archmere, where Boston Market is now. My wife says Gino's was down where Spalco is now, close to Troop 1, but on the other side. There wasn't 2 was there?
Speeder <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 19:07:23 (EDT)
Ray: You are absolutely correct about Ty Finch being Dean Tyler at WAMS. He went to WIBG from WILM and that's when the name change came about. He was at WIBG for a couple of years and then came back to Wilmington to work for WAMS and then went back to WIBG again. The dj's used to really move around in those days.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 16:21:59 (EDT)
About Browntown ... thanks, Connie, for the post but I was just asking what others knew. My great-grandfather bought Dr. Brown's home at 4 Seventh Avenue, referenced in the article, circa 1921. I was born in 1950 and spent the first 6 months of my life living there with my parents and grandparents. Our family sold it in 1979 (I believe is the correct date). I have MANY wonderful memories of that HUGE home, and still 27 years later, I miss it.
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 15:53:51 (EDT)
Correction ---- Ty Finch used the name "Dean Tyler" when he was at WAMS ... he may have used it before he was at WAMS (if there was something before he was at WAMS) but I do not know. I do remember listening to him on WAMS as Dean Tyler, however. RCP a.k.a. Scott Dayton (WKII AM-1070)
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 15:46:57 (EDT)
The sewing teacher we had was Mrs Neikirk.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 13:19:24 (EDT)
When Ty left WAMS to go to WIBG in Philly, he became Dean Tyler. There was a murder case in the news at the time involving a Dr. Finch and WIBG didn't want people to think that Ty was related, so they changed his name. He retired a few years ago from WPEN in Philly.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 11:40:49 (EDT)
What ever happened to DJ Ty Finch any way? I think I remember him as being a year or two ahead of me at PS, and I graduated from there in 1952. I do recall that he did have a great voice, if it's the same Ty Finch.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 09:28:32 (EDT)
Both Eastlakes were housing projects run the Wilmington Housing Authority. The newest one (river side of the Printz) was call Eastlake Extension. I lived there in my early teenage years. The Director of the WHA at the time was Dudly Finch. He was the father of disk jockey Ty Finch. When we lived there the houses and grounds were spotless because the WHA actually inspected them. The ACLU took this court and the practice was stopped because it was considered an invasion of privacy. Shortly thereafter the place started going to he**.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 08:53:27 (EDT)
Mrs. Remlinger? (Don't remember the spelling) She taught sewing at Warner. She may be the reason that your friend cracked you up in sewing class. I remember making an apron. What a mess that was.
sharon <>
weston, fl USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 08:30:38 (EDT)
Wayne - did you know a freckle-faced redhead girl named Arthilla Hoon? She lived there. Made a lot of us kids laugh in sewing class at Warner Jr High. Quite a cut up at times.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 08:17:33 (EDT)
Sharpley and class of 56.... Ursuline....Pat Garrity married Paul Tigue....St. Mary Magdalens CYO on Sunday nites....remember Mrs. Coons.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 07:15:29 (EDT)
Sorry, But just like I didn't know I lived in a housing project, I didn't know there were two by the same name. The first that I even knew it was built as a project, was about a year ago when they were tearing it down and rebuilding. There was a big artical in our local paper, and knowing how they get everything wrong, I went straight to my source. I asked my Aunt if I had really lived in the projects like the News Journal said. I was very surprised when she told me YES, they were built for soldiers returning home from the war. They were my only two sources of realization that Eastlake was built as a Project, and like most I would question the News Journal, but my Aunt, No Way! She knew where she lived.
Wayne Butler <>
New Castle, DE USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 23:10:51 (EDT)
There were 2 eastlakes. The housing project was on the river side of the Printz.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 15:00:54 (EDT)
I too remember Millside and Eastlake. I lived in Eastlake with my Aunt and Uncle in 1948/49. What a contrast! At that time I had no idea I was living in THE PROJECTS. I lived at 2404 Locust Street across from Prices Run Pool. There were tree lined streets, grass and cement sidewalks. I remember it as a very nice community with lots of kids my age (7). It was within walking distance to school (George Grey) and churches. To get to the contrast; I also remember coming into Wilmington via the Du Pont Highway and passing Millside. I (remember I was 7 years old) could not beleive the conditions in which the people were living. The only thing I can remember being near it was the burning trash dump (7 by 24) just on the other side of the bridge. It's like someone else said, army barracks. However, anyone who has been in any branch of the service remembers those places as spotless. I don't think Millside ever had a coat of paint put on it. There was no grass to be seen, no trees, just dirt. To make matters worse, for some reason they were raised above ground several feet. Driving up the highway you could actually see under them and through only to see dirt and the legs of people that lived there. Looking back, it was a disgrace to mankind to force people to live under those conditions, but to some it was probably home sweet home. The houses most likely were as well kept inside as those in Eastlake, and provided the same type of shelter, but if one could see pictures side by side there would be little doubt about the inequities. Shame on us.
Wayne Butler <>
New Castle, DE USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 11:55:55 (EDT)
Re BROWNTOWN - Go to this site. Browntown gets its name from Massachusetts native Dr. John A. Brown, a leading Wilmington resident of the mid- and late-19th century. A physician, Brown wrote a book on homeopathy and operated the Wilmington Root Beer factory and a retirement home. He also owned a 100-acre farm, which reportedly ran to the Christina River.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 10:35:07 (EDT)
TOM and ROBERT - Robert has the place I was thinking of. It was on the other side of the S Market St bridge that raised up for boats. It may have been off New Castle Ave?
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 09:34:34 (EDT)
Does anyone remember riding horses at Truitt's?
pat <>
wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 17:41:08 (EDT)
I see a lot of posts referring to Browntown. Just a curiousity ... I wonder how many people know why it is called Browntown ... and info about "Brown".???
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 17:13:51 (EDT)
The boy club that i recall east of the Prinz was the Kingwood center at 14& Claymont ,The riding acadamy was Ricks And it was East of Claymont around Railroad ave He moved it to Penn on 202 across the state line just about where the golf course its the par 3. Pebbles
pebbles <>
wilm , de USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 15:31:32 (EDT)
Connie, There were wooden barracks built south of town passed the bridge. They were built to house defense workers during the second world war. Many people came from the south to work in the ship yards and war plants. Wilmington did not have available housing. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <windsorme2@verizon,net>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 14:05:24 (EDT)
From the latter part of 1969 to 1971 I had the great job (cyncical) of washing and gasing the cabs and airport shuttles at the Diamond and Yellow cab facility off of Governor Printz (can't remember the no. of the street) but it was in a very bad part of town. Norman Bayliss owned the company and I believe he was involved in Republican politics in DE. One night a week I worked midnight to eight Friday/Saturday by myself, the dispatchers were on the second floor locked safely away. The co. was a block away from the local Black Panther's building - so Friday night was usually a very tense time for a 19 year old kid. Does anyone know if the company still exosts and who ownes it now ?
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 13:07:52 (EDT)
Brown's Boys Club was on E. 17th Street between Spruce & Church Streets. My brother, Jack Hudson, was the first boy to join when it was built. Mr. Xander was the head of the Boys Club at that time. We girls were not allowed in, naturally! Oh well, times have changed. Jack had his picture in the paper with Mr. Xander, which I think my mother still has a copy of, in her scrapbook. Shirley
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 12:04:22 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the Brown Boys Club over in that neighborhood between Northeast/Prinz Boulevard and the Pennsy RR right of way? Not far from that club in that same old neighborhood was a 'riding academy' where you could rent horses to ride by the hour. The first time I did that, I fell off the horse while trying to retrieve my shoe which had gotten caught in a stirrup. The second time, as I dismounted from the horse, he bit my arm for some reason. Fortunately I was wearing a thick leather jacket. Boy, did THAT smart!!! That was the last time I ever rode on a horse.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 10:04:46 (EDT)
Connie: I think the housing project you are thinking about was called "Millside". Reflecting the accepted practice of segregation at that time, "Shipside" was the companion post-war housing project for whites. Shipside was located just off of Maryland Avenue near Browntown. It was subsequently torn down and replaced with the community, Alberson (sp?) Park. It's been some time since I lived in Wilmington. I don't know if the area still goes by that name and I don't know what became of the Millside site.
Tom Kolasinski <>
Glendale, AZ USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 09:23:41 (EDT)
A while back there were some questions about Eastlake. This was on "today in DE history" July 25 " 1942 Construction began on Eastlake, Wilmington's first public housing project." I recall another project that was on the other side of the bridge. It had been wooden military barracks and was transformed into a housing community for blacks. Does anyone recall that?
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at 08:17:19 (EDT)
PHYLLIS: I didn't want to put a lot of names on the Web site, I was just looking for the sisters that lived in Sharpley. They all went to the Armory on Sunday night. They all went to school together and I just wanted to know what class.
LAS VEGAS, NV USA - Monday, July 24, 2006 at 17:55:26 (EDT)
Mary Alice Betty lived in westhaven not sharpley , I didn't know she went to ursuline---she married Jim Buckley who is now deceased.
Joan <usa>
wilm, de USA - Monday, July 24, 2006 at 15:55:38 (EDT)
Sam in Vegas.....Do you mean MaryAlice Betty?
Phyllis <ccint>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, July 24, 2006 at 14:15:33 (EDT)
Phyllis: Was Betty, De Campo, and Two sisters that lived in Sharpley (can't remember their name) in your class of 56. Did you see them at the reunion?
LAS VEGAS, NV USA - Monday, July 24, 2006 at 09:29:07 (EDT)
Almarts changed....remember Lythwaites Dairy and crowds for ice Cream. ..Bregers Flowers gone....Woodlawn Road Changed.....between routes 92 and 202. Moved from Talleyville area years ago....lots of new stores/buildings. Left in mid 1980's....what a mess today.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 19:10:52 (EDT)
Roy--Hance became owner of Delaware Stamp & Coin. Can't tell you the outcome of his troubles. Hance died April 12th. of this year at age 90.
Norman <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 15:38:13 (EDT)
I used to work in the Hardware/Sporting-Goods Department of Almart's in the Concord Mall (1968-1970 or so). Dick Woodring was my department boss ... enjoyed working there, loved shopping there! Haven't been to the Concord Mall in 25 years ... would love to know what's there now ... anyone care to fill me in?
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 12:21:59 (EDT)
I used to frequent the coin shop at around 8th and Orange (I think it was called Delaware Stamp and Coin) run by Hance Jacquett and his wife. They ran into some trouble some years ago ... anyone know the outcome of all of those "problems"?
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Sunday, July 23, 2006 at 12:19:15 (EDT)
I worked that the Wanamakers while I was in high school--Ursuline class of 1956. We ;just had our 50th reunion and had a great turn out. There were girls(women)that I hadn't seen since grad day! I also worked at the old Braunsteins downtown. That was during the mid 50's. I sent an email to a Zeccola; but, he never returned it. I remember he and his brother who lived around the corner from me on 4th and Harrison. Hope he answers here.
Phyllis <>
Wilmington, De USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 17:54:35 (EDT)
Roy/Scott - Lois Bornmann did indeed live in Arizona for quite awhile but also moved to Texas later. Maybe it was to be closer to a place where Lou could be treated better for his illness, or maybe it was because she had become widowed. I'm not sure. A mutual friend and I tried to keep up correspondence with Lou in the days before the Internet (indeed, we had to do a lot of digging before we even found out that his mother had moved from AZ to TX) and after he got sick, but he had REALLY turned inward at that point. At the height of his problems with the Japanese girl relationship, we met for dinner in New York City where I was working, and he figuratively cried on my shoulder a bit, but there was nothing I could do much more for him than to lend him a sympathetic and compassionate ear. He was born thirty years to soon for all that, unfortunately.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 17:21:32 (EDT)
my mother (91) tells me stories about her family living up in that area, (wanamakers) when she was a little girl, now that is dating back some.
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 14:43:46 (EDT)
Connie, The Wanamaker store was where my Great Aunt lived a long time before the store was built. I remember going with her to Augustine cut off to pick black berries she had planted many years before. The old farm house was but a shell of the former house back then in 1946. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 12:41:18 (EDT)
Jyly 22 1949 A John Wanamaker department store opened at the Augustine cutoff in Wilmington.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 11:02:24 (EDT)
I remember when Gail was killed, but I lost track of Lou. My mother was good friends with their mom, Lois, when I was in Krebs. However, I thought she and her husband moved to Arizona, not Texas ... at least that is what Mom thought. Maybe we were wrong.
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Saturday, July 22, 2006 at 09:21:41 (EDT)
To Scott Dayton - Your Mrs. Bornmann I knew as the mother of my pal at PS duP HS Class of '52, Louis H. "Lou" Bornmann, and his younger brother Gail. Bad Karma stalked and caught them both in later life. Gail was killed in a highway accident on Route 31 just South of Louisville while he was at Fort Knox, in the early 1960's. It was raining and at nighttime, and his buddy's car had a flat. Gail was standing on the road side of the car, and was run down and killed by an unobservant motorist. Lou, on the other hand, suffered for many years. In the Army in Japan, also in the mid-60's, he met and fell deeply in love with a beautiful Japanese girl. Try as they might, and as the result of a complete rejection by both sets of parents (and interference by the Governments on both sides of the Pacific) of any union in either Japan or here, they were pulled apart. Lou stayed here in the US, never married, and pined away for the next 30 years, going finally to live with his widowed mother in Texas several years ago, where he contracted cancer and died shortly after becoming ill. Very sad stories on the fate of two very good people.........................
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 19:19:09 (EDT)
Roy, I remember we had a mutual friend at Springer. You used to talk about broadcasting with him. I see you're on the radio, it's good to see you got to where you wanted. Your reference to WABC brings back memories of Cousin Brucie. I now listen to satellite radio - we've come a long way (maybe not better) from the transistor tied to a bike !
Bruce <>
Sugarland, TX USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 16:01:43 (EDT)
Just finished reading some of the earlier posts about being a newspaper boy in the "old days". I, too, was one back about 1964-1965. I lived in Woodbine and served Tarleton, Woodbine and Chalfonte. I got up each morning at 4AM to deliver the papers on my bicycle, of which, by the way, I had a lunchbox-size GE transistor radio strapped to the handlebars. I used to listen to WABC (AM-770) from New York City while I made my rounds. I have many fine memories of being a newsboy ... saw a lot of shooting stars ... and it was so peaceful driving around on my bike at 4:30-6AM, not to mention SAFE in those days. Todays' kids would be nuts to do today what I did then!
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 14:44:23 (EDT)
Bruce ... guilty as charged! Hi ... I remember you, too! Yes, I transferred to Springer in Dec 1963 and later graduated from Brandywine in 1968. My memories of Springer are hazier than my memories of Brandywine ... especially as the years progress!
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 12:52:23 (EDT)
Roy, By any chance did you go to Springer Junior High School ? I remember a Roy who was interested in radio broadcasting. Around 1962-64 ? Bruce Heather
Bruce <>
Sugarland, TX USA - Friday, July 21, 2006 at 10:59:19 (EDT)
I am interested in hearing from any former classmates of mine from H.J. Krebs School in Newport ... I attended Krebs from 1st Grade (Mrs. Bornmann) to 8th Grade when I moved to North Wilmington in December of 1963. I have a lot of fond memories of that old gang and would love to hear from any of them. RCP --- a.k.a. Scott Dayton (WKII AM-1070).
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 18:01:48 (EDT)
I am trying to find three guys I used to pal around with when I was a pre-teen. I lived in Gordy Estates, as did Frankie Stewart and Eddie Lloyd. I used to trade baseball cards with both of them, starting with the 1958 cards. Frankie lived on Lynbrook Road and Eddie summered with his cousins, The Garretts, on Lynbrook Road. --- I am also looking for Henry Michaels, who a classmate of mine in Krebs School in Newport. Henry and I used to go to Phillies and Orioles games, and after I moved to North Wilmington in Dec of 1963, Henry used to meet me in downtown Wilmington on Saturday mornings. We would go invade the record stores (Wilmington Dry Goods, Woolworth's, etc.), the coin shops (Delaware Stamp and Coin - Orange St, and Colonial Stamp and Coin, 4th and Union, I think), plus we would go spend a lot of time at the big public library at 10th and Market (I loved that old place!). Henry, last I knew, lived on Marshall Street in Newport. Anyone have any thoughts on these guys ??? ---- RCP, a.k.a. Scott Dayton (WKII AM-1070).
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 17:58:05 (EDT)
Marcozzi's Gulf across from ICI on Murphy Rd and 202....Jimmy Durborow married one of the brothers daughters....his mom still living almost 100 by now. Any old Talleyville Fire Co. fire personnel out there?...We had 75th anniversary Oct. 2005....really nice....We use to play football on the new St. Mary Magdalen Church route 202.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 16:46:06 (EDT)
Re previous - that's "Bruce email address "inlimbo"
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 09:55:58 (EDT)
Has anyone heard from "Bruce " recently? Does anyone know if he is okay?
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 20, 2006 at 09:55:02 (EDT)
Anyone here remember a family named Stein cwho lived on the East Side of Bancroft Parkway right about at 3rd Street? They had a son named Dick who would have graduated from WHS in 1952 if they were still living there at the time. I think the father was transferred to Belgium by Uncle Dupy at about that time (1952).
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 18:43:35 (EDT)
WILM., DE USA - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 17:42:33 (EDT)
Danny---There were two cemeteries between Lancaster Ave. and 3rd. St. they were for negroes.They were purchased for the Bancroft Parkway project in 1914 and 1918. The graves and stones were moved to the two cemeteries on Lancaster Pike just past the old cannery. They must have missed a few of these graves which would account for the caskets being found.
Norman <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 11:10:17 (EDT)
here are some things i remember...most from west old guy in a rust white van that sold crabs in front of the old A & P on union street...marys luncheonette...boobies...water ice on the corner of 5 th and lincoln...pigs running down lincoln street out of messinas butcher shop...uncle tonys arcade on 4th and union...AND AGAIN DOES ANYONE REMEMBER WHEN THEY FOUND COFFINS UNDER THE A&P WHEN THEY RE DID IT TO TURN THE BUILDING INTO A GOLD AND SILVER WAREHOUSE? I was telling someone about it, and they didnt believe me.
danny <>
wilm, DE USA - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 at 10:46:35 (EDT)
Michael: I remember that episode of Candid Camera. They also stopped someone that I knew. When they told her that Delaware was closed, most of her responce was beeped out.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 16:19:28 (EDT)
Knobby there's a name from the past! He used to go to my father's restaurant on Front Street. New Star Restaurant. If I remember correctly, he became "nationally" famous when Candid Camera stopped him on Ebright Road and told him Delaware was closed.
Michael Klezaras <>
New Castle, DE USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 12:49:19 (EDT)
Arnie, I remember Knobby Knowles and his tow truck. I remember him riding a big Harley Davidson on the Concord Pike and hanging around the Gulf station across from the old ICI building. Does anyone remember the tow truck driver who wore the pistol and holster ? He thought he was a cowboy. I don't know how he got away with wearing the gun.
Bruce <>
Sugarland, TX USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 10:10:23 (EDT)
Norma Talley from McDaniel Crest. Bud and Norma Talley had kids lived next to Hoscheits on Concord Ave 300 block 316-318 I think. Jimmy Peligi lived there and O'Sullivans in back. Mike Doris father County Cop also on Cleveland Ave.... We played basketball @ (AI Emerson Store across) real small gym but big when we were kids....Talleyville was only 2 lane road Concord Pike Wilm to Pa.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 09:21:41 (EDT)
Emerson Windsor had a store in Talleyville. About block away from fire house Station 25. Son MM grew up there and worked for phone company. Knobby Knowles lived down the street towing truck... had bunch of daughters...Becky was one.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 09:10:33 (EDT)
Skip Hance retired General Motors. Lived in Deerhurst. Active w/ Sallies...Tennis and grandkids. Have seen him @ Galucio's and Sallies fishing trip.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Tuesday, July 18, 2006 at 08:53:45 (EDT)
Henry Gary was probably in one of those years. I was '51, and he was a year or so older. Price's Run comes to mind also. With four brothers, I knew a lot of the guys from school and the neighborhood. Shirley
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 20:50:35 (EDT)
Robert J. Wilson...I believe the person you are talking about from the Toner's corner area was Lawrence (Skip) Hance
liz <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 20:19:55 (EDT)
Shirley Jester - Why do I know Henry Gary's name? Was it from PS duP in 1949-1952?
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 19:56:27 (EDT)
There was a fellow named Hance (I forget his first name....Chip, maybe?) who would have been in his early teens back in around 1949-50, and who I remember as frequently being seen around Patsy's/Toner's place at the Boulevard and Van Buren Streets, across from the grammar school. I think he went to Sallies. Back then, he christened me with a Walt Disney comic book character nickname that caught on instantly, and with which I had to live at school and in the neighborhood for the next few years. (No, it wasn't Pluto or Goofy.) The best part about it is that once I had this new nickname, I really felt like I had "arrived" in Wilmington. Who else had a nutty nickname that they had to bear all through High School, for better or for worse?
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 19:25:49 (EDT)
Bruce, The auto club located in Talleyville on 202 was called Wilmington Auto Activities. (WAA). It started off with all types of auto racing, but pretty much evolved into a drag racing club. I drove their 1954 Corvette during 1963/64 and it was the fastest car in it's class (E/Modified). It set the track record at Vargo Raceway, and we towed this vette to York/Atco/Cecil Co./Maple Grove/Vineland, and a few other stips. It was great to take this little 6 cylinder out in timetrials and put down the v-8 corvettes. I think there's a muffler shop where the clubhouse was. I traded in my car trophies for a trophy wife in 64, and promised I would never race again. Still have the trophy wife after 42 years, but sure wish I had that 54 corvette to drive around. -Wayne-HC Conrad-1960
Wayne Grobner <>
Norcross, GA USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 18:09:43 (EDT)
Go to (the Patterson Schwartz real estate site) click on New Castle Co >Brandywine Hd> 200,000 to 300,000. There are a nuumber of homes in GRAYLYN CREST on the market. Here's one you can find on any site where they show MLS #s. MLS: 4757284 1114 Piper Rd Wilmington, DE 19803-3329.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 12:41:16 (EDT)
does anyone have info or pics about Bancroft Parkway and or Graylyn Crest (south) a child I remember when they converted the floor of the old A & P on union street and I remember them finding caskets during the excavation...does anyone else remember anything about that? drop me a line.
Danny <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 09:39:35 (EDT)
Ronnie Baker had a brother named George. I don't know if there were any other siblings. Does anyone remember Butch (Bob) Beale? Last I saw him was when he was a temp for Christmas at Kirkwood Hwy Almart in the 60s. I belive he was working his way through college.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 17, 2006 at 07:50:17 (EDT)
Rick, I remember your dad, Henry Gary. It's amazing how many names you see on this site that bring back memories. Also, my brother-in-law's sister worked for many years at Federal Bake Shop, Delores Hougentogler Bayliss. I remember George Baker from E 22nd Street. He belonged to the same chuch that I belonged to, Brandywine Methodist, at 22nd and Market Streets. Billy Baker was his sister, Catherine's, son. Jake died a while back, and his wife just moved into Ingleside, across from the reservoir. The only Ronnie Baker I knew was married to Franny Cloud, whose dad, Bayard, was president for many years of Ninth Ward Savings and Loan, on Delaware Avenue. I'm not sure if he was related to the 22nd Street Bakers or not. Regards to all of you "Wilmingtonians" on this site!! And Thanks for the Memories! Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 23:20:25 (EDT)
butch-your memory is pretty good. that property between our house and the power lines was rentedf (with an option to buy by my parents from the 30's up to the 50's when all of a sudden was sold). an engineer at dp&l bought it and built a house which was sold about 10 yrs ago to the jewish center. since then there has been all kinds of fun. i didn't know you were allowed to build under a high power line. there alot of angles to this story but i'm not going to get into them here. needless to say - the laws don't apply the same to everyone.
mike mullins <>
wallkill;, ny USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 15:00:45 (EDT)
Thanks to RICK. I just found the copy I made of the article. I've made an adjusted version of this many times since I found it in the News Journal.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 13:28:34 (EDT)
Connie, Here is the article you mention in your last post. I found it on February 21, 2001 Section: Life & Leisure What's Cooking Page: 3D Column:Nancy Coale Zippe Macaroni dish secret revealed Special to The News Journal Former Federal Bake Shop lunch-counter manager reveals recipe What's Cooking Nancy Coale Zippe "Hello, I'm Frances McKenna, manager of the Federal Bake Shop's lunch counter. I worked for the Federal for 47 years." Thus began a touching letter in response to the request for the baked macaroni that stirs so many memories. Some of those memories were brought back to Lynne Laino of Downingtown, Pa., by the column on the Federal Bake Shop. "My dad, Henry Gary, was certainly a regular until they closed. He ate there EVERY DAY! Frances would always save my dad the `topping' and if they had leftovers from what the special was the day before, they would save it for him because he had lunch from 1-2. "He still laughs about how a customer sitting next to him would question him about how he got his lunch and ask Frances for the same, only to be told that Dad had the last one! Dorothy sure was a great cook." Frances, now 77, started working at the Federal Bake Shop at age 17, while waiting to hear about a job with the DuPont Co. She landed that job but never took it, as she was so happy working where she was. She wants to share that "Dorothy the cook passed away on 4-16-00," and "tell all my customers I sure do miss them and wish I was still working. "There is not a time I go out that I don't meet someone who tells me how much they miss the Federal, most of all the Friday macaroni. So here goes?" Frances has shared the recipe, noting "this is a little hard to scale down because we used commercial-size cans." There are no quantities, but the secrets are revealed. Federal Bake Shop baked macaroni Macaroni 1 large can tomatoes 1 can of tomato soup Kraft sharp cheese Salt and pepper "Cook macaroni as directions on box tell you rinse a little. Grease a baking dish on bottom and all sides with butter or margarine. "In a separate bowl mix tomatoes. Crush tomatoes so there are no large pieces. Add tomato soup. Rinse can with water and add (almost a canful of water) with salt and pepper to taste. "Now here is the secret to the best macaroni in town: the cheese. We used Kraft sharp cheese. We bought it in a big, round circle that was cut in half and wrapped in black wax that had to be peeled. "We layered our macaroni in our baking pan, then poured our tomatoes-tomato soup juice over the macaroni, then added layers of cheese in pieces, repeating until we got to the top. Then [we] added slices of cheese on the top, which made the top that everyone wanted. There was never enough to go around. "Bake until cheese is melted and brown at 350 degrees. (Times will vary depending on how much is made.) "We made four big pans every Friday. I still say the secret was the Kraft cheese." RECIPES WANTED HONEY BOY COOKIES: Kathleen Heldreth enjoyed the Jan. 31 article on the Federal Bake Shop, reviving memories of honey boy cookies, which were like gingerbread men. "My great-grandmother would always have an individually bagged cookie with raisin eyes and buttons for each of us when we visited. They were always so soft and yummy! I particularly miss them around the holidays. Please ask your readers if they have the recipe for me." FEDERAL SECRETS: There are also outstanding requests for the nut bread and meltaway rolls or buns from the Federal Bake Shop.
Rick <>
Nashua, NH USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 12:24:18 (EDT)
forgot to add the site - it's this for Walter Winchell -
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 08:44:46 (EDT)
To listen to a WALTER WINCHELL broadcast, go to this site and click on the Radio picture.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 08:43:57 (EDT)
re FEDERAL BAKE SHOP - not too many years ago the News Journal published their Macaroni Cheese Tomato recipe due to former bake shop customers requests. I updated the recipe to suit my needs in 2001. It may have closed not too long before that year. I can't find the news clipping but if I do, I'll post the date.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 08:26:58 (EDT)
Sandy Lenkiewicz <>
Claymont, De USA - Sunday, July 16, 2006 at 00:24:14 (EDT)
My two Great Aunts worked at the Federal Bake Shop. Frances McKenna and Hannah Theresa (McKenna) Bialkowski. Hannah retired from the Federal Bake Shop in 1984 after 48 years of service. If you ever worked on Market St. in Wilmington, you would remember Hannah. Hannah passed away October 8th 2003. Frances is still alive and kicking at the young age of 83. She still resides in North Wilmington with her 87 year old sister(my grandmother) Rose (McKenna) Doaln. Rose is retired from Cohen Brothers Furniture where she worked as a bookkeeper for many years. I am not sure when the Federal closed but I know it is no longer there. I remember as a child picking my Aunt up from work. She would let us go behind the counters and get our own cookies and foutain soda. We would also watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade from the second floor of the shop. I will get more info and post at a later date.
Rick <>
Nashua, NH USA - Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 17:28:01 (EDT)
TARPON SPRINGS , FL USA - Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 16:10:45 (EDT)
For Pat LeVan Hi Pat Help me out here. My mother had a childhood friend named Peg Kelleher. Her father's name was Pat and he was in the bar business. Later my mom worked for Peg as a bookkeeper in a combination bar, package store and soda shop known as Becker's. It was located at Vandever Ave and Market St. Is this the same family and or site. Take care
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 09:34:30 (EDT)
Mima and Sam Piane had an Italian Restaurant in that site,first. Bob worked for Chrysler a while, then quit to operate the sub shop. I remember Baily's.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, July 15, 2006 at 07:36:29 (EDT)
Connie, I sure do remember the Chinese laundry. Also, I remember Bailey's on the corner of 22nd and Market. They made the best popsicles in the summer - banana, vanilla, lime, rootbeer, etc. After Bailey's left, Enrights bought it. Across Market St. was Piane's sub shop. Bob Piane later married Angie Marsilli and they bought the English Grill and had a catering business. Angie's dad had Bear Service Center on Lancaster Ave. and Bob and Angie started a catering business over the service center and did wedding receptions there in the late 50's. They were very successful and I believe bought Pat Kelleher's old bar near Dr. Voss' place between 22nd and 23rd on Market. Sadly, Angie died a couple of years ago. She was a classmate of mine at Ursuline back in the 50's.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 21:43:02 (EDT)
Mike, boy you sure learn something every day! I had no idea about the victory garden. By the way, what I was thinking of between your property and Westwood Manor turns out to be the site of the Chabad Jewish Enrichment Center, 1811 Silverside Road; if memory serves, your house was at 1807. Apparently the site was "hard-won" because there was the issue of compromising the character of the area, since there was no commercial property on Silverside Road between BranMar (Marsh) and Carr Road, although, of course there was the old Silverside Supply,but that was on the other side next to the B & O - then nothing but residential until you got to the old Interstate Amesite Company building.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 12:58:16 (EDT)
BRANDYWINE VILLAGE memories are coming through. Does anyone remember the the Chineese Laundry on Market between Concord and 22nd? We'd sit out front in evenings and watch the young Chinamen work the huge ironing machines. The owner was a round faced man who resembled Confucious.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 14, 2006 at 08:30:22 (EDT)
There was a fish store on the east side of Market St. between 19th and 20th St. called Nortons. They had great fresh fish. I know because my mother had me stop there every Friday to pick up whatever she wanted (usually oysters). The McLaughlin boys (from Ashton St.) worked there. She always told me to ask for "Yeggie" because he would give me "good measure". This was in the 40's. Yeggie was a handsome devil. (My Mother's description). I have no idea what Yeggie's real name was. Regarding the Riley family from Vandever Ave., I remember only one kid - the oldest one. He was a really bad kid. Don't remember his name. The mother's name was Myrtle. Does that ring a bell, Connie? Also, the hardware store in that area was Nords. Mr. Nord was a great guy. Always asked to see my report card for some reason. He was Jewish but seemed to know when the kids from St. Patrick's got their report cards. He was an inspiration to me.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 22:08:00 (EDT)
Mike Mullins - your Mother was a doll! She was my Speech teacher at Ursuline. I just loved her.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 21:54:11 (EDT)
Re Minnie Jacobs. Now there's a name from the past. Minnie had a little grocery/bakery store in the block between Vandever Ave. and 22nd St. on Market. (East side of the street). She used to sit outside shelling lima beans. Also, she baked the world's best cinnamon buns. In later years, after she died, the Brofsky family bought the property and had the "Brandywine Little Shop" a children's clothing shop in that space. Yes, there was a big picture window in front. I know this because my family lived in an apartment directly above the Brandywine Little Shop in the 50's. Does this trigger any memories, Connie? Next door was that little old colonial shop.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 21:27:29 (EDT)
Mike, yes Em ( Emerson) is still around, living in Sunny Bre it's off Grubb rd.
old wilm.netfan <usa>
wilm, de USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 20:01:58 (EDT)
lots of answeres, all in one - fanofOW is Emerson still around, he was a very good friend way back when. pat - yes, they are my older sisters and brother. bob wilson - i9 moved here 25yrs ago, working for west point. the hudson valley area is great with the catskills and berkshires just a short drive. people have a preconcieved notion of ny state based on nyc, and that isn't even close. butch- thyre were 2 cleared fields on either side of a drainage ditch. the right was the tennis court, the left a victory garden. the chicken coop was in the "front" left; and the turkey coop was out from the end of the house (about 30ft). most of the access for the houses comes from the bend of the road in westwood manor directly behind your house.
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 17:15:22 (EDT)
Greetings, fellow Delawareans! Just to set the record straight: I grew up in Delaware City. Graduated from Salesianum in 1958. Joined the Oblates, left the seminary in 1967 and moved to California. In 1996, Carol and I moved to Washington, D.C., but we still keep a second home in Northern California. Most of my family is still in the Delaware City/Middletown area, and I get back whenever I can. Cheers, BP
Bill Press <>
Washington, D.C. USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 16:42:34 (EDT)
Another Riley brother was Jimmy. Played Little League Baseball with him. Good athlete.
Bill Missimer <>
plano, tx USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 15:39:20 (EDT)
Connie: John Riley was in my home room at PS (class of 1960). Brother George used to come up to PS & hang out with us at the side door before & after school and sometimes during lunch. I played Little League with Norwood. I think there may have been a couple more brothers. Very interesting family.
Swifty <wwswift>
York, PA USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 15:05:38 (EDT)
Connie----You could be right about the house, it has been a few years ago. I will go to my books and try to pinpoint it.
Norman <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 14:08:16 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the Riley family who lived on Vandever Ave? I think I went to school with one of the daughters.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 14:05:46 (EDT)
The house I'm thinking of was between Vandever and 22nd St, not near the Fish Market. I'm glad someone else remembers the fish market - dirt floor, wooden barrels of smelly stuff inside and out. Right?
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 13:59:09 (EDT)
Connie---George Baker did live on E.22nd.St. but he was single. had a brother named Jake and several sisters. The Minnie you mentioned does not ring a bell,but I think I remember the house and I think it was in the block between Van. Ave and 19th.on Market. Somewhere close to Norton's Fish market.
Norman <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 13:56:24 (EDT)
Norman - was that George Baker from E 22nd St who had sons named Ronnie and George Jr? You mentioned Minnie Jacobs, I remember a "Minnie" who had an antique shop with just a few items in the 'showcase window.' I think it was really some sort of picture window in her house. She was an elderly woman when I was a toddler and their house was white frame with blue trim. It may be what is now the old stone house on that block.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 13:46:06 (EDT)
Connie, Anna Donohoe did live on 23rd. St., later at the Luther Towers on Harrison St. She died in 1994 at age 94. I remember Anna when she worked for Minnie Jacobs Pastry Shop on Market St. near Vandever Ave, back in the early 40's. She then went to work for Meritt Lewis Food Market 2408-10 Market St, she worked with Cliff Collings, Bill Street, George Baker,and Mr Lewis. When they closed she went to work for the Federal Bake Shop, 7th. & Market St. I swept the floors in the Lewis Food Mkt. and later worked at Eckerd,s a couple doors from the Federal.
Norman <>
Wilmington, De USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 13:15:44 (EDT)
Connie, Would the name of the grocery store near the Strand be Lewis'Bros. Market?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 11:22:21 (EDT)
Mike, I forgot about the chicken coops; weren't they right next to Dribble Creek on the same side of it as your house? I agree completely about the "shoehorning" aspect. Did they put a street/road on the left side of the house essentially between it and Westwood Manor?
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 09:52:24 (EDT)
Re ANN PAGE - I thought the store belonged to Ann and she put her labels on the canned goods she sold! Years later she was walking up W 23rd street and it was then I discovered that she was only an employee at the store, not the owner. I can't believe I recognized her after all those years as I went to the store when I was only around 5 years old.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 09:44:42 (EDT)
Mike Mullins - How do you like living in Wallkill, NY? I was born and raised in Newburgh, but haven't lived there for nearly 60 years. I have always enjoyed going back to visit with friends in Orange County and the Hudson Valley, and the nearby magnificent scenery.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Thursday, July 13, 2006 at 07:30:55 (EDT)
There was a dealership on Pennsylvania Ave.; I believe it was called Sterling Auto. I bought my first car there. It was a 1957 Ford Town Car. I remember bargaining for it with the salesman. The funny thing was that I couldn't drive. I told him that if he threw in driving lessons that I would buy the car. I thought that I was pretty smart because I knew that that Sterling had a driving school on the premesies. He agreed. Sooooooooooooooo.
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 21:17:51 (EDT)
Mike Mullins: Do you have a sisters named Mary Katherine and Joan and a brother named Johnny?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 20:14:54 (EDT)
Mike, it is Emerson Windsor not winsor, I know his 2 sons scott and todd
fanofOW.N <202wilm>
wilm, de USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 19:59:04 (EDT)
Sorry, this is me back again, I started something awhile back about Bill press, it started with my husband being a salliesalumni class of 56 and finding in the sallies directory that Bill was in the class of 58 and that would make him 65 or 66 this year and resides in washington. He has said afew times on t.v. about graduating from an all boys school in De.
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 19:55:13 (EDT)
butch- my brother didn't believe me when i said i knew exactly where that fire place was. a couple of years ago i took his son, whpo now owns the house, for a tour back there to show him right where the chicken coops, tennis courts, and fireplace were. they didn't even know the "indian rock" was there. it is hard to believe the way they shoehorned houses in back there under the high tension wires. my brother recently sent me a 3 generation picture i had never seen, my granfather, father, and me from my 1st easter. dozens of pictures have surfaced that none of us have ever seen.
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 18:53:06 (EDT)
for a couple of weeks i have been trying to remember the name of a childhood friend whose parents had the "grosery store" across from ai dup. i had a mental association with another classmate who lived just off kennett pike near the cement tree. i used to ride from windybush to 202 on saturday morning to spend the day with emerson winsor, (i finally remembered the other boys name). today it is amazing to think that my parents would let me ride my bike that far when i was 10 to 12 yrs old. different times.
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 18:41:20 (EDT)
my husband is a sallies alumni, class 56
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 17:08:14 (EDT)
Connie, I can't remember the name of the grocery store near the Strand; but, I definitely remember going there with my mother when I was little. The Ann you mentioned was probably Ann Donahue. She lived on West 23rd St. between Tatnall and West with the Miller family. I believe she was Mrs. Miller's sister. I, too, think she looked like Ann Page. She worked at that store for years. Bob, I love the memories about the alleys and the garbage cans! Don't forget the ash cans, too.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 16:23:09 (EDT)
All this about Talleyville conjures up great memories of my days at Alfred I. from 1945-48. Mr. McMenamin was the principal, Mr. Husbands the janitor and my first three grades teachers, in order of appearance, were Olive Moore, Dorothy Minner and Ada Rudy. Some members of my class included Horace Conway, Robert Keating, Sally Stark and Frances Heckert. Later, I attended Silverside School, which opened in 1948, since it was only a stone's throw from Old Windybush Road.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 13:56:31 (EDT)
Just saw some comments about Talleyville, I lived in McDaniel Crest and un fornately Concord Pike is not like it was Thanks for these memories
Norma (Talley) Day <>
St. Georges, DE USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 13:39:33 (EDT)
Mike, I sure rememember that turqoise Ford; think I had a little problem with the clutch on it, such that Johnny had to replace it. Was that "Grandfather Mullins" sho gave you the punch? He was one of my favorite people - used to see him over by the fireplace that you and I took down with a sledgehammer; (not far from the old tennis court) oh, the memories!
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 09:07:57 (EDT)
Does anyone recall the name of the grocery store that was near the Strand Theatre in the early 40s? I remember there was a woman working there named Ann. We had A & P canned foods with "Ann Page" labels on them and I thought she was Ann Page.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 08:45:12 (EDT)
One of my pals at the U. of Delaware in Newark in the mid-1950's drove a Crosley. Occasionally, we used to pile into it and drive it down to the Women's Campus, wait until we had an audience, and then burst out of the car, like that clown thing they used to do in the circus. I may be exaggerating a bit, but I think we once crammed as many as eight guys into that tiny vehicle.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Wednesday, July 12, 2006 at 08:04:39 (EDT)
The late 1940's it seemed like I would see Crosley Automobiles Daily. It may be I just noticed them because of their unusual size. I remember the station wagon, the pick-up truck and the sedan. They were unique. In the very early 1950's Crosley made the first sports car, the Hot Shot which could hold its own in competition. I asked the salesman at the dealership what was new for this year, and was told they put a propeller on the nose of the cars. It was supposed to keep bugs away from the windshield. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 23:14:42 (EDT)
By 1950, Frank W. Diver and his boys were selling Chevvys out on Pennsylvania Avenue near Bancroft Parkway. Across the Ave. was the local Buick Dealer, where my Dad bought his first Delaware car. He went back again and again to Buick, and by the time he left Delaware in 1966, had bought a new one every three years or so. My first new car was a stripped down 1956 Ford Fairlane Tudor, bought on time from the Ford dealer on Union Street. PS duPont Classmate Don Fato worked in the Service Department there. It was a great car, but I sold it when I moved into NY City in 1959. A guy I knew in New Jersey bought it, and managed to total it 3 weeks later.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 18:55:08 (EDT)
"Talleyville", when were you out there? There was a little family owned "market", deli right across from AI DuP, I think it was Windsor's??? Were any of you regulars at the OLD Booth's Corner Farmers Market on friday night?. Or "the Farmer in the Dell" on 202? a great spot to stop for a knosh and a beer while out on a date.
michael mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 18:54:58 (EDT)
Butch, I remember that old Buick. Remember the turqujoise blue 50 Ford. I served Windybush, Waliston, the loop that was the start of the "new" expansion. Then when Green Acres opened up I startedd a new route with Athens,Grinnel, and the next 2 that ran back towards the power lines. The guy who suppervised us didn't want to let me have it because it was too many houses, but noone else wanted it. After about a year I let it go, then he split into 2 routes. I read people complaining about problems collecting. I was fortuneate, I never had any problem collecting. I did have problems with "people trying to collect for me". My grandfather gave me a special hallmark punch, got it from a friend who was a train conductor. If you didn't have the right punch, my customers wouldn't pay.
mike mujllins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 18:43:12 (EDT)
To Liz, Was your brother, Augie, the same one who worked at the Bank of Delaware in the middle 60's? I worked there for a short time and I do remember an "Augie" and that last name sounds familiar. I remember that he was quite a good looking fellow.
sharon <>
Weston, Fl USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 17:04:49 (EDT)
I remember the Papillo's on Clayton street, in fact i remember your husbands parents! I seem to remember the sister moving across the street when she got married??? If i'm correct, your husband lived next to the Moore's???
oldschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 11:45:30 (EDT)
The only person that I can think of that would be around Linden Stret in fact he was all oveer the city and his name was COCKY LEO and he would chase you all over the place when you would tease him. He used to make money by scrubbing you porch.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 10:16:15 (EDT)
Delaware Olds was on (maybe still there) Gov. Printz Blvd. just down from the Merchandise Mart. The Fiat dealership on Governor Printz Blvd also sold higher end foreign cars - maybe Mercedes ? Also, there was a dealership on North Market, close to Sears, that sold Volvos, Saabs and Triumphs sport cars. I think their name was Motor Sports. I know we were talking about cars, but how about motorcycles ? There was a BMW, Triumph dealership, Van Scice ?,across from Brown Tech.
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 10:04:15 (EDT)
When I was very small there was a Packard showroom on the block up from Brown Vocational. I remember asking my father why someone had cars inside their house. He told me they were for sale.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 09:00:26 (EDT)
ANOTHER E-MAIL QUESTION::____A man who walked along linden street with a scarf around half his face. I don't know his name but the kids in the neighbor hood would tease him. Maybe someone knows his name? Joyce Barczewski
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 08:52:03 (EDT)
Hollywood-Perkins sold De Soto and also Fiat automobles on Governor Prince Blvd. near the old Wilmington Ball Park. Frank Diver was located at 12th and French in the 40's and sold Studebaker cars. Union Park sold nifty Packard cars around 1955. There was Cadillac Corner used cars near 40th and Market on the west side of the Street. I bought a great little 48 Plymouth there in 1951. Kept the car about seven months and sold it back to them before going into the military. They gave me the same price that I originally paid. Maybe that is why so many of the used car dealers did not make it. Frank Diver may have had the Kaiser and Frazer franchise also, that would have been about 1946 or so. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 08:50:30 (EDT)
Arnie, I lived in Woodbrook with my parents from 1962 till around 1976. Ran around the Talleyville area. Hung out at the Dog House, Charcoal Pit, Dunkin Donuts when it was late since they stayed open all night, I think. I remember a small building just south of the Firehouse that was a car club and knew some of the guys there. It was across from A I Du Pont elementry school.
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 08:02:36 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 07:49:24 (EDT)
E-MAIL QUESTION::___This is an e-mail I received from Janet A. Alford::___What ever happened to Janís Steakhouse? They had the best steak sandwiches in the world. I sure wish I had their recipe. Janet A. Alford
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 07:32:28 (EDT)
to Ralph Pryor, If you were born and raised at 9th and clayton, you must have remembered my husband and his siblings, Mike, Joe, Augie, and Liz Papillo, raised at loth and clayton, many good memories of them, in fact the only ones alive are Joe and Augie
liz <>
hartly, de USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 03:44:24 (EDT)
I worked at a car dealership in i954, called Keil's, they sold new chryslers, also was a furniture store at one time
liz <>
hartlyde, de USA - Tuesday, July 11, 2006 at 02:55:25 (EDT)
202..... Anyone out there from Talleyville.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 21:40:21 (EDT)
Tonic.... New England/New York for soda/pop....
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 21:36:44 (EDT)
Dave, I believe you are thinking of Hollywood-Perkins, a DeSoto and Dodge or Chrysler dealer, can't remember which it was. They were located on Governor Printz boulevard a block or two from the Dandee Drive in restaurant. As far as I recall there was no dealer across from Colonial Chevrolet. I bought my first new car there, a 1961 Corvair Monza Coupe. I got as far as Lea Blvd and Gov. Printz before I was broadsided by a kid being taught to drive by his father. Seems he neglected to tell the boy to straighten the car out after turning. He came from my right side, made a left turn in front of me and crashed into the drivers door. Needless to say, I was somewhat upset.
Dave Ziegler <>
newark, de USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 21:05:38 (EDT)
there were alot of car dealers out on market street i'm talking about 40th, I worked at a bank at the time, around early 60s. I believe Divers was always on pa. avenue.
jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 20:59:50 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 20:43:17 (EDT)
On the heels of Rose Culver's request for recorded band music from PS HS, here is a more obscure request. *laughs* The summer after I finished 6th grade, which would have been 1964, I think (I hope!), I took part in some sort of music camp that was held at the University of Delaware. I think it was a week or so; we lived on campus, too - I think my room was in one of the Russell dorms. I can't remember if there were bands there, but I was there for voice/singing. We practiced all week, and at the end gave a concert. I remember where the concert was given - it was at what was then an elementary school just up the street from where the Student Union was, about a block south of Main Street in Newark. I believe that they made recordings and parents got a copy of the record, but I'm not certain about that. So, is there anyone else out there who remembers something like this - a music camp at University of Delaware?
Ruth <>
Hyattsville, MD USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 18:54:12 (EDT)
Who remembers some of the old car dealers (both new and used) around the Wilmington scene of yesteryear? My uncle used to work for George Thompson Used Cars at his little lot at 31st and Market... that was circa 1948-49. It occurred to me that there must have been a lot of dealers who didn't make it, and eventually folded. Anybody remember any of them? And where did dealers such as Frank Diver, Union Park Pontiac, Delaware Olds, Colonial Chevrolet and Wilmington Motor Sales (Cadillac) get their starts?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 17:40:46 (EDT)
When we were kids we used to run through the small bricked alleys between the houses, and sometimes get hollered at for all the noise our feet and shoes generated. We played hide and seek in the neighborhood alleys on our block. We learned to walk up to the top of the alley way, by placing our hands and feet against the opposite bricked walls and pushing our way up. Many times the kids would run just below us and never see us above their heads. These smaller alleys were access alleys to the rear yards so the garbage men could empty the garbage can. There also were some common alleys that were U-Shaped, more like a staples shape. This allowed access to the rear yards of homes that did not have the alleys between the homes. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 13:59:45 (EDT)
I haven't looked at the site for a while; but, it is always new and surprising. I lived on Fourth street between Harrison and Frankin when I was very young. 1121 West Fourth Street to be exact. I wasn't even six yet; but, we were allowed to play outside, and even around the corner.It was so safe then. We moved to 6th and Harrison.We used to run in the alleys.What fun. I had to drive my young sons into the city to show them what an alley was. LOL
Phyllis <ccint@aol,com>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 12:52:38 (EDT)
Bob, been here about 4 1/2 years and it's been a great time; we're about a mile from the new bridge from Charleston, which bills itself as the largest "cable-stayed" bridge in the country. My first 20 years were spent on Old Windybush Road, after which my parents moved to town, ending up at the Plaza Apts. I moved from Wilmington for good in 1962 and ended up in the Carolinas in 1982.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SV USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 11:17:30 (EDT)
Growing up in Wilm. in the 40's and 50's, I never said either soda or pop. We always called them soft drinks. Having lived all around the country since the 60's, I've heard both soda and pop.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 11:06:20 (EDT)
Butch Schilling - How long have you been in Mount Pleasant, SC? We just moved down to Beaufort, SC last January, and so far, we're loving it! It's the best place I've ever lived since my family moved from Waverly Road in Fairfax to Bucknell Road in Green Acres back in the late 1950's.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 10:12:17 (EDT)
Mike, nope - drove to town in that green 1950 Buick; parked on Van Buren St and worked the aforementioned route - never had the one in Windybush. After driving that old gas guzzler to town, I guess I didn't make much $$.Guess you "served" on Wollaston and maybe Athens Road in G.A.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 08:53:21 (EDT)
I just learned after moving to Kentucky how different Delaware language is. The first time I ordered a soda the clerk just looked at me. The man doing the electric work in my house asked, "What's that?" when I offered a soda to him. They say pop here but the closer you get to North central Ky the language gets closer to the way we in De. talk and people understand what soda is even though they say pop there too. It must be the Cincinatti influence. And I wish I had a dime for every time someone here asked me to say "water" again.
Patrick C <>
Mount Olivet, Ky USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 08:30:03 (EDT)
Hey can anyone help me out??? I am PS duPont , Class of 71 and really need to find anyone who ever recorded any of our band music. I am making a yearbook DVD for our next reunion and that would be awesome to have. Doesn't matter what year you graduated, as long as it was our band music. Hope someone out there has something... thanks
Rose Culver <>
Layton, UT USA - Monday, July 10, 2006 at 07:50:03 (EDT)
Every self-repecting Native Delawarean knows water is pronouced 'worter' (teehee)
TheKid <NoSpamWanted>
Wilm, DE USA - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 23:11:58 (EDT)
What a great site we have here! So many diverse opinions.Not necessarily a consenus of how we remember phrases or words. When I moved up here and met my neighbors, some would say "oh, you are from NJ". It's a matter of accent, I think. I say "warter" for their "waata". But, they say "Woobun" for the town of "Woburn" I am fond of suggesting that Delaware is not a suburb in New Jersey. Remembering how our Parents brought with them their Parent's phrases, "sayings" was one reason we love & respect our Delaware memories & staunchly preserve them.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Sunday, July 09, 2006 at 12:03:43 (EDT)
Being a native of Delaware, I too am guilty of using those quaint little phrases, however I don't ever remember using right for write. Then again I'm not working on my Masters degree either.
Wayne Butler <>
New Castle, DE USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 22:33:41 (EDT)
To All: I am, like the lady from Peabody, Mass., who rights from time to time, in between work, my masters education, and other things. But, it is always nice to catch up. To Ed Simon in Milford: You mentioned Drs. David and Ethel Platt in an earlier entry. My mother, Connie Ciconte, worked for them for many years on Broom Street, at Family Practice Associates. To Mike Degnars: I've inquired to some relatives about your relatives. I expect to hear from them very shortly.
Susan Ciconte <>
Milwaukee, WI USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 20:45:10 (EDT)
Butch, did you serve the paper in Windybush?? I remember helping my predicessor for a while before I took over the route. By the time I gave it up, it was Old Windybush plus the 1st part of the newer section; and the 1st 1/3 of Green Acers. Quite and afternoons ride. The "glossy Sunday comics" - could that have been the Philadelphia Inquerer. As mememory serves, their finish was much smoother and finer detailed than the Bulletin's.
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 19:31:09 (EDT)
The "Mullens" was actually MULLIN'S, as in "belonging to Mullin".
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 19:00:53 (EDT)
A friend of mine from Sussex used to go out into the swamps near Seaford and hunt for "mushrats" because there was a bounty on them.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 18:25:55 (EDT)
One of my all time favorites is a Sussex saying that means "I vouch for it" and is usually used after a supposed fact is recited. It sounds like "Um hearda teya". Translation: "I'm here to tell you." When you hear it, look for the guy with the big belt buckle, the blue jeans and the serious look on his face. And he might be opening an oyster too.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 16:30:15 (EDT)
Am I correct in assuming that the phrase "consensus of opinion" is a Delaware term? I used it once out here on the left coast and got a ration of you-know-what for being redundant... apparently "consensus" is all that's needed to convey the meaning.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 16:00:42 (EDT)
Another word Delawareans changed: spigot was pronounced "spicket".
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 14:46:44 (EDT)
I believe the unique sayings of the Wilmington neighborhoods were passed down from the parents and grandparents. My father always said that my mother spoke reverse English. Her grandmother was Pennsylvania Dutch. My mother had a unique way with words and it seems to have rubbed off on me. For instance the phrase "Please turn off the lights before you leave", became something like " turn the lights, off". It would seem that she would take a word that should be in the middle of the sentence and move it to the very end! The statement I think it is going to be hot today, would become it is going to be hot today, I think. Wilmington Dry Goods became Wilmington Drag Goods! The kitchen sink became the kitchen zinc. Also remember the Market St. store Mullens turned into Melons. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 09:39:50 (EDT)
I delivered the EVENING JOURNAL on E 35th St and Eastlawn Avenue from Market to Governor Printz from 1966 to 68. When the price went from 42 cents to 50 cents, I lost a few customers. And worse yet, the 8 cents tip I got from many customers also disappeared for a while. Christmas was always fun as I would take home about $75 ro $125 in tips. Not bad for "one week" for a 13 year old! As for paperboys.....they are a thing of the past. The News-Journal did away with them over a decade ago.
Michael Klezaras <>
New Castle, De USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 09:15:59 (EDT)
To Butch Schilling et al - re: "serving papers"....I wonder how and when that phrase got started in Wimmington as it related to delivering newspapers? Anywhere else in the country, that activity usually defined what Sheriffs and Marshals did for the Courts...definitely a non-kid thing. Anybody know? And do kids still hand-deliver newspapers like a lot of you guys and girls once did? We've talked before about certain uniquely Old Delawarean ways of saying things, such as 'newsy' for 'nosy', 'square' for a unit of measure of a city 'block', and 'crick' for 'creek'. Add 'serving papers' to the list.
Robert J Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, July 08, 2006 at 08:41:46 (EDT)
My brother, Bob, served papers on Vandever Avenue, 22nd Street, and all around that neighborhood. I used to help him sometimes. I still remember how to fold the papers for a good throw. Mostly, I collected his money when he didn't know it. I think he beat me up a few times for that. (Not really!) Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Friday, July 07, 2006 at 14:59:43 (EDT)
To read reprints of Smokey Stover comic strips go to Enjoy!
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 07, 2006 at 08:14:45 (EDT)
From a search = Smokey Stover - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia(Holman described the phrase "Notary Sojac" as Gaelic for "horsecrap" and as Gaelic for "Merry ... The Straight Dope: "What's the origin of 'notary sojac'? ... - 12k
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 07, 2006 at 08:11:25 (EDT)
I remember that "notary sojack" too.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 07, 2006 at 08:09:27 (EDT)
CONNIE, I too can remember SMOKEY stover and his helmet with the hinge and the palm of a hand for his swivel chair. Our family would buy the RECORD and trade for the glossy printed funnies after we read it. That comic strip was full of crazy items in each panel. There was always a picture frame on the wall of his office with the words NOTARY SOJAC, never knew what it meant. Maybe it was the name of the guy that did that strip. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 19:57:13 (EDT)
In the early 1960s I would "serve newspapers" on Lenny Platchek's morning route when he was away. His route included Faulkland Heights and the immediate area. We collected 42 cents a week from customers and were paid 10 cents/week/customer. On Lenny's route the pay was a little over $4/week. Lenny taught me how to fold the newspapers so they could be thrown. It's tough to learn but once you learn it you consider it a legitimate professional skill.
Larry Roszkowiak <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 17:39:35 (EDT)
Hey, I believe we former newspaper servers sometimes got the short end of the stick. I remember my brother collecting on Saturdays, most would pay and get their card punched, but there were a few that never seemed to pay for their Journal Every Evening paper. When a paper boy quit his route there was always some boy ready to step in and take over. There are a few that don't pay, and won't answer the door. A lot of the paper boys had dead beats and never got any money from them. The paper boys would just pay their supervisor and keep the remaining change. Never seemed to be able to stop the paper, or knew how.It seemed good to have a job, mechanical money changer, and a paper punch. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 15:32:04 (EDT)
we had the morning news and the evening journal (late edition) Remember at christmas the mail carriers would deliver 2-3 times a day and hire extra help during the holidays. that was "Christmas" mail, NOT "holiday" mail.
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 15:14:18 (EDT)
My 1958 afternoon route was from 7th to 10th/Jackson to Clayton. Is there any other place that describes delivery of newspapers as "serving papers?" The first time I said this in an out-of-state venue years ago, they thought I was a candidate for their version of Farnhurst.
Butch Schilling <>
Mount Pleasant, SC USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 15:08:04 (EDT)
I remember those days of serving papers. But what I remember most was walking the Streets with my wagon full of papers Hollering"EXTRA,EXTRA,READ ALL ABOUT it THE WAR IS OVER". I don't remember how many trips I madee that day back to 2nd and Jackson to the garage where we picked up our papers but I know it was as many as I could handle. The next best thing to being able to yell out that the war was over was the people giving you quarters and half dollars and not waiting for change. Boy did I make money that day, and what a happy time,seeing people actually crying with joy.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 14:44:45 (EDT)
Bob, I had a similiar route for the Morning News-Journal around 1961 - Rodney, Broom, Franklin boardered by 10th and Pennsylvanis Ave. Except my route included the 1401 Apartment building. I remember getting stuck in the freight elevator for at least a half an hour since no one was up yet. It was pretty scary for a kid. We used to have to collect for the week - .42, 6 papers, before the Sunday paper was issued. I remember people not answering their door so they wouldn't have to pay the .42. Different times - I wouldn't want a 12 year old boy roaming through an apartment building or the city streets at daybreak today.
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 14:18:58 (EDT)
I also remember waking at four in the morning to deliver newspapers. The papers were very heavy and when they were folded and stacked on edge in the bikes handle bar basket, the weight of the papers sometimes flipped the bike while it was on the kick-stand. I believe the papers were the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, and Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. I can still the headlines from V-E day, and V-J day as I cut the wire on the paper stack. Yes, it was very dark and quiet in Wilmington that early. I always finished my route at seven thirty hours in time for school. My route was Delaware Ave. To Harrison St. and Van Buren St. to Franklin St. Also, we were required to deliver to the door, and not throw them . I was twelve or thirteen years of age and was in the seventh or eighth grade at Warner School. That early hour to begin the paper route there was never anyone on the street including cars, after all there was a war on. ...BOB
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 11:49:45 (EDT)
I remember selling subscriptions for the Sunday Star door to door when I was about twelve years old....early 50's. I was able to sell enough to get a brand new bike for my sister, Pat. Pat and I also delivered papers on Sunday morning to Lancaster Court from in town. If a parent today allowed a twelve year old to deliver papers at 4:30 A.M., he'd be charged with child neglect.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 10:42:57 (EDT)
I think the SUNDAY STAR was the paper with Roto-comics. The comic section was on glossy paper instead of common newsprint paper. That was very impressive to a little girl. My mother would read "The Teeny-weenys" to me. I remember Smokey Stover with the black cat and Gasoline Alley.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 09:53:13 (EDT)
Connie, it was back in the mid-Fifties that the longest walk I ever took in my life was from the B&O Station in Wilmington to the gates of Old College at the U of Delaware in Newark. It was actually something of a race sponsored by the college newspaper and I was lucky enough to come in at a tie for 6th place with editor Glenn Dill. There were about 40 participants and a long-legged Swedish grad student from UDel was the winner by an hour. The old SUNDAY STAR covered it with a story and pictures. Two weeks later, that paper went out of business forever. Anyone remember it? It was a pretty good weekly news sheet run by the Martin family.
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 09:45:32 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the 50 MILE WALK Pres. Kennedy said we should be able to do? We left the NCAS Co Courthouse on a night with temp.s in the single digits and wind speed in double digits. Going out Basin Road (when there was very little development) was, at the least, a challenge. We only got as far as Mitchener Brothers Auto Parts (about 8 miles) and had to call my father to pick us up.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 06, 2006 at 08:42:43 (EDT)
I sure do remember them and see them often. The Class of 1952 meets frequently and go over old times. There are about 15 of us that have stayed close. I do not know if you have heard or not but Tom had a stroke about 2 years ago and has lost his speach and mobility on one side of his body. Nelson is doing fine now but he too has had some problems but I guess we all have had problems at this age.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmigton, De USA - Wednesday, July 05, 2006 at 10:11:23 (EDT)
Harry, you were in the class with Tom DeLucia, nelson Lamb, do you remember them?
salliesgrad <usa>
wilm, de USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 19:34:34 (EDT)
TARPON SPRINGS , FL USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 14:03:33 (EDT)
Apparently it burned down before I was born. I do remember my parents mentioning the black cat in their conversastions. We didn't have a car until the 1950s so I'm sure we never drove past there. But somehow I recall seeing a sign for the black cat on Rte 13 near the underpass.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 13:55:54 (EDT)
Connie, I can remember the BLACK CAT, went there just once when I must have been about seven years of age. I can recall being with my mother and grandmother and we were outdoors and there were white painted lattice enclosures by the tables. My mother mentioned beer hall and then said beer joint. My grandmother came back with the word beer garden! I never forgot the words beer garden. I know where the exact location was at the left fork and the left side of the highway. Didn't there used to be a sign with a painted black cat? I believe the sign was there a long time after the place had burned. A relative of mine mentioned if you could drive to the black cat and back to Wilmington with out a tire puncture it was something in the late 20's & early 30's. That was a long time ago, I must have only been 5 or 6 years old. ...BOB
Robert J.McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 11:26:01 (EDT)
I think almost every kid from Third and Connell was a Sallies guy. Ed Lawrence, Jack Wright, Jack Hanley, Jim O'Donnell, George Glenn. It also seemed that half the lawyers in Wilmington were from Sallies too. I was the only public school person in the area or, at least, it seemed so. I moved out of the city, going to Conrad in the tenth grade and graduating in '59. But I salute Sallies. They were a disciplined bunch that accomplshed a great deal. It's clear enough that the Sallies discipline is too often missing today...and it's pretty sad. And they didn't have 64 teachers/administrators making over $100,000 like Christina either!!
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 11:16:05 (EDT)
WILM, DE USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 10:28:32 (EDT)
Sallies Class of 1952 on line and reading all of the posts.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmigton, De USA - Tuesday, July 04, 2006 at 09:27:18 (EDT)
Thank you to everyone who has got in touch with me about my family history. I am still looking for any info on the Degnars Bakery. From what I understand it was located on Holland and Union before the Zappatrini's bought it from my family and moved it to Lincoln St.
Mike Degnars II <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, July 03, 2006 at 20:28:02 (EDT)
There is a very interesting web site that I wanted to point out. It is the home page for Delaware Public Archives "Your Window to the past". Please pay close attention to the section on Digital Archives. It even has historic sound bites. This is really neat. Let me know what you think.
Ed Simon <>
Milford, DE USA - Monday, July 03, 2006 at 19:32:10 (EDT)
July 3 1939 A second fire plagued the Black Cat road house at the split of Routes 40 and 13 near New Castle. While the dance hall had burned in February, this time the restaurant was destroyed with ten fire companies answering the call. Damages amounted to over $25,000.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 03, 2006 at 15:47:32 (EDT)
Do any of you former Wilmington police officers remember following mysterious lights while patrolling though downtown late one night in the Ď60s? It seems to me that whenever the lights passed a bank, they set off the audible alarm.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 02, 2006 at 09:58:15 (EDT)
July 1 1949 WDEL-TV, Delaware's first television station, began operating on Channel 7 in Wilmington. Shows were telecast from 5-6 and 7 to 10:30 P.M. weekdays and 7 to 10:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 02, 2006 at 09:56:39 (EDT)
Three Little Bakers.... Lancaster Ave...Fairfax....Kennet Square....Pike Creek After Church could hardly wait to go and get goodies...yumm
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Sunday, July 02, 2006 at 03:51:57 (EDT)
MOT/Delaware Middletown Odessa Townsend Remember when 202 Concord Pike was 2 lanes--West Chester to Wilmington. Kirkwood Highway was 2 lanes--Newark to Wilmington. Middletown where was that? Below the Canal? Not anymore. New Castle County--oh yeah. Kent County where? Sussex County oh the beaches and farm land.
arnie <>
townsend, de USA - Sunday, July 02, 2006 at 03:48:21 (EDT)
Carefull, there DAVE.My Husband married a Memorial Nurse and he smiled a lot,too. However, way back when we learned the art of humility, all Nurses learned to blush shyly, knowing we made great choices.
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Saturday, July 01, 2006 at 14:31:37 (EDT)