Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #4 - July 2003 to December 2003)

Bill - was the Shortlidge that you attended the "new" one on 18th St., or was it the old #34, on Concord Ave. & Baynard Blvd.? My Mom went to #34, as did her two brothers (my uncles); all of them graduated from PS Dupont. Miss (Mrs.?) Lawless was my 6th grade teacher, not the music teacher, btw. Sorry that was unclear before. I only spent 6th grade in Shortlidge, then 7th in Warner Jr. High. 8th grade was in Mt. Pleasant Jr. High. I did not weather jr. high very well, I'm afraid. :( At any rate, there you have it.
Ruth <>
USA - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 10:46:28 (EST)
Yes, Barbara, I remember a lot of those places. As a child my parents took us to the Kerry on $1 carload night, I hung out at the DanDee on Gov Printz & 30th St while attending PS, went to the Ellis with boyfriends, recall Reddi Killowat @ DP & L on Market St, and got my first puppy from the King Street farmer's market. My favorite sub shop was the Penny Hill Deli @ Phla Pike and Marsh Rd. Their cheese steaks were out of this world. They WERE the good old days because it was safe to walk the streets.
C Ambrose
USA - Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 10:18:10 (EST)
Attending Christ Our King and St. Helena's grade schools --then on to Mt. Pleasant High School. All good years sharing with my family and friends.
Judy Hausmann <>
Lilburn, GA USA - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 19:01:22 (EST)
I am researching the TALMA surname, and I was wondering whether you could help me with the following: According to the 1930 census for Wilmington, there was a Victor Talma living in Union Street. Victor was born in Delaware in 1905; his parents were Italian. He was married to Anna and they had two sons: Victor (born in 1928) and Teranis (born in 1929). I don't know whether he owned a barbershop or whether he was an employee. This is all I know about the family. Any further information would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Sylvia Binch <>
The Netherlands - Sunday, December 28, 2003 at 13:36:26 (EST)
Anyone remember Dom's Sub shop 4th & Madison, Shafer's Market,in Bellefonte? How about the Kerry DriveIn on Governor Prince, Pleasant Hill DriveIn, and the Ellis Drive In? And how about the curbside service at the B&G on Governor Prince? And all the great stores on Market Street,Wilmington Dry Goods on dollar day, the 5 & 10, Braunsteins, Kennards and the movie theatres Remember when Connectiv was Delaware Power and Light on Market Street? And the good old farmers market on King Street on Saturdays. These truly were the good ol days.
Barbara Dunn <>
Newark, De USA - Saturday, December 27, 2003 at 11:21:11 (EST)
Hi, Ruth- I went to Shortledge Elementary, but I'm afraid I have a few years on you- I "graduated" sixth grade there in 1947! Mathilda Peabody Graham was the Principal then, and some of the teachers I remember are: Mrs. Edith Brown (6th), Miss Hilda Darby (5th), Miss Marguerite Michener (4th?), Miss Taylor (Art), and Miss Feldmeier (?) Were any of them still there when you went there? Miss Michener taught both my mother and my uncle before me...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 20:31:22 (EST)
Ah, Bond Bread! Lois, I wonder if you remember the cinnamon streusel swirl bread that Bond used to make? That was the very best cinnamon bread when toasted! Wondering of late if there is anyone here who went to Shortledge Elementary, school year 1963-64? I was in sixth grade then, and remember that we did a production of Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore." I was in Miss Lawless' class, and was one of the "props" people in the Pinafore production. I remember we went around to a few other elementary schools with the operetta as well. I also attended Warner Jr. High the next year (64-65); was in section 7-9. Would very much like to hear from anyone out there who might have been in my classes! A very Happy Holidays to all from loverly Hyattsville, MD -- which is a nice town, but no Wilmington. :)
Ruth <>
Hyattsville, MD USA - Friday, December 26, 2003 at 18:51:40 (EST)
My Dad used to work for Bond Bakers Bread Co. as a route sales person. The year was 1955. Every Christmas he would bring home a Fruit Cake made by Bond Bakers.
Lois Bordner <>
Allentown, PA USA - Thursday, December 25, 2003 at 16:25:31 (EST)
Great website. More memories of old Wilmington abound here than anywhere else. My earliest memory is looking at the blinking neon Pontiac Indian sign atop Union Park Pontiac from my bedroom window. The signs is gone now. Also I remember walking down to the B&O station at Delaware ave and Dupont Sts. to greet my relatives who ame from Phila. to visit .We moved to Fairfax where I made a lot of great friends, some I still have today. My folks would send me to the Y to keep me out of the house and give them a little peace. So I have vivid memories of the Boy's Division at the YMCA on Washington Street. We would hang out there all day shooting pool, playing basketball, ping pong and taking swim lessons in the nude. It was a shock at first but you got used to it. Free swims at the Y Tues and Thurs between 2:00 and 3:00pm. Hopping the fence to Sneak into the RT. 202 Drive-In. I remember the Sallies dances of the 60's and the girls from Padua.( For some old sounds see our website ) I didn't know it then but now I can say Wilmington was a great town to have grown up in.
Huffy <>
Wilm, DE USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 19:02:48 (EST)
From 504 West 23rd Street 53 years ago, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!!!
Bob Wilson
USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 18:08:45 (EST)
Merry Christmas to all you wonderful people who were so lucky to have been born and raised in good old Wilmington, DE, USA.
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, December 24, 2003 at 16:24:28 (EST)
Wireball. Yes. many of us played it. Here are the rules of E 35th Street / Eastlawn Avenue of the mid to late '60s: Throw the ball over the wire, if the other guys misses it, it's a single. We had cracks in our street, so if you threw it over the wire and past the first crack, it was a double. The second crack and it was a triple. If you hit the wire and the other guy didn't catch it, it was a homerun. If you had runners on base, they only took the number of bases that the "hitter" hit. A double would take a "runner" from 1st to 3rd base. Other than that, it was a 9 inning game, 3 outs per half inning. The key was to try to throw the ball as high as possible, and in our case as far as possible because of the cracks (if you weren't trying for a home run) so that the other guy couldn't catch it. Great way to play ball with just 2 guys!! We also had a game called curb ball, but I have to go finish wrapping presents! Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!!
Michael Klezaras <>
New Castle, DE USA - Tuesday, December 23, 2003 at 21:34:34 (EST)
Finally, somebody else remembers playing "wire ball". I saw it listed under games and activities. If any of you can remember the rules, I sure would like to re-live it. I only have a sketchy memory of it.
diane chicklo robbins <>
riverside, ca USA - Monday, December 22, 2003 at 15:44:03 (EST)
I know all you wilmingtonians will love this site. Larry Anderson is an artist who paints nostalgic street scenes of old wilmington and new castle. I bought a few of his paintings. My favorite is the one of 9th & Market at christmas time. You can even see the #5 Vandever Avenue Bus.
diane chicklo robbins <>
riverside, ca USA - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 15:41:10 (EST)
Anyone remember Huber`s Sunbeam bakery on Union st where it runs into Pennsylvania Ave under the train track. Just around that corner was Diamond Ice and Coal Across from that was Foodfairs grocery That was in the early 50`s. I miss stickey buns and good veal from the meat stores on King street. I just miss Delaware
charlotte pulley <>
livingston, tx USA - Sunday, December 21, 2003 at 15:27:40 (EST)
Now that I no longer live in Delaware, I regret everything I didn't appreciate about that great state. I remember swimming and ice skating at Price's Run. The Strait shows at Price's corner, homemade ice cream from Linthwaites on the concord pike, ice cream sundays at Charcoal Pit named after the local high schools, shopping downtown at wilmington dry goods' 4 cent table, and the smell of fresh peanuts from Sears at 40th & Market. I remember going to Kiddie Town in New Castle (my grandfather helped lay the tracks for the train). And seeing the old Wilson Line docked at 2nd Street. I could go on forever.
diane chicklo robbins <>
riverside , ca USA - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 19:54:28 (EST)
the 4 cent table at Wilmington Dry Goods
diane chicklo robbins <>
riverside, ca USA - Saturday, December 20, 2003 at 19:47:14 (EST)
Hello everyone! Our update is long overdue... Please keep checking in. I am trying for Jan. 1, 2004. Maybe we'll be at 10,000 by then...
Harry Rogerson <>
MD USA - Thursday, December 18, 2003 at 08:36:58 (EST)
Great to read stories about the places where I grew up in the late 50s and 60s. I stumbled onto the site so allow me to ramble on with some instant memories. I went to Bayard JHS, WHS, Sallies and the U of D. Lived in the 4th and Union area. Dances at St. Lizzies and Elsmere Fire House as a young teen. I remember B. Ritter Furniture store across from T. Ryans, Tavani's Gas station, before there was a diner next to it. Bomba's shoes, and the snow ball shop. I hung out at Frankie's Sub Shop and put many nickels in the pin ball machine. On 4th Street, there was Nick Grossi's Men's Apparel, Chin's Laundry, Angelo Martone's Grocery store, a coin and stamp store, (previously Philomenia's Variety store), Mary's Religious Store and the Colonial Bank on the corner of Lincoln Street. Zappaterini's Bakery (great Sicilian slices), Evan's Hardware store on the corner of 5th, Pete's 5 and 10 on the other corner, and Louis the Butcher next to Pete's. And DiNardo's when it was just a tavern. I remember the old WHS, walking to swim classes at the YMCA. The Warner movie house, buying Flag Flyer shoes on Market Street. Taking my driver's test on Bancroft Parkway when I turned 16. Going to Greenhill Drive In, the ChuckWagon, and another one in Newport, I can't recall the name of that one. I played football on Bancroft Parkway, and learned to dance on the porch of friends who lived in the flats. Hoy's 5 and 10, the A&P on Union, Park Movie theater. Henry's Bike shop on Lancaster. The Post House for great burger's. I am sure there are many more memories to come, and it really was a great time to grow up in Wilmington. Thanks for bringing back some very nice memories.
HBC <>
NJ USA - Sunday, December 14, 2003 at 20:52:47 (EST)
Hey, you oldtimers who live outside DE! Wouldn't be great to go back in a time machine and be able to do our Christmas shopping at Wilmington Dry Good, Rosenbaums, Davis' in the 9th Ward? (I bought my father a red and white checked taffeta bow tie there when I was about 5 years old). He was a good sport and actually wore it to work! Let's hear some of your Christmas memories from the good old days in the greatest city in the world.
Pat Stillwell LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, December 12, 2003 at 17:28:02 (EST)
I have a vague recollection of Kitty's. Was it around 12th or 13th and Washington? I didn't frequent the place, but I think I remember it.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Saturday, December 06, 2003 at 12:22:16 (EST)
This site is really going back to a great time in my life, so many good things to remember. Does anyone remember Kitty's on Washington Street? We used to dance in the basement in the 50's can't remember the exact dates. They had all the service men listed on the wall and stars on the ceiling.
Sherron Long <>
Wilm, De USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 22:04:13 (EST)
Here are some more memories of old Wilmington. My great-uncle, Stanley Leon Barczewski (died in Feb 1999), was a musician who lead the Royalists, a popular Wilmington, DE, dance band in the 1930's and 1940's. After that, Stanley Barczewski ran the Avenue Food Market on Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, DE, and then with his brother, Herman F. Barczewski (died in April 2001), operated Barczewski Brothers Meat Products on Eighth Avenue in the Browntown Section of Wilmington until 1973.
Susan L. Arday <>
Laurel, MD USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 15:20:26 (EST)
Here are some more memories of old Wilmington. My great-uncle, Stanley Leon Barczewski (died in Feb 1999), was a musician who lead the Royalists, a popular Wilmington, DE, dance band in the 1930's and 1940's. After that, Stanley Barczewski ran the Avenue Food Market on Maryland Avenue in Wilmington, DE, and then with his brother, Herman F. Barczewski (died in April 2001), operated Barczewski Brothers Meat Products on Eighth Avenue in the Browntown Section of Wilminton until 1973.
Susan L. Arday <>
Laurel, MD USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 15:20:19 (EST)
Anyone out there who remembers my grandfather's (Steven Barczewski, Jr.) dairy known as West End Dairy in Wilmington, DE? Granddad died in Dec. 1958. At the time of his death, West End Dairy had 17 delivery routes. The dairy was started in the 1920's by my great-grandfather, Stefan Barczewski. At that time, the dairy was known as the "S. Barczewski" dairy in Wilmington, DE. My grandparents, Steven and Anne Barczewski, took over the dairy in 1930. In 1966, Anne Barczewski, the former head of West End Dairy in Wilmington, sold her late husband's business because she said she couldn't keep up with the changes. Paper milk cartons were becoming more popular and plastic milk containers had been introduced commercially in 1964. She accepted an offer from the Baltimore-based H.E. Koontz Creamery Inc., a firm that also acquired City Dairy and Greenhill Dairy, both in Wilmington, DE, and Hollybrook Dairy in Laurel, DE.
Susan L. Arday <>
Laurel, MD USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 15:09:27 (EST)
This will keep you occupied on a snowy weekend!
Michael Klezaras <>
New Castle, DE USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 09:14:15 (EST)
Joe wins the prized, autographed Mike Goliat baseball for this answer.
USA - Friday, December 05, 2003 at 06:51:39 (EST)
How about Roger Gordon? His catcher was Maynard Dill from Conrad.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 23:56:14 (EST)
OK, old Wilmington trivia experts...what's the name of the Lafayette College Class of 1955 ace who pitched his team into the 1954 College World Series at Omaha and didn't even have a fastball? Not sure he was from Wilmington, but he lives there now, out in Westover Hills.......
Wackoo #3 from Newburgh, NY <>
USA - Wednesday, December 03, 2003 at 22:07:11 (EST)
First, Happy Thanksgiving to all who visit this wonderful site! I would like to invite you all to visit my literary journal The Wilmingtonian at celebrating Delaware in poetry (and possibly prose and essay later on). I'm hoping to put up more poetry on the site, but have begun with one recalling the Delaware seasons and another evoking the Victorian elegance of Monument Square off Delaware Avenue. Also, as a fellow Ursuline alum, I'd like to say hello to Phyllis Ventresca. Even though I graduated in 1974, I fondly recall Sallies dances, as well as those hosted by Archmere. I remember in 1973 attending the Archmere Senior Prom at the Patio, after which the class sailed their dates down the Delaware River out of Philadelphia. The following night, I attended Sallies' prom at the Gold Ballroom of the Hotel duPont. Great fun all around! After graduating from Ursuline, I went on to Swarthmore College. Many of my Ursuline classmates followed the Catholic tradition of heading on to women's Catholic colleges (I believe I gave scandal to a few and their parents by going on to a Quaker-founded college) or going on to the University of Delaware. Nowadays Ursuline alumnae attend a wide range of colleges and universities around the nation while the University of Delaware has become increasingly competitive in terms of admission (the same has happened with the state universities down here in North Carolina where I now am living. I miss Wilmington at Thanksgiving, and used to be able to celebrate there when my parents lived in Highland West. It was so much fun, after dinner, to drive up beautiful Pennsylvania Avenue toward Longwood Gardens. Another fond memory is dining in the cafeteria at Winterthur and prowling its bookshop afterwards. I'm under the impression Winterthun might have scaled back this operation in the past few years. Hope to hear more memories from those who went to school in the downtown Wilmington area. Sincerely, Donata Lewandowski Guerra
Donata Lewandowski Guerra <>
Cary, USA - Thursday, November 27, 2003 at 18:28:18 (EST)
Happy Thankgiving to everyone, from an old Wilmingtonian
Bill Hare <>
Richmond, Ky USA - Thursday, November 27, 2003 at 12:41:38 (EST)
My brother-in-law, Walt Ciociola, suggested I visit your site. He thought it was great. I couldn't agree more. I was born (1945) and raised in Wilmington, attended Sacred Heart School at 10th and Monroe (1959), and graduated Sallies in 1963. I left the Wilmington area in 1975 and have lived in Sussex County (De) ever since. I visit Wilmington often, and I have to stop by Madeline's Italian Restaurant, Serpe's Bakery and Peter Poppa's. There's a lot I miss about the old Wilmington, and how great it was growing up there. Just reading some of the comments found here was enough to jar the cob webs. Thanks, and I expect to be a regular visitor. Steve Smyk
Steve Smyk <>
Millsboro, De USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 22:17:47 (EST)
I graduated from Ursuline in 1956. I have not seen any letters from UA. I still get together with girls(lol) from my class. We will always be friends that have a special bond. Do you remember us. We wore those nasty green suits and oxford shoes to school. I don't know how we got a date! St Lizzies dances, Armory dances,parties,drive in restaurants and all the other innocent pleasures. I only wish that my children and their children could have grown up in the Happy Days generation. No question....just memories!
Phyllis Glenn Ventresca <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 21:03:16 (EST)
OK you old timers. WE Wilmingtonians also had Delmore Dairy and Clover DAiry. Rice Bakeries delivered also. I, too, remember, that "You can't beat our milk, but you can whip our cream". I do believe that was Fraim's. The "Journal-Every-Evening" was delivered for 3 cents a day by a wonderful "paperboy" who was directed by Tom Leonard who had his distribution center on Buena Vista St. off Vandever Ave. I have a ton of memories stored. Tap in whenever you wish.
Pat LeVan <>
Port Saint Lucie, FL USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 20:20:27 (EST)
I'm not quite old enough to remember the Hoover election, but I certainly remember Fraim's Dairies, with the milk trucks that had a little flag-like strip on top, saying, "You can't beat our milk, but you can whip our cream"... and horse-drawn deliveries, especially Diamond Ice wagons in the summer, with the wooden floors inside. The floors were grooved from the many cakes that slid along them, and were always wet. Sometimes we were lucky enough to find a nice big sliver of ice while the "man" was carrying his tongs with a big block of crystal-clear ice up to the house. Those slivers were wonderful on a nice hot day. I remember the "butter and egg man", too-- home delivery of fresh farm products. That was in the mid-forties, almost right up to the 50's, when the supermarkets started taking their toll on the more personalized home deliveries... ahhh, great years.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 19:02:45 (EST)
Anybody on here old enuf to remember the Hoover election ? Fraims Dairy ? I have one of their glass qt.milk bottles with the name right in the glass in the days when milk and bread were delivered by horse and wagon and the milk froze and us kids got to eat what came out on top . Kiger`s drug store on the corner of 4th and Union and the Park theather just belong, My father drove cab for 7700 atationed either at the train station or hotel DuPont. Nobody that old on line ?. Sure was a wonderful place to grow up
charlotte heathcote aka mickey <>
TX USA - Monday, November 24, 2003 at 18:32:44 (EST)
You are right Pat. My parents rented to both the Blue Rocks and the Clippers. This was our home at 215 W. 29th St.
Harry Brand <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 18:18:39 (EST)
Eddie Waitkus was shot by a 19-year-old fan named Ruth Ann Steinhagen in a hotel room in Chicago 1n 1949. He later returned to help the Phillies win the National League pennant. The story of his life was the inspiration for a movie called "The Natural."
Joe Mosbrook
Cleveland, OH - Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 11:36:56 (EST)
I do believe that Eddie Waitkus was the player who was shot. He and many of the other Blue Rocks rented rooms with families on East 29th St. in Wilmington within walking distance of the ballpark. My aunt and many of her neighbors had Blue Rocks' players staying with them during the seasons in the late 40's.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 10:15:46 (EST)
I just remembered that Eddie Waitkus, first base for the Phillies in the Whiz Kid years, was shot during the time he was with the team. Could he have been with the Blue Rocks earlier, and is he the one who boarded on 29th Street?
USA - Sunday, November 23, 2003 at 07:07:39 (EST)
Only former Blue Rock who boarded at a place that I know of was Clyde "Danny" Schell, from out in Michigan, who played the outfield in Wilmington for Skeeter Newsome in 1950, and who then lived in rooms at 605 West 19th Street with his wife and infant. Danny had a brief career with the Phillies in 1954 and again in 1955, and died, sadly, in Fostoria, MI, 1n 1964. By the way, Elbert Chance has written a very interesting book on the history of the Blue Rocks which mentions Danny, Jesse LeVan and all of the others from back in the 1940s and 50s. I can't remember the title, but I think it's published by Cedar Tree Press in Delaware and is on sale at good bookstores throughout the Diamond State.
Bob <>
Same Old Place, CT USA - Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 22:54:11 (EST)
About those Blue Rocks - I am sure that many of you remember a guy named Jesse LeVan. Fortunately, no relation to my husband! He was involved in a betting/gambling scandal in the late 40's/early 50's. Also, there was a player who boarded on east 29th St. in Wilmington who was involved in a shooting. Anyone remember this?
Patricia (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, November 22, 2003 at 19:22:54 (EST)
You're right, Bruce. It was a relatively small crowd and a fairly brief ceremony. I remember thinking at the time, and perhaps even said something on the air, about how casual the security seemed, even for that time. In later years, I covered a lot of presidential appearances for NBC and never got within touching distance of the president in an open crowd. It was particularly curious when we learned later that there had been other plots against JFK before he came to the turnpike dedication. Four and a half years later, I was anchoring the NBC Radio coverage from Los Angeles and had to report that Robert Kennedy had died. I don't think our society has recovered yet.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 23:28:26 (EST)
I was at the dedication of the Delaware Turnpike and shook JFK's hand as we all stood in a field next to the highway, after he deplaned from his helicopter. Presidential security back then was nothing like it is now. If I remember correctly, and maybe Joe can correct me, there wasn't a very big crowd there that day, maybe because it was a workday (Thursday)? Whatever, JFK stood and talked with the crowd for maybe 5 or 10 minutes before he proceeded to doing the dedication. It was a week before Dallas, as Joe says. On Nov. 22nd, I was sitting in the parking lot of Mount Pleasant High School (the new school) in my car - waiting for my girlfriend to get out of school when the news came over the radio that the president had been shot. When she came out of school, she hadn't heard anything about it yet, and I was crying my eyes out. We sat in the car, stunned and crying, for quite a while, as we listened to the updates on the radio. Then we took a long, quiet ride through the Valley.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 19:57:29 (EST)
I was at the dedication of the Delaware Turnpike and shook JFK's hand as we all stood in a field next to the highway, after he deplaned from his helicopter. Presidential security back then was nothing like it is now. If I remember correctly, and maybe Joe can correct me, there wasn't a very big crowd there that day, maybe because it was a workday (Thursday)? Whatever, JFK stood and talked with the crowd for maybe 5 or 10 minutes before he proceeded to doing the dedication. It was a week before Dallas, as Joe says. On Nov. 22nd, I was sitting in the parking lot of Mount Pleasant High School (the new school) in my car - waiting for my girlfriend to get out of school when the news came over the radio that the president had been shot. When she came out of school, she hadn't heard anything about it yet, and I was crying my eyes out. We sat in the car, stunned and crying, for quite a while, as we listened to the updates on the radio. Then we took a long, quiet ride through the Valley.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 19:57:20 (EST)
Almost, Michael. Actually, the president dedicated the turnpike on Thursday, November 14th. Burke Hull and I were there broadcasting it live for WDEL. We were literally within touching distance of him. Then, just eight days later, I rigged up a microphone to take into the WDEL wire room so I could read the teletype reports as they were coming in from Dallas. I still have very vivid memories of reading that flash at 2:30 EST -- "Two priests at Parkland Hospital say President Kennedy is dead."
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 15:55:31 (EST)
Since we're approaching that dreaded anniversary date that just can't leave our memories, I thought I drum up some of those "where were you when you heard the news" thoughts. If I remember correctly, Wednesday, November 20th, JFK comes to Delaware to dedicate I-95 the Delaware Turnpike (hence the name JFK Memorial Highway...much more poignant than the scores of schools, etc. that changed names). He goes back to DC and grabs a plane for Dallas. Friday the 22nd, my 4th grade class as well as the 5th and 6th graders at Harlan School are watching a puppet show in the auditorium about the goodness of milk. At the end, our Principal, the late Helen G. Baylis makes the announcment. We leave stunned for a long weekend of watching the TV with family. My most haunting memory: those drums! I can still hear them and get goosebumps! May his memory be eternal!
Michael Klezaras <>
New Castle , DE USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 15:39:07 (EST)
How many of the big stars (mostly for the Phillies) around 1950 came from the Blue Rocks? Of course there's Curt Simmons and Robin Roberts, but how about players like Eddie Sanicki, Del Ennis and Eddie Waitkus? One who never made it to the big leagues (as far as I know) but should have, is Mike "Scooter" Romello, a great shortstop for the Blue Rocks? Anybody remember any other players from that era?
Bill Fisher <W>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 12:40:55 (EST)
In the summer of 1950, my buddies Don Walker (of West 19th Street) and Don Rodenhiser (of Jefferson, up around 30th Street)went to an exhibition game at the ballpark at 30th and Governor Prinz. The Blue Rocks were playing the Boston Braves. Following the game, the Braves were in a team bus, and with my leaky fountain pen, I managed to get autographs of many of the Braves players, including Hall of Famer Warren Spahn, Vern Bickford, etc. The last to sign my book was Braves' Manager Billy Southworth, who was wearing a sharp-looking light-colored hounds-tooth sports jacket. As he signed his name, the pen burped blue-black ink onto the sleeve of his elegant jacket. He gave me a look that would kill, and that I've never forgotten. Thanks for stirring up this memory, Joe!!!
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, November 21, 2003 at 07:07:59 (EST)
Over the years, I have interviewed many sports celebrities and broadcast games from stadiums and arenas all over the country, but the sports highlight of my life probably occurred when I was little more than ten years old in Wilmington. Because of the World War II restrictions on transportation, the Philadelphia Athletics conducted their spring training at Wilmington Park. With some of my young friends, we went out to 30th and Governor Prinz to watch the team. During one of the practice sessions, we managed to wander out onto the field with some of the players. Suddenly, I felt someone grabbing my ear. As I turned around, I recognized the tall man in necktie and straw skimmer as Connie Mack, the longtime manager of the A's. He personally escorted me to the exit. A few years later, I got to meet Mack more formally, but I didn't have the nerve to mention that initial encounter.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 23:38:26 (EST)
I was born in an apartment at 5th and Grant Ave in the next block from Little Sisters of the Poor, Went to # 25 school on Bayard Ave. Nobody has mentioned Govatos candy store at 8th and Market Sts I still get candy from there. There was also the Sugar Bowl at 4th and Market and Lippincotts on Market below 4th where i got my first high heeled shoes for $2 and Shellpot Park out Market St where they had 10 cent day. I could go on and on. Maid4en name Heathcote nickname mickey. Antbody remember /
charlotte pulley <>
livingston , tx USA - Thursday, November 20, 2003 at 19:59:43 (EST)
That airplane on the roof was a "Fleet" bi-plane. It was once owned by the infamous Joe Pine and old friend Tom McBride. It was banished from DuPont Airport because the noise from it's un-muffled engine annoyed the Westover Hills people.It's a shame that this antique airplane met such an end.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, November 19, 2003 at 08:19:15 (EST)
My folks used to shop at the Food Fair on Market St, but it was on the other side of 31st St (towards Phila.); I remember it well. George Thompson's used car lot was on the corner of 31st & Market, and going north from there, I think there were a couple of residences, then the Food Fair. It was between 31st St and Todd's Lane, and across from the Washington St. side of Riverview Cemetery. Speaking of Riverview Cemetery, there's a book that's about to be published about it and its residents. It's being written by a Ph.D. from Chadds Ford who seems to have taken an interest in the place. Several of my family are buried there, including my mom and stepdad. I'm on the list to get the book, and when I do I'll let everyone know, and how you can get a copy if so desired.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 18:13:54 (EST)
I remember a sore called Goldenbergs (dry goods) on Governor Printz Boulevard that had an airplane on the roof. How about The London Dry Soda Bottlers on 26th and Governor Printz. The Food Fair Market on30th and Market. The Price's Run Skating Rink in Prices Run Park. The Dan-Dee Restaurant on 30th and Governor Printz. The Oscar Meyer Weinermobile all over the city.
Scott Brown
USA - Tuesday, November 18, 2003 at 10:22:10 (EST)
Rosemary and Betty Clooney may have been in Wilmington to visit their mother who worked at Nugent's on Market St. during the 50's. I remember buying my first prom dress there and their mother waiting on me. I know the Clooney girls were natives of Kentucky, and I have no idea why their mother was working in Wilmington; but I do remember that she worked in that store. Would be interesting to research it.
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 20:57:06 (EST)
Great site. I was born in Wilmington(1962)& grew up in Chalfonte. Attended Faulk Elementary School 1-6, Hanby Jr.High 7-9. In 1977 moved to Chadds Ford and Unionville H.S., and now live in Virginia. My best memories of Wilmington are from when I was a youngster. Bicycling all over Brandywine Hundred on my Schwinn Fastback w/banana seat, swimming in the Brandywine River... & jumping off Thompsons Bridge. Subs from the Brandywine Food Shop, candy and sodas from "Franks", and ice cream from the Silverside Dairy. Also remember going to the "haunted" farm house and property that is now a park on Siverside Rd accross from Chalfonte. Fair Blue pool, Siverside Pool, Shell-Pot Creek, Beaver Valley, Hoopes Reservoir, the fields behind the WDEL tower on Shipley Rd. Papy's, and The Charcoal Pit. Chalfonte Tornadoes Baseball. A.I.Dupont League Football.
Greg <>
VA USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 16:17:46 (EST)
A couple of notes: Rosemary Clooney was not a Wilmingtonian, although her brother Nick (George's father), once worked at WDEL and her sister, Betty, worked at Channel 3 in Philadelphia. The Clooney sisters were born in Maysville, Kentucky and first worked at WLW in Cincinnati. I don't know why the "Presidential" streets were line-up the way they were. Growing up in Wilmington, I thought for years that Jefferson was the second president. But I'm sure glad I didn't live on John Quincy Adams Street.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 15:59:02 (EST)
Found your site from classmates, and love it <
fran logan , mattarella, <>
palm beach , fl USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 14:02:30 (EST)
Found your site from classmates, and love it <
fran mattarella <>
palm beach , fl USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 14:01:31 (EST)
SCHOOLS----#13 on union street across from stapler park which is now called Highlands school
USA - Saturday, November 15, 2003 at 13:21:45 (EST)
To Tom, Who wanted to know what URL means:UNIVERSAL RESOURCE LOCATOR
Bill <>
Richmond, Ky USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 15:34:55 (EST)
My first comment is: what does URL mean? I didn't fill that in. It has been too long, but I remember a great deal about Wilmington. I may be one of only a few who started at Mt.Pleasant(1st grade) and ended there (12th grade) in the same building on Duncan Rd. My 1st grade room eventually was my typing class room in (I think) 11th grade. Is the Blue Ball still thee out on 202? Is the glass still along the top of the wall around the Alfred I duPont Institution across from the ol' duPont CC? When I was 14-15, I was a beekeeper in and around Wilm. Kept hives along Hillcrest Ave. and a sign advertising fresh honey (late 40's). Also, can't forget the trolleys. How could I have gotten to the downtown library wo/a trolley? i still remember being proud that Rosemary Clooney was from Wilm., but I never thought much of Joe Pyne. maybe I was too young to appreciate his homey humor. Enough for now.
Tom (then, Bill) Orlando <>
Altoona, Pa USA - Friday, November 14, 2003 at 12:27:54 (EST)
Some 60's--70's stuff. Doing the loop from Canby Park thru Richardson Park to the Elsmere Rollerama...Subs at Jacks or Tony's..Strate Shows at Prices Corner and later at the Farmers Market..Dancing at The Triple Nickle or the Turf Club on 40..Swimming at Hoopes Reservoir or at Indian Rocks..The Strait Shows at Prices Corner..later in front of the Farmers Market..Drag racing in front of the Drive In on Newport...Jimmy Johns and the Charcoal Pit on 202..Steamy summer evenings at Brandywine..having a cold on at The Other Side afterwards..wonderful memories.
Bob G <>
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 11:49:03 (EST)
I've always wondered why the presidential series of north-south street names going west from Washington Street in sequence ended at Harrison, and skipped the first Adams, whose street should have been between Washington and Jefferson, altogether. Anyone have a clue as to why this happened? Was it a political thing?
Bob <>
USA - Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 07:14:19 (EST)
I remember the Wilmington Dry Goods store in Elsemere, every saturday with a stop at the Chuck Wagon if we were good.
vince castagno <>
nj USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 20:20:24 (EST)
Sorry.... just realized that 406 referred to Market, not King Street. Senior Moment is to blame.
USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 18:49:15 (EST)
In checking the King Street directory, I noted that 406 King was listed as VACANT; in fact my grandfather's business, Delaware Novelty and Hardware was located there. Please correct the listng. I love this site.
Wilmington, USA - Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at 10:37:12 (EST)
I grew up on Broom St, between 2nd St and Lancaster Ave. I when to Lore Elementary, Bayard Jr High and graduated Wilmington Hi in "73". I use to hang out in Little Italy, mostly in the Woodlawn Ave area. Remember going to Frankie's Steak Shop for the best steak sandwich. I worked at the Zappaterrini's Bakery for years before joining the Army. I remember listening to WAMS and WMMR out of Philly. I liked the idea of cruising of weekends, but I hear that you can't do this anymore. My best times were in Wilmington and I'll be back there soon. Right now I work in South Korea with the military, training them on new equipment. I retired at Ft. Bragg, NC "GO AIRBORNE". If anyone remember me, please e-mail and let me know how's things are now days. This site is great and just reading it brings back a lot of great members of the good times.
Bob Crawford (Buster) <>
Fayetteville, NC USA - Sunday, November 09, 2003 at 09:23:03 (EST)
Graduated from Corpus Christi in 1962. Flunked out of Sallies in '65. Best thing that ever happened to me.
Larry Roszkowiak (Rush) <>
San Francisco, CA USA - Tuesday, November 04, 2003 at 20:50:22 (EST)
I am so glad that I found your page. Brings back a lot of good memories to this 70yr old of my growing up yeaes.
Antoinette M Brown <>
Milton, De USA - Wednesday, October 29, 2003 at 12:15:39 (EST)
I was born in 1952, grew up on Lancaster Ave. (around Clayton St,) Went to Lore Elementary, Cedar Hill and Bayard Jr. High). My family moved to Brack-eX when I was around 13. Have wonderful memories of my old neighborhood and the kids I grew up with. The Olin boys, I think there was 6 or seven of them. There was a lot of kids in the neighborhood, if any one on here remembers me please email me at I see that no one mentioned the dances on Friday nights at Elsmere Fire Hall. They were good times I will never forget!!! I love this site.
Sharon (Bolt) Buchanan <>
Newark, De USA - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 13:18:58 (EST)
I believe the Wildcat roller coaster that someone mentioned was the one at Rocky Springs Park near Lancaster...and what a roller coaster it was!!!
Bob G
Willow Grove, PA USA - Tuesday, October 28, 2003 at 10:54:14 (EST)
I lived on madison st. seven hundred block. we had a great farmers market that stretched from second street to ninth street.very exciting times
bill rogers <>
wilm , de USA - Monday, October 27, 2003 at 20:34:37 (EST)
I believe the name of the roller coaster at Lenape Park was the "Brandywine Express"... could be wrong on that, though- it's been a LONNNNNGGG time.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 19:36:08 (EST)
To answer my own question about the roller coasters at Riverview Park, I did a search on Google, and found this site, which says the other roller coaster was the Hummingbird, which I now remember as being true. But, the Wildcat was the better of the two: faster, steeper hills, etc.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 19:29:56 (EST)
And....what was the name of that roller coaster at Lenape? And what were the names of the two roller coasters at Riverview Park? One was the Wildcat, wasn't it? And, the other?
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Sunday, October 26, 2003 at 19:21:15 (EST)
Took my son to Lenape when he was 2 maybe 3. I couldn't believe they still had the wooden frame roller coaster at the time. He's 31 now. Seems like yesterday.
Richard Meck <>
Montverde, FL USA - Saturday, October 25, 2003 at 20:39:24 (EDT)
It's interesting to see where folks from Wilmington have migrated. In going through just this last volume of the guest book (not the archives), I note that seventeen states are represented: CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, IL, KY, MD, NC, NE, NJ, OH, PA, SD, TN, UT AND VA. Anybody out there from any other states?
Bill Fisher <William H. Fisher>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, October 24, 2003 at 14:20:34 (EDT)
I remember Saturday mornings with WILMO the Clown. I was interviewed on the radio one time, which thrilled my mother, and was given a silver dollar by WILMO.
C Ambrose
USA - Thursday, October 23, 2003 at 11:53:34 (EDT)
My grandfather had a restaurant at 8th and Tatnall Streets called "Roy's Sandwich Shop" that was forced out of business during WW-II due to food rationing.
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Monday, October 20, 2003 at 20:58:09 (EDT)
My grandfather had a restaurant at 8th and Tatnall Streets called "Roy's Sandwich Shop" that for forced out of business during WW-II due to food rationing.
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Monday, October 20, 2003 at 20:57:53 (EDT)
Just spent the weekend in Wilmington attending a reunion. The old town looks pretty good, and a lot of home restoration seems to be going on, both to the east and the west of Market St between Front and 14th Streets. The old ritzy Alapocas, Kentmere and Rockford Park neighborhoods are holding up especially well, and the "new" Riverfront Walk area is superb. Lincoln Street looks to be in good shape. The drive out Kennett Pike and on Rte 100 (the Montchanin road)to Chadds Ford is still beautiful. Even got up close and personal with Old Swede's Church for the first time in 50 years. Market Street is getting a bit seedy again, but it was good to see that the WSFS building at 9th and Market is still doing the same old business and looking good and well-preserved. Drove by desolate 30th and Gov. Printz Blvd and was reminded of the Frank Sinatra song.
Bob <>
Stamford, CT USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 19:58:36 (EDT)
Does anyone remember "Herbie" the paper guy. I went to Sallies and my old man worked for Hercules. He's the first homeless guy / hobo I ever saw. What was his story ? I heard that when he died they found like 20 grand in his little room... the old man told me he read it in the paper. I guess the news journal people might know...
August West <>
Leadville, CO USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 15:39:12 (EDT)
Born and raised in Wilmington, lots of good memories, sleding down Hercules country club, monkey hill & having kitchen sink after foot ball games, going to Sallies Dance, St lIZZIE, HOW CAN WE FORGET FR BURNS!! Aschenback getting our root beer floats with real ice cream Marie was great, Mostly knew the yard gang across from COK, as well hung out with 40Acres and Concord Pike where I went for CCD classes how can we forget them. Have been enjoying your site, Keep up the great work, like the web site name Old easier to remember, having senior moments. Spending my spare time teaching Seniors how to use a computer, has been fun. Also enjoying adding memory, writer all this good stuff. Bill and Paul (Clatch) part of the yeard gang, Paul married Kathy Donlon, live in New Jersey and Bill married Barb. Swimming in the quarry and sandpit take me back a few years. Old time king street where the trucks would bring fresh produce and meat etc. Living in Wilmington sure was great. Every one would try to get me to drink coffee, still hate it.We all had great times and they wer fun. Ellen
Ellen Pringle (Colatriano) <>
Newark, DE USA - Sunday, October 19, 2003 at 00:14:30 (EDT)
I'd like to mention a few names and places of memories. Jack Holmquist and the old Delaware speed way in the mid 50's rememer old 1Xjr? Bob Mutter, Nancy Coursey,Lucy Clavalo and the Delaware roller rink.Walter Arrington. Dave Steimling (deceased) Charlotte (TEE GEE) Anderson and of course the one that pointed me to your web site, Ken Robinson.
wally ramberg <>
woodstock, il USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 19:49:34 (EDT)
The rest. on Orange St. between 9th & 10th was the Copper Kettle, before it was on Orange St. it was located next to the Warner Theater, and was open 24 hours, the Owner of the Kettle at both places was Tom Leounes, he made great donuts in the morning,his brothers , Nick an George owned the Towne Talk rest.
Bill Hare <>
Richmond, Ky USA - Friday, October 17, 2003 at 07:54:39 (EDT)
Actually, I think that was the Copper Kettle Ranch on Orange, between 9th and 10th, wasn't it? I think the restaurant had moved to that location from somewher else, where it had been known simply as the Copper Kettle. Someone with a better memory please *HELP*!!
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 20:20:45 (EDT)
The restaurant at Lancaster and Union was the Post House, owned by the same people that owned the Post House on 43rd & Market (by Sears). The two Post Houses are still there.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 11:30:30 (EDT)
Hmmm, guess I took care of that! 3 times!
USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 11:26:44 (EDT)
The Copper Kettle was on Orange, between 9th & 10th Streets. Yes, in that same general area (Orange Street is the street that goes between the duPont Bldg. and the Nemours Bldg., which are between 10th & 11th).
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 11:25:47 (EDT)
The Copper Kettle was on Orange, between 9th & 10th Streets. Yes, in that same general area (Orange Street is the street that goes between the duPont Bldg. and the Nemours Bldg., which are between 10th & 11th).
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 11:25:38 (EDT)
The Copper Kettle was on Orange, between 9th & 10th Streets. Yes, in that same general area (Orange Street is the street that goes between the duPont Bldg. and the Nemours Bldg., which are between 10th & 11th).
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 11:25:33 (EDT)
The restaurant next to Wilmington High on Delaware Ave. was the Toddle House. Was there another restaurant in that area called the Copper something or other?
Pat (Stillwell) LeVan <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 10:26:51 (EDT)
That must have been the Tottle House. They had great hash-browns. Another favorite was the Toll House on Union near Lancaster.
Joe Mosbrook
Cleveland, OH USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 10:08:00 (EDT)
I lived in Wilmington from 1947 till 1956 when I Went in the Air Force. Back in those days I was known as Girden my middle name. This site brought back alot of memories. Wish I could locate someone who remembers me. I went to Warner Jr High in 52,53 & 54 then to Wilmington High Quit school in 55 to join the Service. This is a great site for remembering the good old days when the only thing on our mind was having fun. Didn't know how good it was. Does anyone remember the name of the Dinner next to the old Wilmington High School. I worked there washing dishes for a short time. It was nice reminiscing these old places. Keep this site going.
Kenneth G. Robinson Jr. <>
Brookings, SD USA - Thursday, October 16, 2003 at 00:58:48 (EDT)
I needed a dark blue suit when I was a freshman at the UDel (to wear on a Men's Chorus tour of the state), and bought it from that plain pipe rack Robert Hall store (across from Brown Voc. High School) from my fraternity brother Dave Allen, who later went on to the more upscale Mullins store while it was still down at 6th and Market.
Bob Wilson
Stamford, CT USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 20:49:29 (EDT)
Don't remember a Robert Hall at 10th and Market, but I do remember one- plain pipe racks and all, on Market between 14th and 15th, across from Brown Vocational School... All I remember at 10th & Market was the United Cigar Store, Wilmington Trust, the Library, and Rodney Square.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 18:30:27 (EDT)
Going swimming at Betterton Beach, Augustine Beach, and the The Sand Pits in Hockessin with friends.Robert Hall Clothing Store at 10th & Market Streets. Sledding, Tobaganning at Hercules Hills on Lancaster Pike.West End Dairies, Bond Bread being delivered, use to live in Coopers Farms from 1950 to 1956. Ponsells Drug Store on Kirkwood Highway.Dave Nickerson attended the Old Wilmington High, for two years and had to transfer when they built the new one because anyone living across the street from the new high school was considered the suburs andso I finished and graduated from Henry C. Conrad H.S. in 1962.
David J. Nickerson <>
Los Angeles, Ca. USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 14:48:29 (EDT)
Remember Nickerson Bros. Rug Cleaners in Marshalton Delaware, and the nearby candy store on the corner, Mrs. someone owned it. Paul's Barber Shop in Marshalton, the AcmeGocery store on the corner in Marshalton.Fire Engine Rides Marshaton Fire Dept.
David J. Nickerson <>
Los Angeles, Ca. USA - Wednesday, October 15, 2003 at 14:40:18 (EDT)
I know the answer to Bill's question: "Who was the First Eagle of Troop 99." but, I cheated, I have been working on the archives for Troop 99. I know there are a couple of troops in Wilmington that are older. TROOP 99 is 63 years old. I started on a quest to obtain stories, pictures and meet with other prior members of the troop. I know some of you guys out there are probably prior members. Fess-up. I need some stories. I have actually met two of the original scouts on the first 1940 charter. Two of my sons are Eagles from Troop 99.
D. Haley <>
Hockessin, DE USA - Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 16:47:39 (EDT)
Looking for photograph of Bayard school pre WWII. Bayard is south of Chestnut between Dupont and Clayton. Thank you, Fred Best
Fred Best <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, October 10, 2003 at 13:47:29 (EDT)
I live in Willow Grove..and the old Willow Grove amusement park was NOT on Route 611. It was between Welsh Rd and Moreland Rd...the area is called Roslyn..not Abington. the site is the Willow Grove Park mall..
Bob G
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 10:13:49 (EDT)
Also -- the Willow Grove Amusement Park was near AbinGton, not Abinton.
Joe Mosbrook
Cleveland, OH USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 22:49:14 (EDT)
You are right. I stand corrected! I was very young at the time.
Joe Mosbrook
Cleveland, OH USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 22:46:52 (EDT)
Please don't kick me for nitpicking, but I have one little correction to one word in Joe Mosbrook's note of a few days ago: The old airfield he mentioned was Bellanca Field, not Blanca, if I'm not mistaken. Bellanca airplanes used to be manufactured there, also.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 21:29:16 (EDT)
Re: Brandywine Zoo. Remember Katie and Jerry the monkeys in the Monkey House?
Pat Stillwell LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 18:48:56 (EDT)
The Willow Grove Amusement Park was along route 611 near Abinton, in Montgomery County, about 15 miles north of center city Philadelphia. For years, it was one of the biggest and best amusement parks around. Today there is a shopping center at the site, the Willow Grove Park Mall.
Joe Mosbrook
Cleveland, OH USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 17:30:09 (EDT)
The Willow Grove Amusement Park was along route 611 near Abinton, in Montgomery County, about 15 miles north of center city Philadelphia. For years, it was one of the biggest and best amusement parks around. Today there is a shopping center at the site, the Willow Grove Park Mall.
Joe Mosbrook
Cleveland, OH USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 17:29:59 (EDT)
Besides Lenape and Hershey Park, I remember another amusement park in Pennsylvania called Willow Grove. Anyone else remember it or where exactly it was?
Pat Stillwell LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 13:08:57 (EDT)
Hi, Debby- It has indeed been a while since we chatted about BSA Troop 99 out of Bellefonte. I wonder if anyone here knows who the first Eagle Scout from that troop was? (Hint: circa 1950)
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, October 06, 2003 at 00:42:49 (EDT)
another great amusement park not too far away was Rocky Springs near Lancaster...the Wildcat roller coaster there..a carousel almost as good as Lenape's..and the penny arcade there was always a place I spent a lot of time in
Bob G
USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 23:07:19 (EDT)
You forgot the great pool at Lenape Park...the always great July 4th fireworks there...the teacups..I remember ALWAYS getting my feet wet in the funhouse trying to walk across the tilting little saucers not long after you went in...and the neat slide down at the finish.
USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 23:04:35 (EDT)
I am back. Hey, no one has mentioned the Lenape Amusement Park. (At least it is not listed in the Amusement section. Best Carosel. You just knew you were grown up when you could catch the rings. Bumper cars, the spook house,canoeing, the swing and of course the roller coaster. The fire works on the 4th of July.
D. Haley <>
Hockessin, D USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 20:53:21 (EDT)
Hey, Bill fisher, how are you. I have not talked with you in a while about Troop 99 (Presbyterian Church of the Covenant) in awhile. Just at a camporee this past weekend. Next time I go down there, I'll get some pictures of Rodney. It has changed alot since much of it has slid down into the water. Land Ship has long been gone and the Nature Lodge will be next.
D. Haley <>
Hockessin, DE USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 20:47:18 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the Village Barn at 11th and West Streets? Manny Klein's Orchestra OR Cousin Lee and his Country Western nights. Lots of good dancing and fun. Also the Palm Gardens,another place to dance! All of the Catholic Schools had their picnic at Riverview in New Jersey in the 1950 and '60's.
Fran Gibison <>
USA - Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 20:06:34 (EDT)
Sunray drug stoe in the Merchandise Mart on Governor Printz
linda castelow <>
Wilmington, de USA - Friday, October 03, 2003 at 09:48:07 (EDT)
I was at Lafayette from 1952 to 1956. Here's another one I'll bet a few people remember: "Gladly," the cross-eyed bear at the Wilmington Zoo.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH USA - Friday, October 03, 2003 at 09:37:42 (EDT)
River Road School
linda castelow <>
Wilmington, de USA - Friday, October 03, 2003 at 09:26:53 (EDT)
To Joe Mosbrook...what years were you up at LaFayette?
USA - Friday, October 03, 2003 at 07:10:14 (EDT)
This web site sure triggers some old memories. Here are a few of mine from the 1930s and ‘40s: Air races at the old Blanca Air Field . . . Robin Roberts and Curt Simmons pitching for the Blue Rocks at Wilmington Park at 30th and Gov. Printz . . . The Blue Bombers playing at the Armory on DuPont Street on Sunday afternoons . . . A P-38 missing the runway and crashing through the fence at DuPont Airport . . . The glider pick-ups at the air field . . . Ice skating on the pond at the old Wilmington Country Club . . . Sledding at Rockford Park . . . Air raid drills and wearing dog tags at school at Alexis I. during World War II . . . Sophie’s Sub Shop . . . The area we called “Forty Acres” . . . Going to the Ringling Brothers Circus near Wilmington Park . . . Watching the smokey Royal Blue arrive at the B&O station at Delaware Avenue and DuPont . . . The B&O Restaurant . . . Taking the Pennsy for 95 cents to Philadelphia for baseball and football games at Shibe Park and Franklin Field . . . The Wilmington Clippers . . . The funny little triangular chairs at Cappeau’s . . . Trackless trolleys that always seemed to come off the trolleys . . . Shopping for toys at Rosenbaum’s . . . Swimming at the YMCA at 11th and Washington on Saturday mornings and going to the western serials at the old Grand Theatre on Market Street on Saturday afternoons . . . Cousin Lee singing “You Are My Sunshine” on WDEL . . . Announcer Charlie Collins dropping a live microphone out of the third floor window of WDEL on V-J Day . . . Connie Mack’s Philadelphia A’s holding spring training at Wilmington Park when transportation was curtailed during the war . . . Playing baseball in an empty lot at 14th and Bancroft Parkway . . . Taking the New Castle-Penns Grove Ferry across the Delaware River . . . Going to Atlantic City long before anybody thought about casinos . . . Driving up Route 1 to get to Philadelphia . . . Taking a ride “in the country” -- all the way to Talleyville . . . First seeing television in the window of the Willard Wilson store on Delaware Avenue . . . Scoping out bars and restaurants that had TV antennas on the roofs . . . Frank Schoonover’s art studio on Shallcross . . . The Flower Market at Cool Spring Park . . . Being measured for new shoes with an x-ray machine at Mullins . . . The Smith and Strevig drug store next to the Ritz Theatre on Delaware Avenue . . . Pro Tommy Fisher giving golf lessons at the old DuPont Country Club . . . Being flooding out while on a Boy Scout camping trip to the Battery in New Castle . . . School dances where we danced the Fox Trot and the Charleston . . . The old Tower Hill football field on DuPont Road where we had to run up the steep hill to build endurance . . . High school basketball games where I invariably had to guard people like Dallas Green and Bunny Blaney . . .
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH USA - Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 23:36:37 (EDT)
Attention all alumni of the Mount Pleasant School on Duncan Road; there used to be a famous (to some of us) tree at the edge of the school property at the gate in the fence at Talley Road in Bellefonte, which was variously known as the "Smoking Tree: or simply the "Tree", where kids used to gather and some smokers used to go to to grab a quick smoke between classes. To those of you who remember it, this is just to let you know that, evidently, it was a victim of Hurricane Isabel. That great Oak tree has fallen recently, I guess during that storm, and has died. I'm sending a picture of the fallen tree to the webmaster, and it will be up to him if he wishes to publish it or archive it for posterity.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, DE - Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 21:46:21 (EDT)
Hi Joe I for one sure do remember your show from WDEL. It was well done. Wondered what had happened to you. Sounds as though you've done yourself proud. An "old" friend - Bud Poole
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, October 02, 2003 at 08:25:02 (EDT)
It seems like a long time ago, but I grew up in Wilmington in the '30s, '40s and 50s. As a kid I used to hang around the old WDEL studios in the Odd Fellows Building at 10th and King when Gorman Walsh and Harvey Smith were the main guys there. After college at Lafayette and several broadcasting jobs, I returned to Wilmington in 1961 to become the news director at WDEL, after the station had moved to the old WDEL-TV building on Shipley Road. In addition to news, I did a call-in program called "Voice of the People," one of the early call-in radio shows. I left Wilmington in 1967 to join NBC radio and TV in Cleveland where I have been ever since. I retired from NBC a few years ago, but continue to do a weekly jazz history radio show on Cleveland's NPR station, and just recently wrote a book on Cleveland Jazz History. I returned to Wilmington last year for the 50th anniversary of our high school graduation at Tower Hill, and frankly, hardly recognized the place. It looked like Concord Pike has become Delaware's largest city.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland, OH USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 23:23:42 (EDT)
Hey, Fellas, I don't think anyone advertises in this forum. I think people just come on and add their ads. (No pun intended). I, myself, am truly grateful for the people who run this forum. Thanks for providing it. Pat (Stillwell) LeVan
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 20:02:24 (EDT)
Right on ! I don't come to this site to read advertisements
Bud <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 12:35:46 (EDT)
I think it would be good if you didn't advertise in this forum.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, October 01, 2003 at 11:18:52 (EDT)
If I may butt-in, I don't remember Pennsy Field, but I think what Joe is referring to is Baynard Stadium, which is on W. 18th Street, next to the B&O tracks, and across from Sallies High School. Baynard Stadium, a combo field, football/baseball/and track belongs to the City Of Wilmington, and was used by Wilmington High, Brown Voc., & Sallies, as their home field, and by other local schools that didn't have their own fields. Baynard Stadium is still there, still in excellent repair, and still in use by many local venues. I hope I have clarified some, and not further confused the issue.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 09:20:30 (EDT)
Ok, Joe- that would explain the name "Pennsy"... I was kinda young back in the 40's, and don't remember it real well. Heck, I don't remember a whole lot that happened last week, come to think of it! Thanks for the clarification.
Bill Fisher <>
West Sumner, CA USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 19:42:49 (EDT)
Thanks for the quick response Bill but the field you're referring to belonged to Wilmington HS. There was a track there that was used for CYO meets in the early 60's and also a baseball field. Pennsy Field was somewhere near the train station but I can't place it exactly.
USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 19:26:23 (EDT)
Joe: If the "football field" is the one I've seen mentioned previously here, it was also the site of a stone-walled pond that appeared to be abandoned, at least in the late 40's. It was located approximately where the US202 exit leaves the northbound I-95, southeast of Alapocas. Someone said that high school football games took place there, but when I used to go there, there was no evidence of any kind of stadium or athletic field. I'm pretty sure that's the location you're thinking of... anyone else remember that area?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, September 29, 2003 at 17:33:24 (EDT)
I just found this site recently and I really enjoy it. In going back through the archives someone asked if anybody remembered Pennsy Field where many big high school football games were played in the 30's. I've been trying to figure out exactly where this Field was for a long time so any help would be appreciated. As long as I'm here who remembers building forts from discarded christmas trees? ...playing step ball comic books .... flipping baseball cards (but only your "doubles") .... A great site.
Joe <>
Wilmington, de USA - Sunday, September 28, 2003 at 20:03:43 (EDT)
My personal memories of Willie Gaylord are when he was on WTUX (studios on Market Street near 12th) in the early morning hours of the Fall of 1952. The name of his show was "Wake Up With Willie" and it came in perfectly down in Newark into the 4th floor of Harter Hall at the U of D. Not many local radio stations were then able to penetrate the band of radio interference sent up by the ore in Iron Hill, down between Newark and Glasgow. It's funny, but the big New York stations like WOR and WNEW never had any trouble getting their signal into Newark.
Bob <>
USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 at 19:29:04 (EDT)
Geez- I'm feeling mighty old. I was around during the era when Del Parks was Director of Sports at WAMS, in the studios somewhere near 4th and French (are they still there?) I believe Dick Holmes was on the announcing staff there at that time, too.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, September 26, 2003 at 01:20:22 (EDT)
Dancing at White Crystal Beach bandstand.
Mary Ellen O'Neill <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, September 25, 2003 at 13:04:26 (EDT)
Glad to hear from you, Willie, lots of us remember you and your shows fondly; wish you were still doing them. Wish WAMS and all of the great DJ's were still on the air! Take care of yourself, and thanks for all of the fun times and for the fabulous memories! A member of the class of 1959, 1960, & 1961 (so, I was a dummy) :)
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Wednesday, September 24, 2003 at 21:28:57 (EDT)
To Everyone:  The following E-mail was sent to me from Willie Gaylord (WAMS DJ).  I thought it would be nice to share it with you.  And another note:  The site update will happen soon...    Harry

I was surprised and pleased to learn of your website.  I am happy to learn that Roger Holmes is still playing on the radio.
As for me, I have retired to Rehoboth Beach and have been here since 1986.   I see Art Curley occasionally.
I left WAMS in 1964 and purchased WCHE AM in West Chester, PA and worked it until l986 when I retired.
I have very pleasant memories of the Fabulous Five.  The record hops we held at the Masonic Hall, the Lions Club and even the Hotel Dupont Gold Ballroom.
Keep up the good work on your website.

Willie Gaylord

The Delaware Press Club was across from the PA Sta. Acme Tennis and Bridge Club was up the street from Bartley's Drugs at, I believe, 8th and Orange Sts. You rode an elevator up.
Frank Fiorelli <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, September 23, 2003 at 09:51:22 (EDT)
I just wanted to tell the person that was talking about Marconi's Italian Restaurant in Wilmington, that his son Pete opened up a Marconi's down here in Millsboro, DE, Sussex County. I am originally from Wilm., on of those Catholic school girls from St. Lizzies. Does anyone remember curb service at Greenhill Dairy and the Chuck Wagon. Hot summers swimming at Canby Pool, block parties in the Knights of Columbus Parking Lot. Dances at St Lizzies, Newport Fire Hall, Sallies where the priests would serparate you if you were dancing too close, dancing at Zion Methodist church in Newport and Greenhill Church on Lancaster. Ice skating at twin lakes and sledding at Hercules Country Club. For anyone in my group that remembers playing cards on bleachers at the baseball diamond down near the woods at Canby Park where the broken down house was and all that was left were parts of the wall to the house but the stone fireplace still stood. Remember the cops chasing us down the alleys of the homes in Cleland Heights. Memories, oh what memories. If any of my old friends read this, I would love to hear from you so we could catch up. I almost forgot the best subs in DE at Filomena's Sub shop on I believe 2nd street and when they closed the next best was I believe Katie's sub shop on Lincoln St. I just love this site and can't wait to pass it on to all my friends that I still keep in touch with.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Monday, September 22, 2003 at 22:13:43 (EDT)
To Leonard Ploener: Any relation to Burt Ploener, who went to P. S. duPont in the 1948-51 era? I'm not QUITE that old by about 3 years, but remember the name.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Sunday, September 21, 2003 at 15:10:07 (EDT)
I beleive that after hours club across from the old penna. station was called the ACME club
Bill <>
Ky USA - Sunday, September 21, 2003 at 13:10:39 (EDT)
Does any one remeber going to the dances at MAJESKIA hall in Browntown.?Also the after hours club accross from the Penna.station . <>
USA - Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 14:25:28 (EDT)
I can remember walking from my grandparents house on Jessup Street to a corner store to buy candy. I haven't been to Jesup Street in 30 or 35 years.
Wilm, DE USA - Saturday, September 20, 2003 at 08:56:50 (EDT)
Any one rememberWeber`s little hot dog stand across from the old A& P, on Market St. I beleive it was around 30th & Market, we used to stop there and get a hot dog on the way home from Price`s Run Pool.
Bill H <>
KY USA - Friday, September 19, 2003 at 11:34:18 (EDT)
The Sunoco Gas Station that sold ice cream was named "Coopers". They also had some playground equipment for the kids alongside the building.
Bob H. <>
Wilm. , DE USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 18:08:57 (EDT)
Add to you Bakeries listing Trincia and Calvarese Bakery, better known as the T & C Bakery on 7th Street between Scott and Lincoln Sts
Lou Calvarese
USA - Wednesday, September 17, 2003 at 16:42:05 (EDT)
Here's another memory prod, not a question: remember the old Sunoco gas station that used to be at the intersection of Foulk & Silverside Roads in Brandywine Hundred? It was the only thing at that intersection back in the late 40's and early 50's. Besides the gas pumps and the garage, there was a large square building where they served food, I guess, I only remember the ice cream - they had the best black raspberry ice cream around. Even better than Lynnthwaites - which came along later. I know a lady that used to work there, pumping gas, and she later went to work at Lynnthwaites, when Lynnthwaites was in the ground floor of the barn on the southbound side of Concord Pike (before they moved into the new building on the northbound lanes).
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 23:14:39 (EDT)
In reply to Bruce's query about the name of the riding stables out on Limestone Road, this was the site of Carousel Farms. I recall taking English riding lessons there in 1975. The grounds were just beautiful, especially in Autumn!
Donata Lewandowski Guerra <>
Cary, NC USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 21:13:19 (EDT)
greaaaaat site
anna <>
chicago, il USA - Tuesday, September 16, 2003 at 09:05:48 (EDT)
Thanks, Bill, for the info about Dan Casey. I've found out he is still in the area. I really appreciate your efforts.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Monday, September 15, 2003 at 22:15:35 (EDT)
Leonard PLOENER, My wife who was Nancy Smith wants to know if you knew Patsy Smith. She would have graduated from 1948 also.
Jack Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Monday, September 15, 2003 at 21:43:23 (EDT)
To Bruce Dunlap: Dan Casey did indeed work at WILM after leaving WAMS. I used to work part time at WILM after school and that's were I met Dan. A super nice guy. I think that his wife was seriously ill at the time with TB, but you would never know it. He was always upbeat. He did me a big favor when he told me not to go in the radio business.
Bill Swift <>
West Friendship, MD USA - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 20:56:39 (EDT)
Born 1929 -Wilm. Dela. Grad. from P.S. Dupont Feb. 1948.Lived 2511 Wahingtion ST,. for 25yrs. moved to 41st. and tatnall married moved to brandywine hills.Left Dela. 1990 moved to a/c n.j /sarasota fl.,
leonard c. ploener <>
Atlantic City, nj USA - Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 14:08:19 (EDT)
And for Bob, I think the restaurant at the upper end of French St. near the Brandywine that he is thinking of was Winkler's Restaurant. Either that, or the Water Works, but I'll bet it's Winkler's.
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 21:32:23 (EDT)
Ok- I just remembered that the dance hall in NJ was the "Sunset Beach Ballroom" at Almonesson, NJ. Don't know why they called it a beach; it was on a lake, but there wasn't much of a beach there as I recall... of course, the ol' memory ain't quite what it used to be.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, Ca USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 15:26:35 (EDT)
My sister's class at P.S. (1938) held their prom at the Hotel duPont Gold Ballroom with Count Basie and his orchestra featuring Billie Holiday.Little did they know at that time the future of that group.According to my sister the prom was a great sucess.
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 08:48:42 (EDT)
The Sunnybrook I remember was in Pennsylvania. I remember dancing to many big bands there in the 50's. I believe Merv Griffin started out playing with Freddy Martin's Band and seeing him there. There was another dance hall in N.J. and all I remember about that was Oscar that DuMont broadcast from there. There were lots of big bands that came to the DuPont CC and also to the University of Delaware fraternity dances. It was great music, great dancing and great fun.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 08:28:15 (EDT)
Sunnybrook was in Pennsylvania. Was about an hours ride from Wilmington
Jack Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 07:36:51 (EDT)
Hey, Jack- wasn't Sunnybrook the old-time dance hall in NJ? I can hear the radio announcements still: "Three miles south of exit 3 off the New Jersey Turnpike at Runnemede..." Went there several times; danced to the Les Brown, Ralph Flanagan and Les Elgart Orchestras at various times. Great memories from those days...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, Ca USA - Thursday, September 11, 2003 at 02:25:44 (EDT)
I will add that those dances were at the duPont Country Club
Jack Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 22:25:47 (EDT)
I remember going to the dances with the big name bands on Saturday nights. I can remember seeing Gene Krupa. Going to Sunnybrook on Sat, nights to see bands such as Tex Beneke and the Glen Miller Orchestra, Vaughn Munroe doing his radio show. Good times.
Jack Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 22:23:31 (EDT)
Ahhh yes, Christy's, up in PA where 202 and US 1 cross. I don't remember any alligators there (they must have been eggs when I went there with my family to dine...I'm older than Bill...) My parent's favorite restaurants back in the early 1950's for a real dress-up 'going out' family meal included Christy's, Van's Holland House, The Green Room of the Hotel DuP, Hearn's at the foot of Concord Avenue, The Chadds Ford Inn, that place on upper French Street near the Brandywine, and the dining room of the John Wanamaker department store.
Bob <>
CT USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 21:26:02 (EDT)
And now... going waaaay back, does anyone remember Christy's Restaurant on the SW corner of 202 and US1? I remember they had a circular "pit" of alligators in the front entrance, inside the building. I was amazed at that as a young kid, and had visions of them getting loose and terrorizing the dinner guests!
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 19:37:28 (EDT)
The Tally Ho use to be a great place to go. Nice restaurant and after dinner in the back they had a small stage above the bar and really good groups singing. Paul Richardson played there quite often.Small dance floor available also. Great place to spend an evening.
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 16:22:57 (EDT)
Could that be the "Tally Ho" at Naaman's Rd and 202?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 10:53:53 (EDT)
That place up on 202 could be the old Sheraton near what is now Widener Law School.
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 10:15:13 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the name of the hotel like place up on 202 near the Pa line that used to have the great Italian Buffet on Sunday nights back in the mid to late 70's??...I loved that place but cannot for the life of me remember the name of it
Bob Green <>
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Wednesday, September 10, 2003 at 09:27:21 (EDT)
I used to work at the riding stable off Burnt Mill Rd, but for the life of me I can't remember the name. An old man owned it and lived there on the property in a little house. I used to take parties out riding, That has been a long time ago. as I was about 16 yrs old.
Jack Tapie <byecholabs@aol,com>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 18:07:03 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the horse riding stables on (I guess it was) Milltown Road, just before Limestone Road? The horse trail would go out of the stable, down to Limestone Rd., out to Camp Mattahoon, then into the woods behind. I can't remember the name of those stables. Before then, there were stables out on either Snuff Mill or Burnt Mill Road, out off of old Rte. 82. Can't remember their name, either. ???
Bruce <>
Wilmington, USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 12:46:51 (EDT)
I used to live between 5th and 6th on Delamore Place. I remember several busineses that I haven't seen. JAFFE's Drug Store (4th and Union), Goodman's Grocery (between 4th and 5th on Delamore Place), Piccioti's Restaurant (4th and Dupont) and Pandolfi's Tailor Shop on 4th St.(between Dupont and Scott or Scott and Lincoln). Enjoy this Website! Thanks. Vince O'Neill
Vince O'Neill <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, September 09, 2003 at 01:42:52 (EDT)
Thanks for assuring me that my memory isn't going, Bill. I remember now that, when we rode the Edgemoor bus in the winter, we used to sit in the back seat, as that's where the most heat was, from the engine. I didn't ride that bus much, living in Hillcrest, I mostly rode the Bellefonte trackless trolley. My sister-in-law used to live on Denny Road in the Terrace, so it was only when I was with my older brother and her that I rode the Edgemoor bus - going downtown to the movies, or whatever. One of my homes in Hillcrest was a block from Petrillo's quarry, so I remember that area well. In the evening, after the workers went home, we used to climb the rock face of the quarry - it's a wonder none of us got killed. I went to MTP (Duncan Rd.) from 1st through 9th grade, then switched to Brown Voc. I was in the senior class of 1960 and 1961. Don't know what class you were in, but don't remember Joanne Garvey, or what our favorite food was at the Spic & Span. I'll get sis to refresh my memory when she gets home.
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, USA - Friday, September 05, 2003 at 14:53:17 (EDT)
You're right, Bruce- the #20 Edgemoor bus was a diesel bus. My pal Alex Pondok and I lived on Salisbury Drive in Edgemoor Terrace, and had moved out of the P. S. duPont School District, but still went there for about six months. We used to take the #20 bus in to 10th & Market and transfer to the 12 Boulevard out to P. S. at 34th Street. After school, we'd walk down Monroe St to Lea Blvd, to Sears at Market St, up thru Shellpot to Edgemoor Road, past the quarry (it's now filled in; we always hoped that they'd hit water there so we could have a great swimming hole) and home to Edgemoor. That got to be quite a hassle, so we both transferred to Mount Pleasant (the old school on Duncan Rd.) Back to the Spic & Span: when we frequented that great spot, the thing to order was a grilled cheese sandwich with barbecue sauce. Was that a hot item when you went there? And did you know Joanne Garvey, who lived in the Gate House on the Bellevue estate? She was in my class at Mount Pleasant.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, September 05, 2003 at 12:08:28 (EDT)
Further thought on the bus aubject: I don't think the Edgemoor route was a trackless trolley, I think it was always a bus route. That would explain why there were no overhead wires going on the bridge over the Gov. Printz. Sound plausible?
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, September 05, 2003 at 11:36:07 (EDT)
Bill, that area by the duPont plant, and all along Hay Road was also great for geese hunting, and rabbits, too. Also, in the marshy areas, there were BIG snapping turtles, too. That area is where I learned how to hunt, I grew up just up the hill in Hillcrest. Do you remember when there were a few houses in front of the duPont plant, and the Edgemoor bus route used to got to the plant? I remember that, but wonder now, how the bus went there, because that was a trackless trolley route, and I don't remember the wires going over the Edgemoor Road bridge to that area - but they must have, or was it a special bus that went over to that area? Hmmmm....
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, September 05, 2003 at 11:33:05 (EDT)
The hunting we did that particular day was in a heavily wooded area which is now the communities of Northwood, Green Acres and Webster Farm... on the east side of Marsh Road, just south of what's now the Graylyn Crest Shopping Center. We also used to go for ducks down near the Delaware River near duPont's Edgemoor plant (go over the Governor Printz Blvd on Edgemoor Road toward the river). There were lots of marshy, reedy swamplands there that the ducks used to like. I didn't know you could hunt on Willie duPont's Bellevue estate... or was that a "special privilege"?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 23:04:02 (EDT)
Bill Fisher ... Where did you hunt in the Penny Hill Spic & Span area? I grew up on one of the duPont estates on the Phila. Pike just north of the Spic. Did a little hunting and trapping in that area, also. Visited the Spic many times to "cap" off an evening. If I remember correctly, Smitty was the night manager.
Delmer Nicholson <>
Cincinnati, USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 19:45:02 (EDT)
I remember ice skating from my house on 36th and Washington all the way up to PS. What a wild winter. Worked at Gasser's and Matson Run. Went back to Wilmington this summer and I was sorry to see them both gone. 1970 Grad of PS. Hi to Risa King, saw your post in July. Now married to Rose Watson, my HS gal!!! Someday I'll move back to the real world and get out of this desert (and Deseret) crap. Hi to all. Phil
Phil Culver <>
Layton, UT USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 14:42:58 (EDT)
Will do, Bill; as soon as she gets back from vacation. That's the period she worked there, mid-50's.
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 10:59:50 (EDT)
Ooops... make that Bruce, not Bud, in the previous message.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, September 04, 2003 at 10:23:39 (EDT)
Bud, ask your sister-in-law if she was the victim of a mid-50's prank at the Spic 'N' Span... my buddy and I had been hunting in the woods around the area (yep, there WERE some back then) and came across a family of field mice. We were able to capture one of them, and left it as a tip underneath an overturned milk shake container on the drive-in tray when we stopped there after our big hunting adventure. (The field mouse was the only thing we bagged that day.) We didn't stick around to hear the shrieks when the container was thrown away. Chances are your sister wasn't the victim, but she might have heard about the little joke. (Seems to me we DID leave a monetary tip as well, though; we weren't THAT cruel!)
Bill Fisher <WHFisher>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 23:35:54 (EDT)
I may be able to answer your question about the cost of milkshakes in a week, Bud. My sister-in-law used to "car-hop" at the Spic & Span on Penny Hill in the '50's. She's away on vacation right now, but when she gets home, I'll ask her. Just guessing, myself, I'd say probably 25 cents - as a fountain coke used to cost a nickle then.
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 22:52:45 (EDT)
I don't ever think I've had a better shake than the ones that used to hang in the trays on the door of the car at either Wilmington's or Newport's Greenhill Dairy places.
Bob <>
USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 21:33:01 (EDT)
Anyone remember how much a milkshake cost back in the 40's and 50's ?
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 18:52:09 (EDT)
mary roush sealing <>
laurel, md USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 17:25:55 (EDT)
Sadly, The Hop is gone now, too. It's a shame, as it was a nice little place with the theme of the 50's & 60's..
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, September 03, 2003 at 12:06:08 (EDT)
I remember the first "date" I had at MAYBE 8 yrs old -- with Jimmy Korwek. We went to the Ivystone and I had Fried Shrimp and he had Fried Chicken -- it was where the Hop is now -- on the corner of Limestone Road and Kirkwood Highway.
Carla Payne <>
Garner, NC USA - Tuesday, September 02, 2003 at 17:07:24 (EDT)
A question: two diners, one was between S. King St. and S. Market St., on the river side of the PRR tracks (I guess that's called Water St.), and one was at Maryland Avenue and Front St./Lancaster Avenue. What were their names? I think one of them was the Country Girl Diner, but can't remember which it was; and what was the name of the other one? What do other people think about splitting the classification up between restaurants and diners - in the list? I would like to see them separated, I think it would make it easier to find one or the other. Just a thought.
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 13:23:32 (EDT)
Jann's Steak House was spelled with two "n"s. Remember cruising from the DanDee and the B&G (affectionately known as the "Blood & Guts"), and Jann's to downtown, down Market St., out 4th St. to Union, then out Union to the Chuck Wagon and back? It used to be a ritual every weekend. In re: Mike Rowe (7/15), the article he mentions, about Philly Cheese Steaks was in a recent Philadelphia Magazine insert in the Philly Inquirer. It said that a real Philly cheese steak had to have real Cheez Whiz - what a misnomer, there's nothing real about Cheez Whiz, it's all fake. If that's how they like 'em in Philly, let them have them. We'll keep our Wilmington cheese steaks, made with real steak and topped with real cheese. Being from north of the city, my favorite cheese steak places were Jann's and Penny Hill Sub & Steak Shop. I hear the original owner of Penny Hill (Pete) is still doing well, and is retired in Fla., good for him. Mike also mentioned getting the rejected 7 Up's from the 7 Up plant on Phila. Pike, how about the Mundorff plant that was on 31nd St., I believe, (next to Harding Sign Co.) which backed-up to the Food Fair (32nd & Market) parking lot. If you went to the window of the bottling plant when it was running, someone would always hand you an "Upper Ten" or whatever was being run on the line at the time. In re: Bob Wilson (7/7), Screamin' Jay Hawkins had a lot of songs, I think his most popular one was "I Put A Spell On You". And, Bob Whare (7/20), I remember the Western Union boy on the bike; the Western Union office was on 9th St., near, or next to, Hubers. And, someone else mentioned the Spic & Span on Penny Hill, I have a sister-in-law who was a car-hop there in the mid-50's. Ok, enough from me for one day (I've got more, for sure - how about the headless horseman out in Beaver Valley) Remember him? Parking along the Brandywine, all the places to pull off, that are filled with large boulders now?
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 13:01:22 (EDT)
Again, a vote for the best subs in Northern Delaware (back in the 1950's anyway), for Angie's, off Cleveland Avenue in Newark, washed down with a pint of chocolate milk/drink. And who could forget the late-night snack of Tastykakes and Orange Drink from "Pop's", next to Harter Hall on West Main Street? As Pop used to say to every customer, male or female, "Put it in a bag for you, honey?"
Wilso <>
Stamford, CT USA - Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 11:12:21 (EDT)
Don't know about spaghetti, but the best pizza in Wilmington was at Remedio's on Lancaster Ave. and I think Scott.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 09:54:54 (EDT)
I would say the best spagetti and other Italian dishes were at Marconi's wich was a small place on Lancaster Ave near 4th street. Thye were very reasonable and made delicious meals that were of the true Southern Italian style. It was actually a corner row home that had been converted into an eating establishment. I can still remember the delicious dishes and the deserts.
Mario Le Pera <>
Harrisonburg, VA USA - Sunday, August 31, 2003 at 08:32:40 (EDT)
I agree that the ORIGINAL Katies at 6th & Scott had the best spagetti, but not the following owners - they weren't a shadow of the original.
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 12:30:23 (EDT)
Best spaghetti in town? Katie's at 6th & Scott has to rank right up there, along with Piciotti's on 4th St. somewhere near Franklin or Harrison... forget the exact location. Anyone have more candidates?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Saturday, August 30, 2003 at 11:27:07 (EDT)
I grew up in Richardson Park and remember all the stores and hangouts along Maryland Avenue. Chef's Diner and the Tastee Freeze as well as Park Pharmacy and movies at the Crest theater. We showed off our cars at Greenhill right before Newport then went out to the Chuck Wagon. It was just like the movie American Grafetti.
Mike Oller <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 22:15:19 (EDT)
I remember filling green stamp books and spending them at the green stamp catalog place which was next to Penn Fruit. Also, riding the escalator & checking out all the latest & greatest stuff Sears had to was always a great time...except for the bike ride back UP Penny Hill!!
AlanP <Apav7046>
USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 20:21:18 (EDT)
I remember DiLapo's (DeLapo?) Didn't he have a son by the name of Angelo?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 17:17:23 (EDT)
Regarding the businesses in the area of Cocord Avenue and Monroe...Schueler's Pharmacy (Fell's until the late 40's)was on one corner. Jen Hanna's Esso was diectly across the street. Ernie Hahn's Sunoco was on the Concord Ave./24th Street triangle (remember the outside lift for cars? There was no inside bay)Concord Liquors was on the other corner and the business was owned by Herman Decktor (the apartment building was owned by a Mr. White)A little past Concord Liquors was a dry cleaners (don't know the name of it, but Mildred Dumphy worked there)Across and down toward Madison St.from the cleaners was Samuel DiLapo paper hangers and next to DiLapo's, on the corner in a big white house, was Dr. Rovitti.
Marty Schueler Jones <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 14:29:46 (EDT)
I just found this site, and have barely scratched the surface of it so far. I hope to be able to contribute some memories, and many more names and places from my rememberances that I don't see listed, as yet. I also see some spelling that needs to be corrected, and addresses that need some fine-tuning, etc.; I hope to be able to help with that. I don't want to mess up the good work that has been done so far, so will hold my comments until I have had a chance to more fully check out the site. This is a wonderful project, and I hope more people learn of it soon, and can contribute more memories often. I will pose one question today: In regards to radio personalities, I don't ever remember "Dancin'" Dan Casey ever being on WILM, I remember him being on WAMS and, until not too long ago, sometimes filling in on WNRK in Newark. Is it my memory playing tricks, or can someone else confirm this. Dan Casey should still be in the area, probably retired now, maybe he watches this site? Would be good to hear fom him. Best wishes to this site, and I hope to be a good contributor. Oh, I was in the Class of 1960 & 1961 of Brown Vocational.
Bruce Dunlap <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 11:01:05 (EDT)
Bill, the store on the corner across Concord from the Sun station was a liquor store, and next to it was the dry cleaner. The first complete glass of beer that I ever drank was from a quart of Diamond State purchased at that liquor store by the elder sister of one of my PS classmates. It was consumed by four of us in the living room of a house on McCabe Place while we watched an afternoon Hopalong Cassidy movie on Channel 6. The actor William Boyd ("Hoppy") made a fortune from the TV reruns of these old Hoppy movies because he had purchased them outright from Monogram Pictures or whoever, after their initial release and rerelease some five years before they showed up on TV.
Bob Wilson <>
USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 07:09:31 (EDT)
Yes, I remember the SunOCo station very well. I seem to remember the store on the other corner at Concord & Monroe as being a Laundry/Dry Cleaner at one time, and at another it was a delicatessen-type shop, run by an Arabic family. But maybe it was the store next door to the corner (it's a bit hazy now)... anyone remember? And the appearance of the floppy disk signed the death warrant for IBM cards. If you've ever keypunched about 500 cards and submitted them for your job to run (overnight!) and just as you got to the computer room, dropped the deck of cards (500 pickup!),you can appreciate the advantages of the floppy. The early floppies were 8 inches square... BIG suckers, and they held a whopping 256K of data (or something on that order. That's pretty hazy too. Some of you old-timers please fill me in...!!
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Thursday, August 28, 2003 at 02:27:25 (EDT)
Robin, Bill, the Hines family, et al - I remember that there was also a Sun Oil gas station on the southern vee between 24th and Concord (or at least that's what it was in 1949 thru 1951). I remember this distinctly because, although Sun didn't have credit cards then, they had books of punched IBM cards called "Sunchex," which were mailed to you. When he bought gas for his sharp new 1950 Buick, my dad used to fill out the amount on the card and hand it to the attendant. They then punched in the code for the amount and sent it on to Sun. A month later, you'd get the bill. Whatever happened to IBM punch cards anyway? They disappeared from the scene back in about 1980.
Bob Wilson <>
USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 22:54:04 (EDT)
To Marty Schueler: I lived at 2200 Monroe St, at the corner of 22nd and Monroe, behind McCabe Church from about 1944 to 1947. That was my grandmother's house, and my mom and I lived with her when WWII and my parents' divorce were in their final stages. We were about 3 squares (right, Bob Wilson?) from Fell's Drug store. I remember your dad, Walter Schueler very well. Did you live above the store, or in the house next door on Concord Avenue? I assume you lived above, since you say that your dad "came downstairs to open the store"... I guess I never really knew where you lived; you were all just "part of the store". I can't seem to find it in the archives, but I related to Bob Wilson some time ago how your dad used to dip out the Breyer's Ice Cream into little flat-bottomed cardboard dishes lined with wax tissue to protect the ice cream... I bought many a quart of Breyer's Peach Ice Cream there! Does anyone recall another ice cream parlor called "Robin's", on the corner of 14th and Washington, across 14th street from the hospital? It was owned by Robin Lindsey, who lived very near Fell's Drugs. He lived about two or three houses from 24th Street on Monroe. There was an ESSO station at 24th & Concord, right across from Fell's. Robin lived across Monroe from the station... but I digress-- Robin's claim to fame was a mastery of dipping ice cream and tossing a round scoop of it from the dipper in one hand, over his shoulders and head, catching it in the metal milk shake container (or even a cone) in the other hand! He had all the kids watching with their eyes like saucers, waiting for him to miss one of them, but I never saw that, even once... His shop was the quintessential "ice cream parlor" with the ceiling fans, tiny tables with wireback chairs (2 to a table), and all the other things that used to define the classic "soda shop". Great times.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, August 27, 2003 at 18:27:37 (EDT)
Hooray for the last three posts! And thanks to Bill, Marty and Bud for posting them. They said it for all of us who are now looking back more than half a century, from three different and unique persepctives. To quote Cronkite, "..and that's the way it was..." Indeed.
Bob Wilson <>
USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 22:38:51 (EDT)
I remember that Sunday morning when the US was attacked by Japan. How that changed things. My father had a gas sticker that allowed him so much gas. We had coupon books for meat. My mother was a block warden and we had practice air raid alerts and all our lights had to be out and curtains drawn. I became a voulnteer aircraft spotter watching for and reporting all planes that flew over our booth at the Porter Reservour. (I was 13 at the time but felt I was doing my part)I remember hearing on the radio when the first atomic bomb was dropped. Then later the celebration in downtown Wilmington when the war was over. Then the boys that my sisters knew started coming home - kids when they left and men when they came home. We had so little compared to what we can have now but yet we had so much.
Bud <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 12:55:32 (EDT)
My parents owned Schueler's Pharmacy at Concord Ave. and Monroe Street. My father was the pharmacist. He opened the store every morning at 8AM and closed at 10PM, staying there all day. In the late 50's, he got radical and changed the hours to 9-9 and only stayed open until 1 on Sunday. People in the neighborhood called him Doc Schueler and he knew everyone by name. He often filled prescriptions by putting the compounds in a motar, crushing and mixing them with a pestle, and then filling the clear capsules by hand. All prescriptions would be put in a small box or bottle and wrapped in white paper. They would often be delivered to a customer's home by one of "the boys" who worked in the store and rode the store's bike for the delivery. Up until about 1959, the store had a fountain with stools that spun around. Big glass jars on the counter held pretzels (2 for a penny)Lance Crackers and Mr. Peanut peanut bags. Breyer's ice cream was hand dipped, Coke was dispensed from a machine and Sundaes were piled high with all kinds of gooey goodies. The "paper" was 5 cents and later went to an astonishing 7 cents. The Sunday paper was 35 cents. It was delivered to the store early in the morning and if a customer got to the store before it opened, they would take a paper and leave their money in a ciger box that was left on the step. Cigarettes were 27 cents for regulars and 29 cents for king size. Peppermint Patties, Hershey Bars, Life Savers, packs of gum and all the other candy bars were 5 cents. Luden's cherry cough drops were a pricey 10 cents. When a gentleman came in and said, "I'd like to see the pharmacist", one always knew to discreetly retire to the Rx room while my father retrieved a box from the only unlabled drawer. The mystery drawer, which I was not allowed to open, contained condoms. When I was 12, I (the pharmacist's daughter)became the first girl to be one of "the boys". I worked 15 hours a week and every other weekend and got paid 35 cents an hour (and all the free ice cream I could eat) Those were wonderful times of front porch sitting, neighborhood friends, bike riding (who ever heard of a helmet then! how did we survive?) The biggest event would be when 2 cars crashed at Concord and Monroe and the fire engines would roar up 24th Street. My father died in June 1963 at the age of 55. He went downstairs on a Saturday morning to open the store, had a massive heart attack and died in the very spot he stood to fill all the prescriptions over the years. My life changed forever after that Saturday morning. My mother sold the business, I married in 1966 and moved to Maine, my mother sold the entire house in the early 80's and moved. By then the neighborhood had gotten rough around the edges, and now, I would not even venture there to show my grandchildren the old homestead. Aren't we all lucky to have such memories though? I often wonder what memories my children and grandchildren will fondly keep in their hearts. I hope they are as good!
Marty Schueler Jones <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 10:47:55 (EDT)
A little house with three bedrooms and one car on the street; A mower that you had to push to make the grass look neat. In the kitchen on the wall we only had one phone, And no need for recording things - someone was always home. We only had a living room where we would congregate, Unless it was at meal time in the kitchen where we ate. We had no need for family rooms or extra rooms to dine; When meeting as a family, those two rooms would work out fine. We only had one TV set, and channels? Maybe two, But always there was one of them with something worth the view. For snacks we had potato chips that tasted like a chip, And if you wanted flavor, there was Lawson's onion dip. Store-bought snacks were rare because my mother liked to cook, And nothing can compare to snacks in Betty Crocker's book. The snacks were even healthy, with the best ingredients; There was no label with a hundred things that absolutely made no sense. Weekends were for family trips or staying home to play. We all did things together, even going to church to pray. When we did our weekend trips, depending on the weather, No one stayed at home because we liked to be together. Sometimes we would separate to do things on our own, But we knew where the others were without our own cell phone. Then there were the movies with our favorite movie star, And nothing can compare to watching movies in the car. There were the picnics at the peak of summer season - Pack a lunch and find some trees and never need a reason. Get a baseball game together with the friends you know - Have real action playing ball and no game video. Remember when the doctor used to be the family friend And didn't need insurance or a lawyer to defend The way that he took care of you or what he had to do, Because he took an oath and strived to do the best for you? Remember when the country was united under God And prayer in schools and public places was not deemed as odd? Remember when the church was used for worshipping the Lord And not used for commercial use or for some business board? Remember going to the store and shopping casually, And when you went to pay for it, you used your own money? Nothing that you had to swipe or punch in some amount - Remember when the cashier person really had to count? Remember when we breathed the air it smelled so fresh and clean And chemicals were not used on the grass to keep it green? The milk man and the bread man used to go from door to door - It was just a few cents more than going to the store. There was a time when mailed letters came right to your door, Without a lot of junk mail ads sent out by every store. The mailman knew each house by name and knew where it was sent; There were not loads of mail addressed to "Present Occupant." Remember when the words "I do" meant that you really did, And not just temporarily until someone blew their lid? There was no such thing as no one's fault; we just made a mistake - There was a time when married life was built on give and take. There was a time when just one glance was all that it would take And you would know the kind of car, the model, and the make. They didn't look like turtles trying to squeeze every mile - They were streamlined, white walls, and fins and really had some style. One time the music that you played whenever you would jive Was from a vinyl, big-holed record called a forty-five; The record player had a post to keep them all in line, And then the records would drop down and play one at a time. Oh, sure, we had our problems then just like we do today, And always we were striving, trying for a better way. And every year that passed us by brought new and greater things - We now can even program phones with music or with rings. Oh, the simple life we lived still seems like so much fun. How can you explain a game where you just kick the can and run? And why would boys put baseball cards between bicycle spokes? And for a nickel, red machines had little bottles Cokes. This life seemed so much easier and slower in some ways; I love the new technology, but I sure miss those days. So time moves on and so do we, and nothing stays the same, But I sure love to reminisce and walk down memory lane!
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Tuesday, August 26, 2003 at 10:16:55 (EDT)
To Bob: The Kozy Korner restaurant is now on Union Street. It's still small, but the food is still good.
Ellen Tate <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 15:06:35 (EDT)
My family lived in Richardson Park in the 60s and 70s..some of the places I miss are...Pappy's on Dupont Hwy and Kirkwood Hwy..The State Line Diner on 202...HA Winstons..the Hitching Post in Elsmere..Brandywine Raceway..and now Delaware Park since they are ruining it by putting a golf course in it..Glasgow Arms at 40 & 896...The Red Lantern at the 40 split...all the great little corner sub shops in town...Mrs Rubino's on Union Street
Bob Green <>
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Monday, August 25, 2003 at 10:50:24 (EDT)
Just a question of usage today by native they still say "squares" today to mean the number of "blocks" on a city street map, as in "I live at 23rd and Madison, only two squares away from where John lives at 22nd and Jefferson." This usage was also common in Philly back in the 1950's. Has it held on through 2003, especially by the older folks?
Bob Wilson <>
USA - Sunday, August 24, 2003 at 10:22:41 (EDT)
The restaurant at the corner of 10th & Washington was called the Kozy Korner in the 50's.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 14:36:43 (EDT)
The firehouse near the 10th,11th street intersection was on Delaware Ave right next to the Gas Station if I remember right.Directly across the street on the corner of Del.Ave and Washington St was a coffee shop/restaurant.
Bud Poole <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 14:30:37 (EDT)
I remember that "Greek Temple" service station at the point where 11th Street, Delaware Avenue and Washington Streets converge. The bus stop there was the coldest and windiest place in the winter and the hottest place in summer to wait for a #11 or #12 trolleybus to come by. It's odd, but I can't recall where the fire station was.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 07:16:06 (EDT)
My dad had an Atlantic Gas Station on the point between 10th & 11th Street at Washington next to the firehouse. The building is now located on the campus of Tatnall School. They call it the Greek Temple. Anyone else remember this.
Sheri Young <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 14:17:30 (EDT)
To Bill Rogers: I remember the Delaware Ice House at 7th and Wollaston and worked there 2 Summers while attending the U of D. The owner also owned Wilmington Fibre Co. in New Castle.
Bob Hines <>
Wilmington, de USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 11:18:53 (EDT)
To MJJJ - Thanks for the interesting private note about Fell's/Schueler's Drug Store at Concord and Monroe back in the 1940's and early 1950's. The Save-Mor Market at 23rd and Monroe and Fell's Drug Store were the first stores I was ever in in Wilmington when I arrived in the neighborhood in August, 1949. I remember your father. The first thing I ever bought at Fell's was a copy of LIFE magazine from Bobby Hines.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 07:33:35 (EDT)
Born (1958) and raised in Wilmington .. left for college in DC in '76 .. many fond memories - attended Lore Elementary (the wonderful Mrs Lloyd was my kindergarden teacher)... my uncle Jerry owned Brandywine Lock & Safe .. mom worked at The Dry Goods on Market -- dad for JE Rhodes (leather factory) - after Lore, I went to Harlan, PS - and finally Friends ... started my radio career in Wilmington (WDEL, WSTW, WNRK-Newark -- first job was on Rollins Cablevision Channel 5 (anybody remember 'Pat's Country'?)- WEEZ Chester too ... first station I ever walked into was WILM in the old Odd Fellows Building -- home of Dick Young, Burke Hully ... now I do a morning show in DC ... miss Wilmington often ...
Dave Adler <>
Annandale, VA USA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 19:17:07 (EDT)
Anyone remember canteens in the basement of Lower Brandywine Church? How about Herbie the newspaper guy in downtown Wilmington shouting "paper paper". Also cruising through the parking lot of the Charcoal Pit on 202.
Donna Street Murphy <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, August 18, 2003 at 14:15:10 (EDT)
I forgot to mention that I used to go to the Blue Rock games with my Dad. In Fact, we went to Philly to see Robin Roberts and Curt Simmons pitch their first double header in the pros. They both won. Great times. We had a pitcher on our Yorklyn team by the name of Bob Shutt and watched him pitch a game for the Blue Rocks against Harrisburg which he won 11 to 0.
Jack Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Saturday, August 16, 2003 at 11:55:19 (EDT)
It has been really enjoyable reading peoples reflections about their youth in Wilmington. When my wife Nancy was pregnant and we lived in Centerville, I would have to drive at night to Sophies Sub Shop,I believe it was on Lincoln St. I played baseball with Yorklyn after high school. Most of our team was made up of graduates from A.I. dupont. We won the tri-county championship one year. The drive-in on Greenhill Ave was Geeenhill Dairies drive-in. Good Food. I can remember going to Lenape Inn late at night eating steamed cherry-stone clams. It has been a ball browsing through this site Jack
Jack Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Friday, August 15, 2003 at 22:17:46 (EDT)
I lived across the street from Janet Smith in the 40's. This was on Tatnall St. In the 9th ward. I remember Laura, Sam, Tish, Ruthie, Jack, Janet and Anne. I believe they all went to P.S. duPont. Jack came back from WWII a war hero. He was a paraplegic and I remember well his being brought to the PS football games at the Blue Rocks field at 30th and Gov. Printz Blvd. on a stretcher. Janet and I played together as kids. Her nickname was "Bird". Seems to me they moved to Washington St. from Tatnall. Ring a bell with anybody? Would this be the same Janet Smith you all are mentioning?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 19:29:44 (EDT)
The "Spic & Span" at Penny Hill was a favorite for my wife Joanie (Wilkinson, then)& me when we were dating in 1946 thru 1951 when I went into the Air Force. Great shakes and burgers.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, August 13, 2003 at 19:13:54 (EDT)
In that last message to Nancy Smith Tapie, I meant to say the late Joanne Smith, not Janet Smith, who was also in our class. And Nancy, you wrote, "Best of luck in the future - Nancy" in my yearbook, by the way. Janet Smith didn't sign my yearbook, sd I'm not sure what she wished for me.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 22:38:05 (EDT)
To Nancy Smith Tapie....I too am a graduate of PS DuPont, Class of '52, and attended the 50th-Year Class Reunion in Wlmington last June and had a great time. Saw Ron, Irv, and the former Dorothy Smith there, and we were remembering the late former Janet Smith. Where were you? It gets too hot in Florida in June...
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 21:31:21 (EDT)
How about the B&O rest. across from the old Del. Coach Car barn, and the Dinner Bell Rest. at 35th and Market St. one of the best Speghetti rest. in town at the time, and that would be around 1953
Bill Hare <>
Richmond, Ky USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 17:20:54 (EDT)
I graduated from P.S. duPont H.S. in 1952. Would like to hear from any classmates who might be reading this.
Nancy Smith Tapie <>
Sunrise, Fl USA - Tuesday, August 12, 2003 at 08:07:35 (EDT)
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 15:51:12 (EDT)
Bakery - How about Tip Top Bakery on 5th Street between Jackson and Adams Streets
Ray <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, August 11, 2003 at 00:58:25 (EDT)
I went to Alexis I. duPont High. gaduated in1948. I have many fond memories of Wilmington. I lived in Centerville. Our rivals were Conrad and Claymont. WE would allend up at the Greenhill Dairies drive-in. Had our senior prom in the duPont Hotel ballroom. It has been fun reading thoughts on this weeb site. Thank you. I am probably older than most.
John (Jack) Tapie <>
Sunrise, fl USA - Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 21:23:45 (EDT)
the chuck wagon restaurant
rick davis <>
wilmington, de usa - Friday, August 08, 2003 at 14:35:41 (EDT)
I attended Minquidale Elementary in the late 60's. When did the school close and why? Thanks
Larry Jenkins <>
Louisville, KY USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 22:26:26 (EDT)
In those good old days of high school fraternities and sororities. The parties and dances were always good as were the dances at St Helena's, Sallies & the Y, just to name a few. It's truly a shame times changed. Those memories I would like to see repeated, for the generations coming so they too can known what real fun & lasting friendships can be as a teenager in there high school years.
Butch McCulley <>
Ocean City, MD USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 15:50:17 (EDT)
FELLOW CORRESPONDENTS - I wonder if any of you know that the vast "Google" research engine on the Internet has our correpondence on file and for reference, by subject. A post I made some months ago referring to Skeeter Newsome as the manager of the Blue Rocks in 1950 shows up on the sixth page of "Google" references when you type in "Skeeter Newsome." Actually, what comes up is all of the correspondence from that segment of our correspondence. Interesting. Check it out.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Tuesday, August 05, 2003 at 07:22:14 (EDT)
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Monday, August 04, 2003 at 17:48:28 (EDT)
I remember a few about..The Other Side and Seasons Change on 202. The Turf Club and The Triple Nickle on Rt 40..and further down...Bastille's
Bob <>
Willow Grove, Pa USA - Saturday, August 02, 2003 at 22:48:32 (EDT)
Does anyone remember Delaware Ice located at seventh and Walaston street
bill rogers <>
wilm, de USA - Saturday, August 02, 2003 at 20:24:04 (EDT)
LAUREL, MD USA - Saturday, August 02, 2003 at 20:11:58 (EDT)
Who can forget "Jan's Steak House", next to the "DanDee" on GovernorPrintzBlvd. Jan's had the best steak sandwiches in town. Their roll was the just the right size & that hot sauce, where did it go? It was a great place in the past.
Butch McCulley <>
Ocean Pines, MD USA - Friday, August 01, 2003 at 23:28:02 (EDT)
I always remember "Jan's Steak House" on the GovernorPrintz Blvd, next to the "DanDee". They had the best steaks & the rolls were just the right size & that hot sause, where is it now. Wish it never had closed.
Butch McCulley <>
Ocean Pines, MD USA - Friday, August 01, 2003 at 23:21:09 (EDT)
I remember the bicycle shop it was called Sam's bicycle shop The man who owned it was Samuel Dodds. I believe it was between Madison and Jefferson Street on Front Street or Lancaster Avenue as it was later called.
Lillian <>
Rehoboth, De USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 21:05:05 (EDT)
I certainly have enjoyed your site. It brings back many happy memories growing up in Wilmington. Attending Lore School, Wilmington High and U of Del. Thank you.
Lorraine <>
Dickson, Tn USA - Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 20:35:20 (EDT)
Does anyone remember the little bicycle shop at Front and Madison Streets that used to also sell Lionel and American Flyer Train sets, mostly used. That is where I got my first train set and still have it.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Tuesday, July 29, 2003 at 14:05:51 (EDT)
Re: Summer Jobs in Wilmington in the 50's. I worked the summer between my junior and senior years in high school at Eckerd's in the 500 block of Market St. Sam Ireland was the manager and I worked in the pharamacy with Doc Reiter, Doc Hambright and Huey Wolfe. I counted capsules and pills and typed the labels on prescription bottles besides answering the phone and waiting on customers. I hated it when people came in for Insulin because I had to go down to a dark, scary basement to a refrigerator to get the medicine. During my senior year, I also worked weekends and at Christmas and Easter vacations. It was a fun job and paid better than the 5and10's. Between that job and babysitting, I financed fun times in Rehoboth. A dorm room with the girls at the "White House" cost $2.50 a night. Fun times.
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Friday, July 25, 2003 at 11:37:15 (EDT)
I went to St Paul's Elementary School in Wilmington. Attended Wilmington High School, both old and new. I remember Stellini's Bakery very well, we lived three houses up from the bakery on 2nd Street and it was a wonderful smell to wake up to ( fresh Baked Rolls and Sweet donuts). The Firehouse at 2nd & Jackson Streets was a gret place to hang around as a kid in the Summer Days, Fannie's Store on 2nd & Van Buren ( boy was she tough), Goldberg's Grocery store acroos the street and the store Katty corner to Fannie's that sold frozen chocolate covered bananas. During the summers everyone would sit out FRONT on the steps to catch a cool breeze, if there was one. Market Street was where everyone went on Friday night or on Saturday afternoon to shop. The Christmas Parade was held at night when I was a child and it was a sight to behold. The bands the Christmas lights on Market Street and avereyone seemed so happy. The stores on Market Street were also beautiful, Braunstein's with it's Manned Elevator and quiet elegance took your breath away. West End Park at Maple & Franklin with the King & Queen chairs in the rocks, that we were not supposed to climb. Canby Pool, the Ace Theater, Maida's Drugstore, Banjo's Sub Shop, Watson's Grocery Store at Read & Jackson, all great memories. Thanks to my sister Christine for sending this site to me.
Pat McLaughlin <>
New Castle, DE USA - Monday, July 21, 2003 at 21:35:58 (EDT)
Several graduates of Delaware high schools in the year 1952 gathered for a small reunion in Newark yesterday and had a most enjoyable time reminiscing about the good old days. Representatives from Wilmington HS, PS DuPont, Mount Pleasant, Salesianum, HC Conrad, and two, count 'em two, from Newark HS, gathered on a second floor porch hard by the old B&O tracks on Newark's West Main Street, and we had travelled from as far away Washington State, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Greater Wilmington. We had a helluva good meet!
Bob <>
USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 21:56:33 (EDT)
Don't forget to add the Deer Park Inn in Newark to the list of taverns. Many of us who went to the U of D spent time there. It has been redone recently and is pretty classy
Walter Lafferty <>
Wheaton, MD USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 18:19:33 (EDT)
Any one remember when the western union boy would ride his bike to deliver telegrams and packages around Wilmington?
Bill <>
richmond, Ky USA - Sunday, July 20, 2003 at 12:35:37 (EDT)
Lena's Sub Shop on Lancaster Ave.
Sharon (BOLT)Buchanan <>
Newark, De USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 21:55:58 (EDT)
Corbetts Market on Lancaster Ave. & Delamore Place
Sharon (BOLT) Buchanan <>
Newark, De USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 21:50:58 (EDT)
I grew up in Wilmington in the 50's and 60's Also went to the U of D in the 70's. I lived on Baynard Blvd and went to Warner and P.S Is that the 9th ward? I worked at the Greasy Spoon in Newark while going to school. They had the best rice pudding in the world!! I think it's a parking lot now.
Risa King
USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 19:21:32 (EDT)
JOHN WANAMAKER STORE - In the summer of 1951, I joined a group of my fellow PS DuPont HS classmates (and some others) working as stock clerks at the big store at Augustine Cut-Off near Alapocas. After a brief stint in the Menswear Department on the second floor, I settled in servicing the stockroom needs of the Housewares, China and Glassware, Giftware, and Lamp Departments on the main level. One of my tasks was to unpack chinaware from shipping crates as they arrived off the truck out in the loading dock area. Inevitably, the pieces were packed in dampened fine wood shavings called "excelsior" to protect the pieces from breakage during shipping. The dampness of the packing often caused the shavings to ferment somewhat, and the aroma was exceedingly unpleasant. The drill was to load the unpacked pieces onto a sturdy heavy metal cart, then roll the loaded cart to the other end of the store where the stockroom was located. At about the center of the store, near the escalators, there was a large, but invisible structural expansion seam under the carpet, which widened during the day to accommodate rising temperatures. One day, pushing a newly unloaded selection of open-stock fancy drinking glasses through the store at an unsafe rate of speed, the cart hit the seam and half of the stock fell from the cart onto the floor, resulting in a considerable amount of breakage. I immediately thought to myself, "Well, there goes THIS job"...and was surprised to find out that this accident was merely considered as routine breakage. I WAS warned not to "cowboy it" over this speed bump in the future. I lucked out. Some of the people I remember working for there included lanky Bill Klabe, head of the housewares department; his boss, Irv Klose, who looked like Thomas E. Dewey; and the austere Mr. Conklin, who was Klose's boss and the store manager. Henry Skamarucha later took over for Klabe. The other stock clerks I worked with at Wanamaker's included Don "Doak" Walker, Don Rodenhiser, George Johnson, and Jimmy Hamilton. Most of us lived in the Ninth Ward. I saw Johnson and Hamilton at our 50th high school reunion in Wilmington last June. Walker now lives in a suburb of Vancouver, Canada, and Rodenhiser lives in Dover. I lasted the summer at Wanamaker's, then came back the following year to work for three weeks, filling in for those on summer vacation. All in all, it was a great job and expanded my horizons to the real world, considerably. Anyone else here want to tell their "high school job experience stories" here?
Bob <>
Stamford, CT USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 07:03:03 (EDT)
4th of July Fireworks in Caeser Rodney Square
Mike Tarvin <>
Papillion, NE USA - Thursday, July 17, 2003 at 00:13:37 (EDT)
mary sealing <>
laurel, MD USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 18:41:33 (EDT)
>>I just read an article in a travel magazine that said a >>true Philly Cheesesteak had or could have Cheese Whiz on >>it. I only remember american or provolone. Anyone back me >>up on this? Ewww cheese whiz? We went to the Penny Hill >>sub shop on the Philadelphia Pike and later the Sharpies. They were referring to Pat's and Geno's in South Philly. It's actually liquid cheese, don't know if it is actually Cheez Whiz. I knew of no steak shop in Northern DE which used it, including Sharpie! Anyone from the Claymont/Holly Oak area remember getting the rejected bottles of 7-Up at the bottling plant at Harvey Rd and Philly Pike on their way home from school?
Mike Rowe <>
New Castle, DE USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 15:56:29 (EDT)
Thanksgiving Day rivalry football game between Wilmington High and P. S. DuPont
Chistine M. Kaczmarczyk <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 15, 2003 at 12:28:03 (EDT)
Pat LeVan - Add 'Alley Oop' and 'Wash Tubbs' to your list of J-E E comic favorites. I forget his name, but the Sports Page had a great cartoonist whose style I always admired, too. The way I heard it, there were once two afternoon newspapers in Wilmington..."The Wilmington Evening Journal" and the Wilmington "Every Evening". They merged many many moons ago. And how about the Martin family's "Sunday Star"? My HS yearbook class prophecy from 1952 said that, in 20 years, I would have a comic strip running in the "Star." Bad prophecy...the "Star" died in April, 1954. You could look it up.
Bob <>
USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 22:05:06 (EDT)
Bill - you are right about where Roebelen's was. I've got some names mized up here. Roebelen's also did a big trade in sheet music and pianos as well as 'classical' discs. What the heck was the name of that record store down on Market, almost next to Loew's Aldine, circa 1950. And there was another record store on the south side of West 4th Street, just west of Market Street, that also carried 'race' and/or 'rhythm and blues' records, which none of the 'uptown stores' did. That place had an integrated cutomer base, back in the time that that was a rarity in Wilmington. But I seem to remember that it was destroyed in a big fire. ?
Bob <>
USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 21:55:10 (EDT)
Hmmmmm... I seem to remember Robelen's Music right next to or very near Huber's Sporting Goods, on the south side of 9th St between Orange and Tatnall. Am I wrong? The memories are getting dimmer and dimmer... And does anyone remember a little store called the "Old Dutch Shop" on 7th St (maybe 8th) between Market and King? They sold all sorts of sewing, knitting and crocheting items: buttons, zippers, yarn, thread... you name it, they probably had it. And how about the Buster Brown Shoe Store down around 4th and Market, where you put on a new pair of shoes and stuck your feet inside a big box with a viewer on top. You could see right through both your shoes and your feet, on a bright green screen, to see how they fit! If we only knew then how dangerous those fluoroscopes were...
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 16:15:08 (EDT)
Don't remember the name of the music store around 8th and Orange. I do remember Huber's Sporting Goods and Hanby Stationers being near there. Speaking of the News-Journal Building, do you all remember when the evening paper was called the "Journal-Every-Evening". Remember the great comic page with Major Hoople, Out Our Way with Freckles and his friends (Lard was one of them) and Boots and Her Buddies with Cora and the Professor and Pug, Lil' Abner and Mutt and Jeff. Anybody remember any other favorites?
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, July 09, 2003 at 13:38:19 (EDT)
Yep, Ed Ames was one of the Ames Brothers of "Ragg Mopp" fame. Back in '72 I was working at UCLA in the Graduate School of Management building, and used to see him often in the snack bar. And Pat Le Van, you're right-- he did play an Indian ("Mingo") on the TV show "Daniel Boone" from '64 to '68, but was never associated with the Four Aces. He is/was an accomplished actor as well as a singer. As for MacAbee's, I remember it as being on 7th St between Market and King. And Mullin's? I worked there while in college over Christmas vacation in '58. I worked in Men's Haberdashery and kept asking myself, "Are you SURE Harry Truman started this way???" The song (It's No) Sin? Here's the lyrics; I just listened to my copy in .MP3 format: Take away the breath of flowers It would surely be a sin Take the rain from April showers It's a sin... Take away the violins, dear From a lovely symphony And the music deep within Would cease to be. Is it a sin To love you so To hold you close and know You are leaving Though you take away my heart, dear Still the beating there within I'll keep loving you forever For it's no sin.
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Tuesday, July 08, 2003 at 01:02:45 (EDT)
Best act ever at the Olde Mill was "Screamin' Jay" Hawkins, but I couldn't tell you the name of one thing he ever sang. Well done, Pat LeVan, for the lyrics to "Ir's No Sin." I remember Roebelen's well, and the listening booths. I first heard Johnnie Ray there, and one of my show-biz-hip buddies tried to tell me that Johnnie was a young black girl, but I knew better. I actually saw him perform in a dinky little night club in Greenwich Village in NYC back in the early 1960's. Phyllis Diller was in the audience. I can't place MacAbee's at any of the locations so far. It must be selective memory lapse. What was the name of the classy music store up near the old News Journal building near 8th and Orange? That's where you went if you wanted to find the latest RCA Red Seal or Columbia Masterworks 45rpm disks. Arthur Fieldler and the Boston Pops recorded for RCA.
Bob Wilson <>
Stamford, CT USA - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 22:08:44 (EDT)
To Pat LeVan - Ed Ames was with the Ames Brothers. You are right about Al Alberts being the lead of the Four Aces. I remember Al appearing in Wilmington as a solo act.
Bill Swift <>
West Friendship, MD USA - Monday, July 07, 2003 at 21:03:35 (EDT)
I worked at MacAbee's during the Christmas Holidays for a couple of years. At that time, it was on King St., a couple doors up from 6th. If my memory is working correctly, it was owned by a fellow named Davis. He was a retired Delaware State Trooper. He had been injured during the melee when they were trying to integrate Collins Park. He continued the practice of letting customers listen to the records in a listening booth. None of his LP's were wrapped in cellophane.
Bill Swift <>