Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #43: July 1, 2007 to July 31, 2007 entries)

Got a question about PS DuPont HS graduations - my Mom graduated in 45, when there were two graduations, one in Jan. & one in June. Does anyone know or remember there being two graduating classes for a while there? Why were there two a year? I'm just curious; my Mom probably told me why at some point, but I can't ask her; she passed away in 2003. :( Thanks in advance!
Ruth <(no spam wanted)>
Hyattsville, MD USA - Tuesday, July 31, 2007 at 21:31:30 (EDT)

Phyllis B...Katie's was owned by the Fugilini's
Linda <>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 18:04:00 (EDT)
oldeschool55....Mary and Columbia, that was her name, she cooked for St. Anthony's festival every year, and she's the one that taught me how to cook sauce. Mary was my mom's friend for years until mom passed.
linda <lac1053@comcast.ent>
wilmington, de USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 18:02:16 (EDT)
Barb, You're comment on Katie's prompted me to resond, as does any mention of Katie's. I grew up in Katie's kitchen, in the back booth by the kitchen and at the bar with Guy. My mom Helen worked there for over 35 years. It is gone, has been for a long time. The cook taught me how to make spagettie sauce at a young age. I think her name was Carmella, I still make my pasta sauce from scratch. DiNardo's again is gone, my mother worked there before she went to Katie's. It's always nice to see someone mention Katie's as my memories go into full tilt.
Linda <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 17:58:42 (EDT)
A followup on Billy Braddock's question re: musicians: The following guys are now gone: Al Hayden(bass) and his son, Jimmy(piano,sax and bass), Joe Davis(bass), Carl Rehrig(piano), Billy Jarrel(singer), my dad, Sam(drums), and "Dottie", who played piano at the Cannery. I don't know what happened to Jimmy Carra(trumpet), Bob Fioretti(sax), or Art Mann(piano). Charlie Murray was the regular on organ at The Carousel on Naaman's Road and he was great. Like Billy, I'd be interested in where he is. They were all good people.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 17:09:03 (EDT)
Anyone know anything about a few of the local musicians who played regularly at most of the watering holes around town during the 60s. Jim Salvadori, a jazz drummer and the original owner of the drum shop. Paul Pruitt a rock/blues guitarist. Charlie Murray, a blind organist. Singer Eve Hudson. These folks were all excellent at their craft and I was wondering if any of them ever moved up to bigger things. I spent many hours listening/talking to them. Some were friends during that era.
Billy Braddock <>
Wilm, De USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 15:17:40 (EDT)
For brownys:: From the 'Pull-Down' above, select 'Beaches & Parks'.___Click on "Lenape Park (See Photos of Lenape Park)".___I have the same photos in larger format in addition to some from my personal collection...
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 10:55:21 (EDT)
Hadfield's Seafood Market is still on Rt 202 AND DuPont Hwy.
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 10:48:19 (EDT)
With the mention of DiNardo's I was wondering if the seafood market on 202 close to the PA line is still there. I remember them being a little pricey, but their little neck clams were usually good. Another topic - I'm sorry to hear Wilmington is still a dangerous place. I moved over 25 years ago and it was not safe back then. Downtown was a ghost town after 5:00PM.
Bruce <Private>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 08:49:05 (EDT)
Just thought you would enjoy seeing some nice photos of Lenape Park
brownys <>
williamsburg,va, de USA - Monday, July 30, 2007 at 06:07:12 (EDT)
I don't get to town much but have missed Di Nardo's Crabs, although they have been out of business for quite a long time; I understand the building is still shut down. As for a replacement, Feby's is good, but I enjoyed Di Nardo's bar/restaurant atmosphere and liked Otis a lot. My wife still wears her Di Nardo's red apron and I still sport the blue t-shirt.
Butch Schillingq <>
Aiken, SC USA - Saturday, July 28, 2007 at 11:19:03 (EDT)
Barb, Thank you for your favorable comment on my Post. The crab place you could not remember the name of was "DiNardo's"(Spelling ?).The other places You mentioned with the exception of Papa's are gone, then again I'm not sure about Katie's, it may still be there. I sympathize with the naive people out there that believe there is a chance for Wilmington. I have been a resident of this City for my entire life (73 years) and have seen neighborhood after neighborhood deteriorate to the point that only poor black and Hispanic folks will inhabit them. All others flee to the burbs or other states as witnessed by some of the Post' on this site. I have worked in most of the neighborhoods of this City,if not all of them while on the Police Force and can tell you first hand that they will all succumb to the same fate including my own, I'm sorry to say. But at age 73 I may not live to see it,and I would rather not, again sorry to say. Everyone is searching for answers but you need to search no further than your local and national politicians. They, the politicians all start out with good intentions however, that terrible decease called GREED finally gets hold of them and we "The People" no longer matter. If I sound to you like I've given up on Wilmington for little people like myself, Your right, I have. Just look at what our Mayor Jim Baker is going to do to the people who own Businesses around the Water fron In Wilmington, He's going to sell them out to the big Developers. Some, like his honor the Mayor will tell you it's progress but when it's all over I would be willing to bet you there will be some richer Politicians in the City of Wilmington.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 15:36:30 (EDT)
Ray, I too,. wish to thank you for your candor. Something happened to Wilmington around'67. Perhaps it was the busing, or the Viet Nam war, or the sea change in political reporting, or the stripping away of dicipline from our schools. Courageous reasoning can be controversial, but should never be intimidating. The 1st ammendment is not always applied equally. Some of the dearest, most generous residents of the City lived in "little"Italy. I shopped in DiMauro's for special things. Went to Riccio's for produce & Papa's for meat. Katie's was pasta heaven & (can't recall the name} for crabs & beer, on Lincoln St. AH! Dancing in our bathing suits @ the Bottle & Cork, back in the day!
Barb <>
Peabody, MA USA - Friday, July 27, 2007 at 14:42:58 (EDT)
I forgot to mention that young Nicky was the son of Katie's owners. Getting old sure messes with the memory sometimes.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 17:40:04 (EDT)
I worked with young Nicky at the Bank of Delaware for about a year. He was a co-op student during his senior year in high school. In 1963 his parents had a dinner for me before I left for basic training at Fort Knox. I was only 20 but they let me have a couple of cocktails. They were great people and young Nicky was a great guy to work with.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 17:37:46 (EDT)
For fifteen years, we held our every-fifth-year U of Delaware fraternity alumni Friday ice-breakers at Katie's at 6th and Scott, but since 1993, they've been held at Gallucchio's on Lovering Avenue. Both are/were great places.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 14:37:59 (EDT)
the Sparco's owned (and still do) Madeliene's, they are located over on Dupont street, 5th and Dupont I believe.
oldeschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 11:12:10 (EDT)
I thought or heard Katies was owned by Sparco family, is there a connection with them at all?
Jean <usa>
wilm., de USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 10:44:50 (EDT)
Linda, there were a couple of other women who worked in the kitchen @ Katies for years, Mary and Columbia?? Do you remember them?????
oldeschool55 <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 08:43:31 (EDT)
Phyllis B. My mother Helen worked at Katie's for years. In fact, I'm 54 and I grew up on Katie's food. The family was Nicky and Frannie Fugilini (spelling I'm not sure of) A great family and great friends of my mom. Guy the bartender was my favorite and I was his. That was back in days when kids could sit at a bar, Guy would make me Shirley Temples and I felt all grown up. It's a nice memory for me and my siblings.
Linda <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 02:11:49 (EDT)
I remember Katie's spaghetti house at 6th & Scott. Best food anywhere. I loved going there. We got the No. 5 Vandever Ave. bus from the east side, transferred to a No. 8 and must have walked a couple of blocks when we got off. I think they had an organ player for a while. What a treat this place was. Who or what family owned Katie's? Does anyone know. Anyway, this is in reference to all the neat places in Little Italy.
Phyllis B. <pboyd>
Wilm., DE USA - Wednesday, July 25, 2007 at 22:13:43 (EDT)
Reading the post about Little Italy has depressed me. I am a native Delawarean Who grew up on N. Franlin St across from Ursuline Academy and moved out of state over 25 years ago. I have fond memories of the Little Italy area, going to St. Anthony's fair, playing basketball in Fournie Hall and sledding at the Rodney St. park - that has been cleaned up of drug use and prostitutes! No wonder so many of this site have out of state addresses. Unfortunetly, all of our cities seem to be in the same condition. Too bad this is what we are leaving for our children to deal with.
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 14:13:55 (EDT)
from Wilm News Journal 2006 re LITTLE ITALY - "Landmark store gives up on Little Italy DiMauro's Apparel Shop planning to close By ADAM TAYLOR The News Journal 04/30/2006 WILMINGTON -- Increasing crime and overall bad behavior near DiMauro's Apparel Shop, an institution in Little Italy since 1948, is forcing the shop to close, its owners say. Other Little Italy residents and city officials, however, claim the neighborhood, while not problem-free, is relatively safe and remains a nice place to live. Shop owners Seda DiMauro, 89, and her daughter Anita DiMauro-Galbreath, 56, will announce their closing Monday. The store sells formal children's clothing. "I can't believe it," DiMauro said. "This place has been my life." In the store's early days, the customers and staff interacted as though they were an extended family, she said. After the store was robbed about 10 years ago, however, the store with the open door became more of a fortress. Customers now have to ring a bell because the door has been locked since the robbery. DiMauro's is well known as a shop that carries outfits for christenings and communions not usually found in department stores, DiMauro-Galbreath said. People from outside the city and state know this, she added, but increasingly, they are unwilling to come because of crime, or the perception of it. On the street outside, behavior has gone downhill since the robbery. "Customers don't want to park on a block that is filthy with litter, has profane music blaring, and people standing around and spitting on the sidewalk," she said. "I can't blame them." About 9 p.m. one night last year, DiMauro was visiting a friend who lives in the row house connected to her home and business. She considers the area around her North Du Pont Street home so dangerous that she called her son-in-law Dennis Galbreath, who lives on Beech Street about 20 blocks away, to walk her home. He thought she was silly. But an elderly man got mugged outside DiMauro's Little Italy home later that night by a teenager who lived on the block. The man eventually moved out of the city. Incidents like those led to their decision to close. DiMauro wanted to stop working anyway, but DiMauro-Galbreath wanted to keep the business open for another 10 or 15 years. "I'm angry that I'm not going out on my own terms," DiMauro-Galbreath said. "But the negative forces that have come into this neighborhood and take place right outside the store have made it impossible to stay open." According to Census data, about 62 percent of residents in the 2,121-person neighborhood are white and 33 percent are black. Half rent and half are homeowners. Nearly 19 percent live below the poverty line. While DiMauro-Galbreath feels the neighborhood is losing the battle to negative outside forces, Little Italy is still a community working hard to maintain its toehold on stability. Even DiMauro, for example, isn't going to move from her home in the same corner property as the store. DiMauro-Galbreath said she feels her complaints to City Hall over the years have fallen on deaf ears. City Communications Director John Rago, however, said the city has done much over the years to improve the neighborhood and is working to police it well. "Sometimes people are so frustrated when they decide to close a business that they look for something or someone to blame," he said. "The fact is, times change and customer bases dwindle, which can lead to the demise of any business, especially one that caters to a limited audience. I don't think it is appropriate to try and hurt the rest of Little Italy simply to try and place blame for a store closing." In recent years, public money has been put into the neighborhood to install banners, a decorative arch at Fourth and Lincoln streets, start a new farmers market and a new library and to renovate the Rodney Street reservoir, once a center for drug use and prostitution. Nonprofit housing group Cornerstone West has successfully developed dozens of homes in the neighborhood over the last few years. City Councilman Paul Ignudo Jr. said a private developer is selling houses near DiMauro's for $300,000. "DiMauro's is a landmark and will be sorely missed," he said. "But even though the neighborhood has changed over the years, it's still fairly safe." Little Italy Neighborhood Association President Luigi Vitrone, owner of Pastabilities, works hard to put the neighborhood in a positive light. But in addition to trying to make the community a welcoming destination for suburban diners, he had to press city officials for more police details to combat crime sprees, including a spate of robberies three years ago. City Councilman Charles M. Freel was hit in the back of the head and pepper-sprayed as he was robbed at gunpoint while walking down Union Street carrying a pizza eight months ago. Recently, neighborhood residents and merchants have been investigating ways to install surveillance cameras throughout the neighborhood. Overall, Vitrone maintains the area is improving. "Some businesses have left, but new ones have located here, too," he said. "And some vacant ones remain shuttered. But every city has challenges, and we have a large core group down here working on positive things each and every day." Resident Dan Burroughs said he still has hope for the neighborhood. But he also shares DiMauro-Galbreath's frustration with city officials. For example, he's been trying to get three long-vacant houses on Howland Street fixed or demolished for years, with no success. "There are three or four houses on DiMauro's block occupied by complete dirtbags, who behave very badly," Burroughs said. "That can take a very big toll on a block full of otherwise law-abiding citizens." The DiMauros will begin their going-out-of-business sale Monday, and will stay open until the boy's tuxes or girl's formal dresses are gone. Just as the lifestyle in the neighborhood has been ratcheted down, one bad habit at a time, the family business that meant so much to them will close. Not with a bang of anger or defiance, but with a sigh of surrender. Contact Adam Taylor at 324-2787 or"
anon <none>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at 09:40:32 (EDT)
Hello, I am a native Delawarian, I am now in the state of Florida, this is a great site.I was just reading about Ralph Fioretti, Billy Veasey, Bob and Don. I remember when Ralph had the band No Thanx, I am wondering if anyone out there recalls Frank Battaglia(Bones) Ralph's light man in that band, also does anyone recall Johnny Bright(JB)? What is Ralph up to these days? Another question, when did Billy Veasey pass away? I recall that Ralph lived at 6th and Lincoln, I recall Gin's steak house. How many of you out there remember Annie, Gin's wife?In the near future, I will be returning to Delaware,How is the housing situation in Little Italy?
Fred Dunnolo <>
Port Charlotte, De. USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 19:53:27 (EDT)
Delaware T-shirts and/or sweatshirts do definitely bring a response from folks. I was at a little league baseball game with my grandson a few years ago when I noticed a guy wearing a Delaware sweatshirt. I had to go over and ask him... and it turns out he was the center on the UD football team of the era about 1972 or so, and he was there with his son. He now lives in Huntingon Beach, about 5 miles from where I live. Unfortunately I don't remember his name... but the sweatshirt definitely evoked a response from me!
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 17:49:25 (EDT)
The Red Barn was where the Best Buy store is now, off Kirkwood Highway, near Klair Estates. The barmaids I remember from the "sixer" piano bar were "Sam", Yuvon, and Johnna. Sam is in Kentmere Nursing Home, Yuvon died a few years ago, and Johnna is still working at some Country Club, not sure which one. She worked at Buddy's for quite a while. We loved the 76er piano bar, and Jim still plays "On The Way To Cape May' when we see him at the Concordville Inn. He also used to play at the Shamrock in Wildwood, and we'd go see him there every summer. Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 10:51:51 (EDT)
Bob, I was wearing a Delaware T shirt recently entering a convenience store and was stopped by a man who had lived in Middletown for years and loved it there and was disappointed when he had to move. By the way this happened in Sugar Land TX. - close to Houston. Small state - small world. Also, recently saw a car with DE plates and a University of Texas Longhorn decal.
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 10:19:16 (EDT)
I also have a Big 10 college baseball cap with a logo that I wore regularly when we first moved down here to SC in early 2006. It took me a while to figure out why guys my age were calling out "Go Blue!" to me in the supermarket parking lot. Other than the fact that one of my grandfathers grew up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, I've never had any other connection to that state. Just be patient, Butch, you're sure to meet someone from PA or DE in Aiken while you're weating YOUR cap. And Bob Veazey, I was glad to see that Garfield was still standing proudly at his same old spot in the old neighborhood the last time I passed through there in 2002.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, July 23, 2007 at 09:11:32 (EDT)
For Bob Wilson: We have a lot of old(!) fraternity brothers. In spite of Delaware (Wilmington) being a small venue (as they say in the entertainment biz) we do get around! I still have fond memories of "monument ball" against Garfield's statue (sp) Bob VZ
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 17:58:05 (EDT)
Bob, I alternate among my Phillies cap, a 1950 A's cap and a current edition Blue Rocks cap. So far, no experiences like yours, but we've only been here for three weeks.
Butch Schilling <>
Aiken, SC USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 12:45:13 (EDT)
Yesterday, at the annual Beaufort (SC) Water Festival, I met a lady, maybe in her early 50's, named Susan Roberts (possibly her married name), who is a professional photographer at Edisto Island, SC, near Charleston. I was wearing my Phillies cap, and she asked me if I was from Philly. I said Wilmington, and it turns out that she grew up in Windsor Hills, and that her family is/was a neighbor of an old fraternity brother of mine from the U. of Delaware. Her photos of the South Carlina Lowcountry are outstanding! Small world. (Aside: If you want to meet interesting people from places you've been and things that you've seen, just wear a baseball cap with a team logo on the cap. It works for me...and in spite of their 10,000 losses, the cap with the Phillies logo on it works better for me than my Mets cap.)
Bob Wilson <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Sunday, July 22, 2007 at 09:22:20 (EDT)
"This Day in Delaware History: 1940 Kent and Sussex Fair goers enjoyed a treat long known by Harringtonians--the Cupid Ice Cream booth where two large dips cost five cents." THE ONLY THING A NICKLE IS GOOD FOR TODAY IS TO PAY THE SALES TAX IN CERTAIN STATES.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Saturday, July 21, 2007 at 08:21:31 (EDT)
Hi orvile: Lived at 816 w 4th st from 46 to 54 on the 3rd floor, went to Mary C.I., Bayard Jr high, then on to WHS. Next to Jack's card shop was Mary Grace Flowers, use to clean out the dead flower box in the basement for her. Hung out at Pasty's shop shop at 4th Adams. Use to take the empty soda bottles from the Blue Hen Rest. and cash them in at Nardo's sub shop brings back old memories.
NEW BRAUNFELS, tx USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 20:01:36 (EDT)
Linda, saw your comment about "On The Way to Cape May", I worked at the old DeBraak Inn in a band and we played that song for all the Ferry Passengers, we had a recording sessind one night and I saved that song, its an oldy but goodie, and sent it to you via email, hope you get it and enjoy! Tom Brejwa
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 19:30:10 (EDT)
It was so nice seeing comments about the 76ers. My best friend and I spent a lot of years at that bar. We were in our late 20's early 30's. In fact she met her now husband there. I was dating a guy then and Jim performed his version of a marriage. All in joking of course. My mom, Katie's Helen, loved it there. We would all go and the guys from the car dealerships across the highway would show up after they closed, and loved my mom. The bartenders were great, I can't remember any of their names but can still see their faces, and the beer cheese was even better. Thanks again for the memories. And Jim always played "On The Way to Cape May" for my mom.
Linda <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 18:44:18 (EDT)
Anyone out there from the West 4th Street area? I grew up on Montgomery St. (don't believe it has any homes there anymore). Went to St. Peters School from '46 to '50. I remember Orlicks Drug Store on 4th Madison, Ciconte's Barber Shop on 4th & Madison. Also American Stores on 4th, 6th, and 9th and Madison. Sayers Market on corner of 5th and Madison. Sisofo's Tailor Shop on 4th Jefferson. Jack's Card Shop and Monahan's Shoe Store on 4th (just below Madison). How about the Blue Hen Restaurant? Allied Kid (stinky)... my dad worked there for many years splitting hides. Montgomery St. was kind of a side street where the neighborhood was very close. (adults and kids) I remember the Demels, McCartneys, Bensingers, Reillys, and others I can't recall right now. This board is great! It brings back memories of Old Wilmington that I almost forgot all about! Hope someone replies to me. Orville Bursler
Orville Bursler <>
Lincoln, DE USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 16:19:06 (EDT)
Phylis, I not only remember Angies (yes it was at 8th and union) but I remember when it was Delgrosso's before that and the Road House afterwards. It is now Walter's steak house. Great memories!!!!! Perhaps we met somewhere along the way!! lol
oldeschool55 <>
wilm, de USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 13:02:14 (EDT)
The Dutch Pantry! Boy, I can remember the great after dinner treat the apple fritter sundae. Hot apple fritter donut holes, vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce. Wow, I used to live for them. Took my wife there on one of our trips back to the old homestead since she didn't believe me. Can you believe they actually tried to serve us one with pistachio ice cream that day, before they found the vanilla at the back of the freezer. Next time we went down that way, of course, the Dutch Pantry was closed, replaced by Damon's. Anybody know where I can still find the "apple fritter sundae"?
bill mousley <>
maple shade, nj USA - Friday, July 20, 2007 at 12:05:27 (EDT)
This is what drives me crazy. If i breathe on the computer the wrong way, it sends before I can make my corrections and hit "send". And sometiomes when I am ready, it won't budge. Anyway, I don't think any of those type piano bars exist anymore. If they do, I sure don't know where they are. Harry also played at a place for a short time called the Red Barn - somewhere off the Kirkwood Highway. But, it was Ye Olde Pub that really drew the crowds. Great location - near the Playhouse. One night Steve Martin (before he was THE STEVE MARTIN) came in, sat on top of the piano and played the guitar. What a great night that was!
P hyllis B. <P.Boyd52>
Willm., DE USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 23:22:31 (EDT)
Shirley - Thanks for Jim's name. Loved the Dutch Pantry & piano bars in general. Remember Angie's around 8th & Union? Harry Smith's Ye Olde Pub between 10th & 11th on Tatnall St? (1960 - 1965) Packed to the ceiling on Fri. and Sat. nites. (1960 - 1965).t - 1965es. Tha - nks for the kind words about my brother Harry. All that without a single music lesson in his life.
Phyllis B. <pboyd>
Wilm., DE USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 23:07:29 (EDT)
Re: the piano bar at the Dutch pantry, spent many nites there myself, lived in wilm and left there, but went up to the piano bar many friday nites had a lot of good times there
liz <>
Hartly, de USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 22:31:26 (EDT)
One summer night in the 60s, Wayne Poore was home from college and called me to go to the BIG B. First stop was the Tally Ho. We'd sit by the pool and birddog the drivers who were also there. Driver Joe Greene gave us the winner of the first race and we cashed over $100. Don't remember if we took any of it home. Heeeeeere they come! Theeeeeere they go!
Mike O. <>
Townsend, DE USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 13:55:49 (EDT)
Not sure if my last transmission went through. The piano player's name is Jim Bulger, from Brookhaven PA. He currently is playing 3 nights a week at the Concordville Inn. Plan to see him at a picnic this Saturday, with friends from the old piano bar "76er", along with Ray and Nora Jubb, I hope! Phyllis, your brother, Harry, filled on for Jim a couple of times when Jim had a broken arm or something. He also was an awesome pianist, and an al around nice guy. The 76er piano bar was in the back room of the Dutch Pantry on duPont Highway. It was a very unique place. There will never ba another one like it! Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 11:19:08 (EDT)
Shirley - What was the piano player's name at the 76er? A year ago this past May, I was having dinner at the Concordville Inn (PA) - and he was playing there. Sounded just as good as ever. Apparently he finished at 8 P.M. since I went to talk to him in the room in which he was playing and he was gone. I seem to remember that he came from the Chester area.
Phyllis B. <pboyd>
Willm., DE USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 20:14:18 (EDT)
Your right Shirley Hudson Jester, Joel's was a good place for good music and good friends. But you know your favorite and mine was the old "76er". We had some great sing a long times there, I still miss it.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington , De. USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 19:30:22 (EDT)
Hi Maria - Shirley is right about Joel's - where she states the location and right off Rte. 4. Joel's was one of the neighborhood "in" spots in the late 70's - early 80's. A lot of these neighborhood beer gardens/tap room/ restaurants had great runs for small periods of time. The entertainment was probably never paid what it was worth. I only met your brother John once - at the Lyons Den. We were customers and happened to be seated at the same table. I realized at that time that he had a great interest in music. I'm sorry that I never heard him play. All these small neighborhood drinking establishments have disappeared mostly due to the tough dui laws. Anyone remember a Veterans Club in Browntown loosely referred to as "Seventh Avenue"? What a great placee to have a good time.
Phyllis B. <>
Wilm., DE USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 17:13:58 (EDT)
I spent a couple of very enjoyable summers at Brandywine Raceway. They didn't just "sell out" to Rollins. Rollins gutted Brandywine with his checkbook at Dover. When Brandywine couldn't offer the purces that Dover offered, Howard Millar decided that it wasn't worth it to "beat a dead horse". It was a great track that had great horses and drivers. (also a very good restruant). Many of us miss it.
mike mullins <>
wallkill, ny USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 16:55:06 (EDT)
I remember Joel's. It's just as you turn onto Kiamensi Road, on the left, at Kiamensi Gardens. They had some really good music there "a while back"! Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Wednesday, July 18, 2007 at 13:05:13 (EDT)
Phyllis, I found out today that the place my brother Johnny use to play was in Stanton and it was called Joel's. Do you know where I am talking about. My dad use to go there to hear him play. My brother also had a band and I think they were called Johnny J and the BelAirs! Does anyone know anything about this. Thanks, Maria
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, De USA - Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 20:24:35 (EDT)
I remember going to the last two races at Brandywine Raceway on many summer nights in the 1960's. I even remember shaking hands with "Wilt the Stilt" Chamberlin one Saturday night after his horse Rival Time won a big race. I believe that the Boston Redsox baseball player Carl Yastremski owned a horse named "Carl Y" that raced at Brandywine.
Arnold <>
Rockville, Md USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 20:08:22 (EDT)
I used to be a regular "patron" at Brandywine Raceway. I remember when Pete Rose played for the Phillies, if the Phillies played a day game on Sundays he would be there Sunday nights. He always sat in the dining room and he would send his wife out to make his bets for him. Always the $50 dollar window and quite the looker. One night after the last race I waited for Pete to depart and when he came around the corner from where he was sitting I surprised him with a "Hey Mr Rose, how about a handshake". He gave me weird sort of once-over head to toe look and said, Ahh, why not and shook my hand. Like he was doing me a big favor.....creep!
Erik <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 14:48:28 (EDT)
My mom took me to opening night in 1952(?), as a 12 year old. I bet on a horse named Harvey Pointer ridden I think by J. Belote. The horse, a prohibitive 6-5 favorite paid $2.80. That was my first and last trip to Brandywine - guess my folks didn't want me to have a gambling addiction!
Butch Schilling <>
Aiken, SC USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 12:30:15 (EDT)
I remember John Rollins not being the most popular person years ago. His stupid looking building was in a friends back yard in Woodbrook. They were real happy to have him as a neighbor. I also remember him having Richard Nixon attend a party at his mansion. Nixon flew in by helocopter amd landed on Rollin's lawn.
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Monday, July 16, 2007 at 11:08:49 (EDT)
The Brandywine Raceway chatter brings back memories about the Rollins boys (John and Wayne). I have no real fine memories about either of them. Wayne's broadcast company (which owned WAMS and cable tv) was despised by it's employees, for the most part, and today does not exist. I needed go deeply into John's empire to find disdain (just look at the often-despised) Rollins Building just off of Concord Pike. The Georgia boys blew into Delaware, made their millions, and retreated back to Georgia (in spirit, if not totally in body, too). Some might even call them modern-day Republican carpetbaggers.
Roy C. Pollitt <>
Punta Gorda, FL USA - Sunday, July 15, 2007 at 13:15:06 (EDT)
Just think: If the Nathan Miller family, the original builder and owner of Brandywine Raceway from 1953 to 1983, kept it in operation, there would be slot machines there now. But instead, the Miller family sold it to John Rollins and we know “The rest of the story…”
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 19:38:57 (EDT)
Brandywine raceway had a great promotion that I remember as a kid called Christmas in July. Parents used to take us every summer for about 10 years back in late 60's early 70's. Was sorry to see it go when they imploded it for more retail.
Bill Mousley <>
Maple Shade, NJ USA - Friday, July 13, 2007 at 10:05:20 (EDT)
View HERE to see a Sat view of the Barndywine Raceway in 2005.  Today, while a Sat view is not available, Toll Brother's Construction is building $1,000,000+ homes on the site - which is almost finished.  The roads have been named.  The Brandywine Town Center is on the left, just out of view.
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 07:01:18 (EDT)
The visiting announcer for Brandywine Raceway,and announcer for the Flyers was Gene Hart. He later opened a business in Philly called Aquarama. He also worked for Ed Hurst, in Atlantic City on a show, called Summertime on the pier. We always had a problem with B.R. We had a short in our T.V. and in the spring, some of the races were heard through the speaker, making our T.V. useless.
brownys <>
wilmington, de USA - Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 06:15:41 (EDT)
Richard, if you go here... you can search the obits there, but it will only list a 31 day period, so it may take awhile if the year is unknown, Tom
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 20:51:36 (EDT)
can anyone help me find the obit for richard w. merrill? he was born aug 1939 and lived in wilmington until his death. he owned a flower shop in wilm. i have been told that he died a few years back, but dont know the year and cant find anything via internet newspapers etc. Would very much appreciate any help. Richard Green
richard green <>
Port orchard, wa. USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 18:45:29 (EDT)
Bruce I found this in google,This 100-acre site, home of the Brandywine Raceway harness racing track for over 30 years, was transformed into a 1.2 million square foot, amenity rich, retail shopping center. The project began in 1995 with a crowd-gathering implosion of the three story grandstands. Over 10 years, the site has evolved into one of the area's premiere retail facilities. The Brandywine Town Center is a commercial development requiring an engineering effort unsurpassed in New Castle County.
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 13:36:50 (EDT)
Gregg, Brandywine was a lot of fun. A question for the locals - what is there now? Why did it close? Was it due to gambling be legal in Atlantic City? If I'm not mistaken didn't Herve have some troubles with the law?
Bruce <>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 12:17:32 (EDT)
Gregg, Brandywine was just about the best in the East at one time, rivalling Yonkers and the others, the best horses & drivers like you said Herve & don't forget the Dancer's and local favorite Bobby Myers, been there many times.Aubrey
Aubrey C. Fisher <>
Lewes, De USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 09:55:40 (EDT)
Greg: One of the things I remember about Brandywine Raceway is that they would let you in free of charge for the last two races. I lived off of Naamans's road at the time, so I went there quite a few times.
Swifty <>
York, PA USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 09:08:23 (EDT)
I went to the Brandywine raceway several times. The thing I remember is the beautiful sight of the horses coming around the bend towards the finish line. The feeling I experienced when I saw that is indescribeable.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at 07:48:53 (EDT)
I read all the great comments listed below and I didn't see a word about Brandywine Raceway. If there is anybody out there who enjoyed watching harness racing, I would love to hear from you. I remember when they would have the big races for the year, the top drivers like Herve Fillion would come down and the former announcer for the Philadelphia Flyers (Gene Scott???) would call the races. It would be at night, air thick with horse smell, the bright lights with flies everywhere. It sounds bad but it was a great nighttime entertainment.
Greg <>
Gastonia, NC USA - Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at 22:09:09 (EDT)
This is for the old timers. Yesterday, someone gave me a newspaper column by W. Emerson Wilson.It was about restaurants in the late 20's and early 30's. (Told you it is for the old timers.) My great grandfather owned a restaurant across from the Grand Opera House. It was the Hotel Sevier. There was also the "best" restaurant --Miss Edith Mc Conell's on Market Street near Ninth. An entire meal was ...ready?..a dollar. It contains much more information if anyone out there is interested.
Phyllis <>
Wilmington, De USA - Monday, July 09, 2007 at 11:13:04 (EDT)
Ralphie, Dee & Don Maganello still stay in touch. Billy Veasey passed away a few years ago.
Sandy Paski Conner <>
Bear, DE USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 15:58:01 (EDT)
Ralphie Fioretti, whose stage name was(is) Moface Feury, also sang with Bob and Don Manganello, and with Bill Veasey
George Schupp <>
Newark, DE USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 15:40:36 (EDT)
Sandy,say hello to Dee for me next time you see him,thanks!
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Sunday, July 08, 2007 at 07:33:58 (EDT)
Tom, the other male singer with Ralph Fioretti in the band Rapunzel and Fox and Co. was my brother-in-law Dee Pinghera. They sang together for quite a few years in clubs in the area.
Sandy Paski Conner <>
Bear, De USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 21:17:11 (EDT)
and yes the bands name was Rapunzel
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 18:38:35 (EDT)
it was Dee something
Tom Brejwa <>
o, de USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 17:50:09 (EDT)
also Ralph Fioretti and another male singer, whose name escapes me
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 17:47:58 (EDT)
Bill was on bass I was the drummer Gene was lead guitar, and Jill was the female. also we had a band named Gold Rush prior to that one
Tom Brejwa <>
o, de USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 17:42:05 (EDT)
Was Bill Davis the bass player, or drummer and was the band named Rapunzel?
brownys <>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 17:24:13 (EDT)
WOW! I knew Angelo and Muzzi! I rented the apartment above the deli in the early 70's and worked with Bill Davis in a band when he had the Drum Shop. what a small world it is!
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Saturday, July 07, 2007 at 10:24:49 (EDT)
I grew up in 40 Acres on N. Scott Street right accross from Angelo's Luncheonette. (I saw Muzzi 2 weeks ago and he told me that Angelo just recently passed away in California) The place still looks the same. I have fond memories of the Penny Candy store on Lincoln Street(remember the big glass case of candy? and the guy with the lazy eye that scared us?), the Drum Shop on Delaware Ave, "Charlies" on the corner of Gilpin and Lincoln, Galluccios subs. Gus's on the corner of Shallcross and Lincoln. Gus's was the first place that got a "Space Invaders" video game. We would go in there and line-up our quarters and play that game all day long. Good memory. We used to play in the backyard of the Fire House on Gilpin Ave. The Firemen didn't want us playing there so they would chase us off and we would escape under the back fence onto Williamson street. Played little league baseball at the Optimus and used to walk the train bridge to get to our games. But my best memories are the good times at Rockford Park. We used to sled down the hill when it snowed and race our bikes down in the summer. Played CYO baseball and football there and who can forget the Flower Market. Thanks for the website.
Jim Gland <>
Middletown, DE USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 22:24:56 (EDT)
Connie & Aubrey - You've really nailed "the bulldog". Everything you have said was repeated by my friend Gene. He said it was an idyllic way to spend a summer afternoon. He also talked about the smooth boulders and the clean water. Said it was a hop, skip and a jump from the reservoir, and was originally probably part of the Sellers Estate.
Phyllis B. <pboyd>
Wilm., DE USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 21:44:48 (EDT)
The Presto was at 817 Market. The 821 821 Market. There was a German restaurant on Market Street about the time that they renovated the Opera House, but I cannot remember the name. I think that it was located in the former Presto. Maybe this will prompt someone's memory.
Bill McGonigal <>
Townsend, de USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 21:23:11 (EDT)
this isnt really pertaining to Wilm. but I remember the 1962 Nor'Easter that did much damage from Milford south. I researched it a few years ago and found a news journal archive of pictures of the damage, seems in the transition to digital they were lost. anyway I have 88 pictures, land and air of the event. If anyone is interested just send me an email and I will share them
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 19:06:12 (EDT)
Tom, You have the right location, it was Shellpot Creek. I swam there many times diving off the Dam. The old Mill was there at the time and below the Dam were these huge boulders, smooth as they can be a great place to lay and get a tan. I'm talking 1939 & 40. Those were the days back in the woods, it was a great way to spend the day, no house full of toys, no TV etc, loved it. Aubrey
Aubrey <>
Lewes, De USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 18:44:10 (EDT)
Tom - I donm't think so. We went down Le3a Blvd from Market Street and it was on the left. It was a small creek. By the map, it looks like Shellpot Creek running behind Colony North and Paladin Club.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 17:22:24 (EDT)
just did a google map lookup based on Bill Fishers description of where the Bulldog was, perhaps it was where the reservoir is now?
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, de USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 17:07:43 (EDT)
I remember the BULLDOG!!! We used to go there in the 50s.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 16:41:25 (EDT)
I remember the old Bellanca Airport, looked it up an found a nice site of its history
Tom Brejwa <>
ocean view, DE USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 16:33:10 (EDT)
I used to hitchhike to the old DuPont Airfield from Third and Connell. We would volunteer to wash airplanes for the pilots. They either paid us or, even better, would take us up for a ride. One guy's license, hanging in the plane, read "James Bukel or "Bukle"?. The guy flew us all over and around the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It was the early 50's. Later, with the real estate division of DuPont, we made plans to quietly phase out the airport in favor of office space. It was a real loss for the pilots....and the young airplane washers, I'm sure.
jim rambor <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 15:43:58 (EDT)
Bill Fisher - The Bulldog was around back as far as the 20's. My uncles swam there in the 20's and 30's. I have just checked in with my friend and fellow classmate - Gene Hitchens. The Bulldog WAS approximately where Colony North is now. (Around the area of Lea Blvd. that runs from Market St. to Gov Prinz Blvd.) Gene says it was where Shellpot Creek ended; there was an old mill and a dam. The dam spilled into a body of water, which swimmers and others called "the bulldog". I guess this isn't exactly Edgemoor, but it can't be far from it. Lea Blvd. section refereneced above and the Merchandise Mart came into being around 1950. As new configurations came about, the bulldog, the old mill and the dam became history. Wish I had seen it when it was in its woodsy state.
Phyllis B. <pboyd>
Wilm., DE USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 15:06:15 (EDT)
Phyllis, when someone sends you an e-mail, just hit reply and write back and then it will say add this address in your address book. You will always have it and never have to type it in.
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 10:55:09 (EDT)
Phyllis, I grew up (more or less) in Edgemoor in the 50's, and don't recall any place called the "Bulldog"... could it have been after that timeframe?
Bill Fisher <>
Westminster, CA USA - Friday, July 06, 2007 at 01:24:19 (EDT)
No. 1 - Nostalgia, USA, you can breathe a sigh of relief - I think I've conquered E-Mail. I'm not real crazy about it, but at least I'm fairly certain now that I'm doing it right. I got through to M. K. Kennedy via E-Mail, after failing so many times. No. 2 - was there once a place in Edgemoor called "The Bulldog"? It must have been a watering-hole type place where people went to cool off (swim?) Where was it? Where is it now?
Phyllis B. <>
Wilm., DE USA - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 20:41:15 (EDT)
Kay Burton ,Wells <>
Pike Creek, De USA - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 18:12:15 (EDT)
Phyllis, thanks for the info on my brother John. I love receiving these tid bits. I never heard of the Lyons Club. I do know that he played a lot at a little bar in Newport that I can't remember the name of. I think it was near Brack-Ex, but I am not sure. My dad use to go there to listen to him play and that was back in the 70's. Thanks again for the memories. Maria
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Thursday, July 05, 2007 at 00:18:51 (EDT)
Maria, the restaurant/lounge I was trying so hard to remember where I saw your brother John was called The Lyons Den. Was a cute little place but like a lot of places, it just didn't go over. I don't know whether it was the corner of 202 & Silverside or 202 & Naamans. It was l979 through 1981. I have tried so hard to send an E-Mail (personal, I guess) to M. K. Kennedy in reply to her posting to me on 4/20/07. I simply cannot get it through. Tried 3 times. I am using lower case and no spaces i.e., My in-box says "user unknown - fatal error, etc.". I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
Phyllis B. <>
Wilm., DE USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 20:36:47 (EDT)
Joe - You and Bill Fisher both caught me in this blooper. His FATHER was born in Wilmington, so his father gets the star in the pavement.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 13:10:46 (EDT)
I hate to rain on the parade in my old hometown, but I believe Gerry Mulligan was born in New York City 4/6/27 and grew up in Philadelphia where he first worked at WCAU.
Joe Mosbrook <>
Cleveland Heights, OH - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 12:50:57 (EDT)
The great Baritone Sax jazz man, Gerry Mulligan, was born in Wilmington, Delaware. Just found that out today. He and his star belong on the Wilmington Walk of Fame along with Clifford Brown, Mario LePera, Ralph Pryor, Bill Fisher and Phyllis Boyd's brother.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Wednesday, July 04, 2007 at 09:54:51 (EDT)
i went grades 3 thru 6 at washington grade school and have 1950 graduation pic of 6th grade glass. miss lawless was teacher. next school was warner jr. high and then wilmington high. does anyone know where a richard w merrill is? he had flower shop in wilm. until few years ago and i would like to contact him if he is still with us. also a charles hodson was a good friend of mine along with richard gardecki and orvid pratt who i have found and have contact with. but sure would like to find richard merrill.. thanks. richard green
richard green <>
port orchard, wa USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 20:35:23 (EDT)
Thanks Norman for the info. Thats more than I had. I located that bottle at a flea market in Lewes Del. a few years ago for $1.00 I thought it was neat because I retired from WPD and frequented 10th & French Streets many times during my career. Ray Jubb did e-mail me the other day and believed it was one of his old prescriptions when he was baby. Anthing is possible
Franny Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 13:36:34 (EDT)
Franny Green---1906 City Directory, French St. Pharmacy 1000 French St.,1927 Directory, French St. Pharmacy plus S.G.Elbert,Phys., Mable Brooks, Phys., D.A.Smith,Phys.(must have been 3 story bldg.) 1948 Directory, 1000 French St.,John Thomas,Conf. 3 apartments. Mrs. Fannie Burruss, Mrs. Carrie Powell, Rudolf Price.
Norman <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, July 02, 2007 at 11:32:23 (EDT)