Re: St. Sabina's and nearby
Date: September 25, 2014 02:34PM
In the 1940s and 50s, starting at 79th and Racine and going west, on the south side of 79th Street was a drug store on the southwest corner. A few doors west of that was an upscale women’s clothing store, The Mayfair. Then there was a large prairie for the rest of the block all the way to Elizabeth Street. Across Elizabeth was Dressel’s, a large upscale bakery, on the corner. In the early days at least, there was a small grocery store near that. A few doors down was Dan Curley’s funeral parlor. About halfway down the block was Spanninger’s, a small but friendly bakery (unlike Dressel’s). Near that was a butcher shop, perhaps named Ed’s. Then there was a large tavern, the Old Bear. Next to that was Tony’s barber shop and then a beauty shop. Next, at the southeast corner of Throop Street, was Anderson’s (formerly Koner’s) drug store.
On the north side of 79th Street, again going west from Racine, there was Delite on the northwest corner; this was a great ice cream parlor. A few doors west of that (after a few small stores) was a large grocery store, perhaps a National Tea. There may have been an empty lot next to that. (Elizabeth Street dead-ended at 79th Street and didn’t go through across to the north side of the street.) At the next corner, the northeast corner of Throop Street, was a shoe store.