I hope someone can help! I grew up in Brighton Park. Does anyone remember Dr. Kraft's office? I believe it was somewhere around 63rd and Kedzie. I could be wrong. My grandma used to take me there when I was a little girl. This would have been in the early to middle 1970's. The doctor's office was in a house, a two flat or an apartment above a store. The living room was the waiting room; the kitchen was the office; and the bedrooms were the examination rooms.
Dr. Kraft must have been in his early sixties back then. I'm pretty sure his name is spelled like the cheese.
Just a thought, these types of questions are usually best answered by posting this question to a Facebook page about the particular neighborhood it was located in. Most Chicago neighborhoods have a Facebook page similiar to "I Grew up in ...." The office you mention is not located in Brighton Park. That area is probably Marquette Manor. Worth a try.
Dr Frank Krafts office was at 52nd & Kedie above the drugstore-Remember the long staircase going up-I wondered how cripple or very old could get up there.Dr Kraft was the all round Dr,did it all!Smoked cigars & always drove a Cadillac.His nurses name was Josephine & she was with him forever!He brought Me & my 2 sisters into the world at Holy Cross hospital.He made house calls & would let you pay him later if things were tight.
My grandmother, mother, and the rest of my family went to Dr. Kraft for years and years....from at least the mid 50's until the 80's. He delivered me in 1958. My grandmother seemed to go weekly in the 60's and 70's. You did have to walk up that long staircase and everyone signed in on a big yellow pad at the front of the room....hours before Dr. Kraft began calling names. I remember Josephine well...she was very nice to me. Another nurse too...but I don't remember her name.
I had to do a survey of small clinics a few years back and many were obviously the downstairs of the docs home - the upstairs apartment, which was often pretty snazzy, were often local showplaces, total mid-century and are used for offices or storage now. But there were also cases like this, where they lived and worked in the same space (which is still common in Europe) - friends of mine had a great apartment where there was an exam room with vintage tiles, they used it as a laundry room.
My family doctor was Lydia Zaleska who had a "garden" office on the north side of Garfield Boulevard (55th Street) between Hermitage and Paulina and lived upstairs. She was a rare female graduate of Northwestern University of Medicine and served mostly the Lithuanian community in the Back of the Yards. I remember her ancient-looking graduation photo on the wall of her waiting room. She brought both me (1947 as a doctor) and my mother (1926 as a midwife) into this world! No record-keeping, no reservations, no insurance claims. Cash only and she dispensed most of the medicine she prescribed right from her office. She died in the early 1970s.
Steve B. Wrote:
> My family doctor was Lydia Zaleska who had a
> "garden" office on the north side of Garfield
> Boulevard (55th Street) between Hermitage and
> Paulina and lived upstairs. She was a rare female
> graduate of Northwestern University of Medicine
> and served mostly the Lithuanian community in the
> Back of the Yards. I remember her ancient-looking
> graduation photo on the wall of her waiting room.
> She brought both me (1947 as a doctor) and my
> mother (1926 as a midwife) into this world! No
> record-keeping, no reservations, no insurance
> claims. Cash only and she dispensed most of the
> medicine she prescribed right from her office.
> She died in the early 1970s.
My wife and her family when went to her in the 50's. She and the family lived on 53rd and Hermitage.
Our family doctor was August J. Durso. He delivered 6 out of 10 of us. (#7 was a cesarean and Ma had to use specialists from there on out). His office was above the General Camera store on Devon and Western and also entailed a long flight of stairs. He was also the team physician for the Loyola Ramblers basketball team – a position he held when they won the 1963 NCAA National Championships. Once in a while we’d see a ballplayer in his waiting room. The nuns in our parish where also clients of his (the knowledge of which triggered some disturbing scenes in my mind).
> no, can't recall a Dr. Kraft's office, but I do
> remember Trost Hobby Shop @ 63rd and Albany...man,
> what a place for a kid!! especially when they
> installed the slot car tracks....
Unfortunately, Trost's closed down a few years ago. I guess the factors were area changes & trends plus personal tastes not favoring the hobby enthusiasts. But I somehow think that place could have actually weathered such changes.