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10 years ago
jak378
There was also an Olds dealer on Southwest Highway, a little west of Western Ave. called Hames Oldsmobile. Former White Sox pitcher Billy Pierce sold cars there in the early or mid 60's. I nearly bought a car from him, but got a better price elsewhere.
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10 years ago
jak378
I remember fishing in Sherman Park Lagoon, but I do not remember ever seeing any crayfish. I believe that what we caught was some variation of carp. They were pretty easy to catch. I think that in later years most o f the lagoons were dredged to clean them up, and that was probably the end of the fish.
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10 years ago
jak378
Whops, for some reason I thought the new Chicago Lawn was across the street from the old one, but you are correct, it is not. I don't know what was at that location either.
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10 years ago
jak378
Doubled posted by mistake
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10 years ago
jak378
Does anyone else remember the memorials that were placed on the corner of a block where a serviceman formerly lived when killed in WW II? For obvious reasons they used to be fairly common. They usually consisted of a cement base with a "V" in the middle and a flagpole. There was a sign attached to the pole at about head height with the name of the serviceman or, in some cases serviveme
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10 years ago
jak378
The station that you refer to in the vicinity of 63rd and Central Park, was known as Chicago Lawn. It was at 3515 W. 63rd St, just west of St. Louis. New City also co-existed with Chicago Lawn until the Wilson reorganization. Chicago Lawn, the 8th Distrct after reorganization, is/was the largest police district in area, in Chicago. It was bordered on the south by 87th St, city limits, as far w
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10 years ago
jak378
I just came across this. I must remind everyone that the whole area of Englewood was extremely hard hit by the riots of the 60's, especially those in 1968. I had occassion to drive around the area a little recently, and it looks like a war had take place there, which I guess is the case. Having grown up all over that area, it pains me to see it. It is expecially depressing to me to find that e
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10 years ago
jak378
I just came across this. I must remind everyone that the whole area of Englewood was extremely hard hit by the riots of the 60's, especially those in 1968. I had occassion to drive around the area a little recently, and it looks like a war had take place there, which I guess is the case. Having grown up all over that area, it pains me to see it. It is expecially depressing to me to find that e
Forum: Forgotten Chicago Sightings
10 years ago
jak378
I don't know what the extemsion is for, but those devices are called catch basins. They existed to somehow drain off the sewage into the sewer. I'm pretty sure that the down spouts also drained into them causing the raw sewage to float off of the top. It is really beyond my comprehension how or why they existed, but I did have a house with one, that had been bypassed.
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10 years ago
jak378
Two more from the Back of the Yards: Kerrigans in the 5500 block of Ashland, and Kruse in the 5600 block of Ashland. Both big players in the St. Basil trade.
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10 years ago
jak378
You could be absolutely correct about when they were demolished, but I do seem to remember showing them to my wife after 1967. I may have shown them to a couple of my kids after 197 also, but it is a really hazy memory. I have no doubt that they were gone by the mid 70's.
Forum: General Discussion
10 years ago
jak378
Whoops, excuse my type. Of course it was at 1700 W. 47th ST. New City was not eliminated until O.W. Wilson became the Superintendent of Police in 1960. He downsized districts from 40 to 21 both as an economy of scale, cost cutting plan and also to eliminate the fact that police districts largely mirrored ward boundaries, and he wanted little political interference. New City was consoladated wi
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10 years ago
jak378
New City police station was, if memory serves me corrrectly, at the northwest corner of 47th and Paulina, 4700 W. 47th Street, according to my ancient Leonards' Chicago Street Guide. I worked at the 35th and Lowe station, and the interior shots are clearly from there. It is interesting to note that during a scene at the desk, the view from the windows is in the background and visible is an apart
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10 years ago
jak378
Those are the Ford City Little League fields. I coached a rival league team there 2 or 3 years in a row in 89 and 90, in District playoffs.
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10 years ago
jak378
I just came across this thread and find it interesting. Weren't the interoir scenes in the police station shot in what is now the "old" Deering station, which in later years was the 9th District at 35th and Lowe? There were numerous shots of the des, an office, later the watch commander's office and the lockup.
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10 years ago
jak378
No meat after 6 PM was every day of the week. None at all on Sundays. It was a real pain in the butt. As I recall, it was not a law, but an edict from the Butcher's Union and was part of the contract with union butchers, citywide. It did not affect some suburbs, but I believe they were in counties other than Cook. And folks wonder why unions have fallen out of favor with the public.
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10 years ago
jak378
Yup, that is the exact location I am talking about. it is across from Drexel Park. To the best of my knowledge, the Towers were torn down aver 20 years ago, probably more like 30. They were replaced by some kind of subsidized housing apartments. I haven't been there for some time now, but as I recall the building that you are talking about replaced another large courtyard building that was nex
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10 years ago
jak378
Back in the late 40's and early 50's my grandmother managed a twin aparement hotel, The Hyde Park Towers, located at 810 and 818 East Hyde Park Blvd. I am wondering if anyone remembers the old place and if anyone has any pictures of the buildings or surrounding areas. I lived there from about 19466 through 1949, and then visited on weekends until about 1952. I believe that the buildings were or
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10 years ago
jak378
I remember clearly that sometime in the 50's the firs letter "F" in the word fair burned out. From that day my stepfather referred to the event as the "Free Air." Since ne had to pay for everything except admission he was basiically correct.
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