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9 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Looking for former residents of the TH temporary veterans housing. It was built in 1947 to house returning vets from WWII and their families. If you lived there or know someone who may have, please let me know. The complex existed south of Montrose and East of Cumberland. It was demolished in 1954. We have a group on FB entitled..Thatcher Homes of Norwood Township, IL - temporary WWII veterans hou
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9 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Have been trying to locate a 1950 Chgo & vicinty phonebook Needed to verify the spelling of last names of my childhood friends. Most lived on the 4200-4300 block of Pittsburgh Ave in the temporary veterans housing post WWII. Is there a place that has them? Have been told HW Library does. Have been thru microfilm at Chgo Hist Museum on Clark.
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9 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Thaks for the input, guys. I knew I wasn't nuts. The Norettes. I'll have to do some research on them.
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9 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
I live in Berwyn. It's just to mess with the cab drivers. LOL.
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9 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Thatcher disappears in River Grove but reimerges at Berteau. Pioneer becomes Thatcher going north toward Montrose. That's why the temporary veteran village there back in the 40s/50s was called Thatcher Homes. We have a group on facebook for all the kids who grew up there. I stopped by there on Christmas on the way to Park Ridge. And also there are still double street signs at Irving Park to includ
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9 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
I believe this was prior to 1951. May have been gone by then. It was about the size of a pony league park with maybe a thousand bleacher seats. Think it was north of FPD and east of Harlem. Wasn't much around there then. Don't really recall the outdoor theatre but that was further north yet. There were no shops along Irving for instance until yo got to Harlem and then it was only a fireworks place
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
The sites title is Thatcher Homes of Norwood Township, IL - temporary WWII veterans housing.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
The sites title is Thatcher Homes of Norwood Township - temporary WWII veterans housing.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
A gal posted some KG & 1st grade pics from 1950-54 on our group site on facebook.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Did you live there? Don't know why it doesn't come up on FB. Look for me on fb and I can add you to the group..friend request. My profile pic is from my navy days iun a white cap. I'm in front of the Hong Kong Hilton in 1970.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
I don't understand why facebook entries aren't showin up on google search anymore. Should compute if you're on FB tho. Maybe it shows for me since I'm a member and it's in my history. Look for me on Fb and I can befriend you and add you to the group. Bruce Kelleher Brother's name is Leon. My profile pic is from my navy days
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Checkout our site on facebook. We have several pics there posted including theone from Historisaerials and one of the demolition. There's also a couple of my brother and I on a pony. This guy used to come around the neighborhood selling photos in the 50s. Have one also of the 1952 KG class at the Canty Branch #1 school that served the kids due to the overcrowding until St. Francis Borgia was built
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
It mustr have been around 1951 that as a liul kid, we went to a baseball game at a stadium just off Harlem around FP Dr. It had women's baseball leagues..aka A League of Their Own. Am I the only one that remembers it???
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
All you have to do on the Historicaerials site is type in an address. A current pic will come up. You can then at the left select a given year and at the bottom right zoom in. Not the best quality but interesting nonetheless.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Have a site setup on facebook called ..Thatcher Homes of Norwood Township, IL - Temporary WWII veterans housing. Join us if you lived there or have a grandparent that did. Housing was demolished in 1954. It consisted of quonset & barracks buildings made out of corrugated metal. It was just across Montrose Ave. from Happy Day Stables.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
There's a similar situation with Pulaski and crawford AVe.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Used to live across Montrose in the temporary vets housing setup there for the returning WWII vets. We lived on Pittsburgh Ave just west of Thatcher. ventured to the stables but never rode. we were lil kids then..1947-1954
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Loved their Turkey Giblet dinners back in the 50s.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Would love to get a list of folks who lived in the 4200 - 4400 blocks of Pittsburgh Ave. in the late 40s/early 50s. It was a temporary housing for WWII vets. Consisted of barracks & quoset buildings. Also Plainfield Ave. Same addresses.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Also went to a survival weekend at Camp Crete. I think it was some land a farmer let the scouts use back in the day. Used to compete against the Post from the Midwest Buhdist Temple in those years. Our specialty was building rope bridges at all Lincoln Park Council campouts.
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Went to both Camp Harrison and Camp Ft. Dearborn in the 50s and 60s. Have a site on facebook for our troop called...Troop 64 - St. Bonnies/Chicago, IL circa 1960..Have quite a few pics posted of Camporees/jamborees/Pow Wows. Check them out and us. Richard, we also went to Harrison. SW Chicago somewhere. Went to Kiwanis too in Willow Springs. Summer camp in 58 & 59 and then graduated to Oweasi
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10 years ago
Bruce Kelleher
Looking for kids who grew up in the vets housing that was at Thatcher/Montrose/Cumberland/Berteau in the late 40s/early 50s. Also would like to get pics from there and then. Have a site on facebook for the former residents of these quonsets/barracks buildings. There were several sites in Chicago area but we're mainly interestd in kids(now in their 60s) from the 'hood'. LOL.
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