Thank you for this great site. I would like to add a few of my memories to the others on your website.
was born in DC (1950 --
We lived mostly in the 18th Street and Columbia Road area known as Adams-Morgan loved Kalorama Park in the summers, People's Drug Store, the street car crossing - Rts 40/42 and 90/92), etc).
at 11th and U Streets, 18th and Kalorama, 1801
Last summer (2005) my family FINALLY had the opportunity to visit DC (still have cousins there). It was the first time my daughter (24) and son (19) visited DC after soooooo many years of promises. My wife had visited in 1977 shortly after we had married.
took them to all of the standard tourist sites (o many!) plus the off the beat
areas including my home turf along
of my personal highlights was the visit to
I felt rewarded when I was able to meet the current Principal and she graciously assigned a lady employee to accompany me throughout all of the facility. I immediately went to those rooms where I spent my youth with the nuns and O! what memories. The old auditorium, which few elementary schools had in those times, had been recently renovated and it looked better than ever. The Gym is still there located below the auditorium. Spent about an hour on the tour and loved every minute.
old building that housed the
the school we went down the street across
On my trip to DC last year I was able to meet up with a few of my old buddies from Sacred Heart and St. John's and although we spent more time watching NFL films and eating and drinking, a lot of memories were exchanged.
I would love to contact some of my fellow Sacred Heart/St John's companions or graduates.
There have NEVER been any doughnuts as good as those baked by Heller's --
including Krispy Kremes! Almost
every Sunday after Mass we would walk to
I also loved:
great rum cakes (with Don Q rum) from
Haines Point -- summer evenings at the mini-golf course.
beautiful Christmas displays at Woodies, Hecht's, Kahn's, etc and the lights
Shoppes - I remember the one at
The Wisconsin Avenue Sears with the rooftop parking.
HS was like the girl's annex to
Mt. Pleasant Library at 16th Street and Lamont Street
Corr's Hobby Shop
of the first Toy's–R-Us on
The Joy Boys
Willard Scott as Bozo and the FIRST Ronald McDonald's
High’s ice cream.
Dart Drug Stores
annual Christmas tree on the little island at 18th and
The Franciscan Monastery
The “old” Children’s Hospital
The temporary WW2 buildings around the reflecting Pool
ALL of the museums along the Mall.
baseball at the
José Luis "El Gran Puma" Rodríguez
What a fun site!! So many wonderful
memories...we had a great life back
then, with no worries about going anywhere we wanted! Living in D.C. all of
my school years. We moved to Chevy Chase when I turned 18.
I grew up in McLean Gardens, off Wisconsin Ave., in NW D.C. Went to Phoebe
Hearst Elem. (walked),
Alice Deal Jr. High (streetcar), and Woodrow Wilson High (streetcar, then
Everyone that lived in McLean Gardens was there for years & we all went to
school together. Wilson and a lot of other DC schools had sororities &
fraternities...I belonged to Sigma Delta Nu. We had lots of joint meetings
with other schools fraternities, so we drove to the Western HS area, or over
to SE for parties. Boy, those were such fun. Looking back, it's hard to
believe we drove so far & late at night...a car full of teen age girls, no
less! We learned all the different dances going to those so-called joint
Hot Shoppes was the only place to see & be seen on weekends...remember those
orange freezes & onion rings? My very favorite things, along with Banana
Splits at Giffords! The cherry cokes at Peoples, made with cherry juice on
the spot; the x-ray for shoes, Glen Echo to swim or actually sing! A bunch
of us sorority sisters sang & they recorded the song...wow, it was awful!!
Drive-In movies for date night, no matter how far you had to drive to get to
one; Poodle skirts & saddle shoes; Kalorama roller skating; I was on the
Milt Grant show once, loved that show & Bandstand later on.
We used to go to Mayo Beach all the time in the summer, catch crabs in the
"run", play the slot machines & swim. Fell in that run once & my Dad caught
me before I went under the bridge...very scary!!
My parents took me to O'Donnell's Restaurant downtown every so often &
actually let me order lobster. That was a huge treat & I ate every bite of
it!! My Dad worked in an International area of Army Map Service at Glen
Echo, so we went to Chinatown often too & had wonderful meals, cooked by
some of his co-workers families. What an exciting place that was, so
different from NW D.C. to me.
Looking back, I feel so sorry for kids now days...they will miss all the
freedom we had. Thanks for bringing back so many great memories, I've loved
re-living all of them with everyone!!
Jody (Shepard) Culver
FISH AND COW FROM SUNNY FLA.
grew up in DC until we moved to
Boy this sure brings back memories. I was born at Georgetown Hospital in 1950. I remember when the temporary government buildings were located on the mall as well as the old medical museum. I also have a vague recollection of streetcars before they dug up the rails in downtown Washington, DC. I remember watching the Milt Grant TV Dance Show on TV. Does anyone remember him? The best ice cream was Reindeer Frozen Custard (lemon was my favorite) in Northwest and Bob's Frozen Custard in South East Washington. Bob even had a screened entrance door! I remember Woodies downtown when they had a person work the elevators with the iron gates, and the store played soothing background music while you shopped. I remember when we went down near Dupont Circle to see President Kennedy's funeral procession and I remember Marshall Halls amusement park as well as Glen Echo. I remember riding DC transit to get to school and our school tickets were purchased at the car barn. I remember the Good Humor ice cream man and Mr. Softee. I remember when Washington, DC was great and crime was minimal at best. Wish it could be that way again.
I chanced upon your website searching for my old Anacostia High School, Class of '64.
Not knowing whether your memories' section is still alive or not, I take this effort to share my few DC memories.
My youthful exposure to DC lasted quite a vew years -- some of it lived from Fairfax, some from Falls Church, some from Friendship, MD.
But there were my grade 8.5 through grade13.6 years lived entirely within the confines of DC's political geography. Most of that time was in our home two blocks from the east steps of the Capitol building. I think my father bought this rather distressed rowhouse for some early Sixties' $15K. We learn later that this same property is now $2 million. Oh well. Just the same, it was a skinny little stretched-out long trailer. In brick.
I recall hearing the Marine Band playing on the Capitol steps while we sat in our tiny back yard. And that memorable day when our whole family simply walked over to witness President Kennedy's inauguration in the cold snow.
And that so much sadder simple walk to the lying in state under the Rotunda so few years later.
There was some Protestant Church nearby [close to the LOC] where suddenly-President Johnson was visiting that Sunday morning and we were outside the church waiting to catch a glimpse of him when others with radios in the crowd told us of the murder of the Lee Harvey Oswald fellow and my father grabbed us all and took us pronto back to the house. Those days were a bit confusing for a lot of us.
My brother and I volunteered to detail our neighbor's car to get it ready for him to go to the White House for some of the funeral ceremonies. He was some US Representative. Maybe Iowa. I forget.
There was a Catholic church directly in front of our house on D St. and I remember my grandmother sitting at the front window looking at the nuns walking into the church and mumbling something about the Pope and now this Kennedy fellow coming to the White House. I always thought her comments quite odd as she was, alone, so alone, the ONLY Democrat ever in our family!
Around the corner from our home were several favorite family haunts and private 'Bro and Me' sanctuaries we visited clandestinely coming back from school on the streetcar.
Family approved sites were primarily the Sampan Cafe on Pennsylvania Ave. not too far from 12th St as I recall. A pleasant ritual for the family. And still the only Chinese restaurant I've ever frequented that served French bread with the meal. Of course, dessert was ice cream as only a Chinese restaurant can serve ice cream -- crunchy with re-frozen blobs of melted ice in it. The place was sill in business forty years later when my Bro (in some quite strange moment of nostalgia) went back there with his wife.
Bro and I had Angelos on Pa. Ave. at 2nd, SE which served atrocious greasy hamburgers and even more disgusting greasy French fries. This pastime enjoyment we kept from our parents, of course. We would decline to eat at our school cafeterias and save up for the treat at Angelos.
For us there was the Trover Shop just down the street. A book store kinda place. Where I recall my first (and I truly believe my only) descent into the criminal world when I shoplifted a nudist magazine. It was probably difficult for a tenth grader to purchase a nudist magazine at that time, no doubt. [In all fairness to me, I add.]
Around the corner was the Charles DuBois grocery store. I always loved the name of the place. I believe now that he and his family were Pieds Noirs from Algeria. They were very nice to us and I learned to love to eat plums from their fruit bins. Another careful savings from our lunch money at school.
I quit now.
As with so many of us in later years, so many memories.
I recently discovered your D.C. memories page and thought I'd contribute. Please feel free to edit these as you see fit:
I spent my early years (1953-1960) growing up in Langley Park, in an apartment complex off Merrimack Drive. It was within walking distance of the old Langley theater, a Grand Union supermarket, and a drug store (Woolworth's?) where they made the best cherry Cokes at the soda fountain. There was also a Hot Shoppe on the corner of New Hampshire Ave and University Blvd. where we'd often eat lunch. I still say they made the best chocolate milkshakes around - really thick! I also loved their chicken noodle soup - hearty and with unique ring-shaped noodles. Dad worked at the Naval Ordnance Lab in White Oak and sometimes he'd take us out to the Hot Shoppe after work and we'd eat in the car (drive-in). They had little intercoms you could use to give your order, which the car hop would then bring out to you. Saturday night we'd generally go to Giffords in Silver Spring where I would usually get a cone of their great mountain blackberry ice cream.
In the late 50's there was a fast food hamburger place built across the street from us on University Blvd. We called it the "Big M" because it had M-shaped "arches". I don't know if it was connected with McDonalds or not, but it was that kind of place.
I attended kindergarten and first grade at New Hampshire Estates elementary, which was close enough to walk to. Around 1960, however, we moved to Wheaton where I attended Arcola elementary. I can still remember how we were all instructed to bring canned food to school during the Cuban Missile crisis in '62. I can also remember the day we had a "drill" to see if everyone could walk home within 30 minutes (i.e., before the bombs started falling!) I lived several miles away and normally rode the bus to school, but Dad took me to Arcola the Saturday before the drill and we walked home together to make sure I knew the best and safest route. The day of the drill my mother was really nervous until I made it home by myself, with 3 minutes to spare!
Other miscellaneous memories include:
Going to the Cider Barrel in Gaithersburg on a fall weekend for fresh cider. You really thought you were out in the country back then! They always gave you a paper cup with a sample before you made your purchase.
Driving down Route 5 and 301 through Waldorf and LaPlata to see my relatives in Virginia, and passing all the slot machine joints with their colorful signs. I was always fascinated by the WigWam (it looked neat) and the old 301 Restaurant (with its neon sign in the shape of a lobster!)
Going to Mrs. K's Toll House for dinner on special occasions. I especially liked Christmas, when they hung ornaments from the ceiling with colored ribbons. As you entered the dining room and went down the stairs these were all at eye level, so you thought you were walking into a forest of ornaments and ribbons.
The stone restaurant at Four Corners, across from the Methodist church. We only ate there once or twice, but it was a unique landmark. I used to think it looked like a castle.
The old Olney Inn in Olney, with their great crab imperial (as you can tell, I like to eat, so some of my clearest and dearest memories are of D.C. area restaurants).
Driving all the way out to Urbana, Maryland, to eat at the Peter Pan Inn - great country ham and those wonderful corn fritters! There were also a couple of neat antique shops there my folks liked to visit.
Taking school field trips to the Golden Rule Dairy (off New Hampshire between White Oak and Langley Park) and the WSSC Patuxent water treatment plant.
Going to see Ringling Bros. circus at the old DC armory.
The old DC Transit street cars and busses. I still have a couple of the old metal tokens and paper bus transfers, which I used as "play money." My mother made a point of taking me on the street car the last day they ran, so I'd remember it.
Watching the 3-Stooges every night on WTTG - channel 5. I remember being really upset when they preempted them to cover the 1960 presidential conventions!
Going to Giant supermarket and getting yellow TV stamps, then helping stick them into the stamp books. Also appearing on Pic Temple's TV show and getting a coupon for a free 1/2 gal. of Giant ice cream.
The Wheaton News Stand in Wheaton - the best selection of comic books in town (not to mention that mysterious adults only section).
Going to a big hobby shop in downtown D.C. (Corrs? Or something like that) at Christmas time, which had a great Lionel train layout. While there we'd also go check out the window displays at Woodies, etc. I loved the downtown Woodies - especially the old elevators with their glass outer doors. I'd stand by the elevators and watch the cars wizz past while mom did her shopping. As I recall there was also a tunnel under the street which led from the main store to an annex building.
I remember when Prince George's Plaza was the first "mall" in the area and we'd sometimes drive there to do Christmas shopping. It seems to me they had one of the first Toys-R-Us stores there. Then Wheaton Plaza opened and we did most of our shopping there. At the time it was an open air plaza - no roof over the sidewalks. We'd eat Sunday dinner after church at the Hot Shoppe cafeteria (great roast beef), then visit the nearby People's drugstore. Some Friday nights we'd have dinner at the Sirloin Inn, which had the best London Broil around. There was also a Brentano's books store and a Barachini chocolate store, in addition to Woodies and Montgomery Wards.
Well, enough for now. Thanks for posting everyone's memories!
Regards, Eugene H. Beach, Jr.
was born at the old
Born in DC in 1943 at Old Providence Hospital. Lived across from the Navy Yard. Graduated from Anacostia High School . Remember the Sousa Bridge, Little Tavern, Glen Echo, Marshall Hall (on the boat ride), Mr. Henry's where Roberta Flack began. What memories Art Turmelle
Oh Boy! I was born in the back seat of Diamond Cab #7 at 7:00 am on 12/23/38; my father was driving the cab. It was snowing and sleeting. Grew up in the Mt. Pleasant area. 1661 Park Rd. Apt.26, then Apt.23, (now a condo) then a small rental house at 1613 Monroe St., NW. CO (lumbia)-1564 was our phone #. 8 years at Sacred Heart Grade School (Dominican Nuns) on Park Road. CYO Basketball Champs coached by Father Cole. Altar boy at Sacred Heart (The Shrine of)...Gonzaga High School ('56) and later Georgetown Law (Night) '66. My older brother and I would ride with my father in his cab on the catholic holidays when we got off school and the public schools were in session. He would pick up politicians, Supreme Court Justices, etc...a nickel for a High's Ice Cream Cone, or the "Dixie" Cups with the movie stars pictures on the back of the lids...playing baseball at 16th & Kennedy...snow sledding on Rock Creek Hill...basketball at Powell Playground with the Baylor brothers, including Elgin... The "Nats"...Eddie Yost, Wayne Terwilliger, Mickey Vernon, Mickey Grasso, Bob Porterfield, Jim Busby, Arch MacDonald (announcer..."ABC Inning...ABC Always Buy Chesterfield")...Uline Arena & "Bones" McKinney & the "Caps"...the Tivoli and Savoy theaters on 14th st... 15th st. hill & Meridian Hill Park...the "Downtown" Theaters on "F" St...."Go Gonzaga, Beat St. John's"....The Redskins...Sammy Baughj and Wayne Milner...Eddie LeBaron, Charlie Taylor, Bobby Mitchell, George Preston Marshall..."Hail To The Redskins, Hail Victory, Braves on the Warpath, FIGHT for old DC!!!!!!!!!!" ....standing up and making the trolley rock on the click/click tracks to Glen Echo...the pool in the Ambassador Hotel...running under the fire hydrant on hot summer days...making "biscuits" of the Daily News newspaper (Scripps/ Howard) and throwing them on peoples porches from my wagon... Boy Scout Troop 301...Heller's Bakery (the BEST doughnuts)...the Parades!!!! - Shriner's , VFW, American Legion, the Inaugurals...the iron drinking basins for the horses...the knife sharpener carrying his wheel on his back, ringing his bell,,,the junk men doing the same with their horses and wagons...the zoo, and especially the bears...Zlotnick the Furrier on G St. with the big white polar bear in front...Charlie Byrd at the "Showboat"...the Marine Corps Band...the "Mighty Mo" hamburger at Hot Shoppes...the 14th street stores - Murphy's ,Kresge's, Kinney Shoes, Waxy Maxy Music, Junior & Senior Proms at the Shoreham; the introduction of the "2-way" Studebaker at the 1948 auto show at the DC Armory...the building of the tunnel under DuPont Circle...the train crashing into Union Station (it is STILL there-they just covered it over)...sunday chamber music concerts at the Art Gallery (free)...Charlie Wong's Restaurant at 6th & G. and the "Good Earth" at Conn. & 18th..so many, many summer days in the Mt. Pleasant Library (it was cool)... picnics at Annapolis Roads and getting stung by nettles...Milt Grant building Drum Point and making WTTG Ch.5 "work" after vhe Dumont network failed - with "Hoppity Skippity" (AND he gave Jim Henson and his "muppets" their start - Wilken's Coffee)..."Tippy" Stringer the weather girl on Ch.9..."Footlight Theater"...Eddie Gallagher on the radio every morning...WMAL, WOR, Bob Mayhew and Mac Knight All Night...Peace Cross flooding every heavy rain...the names for areas - "Swamp Poodle"; "Foggy Bottom", "Tenley Town". "Mt. Pleasant", "Federal Triangle", "Anacostia", "Foxhall"...somebody was always jumping off the Connecticut Ave. bridge...Morgan Wooten and the DeMatha basketball dynasty...free band concerts and plays at the floating amphiteater on the Potomac just down from the Lincoln Memorial...bus tickets for 2 cents...a DC Transit Weekly Pass for $2...rationing tokens during WWII and getting tokens for bringing fat drippings and gum foil wrappers to the grocery store...4 cab companies - Yellow, Diamond, Bell and Black & White...Segregation...the Howard Theater..."Colored" signs,,,"White Only" signs everywhere...the "colored" people on the back of the trolley or bus...Gonzaga was the 1st integrated high school and had to play sports in Pennsylvania because they could not play segregated DC schools...Jazz at "The Bayou"...hanging around Griffith Stadium, listening to the game on the radio, hoping to get a ball hit out of the park and exchange it for a bleacher seat (or keep it if it was hit by Ted Williams or Mickey Vernon, etc. and get an autograph after the game...); all the bail bonding places on 5th st.; the special feeling if you got a gift in a Garfinkle's Box...the MacGruder's Grocery Stores..."Wings" & "Fatima" cigarettes; National Bohemian Beer, Gunther's, Ram's Head Ale, Valley Forge Beer, the seafood restaurants on Maine Ave - "Hogates", the "Flagship"...the Arena Stage... the Taft Carillon on the "Hill"...all the high school kids from all over the country every spring...the catholic girls schools with their different uniforms...the St. John's high school cadets in their uniforms...O. Roy Chalk and DC Transit (he also owned Glen Echo)....Valle's Candies on G St...Avignon Freres on Kalorama Rd., Britts for breakfast at 2 am on a sunday morning in Georgetown...when Georgetown was a slum and you could have bought a townhouse for $4000 and it would now be worth $4M...coal bins in every apartment house and in homes...ice boxes and the BIG ice delivery men with that heavy leather apron...Dr. Markwood coming to my apartment every day, letting himself in, when I was bed-ridden with "whooping cough" for over 2 months...the OLD EBITT Grill on F st..."Blackie's" Restaurant for the best steaks, and "Gusti's" for the best Italian...visiting friends in "IRON LUNGS" during the 40's and then later getting the polio vaccine free at DC General Hospital...and I could go on and on...DC was a great place to grow up...then... Richard Loftus RWLoftus@mac.com
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