MEMORIES PAGE 14

 

My story starts out different than most of yours, I was born in Louisville Ky in 1936, it was during the depression, the south was hit by it  harder than this area, my Father filled out an application in Ky, for the Navy Department  in Wash, DC.  and was accepted and asked to report to work, ASAP, the year was 1941.  Dad was a draftsman in research and development for the Navy on Constitution Ave, now the home of the Vietnam Memorial.    There was no big highways in those days, he packed his model t and in January, snowing and mountains, he persevered, even witnessing a car slide off  the side of a mountain, he could not stop and would have been of no help if he did, so he reported it in the next town he came to.  My Mother and myself (5)and 2 brothers(6&3), followed one week later by train.    There was a housing shortage in Washington, Dad found a room across the street from what is now Guy Mason Ball park,  the house is no longer there.   Then, through a friend he rented the upstairs of a family that lived across from Old Soldiers home.  Still looking for housing he rented a house on Buchanan St, in the same area,  My brother Joe attended St Gabriel's first grade. I went to Barnard Hill Kindergarten.   Dad applied for  housing in Greenbelt, but was turned down, because he was making top salary, a whopping $1,800.00 a year, yeah, which was too much to qualify.     So my parents bought a home in Riverdale, my brother and I attended St. James in Mt. Rainer, We were 6 and 7, Mother would take us across Rt 1 and we would wait for the Capitol Transit Bus that took us to the Mt.Rainer terminal, and we would walk the 2 blocks back down to school.  My sister was born in 1942 at Leland Memorial, and by then St. Jerome's opened their school, we all eventually went through St Jerome's.    We were outgrowing the little house in Riverdale, so moved to Hyattsville in 1950, 2 blocks from DeMatha, Joe attended DeMatha and could practically roll out of bed and run to school before the bell rang.     I, on the other hand attended Notre Dame Academy, my girlfriend 
and I, first had to walk 3 blocks to Rt 1, get the greyhound bus and get off at Big Ben, North Capitol St. then either walk down to K St. or get the streetcar.   

 

After high school my friends and I got a job at Acacia Life Insurance Co.   We would go ice skating at Uline Arena, where I met and married the love of my life,  we were married for 48 years, till he passed away in 2003.

 

Phil lived on Ely Place across from Uline and started working there as an errand boy when he was 10.  He was a great skater and besides his regular job continued to work part time at Uline,  the skating clubs, circus, ice capades,   concerts, everything.   When the NHL came to Landover,  Phil submitted his application for the Time keepers position.  They told him his name was bouncing off of the walls,  as he had kept the time at all of the hockey games at Uline.   He would be on the phone explaining the rules to the men, as hockey was new to this area and even the sports writers and news people did not understand all of the rules,  in the early days, during one of the games there was a big fight on the ice, and Phil had to explain to everyone, who got how many minutes, why and what for,  and when they could come back out on the ice.    He knew and loved his hockey.  When he started having strokes, he turned it over to Bob Stafford, they gave Phil a wonderful retirement party, they all thought the world of Phil, he was a great person.    They told him at his retirement party that even though he ran the off ice officials in a very professional manner, they also had fun while he was in charge. 

 

He was one of the good ole' S.E. Washington boys on 7th and Penna Aves.  He was one of the Cobra Club members.  Terrific ball player.  Duck tail haircut, peg pants, blue swade shoes, and a convertible 50 ford.  A far cry from the DeMatha boys my parents were used to me dating. We were both 19 when we got married.   My Father cried when he first saw him, but learned to love him and Dad spent his last 10 years living with us. 
 
One memory I have, that I did see yet was watching the donuts being made at Sears on Bladensburg Road.
 
I really enjoyed this site, keep up the good work for us, makes me realize what a good time we lived in.  
 
Eleanor     EMaratta_Mattingly@comcast .net
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

i grew up in DC until we moved to Arlington when I was 11.  Went to Calvert School , affiliated with St. Matthew’s Cathedral, through 3rd grade and Our Lady Queen of Peace School in SE Washington through 5th grade.  We lived on 15th Street, NW (now office buildings) and then on 37th Pllace, SE.  Remember Rocky’s Rolling Mart?  It was a grocery store on wheels that went around SE.  There was also the Good Humor Truck with popsicles for $.05 and Rockets (those push up ice cream bars in a cardboard container) vanilla on the outside and a chocolate center for $.10.  I also remember Milt Grant and Pick Temple . Milt Grant’s show would sometimes be broadcast live from Parkington (now Ballston) in Arlington and we would go there.   I also remember the night clubs— Rands , The Casino Royal, the Hayloft and the Rocket Room.  I also remember the Christmas decorations in the window of Woodward & Lothrop.

 


HI, I grew up in S.E. D.C. in the 50;s and early 60's, now 61. What fond old memories of living on the corner of Penn ave and Minnesota ave and shopping at Mortons for clothes. Chino pants, Keds shoes, Banlon and boat neck shirts. Going down the block to Stevenson bakery (they were our next door neighbors living in a row house like ours). Going to Orr, Kramer, and graduating from Anacostia high. I remember being in a gang called the Turbans and then in the Ave gang. We wore black cordiroy jackets with the white lettering on the back. We just hung around the corners trying to look cool and mostly girl watching, very few girls would be around back then, wonder why. People's drug store and Mario's pizza would be hangouts. Highland Movie Theater was a big hit also.Little tavern next door was the place to eat and talk with the sailors and other service men who always seemed to be there. Rolling our Lucky cig packs up our sleeve in our white T-shirts. Listening and playing our 45 records in someone's basement while playing Tonk or hearts for pennies. Walking down to Good Hope Rd. to the Rainbow or Jacks playland to play the pinball machines. Stop by Clancy's for a cold mug of beer for 15cents and watch the Go-Go girls dance. Playing all sports daily in the Orr elementary schoolyard was a never ending way to spend time with all you friends. Going with my dad through the neighborhoods selling rat poisioning to the neighbors for extra money we always needed. Like probably most of you we were very poor (8 kids) but my dad did have a good Gov't job with the Interior dept and also worked at National Geogrophic and drove a Yellow Cab at night. Getting drafted and going to Viet Nam was something else i will never forget.


  Growing up in D.C. was so much fun and the life experiences i had that i wish all young kids could have today. I think we had the best of times growing up in the era we did and nothing like it will ever be the same. Thanks for all the memories you lucky people have shared on this great site.  B.C. Tampa, Fl.   

FISH AND COW FROM SUNNY FLA.

i have lots of pix of Glen Echo.  I am a photographer and also a vocalist.  I live in Vegas now, but I'm from D. C.  I lived for quite a while at 602 G St. S. E.  My dad was a musician with Arthur Godfrey's band and Stan Kenton.  His name was Danny Powell.  My name is Sharon Powell Caballero and my professional name is Lynne Powell.  I grew up all around D. C. Congress Heights was my longest place of residence.  My mom and I lived on Highview Place and we used to go to Bob's Frozen Custard on Nichols Ave.  We also went to the Atlantic Theater and the Pacific Restaurant when Manny and Nick owned it in the fifties.  All my family worked in places like Kann's and Landsbergh's and the government printing office and the Navy Yard.  I myself worked for the Washington Star down on Va. Ave. S. E.  We all used to go to Glen Echo and I remember one time the tracks washing out under the streetcar during a storm.  I was petrified!!!  Do any of you remember Velati's Candy store on G St.???  I order from them now online, since someone else has bought the company.  She is sticking to the old recipes from Mr. Velati and the candy is wonderful!!!  We lived on Mellon St. for a while near the Congress theater and before that, we lived near Seward Square.  I remember putting pennies in the milk bottles from each state to fight polio when they had the cart at the Penn theater on Pa. Ave. S. E.  Boy have I jogged some old memories and feelings from the past.  I would like to submit pictures to the site, and I look forward to hearing from some of the old crowd.

 

Sharon Lynne Powell Caballero
myspace.com/sharonlynne

My mother was born in 1939 and grew up in DC. She went to Coolidge High School and I think graduated in 1957.  Her name was Gale Richter.  I know she won a Queen Esther pageant.  I don't know too much  more and I don't have a lot of contact with too many of her friends.  She passed away suddenly in 2001 and I thought it would be nice to hear if anyone knew her and what they remembered about her.  I do always hear how much people really loved my mother.  She was a really special woman.  Please write in if you knew my mother Gale Richter in any way.  THANKS!!

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 
drove!)

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 
meetings!!

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 


I wonder if you're still collecting them.
 
I'm in my 40s and recall glen echo! the old ballroom and the cups that you sat in and swirled around for a ride. I barely remember that but I know it was the most amazing place. Later one, after the park closed we still went to the ballroom and jumped around the place. 
 
When I was young another big treat was going to the garden tea room in Woodies after shopping after doing some back to school shopping.
 
Or going to Best and Company for shopping--near the shabby (back then) but fun Johnson flower company and then the hot shoppes near there or the one in MacLean Gardens or the one near Scan Furniture store down on CT avenue.
(going out to hot shoppes seems to be a prominent memory!)
 
First time I went to a movie with friends was to see My Fair Lady at the Uptown.  
 
 We'd go to the spring fair at the cathedral and go to the little shop next to the bishop's garden--just like Donna did. I'd get a lemon with a peppermint stick in it and sit under the huge tree that was held up with wires in the garden.
 
OH and when I was a teenager, I'd wander around Georgetown randomly--and we'd try on Mexican wedding gowns at the shop there. It was there for years, might still be there, down a little passage.... the place that sold ethnic clothes. I and went to a couple of free talks closer to George Washington U (took the 30s bus but can't recall exactly where they were) and wandered in to listen to Milos Forman talk about making one flew over the cuckoo's nest. I volunteered at the Humane Society which I noticed because it was just at my bus stop (I'd take the D4 and the 30s bus to school) It was located above the Audubon shop.
 
Golly nothing as wonderful as the other memories I found at your site. I lived on 34th place between Newark and Ordway. We could clamber over the fence into Rosedale and go sledding there and play hide and seek in the old boxwood maze (a pathetic little maze but we loved it.) Cleveland Park was far more diverse when I was a kid -- it was a wonderful place to grow up. The Cleveland Park Club had that tiny little pool--the community bathtub, we called it--and we'd watch movies in the rickety clubhouse on summer nights and go to the potluck dinner. I think the place is still there (it had been there since the 20s) but I bet it' s far fancier now.

Aloha from Maui! (A very long way from DC!)

Came across your site while googling Hot Shoppes. Very interesting! Loved all of it!!! Memories? Have I got DC memories? Ohmygod! I could (and should) write a book, but I doubt if anyone would ever buy it/read it if I did.

Anyway, here's a stream of consciousness "list" (in no particular order). The aforementioned Hot Shoppes, Little Taverns, Glen Echo (the pool, the concerts - Don Dillard's and Milt Grant's, the roller coaster, etc.), the Zoo, the "original" Smithsonian museums, National Airport (when all of the planes had propellers), hanging out at Dupont Circle (in the mid '60s), going to ball games at Griffith Stadium (I went to Friends School, and to games, with Clark Griffith III, so we never had to pay!), the street cars (and, particularly, the changeover from overhead to underground power on Wisconsin Ave. in Georgetown), Georgetown!, hiking on Roosevelt Island, trips down the Potomac on moonlit summer nights, drag racing at Aquasco Speedway and Capitol Raceway (and illegally, on "H" Road, directly in front of the Pentagon, and on the Beltway before it "opened" to the public!), Gifford's Ice Cream (dutch chocolate with their homemade hot fudge sauce was the best!), B-CC teams of all ilks (I was on the rifle team in '58), Montgomery Donuts (on Ga. Ave in Silver Spring), Henry Hiser's movie theater (and downstairs bowling alley) in Bethesda, Barry Richards and Don Dillard on WDON, The Bayou, The Keg, The Rabbit's Foot, Emergency, and a host of other NW rock clubs that were happening in the '60s, and, before those, the Alpine Room , Benny's Rebel Room, Crossroads and the Lion's Den, Jimi Hendrix at the Ambassador Theater (opening for Vanilla Fudge), shopping on F Street (downtown), riding the Congressional subway, soaping fountains at various places around town, blowing the horn on my car the entire length of the Conn Ave underpass under Dupont Cir., summer concerts at P Street Beach, roller skating at the Congressional Rink (in Rockville), ice skating at Uline Arena (and seeing James Brown and his Famous Flames there, too), car shows, home shows, dog shows  and more concerts at the DC Armory, being a "regular" on Milt Grant's show (1958/59), dining at Blackie's House of Beef and the Hot Shoppes cafeteria at McLean Gardens, marrying my first wife in the Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral, the Avalon Theater, yelling as loud as I could to hear my voice echo off the ceiling of Union Station, taking a train from Silver Spring to Union Station (and back) - 35-cents each way! - the soft serve ice cream place on Fenton St in Silver Spring (name escapes me), driving around the Bethesda Hot Shoppes backwards (69 laps!), after B-CC beat Blair in the "big game" of '57, in my parents' '53 Chevy convertible, the Cellar Door, WHFS, Danny Gatton, Nils Lofgren, Link Wray and Roy Buchanan (guitar heroes, every one!)... and the list goes on!!!

On a more personal note, I grew up in Chevy Chase (without a silver spoon in my mouth, although there were a lot of silver spoons in my family), and lived just off Wisconsin Ave (two blocks south of Bradley Blvd). I went to Friends School, Longfellow School, Somerset Elementary School, Western Jr. High, and B-CC. I moved to Arlington in '58, and went to Wakefield High (Jr year), and then back to DC, finishing high school at Emerson Institute (near Dupont Circle). My paternal grandfather, C. V. Wheeler, was the modern day equivalent of a CEO with the Washington Steel and Ordnance Company, D.C.'s only steel mill (it produced armor piercing shells for the big guns on battleships, immediately prior to, and until the end of WWI). WS&O Co. was located on land that eventually became the site of Bolling Air Force Base and Anacostia Naval Air Station. Wheeler Rd SE is named for him. I haven't lived in the DC area since late '71, and haven't even been back since '79. (Yeah, I know, a lot has changed!!!)

So, how's that??? Did I do OK?  8-)   I'll get back to your site again, and spend even more time there. As ol' Bob Hope always sang, "Thanks for the memories..."

  Aloha,

          Bruce Wheeler ("too old to rock 'n' roll, too young to die!")

Please visit us online @ http://www.maui-angels.com http://www.maui-angels.com"


Hello Deb,

 

Thank you for this great site.  I would like to add a few of my memories to the others on your website.

 

I was born in DC (1950 -- Georgetown University Hospital ) and grew up in the Adams-Morgan area. My Dad had moved to DC in 1948-49 from Puerto Rico via New York (hated it) and Miami (too hot and racist).  He worked as a bus boy at several hotels and restaurants including the Mayflower. He later went back to the Island to marry my mother and they arrived in early February 1950. I was born on Veterans' day that year.

 

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). 

 

Lived at 11th and U Streets, 18th and Kalorama, 1801 Columbia Road , 1762 Kenyon Street , and 1650 Columbia Road .  My Dad had become a professional barber by 1955 and established in 1957-58 what may have been the first latino-owned barber shop in DC at 1650 Columbia Road -- Pan American Barber Shop.  We moved into the upstairs apartment and lived there until November 1968 when we moved into our first real family owned house in College Park .  Next door was the Embassy Rexall Drug Store (owned by "Doc" Salomon and Evelyn Gadol"), where I started working part time and summers when I was 15 until I graduated from Maryland U (1972).  The row of stores included a Chinese laundry, a french furrier -later a mod clothing store, another laundry which later was converted to the famous Potter's House and a small deli shop.

 

I attended Sacred Heart School on Park Road from 1956 to 1964.  Used to ride the streetcar (RT 40/42/45) almost every day to and from school (except for the year or so that we lived on Kenyon Street ).  I then attended St. John 's HS (on Military Road ) graduating in 1968.  Then attended the University of Maryland until 1974 when I obtained my Masters Degree in Engineering. After graduation I moved to Puerto Rico where I met my wife and my children were born.  In 1990 we moved to Coral Springs , Florida and have been here since.

 

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.

 

 

I took them to all of the standard tourist sites (o many!) plus the off the beat areas including my home turf along Columbia Road .  The Zoo was impressive (although the heat was probably the worst in years) and it brought back memories of when my family and friends would walk to the Zoo via the old path off Adams Mill Road (before the Tunnel was built).

 

One of my personal highlights was the visit to Sacred Heart School and Shrine (16th and Park Road).  Except for the fence around the site, including the famous ledge, the school looked much as when I attended the school.  It is still a neighborhood school but it now also serves as a community education center especially for the large number of Central American immigrants living in the Mt. Pleasant area. 

 

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.

 

The old building that housed the Sacred Heart Academy (the all girls HS) is still there but is now used for other community oriented purposes.  The same goes for the old nuns' convent.

 

From the school we went down the street across 16th Street to visit the Shrine where my parents and I (I being an only child) attended regularly the 9 AM Mass.  It still looked magnificent inside but the large fence around the front speaks sadly of the current situation of the neighborhood.

 

Later we visited St. John's (my son was impressed -- "Dad, THIS is a high school!"  He attended Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale -- An excellent school in the South Florida style -- School mascot - The Redskins (Guess what team it reminds one of) -  School colors Red and grey (like St John's).  A trip to the University of Maryland at College Park was also on the agenda.

 

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.

 

 P.S. 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 Mt. Pleasant Street and take a number to wait with dozens of others to order the delicious doughnuts and cakes.

 

I also loved:

 

The great rum cakes (with Don Q rum) from Avignon Ferrés(?) on Columbia Road .

 

Ridng the Mt Pleasant street car when it traveled under Dupont Circle .

 

Glen Echo Park -- The Rt 20 street car was the best ride for me.  It wasn't until 1960 that my father bought the first family car, a Chevy Impala.

 

Hianes Point -- summer evenings at the mini-golf course.

 

The beautiful Christmas displays at Woodies, Hecht's, Kahn's, etc and the lights along F Street (especially after conversion to a mall style).

 

Hot Shoppes -  I remember the one at 14th and Park Road and on Connecticut Avenue .

 

The Wisconsin Avenue Sears with the rooftop parking.

 

Immaculata HS was like the girl's annex to St. John's (or was it the other way around?)

 

Mt. Pleasant Library at 16th Street and Lamont Street

 

Corr's Hobby Shop

 

One of the first Toy's–R-Us on 18th Street just south of Columbia Road . It looked more like an old warehouse with static displays of the toys on top of the corresponding boxes.

 

Seeing Pic Temple live in a parade on 18th Street (Adams Morgan area) .  Plus Ranger Hal and Captain Tugg, among many others.

 

The Joy Boys

 

Willard Scott as Bozo and the FIRST Ronald McDonald's

 

The Tivoli , Savoy , Ambassador and Ontario Theatres.  The first has been renovated and redeveloped, the second was destroyed during the 1968 riots, the third was demolished in the late 60's or early 70's (It was a beautiful movie house but with a tragic history), and the fourth was converted to other uses.  The Ontario had great first day premiere activities -- The Longest Day and The San Pebbles included several spotlights, military bands and marching units, speakers and a few of the main stars -- I got to see them LIVE - less than a block from home.

 

Other memories:

High’s ice cream.

Dart Drug Stores

The annual Christmas tree on the little island at 18th and Columbia Road .

The Franciscan Monastery

The “old” Children’s Hospital

The temporary WW2 buildings around the reflecting Pool

Summers at Kalorama Park with games, sprinklers and movies at night (projected on a huge sheet)

ALL of the museums along the Mall.

Playing baseball at the 16th Street / Kennedy Park – Carter Baron (got there via the S-2 bus)

Picnics along Rock Creek Park .

The Calvert Street Bridge (now Duke Ellington Bridge ) infamous for the spate of suicides.

Both Griffith and RFK Stadiums

Meridian Hill Park – Jammed packed summer afternoons and beautiful fountains.


José Luis "El Gran Puma" Rodríguez


For Elaine Pearl,
 
Hello, my name is Marsha and you asked about the playground at 17th Street and Benning Road.  Could that have been Rosedale Playground?  When I was in 4 or 5th grade, I would walk to Rosedale (down 17th Street) and swim in their pool during the summer time.  I believe it was a free.  I remember there was a grocery store across the street where I would go and by a tiny packet of smoked fish as a treat.  I learned to swim in there and I remember twin brothers, Roger and Roderick, who were lifeguards there.  One of them gave me the courage to jump in the deep end of the pool and swim across.  I never forgot them and have wondered where they are now.
 
I lived on Lyman Place N.E. and would walk all the way to the playground and back by myself.  I wish I could remember how far away that trip really was.  I also remember a movie theater down that way where I would go to the Saturday matinees.
 
I have written on this site before (about a year or so ago) so I won't repeat all of that but a lot of my memories are the same as most of the others.  I used to think my family was poor but now I realize we had everything everyone else had in those days, and more.  I had no idea the "little things" I remembered and loved weren't so little after all.  They are absolute treasures.  I am so happy my childhood was so much like everyone's on this site.  We all share a very special bond no matter where we are.  Thank you.
 
Marsha (Shenadoahbound@aol.com)

WAS BORN IN D.C. (GARFIELD HOSPITAL ON SHERMAN AVENUE) IN "31 AND LIVED MY CHILDHOOD IN SOUTHWEST WASHINGTON. I ATTENDED GREENLEAF ELEMENARY & JEFFERSON JR HIGH, GRADUATING IN '46. I REMEMBER WALKING UP THE STEPS OF THE WASHINGTON MONUMENT (555 STAIRS) AND RIDING THE SUBWAY THAT WAS UNDERNEATH THE CAPITOL TO THE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES.  ALSO PLAYED TENNIS ON THE MALL DURING THE 40'S.  DURING THE SUMMERS ON SUNDAYS TOOK THE FERRY FROM 7TH & M STREETS TO HAINS POINT TO THE PUBLIC SWIMMING POOL.  THE FERRY WAS 5 CENTS.
 
MOVED TO BRIGHTWOOD IN '46 AND ATTENDED COOLIDGE HIGH.  REMEMBER THE HS FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES.  EVERYONE HAD A SWEATER WITH THE GREK LETTERS. I WAS AND AM STILL A MEMBER OF THE SIGMA ALPHA RHO FRATERNITY AND WE STILL MEET THE 4TH SUNDAY IN OCTOBER OF EVERY YEAR FOR A REUNION BREAKFAST. 

MARTY EZRIN (ezrinm@bellsouth.net)

 
 

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


This is a wonderful web site.  I grew up in NW Washington and the surrounding metropolitan area.  I have very vivid memories of my childhood and am writing a novel set during WWII, with DC and those times as the background.
 
As soon as I read all the other contributions, I'll send in some of my own memories. 
 
Has anyone ever considered a get-together of us oldtimers who've contributed to this page?

NOTE FROM DEBI - GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!!!  ANYONE??


Wow.  This is a very cool site.  I was born and raised in Washington, D.C. in 1959.  My mother was born and raised in Foggy Bottom Georgetown in 1934.  My grandparents owned a house on 21st and Virginia Avenue to be exact.   I now work at the Washington Harbor in Georgetown.  I took my mom out driving one afternoon and we came up to the Washington Harbor and as I drove she would point out different areas to me and tell me what they used to look like and what was once there.  What is now Georgetown's beautiful Washington Harbor filled with restaurants, businesses and condos, was once a shipyard.  That beautiful stretch along the Kennedy Center and the Watergate were the homes of my mom's old childhood friends.  She went on to tell me how she and her sisters and friends when they were kids used to rollerskate down to the very spot where the George Washington Hospital now stands.  It's funny, she went on to say how her sister fell at the construction site when they were building George Washington Hospital and broke her leg from climbing the fence during it's construction.  14th and U Street used to be a fabulous strip of cafes, bars, and clubs (think harlem renaissance).  My mom was happy to see a lot of that area uptown being restored back to it's original lustre.  She's a true DC girl. 
 
As am I.  When I was born in 1959 at the Washington Hospital Center, my family was living on 14th and Clifton, N.W.  From what they tell me, during that time you could walk up and down that street anytime of the day or night and not fear for your safety.  As the family grew, we then moved to 9th street, S.E. on Capital Hill (as kids one of our favorite outings on Sunday was walking to the capital, the monument, all the museums), then we moved on to 1101 7th (which is now an old folks home) and then on to 3rd and I street, S.E. about 3 blocks up from the Navy Yard on M street where my parents lived for 26 years or so.  Talk about history, I remember sitting in the living room on the floor watching the "I Had A Dream Speech"  I remember watching President Kennedy's funeral.  I remember standing on the porch petrified at the smoke from the riots of 1968.  There was black smoke everywhere, I thought the world was on fire.  My parents let us stand on the porch and we couldn't leave the stoop as we watched what we thought was DC burning to the ground.  I remember the stores would put large pictures of Martin Luther King in their windows to show respect and to not be vandalized.  And yes, I do remember playing at the Kennedy playground when I would go uptown to visit my uncle and that train that's now in the museum.  I remember parties at our house.  My mom decked out in cool chic outfits with her gogo boots and Diana Ross and Supremes wigs.  I think my dad thought he could sing like Sam Cooke. (smile)
 
I attended Van Ness elementary school which still sits across from the Navy Yard on M Street, S.E.  I then transferred to Giddings Elementary which you can see from the SW freeway which has now been turned into a Results Gym.  I then attended Jefferson Jr. High School in S.W.  I remember when our history teacher would conduct class on hot days outside in the school yard and we would sit and watch the demolition of the original Hogates restaurant. 
 
It's amazing when I'm jetting across the S.W. freeway in the morning on my way to work (I'm a legal document specialist for a law firm in Georgetown), I get to a certain point crossing that bridge and I have to sometimes look to the right at my old elementary school.  I then look to the left at the 501, 601, and 625 apt complexes which are now gone.  The entire Arthur Caper projects - gone or boarded up.  Further down M Street past the Navy Yard, the infamous Tracks nightclub and Chapter II club, all the party harty places within walking distance of 3rd street, have all been replaced with new office buildings, and all the people and the players - long gone.  But, boy do some good memories still remain,  (believe it or not, there were many many good memories -- the hood of the old days was so not like what I hear about nowadays), like buying paper dolls from the 5 and 10 cent store on Pennsylvania Avenue and 8th Street, S.E., playing hot bread-n-butter, tag, hop scotch, jacks, the Good Humor Man and let's not forget Mr. Frosty; trick or treating through Garfield park getting chased for our candy by the older kids - screeching and laughing all the way, and as I grew up, dances on Friday nights at the rec centers, hanging out with my little boyfriend in Garfield park on summer nights, sitting on the batman poll watching the cars fly across the SW freeway while grooves like the four tops, temptations and aretha played on the radio; going to block parties, cook outs, blue lights in the basement, hanging out on the stoops; and the fashions - aw man! afro wigs, hot pants, sizzlers, marshmallow shoes, buffalo sandals and soul train, aaaaaah, hot fun in the summer time.  And, for a brief second as I'm driving to work, I suspend in time and flash back but (laugh) unfortunately I have to return to the reality of a horn in the next lane blaring, and I think, with a smile, as I'm changing lanes while approaching Main Avenue passing the Bureau of Engraving, "aaah warm summer days and cool times, growing up in the hood of Arthur Caper, chilling out on the stoop.  Whether it be red hots, lemon heads, sweet tarts or blowpops, it'll will always be remembered with a smile.



Signed :  Sonja Sykes-Minor

 

Both my wife and I were born and raised in DC (1947). I lived at 10th & M St N.W. and went to the old Calvert School (long since closed) at St. Mathews Cathedral in 1st grade. Then moved to S.E. (Just behind Sousa Jr. High) and went to Our Lady Queen of Peace (QOP) before moving back to N.W. (14th & Military Rd.) and graduating from St. John's College Prep in 1965. Anyone remember the unfortunate riot at the end of the City Championship Football game between Eastern High and St. Johns at the then D.C. Stadium? My wife attended Nativity Catholic grade school and went to Immaculate Conception Academy downtown in Foggy Bottom for H.S. We remember almost all of the things mentioned by the other contributors (Glen Echo Park, Hains Point, Griffith Stadium, Wonder Bread Bakery, Polar Bear, Giffords, Stevenson's Bakery, Sheridan Theater (We both worked there for awhile), street cars, etc. How about seeing the Redskin players dancing at the Rabbits Foot (?), Sonny Jurgenson hanging out at the Dancing Crab (?) or the picture of the owner of the Locker Room, Gary Youish (sic), hanging over the bar, boxing (and losing) to a very young Cassius Clay? Before we were old enough to go to these great watering holes (Only needed to be 18 in those days) we used to attend CYO dances at St. Bernadette's on University Blvd. every Friday night for years.
I grew up very interested in fast cars and my good friend Doug Fleharty founded "Douglas Speed" on Fenton St. (Silver Spring), still there but owned by someone else now. We were very heavy into the drag racing scene back then and I remember sneaking onto the Not Yet Opened to the Public Beltway (Rt 495) and race all comers until early in the morning...or until the police showed up!! I would look forward to seeing the new hot cars at Hick's Chevrolet (If any of you remember, Malcolm Durham was a mechanic there before becoming one of the countries most recognizable African/American race car drivers).
Our neighborhood in N.W. was a wonderful place with great big, large Italian families with lots of kids to play baseball and pick-up football with. The little harmonica player, Johnny Puleo was everybody's Uncle (He and his very extended family lived on Tuckerman St.) and we would call every friends mother "Mom" and they would treat us like their own. I, and most of my buddies, delivered the "Evening Star" newspaper to make a little spending cash. My girlfriend Marie (now my wife) would deliver my papers  when the good brothers of St. John's would see fit to punish me for goofing off in school. Yes we had discipline back then...and our parents agreed, no they actually encouraged, it! I did a lot of hanging out at the Silver Spring Hot Shoppe, Marie favored the one on Conn. Ave. but we both considered ourselves children of the "Avenue" (Wisconsin). After all that's where all of the aforementioned watering holes were located. I could go on and on, but hopefully these lines may jog your Memories. DC is a special place and growing up there in the 50's and 60's was too.
 
Marie Marino
Gary Furstenberg
 

Editors Note:  I was at the Dancing Crab one night after a Redskins Sideline Show (remember those)??  Anyhow, everyone was there - Riggo, all the Hogs, Sonny..............they were getting ready to go Duck hunting the next day.  They were rather tipsy (to say the least)   ..we had a blast.  Does anyone remember THE LODGE??? The Dancing Crab was the Lodge in earlier years.  I used to hang out there quite a bit.

 


I was born in old Sibley hospital and lived in the city and suburbs for 55 years, before moving to Fl. I read the memory about the train crashing thru the train station. Around 1950 or so. I was at a gas station a few blocks from Union Station, and heard the Crash. I rushed over to the station and they were already putting up wooden barricades. The same day a store that sold tires, batteries, and other auto parts, blew up on H st. n.e., not far away. There was also a streetcar crash. It was a busy day. I lived in northwest d.c., not far from Coolidge High School.

Bill Kirsch


Hi!
I grew up in D. C. myself and my dad and mom were from there too.  My daddy was Danny Powell and he played music with Charlie Byrd and Stan Kenton in his day.  I am a vocalist in Las Vegas now.  My mom's name was Eunice, but they called her Jerry.  My whole family worked in the D. C. area, and I remember going on Pic Temple Show.  I sang at the Casino Royal at the age of 5.  I lived in Congress Heights on Highview Place, and I'd love to find some of my old buddies.  I lived on G St. S. E. when I was little.  Thanks for this wonderful site, and keep up the good work.

 

Sharon Lynne Powell Caballero

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 -- Art Turmelle Coordinator Campus Abroad Program Foothill College 650.949.7614 TurmelleArt@foothill.edu


I grew up in Falls Church, Virginia - but I also remember Hechts, Woodies, Kanns - anyone remember the monkeys at Kanns?  My mother used to take me and my 2 sisters there, she would always buy us those packs of Lollipop underwear!  And in the shoe department was  a stage with stairs going up both sides and behind the glass were a bunch of monkeys!!  So weird to think of it now..

. e-mail me at sally@bradys.us if you remember

 


 

 

I am retired from the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the Naval Medical Center from 1957-59. During that time I visited the usual areas of nighttime entertainment to include, but not limited to Guys, Rands, and Hayloft. Also Glen Echo. My favorite pastime was going to the Hot Shoppes in Bethesda, cruising the parking lot in hopes of getting a young lady's attention. To this day I would give most anything for a Teen Twist Sandwich from the Hot Shoppes. I would spend two more tours of duty in the D.C. area in 1962-69 at the Navy Yard, living on Wayne Place, SE. My last tour of duty was from 1970-74 at the Naval Medical Center. It was a memorable experience. I located a web site from old WPGC radio. Listening to this really brought back many happy memories. Oh! for a trip to Eddie Leonards for a sandwich. I really enjoyed reading all the comments. It brings back many pleasant memories.

Bill Plaster 

Summerville, SC   


Hi my name Randy I noticed a post from a Eunice she speaks of the same places as my Mother Bernice did and she spoke of a Eunice thanks for any help

hi Debi, just read all of the memories about DC in the good OLD days,so thought I would add somethings to it, VJ day I was a newspaper the daily News and remember going up aned down 14th street near the old Arcade in a convertible selling extras to anyone and everyone, a happier time I cant quite remember.  An afterthought to some of you who may remember Central High School located at 13th and Clifton street, the school closed in 1950 , well we just celebrated a reunion at Leisure World in Silver Spring and had over 150 of us in attendance, on top of that we have what is known as a Jocks reunion every 3months and a few years ago it started out with just 10 to 12 guys and enrollment now is over 80. our best attendance has been 55 of us at one luncheon, held at Ferdinands restaurant in Wheaton. Amazing to me that after all these years of a school being closed , reunions are held . It is a blast to see all of your friends from that era. just as this has been a great read.  Did not recall whether anyone mentioned Bronaughs Pharmacy at 14th and Monroe, or Savoy and Tivoli Theatres and the Starlite Lounge on Irving St..... Still living here I can tell you the town is as great as ever , and it is still HOME.

 

Max Byrd

Hi Debbie Wow, just stumbled across your website and had some wonderful memories in the process. I am a native of DC (as were my parents) born in '47 and left in 1974 for Wisconsin as they were beginning the diggings for the new metro. Lived in SE DC and graduated from Anacostia HS in 1965. My friends and I would frequent the Highland Theater (on Pennsylvania Ave SE)...also the Naylor Theater. Also Brestlers? Drug Store (good ice cream sodas) a few blocks closer to the bridge over the Anacostia River. My father played with the Tiny Meeker musicians on the Wilson Line most week nights in the summer during the early 1950's as it came down the Potomac to Marshall Hall Amusement Park. What a treat it was to dance in that big ballroom on the boat. Jim Henson who I believe was from Hyattsville started the Muppets in DC in the 50's on a show called, "Sam and Friends." The Muppets that had about a 5-minute spot before or after the 6:00 and 11:00 news, used to feature"Mush" as he gnawed on a frog who looked like todays Kermit. I believe they also did the Wilkins Coffee commercials. Arthur Godfrey show was also local. I still tell people about the Stephenson Bakery's pies. The bakery on Pennsylvania Ave SE was destroyed when they built the overpass there near the Anacostia River. I worked while in school at Lansburgh's Dept Store in the Ladies Leather Goods on the 1st fl with Estelle Esenstad and Bertha Friedman. When the store had sales I remember customers running up the down escalators in order to get upstairs before everyone else! The tea room used to host visiting stars, like Andy Williams. I still occasionally have dreams about St Francis Xaviar Elementary School in SE DC and Morton's Dept Store at PA & MN Avenues! -

Bonnie (Bell) Abrams


got this email from the washington d.c. memories site. i would like you to post this so i can get back in contact with my old friends. thank you
 
My name is Joe Biscieglia and I am answering Barbara Cardoza Coffman. We went to school in the 8th grade at Holy Name together. We used to hang around on west virginia avenue together. Holy Name Convent has been torn down and a few years ago I worked on a building at Gallaudet College. Times change don't they. I recently saw a friend of yours, Janice Pell and Larry Wheeler and if you would like to get in contact with me, please email my granddaughter Lauren at Girl4soccer@comcast.net. I dont have an email so we can communicate through my granddaughter.

Does anyone remember the all-night radio show on WTOP called Jim Meyers & Company? It ran from 1960 to 1963. Jim was a popular DC jazz pianist who performed with his wife, Ruby Lee, a wonderful singer. The show included lots of album cuts from classic jazz records as well as Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and many others. Jim and Ruby often performed songs live in the studio. It was relaxing, laid back, perfect late-night music and conversation.
 
I wrote an article on my website a while ago about the show, and readers can see it at the following link: http://www.morningsonmaplestreet.com/personal6.html. You can even hear some short clips from the show, which were provided to me by the Meyers family. Jim passed away about five years ago, and Ruby passed away this year.
 
If anyone else out there has recordings from Jim Meyers & Company shows, I would love to hear from you.
 
Joe Manning
Florence, Mass
manningfamily@rcn.com
Hi,
I am Lester Davis and my wife is Dorothy Eleanor (Deyoe) Davis.
I grew up at 5218 5th Street and Eleanor at 5019 5th Street, N..W.
My Junior High School was Paul JHS and her's was McFarland JHS.
She attended Theodore Roosevelt HS and I attended Calvin Coolidge HS.
She graduated in June 1945 and I graduated in February 1946.
Washington, D.C. was a great place to grow up even though there was a 
depression and a World War.
What other kids in the United States could study at the Library of 
Congress and do research at the Smithsonian?
It was great to watch Coolidge play Dunbar on national TV (ESPNU) in 
football a couple of weeks ago.  I only wish that Coolidge had won.
I have been following the Washington Post series on the deterioration 
of the high schools in D.C. and it makes me sad.
My family have been residents of Washington, D.C. and the area since, 
at least, the mid 1800's.
My father was a pressman at the Washington Post until his death in 1934.
My mother worked for and retired from the Internal Revenue Service 
all of her working life.
Eleanor's father was a celebrated member of the D.C. police 
department and was instrumental on the vice squad in the 20's during 
prohibition.
Lester B Davis


 

 

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