CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – HYDE PARK CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – MAN BURNING LEAVES AT THE CURB – WOODLAWN AVE – THE IMAGE COULD AS READILY HAVE BEEN SEEN IN SOUTH SHORE – HOW I REMEMBER THIS CUSTOM – THE COOLER AUTUMN AIR WAS FULL OF THE WONDERFUL SCENT AS YOU WALKED TO OR FROM SCHOOL – NOTE THE TRIMMED CATALPA TREE – A COMMON DECORATIVE ELEMENT FOR APARTMENT BUILDINGS – THE PICTURE CAPTURES SO MUCH OF WHAT I LOVED ABOUT OUR “URBAN VILLAGE” NEIGHBORHOODS   Leave a comment

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CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – IN MEMORIAM: PRESTON UNEY, MY OLD, GOOD FRIEND – IN HIS LAST YEAR (2008) AND A CROP FROM BRADWELL CLASS PHOTO (1955)   1 comment

NOTE TO READERS: I AM ALWAYS INTERESTED IN OLD SNAPSHOTS OR OTHER MATERIALS WHICH SHOW ASPECTS OF SOUTH SHORE LIFE, ESPECIALLY AROUND THE 1950s AND 1960s. THERE ARE SEVERAL PLACES FOR WHICH I HAVE YET TO DISCOVER ANYTHING. IF YOU HAVE ANY WORTHWHILE OLD PHOTOS, I WOULD APPRECIATE RECEIVING A SCAN FROM YOU FOR POSTING ON THE SITE. YOU WILL BE CREDITED.

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CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – IN MEMORIAM: BILLY HACHMANN, MY BEST FRIEND FROM ABOUT 1956 TO 1960 – IN HIS LAST YEAR (2018) – AND A CROP FROM BRADWELL CLASS GRADUATION PHOTO (1959)   Leave a comment

BILLY HACHMANN 1944-2018

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So sorry to just come upon this.

Bill and I were best friends around the ages of ten to thirteen or fourteen. We went many places together. I had an interest in building little rockets at the time and often went over to Bill’s so we could “blast one off” in Rainbow Park. Of course, we also loved the beach.

We joined Boy Scouts together – Troop 594 in the South Shore neighborhood, Chicago – and had many goofy adventures on overnight trips, like the time we had to put up our pup tent in the rain at the Indiana Dunes. Later, talking under flashlight inside the tent under the tapping of the rain with one of those big cans of Jay’s Potato Chips between us and some Frosty’s root beer or other favorite. Swinging on a rope swing attached to a tree and leaping off down the sand dune.

Scout meetings were on Friday evenings, and fairly often Bill and I had a pizza – cheese – at Ray’s Pizzeria on 75th Street, a legendary place in South Shore, before the meeting. Such simple, memorable things. The Troop met in the basement of South Shore Presbyterian Church on 76th near South Shore Drive.

An event still vivid in memory was the time during the first winter of high school, we were walking home from South Shore along 78th Street. The old apartment buildings were beautifully trimmed with snow frosting, and we started throwing snowballs at kids passing from behind some bushes.

That was when I met Pat Golden with her beautiful long dark braid swinging as she walked, her nappy dark blue coat, her knee socks, pink-tinged full cheeks, and carrying her books in front of her, as was the custom for girls then. I was stricken, and I had a crush on her right through high school, but I was quite a shy boy.

Bill later became close to Evelyn “Mike” Duffell, and they could be seen between classes walking together, Bill’s arm behind her, guiding, a very defining gesture of Bill’s.

Bill lived at that time with his mom and dad in clapboard apartment building, which resembled a grand old private home, on South Shore Drive near 77th. The third floor. The back porch looked out into Rainbow Park. There are photos of the building on my site, Chuckman’s Places at https://chuckmanplaces.wordpress.com/

https://chuckmanplaces.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/apartment-building-south-shore-drive-taken-october-11-1968-on-a-visit-rear-porches-in-foreground-just-out-of-frame-is-rainbow-park-a-john-chuckman-photo/

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See also our 6B class picture.

https://chuckmanplaces.wordpress.com/2009/11/02/chuckman-bradwell-class-picture-6b-1956-with-the-great-mr-walter-kazmier-standing-in/

Bill had a really decent side to him. In 1955, I was new to South Shore, and to Bradwell Elementary School, and I had a very unhappy experience with an insensitive home room teacher who had me stand up before the class and answer some questions about myself.

You see, my mom and dad were divorced, quite a rare thing in 1955, and just a reference to my father could send me into tears.

When she asked me about my father, I broke down and cried in front of the class. What a way to be introduced to your new school classmates.

Later, at recess, Bill and Preston Uney approached me in the schoolyard to make friends and make me feel better about what had happened. It would be hard to overstate how much I appreciated that gesture.

Once we were in high school, Bill and I drifted apart. I guess in part because he spent a lot of time with “Mike,” who often came over at lunchtime in the cafeteria to the table where Preston and I sat and joked around. She loved telling offbeat jokes. Through high school, I remained a good friend of Preston Uney’s, who lived just south of 79th and Kingston with his mom and dad and two older sisters.

I see Bill lived in Western Michigan. I assume he taught there because I know he became a teacher. That coast was one of my favorite places on earth when I was in my forties. Giant sand dunes, peach orchards, lovely farms, and the dramatic beauty of Lake Michigan. I vacationed south of where he and his family lived many times. I hope he loved it as much as I did.

Posted July 31, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – CHUCKY – THIRD YEAR HIGH SCHOOL (3B) – FROM TIDE YEARBOOK – I NEVER BOUGHT YEARBOOKS BUT THIS SCAN WAS SENT BY A FRIEND – I WORE THAT JACKET FOR CHURCH AND OTHER PLACES FOR SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL IT WAS THREADBARE – THE “CONTINENTAL TIE” WAS DAZZLING IN MY EYES THEN – I SOMEHOW REMEMBER GETTING IT FOR A DOLLAR   1 comment

CHUCKY - THIRD YEAR HIGH SCHOOL (3B) - FROM TIDE

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Readers who enjoy Chuckman’ s Places – and there are many – may also enjoy my new site, Chuckman’s  Bits and Pieces of the Past at:

https://chuckmanbitsandpieces.wordpress.com/

It is a work in progress but already has a substantial content.

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Posted July 29, 2019 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – POSTCARD – CHICAGO – RAINBOW BEACH (THEN CALLED MANHATTAN BEACH) – LOOKING NW FROM WATER NEAR NICHOLS BEACH (PRIVATE) AT 77TH – 1908   Leave a comment

POSTCARD - CHICAGO - RAINBOW BEACH (THEN CALLED MANHATTAN BEACH) - LOOKING NW FROM WATER NEAR NICHOLS BEACH (PRIVATE) AT 77TH - 1908

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CHUCKMAN’S PLACES – SOUTH SHORE CHICAGO – PHOTO – CHICAGO – COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON SE CORNER OF 71ST STREET AND BENNETT AVE – AN ELABORATE PEDIMENT STRUCTURE WITH THE BUILDING’S DATE FROM THE HEYDAY OF CHICAGO’S BRICK AND TERRA COTTA TRIM BUILDINGS – WE HAD MANY BUILDINGS IN SOUTH SHORE USING THESE MATERIALS, INCLUDING OF COURSE MYRA BRADWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – NOTE THAT THERE IS ALSO A SMALLER BLACK-AND-WHITE PHOTO ON THE SITE SHOWING THE ENTIRE BUILDING – EDITED FROM AN IMAGE BY DEBBIE MERCER – IMAGE DATE UNKNOWN   Leave a comment

PHOTO - CHICAGO - COMMERCIAL BUILDING ON CORNER - 71ST STREET AND BENNETT AVE - EDITED FROM AN IMAGE BY DEBBIE MERCER -

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