Posted October 26, 2009 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized
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Just discovered the very building we lived in while perusing your Web site! What a hoot! 7725 S. Essex. We lived on the 1st floor from about 1942-1946, the war years and there were no fences or gates back then. I was 5-9 years old in that apartment. Went to Bradwell K-8 and SSHS 1951-1955. From 1946 until 1951 we lived on the first floor at 7915 Essex, right across from you! We looked over the alley, through the backyard of the old house (remember the sign over its front door “Fur Restyling?) to the parking lot of White Castle! On hot summer nights with the windows open, we could see and hear the waitresses fooling around with the guys in the parking lot, and listen to the streetcars clanging by. They lulled my sister and I to sleep and we cried when they took them away and replaced them with electric buses! From there my folks built a house at 8201 Oglesby, so I walked my graduation semester to Bradwell, ate lunch at Rosenblum’s Drug Store, and used a phone bill from 7915 Essex to prove residence for SSHS! I should have been going to Bowen, but was afraid to because the Polish kids in that neighborhood used to beat up on the Jewish kids after school and football games! Those were the days, my friend!
Your collection is marvelous. As Bob Hope would say, “Thanks for the memories!”
Amazing, Dianne, we lived so nearby.
I know what you mean about going to Bowen, because I had the same kind of experience in Hyde Park with being sent to Kozmynski when they discovered our address had changed, just a little distance.
They were so inflexible then.
I guess you weren’t caught at South Shore, but I was at Kenwood Elementary, being sent to Kozmynski, which was a pretty bad school.
My family owned 7723 S. Essex where we lived from 1951-1967.
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