"Thank you so much for the pictures. Kinda takes me back seeing the parking lot at the Hy Vee. My GreatGrandma and Grandpa had gone to the Hy Vee when it was a grocery store 1978/79. My Grandma wasnt feeling well so she waited in their truck. While…"
"Hello Mr Crouse. I just wanted to send a quick note to see if you are related to the family that owned the Crouse Motel that use to be out on old east 20? My Greatgrandparents managed it for awhile and I would love to find old pictures or momentos…"
"I remember Kautzkys! My family was big into fishing and hunting. Being a kid while I lived in Fort Dodge I remember the Hi Ho the Dairyo best. My parents lived on south 26th street and my grandparents lived on south 23rd. My grandma would bribe me…"
"Troy. Yes I do remember Jolly Fun Park. That was there while we were still there. Seems to me it was on the way out to the airport. Somewhere out there. Anyone know what happened to it?
Now the Gibsons I am thinking of was a store on 5th Avenue…"
"Seems like Fort Dodge had a lot of fires! I do not remember the name of the department store that burned down but I do have a bit of a memory of it. Seems if I remember right it was in the winter? We were downtown and watched it. Seems like there…"
Greg, I told my wife the other day when it comes to Music and Fort Dodge History I have a lot of mental notes on both of the subjects, and when I start to forget the Music and Fort Dodge History, that means my mind is going sour.
I think the picture request board is a good idea....and something you could start yourself. Either start that as another topic in the "Remember When" group...or start your own group as well. You might find other people will already have the photo you're looking for...which is much quicker than for me to find the extra time to take the photos. That's the great part about a site like our where anyone can add photos, start a group etc....you don't have to wait for the webmaster to do it...you just do it yourself.
I enjoyed your recollection regarding Ft. Dodge. I got out of the Navy, in Nov. of 1959, worked at Pan-O-Gold Bakery and then Gus Glaser Meats. They had a reputation for the best hams in the state. I worked there in 1960 and 1961, while I was going to FDCC, and then I worked there during summers, Christmas, and spring breaks after I transferred to the State College of Iowa. It was enough to get me through a year of school, barely. I dated the daughter of the guy who was in charge of the making of sausages and luncheon meats, and the smoking of all of their smoked meats. I worked in the ham room, night clean up, and cleaned the smoke pots every Saturday morning. I even got to clean out the grease pit a couple of times.
Your last name sounds familiar. Was there a Partello who had anything to do with a bar or a tavern on the east end of Ft. Dodge? At the time I was growing up in Ft. Dodge, there were five theaters on Central Ave. There were the three you mentioned; I think the Astro used to be the Strand. Across from the Rialto was the Iowa, and on the same side as the Rialto, but one block further west was the Park Theater. I have commented on them and the type of movies they showed in earlier comments.