Thanks for the story Marvin. Reminds me of my Boy Scout days...sitting around the campfire and telling "ghost stories". My favorite always ended with "and the hook hand was still on the car door handle".
You said this awhile ago & I didn't respond then, so will now.....
I worked at Nicholls' Grocery, across from the Presbyterian Church on 14th Street.
Do you remember the Dutch Mill and the Scandia Bakery?
I don't remember Nicholl's Grocery, 14th & what? Guess I don't remember the Presbyterian Church, either. I do remember the Dutch Mill and Scandia Bakery. When I was very young my folks and I would get treats at Dutch Mill and sit in our car on Central and watch people. Cheap entertainment, Haha! As I remember they were located between 10th & 11th on the north side of Central. Just up from the Dodge theater.
Well, so much for my infallible memory. I enjoyed your verbal road map of downtown Ft. Dodge. It did jog my mental image to a degree, but I find that I still have some blank spots in my mental road map. I remember all the names of business you mentioned but the locations are fuzzy for me. I remember the Younkers/Ford Hopkins set up now that you straightened me out. I also remember McClelland's location now, but am having trouble with the Kresge/Fantles image. Your memory seems pretty good to me.
If you are in touch with Vi and Tom, would you please forward my email address: firstname.lastname@example.org to them for them to contact me if they wish. My recollection is that Joan and Vi were sisters. I am not sure there was a Jerry Higgins. I have a recollection that Virginia Jessen, the Beamer girl who also lived across from the High School/Community College, and another girl went with one of the Higgins (Tom?) and I for a Student ISEA meeting in Forrest City. Virginia left her purse in my car and that was how we got hooked up. The Higgins boy I played chess with while I was a student at FDCC worked at Decker Trucking, but not as a driver; perhaps as a dispatcher or clerk, or something.
Where is Iva Jean living now? Did Tom have a sister who would be near your age?
We have had 12 to 15 inches of snow so far this winter. We had several days of sub zero temperatures but the weather has been in the low 30's for a few days. That's darn near balmy for me.
I am glad to hear you are mobile and I hope the ankle is not a problem. The economic downturn of the past year has put a crimp on our traveling. We are not hurting, but we are a bit more cautious about our discretionary spending.
Thanks for your response to my inquiry; it was good to hear from you.
Tom graduated in '57 from FDHS. I don't think he was in FDCC in 60-61. I don't think I know Jerry. Tom married Vi Gutz.
Actually Ford Hopkins wasn't on the corner of 9th, Younkers was. You could walk from inside Younkers into Ford Hopkis. The post office was across the street to the east of Younkers. Fantles was on the southwest corner and Kresge's next to it. McClellands was on southeast corner of Central and 8th. Woolworth's was further down on south side of Central, maybe between 7th and 6th. I moved away in '60, so my memory is a little fuzzy.
We had a great class reunion in Sept. Sadly Iva Jean Gorsuch didn't make it. Elvis was there, tho!
I'm doing well, have moved into a new home after bumming around for a couple of years. Can't say I'm settled yet. Nice to have a permanent address now. My ankle was badly broken last Christmas & I'm doing better than they ever expected. Thankful for that.
How are things in your snowy part of the country? We don't usually get alot of snow, but way more than I want. I hibernate when it's bad out & the walkways are icy. Good to hear from you!
Hi, Our 50th reunion is coming up and maybe Iva Jean will be there. Thanks for the update on her and Ed. I wonder if Bob Halm will be there. Would love to talk with him. Was Virginia related to Tom Jessen?
I was recently released from the doctor. Hurray! It still swells some & gives me some pain if on it alot. Thanks for your concern.
I graduated in '59, so in that yearbook. Iva Jean & Bonnie graduated with me. I went all through school with Bonnie. I lived on the south side. Near Butler School & Olsen Park. Iva jean married Ed Watt, I think I heard they weren't married any longer. Not sure on that. We are gearing up for our 50th class reunion. I remember Virginia. We were in band together.
To be honest I am not sure how many Partellos in all were in Fort Dodge. My Dad was LeRoy Partello and I dont remember him working in a bar. His brother Lloyd Partello worked his entire life at Hormels. Lloyd still lives there in Fort Dodge. The other brother Leonard Partello moved at a early age to the Twin Cities. That is all I know about the Partellos I grew up with.
HAVEN'T BEEN ON HERE LATELY. MY ANKLE IS COMING ALONG FINE. WALKING PRETTY WELL BY NOW. THANKS FOR ASKING.
I REMEMBER SEVERAL FROM FDCC. BONNIE HOYER, SONDRA DANIELS, IVA JEAN GORSUCH, MERRILL ALBRIGHT, DAN CONDON, JUSTIN PETERSEN, TO NAME A FEW. VIRGINIA JESSON WAS A YEAR BEHIND ME, I THINK. I WENT IN '60.
I DO NOT RECALL A GROCERY STORE ON THE SAME SPOT AS THE PIZZA PLACE[1ST SOUTH & 12TH.] I WOULD WALK PAST THERE ON MY WAY TO ST OLAF. IT SURE IS FUN TO HEAR ABOUT ALL THESE PLACES I USED TO FREQUENT.
OMG...Grand Prairie ...Do you remember Harold..the guy that owned it?? My grandpa took me in there for trick or treat and Harold would fill my bag...then I went in there after my grandpa died and Harold only gave me one piece of candy. lol Found out years later my grandpa paid Harold to fill my bag. lol Great memories. 505 North 3rd St. We were kitty corner fromt he filling station on the corner.
Hi Marvin! I was going to say "no" to any male basketball players, but now I am not sure. I did have a niece who went to St Edmonds, just a few years back BUT I also have an uncle and unfortunately, I'm not sure if he had any boys or not, We kind of lost touch back then.. I'll have to ask around.
Very interesting on the railroad memories! I would've loved to actually remember steam! The IC began to bring in the first diesels in 1953, the year I was born. Generally, diesels west to Co Bluffs and steam east to Waterloo in mid '53. My dad was a steam engineer in FD on the IC and my brother is still a conductor up there. I am attempting to gather all the pics/ stories/info I can about the IC back in 1953 for a model layout I will build in a few years when I retire. I am limited to space, but hope to include the roundhouse area, where there was alot of action! I may have to just start that RR blog too. I never realized that the railroads touched so many people! Thanks again for your memories too! Later, Joe
Yes I remember you living at the Trusty"s, we sure had a good time teasing "Chuckie". We were up to Doug and Dorathy's about 10 years ago, he sure has a nice home in trees. Just got a note saying they were buried in the snow. Take care,
Tony's was one of Dad's favorites, if not his number 1 favorite. I remember going there but don't think you were with us. Perhaps I'm wrong but I don't remember going there after I was in about 1960. I don't know what's there today. That whole area has changed a lot over the years.
Megan has the dark hair and is on the left side of the picture with her husband, Jennifer is the blond on the right side and she is with her friend. I'm the good looking one in the middle. ;-)
As I recall, King lived somewhere around 11th street and 3rd or 4th Avenue. I know it was close to our house but I'm having a hard time being more precise.