YOU'RE AN OLD DETROITER IF...

 

You ever played in the "Big Ditch" as I-94 was being built.

 

You took a "moonlight cruise" to Bob-Lo with Captain Bob-Lo or took the bus to Edgewater Amusement Park. (see http://www.boblosteamers.com/) You remember the cruises to Put-In-Bay.

 

You remember Eastside Amusement Park on Eight Mile and Gratiot.  The Jefferson Beach amusement park on Jefferson near 9 mile with the Fun House with the rolling wood barrel, the house that Jack built, and the burlap sheets you used on the wood slide. 

 

You remember cheering from one end of the tunnel to the other while going to Belle Isle.

 

The big stove was on Jefferson Ave at the entrance to Belle Isle.

 

You rented bikes or rode horses or the horse drawn carriages on Belle Isle.  You rented canoes and paddled from one end of the island to the other.  Raced model sailboats. Golfed after dark at the lighted Belle Isle par three course.

 

You shopped at Hughes and Hatcher, B. Siegel, Peck and Peck,  Himelhoch's, Federal's, Kerns, or Berlin's.

 

The "Street Cars" ran on tracks down the center of Gratiot. The "car barns" were at Gratiot and Harper and the turntable was called the "Ca-ga-loop."

 

You've ever played on the escalator at J. L. Hudson's downtown, and if you hurt yourself you were taken to the Hospital on the 3rd floor.  You rode the elevator, which was "run" by an elevator operator.  You played in the toy department on the 12th floor while your parents shopped.  You sat on Santa’s lap on the mezzanine on the 12th floor.

 

You remember when Eastland and Northland were NEW and not enclosed malls.

 

You remember any mayors other than Young and Archer and you know who Cobo was.

 

You remember what you were doing when you got word there was a "riot" going on.

 

You remember a Winkleman's store in your neighborhood.

 

You thought driving to Southfield, was going "out to the country."

 

You remember the mineral bath smell of Mt. Clemens.  You stopped for ice cream at the Mt. Clemens Creamery on Gratiot in Mt. Clemens -- the best was orange-pineapple!

 

You remember the "Big Snow."

 

You watched Buffalo Bob, Howdy Doody, Clarabell, Flub-a-Dub, Phineas T. Bluster, Princess Winter-Fall-Summer-Spring on TV.

 

On the Saturday morning brought to you by Kowalski Sausage --- Plunk your magic twanger, Froggy.  The Gunga Din movies, cartoons, etc.

 

You remember Twin Pines Dairy delivered milk and juice to the chute on the side of your house..... and Milky the Clown performed magic with the magic words "Twin Pines."

 

You remember! the Good Humor man in a white uniform, ringing the bells and riding down your street.

 

You saw Marvin Gaye (or The Beatles) sing at the Olympia Stadium or the Twenty Grand Lounge.

 

Sock Hops at Notre Dame High School with Stevie Wonder and Father "Hollywood" Bryson.

 

You remember Olympia Stadium.

 

You remember Land-of-Nod, the Magic Shop, the old Ben Franklin Library (on Greiner,) Kinsels Drugs, Scrumptious Ice Cream (before Dairy Queen), Saratoga Bakery, Universal Appliances, Paul Remers, Heinrichs, Webers Meats, Lawsonian Church, Rubys Furniture, Neisners 5&10 Cent Store, Union Appliances, Budmans Heating, Sanders Candies, Sanders Cleaners, Ramona Theater, Christian Brothers Market, Bertotti’s Market, Smith’s Market, see more below.

 

You attended the Father-and-Son Party at the Assumption Grotto School Basement with the surprise visit by Soupy Sales.  You helped with the school newspaper drives.  The dance instructors (cost 10 cents/student/lesson), husband and wife, ????.  Taught the students the Waltz, Foxtrot, square dance, Virginia Reel, etc.

 

You took the streetcar and then the bus through the tunnel to Windsor to buy Lady-Finger fire-crackers at 25 cents per 100.  

 

Waterford was where your neighbor’s cottage was.

 

The large fireworks displays put on by the J.L. Hudson Company at the foot of Woodward every 4th of July.

 

You remember when Vernor's was made on Woodward and the bearded troll was on the bottle.  Your parents treated you to Vernor’s on tap at the Vernor’s building near the foot of Woodward.

 

You drank Towne Club pop (or Grilli's or Oh-So or Atlas).

 

You bought groceries at Big Bear, Christian Brothers, Great Scott, Lipson's, Dixfield's, National, A&P, Smiths or Chatham's.

 

Your Mom saved Holden Red Stamps, H&S Green Stamps or Gold Bell Stamps.

 

Kresge's, Woolworth's, and Neisner’s were "DIME STORES."

 

Your school took a bus trip to "the cider mill" and had donuts and cider after the tour.

 

Your school took a bus trip to Kellogg's in Battle Creek.

 

You had an Uncle in the furniture business (Joshua Doore).

 

You know who Bill Kennedy (Channel 9 Windsor) was --- but maybe never saw him in the movies.

 

You remember the Speedway Auto Racetrack on Eight Mile and Schoenherr.

 

You shopped at Arlans, Shopper's Fair, Federals, and Korvettes.

 

You remember this telephone number: Tyler 8-7100 (Belvedere Construction) and the slogan "We do good work."

 

Your phone number may have started with Venice, Lakeview, Tyler, Kenwood, Diamond, Trinity, Twinbrook, Melrose, Madison, Townsend, Plaza, Olive, or Cadillac.

 

You saw the Detroit Lions play football in Tiger Stadium.  You remember the Lions with Milt Plum, Bobby Layne, and Howard “Hopalong” Cassidy beating the Cleveland Browns for the NFL Championship 56-14. 

 

You remember this phrase "suga is suga and salt is salt, if you didn't get off it's not my fault."

 

You shopped at Crowley's, and crossed the enclosed bridge.  Your mother also took you to Kern’s probably on Downtown Detroit Days (DDD.)

 

You remember Black Bart, and the Faygo pop song being sung on the Bob-Lo boat. Or how about, "Which way did he go? Which way did he go?" Herkimer the exhausted Faygo bottle-blower (“I’m too pooped to participate!” “What, too pooped to participate!?” “Then live it up, up, up with Uptown!”)and the Faygo kid.

 

The Goeble Brewery (mascot – the rooster) across Gratiot from the Stroh’s Brewery.  And nearby the smell of fresh baked bread from the Silvercup Bread Bakery (1-1/2 cups of milk in every loaf.)

 

You watched Rita Bell's Prize Movie.

 

You ran home from school to listen to The Shadow on weekdays.

 

You know who Sonny Elliot is. Do you remember him using the chalk on a map of Michigan?  Sonny Elliot saying Inga-Dinga-Dine (after Ingadine, Michigan,) and removing the Keweenau Peninsula from the map and twisting his finger into it!

 

Holding snakes at the Children's zoo on Belle Isle, or at the Detroit Zoo?

 

You remember Jac LeGoff, Lou Gordon, and Van Patrick.

 

You remember Soupy Sales, Johnny Ginger, The Friendly Giant, Uncle Bob, Poopdeck Paul and Captain Jolly.

 

From 12 noon to 1 PM on weekdays you remember Soupy Says (Words of Wisdom on the chalkboard), Willy the Worm, and the old time movies.

 

You visited the Wonder Bread Bakery and got to take home a mini loaf of bread.

 

You have a picture of yourself sitting on the pony that seemed to make it down everyone's street.

 

Your zip code was only one or two digits - Detroit 19, Michigan

 

You had a (Shaffer's) breadman and a (Brickley's) milkman.  Milk brought in glass quart bottles, the egg-man selling eggs from a straw basket door-to-door, and the ice man bringing an ice block with tongs into your house and placing in the icebox.  

 

You remember "Get on the right track, to 9 Mile and Mack. To get the best deal in town. At Roy O' Brien......"

 

You remember the PURE and GULF gas stations. The "Gas Wars." Total Gas at 18.9 cents/gal.

 

Your house had a laundry chute and a milk chute.  You would squeeze through the milk chute to open unlock the side door for your parents.

 

You remember Primo's Pizza, The Red Barn, Powers, Henry's, Top Hat, Herc's Beef Buffet, Big Boy's Drive-In, and Tom's Tavern.

 

You attended a wedding reception or a banquet at Roma Hall, Geisz Hall, Polish Century Club.

 

You banked at Detroit Bank & Trust, National Bank of Detroit, and First Federal.

 

You remember seeing Jolly Jack from City Sew-Vac on TV selling his reconditioned canister vacuum cleaners.  “I’m Jolly Jack from City-SewVac … I’m just a little guy, but I’ve got a great deal for you…!”

 

 

 

Business’s Near Assumption Grotto in the 1950’s:

 

Land ‘O Nod Baby Furniture

Magic Store

National Bank of Detroit

Weitenberner Funeral Home

Big Bear Market (later Wrigley’s Market)

Scrumptious (like Dairy Queen)

Dairy queen

Neisner’s 5&10 Cent Store

Kinsel’s Drugs

Paul Remer’s Drugs

Universal Appliance

Christian Brother’s Market

Sanders Candies

Barber College (earlier Ruby’s Furniture)

Cook’s Paints

Gas Company Office

Weber’s Meats

Scotties Fish & Chips

Heinrich’s Bakery

Health Supreme

S&F Smith’s Market

Agdan’s Studio (earlier Judy Kudialis Dance Studio)

Budman’s Heating

Sander’s Cleaners

Bertotti’s Market

Lawsonian Church

Union Appliance

Geisz Hall

Alcoy Grill

Ramona Bowling

Ramona Theater

Old Benjamin Franklin Library

Saratoga Bakery

Old Magic Shop (around the corner from the Saratoga Bakery)

Dairy Queen

Reiter’s Meats