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seejay2

USA
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Posted - 10/12/2011 :  08:09:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
In short, several years ago I was helping a woman try to locate the whereabouts of her blood father and the path crossed here at Soda Pump.
This is what the place looked like back in '49 when it was "Soda Pump". It was solely by this pic that I blundered into the place.


Here are a couple more photos inside. The second woman is the woman's (whom I'm helping) mother, Violet Lipke:



BTW, that image in the back is a wooden phonebooth, not a door. A door has recently been added.
This is the place, on the right, a few years ago when I checked it out. The owners very graciously let me take some pix inside after I explained why I was there.
.

Here is one of the pix I took inside. As you can see, the place is basically the same and the door in back has been added.
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I'm still trying to find out the name of the blond. I've heard that she was divorced from a very prominent car dealer in E. Chicago and then owned "Soda Pump".
A case like this gets very cold after 50+ years.
One more thing: you aren't the first one to confuse this place with "Jersey Maid" on Gostlin...Cj
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BobK

431 Posts

Posted - 10/12/2011 :  10:17:18  Show Profile  Send BobK a Yahoo! Message  Reply with Quote
It's probably the Jersey Maid sign that confused.

Bob
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HassoBenSoba

USA
642 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2011 :  14:42:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CJ--

These photos are terrific. I remember the '49 shots from another thread, but this is the first time you've posted the new pics, right?

As you can see from some of my posts, I love these "Then and Now" pics that really pull you back into time, then provide a reality check with the way things look today. Fascinating way to view the Region. You can see the same low, diagonal brick wall behind the hooligans in the first photo that you see in the present day photo; yep--no doubt it's the same place. My brother Mike was pals with a guy named Ed Lipke in Hessville during the 60's; Ed's dad may have been related to the Violet Lipke in the old pics. Also, Ed's dad worked for RC Cola...so I hope "Little Stevie" Kush doesn't read this post, cuz' he's strictly a Pepsi guy.

Thanks for posting this!

Larry

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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2011 :  15:22:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Ed Lipke is my friend's cousin. Her name was Lynn Allen (Lipke). Not Lynnette Allen. That is somebody else.
It's a long, long story, but I've been helping Lynn with this thing since Feb of 2007. She lives in Arizona and I was still living in da region then, so I really got into this case big time. I had a few pix that Lynn had sent me and started from there. The only reason I found "Soda Shop" was because traffic had stopped on Kennedy and I was right in front of the building and it all clicked into place. Up to that point, I had been driving all up and down Kennedy Ave trying to find the building with no luck and it was right there the whole time---for over 50 years!!
She has sent me pix of Lake George that is part of this case. I had no idea it was Lake George (up to this point I had never even been there) until I followed the RR tracks on Google maps and it all fell into place. What a rush it is to find something like "Soda" and "George" armed with only B&W pix from over 50 years ago!! I have before and after pix of George, too.
Ken O'Neal (wvcogs) has been a tremendous help to us as well in all of this.

The pix that you saw on the other thread also popped up on Planet Hammond. They were actually grabbed off of Shep. Nobody else had posted these until I did...Cj

Edited by - seejay2 on 10/13/2011 15:24:42
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wvcogs

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2011 :  16:58:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Ken O'Neal (wvcogs) has been a tremendous help to us as well in all of this.
Thanks for the credit. I'm really not sure just how much I was able to do from over 400 miles away except to get you involved after you appeared on Sheptalk in January 2007.
Ken
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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2011 :  17:43:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Aw c'mon Ken!!
You came up with names and such that I never would have conjured up. Kralik comes to mind right away. And I'm not for one second sorry that I got involved in that. That was a once in a lifetime chance to do something like that. What a major test of resourcefulness and resolve it turned out to be. It got around at the university as to what I was diong and the lion's share of individuals that asked me about it, asked with envy indicating that they would relish the chance to get involved in such a thing.
To think back though, it all got started with the question from one of my family members:
"What was the name of that burger joint on Kennedy & 169th?"
Nobody, for the $64,000, could recollect the name of that place.
I then blundered into Sheptalk several days later to obtain the answer...Cj
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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2011 :  19:37:13  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK. Just for the heck of it, here is a pic of Violet Lipke again standing in fron of a house on California Ave (I think). The house was built in 1927 but the pic is around'48-'49 or so.


Same house 2007.
...Cj
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wvcogs

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 10/13/2011 :  22:35:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

Aw c'mon Ken!!
You came up with names and such that I never would have conjured up. Kralik comes to mind right away. And I'm not for one second sorry that I got involved in that. That was a once in a lifetime chance to do something like that. What a major test of resourcefulness and resolve it turned out to be. It got around at the university as to what I was diong and the lion's share of individuals that asked me about it, asked with envy indicating that they would relish the chance to get involved in such a thing.
To think back though, it all got started with the question from one of my family members:
"What was the name of that burger joint on Kennedy & 169th?"
Nobody, for the $64,000, could recollect the name of that place.
I then blundered into Sheptalk several days later to obtain the answer...Cj

Really, I would have enjoyed being there and helping with the search. It all began in December 2006. Lynn contacted me through my email address in the Shep profile because of the information about businesses on Kennedy Avenue that I posted on the forum. It's unfortunate she didn't get the answer to her big question.
Checking back, I found that Tom J responded to your question about the burger joint in just over an hour.
Ken
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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 10/14/2011 :  07:57:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It was very quick and it impressed me. Normally I don't 'join' groups or organizations, but (like everybody else) after reading thru the threads and getting a feel for the respect the members seemed to have for one another, I was compelled to enlist.
Also, I probably wouldn't have gotten into the 'search' had I not remembered Lynn from high school.
I would have been delighted to have you onboard, Ken. I'm sure you would have been a valuable resource as well. I made many a phone call and conducted a lot of interviews that I would not have thought, prior to this, within my realm. After they warmed up to me, most of the people were willing to share what they knew with me.
The wrinkle in it all is though, the one person alive (gotta be close to 90) who knows the whole story, will not talk. Even more frustrating is the fact that I feel she would like to talk, but is being gagged by the everpresent relative whom she resides with...Cj

Edited by - seejay2 on 10/14/2011 07:58:51
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gfelix1909

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2012 :  18:53:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great list of TV shows!

I am looking for a copy of all 39 episodes of "Tales of the Vikings"...or as many as I can find. Can anyone help me out please?

Thanks!


Joe Miller('s Joke Book)
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Bill Bucko

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 04/26/2012 :  21:18:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by gfelix1909

Great list of TV shows!

I am looking for a copy of all 39 episodes of "Tales of the Vikings"...or as many as I can find. Can anyone help me out please?

Thanks!


Joe Miller('s Joke Book)




Their theme music was great:

They conquered the seas in their dragon ships,
Fought bravely on many a land;
For Valkyrie maids strike down for the man
Who dies with a sword in his hand!

The Vikings, the Vikings, the Vikings ...

I bought a single episode on VHS on Ebay, but have never seen any others for sale.

Bill



Warren G. Harding Class of '63
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gfelix1909

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 04/27/2012 :  04:45:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I just bought a copy on ebay myself. They ran from 1959 to 1960 and had 39 episodes. I really hope they are not lost!

Joe Miller('s Joke Book)
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Roger D

237 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2012 :  10:02:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have just read the obit of beloved coach and teacher, Mr. Jack Georgas. He was the baseball coach at Morton. He also worked with the football team and taught U.S. History. He coached winning baseball at morton, having 26 consecutive winning seasons. He will always be remembered as a great coach, teacher and human being.
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S C Jones

USA
448 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2012 :  12:53:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Roger D

I have just read the obit of beloved coach and teacher, Mr. Jack Georgas. He was the baseball coach at Morton. He also worked with the football team and taught U.S. History. He coached winning baseball at morton, having 26 consecutive winning seasons. He will always be remembered as a great coach, teacher and human being.



Roger, I remember Mr. Georgas. I had him for history class. For some reason I remember his talking about Muddy Waters. He also talked about his Army
stint. It seems like I remember him talking about his balding condition as stemming from his having to wear the helmet. He was an amiable, kind man.
I enjoyed his teaching style.


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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2012 :  16:05:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
He was always talking about his Army stint. We used to call him "General Jack"...Cj
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Little Stevie

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2012 :  18:30:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Not sure how many of
our readers still live in the region, but another icon is all gone.
The bridge over the old Erie Lackawana RR right of way, in Highland, is a memory.
Somewhere on Youtube I saw a video of this bridge when it first opened. I'm going to try and find it. Here is a clip someone has done during the demolition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLG0DL0p4Ew

I've been observing this demolition over the past few months, wondering when it would be completed.
Well . . the last time Larry & I met at the HOP, I crossed the bridge going to Hammond. The workers were striping the new roadway to the west of the bridge.
As I crossed it, the thought occurred to me that this could be the last time I would.
Sure enough, on my way home that night, the traffic was diverted through "Frog Hollow" to Highland.
Sunday morning, all traffic was using the new road to the west of the bridge. By tomorrow, Monday, Sept. 24th, all segments of this bridge should be gone.

Did I think of documenting any of the demolition? My last ride over it? No! Not until now, now that it's too late.

That bridge was/has been a part of my life's travels.
From riding to Griffith to visit Uncle Fritz in my "Little Stevie" days, going with Mom & Grandma Surowiec to Shopper's World & Topps,
coming to visit Mom on Sundays with the family for dinner until her passing in 1992,
to visiting old friends & neighbors at the HOP this past year.

There was one incident with Uncle George going to Griffith to pick up cousin Bob that I will never forget. (more on that later)
LS

Edited by - Little Stevie on 09/23/2012 18:38:54
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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 09/24/2012 :  07:55:40  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There was a time when I lived in the "Hollow" (before the 'Great Flood'). I can't even imagine all that traffic moving thru that area. Talk about 20 lbs. of it in a 5 lb. bag!!...Cj
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S C Jones

USA
448 Posts

Posted - 09/26/2012 :  11:10:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since we cited the passing of John Eastwood, it seems only fitting to cite the passing of his wife. Here's the Times obit.


SHIRLEY BERNICE EASTWOOD (NEE BAKER) HAMMOND,IN Shirley Bernice Eastwood, age 92, of Hammond, peacefully passed away at home on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. She is survived by four children: Mark (Ilene) Eastwood of Hammond, Martha (James) Sutkowski of Griffith, Rebecca Boydston of San Diego, CA, and David Eastwood of Warsaw, IN; eight grandchildren: Kristine (Paul) McDonald, Alan Sutkowski, James M. Eastwood, Jonathan (Alisha) Eastwood, William D. (Cleta) Eastwood, James D. Eastwood, Elizabeth (Justin) Thomas, and Desiree Stubbee; eight great grandchildren: Lauren, Addison, Elijah, Emma and Ezekiel Eastwood, Macy and Riley Sutkowski, and Jackson McDonald; brother, Burton (Jean) Baker; and devoted caregiver, Stasha Garncarz. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Dr. John H. Eastwood, D.D. in 2007; parents: Lee and Emma Baker; brother, Robert Baker; and sister, Margaret Swanson. Funeral services will be held Monday, September 24, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. directly at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6709 Arizona Ave., Hammond (Hessville) with Pastor James A. Thomson, officiating. Burial to follow at Elmwood Cemetery in Hammond. Friends are invited to meet with the family on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at Bocken Funeral Home, 7042 Kennedy Avenue, Hammond (Hessville) from 2:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-8:00 p.m. There will be a time of viewing at the church on Monday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at 10:00 a.m. Shirley was born and grew up on her family farm in Sergeant Bluff, IA. She studied Home Economics at Iowa State College in Ames, IA. After graduation, Shirley taught high school in Minden, NE where she met the new pastor, John Eastwood. Shirley and John married in 1943 and by this time John had enlisted in the Army Air Corps and was headed for Italy as a chaplain. At the end of John's military service, they accepted a call to minister at the First United Presbyterian Church of Monmouth, IL. In 1953, the family moved to Hammond to minister at Covenant Presbyterian Church. For many years, Shirley taught as a full time and substitute teacher. In 1984 at 63 years old, she received her Library Science MS degree and worked as a Librarian. She was active with the Calumet Literacy Council teaching English to immigrants in her home and at the library. During their retirement years, Shirley and John helped organize and served at the Faith Presbyterian Church in La Porte. She will be missed by her family and all who knew her. The family extends special thanks to Hospice of the Calumet Area. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting contributions be made to the memorial fund at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 6709 Arizona Avenue, Hammond, IN 46323. For further information, please call Bocken Funeral Home at 219-844-1600 or visit us at www.bockenfunerals.com.
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wvcogs

USA
564 Posts

Posted - 09/26/2012 :  11:28:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This Times' article presents a columnist's thoughts about Coach Jack Georgas.

Jack Georgas

Ken
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tom w

USA
316 Posts

Posted - 01/08/2013 :  18:22:53  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My sistercalled yesterday and said that it was reported that the final ok has been given for the replacement of the 9-span on Indianapolis blvd. I have some memories of this bridge.
If anyone has any memories or stories, please jump right on in. Tom W
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Bill Bucko

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2013 :  00:12:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by tom w

My sistercalled yesterday and said that it was reported that the final ok has been given for the replacement of the 9-span on Indianapolis blvd. I have some memories of this bridge.
If anyone has any memories or stories, please jump right on in. Tom W



The VIADUCT???? They must be crazy!

I walked over it quite a few times in the 1960s, on my way to the South Shore station just north on Indianapolis. Remember looking down at the busy Indiana Harbor Belt freight yard, and the Stauffer Chemical Company with its open-air piles of bright yellow sulfur.

Somewhere on this Forum there's mention of Shep talking about some kind of accident at the intersection just north of the Viaduct. I remember finding it odd, because Shep talks about driving there on the way home from school. It's definitely NOT on your way, driving from Hammond High back to Hessville.

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63
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seejay2

USA
676 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2013 :  07:37:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I could have been me. Back in '68 or '69, A guy I had known for years was attending St. Joe college. He and another fellow (unknown to me) were coming back with pizza and both were killed in an accident in the north end of the bridge...Cj
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Little Stevie

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2013 :  10:05:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the latest on the demolition of the
NINE SPAN BRIDGE.
At one time it was the longest bridge, in the U.S., over dry land.

It starts this coming Monday:
http://www.nwitimes.com/business/local/nine-span-bridge-demolition-begins-monday/article_41f35dc0-5bf0-5528-9e2f-c35833b31893.html

LS

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Bill Bucko

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2013 :  17:30:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
No, CJ, it was definitely an accident from the 1930s, that Shep himself talked about, at the intersection. I believe it's on the "Anyone from Hammond"? thread.

Ah, here it is:

http://www.sheptalk.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=45&whichpage=15

Something about a "Great Banana Oil Spill." Which, knowing Shep was a storyteller and not an historian, may or may not ever really have happened.

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63

Edited by - Bill Bucko on 01/09/2013 17:38:07
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HassoBenSoba

USA
642 Posts

Posted - 01/29/2013 :  03:16:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The historic, iconic NINE-SPAN BRIDGE was a big part of my Magoun Avenue
experience. Every Sunday when we drove to Whiting to visit my grandmother, we would look forward to the
roller-coaster ride over it. Same goes for the times we would drive to the E.C. South Shore station to pick
up my dad from work.

Mike and I would look out the car window, as those vertical beams and the little openings in the railing
would whizz by. As each of them zipped by us, we would say
"Thing"...so we continued to call out "thing...thing....thing.." etc, until we were headed down the ramp.
And so, in the goofy Rapchak family lexicon, the bridge became known as the "SING-SING BRIDGE",
a name that we still use to refer to it.

When I became aware of the famous East-coast prison of the same name, I figured they had stolen it from us.

Too bad the ol' bridge has to come down.

LR

Edited by - HassoBenSoba on 01/29/2013 03:18:14
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Tom J

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Posted - 01/29/2013 :  18:46:44  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Yep, Lar, it's sad. One more landmark from our childhood days gone forever.

Tom
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Highway66

USA
6 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2013 :  11:39:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is a picture from the 1960's of Shopper's World in Highland and the picture is looking north on Indianapolis Blvd. and you can see the now demolished bridge over the old Erie Lackawana RR right of way.


[URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/shoppersworld.jpg/][/URL]
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Tom J

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Posted - 02/10/2013 :  12:38:43  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
So, is there a RR crossing or are those tracks that the bridge crossed over abandoned?

Tom
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Little Stevie

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 02/10/2013 :  16:54:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

So, is there a RR crossing or are those tracks that the bridge crossed over abandoned?

Tom


The RR tracks are long gone Tom.
There is a tunnel, underneath the new road, for hikers & bicyclers who use the "Erie Lackawanna Trailway".
LS
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Tom J

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Posted - 02/10/2013 :  18:12:03  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thanks, LS.

I guess I should have known that because the Erie-Lackawana tracks at the edge of my old neighborhood are long gone.

Tom
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Little Stevie

USA
359 Posts

Posted - 03/17/2013 :  18:54:27  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another one bites the dust!
Here's the link to a now gone, long time region icon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gTWi5Eleag
LS
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