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oldrndirt
15 posts
Jul 16, 2011
8:47 PM
Mine was Shellhaus (sp) at the corner of Linden and Wellmeier near where Lorain connected with Linden.
icsalum
72 posts
Jul 17, 2011
8:02 AM
Hussong's - corner of Rosemont and Woodbine. A corner grocery store, that had an entire glass case full of
penny candy. Hussong's closed around 1964, but the store and its entire 'vibe' seemed like something from
around 1900.
cilla46
61 posts
Jul 18, 2011
5:32 PM
Mine was Seeger's grocery at the corner of Edgar Ave. and Heaton Ave. in Walnut Hills.
Every day on the walk back to Lincoln School after lunch we would stop and buy something.
They had a huge showcase full of penny candy.
The store was actually a built on addition to the house that faced Edgar Ave.
Mr. and Mrs. Seeger were always nice to all the kids that came in to drool over the many choices.They also had hard pretzels that they sold two for a nickle and ice cream.I used to save my pennies so I could stop in on my way home after school and buy a Cho-Cho which was a frozen chocolate malt on a stick.you peeled the paper off and ate it like a popsicle.
jfox68
25 posts
Jul 19, 2011
4:20 AM
Thanks cilla46. I was trying to remember the name of the store. I knew it was on the corner of Edgar and Heaton but couldn't remember the name. We lived on Gebhart off Wayne Ave and we would walk down to Seeger's all the time. Sometimes we would pick up empty pop bottles on the way and cash them in for 2 cents each so we could get some candy.
cilla46
62 posts
Jul 19, 2011
5:41 PM
jfox68....I lived for the first 14 years of my life on Illinois Ave.I went to Lincoln school from kindergarten through eighth grade.The year I turned 15 we moved to Holly ave. and stayed there for a few years then moved back to Illinois Ave. right next door to our old house.
I think I spent enough pennies over the years at Seeger's that had I saved them I could have paid cash for a car!It was a great place for kids......
delcodude
181 posts
Jul 19, 2011
6:56 PM
Keaton's on Xenia Ave around '68-'70 was my fave but the Dimestore (W.W. Mac) WAS the best, for sure..

Last Edited by on Jul 31, 2011 8:33 AM
DebCB
68 posts
Jul 19, 2011
7:16 PM
In the late 50's and into the 60's my friends and I from Overlook would walk or ride our bikes to the carry outs on Airway Rd and buy candy and gum with pennies or pop bottles that were worth 2 cents each.
The second carry out was Charlie's with a drive-thru and I think the first one was Clarence's but I'm not sure. But I preferred the first one. I'd stand there for the longest time trying to make up my mind. Some of the candy was available at two for a penny. I loved that place.
roge
114 posts
Jul 20, 2011
10:05 AM
Mine was W.W. Mac on East Third Street, all kinds of candy in them glass cases and then some,had that scale there to measure candy by the poumd
Hugha
12 posts
Jul 23, 2011
6:51 PM
Monkey Miller's on Rte 48 in Centerville.
They had all of the good candy.
donw
122 posts
Jul 24, 2011
2:04 PM
@Hugha: "Monkey Miller's" -

The origin of the Monkey House at the entrance to the Centerville park on Spring Valley Pike?
rodat6
186 posts
Jul 24, 2011
4:43 PM
I worked as a stock clerk at Elder's Beerman on Main street from fall thorough the Christmas Holidays. That would have been 1957/8. Elder's had a candy department and had delicious chocolate creme drops to die for. Needless to say whenever I was in the vicinity of the candy stock while doing my stock duties, I'd eat a few.

I was given the job of training the man they hired for Santa as a stock guy. I also ran the freight elevator when the OP was on break. The only name I remember is Dennis Healy who also worked in the stock department, his brother Tim Healy was a well known street fighter who attended Colonel White high on occasion.
Hugha
14 posts
Jul 24, 2011
6:22 PM
donw, yes, that house used to be where Monkey Miller's General Store was.

I think it got moved in the '90s.
smurfnana
25 posts
Jul 26, 2011
4:15 PM
Why, W W Mac of course! It was still open when my kids were little, and they loved going there too. There was also a little store at the corner of S. Jersey and Pleasant called Richardson's. She had any kind of candy you'd want. You could take in any amount of money, and get that much in mixed up candy. She always remembered what your favorites were, and would make sure she gave you them.
Keugene48
178 posts
Jul 30, 2011
4:32 AM
You all might be pleased to know that good friends of mine bought the Seegar house from foreclosure and are in the process of renovating it as they occupy it. I have emailed them about the history of the property as you have shared it.
Jim McKamey
1 post
Jul 30, 2011
1:03 PM
I was born and grew up in South Park, went to Patterson Elementary School for 8 years. Across from school on O'Bell Court was a little candy store named Pattons. We saved our pennies and cashed in bottles and bought penny candy and 2 and 3 cent pretzels. They were delicious. I miss those days.
brbjck
3 posts
Jun 04, 2012
7:36 AM
mine was SUPER DELLS located on keowee street,right beside hilgeford chyrsler dealer. i went to McGuffey school (1952-1959 ) and i always walked home for lunch and after lunch we would take our pennies and empty pop bottles to super dells for penny candy. my fav was licorice and mary janes. i believe that store was run by the matosky family. great memories of the smells in our northdayton neighborhood. sunbeam bakery,wonder bakery,cyrstal rug cleaners, blubird pies....to name a few.
cilla46
96 posts
Jun 04, 2012
5:07 PM
Keugene48~It's been almost a year since you posted that your friends had bought and were renovating the Seegar house.I wondered if they have finished the job.Thinking back I can remember how Mr. Seegar used one of those long handled grabber things to reach cans that were on a high shelf.I also remember that when we bought the hard pretzels we would break them into pieces by banging the bag on the stone wall that surrounded the corner of the property.I looked on Google Earth and found the wall is still there.I love when a piece of my childhood is still the same.It keeps me grounded somehow.

Last Edited by on Jun 04, 2012 5:07 PM
Keugene48
211 posts
Jun 05, 2012
6:06 PM
cilla, I emailed my friends your comment and they thought it was really cool. The work is progressing slowly, the next thing needed is a new roof which will take some time to save up for as they are only doing what they can afford at a time.
luv my dayton
24 posts
Jun 06, 2012
10:09 AM
Remember a place at Fifth and Torrence area called Winnies. Grandma and Pa lived on Findley and us kids would head there to buy our nickles worth of candy.Then would cross the street and hit the drug store and buy a comic book or two.
DaytonDennis
43 posts
Jun 06, 2012
2:03 PM
I lived in Residence Park in the 50's (from 55 through 62). On Elmhurst there was a store called "The Boulder" as there was this big stone on the street corner. They had the classic 50's candy list. I remember the paper covered with candy dots - don't remember what it was called - looked like adding machine paper. The little wax coke bottles. Jawbreakers, of course. Oh, and don't forget the fake cigarettes! Highly doubt you could sell those today!
DaytonDennis
44 posts
Jun 06, 2012
2:05 PM
Oh, yes, the W.W.Mac store on East Third. Building is still there and so is the W.W.Mac sign, but it's a sorta flea market store now, open odd hours. I remember W.W. Mac was much like a McCrory's where you could buy about anything.
Keugene48
212 posts
Jun 06, 2012
9:03 PM
Dennis, where did you live in Residence Park? I grew up on Cleverly Road. My brother and I went to that candy store a lot. I didn't know the name or much about it so I didn't post anything about it. We loved that store, I remember the caramel apples with nuts sprinkled on them for 15 cents.
And you can still buy candy cigarettes in some places in Kentucky at least, the little store/gas stations off the interstate.
wolfcreek
54 posts
Jun 06, 2012
9:59 PM
Loved the Stop & Go mentioned by Bentz, as well as the carry out & drug store located side by side on Free Park near Gettysberg. That carry out was the first place that had icees, long before Stop & Go arrived. Coke and cherry flavors only.

Our dentist office was in another part of town, in old north dayton, on Troy, and after a dentist appt we'd be treated to a visit to an old-fashioned penny candy drug story & soda fountain just down the road. Can't remember the name of the place but it was right across from Evans Bakery on troy. Smelled of old wood and candy. Absolutely loved it. (And can you imagine being rewarded for a dentist visit with candy!)
DaytonDennis
45 posts
Jun 07, 2012
3:42 AM
Keugene, we lived on Almond Ave. Across from our house was the "old man's field", but now is an apartment complex (I think for seniors) Almond ran into Greenleaf near the little park we called "the sunkin" because in was like an oval, bowl shaped small "park". Almond (at that time) dead-ended into Chesapeake to the north and 3rd St. to the south. I vaguely remember Cleverly Road, but it ran parallel to Geneva, which was the road when walked (yeah WALKED) to school each day. When did you live there?
FAITH
70 posts
Jun 07, 2012
8:42 AM
Ours was not a "store", but rather a converted bread truck called "The Sugar Shack". It would come to what is known now as Drennan Park, in the plat near Linden and Spinning, during the summer months. Loved the shoelace licorice and candy necklaces!
Riverdale Ghost
286 posts
Jun 07, 2012
9:37 AM
Please tell me more about Residence Park. We owned a house just inside the stone gates for seven years but had little opportunity to see much of the neighborhood due to work (and school) across town.
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Keugene48
213 posts
Jun 07, 2012
5:58 PM
Dennis I lived on Cleverly from 1953 until 1963. Cleverly Road was a one block street from Hoover to where the field started at the back of the school. It was opposite Roth High School. I went to Residence Park school until 1961, then a bunch of us 8th graders were sent to Roth in a kind of accelerated high school program. Was Almond park next to Third Street amd close to Westown? My brother and I used to go there and have a "picnic" sometimes.
We had a very small house but we had a huge back yard. We used to skate and ride bikes on the road in front, a very quiet street. It was a wonderful childhood as was typical of the 50's and early 60's!
Keugene48
214 posts
Jun 07, 2012
5:59 PM
Dennis, we talked before, you are Darlene's brother!
DaytonDennis
47 posts
Jun 08, 2012
9:39 AM
Goes, I'm old enough I forget these things. Would Darlene have remembered you? (Or did we already talk about that! :-)
Keugene48
215 posts
Jun 08, 2012
12:31 PM
She probably would- my name was Karen Adams then. Isn't that a wonderful advantage to being older... you can have the same conversation over and over and it is new each time!! LOL
luv my dayton
30 posts
Jun 08, 2012
6:58 PM
forgot about the one in Kettering on Far Hills at Dorothy lane. Walked past it 6 times a day going to school and home. Was called the Donut Hut and it was a small frame store with a counter top a few stools and sold donuts, coffee, cold drinks and alot of penny candy. Has been gone for years now, but when they first went out of business the place stayed empty for months and us kids would go inside after school and pretend we were the clerks and take orders at the little window.You'd never recognize that corner now as many places have come and gone and now its starting to look like Brown St. with all new buildings and food places.


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