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11 posts
Feb 08, 2008
4:03 AM
Dan Patrick on ESPN used to be on WVUD. His real name is Dan Pugh. He also had two brothers that also worked at WVUD. I don't remember "Leave it Beavercreek", so I can't say for sure that Dan was the guy who did it...
2 posts
Feb 08, 2008
10:48 AM
I remember a lot of things/places from the 60s/70's having been born in Dayton in 1958 but raised in Huber Heights.

I remember Clubhouse 22 although I didn't watch it much. I know it had at least 3 different hosts, Malcolm McLoed(sp), Johnny Walker (I think) and another guy with the last name of Smith, I do believe. One of my unlces was on the show for a few minutes in the 70's advertising a "toy" he made from his home workshop (called a RimRod/$2.50) but it never took off. I still have the one he gave me for free.

I remember "Bowling For Dollars" with David G. MacFarland(sp), former DJ on WONE as host.

Since I grew up in HH, I don't recall a lot of things in Dayton other than places we passed or went to on occasion, like the Parkmoor Restaurant (I mentioned earlier) on Airway, Ontario's on Needmore, Gold Circle on Woodman and seems I recall a Shopper's Fair department store back then, too.

I still have a 1965 Barbie & Midge black patten leather lunchbox/thermos that my mother bought for me at Gold Circle. The "gold" price tag sticker, $2.95, is still on the lunchbox. It's worth much more than that now!

I remember there was a Flint's (fast food) restaurant and also a place called The Steak Chalet in Huber Heights where you could get steak and baked potatoes and salad "to go".

I remember going to a place in Dayton (maybe in Kettering or Oakwood) called David's Buffet on a few special family occasions.

Another restaurant my mother took us to when my brother and I would have to go shopping (ugh!)with her (if not Parkmoor) was Sandy's but I am not sure where the one we went to was. There wasn't one in HH so it had to be in Dayton somewhere. We loved that place!

I also remember there was a Cassano's Pizza on Troy Street (I think) with a big "pizza man" sign out front and a dairy/ice cream cone shop on Troy Street with a big ice cream cone as its sign.

I see that most of you have posted your messages last year so not sure if you are still visiting this site but I just happened upon it today and have enjoyed it, reading/reminiscing, immensely.

(I remember seeing "Rags" when my mother would take us downtown to shop at Rikes and Elder Beerman's before the malls were built.

Also, I went to high school (Wayne HS) with a gal that posed for Larry Flynt's Hustler magazine in the mid/late 70's and also, I have been in The Talk Of The Town around 1979 or so but at the time, I didn't know Larry Flynt had owned it. I also remember seeing the first Phil Donahue show that aired out of Dayton and I remember his first guest, which stirred quite a controversy, Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

Thanks for sharing!

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52 posts
Feb 09, 2008
5:57 AM
There use to be a Shoppers Fair on Salem Ave. back in the 70's. It became a bingo place but I think even that's closed now.
2 posts
Feb 09, 2008
1:49 PM
Unfortunately, the area around Salem & Grand Avenues has become quite depressed. The Forest & Five Oaks area has also suffered. I think Grandview Hospital specializes in gunshot and knife wounds. :0( It is unfortunate for an area as wonderful as the Dayton View area is. The Art Institute is doing well. The Greek Orthadox Church and the Masons are still OK, but they are built like fortresses. McCallister's art supply store is still at the same location on Salem and still a wonderfully friendly store with an awesome supply of materials. But the building is fortified with bars on the doors and no windows. It's just a tough neighborhood.
Island Park (the bandshell) has become a rondezvous area for homosexuals. Downtown where Rike's once stood (they imploded it) they have erected the beautiful "Schuster" performing arts center/highrise apartment building. That caused the closing of Memorial Hall back about 5 years ago or so. The Schuster is a nice building but to me the shows are overpriced and unaffordable for average families. And the people that live there are whining because the downtown area is dirty and can be unsafe.
Frigidaire is gone. GM and NCR are just skeletons of what they once were and could go anytime. All of the other little machine shops and supply houses that depended on them have been forced to close. Dayton is a very depressed city. Every Friday the Montgomery County Sheriff has his own section in the Dayton Daily News. It's 8 or 10 pages of foreclosures, bankruptcies, and sheriff auctions.
But there are some "gems" in the city. The Dayton Dragons semi-pro baseball is always a sellout in a beautiful stadium on East First Street. Across the street from the ballpark Mick is still providing great music at his Canal Street Tavern. A drive to Kettering and the Fraze Pavilion is a great shed for outdoor concerts...
That's enough rambling for now... anyone remember a concert room called "Papalusky's" (not sure of spelling}? It was around the back and in the cellar at Forest Park.
53 posts
Feb 10, 2008
6:29 AM
I don't think any area of Dayton is as vibrant or safe as it was 30-40 years ago.

I live further north off Salem in the Triangle neighborhood. I've lived in the same house for 35 years and I've seen a lot of changes in the area and none for the better.

An example is the corner of Salem and Catalpa. There was an auto repair place, a Famous Recipe, a BP and Troutman Enterprises. Now there's an auto repair place and three empty lots.

About the only thing on Salem now is convience stores, fast food joints and way too many places selling cellphones, pagers, etc. The convience stores arent't safe as one had at least three shootongs in the parking lot which resulted in two deaths.

I wish I could say it will get better but with all the jobs and people leaving, it seems most of the people who stay think crime is a good way to make a living.

Sad but true.
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Feb 15, 2008
4:59 PM
Talk about memories...riding my bike down to the Forest for stacks of $3.99 albums; the rollerskating clerks @ Dingleberries (as long as our fur coats are hairy); Rennaissance Records; asking UD students to buy beer @ the Deli - "keep the change & get a quart"; the original Harrigan's; when WVUD ranked with WMMS for best in OH; Jonathan's Flower Hour; the subtle guitar strum that meant start taping; graduation from NCR Auditoreum; and of course, Parkmoor chicken; remember Affairs On The Square on Fridays? I was @ EF MacDonald when it closed in the early '90's - I feel that was the start of downtown's demise.

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100 posts
Feb 17, 2008
1:29 PM
Phil, try Hasty Tasty chicken on Linden Ae. It is virtually the same as the old Parkmoor recipe we remember so well!
5 posts
Feb 18, 2008
4:10 PM
Hi Pozoseco. My girlfriends and me used to go to Pappalewsky (sp?) at Forest Park. I use to date a guy in a band that played there. His band was called Rush at the time. His name was Dave Angi. There was also a guy by the name of Mike SUllivan that also played in his band. I remember seeing Grand FUnk Railroad, Rick and the Raiders (McCoys) and Ted Nugent when he was with the Amboy Dukes. The club was also called the Hullabaloo at one time. We had a lot of great times there. Any body else remember this?
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Feb 22, 2008
5:31 PM
Just found the page a couple of days ago...really enjoyed reading and remembering the good old days. I grew up in Xenia and loved to cruise Frich's on Keowee St. in my '70 Chevy and then drag racing on Rip Rap Rd. There was a pinball place on Brown St. called Jug and Doe's where I played Pong for the first time and then tried to get in the the Todd burlesque...ahhhh...the memories.
8 posts
Feb 23, 2008
9:58 PM
When I was a kid I was really into the local Dayton and Cincinnati TV shows. The first show my mom took me to was the Johnny Gilbert show. Johnny Gilbert is now the Jeopardy announcer. His show was done live from the channel 2 studios (WLW-D in those days). I remember my mother wore a hat to the show that she made out of ring neck pheasant feathers! Johnny was so interested with the hat that he interviewed my mom for awhile live on the show. I was impressed!

I was on the Uncle Al show once. That was a lot of fun. I remember they had us playing a bunch of different games.

On another occasion our cub scout troop went on the Uncle Orrie Show. My buddy Jodie got in trouble for asking Uncle Orrie how much money he made. I got picked to introduce the Micky Mouse Club segment. I remember being very nervous.

Years later, when I was in college, I and friend went to the Lyle Stieg Show. We had a blast at that show. He had Victor Buono as a guest. Victor Buono did comedy poetry and used to be on Johnny Carson occasionally. I remember laughing so hard I was crying!
1 post
Mar 06, 2008
11:46 AM
Anybody remember the Greyhound dog races that were held on a local tv station in the '60s? What about the Travel Master Inn on first street in Dayton? I was supposed to start a job on the same day they had a bad fire.

Can't forget the Hasty Tasty restaurant in Huber Heights on Brandt Pike. My dad and I would pick my mom up at Miami Valley Hospital when she got off and would bring home chicken-in-a-basket.
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Mar 15, 2008
10:16 PM
A couple more memories I don't know if people recalled yet:
1) Frank Z chevrolet with that creepy guy who told you to say "Mr. Goodwrench sent you"
2) The Red Baron arcade at the Dayton Mall,
Hot Sams pretzels on the lower level. Chess King mens clothing, The gigantic spiral staircases in the main hall. Penneys on one end, Sears on the other end of the mall. Cinema 1 downstairs which was the big theater. I saw Empire Strikes Back there. Mayor's records which was about 3 feet wide. Thal's, McCrory's the junk store that smelled like fertilizer and pets. Poelking Lanes, Video City arcade.
3) the magic/joke store on Brown st. Woodman Lanes.
4) the Salem Mall with the dancing fountains.
5) Woody's which had the cake decorating and bookstore on the second level. The water wheel, the women in the bakery wearing the plaid bonnets. The gigantic scale that tallied up the number of people who used it. The rock wall with water cascading over the surface, the meat department with the full butchered cows in the windows, they sold actual hog testicles in a big steel tub.
6) London Bobby's on Shoup Mill, Plum Creek furniture, Moorman Pontiac, where I got lost once. The GC Murphy's store at Forest Park that had a soda fountain with paper straws and drinks served in paper cones with metal bases. Birds and fish for sale in the back. People would let the birds out and they'd fly all over the store. North star drive in which competed with Dixie.
7) Duffs buffet, Philman's head shop (aw jeeeez!) The Colony Club, Neils Heritage House, Cork and Bottle by Centerville HS where 14 year olds would buy cigarettes and smoke them at school. MOnkey Miler's Tresler Comet gas station on far hills that still had the globes on the pumps. Elder Beerman Southtown that had a mini Arby's in it and two theaters.
Dingleberry's when the Dinglebears sang the theme, and the girls working there were on roller skates. Elder Beerman's had a full restaurant in them.
The downtown Rikes, and EB's.
12 posts
Mar 17, 2008
1:23 PM
My very first job was sacking groceries at Woody's market back in 1971. I also used to work at the Red Baron arcade and Cinemas 1&2 at the Dayton Mall as well as the Southtown Cinemas 1&2 by Elder Beermans. Working the cinemas was cool, but the Red Baron is one of those experiences best forgotten. The guy who ran it was named Chuck and he drove a POS '58 Chevy that was a rust bucket. The cinemas paid $1.50 an hour back when I worked there, but you got all the free popcorn and movies you could stand. I think I hold the world's record for seeing "Jaws" the most times at a theatre while working as a doorman/usher at Dayton Mall Cinema II. I used to love watching the people jump when the scary parts came on. Changing those big marquees out in front of the mall was a trip, too. I can remember having to take a ladder out and climb up on the sign with a bag of big plastic letters in sub-zero weather on many occasions. People would drive by on SR741 and honk their horns and throw stuff at us while we up changing the signs. I also worked a brief stint at Hobby Center Toys in the Dayton Mall. I used my valued experience to later get a job as assistant manager at the Childrens Palace Southtown. Remember Camelot Music? I was assistant manager at the store at the Upper Valley Mall. I was hired by a guy named Larry who ran the Dayton Mall Camelot store at the time. I seemed to have a talent for getting jobs at places that aren't around anymore. I guess you can say that about most of the Dayton area's "unique" businesses...they're just not around anymore. I now understand what people mean when they say "you can never go home". Home is never the same place you left.

Here's a little Dayton Mall trivia I bet you didn't know: One of the barbers that used to work at "The Golden Razor" in the Dayton Mall is still barbering. Dennis Murphy now owns "The Cutting Room" in Centerville and cuts hair six days a week. If you do the math, Denny has been cutting hair for over forty years and hasn't lost his touch.

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Mar 19, 2008
5:35 PM
I remember the San Rae Bakery, near Gas Light Village and Shroyer Rd. I used to ride my Schwinn heavy duty bike to buy baseball cards there. I delivered the Journal Herald six days a week at 0400 with that bike. Made $15/wk with tips. I remember when the toy store on Patterson Rd. was going to close as some new pizza place called Marion's was taking it's place. The Parkmoor on Shroyer and the DQ across the street...used to go there every Friday night after grocery shopping at Dorothy Lane with my grandparents. There was a Sinclair gas station across the street with a green dinosour. Oak Day and the 20 foot diving board with Spinning Wheel playing on the loud speakers. Poelking Lanes youth bowling on Saturday mornings...for a dime your could reserve a house ball. The Pony Keg. Brun's...went there for a hamburger and a 7 up with my dad and brother after haircuts at Bill the barber. The Belmont Drive in theater...popcorn from home in a brown paper grocery bag from Liberal's. The par 3 hole next to WHIO. They used to broadcast a closest to the pin contest. Lowering the flag to taps in the background every day at Gentile. Taps car wash.
13 posts
Mar 20, 2008
5:44 AM
Anyone remember the Kresge's at Town & Country shopping center in Kettering? Their lunch counter had the best grilled cheese sandwiches ever. They made them with real butter back then and they came with a steaming basket of those crinkle cut french fries you just never see anymore...
111 posts
Mar 21, 2008
2:36 PM
JohnC, I think there was a Kresge's at Airway back in the 60s that had a cool little lunch counter. I don't remember a lot about their food.
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Mar 21, 2008
5:10 PM
Okay, help me out here. I am the only one in my family that remembers this, and I am beginning to question if it ever was true! My mom used to work at the Tijuana Lounge in the old Salem Mall, and while we would visit her at work, my Dad would take me around to see animals that were kept in cages throughout the halls of the mall. I specifically remember a monkey cage, and a big toucan, and once there were those giant turtles. Anyone else remember that? It would have been 1969-1973 sometime.

I am so glad I found this site! I wasted one whole day at work reading all of your all's posts! What fun!
2 posts
Mar 21, 2008
6:44 PM
A few other memories:

Once a local radio station dropped ping pong balls from a helicopter above Forest Park, and if you found the lucky ball, you would win something. We went over there, and there were tons of people. My mom used to always take my brother and I over to Forest Park for new shoes, and to get our pictures taken. Once, we got to feed baby lambs and calfs with bottles there. I was always very curious about what was underground at Forest Park. There were all those stairs that led down to somewhere underground, but we were never allowed to go down and see what was there.

We used to always swim at Clearwater pool. I loved that HUGE metal slide over through the trees. I remember walking through the dressing rooms, down to that little bridge you had to cross, and over to the place where we would put our towels. They had a jukebox, and always had the newest music playing. My dad called the place Coldwater, because it was like ice water all of the time. The atmosphere was so much better than Miller's Grove pool, though.

At Triangle Park there was a hollow tree that you had to climb up through to go down a slide. It's probably still there. We used to watch baseball games from up on that hill in Triangle park, and my Dad would always buy us those little wax coke bottles filled with sugary juice from the snack stand there.

I loved the part of the Natural History museum that showed the baby devoloping in the womb, and right by that they always had baby chicks in various stages of hatching in a glass tunnel. Remember there was a mini-zoo in there with a big ugly vulture, and foxes, oh, and bees! I was fascinated by those bees coming and going in and out of that tree!

I LOVED that fire engine in Island Park! And they always had the most unique swings that I have never seen the likes of anywhere else in the world.

I took accordion lessons over on Main Street, and afterwards, we always ate at Pedro's for 5-way chili. That was the best chili in the world!

After the Bargain Barn went out of business, they always had a flea market on weekends in that same shopping center, and we went there often. My dad would give my brother and I both $1.00 each to spend. My brother would always get one hot-wheel car or something, but I used my money to get 12 Archie comic books for $1.00 every time. I thought I got soooo much more for my money. I still have all those old Archies, and I often wish I could find such deals these days. My dad and brother collected beer cans, and we were always looking for those there.

There used to be a car dealer, i think over around Woodman, that had real stuffed bears in their showroom. By real, I mean hunted, dead, and stuffed, in standing positions. That was always fun to go see.

I love, love, loved going to Rikes every Christmas season to see the window displays, and to shop at the Tykes store. My mom always let us kids do all of our shopping there. That is one of my favorite childhood memories - Rikes. Sigh.

Every time we went downtown, we would look for Rags. We'd usually almost always see him, too.

The first movie I ever remember seeing in a theatre was Chitty-Chitty-bang-Bang in the Salem Mall theatre. The last movie I ever saw at that theatre was Star Wars in 1977. Oh, and I loved those fountains in the Salem Mall.

My favorite place to eat was Kuntz's Cafeteria. What I wouldn't give to go there again. That beautiful old building with all of it's lovely rooms. We always had roast beef there.

Okay, I'm stopping here for a bit. When I think of more, I will come post again.

I miss Dayton the way it used to be. It was a wonderful, innocent place to grow up, and I had an amazing childhood there. I am most grateful for that.
112 posts
Mar 22, 2008
1:06 PM
Kaisermom, you and I must be about the same age ... I remember seeing Chitty chitty Bang Bang and Mary Poppins at Salem Mall. What a wonderful place it was back then. The old Childrens Palace on Salem was cool, too. It seemed like heaven back in the late 60s.

I also went to Rikes downtown every year at Christmas time. That's where I would see Santa. Those old window displays are back downtown now at the Schuster Center (I think that's the facility that stands at the old Rikes site)... it isn't the same, of course, but it's amazing to think those are the same displays that marveled us so many years ago.
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Mar 24, 2008
11:14 PM
I found a London Bobby fish and chips in Russell Point,Ohio at Indian Lake. It's at a Cassano's Pizza. Also there is a Arthur Treachers in Reynoldsburg,Ohio near Columbus.I Have ate at both places and the fish at london bobby's is good like old times. I love the fried oysters and fish at Arthur Treachers as well.

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Mar 25, 2008
10:31 AM
I just recently discovered this site, but I thought of several places in and around the Belmont/East Dayton area.
1. The Wooden Shoe Restaurant which became the Fireside Inn
(Now Frickers on Woodman Dr. the facade of the building
hasn't really changed that much.)
The Wooden Shoe had the best onion rings.
There was also a place called the Dairy Depot next to the
Rootbeer Stand on Woodman. The building was originally Arthur Treacher's and then became an ice cream/putt putt family restaurant.
Rink's was across the street and then it became a Hill's Department Store and finally Conctractors Warehouse.
There was also a dance club on the end of the building
but I can't remenber the name.
Eastown Shopping center had a Krege's, a Kroger and a Revco
at one time as well as Elder-Beerman which at one point took up nearly half of the shopping center.
I grew up right behind Eastown and at one time you could get almost anything you needed there from groceries to lunch to clothes a hair cut dance lessons to furniture.

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3 posts
Mar 26, 2008
8:02 AM
Here are a few more things I remember growing up in the
East Dayton/Belmont/Linden Heights area.
Eastown-Moonlight Chilli
UnClaimed Freight Furniture
Eleder-Beerman (had a record store that
opened into the arcade.
Olan Mills
Hallmark Store
Citizen's Federal Savings and Loan (passbook
savings accounts)
The last time I looked the old Photomat hut was still
in the parking lot. I hope it stays there forwever.
Bullock Garages
There was a lounge on the end of the shopping center
(now a dry cleaner I think) Does anyone remember the
Gunther's Linden House
Glenn's (Now Bunny's Hasty Tasty)
King Kwik ( not sure how they spelled that it was next
to Hasty Tasty.
At A Boy gas station
Godfathers Pizza on Linden (building recently torn down
Bonanza! (restaurant similar to Ponderosa on Linden)
Fazios (next to Gold Circle on Woodman
The old cement factory on Woodman next to Allied storage
I guess it is safe to say we used to get sand there for
our backyard
Handyman Lumber
The Wooden Shoe Restaurant (now Frickers) I'd love it if
somebody remembered this place.
The two I miss most: Belmont Drive-In and the Dabel
theater (widest screen in Dayton)
2 posts
Mar 26, 2008
12:47 PM
San Rae Bakery! The baker was missing a finger and up in the rafters were stuffed squirrels! Penny candy was really a penny and the phone booths were just that - booths with closing doors and all made out of wood.

It was indeed an innocent place to grow up, and there were so many kids everywhere. In the summer we would play "Red Rover" and "Red Light Green Light". My favorite TV show was Superman with George Reeves. I remember having to wait (watching the Indian Head test pattern) until it came on. At that time there wasn't 24 hr. programming. And lots of LIVE tv. Uncle Orrie, Romper Room, Singing commercials.
3 posts
Mar 28, 2008
7:35 PM
JeffN, Thanks for the info on the old Rike's displays downtown now at the new place. I'll have to try to make it in around Christmas sometime soon for that! What a treat that would be!

I was born in 1964. ;)

The painted turtles sound amazing! I want one! I'm pretty sure pet shops stopped being allowed to sell little turtles because of Salmonella. Something we never knew about back then, yet never died from either.
4 posts
Mar 28, 2008
7:39 PM
JohnC, Yay! Someone remembers besides me! What a relief! I most definitely remember a monkey, though, too. He was chained to a pole, but was surrounded by the iron bars, too. But, he couldn't get down off his pole and over to the bars. Actually, the pet shop wasn't there yet at the time. It came in the early 70's. There was something else next to the Tijuana Lounge in the Salem Mall before that, and when the animal cages were there. Thanks!
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Apr 01, 2008
11:33 AM
Remember these bars

Dixie Electric Company on Woodman
-Two for one on Thursday nights
First Stop on Brown St
Cowboys on North Dixie

Food establishments
The pizza place before Mamma Disalvos- The Venetian.

Lums at Town and Country shopping center.

Pizza place in Belmont called Barnaby's. I think there is either a bank or funeral home their now.

How about Kettering Stroop Road Pool with that huge slide.

Kettering Putt Putt with the archery range and later with 24 hour video arcade.

Remember when families had carnivals at their homes for Muscular Dystrophy

Goofy Golf miniature golf course with the big dinosaurs on Dixie drive in Kettering.

3.2 beer and drinking legally at 18 yrs of age

Wearing ties to Carroll High School
15 posts
Apr 01, 2008
12:16 PM
Hey all you hot rodders from Dayton in the 70's: Remember "The Egyptian"? His shop is still there, but he's gone now. He was a major influence on the Dayton car culture back in the day and won several national awards for his paint and bodywork.
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Apr 01, 2008
2:31 PM
I lived in the Riverdale neighborhood (roughly, Parkwood & N. Main) 1940-1948 and still remember a few things and places. I'd be interested in hearing from others from than place and time. Anyone remember Good's Hobby Shop on N. Main?
16 posts
Apr 02, 2008
5:16 AM
JeffN-The Egyptian's body shop was on East Third St. I always dreamed of having a car customized and painted by him, but hey, I was just a punk kid and didn't have that kind of coin. I read where he passed away sometime in the last few years, but the shop's still there. Or was, anyway.

The Hobby Shop on North Main was run for years by a guy named Andy Martin. Real prince of a guy. The deterioration of the neighborhood back in the early 80's drove him out. That, and lack of parking. I used to visit his shop whenever I went to the Grubsteak for lunch across the street. Royal ribs and their homemade creamy garlic salad that's a pretty sweet memory.
59 posts
Apr 02, 2008
5:41 AM
I believe the building where the hobby shop was on north Main is a tool rental place now. I went there a few times back in the 70's.
2 posts
Apr 02, 2008
6:06 AM
Around 1945 the hobby shop was owned and run by Mrs. Good, an irritable and long-suffering older woman continually pestered by small boys pawing over the inventory. The shop was a couple of blocks south of the Dale Theater on the same side of the street. There was some sort of tropical-theme restaurant there last time I drove by, many years ago.
4 posts
Apr 02, 2008
12:30 PM
Thanks to copierman, I couldn't remember the name of the Dixie Electric Co...used to go there after getting off work at Eastown Elder-Beerman.
Also, I didn't wear a tie to Carroll but I did have to wear
the old battleship gray, wear like iron polyester skirts.
The length test consisted of kneeling down to make sure your skirt was long enough.
Do you remember Ferdinand and Isabella (the red white and
blue patriot buses?)
60 posts
Apr 03, 2008
6:15 AM
Max - That tropical themed place you mentioned would have to be the "Tropics." I think it was torn down back in the 80's and a pharmacy was built on the land. The pharmacy closed and I believe it's now a day care center.
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Apr 03, 2008
1:37 PM
JohnC, I believe we grew up in the same neighborhood. All the places you talked about are very familiar to me. I know exactly where you described that fatal crash near the cemetery. I grew up two blocks from there.I also remember hearing the drag races at night from my house. I was a little too young for the racing myself but I knew every cool car that used to run in the neighborhood.

I can't remember the name of the restaurant next to McDonalds on S Dixie acreoss from the old Frigidaire. I think it was angelo's. They used to have some killer subs there.
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Apr 03, 2008
5:15 PM
I've been lurking for a while and thoroughly enjoying everyone's memories. I couldn't resist adding a few... I grew up in the Fairview area. Some memories: Good Samaritan used to have a front lawn. There was a movie theater across the street from Good Sam, but I can't remember the name - was it Day-Vue? It closed in the early 60s. On icy winter mornings I remember watching the electric buses on Catalpa sparking and sputtering when they went by. My neighborhood had probably 5 drugstores within easy walking distance. Ray's was the one I went to the most. And there was a hat shop at the corner of Fairview & Catalpa that lasted long into the 70s.
61 posts
Apr 04, 2008
9:47 AM
Bulldug - You are right about the movie theater on Salem. It was called the Davue and closed down in 1961.

The hat shop at Catalpa and Fairview was called "Engleberts Hat Shop."

Ray's is still going stong along with "Rinaldos Bakery." Remember the fire station on the corner?

I remember the old front entrance at Good Sam. It was on Fairview when the street use to run all the way to Salem.

I'm in that area a lot as I live just south of Salem and Catalpa.

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118 posts
Apr 04, 2008
1:38 PM
John ... I do remember the Egyptian on Third. I had a friend who had a 429 Mustang Cobra Jet who had his paint done there. I can't believe the place is still there! I drove past it not long ago, but didn't notice. They've really done some work on restoring Third Street havent they?
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Apr 06, 2008
10:58 AM
driver -- Thanks for the help remembering. I'm surprised Ray's and Rinaldo's are still there. I no longer live in Dayton, but I remember that corner well. Part of Ray's was originally a Sohio station. And Rinaldo's was originally Owen's Bakery. Belton's Juice company was in the building until around 1970 or so. I don't go this far back, but I understand that the old fire station at that corner was originally Fairview School.
64 posts
Apr 06, 2008
4:00 PM
Not sure about the fire station being Fairview school as the elementary school down towards Good Sam was built many years ago....1920's maybe. The fire station is now a Priority Board office. The city closed it when they built a new fire station at Fairview and Main.

I remember when the front part of Ray's was a Sohio station. It's a beer drive-thru now.

What else do you remember about that area?
2 posts
Apr 08, 2008
11:31 AM

I remember those two buses and they had alot of miles on them.

The Dixie Electric was a busy place and I could never figure out why they closed it down.

CHS class of 1979
Some great memories from that school

Didn't the different color skirts represent the different grades of students?
3 posts
Apr 08, 2008
2:14 PM
driver - OK, since you asked :^) more trivia about the Catalpa area...

The same building that houses Ray's had a barber shop next door and (I think) a beauty salon next to that. Used to get haircuts at the barber shop before switching to the barber that was inside Stumps on Salem. (Anybody remember Sandy the barber there? I think his real name was Sandoval and he was from the Philippines)

Further down Catalpa on the other side of the street was a small dry cleaning place. I think Capitol eventually bought them out, but I'm not sure.

Down at the corner of Hillcrest there was another drugstore (was it Bettman's?) that actually had a soda fountain. Next to that was another barber shop.

Around 1965 or so they built a small strip center next to the barber shop that originally had a Lawson's store, a beauty salon and a laundromat. (When they were building this place, I stepped into the wet cement of the foundation while horsing around. So my footprint is in there somewhere...)

Across Hillcrest was Knife's market. I thought the half-size shopping carts they had were cool. I understand Pepito's is there now.

Going back the other way, at Salem & Catalpa there was a Frisch's restaurant. It closed pretty early in the 60's and was eventually replaced by a gas station. I think driver62 said that it's an empty lot now...
66 posts
Apr 09, 2008
6:24 AM
Bulldug - You bring back a lot of memories about the Fairview neighborhood.

The barber shop next to Ray's is still there. It sat empty for years until someone reopened it.

You are correct about the dry cleaning place being bought out by Capitol. It was run by an elderly couple who finally shut it down as they got tired of being robbed. After sitting empty many years, another barber shop opened in the building but it closed down after a few months. The building is still empty.

I don't remember a drugstore at Hillcrest and Catalpa. The place was a upholstering(sp) place for a long time. It's empty now. I don't think it was Bettman's as they were in Miracle Lane shopping center on Salem for as long as I can remember.

I remember Lawson's. They had great deli meat. The little strip mall was remodeled and now has a beauty shop there. They may be a tax service there also.

I do remember Knife's and you are correct, it's Pepitos now.

Frisch's at Salem and Catalpa was before I moved to Dayton. The southwest corner was where Stoney's Marathon was located. It's an auto repair place now.

The northwest corner was an industrial uniform place at one time. Cintas comes to mind. After sitting empty, it was bought by Troutman Enterprises. After they left, it sat empty until the city tore it down.

The northeast corner had a few small shops on it. I remember a donut shop being there. After that, it was a BP station for many years. It's an empty lot now.

The southeast corner had a Famous Recipe chicken place for years. They shut down several years ago and the building was torn down. It's another empty lot.
4 posts
Apr 09, 2008
9:11 AM
When I was sixteen I could purchase 3.2 beer. Had never drank until then. Drove to Xenia, drank the six pack and will never forget that. Michigan was 16 legal age also.

Still waiting to hear if anyone grew up in the Victory apts. on San Rae Drive. I need photos from the 1950's and also memories.
The Ridge
1 post
Apr 09, 2008
9:57 AM
Speaking of Lawson's, I still love their commercial:

Roll on, Big O.
Get that juice up to Lawson’s in 40 hours.
Well, the oranges ripen in the Florida sun.
Sweet on the tree they stay.
Then they pick ‘em and they squeeze ‘em just as quick as you please.
And the Big O leaves the same day.
Roll on, Big O.
Get that juice up to Lawson’s in 40 hours.
Well one man sleeps while the other man drives on the nonstop Lawson’s run.
And the sweet sweet juice in that tank truck caboose stays as fresh as the Florida sun.
Roll on, Big O.
Get that juice up to Lawson’s in 40 hours.
6 posts
Apr 09, 2008
10:17 AM
So, I went home to Dayton for a day visit yesterday, and my Mom took me around to the places we lived when I was young there. We started out at the little Gale apartment house on Ryburn Avenue, then over to Queens Avenue, then to Gettysburg Avenue, before we moved to Huber Heights in 1972. How sad to see that all those places are now in bad neighborhoods, when they used to be so quaint and innocent. Sigh, and so much of Dayton abandoned and gone or just ruined. What I wouldn't give to see it thriving and alive like it once was. What the heck happened to my hometown?

We also drove Hickorydale Elementary where I went to Kindergarten and first grade. It looks like it was bombed out! Are they just tearing the whole thing down? I was so thankful to go there on that day and see it one last time, for I'm sure I will never look upon that building again. How sad.
67 posts
Apr 09, 2008
11:24 AM
Rainebowlady - Are you sure you didn't mean you purchased 3.2 beer at age 18? That was the legal age back in the 50's. I never heard of buying beer at age 16 and I've been living in Ohio since the early 40's.
68 posts
Apr 09, 2008
11:36 AM
Kaisermom - What happened to Dayton is the same as many other industrial cities. The jobs left and many parts of town fell into disrepair. The population when I moved here in 1972 was around 220,000, I think. It's now a little over 160,000.

As for the school, a tax levy was passed several years ago to build new schools so many of the old ones are being torn down. New schools will be built on some of the sites and some sites will remain empty as school enrollment has dropped along with the population.

I agree the city has gone downhill a lot but that's what happens when the jobs leave. Sad but true.

Last Edited by on Apr 09, 2008 11:37 AM
120 posts
Apr 09, 2008
11:53 AM
It is sad. As I've posted before, it almost seems my little neighborhood has undergone an uptick the past few years. the houses look to be in beter shape, like they're being taken care of. Five-10 years ago, it looked like they were heading downhill fast.

How is Huber Heights these days Kasiermom? I haven't been over that way in quite some time.
3 posts
Apr 09, 2008
12:22 PM

Were they class of 1979 Carroll?

I remmeber going to Jimbo's with my parents and grandparents and eating then playing indoor miniature golf.
5 posts
Apr 09, 2008
3:11 PM
driver62 - nope. It was 16 for 3.2 beer in 1968. By 18 I had already left and moved to Kansas City.

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