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4 posts
Apr 06, 2007
2:08 PM
I've been away from Dayton since 1979, the year I graduated from Stebbins High School. It still feels like home. I have such fabulous memories of growing up on Spinning Road.

I just wondered if anyone out there would like to share memories, etc., of growing up in Dayton during this era.

Do you guys remember:
Dr. Creep
Parkmoor Chicken
BHA Means Better Home Appliances
Don Donoher
Don Wayne
Omar Williams
Steve Kirk
WTUE Top 40
Big Time Wrestling at Hara
The Dayton Gems.

Please add to the list! Thanks!
11 posts
Apr 08, 2007
8:46 AM
How about?:

Salem drive-in theater
North Star drive-in
Goody Goody
Gold Circle
Best (not Best Buy)
Brawley's restaurant
Arther Treacher's fish and chips
Rax roast beef
Texaco and Gulf gas stations (none here now)
Davue party supply
Shakey's Pizza

I know there are many more but that's all I can think of at the moment.
6 posts
Apr 08, 2007
9:59 AM
I remember when Salem's Mall and Children's Palace were the places to shop WAY back in the late 60s. Now Salem Mall isn't even there?? Is that correct?

I also heard that the Marion's Pizza close to Dayton Mall Burned down. How sad ... all those cool photos of celebs who came in to do plays in the 70s. All gone.

Does anyone know if Marion's will rebuild?
4 posts
Apr 08, 2007
11:05 AM
My suggestions for the list of fond memories,
1) Gene "By Golly" Berry from WING
2) The "Man On The Street" report on WING
3) Suttmiller's
4) The Tropics Restaurant
5) Carl Casper's Auto Show at Wampler's Hara Arena
6) The Westward Ho Cafeteria
7) Henrici's Top Of The Mall Restaurant
8) Rike's Christmas Window and train display
9) "Keep Dayton America's Cleanest And Safest City" trash cans
10)The original Victoria Theater and the Palace Theater
11)Those ancient yellow City Transit electric trolleys and their 12 cent childrens fare, as well as the pullcord to ring the bell to get off the bus
12)The Arcade and all those smells there

Let's think of some more! Curt?

Last Edited by on Apr 12, 2007 8:29 AM
12 posts
Apr 09, 2007
7:02 AM
I remember Childrens Palace. I think it's now the Northwest hub for the RTA.
Yep, Salem Mall is gone except for Sears...it's still there. Several years ago, the part of the mall where Rikes was located was torn down and a Home Depot stands there now.
I don't know about Marions burning down. They still have one on north Dixie.
I remember Dr. Creep very well. In fact, he still does a few charity events. My oldest daughter had her pcture taken with him many years ago when he did a show at our church. She's 38 now. Time does fly.

Last Edited by on Apr 09, 2007 7:05 AM
7 posts
Apr 09, 2007
3:23 PM
Dr. Creep was fantastic. He has a very nice Web site, although it doesn't seem to be updated on a regular basis www.drcreep.com.

I loved going to Rike's at Christmas time. I'm glad they have the windows back up downtown during the holidays. It brings back a lot of memories.

I'm glad Marion's still has another location or two ... I hate it about the Dayton Mall restaurant. I love the "Dayton style" pizza (Marion's, Cassano's, Joe's).

Cassano's doesn't seem to have quite the same taste as it used to, although it's improved the past couple years.

Joe's is still the same! That place is nearly as old as I am (I'm 46).
8 posts
Apr 10, 2007
9:35 AM
Joe's Pizza is great! It's located on Airway Road, right before Airway turns into East 3rd Street headed toward downtown.

I grew up in that area, so I'm real familiar with it. Another decent place is Rick's Pizza on Spinning. I haven't had it in a LONG time though.
9 posts
Apr 10, 2007
9:37 AM
Hey Marck, those car shows at Hara were great!

How about the Kon Tiki theater on Salem?

Does anyone remember the little Diner on St. Clair. It was pretty big in the 80s ... I was already gone, but when I would come back for visits we would eat there.
10 posts
Apr 11, 2007
8:05 AM
I was also saddened to see that another one of my old haunts, the Page Manor Cinema has shut down. I remember that was a state of the art theater back in 1967 or 68 when it opened.

Also, for anyone from that neck of the woods (Spinning Road, Airway Road, etc.), does anyone remember the old Spin-Kemp Shoping Center with:

The Super Duper Grocery?
Houser's Drug Store?

Super Duper had a great bakery, and Houser's had a full old-fashioned fountain. I rode my bike there and bought many a pack of baseball cards!

Rick's Pizza is still located at the wide of that little shopping center.
14 posts
Apr 11, 2007
9:17 AM
The Diner on St Clair didn't last too long as a diner. I never ate there but I heard the prices were too high.
It was empty for quite a while but is now some kind of night club, I believe.
The Page Manor theater was closed for sometime and then reopened. It use to show the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" on Saturday nights. I believe the owners reason for closing was the employees kept stealing from him.

Last Edited by on Apr 11, 2007 9:22 AM
2 posts
Apr 13, 2007
1:52 PM
Hey! If you graduated from Stebbins do you rememeber John Hill? He was the shop teacher at Stebbins. John is a good friend of mine. My family was in Dayton (Oakwood) from 1957-1996. I graduated from Oakwood in 1962 and recall most of the places listed in this post. My dad worked at Delco Products downtown for 44 years. The building was torn down. I was in the NCR band and played at the NCR auditorium on South Main St. That building is gone too. Great memories.
3 posts
Apr 14, 2007
5:56 AM
You've been gone since 1979. I haven't lived there since 1968, but did return to visit my folks in Oakwood until 1996. My next trip there will probably be to go to my dear old(93) mother's burial in Wooland Cemetery. Mom graduated from Stivers. Dayton was a great town to do a lot of things, but those times are gone except in our minds. I sure do remember those "picture shows" at Lowe's (NOT the building supply store-LOL) and the Victory Theatre downtown. I don't know if the old Memorial Hall is still standing or not. My dad and I used to seine minnows at the Stewart Street bridge and then fish for crappies off of the big cement bridge over the Stillwater River at Island Park at Riverside drive. A person would go to jail for that today!(LOL)
"Mr. Hill" lives in Beavercreek. He has MS and retired quite a few years ago, but he gets around pretty well.
15 posts
Apr 14, 2007
6:59 AM
Memorial Hall is still standing but not much goes on there anymore. Most everything happens at the Schuster Center which stands where Rikes use to be at Second and Main.
7 posts
Apr 15, 2007
10:23 AM
Doug's comments on fishing off of the Helena Street Bridge at Island Park brought back some fond memories! My father would take us to that playground on weekends to play. Does anyone remember the big red firetruck that you could play on there? Or the old airplane you could climb in and around on? Boy, you wouldn't see that in a playground these days! I also remember that there were multiple water fountains all around the flagpole there. I think at one point in time they all ran water all of the time. The bandshell, which still stands, was a wonderful place to spend a summer evening at.
Another memory...The Uncle Orrie (sp?) Show, on channel 7, I think. All those hyper little kids singing the "BHA means better home appliances" jingle! I wonder what ever happened to him?
16 posts
Apr 15, 2007
12:11 PM
I remember the fire truck at Island Park but not the airplane. It's not exactly a safe place to go anymore with the infamous Parkside Homes right down the street.
At least, there are plans to tear down Parkside. That shoud help the neighborhood a little.
17 posts
Apr 16, 2007
8:26 AM
Island Park is on Helena between Riverside and Stanley Avenue. It's where the bandshell is located. Kettering Fields (softball) are right up and across the street.
Actually, Kettering Fields is on the location of the old McCook Field.
18 posts
Apr 16, 2007
6:25 PM
Here's a few more things about Dayton in years past.

Miracle Lane shopping center on Salem - nothing there now but grass. All buildings have been torn down.

Miami Hardware on Salem - whatever you needed, they had it. Building has been torn down and is now a parking lot.

Stumps supermarkets - there were two stores, one on Salem and one on Shoup Mill. The Salem store has some type of business in it (have no idea what it is) and the Shoup Mill store is a Super Petz or Petsmart.

Frigidaire Park on Shoup Mill - long gone and a mini industrial park is on part of the land. The rest is empty.

North Star drive-in theater - now a shopping center.

Salem Drive-in theater - part of the land is a shopping center. The rest is empty.

Stengers Ford on South Dixie - now a Super Walmart.

Sears downtown store - torn down and a office building stands there.

Elder-Beerman downtown - now being used for office space, I think.

The last movie theater downtown, other than the Victoria, was the Loews on Main street, I think. It's now a parking lot.

Some things don't change though. McAllisters Art Supply is still at Salem and Superior.

The Arbys with the big hat is still on Salem.

Ray's Pharmacy is still at Catalpa and Fairview.

Hara Arena is still hangng around.

I know there's more but that's all I can remember at the moment.
18 posts
Apr 17, 2007
10:26 AM
There's also a "big hat" Arby's on Airway. I remember when it opened ... m ust have been early 70s or there abouts.

Is there still a hockey team in Dayton? Hara Arena was a great place to watch concerts, wrestling and hockey back in the 70s. Most everything has been moved to the Nutter Center now ... that that correct?
19 posts
Apr 17, 2007
11:31 AM
Yep. Dayton still has a hockey team. They're called the Dayton Bombers and they're in the playoffs. They won the first two games.
They do play at the Nutter Center. Not too much goes on at Hara anymore except for the annual gun and knife show and a few concerts every now and then.
Dayton also has a minor league baseball team, the Dragons, a class "A" farm club of the Reds. The stadium is very nice and seats around 8000. They've sold out every game since it opened five or so years ago.

Last Edited by on Apr 17, 2007 11:32 AM
19 posts
Apr 17, 2007
12:21 PM
Yeah, I almost got tickets to the Reds-Marlins exhibition game that was played in Dayton earlier this month. I want to see a dragons game ... I've heard it's a real hot ticket.

I'm glad Dayton still has hockey. Do the Bombers draw well?

The Gems were pretty good there for a run in the 70s. I remmeber my favorite player was Sid Garant. They called them the Baby Bruins because they were affiliated with the Boston franchise.

Is Don Donoher still around? He was a very underrated basketball coach, in my opinion.
21 posts
Apr 18, 2007
8:21 PM
I think Donoher was the coach when Dayton played UCLA in the 1967 NCAA finals ... maybe several years before then. He's been around quite a while.
1 post
Apr 23, 2007
6:14 PM
Wow, what a great trip down memory lane. Great calls on all of these things.

I loved Davue Party Supply (where I used to buy Wacky Packages) Stumps Grocery Store (the barber there used to have baby powder in plastic ketchup and mustard bottles), and Island Park (The fire truck was a kid’s playground dream).

Here are some additions:

Clubhouse 22 with Duffy the Dog: Does anyone remember the ‘carnival kits’ sold on this TV show, to benefit muscular distrophy?

Sherrer’s Ice Cream: Sort of a poor-man’s Graeter’s back in the day.

Peaches Records: I remember buying a lot of vinyl there and storing them in the signature Peaches crates.

Dingleberry’s: The other place that got my music business. I think the only one left now is in Yellow Springs.

Red Barn: Don't remember much about the grub at this fast food joint, but do remember a kids meal that came with a 45RPM record. It would play one of 3 songs at random. The slogan was "Only the needle knows".

Bookie Parlor: I used to spend my lawn-mowing and snow-shoveling money on the comics at this place. The owner, Hal, was a great character. The building on Wayne Avenue - I think - is now a small Army recruiting center.

Funway Freeway: Before the video game craze, this place was an awesome conglomeration of pinball machines. I could spend the whole day there. There was one at the Salem Mall and one at Town & Country.

Kettering Village Inn: A cool little family-owned Italian joint with good deals and decent food (not as good as Dominic's). Their old lot became the site of a Bruegger's Bagels and is now Chipotle, I think.

Woody’s Market: Nice old-fashioned grocery store with special items around the holidays (I remember pickled pigs feet for July 4th).

NCR Park: I loved the giant pool and slides at this place.

Yankee Tavern: One of the old-fashioned fancy restaurants to take your date before the school dance.
22 posts
Apr 25, 2007
9:17 AM
I remember the Kettering Village Inn ... they had great pizza. I've also been to the Bookie Parlor. Did anyone buy comics, etc., at the Dragon's Lair on 5th Street? It was open until just a year or so ago maybe.

In my neck of the woods, at the Spin-Kemp Shopping Center, we had a Super Duper Grocery with the best bakery ... great donuts and fresh-baked Italian bread. We used to go buy a loaf for a dime or something ridiculous! LOL

We also had Houser's Pharmacy. I bought a whole lot of baseball cards there. And they had an old-fashioned fountain with great food and milk shakes.

Those were the days!

Last Edited by on Apr 25, 2007 9:23 AM
23 posts
Apr 25, 2007
9:22 AM
Grommet ... the thing I remember about Red Barn is they had the best onion rings. I've always had a taste for stuff not good for me!! LOL

Do you guys remember Sandy's ... I think sometime in the early 70s they went from Sandy's to Hardee's. When I was a kid I preferred Sandy's to McDonald's. Gret burgers and fries, or at least it seemed like it at the time.

I also enjoy visiting the Esther Price Candy Store at the Airway Shopping Center ... it's one thing that hasn't changed since I was young. They've been at the same location since 1965 or '66 and it's still going strong!
2 posts
Apr 26, 2007
1:49 PM
Driver62 - I had no idea Sherrer's was still around. Where is it located?

JeffN – I did go to the Dragon’s Lair a few times back in the late 70’s/early 80’s. Even though I mostly went to the Bookie Parlor, I liked to check out Dragon’s Lair and Second Time Around for old comics every once in a while. I didn’t realize that the Lair was around as recently as a couple years ago. I’m sure I had the onion rings at Red Barn, but I must have been so young that I now don’t remember. One of the Red Barn buildings is still there, I think - now a beer drive-through on Smithville, I think. Sandy’s sounds vaguely familiar, but I can’t say for sure that I’ve been there. I definitely remember the Esther Price store! One Dayton eatery that has been there as far as I can remember is Milano's. It's not the same old building now, as you probably know, but the subs are still great. The know how to do Italian Beef right.
23 posts
Apr 26, 2007
3:20 PM
Sherrer's is on north Main St. right past Nottingham Road and across from Forest Park shopping center. They still call Forest Park a shopping center although there's only 2-3 open stores there.
24 posts
Apr 27, 2007
6:58 AM
The Red Barn I ate at was on Woodman, close to where the old Gold Circle used to be. Old landmarks, LOL!
4 posts
May 02, 2007
5:54 AM
LOL @ Grommet. We used to make a special trip to Woody's at West Carrollton for pigs feet. From the posts on this thread it sounds like we all liked to eat!(LOL) I went to E.J. Brown Elementary School in Dayton View. It had two huge stairways on both sides of the foyer that lead up to the second floor. I recall playing marbles in the playground beside the building was THE thing to do on recess. I remember a "picture show" on north main (south of Fairview Avenue) that had a bowling alley below it. Can't recall the names of either one, but "The 19th hole" rings a bell. This goes back into the 50's but does anyone remember Cosler's Drug Store on north main(south of Fairview Avenue)? That was where us kids got ice cream and I first "stole" anything....a pack of gum. My sister caught me and told my dad who gave me "the belt."(LOL) That's considered "abuse" nowadays, but back then it was just "consequences."(LOL)

Last Edited by on May 02, 2007 5:55 AM
27 posts
May 06, 2007
9:31 AM
I can remember walking to Page Manor to register for school when I was little. I used to play baseball at a field right behind the school ... I don't think it's even there now.

I had some great times in that neighborhood!

I'm actually going to be in Dayton early this week. I'm looking forward to a visit!

I remember when Beavercreek was rural ... it's so grown-uo now! My wife and I love the new mall.
Mike C
2 posts
May 07, 2007
2:33 PM
Uncle Orrie was a great show. Furdie Fusbudget, Reggie Smyth etc. Lots of good memories. Smitties Toy store was on Wayne Ave. Now it's on Wilmington Ave with the same older guys working in there.
How about:
Jim Quinn at WING
Big D at WING
Walter the Friendly Poet on the Steve Kirk Show ( wish I could get some of those short stories Walter would saw)
Who was the young girl that had a TV show on WKEF in the afternoons? She was a teenager and had a cartoon show ( I think) that played weekdays when WKEF was first on. Then Joe Smith , Duffy the Dog, Malcum McCloud, Jo Cory came next.

Red Barn, loved that place. They had great fried chicken. Well Parkmoor had the best "Dixie Fried Chicken". Red Barn was a hamburger/fry type thing going on. There was a Red Barn at Woodman and Rainer. That is the one I went to but there were a few more around town.

Sandy's was a so-so restaurant. I think it had a Scottish type logo also. The Sandy's on Linden ave changed and became a DR's office.

Burger Chef. It was close to Belmont HS ( my old HS) and the thing was to skip out and go there for lunch. The Dayton Police Office Mosconi would watch you to make sure you didn't speed or throw out your trash. There was one

Woods carryout in Belmont area was the place kids would go and steal cheap bottles of liquor.
Grommet, Sherrer's is at 4425 N. Main Street across from Forest Park Shopping Center , or what is left of Forest Park. I remember Forest Park had some sort of amusement park and putt putt center in it a long time ago. Then remember "The She" at the back of the back of Forest Park Shopping Center?

Frisch's on Keowee (Big Boy and onion rings, cherry coke)? Country Kitchen ( Country Boy sandwich and onion rings) on Wilmington Pike? Both great crusin' stops.

A& W Root Beer Stand on Woodman ( now called The Root Beer Stand- original owners son of A&W root beer owns it now.
24 posts
May 08, 2007
7:30 AM
The She nite club in Forest Park. I had forgotten all about that since it closed many years ago. There was another club there called Tiffanys but it's been gone for several years. Back in the 70's, there was a J C Penny store there but it closed when they built a new store at the Salem Mall. Of course, the mall's gone now too.
There's not much in Forest Park anymore but there is a lot of construction going on. I have no idea what they're building but the lot is all torn up and there's a lot of heavy construction equipment there.
I didn't know the Root Beer Stand was still in business. Do they still offer curb service? They have the best root beer.

Last Edited by on May 08, 2007 7:34 AM
28 posts
May 09, 2007
12:05 PM
Mike C ... I remember the shoe store, but cannot recall the name of it to save me.

I, too, remember going to shop every week at the Super Duper. The place smelled so good ... fresh donuts and Italian bread loaves.

It's weird ... I just visited Dayton this week and actually went in the Thrift store there where Super Duper used to be. It was strange trying to think of things as it used to be. I remember the bakery being to the left as you walked in.

Houser's was the best. I bought all my comics and baseball cards there, too. I also loved the fountain. We always ordered shakes and fries. I always wondered what happened to the Houser family. I remember Mr. Houser's daughter used to run the fountain area.

Do you remember the Church's Chicken that used to sit at the end of Spin-Kemp Shopping Center? I think it's a run-down Mexican eatery now.

Rick's Pizza keeps hanging on though! I didn't eat there, however. I did eat at Joe's on Airway ... still one of the best pizza joints in Dayton.
30 posts
May 15, 2007
10:13 AM
Alma ... yep, Roderer's sounds right! I could not think of that at all. I can't believe Rick's Pizza is still open in that little shopping center after all these years and all those changes. I drove past there last week and could see the soft pretzels they still sell. Unreal.
1 post
May 30, 2007
10:33 AM
If anyone's interested, the two "older guys" at Smitty's on Wilmington Pike are Don and Gene Smith. In my mind, they will always be as I remeber them growing up in the 70's. Both are the sons of the original "Smitty", Wilbur Smith, who started the business way back when. Smitty's is one of the last of the original "mom and pop" hobby/toy shops left. You can thank Walmart, Target, and the like for putting these great memories of our past out of business. Don and Gene are two of the nicest people you could ever meet, and to me are typical of true Daytonians and personify everything that was good about growing up in Dayton in the 60's and 70's.

Another such great place was the (original) Tin Soldier in the center at Whipp Rd. and Rte. 48 in Centerville. Started by Duke Seifried (who later went on to work with E. Gary Gygax of Dungeons and Dragons fame), it was later owned by Jim and Bonnie Begley. They specialized in board games, wargames, model kits, and hobby stuff. I don't know what it is about hobby people in Dayton, but Jim and Bonnie were great people that gave a lot back to the community.

BTW- on another subject-does anyone have any before and after photos of Woody's Market in West Carrollton-before demo and after demo, that is. I would appreciate any leads or links anyone might have. Thanks in advance!

Last Edited by on May 30, 2007 10:43 AM
Mike C
6 posts
May 31, 2007
8:05 PM

I do remember the Church's Chicken. I use to live in Coach and Four apartments and would get food there. It changed to a Chinese restaurant for a while then a Mexican restaurant briefly then closed and now it is another Mexican restaurant. It looks pretty nasty from outside. I doubt if I get a meal there.
They had a Irish dance school next to the Thrift Store for a while.
McGuffy's has been there at the end of the shopping center. It was there for a long time and closed and re-opened as some sort of Roadhouse Steakhouse something. That closed and now back to McGuffy's.
There's LA Video there too. Not sure how that place stays open. Of course I think they have an Adult section so that is probably a constant $$ revenue. The rest of the video stores seems to have gotten rid of their Adult rooms.
Rick's Pizza has been a staple for years and years.
How about "The Astronaut Village" laundrymat? Remember that name? I know it wasn't at that shopping center but was at the Rike's Kettering Shopping Center.
33 posts
Jun 01, 2007
8:34 AM
I do remember the Astronaut Village ... I had a friend whose aunt worked at Rike's and we'd go there a lot.

When I was in town last month, the LA Video store was shutting down. They were in the process of selling everything.

I wish that shopping center could be restored, but we'll never see it again when it had the likes of Super Duper, Houser's, etc. I think there was an department-type store at the end of it when I was little, too. Maybe Throckmorton's?? Does that ring a bell?
1 post
Jun 06, 2007
6:43 PM
I was looking for Flying Pizza and Joe's Pizza when I ran into this thread. What a great site and memories. Moved to Columbus back in 88 and was looking for Pizza menus for my sons grad party at Grandma's house. Found the menu's.
I remember most of what the post was talking about the Houser's Drug store with the big fish tank. The Super Duper with the Tube Tester in the entry way to the store.

The festival is this weekend!!!!
1 post
Jun 10, 2007
12:07 AM
wow!!! talk about a flood of memories as I read all these post...
I grew up in overlook. went to overlook school and went to spinning hills jr. high the first year it opened. grad of stebbins 1974. moved to ky a week after graduation. mom worked at j.c. penny's in airway shopping center and dad and I would sometimes meet her for lunch at the kressge (?) store lunch counter. my brother now lives in overlook and my old stomping grounds sure have changed. I remember burger chef, sandy's, hasty tasty and parkmore very well. last time I was up there my brother got a pizza from joe's and my wife and kids loved it! did anyone else ever swim at the little pool at orville wright school?
35 posts
Jun 11, 2007
4:59 PM
dfields ... I used to play baseball at the old Overlook field, for the Overlook Jets. A lot of my friends lived there. I moved to Kentucky after graduation, too. Been here ever since ... but Dayton is still home.
36 posts
Jun 14, 2007
4:58 PM
I introduced my 6-year-old son to Dayton on Wednesday. I gave him the tour ... showed him my old schools (which have all been renovated or replaced), we ate Cassano's Pizza, walked down Spinning Road (the street I played on during my youth), told him about his grandparents, who he didn't get to meet, played at Shellabarger Park and capped it all off with a Reds' game that night. It was a blast!
1 post
Jun 14, 2007
11:36 PM
re: E.J. Brown elementary school. I went there too. I'm sad to say the school has been torn down. Does anyone remember Jandy's Toy Store located on North Main Street and Hudson Avenue? A few squares down from Jandy's stood Kalt's Rexall drug store. What a great place for a teenage girl to buy lip gloss! Does anybody remember Forest Park Plaza? I think somebody was posting about a theater, pizza place, and bowling alley located near Elder-Beerman N.W. on Seibenthaler Avenue. Was that restaurant called the Village Inn? Joe's Pizzeria and Marion's Pizza are still the hometown el primo for the Dayton crowd!
28 posts
Jun 15, 2007
5:59 AM
The restuarant was called the Village Inn if I recall correctly. Back in the 70's, it was a pizza place. The building is still there but it's some kind of church now.
The bowling alley, Bowlero, is still there and going strong.
The movie theater closed quite a few years ago but the building still stands. It's been for sale for years.
Forest Park Plaza is still there but only has a few stores in it. It's mostly deserted now. There is a lot of construction going on there but I have no idea what the plans are for the place. Maybe I'll ask one of the construction workers the next time I'm down there.

Last Edited by on Jun 15, 2007 6:02 AM
9 posts
Jun 15, 2007
12:42 PM
I also went TO E.J. Brown School, in the middle Sixties. Does anyone remember the "fallout shelter" in the basement of the school? Ha! Like we would go into the basement and survive a nuclear war! How niave we were. There were barrels of water and rations of some sort. I also remember a candy store, but the one I remember was on Parkview and North Main Streets. We would go there after school to buy penny candy. On Fridays there was popcorn for sale for a nickel at the school at the end of the day.
Forest Park has mostly been demolished and what little there is left is now mostly empty. They are working to put an industrial park/office buildings development there. But, they have had so many plans to redevelop that place, and so litlle has ever come to fruitation, that I'll believe it when I see it! For those with long ago memories, it was an auto racetrack and an amusement park there long ago, called "Frankie's Forest Park". It then became Forest Park Shopping Center. There was a huge Krogers there, by standards of that long ago time, and I remember a shoe store there that had an X-ray machine to measure shoe size! You would stand on it, it would pass X-rays through your feet, and you would be able to see it on a screen! I suppose we'll die of foot cancer due to this (just kidding)! There was a Top Value Stamp showroom there also, as well as a Firestone Tire store where we bought yearly Christmas records that the Firestone company issued every year. I think there was a Kresge's and a J.C.Penney store there also. The Salem Mall was built in the late Sixties, and that made an outdoor shopping center like Forest Park obsolete, and it has been downhill for the place ever since. Still, I've many fond memories of the place.

Last Edited by on Jun 15, 2007 12:45 PM
37 posts
Jun 15, 2007
1:13 PM
I remember Village Inn back in the 70s. Me and my friends would there before the wrestling matches at Hara. It was good, as I recall.
2 posts
Jun 15, 2007
8:19 PM
Thanks for answering everyone; especially Marck1957. I attened E.J. Brown in the sixties too, but don't remember a fall out shelter. Sorry. I think you might be talking about a little store on the corner of North Main Street & Parkwood Drive. I want to say it was called Community Market. There was a coin-op laundry mat and KFC across the street from it. The greater Dayton area really needs a dedicated family friendly area with a movie theater and a Discovery Zone for kids. Page Manor could offer a great theatre for Disney flicks, and it would be nice if there were some of the good old movies of yesteryear. It would be great if Friday or Saturday night was designated teen night and show films for that age group. It would be so nice to bring some of the past back to the greater Dayton area, but unfortantely, I don't have the entrepreneurial experience to do it. Perhaps, the right people will become inspired and toy with the idea.
30 posts
Jun 19, 2007
2:33 PM
You're right about Salem Avenue and the Trotwood area. Some of the places that are gone are Miami Hardware, Anticolli's, Miracle Lane shopping center, Stump's market, the Jeep dealership, K-Mart, Red Lobster (it's a funeral home now), Kon-Tiki theater, Toys R Us, Salem Mall, Tom Harrigan Olds, Gold Circle, Woolohan Lumber, Builders Square and others that I can't remember right off.
Many of the stores closed because of lack of sales and robberies. Also, some like Miami Hardware got squeezed out by Lowe's and Home Depot.
I live off Salem and Otterbein and there's not even a gas station within a mile or two of me. I drive to Main and Shiloh Springs for gas.
Other than Good Sam hospital, about all that's left on Salem are convienence stores, fast food places and drug stores.

Last Edited by on Jun 19, 2007 2:35 PM
41 posts
Jun 29, 2007
9:23 AM
That's sad, driver. My aunt lived in Trotwood ... we used to go to Salem Mall and Children's Palace .... there was a Parkmoor as you headed toward her house. Everything was really nice back then.
42 posts
Jun 29, 2007
9:23 AM
Does anyone recall a Gallagher's Drug Store, maybe on West 2nd Street or in that vicinity, in the 1950s? I think the owner's name was Earl. My mother, Georgia Neal, worked there for a few years.
Can anyone help me out?
1 post
Jun 30, 2007
12:27 PM
Hey folks, this is my first time to this site. Brings back alot of memories. I grew up mostly in the West Carrollton area. Someone asked about Woody's. I remember, in the middle 60's, just as the interstate was going through, going there for groceries. They had those huge silver cash registers. My sisters and I always wanted to go by the deli, where Sausages hung over the counter. The restaraunt opened sometime in the late 60's. It was such a big deal for us kids to watch the traffic going underneath on Dixie Dr. There was a huge fountain downstairs by the check outs. The restraunts fried chicken was the best.
That whole area really changed during the late sixties, with the opening of the Dayton Mall. I remember as a little kid driving down 741 when it was just a little, two lane, country road. There was a drive-in between 741 and the interstate, but I can't remember the name of it. It's been gone for, I think, about 15 years.
Enjoyed the postings, and reminiscing on this site, and I'll check back periodically. Chris
32 posts
Jul 01, 2007
8:11 AM
I believe the drive-in you are talking about was the Southland 75. It's a shopping center now.

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