East Side History Madison’s Blog

By and for the East Side History Club, a project of the Goodman Community Center

Helena Street remembered

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on July 25, 2009

Dorothy Peterson, reading the EastSide News, was moved to send us some pictures of the home where she lived as a child in the 1920s, at 2030 Helena Street.  Dorothy is a retired MATC instructor who now lives on Pawling Street on the East Side.

Dorothy's mother holding baby Erland (her firstborn), ca. 1917. House in the distance occupied by Murkve family.

Dorothy's mother Inger holding baby Erland (her firstborn), ca. 1917. House in the distance occupied by Murkve family.

Dorothy, 2nd grade, 1929. Photo taken in back of old Marquette school looking toward Rusk Street.

Dorothy, 2nd grade, 1929. Photo taken in back of old Hawthorne school looking toward Rusk Street.

Dorothy writes, “I’ve been having some fun lately, typing up old memories just in case my nieces would be interested… the old Schoep’s ice cream was actually started in the back of a small grocery store near Talmadge Street. What I remember about the ice cream place is that in the “good old days” cake and bread mixes were unknown. In making ice cream, only the egg yolks were used, so the store owner would sell the egg whites by the pint. When someone wanted to make an angel food cake, for example, they would purchase that.”

Dorothy's parents Edwin and Inger Peterson in the backyard of 2030 Helena, ca. 1920. Note railroad tracks in background.

Dorothy's parents Edwin and Inger Peterson in the backyard of 2030 Helena, ca. 1920. Note railroad tracks in background.

Thank you Dorothy, for these intriguing pictures of a very different-looking Helena Street neighborhood!

-Sarah White, for the East Side History Club

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3 Responses to “Helena Street remembered”

  1. Wow! Great photos!

    Looks like the house in the background in is 2006 Helena.

    The houses in the background of the second picture of the old Hawthorne School grounds are
    2136-2214 Rusk St

  2. […] “Helena Street” brings to mind blocks of cozy, well-tended residences in the heart of Madison’s East Side. But bike, stroll or drive the stretch in the 2000 block and you’ll find yourself surrounded by East Side industry. […]

  3. N. Spitzer said

    Thank you for posting these pictures! Our house (2nd from left) is in the background of the picture of the children at Hawthorne School. Very intriguing to see the open porches on ours and our neighbor’s house.

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