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Archive for September, 2009

Help us with info on street names (for October meeting)

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on September 13, 2009

October’s East Side History Club meeting will explore the stories behind local street names. If you have any information on the following questions, let us know!

  • These are the streets we don’t know anything about: Kedzie, Merry, Pawling, Sutherland
  • These are the streets we think are named for local families but need more info about: Azinger, Cary, Dahle & Moland, Hauk, Lunder, Russell, Welsh, Willard
  • And then there is Pennsylvania and Ohio Streets – why these states and not another state?
-Ann Waidelich and Sarah White

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Calling all Struckmeyers…

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on September 10, 2009

Mentioned in An East Side Album: Struckmeyer’s grocery store.  Mentioned in a letter that came my way, written by a 94-year-old in Lodi – she graduated from East High (about 1933?), her maiden name is Struckmeyer,  and her family ran a grocery store called “Hope’s” in the “rural countryside” – maybe DeForest?

Do you have knowledge of any Eastside Struckmeyers related to the grocery business? If so, please contact me!

-Sarah White, 347-7329, whitesarah@charter.net

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Meeting Sept. 19 – “Fill ’er up!”

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on September 9, 2009

If you remember saying those words, then you’ll enjoy the East Side History Club’s September meeting, Saturday Sept. 19th, 2–4 pm, at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St.

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We’ll spin through history in our automobiles with Jim Draeger and Mark Speltz.

These local historians’ book Fill ’er Up: The Glory Days of Wisconsin Gas Stations (Places Along the Way), was published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press in late 2008.

Like their book, Draeger and Speltz’ presentation will trace the history of these ubiquitous and often quirky buildings, and share the stories of the people who ran these stations. Come for a glimpse into the glory days of gas stations, when a visit meant service with a smile, a windshield wash, and the cheerful question, “Fill ’er up?”

Special guests will include local people with ties to the East Side’s automotive past. Bring your own auto memorabilia to share.

$2 suggested donation.

Monty's Blue Plate ca. 2008

Monty's Blue Plate ca. 2008

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2089 Atwood Avenue above, Severson’s Gas Station ca. 1930 courtesy Wisc. Historical Society

2450 E. Washington, Kelly's Cities Service Station ca. 1946, now Speedy Muffler

2450 E. Washington, Kelly's Cities Service Station ca. 1946, now Speedy Muffler, courtesy Joan Kelly

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Ruth (Ahrensmeyer) Schmitt passes away at 94, longtime East Sider

Posted by eastsidehistorymadison on September 1, 2009

Ruth S. Schmitt, age 94, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009. Ruth was born on April 10, 1915, to Helene and Theodore Ahrensmeyer. She graduated from East High School and later married Clifford Schmitt.

 

To read her obituary: 

http://www.madison.com/obits/listings.php?date=08%2F30%2F2009

 

If you have memories of Ruth, please share your comments here.

-Sarah White, Ruth’s neighbor

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