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Tom J

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Posted - 11/27/2006 :  23:09:49  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I hope others will contribute to this thread with their own memories of Downtown, but I will start things off with this little essay that I wrote about it. My memories of Downtown are from the decade of the 60's, especially from my high school years, 1963-1967.

Please, if you have fond memories of Downtown, share them here.

Tom

Downtown Hammond of the 1960's



Downtown Hammond was a vibrant, happy place with an excellent variety of stores. Customers and store clerks engaged in friendly conversations as items were purchased. People were not in a hurry, because they were enjoying the shopping experience. There was a spirit of optimism among the people who worked and shopped downtown; going downtown was an uplifting experience.

Downtown was big enough, and downtown was small enough. It was big enough to have a fine array of stores and many things to do, but it was small enough that one could feel comfortable there. Downtown was clean, and downtown was safe. It was a place that all were proud of.

Without question, the very heart of downtown Hammond was the intersection of Hohman Avenue and Sibley Street. On the northwest corner of this intersection was Walgreen’s, with Nagdeman’s women’s clothing store and the Parthenon Theatre on the north side of it. On the southwest corner and running the entire length of the west side of the 5200 block of Hohman was the Goldblatt’s store. Across the street from Goldblatt’s were FW Woolworth, Schiff Shoes, Rothschild’s, and Jack Fox and Sons. The northeast corner of Hohman and Sibley was home to the Penny’s store.

The 400 block of State Street, the home of Minas’s, was probably equally as prestigious as the 5200 block of Hohman. Minas’s was the flagship establishment of that block, but there were other large stores as well.

There were two theatres downtown, the Paramount and the Parthenon. Walgreen’s and Woolworth’s had lunch counters that served burgers, fries and fountain drinks. Downtown was much more than just a place to shop: it was a place where friends met to have lunch, or to take in a movie, or to just “hang out.”

It was a pleasant place to just walk around and “window shop,” especially during the Christmas season, when all the city streets were adorned with decorations, and the store windows were alive with displays depicting scenes of the season. Some displays at Goldblatt’s were even animated. It was so easy to feel the Christmas spirit when one walked around downtown Hammond, taking in all the decorations and displays with one’s breath steaming and with one’s cheeks turned a rosy red from the crisp winter air. The sounds of Christmas music and the ringing of the Salvation Army Santa Claus’s bell filled the air, and one was surrounded by happy, smiling people doing their Christmas shopping.

Downtown was a place where the teenagers cruised slowly in their cars with their windows rolled down on summer nights. The girls walking along the sidewalks would pretend to be offended when the boys in the passing cars whistled and whooped at them.

During business hours, scores of people walked the busy sidewalks. There was something downtown for everyone, and one could see people of all ages stepping smartly along the sidewalks in front of the stores. The people walking through the downtown area were happy people.

The stores stayed open until 9:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They closed at 5:00 PM the other nights, and, of course, the stores were closed on Sundays. The Parthenon Theatre kept different hours than did the stores, as one would expect, and showed a late movie beginning at 9:00 PM each night.

The downtown stores were wonderlands, with aisle after aisle of merchandise attractively displayed. Friendly and knowledgeable clerks helped the customers with their selections. The toy departments were fantasylands and were almost too much for a little boy to handle.

Shopping was a personal thing back in the fifties and the sixties, the glory days of Downtown that I recall.

As a person walked through the revolving door at Minas’s, he or she would be greeted with a friendly, genuine smile from the nearest Minas employee. In the summertime, passing through that revolving door would be like going through the Pearly Gates. One experienced immediate relief from the sweltering heat of the street, and in the soothing, cool air of the store was a heavenly scent that defied description. What was the source of those wonderful scents that wafted through the ancient department stores in those days?

The Minas store had an elevator with an operator to get customers to the floor of their choice. The operator wore white gloves and always had a warm smile for her passengers. She would always be polite and professional in her demeanor. One always felt appreciated as a customer at the Edward C. Minas Store.

Minas’s carried quality merchandise and offered it at a fair price. One could find items cheaper at other stores, but he would be compromising on quality by buying them instead of the Minas merchandise.

Whereas today we seem to shun personal contact when we buy things, even to the point of shopping on the Internet, back in the days when downtown Hammond flourished, people enjoyed the experience of interacting with the store clerks, the elevator operators, and even the parking lot attendants.

Yes, even parking one’s car would often involve human contact, depending on where one parked. Most places charged a reasonable fee for parking and had parking lot attendants to take in the money. Many people knew my dad because of his work as the superintendent of the parking garage and of the outdoor parking lot for the Edward C. Minas Company. Dad took his turns in the booths at the garage, and he met thousands of people as he collected their parking fees. Like the other Minas employees, Dad had a smile for the customer and always had time to chat a little. Customers were made to feel very special at Minas’s: they were truly appreciated by all of the store’s employees.

Today we are only interested in buying things quickly, easily, and at the lowest possible price. We live in a Wal-Mart world. No wonder downtown Hammond died.

My trip downtown on July 20, 2005, was one of the saddest experiences in my fifty-six years of life. The mighty and noble Goldblatt’s building is gone. The Walgreen’s building, Nagdeman’s, and the Parthenon Theatre next to it are gone. The cherished Minas store is gone. The buildings that remain are only partially occupied, with many of the windows covered over. It seemed that at any moment I would begin to hear the whistling of the wind and the banging of shutters, while tumbleweeds scurried down the empty streets, as in the movie scenes of old western ghost towns. There is no more retailing in downtown Hammond. There are no more customers, no more clerks, and only an occasional pedestrian walking the once bustling streets.

None of us ever dreamed that downtown Hammond would become the desolate, forlorn place that it is now. We loved our downtown, and we thought there would be no end to its glory.

Some say that the traffic congestion due to the many railroad crossings and heavy train traffic is what killed downtown Hammond. People were tired of being caught by slow moving trains, they reason. Others say that the decline in the steel industry and the subsequent layoffs spelled the death of downtown Hammond. The opening of shopping malls in the outlying areas drew the customers away from downtown. Whatever their reasons, the shoppers preferred to shop in those malls rather than to go downtown, and so, downtown Hammond died.

I hope that this brief story about my beloved downtown Hammond will make people realize what a wonderful place it was. Maybe in some way it will help us to hold dearly to things that we cherish and not be so quick to leave them behind. Our society is becoming more and more impersonal. The human interaction that was so much a part of life in downtown Hammond is all too rare these days.


Hammond High Class of 1967

Bill Bucko

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Posted - 11/28/2006 :  05:20:12  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Welcome. And thanks for your essay--it's extremely well written!

We Hessvillites got off at the busstop at the NE corner of Woolworth's, just down the block from Goldblatt's.

Bill

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Tom J

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Posted - 11/28/2006 :  06:55:19  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bill:

Thanks for your kind words.

I remember Woolworths very well. I can still remember those wooden floors that creaked as you walked on them.

Come on, Peeps, chip in with some Downtown memories.

Tom

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wvcogs

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Welcome Tom. I agree with Bill. That's a wonderful story about downtown. Like him, I got off the bus in downtown Hammond at Woolworth's. You certainly renewed a lot of memories. Do you remember that almost every year after a big snow storm there was a photo in the Hammond Times of the large pile of snow in the Minas parking lot?

The lady who has been my wife for over 43 years had her first job at Woolworth's during the summer of 1958 before her senior year at Morton High School.

A current young resident of Hammond scanned and posted to Webshots.com some photos of what Hammond look like back in those days. Take a look at them here: http://travel.webshots.com/album/548758428XPERcw .

Not only is downtown closed down now, but also the first shopping center in Hammond, the Woodmar Mall that was opened in 1954, was demolished this past summer. This same person also has photos of what we called Woodmar Shopping Center back in the 1950s and '60s posted on Webshots.

Ken...
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Tom J

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Posted - 11/28/2006 :  12:07:57  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Ken:

Thank you for your post! I looked at the Downtown pics that you linked me to, and some of them were new to me. I have sure been wishing for some good shots of Hohman Ave. and for some of State Street to help me remember which stores were next to which others. I knew where the major stores were, of course, but I had forgotten where some of the smaller stores were located. A couple of those pictures were just what I have been hoping to find. THANK YOU!

I'll check out the Woodmar pics at home tonight. I'm at work now.

I don't remember the pictures of the snow pile in Minas's parking lot, but I would love to see a copy, if you know where I could find one. That pile would have been created by my dad after normal snowstorms; he operated the Minas Jeep with the snow plow. Dad was in charge of the parking facilities at Minas's, both the outdoor lot and the parking garage as well. Most likely, some much bigger machine was involved in clearing the parking lot after that huge blizzard in 1967.

Ken, I really appreciate your comments. Thanks again.

Tom




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Tom J

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Posted - 11/28/2006 :  14:09:57  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Did any of you folks know Earl Ward, who lived on Kansas in Hessville? Earl passed away a few years ago.

Earl was my dad's best friend, and he worked part time at Minas's in the parking garage for Dad. He also helped Dad stripe parking lots. Dad had his own business, Tru-Line Striping, and painted parking lots to supplement his Minas income.

Earl had a career at Standard Oil as a chemist in the lab, and he helped Dad more out of friendship than for the little bit of extra income.

Dad and Earl were "fishing buddies" as well as business associates. They loved to go to Kentucky Lake in the spring for the crappie spawn.

Earl had a son named Don who went to Morton.

Tom



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wvcogs

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Posted - 11/29/2006 :  12:40:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here is the link to Webshot photos of the empty Woodmar (Shopping Center) Mall and after it was demolished last summer:
http://travel.webshots.com/album/548762125dYMZvb .

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Ah Goldblatts! Now that was a store! It had its cheap cookie and candy department at the south entrance. I personally liked the yard goods department where I scanned the materials to create clothing just as it was portrayed in the magazines. All my clothes were hand made, even my duds to go on the DC trip by RR train. I took my dancing lessons there in downtown Hammond and then there was my three days of teaching the dance.If anyone has seen Jeff Goldblatt on Fox TV News? Well, he was doing a report from right across the river from me one morning. I jumped into my car and tracked him down amongst the boats in Humbug Marine in Gilbraltar, MI. He was hadsomely thin- even better looking than he is on TV. I asked if he was related to the Goldblatt Department store in Hammond. "NO. I can only wish. Do you think I would be doing this , if I was?"

Does anyone remember painting the windows at the Carson Pierre Scott for Halloween as an ART class project? ala Mr Wauro????

My background Mom - HHS '29 Dad - HTHS '25 Brother '52 HHS Grandmother Hessville Elementary [the one rebuilt in Kennedy Park] My Grandmother was a Lohse, 5th child of Bernhardt. It was her Grandfather FAH Lohse who started the Masonic Lodge in downtown Hammond and gave the property for Caldwell School.


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Tom J

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Posted - 12/01/2006 :  15:39:55  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Linda:

Thanks for the post. I always enjoy reading the recollections of others who, like me, loved our fantastic Downtown.

Anyone else have some memories to share?

Tom

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Tom J

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For some reason, the program is not allowing me to edit the original post in this thread. I wanted to update the list of stores that were on the opposite side of Hohman from Goldblatts. I left out Kay Jewelers and Lanes. As can be seen from the photo below, the stores from North to South were Woolworths, Schiff Shoes, Kay Jewelers, Lanes, Rothschilds, and Jack Fox and Sons.

Tom
Hammond High Class of 1967


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wvcogs

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Take a look at the satellite image of downtown Hammond on Google Maps. Those five buildings on Hohman Avenue between Sibley and Fayette streets are still there.

Here is an image of that favorite Woolworth store that was on the corner of Hohman and Sibley. How about that early 1960s Chevy (?) turning the corner onto Sibley? By the way, this photo appears elsewhere on the Flicklives.com site.



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svea3

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The Woolworth Store is where my mother had her first job. She graduated at 16 in 1929 from HHS. She walked there daily and kept her job until my mother's ethics was in sharp contrast to the her female boss got in the way. She wanted my mother to short weight the cookies and candy and my mother wouldn't do that. She then worked at an architectural firm until whe married my father.

I think that the most important difference from then to now is the ease of transportation which we have now. I used to go on the South Shore every weekend to be in downtown Chicago.
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Posted - 12/30/2006 :  00:24:05  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Love the pictures of Downtown. I spent so much time there. After we moved to Hessville from Hammond (Indiana St.) I would take the bus to hammond Tech. After school, I would walk to town and hang out. I worked at Red Robbin my senior year. It was on Hohman North of Walgreens. I can't remember how many times I caught the bus at Woolworths to go back home.

When I was 12-14, on Sunday's, my friend and I rode the bus from Hessville to Hammond to attend Hyles Anderson First Baptist Church. Being sneaky little gals, we hopped off the bus and headed to Walgreens to have a coke or snack then to Goldblatts and Woolworths. We made it back to the bus in time for the ride home. We were lucky our parents never asked how church was. I remember my parents shopping at Millikans often. Wasn't it a sporing goods store?
Was the Times Newspaper Building on Fayette St? And was The Army/Navy Surplus at the opposite corner (Hohman & Sibley) from Walgreens?
St. Margarets Hospital is completely different from the 60's as I remember. my first two children were born in St.Margarets Hospital as was I. Diane

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Tom J

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Posted - 12/30/2006 :  07:11:51  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by DEEDEE

Love the pictures of Downtown. I spent so much time there. After we moved to Hessville from Hammond (Indiana St.) I would take the bus to hammond Tech. After school, I would walk to town and hang out. I worked at Red Robbin my senior year. It was on Hohman North of Walgreens. I can't remember how many times I caught the bus at Woolworths to go back home.

When I was 12-14, on Sunday's, my friend and I rode the bus from Hessville to Hammond to attend Hyles Anderson First Baptist Church. Being sneaky little gals, we hopped off the bus and headed to Walgreens to have a coke or snack then to Goldblatts and Woolworths. We made it back to the bus in time for the ride home. We were lucky our parents never asked how church was. I remember my parents shopping at Millikans often. Wasn't it a sporing goods store?
Was the Times Newspaper Building on Fayette St? And was The Army/Navy Surplus at the opposite corner (Hohman & Sibley) from Walgreens?
St. Margarets Hospital is completely different from the 60's as I remember. my first two children were born in St.Margarets Hospital as was I. Diane

From Hammond & Hessville
Now..."the Boonies"



Here's the Times office, and, yes, it was on Fayette. I was a Hammond Times paper boy for a year or two, and I had to go to this office to pay my bill each week.




Here's an aerial shot of Downtown Hammond.



I'm pretty sure that building number 21 would have been the Times office.

Some of the other notable builings were:

#3 FBC (where a certain naughty girl was SUPPOSED to attend... I also went to that church, but Mom and Dad took me, so I HAD to actually attend the services. I'm very glad that my parents took me to church every Sunday as I was growing up. By the way, you could not have hung out in stores on Sundays back in my days, since all the downtown stores were closed on Sundays back then.)
#8 Minas's
#10 Millikan's
#18 Woolworth's
#19 Goldblatt's
#13 Walgreen's
#12 Parthenon
#14 J.C. Penney
#20 Jack Fox and Sons
#23 Calumet National Bank
#17 Meuller's Hardware, which is STILL operating! I think it is the ONLY retail establishment left Downtown.

A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!




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Bill Bucko

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Thanks, I never saw that photo before!

# 11 Indiana Hotel (with the SEEDY reputation!)
# 24 old courthouse from the 1800s, with its great stone tower (that I almost never saw, because Goldblatt's was in the way)(haunting, mysterious to a young kid)

What else can you identify? Are the hospital and the Paramount in the photo, or were they just a little further south (left of picture)?

Bill

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Tom J

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Posted - 12/30/2006 :  21:48:53  Show Profile  Visit Tom J's Homepage  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Bill Bucko

Thanks, I never saw that photo before!

# 11 Indiana Hotel (with the SEEDY reputation!)
# 24 old courthouse from the 1800s, with its great stone tower (that I almost never saw, because Goldblatt's was in the way)(haunting, mysterious to a young kid)

What else can you identify? Are the hospital and the Paramount in the photo, or were they just a little further south (left of picture)?

Bill

Warren G. Harding Class of '63



Bill:

Yes, you can just barely see St. Margaret's in that picture. That big building that you can only see part of in the extreme upper left of the picture is St. Margaret's. Heck, that's where I was born, and that picture was taken the year I was born.

Wait! Look in that window on the top floor, fifth room from the left! That's ME waving at the photographer's airplane!

I think the Paramount is the building that is only partially visible at the very lefthand edge of the picture and is even with St. Margarets, but on the east side of Hohman.

Tom



A 1967 Graduate of Hammond High who cherishes his memories of growing up in the Hammond of the 1950's and 1960's. Bring back those days!

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Great essay, Tom - and very accurate! I spent a lot of time in downtown Hammond in the mid-late '60s, and everything was pretty much the wasy you describe it. A busy but friendly environment where you could go to shop, hang out, or whatever (Petula Clark's song "Downtown" gives a good feel for the general atmosophere of the area).

As far as that Christmastime magic that the downtown area exuded, for me this was prominent during an earlier phase of my life - the mid-late 1950s. We used to do considerable Christmas shopping there during these years, and as kids tend to be much more enchanted by the holiday atmosphere than teenagers or adults, the timing was perfect. Then, as more of the newer stores like Shopper's World, Topps, etc. began to appear, our shopping habits changed; thus by the early 1960s we didn't frequent downtown Hammond much anymore.

My personal opinion is that the horrible train traffic and the newer shopping stores were the two main things that killed downtown Hammond.

You described your 2005 visit to the area, and I have to agree 100%. It's a very sad experience. So much that was such a major part of our lives is gone. What a shame. Since I live in Hammond and have for most of my life I was witness to the slow death of the downtown area. By the mid 1970s I didn't even want to go near the place; it was getting that bad.

Personally, I think that the last store I shopped at was Barrelli's Furniture store on State St. This was in December of 1994. Since then I rarely go near the area expect when passing through on my way to some other destination. The Hammond Fist Baptist Church now owns a lot of the property in the northeast section of the downtown area. What is irritating is that it's almost impossible to drive through there on Sundays because of the congestion.

But at least SOME of the old stuff is still standing, and a few of the businesses are still there - though mostly those located further south on Hohman Ave. (for example, I think that Dave's Camera Mart is still there).

Yes, a lot has changed over the past 40 years. As the Judds once lamented, "They call it progress, but I don't know...".

Again, thanks for a great ode to downtown Hammond! :)

Mike Rapchak Jr.
Hammond

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quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

I hope others will contribute to this thread with their own memories of Downtown, but I will start things off with this little essay that I wrote about it. My memories of Downtown are from the decade of the 60's, especially from my high school years, 1963-1967.

Please, if you have fond memories of Downtown, share them here.

Tom

Downtown Hammond of the 1960's



Downtown Hammond was a vibrant, happy place with an excellent variety of stores. Customers and store clerks engaged in friendly conversations as items were purchased. People were not in a hurry, because they were enjoying the shopping experience. There was a spirit of optimism among the people who worked and shopped downtown; going downtown was an uplifting experience.

Downtown was big enough, and downtown was small enough. It was big enough to have a fine array of stores and many things to do, but it was small enough that one could feel comfortable there. Downtown was clean, and downtown was safe. It was a place that all were proud of.

Without question, the very heart of downtown Hammond was the intersection of Hohman Avenue and Sibley Street. On the northwest corner of this intersection was Walgreen’s, with Nagdeman’s women’s clothing store and the Parthenon Theatre on the north side of it. On the southwest corner and running the entire length of the west side of the 5200 block of Hohman was the Goldblatt’s store. Across the street from Goldblatt’s were FW Woolworth, Schiff Shoes, Rothschild’s, and Jack Fox and Sons. The northeast corner of Hohman and Sibley was home to the Penny’s store.

The 400 block of State Street, the home of Minas’s, was probably equally as prestigious as the 5200 block of Hohman. Minas’s was the flagship establishment of that block, but there were other large stores as well.

There were two theatres downtown, the Paramount and the Parthenon. Walgreen’s and Woolworth’s had lunch counters that served burgers, fries and fountain drinks. Downtown was much more than just a place to shop: it was a place where friends met to have lunch, or to take in a movie, or to just “hang out.”

It was a pleasant place to just walk around and “window shop,” especially during the Christmas season, when all the city streets were adorned with decorations, and the store windows were alive with displays depicting scenes of the season. Some displays at Goldblatt’s were even animated. It was so easy to feel the Christmas spirit when one walked around downtown Hammond, taking in all the decorations and displays with one’s breath steaming and with one’s cheeks turned a rosy red from the crisp winter air. The sounds of Christmas music and the ringing of the Salvation Army Santa Claus’s bell filled the air, and one was surrounded by happy, smiling people doing their Christmas shopping.

Downtown was a place where the teenagers cruised slowly in their cars with their windows rolled down on summer nights. The girls walking along the sidewalks would pretend to be offended when the boys in the passing cars whistled and whooped at them.

During business hours, scores of people walked the busy sidewalks. There was something downtown for everyone, and one could see people of all ages stepping smartly along the sidewalks in front of the stores. The people walking through the downtown area were happy people.

The stores stayed open until 9:00 PM on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays. They closed at 5:00 PM the other nights, and, of course, the stores were closed on Sundays. The Parthenon Theatre kept different hours than did the stores, as one would expect, and showed a late movie beginning at 9:00 PM each night.

The downtown stores were wonderlands, with aisle after aisle of merchandise attractively displayed. Friendly and knowledgeable clerks helped the customers with their selections. The toy departments were fantasylands and were almost too much for a little boy to handle.

Shopping was a personal thing back in the fifties and the sixties, the glory days of Downtown that I recall.

As a person walked through the revolving door at Minas’s, he or she would be greeted with a friendly, genuine smile from the nearest Minas employee. In the summertime, passing through that revolving door would be like going through the Pearly Gates. One experienced immediate relief from the sweltering heat of the street, and in the soothing, cool air of the store was a heavenly scent that defied description. What was the source of those wonderful scents that wafted through the ancient department stores in those days?

The Minas store had an elevator with an operator to get customers to the floor of their choice. The operator wore white gloves and always had a warm smile for her passengers. She would always be polite and professional in her demeanor. One always felt appreciated as a customer at the Edward C. Minas Store.

Minas’s carried quality merchandise and offered it at a fair price. One could find items cheaper at other stores, but he would be compromising on quality by buying them instead of the Minas merchandise.

Whereas today we seem to shun personal contact when we buy things, even to the point of shopping on the Internet, back in the days when downtown Hammond flourished, people enjoyed the experience of interacting with the store clerks, the elevator operators, and even the parking lot attendants.

Yes, even parking one’s car would often involve human contact, depending on where one parked. Most places charged a reasonable fee for parking and had parking lot attendants to take in the money. Many people knew my dad because of his work as the superintendent of the parking garage and of the outdoor parking lot for the Edward C. Minas Company. Dad took his turns in the booths at the garage, and he met thousands of people as he collected their parking fees. Like the other Minas employees, Dad had a smile for the customer and always had time to chat a little. Customers were made to feel very special at Minas’s: they were truly appreciated by all of the store’s employees.

Today we are only interested in buying things quickly, easily, and at the lowest possible price. We live in a Wal-Mart world. No wonder downtown Hammond died.

My trip downtown on July 20, 2005, was one of the saddest experiences in my fifty-six years of life. The mighty and noble Goldblatt’s building is gone. The Walgreen’s building, Nagdeman’s, and the Parthenon Theatre next to it are gone. The cherished Minas store is gone. The buildings that remain are only partially occupied, with many of the windows covered over. It seemed that at any moment I would begin to hear the whistling of the wind and the banging of shutters, while tumbleweeds scurried down the empty streets, as in the movie scenes of old western ghost towns. There is no more retailing in downtown Hammond. There are no more customers, no more clerks, and only an occasional pedestrian walking the once bustling streets.

None of us ever dreamed that downtown Hammond would become the desolate, forlorn place that it is now. We loved our downtown, and we thought there would be no end to its glory.

Some say that the traffic congestion due to the many railroad crossings and heavy train traffic is what killed downtown Hammond. People were tired of being caught by slow moving trains, they reason. Others say that the decline in the steel industry and the subsequent layoffs spelled the death of downtown Hammond. The opening of shopping malls in the outlying areas drew the customers away from downtown. Whatever their reasons, the shoppers preferred to shop in those malls rather than to go downtown, and so, downtown Hammond died.

I hope that this brief story about my beloved downtown Hammond will make people realize what a wonderful place it was. Maybe in some way it will help us to hold dearly to things that we cherish and not be so quick to leave them behind. Our society is becoming more and more impersonal. The human interaction that was so much a part of life in downtown Hammond is all too rare these days.


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Does anyone remember Armen's Hot Dogs on Calumet and Sibley?
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#11 Was that the seedy hotel where I studied with Violet Milne 3 to 4 days a week? That is indeed a great photo.
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WELLLLL I did reply but I know not where it went. I think #11 seedy hotel is where Violet Milne had her studio . Others might be able to confirm this. Violet Milne trained the Dancers of Hammond/Hessville for some 43 years. She and her sister were good enough to be on Broadway. Her mother was the seamstress who sewed alll the costumes, no catalog shopping for recitals. She tsught Russian, French and Italian style ballet. She was such a good trainer that I was a level six Cacchetti when I went to college at MSU.

IT APPEARED!

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Here's a look at the development of State Street in downtown Hammond over the years. The first picture is from an old postcard, probably 1920s, looking east with the Minas store on the right and the Bijou theater on the left. The middle picture looking west is from a Chamber of Commerce 1966 publication and shows a very active State Street. The bottom photo was posted to an album on the Webshots.com online library by ajschicubs85. It shows the present day State Street looking west with the First Baptist Church auditorium on the left where the Minas store was. ajschicubs85 titled this photo "State Street Canyon Today."

Ken...


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quote:
Originally posted by svea3


WELLLLL I did reply but I know not where it went. I think #11 seedy hotel is where Violet Milne had her studio . Others might be able to confirm this. Violet Milne trained the Dancers of Hammond/Hessville for some 43 years. She and her sister were good enough to be on Broadway. Her mother was the seamstress who sewed alll the costumes, no catalog shopping for recitals. She tsught Russian, French and Italian style ballet. She was such a good trainer that I was a level six Cacchetti when I went to college at MSU.

IT APPEARED!



I know this is an ancient thread, but I can confirm with certainty that #11 is, in fact, the hotel where Violet Milne had her studio. I know because a very attractive young lady with whom I was very enamoured took lessons there. A few doors down State Street was a garage that repaired sports and imported cars. It was seedy looking place, too, but the mechanic was excellent and my friend Jim and I bought our first MG from him.
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I know I gave this thread the title, "Downtown Hammond of the 1960s," but here is an older photo that is of special interest to me, since my dad managed the parking for Minas's.

This shot shows the outdoor parking lot on the south side of Sibley Street that became the site of the Minas Parking Garage, which opened in February 1961.

The photographer would have been standing in the parking lot immediately behind the Minas store, and he would have had his back to the store as he took this shot.

Can anyone ID that building dead center in the background, with just a little bit of the Calumet Bank building sticking up behind it? It looks like it has spires on it. I'll post a blown up section to show that building better.

Tom







In the first picture, what were those buildings on either side of the parking lot on the south side of Sibley. Wasn't there a pool hall on either the east or the west side of that parking lot? Also, was there a little restaurant of some kind to the east (left in the picture) near the intersection of Sibley and Oakley? Was there also a place that sold hubcaps in that little strip?

EDIT:

The photographer was obsviously standing on some elevated platform when he took the picture, and I wonder if he might have actually been taking the picture from an upper floor window of the Minas Store?

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Hey, Tom!
I remember a place on the Blvd, about one block south of the 9 span on the east side of the street that sold your hubcaps back to you. I think it was called "Hubcap City". I wonder how long they had to think about that one?......Cj
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quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

Hey, Tom!
I remember a place on the Blvd, about one block south of the 9 span on the east side of the street that sold your hubcaps back to you. I think it was called "Hubcap City". I wonder how long they had to think about that one?......Cj



I sort of remember that place, too, but only very vaguely. There was a big junk yard on Summer Street just east of Indy Blvd, wasn't there?

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Those 2 excellent photos show vividly how crowded downtown Hammond was, with railroad tracks!

Tom, the huge junkyard at Indianapolis and Summer is still there. I've referred to it in my posts a time or two, in connection with the huge prairie between Summer and the IHB freight yard.

Bill

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Tom,

Here is the information you wanted about the building in the center of the picture. This came from Richard Lytle at the Hammond Public Library. Mr. Lytle also is an officer of the Hammond Historical Society.

"The large center building is the old Central School building which, before 1923, sat on the spot where the Bank Calumet Building (the one immediately behind it) sits. The old Central School Building was MOVED from that spot, turned 90 degrees or more and put where you see it as the first piece of the old Hammond Tech facility. That old building was torn down in 1950 when the new Hammond Tech facility (now called the Career Center) was finished. The date of the photo would then be between 1923 and 1950."

Ken...
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Calumet Auto Parts, Tom! Some of us back then hadjust about cobbled together their entire cars with parts from that place. If it hadn't been for CAP, those junkers would still be sitting on the front lawns with engine blocks hoisted up in trees....CJ

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Tom J

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Originally posted by wvcogs

Tom,

Here is the information you wanted about the building in the center of the picture. This came from Richard Lytle at the Hammond Public Library. Mr. Lytle also is an officer of the Hammond Historical Society.

"The large center building is the old Central School building which, before 1923, sat on the spot where the Bank Calumet Building (the one immediately behind it) sits. The old Central School Building was MOVED from that spot, turned 90 degrees or more and put where you see it as the first piece of the old Hammond Tech facility. That old building was torn down in 1950 when the new Hammond Tech facility (now called the Career Center) was finished. The date of the photo would then be between 1923 and 1950."

Ken...




Thanks a bunch, Ken! No wonder I didn't remember that building. I was born in June of 1949, and it was torn down in 1950.

I think this picture must have been taken in the very late 1940s, or maybe even in 1950, judging by the cars in the picture. We know it could not have been taken later than 1950, based on the info Richard Lytle provided you.

Speaking of good old Richard, I called him one day last week and signed up as a member of the Hammond Historical Society. He sent me some back issues of the newsletter, and I am supposed to cut out one of the registration forms and send it back with a check for $10.

Thanks again, Ken.

Tom



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quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

Calumet Auto Parts, Tom! Some of us back then hadjust about cobbled together their entire cars with parts from that place. If it hadn't been for CAP, those junkers would still be sitting on the front lawns with engine blocks hoisted up in trees....CJ



Chris:

Where was Calumet Auto Parts? That sounds SO familiar to me! I can't remember where it was, though. I assume it was on Calumet Avenue somewhere? Must have been way north on Calumet, because I remember most of the bigger places of business on south Calumet.

Tom

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Check this site http://www.hammondindiana.com/history/school.htm for a color tinted picture of Central School and a brief history as well as pictures and information about other schools in Hammond.

Ken...
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seejay2

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I'm sorry, Tom. I'm screwing up. I'm running two different places together. CAP was in two different locations:
The first one was about 5 blocks north of HHS at 5503 Calumet, then it moved south, in the 70's, to a location 2 or 3 blocks north of the expressway.

The junkyard was "Calumet Auto Wrecking", I.believe. That was located at the south end of the 9-span...Cj
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Tom J

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quote:
Originally posted by seejay2

I'm sorry, Tom. I'm screwing up. I'm running two different places together. CAP was in two different locations:
The first one was about 5 blocks north of HHS at 5503 Calumet, then it moved south, in the 70's, to a location 2 or 3 blocks north of the expressway.

The junkyard was "Calumet Auto Wrecking", I.believe. That was located at the south end of the 9-span...Cj



No problem, Chris. I knew I didn't remember a junkyard on Calumet, but an auto parts store by the name Calumet Auto Parts not too far from HHS does definitely sound familiar.

Tom

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Alan Vandever

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Wow! A shot of the Hammond Times. I worked out of that building for 10 years, from 1968 to 1978 as a press photographer. The head photographer was Dick Rudzinski. Before that I worked at Millikan's dept store as the photo dept. manager. Ah, those were the good ol'e days.
I've posted on some other threads but I'll say here as well, I was very good friends with Randy Shepherd, Jean's younger brother. He lived in Highland at that time. We had our own little "rat pack".
There was Randy, Tom Roop, George and Bob Anderson, (brothers) and myself, Al Vandever. We hung out at the Big Wheel restaurant on Indianapolis Blvd.
Here is a pic of Randy sitting in his Rolls from 1968.
http://i117.photobucket.com/albums/o72/alanvandever/RandywithRolls.jpg
And yes, he looks a lot like Jean.
Al.
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Alan Vandever

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Does anyone remember Kenny Mae's Seven Seas Lounge. Boy, do I have stories about that place.
How about Bodie's photography studio.
All these pictures sure bring to mind a lot of memories.
Al.
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Wow! That aerial is confusing. If I rememer correctly, Minas' was on the west side of Hohman Ave, but I can't remember the cross street. I'm pretty sure it was south of State ST. The Hammond times building was at the NE corner of Fayette and Homan. I think a lot of those buildings are miss marked. I can tell you 21 is not the Times building, unless I'm looking at it from the wrong direction, but it looks like the photo is facing northwest.
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wvcogs

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Hello Alan,
Everyone who graduated from high school in Hammond for many years remembers the Bodie studios on the second floor of the Indiana Hotel. He seemed to have a monopoly on senior pictures. All members of the class of 1960 at Morton had their senior photos taken by Bodie. A photographer who worked for him took the club and activity group photos for the yearbook.
Minas was on the south side of State Street. That was Goldblatt's on the west side of Hohman.
Ken....
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Alan Vandever

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The other photographer you're talking about was probably Harry Dudzik. He worked for Bodie for many years and finally took it over and moved the studio to Highland. He eventually retired and moved to Vegas to live with his brother.
Now that you mention it, I do remember Minas' on State street right across from Millikans. Now that aerial shot makes more sense. Thank you. It's been a long time since I was in down town Hammond, 1978 to be exact.
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Alan Vandever

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I have to apologize. #21 in the aeriel photo is indeed the Hammond Times building. I was thinking the building was right on the corner of Fayette and Hohman, but it was the second building back from Hohman ave. The parking lot was directly across the street. It's been along time. I left the Times in 1978 and haven't been back to Hammond since.
Also, I wonder if anyone knows when the pic of the Times building was taken. I'm wondering if the 57 Chevy in front could be mine. I had one when I first started working there.
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wvcogs

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Alan,
That photo of the Times building appeared in a promotional booklet published by the Hammond Chamber of Commerce in 1966. Sorry.
Ken...
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wvcogs

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Alan,
This photo of the Bodie photog appeared in the 1957 Morton yearbook. Is this Harry? Sorry about the quality. It was printed inside the back cover with a lot of other small pics at very low contrast. By the way, I have one of those "wonderful" 4x5s in my collection.
Ken
http://i58.photobucket.com/albums/g268/wvcogs72/Bodie.jpg
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Alan Vandever

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Wow! I thought I knew all of the local photographers. Of course 1957 is a little before my time, but I don't recognize that guy at all. Johnny Warroe,(sp) worked for Bodie around that time but that's not him either. It's not Harry. Harry was about 5ft.6" tall, bald with a stocky build.
A couple of facts about Bodie. I don't know how many know how famous Bodie was. If you've seen the label of Four Roses Whiskey, Bodie took the photo for it. He also invented and held the patent on the Carousel slide projector that Kodak marketed for many years. That's how he was able to retire to his home in the dunes.
When Harry was moving the studio from Hammond to Highland, he, Tom Roop, and I went through Bodie's archives of photos. Some of them went all the back to glass slides instead of film. Harry donated them to the Hammond historical society. He had so much history in that studio it was unbelievable.
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I sold suits parttime at Jack Fox in '63 and '64 when I was attending Purdue Calumet. Downtown was still thriving in those days. I moved to Minnesota after I graduated from Purdue Calumet in 1968, so I was not witness to the decline. On a recent trip back to Hammond for a funeral, I drove around downtown to mentally revisit so many places that were significant to me. All Saints School, where I attended grades 1-8, still stands but closed decades ago. The Nickel Plate tracks ran right behind the school, and I was able to see the tops of the steam engines as they passed by.

Cataldi's Restaurant was just north of All Saints on State Avenue, and is long gone.

In my high school years, I frequented a pool hall on State Street. It was north of Hohman and across the street from the Greyhound bus terminal.

Goldblatt's stands out in my memory, as it does with anyone who grew up in Hammond's heyday. We didn't own a car then, and grocery shopping involved going with my mother to Goldblatt's and helping carry the groceries home on the bus.

We bought our shoes at Goldblatt's, which used the latest technology available to measure shoe size, a flouroscope that revealed your bones. It was an amazing thing to see inside part of your body, but the federal government ruined the fun when it banned the machines over concerns about the x-rays causing cancer.
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Paddy:

I guess we must have been at Purdue Calumet at the same time for one year. I was there during the 1967-1968 school year, which was my freshman year, and then I went down to W. Lafayette for my last three years.

Tom

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quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

Paddy:

I guess we must have been at Purdue Calumet at the same time for one year.
Yep. I graduated with a BA in Sociology, worked for a few months for the feds in Chicago and Gary, and then got a fellowship for grad school at the U. of Minnesota.

When I was back in Hammond, I drove through the PUC campus and didn't recognize any of it. The growth amazed me. We were all commuters back in the day, and now there are dorms. Truly amazing.
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quote:
Originally posted by Paddy

quote:
Originally posted by Tom J

Paddy:

I guess we must have been at Purdue Calumet at the same time for one year.
Yep. I graduated with a BA in Sociology, worked for a few months for the feds in Chicago and Gary, and then got a fellowship for grad school at the U. of Minnesota.

When I was back in Hammond, I drove through the PUC campus and didn't recognize any of it. The growth amazed me. We were all commuters back in the day, and now there are dorms. Truly amazing.



Same here, Paddy. I saw the PUC campus on August 18, 2006, for the first time since the late 60s or early 70s, and I was blown away by the size of the place and the number of buildings. We had one building, or, actually, two inter-connected buildings, I guess, in the 1967-1968 school year. They had 14 buildings in 2006!

Tom

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Paddy

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Did you run into Charlie Tinkham while you were there? He taught English composition.
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Did you run into Charlie Tinkham while you were there? He taught English composition.



That name is not familiar to me, Paddy.

I don't remember any of the names of my professors for that first year of college.

What I remember is that my calculus prof loved to use the expression "It is intuitively obvious to the casual observer" when he was solving equations. Well, I guess it wasn't too obvious to this casual obsever, because I flunked that class.

Tom

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One thing, regardless of the economy, that you can count on....Colleges and Hospitals will always grow in size. Ever visit a college campus or hospital after being away for 5 years and not find a new building or wing??

During the early 1970's PUCC went through a growth spurt. They added the student union, engineering, and a classroom/office building (I think that was actually its name!) But as when you attended, there were NO dorms. It was a commuter college...and if you wanted the whole on-campus or Greek thing, you went to W. Lafayette.

One professor I remember for Chem 111 and Chem 112 was the notorious Harlan D. Phayle. He had a lecture hall of about 200 kids and he did fail roughly half of them from his classes. So his name suited him!

But Purdue is not alone. I used to live right next to the Univ. of Minnesota at Duluth back in the early 1980's. Very much like PUCC it was predominantly a commuter college, although it did have a few dorms. After being away for about 15 years and then moving back, I can't even find my way around on that campus any longer...probably about 10 new class buildings and dorm buildings everywhere.
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Oh, I remember that name, Dr. Phayle, but I'm not sure I had him for my chemistry class. I dropped Chem at the last minute to prevent getting a grade, which would have been an F. Do you get the impression that I was not a "model student?"

I had Chem 115, not Chem 111. Did Phayle teach Engineering Chem also?

I flunked Calculus, a 5 hr. course, I dropped Chem, a 4 hr. course, and I got a D in something else. I only earned 9 credits for the semester out of the 18 credit hour load I started with.

WHY did they put me in an Engineering Math class and an Engineering Chemistry class???? I was a FORESTRY major, for Pete's sake!

I was put on probation, of course. My poor dad. He should have kicked my butt BIG TIME; he worked so hard to pay for my education and then I messed up like that. I don't remember him making a big deal of it, but I know he was disappointed. I came back in the spring semester with a B average.

Tom

EDIT: Just checked my transcript. I did NOT get a D that first semester. I withdrew from Chem 115 and flunked Math 161, but my other three grades were an A, a B, and a C.

quote:
Originally posted by duane

One thing, regardless of the economy, that you can count on....Colleges and Hospitals will always grow in size. Ever visit a college campus or hospital after being away for 5 years and not find a new building or wing??

During the early 1970's PUCC went through a growth spurt. They added the student union, engineering, and a classroom/office building (I think that was actually its name!) But as when you attended, there were NO dorms. It was a commuter college...and if you wanted the whole on-campus or Greek thing, you went to W. Lafayette.

One professor I remember for Chem 111 and Chem 112 was the notorious Harlan D. Phayle. He had a lecture hall of about 200 kids and he did fail roughly half of them from his classes. So his name suited him!

But Purdue is not alone. I used to live right next to the Univ. of Minnesota at Duluth back in the early 1980's. Very much like PUCC it was predominantly a commuter college, although it did have a few dorms. After being away for about 15 years and then moving back, I can't even find my way around on that campus any longer...probably about 10 new class buildings and dorm buildings everywhere.



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I happened to notice that in your areal photo, I see the building that I went to for Hammond Tech's aviation shop. They leased the building from Borden Dairy for a few semesters. It's the square building on the left side of the photo just south of the tracks. You will see Borden's trucks in their lot and the building between the lot and Gluth (sp?) Roofing. On the corner of that street and Hohman Ave is the Yale Building. Also does anyone remember the Pig Sandwich Shop on State St. just west of L. Fish furniture and the bank? I worked there part-time while in high school. Take Care all.

Tom W Hammond Tech 55-58
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