Heating our homes, the old fashioned way

Until the mid 1950′s, coal was the predominant heating fuel for most houses and apartments in our neighborhood. After all, it was abundant and easily mined from nearby. It was an extremely dirty way to heat. Every chimney spewed thick, black, sooty smoke all winter. That made it difficult to dry clothes on lines in [...]

Posted on June 6th, 2008 by Ken Harrison in History

Made in America and in our neighborhood

The Southside neighborhood area was one which produced many items that were durable, and were meant to serve a given purpose at the time. Several of these items are still around and are useful in one way or another. I think it is unique that our villages of 800 or so houses and the accompanying [...]

Posted on June 6th, 2008 by Ken Harrison in Featured, History

When hobos came to the southside neighborhood

Back when I was a young boy growing up in our Southside neighborhood, we had a lot of men who would ring our back doorbell asking if they could have something to eat. The Great Depression and World War II made for a hard time for many people. So from 1929 until around 1946 there [...]

Posted on June 6th, 2008 by Ken Harrison in History

Hillbilly music had a home in the Tree Streets

There were a lot of “start up” businesses in America at the end of WWII. One of our neighbors, Jim “Hobe” Stanton, who lived in the 400 block of West Pine Street, decided to start his Rich-R-Tone Record Company in 1946. His first records were the 78-speed records. As he progressed through the years, he [...]

Posted on June 6th, 2008 by Ken Harrison in History