My family moved to DC in '35. We used to watch the fireworks at the monument,
and later at Clifton & 13th Streets at Central High School, which was my
school. It is now Cardoza. After my youngest was born, instead of going back to
work in a law office, I worked at Gifford's Ice Cream Store in Bethesda, Md. at
night. The train crashed in Union Station the day Eisenhower was sworn in as
President. The day Kennedy was sworn in, there was a very heavy snow storm, but
the Kennedy's got to the Presidential Balls anyhow. The funeral procession for
John Kennedy was walking up 17th Street to the Catholic Church on "M"
Street, and I was able to view the participants, i.e., Jackie Kennedy and
family, President DeGaulle, and the other heads of state, from the sidewalk by
the church. I could feel the stillness throughout DC while everyone waited to
see if Castro would remove the silos housing missiles. I was in downtown
Washington when the announcement came that WWII was over, and everyone went
wild. My first thought was to get a cab, go home and get out of there. The first
time I saw Nat Cole was at the Brown Derby on Connecticut Avenue. I could go on,
but 50 years of memories would take up a bit of space.
came across your site while looking for the Dixie Pig barbecue
on Marlboro Pike...I came to live in Hillside MD when I was 13, went to Maryland Park
H.S.for one year, and then to Suitland H.S....I had a Saturday job at
Neisner's in DC, and when I graduated H.S., I got a job at Perpetual
Building Association at 11th and E NW...I remember a couple of clubs
-Rand's, The Hayloft - I remember the Blue Mirror restaurant on 14th
st. NW, where my first "grown-up" date took me to dinner.
brought the dessert cart around and when I couldn't make up my mind, he told me
topick BOTH!!...I remember that every time we had visitors from out of
town, I had to take them to see all the sights - Washington
Monument, Smithsonian, etc...Never did go to the White House, though...Picnics at Glen Echo...The trolley to Cabin John...
I had my appendix removed in Sibley Hospital...My three oldest sons
were born in G.W. Univ. Hospital...Before I left DC, I lived in an
apartment at 16th and Fuller NW...I drowned my sorrows many a night at the Caf�
Don on Connecticut Ave...
Thanks for letting me share...
I was goggling and ran
across your web page, which I think is absolutely
wonderful. Brought back so many memories. I
am 60 years old and live in San Antonio Texas, but I am
originally from Hagerstown, Maryland. When I
graduated from high school in 1964, I got a job with the
federal government (as lots of us did at that time!),
with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare on
Maryland Ave SE in DC. I remember at lunchtime we
would go to a restaurant that was very near to the HEW,
I think it was called Leonard's, they had THE BEST
spaghetti I have ever eaten, even to this day. The
sauce was out of this world, and I think I ate it every
day!! Would love to know if it is still there,
probably not, but you never know. I also remember
eating the Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake at the Hot Shoppe's.
I roomed with three other girls in an apartment near
Dupont Circle (back then it was safe!) and we used to
eat a lot at a place call the Hubbard House. Also,
went to Benny's Rebel Room on 14th street and to Matt Kane's Little Bit of Ireland. Sadly, I moved to
Arlington, Va after a year and then went back to
Maryland, but got married and came to Texas where I have
been for 34 years...also, I will culminate my career
with the federal government the end of this March 07,
with a total of 43 years....DC gave me my start...I've
always been proud to be a "Government Girl"!!!
Also, I noticed you had info on the name
"Fisher", that was my maiden name, I read what
you posted, but don't think it's any of my side of the
family, I think they were all from up around Hagerstown.
Thank you. Barbara
I came upon this site purely
by accident. I was a wearer of 19's or as some
called them "Slingshots". I have been
trying to locate them for a long time. I had every
color including the last color that came out which
was canary yellow. I have been trying to
locate the I. Miller shoe store which was located at
13th & "F" Street, N.W. for a long
time. I decided to try one last time today. I
was born in D.C. in 1949 at Columbia Hospital for Women in Georgetown.
Yes, I'm African American and my siblings and I were
born there! I graduated from Ballou but only
because I was there for the last 3 months of the school
year. I actually attended Anacostia before that. I
really enjoyed all of the old places you have listed.
I love this site. Now, I have not seen D.C.'s own
19's listed yet. Remember, you would have to go to
the I.Miller shoe store on 13th Street to get your 19's
($19.99), or to Hahn's to get your 9's ($9.99) or
to Baker's to get your 5's ($4.99) slingshots. After
leaving I. Miller you would walk to 9th a&
"F" to, I believe the name of the store
was K&K to pick out your matching leather bag.
Y'all remember? Another fond memory is during
spring and summer on Friday evenings driving down
to the Wharf with my family to Benny Bartney's (sp) for
fresh filet of haddock sandwiches. Oh, my
goodness! From there we would go to Haines Point
to watch the planes come an
Diane E. Johnson
Great memories. My
parents gave me an outdoor birthday party when I was
about 4 or 5 years old at Fort Dupont Park. We
played on the swings and had a cake outdoors. I
remember the old temporary war buildings on the Mall,
too, as I read here in memories. I vaguely
remember the streetcars and the tiny little buildings in
alleys. I remember the Florida Avenue market. We
lived at one point near Coral Hills and our landlords
slaughtered pigs in the Fall, during days when practices
such as that were not governed by town statutes.
People also burned leaves and garbage outdoors if they
I remember fording streams in
cars in locations in Marlow Heights (just being
developed), Rock Creek, and somewhere around
Hyattsville. I took swimming lessons in DC at the
YWCA. I remember that clothing stuck to us during
Washington summers in days before A/C. I remember
putting a sprinkler top on a soda bottle and sprinkling
clothing before ironing it. I remember the DC
Armory and Uline Arena.
Those were the days. I
remember a Chinese restaurant called Ruby Foo's.
Very good. Also remember going to eat pizza at AV
Ristorante Italiano, 7th and New York, NW.
best Italian Bread ever made was on N. Capitol and O St.
at Catania Bakery and right down the street was Crusty
Pie Co. Oh that smell when they were baking.
also recall the horse water troughs on N. Capitol and N
Y ave, Big Ben Liquors and Street Cars with a huge
circular brush in front to sweep snow off the tracks.
went online to research
specifically the one
I well remember at
Maryland Park Junior High
(when it was a Jr. High -
it had earlier been a High
School I think), during
the early 1950's. I
was in 8th or 9th grade at
the time. One of the
students (I did not know
him) came to school with a
gun. My P.O.D.
teacher Mr. Richards tried
to take it from him and
was killed. The boy
also shot (but didn't
kill) a coach and the Vice
Principal before he was
stopped. All of us
were in shock over it and
talked of little else for
days. I can't
remember if they ever
determined a reason, or
what happened to the boy.
for all the good memories
of D.C. I
particularly loved the
National Gallery of Art
& the Botanical
Gardens (by the Capitol).
Left MD in 1981 because of
the traffic and have never
regretted it, but do miss
all the wonderful free
museums, zoo, etc.
1941 in downtown D.C.
grew up in Arlington, Virginia. I was on the Milt
Grant Show in 1960 and remember how small the studio
was. But we had a ball watching Milt
"sell" Tops Sirloiners with Tops' Secret Sauce
while riding in a cardboard car! My memories
include: Hot Shoppe's with Slim Jims and Orange
Crushes, Movies with 3 D glasses, proms followed by a
trip to Ocean City, going to Griffith Stadium, seeing
the Harlem Globe trotters at Ft. Myers, warm nights
without air conditioning and sleeping on a screened-in
porch, going to clubs in DC like MAC's and Old MAC's and
the Roundtable to dance, Glen Echo, Marshall Hall and
the fun house, the wonderful decorated windows at
Christmas in DC at Woodward and Lothrops and Garfinkels,
Tysons' Corners when it was just two roads crossing each
other, Giffords Ice Cream Shops, Haines Point for
Miniature Golf and submarine races! And so much
more. Weren't we lucky to live in the DC area in
great memories. I
have been trying to write
down what I remember of
taking ballet lessons from
M. Leon Fokine and
Ms. Marian Venable in a
subterranean studio near S
and Connecticut. I
remember buying leotards
and so forth at a great
ballet store with a name
like Selva's or Selby's
but don't remember the
exact name or
where it was.
favorite Hot Shoppes
memory was going to the
one in Shirlington with a careful
of friends in my
father's 1950 green
Ford when I had been
told explicitly not to
drive anywhere except
straight to my friend
Carolyn's house and
especially not to allow
anyone else in the
car. Of course the
car stalled and I couldn't
get it started.
Panic! There was a
another high school
there. All the girls
were dressed weirdly
during hazing. And
they all came to my rescue
- gathering round and
together pushing the
car until I could pop the
clutch and start it.
was young and in DC from Florida from 1968 to 1970-ish
in DC. Worked as a Go Go Girl in Casino Royal, Hay
Loft, Clancy's and event the US Military Officer's club!
Not topless or "exotic" but just real gogo
dancers that they had back then, just having fun! Lived
in residential hotel, Hotel 1440 on 1440 Rhode Island
Avenue...its still there! An "after
hours" club ran by old black guy named Pussy. I had
the best pork chops there that I ever have eaten till
this day. All clubs closed by around two a m, and club
workers would gather at after hours clubs. This club ran
by Pussy was just his apt, but you could play poker
there, eat dinner that he cooked nightly, and sit around
and shoot the breeze. Saw Redd Foxx there once. Good
lived at the Burlington Hotel in '53, '54 and '55 and I went
to Strong John Thompson public elementary school at the corner of
12th and L Streets, right next door to the Washington News. I
lost contact with my little girlfriend Laura Saslaw who lived
around the corner. We roller skated all over the city, sampled
different church coffee hours each Sunday (the best was at the National City
Christian Church at Thomas Circle) and played with our movie star
paperdolls and ginny dolls by the hour.
site. Ran into it by accident.
on the Channel 9 news last night (30 April 2007) that
Milt Grant had died. The news didn't tell his age
or cause, they just made a very short
announcement. I wanted to know more, so I fed Milt
Grant into my web search and found this site.
the memories everyone talks about our also fond memories
of mine, especially Glen Echo. All kids have today
are Six Flags and Disney World. They'll just never
grew up in Anacostia as did my husband. We
attended Ketcham Elementary, Kramer Jr. High (remember
the Kramer Kapers?), and I graduated Anacostia HS in
anyone looking for Anacostia classmates, there is a
wonderful AHS web site. ENJOY!
(Shenandoah Valley, Virginia)
boy! what memories this site dredged up! My mother
and I moved to Foggy Bottom in 1930 when I was
four years old. So you see I am older'n dirt.
We lived in an apartment between 21st and 22nd, on Eye
Street. Some years ago I cruised the
neighborhood and NOTHING looked familiar.
understand the Westview Apartments where we lived is a
GW Dorm now, that has had several feet added on to the
front of the building.
I attended Grant School and was glad to hear it is still
standing and used by GW. The Western Presbyterian
church where I was married is long gone, replaced
by the World Bank, I think. There was a year I
attended a school on the other side of Pennsylvania
Avenue. Can't remember why, but finished 5th
and 6th grade at Grant school.
There was a wonderful outdoor farmer's market just below
Pennsylvania Avenue, where I used to buy huge bouquets
of Lilacs for my Mom on Mother's Day. We
mostly shopped at a small Mom & Pop grocery store
across the street from our apartment house, where they
let us charge our groceries. Mr. Sidell spoiled me
by letting me read all the comic books, as long as
I didn't wrinkle them. He even sent them to
the hospital the summer I spent in Sibley, while
my badly broken leg mended. I had run
between the cars, headed for his grocery
store. The ICE Truck! was double parked (remember
stealing a chunk of ice in the hot days of
summer?) The driver waved me on across and
into the path of a small passenger car. He
was so distraught about hitting me. I was
just a distraught because I'd lost my two pennies I
intended to use to buy candy. Candy
has been my nemesis for a lifetime! (Oh my yes! I
remember Velati's caramels!!)
and I used to go to Glen Echo on the trolley car.
In fact I rode the trolley to Gordon Junior High
and Western Senior High school. I think I read
every book in the library at the bus stop on 35th
street! Once Mama came to the junior
high and told the principal that I had a dentist
appointment and she needed to get me excused for the
afternoon. Boy! I drug my feet as we
left. Outside she pinched me and said,
"Hush! there's no dentist
appointment....we're going to the Circus!"
a cool Mom she was! The ride to the Circus
was back down Wisconsin Avenue to Pennsylvania Avenue
and on out New York Avenue....I don't know where from
there.....but it was a LONG ride, but so worth
it! I was privileged to take my young son to
the same grounds for his first Circus.
My best friend was Jane Butler who lived in a real
house. I've lost track of my school friends
and wonder if Iris Rollins died. She'd be at least
as old as I am, if
she lives...nearly 81. I've lived in
Missouri or Arkansas most of my married
life. First as Jerry Butler, 2nd marriage
Jerri Riley and 3rd as Jerri Hahs. No divorces, I
just can't seem to keep them alive!
Washington, DC was like a small town in the
40's. I went anywhere....day and
night......and never feared for my safety. I
loved the stores at Christmas and all the
parks. Ice skating on the Reflecting Pool,
the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument! all
so wonderful. My friends and I would visit the
Smithsonian and peer at the jars of babies with two
heads, or whatever. That exhibit has long
been sealed off, but we delighted in the shivers it gave
My first son was born at Bethesda Naval Medical Center
in Maryland. His Daddy was still in the Navy
then but after discharge we moved to Southeast Missouri
where he returned to college, while I settled in to
being a housewife and mother. It's
been a wonderful life.
I wonder if there's anyone out there as old as I am?
theaters in down town DC that were together
were RKO Keith�s.
use to drink beer ($.25 each at The Hill
Top, usually after school�����up
about a place in
, Monkey Business, Momma Cass! Mister
Henry�s across the street, courted my wife
EVERYONE, WHAT A TREAT TO BE
ABLE TO READ ALL OF THE MEMORIES OF
OUR BELOVED DC. OH WHAT A
GLORIOUS PLACE TO BE BORN AND
WAS BORN AND RAISED (UNTIL THE AGE OF
13) AT 11TH AND SOUTH CAROLINA AVE
S.E. WHAT FUN WE HAD. I
REMEMBER, LIKE BUCK, THE PENN, AVENUE
GRAND AND THE ACADEMY MOVIE
THEATERS. ALSO ALL THE OTHER
SPOTS BUCK MENTIONED. BY THE
WAY, THE 5 AND 10 WAS KRESGE'S AT 7TH
AND THE AVE (AS WE CALLED IT).
HOW ABOUT OLD DOC'S DRUGSTORE AT 11TH
AND C S.E. MY BROTHER JIM AND
HIS FRIENDS HUNG OUT THERE GROWING UP.
BUCHANAN ELEMENTARY, HINE JUNIOR HIGH
AND EASTERN HIGH. LOTS OF PEOPLE
TO REMEMBER ALSO. HOPE SOME OF
YOU THAT WENT TO THESE SCHOOLS IN THE
40'S AND 50'S ARE READNG
ROACH'S DRUGSTORE ON 8TH ST. AND THE
BOWLING ALLEY, GIOVANETTI'S. MY
GRANDMOTHER LIVED AT 12TH AND E
STREETS SE, SO WE ALL SPENT A LOT OF
TIME AT THE BUCHANAN SCHOOL
PLAYGROUND. ANYONE REMEMBER
DOMINIC'S CORNER STORE AT 13TH AND E,
WHERE THE HOT DOGS WERE SO
GOOD??? ABSHER'S GARAGE ON E
LINCOLN PARK, WHERE YOU COULD TAKE A
STROLL AND GET A SNOWBALL, SOMETIMES
WITH ICE CREAM IN THE BOTTOM, (IF YOU
HAD A DIME) GOOD LUCK!! HAHA!!
MEMORIES OF RIDING THE STREETCARS FROM
PENNA AVE SE TO DOWNTOWN. WE
MOVED TO HILLCREST SOUTHEAST OFF
BRANCH AVENUE AND LIVED THERE UNTIL
1968, AT WHICH TIME WE MOVED TO
MARYLAND. STILL SPENT A LOT OF
TIME IN DC.
REMEMBER THE QUONSET HUT OR STRICKS
OR THE KPI?? OF COURSE THE DIXIE
PIG ON MARLBORO PIKE IN CORAL
HILLS, WHAT A TREAT THAT WAS. MY
OLD FRIEND EDNA WORKED THERE FOR A
LONG TIME. BOY WERE THOSE
BARBEQUE'S DELISH OR WHAT!!
CHARLIE OF N.W. ARE YOU REFERRING TO
THE SAME DIXIE PIG OR DO YOU MEAN THE
ONE ON BLADENSBURG ROAD??
LET ME KNOW.
THERE IS SO MUCH MORE TO WRITE BUT MY
TIME IS SHORT TODAY. KEEP ON
DOING THIS WONDERFUL TRIBUTE TO OUR
DC ALWAYS, THE PIPER'S
(BROTHER JIM, SISTERS DORIS, GLORIA
DEBI, THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR
BEAUTIFUL SITE AND TO ALL THE
WONDERFUL PEOPLE WHO HAVE WRITTEN
THEIR MEMORIES. I SENT YOU
SOME OF MINE A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO AND
WANT TO ADD SOME MORE. HOPE TO
SEE MINE ON LINE SOON,.
MORE SOUTHEAST MEMORIES ARE:
UP AND DOWN IN FRONT OF THE AVENUE
GRAND MOVIE ON HALLOWEEN DRESSED
UP IN OUR COSTUMES AND THROWING
CONFETTI. WHAT FUN
OYSTER HOUSE ON 8TH STREET S.E
FUNERAL HOME (MY RELATIVES)
DARMSTEAD FAMILY ON 10TH ST. SE, WITH
COAL AND ICE COMPANY IN THE REAR AND
EVENTUALLY BECAME B&H TRUCKING
COMPANY. (ALSO MY RELATIVES)
TAYLOR SETTING ON THE RAIL OUTSIDE OF
THE HIGHLAND MOVIE. (PERMANENT
PRIVATE SCHOOL (ALABAMA AVE)
CHINESE RESTAURANT (7TH &
THE AVENUE SE)
CHINESE RESTAURANT (DOWNTOWN
"G" ST NW I THINK)
PIANO COMPANY AT 13TH AND G STS N.W.
RESTAURANT ON THE CORNER OF 9TH AND G
NW (ANYONE KNOW THE NAME)???
SNYDER POTATO CHIP FACTORY IN THE
ALLEY BY BUCHANAN SCHOOL, WHERE YOU
COULD BUY A GROCERY BAG FULL OF HOT
FRESH CHIPS FOR .35 CENTS
YOU have any memories of D.C.? If so, please
me and I will add them to this page.