I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.
We all know that there was once a Texaco Gas station on the Kohl’s property and the gas tank is still there, but what about the history of the Kohl’s parking lot property? I would like to thank Toni Belleranti formally of
Thank you so very much of this little history on the land. I did as a follow-up question in blue, but all the rest are in the words of Toni Belleranti. I did leave her thoughts on the mayoral race, as I wasn’t going to edit her work.
Before it was Kohl's the area of the parking lot was the home of my grandparents. They lived in rooms behind their store, Economy Electric, for many, many years and grew a wonderful summer garden on the lot next door. After Grandpa retired, the store was remodeled into offices for a podiatrist and beauty parlor. Eventually Grandma sold the property to Kohl's for little $ compared to today's worth, and the building was torn down. Grandma moved to an upper flat on Packard Ave, eventually moved to assisted living, and finally to a nursing home, passing away at age 92 1/2 (in 1995).
At one time, I had many family members living in
And that brings me to the other main topic I have found interesting on your blog, the Cudahy Mayoral race. I do not know Mayor McCue as he is far too young for my memories of
Do you know why Kohl’s built there? It seems so off the beaten path.
What I heard was that Herb Kohl himself (who was then president of the family company) talked to my grandmother about purchasing her building/land. To my knowledge, she did not advertise it for sale.
The location at Plankinton and KK was not really off the beaten path years ago. There was originally the street car, later bus stop, in front of my grandparents' store, the dentist office to the east of their vegetable garden lot, another "inn" next door (where the actual Kohl's building is now), and a bus stop a little farther north on KK. The train depot was across KK, there were many homes and some small businesses nearby on
My mother and others who lived nearby walked to Kohl's after it was built, although I remember the parking lot full also. Also people came on the bus to do their grocery shopping. It was a busy store. At the time Kohl's
The other supermarkets that I remember in the area were the Kroger at Packard Plaza and a family owned market in St. Francis whose name escapes me (but I worked there part-time as a cashier while in high school, making $1.65/hr). There was also an A&P further west on
Let me get a little more detailed and let me try to sort out dates so that the history is more accurate. Many old timers in the area probably remember the events of Kohl's history.
The inn/tavern on the corner of KK and Plankinton, next door to my grandparents' place, was torn down years before my grandmother sold her place. I do not remember who the owner of that building was but I remember playing and running between the buildings often in the 1950's and into the early 1960's. I do have a b/w photo taken at a large family picnic at my grandparent's house in 1965 and the "new" Kohl's grocery store sign is visible in the background.
At this time, I think that Max Kohl had quite a few grocery stores. My grandfather, who was a
As for the streetcar on Plankinton, my grandmother, who all her life was an early riser, often talked about the days when she rose very early to open the waiting room at the front of their store so that people could wait in relative comfort for the streetcar. Many people rode to 1st shift work in factories in
Anyhow, for your own information as it fits into your understanding of
My dad's (Anthony) younger sister told me that when she was at
Best wishes to you and to