These pages contain your letters, comments, memories and hopefully some
of your photos of Lisle's past.
This isn't set up as a forum but it should be a great place to escape to every
now and then.
Thanks for your contributions.
welcome your comments, stories or pictures!
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Lee (Class of "77")
I was just informed about your web page during John Crowley's
50th birthday party; his Mother was a teacher at Tate Woods
School. The web page brought back many memories, like the
Book Nook, where our gang of local Main St. kids use to
congregrate after playing baseball at Main st. school.
The Kings Palace fire reminded me of the Wagon Wheel's
fire (on Ogden). Then the mention of the Minuette, which
their parking lot use to be Frank and Hazel's bar. Which
we all walked by after getting our of Main st. school on
the way home.
Keep up the good work.
I found your site through a link
on the Class of 1980’s
web page. I have been meandering through it over the past
few days and it has been lots of fun. You’ve done
a great job with it. I can’t believe the memories
it brings back of things that have been pushed to the back
of my brain for a long time. Some of things I am too young
to remember but still enjoy the history very much. I completely
agree that trying to convey to others just how unique Lisle
was is difficult. Small town charm, big city advantages.
We really had it all.
My family lived in Lisle from about
1967 to 1995. My parents built a house in 1967? On South
Rd. in the Meadows, they
built a 2nd house on Queens Cove in, I believe, 1971 where
they lived until they retired to NC in 1995. I graduated
from Lisle HS in 1988 and worked at a summer camp in WI
that summer and went away to college that Fall. I was back
periodically after that for short visits until my parents
moved away. That last time I drove away from our house
was definitely a little sad for me. I knew I would never
be able to bring my children (you know, the ones I didn’t
even have yet at the time) “home”. I was back
in 1998 for my 10-year class reunion and that was the last
time I got off the Interstate in Lisle. I’ve whizzed
by on I-88 a few times since then on my way to and from
Chicago and just quickly peered down 53. I now have my
own family and have always wanted to give them a childhood
like I had. I Jan. of this year we built a house in the
1st Addition of a new neighborhood in Bettendorf / Pleasant
Valley, IA. It was previously farmland. The School District
owns land w/in ½ a mile to build a new Elementary
School. There are lots of kids on the street already and
it’s a blur of bicycles, scooters, and impromptu
baseball every evening. It’s the closest I could
come to replicating what I had in the context of today’s
Some of my fondest memories include:
· Time spent at the Morton Arboretum. We were members
there and I remember taking nature and art classes there
as a kid. Even as I got older it was always one of my favorite
spots to “get away”.
· I definitely remember
going to the Old Library on Front Street.
· Since we lived
in the Meadows, we used to ride our bikes over to the
White Hen in Four Lakes a lot. That
area certainly changed a lot while I was growing up.
· Joe’s Flowers
Pizza. We got carryout every Sat. night.
· The Omega Restaurant on Ogden. Wasn’t
it open 24 hours?
· Meadows Swim Club.
Exploring the cornfield behind it that is now I-355.
· I remember playing all up and down (and following
deep into Woodridge) the creek behind Meadow’s school.
Yes! Dead Man’s creek. No, I don’t why they
called it that.
· Trinity Lutheran Church on 53 & Kimberly.
I have tons of memories here but one a lot of people might
remember was the luminaries they put all over the lawn
on Christmas Eve. Sometimes Pilots used to call in that
they had seen them from the air when flying in to O’Hare.
· Lisle Track and
a Master’s in Geography and Urban Planning
and did an internship in Historic Preservation when I was
in school. It’s sad to see the things that have been
done wrong in Lisle. I know from experience how hard the
whole process can be but there are plenty of examples out
there of communities that place more emphasis on balancing
Preservation, Re-use, progress, and new development. I
don’t work in the Planning field anymore but a few
years ago I had a private sector planning job for a non-profit
group that hired the same firm that did Lisle’s Master
Plan. They were good talented people to work with and I
can say that draft those concepts based on the ideas presented
to them (I’m guessing the Village Board in this case).
I think they mention something in there about “community
input” or something to that effect. I know this also
can be a frustrating method. We did several projects for
which we adamantly sought community input. We mailed notices,
put up flyers, advertised in the newspaper, went door to
door and even held workshops right w/in neighborhoods where
the projects would be built. Turnouts were almost always
low. When the projects are later designed and presented,
plenty show up to criticize. Don’t get me wrong;
I’m not at all a fan of the “change all the
downtown storefronts to a Prairie style strip mall” idea.
Bleh. The good news is, lots of things written into a Master
Plan don’t necessarily come to fruition. I left after
HS graduation and haven’t lived there since. My opinion
doesn’t mean anything. If tax-paying citizens organize
into one voice and have some well-defined ideas for what
they want for Lisle. I believe they have a chance to save
some History and some of what makes Lisle unique. There
Well I just wrote a book here so I wrap it up. Thanks
for giving us a little place in cyberspace to come and
keep our collective memories alive and well.
Kris (Magiera) Herbst
John R. Wysocki
I was in St. Joes' Bohemian orph from 1941-1945 (age 71/2
Many storys to tell. My dorm was on the 4th
floor left side. I was left handed and a bed wetter- not
good back then. Everyone
had a job and mine was operating the rinse booth in the
dish washing room - twice daily and everyday. I was boarded
there for $15 month. The boys and girls playgrounds were
separated by a road and were fenced. We did play together
in the gym during the winter but were supervised by several
nuns. If you want to hear more let me know.
YES we want to know more!!! YES!!! Can we send money???
RE: The Book-Nook
I read your article and found it very interesting.
I worked at the Book Nook
for Vangie and (I can't remember her husbands name, but
he was blind.) in 1965 when I was in high school in Lisle.
i don't know if it's the same john Reeder that I graduated
with (Opie). Anyway, I now live in Arizona and hadn't
been back to Lisle until about 3 years ago. I couldn't
how it had changed. I left the area in 1981. Anyway,
the site was great.
RE: St. Joan of Arc
The fire escape "shoot" was THE best place to
play! At least until
the priests caught you.
Mike, you have done an outstanding job
with this website. It has been such
a pleasure to see the places and faces from my childhood.
like to see if anyone from the Class of 1970 would be interested
in a reunion.
I lived in Lisle from birth through 1973, and my heart
was ripped out when they tore down the Main Street School.
My parents both attended there (my mother and I even had
the same teacher), and my grandpa, Fritz Baumgartner, was
a custodian there for years. Do you mean to say that nothing
but bricks was salvaged? What a crime!
Do you remember the old viaduct on Main Street when it
was constructed of wood, and when the trains went overhead
the sound would just about vibrate your teeth out of your
head? I used to go with my grandpa to Riedy's Hardware
Store to get baby chicks when granddad needed to repopulate
his henhouse (we were a chicken-for-dinner-every-Sunday
I remember the Petrys used to live just north of the Lisle
Bible Church (what an interesting little building that
was!), and we probably saw you in church, too. Give my
best regards to your mother.
Again, thanks so much for putting this together. For everyone
who lived in and loved Lisle, it's like a family album.
My sister told me about this website. I can't believe all
the memories it evokes! We used to live on Route 53 at
the corner of Lisle Place, across from where the Riedy's
Funeral Home (and beauty salon) was; later it was the
VFW. My grandparents lived next door
(my biological ones, that is; it seemed that no matter
where you went in Lisle, you always had "spiritural" grandparents
keeping watch, too). Nels' Old Time Inn (the Taggerts'
tavern) was right at the end of the street, next to Riedy's
Sinclair station. Of course, we were never allowed anywhere
near that place, and naturally it held an almost mystical
fascination for us.
My grandfather was the custodian at Main Street School
for years (my mother attended gradeschool there and we
had the same 2nd grade teacher she had - WHOA!). I can
still remember walking to August Riedy's (around the corner
from St. Joan) with Grandpa to milk the goats for him.
We attended Lisle Bible Church on Route 53, and later the
Congregational Church on Ogden Avenue (is Imogene Beals
still next door?). We shopped at Holger and Myrtle Hansen's
IGA (it was either the IGA or Richtarek's Economy Foods
- period). Loved the Yackley Avenue bridge photo; nothing
was scarier than driving down that incline, unless it was
riding your bike at what seemed like supersonic speed.
I can't believe the grotto at Sacred Heart is gone. Incidentally,
we lived right next to the Burlington tracks, so the trains
played a big part in our lives (I think my internal clock
is still set to their schedule), we could see the water
tower on the other side of the tracks (next to Marek's
and that ornamental iron place), and I remember that sometimes
excursions would be run from Aurora to Chicago with those
huge old black-smoke-belching locomotives that you could
hear from a mile away. AND who could forget the peony field
across from the stores on Main Street, Leo's Cleaners,
Adolph's Barber Shop, Havelandt's Cameras, Melton's Dry
Goods, Reynold's Drug Store, the old Army/Navy surplus
store, and (ew!) Dr. Lenart's dentist office that always
smelled of cloves, and the old post office with its banks
of brass boxes and either old Mrs. Sutter or Earl scowling
at you through the barred window. See what I mean? This
is a terrific website and I will spread the word. Thank
you again for finding those places in the heart that are
most dear to me.
I sent you this a while ago, and I never heard anything
about it. Then, I read something about a computer crash
you had, which probably lost them. Anyhoo,
these pics of Sam Sutter/King's Palace treasures, which
commemorated the celebration of 76. They are curtousy of
Glen Canale, who came across them strored away in his archives.
They are an original King's palace ashtray and coaster.
Gary... You are right. You had sent these before but my computer
decided to go south.
Someday I hope to have someone put their cigarette out on
my face... But until then... we have these unbelievable gems!
Click here to read
and see more about Kings Palace.
Before the VFW it used to be Riedy's funeral home. I
believe in the 40 or 50s. We have been residents of
Lisle for 53 years. I also don't see any thing about
Henrichs lumber and feed store and apartment building.
on Front and Spencer. I used to work for him.
P.S. I have a computer but I have things blocked.
Last month, my sisters and I had a half-hour to spare on
our way to Midway and a flight back to Arizona. It was
just enough time to stop at the Book Nook...the one place
all three of us remembered so fondly from our childhoods
in Lisle. The candy was no longer a penny a piece, but
we each bought a big bagful of BBbats, bulls eyes, Sugar
Babies, Atomic Fireballs, Kats, etc. for our trip home.
Here's a picture of my sisters, Laura (Burba) Hagerty and
Susan (Burba) Latin shopping for candy at the Book Nook
in June 2006.
Thanks for the memories, Mike.
Peggy (Burba) Hazard
Sorry it took me so long to get this picture to you, but
here it is! This photo was taken from behind the house
I grew up in on Burlington Avenue in Lisle. My guess is
is was taken in the late 1950's.
This absolute amazing "Crown Jewel" of a photo had
me hyper-ventilating for week! What a great,
to mention RARE, picture of the old wooden
Yackley bridge going over the railroad tracks.
the telephone wires are on the right, this
photo is obviously looking west. We all thank
Click here to read more about Yackley bridge.
I went to your web site today after reading an article
in the Sun. At first I found the information interesting
and entertaining. That is until I got to the photograph
and comments regarding the old "Kelly's Shoe Store",
and the new condo building that has replaced it.
"Miserable looking"? Excuse me, I happen to
live in that building, along with 58 other owners. Would
you like to read on a web site that YOUR home is "Miserable
Looking"? Oh wait, I did find pictures of your old
home, I will take the higher road and not comment.
Just wondered, with all your Lisle contacts, if you have an email address for
Marilyn Cawiezel at the Lisle Heritage Society. I wanted to let her know (and
now, you, since I'm writing this to you) that my mom, Elaine Lockett,
passed away this last Thursday, July 6. I tried going to the Heritage's website and
sending a note through their email address, but it came back as undeliverable.
Thanks for any help you can give me -
Sherry (Lockett) Ligeski
My family and I are so sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I can still hear
her voice as plain as day.... Always friendly and full of love. (No,
I don't have Marilyn's email address but I'll post
this on the RL
web site and maybe someone does.)
Kathy Schalkey Richardson
I'm so sad to hear about Mrs. Lockett's passing. She was
just the nicest woman I have ever met in my life! In an
era of scary-mean teachers, she was an oasis of kindness
and smiles. I remember one time I lost a dime that I needed
to buy a newspaper after school. I was very young and of
course VERY upset by the loss. Mrs. Lockett dried my tears
and gave me a new dime. A silly little story, but it has
stayed with me for 40 years. You should be very proud of
what a lovely woman your Mother was.
Mary Ann(Reeder) Johnson
very sad to hear of your mother passing away. She was a
lovely woman. My mother, Pearl, was the playground
supervisor at the time I attended Main St. School. I
remember how Mrs. Lockett would bring out a glass of
water for her on those warm Spring Days before school
let out for the summer. Our family extends our deepest
sympathy to you and your family.
My little sister (Joan Dalton Garner) found your website
yesterday. She may have only been in the 2nd grade
when my family moved away. But she loved it so much.
is constantly searching for a link back. Thanks for giving
a gift. Myself (Jill Dalton Smith) and my older brother
Dalton) graduated in Lisle, I married a Lisleite
(Steve Smith). I wanted to share a photo from our family,
hopes that it might jog some memories for a lot of
of the old Smitty's Standard on 53 and Maple. I know
a lot of guys worked there and played there. Lee and
Sue Smith who owned the business were so well liked by
We lost Lee a few years ago, and I know Sue would
really be pleased to share our memories of a great Lisle
Standard on 53 and Maple
close-up at Smitty's Standard. Notice the 63 (?)
Chevy on the left and the great pick-up on the right.
Thank you so much to you and anyone else responsible
for getting us these photos. Do you have any idea how many
people will look at this old picture and think to themselves
Notice the tires out in front of the garage? You don't
see that any more.
Oh the days of (cover the kid's
ears now) "service" stations!
(Okay... It's safe to uncover them!)
Also, notice the signs advertising that they have
a pay phone and to "Try our service!"
Courtesy of Steve and Kristy Wavra of Lisle are these gems.
The first is a place mat from the table, and the other is a postcard.
|Click image to see the larger view.
image to see the larger view.
I want you to consider something here...
Consider the fact that there is no where on this earth
where you could find these priceless gems...
Now, thanks to you, Steve and Kristy, they can be found
This may be what launches this web site to be named
web site of all time!
Click here to read
more about King's Palace
Also, someone sent us a scan of a "Sam Sutter" King's
Palace ashtray but we lost it during a terrible computer
crash. Hopefully another will resurface.
SPC "66" IBC "86"
really enjoyed your visit with Fr. Jude and the
information about the
High School and the Orphanage. I attended St. Procopius
College from 1959 through 1966 when I finally graduated.
I was fortunate enough to be in a group that got
to live in the old dormitory (not the original) behind
building of St. Procopius Academy. Twelve of us from
the college were given the opportunity to live "off campus".
We still were to maintain the rules and regulations
of the dorms at the college but were left very much
own. We got to eat wonderful food prepared by the ladies
(I believe they were Oblates who lived in a home west
of the Academy) who made sure that we were fed three
meals a day.
I agree with Fr. Jude that it was a terrible decision
that was made to tear down the original Benedictine
Most schools are proud of their heritage and keep
some of the original buildings by renovating them
uses for them. Not St. Procopius, Illinois Benedictine
College, Illinois Benedictine University or Benedictine
University or whatever it is called now. Imagine
the uproar if Notre Dame chose to tear down the famed
I have chosen to disassociate myself from this institution
because of its short sightness and its disdain for
history. I am glad someone wrote about the orphanage
and wish that
someone would write about the college and all the
activities around "the slew" and other
areas of interest.
Thanks for the great story.
So, as an RL junkie, I check the web site every day or
so. I saw the latest installment on the Yackley Bridge.
plea for a current photo
moved me to action. There is good news and bad news.
The bad news is that I am photo impaired - the
good news is
that what I lack in ability I make up for in proximity.
So, attached is a photo that I took yesterday at lunchtime.
Do with it what you like. By all means feel free to
use it until someone with better skills sends you something
to replace it with. (See BJ's photo at Lisle
Then & Now)
PS I have not responded to your radio plea for a digital
photo of the aerial photo that hangs in the old high
school, because I doubt that I have the camera or skills
it. I HAVE however, found a picture of it that someone
else took. This was buried on the official LHS web
site under alumni/lisle1972.
You're right BJ. We would just
love to have a hi-quality digital photo of that picture.
I used to love to just sit
and stare at it on my way to the office. Thank you
for the effort!
BJ also wrote:
beautiful weather got me out of the building today at
lunch time, and I took a drive through the old neighborhood.
at the Methodist Church and took some pictures of the totem
pole that Nancy Forst (Couch) was asking about. The concrete
bench is still there, as is the Mulberry tree (The best
climbing tree EVER!). I grew up just a few houses away
from the church, and spent many an hour in that
tree or sitting on the inexplicable concrete pad at it's base. Today if you stand
facing west, and ignore that I-355 is at your back, the whole area is remarkably
the same as it was in the late 60s and early 70s. Please don't let anyone from
the town government find out - they will Naperize it for sure.
Class of 1981 LSH,
Mike, Great site. My brother told me I had to check
it out, and can
you believe it, he was right this time. It's a really
cool site. Do you or anyone else remember cruising
6 on Friday and Saturday nights? What a great way
to spend a nice summer night. Or how about Santa Fe
and a few good friends had a lot of fun there. And
there were the bonfires we use to have at Wendy Orbells
house. And how about the Car Shows at Diehl Auto.
Ah the Good Old Days!!! I saw the letter Mark Garbe
Do you remember his old car ? I think he bought it
from Tom Dooley. I'm attaching some photos of Mark's
old car ( The blue and white Cobra II ), Diehl Auto
Car Show, Santa Fe . Anyway it is truly a GREAT SITE,
Thanks for the Memories.
And those cars are totally "bitchen?" Um, "Choice?..."
Also, I wonder if anyone remembers the US-30 radio commercials
where that guy would yell SUNDAY! AT SSMOKIN' US-30 DRAGSTRIP!!!!!
To this day when anyone, including my kids, say the word Sunday, there's
of my mind saying SUNDAY!!!! AT SMOKIN.... Anyway...
You know what I'm sayin. Click
here to see a cool nostalgia
site dedicated to US-30 Drag strip.
TO THIS LETTER:
Lava Hot Springs, Idaho
I'm always checking the site for updates and enjoying it.
" US30 dragstrip" came up recently and got me to thinking.... I think,
and don't hold me to this, but I seem to recall that Roy Kroener and friends
(maybe Denny Dooley and Al 'Frenchy' LeClerq) took Roy's Dad's Olds or Buick
or whatever to US30 and made a couple of passes and since it was the only 'Family'
car in it's class, he was able to come home with a trophy. Maybe that story is
only a legend. It's been a really long time. Maybe someone else can verify the
story or tell me I'm full of it.
I love your website.
Ran across your website while cruising for info on the
old Dispensa's Castle of Toys, and took particular interest
in the old "witch burnings" that Lisle
used to have each fall. I recall these, and know exactly
why they were suspended. My father, George Varney, was
mayor at the time, and I specifically remember seeing
a letter on his desk (with a pentagram watermark) from
an area coven
of witches (whom we would today call "wiccans")
threatening legal action on grounds of religious discrimination
were the "witch burnings" not
either cancelled or renamed. After this, I remember the "witch
quickly renamed "goblin burnings" and then
later cancelled altogether.
Also, Wanted to pass the following along, and see if
it sounded familiar:
Although it was strictly a rumor, I heard the King?s
Palace restaurant (which my family visited once in 1974)
was torched when the owner got involved with the mob.
But I?m not sure what the real story is. I suspect the
fire was caused by something electrical, or some other
type of accident. Obviously, however, the restaurant
was never rebuilt.
Another local rumor is that the apartments above what
is now the Fox Restaurant (formerly the Minuette) once
housed a brothel.
Again, these were just area rumors, and I have no idea
if they are even remotely true.
Just thought you might like the info...
Best of luck with the website; it's very cool.
remember going to dances in this building before it
became the Kings palace.
It must have been in the mid
Jacquie Wurth Hope Chapman
What a great site. I've had hours of fun looking at
everything and reliving the "Good Old Days" Thanks
for all your hard work.
I grew up in the Meadows and one of my early memories
was playing baseball down at the fields behind Meadows
Elementary School, or at the ball field by Main Street
School. After each game, the parents would take us all
over to the 7-Eleven store on Route 53, near Maple Ave.
Each kid would get a "
Slurpee" and stand outside the front door and talk
about the game as we enjoyed our summer time treat. The "Slurpee's" would
come in these plastic cups and there would be a picture
of a Major League Baseball Player on the Cup. It had
all his stats etc...printed on the cup. If you were really
lucky, you would get one of the cups that had a "Hall
Of Fame Player" on it. These were collector cups
and you would take them home, wash them out and save
them. I ended up collecting these things forever and
stacked them all up to make a massive tower of cups that
went all the way up to the ceiling. At some point, years
after I had moved out, my mother found them in a store
room, and ended up throwing them out. If only e-bay had
been invented back then, maybe I could had earned a few
Another thing about that 7-Eleven. They had one of the
first pinball machines just as you came in the door.
My friends and I would ride our
bikes there from the Meadows, and play that thing for
hours. I can not remember what machine it was, but maybe
someone out there does.
Anyway, keep up the good work, and thanks for all the
get a hold of the square ice cream scooper that Cock Robin
used for their ice cream?
I saw your article "Mysteries
of Lisle," a mystery
that I've wondered about came right to my mind. I grew
there was something called "Dead Man's Creek".
Many stories were told about the creek and dead people
and my parents would never let me go there. One day
my curiosity got the better of me and I rode my bike
there. There was just wooded area with a creek. Was
there ever a story about Dead Man's Creek?
This is a great site! Thanks so much!
Thank you Lynn!
I think I recall hearing something years ago but I really
can't recall.. It would be great to hear more.
Tom " Tweet" Robinson
of memories of good times and good friends.. And sitting
on the fenders
of my old Mercury in front of Erves (see
Lisle Coffee Shop)
playing guitar and talking with old friends. Thanks
I can't begin to tell you how much I've enjoyed the site.
I did go to the Booknook recently after reading your
review to hear the door creak and look at the floor.
Do you remember the Hobbyshop, Mike? (of course you do).
If I'm not mistaken, when you entered the Hobbyshop,
a bell rang. I used to go there with my pal Tommy Tivador
and look at AFX race cars in a spinning case, occasionally
buying one for $5.50 plus tax. Our journeys to "town" on
our banana seat bikes were much less frequent than our
7-11 stops at the corner of Maple and 53 due to proximity.
That was Lisle I guess but admittedly not "town".
Going ALL THE WAY to town was a bigger deal especially
In our later summers (12 or 13) we advanced to Estes Rockets
from the Hobby Shop and would buy a lightweight rocket
and launch it literally out of sight with oversized D engines.
One of the first rockets I bought I spent considerable
time spray painting in the garage and assembling complete
with parachute. I'll never forget seeing it jettison 1,000's
of feet into the
Lisle suburban blue sky in a split second SSSSSCCCCCHMMMMMMMOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMMPPPPPPPPPHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and then finally spotting it parachuting gently down somewhere
way far away in Woodridge probably near Hobson road. We
looked and looked on our bikes and by foot. Never found
it. Those were the days!
Thanks again for all the effort.
The Hobby Shop?? How about those little square
bottles of "model" paint and the small paint
brushes??? You could even buy fuse that would burn
You know, its so funny to sit
here and read all the things about lisle. I myself will
have a hard time even moving away from Lisle. I have
when I do and I move back, I wont even recognize it. Its
very irritating how they feel the need to turn it into
the next Naperville.
Anyway, regarding the Cinert's bridge. I grew up playing
on that bridge. It too, took our family to the church across
the street, the dentist building, and friends across 53.
And for my sisters and brothers they crossed it to get
on the school bus. My brothers and sisters and I use to
go under it and build dams. We used to just go and sit
on it and watch the (small amount) fish.
Its funny my dad had a tree house in that tree there, we
were never allowed to have a tree house! And my dad didn't
even like it when my neighbor put a swing in the tree for
So, yes I am one of the Cinert boys daughter. I grew up
in that house, with the trees, and the bridge to get across
I have a lot of memories of that bridge as well. One night
when it was storming really badly, I woke up and went and
checked on the river. It was very high, so I woke my dad
up. And the first thing we had to do was get some chains
and tie down the bridge to the trees. So both my brothers
and sisters and my dad and I, we all went out and found
as many chains in the garage as possible, and in the middle
of terrible lightening we went out and tied the chains
around the bridge and around the big tree on our side of
the river bank. If we didn't get to that in time and get
that done, the bridge would have floated down to the 53
bridge and the village would have sued us for damaging
it. Well, it did flood and the bridge did come loose, and
the only thing that saved it and kept it in our yard was
those chains. And a couple days later my brother in law
welded a holder for it on the other side. Ah the memories.
Its sad my dad had to tear it down. I'm sure he was really
upset about it as well. His dad built it. It was however
getting very unsteady. It didn't matter how many new boards
he put on it, it just wouldn't have been safe for much
longer, I even got to a point where I was afraid to cross
had to put no trespassing signs up cause kids would come
and try to tear it apart, they would try ripping boards
off. Then the signs didn't work so my dad had to just block
the entrances up.
I miss the bridge a lot. I'm sad that my nephews and nieces
wont have it to play on like we did. They wont even remember
it or know it was there. Last weekend my nephew and I
needed to walk to Amoco, and I was like "ill just
walk across the bridge" dah!! There isn't a bridge
anymore. Every fourth of july, we would take the bridge
to 53 to walk to the fest, and I still always forget, its
not there anymore.
Its just not the same.
One of the Cinert's.
Thanks so much for writing to us about the old bridge!
too long ago I walked down to where the bridge used
to be. Oh that wonderful place...
I could still hear the
playing on it..
Or my brother
sitting with our legs dangling over the side, watching
the water below and both of us just talking.
It was like visiting a place straight
out of a child's imagination. The memories were amazing
to say the least.
Sitting here typing
this I catch myself smiling... Because I can still
feel how it would bounce when you jogged accross it.
along the river bank and next
that stood next to the bridge,
(seen in the picture below) I noticed the remains of
item. An item that seemed to be just one last reminder...
As I looked down to the base of the tree, I noticed that
a piece of the chain that was once used
to anchor the old bridge was still tied to the tree.
not only was it attached to the tree but the tree,
over the years, had actually grown around the chain
itself making the chain
now a permanent part of the tree trunk.
I'm not sure
why I was so surprised and happy to see it... Maybe
it was like finding a small piece of evidence...
small reminder that it WAS
real... And that it was a truly magical place to
have as a part of our world growing
up in Lisle
ups to this letter:
My brother Dave and I crossed Mr. Cinert's
bridge whenever we had to go to Doctor Knoblock's office
to have our teeth worked on... Doctor Knoblock had a dental
office in the medical building across the creek from where
the Cinert's lived... At the time we lived on Chelsea Street
right next to Mr. Yender.
I thank you for your interview with Mr. Yender and I thank
you for taking the time and effort to produce this web
What a great web site! I have spent many hours remembering home! I sure
miss Lisle. I read some letters and can help with some detective work!!!
The picture of the old Phillip's 66 station was taken in about 1983 there
was a welding shop there. He used to make wrought iron fencing
Keep up the great work!
Ted... You're right. It was an old welding shop (below)
after it was the Phillip's 66. Thanks for the
And please say hello to your brother
Chris and his wife Julie... He was the greatest wrestler
of all time!!
San Antonio, TX
Sing it with
Terrace, Illinois...come to Dispensa's Castle of Toys."
Thanks for the memories,
graduated from Benet Academy in 2002. I was working
on a history project of Naperville
when I ran across this website. I laughed when you said
that you wondered if the students ever tried to imagine
the buildings as an orphanage. I guess I did a little
bit when I went to school there, but the longer that I
have not been back at Benet the more I think about the
strangeness of the place where I went to high school. I
wish I would have appreciated its history more when I went
there. This website was so intruiging and has made me want
to go back and get the same informative tour from Father
Jude! I had multiple classes in the rooms that you showed
photographs of- for example, the picture with the beds
and the children praying- that is where I had study hall!!!
I just wanted to say that your website was great and
I loved the story!
Friends from Lisle:
I just found out about you, my sister
Beth Gregor told me. I bet you don´t remember
me, I was a AFS student at Lisle Senior High School
of Class 1973, I lived With
My Webster Family, Donne, Jane, Beth, David, Michel and
My name back then was Liz Young, right now my name
is Liz Peña. I am from a very beautiful and warm
country in Central America, Honduras.
Thanks for this
website, keep in touch.
Tampa Bay FL
web site! Talk about memories.. My sister sent this
site to me. We grew up on 59th
St. in the Meadows and I love showing my kids how
really grew up and where. I just took my son back there
two years ago and showed him where I lived and how things
have changed. I talk about Cock Robin and Root Beer floats
Dog n Suds that my dad loved.
Thanks for the memories!
at this site brings back such GREAT childhood memories.
I remember all throughout school hating history and
always asking myself why we had to learn about it.
Who would have guessed that now at age 45, I am searching
for things in my history? I haven't been back to Lisle
since 1979 and I've heard it has changed so much that
I wouldn't recognize it. Does anyone remember the great
fun the local bowling alley provided us? HA THOSE WERE
I now remember memories I had forgotten. The old A&P, I remember when they
first came out with self tanning lotion. Me, Brenda Box and a friend named
Kathy bought the biggest bottle in the store. Needless to say, we were orange
for a week. The Dairy Freeze (Dari Castle) had the best ice cream ever. After
AJ moved away from home I had the pleasure of helping take care of his palomino
still lived in the backyard. AJ's mother use to let me bang the keys on her
Does anyone remember back in 4th grade when Bobby Hall racked himself so bad
that he had to be taken to the hospital?
My saddest memory of living in Lisle is when Kenny Anderson accidentally got
shot by his brother and died. I think I cried for a month, Kenny was such
a good kid.
We shouldn't be embarrassed of Rosie, every town has a Rosie. In Mayberry,
Otis was their Rosie. Is there anyone else out there who use to sneak away
to Naperville and hang out at the Dunkin Donuts? Those were great times.
I want to thank you for putting this site together. You allowed me to re-live
memories that I had forgotten. I found your site while trying to look for an
old school friend, Brenda Box. I haven't been able to locate her, but finding
this site has brought me great joy. I can remember swimming in your pool a
couple of times as a kid. It's sad that all things in life have to change.
If only there were something's that could remain the same. Yes, they may change
the face of the Lisle we once knew, but they can never change the Lisle we
remember in our hearts. Thanks for the memories.
remember going downtown just under the tracks and
stopping at the fire
station and playing
a game of pool with the local firefighters. There
was a kid that lived in Lisle by the name of Edgar
use to beat the firefighters all the time in a game
of pool. This was in the early 70s.
I went to visit
town several years ago and it has changed so much
that I almost
didn't realize I was in Lisle. The old Clark gas
station was gone, the old dairy Queen or was it Tasty
(Dari Castle) is something
else now. The old Lisle Sr. High School is still
there but they built another one in another part
of town . The Police Station is just before you enter
now and the new High School, it's not downtown
Old Wagon Wheel is no longer there. How time flies
and things change.
I would love to live back then when
we all were
great neighbors and said hello and waved to each
other. We didn't have to chain down something that we
in the yard over night because if we left it there
it would be there the next morning. I remember the
Burning, oh what fun that was, and then going Trick
or Treating and not being afraid that someone was
going to snatch you up or harm you. I remember the
to town each year and being in the A&P lot there
at Ogden and Main St. I remember acting up in school
a good swat on the rear and then getting it worse
when I got home
I miss living in Lisle and wish
I could remember some friends that I use to hang
around with, but my memory isn't all that great and
it's even worse with names.
My sister told me about this site and I had to check it
out, what a great job and a lot of time it took to create
this site, THANK YOU and I will continue to come back to
your comments, stories or pictures!
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