“A House with History for Just $1” prompted several people to post comments or email their memories about living on W. Dayton Street or in the area around Washington School (now known as the Madison Metropolitan School District Administration Building). Since some of you haven’t developed the habit of reading comments, and since comments don’t seem to be picked up by search engines, I’m going to reprint some of those comments and emails here.
Janet Stevens wrote, “I knew all the people you mentioned who lived by the Dayton Street house...Fix's lived in that block, too, when we were in grade schoo(Washington).
Doug Strand wrote, “I think Jim Bakken, Mike Gardner, and maybe Larry Lewis lived in the area. Maybe we could move the house to where Central stood.”
And then we have this great set of recollections:
“It is Marlene AGAIN.. I sent Nadine an email regarding this because I couldn't get in here last night. I don't even know if she got it. But with the risk of repeating myself...here goes...I lived at 533 W.Dayton from 8th grade until Dec. 24 of our senior year. My cousin, Marsha Engelberger lived right around the corner on Bedford St. The Vodak boys..Mike and Greg lived across from her on W. Dayton. Jim Kinder lived on Mifflin, Jim Bakken on Marion St., The Aldridge boys, Dennis (now deceased) and Mick lived on Frances. Bernie Schmeltzer also lived on Francis. The Hierlimeiers lived on Francis and Johnson, where the Nitty Gritty is now. Cheryl Larson lived a little further down on Lake St. So you see, there are quite a few of us who lived in that area. We all used to have so much fun going to Washington School playground during the summer for "summer rec". And long after summer ended we would go and "chill" there. Oh yeah, that's right, the Feeney boys, Jim, Mike and John also lived on Johnson for awhile. Those truly were the good old days. We had great some great times.
Note: I do read all the email to the blog, but I don’t always have to to check my mailbox every day.
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