Sunday, October 19, 2008

Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association inducts Joe Franklin (Class of 1964) into its Hall of Fame

Joe Franklin was inducted in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Saturday evening. I attended the ceremonies, talked with Joe and his brother Jerry, and took some photographs. You can read more about the event and see all the photographs if you read my post on the Madison Central High School history blog.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Bonnie (Schaub) Hocking, long a familiar face at Ella's Deli on State Street, has died

Photo of Bonnie (Schaub) Hocking taken at the All-Central reunion on February 12, 2006

When I saw Bonnie Hocking at the 2006 All-Central reunion in 2006, I was surprised. Until then, I hadn't realized that she was a Central alumna (Class of 1956). She was, however, a familiar face: I'd seen her many times over the years when I dined at Ella's Deli on State Street.

Ellas Hirschfeld opened Ella's Kosher Deli and Ice Cream Parlor at 425 State Street in July 1963. Bonnie told me she was there from beginning to end. For many years, she worked as a waitress. In the early 1990s, she and her husband Gordy bought the business from Nate Balkin, who had purchased the deli from Ella in 1967 when she left Madison.

In 1999, Bonnie and Gordy sold the business. Today, the site is home to Hawk's Bar & Grill.

If you want to read more about Bonnie, I've posted her obituary in the Madison Central High School obituary archives.