Man. What I won’t stoop to in order to have an eye catching headline? As you may suspect the images in this post shot by Glenn Haley and submitted by Mike Jones aren’t exactly startling. Well, maybe. You let me know if they are. I have looked at these and others like them so many times that I’m numb. I don’t know how those of you unfamiliar with them will react.
As most of you are aware I have total independence as far as my blog is concerned. If Editor Miner has ever disapproved of the content of one of my posts, he hasn’t said so. One can experience a wonderful feeling of freedom when working without the benefit of a committee or board. Take the headline for this post. Do you think I could ever get away with it if I had to consider the whims of a committee? Absolutely no way.
I made record of the names of these two gentleman who are responsible for the contents of this post. What I didn’t record was the when and where of it. I know nothing about either one of them. If either of you fellows happens to see this, please let us know. Meanwhile, we appreciate you letting us have this look back before the 7300 block of Manchester experienced some dramatic changes.
Looking west down Manchester from the intersection with Arthur Ave. The buildings on the south side have survived. Folks familiar with Maplewood will recognize the landmark Paramount Jewelers sign on the far left.
Looking east down Manchester. Scheidt Hardware (7320) with a coat of gray paint that has thankfully since been removed. Kennedy Music is now in the third building from the corner of Marshall. You may recall a few posts ago it was in the first building. Foundation Grounds now occupies the building with the GFC Loans sign. The three buildings between there and Kennedy’s were demolished. That is now the site of Citizen’s Park.
To make this shot, Glenn was standing with his back to Manchester looking NE along Arthur Ave. The nice looking building on the right must have been a tavern or perhaps the back of Eddie’s Lounge which will be seen shortly. The beer sign hanging outside has either the emblem of Griesedieck Beer or later, Falstaff. They were the same. I once owned a sign exactly like that.
Looking east along Manchester. All of these buildings have survived. The closest car is a 1968 Cougar. I had one of those too.
F.W. Woolworth was at the western end of the block on the south side.
Despite the name change to Pioneer, the older Bank of Maplewood name is still carved in stone. This fine building once stood on the NE corner of Sutton and Manchester.
It makes one ill to think of the demolition of this sturdy structure. Emil Scheidt, Bob’s Dad, saved the piece of stone with the word BANK carved in it. Luke Havel knew where it was until a short time ago. I would love to see it returned to its original site.
Eddie’s Lounge at the intersection of Arthur Ave and Manchester. It has been said that the well-known hardwarian, Roger McCreight, often took lunch there. Just lunch, Roger? The view is to the east.
The signage on a couple of the lost buildings.
Another view of Woolworth’s.
The north side of Manchester. That’s Eddie’s on the far left. None of these buildings survive.
The NW corner of Arthur Ave. and Manchester.
These buildings survive on the south side of Manchester. That is the corner of Scheidt Hardware just barely visible on the right.
Looking west along Manchester. Look at that. Hart Jewelers is only a door or so away from Paramount. Competition.
I hope you have enjoyed these images of our unbifurcated (it’s a word. Look it up. I just did.) business district. Much thanks to Mr. Haley for taking these pictures and to Mr. Jones for sending them along.
As always, I appreciate your interest and support. Special thanks to those who contribute. I try to respond to nearly all of the comments and emails. The emails can sometimes get overlooked the way Gmail stacks them up. If yours is one I’ve passed up, please try again.
The presentation of my new book at the Maplewood Public Library on the 19th went well. Thanks to all who turned out for that. Now if I could just get some copies from the printer, I’d be set. Keep your fingers crossed.
We have a bit more nice weather before the you-know-what. Just enjoy it and don’t focus on what’s next.
Doug Houser 9/23/2019