Today I’m sharing some photographs from the 2005 Deborah Boys Club reunion, but first let me tell you a bit about Jim Cash, who sent in these photographs. His story will bring back some 1960s-era Albany Park memories.
In 1965, Jim’s family moved to Leland Avenue, right across from Roosevelt High School. Jim and his younger brother and sister attended Haugan and Roosevelt. Jim’s mother managed the Martha Washington Ice Cream Shop on the north side of Lawrence, just east of Kimball.
Other Albany Park places Jim recalls include a hot dog stand named Jordy’s, Cosmetique, Sam’s Cigars, Max’s Trading Post and Barry’s Young Man’s World. He remembers working at a small fruit store on the current site of the Albany Park ban.
By coincidence, Jim was a childhood friend of another one of this blog’s contributors, Mike Wolstein. They reconnected through this blog and the memories they shared with me bring back a familiar picture of neighborhood life.
“Jim and I and a bunch of other kids hung around at the
northwestsoutheast corner of St. Louis and Leland in the mid-60s, where we used to play soft ball every night.” — Mike Wolstein
Jim had this to say about Mike:
“In 1966 0r ’67 Mike bought a brand new Suzuki x-6 Hustler that was the fastest thing in the world to us kids. He was also like a genius when it came to slot cars, which were big in those days. We used to go to a slot car track on Bryn Mawr. east of Kimball or to Classic Raceways, which was Lawrence & Lincoln.” — Jim Cash
Jim met his future wife, Wendy (Dolgin), at a Battle of the Bands dance at Deborah in 1966. After losing track of each other for many years, they re-met in 2004 and were married in 2009.
Bands at Deborah
Check out the photos below. That’s Ronnie Rice, performing at the reunion. Many will remember when he played at Deborah in the ’60s with the band New Colony Six. Other bands that played at Deborah in the ’60s included The Buckinghams, The Exclusives, Ides of March, The Embers, The Flock, The Shadows (later Shadows of Knight), Baby Huey and the Babysitters. Anyone else?
Thanks again, Jim, for sharing your photographs and memories.
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