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Does Anyone Remember a Man Named Sam?

Does anyone else from the Sprigg Street neighborhood remember an African-Amercan man named Sam? He had mostly white hair from what I could see, although he always had on a hat with a droopy brim. He always had a pole … Continue reading

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The Dillinghams and Watching The Beatles on Ed Sullivan

The Dillinghams were another surrogate family to me. I had such great times with them especially in the summertime. The father, Galvin, was a truck driver who drove all week and was home on weekends most of the time. The … Continue reading

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‘Living in Smelterville’ Written by a Reader of Sprigg Street Memories

American Environmental Photographs Collection, [AEP Image Number, e.g., AEP-MIN73], Department of Special Collections, University of Chicago Library. The above photo, although not taken in Cape, looks familiar to those who lived in or near Smelterville. The main difference between what … Continue reading

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Final article on “Lies” – Part 4

I always want that ‘happily ever after” ending that Disney portrayed in his fairytale movies. Cinderella was poor and mistreated but ended up a princess; Snow White was hated and murdered, but came alive again; Sleeping Beauty was cursed, then … Continue reading

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Disclaimer: For Anyone Offended by My Use of the Word ‘Lies’

“To be clear, my mother would never purposely teach me a lie. I use the word lie because it refers to an untruth; my mother’s motivation was not to lie to me but she did pass on untruths unknowingly.” The … Continue reading

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My Brother Didn’t Buy the Lies – Part 3

  This is a continuation of a series of posts: Late 50’s – May Greene School – and the Lies I believed – Part 1 Lies I Believed – Part 2 (He’s gonna’ kill me! 🙂 Don’t you just love … Continue reading

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Lies I Believed – Part 2

Continued from Late 1950’s – May Greene School -And the Lies I Believed: I am conflicted about writing on the subject of racism because I don’t wish to dishonor anyone, especially my family, but I think that the story needs … Continue reading

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Late 50’s – May Greene School – and the Lies I Believed – Part 1

I began attending May Greene School when I was in the 4th grade. Up until that time I had gone to schools that had only white students because the schools were located in white neighborhoods. However, May Greene School had … Continue reading

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Charlie Dietiker – Grocery Store Owner

11/30/2011 Correction: I have been informed by a reader of this blog that Charlie’s store was not located in Smelterville. His brother John’s store was the one located there. Here is the info on Charlie’s store location from reader Collin … Continue reading

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The Kelleys on Ranney Street

This post was sent to me by my brother, Mark, who was best friends with ‘Little Skip’ Kelley who lived on Ranney Street. Here are some of his memories:   I found this last night.  This was my friend Skipper’s … Continue reading

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