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 on: January 13, 2014, 10:09:38 PM 
Started by KimW - Last post by
The oldest 'Yellow Pages" we have is from 1975. The Dreamland Motel had an address of 6461 S 27th. The closest listing at that time south of there was at 7273 S 27th, "Park Motel"  11 units.

RR Salvage was located at 6451 S 27th St. Chickland address: 6462.
Badger Mobile Homes was located on the now Tri City Bank property 6400 S 27th.
Tri City shopping center 6312 27th st

 on: January 13, 2014, 05:42:15 PM 
Started by KimW - Last post by KimW
Thank you all for the information.

The location of this motel/motor inn would have been the Oak Creek part of the Milwaukee/Franklin/Oak Creek/Greenfield four city 27th & College intersection, probably why it might not be listed in a Milwaukee city directory. (Yet the area was always referred to as "Tri-City." I never got that.

I do recall the laundromat on 27th & College - it was directly adjacent to a small bakery shop. As a child, my family used both businesses -- and the Chickland restaurant. Both of these would have been about a five minute walk from the "mystery motel" I was wondering about, which would have been perhaps two blocks or so south of the bakery/laundromat, directly to the south of the Tri-City (IGA, Cardinal, etc.) grocery store, (now a Pick & Save) the former "Fedderly's drug store (which had a full fountain) and the hardware store.

I do recall Berka's Bar, 27th & Morgan...I used to stop by and have a beer there from time to time as a young guy on the way to work. (2nd shift, Harnischfeger) I kinda liked it. A nice, quiet, modest place, serving mostly older, neighborhood folks. A nice place to relax a few minutes before work, and not a place to raise hell!

Other nearby stuff I remember...Again, 27th & College, Franklin corner, there was a gas station, maybe a Sinclair/Citgo, on the SW corner (later a KFC, and now a Goodwill store I think) and directly to the north of that, a really cool little antique shop, gone 40 years now, with its frontage on Hwy 41 just FILLED with cool old machinery and farm implements and other stuff of incredible interest to an eight year old Franklin boy. I knew how to use and spell the word "antique" at a very young age, thanks to that long forgotten antique shop! And there was "Mud Lake," now Grobschmidt Park, where, as the story always went, years before, seven kids drowned on a raft in that lake, which was said to be bottomless, (I poled 18 feet - not quite bottomless) AND there was said to be quicksand there, and thus forbidden territory to me as a young boy...which explains why I lived out there in the woods, marshes, and the unusually clean and clear Mud Lake waters more than at home as a kid. In the 1960's, even into the 70's, one could (if one wanted to, and I always did) take a well chosen hike from Mud Lake, about 31st & College, west, through oak/maple woods, swamps, marshes, fields, sheep grazing, finally into Root River Parkway, through Whitnall Park, past the "parachuting place" between 92 & 108th St, where one could watch a skydiving club do its thing on a Sunday afternoon, a rather long walk, which, again, if one's path was carefully chosen, would lead one its entire length with not so much as a glimpse of a man made structure, with only quick crossings of 51st street, Loomis Road, 76th St., 84th St., and 92nd St. to remind you you weren't way the hell up north. 

Just as a matter of interest perhaps, when I first moved here, (near Redding, California) people were VERY aware of my "Milwaukee accent," though most of them thought I was a Canadian! (Most natives here have a kind of "Okie" accent, due to the huge numbers of them who move here during the construction of Shasta Dam.) I have NEVER been able to stop saying "bubbler" for "drinking fountain," and I haven't heard the word "ainna" since I left M'waukee...sadly.

I DO love this site! Being from Milwaukee is kind of a state of mind, especially if you're from a family with deep roots there. (I do. German/Polish/Harnischfeger/Harley for generations - retired from Harny.) I never really left it in some ways. The closest thing to Milwaukee near here would be San Francisco, which, like it or not, has a VERY distinct personality, and one which never quite leaves natives, wherever they end up. It reminds me, in some small ways, of home.

Keep up the great work, everyone!

 on: November 08, 2013, 12:18:05 AM 
Started by KimW - Last post by
I tried to look up the 27th St cottages in my 1962 city directory. No go, the last Milwaukee address was listed as 6280 S 27th ( Hi 41 Laundro-Mat). I do remember the "Chickland" restaurant (1950-1980) that was near the cottage location in Oak Creek though.

Oddly the 1956 directory and the 1962 list Morgan Ave from 27th to 31st as being 'not available'. The 56 book does list "Berka's trailer park" with a Morgan Ave address, which would make sense. Maybe Greenfield juts into Milwaukee there along Morgan accounting for the void?

 on: November 03, 2013, 07:00:32 PM 
Started by KimW - Last post by Roadsnakes
Don`t recall those cottage motels, but
I do remember a cottage motel right on 27th and Morgan ave.
Southeast corner, behind Berka`s bar, across the street from one of the first McDonalds in Milwaukee.
Each room of the motel was actually a small one room cottage. Tongue

 on: October 25, 2013, 04:35:44 PM 
Started by KimW - Last post by KimW
I'm a Northern California resident now, but was born (1954), grew up in, and worked in Milwaukee until 1999. Until, I'm thinking, the early 1960's, directly south of what is now (?) the Pick 'n Save (Then a small Cardinal or IGA store, I think) on about the 6600  block of S. 27th St., east side of 27th, there was a small motel, or perhaps cottages, on a small hill -- now part of the parking lot -- I recall perhaps 8 or 10 small white cottage-like units, arranged in a horseshoe, I think. What I most distinctly recall is that the property was surrounded by staghorn sumac bushes, bright red in late Summer/early Fall, which were not commonly found around there, and fascinated me as a little kid, because I usually only saw them camping in the Kettle Moraine -- Mauthe Lake, Long Lake.

This would not be the "Dreamland" motel/living units, and later Railroad Salvage store, associated with frmr. Franklin Mayor Fadrow. Other side of 27th...kind of directly across 27th.

WONDERFUL SITE, BTW. I stumbled on it a few months ago. I'd sure like to see a lot more of it! 

It's just a scene I  recall from my childhood, and for some reason I think of it sometimes.  Does anyone know what the name of this place was? Any photos?

 on: August 04, 2013, 06:08:27 PM 
Started by LaurainBayView - Last post by Roadsnakes
Arthur Treachers!!!! I used to love their fish! Tongue Especially with a little malt vinegar! Wink

 on: August 01, 2013, 06:14:48 PM 
Started by LaurainBayView - Last post by timmyj3

 I am sure that there was an Arthur Treachers fish and chips at the corner or very near it.

 on: July 31, 2013, 08:53:59 PM 
Started by Roadsnakes - Last post by Roadsnakes
Looks like there`s no luck with Balistrieri`s Bar.

Does anyone remember JERRY`S SQUIRREL CAGE ? Huh
It was located on 6th and Arthur ave,on the Southside.

 on: July 23, 2013, 04:44:12 PM 
Started by Orpheus - Last post by Orpheus
Trying to find where this corner bar was located (circa 1968-73) and something about its history. Might have been on Brady St or somewhere else nearby on the East Side. Anyone remember it?


 on: July 01, 2013, 03:16:32 AM 
Started by daveirek - Last post by daveirek
thanks for the info so far. The hunt is always the best part. The pencil lists 2 locations of 1711 W. Mitchell, phone MI 5-7108 and 1023 W. Mitchell, phone OR 2-0837. It's fun just saying the old phone numbers. Also the Antkowski article was a great read and very informative.

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