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Chicago Lawn’s ‘grand lady’ finally falls

Last week, many of us watched–either virtually or in-person–as the old Sears Roebuck & Company Store, which opened its doors on Saturday, Sept. 27, 1927 at 6153 S. Western, tumbled down.

Jim Gale shared photos on the Chicago Lawn Historical Society Facebook page as, floor by floor, it was demolished. Not surprisingly many of the comments on the page involved the captivating aromas upon entering the store – roasted peanuts, popcorn, caramel corn, hot dogs – that is if you walked in through the back door.

If you entered through the automotive department, according to Bonnie J., it was the smell of tires and the sound of air impact wrenches. The building held a lot of memories for many of us. People mentioned the record department on the second floor, the big root beer barrel, the key shop in the parking lot. It was a beautiful building inside with its grand staircase and thick mahogany banisters and trim, wasn’t it? She was a grand lady that served the community well for so many decades.

And as a side note, many of you will remember John the Hot Dog King who had his snack shop on 63rd Street just west of California for many years. John’s daughter told me he got his start by Sears selling hot dogs from a cart outside the building.

It is time to sign up for the 38th Senior Amateur Golf Championship, which is held every year at Marquette Park. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12. The 36-hole stroke play championship is for those age 50 and over. For complete information stop by the Clubhouse just north of the first tee, call the clubhouse at (773) 526-5040 or visit amateurgolf.com.

I like to stop by the first tee at the park and watch the golfers tee off. There never seems to be a shortage of people playing. On my way back home last time, I passed several families fishing. It’s always nice to see a mom or dad or both with their kids, teaching them how to handle the rod and reel. In these fast-paced days, I think it is good for kids to learn to appreciate a relaxing sport like fishing.

Happy birthday to Sister Regina Dubickas, general superior of the Sisters of St. Casimir, who celebrated last week. Congratulations to Father Gediminas Kersys on the 12th anniversary of his ordination.

Over at Nativity BVM, the parish bade farewell to Toni Courson, who has been their sacristan for the past 10 years. Her service was certainly appreciated, and she is wished the very best in the future.

Most all of our churches have begun to hold public services, but reservations are required and seating is limited. Would you have ever thought you would live to see the day when a reservation was necessary to go to church on Sunday?

In answer to last week’s history question: 40 years ago what was the name of the dry cleaner/coin laundry at 2617 W. 63rd Street? – Dick H. knew it was Dad’s. I didn’t want to mention it, but the name is still being used by the current owners.

We have been visiting 1980 for the first half of the year. So, let us move on to another year that holds plenty of memories for anyone that lived here at the time. Let’s try going back to 1970 for a bit. Anyone remember where the Chicago Lawn Moose Lodge was back then?

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