I lived on Temple Hills Road, one block (on right) from St. Barnabas Rd. Parents owned Karl,s German Delicatessen in Hillcrest Heights Shopping Center, My Uncle owned the Exon station next to Sam,s Carwash. Married and devorced two of the Church girls (Wanda & Sharon).In 1969 drove red 428 CJ Mach 1.. During high school years, worked a A&P , Heap Big Beef , and Hillcrest Exon . Really had a great time growing up in the area.. Alot of great memories..
Well I really was a big fan of red barns but at the time I really confused all that worked there as I would always order a plain burger and fries.
my father was the owner/ operator of Branch Auto Electric, near the old gem store. Age has taken its toll along with some memories, we have been trying to come up with the name of the old hotel/motel that was where the new wendys is, and in front of Speedy auto parts. It used to have large lions outside and hosted many bands. any idea? thanx
Lived in Deer Park Heights on Dallas Dr. 2 blocks from Chuck. Red Barn, Iverson Mall, Marlow Heights Shopping center, Hillcrest Heights Shopping Center, All great places to hang out when growing up with great friends! Thanks for all you do!
I loved spending Saturdays walking from my house on 27th Avenue to Iverson Mall and Marlow Heights shopping center. I attended Wendy Ward charm school and sold GS cookies outside of Roy Rogers in the mall. I learned to sew at the Singer store and bought all of my Girl Scout stuff at Hecht's. I loved walking through the 5 & dime--it was a great variety store. I used to make my father take me there every Tuesday so that I could get the latest lyric sheet from 98 Radio. Let's not even get started on the record stores!
Going to the Marlow theatre the Marlow rec center hanging out with friends at the Iverson mall and going to steak n sack
Like one of the other folks that signed this Guest Book. I lived in the only PINK STONE HOUSE in Rogers Heights on the corner of 54th Avenue and Farragut Street. Yes it's still PINK. My family and some extended family lived in walking distance to our house so it was great that we could walk to see them, there were some we had to drive to and we did at least every other weekend.
I was born in Oakland, California -- the daughter of a Capitol Heights boy and an Oakland girl. He was a soldier and she was a High School girl. They both worked in the cannery, met and fell in love. When I was one year old, Daddy received his Honorable Discharge out of the service (after serving in BOTH the Navy and Army)and he, my mama and I returned to Daddy's home in Capitol Heights. I grew up on the same street he was born on (61st Avenue) in the ONLY "PINK" house in "the Heights". We lived on the corner of "H"Street hill and 61st Avenue. I grew up knowing ALL my wonderful extended family, neighbors and all the kids around. We played together, went to school together, went to church together and even got in trouble together (he,he,he). We would stay outside till dark playing on the hills and in the woods riding bikes, catching frogs and tadpoles and just hanging around together. We would stay outside in the rain in the summertime and slide down the hills of clay on our butts; we would sleigh-ride down the "H" St hill during the snows (at night our parents would take over the hill, build a fire in a 55 gal drum at the top of the hill and sleigh away) whenever it snowed the police would always block-off the traffic from getting on the H St hill !! This was really great....The friendships we forged back then were so deep and lasting that some of us "kids" are still close (even if it has taken years to reconnect)and it is as if we've NEVER been apart !!! Amazing !!!
Let me know more information about your annual PG dance.
I lived in Oxon Hill from 1959 to 1978. I used to walk to Apple Grove elementary school, but back then it wasn't called "free range parenting" back then. It was called, "Get to school". I lived off of Bock Rd and I could hear the announcer from Rosecroft Raceway and the cheer of the crowd as the race neared the end. The sound would bounce off the house next door and into my bedroom window. There were times that I would walk (by myself) to Rosecroft and pet the horses. Of course I had to get over Henson creek by jumping from log to rock to log. I had a friend who's father owned the pizzeria off St. Barnabas Rd, tho I can't remember it's name. We used to hang out there quit a bit. I worked there for two weeks before Oxon Hill Rec. center (off of Tucker Rd) opened. I was a lifeguard there, then Asst. manager. Everyone always showed up for their shifts, did their jobs and never caused problems. It's not that way today. I know, 'cause I managed a pool (as a retirement gig) a year ago. It was a good time. Kids played outside, unsupervised, and we were held accountable for our actions and no one would sue a neighbor if their kid got hurt while playing. (sigh)
My parents lived in Glassmanor (first group of tenants there) then moved to a new house in 1953 near St. Barnabas Road and Wheeler Road when I was born. When my sister was born in 1956, we moved to a new house in Hillcrest Heights, which was then being built. Having pictures of all 3 places when they were built and comparing them to now is interesting. I remember going to the McDonalds on Indian Head Highway near Easter when it said 'over 500,000 sold' . It was the only one in the DC area. Used to love playing in Oxen Run Creek in the park near Naylor Road and Oxen Run Parkway. It was great when I got old enough to bike to Marlow Heights on my own from our home near Oxen Run Parkway (just inside the DC/Maryland line on the Maryland side. (We had DC addresses then, even though we lived in Maryland). Marlow Heights then was the 'end of the earth' However, Fleishman's Market on Old Silver Hill Road and been there way before Marlow Heights Shopping Center. I was there for its grand opening. And then later when Hecht's was added. The severely eroded area off of 28th Parkway where it goes from divided to a two lane road was a favorite spot for us to play Cops and Robbers, etc. All gone now. This was way before Iverson Mall. A Howard Johnson's near Branch ave and Naylor (behind Stricks Liquor) was our 'regular restaurant' Of course, as kids, we would all be on our bikes and watch the people go into Mr. Wick's Motel on Oxen Run and make snide comments. And the Quonset Hut patrons were ... well..... not the highest social caliber. I was in the second class to enter Holy Family Elementary. When my sister was baptized there was;'t even a church yet, (1956) and we met in a quonset hut behind Hillcrest Height Shopping Center. It later became a bowling alley. I believe it is still there but I don't know what it is used for. Have lived in the DC area all my life. Since the 1970s in DC itself. Only know1 person still living in Hillcrest Heights from when I lived there.
Wow, what a trip down memory lane. So many 'firsts' happened for me at Iverson Mall... Trippy, to see this site. thanks for digging up old memories!
What a great website. Brings back a lot of happy memories
We moved to Hillcrest Heights in 1966, but I was born in Philadelphia. It was a big change for us, but we made friends fast and ended up loving Maryland. My brother and I both went to Holy Family and then he went to Potomac and I went to LaReine. We lived on the corner of Foster Place and 23rd Parkway and I can still remember sitting in front of my neighbor's house and watching the cars. I ended up staying in Maryland until the early 80's, but the rest of my family moved back to Philadelphia and New Jersey. I lived in the apartments behind the Hillcrest Heights shopping center for a while (can't remember the name) and then moved to Temple Hills. I still stay in touch with a lot of people that I went to grade and high school with. I know the area has changed a lot, but I have great memories. Even though I was born in PA, I consider myself a Maryland girl ;)! I live in NJ now (ugh), but I certainly don't plan on staying here for the rest of my life. Oh, Fischer is my ex married name. When I was in Maryland I was Joani Ciaccia and my brother was Jimmy.