On January 2 I wrote a post about my grammar school on the south side of Chicago's Roseland neighborhood. Saturday night I received a comment on that post from a man who grew up not only in Roseland the same time I did, and not only lived on the same street as I did, but who grew up in the same house my father grew up in. How is that for kismet? The main discussion was about Brenan school, now known as Alex Haley Academy, but thanks to the comment and emails going back and forth, I now have some very old photos of Roseland itself.
Here is what Gary wrote about Brenan and Roseland: "Teachers at Brenan used to call the school the "country club," because it was such a middle class, grounded school with few behavior problems and plenty of good students. The neighborhood wasn't wealthy, just very solid and close. The Roseland community was a wonderful place in which to grow up."
Here is a view of old Roseland in pictures, scenes well before my time I have to add. Thankfully something is still before my time.
State Theater, spent many a Saturday afternoon there, not when this photo was taken, of course.