Roseland Golden Years "GUEST BOOK"
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on Mar/13/2015 at 14:55

Mother, Martha Gillette (Known as Dolly) was a welder with Electro Motive 103rd Cottage Grove. Dad, Art Gillette (Known as Buster) was a body and fender repairman. Worked in many of the auto body rebuilding shops throughout the south side. Parents moved a lot and I attended many public schools, including Van Vlissingen (VV) Bennet and Graduated Kohn grade school. Attended Chicago Vocational H.S> (CVS) graduating in 1959. 1960 enlisted in the Air Force and moved on from Roseland. The memories from those years are beautiful. I feel blessed to have grown up in Roseland. I hunger for a Coney Island Hot Dog. I remember the Marines at the State theatre, the feature being Sands of Iwo Jima. Sleding down the hills, the pump swiming pool. Yes of course could not forget the "Ave" nor the Swank Skating Rink, or 75th street beach. All so beautiful. So sad it is what it is today. Bernard Gillette
on Mar/04/2015 at 17:14

Born in '55, South Chicago Community Hospital. Raised at 100th Place and St. Lawrence. Third generation Roselander. Dad (Slim) and uncle Bud ran Harold's Texaco at Rhodes and 103rd for years. Mom worked at Gassman's in South Chicago. Went to Bennett for school. I still have found memories of Gatley's, Kingsway, 111th St. YMCA, White Castle, IC Pizza, and Palmer Park.

Moved to Lansing in '68. TFS HS '73, ISU '77. Moved to Los Angeles after college. LAPD '78-2011, current LA County employee. Married 30 years with one daughter who is a proud resident of Old Town Chicago, 2014 Chicago Marathon finisher!

Still a die hard Chicago fan (yes even my Cubbies!) Google street view is great to see Roseland from afar. It was a great place to grow up.

Thanks for this site!
on Feb/06/2015 at 18:42

I just found this site. I is wonderful. Can you send a message to a particular person? I saw a couple of posts from people I know.
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