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Model Market Memories
March 29, 1956

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Mike Riley '64 on September 24, 2012 at 10:38 PM said:

I remember as far back as 1954 when I bought 2 bubble gum for a penny and toothpaste was 29 cents. I got my haircut at the barber for 50 cents, and always went into the Hobby store. I lived close so I would walk the railroad tracks home. Those were the days.
Richard Posey, '67 on June 29, 2009 at 6:08 PM said:

Paul Saevig, '67 on June 29, 2009 at 2:53 PM said:

Cynthia Byerrum, '67 thought the white Corvair might have been her sister Charlotte's. It's under the first big tree from the middle of the photo.

Monica Maluy, '66 thinks the brown T-Bird (2 cars toward the left from the white Corvair) might be her older sister's car.

Anyone else see car's they recognize, maybe?
Roger Naff, '64 on June 29, 2009 at 2:50 PM said:

I believe the orange Valiant car belonged to Doug Woodruff's family..
george campanis, '64 on June 28, 2009 at 2:33 PM said:

it was the summer of '58
our family moved from brooklyn new york with the dodgers to sunny hills. didn't know a soul so i used to walk the railroad tracks and horse trail to the model market and yes spent many hours reading their comic books. also used to walk the other way from our house to laguna lake. we spent a lot of great times fishing and riding steve hartshorn's beefed up go-cart around the lake. used to walk to highland bowl on imperial highway just left of the tracks and play 3 games and have change left over from a one dollar bill.

i remember one night todd and crystal bledsoe and myself camped out next to the tracks and a train came by in the middle of the night and scared the heck out of us. flatted many pennies also.

saved many of my old comic books and baseball cards, but you know, mama bessie threw them out when i went away to college. i am sure that many others had the same experience.

does anyone remember my 16th birthday party, dancing around the pool to runaround sue by dion and the belmonts. i remember babs burton and i jumping in the pool around midnight..

remember mrs. white, the typing teacher...i thought she was the most beautiful women in the world... crush, crush, crush.....

hope this note finds everyone well, look forward to seeing everyone at the reunion this year.


george campanis

Maureen Schinhofen, '68 on June 26, 2009 at 1:45 PM said:

Can't help with Model Market, but do you remember that Mr. Skalla managed that the Market Basket grocery store for years? He passed away about a year ago, can't be sure on the date. You had to know one of the Skalla's, I think there were 10 of them. One in each class at St Mary's. They lived a few blocks away from us.

Hi Paul! I love reading Silver Spoon. I'm sorry I haven't been able to help. Haven't been well. Take care. Moe.

Maureen, Yes, Kathy Skalla was in my class, '67. I remember their family from church, and my family was a Market Basket family, too.

Nancy Schuth '67 on June 21, 2009 at 3:17 PM said:

My sister Linda and I rode our horses down from Hermosa Place to the Model Market for lunch. We could tie up out front and there was a trough for the horses. We also took square dance lessons in the barn. Although we lived closer to the Model our mom still shopped at Lakemans's.
Chuck Bailey '64 on June 21, 2009 at 1:08 PM said:

I remember going to a swim party with Golden Hill 1st grade classmates (our teacher drove a Volkswagon to school !). Much later in SHHS, I had a weekend job cleaning The Barn... lots of dirty dancers. One afternoon at the Market, an Avanti parked out in front; hot stuff. :-)))
Paul Saevig, '67 on June 19, 2009 at 4:16 PM said:

Does anyone remember the names of the shops there? I believe one was a beauty shop and another was called The Scotch Shop or something, a clothing or fabrics store. Was there a dry cleaners, or a hobby shop?
RICHARD GRAVES CLASS OF 62 on June 19, 2009 at 9:41 AM said:

I almost forgot, that restaurant you mentioned was the Chuck Wagon. It was inside "The Barn" which was a dance hall that used to be a packing house. The wood floors were great for dancing and mostly Square Dancing was held there for years.
RICHARD GRAVES CLASS OF 62 on June 18, 2009 at 8:15 PM said:

Not only did I have my hair cut by Jimmy Gouger at the barber shop, he was my wife's uncle. He and his son Ron both cut hair at the shop. Uncle Jimmy was a good guy. I can still see him playing cribbage in between customers.
Holly Cresswell, '68 on June 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM said:

You asked about when Bastanchury Road was built. It was under construction when I first got my horse, which was around 1961-62, as I was in the sixth grade when my dad and I got horses. We kept them at Shorty's, when he was located down at the bottom of Valencia Mesa--where it now intersects with Bastanchury Rd. The construction ran from Malvern to Harbor, as I recall; and, it probably crossed Harbor, too. I just remember the stretch around Shorty's and from his place east to Harbor. It was a nice, smooth area to run on the shoulder of the road!!!! When cars began to drive there, it wasn't as much fun!

We used to ride to Model Market and tie our horses up there at the hitching posts. It wasn't long after Bastanchury was put in that Model Market was demolished. I don't remember, exactly, when that occurred.

But I do remember that when my family and I moved to Richman Knoll (June, 1963), that Model was gone and Mayfair was built in its place. Carol Roberts ('67) taught me how to ride prior to getting my own horse. She had a palomino...Nugget, I believe was his name...and I remember our loping...double...through the fields to Model Market. Of course, when I lived on Highland, I would always ride my bike to Model Market, via Sunny Crest.
Steven Lowe "63" on June 16, 2009 at 4:50 PM said:

One of my fondest memories of childhood. Jimmy Smith's Swim Club is just out of the picture. Horses were often tethered in front. The creaky wood floors and the very large comics section were so much of the experience. We would walk up the RR tracks from Cerritos Dr. to the bridge and then up to the Model Market. Thanks for the picture. It is the only one I have seen. S.
Mike Davinroy, '64 on June 16, 2009 at 1:38 PM said:

Jimmy (SHHS `63) & Shannon (SHHS `66) Rhodes' mom took all of us Diana Pl. neighborhood boys to the Model Market for it's Grand Opening (I think I was in 4th grade). Roy Rogers was supposed to be there with Trigger. After waiting for hours, we were told Roy wouldn't be there, but we were welcome to visit the market. I think that may be why I always liked The Village Market at Basque & Commonwealth better...
April Wakeman, '65 on June 15, 2009 at 7:20 PM said:

Come on Bob. We didn't sit on the porch, we sat on the animal food bags just inside the door and read the comic books.
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