Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Walking the Streets of Hatchet Creek - Day 2

I’m on a roll now. Or at least I hope so. This week I started my walk of Tomahawk at Memorial Park, heading back around Riverview Nursing Home and south towards the old Sacred Heart Hospital. I tripped coming into the parking lot, which put a damper on my travels, so I walked west on Lincoln Avenue, back to Fourth Street and then north to the Park. I promise that by next week I will post a map here. I just need to get it together (as in my head, and not necessarily the map).
 This is the back side of Riverview Nursing Home. This would be where Dr. Henderson’s hospital was many years ago. That was where I was born, and I won’t tell you what year that was.

 The army surplus store called this its home for many years. A while back the surplus store moved into the old Tomahawk Drug Store building and this one became the Jester Studio. Last time I was by here, there was a lot more activity. It looked pretty desolate; I will have to investigate this further.

 I remember when Family Dollar was the IGA. Was it Jack’s IGA for a while? There used to be three grocery stores in town, this one, Hanke’s and Nelson’s. Mom always shopped at Hanke’s, but I will have to write about that another day.
 And back to Memorial Park.
 This is the M4A8 Sherman Medium Tank which has a special place in the heart of my family. And here is why.
 Some may think that this was some kind of vandalism (and I am so thankful that no one has vandalized this tank), but they are the initials of the kids who painted this tank back in 2003 as part of my son’s Eagle Scout project. His would be the initials “NC”. He sure had us sweating back in those days, as he got his Eagle requirements turned in just days before the cut off (his 18th birthday). He still leaves us wringing our hands in worry sometimes.


Dick Klade said...

Fun walk! Small correction: In the early 1950s, there were five food stores in Tomahawk--Hanke's, Kall's, the A&P, National Tea, and Nelson's. At the time I worked after school and during one summer vacation at the National Tea, Nelson's was located in Frenchtown. Buck moved the business to the present location soon after that, as I recall.

Dick Klade said...

Oops. Actually, there several more grocer--Bud's (Kuntz), Allen's, Dean's, and one near St. Mary's school whose name I can't recall right now.

Vicki said...

Missing my Tomawalks. With Dad gone I don't seem to get there anymore. :-(

Chris Loehmer Kincaid said...

Wasn't going to spill my age, but I am a child of the sixties. But there also was a store in Jersey City on Hwy CC. Wasn't it run by Birdie Hirsch?