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Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: Coal Heating vs Oil vs Gas
« Last post by moose on Yesterday at 07:22:48 AM »
The house I grew up in on Cuyler used coal, we switched to natural gas sometime in the early 70's. I remember what a big deal it was when the coal truck came by to deliver the coal, and the coal bin in the basement.
Reminisce about Berwyn / Coal Heating vs Oil vs Gas
« Last post by Marcy on December 01, 2016, 09:02:23 PM »
It was brought to my attention:
1)  that Berwyn Homes built in the mid-1920's were heated by coal.
2)  that Coal came in different sizes.

I found this article for those, who used coal and wondered what size they need to get.

The house I grew up had a big oil drum inside the basement.
The 1st house I bought in Chicago and the house I currently live in use natural gas. However, at least one of the houses, I rented had been a coal burner.
Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: The Old Harvey Ave. Bungalow
« Last post by Marcy on December 01, 2016, 02:18:56 PM »
Drive over to 18th. and Harvey, if Harvey is still a one-way north, note that only 3 houses on the east side, up by 18th. St. have side-drives. Look in the back, and you will see the white (if still same color) garage back by the alley.
If you don't mind, I would rather not list the address, as folks outside of the Berwyn area need not know.

The google map in 2015 of the middle driveway showed no gate
[it didn't show street view - I'll work on that] & my picture taken this morning [overcast day & thru car window] showing the tall gates.
Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: The Old Harvey Ave. Bungalow
« Last post by Marcy on December 01, 2016, 01:48:54 PM »
The house was built in 1923, by a Czech builder, I seem to recall my Mother saying his name was Sloboda.

Looked at 1940 population and practically everyone in a certain age range, from Ridgeland to Lombard and from 1500 to 2100 were Chek. house after house.
I wonder if entire villages came, like the scots did in the 1600's
General Discussion / Re: Rats
« Last post by berwyn senator on December 01, 2016, 01:07:36 PM »
Still the garbage overflows!!!!!
Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: The Old Harvey Ave. Bungalow
« Last post by berwyn senator on December 01, 2016, 01:04:46 PM »
If we could only have those days back! Drive by the old bungalow now and then just to reminisce.
Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: THE S & L's
« Last post by berwyn senator on December 01, 2016, 01:01:34 PM »
My first savings account was a pass book from Lincoln Federal,given out in Havlicheck grammar school.Money was collected once per week by the teacher, students all brought their nickles and dimes, books were posted.
Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: BERWYN OLD VS NEWER
« Last post by berwyn senator on December 01, 2016, 12:49:35 PM »
Are we discussing the outdoor wading pool from the 50's?
Reminisce about Berwyn / Re: BERWYN OLD VS NEWER
« Last post by Marcy on December 01, 2016, 12:32:53 PM »
Remember Cuyler Pool, the outdoor - in-ground pool located at 19th and Cuyler.
It is now gone.
See the NBPD posting:

Governor Quinn came to Berwyn on Saturday, September 20th to award a $1.8 million dollar IDNR PARC grant to the North Berwyn Park District for a new community center.

 The park district plans on renovating an already acquired facility on 16th and Clarence into a new community center, this facility will be home to recreational programs as well as visual and performing art classes.

 The park district recently completed the Hett Park project on 19th and Cuyler which included the conversion of the former Cuyler pool house into a dance and fitness studio, the installation of a new playground named after former Alderman Ben Brocato and a new spray pool. The final phase of the Hett park project will be the conversion of Cuyler street into an outdoor plaza that will provide safe passage for children using the new park.

 The IDNR PARC grant was sponsored by Senator Martin A. Sandoval.
I need some information or a person to go to for historical information on the house at 6849 Riverside Drive.  The big greystone on the corner of Kenilworth and Riverside Drive.

I know who the owners are and were... but was looking for some more human stuff.
I am also trying to find out if the Winkler's that built the house are the stone/masonry people that are known as E.M. Winkler.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


In the 2000's, I'd often drive past that house knowing it was vacant, but I never saw it up for sale. I just LOVED it.

In 2008, it was purchased. Public info states it is 2 story, single family residence of almost 3000 sqft. built about 1925-7 with 5 beds and 3.5 baths. Although the house is quarry stone, the 2-car Garage is regular brick; both buildings have original tile roof (green). Rumors said it had a lot of damage inside.

The new owners have fixed it up; they show great style in their outside holiday decorations. I hope one day that house is open for an architectural tour. Every time I drive by, my heart sighs.

See Article:
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