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Info sought for Waterloo History Book

Wayne Lohr remembers playing in The Jungle where the VFW is now. Pat Brown recalls attending a one-room schoolhouse. Rollie Velte recalls auto racing at the fairgrounds. People are invited to share their memories in the official History of Waterloo, 1950-2000. This significant work, more than three years in the making, will soon go to press. The writers want to be sure they haven’t left anything out!”Get out your scrapbooks for your stroll down memory lane,” said Laverne Sessler, publisher of the history book. What do you remember about life in Waterloo in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s? What events were especially important to you?What was it like to work at Mid-State Body? What was a high school senior ball like in the 60s? What was it like to attend classes in Eshenour’s Garage or at a church social room? What did kids do at the old rec center? Do you have any stories about outhouses or backhouses or other features of life back then that you would like to share?Stories of four or five paragraphs in length should be sent to the:Waterloo History Book Project301 Main Street Shop CenterWaterloo 13165They may be typed double spaced or sent via e-mail to wdwolf@flare.net.The writers are looking for photos from 1948 to 2000, especially of the grandstands at the fair grounds, the GLF pea canning factory on Swift Street. Also needed are pictures of Bagshaw Lumber & Coal building, the red light on the bank that flashed to call police, passenger trains, and Sleepy Pete’s on Washington Street. Other photos sought are the Brunswick Hotel, Franklin Hotel, Head’s grill, the Inland Restaurant, or McNurney’s Hotel in Border City or Club 5&20? Does anyone have pictures of the Texaco Diner, Mid-State Body on Elizabeth Street, or the fire house on Church Street? Or perhaps someone can find a photo of the ticket booth for the fair at the corner of Swift Street and Wright Ave., Santo’s Bar on Elisha Street, Cuddeback’s store on Center Street or the B&B Bar and Grill and the old bridge next to it.”While you’re at it, please give a thought to those people who have helped make Waterloo what it is today,” Sessler added. “Please drop us a list of the people you believe are worthy of special mention in the history book. We have prepared special biographies of scores of people, but we don’t want to forget anyone, so send your ideas today!”

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