I had the unique opportunity of being raised in a unique city called Highland Park.  I was born in 1955 and I would spend the next twenty years of my life in this small city that is almost totally surrounded by Detroit.   This blog is sharing some of my memories of growing up in Highland Park, Michigan.


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    • Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I do enjoy writing about my growing up years in Highland Park. I wouldn’t be interested in the yearbooks, but thanks for the offer.

  1. I also Grew up in Highland Park. I went to Catholic school for 12 years, married there and had two children at Highland Park General Hospital on Glendale. My mother worked there for many years in the Kitchen. I appreciated your photo and I believe that on the right is the old Sears store.

  2. I just LOVE your blog…so many memories as I am also a Highland Parker from the late 60’s -to early 80’s…living on Ferris…2 houses from Samhat gas station…attended St Bens grade school from 69-76..(st-8th grade)…many trips into H & R’s and “Izzies” across from there…Izzie let us have a “tab” when mom was a little short on funds…as did Samhat Gas…the one pic in the alley was close to our garage…and many kick the can went on in the alleys and water balloon fights…and I remember all the Hollyhock flowers and bees…many many great memories…keep up the blog..Thanks

    • Thanks for reading my blog. I do know where you lived. Mom always bought her gas at Samhat. I also know a lot of people who lived near Oakland, including the Stites, the Yahees (sp?”) the Sarkalas. I do hope to write about Izzie sometime in the future. Thanks also for the encouraging words. I do hope to continue to write about my memories of Highland Park.

  3. I too remember Izzies market and H&R. Harold and Rupee are both gone. The ironic part about Harold was, when I moved out to Sterling Heights, his daughter was my next door neighbor. My mom always bought her weekly meat from Izzie, he was a very nice man and always very friendly to all the families that came in his store. The lady that worked for him had a son and he went to St. Bens also. I graduated from St. Bens, first thru 12 for me. Angela the gal that wrote on your blog, was my mothers neighbor on Ferris. And Samhat’s was well known by my family. Before my family moved to Ferris, we lived on Gerald and then when the urban renewal came thru the city bought our houses and tore them down and rebuilt new ones. I lived across the street from the Hamzey family and when I lived on Gerald growing up one of our next door neighbor was Mrs. Booth and she had a Daughter and and son. Martha and Jack.

    • Hello June,

      Thanks for your comments to my post about H&R’S. I do hope to write about Izzie sometime in the future. I do remember the lady who worked the grocery side of Izzie’s store. I believed she also worked for Jackson when he owned the store. | Also, my sister’s best friend was Sue Hamzey. I saw her and her brother at my nephew’s wedding about a year ago. As for the Mrs. Booth on Gerald, I don’t think she is any relation to us. I do also remember when the urban renewal came to Gerald. I had a friend who lived in one of the new houses and we would play football at Storen Park. Also, if you could help me, I would like to write about the Pure Gas Station on Oakland Ave. I know that Samhat owned this. I think he also sold tires in a building on the south side of Ferris. I remember the man who attended the pumps as being a man with a short type of crewcut and wore glasses, but I don’t remember what Samhat looked like. Could you give me a description. Again thanks for writing, I am always glad to hear from fellow Parkers.

      Sincerely, Mark Booth


  4. Very interesting blog! I attended Angell School in 1955, and I cant find any information as to where it was located in Highland Park. I Do remember that we lived across the street from a factory in an apartment building, and that the school was a few blacks away. Would you know where that school was located?



    • Angell school was located on old Cottage Grove, the 300 block,which was between Brush and Oakland Avenue. The street only ran East of Woodward for 3 blocks.

      • Hello. I went to Angell School in 1955. We lived in an apartment building on Manchester and Brush. (I’m 95% sure looking at the map today). I remember walking about a block or so to school. As I look at the map today, I see no Cottage Grove. Would that have been close to Oakland?

      • By the way, my mom was taking nursing training at some hospital close by on Woodward Ave as I recall. Does anyone know what hospital that would have been?

  5. I find your blog very interesting. I graduated Highland Park High in 1957 when you were 2. I loved you swimming story. I have one question since I swam in HS and Mr Munro was our coach was it the same person? Also we lived on Eason and I went to Ford School.

    • Thank you for your comments and reading my blog. I have been negligent to write lately. I will try to get back to writing soon. Eason was a very nice street. As for Mr. Munro, I am sure that Mr. Munro is the same person. He was our gym and swim teacher at Midland school when it opened in 1961.

  6. Hello,
    Came across your blog and I enjoyed reading it. I too lived in Highland Park. Our first home was on Brighton. I also attended Liberty School. It’s very strange when I read about your pool experiences there. I can’t remember the the pool teacher but she would also make us shower naked and then come out and twirl in front of her (naked). I was always so embarrassed and who was I going to tell? That would never happen in today’s world. I also had a music teacher who used to poke my wrists with a sharpened pencil if he didn’t like the form I was using to hold and play my violin. We later moved to Hill Street and I attended St John Vianney. I have often tried to find info or pictures but I was told the school burnt down with everything in it. Off of 6 mile Soupy Sales lived in the corner house. Our final home was on Ferris Street off of Woodward. I attended St. Benedict’s until it closed. I too remember all the stores and restaurants that you mentioned. My first two jobs after babysitting were working at a car dealership on Woodward in Highland Park and then the dime store across from Sears. I had many friends that I still talk to on FB and many great memories that I cherish every day of my life.

    • Sandra, thank you for reading my blog. I know that many former Parkers have some good memories of their growing up years in Highland Park. I have enjoyed writing this blog. I have been slack in writing lately, but I hope to get back to it soon.

      As you saw in my blog, I lived on Candler which was next to Ferris. I do remember playing strikeout off the wall of St Ben’s gym.

      Thanks for subscribing to the blog!

  7. Mark, really enjoyed the stroll down memory lane. We lived very near each other. You on Candler and I on little Ferris across from Samhats and Belinda auto parts. Miss the old place and the sense of community it once held for me.

    • Hello Jerry,
      Yes, I remember my mom always getting her gas at Samhats which was Pure gasoline. I am sorry that I don’t remember you, but I do remember Fred Yahee(sp?) and Steve Stites that lived near you. Yes, I agree that there was a real sense of community as we were growing up.

  8. I also loved the McGregor Library, and would stop there on the way home from school very frequently — it was beautiful and very impressive. To the person who asked about Angell School — I also went to Angell School. It was located between Cottage Grove and Gerald I believe, between Oakland and Brush Streets. It was torn down many years ago, much to my sadness. Thank you for writing about Highland Park!!

  9. Thanksfor the memories. I lived at 231 Elmhurst & went all through Ferris (K thru 7) & then my Dad was transferred to Pennsylvania. A great place to live & grow up from 1938 to 1945. McGregor Library across Woodward ……many useful hours spent there. Delivered the Highland Parker on Elmhurst & Tuxedo…….Saturday matinee at the “Tux” !!

  10. I lived on ferris,my dad was a police officer from ’46 to 75.loved to go to six mile mile theater to see jerry Lewis in person my parents bought all their meats from izzy remember when he and Jackson tore down the wall to make one store any way I can research the “Highland Parker ” the newspaper

    • Thanks for your comments. I was raised on the 200 block of Candler. Of course, I walked on Ferris to get to school each day. It would be great to obtain the archives of the Highland Parker. There would be a wealth of information there.

  11. Hi Mark, I came upon your blog from googling the McGreagor Library in Highland Park. My mother grew up a few blocks from the library in the 1930’s and 40’s. It was a frequent stopover in her life and in her siblings lives as well. My mom and her twin brother are deceased, but her younger sister and an older brother are still living. Mom, Mary Williams and her brother George Williams were born in Highland Park in 1929. Grandma didn’t make it into the hospital on time and my mother was born on the entrance steps, George was born inside. As kids they spent many hours at the library, as adults my mom and grandmother maintained a friendship and correspondence with a woman who had been either the Children’s Librarian or Head Librarian at McGreagor. I’m trying to recall her name, it could have perhaps been Miss Conley. Miss Conley? travelled and went to Europe frequently, according to my Aunt Martha, where she bought furnishings and fixtures for the doll house you described. That doll house inspired my aunt to build and collect miniatures most of her life. After Miss Conley retired to Ann Arbor, MI, Mom, Grandma my two younger sisters and I were invited to her home for lunch one Summer, this would have been in the mid 1960’s. My mom drove us there, it was terrifying!, as she had a very poor sense of direction and little skill behind the wheel. We made it to Ann Arbor and back to Toledo alive, just barely and Grandma never rode any distance with my mom ever again. In future years Miss Conley aged, became ill and passed away, Mom missed receiving her tidily written, neat and interesting letters and a very good friend.

    • Thanks a lot for sharing this with me! I would have never known the story behind the doll house. The library was definitely quite the place. It is sad that it is just wasting away; however, our memories are still quite alive of this great place of learning and fun. -Mark Booth-

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