Aunt Mary's Stories

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Posted by Mary on October 24, 1999 at 21:14:22:

Dick, regarding Uncle Gus' "deli" - It was located on Five Oaks Ave. between Grafton and Rowe. It was more of an ice cream store than a deli. They sold ice cream, candies plus home made pies from Aunt Catherine's kitchen. A bit of the background regarding this locale - I remember as a youngster going up to this location. There was a very small store manned by one individual. It was considered a cigar factory. This was eventually torn down and three stores replaced the factory - a barber shop, a dry cleaner and the candy store.
My Mother's brother, Fr. Leonard (not to be confused with Uncle Albert's son) went to seminary in Columbus, OH at Josephineum. After he was ordained he went to Holy Rosary Church in Dayton. He was transfered to Fryburg and we spent many a July 4th there as a whole Reiling-Redelberger family. In that town there was a saw mill, grocery & church. The big event one afternoon was to go to the house next to the grocery (which was advertised as a hotel) and have an orangeade while sitting around the diningroom table. Uncle Gus treated us to these 5 cent drinks. Later Fr. Leonard was transfered to Arapaho, NE where he remained until his final illness (poss. kidney disease). Mother & Aunt Lil went out to Arapaho and had him brought back to St E in Dayton. He was there about 6 to 8 weeks. When he died, he was buried in Brookville, IN where his father & a baby were buried. I remember he was very interested in radios when they first came out and even built his own set. Anything scientific appealed to him. Incendentally, he was my godfather.
Mother's sister Anna worked in a textile factory in Louisville. She was the oldest of the eight children and had to go to work at an early age. Mother & Aunt Lil both got jobs at Bacon's. Their sister Josie died in her teens.
Love, Aunt Mary

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