Trip Down Memory Lane

I’m just back from a quick trip out to Elkhart Indiana to meet up with my bro Dick, who flew-in from Vero Beach FL, for a visit with our Aunt Joan and Uncle Dean. They are the last of our family on my father’s side who are “living in the country” where our Jackson family comes from.  Elkhart is where we first lived before the fam moved to upstate New York. It was a fun trip for us to visit with our Aunt and Uncle, revisit what’s left of the old places and relive the early days.

Ran into buddy Skip Dickstein, who was on his way to shoot the Kentucky Derby for Blood Horse Magazine, We shared the ride on SouthWest to Chicago.

Ran into buddy Skip Dickstein, who was on his way to photo shoot the Kentucky Derby for Blood Horse Magazine. We shared the ride on SouthWest to Chicago.

Leaving Albany in the rain

Leaving Albany in the rain

Above the weather

Above the weather

Coming into Chicago

Coming into Chicago

Taxiing-in at Midway Airport

Taxiing-in at Midway Airport

Picked-up the rental and on the road to Elkhart - god, the mid-west is flat!

Picked-up the rental and on the road to Elkhart - god, the mid-west is flat!

With Aunt Joan, their daughter Sharon, Uncle Dean and me at their current place

With Aunt Joan, their daughter Sharon, Uncle Dean and me at their current place

The fam's original digs in Elkhart before moving to NY in '49.

The fam's original digs in Elkhart before moving to NY.

The grandparent's place on Laurel St that was just a little down the street from our place. It is no longer the place that I remember, and I have no recollection of our place on Laurel.

The grandparent's place on Laurel that was just a little down the street from our place. It's no longer the place that I remember as a child, and I have no recollection of our first place on Laurel.

Joan and Dean's old place on Beardsley still looks good.

Joan and Dean's old place on Beardsley still looks good.

The Main St bridge over the St Joe River into downtown Elkhart.

The Main St bridge over the St Joe River into downtown Elkhart.

After moving to NY, by bro and I would spend our summers back in Elkhart with our Granparents, and Aunt Joan and Dean. Our parents would put us on the train in Schenectady, give a Porter some $ to see that we got off the train ok at Elkhart. The New York Central 20th Centry Limited would go right through Elkhart on it's way to Chicago. The pic is the Elkhart train station that our Granparents, or Aunt and Unc would get us off the train.

After moving to NY, my bro and I would spend our summers back in Elkhart with our Granparents, and Aunt Joan and Dean. Our parents would put us on the train at Schenectady NY, and give a Porter some $ to see that we got off the train ok at Elkhart. The New York Central's 20th Centry Limited would go right through Elkhart on it's way to Chicago. This pic is the old Elkhart train station that our Granparents, or Aunt and Unc would get us off the train.

A model of the 20th Century Limited we road to Elkhart in the railroad museum at Elkhart Depo

A model of the 20th Century Limited we rode to Elkhart in the railroad museum at Elkhart Depo

Museum rolling stock similar to what we rode to Elkhart IN from Schenectady NY

Museum rolling stock similar to what we rode to Elkhart from Schenectady NY

What a train dinning car looked like. A big treat was oatmeal and cream served in the dinning car for breakfast.

What a train dinning car looked like, except that back in-the-day, it was very plush with fine china service, heavy silverware. A big treat was oatmeal and cream served in the dinning car for breakfast.

Northern Indiana Iron and Brass Co. that was started by my granfather, Laz Jackson and Casper Sweitzer back in the 1920s.

Northern Indiana Iron and Brass Co. that was started by my granfather, Laz Jackson, and Casper Sweitzer back in the 1920s.

This is the original NIBCO on Plum and Mishawaka that my gran built

This is the original NIBCO on Plum and Mishawaka that my gran built

The original, original part of Nibco that my granfather built brick by brick as my Aunt described.

The original, original part of Nibco that my granfather built brick by brick as my Aunt described.

Bro Dick and I in Harry Caray's Restaurant at Midway Airport. Harry Caray was the Chicago Cub's announcer who was famous for his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.

Bro Dick and I in Harry Caray's Restaurant at Midway Airport waiting to fly out. Harry Caray was the Chicago Cub's announcer who was famous for his rendition of "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" during the 7th inning stretch.

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