Garden Avenue Memories
Erick Trickey did a fine job writing about the rise, fall and apparent rebirth of 2401 Garden Ave., where my mom, Elizabeth Walker Pumphrey, was born in 1918 (“Welcome to Foreclose Central,” July 2007).
As a youngster in the late ’40s and ’50s, I always looked forward to traveling to visit Grandma and Grandpa Walker. The house was our staging area from where my grandpa would take my brother Dave and I on such outings as a visit to a nearby theater on West 25th Street, where we saw “Bambi,” and to the Cleveland Zoo, where we rode on a miniature train. Sometimes grandpa would take us for streetcar rides downtown, which included a frightening noisy few minutes traveling in virtual darkness under the Detroit-Superior Bridge.
There area a lot of great memories in that old Garden Avenue house, not just for me, but also for subsequent residents, including County Treasurer Jim Rokakis.
Louis H. Pumphrey
We Blame Brain Freeze
I love the magazine but I read your article about ice cream in the July issue (“Frozen in Time”) and am wondering why Strickland’s Frozen Custard was not mentioned, since it is always voted No. 1 in Akron. Strickland’s is in the process of opening stores all over the United States and also has a store at Jacobs Field.
Editor’s Note: The original Strickland’s Frozen Custard is at 1809 Triplett Blvd. in Akron. Visit www.stricklands.info for other locations.
Voice Mail of the Month
I just picked up my Cleveland Magazine and was so pleased to see an article written by Afi Scruggs. I thought she was one of the finest writers that The Plain Dealer had, and I’m glad to see her in the magazine. The wonderful Mike Roberts is always welcome, but she especially is one of my favorites. Thanks for including her.Correction:
In our August issue, we incorrectly reported the amount of money raised by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Broadway Bound for a Cure benefit. The event raised more than $700,000.