The cover story in the Food & Drink section of this morning’s RG-J reminded me of when my family first moved to Reno in spring 1950. For about four weeks or so we lived in the Suburban Motel on the north side of East Pueblo St. between South Virginia St. and Wells Avenue. Although the unit we stayed in had primitive kitchen facilities, my father and I had hamburgers a couple of times at Landrum’s. (My brother John was only two – too young for hamburgers.) I was duly enrolled in Veterans Memorial Elementary School, to which I could easily walk. I think I remember that Bob Blair was there, and possibly Marilyn Peterson. > Anyway, my parents found a house to rent on Hood Avenue, off Valley Road, which was then in the far north of Reno. I transferred to Sierra Vista Elementary School, also within walking distance of our house, for the remainder of third grade and most of fourth grade. The house lease was for one year, and just before the lease expired my parents bought the house I grew up in on the southeast corner of Keele Drive and Von Way. California Avenue had not yet been extended past Hunter Lake Drive, so access by car was via Mayberry Drive to Keele Drive. I finished fourth grade at McKinley Park Elementary School, and was assigned the desk belonging to Judy Stratton > (who was not there, I believe, because of some medical problem). I could ride my bicycle to school because there was a footpath from about the bottom of Lyman Avenue northeast through a construction company yard to (what was then) the end of Idlewild Drive. Then, of course, it was on to Central for fifth grade, where we met.
ERIC AND I HAVE BEEN FRIENDS SINCE 1950 AND THIS SHOWED UP TODAY, INSPIRED BY THE STORY ABOUT LANDRUM’S IN THE PAPER THIS MORNING. THE HOUSE THAT HE REFERS TO REMAINS, ONE OF THE FIRST POST-WAR STRUCTURES WEST OF HUNTER LAKE DRIVE, WITH VERY FEW STREETS IN PLACE YET. THE PHOTOS ARE FROM THE RENO HIGH YEARBOOK “RE-WA-NE” – OUR CLASSMATE BOB BLAIR PASSED AWAY A FEW MONTHS AGO.
AND WHY THE TEXT DOESN’T WRAP THE PHOTOS IS ANYBODY’S GUESS.