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Postby Guest » Thu Sep 02, 2010 12:59 am

Oops---that Super Bee was a Dodge.


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Postby Bosco55David » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:59 am

nativeomahan wrote:St. Vincent's Retirement Home.  My great uncle lived there in the 1970s.  I did volunteer work there back then.  Closed in the late 1980s or early 1990s I think and torn down a few years later.

Lots of memories of the place.  It was pretty big.  Six or seven stories.


Finally! Someone who remembers.  :mrgreen:

Do you remember if there was in fact a tornado siren on, or near that property? I know the sirens were very loud at my house (41st and Ames) and I seem to remember it being located at this facility.

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Postby Pat-in-Omaha » Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:02 pm

nativeomahan wrote:St. Vincent's Retirement Home.  My great uncle lived there in the 1970s.  I did volunteer work there back then.  Closed in the late 1980s or early 1990s I think and torn down a few years later.

Lots of memories of the place.  It was pretty big.  Six or seven stories.



My Great Uncle and Great Aunt lived there around 1966.  It was a huge place.
When my mom was visiting with them I would go down the hall to the sitting area and watch Batman on TV.

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Re: Things that have changed since I left Omaha

Postby larimore61 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 4:44 am

The "hospital" in question on Ames Ave. was in fact the St. Vincent Home (retirement facility) which was located at 45th and Ames. This was a large facility with beautiful grounds that spanned from 45th to 47th streets, and Ames all the way to Fowler (two blocks to the north). The covered stairs that were right on Ames were a part of the St. Vincent facility and we used to play there as kids. We called it The Shady Rest. The bar/restaurant located next to St. Vincent's was called the Parkside Lounge in the 50s and 60s. In the early 70s my uncle (Paul Saner) bought this lounge/restaurant and renamed it Saner's Lounge. He was pretty progressive as the bar owner because in the early 80s he used to let punk and new wave bands perform there. Saner's Lounge was located on the northeast corner of 45th and Ames. As I recall he had some neat neon lights in the windows. BTW the tornado siren for the neighborhood was located atop the St. Vincent Home. It used to be tested every third Saturday morning in the spring and summer months as I recall. Does anybody remember the Standard Oil gas station that used to be located at the intersection of Ames Ave. and Fontenelle Blvd? My dad used to gas up his 1959 Ford there when we were kids. The gas station was torn down around 1970 when Ames Ave was widened from two to four lanes.
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Re: St. Vincent Home

Postby larimore61 » Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:03 am

Pat-in-Omaha wrote:
nativeomahan wrote:St. Vincent's Retirement Home.  My great uncle lived there in the 1970s.  I did volunteer work there back then.  Closed in the late 1980s or early 1990s I think and torn down a few years later.

Lots of memories of the place.  It was pretty big.  Six or seven stories.



My Great Uncle and Great Aunt lived there around 1966.  It was a huge place.
When my mom was visiting with them I would go down the hall to the sitting area and watch Batman on TV.


In the mid-60s my older sister and I would make necklaces and bracelets out of colored uncooked elbow macaroni (using food coloring) and then take them to the St. Vincent Home and give them out to the residents. We also used to make necklaces out of buckeyes (horse chestnuts) that grew on a big tree right in front of the St. Vincent Home right off of the circular drive. We also would take these necklaces to the home to give out to residents. We were such nerdy kids! One thing I also recall about the home was that the nuns who worked there used to get out their golf clubs and practice putting on the east side of the facility in the summers. We used to hang around and chase after the golf balls for them, dragging them out of bushes etc. That was such a beautiful facility. The grounds were extremely well landscaped. BTW I grew up on 43rd and Larimore right off of Fontenelle Blvd.

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Re: Things that have changed since I left Omaha

Postby GRANDPASMUCKER » Wed Oct 15, 2014 5:56 pm

I ate at that A&W next door to St Vincents about 500 times. They sold KFC chicken and it was the best in the world. KFC chicken bought anywhere else was just not the same. And the 4th of July fireworks shows at Fontenelle Park were fantastic. At the end of the fireworks show for the finale they would blow up the island. When they moved the fireworks shows to Rosenblatt it was never the same.


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