In a conversation with one of my good friends, Art Eickhoff, we both discovered we had let July 13 pass by with no discussion at all.
July 13 was the date in 1951 of the great flood. The 1951 flood is one of our favorite discussion topics. Whenever conversations are going on, we still refer to the years BF & AF – Before and After the Flood.
Art and I were both teens during that time. It is like a fast-moving contest to see who can remember the years and names. Sometimes I have go to my best resource, my husband, John, because he is a few years older than Art, and seems to have a better memory than most of us.
In 1951 Armourdale had 10,000 residents, two theaters, a thriving retail district, five packing houses, three public schools, two Catholic schools and numerous grocery stores, drug stores and restaurants.
In addition there were railroad offices and there are still two soap factories. Lipari Thriftway and Bichelmeyer Meat Co. are each one of a kind now in our community. All of our existing retail can boast of the best service and quality products. In this day and age you will never find better or fresher meats than the Bichelmeyers family has to offer.
I challenge anyone to walk in any of our established Kansas Avenue retailers and not receive great service, especially our family-owned business community.
LA Hardware, Art's Mexican Products, Armourdale Furniture, Sturgis Materials or Ninfa's Mexican restaurant will give you the best products and above-average service.
If you want the hard-to-find American food, try Wolfe-es at 8th and Osage.
One thing I know is the aforementioned names have the reputation to back up my bragging. So wander on down to Armourdale and have a fun day. You won't regret your visit and remember this: Armourdale had more jobs than anyone in the state of Kansas back in BF.
Patty Dysart grew up in the Armourdale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan.