Thank you to the State Journal for recognizing Ann Waidelich in the Know Your Madisonian column. Indeed, if you want to know anything about the East Side, she is a “go to” person.

I remember Schenk’s Corners as a shopping destination for our family. One of my vivid childhood memories is of buying shoes at the Schenk-Huegel Company, but not before I stepped up to have my feet “X-rayed.” I also recall the salesperson using the attached “pointer” to show my mother there was plenty of room for me to grow into my new shoes.

Our next stop was often Security State Bank. As a child, it always seemed that they were expecting us. We were greeted at the door by a familiar person, and they knew my parents by name. I didn’t know that the Klinke Hatchery raised chickens right next door to the very proper bank building -- a little before my time.

Another fond memory of Schenk’s Corners was Flagstaff Floral. My mother often made a stop at the florist and Strand Bakery just around the corner. Both stops made our shopping trip a special day.

To Ann Waidelich, please continue your work and proudly wear your label as “unofficial historian of the East Side.” Thanks for the memories.

Jan Somerfeld, Madison

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