Macaluso, Antonio

Antonio Macaluso is mentioned in an April 29, 1922, Geneva Free Press story about improvements at the lake.

Information about the whereabouts of his business was not given, but the article states that Macaluso had successfully run a store the prior year and for 1922 he planned to divide the story and a grocery and meat market on one side and lunch counter/soda fountain in the second side. Wenger & Congdon of Painesville planned to run the former.

He also was drilling a gas well on the east side of the store building. At 400 feet, there was still no gas, but Macaluso planned to have Fred Inman go 1,000 feet if necessary to hit a pocket.

His best prospects seemed to be coming from Cleveland, where he had an “active business” selling his new heel plate to shoe buyers. The plates cost 50 cents each and he’d sold 500,000 of them. Macaluso’s heel plates were a patented invention.

Our guests remember:

Pirl Beach

I spent the summer of 1942 in Pirl Beach (at age 16) and worked part time for the manager pulling weeds and such. Also swam every day. My Pittsburgh relatives had reserved a cottage there for many years. My aunt and cousins stayed. My uncle commuted weekly in his Buick. The Pirl Beach manager used a Model T Ford truck for his chores.

Ken Ford

Memories of Ford's

Most of my summer childhood memories are at Ford’s! My parents met there right at the picnic table. We vacationed there every summer along with my grandparents and great aunt and uncle until they passed away. We made amazing friends there that we still vacation with on Putnam Drive!! I could never thank the Payne’s enough for my childhood memories. Playing Indians in the huge back yard, solving make-believe mysteries, playing release and listening to everyone playing penny poker when my sister and I should have been sleeping. I now bring my son to Geneva every summer. He is the 5th generation at Geneva!

Sara Turner Campos

Chestnut Grove

My extended family and I vacationed at Chestnut Grove from 1948-1964. Being from McKeesport, it was a dream come true to go there every summer. I currently live in Michigan but go back occasionally. Not too long ago, I found a post card of some of the cottages where the swings and horseshoe pit were and a local artist is making me a 24×36 painting of it. I can't wait to see it! So many wonderful memories and so few things left as reminders. It is nice to know that others still remember and care.

Michelle Turner ( a Chestnut Grove Kid)


We vacationed every summer at Idle-A-While in the late '50s and early '60s, partially because my aunt was the receptionist there. I often got to ring the bell summoning guests to breakfast, lunch and dinner in the dining room, which was staffed by co-eds from various universities. Evenings were spent playing bingo, fascination and other games on the strip or bridge and poker back at Idle-A-While. Great memories.
John Bloom

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