Bandstra’s Grocery

Haven’t posted much because recovering from Covid pneumonia, everything is kind of at a stand still right now, so I thought I’d throw in a couple of photos of another grocer in Roseland. We have quite a few grocers in the family on my father’s side!

Bandstra’s Grocery was run by Harry Bandstra, my father confirmed that he was related to my Uncle Ed Bandstra. Uncle Ed was married to my father’s sister, Laverne Ooms, and Harry was his uncle.

Bandstra’s Grocery was at Wentworth Avenue and 106th Street, according to Robert Swierenga in his book “Dutch Chicago: A History of the Hollanders in the Windy City”, and competed with the grocery store of P.E. DeBoer & Son. Here is a fuzzy photo of a delivery car, from a Facebook thread.

Here is a photo in the store, Harry is on the far right —

Harry died in 1951, at the age of 56.

The weird, roundabout way I found out about this and I had always wondered about the connection, is I had a Facebook conversation with someone with the maiden name of Bandstra, and I asked her about her family and it turned out that Harry was her grandfather. And the even weirder thing is she has the married name of a Bandstra cousin of mine. I don’t know if there is a connection there, but probably is seeing as we’re all Dutch and there seem to be a lot of interconnections!

Thanks for reading!

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