Joe’s Fruit Market (1946-1958) on East Pratt Street. (Courtesy Joe Regula)
Former Patterson Park-area resident Joe Regula grew up at 2123 E. Pratt St. Today, we’d call the neighborhood Butchers Hill. Regula shares his collection of family photographs that reveal life in Baltimore in the 1950s.
Regula was born at the old St. Joseph’s Hospital on Caroline Street and attended St. Michael’s School at Wolfe and Lombard streets.
His father and his mother, Joe Regula and Angie Cincotta Regula, had a fruit store in the middle of the block. Regula also recalls businesses in the neighborhood – Frank Kardash’s bar, Milton’s grocery store, also on Pratt Street, the Cresent candy store at Chester and Pratt – and a few others, like Novak’s grocery store, Currier’s novelties, Dryzwicki’s Grocery Store and Gerlack’s candy shop. He also remembers the arrival of the Koester’s Bread truck.
Gus, the Koester’s Bread man, stopping in the Patterson Park neighborhood. (Courtesy Joe Regula)
Regula recalls that the neighborhood was diverse ethnically – Jewish, Greek, German, Polish, Italian and Russian Orthodox families lived near Patterson Park.
His family sold its business when large food chains came into the city. His father then took a job at General Motors.
Regula is now retired and was a Baltimore County teacher who later taught education courses at Notre Dame of Maryland University. He lives in Severna Park.