A nostalgic look at 'Forgotten Delavan'
DELAVAN — Among the dozens of black-and-white photographs of Delavan lakeshore resorts, downtown street scenes and landmarks that fill the pages of Patti Marsicano's new book, “Forgotten Delavan,” readers have found some personal memories.
“When I talked to people at book signings, each of them got excited about a different photo,” Marsicano said. “There was one picture — I had to laugh — of The Log Cabin.”
The photo, dating back to the late 1960s or early 1970s, shows the bar's exterior and parking lot, where a row of cars sit.
“(Former Delavan mayor) Ron Henriott laughed when he saw this picture and told me, 'That's my car,'” she said. Other people also have spotted their own former cars in the book's photos.
“Forgotten Delavan” is Marsicano's second book. Her first, “Delavan,” came out in 2004. Both were put out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its “Images of America” series, and both are heavy on photos.
“The first book was an overview of Delavan, and this one is nostalgia,” she said. “Whatever people's ages, from their 30s and 40s, up to their 70s and 80s, even 90s, they can pick up this book and get excited about a picture they're going to see that will bring back memories.”
Memories like those triggered by photos of Eat 'N Time, which got its start in 1946 and was at one time a popular hangout for local high school students, who congregated there over burgers and shakes.
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