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Ron Keller

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Ron Keller is a lifelong Naperville resident, tuba enthusiast and has been conducting the Naperville Municipal Band for over 50 years.

Growing up in Naperville – Ramblin’ with Ron

Uncle Les and Aunt Edna Arnett are pictured at the rock garden at 616 N. Ellsworth Street. (Photo courtesy Ron Keller) This month I may...

Growing up in Naperville – Keller connections

When you’re young, like maybe 7 or 8 years old, you don’t think much about relatives or where they come from. As I was...

Growing up in Naperville – Class of ’57 Reunion

As many of us born in 1939 approach the 65th Naperville High School reunion, I found this recollection in my files that was written...

Growing up in Naperville – Trip down memory lane features treasured teachers

I entered kindergarten at Ellsworth School right after Labor Day in 1944. My teacher was Miss Reynolds. However, after three weeks of school, we...

Growing up in Naperville – Memories of Municipal Band, movies and malts

I know I’ve mentioned it in the past, but my mom and dad both played in the Naperville Municipal Band. Mom loved the classic...

Growing up in Naperville – Music in my life

I read an interesting article recently about how music played an important role in helping two elders in a nursing home find each other....

Growing up in Naperville – Never forget!

Where were you? That question was asked of me several times during the Sept. 11 Observance on Saturday morning, Sept. 11, 2021. Well, I got...

Growing up in Naperville – The band shell

It is a matter of Naperville history that dating back to the early 1900s, there have been four band stands in our town. The first...

Growing up in Naperville – A funny thing happened on the way to band...

Over the years of hearing stories from my dad about all the crazy things that happened to the Naperville Municipal Band (NMB), I began...

Growing up in Naperville – June is bustin’ out all over!

As a very young boy, about age 5, I remember walking with my Aunt Pearl from our house on Ellsworth Street south to the...

Growing up in Naperville – Summertime post WWII

On April 25 a small group of “old timers” gathered at the Naperville Train Station, just east of Fourth Avenue, to commemorate the 75th...

Growing up in Naperville – April showers?

Well, living in Naperville or northern Illinois, for that matter, you can be sure there is no guarantee on the weather. My dad talked about...

Growing up in Naperville – March, march, march

This month, let’s talk about the March! March, March, March on! March in parades. Play a March. I thought March would be a good time to...

Growing up in Naperville – Sledding, Christmas trees and a scary section of town!

In the early forties at the end of World War II, there were no big hills or the sled hill at Rotary Hill. We...

Growing up in Naperville – NCHS Class of ’57 Reunion

Happy New Year 2021! I thought these memories from the 60th Class Reunion of Naperville Central High School in 2017 would be a great...

Growing up in Naperville – Getting to work

When World War II ended, there was a lot of catching up for business’s and working jobs. In the late ‘40s and early ‘50s,...

Growing up in Naperville – School sports and music

I grew up in East Park Addition, north of the tracks between Washington Street and Loomis Street, north to Ogden Avenue. Our neighborhood had...

Growing up in Naperville – Trains, coal and tuba solo

On Christmas Eve 1941, I was almost 3 years old. When my dad brought me into the living room, Santa Claus was sitting on...

Growing up in Naperville – The key to dividing in a small town before...

A young boy growing up in a small town has its advantages and sometimes disadvantages! When I was in fourth grade in the school year...

Growing up in Naperville – Memories of Changing School Days

The 1949-50 school year began with changes. Back then there were two school districts in Naperville. District 78 was the grade school district and...

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