Ceil Jensen

Title

Ceil Jensen

Description

Ceil Jensen was a teenager who worked the hot dog stands at Tiger Stadium in July 1967.

Publisher

Detroit Historical Society

Date

07/06/2015

Rights

Detroit Historical Society, Detroit, MI

Format

Text

Language

en-US

Type

Written Story

Coverage

West side of Detroit, MI

Text

One of my first jobs as a teenager was selling hot dogs at Stand 22 in Tiger Stadium. I learned a lot from the vendors and enjoyed meeting people from a variety of neighborhoods and different walks of life in Detroit. The strongest memory of the job was not the Tiger's near miss of the World Series pennant in 1967, but the day the Detroit Riots broke out.

We were trapped at our booth in the stadium, wondering if we should lock ourselves in the (unplugged) freezer for safety. I convinced the older women that we should try and head home.

We had to take Grand River back to the west-side, and saw shattered store windows, the result of the looting of stereo systems and washing machines, etc. The firemen were in civilian clothes with helmets, driving in their own cars. We could hear sirens wailing and the air was filled with the acrid smell of burning buildings.
When I arrived home, I found an empty house. My widowed mother and younger sister were still in Canada, and I had to somehow find a way to warn them not to come home via the tunnel nor the Ambassador Bridge. I called my older sister at college and told her about the riots. She cried.

I learned to trust my instincts and judgment that day.

Original Format

Email Message

Submitter's Name

Ceil Jensen

Submission Date

03/23/2015

Search Terms

Tiger Stadium, Canadian, Grand River Ave, Detroit Fire Department

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Citation

“Ceil Jensen,” Detroit 1967 Online Archive, accessed December 15, 2017, http://detroit1967.detroithistorical.org/items/show/13.