My Grandfather, Joseph LaRose, the son of Sicilian immigrants, was born in 1920. Joe grew up on Taylor Street in Chicago where he learned to make the perfect hotdog.
At an early age, Joe worked various jobs to help his family. Joe sold fruit, newspapers, flowers, and picked up bottles. As a teenager, Joe held jobs in Chicago and California. In Chicago, Joe ran errands for the State-Lake Theatre, acted in small roles on the stage and worked in a hotdog stand. Joe was also an amateur boxer. At sixteen, Joe traveled by boxcar to California to pick and sell oranges.