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I' m sure it must be near Tyson's corner & a lot of people on here could tell you, I only know it is in Aston.
Hi, Can anyone tell me where Tyson Heights is/was located? I think it was a development in Aston. Harvey
Holy City was 8th street right next to the armory. It was only one street length long with tall shade trees lining the street on both sides. I once asked my mother why it was called Holy city and she replied that the trees arching over the street made it look like a church. I'm sure she didn't really know the answer but who's to say she's wrong.
Philly in the Fifties...including the Charles Antell Formula #9 jingle.
Bill the next get together is April 10th a Wednesday. The one after that is Sept. 11th.
Dr. Deprophetis's first name was Nino , also a Rocco Deprophetis
Does anyone out there know when Scott Paper retires are having their next get togeather at the V.F.W.
That was a test! ! ! ! ! You Passed.
I use to live at 204 Booth St, in the apartment house on the trainer side of the street.
I understand that Janice D was living in elkton.md and doing ok sellibng hot dogs from a vending card in the area.I heard that a few years ago. Perhaps the person who wrote the comments about the Exton Church may have come across her selling hot dogs and could coment
I still have a picture of "PollY' taken in his house about 1954.
And Connie, she married me on May 12, 1956 at St Hedwigs Church!
She now has seven grandchildren! and an old, but a very funny husband!
I printed out your Easter egg remarks which she loved reading. We shared it with our oldest daughter today. Thank you so much for that article and the additional comments which I just read.
I just had my Bakka, Kielbasa, etc, but it will never be like her Mom fixed for everybody when they lived on Thurlow St.
Connie could not place you, but if you wish to write her, she can be emailed at Connie@bee.net
I think holy city was between 6th & 7th St. near Burky's Bar & sea food house. Near the city parking lot.
For those that have sent me emails and asked the symbolic meaning of the egg designs and some of the tales told, here is a condensed version of my collection.
Symbols on the Easter Eggs .
(The Cross - any form of- signifies the Resurrection of Christ, death and suffering; also the four corners of the World) (Ribbon or Belt - either around the egg or lengthwise means the endless line of eternity. Everlasting life. Water.) (Animal's -wealth and prosperity, The animals are usually those found in and near the Carpathian Mountains) (Bird - fertility and fulfillment of wishes ( the bird is always shown at rest, never flying) eternity) (Hens and chickens symbolize fertility), (Roosters are identified with masculinity and strength, as are oak leaves). . (Poppies - the beloved flower of the Ukraine - symbolizing joy and beauty). (Dots - Symbolic of Mary's tears during the Crucifixion. stars, or constellations) (Hearts - love) (Deer, Horses, Rams - wealth and prosperity), (Vine - new life and growth), (Fish - symbolic Christ, of Christianity) (Little Sieve or Net - symbolic of Christ, fisher of men)
LEGENDS of Pysanky/i
The tale of the Cyrenian peddler goes, One day, as a poor peddler was on his way to the market place to sell his wares - a basket of eggs - he came upon an angry crowd. They were mocking a man staggering beneath the weight of a heavy cross on which He was about to be crucified. The peddler, taking pity on Him and leaving his basket by the roadside, ran to his assistance. Upon his return, he found his entire basket of eggs had been transformed into exquisite pysanky. The man was Christ, the peddler, Simon. + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + + + During the agony of Christ, it is said, the Blessed Virgin Mary decorated some pysanky to offer to Pontius Pilate when pleading for her Son's life. As she prepared them, her tears fell on the eggs. Forming dots of brilliant color. When she came to Pilate, Mary dropped to her knees in grief. As she did so, the pysanky rolled from her apron across the floor, and continued to roll until they were distributed to commemorate His teachings of Peach and Love. ___________________________________________________________________________________ One romantic tradition associated with the making and giving single girls who would carefully decorate an egg for a special young man. If the young man accepted the pysanka, then an engagement would follow after Easter. ___________________________________________________________________________________ An antique belief is that the fate of the world depends on the making of Pysanky. Should the custom cease, evil in the form of a chained monster will burst his fetters and devour us all. In a year of few eggs, his chains loosen and evil spreads. In a year where eggs are plentiful, the monster cannot move. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ In times past it was the traditional Russian Orthodox greeting on Easter morning, to turn to your husband upon waking and say "Christ is risen." And kiss him three times. His response also by tradition was to give his wife an egg. When Tsarina Maria Fedorovna woke on Easter morn and greeted her husband Alexander III, she did not receive just an ordinary hen's egg, but an egg made by the master goldsmith, Carl Faerge. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Another story goes if the yolk is left in the Blessed egg for a 100 years it will become a rare and most beautiful diamond. ______________________________________________________________________________________
Funny everyone should be mentioning those pink curlers. My mom just gave me a container with a bunch and blue ones, too. I asked her what she whats me to do with "those things". She said I could use them on my daughter Kelsey's hair. I had to contain my laughter since my 4 yr old will not keep any barette or bow in her hair for any length of time if you can get them in at all. She has naturally curly hair which I would love to have-I a not one for ironing my hair straight! Then my mom pulls out the Easter dress of lavender for her to wear with a hat and matching purse. As soon as she had it on she started doing that dance- you know the itchy/uncomfortable dress one. She announced she was not wearing this. I had to pull out the Dutchmaid slips my mom sent me home with and I thought finally these things have a purpose. If the purpose is only to convince her to keep the dress on until we get to the West End to visit the family! I kept thinking of those Easter Sundays at Rez while I was singing "I am the Bread of Life" at Immaculate Conception here in Elkton and the priest kept saying the word resurrection. The 12:00 Mass had standing room only and the ushers were trying to get people to scoot over. I thought it was a pretty large size Church but we sure could have used some of the many pews we had at Rez.
Just wondering.... My gram used to send me to Sadie's store to get ZITNER's brand eggs. I always thought the peanut butter ones were the best. One year I purchased one in the little plastic package at a WaWa and just wanted to dispose of it. The peanut butter was NOT what I remembered so I have vowed that it is Reeses brand for me from now on.
HAPPY EASTER to all my fellow chesterites, its times like this I miss my family and friends and delco.
Shirley, I do remember the Cunninghams.I know that their were 2 sisters and 1 brother. The parents were lovely people. I think the names were Margare,Mary and John. I know that he was very quiet, but other than that I don't know about that. I was wondering what happened to the couple who lived over top of Perski's store on the corner of 16th and Walnut, Her name was Joan Sakers and his name was Bob Galvin I think. They had a daughter and a son. Joan was in a lot of classes with me at Chester High.
Paul: Charles Antell!!! What a great commercial. He could sell anything to anybody (the fellow who did the spot--not Antell) That commercial should be in the "hall of fame." I remember hearing "pitchman" on the boardwalk who were as good. Here's to lanolin!
Florence do you remember the Cunningham`s that lived across the street from you, they lived in the house on the corner? I am trying to remember if Mrs. Cunninghams children were named Agnes and Jack. Was Jack Cunningham the hold up man they called the phantom burglar? I don`t remember but my friend thinks this information is correct. Do you know? Thank you.
I certainly do remember the "Easter Parade" in Atlantic City. The boardwalk was so crowded. They gave prizes for the the best hat, outfit, handsomest couple and family. The pictures were in all the papers the next day. It was hard on the feet ----you wouldn't be caught dead in flats!! Hope the skies are sunnier in your part of the country than they are here. The eggs haven't been hidden for the hunt yet.
Donna , as my sister Joy and I did my Grandmother's hair, and also my great Grandmother's hair. my Grandmother we called MOMMOM, and great Grandmother we called GRandmom Orphan Annie. Wish everyone a lovely Easter. All the families from 911 still have a long way to go. May God teach them how to live with it, because I know that they will never get over it.Peace to all Say a special prayer for our Armed Forces and our countrymen.
Jack: Have not seen Janice or heard from her in years. Connie, you brought her back to my memory. As for Polly "John T" he died about a year ago. I saw it in the Daily times. He was young. Had so much fun as kids. I always thought he would be a great country western singer. I moved away after 8th grade so lost track of that part of my world.
Florenc, Happy Easter! I don't ever remember hearing about click waivers. I do however remember my granny Ruth and my neighbor Betty (aka) my second mom , telling me the stories about the rags in their hair with the curlers. I still have some of my granny's curlers. Why, I don't know, I don't ever use them anymore. Maybe cos the last 10 years of her life I used to do her hair and nails for her. Take Care
Happy Easter Everyone! I'm grateful to say every memory I have about Easter is a great one! I just got finished coloring eggs and making some baskets. I don't even have any kids yet either. Some tradional things will never change. I don't really remember this, I must of been way to young, but my mom @ dad tell me that it was a popular thing to do and they did it alot with their friends from Chester every Easter for a long time. Before I came along and for a couple of years after I was born. They said how much they enjoyed going to Atlantic City for the Easter Day parade. Did anyone else go there for Easter? Tomorrow is my first official Easter Dinner being cooked at my place, with loving guidance and directions from my mom, thank God for wonderful MOM"S
Sorry everyone ignored your question about Holy City. It was 8th street in center city. That's all I know but I was hoping some of the more knowledgeable Old Chesterites would respond to your very pertinent "Historic Chester" question. Good luck.
Interesting post. Whatever happened to janice"s friend connie.
and how about "polly", from second st,just above booth st.?????
Interesting post. Whatever happened to janice"s friend connie.
and how about "polly", from second st,just above booth st.?????
HAPPY EASTER to each and everyone of you. Every Easter I pray that more attention will be focused on the resurrection of our dear Lord from his burial in that cave and the suffering he endured at the hands of his enemies. I never quite understood how his "resurrection" could be possible, now I understand fully.
May his everlasting grace guide and protect us through these perilous times and heal all those suffering from the 911 disaster. Those who perished in NYC on that dreadful day have been resurrected in what we call "heaven" and I also dedicate this day to them.
Happy Easter to every one here, please don't ever forget the wonderful times we had in and around good old Chester. Thank you John for giving us this opportunity. God bless.
Happy Easter to all. It is a wonderful time of the year. To all my old neighbors from 15th st and Walnut St. and 16th ST. I wish we could wake up and be back where we were. A lot of my friends from that time have passed on, but their still are a few of us left.
hello all from chester!.....i was a safety at the corner where the newstand in downtown chester stands....i remember the hotdog stand there..they use to give me free lunch while i was a safety...i really miss the old chester..was a lot of fun growing up there....hope to see some of my old friends soon..bye for now...and GOD BLESS THIS WEBSITE!
I would like to wish everyone a very happy Easter, It's a special day to enjoy in each one's own way. I remember dressing up our children in their new easter clothes, and going out to Glen Providence park in Media. Although we lived in Chester, they liked to go out to the pond and feed the ducks. We went as a family, enjoyed our afternoon the came back to Grandmom's to eat dinner. I really miss those times. The kids are grown, And grandmom's gone now, but thank God for the memories. Happy Easter to all Doris
Congrats on the two year anniversary of this page! Cheers to all!
No one is going to get an endorsement or sympathy from most who frequent this board. It has become a burden to most readers. Let the venting end.Maybe more will contribute if the board becomes less critical and aggressive. Perhaps those who enjoy stirring the pot will find another pot to stir.
I vaguely remember a DiPaola family that lived there. Was there a Mary Ann or Mary Jane or a name similar to them? Didn't they move to 9th Street in Eddystone right next to the Bridge?
U.W glad you said it about the ISP i was thinking that just the other nite and yes it can be done i myself have had to check on ISP'S via some emails i was getting and also a site i manage... Donna geeze i remember those dang gone curler's lol yes i hated em to as a matter of fact when my Maria was in kindergarten i used mommom Nancy's (Aunt Nancy) to you to do her hair for her picture's and wow it came out sooooooo curly it was funny.Well that little kindergardner will be graduating this year and how i wish Nancy could have been here she was the apple of her mommom's eye she was always with her but she'll be with us from up above God love her.Well i gotta go dye ege's with the little one and then off to work.... Happy Easter everyone Becky
Pierdomenica----Do you remember the DePaolo family rom 3rd & Franklin? They belonged to St. Anthony's for many years & went to school there also.They lived there from approx. 21- 50.
Donna--- I hated those pink curlers!! They were also hard to get out. They would get stuck in your hair! They did make good Halloween costumes for my girls though. They'd wear arobe & slippers & I'd put put white cream on their faces. The older folks really got a kick out of it! We got alot of compliments. HAPPY EASTER TO ALL!
Donna I cant say I know the feeling of pink curlers. However I've said it befor and I'll say it again you were thr prettiest girl on people st, and if you dont beleave me just ask any of the boys in Feltonville, yeah girl we all knew. would like to see what you look like now. happy easter.
How about CHARLES ANTELL FORMULA NUMBER 9 ! Anyone remember that stuff? Ever see a bald headed sheep?
When I was a litrtle girl, my Mother used rags to tie up curls, as things went on we went to some funny hard rubber curlers that kind of worked the same as rag ones, and then to hard wire rollers and then to hard plastic and now the soft foam. The only think I don't like about the foam, is that I think they dry your hair out a little. What do you think about them.She used to roll my sister's hair in finger curls and bobby pins, also she used click waivers in our hair. Just click one on and llet it dry and you have a wave,also some really hot curling iron.
To Jim regarding Old St. Michael's. Yes, unfortunately the church has been closed for several years now. All the Catholic churches in Chester have been consolidated into the old St. Robert's which is now known as St. Katherine Drexel.
BTW, check out the reunion page for St. Mike's and, if you know any of the classmates from the class of '52 that we're looking for, i would be grateful if you would let me know their whereabouts so we can contact them for our 50th reunion.
A blessed Easter to all.
This being Easter Saturday just made me remember something that I didn't particurly care for when I was a little girl. I wonder if any of the ladies in here felt the same and remember. the nite before Easter morning my mom would put those pink sponge snap curlers in my hair and I would whine about how they hurt my head and couldn't sleep with them in. Then my granny would tell me that I was lucky that they came out with the soft sponge ones because in her time they were real hard. Any way ya wanna talk about some curls! Does anyone remember those pink curlers?
To all that post. I don't know if you are aware that your internet server has what is called a ISP number. When a message is posted on a message board it will show an origin number (the service provide for the computer you use). This number is available to the webmaster. Some webmasters with message boards have in the past shown this number. It will not show the exact computer that a message comes from, but it will show the provider number -if needed, the provider service has a tracking service that can locate. Now if I send 10 messages in a row or slightly scattered, my (xxwwxxwwy) will appear that many The webmaster can see that these came from the same area. They came from either the same computer, or one that has the same ISP. We can change our post names a hundred times, but our ISP will be the same. I sign in as U.W. John knows who I am by my ISP.
HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE...
NOW FOLKS, LETS GET BACK TO CHESTER. I GREW UP IN THE WEST END AND CAME FROM A VERY LARGE FAMILY, EASTER IN OUR FAMILY WAS A TIME FOR NEW DRESSES AND ONE HUGE EASTER BASKET FOR ALL 10 OF US, WE ARE ALL GROWN AND THANK GOD I STILL HAVE MY MOTHER, BUT I DECIDED TO PULL OUT THAT OLD EASTER BASKET AND FILL IT EXACTLY AS MY MOTHER AND FATHER DID, WE WERE RAISED TO CELEBRATE THE TRUE MEANING OF EASTER, BEFORE THAT BASKET WAS TOUCHED. LIFE WAS AND CONTINUES TO BE LOVELY IN THE CITY OF CHESTER. MAY ALL OF YOU HAVE A SPLENDID PASSOVER AND EASTER. EASTER IS A CELEBRATION OF HOPE AND SPRING(NEW LIFE).
Becky if you have messenger my name there is chevair if you have msn my name there is chevairrs2000 PM me please.
Happy Easter Everyone, Becky P.S Becky's still thinking we could pull off that Feltonville reunion let me know people...
WOW! I just stopped by to see if anyone would take me down memory lane again, and I almost don't want to post it. After reading the recent posts, how it made me feel. Geez, a not so good but true memory of growing up in Chester for me is somebody always fighting. Someone always bickering back and forth. Someone always holding a grudge against someone. UUGGH! Man, "All My Children" isn't even this bad.Yea, I can just ignore it "cos I don't have no extra time for negativity,just keep scrolling down past it, but it's like every other posting is ridiculous. Why don't everyone just kiss and make up. I'm gonna go color easter eggs and have fun! I hope eveyone has a happy and safe Easter! Remember the reason for it!
Caroline......my mouth is watering!!! i would love to have some kelbasi and eggs Easter Morning!!! Can't get the real thing down here! I wish everyone a very Blessed and Happy Easter....John, maybe someday everyone will realize that you don't need to respond everytime someone says something on here. everyone here seems to want to have the last word all the time......so pointless.....anyway belated Happy Anniversary on this site....you have given us an enormous gift with this site and i'm so very grateful for all the shared memories and the found friends. To everyone involved in the back and forth bickering I am pleading with you to stop...such a waste of time, and an abuse of the gift that John has given us. When you respond in a negative manner you are only feeding the fire and making it worse.......if you ignore someone long enough they will go away or at least the behavior will. God Bless......
CAROLINE - As always you come through with a most beautiful message and a wonderful contribution to this board, during this holiest of holy days - Easter. May the Good Lord help me control my Irish temper, when it comes to dealing with adversity and bless me with the words he would have used.
Miss Elizabeth Hall
Harv: Who was the teacher? Unless he taught shop, I must have had him or her. Happy Easter all you good people. Right now I'm looking at my old easter basket. My Mother used to fill it with delicious eggs. The best were the big hollow milk chocolate ones filled with hershy kisses. Now to bed. In the morning I'll look in th mirror and start another day with a laugh!!!
CHILDHOOD EASTER TRADITION
In our home, this was a joyous time. Mom would hard-boil the eggs in the morning of Good Friday as she was preparing her Easter Breads. This insured that they would cool by the time we were to gather in the kitchen and create our eggs. We dyed two types, one for eating (Krashanky) and ones for gifts and keepsakes.(Pysanky/i) Pysanki -means to write. A frying pan was placed on the stove with a mayo lid (lining removed) in the center of the pan. The bees/candle wax would be placed in to melt. We would all chose our writing tool. A pencil with eraser and a straight pin placed in the center of the eraser as the point (stylus). If you had several sizes of pin heads all the better, different size strokes would be formed. Then it would be the moment to make the beautiful designs. We start by dipping the stylus we made into the hot wax then quickly transferring it to our clean white egg. We put afew stokes on then dipped the egg. If we chose to put many colors on the egg we continue writing then dipping. Dad had a fluffy stroke to his dip and pull method. Mom's was finer.Many of my fathers Polish style eggs would have the word "Alleluja" or "Wesolego Alleluja," designs were of pin branches, lambs, pussy willows, cross's, dots (represented the tears of Mary) each color dye and design had a symbolic religious meaning. My mothers Ukrainian style was different.
We would be in a semi-circle around this little pot of wax yet we would share the space with no argument, this was a family time a time for loving and sharing. At about age 9 I saw a new method that Mary and old Mrs. Duman on Booth street were doing. They used this special tool (kistka) and drew these geometrical lines. They never showed me this method I was to embarrassed to ask and neither of my parents made their pysanky this way. I taught myself this method of making Pysanky .
Many kids in the neighborhood would come over as most did not do the eggs as we did. Janice, Wanda , Darlene, and so many others. One year we were doing them and a man passed the back window, giving us a fright, one of the girls got scared and spilled the hot wax on her. She was burned, so we learned that care at all times must be practiced when making eggs with a live flame and novice egg makers.
Easter Saturday morning mom would set the table in the sign of the PASSION (The Sign of the Cross) with the ham, kielbasa eggs, cheese, bread, honey, vinegar, salt, pepper, horseradish. The wheat broom for the Priest to Bless the foods and the bowl of Holy Water .. Holy water was used throughout the year to bring blessings to ones home.
The blessed foods and their symbolic meanings are. Candle. signifies the power of light over darkness. Fresh flowers represent new life. The egg (pisanka) would represent the tomb from which Christ arose. It is the symbol of life and rebirth. Meats: represent the animal sacrifice in the Old Testament And reminds us of our Savior Jesus Christ, who became for us "A Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world." The Roasted lamb is symbolic of Jesus. Paschal lamb. - symbolic of all the gifts that Jesus gives us. This can be the traditional butter shaped lamb, or a cake. Bread/ Babka Christ has been called "the Bread of Life." Jesus came down from Heaven and who in the Eucharist gives us everlasting life. Horseradish symbolic of the original Passover meal. To us it is the bitterness of sin and life's hardships we must go through because of the original sin. When red beets are added and sugar-- it is to remind us of Christ's glory in His Resurrection. Salt. sign of hospitality and fasting.. Represents Christ's words "You are the salt of the earth"..As Christians we must follow. Vinegar. Symbolizes the gall given to Christ at the crucifixion.
Christ is Risen" - " Khrystos Voskres The response is "Indeed, He is Risen" - ~ Voistyru Voskres (Ukrainian)
Wielkanoc Blogoslawienstwo (Polish)
Christos Voskrese ~ Voistinu Voskrese (Rusyn-carpath.lemko)
White - purity, Red - hope and passion, Red & White together - Protection from evil Red & green - denote double happiness, hope, and innocence Yellow - youth and happiness, success and wisdom. Spirituality Blue - air and good health, Orange - endurance, attraction Green - freshness and innocence. Money Violet High Power Pink contentment Brown - happiness Black - eternity. Remembrance The addition of blue in the border - magic and good health
If you would like meanings for designs or some of the legends I have collected I will be more than happy to share them.
does anyone know what is going on at Old St Mike's Church, is it closed and how about the rectory, is anything going on there....
anyone remember "holy City" in Chester, i wonder how it got its name....
Hey Bud:: Yes my grandfather worked there. You may have known him. His name was Owen Keeth. He was a crane operator. His brother Walt also worked there. Let me know if you knew them. You are welcome for the info. Keep in touch......Laura
Hi, Trish, It is pretty amazing when a teacher like Sister St Martha can teach several generations of the same family. I had a teacher in high school who had taught my father and my older brother. I never went to school at St Michael's but I used to get there for the 12:05 mass sometimes. A lot of people who worked downtown went on their lunch hours. I liked Fr Mike Ryan when he was there. The rectory was getting to be a kind of dangerous place to live then and it could not have been too pleasant knowing you were there to close the place up.
hi, just went into biographies and found Sister St Martha from St Michael's school, she taught my Dad, my aunt Dot and my Son Mike, i think that is amazing......
Well, sounds like your mad at all the Chesterites that talked about the bars. well they were part of our entertainment, at that age you had left Chester. The entertainment that came from Chester was a big part of our life, so don't knock it You make up a lot of stuff just to have your name on this board & I know for a fact a lot of people agree with my statement. I will not continue to bore everyone by contributing to your rantings. Did you read the previous post. read it again, it "wasn't me".
Hi Pattie, see your in the same old mess again. How did that happen?You are such a good writer I don't understand why their is so much fuss. We know what this site is for, we have contributed a lot of Chester memories, and maybe some more will pop up.Harve is right.
I'm not very good at expressing my thoughts but I think some of you are being too fast at condemning Pattie and too slow at forgiving her. Whenever someone writes something, and Lord knows she likes to write, it is almost certain that someone is going to be offended even when there is no intention on the part of the writer to offend.
To U.W. Sorry, I'm not related to Maylene Scott. Jesse Phillips was born and raised in Chester (east side) and his wife, Shirley Dimm Phillips grew up around Broad and Erie Ave. in Phila. To the best of my knowledge there were no close relatives from out of the Delaware Valley.
TO ALL YOU FOLKS WHO HAVE TRIED TO HELP ON DR. DePROPHETIS'S FIRST NAME: Thank you. I did not want to stir up a hornets nest, especially because my memory cells are all clogged up. I am still confused as to the name he used on a day to day basis. Maybe its just the CRS acting up or the sphagetti in my skull that doesn't want to make connections. While I understand the anger at pidipats remarks, I felt they were not written with any ill intent. Life is too short to get overly upset about things we cannot control. RAY
The DeProphetis family, all of them, were true humanitarians who thought more about the people they served than their purses.
The DeProphetis family are above reproach. I for one experienced Dr Nino's skill for which I'm grateful & Dr Alfred who was so generous w/ his talent & time to make a mouth piece for my daughter @ no cost while he was treating my other daughter for braces.
JOKES! PLEASE! NO!
RE:ALL THE DEPROPHETISES
What we have here is a very caring, well known professional family of men who helped a lot of families, who in those days, were out of work, maybe lost their homes in the depression, and they, THE DEPROPHETIES made sure money wasn't the first thing on their mind when they provided their servises. Been there, know what I am saying to be true.
Jokes are out of order when referring to this great family. Professionals of today need to take a leaf out of their books.
Subject closed as far as I am concerned.
Rocco DeProphetis, in his later years, became a gynecologist.
I remember the May fairs @ William Penn.I went to WP up until the 4th grade.Had Mrs. Eckler across the street in the incenterator building...
Attilio DeProphetis was an Insurance Salesman, Nino was a Surgeon, Rocco was a MD, Julio was a Pharmacist.
Does anyone remeber the may fairs we had at william penn and the may pole?how about the summer program they had there?Does anyone remeber the nite the kkk went down 9th street?i dont know what year it was exactly,,,,early 70's ?
Ray - Isn't life interesting? When you were a little boy, I walked you to church and to school; and now that you're a grown man, I am able to help you again. How about the nickname of "Tito", because it's darn hard trying to shorten Attilio - maybe "Al"; certainly not "Tillie"; then again, maybe.
I just read your posting about St. Hedwigs girlscouts I remember Ms./Mrs. Conners she had a daughter Chris . I was also a girlscout through St. Hedwigs and my dad was a boyscout leader for a time.
thanks for that memory
Dr Deprophetis office on E 24th st is closed. It is now a day care center. Also Mays water ice at 2d & Parker is going to close in June unless they get an extension from PennDot,and all their equiptment will be auctioned off.
Sheree, Tried to upload pictures last night, but it seem to take forever and it was late. I'll try again tomorrow. To answer your question. Yes, I used to go to the playground almost every day. I remember building one of those box hockeys, also. I bet we even played. I was always in that line waiting because I could never win or is it that I just let the girls win ;) I also remember the swings. I remember a blind girl that I use to swing next to, but forget her name. She lived in the Gardens, I walked her home a couple of times and up to the picnic table by the school. I hate to admit it but when my mom pass away I found one of those multi color potholders we use to make. In reference to the tree it looked so big when we were kids. When I rode by it didn't seem that big. One other note they now have a big chain link fence surrounding the school and the feild behind the school was taken over by Murphy Ford and is now loaded with cars, all the way up to 95.
Laura: Thanks for the info on Ralph Fitzsimmons. I often wondered what happened to him. He had a real nice girlfriend. He used to have a convertible coupe and he and his girlfrind would take us for a ride in the country on weekends. That was a treat then as then many people did not have auto's. Did your grandfather work at Penn Steel?. I worked there when I was a kid in about 1944, I worked in their machine shop for a while and then with a crew as an overhead crane repairman. I quit there in 1945 and started sailing Merchant Ships. Thanks again for the info.
To RC: OK on Ralph's mom giving you your first perm. I imagine it was a real ordeal then and don't know if it would be much better now !!!
Bud - Yuma, AZ
Ray: Is Maylene Scott related to you? I seem to remember that either Mr. or Mrs. Phillips was her moms relative. I can remember when Maylene came up to Chester from I think VA.
I knew that the name started with an "A." It was Attilio. I was close to it. It knew it was an odd name. Guess there are a few cobwebs still there.
To all those trying to find my missing Dr.DeProphetis, I appreciate your efforts and I have a hunch that Pidipat may have hit the nail on the head. He probably used an americanized name instead of Attilio. But what???
To Paul - Jesse Phillips (my uncle) married Shirley Dimm who was a Home Ec. teacher at Dewey or Horace Mann. They are still alive and kicking in North East, MD. I'm in touch with them a couple times a month. Ray
RAY - I love quiz games. So, I went into the Soc. Sec. Death Index. There are 7 DePropetis people listed there - Attilio (1904-1980- Brookhaven,PA); Jules (1898-1977 - Phoenix, AZ) and Rocco (1907-1985 - Media, PA). The other 4 are female. I have a feeling it was Attilio and he probably went by an Americanized nickname. Just a thought.
Could it be?
ATTILIO DEPROPHETIS Request Information (SS-5) Residence: 19015 Brookhaven, Delaware, PA Born 28 Jul 1904 Died Jan 1980
Ok i'll probally confuse you more but my daughter see's a Orthodontic named Alfred DeProphetis he is a older guy so maybe he is one of the guy's you are looking for? Becky
A few months back, Dr. Nino's wife passed away (pretty sure it was Nino and not Rocco) and the obit listed Dr. Nino as one of her survivors. I don't see any reason, someone couldn't call Dr. Nino's home and get the name of that brother. Another name ending in "o" is Vito - means "life".
TO RAY AGENT.. Just the man to clear up an unanswered question that's been posed here. I believe it was your Uncle Jesse Phillips who was married to another teacher[phys. ed.] at Dewey-Mann. What was her name? Her maiden?
I have been racking my brain thinking of one of the DeProphetis' brothers. For some reason I kept thinking it started with an "A".
When Harvey mentioned Alfred, I thought that might be it, but the cobwebs cleared.
Don't know if this one is the brother, but there was a Achille DeProphetis. Not sure if he was a MD.
To Tom: I can't believe that tree would be standing. Did you ever go to the playground in the summertime for the arts & crafts. I remember playing box hockey there. My friend and I even built our own. We used to lug it out every day in the summer to play.
I remember looking out my bedroom window watching 95 being built. Your cousin Nancy and I used to go ice skating when 95 was being built by her house, Chichester Ave.
I used to get the same thing from my Mom, "go play in traffic", "go flush your head down the toliet???" (which I was told I really tried to do at 3). I guess I knew how to get on my Mom's nerves. My son would just laugh at me also if I told him some of the things my mom said.
Can't wait to see the pictures. Again, thanks Tom.
To the People St. People: I knew a bunch of the names I saw mentioned, The Ostan's Debbie was in my class (very pretty girl) one of them married a good friend of mine's sister Patty Rhoads. Denise Degraves was in my class in Pulaski (kind of remember something about a teacher and her?) Dave Chipolla and Sharon Anderson were in my class. Denise Poole used to hang with my friend Sara.
To Sheree: I just rode by the old willow tree by Wm Penn (it's still there) and I looked up and remembered the tree forts us guys always had up in that tree. I am forwarding you a picture of the building. I also have one of the back of your house. I remember when I was young my mother used to ask me where I was and I would tell her I was playing on 95, the truth, that was before it was opened we were always up there playing. Then when it opened my mom used to say "why don't you go play on 95." LOL I've even said that to my daughter. "go play on 95". She doesn't beleive I really use to.
Harvey, Good try but this guy didn't say open wide. He said drop your drawers and cough. Also, he must have passed away by now. He was over 65 in the late 60's. However, that address sounds close to where I think he might have lived.Ray
Could it be?
Deprophetis, Alfred, DDS 225 E 24Th St Chester, PA 19013 (610) 872-4444
For Donna: when i said i saw denise, i meant denise poole..
To Donna:I read your comment about the degraves on people st and am thinking this is blonde donna lewis...its been many years now but you will remember me, i was the guy who dated annette from brrohaven...As you might have guessed, i moved to key west,fla.several years ago but i too remember mrs degrave sitting in that window.....Donna, e-mail me and let me know whats been happening on People St.....saw denise about 8 years ago in brookhaven before i moved......mike silva
To Bud Hayes.....Yes I remember Ralph Fitzsimmons. My grandfather worked with him.He past away in the seventies. He was also a good friend of my brother in law.He lived in that house up in til the end.Still had an out house there.....lol
Pat, Thanks for the clue. I really don't know if Nancy was his daughter or not. Also, Potter street doesn't ring a bell either. For some reason I seem to remember that his first name was the only one in the family that did not have an Italian derivation.Keep racking your brain. There has got to be an answer out there. Thanks again. Ray
RAY - Did the DeProphetis you're trying to remember have a daughter, Nancy, and live on Potter Street for awhile? Nancy was in a wheelchair for quite a while - would have been 1934-35 - but she recovered beautifully from whatever the ailment was. I was only 3-4 yrs. but I remember going to visit with her and sit on the porch to talk to her. She was 1 yr. older than me, so she would have been born in 1931. Just a small clue - could help, couldn't hoit! Because the names end in "o" - maybe it was "Gino".
Thanks for the try on the third DeProphetis brother who was a doctor. The man I'm thinking about worked for a number of years as company physician at Sun Ship and had his examining room and office right next to mine and we would bat the breeze quite regularly (I didn't believe in working) and he often mentioned his brothers - Nino and Rocco. Remembering his first name has me going batty. After all, this is one of THE important questions in life. I can assure you that he was an M.D. and not a Pharmacist. Thanks again Patty and Harvey.
Becky lol He was always a moose we were in the same class for years and he was bigger then the teachers lol and trust me when I say I see stars just thinking about it lol hey I'm on messenger under chevair if you want to PM or vioce chat.
WOW she's still in that window lol. nice to know some things never change. I always liked going up there and siting on the lawn and playing My guitar and singing. In fact the first band I was in was Larry, Steve Ostin and Myself. Larry was the drumer but had no drums so he bet on old pots and pans. Steve played guitar as did I and I sang. We only knew (and I say knew loosely lol) one song DEEP PURPLE'S SMOKE ON THE WATER. LOL those were the days. It's funny how I could not wait to get out of town back then and now here I sit here wishing I could go back.
Donna i had not heard about Peanut's wow tho geeze i remeber him wow i'm getting old i used to babysit his daughter Tina up on Bethel Rd i saw him a few years back tho in Bonner's i stop in there once in a blue moon it has been about two years tho so i'll have to pop in there one nite and see how it's going there...Becky
Ricky forgot to add i'll be sure to tell Bryan he was bad lol i wouldn't want a punch from him today tho he is a big man lol if you would like i'll scan a pic of him and send it via email let me know... Becky V
Ricky that would be the Dupla clan Rose,Domink, and John i'm gain for a feltonville reunion what do you all think we could pull it off i'm sure uhhhhh i say leave the beer out lol... Becky P.S. i was one of those none drinkers lol i drink i puke i want no more hehe so i was lucky for that ttyl Becky
Oh Becky,what did you start? Do ya think we could pull off a FeltonVille Reunion? Yea, I heard that rumor about Willy too! All I know I haven't seen him in a long long time. Did you hear ole Peanut passed away too? He was too funny!
Spanky,hi I just read your posting about the DeGraves.They lived right across the street from me all my life on Peoples Street. I don't live there anymore but my mom's house still there. Last week I was there to clean out my old room, and I saw Betty (their mom) up in the window. That's her favorite spot! HAHA I believe Richie still lives there, and I saw Larry about a month ago. He got married and has another child. He's the same. Last time I saw Annette she had just gotten married again and had a couple more kids. Her first boy I used to babysit when she lived in Crum Lynn years ago, well he is about 20 something. Their sister Denise works at Shop n Bag in Aston. Those boys were always at our house, or around it. I used to I say used to always stop over and have a beer with Betty and Rich,back in the day!
Becky Vail first off let me say I'm so sorry to hear of Your lose. John was and is a good friend. Try and remember that none are lost as long as We remember. Tell Bryin that I forgive Him for clocking me on the bus and that my face feels much better now lol. YU If You are talking of the larry DeGrave that lived on people st two doors up from Dave & Steve Ostin. I was thinking of him last night also but like manny others I could not remember his last name. It's funny what time can do. I was also trying to remember someone else from People St and not remembering Her last name really makes me feel dumb. Remember Rose? She had a little Brother and I think it was her dad that could not get outa bed.
To Ricky just wanted to fill you in here John Vail whom is my brother passed away in May of 2001 he died of a seizure.I see George Lombardo once in awhile he lives near Hershey and is with Buffy Burns,I heard recently that Willy Walker passed away also not sure how true that is.I see the Montgomery crew once in awhile and i see Bryan Kiliany everyday lol that's who i am married to and if you ever get down this way and go into Bonner's bar you would probally see Mike Butz he plays shuffle bowl there also the Adam's brother's go in there.Several of the Rubeck's live here in Delaware i talked with the youngest daughter a few months ago as for the other's on the list i am not sure where they have gotten to if i find out i'll be sure to let you know. Becky
To Bud Haynes: I don't remember Ralph Fitzsimons but I do remember his mother. She gave me my first Perm when I was about 10. That was real torture in those days!!!
THERE WAS A YOUNG BLONDE DEGRAVE, HIS NAME WAS LARRY , THERE YA GO SPANKY
Re; Beth the same goes for me to talking about scout masters,,,well i was a girl scout in mrs,riveras troop along with sally west and my mother lillian ritzel...i went to whats new and saw apic of st. hedwigs where we had the meeting at,,,what a great time we had there .also me and my family lived in mcaferty village at ganster place,,,,so when i drive by there now all the wonderful memories i have there come rushing back to me,,,,and even when i read the board i remeber some to like,,,,,ted,,,did anyone else get him to sign his name on your arm?we all did:)and to think we thought that was the coolest thing,,,,anyways happy belated birthday to oldchestrepa.com and to john many thanks to you for the wonderful site you made...and to all the great people here keep on posting!!!!god bless you all,,,,,,,Tammy
Betty BB: if you go into churches..click on St. Hedwig's you will see the altar you speak of.
talkin about felotonville reubion, what ever happened to the DeGraves? Annette and rich,think they had a little bro with blonde hair too...anyone seen em?
Feltonville reunion?????? I'm so there. I'd sure like to see Lennie & Michelle Rueback, Richie Russ, Mark & Debbie Elingswreth, John Vail, Richie Crowther, Joey Jardean, George Lumbardoe, Tubby & Cheryl Thortin, Donnie. Debbie. Jimmy & Mikey Butts, Donna Lewis, Brenda & Daveid Borden, Steve & Willy Walker, Cheryl. Sharon & Kimmie Carey, Dave & Steve Ostin, Billy Bosher, Johnny & Lisa Kritter, Jimmie. Dawn. Robbie & Timmy Mcgomery, Ross & Robbin Coons, Holly Otte, Pattie Mister, Jeannie & Debbie Duke, Jimmy. Mikey & Lisa Perferry, Andy. Robbie. buffy. Gary and Pottie Adams, Bryan killyany, kris Willaver, and manny manny more.
No, I don't know.
Harvey, do you know if he was a brother to Nini & Rocco?
Thank you Harvey. Was going through the alphabet trying to remember his name. You saved the day again!
Julio deProphetis owned pharmacy
There was another DeProphetis that was a Pharmacist at a drug store on 3rd and Pusey Streets. Can't think of his first name.
While browsing thru Doctors/Dentists, I noticed the names of Nino and Rocco DeProphetis.I worked with a third brother, also a doctor, at Sun Ship in the late 60's and early 70's, but I can't remember his first name. Can anyone help?
I saw on the Delco Times website today where the son of Lorraine Richie (married name - Lilly) passed away. He was 46 yrs. old. Lorraine was one of my classmates at Rez and when she married Fred Lilly, my mother sent me her picture that had been in the paper. I still have that picture. Proof that our memories are so important to us. She was (and I'm sure still is) very beautiful.
It's very interesting how, no matter how many years have passed, we remember our childhood friends and things we did together almost as if it happened yesterday. Strangely enough, I can remember almost all the names of the boys and girls in my class at Rez, but can't tell you who I worked with two years ago. It's as though during your growing-up years, your spirit seems to meld with all the ones you're growing up with. So, when I extend my very deepest sympathy to Lorraine on the loss of her son, it comes from down deep inside me.
On a happier note, did anyone see where Gebhart published the name of the 5th orchestra Killy Kallen sang with? Surprise - it was Bobby Sherwood. Someone on the board guessed him, but I don't remember who it was. Anyway - congratulations to him or her.
Beth, I enjoy reading about your youth in Chester & I sOOOOOOOO agre about the rantings on here that don't belong, we should not pay any attention but it is hard not to
Harvey, the song by Jim Croce was very apropriate, he even taught school in Chester.
Thank you John for this site.
Sorry for the ramblings but I figured someone might want to read that instead of rantings!!! Please, if you can't say something nice then don't post. It's bad enough some of my family is offended that I post my HAPPY memories of Chester, so I will have to TRY to avoid mention their names in future posts since so many people read this wonderful board! You can take the girl outta Chester but not Chester (and the memories) outta the girl!!!!!
Happy Birthday 2 this wonderful site, its' originator, and contributors!!!
Re: Mass and Scouts I saw someone post about a scoutmaster and it reminded me of my days in the Girl Scout Troops at St. Hedwig's. I went to Rez and we did not have a troop so I would go to Ms Conner's junior troop and then to Mrs. Riveria's cadette/senior troop at St Hedwig's. I was one of the students that was in the choir and was a lectern for Mass throughout my years at Rez. Our troop had certain Sundays when we had a member do the reading at St Hedwig's. Well, my turn came and I was a bit nervous since I felt I "wasn't supposed to be at this Church." I entered through the sacristy and followed the instructions of where to go and when. This was actually my first view of the inside of St Hedwig's and I was busy noting all of the differences, including the fact that there were no kneelers in front of the seats for the readers. Then I became more nervous wondering what else might be different. The reading went smoothly and I returned to my chair and when the time to kneel came I followed the others up to the steps of the alter to kneel. I was taking in all of the decor on the back alter which I was unaccustomed to seeing at Rez. I jumped up and backward in an effort to dodge the plate that fell for no apparent reason from the back alter. The priest turned and looked at the breakage, then the alter boy, and continued on. The alter boy swept up the debris and Mass went on. That was the 1st and last of my visits to that Church since I felt God was telling me I was in the wrong place and I belonged at Rez since I was Roman Catholic and not Polish Catholic. I know that it was a silly interpretation of an event but as a kid it was a big deal to me. All these years later I still think of that when I am entering a new Church. Someone probably didn't set the plate right when cleaning the dust off!!! No one else probably even remembers that it happened. LOL! I am very grateful to have been able to be a part of those troops and I still buy at least 2 boxes of Samoas(Carmel Delights) regardless of the price to show my support of the GS of USA
just wanted to get my birthday wishes in too. it's been fun reading on here. thanks john. thanks again harvey for all the great sites. I check them out, just as others do. one of these days I may put in my memories of growing up in chester, they are all good. I wouldn't trade them for anything. happy birthday. doris
IN FACT WE HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN AMERICA. OUR BOYS AND GIRLS HAVING TO TRAVEL THOUSANDS OF MILES AWAY FROM HOME TO CONFRONT THE ENEMY AND TO GUARD THE HOMEFRONT TOO.WE NEED TO TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN COUNTRY FIRST. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!
What does what is going on in Ireland got to do with Chester? They are killing their own people right in Ireland. We have enough to worry about in Afganistan, iraq, north korea, etc. STICK TO THE PURPOSE OF THIS BOARD. ON CHESTER'S BIRTHDAY WE DON'T NEED TO TALK ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN IRELAND.
Backing up a few days...and backing up Pidipat...
ENGLAND, GET OUT OF IRELAND!
The rest of you, (R2 and the others that don't get it) WAKE UP. What Pidipat said is not a hoax, but the very truth about the abuse of the Irish children she speaks of. I'm guessing that those of you with your heads in the sand aren't even native of Chester and have not understanding of the local's Irish roots.
Happy Birthday to the oldchester site. Great job John!
Thanks for the memories, John, & Happy 2nd Birthday for your site. Please keep up the good work, it does not go unappreciated. Regards, Mike Mangan Charlotte, NC
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY "OLDCHESTERPA"!!! Thanks John for all the wonderful memories and getting folks together after lots of years of not being in touch! And most of all thanks John for putting up with all of us! Keep up the good work!
Thanks for this wonderful site, it is truly a delight....
"Happy Birthday" to *oldchesterpa* website. *Cheers* Thank-you John for all the time you have put into this site making it truely *awesome* and bringing back the memories then and now that I hold so close to my heart. Sharyn :o)
Happy Birthday to the oldchesterpa website! To John, the Webmaster, our gratitude for the excellent site.
Sheree, I will dig the pictures out of some very old albums, most are around W11th St, some you can see the bldg.s in McV, to tell you the truth I might have quite a few ..give me a few days & I'll get to it. Your welcome, Kate
Happy birthday to "oldchesterpa". Hope you have many more and thank you John for all your work
Tom: That would be great, even if it doesn't come out clear it's better than what I have (nothing).
Kate: That would be fine, I don't mind if there are people in the pictures. By the way, what part of McCaffery?
Thanks to both.....Sheree
First of all, Happy Birthday Oldchesterpa and Thank You John
To U W
I don't recall the name but I will ask around. Hopefully someone on the board will remember. Will get back to you if I find out anything. For some reason, homemade candy canes ring a bell.
Paisano : A memory from down around Franklin. A friend mentioned a former classmate of theirs -Catherine Cracenza (?)her parents owned a grocery/candy store? but what the friend remembered most was that the father made home made candy canes during the holidays and sold them at the store. The candy cane remains a vidid memory as to the best tasting ever. Maybe someone else remembers them.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY OLDCHESTERPA....John lit a candle in the window and it has guided us all back home -- if only in our memories. Thanks John...
Just reading through,Dr.Levin was at 9th & Highland, then he moved to Woodlyn. The new homes being built in old Mc caffery villge will go to low income renters, screened very carefully as the Wm Penn & Ruth Bennett homes. If you have not seen any of the projects since their renovations, you should take a ride through, they are very lovely. I also was raised in the west end and i still live in the east end of Chester, we are still considered neighborhoods with neighbors who care and care for their properties.
Sheree, I have some pictures around the Village but they have people in them, if you want I can get copies .
Sheree: I have a couple of pictures of the community building. They are pretty dark tho, because the film was damaged. I will try to scan them into my computer and lighten them up.
OK, I admit it..."There's no running away from some memories" By DAVE KOMARNICKI brought tears to my eyes. Thanks!
Becky, hello again, I hope this doesn't appear twice. I never got a message before when i tried to submit an entry that the page was real busy and to try again. Well I was waiting 10 minutes for the conformation and I hit refresh and everything I wrote you disappeared. So I'm trying again and hoping there will only be one entry. Here's my email address. Feel free to email any time you want. There are some things I won't post on here,You'll know what I mean. Some of your gueations I don't feel comfortable answering here. Anyways for me Becky I'm really, really HAPPY. My whole life has completely changed and I'm proud to say all for the Better! I'm really enjoying my life today I feel I real alive and well! I also am living in a condo in Brookhaven and my family members come here to see me and go to the pool that is when it 's open. Yea, Beck. Ican just imagine what a FeltonVille reunion would be like! That'd be a for real Trip!
Happy Birthday to John's site & I wish you many more.
Happy birthday oldchesterpa ! Barb-- sorry I spelled your name wrong.
Regarding the website Harvey chose for us in celebration of the board's 2nd anniversary, I chose Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" - for reasons obvious to many and that this board will survive for years to come.
John the Birthday Cake animation is great....HAPPY BIRTHDAY AGAIN.
Does anyone have a picture of some sort of McCaffery Village? I grew up there but have nothing showing what the outside looked like.
Barb Dychla--- Did you live near Pulaski & work at JC Penney's in 76?
If I offended everyone, I am truly sorry.
God Bless America, Pray for peace
Does anyone remember Ralph Fitzsimmons(?)?, He was my old Scoutmaster for Troop 1 at St. Pauls Church. He lived on E. 4th, if I recall properly his mother had a Beauty Parlor there. He worked at Penn Steel. He was a great person. That would probably been around 1939 or 1940 when Rev. Wilcox was at St. Pauls.
Bud - Yuma, AZ
Betty RM: You made 2nd page of the Delco news today. "Other Times" column.. 50 years ago.
"The bowling club at CHS got off to a good start with such stars as Samie Jessie, Midge Grayson, Shirley Smith and Betty Ratliff."
Hello All. Some of You may remember Me use to post here from time to time. And still pop in every day to read the posts and hope a long lost Friend may pop up. Anyway I've been away for a few days and I've just been reading up on all I've missed. and OMG. People I feel I know and love You all but this fighting simply MUST STOP I think We are all old enough to know that when someone rubs You wrong most of the time the best reply is no reply at all. Please forgive Me if My words typeing or post have pissed You off but I just had to say something. again I love You all and I love this site. So please lets all try harder to be friends and keep this a fun place to be......thank You for Your time.
To celebrate our 2nd Anniversary. I had in mind Time in a Bottle by Jim Croce but you can pick whatever song you want.
Kate and Paul: If you go to the home page you will see the geneaology search window, type in MV and it will bring up the posts that have been written about.
Paul C. You have said it all -for all of us. I will add .Thank you John -OLDCHESTERPA- IS ALIVE on this board for the world to see.
Geneaolgy research helped John to conceive this website, it has evoled to a site better than most on line. Many of you are here at first because of your roots to Chester. Many do not know where to start. There have been several good links posted for online research. Start at home within your own family.
I am attaching a condensed version of the letter which I have used for my family research. Use it as a guide to create your letter and have fun getting to know your family.
These are free sites.
PERSONAL HISTORY SHEET Of
Full name_____________________________________________________________________________ Place of Birth:_________________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________State________________________Country________________ Date of Birth:________________________Time:___________________Dateof Death_______________ Spouse's name____________________________Marriage date___________Church_________________ Father's Name_________________________Date of Birth_________________Date of Death_________ Mother'sName_(maiden)_______________________DOB:___________________DOD:______________ Cemetery buried:___________________________________________________________________ Occupation_____________________________________________________________________________ Current or last address: Street_________________________________________________________________________ City_______________________________State____________________Country____________ In what country or countries did this name originate?_________________________________________________ Has the last name ever been changed or misspelled? Other versions are:____________________________ This Surname or last name means:________________________________________________________ _ Schools attended: Name , place, and year's attended Militery:_______________________________________________________________________________ Baptism:Church_______________________________________________date_____________________ God parents 1 t Communion:___________________________Confirmation:__________________________________ Memory of childhood house,family, neighborhood._______________ Other:_(add sheets if necessary)__________________________________________________________
Please use as additional pages for other family members - Include relationship. grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles. Etc.
Please add: Any other information you may want to have in the Family Book. (ex. Awards, hobbies, favorite recipes, funny family stories, etc. REMEMBER ALL INFORMATION IS OPTIONAL. I AM NOT INTERESTED IN FAMILY SECRETS, FUEDS, ETC. just want to make sure we have names and BD/DD correct. THANKS FOR HELPING . SHARE OUR HISTORY. Write your own biography...it's your story each person as you want it to read. Please label who's who on photos
Kate, I was a friend of your brothers Chuck,Jolly and Wee. I lived at 11th & Booth from 1958 to 1978 when I got married. My Mother still lives in McCaffery Village. There are 2 of the old buildings left standing. The new buildings will vary from rental apts. to rental houses to houses that will be sold to private owners. McC. was the last project to be rebuilt. William Penn & Lamokin were razed and rebuilt and look very nice. All are being managed by a private co. I hope this is a sign of better things to come. I live locally and visit my Mother twice a week so if you have any questions the old neighborhood let me know.
Befor Dr Gruzka, Dr Lavin was in practice next to Grzka's store
Becky Vail::: Becky, I had Bobby Gruzkza work on me while his dad still had the store. He had an office setup on the back side & 10th st. part of the house. He was also teaching Dentistry at the University of Penn. I made all my appointments in the early evening.
Becky Vail::: Becky, I had Bobby Gruzkza work on me while his dad still had the store. He had an office setup on the back side & 10th st. part of the house. He was also teaching Dentistry at the University of Penn. I made all my appointments in the early evening.
Becky, you are correct about Dr.Robert Gruszka (son of Joe the store owner) He started his practice in an office connected to the house. The steps up to his office were right next to the front door of the store. After Joe closed the store, his son moved the practice into the old store. Think he is still there.
Paul:: I moved to McCaff as a small child, maybe 4. I beleive it was about 1943. regards, Mike...
HAPPY, HAPPY ANIVERSARY to John Bullock's website - dedicated to the history of Chester, PA. As a young girl growing up there, first 10 years on the east side, next 8 years on the west, I had no idea how historical my place of birth was. In school, we were taught about American history, most of it happening in the New England States. In my ignorance, I felt New England was "the happenin' place" - not so!! Chester (especially Upland) is one of the most historial cities in the US and could be a model for the "typical American city" during the early and mid 1900's.
If it were not for your insight, Mr. Bullock, not only would a lot of the history of Chester be lost, but you have enabled old friends to reunite (some romantically), and people my age to once again be in contact with old friends and make new ones - our age - with similar interests. Every city in the US should have a website such as yours because it can give new life to seniors, lots of whom have lost their zest for living and long for someone to talk to about their "memories".
May God bestow blessings upon blessings on you because you have contributed so much to the lives of so many people. If I were still back in PA, I would try my damnest to give you the biggest anniversary party anyone has ever had.
So to end, I very "humbly" say, Thank You to our "humble" webmaster.
Paul, I think it was Harvey who put the link on here about McCaffery a few months back & it told the whole story, maybe he'll do it again.
Becky, grad. Rez61 & Notre Dame65......I remember Gruzka's store & the dentist was Levin, all he ever did was yank our teeth out....we lived on West 11th St. I'm now over 50 & the oldest of 6 so you might know some of my younger siblings. I left the area in the late 60's & had a home in Eddystone where my son's grew up. I am now in Panama City Beach, Fl.
Does anyone know what year McCaffery Village was built? I moved in Highland Gardens in 1943 and started 1st. grade at the Community Bldg. there in 1944. It must have been built a couple of years before Highland Gardens?
Kate i think they will be sold as home's not low income a lot of the old ones were boarded up for some years now slowy but surely all the residents left if i find out the full facts of the new homes i'll be sure to let you know. Kate how old r u and where did you live my Exhusbands mom lived on Pulaski Drive for some time and i knew some girls that i went to school with lived on Pulaski and my Aunt Kitty and Uncle Norby lived there for years also.Becky
I was checking out the link to Doctor's and dentist and it states there that Dr Gruzka's dentist office was in the previous store well i very clearly remember leaving Rez going to the dentist in a home connected to the store and then after the dentist i would go in and buy penny candy in the Gruzka store boy oh boy my mom would get soooooo mad when i got home with all that candy right after leaving there and she would say what dentist would have a pratice and then sell candy lol right next store.So i just wanted to say i believe they were both around together meaning the store and the dentist office. Becky
Happy Anniversary to the oldchesterpa site! Once again John,many thanks for all you have made possible. I remember when I first checked in here almost 2 yrs. ago, and was amazed that there were about 600 "hits". Watching it grow has been a real pleasure. The count now is well over 7,500. There is a big difference in submitting a post here as opposed to a one on one conversation. Many things can be misinterpreted easily. Some people have the knack for expressing themselves in print,others don't. Even though the topics sometimes seem to stray off course at times,I find most of them interesting. Granted,many things can be discussed by e-mail. Those of a personal nature should be! Many times I read of things that jolt my memory. I'm glad that others feel the same. For the past couple of years I've been able to recapture a tiny part of my childhood. Sentimental? Yes indeed I am! The sum of all that went before is an important part of all our lives and makes us what we are. As we age,we reflect more on the very things we took for granted. We all come to realize that time really goes by very quickly[in spite of what the Al Hibbler song says.] and this site seems to have stopped the world from spinning quite so fast! On a different note: I was very happy to receive a birthday card yesterday from the Dewey-Mann class of 1952. Wow! 50 yrs. ago! It was signed by many former classmates. Thanks to all! I see some of the names here. Thanks to all who contribute here,but especially thank you to John Bullock.
Becky, Who is going to be living in these homes, is it based on income?? Are they rentals or are people going to buy? And what happened to the people who were displaced? If you know, thanks, a former mcCaff resident
Just wanted to let you all know i drove thru chester the other day up Highland Ave and what was once the village i'm sure you all heard it was torn down a few months ago well they started the new building it looks like some homes are going up i'll post when there done to all that don't live close anymore and let you know what goes there with the homes if anyone is interested i could take some pictures if Mr Bullock would like to post some pic's of the new development.It is nice to even have the thoughts of the area being brought back to a nice place.I would move back in a heart beat if they are ever able to do it.Becky
Thanks Becky! You said it right...Tomorrow is the two year anniversary and we don't want to be bickering tonight. Thank you ever so much John Bullock. I've really been enjoying this Chester Community Bulletin Board. Harvey
Donna I was wondering about you all day and thinking of all the good times in the old neighborhood and also how is your brother Jack doing i have not seen or heard from him in a long time.Where are you living now and what have you been doing with yourself all these years geeze were getting old lol i often think of having some kind of Feltonville reunion it would be pretty cool.Ttyl Becky
Becky, you are so right. God bless the USA.
Ok people we need to stop this nonsense and go in with the site in which it was intended for it sadden's me to read this nonsense and yes this comes from your younger generation gal.I was always told if you don't have anything nice to say then don't say it at all and yes living by that does make this world a better place.So come on everybody your only making it tough on Mr.Bullock because i'm sure when he reads all of it he also is very saddened to see that what he made is being torn apart just like Chester was.......And i would also like to add to you Mr Bullock if you ever need a hand keeping this site up and going give me a holler would love to help in anyway that i can.So people when you go to bed this evening say a prayer that we are still here on this earth and alive and breathing and that each day we can come here and read and enjoy what we are learning or teaching here at this site.Better yet i'll pray for all of you tonight when i turn in for the nite and Peace to all of you...Becky
I have two corrections to my last posting. 1) I meant to say "Man's Inhumanity to Man"; and 2) whether they be you're grandchildren, children, or anyone's child, they need to know they are loved. They are learning hatred, by being hated, and we must help them know that there is love in this world - especially for them. The violence in Ireland will continue unless the children are taught differently. Let's help kill the "hatred" and replace it with "love".
Last night I received a very disturbing email and I cannot get it off my mind. It concerns extreme cruelty and hatred towards some very young (4 to 12 yrs. old) children who attend The Holy Cross Primary School in North Belfast, Ireland.
I don't think John will mind me posting this because so much of the Chester area consists of descendants from Ireland, and the persecution that the children of descendants still living in Ireland is abominable. Inhumanity to Man.
First, the email was from "Michael Duffy" and he referred to two children in that school with the last name of "McFadden". I wrongfully assumed it was from "Duffy" who posts here. I emailed Mr. Duffy and practically begged him to post on our board here what he sent to me. However, after emailing back and forth a few times, it was obvious that Mr. Duffy had no idea what I was talking about concerning "posting", etc. So, I feel obligated to request your assistance in helping these poor, dear children - 4-5 years old - imagine - just imagine if it were your darling grandchild or child.
I am well aware that many people "drop in" on the board to see what's going on and they don't post. So, I feel this will reach a lot of viewers.
Perhaps many of you were aware of this situation, but I was not. It appears these children are running a "Gauntlet of Hate" just to get to school. They have had stone, bottles, balloons filled with urine, dog feces, firecrackers and one time a grenade. Their parents have had death threats. Many of the children have been so traumatized they are on medication and couseling. It's unthinkable to me that so-called mature adults can act in this manner toward wee children just trying to get an education.
I feel this is a legitimate story and to learn more about it, please go to www.ardoyne.com. OR, email Mr. Duffy at firstname.lastname@example.org He is not requesting cash, just cards be sent to the children "Thinking of You". If you email him, I'm sure he will send you the same information he sent me. He claims one of the mothers was on Oprah one day. There is also a petition you can sign.
Sorry to make this post so lengthy, but I feel so strongly about this horrible situation - abuse of children sets me crazy - and they are possibly related to many living now in Chester and suburbs. I also wanted to clarify that I do not think this is a hoax, could be wrong, but I think it's legit.
Please help. Most sincerely, Pat McFadden
You are right, they were good times. I only hope I raise my child to have as many good memories as I have had.
I remember Ted's truck, if memory serves me right, being a big light blue truck, with the saying "Hey Mom Here Comes Ted". And you are right, it was ALWAYS nice to us kids. I think he not only came to our neighborhood to sell goods, but to see us all! He really seemed to enjoy his visits.
Becky,since I haven't seen you or anyone in the family, I just wanted to say I was saddend to hear about what happened to Jackie. For me I believe he is in a better place. Take Care Donna
Sheree,I remember Ted but not Stan the man. I grew up in the Feltonville section over the highland ave. bridge. Ted always came to my house and neighbors Betty, and we would holler up to the widow "hey mom here comes Ted'! He used to sit on Betty's porch for a long time and talk to my mom Arlene and Betty. He was nice to us kids to, I remember he always gave me bubble gum. I don't remember a man coming around selling peaches but I definatly remember this man coming around selling "fresh fish' he had a bullhorn and would keep saying "fresh fish, fresh fish". Also Sheree when we were little kids my dad took alot of home movies of eveerthing and on one of the movies is me getting a ride on a pony! Right down the middle of Peoples Street. There were about 3 or 4 girls who brought the ponies! Thanks for reminding me of that memory! Life was so simple and FUN back then!
Saw several postings of "neighborhood" vendors, Stan the Man, Ted...definately remember those guys. Does anyone remember in McCaffery the man coming in the summertime with peaches? I remember him just driving through the neighborhood yelling peaches.
Also, does anyone remember people coming through the neighborhood with ponies to get your picture taken.
Spanky yes that was my brother sorry to say tho he passed away in May 2001 he died on that damn corner he had a seizure late one nite and couldn't get to anyone.That was his hang out he loved it there we couldn't get him to leave there.Yes your right it was Debbie's bar and may i ask who are you? Becky Vail
I've had several request to post the various "theme" nights in the "chat room" so here they are: Neighborhood & School Nights Monday Nights - West End Tuesday Nights - East End Wednesday Nights - Chester High Thursday Nights - St. James Friday Nights - Notre Dame The chat room is located at http://prv-groups.aol.com/oldchesterpa/ It's a good idea to open that page then save it to your bookmarks or favorites. If you need to join and get set up, just e-mail me and I'll take care of it. George Starts at 5 PM Eastern 'til Midnight
for becky vail.,did you have a brother named jackie? remember him from the late 70s on the corner at highland ave and where that bar was there named debbies bar. is that your brother?
Hi Casper, Welcome aboard! You are Quinto's brother and cousin to Jim? Join in! Might meet some old friends.
Ok Donna lol Ike will tell you he saw Acey dance at Kathy and Kelly's Wedding he was good girl lol.We all went to Rez at one time or another Mary didn't tho she graduated St Hedwigs i was there only two Years then on to Pulaski. Jack went there also he had the dreaded Mr.Davis... Acey went down there after him cause he did something to Jackie i forget what tho anyway..No i do not talk to Jenny....She chose her path in life not me so we don't talk i love her tho always will i won't get into that here tho.......ttyl Becky
Hi, Becky haven't heard or seen you in a long time. Was surprised to see someone from the neighborhood.I never knew you went to all those different schools. I don't remember you from REZ But I do think your sister Mary went there am I right? or was that Notre Dame? How's Jenny doing? Do ya see her? Yo, I was always told that my dad Just Jack was the best dancer ever in Chester. Ask Mike and Ike they'll tell ya about some weddings. Gotta Go!
Oh sorry forgot to add i still get you can take the girl outta Chester but you can't take the Chester outta of the girl.
I have been reading the post here for month's and finally decided to add a little.I grew up in Chester Twp. on Green St.i also have very good memories of Chester. Was still a decent place it was only certain areas. During my years growing up i worked down at Gino's in 1982 and walked home all the way up over the bridge alone lots of nites and i will add i'm white and never once was bothered by a sole.I went to St hedwigs, Rez, Pulaski and onto Chester High, I am 35 yrs old now and i still visit my inlaws who live in Chester on Bethel Rd and they still have a very nice home there.My mother also was raised in chester twp on Bethel Rd she was married to my dear beloved Stepdad Ace O'Donnell and i will also say he was till the day he passed away the best dancer ever in Eddystone, Chester,and Sun Village i have been told that all my life from people whom knew him and i have video of him and my mom at my sister's wedding and boy the two of them cleared a dance floor.I read about all the places you all have spoke of here the bars,resturants, etc and i myself have been in almost everyone at one time or another i played shufflebowl for the Peppermill just a few years back and would still go in the bars up there and boy the same people are still there it's really neat to see the same old faces i actually miss my old neighborhood had many of good times there and i also enjoy reading the times that were before my time.And i would like to thank Mr.Bullock for this wonderful site i do have a paper article from a few years ago that a dear friend told to the Daily Times and i will be scanning it and passing it on to John it shows that even in the 70's and 80's it was our place..and it was not much different from when you older guys or ladies grew up there. I'll post some more soon and hope to see some more around here from my time... Becky Vail
Hey What's up
St Anthony's 1949
3rd and Parker
To Harvey.....I didn't answer you till I called Sher to find out who Harvey Martin was! He explained....and I'm glad to meet you. Sher drew a blank on the name of the piano player I asked you about. That's because he was watching the game but I was watching the people. Thanks, Harvey
For Donna...Aerosmith...These take a little longer to play...
Hello to all my family who have been silently tuning in to the oldchesterpa site. Hope I have stirred up some memories 4 you.
Hey Harvey, I just clicked on for the first time one of the music links you posted. The one from the fifties! Pretty cool we can do that. As I'm typing this I'm listening to Chances Are! The first song I listened to was The Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler. Now Harvey I must admit I have never heard of him or ever have I heard my favorite sung like that. Where is ole' Hibbler at now? Thanks Harvey now I know how and can listen to some old music while I read some postings,
Harvey, where does "I'm just here to get my baby outta jail" come from? I listened to it , yeah it was good when was that around? Sounds like a song I could relate to when I was drinking. HAHA Thanks
To Paul Crowther, I resent the fact that you called me old. The old geezer is your brother John. It was good hearing from you. I think of you every time I come across someone on the Interstate only doing the speed limit. Did you know that your old house on Perkins street was shot up about a week ago? Seems there were some disagreements between the local salesmen and bullets came flying down Lehman St. and some hit a car parked on the corner and at least one went through the door of your old place. My mother who still lives two doors away was pretty shook up. Nobody hurt to my knowledge.
TO RAY AGENT.... Hello old neighbor!
To: George E. Harris Jr.
If you would send me your proper e-mail address, I will send you the information you seek. I had two e-mails returned.
Sher is on my list of friends too.
I was Born In Chester Hospital,1946.I went to school in Chester.all my Life and graduated Chester 1965.Worked for Sun Ship,in Chester 1967-1983 I was a Member Of the BoilerMaker Ship Builder Union I-like to find out about are pension plan Can Someone help .George Harris-Butch at Sun Ship I worked for Dept,8 Machine Shop Ship Repair.
Harvey......Thanks for trying. It occurs to me that I probably wouldn't recognize his name if I heard it again after all these years. At any rate, my good friend, Sher Ridgeway, and I would sit and watch him and the other great pool sharks play all afternoon. Thanks again....Lee
I was Born In Chester Hospital,1946.I went to school in Chester.all my Life and grauated Chester 1965.Worked for Sun Ship,in Chester 1967-1983 I was a Member Of the BoilerMaker Ship Builder Union I-like to find out about are pension plan Can Someone help .Butch Harris
To PamRHS....try this link..Its for kids...
http://www.genealogyspot.com/ (on the side frame you will see immigration
Pam, just ty pe in immigration & there are hundreds of web sites to choose from.
Beth -- That was definitely was my Aunt Floss dancing the nite away.She passed away afew yrs ago. She was my Grandmom's sister. She worked at Fiber Metal many yrs ago before they moved to Concordville. I believe that my mother -in -law was good friends with Gram, Dot Watras, from Honan St. I do remember her baby sitting for Sandy.
Help! My daughter has todo a report on immigration & is having trouble finding what she needs, specific info on numbers from 1800's to present. Thanks for any suggestions. Sorry this is off the Chester subject but we are desparate!
Hi former Chester-ites. Just finished listing a couple of items for sale on eBay, and one of them is a VERY unique table lamp, made from a vintage Chester seltzer bottle from "H.G. Ingram Bottlers." If you'd like to check it out, it's item #1086911980. If the winning bidder is local, they can pick it up at my house and save shipping charges. This is a GREAT lamp that would look nice in any decor, whether they are a former Chester-ite or not.
Thanks Duffy for the info. I will now quote correctly.
My husband thinks he might have been called Little Ernie. He also played at the Republican club in N.P.
Kate: no one said music hath charm to soothe the savage BEAST The quotation is: Music hath charms to soothe the savage BREAST William Congreve (1670-1729)
Sorry, Lee, no luck.
To Harvey..... There used to be a piano player back in the late forties that played at local spots like Ward Grille, Andy's, etc. known as the "Dover Whirlwind". He would always come to Phil Downey's poolroom at Third and Yarnall Sts on a Saturday when he was in town. He also wrote songs. He had moderate success with a song that goes "Red Head, Cute and Curvy, You've got me topsy turvy, You are my one desire, You've set my heart on fire, etc. He played loud and fast. None of us can remember his name. Can you help?
Patty, No. moved a long time ago.
Don is Pastoring a snall church in HOrnell, NY. He has three children, Two Donna and Darin live in De. His youngers live in Castestio, NY, new Hornell. Wife Janice, is the administor of an Adult Home here is Hornell.
R2 Are you still in the Chester area?
I have relative's in Aston, u know it is a small world & u never know who u are writting to on here.
With Palm Sunday tomorrow...Here is a memory that we in our family did. After attending church and receiving our Palms, Our Dad would cut two pieces about 2 1/2 inches for everyone in the family. Especially the children. On one piece he would make two small slits in the center and pass the other one thru. He then pinned the Cross to our Sunday clothing and we would wear the cross as a symbol of our faith the entire day. I continued this with my children. we also had a piece of Palm placed in our car immediately after church. It remained there until the following year with the renewal of Palms. And in the house a piece was placed at each expression of faith, be it a Cross, Statue or Holy picture. We then placed a piece at the cemetery along with the Pussy Willow from our Mothers church on the grave of each family member that had died. I know placing the willows and palms is a practice of Faith even today.
Everything is not as it seems on this site.
R2 You needn't be sorry. After reading some of these postings, I understand completely.
Just kidding about the R2 meaning.
From Star War's.....A lot of BS goes on here so you are smart not to say to much..
Not everyone says. Being new, I have been reading the postings to get a feel of who and what the site is all about. Eventually I may reveal more of who I am if I find I am confortable doing so.
By the way, what does R2 stand for? LOL
Just curious, some people on here use different names, it's amazing to me & then they are the one's who are so nasty. Sorry, I had to ask.
CHS in the 50's, Now in Aston,
Patty, Where are you from & when did u graduate???? everyone usually says.
A new person.
Today was the first time I perused this site and it made me wax nostalgia (better than Pledge). I wonder if anyone from Rez class of '46 might want to make contact. If I don't remember your name, please consider that I have an extreme case of CRS.
Pity Pat, are you now Patty, or is that a new person?
Lee, thanks for looking Miss Farmer up in your Year book. I don't have the 1953 Annual.
Delaware County Daily Times
50 YEARS AGO
Mary Ann and Julie DeJohn, vocalist, were soloists at a meeting of B'nai B'rith Women Of Chester at Ohev Sholom Synagogue, Chester.
100 YEARS AGO
Henry Abbott, the retired Chester hotel keeper, reached the mature age of 60 and celebrated the event by receiving his many friends. Abbott was proprietor for the many years of the historical Washington House.
Harvey, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, I'm enjoying the site & have marked it in my favorites so I'll be able to enjoy whenever I want.. Who said "Music Soothes The Savage Beast"????
Johnny Ray - Cry
Florence, Did you go to St. Paul's in Chester? Do you remember Nellie Jones. Some one used to pick her up every sun. for church.
Harvey, how is your wife doing today. I am afraid we might lose a dear friend, and I don't know what to do about it. This is my favorite season. I used to go to ST<Pauls as a child. I used to take my two boys to Emanuel Church at 15th and Prov. They are noe 49 and 50.Where did time go.Take time to smell the flowers and befriend people who need friendship. People who need people, are the luckiest people. Me I don't. I am a loner with my family, i have always been that way. I have lots of hobbies. When we lived at 9th and Walnut, Lots of people with children, I had some good friends back then and I still a friend from the next area I lived in. The Spano family, I can still see their Mother and Father and kids faces, the Keesey's Lorraine's family, her father was a descendant of John Morton, I can still see all of them, the Carr family, I remember them all, the Granthams, the Payters and so on
I am sure I speak for all of us whom you have steered to the oldies sites. Thank you. s/jack
THANKS FOR ALL YOUR HELP WITH THOSE OF US WHO LIKE THE OLD SONGS
Harvey, could you find an artist for me, his name is Johnny Ray and he had a few hits, I believe in the 50's, one was called "Cry" Thank You
TRISH....Besides checking under the High School reunion section, you can E-mail Iris direct. (www.Iris@ICDD.com) Good luck....TN
Mays has not been numbered as of last week. Someone said that they have until August to move in that area. That would take his store thru most of the summer.
Does anyone remember the Ranch Wagon restaurant?
Hi Patty checked my 1953 year book and her picture was in there.Her first name is Elaine.There are pictures in my year book of Jacquelyn Oliver,Hugh MacColl,Frank Sciallo,Peter Gillen,Neafie Scarborough and Miss Farmer
I am not sure But I think I heard Mays water ice is closing soon due to a highway going to be built. I know someone who is married to one of the owners. I am pretty sure she said it was Mays
To Trish, meant to say click on School reunions on the what's new page. On the OldChester page, it lists the years. Either page will give you information as who to contact.
Trish: On the left side of the What's New page, click on the 1954 class reunion.
To Lee: Read a lot of teachers names but didn't see Miss Farmer's.
Thanks Mike S. for the St. James website.
WHEN IS CHS 1954 CLASS REUNION AND WHERE CAN I GET TICKETS....THANKS
That was well put (good job) and I totally agree with you enough is enough already. John did everyone a nice thing by creating this site I am sure he is quite diappointed in the few who do all the bickering . I come here almost everyday to read this site and hope to catch up with some old friends . Please people try to get along life is to short to be nasty...
kate, yes i did know debbie edwards. i was the one who helped set them up. she was in my class at school when i use to hang with jolly.
daily times. there was a nice artical in the times about ed baily yesterday on the next to last page. those who know hiw should read it. congratulations on a lot of success ed! jack
King and Floss Dulin did live on 9th St. Kings parents lived there until they died. Mr. Dulin Sr. was a boss at the Chester Lace Mill which made lace table clothes and curtains-etc. I was in King's bar a few times and I think it was on Providence Ave around 14th St. It was around the area that was cleared for Urban Renewal---Widner College.
If you would like more info on the "DOGS ON THE DUNES" go to the st james website@ www.stjbulldogs.org and look in events...this year it will be on the 10th of aug. in wildwood...
Betty RM: Joan is always happy to hear from you. I'm sure she is planning to go to the CHS "54 class reunion. I'd love to go with her, I always felt closer to her class than mine. The class of "54 from CHS was a great group of people. When I see Wanda or Iris it turns back the hands of time. They are two lovely people as are Jules and Bill (gotta catch myself from calling J. by his old nick name). When Joan's grandson was killed afew years ago many of her classmates came to the viewing, it was heartwarming to know that after so very many years people cared enough for Joan and our family to help us get through the pain. And again when Mom died in August the love that Mom gave others came back to us in people that were there. Over 300 people came in August (the hottest day of the year) to say one last good bye to Mom and the same with Brian when he left us. Old friends as well as new are a gift to be cherished. We should not take them for granted. Life is much to short.
You have my email address, and Joans home address keep in touch. You posted that your Mother was not up to par, I hope she is better. She must have a wealth of Chester memories.
Like myself, I am sure you will be dropping in on "OLDCHESTERPA" occasionally to see whats going on even if you are not posting. Hope you sent for the calendar from John's emporium it is really a nice keepsake. And (John's Oldchesterpa is a new friend) we should not take it for granted.
Hi Patty I did not have Miss Farmer but my sister Ginny did.She was at house for a halloween party. I think it was 1953
Yes, Mike those are the ones. I guess I was too young to know King but I always heard the name and my grandfather Bus died 20 days before I was born so even though he had many grandchildren, he only had one, Shawn, and 2 on the way when he passed. I remember Flossie like it was yesterday. She babysat for Aunt Sandy and Uncle Jimmy. I was always at Gram's, Aunt Babsie's or Helen Daft's since my mom worked many hours to buy the house on Meadow Lane and move from W10th.
Beth:: I think you are talking about Flossie & King Dulin who lived on 9th st. They were good friends with all the McGinns. King bought a bar on the east end. I think they called it "Sullies". It might have been the old Frog Pond..King died young & was a nice guy. Used to frequent Rubes who was also good friends with the McGinn's. I knew almost all of them. Bus, John, Jimmy & Kevin, Shot & the McGinn's from BV.
PamRHS75 I am just catching up and saw u talking to terry about Dulins on ninth st. My Gram McGinn was very good friends with a Flossie Dulin that lived down there and I think it was in the same row as the Walkers. She would go out to the bars dancing with her.
RE: Saddle shoes- When we had to go to O'Hara when Notre Dame closed that was the required shoes for the girls and then they let us wear penny loafers. That was in the days of the blue jumpers-like ND brown ones. Now they have those plaid little skirts of red and blue.
Does anyone remember Miss Farmer who taught Distributive Education (Retailing and Sales) at CHS? Her classroom was on an upper level.
What is "dogs of the dunes"? Never heard of it before
i think "dogs on the dunes is around august 9th this year...Moore's inlet..north wildwood, nj
You know I really dont even know what all this nonsense is about or how or when it started.....If people want to fight and pick on each other you should go to the teenage chat rooms....This is a pretty neat website that has made a lot of people happy and it is a shame that some people cant just leave well enough alone!!!Karen
Okay, I give up. I can't believe what has happened to this site. I was so excited to meet up with people I haven't seen or talked to in years and find out "whatever happened to?" but this is ridiculous. I have always felt that if you wanted to argue you should go into a room with a mirror and have at it. Go for it! Some of you people on here ought to be ashamed of yourselves. Hop a plane to Pakistan or Afghanistan or somewhere and argue with someone who gives a s.... but don't spoil it for everyone else. I know I am letting you win as one by one we drop from this site but you actually make me sick to my stomach. So, John...thank you so very much for all of your work. Buck, it was great meeting up with you after thirty some years. Dan, Tom, Iris, Wanda and all my other classmates, I will see you at the reunion. Caroline, give Joan my regards, and Pat...it was really nice chatting with you. Tata. Betty
Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push
But it's a long long time from May to December, and I haven't got time , for the waiting game. And these few days, I spend with you, These Precious hours!Don't waist the hours and minutes and seconds, you will never know how precious they are till their gone.Palm Sunday is almost here, and Easter Sunday. It is time to pray again for all. These to me are the most special days.
U W Potatoes were also used for burns. Use to cut them in half, scrape the inside pulp, them apply it to the burn.
U W Those ladies stockings were pretty neat but a bugger to keep the seams straight.
Frank V...Thanks for the come back..Your Uncle and his wife were absolute good people. Knew Fran from way back in the 60's. Her oldest girl went to school with mine for awhile. Saw her last year from afar. She still remains the beautiful woman she was as a girl.
Yes, Jesse Phillips (thanks)...also taught shop at Dewey..in the 50's. at least to "54. Married the Home ec. teacher from Dewey. Could not remember his first name. (thought it was Phil) He must have had split shift teaching one or two days a week at each school. Remember he went out of his way to be helpful when the girls were making the wooden sewing box. The box was like a mini "Hope chest." Remember them. We called them the "Hopeless Chests". I'd kid my sis about hers never getting filled. Major arguments over that ribbing. They were like a piece of fine finished furniture. satin gloss finish and several rubs with extra fine steel wool until they had no blemished wood visible for the final finish treatment.
Stanley Demonstrations. Mom would put out those pastel colored cigarettes for the woman that smoked. What I also remember were the stockings these woman wore in the 40's and early 50's. They had seams, but some of the unmarried ones had butterflies, or roses embossed with sparkles on their hosiery. Aprons were big in those days. My Mom had so many different ones. One for Sunday, one for wash day etc. (The Harriet Nelson look) There was no spray starch. So after they were starched and hung to dry they were sprinkled with water and rolled in a loose ball so the water sprinkles would blend into the entire fabric, them with a heavy iron did each piece without a crease. Totally Stiff. And the Mangle Iron. for work pants and all the table cloths, sheets, underwear. Can you imagine ironing underwear today or sheets and pillow casing. Thinking about pillows many in those days collected goose down feathers and made not only pillows but the Feather Beds. "PAZINA'S" (sp?) Nothing today could compare.
One thing that amazed me about the generation before me was the ability to know the wild grass, flowers, bush, herbs, and mushrooms that were good to eat or use for medicines. There was a sour grass for certain illness, then this bush that grew down near Hobo Island at the bend of the Del. river that had these bluish/red berries (not black berries or raspberries) somewhat like a vine cluster but very small. These you could eat too for something or other. But the indigo was used for ink or bluing. There were many of these plants perhaps this is where they were grown commercially as mentioned earlier. The milk weed: the stems were broken and the milk would be used for ridding on the warts. Or cutting a potatoe in half (the ones with the sprouts) and rubbing the potatoe on the warts then standing and throwing it bach over your head. Psychological cure I guess.
people having tape worms..And how Leaches were used to lower blood pressure and to draw out certain poisons from ones body. How when the leech was full from the liquid they drew from the sick body you could snap them off or they would just fall off. These are in use todays. Old country remedies that were brought to the new country and handed down thru the family.
Hi all Counldn't wait to get back online. Housework can wait. To Terry: I didn't think the Saddle shoes were as bad as the old black oxfords, with shoelaces, which we called old ladies shoes. They are in style with the young ones in this day and age. There was nothing feminine about those. Coundn't wait to get high heels with ankle straps and the black seam stockings to go with them. Another type of shoe that was "sexy" was the Dorsi Pump with the high narrow stilleto heel. They were the regular Pump but with both sides cut out. The shoes themselves may not mean anything to the males onboard now, but I am sure they cast a long look at the legs of the gals that wore them.
Does Sonny May just carry water ice in his store? I did hear that Stacky's reopened. Those were great hoagies.
To pidipat, read all the ones posted, but the one posted on 3/20/2002 at 10:49 specifically states "all." The others posted after that one only added fuel to the fire. The word "hooded" was uncalled for. Insults breeds more insults and comflict. Sounds like neighbors fighting over a barking dog or who did what to their kid. Are you a teenager?
And the beat goes on! Speaking of beat, thanks Harvey Martin. Understand you're the one who found all the musical links. Growing up, I don't know if it applies to others, but I associate music with different people and occasions. Some of my old favorites bring back the memories of a person, place or time. There was, April in Portugal by Les Paul, The Song of Moulin Rouge, Frankie Laine's Lucky Old Sun, Helen O'Connell"s Green Eyes and a much earlier one which is still a favorite. "Begin the Beguine" by Artie Shaw. Not asking to hear them. Just remembering.
Well Computer break is over, time to get to work. Till later, Peace to all
Praise for William Penn Philadelphia, August 12. Yesterday Afternoon, our Governor having received by Express the agreeable News of the Arrival of the Honourable THOMAS PENN, Esq; our Proprietary, at Chester, immediately dispatch'd his Secretary thither with his Compliments of Congratulation; and next Morning, attended by the Council, and many other Gentlemen, His Honour our Governor set out for Chester, where great Numbers of People from the neighbouring Parts of the Country were flocking together. After Dinner, our Honourable Proprietor, with his Company which was now grown very numerous, set out for Philadelphia, and passing the Ferry at Skuylkill, was met by the Mayor, Recorder and Aldermen of this City, in whose Name Andrew Hamilton, Esq; the Recorder, made the following congratulatory Speech.
May it please our Honourable Proprietor,
The Mayor and Commonalty of the city of Philadelphia, do most joyfully congratulate You, on your safe Arrival into your Province of Pennsylvania.
You are now entring into the Liberties of the City of Philadelphia, the Capital of your Province, where You have been long and impatiently expected: Be pleased, Sir, to accept from this Corporation, the Acknowledgements due to a Son of its Honourable Founder.
That generous Charter which he gave this City, those wise and just Laws which he gave to the People of Pennsylvania, and above all his religious Care in securing to all its Inhabitants that natural Right Liberty of Conscience, and Freedom from Spiritual Tyranny, will ever continue a Testimony of his great Wisdom and Goodness, in framing a Constitution every way fitted to make a happy People, and be a lasting Monument of his Benevolence to Mankind.
But he is gone! -- and to whom can we so properly own these Obligations, as to the Descendants of that good Man, under whom, next to our gracious Sovereign, the Inhabitants of Philadelphia derive and enjoy so many valuable Privileges.
We are indeed strongly prejudiced in favour of a Son of the great Mr. PENN; We know you have the same Powers of Government, and if You shall imitate his excellent Example, in using them for the Good of the People, as that made his Memory dear to all who lived under his Influence, so this will give you a peculiar Claim to Our Duty and Affections, and lay the Citizens of Philadelphia under the strongest Obligations of doing you the most acceptable Services in their Power.
To which our Honourable Proprietor gave the following Answer.
"I am oblig'd to the City of Philadelphia, for this Mark of their Affection to me, and Regard for the Memory of my Father; and shall be pleased with every Opportunity of doing your Corporation any agreeable Service."
The Proprietor then proceeding forwards, was welcomed to this City with the Discharge of many Guns from the Ships in our River, and the joyful Acclamations of a Multitude of People, who lined all the Streets through which the Cavalcade (consisting of between Seven and Eight Hundred Horse) passed; and alighting at our Governour's House, was saluted with the Discharge of a large Battery of Cannon on Society Hill. The universal Joy and Satisfaction which appeared on this Occasion, seems a just Tribute to a worthy Son of the Great and Good Mr. PENN, whose Memory must ever remain dear to all those who set a just Value on the ample Privileges and Liberties granted by him, and at this Time fully enjoyed by all the Inhabitants of this flourishing Colony.
The Pennsylvania Gazette, August 14, 1732
Try to Remember
Mays water ice is still available, on 2nd St. about a block south of Stacky's.
Yes Patty, I remember Harry's very well....we always got our school shoes from there, i remember getting the ugliest pair of saddle shoes for 8th grade, basically because i had no choice....imagine telling an 8th grader today that they had to wear what mom picked out! yeah right!.....Hey Mike, we are planning a trip up home this summer, and really do want to head to dogs on the dunes, but not sure yet what week we will be able to get up there.........Pam, the Dulins is ringing a bell, but i can't quite place them........and Mike, you're right i forgot all about the waterice!!!!!!!!!!silly me.........
Terry--- Do you remember any of the Dulins? They lived on 9th St. & their house backed up to Pulaski. I think we still have a suitcase we bought from Ted in the 70's! Does any one remember the ice cream truck we called Brandywine?
To Terry......how ya been? good to see ya again, but you forgot to mention the best part of going down to Memorial Park, that was those Sonny May waterice stops....hope to see you in Wildwood this August at the "DOGS ON THE DUNES"........
To Curious: The Park near PMC was Washington Park and the School was Stetser Elementary. Used to go to Washington Park all the time. What great fun we used to have in the summer at the Park.
To Terry: Playing outside in sunshowers. That was always fun. We use to go along the streets by the curbs where the rain would be in puddles. Use to sit in them too. Didn't have a pool in those days. On hot days, we would turn on the hoses to cool off.
Also remember before window fans and air conditioners, our beds would be pushed right by the windows. Didn't do much good. The sheets would be wet with perspiration. That's one thing about the old days that I don't miss. That and the coal stoves. We had a coal stove in the basement with a floor vent only in the living room and a wood and coal stove in the kitchen for cooking. Thank God for Air Conditioning and gas and oil heat. I remember when we first got a telephone. The phone numbers were 4 digits and we had to share the phone with another party. Don't think that would work today.
Does anyone remember Harry's shoe store? Use to buy our Penny Loafers and Saddle shoes from him. Was he on Edgmont Ave and later in the Woodlyn Shopping center? Christmas in the business district of Chester was always a treat. The streets were always decorated as were all the stores. I remember hearing Christmas Carols playing over loud speakers. Visit to Stotters to see Santa Clause was a must. Funny how one can remember all these things from long ago and not remember what I did yesterday. Lol
Enjoying the site. What a great idea it was to have a website about the old hometown. I remember Mary Street. It was between 2nd and 3rd streets. Not sure if it started around Concord Ave and ran west. There was also a very small street off of Concord Ave. between 3rd and 4th Street which was only about a block long. It was called Essex Street.
There was a store on 3rd and Dock Street. Dock Street was before the 3rd street bridge. Can't remember the store's name. We use to buy piano rolls. (No they were not the rolls you eat. They were rolled up paper rolls with tiny holes that you would put in the player piano. Each hole was a note. There were peddles at the bottom of the piano that you had to push to get the rolls started. Then we would pretend we were accomplished pianists.
By the way. To PidiPat. While scanning down through the postings, I did read your earlier post in which you called all nameless posters malicious and transparent. I was stunned when I read that As a newcomer I have to agree with the person who responded to you that you did indeed wrote that. It's in black and white. Why do you deny it? You have to reread it again yourself because you made the statement quite clear. That wasn't very nice. Are you a teenager?
Well anyway aside from that, It has been fun reading about the old hucksters, ragmen, schools, locations, businesses, people finding friends and relatives. The music from the 50's is a bonus. Keep up the good work.
.......remembering getting pink and yellow and blue LIVE chicks at Easter time....anyone else? i think it became against the law.......also remembering Mr Frosty icecream truck.......Larry was the best milkman......remember the State Movie theatre...Dad took us to our first movie there...got to see Batman the Movie.....remember summer evenings spent at Memorial Park watching softball games.....cold winters at Memorial Park for Rez football games......living across from Pulaski gave us the best open field to play on.....roller skating on the vast sidewalk in front of the school.......climbing up on the huge air vent in front of Pulaski...jumping off the steps of the Church at 6th and highland,,, swinging from the trees in back of 6th st near the rairoad......playing dodge ball on the garages in the alley between 6th and seventh....catching lightning bugs in the same alley, watching fireworks from the front lawn.......playing outside during a sunshower........being within walking distance of church, school, doctor, dentist, hospital, gino's, honeysuckle.Zeitz Pharmacy, pizza (Vesuvio's) grocery store,library......never being bored...there was always someone in the neighborhood to play with.....knowing that if mom didn't catch you the neighbor would.......just some of the things that made growing up in Chester so wonderful.....
I don't remember the sister's name but they probably lived in Chester before moving out to Concord Twp. area. Angelo worked with his father at the tire shop (Firestone) in the vicinity of 9th and Lincoln. Brother Joe (deceased) played football at CHS (48). He then went to Auburn U. with Ted Varano, also deceased. They both earned scholarships to Auburn.
As the world turns, maybe we wil hear about Mary St.
Fran is my cousin, her Father & my Father were brothers.
To Betty: I remember HARRY SHARPE very well. He had the right name because he was "sharp". Good looking and very charming. I wouldn't mind hearing from Harry myself!!! I never knew Harry personally, but I certainly remember him. I'd also like to know about "Mary Street". I never knew of it's existence and the writer made it sound very intriguing. Let's hear about Mary Street. This is almost like going to the serial movies on Saturday - couldn't wait until next Saturday to find out what happens to our hero. And Harry, you're Betty's and my hero!!
To RC Your right about the horse manure When I worked at Sun Oil in the CL Gang we used to clean out the valve boxs in the Spring of the Manure I don't know what they do today. Also was there a harness shop on Mkt.St. or EDgemont Ave. Near the train station.in the late 30's?
The old incomplete building on Chestnut Pkwy is an assisted living care center, called Chestnut Ridge I think, went thru on a tour when it opened 2 1/2 yr ago. Really a beautiful place to live, if you need care & friends. Not a place I'm looking forward to living in just yet.
Back in the 50's there was a huckster named Frank Stopper, he was around for years, into the 70's. Wasn't there also a man named Ted who sold clothes? A correction, Mr Tom Phillips taught carpentry & then wasvocational supervisor for Chester-Upland Dist @ retirement, he died a couple of weeks ago. The other Phillips was Jesse, taught middle school shop ( Smedley & Pulaski), think he bought a tug boat & went on the Cheaspeake.
Gloria, Haven't talked to you in years. We were good friends back then. I remember when you lived on East Mowry and Taylor Park. I used to cut through the old Quaker Cemetery on 24th Street to get to your house at Taylor Park. I do remember the unfinished building on Chestnut Parkway for all those years. Went by there this week and I was surprised to see it is completed. Don't know when that happened. I remember you and I got our social security cards together at the social security office downtown Chester. Think my Dad was a traffic cop downtown then or maybe he was safety coordinator. Remember he drove that white car and would put the siren and lights on and go through the school yard at St. Robert's. I was so embarrassed by that.
PBS has oldies on tonight, I'm In Panama City Beach, Fl, & it reminds me of the day I was in Honeysuckle's & a car pulled up with The Jive Five in it , at the time they had a hit My True Story & What's Your Name, met them & got there autograph, Harvey I know you have given us a lot of site's with the doo woop songs, thanks
Jack, I don't remember Larry, the milkman....you know my 2 good brothers, did you know Debbie Edwards, she married Jolly , he went in the Army & they were stationed in Texas, then he went to Germany, that was the end of that marriage. I have talked to Debbie in the 90's, she went on to remarry & have lots of kids.
How fantastic and refreshing to see so many more memories of Chester and people finding people - and I can relate to most of the postings. I love it! To RC: Nice to see you back sharing so much of your knowledge and for letting us know of one of the earlier uses of horse manure (everything is recycleable); It's amusing and interesting. So many things, we don't know and can learn. I often wished I had lived in the "romantic" days of the horse-drawn carriages, but then I realize that's probably the only reason Sir Walter Raleigh was written down in history as having laid down his cloak for a lady to walk to the carriage. Do you suppose that's why tobacco has such a "stinking" reputation? He might have been reflecting on the use of the disposables on the street as well as the welafare of that dear lady. At times, I think I would rather give up our modern cars for another Sir Walter!!! They don't make them like good old Walt anymore. RC, your memories are cherished (and I know you understand my levity.)
hello, i remember russ the huskter and jim n. and jolly working with him. also there were ed and loyd who were brothers that hucksterd a little later on then russ. i worked for loyd... and ted who sold the clothes on credit, his truck said on the back. hey mom here's ted. and all you west ender's have to remember larry the milk man!
GP, what is your name, I might know you. you can e-mail me if you don't want to say.
Yes Russ(JONSEY) was a good man & well liked & very honest, I had many conversation with him about WW11 he was a seabee, for those of you who don't know they built the runways for the pilots to land on the Islands like Guam & others might know of more places. He was born in Hoboken, N.J. but he never liked Frank Sinatra who was also born thiere, he also had Dick Clark as a customer from Wallingford back in the 60's. He lived his life in Chester after the war & I'm sure many remember having a drink with him in the local bars.
I remember as a kid working on a huckster truck for a guy named Russ.He was a good man.I only worked a few weeks for him but he was well liked and known wherever we went.I also remember the red truck that sold the clothes.It had Ted Mournhart and sons on the side.Ted was also a good man and well liked by his customers.I think he was from Tinicum.
There also was another school by PMC field on 15th & Walnut ir was Martin Elem School. I went there 4th thru 6th, then on to Smedley.On May 1st we always had a May Day celeabration, the 6th grade girls got dressed in growns and a queen was picked.I think the year was 1949 and the queen was Joyce Woods. Plus we danced around a May pole wrapping colored streamers around the pole to make it really pretty. We always did another dance at grade school affairs but my senior moment will not give up the name. LOL but u lined up 2 rows and skipped through the middle to the opposite end linked arms spun aroung and back again and then some more steps that I don't remrmber. The on;y other class mate's name I remember from then was Harry Sharpe,if your out there Harry contact me.
Beth, My mom is Edie & Russell Jones was the huckster from 11th st. they were not married, he lived with his mother on Siedel Pl.but he was in my life all thru school & beyond , he died about '92, after living with my Mom & sister for a lot of years, they moved into a house my sister bought who still live there, my mom is 83. I remember McGinn's beer in the alley, they sold a lot to my relatives. The man who sold clothes was Ted Marnhout, he had a big truck& also had an installment plan, I imagine he is deceased by now.
Gloria, lokk right to the left of this page, see the yellow area. Scroll down to schools and click on it. You can find out school addresses. I am sure that it is Stetser ele. Their was a girl named Joan Ragni in my class.
I do remeber the huxter that sold all the fruits and veggies. I think the one around W 11th and mcaff was Russ and maybe his wife was Eaddie or somthing like that. I also remember a man who was the street cleaner who came around with his trash cans in a cart. And of course the big street cleaning machines that everyone scrambled to have thier car off the street so they wouldn't get towed. I even remember the newpaper delivery man Ottie had a jeep of some sort to deliver from. Oh an how could I forget the Fuller Brush Man with his free gifts of vegetable brushes, spatulas, combs, and little rain hats in the pink plastic container. My family like those products so much my mom became a Fuller Sales rep so I have my little electrostatic sweeper and stainless steel sponges, too. Oh speaking of sweepers my family still has a few of the electroluxes the man came and sold Gram in those days and she would get the new model and pass the other to someone in the family. I felt like a trader when I bought my Kirby!
Mary Carter-Williams. My family lived on Edwards St in the 200 block. There was a Carter family living on Mary St. next door to the Triggs family. Are you a part of that Carter family with a brother named James ?
There used to be a man that sold clothes from his van...he went all over chester and surrounding areas,...had great clothes, right up to date.... you could pay him a few dollars a week and look great his name was stanley, we called him Stan The Man....
To Gloria: Yes, my wife and I still live on E. Mowry Street. We have great neighbors and we still love it here. I knew your dad very well from HS and I met your mother years earlier at a dance at Dewey or Horace Mann school. Take care....TN. PS. Your right. The name is pronounced nic-o-litis
I know the park was Washington Park. I think the school was Jeffries.
Margaret Stetser School and Washington Park, I think A long time before that it was called Sun Ship and White Mountain. I lived in that area most of my life,I still see all the houses and sidewalks and streets as they used to be. If only we could wink an eye and be there again. I grew up between 15th and 16th and Walnut.I don't know many people on here either, but try to write what you can remember or what you are feeling. I remember the smell's of Cirilli's shoe repair shop, the spaghetti sauce cooking upstairs, I can still see him sitting on his bech working on the shoes. And next store, Amel's the cleaners.He had a friendly wife and 2 children I think.
Margaret Stetser School and Washington Park, I think ARight time before that it was called Sun Ship and White Mountain. I lived in that area most of my life,I still see all the houses and sidewalks and streets as they used to be. If only we could wink an eye and be there again. I grew up between 15th and 16th and Walnut.I don't know many people on here either, but try to write what you can remember or what you are feeling. I remember the smell's of Cirilli's shoe repair shop, the spaghetti sauce cooking upstairs, I can still see him sitting on his bech working on the shoes. And next store, Amel's the cleaners.He had a friendly wife and 2 children I think.Right next to him was Gold St.And thru the alley to 15th st, Crystle's MIlk House was on the end. One day My Brother John, who was 11 was out there playing tag with some other children, when he was hit by a truck and drug a little up the alley. I thought my Mother was going to pass out. Any way his ankle had a big round brushburn , quite round. It was full of cinders and dirt. He went to the hospital for a few days, maybe a week. That scar was always there. It was used for identification in later years.
Beth, Do you remember a truck that use to come around Chester & sold clothes? i was young but think it said hey mom, here comes ted. then we always had a huckster selling fruits & vegetable. Hope to see the story of mary st. told too. thanks
What was the name of that park that was across from PMC? and the school also?
I grew up on Walnut Street, between 14th and 15th Streets. I remember the parades that ended at PMC and the dairy right behind our house that was on Gold Street.
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To: TN I remember the name Nicolaides but it is pronounced like Nicalitis, right. I remember when you bought the house, we moved to Taylor Park Plaza apartments on 24th St. Do you still live there?
To Gloria: A small world....My wife and I bought our house on E. Mowry Street from your mother, Ginger in 1971.Take care....TN
Been reading this here board now for several weeks, can be interesting at times. Some fond memories of Old Chester Pa. Spent most of my formative years in the West End but lived across from the Wolfe Building for a short while. Actually woke up to the shooting back in '48. I remember the Lyric, Bank Tavern, Sloppy Joe's, Bomberger's, Stress Hardware, etc. I'm trying to place Mary Street? Is that the street between 2nd. and 3rd.?
You're right Florence, because of the fact that these summer programs cost money the children now a days can miss out. The summer camp my son goes to in Radnor is a couple hundred dollars. I see that you graduated from CHS you might have known one of my mother's brothers or sisters. Her name is Ginger Luty (CHS56). SHer brothers and sisters names: Ed, Bill, Joan, Mary, & Peg & John
Hi, Mary Carter-Williams
I'm hoping you will tell the story of West Mary Street.
Hello everyone, although I don't write on this site. I do read it every day. I enjoy it very much. I only know Florence,we do talk on the phone too. I would like to thank Harvey for posting those great web sites of music. My husband and I spent two hours on the record lady web site, listening to some really old songs we had never heard of. It was nice. This is interesting reading on here (sometimes) I wish I knew more people. I lived at 15th & walnut until I got married, and have lived in feltonville since then. graduated from Smedley in 1947 left CHS in 1949. Have a good day. Doris
Gloria, I remember my children go to the summer playground and made things and played games.What happened. I know that in our area Wallingford-Swarthmore, they now charge 40.00 a child. I mean how many families can afford that.Things are getting harder for average people.So many things are out of reach today.I think everything has a $ sign anymore. I know when I was a child in late 30's and early 40's we had great childhoods. We tried to give our children a good childhood in the late 50's and 60's and 70's and 80's.
Remeber what our parents taught us - respect our elders. I log in every day and read comments and enjoy. Keep it coming. I used to live on E. Mowry St., which is right next to the Chester Park playground. I lived for the summer recreation programs, which they held at the park from June to August from 9 till 3. We made potholders, plaster-paris, gimp. (We played box hockey (Where did this go to?) I remember the concerts at the bandstand on Tuesday nights, the Zangara's water ice truck (for a dime you could get a water ice & pretzel). I remember the Crystals that lived in the house by the barn. I remember when the City of Chester dumped all the snow from a big blizzard in the 60's and we had igloos in our backyard which was Chester Park Drive until spring. They closed the road down and we went sledding down to the creek. Remember the towers on Chestnut Pkwy that stood for decades unfinished? I had the best childhood. Chester Park was the greatest back then; I hung there even in high school. I remember the Flyers winning in 73 & 74 and being in the street hollering we're #1. The good old days.
Speaking of baby chicks, especially now since this is the Easter season, I can remember also getting little baby chicks. They were almost a must at Easter as was the Easter Basket filled with candies. Not only the chicks and candies but the new Easter outfits, mostly navy blue coats with white collars and white or black patent leather baby doll shoes with one strap across the instep. Not to mention the full organdy dresses and little purses to carry the money handed out by relatives. Oh just to be able to eat all those delicious chocholate covered eggs and jelly beans. Sorry, just started to drool.
Beth-- My brother-in-law is still in touch with Sean Murphy.
I remember the Tiburzi family. I believe Joe Sr. & Angelo ran the tire shop on 9th St. just past Kerlin heading toward the west end. My family were good friends with them. My grandfather went there every Sat. morning. I remember they had a farm out on the Conchester. I had gotten about a 1/2 dozen colored baby chicks for Easter, we took them to the farm when they got too big & let them go.
Since I'm older than most of you, I'm going to take te liberty of giving some advice. If you have any old pictures, put the names, place and date on the back. You would be surprised how time blurs the memory and the first thing you know there is no one to answer your questions. Also Keep a little book of your parent's memories. Of course you have the computer now which makes storing memories much easier. About horse manure. When it was getting pretty scarce, if a horse and wagon came down Highland Ave. and left any gifts, my husband would have to take a bucket and shovel to collect them. His father used it for fetilizer. Another use for it. In the refineries it was packed around the valves in the winter to keep them from freezing. It gerates quite a lot of heat!
I left Chester after graduating from Cheyney State College (now Cheyney State University) in 1960. I have always been especially proud of the wonderful upbringing I received on West Mary Street and am looking forward to renewing old friendships shortly. The story of West Mary Street needs to be told!
Duffy: Larney Pierce is also deceased about 2 1/2 yrs ago
Beth B: It was Dutchmaid clothes sold by demonstrators & catalogs. still have a 1/2 slip from the '60's. Now you know I'm female.
Do remember Tom Fannon, his uncle was related by marriage to my mother. Dearly loved Tom as a friend (brother like) in the 50's when he was St James hero w/ Larney Pierce - It was Fannon to Pierce in headlines every week. Think Mr F worked for Bond, my father worked for Friehoffers.
Mr Tom Phillips, shop teacher @ CHS died this past week, lived in Brookhaven. The other Mr Phillips teacher may still be alive, not sure. He used to live in Middletown, he married the home ec teacher
hi diane....mole was an old friend too, i saw someone post a letter looking for the old gang and i remember your store too, we lived on 9th st between mcdowell and hyatt streets....last i heard, jerry was living out in chester county cutting hair, and me(twiggy, i live in the fla keys ...momk was down here several months ago...e-mail me diane and i will send you instructions on how to get into the chat room....bye for now
Frank Vaul: Is Fran your sister/cousin?
Oh, what an awful memory I just got. Yucky, yuck, yuck. Mr.Davis was the worse teacher ever. OOOhhh. Gag me! Makes me sick to think of him.
Pat CHS49 -Yes my favorite teachers were Robert A. Davis and Judith Hanavin.
The mention of deliveries at home reminds me of the many people that delivered to my Gram McGinn.
The Abbott's milk truck with the boxes of milk to put in the milk dispenser with the big silver lever. Mr. Thompson the tea/coffee man. The insurance salesman-don't remember a name since he visited less. Sam the man in the stationwagon that was packed full that sold anything from the "warehouse" from clothes to TVs and furniture. You could pay on installments and he would collect weekly(I think he still comes to my Gram's). He always had bazooka gum for the kids. And of course, there was the Dutch Made Clothes which were ordered from a big book with sample fabrics. I can vouch for how well made they were since they have been passed down through many family members and my mom keeps surprising me with outfits for my 4 year old that were mine or my older cousin's. I think I remember there was one difference with the tags in my little undergarments. They were on the opposite side because they were made in the USA???
To Solution: Your post is more the problem than the solution.
To Pat: I believe the Tuburzis' sister is Regina. Did they live on ninth street or was that where one of the boys worked? I think it was a tire shop on the corner at 9th & Lincoln Streets.
Totally agree with CHS68. There are more people on here from the East and West sides. We all don't relate to their past or to their family history and friends and that is fine. But the field should be open to all. No names, anonymouses, and Names. I resent being called malicious because I make the choice not to post my name and certainly am no more transparent than a person who fills in the name square.
After all, even posted names could be fictitious.
Now on with the show..
Many years ago,there were pick-up type trucks with Mary-Go-Rounds on the back of it. Kids could ride for a few cents. Pony rides were also a big thing back then. I also remember an ice cream truck where one could buy freshly made waffles (made right on the truck) with a slice of ice cream in between. Then came the water ice wagon, snowball carts, (snow cones). One didn't have to go too far for the little luxuries that many could barely afford but didn't deny their kids. The Mac, Appollo and Strand movies were owned by the same person. We use to go to the Appollo 2 or 3 times a week. 12 cents a show. They finally caught up with me at age 13. Made me pay adult price. On I-95, and approaching the Edgmont Ave exit, one could see the Supplee Milk Building. The name is clearly visible from the highway. It's still standing there. Milk, bread, and ice were home deliveries. Mail was even delivered twice a day. Morning & afternoon. Wasn't unusual to see horse drawn carts in the 40's & early 50's. Schools, churches, groceries, haircuts, entertainment, clothing stores were within walking distance. Those who never experienced those times have no concept of the Good Old Days.
Beth B. Was Mrs. Hanivan's first name Judy?
And to all others: How about a little Chester nostalgia. Does the name Tiburzi ring any bells. How about Angelo? Or brother Joe? Angelo moved to Florida not too long ago but has since returned to this area. I remember playing baseball against him at Crozer Park. He hit a home run that went across Kerlin Street and into the gas station lot. That game was with the Chester Boys Club.
PamRHS75 My Uncle, Dr. John J. Vaul was the superintendent of the Chester-Upland School District. He was also Principle of Dewey School before becoming superintendant. I'm sure a lot of people on this site will remember him, he passed away a few years ago.
For Spanky, I remember Mole. He used to hang out in our family grocery store at 8th and Caldwell. Haven't seen him in ages. There were a lot of guys who hung out at our store. I'm an Eastender but have trouble getting in the chat room.
To Pidipat-Not all no names are how you picture them. I like some other no names chime in every so often with information about oldchesterpa. I for one remain nameless because so many who post here are from a different era and the things they talk about don't ring a bell. There is so much bickering among the same people who should be on the chat page a lot of old Chesterites from my time don't want to get involved. I grew up around 8th&Lloyd and all the postings are either East end or West end. So to end not all no names are as you say.
Just one of the many Carrolls in Chester,Franklin schooland Chester High,John I worked for your Dad in 1940 1nd 41 delivering prescriptions at 10 cents each via bike. also worked at Postal Tel.and Western Union singing telegrams etc There were eight Carrolls in Chester Schools , Clayton,Margaret,Dorthy,Jim,Marjorie,Audrey, Eleanor and Lorraine
Does anyone remember Tommy Fannon. Quite an athlete who played football for St. James and then U. of Delaware. His father worked for Freihofer or Bond Bread--not sure which. great family. Tommy passed away at a fairly young age and I think his father (who was known in Chester athletic circles) also died young. Curious if anyone knew them.
I say that Pidipat has put a lot of Chester History in this site, and most of us know that. She has also sent some picture's of musicians from back in the early 40's or maybe the late 30's. We have talked about a lot of old songs that Harvey has located for us. Soooomany wonderful and bad things in our past. I used to love Chester, now I go once in a while to visit my sister and her family. The kids that live next store to her are arrogant,nasty,mean ,noisy and volgar. She recently had a heart attack and bypass, and a lot those people care.She has been nice to themand babysit them as young children. It is just one example of how a lot of children behave today and not only in Chester.When we were young, we were taught respect for all and peoples belongings. I live in the suburbs and sometimes it looks like a dump next to me.And people do not respect a flower petal orwhatever.
Because I don't want to add anymore fuel to the "fire", I respectfully request that those firing bullets at me, personally, EMAIL ME AT HOME. In this manner, space is open for memories and rekindling of friendships. Others have emailed me and I have responded quickly and positively. However, I can't help but feel you want to continue harassing me in public with the hopes that others will join in. Let's see if you can handle it on a one-to-one basis. I look forward to hearing personally from you.
barbara finn from east 7yh syreet you out there??
Hello UW. Sorry it took so long to get back. Got waylayed. The Phillips I spoke of was Tom Phillips. Not sure he was from chester or had been around long. The other teacher that taught at the NYA school in Eddystone was Sam Yarnal. He taught auto body.
If you go to the home page and where you see the search box type in the name Wilson Line the posts and articles on this site will come up. There are quite afew about the Wilson Line. Afew more times here and you too might get addicted to "Oldchesterpa" . Really a easy find website thanks to the side frame.
Welcome Arlene. Sorry that was bvefore my time but there are lots of good sources for info but you may have towait for just te right person to check the board.
John, Thanks for your new memo and thanks for the board.
Others, please just drop it. from the Bambi musical that I was in at Rez in fifth grade,In the words that Thumper(Sean Murphy)learned from his father: "If you can't say something nice then don't say nothin' at all" (I played mother rabbit and one my favorite teachers, Mr Davis, directed it). Oh there goes my 4 yr old to the videos to watch Bambi again. I hope I can find a school with great teachers like Mr Davis and Mrs Hanavin from Rez.
Arlene, yes I remember them. We used to take the Wilson Line at midnight with mom and dad, and later we took to riverview, My mother and father loved to dance. And you worked at Morris's jewelry store. Many times I have been in there. What year did you graduate, if you don't mind me asking.
hi. this is the fist time on the cite. i am at my daughters and thought i would try and see if anyone out there remembers the old wilson line that took you to riverview beach and the night dances.i also use to work at morris jewelers.
to: John Morgan, are you who i think you are?
Thanks John for creating this excellent site. It has been very informative regarding the Chester of the past.
To all others: I would like to make a point. Not all people who prefer to remain anonymous are malicious and transparent. That comment in itself is malicious. Many have contributed to this site in their own way. So far there haven't been too many people who have posted their names that I know or knew even though I lived in Chester for many years. If I don't feel the need to post my name, that doesn't make me a malicious person. If I found someone that I wanted to chat with on a personal level, then I would do that in private. Just because there's a couple of rotten apples in the barrell doesn't mean that they are all bad. The fact is I have read several posts which contained names that were a bit insulting and condencending. If everyone stuck to the purpose of this site, which is Chester, names or no names, it will continue to be interesting, informative and a good place for reminiscense. Thank you
To John, You have been very successful in reaching your goals. Many of us are enjoying making Chester connections. After all the negatives about Chester it's good to remember the positives. We're all getting older & there is some comfort in looking back & it's nice to see that others share those memories. It's fun to see what a single comment can make people remember. Thanks again John for making this possible. I have definitely renewed my Chaster Pride.
If anyone is looking for info on these families, I can trace back to the 1700's-- McElwee,Todd,Nuttle,& Newsbaum. I'm looking for info on Julian Watras & Anastasia Costinska also Foth.
John, you are so right. I wish everyone could be friendly. I myself have even found friends on here from long ago. I have learned a lot about families and what they did. Now if we could all get together and pray for lost families and their loved ones and our servicemen and women and their families. Let's not forget what happened on 911 and other times. No other country gives you the freedom that we have here. To err is human to forgive is devine. I grew up in Chester and my Sister and her husband still live there.
Good morning all. If there are any Dalton family members or researchers out there - check out the biograhies section. John was nice enough to add two that I submitted. If anyone has further interest in that lineage please contact me as I have lots to share.
Also, wanted to acknowledge that through this site a former Westinghouse employee had contacted me (after my inquiries about another former West. Vet - Bill Jackson) and we've had an enjoyable correspondence. Just because we are of different generations doesn't mean memories and stories aren't of interest to all. Thanks again, John, for opening that door.
Anyone out there remember any of the Jacksons or Hoopes from the Upland and Chester area?
Spanky--- I think someone posted about that gang last week. I'd also like to mention a few other Italian names--DePaolo/DiPaolo, Quatro, DeMaio, Spacarelli(sp) & Rinalli & DiGiovanni. Frank Vaul--Thanks for the info on Barbara, she and my Mom were best friends for many years. I think they met at the Fidelity bank in Chester. I remember when they lived on Flower St..My Mom has also passed away. Were you superintendant of Chester-Upland school district a one time?
This is Old Chester PA... The message board is only a small part of the web site yet for many it is the only part. The web master and many people from the city (past and present) have contributed much in photos, stories, research and time to making this a website that will be of interest not only for people having lived in Chester, but for people that enter the site looking for particular items of interest to them. If you go to the side panel you will see an area that is the WHAT'S NEW area, enter it and find interesting contributions to this site on a regular base. For researchers this is a treasure site. Just look at the side panel and you can spend days browsing. ALIVE because the board is open to comment. Unlike any community site on the web or geneaology site for that matter---because in 2 years it has not faded into a stop warp. Most are boring and just documentation with few updates.
My observation is that this message board area was only to be a small part of the site. It has really become the NEWSTAND of oldchesterpa.
The site is not paid for by us. It came about by happen stance. John B. had a web page basically for his own interest. He gave the public the key to open it and close it at will. Chester does not pay for the site, John does. Like the cell phones, web page providers have different fee programs for the rental of online time. What started out in the beginning with afew pages of pictures and notations has developed into over 900 pages. This takes much space on the provides service computer. So if he start out with a package that may run $100.00 per year the first year and the webmaster has to continually put items into archives because of the activity on his site -- be it message board, history, community happenings, etc this eats up the allotted purchased space and begins to start costing more and more. ALL out of pocket, not ours, HIS. Remember it is "OLDCHESTERPA"
NOW for Chester "TODAY" . the following links may be of interest.
WHAT CHESTER MAKES, MAKES CHESTER..(even today)
COME ON ALL YOU CHESTER PEOPLE, LETS SEE YOU IN THE CHESTER CHAT ROOM, JUST SIGN UP AND COME ON IN. I WANT TO TALK TO YOU.
Hi No Name, Not all the people posting are boring. There are a few who have contributed a lot about Chester. Harvey & U W have been very helpful. Harvey is a wizz at finding links. Especially music from the past. Some of the songs I haven't heard for years & he finds them all the time. Did you live in Chester at one time? Why don't you post some of the things you remember. Don't worry about what other people think. You may not find any connections right away but hang in there. Just skip the ones that annoy you. I do.
i AM SHOCKED, CHESTER RANKS 5TH IN THE COUNTRY FOR BEING DEPRESSED & CRIME IS WAY UP THERE, I'M SORRY YOU DON'T TAKE IT MORE SERIOUS. BE CAREFUL. 7 I WOULD SAY STAY OUT OF THERE.
Well off to attend to my spaghetti gravy, so you can just post what your answer is, but I have completed my computer bill paying so I am done keeping up with the board. Good nite.
What do you mean by that? u don't beleive. My mom still owns the house on Meadow Lane and just rents it out. I had no problems with living there until that day and I go back every week to visit my family near Harwick St. in the West End. Most of my life was spent in Chester and I am not afraid to go back.
Well considering the fact that I didn't actually move from chester until 1995, and was held up at gunpoint while planning to empty out my Meadow LN garage, I would say it wasn't the same 'OLD CHESTER" that many on this board remember. I lived ther while lots of changes took place but have been posting and reading about stuff I remember from when I was much younger and I am not being part of a particular clique since I am talking to people of many generations, religious backgrounds, opposite ends of town, and different schools but that have the connection of being from the suburbs of Philadelphia and yet from the a city themselves that had it's own ways and memories.
DID NOT START THIS, ONLY HAVING MY SAY, AND NO ONE SHOULD CONTROL THIS SITE, REMEMBER 'FREEDOM OF SPEECH' THAT IS WHY WE ALL CAN GET ON THIS SITE BUT A FEW WOULD LIKE THIS TO BE EXCLUSIVELY THIERE'S AND DON'T LIKE OTHER'S OPINIONS. EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS THERE OPINION. YOU WILL NEVER GET RID OF US, WE BELIEVE IN EQUEL OPPERTUNITY.SP?
Sorry to report that a 1950 CHS grad passed away last week, a really good classmate. Michael Fasano May he rest in peace.
No questions. I would expect there to be some editorial judgment exercised. I certainly would not appreciate a site where there was no oversight.Fortunately, freedom of speech is not absolute. The liberal interpretation of that concept has brought our society to the point of accepting profanity and vulgarities as the norm. Personal attacks and other mean-spirited displays are so common in today's media but I personally prefer this particular site to be free of the above negativity. If I felt restricted by the editorial judgment on this site I would remove it as a bookmark and find one of the many sites which would better meet my needs.
I would like to say that anyone who says anything against the owner of this site will be erased, HOW IS THAT FREEDOM OF SPEECH/////////
Does anyone from the east side remember or have you seen any of the gang of kids that hung on the corner of morton ave and melrose st at the old school, from around 1970 to the mid 70s? Eski, the cocchi brothers, droopy, leroy, bill deaghan, mario, mitch ,twiggy, mole, monk, icona.
Good evening y'all. I'm sure you are familiar with a magazine called "Reminisce Extra". I had a subscription to that magazine long before I knew this board existed. In the June '99 issue of that magazine, on the first two pages - which is a spread - there is a picture of, apparently, a piano recital which includes approximately 50 children ages 4 to early teens. The minute I looked at that I thought this looks like Chester. Sure enough, it was contributed by Mary MacIntyre (now living in Lancaster, PA). She was 11 years old at the time. The photo was taken in 1936 at the "New Century Club" in Chester, Pennsylvania. There are at least 4 faces that look familiar to me (I would have been 4 at the time) and the 4 yr-old in the first row, front center could have been Florence Smalley.
If anyone knows Mary Mac Intyre (possibly her married name) bearing in mind that she played the piano, it would be nice if she could also contribute that picture to this site. I'll bet you would see some familiar faces there. There are only 5 little boys in the picture and all except one look as though they'd rather be shooting marbles! The little boy on the extreme right, second row could have been Joe Battle - he's got that look of, "OK, this is nice, but when do I get to take of this ridiculous monkey suit."
The article ends with: "Thanks for readers like Mary, we're able to keep the pages of Reminisce and Reminisce Extra filled with unforgettable memories ... and never have to miss a note of the past."
To John Morgan: John, I tried to answer your question about Albert's Raiders via email but it bounced back as an incorrrect address, so at the risk of boring other readers of the message board, I will tell you the story here. First, my sincerest condolences on the loss of your father, he was a good friend of mine and good firefighter and a really nice guy.
In the early 60's, The Felton Fire Company was having trouble with getting "runners" to show up at alarms, caused mostly by most of the older runners leaving the area at that time. Realizing that there were a whole bunch of "boomers" out there, they lowered the age requirement from 21 to 18 for "contributing members" (Full firehouse privelges except for voting rights) This brought an immediate influx of new members between the ages of 18 & 21. A generation gap occurred, as the newer members were young and brash and generally annoying to some of the older members that didn't like the idea of a bunch of "kids" at the firehouse, raising hell at all hours. Some of the members of the "Moya Juniors" even joined so that they could fully participate at fires and this ruffled even more feathers around town. One of the paid drivers, Albert (AL) Cappaso, more or less took us under his wing and became our mentor as a lot of the other drivers weren't too warm to the idea either. Being a renegade bunch that didn't adhere to protocol, the group was dubbed "Albert's Raiders". The group consisted of myself, your Dad, Bill and Joe Haynes, Butch Farrell, Mickey Abbott, Walt (Hogan) Kokoshka, Bob Smith, Johnie -----ski,Bob Malinowski and Jack Babicki. I'm sure I forgot someone. The "group" lasted a couple years and some of us got drafted and left the city but some of the others blended in as we got older. Mickey Abbott and myself were elected Lieutenant's, Joe Haynes became Company President, and several eventually became the original group of "paid" firefighters with the city. I hope this answers your question...George
The Chat room is located at http://prv-groups.aol.com/oldchesterpa.com/ If you're not a member and want to join, just send me an email and I'll get you set up. George
WHERE IS THE CHAT ROOM? THANKS
Lou thank you for telling me it was Guiseppi's I have been trying to think of it for a long time. Had many a pizza there in my younger days.
My father used to tell me about a group of guys at the Felton Fire Co in Chester called "Albert's Raiders", does anyone know anything about them? My father passed away several years ago and I am trying to track down some of his old friends. Thanks JM
Thanks for finding the Paul Anka song, "Put Your Head On My Shoulders".
Harvey, thanks so much. Put Your Head On My Shoulder by Paul Anka.Great dance tune. I once danced to that tune at least 48 times at a corn boil. What a fun day that was. My mother went out and bought me a record called, My Wife The Dancer
Underground Railroad in Kennett Square
TONITE IS EAST SIDE NIGHT IN THE CHAT ROOM.COME ON IN ALL YOU FOLKS FROM SUN HILL, SUN VILAGE, FOLKS FROM DOWNTOWN AND JUST EVERYBODY FROM CHESTER.YOU CAN TAKE THE GIRL FROM CHESTER, BUT YOU CANT TAKE CHESTER FROM THE GIRL, RIGHT BETH?
Underground Railroad Article
Put Your Head on My Shoulder - Paul Anka
Happy Birthday Paul...Still the 18th your time..May you be Blessed with many more..
Does anybody know where I can find Bobby Edwards? Used to go to Smedley Jr. High. Probably graduated from HS in 1971 or 1972. He has a sister Barbara who lived at 9th and Highland.
"Rail shooting" probably refered to shooting marsh birds named "rails" -- of the family of rails, gallinules, and coots. A number of kinds of rails are still common on the East Coast.
Tonight is "West End" nite in the chat room !!!!
Yes, my dear Lord, it's me again, just like a bad penny, I always turn up. And, if you're mad at me, just "scroll on by".
Florence, after all that meat was strewn on the ground where the horses had been, I'm sure not one hungry resident ran to retrieve what could originally have been the best meal they'd had in days. Where horses tread, tread elsewhere instead has always been my motto. We learn by experience.
I just received a call from another cousin in Florida - the one I posted about a few months ago whose face was on the poster to induct women into the service during WWII. She actually was in the Women's Air Force, so it would have been the WAF's. She's 80 years old and sounds 20. So, because I have so many loving McFadden relatives in Florida, I am seriously considering a trip first to PA (visit cousin Hugh McFadden - haven't told him yet) and then on to Florida to be reunited with the clan. So, I will definitely call you, Florence - send me your phone number via email. I also spoke to my niece Pat (Doris' daughter) who told me she was named after me. I am so touched and I asked Doris why - she said, "we were always close - don't you remember?" She was also surprised that I remembered it was her face on that poster. Doris is 10 years older than I, so she must have felt a protection-type thing for me I said our grandmother taught her children love and closeness and it still remains in the family.
So, for all you searching - keep it up - never give up because there's a pot o'gold at the end of your rainbow. And, I promise not to take up any more "room" on the board tonight. Tomorrow's another day and another story - God willin' and the creek don't rise.
Searching for DAVID LEWIS who lived in Chester Co. around 1738 as at that time he was "baptized and dismissed to Cumru, 1738" at the Baptist Church of the Great Valley In 1735 and 1736 however, he had applied for warrants in Cumru Twp, Lancaster Co. (now Berks) I would appreciate any leads. He died in Cumru Twp in 1754 leaving wife Eleanor/Elenor, sons William, Nathan and dau. Hannah. It is thought that he was born in Wales, and may have been born there.
That was Paul Anka..about 1958 or 59. Come on Harv., I know you have it on file somewhere..
Daily times had articles about the underground railroad several years ago..lets see what we can dig up..
Another great Italian restaurant, between Franklin & Fulton Streets on West 3rd, was "Marrones" Mrs. Marrone made fresh homemade pasta, tomato sauce, (gravy), meatballs, soups and Raviolis every day. Her pasta & fagioli (beans & macaroni) was simply delicious. Good home cooking while listening to music from the jukebox. The one song repeatedly played was, "Put You Head on My Shoulder". Don't remember the artist/s
If you do , we will go to lunch with you.Or dinner if you wish.
I just read the latest posting by UW, and for sure, I'd love to take that tour. If and when I'm able to do that, I'd like to meet some of my friends on this board for lunch or dinner.
Pidipat Here is something you might be interested in. 100 yrs. today--Beef steaks,pork chops and mutton chops were strewn along eighth st. Chester, between Hinkson and Potter Sts, after a meat wagon tipped over when the horse pulling it became frightened and dashed off, toppling the wagon.
TO JOHN LEMON: In response to your question re Chester Island, it might be worthwhile to go to the site contributed by Harv in response to my post about the Media underground. I, for one found it fascinating reading the story of William Henry Ridley, the first African American attorney in Delaware County whose parents, after escaping separately from a plantation in Virginia, were reunited by folks living in Media. So, sounds like there is some truth to the "underground railroad" in Media.
The account given on the site is truly very interesting and it's even possible that there is a book or two out there regarding Mr. Ridley's life and that might answer other questions about Chester Island. Also, interesting is that perhaps Ridley Park is named after William Henry Ridley. Most Americans grow up in cities and towns never knowing where their town got its name. I've always been interested in that. Thank you, Mr. Ridley, for your wonderful contributions to Delaware County. And, again thanks to Harvey for finding that.
Sorry that was copied from a newsrelease.
Under phase II of the Pennsylvania Heritage Tourism Initiative, which is administered by the Pennsylvania Federation of Museum and Historical Organizations, a three-day, two-night Underground Railroad tour through Philadelphia and Lancaster has been developed. Pennsylvania also offers other tours of its numerous historic sites, landmarks, and special collections related to the Underground Railroad.
Chester, Lancaster and Philadelphia counties have many Underground Railroad sites, most of which are churches, homes of abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors, cemeteries and parks, as well as other historic dwellings.
Oops, Sorry, That was me.
I don't know if there is any connection between Chester Island and the underground networking that supposedly took place in Media. I don't remember reading anything authentic about the underground there. I was just told that story when I was back visiting at one time and I felt the source was reliable. I also don't know if the underground was for runaway slaves perhaps headquartered in that area (maybe on Chester Island) before being sent to the south, or those escaping from the south after the Civil War.
The story was that under houses still existing in Media there was (or still is, maybe - not that it's still being used, of coure) an "underground railroad" that sheltered and helped the black people in many ways, i.e., finding housing, work and establishing citizen for them. If that story is indeed true, I, for one, am very proud of that contribution by our forefathers because of all the wonderful contributions so many black people have bestowed on our country.
I brought this up once before on the board and never was responded to by anyone. Wouldn't that be interesting to know? It is, after all, if true and connected to Old Chester history - a big and vital contribution to mankind, in my opinion.
Lou..The restaurant on 3rd and Kerlin was (I think) DIGUISEPPI'S. They later moved to the Woodlyn shopping center. The owner, Mrs DiGuiseppi was the mother of Jack and Ernie. Ernie had a Market on 5th Street right of Kerlin in the mid to late 50's. The food was always great. Take care....Tom N.
Jack That restraurant on 3 rd and Kerlin Ts was Guiseppi's.
TO JOHN LEMON... The only thing I've been able to find about Chester Island is: It's about 70 acres,25 acres once banked in,now partially covered with water. Used for rail shooting[whatever that is] in season. In 1877 it was owned by the heirs of Geo. Wilson and Frank Field. No mention in any of the three books I have about a slave transfer point.
Does anybody remember an Italian resturant on I think 3rd st. at about kerlin or in that area. It had very good food and pizza.
Regarding my last post, I meant to say that Uncle Neal was the oldest of the McFadden brothers - not children. Hate when that happens.
Welcome back Florence - you were missed. However, I know you enjoyed your children and grandchildren - and Happy Birthday to your 80-yr-old husband - what a birthday celebration you must have had.
St. Patrick's day was especially enjoyed by me because I spent quite a bit of time on the phone with two first cousins (both male) and we revisited the fun-loving lives and times of our fathers and their siblings. Found out their father, the oldest of the McFadden children was the one who inspired my father (10 yrs. younger) to play the banjo - never knew Uncle Neal played that instrument or sang, or very possibly the one responsible for my dad to spend his life entertaining. So, we never stop learning or discovering new things.
We dedicated the day to our paternal grandmother, Mary Ann Keenan McFadden, one strong Irish lass, who, after the loss of her husband at the age of 37, was able to keep all 9 children together (not one wound up in an orphanage), taught them love, laughter and music, all three very important to her, right there in Chester, Pa. If it hadn't been for her courage, we cousins would be searching too, like so many people today. Next year, we'll dedicate the day to St. Patrick - this year it was Mary Ann.
I don't think you know me personally but I know quite a few members of your family and a few extended members.
Will e-mail you personally later.
Hi to RC, I remember the washers and monday and the bluing.Hi tpo Pidipat and Harvey and all. 100 years a go in Chester. Robert J. Knott, the furniture dealer, will vacate his store at 411 Edgemont Ave.,Chester, and move to 550 Edgmont Ave.
Someone asked about Chester Island. I read some place that indigo was grown on an island in the Dela. river. I thougt at the time that the climate didn't seem right. I remember when indigo was a necessity in every household. It was called "bluing" and you put a few drops in the last rinse water of your wash. It made the whites whiter. Wash in the "good old days" was an all day deal, MONDAY. Just filing the tubs was a job. Then scrubbing on a boaard and wringing by hand--my poor mother! I remember when we got a wringer. One of the kids turned the handle. Enough of that! Have a happy spring.
Paisano You got it. We were the 24 the st family you spoke of. the fourth family was my sister Connie and her hudand Dom or Dickie Castaldi. Dickies sister owned Madelyns Market on 3 rd and Pennell for years. Her daughter and son in law still own and operate a pizza shop on Providence Ave, Georgios. My father Lou was Biulding Inspector in Chester and very active in the Colombus Center on Pusey St. We were originally from 3 rd and Lamokin St. Keep in touc off the board. I would like to find out who you are. Thanks, Lou
Jack, yep that is my cousin Charlene's last name. Same as mine. My dad Jack is her uncle. I'm guessing you know her?
Thank You, so much
I don't know if you have visited the sites that I will link below. It may be a start. Good Luck...
everyone, keep up the good work
We so love being able to communicate with all our relatives, what a wonderful site.
Quinto, thanks a lot for the low down on my dad's immediate family. I get very confused as I'm the youngest of my family & vaguely remember our family reunions. Thanks to the friendly people who contribute to this site including yourself, I now know a lot more of who my relatives are. Welcome aboard!
Hey ever watch the Sophrano's, great shoe on HBO.
In answer to your question. I used to travel a lot for work, mostly for pleasure now, but yes quite a few times someone has ask me if I am from the Philly area.
Welcome Quinto P
I am sure you made Jim P very happy by posting family names.
If you have anymore to add about the old neighborhood, it may start a new chain of people looking for old friends & relatives.
Ex-West 4th Street neighbor.
Thanks to Dan & T N for info on the Lightcap sisters. They were very popular and nice to everyone in CHS.
To Jim P
It appears your cousin Quinto has filled in more pieces of the puzzle regarding your Dad's side of the family. As I mentioned before, not only friends & schoolmates can be reunited with this site. It can happen with relatives too.
Best of luck to all of you.
Paisano-- Doris 1952/ Joan 1954
donna, was your cousin's last name lewis, that worked at honeysuckle?
Hi Pidipat, it's me again. MY co. left this morning, it will take me a week to catch up. So what's new. I was just reading some of this latest names.I knew Raymond Pierdominico. He married Elaine Davis from Walnut st.He was a very nice guy.I once knew this boy named Terrence A. Bradigan, I can't remember if he was a friend of Ray"s or not.If I could remember all the names of people I have known in my life. I want to thank Harvey for all the jokes and songs he sent. I really appreciate it.
It's Quinto Pierdomenico. Born in 1931. I am alive and well, I live in Boothwyn, brought up in Chester. I happened to check out this web site and noticed my name and my siblings names as well. They are Casper, who lives in Florida, Pierena, she lives in Broomall and my brother Chick and sister Carina are deceased. Uncles Guiseppe, Louis, and Giovonni, all deceased. Cousins, Guiseppes children, Leona, Daria, Nicholas, Alvo, Vince, Raymond. Louis, Gloria, Albert and Janette. My children Marie, John, Carolyn and Christine.
Just wanted to let you know I am still around and would love to chat about old Chester sometime.
To Paisano....John Lightcap graduated CHS 54. TN
Research assistance needed!What is the history of Chester Island? I read that it was once used as a point of disembarkation for African slaves being imported to Philadelphia.Any data available on this topic? Thanks
To Lou Calvarese:
Are you related to the Calvareses that lived on 24 & Chestnut? In fact there were about 4 families in a row that lived there. Calvarese/Barbato/Mack. Forgot the other one.
Hey Duffy After you mentioned Doris Lighcap, the lightbulb went off. I just remembered her too. Do you know what years Doris & Joan graduated? I could check my yearbooks but if you know off hand, I appreciate it. Thanks.
My cousin Charlene worked at Honeysuckle ice cream shop across the street from Rez when I was just a little kid when I went to Rez. I don't really remember going there alot, but my mom said we used to go!
Hi Beth just wanted to tell ya, after reading your comment that you helped me remember some stuff and feel some feelings. Oh, I remember so well when they took down the statue of Jesus with his arms opened wide over our city. I couldn't believe they would even consider that. I remember saying AH no Chester needs Jesus there. Man, I was disappointed it. Yes I remember very clearly seeing Sacred Heart hospital and the statue as we were coming home from Jersey. It took me some time to get used to that. I graduated from Rez in'78 and Notre Dame closed in my JR year and we had to go to O'hara. But, My little brother Joe graduated from Rez in your class.
Thanks for sharing the Port of Entry for Pierdomenico. I've been searching for it.
Paisano: Joan's older sister Doris married George Dempsey who played seveal years for the old Philadelphia Warriors in the NBA
So who is looking for the old gang in Sun Village? I can let ya know where some of us are....Twiggy is in florida, I think droopy is dead, monk is in aston, i saw tommy cocchi last summer, him and mario ungarino live in pittsburg,thats all i know about...i stopped in dons bar last summer and saw some of the boys there too..good luck to you..
Has anyone ever told you that you have an accent?
I remember Pic-Way shoes-my purple converse high tops came from there. I was happy to go there cause they had the wider sizes. I loved catching garter snakes in the field my grandmom owned right behind there. Now, whenever I think of that field I remember some garages that were on the other side that were knowcked down and this may sound morbid but I think of an Avon lady from MV stuffed in a trash bag. I was young when she was found but I remember hearing about how she was killed with a brick. I don't know much more than that but to be honest I am afraid of trash bags lying on the side of the road to this day. I have a fear that they are not just trash and my stomach twists up when I see one. Sorry about that but I had to get that out since it has been so many years bugging me.
I vaguely remember the Honeysuckle Ice Cream place on W Ninth St.
How about coming over the Commodore Barry from Jersy and seing the statue on Sacred Heart Hospital and saying "smell like we're home from AC"-It was never the same when the added on to the hospital and covered the statue and then it was Community Hospital of Chester and then Crozer bought it.
I missed Gino's and the Gino's Giant with the paper wrapped around them. They had the best iced tea, too.
My mom worked for the city of Chester while I was growing up and I remember calling the Municipal Building and getting the main operator and having to ask for ext. 334-the city solicitor's office. She spent many hours working on the Gov't Study Commission and preparing the home rule charter. Those were the days of typewriters and I had to proofread what she brought home since they didn't have computers like we have now.
She always talked about getting lunch up the street at the Cambridge. So, when I started working for Fidelity Bank I had to go there and get my egg salad sandwhich. She also went shopping at Roger's.
Oh and every St Patrick's day we went for dinner to the Irish Club in downtown Chester. I think it changed locations while I was in high school-maybe near the Colony Bldg? Well I have already started celebrating by eating a whol box of irish potatoes and had ham/cabbage and potatoes Friday. I will have to see if the Immaculate Conception in Elkton has more of the homemade ones after Mass.
HAPPY ST PATRICK'S DAY!!!!
Michele-That is with one L? Went to school at Rez and a girl in my class had only one L in her name. You are the only other I have found if that is how it is spelled. If you want to you can e-mail me direct with how you are related in more detail.
To Michele: Sorry I think I got distracted and didn't respond to your question. Yes that is my Grandpop Gus that lives down on the waterfront in Marcus Hook. That is the Bucella side and I have ben mostly mentioning the McGinn side of my family cause they were the ones located in Chester. He and my Grandmom Agnes both worked at Clank's in Marcus Hook. Do you have any kids? My cousin Paula works in the school in Hook and said that she thought you might have a son in one of her classes.
Re: Pierdomenico. Quinto lives in Boothwyn. There was a brother, Casper and a cousin, Al. I knew them when we all worked at ShipnShore in Upland. All nice folks, thd Pierdomenicos.
Fernando...At 17...Wild World...Killing Me Softly...
Hi Duffy, I remember Joan Lightcap from Smedley & CHS. She was a cheerleader. Very pretty girl and just as nice. Not clicky but down to earth. A great girl. Didn't know the other two but if they were her sisters, they had to be just as pretty and nice.
JIM - once again, welcome aboard. Another interesting note about Italian names. Your last name apparently is Pierdelmenico. One of my first cousins, Connie McFadden, 47 yrs ago married Bill Depetrantonio - (both Connie and Bill are from the surrounding Chester area - she from Folsum - not sure where Bill is from). Anyway, Connie said she practiced saying the name for weeks before getting married and Bill told her that in Italy, the longer your name is, means the more prestigious your family is in Italy. Just a little bit of trivia - but did you know that? My married name was "Giardina" - not as long as yours, but in the Italian language, it means "garden".
anyone remember the Lightcap sisters (3 I think) They were all leaders in Smedley and CHS and cheerleaders and some of the best looking women that Chester ever produced
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone for their supportive comments today regarding my conversation with Paisano last night. I just signed on & am overwhelmed with the response! And yes, I will not let a few disconcerting comments dampen my adventurous internet spirit. Thank you U.W., Pidipat, Harvey, & Paisano! I can't wait to call my dad in Florida & see what he remembers about Chester & his childhood. U.W., thank you so much for that link & info on my heritage! I definately will check it out.
I am looking for any information that anyone may have on my husbands grandparents, Louisa and V. Micocci. They lived in Chester after immigrating from Italy. They had two children, Robert and Helen, and lived on 19th street in Chester. It's Helen's 75 birthday this month, and she now lives in Maryland. I would love to give her some other peoples recollections as part of a birthday present for her. Thank-you, Cathy Xavier
LOOKING FOR ANY OF THE OLD CROWD THAT USED TO HANG OUT AT THE OLD JEFFERIES SCHOOL GROUND IN THE EARLY 70S. IF ANYONE REMEMBERS THOSE GUYS ,LEAVE A NOTE IF YOU KNOW WHERE THEY MIGHT BE TODAY. LIKE THE CAMERON BROTHERS,PIE AND GIGI,BILL DEGHAN,TOMMY AND BILL COCCHI, TWIGGY, JERRY MALOIE, DROOPY WEBSTER,DANNY IACONA, MONK, JIMMY MURRY(ODDBALL)AND MARIO. THANKS
Sheree.... Yes,Pie was his nickname!
Jody: I sent you an email with information on Jerry Szelak, good luck in locating him. George
Dave: Here's new email, long enough for ya? G email@example.com
\ \Geo. Sent you a e-mail,it bounced. Send me your new e-mail address,Thanks
Dave S. 3rd&Wi;son
Welcome Aboard Jim, and please, please, just ignore those who choose to dampen your excitement and rain on your parade with their nasty and petty remarks. This just started recently and it too will pass, we're sure.
It is thrilling and exciting to explore your past and find help in locating people you have always wondered about. You have come to the best place there is, this board, to get your answers. Mark my words, you will receive a wealth of information, just as I have. I enjoyed your list of Italian names, some being familiar. How about Samara, DeLurio and Datillo? I married an Italian and I love their traditions.
Good luck in your search Jim - and watch how much help you get from just a few postings here.
Someone had posted a name I have remembered for years. Michael & Steven Cameron. My mom and their mom Delores were very good friends for years. They lived in McCaffery Village (Pulaski Drive). Michael and I practically grew up together in playpens (LOL). Was Pie Steven's nickname?
Thanks to U W
You just proved my point. Through posting (or chatting) one may find a clue to family history, old friends, old businesses etc. One word leads to another.
It was very nice of you to research Jim's last name. You probably made him more aware of the possibilities of tracing his fathers' family of which he said he didn't know too much about.
Pasqual DeJohn lived on Concord Ave between 3rd & 4th Streets just two doors down from Franklin School. His Father was Pasquale but was nicknamed Patsy. His mother was Sadie.
Dux, Julie, and Leo lived in the 400 block of 4th Steet. In fact, they lived across the street fom the Pierdomenicos, just a few houses over tho. We were neighbors and played together as kids. In fact, show business started at an early age for Dux (whose real name is Maryann) and Julie. When we were kids, they would dress up in crepe paper costumes and put on shows in their back yard for a small fee. Perhaps a nickle or dime.
Again thanks UW
Sorry Jim the comas did not come thru.
Pierdomenico, Giuseppe -Italy, Italian S. -(Nationality) Brother Domenico - 800 W.Sixth St. Chester, Pa. - (Destination) June 28, 1924-(date of arrival) Giulio Cesare -(Ship) Naples, Campania, Italy - (Port of Departure)
To Paisano : knew Steve don't know about siblings. Steve would have been in the class of '56 CHS. I knew him through friends in the class of '54 that were in band.
Always thought Pasqual was the DeJohn sisters brother. Knew him probably thru Steve. Only knew them briefly but they must have been cool for me to remember both this long.
Jim P ..Thought these may be of interest to you.
Pierdomenico, Giuseppe Italy, Italian S. -Nationality Brother Domenico - Destination point 800 W. Sixth St. Chester, Pa. - Destination June 28, 1924-date of arrival Giulio Cesare -Ship Naples, Campania, Italy - Port of Departure
Another brother came at the same time.
I doing research on Immigrant ships that had passengers whose destination arrival place was to Chester and neighboring communities after entering EllisIsland.. For any one that is researching family names you can go to the Ellis Island site which is free and do research. Just know that some of our grandparents came over on others names, the spellings may not be as you know them so if you can't find your relative and know they came thru Ellis Island check the alternate spellings.
It appears Jim And I ruffled a few feathers in the early morning hours on this board.
It was brought to my attention that there was a posting this morning, which happened to disappear, regarding last nights exchange between Jim and me.
Here is a copy of my e-mail in response to Jim's who alerted me of the complaint.
Jim, I just read what someone wrote about us chatting. Pay no attention. Since you are new at this site, if you would scroll down & even go into the Archives, you will find a lot of chatting going on by the same individuals. It appears that there are a certain few who think the board is especially for them. They dominate, then criticize others for exchanging information on a one to one basis while doing the same things themselves. Most of the past postings deal with the East and West end of Chester. And a lot of chatting has been going on for along time.
I recently posted a lot of Italian names to get some of the people in my old neighborhood to respond and like in your case, you happened to find through your girlfriend, some information about your family. I believe that is a positive thing because through finding family members and friends, it not only broadens the cope of the whole site, it reunites. One name leads to another and before you know it, old friends are reunited through the Internet. With also adding to the possibility that someone new may contribute more information about the old days in Chester.
Your Father may also in some way, contribute some information about Chester or just by him naming a long lost friend, renewed friendships may surface.
If I were you, I wouldn't be intimidated by someone who is probably guilty of chatting themselves. I am not intimidated. I will post anytime and with whom I want as long as the board is available. Everyone else does it.
"Chester was/is made up of all people of all races and nationalities. Each, upon finding this site, adds to the purpose. I hope John agrees with me'
Don't forget "What Chester made/makes was made mostly by the people of Chester. East end, Central and West end. All parts of the same town."
Jim, I'm glad to see you found Paisano and he was able to help you get know your family a little better. That is one of the most rewarding things about this site...seeing family and old friends get reacquainted...and the rest of us get to see it happen. I would hope that you will not be discouraged to contact Paisano again.
I am looking for Jerry Szelak. He was a friend of mine while I was in the Army. If anyone knows his E-mail address, please send it to: Staisil@yahoo.com. Thanks a lot!
4got 2 post name
My sister Eleanor, told me about the web site, I'm a 1968 graduate of Chester High School and I remember Chester, and all the good times we shopping and going to the movies while we were growing up.
I received the following message and am posting it here with the hope that someone can be of help: If ou can help just email the gentleman directly. thank you. s/jack c
Date:Fri, 15 Mar 2002 09:35:58 EST
Subject: Buckman Airport
Hi, I am looking for a photograph of the "old Buckman Airport," that used to be located on Township Line Rd. in Upper Chichester where Hajoca Plumbing is now located. My uncle learned to fly there in 1939, and in 1941, as copilot of a B-24, was shot down and killed over Budapest, Hungary. The sole survivor of that crew is now writing a book and would like to include a photo of Buckman Airport, in the book. I myself, being 66 years old, remember Buckman Airport and watching the airmail being dropped and picked up, but I do not have any photos. If you have any or know someone that does, I would be extremely appreciative.
to time warpman, i saw droopey down here in de about 2 yrs ago(he went to school with my sister pat) and he was staying at the salvation army. must have a arun of bad luck. then my mom was in cal. and she saw hime out there, same situation.
Please relax to "come on guys". That was my first time I was on this site. I wasn't deliberatly using this site as a chat room. Maybe I got carried away & I do apologize. It was nice to learn more about my family of which I know little about...life is too short :)
Just a screen name.
I am a few years younger than he. Years ago, the neighborhood was mainly Italians. And we all knew one another. There was a close relationship because we all went to the same school/church and brothers & sisters played with other brother & sisters.
If Vince is your dad, then Corina was your aunt. Think she was a couple of years younger than your father. If I am not mistaken, you lived in the Dutton Mill development.
Paisano...my dad will be 73 this November. By the sound of it, you definately know more about my dad's family more than I do.
Yes & I still do live in Brookhaven as a matter of fact. This is cool! He always told me that he & my mom weighed not even 100 lbs soaking wet. They were wed young...she was 17 & he was 21. They just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Did you go to school with him or hang with him? Would he remember you? Is Paisano your last name or just a screen name? I never knew how many sisters he had.
Alvo was your dad's brother. He would have been in his mid 70's. He went to school & was a friend of my brother. I knew Albert was related but wasn't sure if he was your father. My parents knew your grandparents and Alberts' parents very well. Al's parents lived in the William Penn Project.
Yes I remember him. He was a very thin young boy. I also remember , thanks to you, that he was named Ennio. He did live on West 4th Street as a youngster. The house, with a front porch, was in the middle of the block. Also remembered your grandparents and that he had other sisters. Did you live in Brookhaven at one time?
Paisano..Quinto is related too. My dad always said that if it's a Pierdomenico then they are related. I'll ask him about Quinto too.
Paisano...my dad's name is Ennio Vincent-he went by Vince or Vincent. I think Alvo was his brother (or cousin). I know it sounds crazy but I'm not real familiar with my dad's side of the family. I don't know what street he lived on. Next time I talk to him, I'll ask (he doesn't communicate in cyberspace yet). I do know he has two sisters-my aunt Dariat(Dot) & Aunt Leona. I'll ask him about Corina too. He has a cousin named Albert who lives in Aston. Did you know my dad?
Jim, just remembered another Pierdomenico, Quinto!
Whoops, mispelled the last name again.
Jim I also remembered an Albert Pierdimenico. Married a Doris Nelson. He had a sister Gloria. Are you related?
Jim, Which one was your father? Vincent? Alvo? Did they live on 4th Street in Chester? Did you have an Aunt Corina?
This is to Paisano...my girlfriend visits this site every chance she gets & mentioned she saw my last name on this site. I was floored because my dad grew up in Chester. He was born in 1929. He always told me stories about when he was a kid & he & his friends would pick up cigarette butts off the street-times were THAT tough then. He's happily retired in the Sunshine state now & all the kids are grown now-I'm the youngest son. By the way, he hasn't smoked in decades & is in great health! He went to the old Chester high school. I know there has to be someone who recognizes the name. And you know what? Not many folks spell the name correctly-but that's cool. Maybe some long lost relatives out there in cyberspace? His parents came off a boat on Ellis Island.
This is to Paisano...my girlfriend visits this site every chance she gets & mentioned she saw my last name on this site. I was floored because my dad grew up in Chester. He was born in 1929. He always told me stories about when he was a kid & he & his friends would pick up cigarette butts off the street-times were THAT tough then. He's happily retired in the Sunshine state now & all the kids are grown now-I'm the youngest son. By the way, he hasn't smoked in decades & is in great health! He went to the old Chester high school. I know there has to be someone who recognizes the name. And you know what? Not many folks spell the name correctly-but that's cool. Maybe some long lost relatives out there in cyberspace? His parents came off a boat on Ellis Island.
oh my I mean coach
what's your problem
oops to : maryann sorry i think her name is peg borden not boden sorry about that
mighty big words from a little flatulance.
to maryann barrow I know a peg boden who lives in linwood she lives or lived not to long ago right next door to Mike's (the barber) on chichester ave.
Go to St Teresa, Little Flower, will tell you everything you want to know.
I feel the need to butt in here one more time about "Little Flower". I think you must realize that I know that "Little Flower" is the name given to beloved St. Theresa. Not sure how she was labeled "Little Flower" (may the "saints preserve and forgive me"), but I think it would be interesting to know. I think it is a lovely label and would like to know why and how. Anyone know?
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