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Time In A Bottle Jim Croce
If I could save time in a bottle The first thing that I'd like to do Is to save every day till eternity passes away Just to spend them with you If I could make days last forever If words could make wishes come true I'd save every day like a treasure and then Again, I would spend them with you But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do once you find them I've looked around enough to know that you're the one I want to go through time with
If I had a box just for wishes And dreams that had never come true The box would be empty except for the memory Of how they were answered by you But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do once you find them I've looked around enough to know that you're the one I want to go through time with
I wrote this a few days ago and dont really know why but feel the need to post it again. Thank you for your understanding I hope reading these words speeks to your heart as writeing them has mine.................................Times just gran's of sand blown out of site by wind's of change. Noplace that we could call home is destined to remain. Our own greed deceives us and corrupt's our every plan as confusion and desperation beats the dreams of man. Chester's full of ruins The Village now is gone seems home is just a memory that some still dwell upon. In this new millennium it's hard to know who to trust as tower's fall to piles of stone and girder's into rust...............And again happy New Year
Wishing you and yours the very best this New Year has to offer. May God bless and keep you safe in these troubled times. May the Lord's mighty hand fall heavy on those responsible for the horrific events of 9/11 of 2001. May we know justice, then peace.
to MR or MRS no name RE 12 28 COMMENTS You must have some bad memories of the city. I don`t know where you are located at now but I hope your children & grandchildren can say the same thing about their growing up as us old timers. Respectaly yours Jack Smith CHS 52 E-mail on request
Terry, Margie, Rick & Mari,,,I sent you invitations with info to join chat room.
Any one that needs the URL for the chat room, it's http://prv-groups.aol.com/oldchesterpa.com/
Happy New Year and be careful, it's amatuer night,,,GeorgeGe
hi mike brown, i remember the mcglone's field also..does bring back memories. i'm sure you remember me..fisher tank...hanging out at steve's and playin ball in the alley...even later on in life playing softball.. i still live in the area..keep in touch..was good hearing from you and all the other poeple that i haven't heard from in a long time...happy new year to all of you!! jack
Hal-- In today's world things could have been different. Catholics now marry within the church to non-Catholics. Even religions that are not Christian. During the 30's if a Polish Catholic married a Ukrainian Catholic it was frowned upon by many parents.
The Clendenings also lived around 5th & Highland Ave. didn't they?
How the world has changed. Thank goodness.
Any one from the Highland Ave.and St.Hedwigs area should remember Ronnie Carney from the Ave.Her dad was a guard at Broadmeadows Prision. Also, Marie Cartain whose dad Ted Cartain was awarded the Canegie Medal for heroism. He saved several lives in 1932 when the oil tanker "Bidwell" blew up at the Sun Oil in Marcus Hook. My Mother was one of those he saved. He worked at Sinclair refining. I,m taking you back to 1948 and after. Did I have a crush on Ronnie Carney once,you bet;She went to Notre Dame in Moylan. I went to Trinity Methodist in Chester. What could be clearer.
Celebrating NY was always fun. As kids we would choose the wooden spoon,soup pots/pans and lids we planned to bang at midnight. Seconds before 12 Mom would open the back door and depending on how good that year treated us would either sweep the old year out or gently escort him out. Then she along with the entire family would welcome in the new year with banging pots and pans. (when I got older I also did the midnight wallet, holding it up to the moon and chanting good luck, good money, good health) I happen to want everything.) About 1 minute after the Welcome ceremony the phone either began to ring or we called out to wish those away Happy New Year. Our parents always told us where and how we spent new years eve would forecast the year for us. I still keep these traditions--that is if I don't sleep thru the New Year.
On New Years day we would always have pork and sauerkraut on our table.. On New Year we would make sure table scraps were thrown out for the animals.
Then we would go up to Washington Avenue in Philly and see the Mummers Parade.
WISHING EVERYONE A SAFE, HEALTHY, AND HAPPY NEW YEAR.
To Ruthann: firstname.lastname@example.org Ruthann, I remember you, we graduated from Eddystone in 1956 together. Hope to see you at the reunion that is being planned in spring. I noticed you are living in Florida, I am living in central Pa. about 60 miles north of Harrisburg. Nice talking to you. Carol
Happy New Year everybody! What do you do traditionally on New Year's Eve. In the past, it was the thing to do to party with the funny hats and noise makers and some years I just went to work. But for the last dozen years I have a ritual that would land me in a padded cell if it had any witnesses. At about 10PM, I put my wallet outside of the door. After I watch the celebration at mid-night, I go out and pick up my wallet and holding it in front of me saying "money, money, money". Make sure the wallet is the first thing in the house.This brings you unexpected money during the year. Believe it or not, it has always worked for me! Some times more than others but always something! So have a good year and my wish is that everbody could quit smoking. I know its tough, but you can do it. Ruth
What is this CHAT room I hear about? George, I emailed to ask about it but don't remember getting a response. I may have deleted if thinking it was SPAM! :) Please send info :)
Happy New Year Terry:
If the Joe you have mentioned is from the Swarthmore area, yes Mom was his grandmother. I'm happy you had the occasion to know my mother, she surly was God's gift to us and the world..Thank you for your kind words. Mom touched every one she ever met. She was the family Matriarch and was so very proud that our family numbers over 250 members as direct decendents from her parents. Many still living in the area.
Hi everyone, Belated Christmas wishes to all of you and Hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy new Year. I've enjoyed the past couple of day's postings. To Rick Shalander, yes there was a huge storm on January 14th,1977. Left about a foot of snow, I remember it well because my husband and I got married on January 15,1977!! Mike Brown, How the heck are ya? You brought back so many memories of McGlone's field/ I remember playing football there( yes sometimes the guys let the girls play!!) The best games were the nightime games in the snow. Couldn't see, falling all over the place and freezing to death. Did we actually enjoy that? i guess so.......Have many many fond memories of your dad.....all those parties in mom and dad's basement wouldn't have been the same without him.... Donald Swanson, class of rez 72? how are you???? and Caroline, you brought back so many wonderful memories of Christmas. I remember when i was little we never saw the tree until Christmas morning! Was the Kathryn Guzek you memorialized Joe Guzek's Grandmother? If so i remember her well...she was a very dear sweet lady. Again Happy New Year to all......and keep those memories of Chester coming, the Chester we knew may be gone, but there's something wonderful about sharing the good times we all had........
Hi Rick I Lived in Eyre Park from 1942 until 1957 when I went into the Air Force.When we were kids the YMCA wasn't there.There was two baseball fields one the Chester Barons played on and the other was a softball field.We had a raft made of tree logs that we used to float from the railroad bridge above Taylor Terrace down past 8th st.We swam at the willow tree that was across the creek from the rock in deshongs Park. I believe they built the y starting in 1956 because I remember we used to go in it when they were building it and the guard would chase us out.I didn't know many people in Eyre Park after I returned from the service even though after I was married we lived at 76 south Eyre Drive until 1966.
RICK SHALANDER I LIVED IN EYRE PARK TILL 1961 AND I CAN TELL YOU THER WAS SOMBODY PULLED OUT OF THAT CREEK ALMOST EVERY SUMMER AT THAT ROCK IN THE PARK. I LIVED ON SYCAMORE ST.
Chat room? can you voice there? please tell me more. thanks your friend Rick
Hi Mike Brown: I to remember playing ball in McGlones field. We use to come over from McCafferty and play you guys, I also remember playing football with you guys at the Chester West little league. I hung with Jolly Nolan, Bobby Harris, The Snarr boys, Jack Kershinski, Billy Hess, Danny Wojs. You brought up a lot of names that I remember. Do you ever see any of the old guys? I know Dave Wattras married Pam Kline. I saw Steve Lowthert's sister not to long ago. I too went to Charlies Barber shop square backs were in I think it was like 3.00 a haircut. I remember your father coming to the West End Boat Club for lunch or dinner most of the police did they would sit in the kitchen to eat, most of them always gave us kids a tip when we brought them their food. That was a long time ago. Good memories.
To Mike Brown: Enjoyed your comments, I knew your Dad and the rest of the Brown family from 3rd St. I met AnnMarie through this website, great family and fond memories.
To Paul C: Saw the picture you posted on the "chat room" photo page. Nice family but which one is you? Please don't say the "middle" one as it will only confirm my suspicions.
To the folks in the chat room: That's the most names I have ever seen for recent visitors, what a pleasant surprise. Could this be the start of something new? I will notify all of you and John(our humble webmaster) of the date and time for the start of High School Nights. George
MIKE BROWN JR. I WENT TO SCHOOL AT REZ(70) & ST. JAMES(74) I GREW UP IN HIGHLAND GARDENS ON THE 2700 BLOCK OF NOLAN ST. I REMEMBER GOING TO JOE MCGLONES STORE ON 12TH ST. AND JUST DOWN "MCGLONES" ALLEY PLAYING BASEBALL ON THE EMPTY LOT BEHIND JOE ERYES(THE MAYOR) HOUSE. WE CALLED IT MCGLONES FIELD AND WE WOULD PLAY BALL FROM MORNING TIL NIGHT.SOME OF THE NEIGHBORS USED TO SIT IN THIER BACKYARDS AND WATCH US PLAY MR.EBLING WITH HIS CARDINALS HAT WAS IN DEAD CENTER FIELD. OTTEY THE NEWSPAPER DELIVERY MAN HAD A GARAGES IN RIGHT FIELD WHERE HE KEPT HIS PAPERS MRS. EYRE USED TO LET US DRINK FROM HER HOSE AND SOMETIMES MADE US LEMONADE OR KOOLADE. THE CITY BUILT A PLAY GROUND ON OUR BALLFIELD, BUT WE JUST PLAYED AROUND IT THEY PUT A SEESAW RIGHT AT SHORTSTOP WE JUST MADE DO. SOME OF THE GUYS WERE THE KISTLER BROTHERS, FRANK & JIMMY EMMI, BOBBY&JIMMY BURGESS, & JOHN CZACK ALL FROM NOLAN ST. THE CARLIN BROTHERS,THE CZUPA BROTHERS, GERRY & RICH MCHALE, FRANK FRIDAY, STEVE BORI, STEVE LOWTHERT AND MANY MORE. MY BROTHERS & I USED TO PLAY WIFFLE BALL & TOUCH FOOTBALL ON THOSE SKINNY LITTLE STREETS. TOMMY BLYTHE WAS OUR MAILMAN FOR MANY YEARS. HE ALWAYS HAD A BUNCH OF DAWGS FOLLOWING HIM ON HIS ROUTE. WE USED TO GET OUR HAIR CUT AT CHARLIES BARBER SHOP NEXT TO MCGLONES ON 12TH. MY DAD WAS PAT BROWN HE WAS A CHESTER POLICEMAN. HE PASSED AWAY IN AUGUST OF 1998. HE WAS FROM ST.JAMES CLASS 46. EVEN THOUGH HE RETIRED AND MOVED TO BROOKHAVEN HE STILL HUNG IN CHESTER AT THE LAMOKIN/SONS OF ITALY CLUB. EVEN HIS LAST RIDE TO THE CEMETARY WAS THROUGH CHESTER WITH A POLICE ESCORT.MY DAD WAS PROUD TO BE BORN & RAISED IN CHESTER, OF STJ.& THE CHESTER POLICE
Jim M. Wasn't there a Todd in class of 54 Dewey?
Sorry to butt in again so soon folks, but I forgot to thank Harvey for telling us of the most beautiful rendition of GNS by the Four Freshman. Because Harvey told us about a particular site, I was able to order that CD as a Christmas present to the young attorney I have been working for, who loves the music from our era. He even got his mother involved as to who the artist was that we all loved in 1948-50. His mother was convinced it was Russ Columbo - wrong - but fun that now more people outside of our site are also interested in GNS. It hasn't arrived yet, but he is anxious to hear it. Also, he wants to hear Jan Peerce's "Bluebird of Happiness" - which I also ordered (his mother told him she remembered and loved that -their family is from NY). I tried to pull it up on his computer, and he was extremely frustrated that the computer wouldn't permit us to do this (Harvey - or Paul - his computer is state of the art - any suggestions as to why it wouldn't work? I was really impressed with his desire to hear it. Music is universal and has no age barrier - we are blessed with beautiful music and the struggling musicians who provide it for us - many of whom come from CHESTER. May God bless them all.
A beloved old friend of mine, much wiser than me, once told me that you'll know your getting old when your memories turn to regrets. I have many regrets in my lifetime but Chester isn't one of them. I am happy to be from Chester, FAR FROM Chester. The lack of opportunity and the unsafe environs drove me from the city. Who cares what the underlying reasons were. Memories? Sure,we all have fond memories of growing up wherever it was at but to make excuses for a decaying city is rediculous. Get over it, what was once is no more and if there is a bright future in the cards for Chester, it sure isn't in my lifetime. No amount of great hoagies or hot dogs is going to bring that city back. It's going to take a herculean effort to build a superior school system with affordable and safe housing that would entice businesses to want to invest in Chester. Only with that foundation in place, will the present and future residents of the city want to live and work there. I wish them well.
Well Harvey - you've done it again. I listened to Kukla, Fran and Ollie sing (one of my favorite songs) "Our Love is Here to Stay". What you have added to the enjoyment of this site is priceless. Don't misunderstand me folks, everyone adds something of enjoyment, but Harvey, you are special. And Ernie Kovacs - what a talent. I still laugh when I think of his portral of a character he called "Percy Dovetonsils" - just hilarious. His tragic death in an auto accident at such a young age was a great loss to his contribution of laughter on this planet - which we all need as much as food, sleep, etc. And do you remember Edie Adams (his wife) rendition of "I'm Today's New Muriel" (the cigar commercial? It was considered too risque in those days, so it was banned - merely because it ended with "why don't you pick me up and smoke me sometime" in a Mae West mimic. Keep it up, Harvey, I for one look forward to anything you have to contribute.
Times just gran's of sand blown out of site by wind's of change. Noplace that we could call home is destined to remain. Our own greed deceives us and corrupt's our every plan as confusion and desperation beats the dreams of man. Chester's full of ruins The Village now is gone seems home is just a memory that some still dwell upon. In this new millennium it's hard to know who to trust as tower's fall to piles of stone and girder's into rust.
I guess when our parents tried to improve the quality of our lives during the big moves from city to suburbs in the 50's, none of us loved Chester enough at the time we were starting our families to go back in time. Our hopes were high for our families and the suburbs seem to provide a safe and fruitful future for us.
But isn't that what makes such wonderful memories. When we no longer have something, the memories are so much more important. And thanks to John we are able to share so many.
Wow, Mac Caffetry Village was knocked down? Why? Man I sure do miss that place. Was a great place to live and had such fond memories.
Andrew Turner - Artist
Rick- The incident I mentioned was probably around 1947 or 48. Same debris same result.
Don't know if anybody been through the VILLAGE but every thing has been torn down with the exception of 2 rows on the corner of 10th and harwick . but they are building new town homes there and I to remember the fire after Christmas I was one of the fireman how would get called out ! and front and Highland the old peco power station is being converted into a office and rec center with a boat and fishing pier . Chester was looking bad but they are working very hard to bring it back to life . and it starting to look very good
f trivia...The Lions that adorned the front of the Deshong Gallery were on the front page every day of the Chester Times. The "Masthead" of the paper featured them. Would like to know their history.
Keep your wonderful memories of the "Village" Chet, don't sadden them with what now looks like a major depressed zone. Anyway that is how it look the last time I visited the area. The beautiful City of Chester could have become a major tourist Industry had there been some foresite in the 60's before it started going downhill but saddly those that tried failed. Let your famil enjoy the pictures that are on these pages.
John has done a wonderful job on capturing better known places that we all knew and loved to frequent. And if you do visit, be prepared to see the worst of a once thriving City. Just read some of the archived messages to see coments on the deteriation of life as we knew it.
John B. recently went on a tour of some of the still available historical houses in Chester. Perhaps he will share his thoughts on the tour.
The Chester playground fires were always an annual event and probably the highlight of the holiday season. Do they still do that there? Remember the Community building? I got all my shots there. Man that rocked!!! How bout Sadie's on Tenth Street? Living in Europe, I don't get to go back to the old neighborhood. I'll bet the neighborhood is thriving and better than ever. I would love to move back and take my kids to Chester Park and sit on the benches and let them experience everything that I did. Anybody still living there and swimming in Chester Creek? Long live the Village.
Hey Dan CHS54 you wrote to Jack on 12/12/2001 ( We used to use the RR bridge but never swam there. By the way, I saw them bring up the body of a swimmer at the rock who was tangled in wire.I never swam in Chester Creek again.) Was that in June of 1970? if it was I was there. I lived in Eyre park. My best friend Willy Jones and I were playing ball behind the YMCA and the ball went into the creek. Willy and I were about to go in after it when his older brother Johnny (I think that was his name but we called him bubbles I dont know why ) came over from the B ball court and stoped us. then he jumped in to get the ball and never came up. soom the police firemen and EMT's were there. It was almost dark before thay found him all tangled up in wires.
Listen to Kukla, Fran & Ollie sing "Our Love is Here to Stay" http://www.ultinet.net/~kfo/sounds.html
U.W. - I was in love with Fran Allison of Kukla, Fran & Ollie and Ernie Kovacs was amazingly funny.
GP The Four Freshmen which can be heard here... http://community-2.webtv.net/@HH!51!5D!B6BBD263EED3/Bob618/FRESHMEN/
yeah, I remember that fire too, we knew it was going to be a good one once we saw about 300 trees piled up in the playground. I think it even melted the phone wires above the fire, man, those were the good old days.
So Harvey,which version did you all agree on for (GNS)?I must have missed it.
I know who lit the trees. But I'm sworn to secrecy and cannot disclose any names. But the best fire was lit in January '66. Also, that person was killed hopping cars on tenth street trying to get Highland Gardens. PS...he didn't score
Re: The Deshong lions
If it's the piece I'm thinking of, at least one of the "lions" is currently on display at the Widener University art gallery. It was right inside the entrance there when I stopped by last week.
Widener also now holds what remains of the Deshong art collection.
Hope this helps...
But Harvey...our memories of Chester are so many and do prime the memory for thoughts of "Back in the Day" as my grandkid would say. And those of us that went to the "sock" dances at St. James loved that (shhhhhhhhhhhhh song) I grew up on Polka's so the slow dances there were a change.
Bobby Vinton sure did make a fortune off the Polka crowd didn't he. Does anyone remember when he brought his show to Widner. It was sold out plus all the Vinton shirts that were on sale sold out. His Melody of Love was a winner.
Lets see what we were watching on TV: (late 40's,50's and 60's) The Donna Reed show, Clutch Cargo,Milton Berle, Hop-along Cassidy, Frontier Playhouse, Bonanza, Bertie the Bunyip, The Price is Right, Masquerade Party, Armchair Theater (with John Wayne, Maureen O'hara -1952 in the "Quiet man". and the "Flying Leathernecks with Wayne and Robet Ryan (1951).. and how about "The Alaskans" and the Adventures in Paradise. What would TV be without "I Love Lucy", Howdy Doody, The Swan Lady, The Rough Riders in the Sky. The Shirley Temple Storybook, Jack Benny, Fred Astairs specials, ..Sgt Preston of the Yukon, and West Point (no offense PMC grads) Who would forget the "American Bandstand" first with Bob Horn then with Dick Clark..the rest is history..and Grady and Hurst. Perry Mason, Jim Bowie, How to Marry a Millionaire, Sea Hunt..and Leave it to Beaver. Wanted Dead or Alive, The Deputy, Lawrence Welk's dance Party, Gunsmoke, Tombstone Territory, and Mike Hammer. Gene London's Cartoons and Stuff, Bozo Cartoon Theatre, Buckskin Billy and larry Ferrari.
"Thats all Folks..."till we meet again...
TO MARGIE... I asked the same question about 10 yrs. ago when I was visiting a former teacher of mine. She was Mrs. Helen Greenhalgh. She had been a volunteer for the Del.Co. Hist . Soc. She told me the Society had them put away in storage for protection.
TO TOM: Don't know.
Hi there, hoping someone can help me with a question. I wrote to the local library but haven't received a response!
I used to go to DeShong Park and the library/museum. I want to know what happened to the great big lions that used to stand guard out front! I went back for a visit 3 years ago to show my family and they were gone! I was sooo shocked. Any clues out there?
A belated but sincere Merry Christmas to All. I've been out of town for about a week, celebrating Christmas in the Mountains with the family. While I was gone, a virus deleted all my email so if anyone sent me an email requesting to be set up for the Chat Room, please re-send me your e-mail address and I'll take care of it from there. We're going to hang on to the Chat Room for a while longer. I received quite a few messages from individuals that have found it useful and want it to continue. George email@example.com
Alright, who lit the christmas tree fires in the playgrounds of the village sometime they were over the roofs of the buildings.
Paul-Hear! Hear! Your comments were well put. Many of us have experienced the positive aspects you mentioned. Sorry to say there will always be the aggressive self-centered few who will attack those who deviate from their preconcieved notion of importance.
Hi, Rick, It's possible to be criticized on this forum for straying too far away from the subject of Chester. I had it happen to me not long ago when I enthusiastically went hunting for a certain version of "Goodnight, Sweetheart" as played at St James' dances. I apologized to Nameless and we eventually found the right version plus we found some pretty good music sites along the way. Like you I enjoy this site a lot and I hope you continue to post as often as you want. Harvey
This is for Bob Blanton. Hi Bob, This is Paula, Bill's wife. I have seen your name on the site before, but I wasn't sure it was the Bob we know, until I read your last message. I check in often to see who is on, but I haven't written anything since Aug. We hope you have a nice holiday, and good health in the coming year.
TO RICK SHALANDER... That's a very good question Rick. To some people who frequent here, anything that is of no interest to them may resent anything you have to say. Although the site may have strayed somewhat from John Bullock's intention,we've heard no objections from him. I personally enjoy reading all the postings,however trivial they may seem. There have been many connections made with long lost friends and Family through this site. I hope it continues. Sometimes just seeing a long forgotten name,event or place can awaken a mind so caught up in today that it can be therapeautic. We have been given a rare opportunity to go back in time,to explore our common ground and exchange thoughts,wishes and experiences with others. It has been suggested that replies to others be done by direct e- mail. This is being done in many cases[especially if a personal nature],but I see no harm in having others read the replies. Well Rick,I don't know if this helped any! Perhaps we can hear from some others with a different view! Paul
I was born in Chester Hospital, in April of 1938. Lived on Lloyd St. most of my life and moved to Village Green, Aston Township when I was in grade school. Went to Eddystone High, graduated in 1956. Moved to Florida in 1978 to present. Grew up in Village Green Trailer Park where I spent many memorable years. Would love to here from anyone who remembers me or any of my old friends. God Bless.
I'm new in here so please forgive me for asking am I typeing in to often?
I am looking for minature Baldt anchors. The employees of Baldt Anchor were given these replicas in the early 50's. If anyone has one- please write to me. My father worked for Baldt for 34 years and I would love to have one (or more) for his great grandchildren. Thank you, Pat
Betty: I hope you enjoy making the bread. It was a special gift to receive. Mom made the bread this past Easter justs months before she died. Never less then a dozen oftern as many as 24. All hand kneaded. Until now I do not think anyone other than Joan and myself ever received the recipe for Mom's Babka Bread. I follow the recipe, but it never tasts the same. ENJOY..try making it. with a little sweet butter and some honey, a fresh pot of perked coffee, your in heaven.
Called Joan, she will check tomorrow to see who Jean is. She could not remember her. She was happy you received her card with Mom's recipe.
I saw in the Newark Newspaper last night that someone named Jean Baily died. That was her married name and it didn't list her maiden name. It said she graduated from CHS in 1954. Does anyone know what her maiden name was? Just wondering. Also, to Caroline Guzek...Happy, Holy New Year to you and your family. Please tell Joan how much I appreciate her sharing one of your Mother's recipes with me. That was very special. Betty
Stan R. Judy Messick, Kowall, Novicks, gosh, now I really have to put the thinking cap on.
U W I grew up across from the Ukrainain Hall at 4th and Ward Sts. Did you know any in that neighborhood.
And what a walk home lol
lol Tom hoping cars lol I've not though of that in years. I remember a bad snow storm in 77 I hoped a bumper down Betheal Rd from People St over the bridge and down highland Ave all the way to 9Th lol wow what a ride.
Rick: It is definitely the Will his brother married my sister. I do remember the Picway shoes great for hopping cars (in the summer) with the plastic soles slid right across the blacktop. Tell Will I said hi next time you talk to him give him my email address thanks.
Hello Tom, yes i do still live in Nashville and am writeing. I also do art work for The Back Porch recording studio and have designed 6 CD covers and had a mouthly cartoon (Broadway Bob)in The Nashville Music guide. I do know a Will Webb who is also a writer and has cuts and just got a deal on a song from Garth and that will be recorded some time this year. The Will Webb I know is on thr road at this time but I cant wait to see him again so I may ask if he is from McCafferty aka The Village. I walked through the village on my way to pluaski jr high. did anyone else hate geting ther shoe's at pic way? lol the thing's we remember.
ELK....A good friend of mine, that I have not seen for a few years is Paul Baziotes. I think his fathers name was Jim. They lived on Worrell Street in Chester. Paul graduated from CHS in 54. Paul is probably the person you attended school with. Tom N.
Let me tell you about a serendiptous event several years ago in Athens, Greece. Iwas sitting in the Syntagma (Constitution Square) one evening talking with a friend when a man at the next table (outdoor cafe) asked me, in a pronounced Greek accent, "what part of Philly are you from?" I told him I was from Chester not Philly. He said he recognized the accent because he was born in Chester. We found out we were born the same year---1936. He was born in Chester hospital. I was born at home. His family was from Crete and the family returned to Crete for a visit several years later, WWII broke out and they couldn't return to the U.S. He did, however, return as an adult, settled in New Jersey and started a busines. He was in Greece for a short visit. He told me his name--last name was Baziotes (can't recall his first name) and I told him I attended CHS with a fellow named Baziotes. He said that schoolmate was his cousin. Small world
Hey Rick S. Just read what you wrote to Cheryl. I was just wondering if you were still in Nashville writing music. There is also a couple other guys I know that live somewhere around Nashville that write music that were from Chester. One of the guys is Will Webb who wrote some stuff for George Jones also has a lot of his own music produced. Ryan Webb aka "Matthew Ryan" has cut an album for A&M Records I am pretty sure he is still in Nashville, both father and son lived in McCafferty and Buckman. Look them up, tell them your from Chester and about this webb site. I too am from Chester mention my name Tom B. Ryan use to live with my nephew.
Hello Cheryl Thanks for writing back WOW girl it's been a long time. Hows life treeting you? I'v been doing super. There's so much to tell about my life. but i'll try to put it in a nut shell for ya ok here go's. I first left home at 2707 Lehman ST in 1979 and moved to Houma Louisiana where I worked as a galleyhand on an offshore oil rig. It was a good job but somehow i never felt at home or that I fit in. so trying to find Myself I hitchhiked back home. That only confused me more I did'nt seem to fit anywhere so back to Louisiana I went I did this 3 or 4 more times. I was a real yoyo. In 83 hardtimes hit hard as the oil field all but shut down. 83 was a hard time for all but louisians and taxas I think felt it the worst. so not knowing what else to do I left but this time I did'nt go back to chester. I hitchhiked and went where ever the wind took me I did this little over a year and landed in ST Pete Florida. I grew up alot on the road and now i knew Who I was and what I wanted to do. Got a job at Viking Yacht Co worked vary hard and bought my first home of my own in Late 85. 9/29/86 I was married and went back to School. 9/1/89 We had a baby we named her Melody as i was still vary much into my music and working on my first CD. Jan of 90 the bottom fell out on Me and Melody as Nancy My wife emptyed our bank account and walked out on Melody and I. Soon after I got layed off. Being a single dad was hard with work and without it all seemed inposable. so not knowing what else to do I moved back home and in with My sister Jeanni 4 mouths later I was called back to work and returned to St Pete and Viking. worked hard and did the single dad thing till 8/13/94 when I married again. Then in 95 came Harmony My 2 and (My wife)Chris's first child. then came Serenity Our 3rd in 97 that was a good year for us. that was the year Mike Shockly ( a record producer in Nashville)called and said heard and loved My CD and wanted Me in Nashville ASAP. so I told My boss the news and I was off to Nashville (wife and kids still in fla) I made 27 trips there in the next year before geting full early retirement from Viking and moving the gang to Nashville.in 98 Not long after moving came Justin Case our son. I relly dont know how to end this entry so let me take this time to say I was so happy to see you #3 in here. I'm new to this site but love it and cant wait to read it daily just to see whats new. and to all that write here I'd like to take this time to say it funny to think there were so manny years between some of you and me but some how we have so manny of the same memory's of Chester and what is was like growing up there. your friend in time Rick Shalander PS thanks for the memory's
Thank you for sharing that beautiful tradition with all of us, Families have changed and just maybe getting back to the old traditions would help. Thanks again and have a great holiday.
DOT... YOUR MOTHER IS MY COUSIN, YOUR GRANDFATHER AND MY FATHER WERE BROTHERS. YOUR UNCLE EARL AND I WERE GOOD FRIENDS. GRACE SHOULD REMEMBER ME. I DIDN`T KNOW RAY DIED. I SPEND SEVEN MONTHS IN FLORIDA AND FIVE MONTHS IN WEST CHESTER.......SO I MISS OUT ON A LOT OF THE NEWS. WHERE IS THE REST OF THE FAMILY... ALICE, FLORENCE,ETC. REGARDS, BOB BLANTON
Hi ricky , this is Cheryl Carey kims oldest sister I used to hang out with monte ans scott olenchick(im sure I spelled that wrong , yes you did live right behind us , How is your mom and brother? Have a merry christmas Cheryl Carey
Not to sadden anyone's holiday sprits but I just wanted to pass this on. I meet a long lost friend of mine through oldchesterpa,someone I meet in 1953 and stayed friends until he went in the Air Force in 1956 and my moving away in 1958. It was so wonderful founding him though this web site and though e-m and i-m we strolled down memory lane. This all happrned in Aug, In late Sept he told me he just found out he had lung cancer,by Nov. it was in his brain and fast moving. We were still in contact in early Dec,he sent me Christmas site's and etc. In Nov he was in Crozer hospital and I called him there and talked to him for the first time in 45 years,thank you for that oldchesterpa. Well anyway he died Sat. Dec. 22nd. He was a member here (JDu3726875) Joseph(Joe-Sonny) Dudeck,age 66. Thank you for letting me share and to anyone that know him I thought you might like to know. He lived in Highland Gardens as a kid and graduated CHS I think maybe approx 1952.
I too join in with UW to wish everyone a joyous, prosperous and peaceful holiday season and may God, in his wisdom, bring peace to our country, families and friends, and I hope our bulletin board will express respect and love for all Chesterites, most of whom came from a very humble beginning and have seen prosperity and changes we never thought possible. It has been an exciting era to live in. Thank you, Lord, for what you have provided.
To Everyone: HAVE A BLESSED AND MERRY CHRISTMAS with only Good health, happiness and a healthy financial forcast for the New Year. God Bless our troops their families and may there be PEACE around the world..God Bless..
To my Polish family and friends. "Wesolych Swiat" (Season's Greetings)
To my Ukrainian family and friends: "Khristos rodyvsya!" (Christ is born!) which is answered by the family with "Slavite Yoho!" (Let Us Glorify Him!) "Khristos razhdayetsya"
Kim Carey Freese oooooooh wait a minute i remember you you lived behind me and your sister Sharon dated my brother Monte Shalander remember me now? i remember you well
hey Kim Carey Freese Remember me 2707 lehman st? I hung out with Joey and Georgy too also hung with Steve Mister (RIP) Lenny and Michele Ruback.(Tubby)Anan Mery Thorton was she not your older sister i think of her often as i was madly in love with her but could never find a way to tell her lol silly boy anyway if you are the little KIMMY i remember please tell Tubby that i love and miss her dearly better late then never
hey paul thank for reminding me of Bonner's Tavern on Green St. in Feltonville! i've had a manny beers there over the years however DJ's was my kinda place back when Nick had it i'd love to go there after stoping to see margie at joe's nextstore.....and just an FYI i dont know if i will ever get fully over little Richie Crowther locking me in the crall space under 1400 honan st lol i went in he locked it and left i'd still be there now if not for Jim Perferry the cop Sally's EX
To Dot, Thanks for replying to me. Yes, I was told through an e-mail from a mutual friend that Ray had died. That saddens me. He was a real nice guy. My condolences to you on the loss of your uncle. Joe Rollo
Thank you Sheree for you input on Scarlet Fever. I would bet that those diseases (Scarlet and Dyptheria) were caused by the contamination in the creeks and park pools - because I distinctly remember the waste in that pool, as young as I was. I got out one day and refused to ever swim there again. My mother then enrolled me in the YWCA to swim and I almost drowned there one day - so the end of my swimming days until we moved and discovered beautiful Village Green. Nice pool and nice area and tons of fun. Thanks again Sheree and I wish more people would contribute to this - those who might remember.
Haven't been at the "newstand" for awhile, so this is in response to old postings, about Scarlet Fever. My Mom as a child, had Rhumatic Fever, and as an adult suffered heart problems from this. And of course for me as a child growing up was restricted where I swam, she believed she got Rhumatic Fever from swimming in the creeks in Chester.
I have a 12 year old son, who has had Scarlet at least 10 times. I think I am now "an expert" (ha ha) on this subject. Doctors say, Scarlet is the same strain as Strep Throat. If untreated Strep Throat can develop into Scarlet. Not all people will get Scarlet, only a percentage of people carry an oil in their bodies that if Strep left untreated will develop into Scarlet. I do know even with today's antibodics, Scarlet is not the easiest to treat. The path of Strep (if untreated) is Strep Throat - Scarletina - Scarlet Fever - Rhumatic Fever.
I would find it hard to believe that swimming in creeks would cause any of this, but maybe just an outbreak of Strep. Hope this helps.
The news stand wow what a place that is where I got my first kiss over a cokeacola and a moon pie. As a boy I lived in Eyre park that was until the flood in 1971 when i as well as manny other's lost our homes and some lost more (RIP I'll never forget you) yours truly Rick Shalander firstname.lastname@example.org
to joe rollo
my mother is a blanton (grace) and her brother is ray (he passed away last year).
is this the same ray you asked about? they were a family of eleven kids and our family (o'brien) lived near clark's store at 10th and fulton
To Bud Haynes, I belive you knew my brother Cliff Minshall.
Thanks U.W. I think you are right about the rope swing at Lenape which is now called Brandywine Picnic Park.
I worked in the kitchen at WEBC for about 12 years, remember working the picnics when they use to have the boat races. I was always stuck behind the clam shucking table for all you raw clam eaters :(
To all of you old WEBC'ers. My Dad was "Skeeter" Haynes and was secretary of the WEBC for 27 years ending about 1955. I was secretary there for 1 year around 55 or 56. I have a lot of great memories from the original place, but when they moved to Jeffery St it started to turn into a business type atmosphere and I never enjoyed it as much.
Bud - Yuma, AZ
JONIE JAMES ALSO SANG (PEFORMED) AT THE COLUMBUS CENTER IN THE 50`s
If anyone is nostalgic enough... the old bar from the West End Boat Club is still in use. It is at Bonner's Tavern on Green St. in Feltonville!
To Harry V. Carl did not work at Scott Paper, but his 2 brothers Joe and John did (both deceased). No I do not live in Chester area no more. I am up her in Central Pa. Town called Sunbury. Bye for now Carl worked for Allied Chemical in Marcus Hook
To Harry V. Carl did not work at Scott Paper, but his 2 brothers Joe and John did (both deceased). No I do not live in Chester area no more. I am up her in Central Pa. Town called Sunbury. Bye for now
To: JWiskers: Old timers and the West End Boat Club, eh - you bet I have a memory of that Club - if I may share it with those of you who are not too queezy!! My mother and stepfather went there every Sunday night because they had live entertainment, and my stepfather would get up and sing "Pennies from Heaven" - and everyone threw pennies on the floor for him (I guess that's how we survived during the post-depression era - but he wasn't that good a singer so I guess the takings were meager). Because I always sang, at the age of 4 or 5, they took me with them one night with the promise that I would be able to get up and sing. Well, they played a trick on me that I have never forgotten (or forgiven, really). A man on a one-wheeled unicycle (I guess it was called) came out on the floor and with the thought that I was going to sing, I happily let them put me on his shoulders and very quickly like the speed of lightning, we sped in circles around the stage floor. Well, I was so scared that I released all the water in my body all over him and the stage floor. Well, the crowd thought it was hilarious and I was so angry (can I say I was "p......off"), that I was glad to see that the man on the unicycle was angry too because he was "p..... on". I think it was years before I spoke to my mother and stepfather again. So whenever someone mentions the "West End Boat Club" - I think - I'll never sing in that club again. And, incidently, I never even got one penny for that -and I'm surprised it didn't ruin my singing career - because I expected some awful man to come running at me with a unicycle and demand I get on his shoulders.
My whole message didn't get through!! The frst part was "Are you Ray Blanton--"
Blanton: If so, "HI" from an old "Clark's Corner" guy!
THE "LONHORN RANCH" ON BALTIMORE PIKE WAS OWNED BY JACK FIELDS. HE HAD A STINT IN SHOW BUSINESS, THAT`S HOW HE ATTRACTED CELEBRITIES.
Hi too anyone who grew up around 4th and ward sts duringn the thirties and forties
I know we all have some good memories of the West End Boat Club! For those of you still in the area, you should take a ride up to Essington and see the new addition they put on the front facing the river. Most of the old timers are gone, but a few are left and they can really bring up some good memories.
To Carrol Bissinger, Hi I worked at Scott Paper with Carl. Are you still in the Chester area ??
Hi folks, I was not from Chester, raised in Upland and spent a lot of time in Chester though. My late husband was an old west ender from Chester. Some of you folks probably knew him--Carl Bissinger also know as Beefy, graduated St. James class of 58. I think the name of the town in N. J. that had country stars was Pitman. I recall us going to see several shows there. So long.
email@example.com I haven't logged onhere for a long time so I am reading old messages today and just read yours about the grease can. I always and still do, fry my chicken with bacon grease. My precious mothe-in law, Agnes Marth, thinking she was doing me a favor, had her friends save their bacon grease for me and one day she brought me all of this bacon grease. I almost died but I didn't want to hurt her feelings so I thanked her and then it just kept coming. I had enough bacon grease to run a restaurant or two. It is funny what jogs our memories.
Mary Birkofer...Hey girl, I heard you and my husband had a great day together.....along with your husband, of course. Thanks for your hospitality. Will you be seeing him in Florida, too? I am sure he told you about Bernie. It breaks my heart to see him like this. I am at Mom's in Newark, De. and will stay here until the Mom is back on her feet. I am assuming it will be at least the middle of February before I head back to Seattle. I miss you guys. Hug Bill for me. Love you both. Betty
I don't seem to be spelling well today. I meant to say,"How well I remember the Marcus Hook Diner".
firstname.lastname@example.org Ow well I remembe The marcus Hook Diner. They had the best Veal Cutlet Dinner! I haven't found any anywhere to compare. Their breakfasts were great,too. Yum! I think I am hungry. Betty Ratliff Marth
U.W. Yes there was a swing ride @ Lenape pulled w/ropes, I have a picture on in from 1948or49. I remember all the places you mention & have fond memories, even The Bluebird of Happiness, loved it. Jan Pierce's arranger was Dave Benedict, he was a neighbor of my sister & Bill's bro(they were married to each other) in Long Island, NY in early 70's. Carol: I worked @ McCroy's '49/50 @ Xmas, remember having to hide my Notre Dame Uniform because we weren't allowed to wear it (orders fr N.D) after school to work. They were really strict rules & I used ink eradicater to get working papers @ 15 yrs, it worked, had to change back when going to work in real world for SS records.
Gee, Mabel, You look good for 72! Harvey '49
This is thebest thing to happen since we graduated in 1948. Thanks!
Another good music site where you can make requests... http://www.bracingpep.com/realaudio/request.html
Tom: Altho I've been to Sunset Park as a kid, don't remember the swings pulled by ropes. The only place that I do recall having swings (similar to a small square row boat) where one/two people sat across from one another and pulled the rope was at Lenape Park out on Rt. 100N just south of the Brandywine Battlefield. Last time I visited the location it was somewhat like a picnic grove type park. don't recall seeing amusments. Lenape was a favorite place for schools to take kids that were safties as a reward for helping other kids...Maybe the swings at sunset were after/before my time. There was also a small opera house across the Delaware Mem bridge into the Penns Grove area where country western stars would go. I don't believe it was penns grove, but I do remember it was a Historic little town.
Thanks Debbie: That's it Sunset Park, had no clue it was in Jennersville, tho. I was a little confused about the rides at Sunset Park, I kinda just remember a swing set made with ropes and not chains. I too, remember seeing Loretta Lynn there. It turns out that my sister married like a 2nd cousin of hers, even stayed at her house for a couple of days, when they were traveling down that way, a few years back, where ever she lived somewhere down south.
DON'T KNOW IF TRUE OR NOT WAS IN NEWSTAND IN MARCUS HOOK HEARD MARCUS HOOK DINER IS GOING TO OPEN AGAIN SOON.LET'S HOPE THE FOOD IS AS GOOD. ITS BEEN ABOUT A MONTH NOW SINCE CLOSING, I MISS MY THURSDAY NIGHT DINNER HAM AND CABBAGE
Chester Historic Site & House Tour report:
Thanks to all of the folks with the Chester Historical Preservation Committee for a most enjoyable Open House tour this afternoon and to all of the homeowners for their hospitality in opening their homes for all to enjoy.
Susan and I had a chance to visit each one of the 11 sites and were most warmly received by all. Each of the homes was beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, even down to the Christmassy aromas wafting through the air. Seeing these period homes in all of their finery was enough to make us peek in the corner to see if Clement Moore might be visiting and putting some finishing touches on his "Night Before Christmas", or if Norman Rockwell might have come to Chester for some Sunday afternoon sketching.
If you're in the area and missed the opportunity today, I would certainly urge you to include the tour in your plans for next year.
According to all the reports we heard, this year's tour was the largest and best ever! Thanks once again to all who worked so hard to make the tour such an enjoyable Sunday afternoon outing, and a little taste of the warmth and neighborliness that we all remember so fondly of "Christmases Past" in Chester!
HELP....... Been so long since i was in here, and lost my way to my photo album. HELP...........................
TO U.W... The Brenda Lee song that comes to mind is" I'm Sorry"
Greetings to all from Chester!
Susan and I had a good trip up today from NC and are looking forward to tomorrow's Open House tour sponsored by the Chester Historical Preservation Committee (CHPC). The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Friends Meetinghouse at 24th & Chestnut. Tickets are $8 per person for a total of 11 historic sites!
If you're in the area, I'd encourage you to join us for this once-a-year opportunity to see inside these historic homes and sites and to help support the programs of the CHPC.
To Floyd; I guess you and I are latecomers...I see now Bobby Burman was posted over a year ago.
Boy U.W you sure remember alot and bring back a lot of memories. Must have been a popular person. I wonder if I knew you?
TO: Harvey Martin Yousure struck a nerve with yourlatest link. "Bobby Burman". I grew up at 131 East 22nd St.,about three houses a way. I remember the news agency as well.
THE BRANDYWINE CLUB WAS FIRST OPENED AS CONTINENTAL SAFARI BELEIVED IT WAS OWNED BY A FORMER OWNER OF THE THE EL RANCHO CLUB IN WOODLYN
REMEMBER THE CONTINENTAL SAFARI UP THE ROAD FROM WHERE PULSATIONS WAS, QUITE A FEW YEARS BEFORE, IT WAS OWNED BY THE OWNER OF THE EL RANCHO IN WOODLYN.
I worked in McCorys in 51,52. Back then you had to be in the store a half hour before you were to be on the floor and that was for.50 an hour.Times sure have chaged. Happy Holidays to everyone
Lila: The Long Horn Ranch..another great memory. The waitress's wore cowgal outfits and shot off their cap guns after singing happy birthday to the little buckeroos that were celebrating. Brought out a small cake with a sparler on. Had these hugh beef bbq ribs..
Wasn't Pulsations owned by Altimos.
Gotta get back to work, gonna have to stop checking in here for awhile. Lucky I'm my own boss.
The restaurant where Pulsations was located was called the Longhorn Ranch.
Harry V. I think the club was the Brandywine Club if my memory serves me right.
could the name of ther night club have been The Long Ranch or Pulsations
That list of stores brought back so many memories. I worked for a short time at the Candy Kitchen (around 1937 or 1938). At that time it was owned by the Varlen family. All of the candy was made by Mrs. Varlen on the premisies. It was the place to take a date after the movies. They had a very good lunch trade to. One of their specialties was two tasty cupcakes smothered with real whipped cream not cool whip. That was when a package of Tasty chocolate cupcakes consisted of three large cakes for a dime.They laso had a "black and white" sundae which had chocolate and vnilla icecream, whipped cream, fudge sauce, toopped with milk chocolate covered almonds! I just gained five pounds writing about this food!!!
Can anyone remember the name of the night club on Baltimore Pike?? It had some big name entertainers then went broke. it then opened up as a teenage nightclub. I think it was across from Edgewood Memorial Park in Concord. Harry V 
Bobby Burman Pro Boxer http://www.goodradio.com/bobby_burman.htm
That shoe repair shop was downstairs in Lincoln's
Don't forget Robert Hall's at 9th and Kerlin, bought my son's first leather coat there, there were so many great pla ces to shop in Chester, now everything is the Malls.....YUK..... ANYONE REMEMBER THE NOREEN SHOP ON WELSH STREET OR THE HOLLYWOOD SHOP FOR GREAT DRESSES
UW - I think the egg-dipped sandwich was after my time there - but we had the best malted milk shakes - nobody does it like that anymore - and a "club sandich" with egg salad on one layer and tuna on the other - and lettuce - very simple and extremely good - again not fancied up with a lot of other stuff to make you gain an extra more pounds. Home made - made right there in their kitchen -pure, unadulterated good food. And sanitary - everyone dealing with food had to wear a hair net - what happened to the restrictions on hair nets? Lots more human hair found in foods today. If they dipped the sandwich (including the ham) then that was the forerunner of what is now known as the Monte Cristo sandwich. The entire sandwich is deep fried, then coated with powdered sugar and served with grape jelly on the side. Talk about calories - but just heavenly. It can be made at home, but it takes a lot of oil to deep fry it - and then, unlike the old days, we don't keep a can of some sort to collect the grease. Remember always having a can of hardened grease sitting in the kitchen - waiting for the next dump of grease and then reused?
Now - what about Loft's candy kitchen - across from Whelan's - any sweet memories of the delicious candy (especially chocolate - ummm) they put out?
Pat...sure do remember Whalens. If I remember right they made a great grilled cheese. I think it was dipped in egg similar to french toast before it was grilled. Or was that their Ham & cheese done in that manner.
HRA: Will keep the FL town in mind. Gonna visit an old friend in afew months, maybe we can make it to one of the dances. Thanks for the information.
Harv: I'm glad to see others are savers too. It does help when trying to bring memories back to many rather than afew.
I did forget the Twist in dances of the 50's. Remember being told to take a towel in one hand, take it around the "butt" and hold the other end of the towel in the other hand and pull it to and fro to get the behind motion of the dance.
Pat, the zip code for the Bernadine Center is 19013.
These ads are from the Chester-Media Football Program of 1945... Best Wishes to all Students, Faculty and Alumni of C.H.S. from... BULLOCK'S PHARMACY (on the Campus at 720 Parker St.)...John A. Bullock, Jr., Ph.G. '25 The drug store that is really a Drug Store DIAL 2-2319
Briggs "Everything in Sporting Goods" at 7th and Welsh Sts "Anchors Aweigh" the the Stanley Theatre Kinney's at 7th and Edgemont for Educator, Enna Jetticks and Pollyanna shoes Medford's Frankfurters makers of MYKIND PORK PRODUCTS Tollins - The Best Place in Town to Buy Your Furniture Dekyne Brothers - SUPERIOR CANDIES Edwin B. Kelley, Jr - YOUR JEWELER Everything in Music - It's FEINBERG & CO. 504 Edgemont Ave. Dave & Poppy's Twin Pine Lunch - Pennell Rd & Baltimore Pike CHESTER CANDY KITCHEN 532 Market St SPEARE BROTHERS - Chester's Fashion Corner Klose Brothers - MOVING - HAULING - STORAGE 136 East Third St.
Well once again Harvey provided us with the VERY BEST rendition of GNS ever. The Four Freshmen.
I was able to locate Jan Peerce's "Bluebird of Happiness" on Amazon.com, along with the same version included in the album containing the 3 Tenors - both albums can be purchased through the Amazon.com site. So, I am ordering one of these along with the Four Freshman's rendition of GNS. Included in the Freshman's album are many other beautiful songs from the same era. Thanks again, Paul.
And, If you will provide me with the zip code, I will send a contribution to the organization Terry wrote about - this is perhaps one of the many ways we can contribute to, and perhaps restore pride to, if only a small area of our old city. "From a tiny seed, the mighty acorn grew." And I also enjoyed UW's list of the names of all our stores. Hey, UW - what about WHELAN'S - doesn't anybody remember that terrific food counter and the pretty girls behind it? Maybe "nameless" does - he has to remember something. And, to nameless: What is your favorite subject? We will be glad to discuss it - sincerely. Come on now, don't be shy.
Happy Holidays to all - and let's keep in touch over this busy season.
HRA: of course I remember Rodgers, Tom McCann Shoe store, Silvers five & Dime, Ches-Pen donuts, McCorys (great treat here, hot dogs not boiled in water)..There was a tea room down from Dana's and around the corner. Afew steps more and you were at 9th at the YWCA. Spears is where we bought our window treatments (shades)Weinbergs was a great store too. There was a shoe repair shop around Rodger in the basement of one of the stores and you would go in sit down and have your shoes repaired as you waited. Also remember having your feet x-rayed at the shoe stores.
Curious...how many of the old chesterites parked at the foot of Highland Avenue with your honey. I seem to remember that being a make-out place along with a road around the BuckmanVillage AP.
EdRum: Another name Richard Chischoin (that one I can't remember how it is spelled so tried to sound it out) Lived at front and thurlow? I think he had a brother Bob.
Hi everyone, Just wanted to drop a note for anyone who may be looking for a charity this Christmas Season to donate to. There is a wonderful one in Chester: The Bernandine Center 2625 W 9th St. My sister works there and they really do a tremendous job of reaching out to the low income residents. For all you former West Enders the center is located right across from Rez/Sacred Heart. Thought maybe some of you may want to consider doing this. I know any gift would be greatly aprreciated and put to very good use. They do not just supply handouts, they also provide nutrition education and life skills workshops to help break the cycle of poverty. They are a member of the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank and is a founding member of the Interfaith Coalition of Food Centers of Delaware County. Just Passing it on. Hope you all have a very blessed holiday season, be it Christmas, Hannekauh, Ramadan, or Kwanza......and a very Happy New Year..... Good Night Sweeheart.......oh i'm sorry, ......didn't mean to be rude....... God Bless us everyone, even nameless........
To UW: If you are looking for people who dance the polka & waltz come down to the town sauare in The Villages of Lady Lake ,Florida and you will find them most any night! also , on your walk thru town, didn't you ever shop at Speare's,Rogersor Weinbergs for clothes or did you go The Dry in Wilmington, as many of us did?
Any member of the chat room that didn't get an e-mail from me may want to visit the room to view a message posted on the message board. George
Hey Dan CHS 54, would you have a 45 of "Indian Love Call" ? I remember this song being played on Potter St. Being dumb! Did you ever walk across Chester creek when it was frozen? I did. Of course that was when the Y was new in 1960.
Hi PDC: could have been the heart throb for all the teen boys in the '50's. Joni James recorded "Wishing Ring" for MGM Records, "Seven Lonely Days" was recorded by Georgia Gibbs, so Connie must have done "my Happiness". Now what did Brenda Lee sing. On "GNS".. It was written by Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell & Reg connelly. The American Version was introduced in America by Rudy Vallee - copyright was 1931 for all countries by Campbell, Connelly & Co, London, England. The copyright was assigned to Robbins Music Corporation 799 Seventh Ave., new Yor for United Stated and Canada distribution in 1931....OUCH..I felt those words heading my way. That was a song to "My Way" sung by Frankie ..
Walking thru Chester in July of 1960 there was Lou San Hair Stylist Shopes. Can you imagine a permanent wave for $8.50 with no extra costs for any type of hair.
then Chester woodworking Co. at 503 E. 7th St. Wanted your future kitchen to be completely made of Formica.
Plastering was done by Bob & Jim Long from their shop at 907 Morton Avenue. and
and some gals dad found a good TV man in "Suburban TV Service" WOW only $2.00 service charge plus parts. and EUREKA TV at 3207 W. 9th St. and 12th & Morton Ave. and again at 802 Edgmont Ave. Service charge here was $3.50
Hernick's shoes was at 618 Sproul Street.
Eye-Glasses..1 day service, rapid repairs at Chester Optical Co 804 Welsh Street..The Boyd Theatre Bldg. and then do street at 24 1/2 E. 6th Street you could get glasses on Credit at Dr. Philip Gerber's.
Gifts and toys at 703 Edgmont Avenue at the cor. of 7th and Welsh at Cooley Lilley.
Need Brakes relined in 1 hour all four wheels including labor and material for $9.95 go to SAFEWAY brake shops...3 E. Ninth Street.
For furniture what better place than TOLLINS at 617 Edgmont Ave.
The FOOD FAIR gave Gold Square Stamps while
DIAMOND ice & fuel Co. at 2nd and Tilghman wanted to keep eveyone warm with their new Iron fireman Custom Mark II oil furnace.
Chester Travel Agency at 931 Edgmont Ave. wanted to take us around the world.
Last but not least for now was BULLOCK'S PHARMACY at 720 Parker Street. John A. Bullock, Jr., Ph.G with three registered pharmacists on duty. that telephone number was TR 2-2319
The 4 Freshmen singing you know what. http://community-2.webtv.net/@HH!51!5D!B6BBD263EED3/Bob618/FRESHMEN/
Lots of Christmas Music here...Thanks, Cousin Bob! http://www.angelfire.com/music3/dailyjukebox/home.html
Hey guys - just between us - from now on, let's refer to - you know the song I mean - as GNS (shh, it will be our secret code and no one else will know what we're talking about). Remember, mums the word. It almost sounds like an infectious disease - so only those interested the enjoyment of GNS at the end of the dance will want to join in.
And, thank you Paul for that info on where to get that record and the offer to send it to me. Maybe I can find and order it from Amazon.com. I played it tonight (from that site provided by Harvey) for a younger neighbor and she loved it.
TO U.W... Was that "My Happiness" song the one done by Connie Francis?
Boy that last dance at St James dances really brings back memories, Not sure if I got the lyrics right but this was a popular selection. Leisure suits, Bell Bottoms, Gold chains and Matador boots with the cuban heels.
Last Dance (Donna Summer) Last dance Last dance for love Yes, it's my last chance For romance tonight I need you by me Beside me, to guide me To hold me, to scold me 'Cause when I'm bad I'm so, so bad So let's dance the last dance Let's dance the last dance Let's dance this last dance tonight Last dance Last dance for love Yes, it's my last chance For romance tonight I need you by me Beside me, to guide me To hold me, to scold me 'Cause when I'm bad I'm so, so bad So let's dance the last dance Let's dance the last dance Let's dance this last dance tonight [break] I need you by me Beside me, to guide me To hold me, to scold me 'Cause when I'm bad I'm so, so bad So let's dance the last dance Let's dance the last dance Let's dance this last dance tonight
TO PAT... I searched for years for the Jan Peerce recording of "Bluebird Of Happiness" We used to have it on "78" at home. A couple of years ago I found it! It is on CD. 3 TENORS OF THE GOLDEN AGE [BMG CLASSICS] MARIO LANZA,JUSSI BJOURLING and JAN PEERCE. If I ever figure out how to upload it to my computer I'll send it to you via e-mail. OH YES! STILL LOOKING FOR THE RIGHT "GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART" [at the risk of ruffling some feathers]
you are correct WIP midnight he sure knew how to sooth our (my) frufrustrations after the last dance whether it be stardust or what ever
Sorry Folks, don't mean to monopolize the board - but once again I went into http:/www.duck.org/30s.asp and someone, somewhere should give Harvey many, many kudos for finding this and other sites for us to enjoy. We were teenagers when we listened to Jan Peerce sing Bluebird of Happiness - and we not only listened and enjoyed the lyrics and his voice, but it inspired us! Not like the music the teenagers listened to after WWII. Why did we let it slip away? If anyone knows where I can get a copy of this, please let me know.
Country Music Sites
TO TOM WHO HAD A QUESTION ABOUT A PARK WHERE THEY PLAYED COUNTRY MUSIC, THERE WAS A PLACE CALLED SUNSET PARK WHICK IS IN JENNERSVILLE, WHICH IS OFF OF ROUTE 1. THEY USED TO HAVE RIDES THERE ALSO. THEY CLOSED A FEW YEARS AGO. I REMEMBER SEEING LORETTA LYNN AND A FEW OTHERS THERE WHEN I WAS YOUNGER.
My name is Andrea nee Wood. Lived on Patterson St. Grad. Franklin School '55. CHS '59. I understand they had a reunion last month. Would like to know how it went? Who attended? planning on the next one in 2004.
I remember my mother and our neighbor taking us kids out to this park it was pretty big and they played live country music. I met Dolly Pardon and Porter Wagner there, when they first started out. It was pretty far, I think, well being a kid Concordeville was in another country :) I know it wasn't in Chester, tho. They used to have corn boils and we used to go at least 3 or 4 times a summer. Does anyone remember the name of the place and where it was? something PARK.
P.S. "my happiness" was not a polka. Just a nice tune they played. Probably the only tune I can still remember playing on my accordian by memory.
The St. James "SOCK" Dances were great during the mid 50's as were the dances held at PMC. Square Dancing must have been in, I can remember going to afew Square dances at PMC. Some of the dances that were popular were the "Stroll, the Bop, The chicken (this i don't think lasted to long). With New Years not to far away, everyone should remember going to the Mummers parade at least once in their life time and the always present "Mummers Strut" at most dances, parties and wedding receptions. For those of you who liked to Polka going to the Picnics at Litwa's/and or Savorys picnic grove on the Conchester were fun. They were held on Sunday afternoon's until early evening as I recall. Dancing to the Polka music of the "knight Riders (Sammy , Nicky, Fred, and Charlie. One of my favorites they would play was "My Happiness". Also a tune Geogre Hoven, Bert Piscotti would teach their budding "Lawrence Welks". Even the Waltz would be played during the 50"s. I wonder if anyone can dance to the waltz or polka today.
I too love that site Harvey Martin suggested. First time I''ve heard Jan Pierce and his Blue Bird of happiness since the war (2nd world that is) I don't know if it was WIP that played it every night at mid-night. Thanks Harv
I was catching up on some of the post regarding scarlet fever epidemic in the 30's. 20 years later I ended up with both the measles and scarlet fever at the age of 6. What an awful feeling being isolated for almost a month and a half in the bedroom and the couch blocking the door way to the bedroom, no lights and blinds closed to keep the room dark, the only contact was my mother and 2 grandmothers and taking that awful green pills (penicillin) had to be mashed into the applesauce and still tasted bitter, I guess back then it was a medical marvel that penicillin did it's work. Good thing Doctors made house calls those days.
PDC - Donald Duck's Birthday (according to the trivia book I'm looking at)is March 13th!! :)
Oh, and "Nameless" - please get a life - this is a message board for Chester - and everyone before me is right - St. James High School dances are an integral part of Chester and growing up in a great city.
I remember in the early sixties having to check in your shoes because you couldn't wear shoes on the "new" gym floor".
Hi Harvey - you cracked me up with your last message. I too apologize to nameless. However, I have also heard Russ' version, it's really nice, but not the one I remember. Is there some way we can color-code messages such as this so certain people who shall remain "nameless" can just skip or ignore and are not offended? Now here's another subject for those interested to consider. Never say one subject monopolizes this board. But nameless, Goodnight Sweetheart is about CHESTER - the dances at St. James. And believe me, St. James HS is a BIG part of Chester. Anything anyone can contribute to those wonderful dances makes it even more fun. That's a part of our growing up in Chester, and I loved it. Anyone have any funny stories about any of those dances? Here again, another subject about Chester's history.
WOW!!! ...... NO WONDER THERE ARE SO MANY WARS IN THE WORLD!
Oops, sorry nameless...I guess I did kinda get carried away. Say something interesting about Chester so we can all join in.
The Russ Columbo version of Goodnight Sweetheart can now be heard at this site. http://www.duck.org/30s.asp This is a neat site...you can make requests. Ida had mine up in just a few hours. Harvey
To Nameless: There are many, many messages posted here - many subjects and I for one have brought up and mentioned many subjects. You don't have to read or respond to what you don't enjoy and this board is so big - it would be impossible to monopolize it. I see your messages get through - so what's with the monopolizing? Telling others what and what not to post is unrealistic. And, what simming holes did you swim in when the epidemics were around?
The Goodnight Sweetheart "thing" DID let Harvey Martin post that terrific music Website (The Beat) link for me to put right on my "Favorites", and for THAT, this Oldtimer is grateful! Thanks again, Harvey!---JR
AMEN!!! GOOD NIGHT TO GOOD NIGHT SWEETHEART, THIS NEWSTAND USED TO BE INTERESTING!!! SHARE YOUR MEMORIES OF THAT SONG IN PERSONAL EMAILS!!!!! LET'S GET BACK TO CHESTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!SOME OF US ARE GETTING VERY BORED AND ANNOYED WITH THAT SUBJECT OF THAT SONG.............IT'S REALLY QUITE RUDE TO MONOPOLIZE THIS VENUE WITH THAT ONGOING CONVERSATION.......I DID NOT POST MY NAME BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO OFFEND ANYONE PERSONNALLY.......I VISIT HERE REGULARLY AND USED TO ENJOY IT........
WHY DON'T WE TRY TO HAVE A GET TOGETHER AND OR XMAS PARTY AT ONE OR TWO OF THE LOCAL WATERING HOLES. WHOEVER CAN MAKE IT SIGN IN AND IT WILL ALL COME TOGETHER. IT SHOULD BE FUN.
GOODNITE SWEETHEART ,PUT IT TO SLEEP PLEASEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Just when is Donald Duck's birthday anyway?
Jack We used to use the RR bridge but never swam there. By the way, I saw them bring up the body of a swimmer at the rock who was tangled in wire.I never swam in Chester Creek again.
Russ Columbo did Goodnight Sweetheart but I haven't been able to find it anywhere.
Paula, Phatso's is located in the 600 block of Welsh ST where Anns Doughnuts used to be.
Paula, Phatso's is located in the 600 block of Welsh ST where Anns Doughnuts used to be.
Thank you Harvey for providing that wonderful site. I listened to Bing's rendition, I listened to Al Bowley's rendition (which is definitely not the one) and I listened to Dean's. I could easily go with Dean's - because he definitely comes the closest to anyone. There is no evidence to prove that Nat King Cole is the one - which I still feel is the artist we're looking for. I am not able to come up with the fact that he recorded this. However, he, I'm sure, is the one who did "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons" that was one of our favorite tunes at the dances - so he was recording our favorite songs. Oh my goodness - I wish we could solve this puzzle.
I did really enjoy listening once again to Jan Pierce singing "Blue Bird of Happiness" on that site. I used to stay up until midnight after the dance just to hear him sing that on the radio - right before I went to bed. He sang it every Saturday night at midnight. What wonderful memories of my carefree youth.
Thanks again, Harvey.
off te rocks how about off the RR bridge into Chester creek
Listen to Bing Crosby's version of Goodnight Sweetheart here. http://www.duck.org/30s.asp
I thought I did this once. Just checking to see who might be out there.
Just checking to see who might be out there. This sight is a great idea. I grew up in McCafferty Village. Lots of good memories. Too bad things don't stay the same.
Hey Chuck from 1965.......were you the one that had a crush on a girl by the name of Ethel?
Hello. I am looking for ANY information on the Trites family history. I am working on my family genealogy, and am a direct descendant of Michael Trites through his son William (born in 1774). If anyone has any information on the Trites family, I would be thrilled to hear from you.
Jeanne Hunt Miller Geffen, Netherlands
According to this site http://www.snaithprimary.eril.net/music.htm a guy named Al Bowlly sang a version of Goodnight Sweetheart. Harvey
Found this on a search program...Harvey
Pub: 10 of 34 prev. table next midi lyrics Goodnight Sweetheart
"Goodnight Sweetheart" is another sentimental song from the 1930's that belongs to my childhood and could often be heard on the radio during the Second World War and the immediate post-war period. The version I sing can be found in 101 Pub Favourites for Buskers. This three-verse song is very easy to sing as only the fourth line changes as the song progresses. "Goodnight Sweetheart" has been recorded by: [Amazon: ] [CD] Dean Martin on "Spotlight On Dean Martin" [Amazon: ] [CD] Bing Crosby on "Bing Crosby"
Bill Locke was kind enough to send me two more versions of Goodnight Sweetheart - one by Dean Martin, which is almost identical to the one I'm searching for - but the voice I remember did not have Dean's "warble" (don't get me wrong, I adored Dean Martin - but no strong singer was he) - it was smoother and I now seem to remember that at the end of the song, the singer said - did not sing - "Goodnight"! And this was also a clue to us that that was the final song and end of the dance. BOO-HOO!!!!!
I remember a swimming pool in Deshongs Park across from the dike in Eyre Park,the pool was always empty when we were kids.We used to hide our bathing suits at the dike because our parents would forbid us to swim in the creek at the willow tree across from the rock in deshongs park because it seemed like every year someone would drown at the park.Remember the times at village green pool,when we didn't have bus fare we would hitch hike from Eyre Park.I,m still good friends with some of the people from Eyre Park and we often talk about those good old days.
correction on my last post. it wasn't fronfield ave i lived on by the camp it was 3rd st. moved so many times too hard to keep up lol. i did live on fronfield ave. tho. my address on 3rd st was 516 and the one on fronfield was 165. gets a little confusing.
Jack & U.W>-More on swimming. I ran the Salvation Army Playground several summers. Used to walk with the kids from the playground on 5th St to the pool in Upland. And yes it was very small. On swimming hole, we swam off the big rock in Deshong Park and then were dumb enough to dive off the then new footbridge to Eyre Park. This was probably between 46 & 48.
hi everyone. uw and chuck. i remember the salvation army camp very well in upland. i lived on fronfield ave. right across from the camp. spent a lot of time over there. also chuck do you have a brother by the name of bruce? if so i went to pulaski with him. i recently took a tour thru upland. boy what a shock. the place sure has changed a lot.i left chester in 72 and the last place i lived at was on carter la. just off township line rd. i make it to chester often as i am a truck driver so i stop when i can. got a lot of memories from the old place. i hope everyone has a merry christmas and a happy new year.
There was a Salvation Army Camp in Upland, PA and is still there Those that went to it in the 40's and recently visited the area sais it seem smaller than they remembered. The person that went to the camp was from a Salvation Army Day center in So. Philly.
can`t remember where the salvation army swimming pool was in dehong park maybe you all mean the YMCA which was in Eyre Park after moving from 7th and Sproll ( avenue of the states) Do remember though swimming in Chester Creek when the bus fare to Village Green was not avaiable yrs 1946 to 1947. My two swimmingholes then were behind Chester hospital and behind the Great Leaport market (and skating ring) Of course when we could get transportation NOTHING could beat BRIDGEWATER
TO HARVEY MARTIN.... That's one of the verses of the song Harvey. We're trying to find who the singer was that recorded the version we're most familiar with. We've listened to several but haven'tfound the right one yet. I've been to all the "downloadable" sites but no luck so far. Went to the library and found it was originally introduced and recorded by Rudy Vallee. It's possible the one we're looking for was by Eddy Howard. Any suggestions?
Great site, look at it often. Trying to locate Al MacDonald, CHS 1965. Can anyone help?
Goodnight sweetheart, All my prayers are for you. Goodnight sweetheart, I'll be watching o'er you.
Tears and parting, May make us forlorn, But with the dawn, A new day is born.
Good night sweetheart, Til we meet tomorrow. Dreams enfold you, In them dear I'll hold you.
Goodnight sweetheart, Good night.
To: Harvey Martin: Nice try Harvey, but wrong tune. It's Goodnight Sweetheart, not GNS-Goodnight, no extra Goodnight, and it's older than the wonderful rendition you spelled out for us.
To: Mary Jane - What I am trying to determine is if the kids who swam in DeShong park picked up Scarlet Fever/Dyptheria from that cruddy swimming hole - maybe the Salvation "pool" had the same contamination, don't know. But only kids got that disease and it was extremely serious - remember you lost your little brother to it. I would be very interested in how that epidemic got started. Anyone else out there whose siblings or yourself came down with either one of these diseases in the mid-30's and can remember where they went "swimming"?
To: Bob Shields - Did you have a sister Kay who attended Notre Dame - would have graduated in 1950. I knew her, liked her a lot, and understand she passed away several years ago. She was like a blithe spirit - always bubbly and laughing, real pretty face and cute as they come. Let me know. I really felt bad when I heard the news, because I understand she was very young when she passed away. I'm sure she is missed.
GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART GOODNIGHT by the Shirells
Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it's time to go, Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it's time to go, I hate to leave you, but I really must say, Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.
Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it;s time to go, Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go, I hate to leave you, but I really must say, Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.
Well, it's three o'clock in the morning, Baby, I just can't treat you right, Well, I hate to leave you, baby, Don't mean maybe, because I love you so.
Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it's time to go, I hate to leave you, but I really must say, Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.
Goodnight, sweetheart, well, it;s time to go, Goodnight, sweetheart, well it's time to go, I hate to leave you, but I really must say, Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight.
Now, my mother and my father, Might hear if I stay here too long, One kiss and we'll part, And you'll be going, You know I hate to see you go.
Hello Mary Jane, Yes I new your Father and the post office when McBrides had it on 7th st. didn't Leo work at Sun Oil Co? I knew Him when I lived In Upland Thank you for your information and have a nice holiday
Fred Van Zandt, The Benoit home was on 9th St but my father, Dona married Anne McBride & our home was #2 Seventh St,(the Post Office was in our house)on the Upland Avenue corner. Cousins were Leo Palin, lived on 9th St, Doris & Phillip Benoit (their parents were Phil Benoit & Edith Reese. My sister was Anne born 1930 & Florence born 1936 & me born 1933. Had a brother Sonny born 1931 died 1937. We enjoyed life in Upland & Chester, it was so simple & pleasant, could walk to movies & school & dances and feel safe.
I was born and raised in chester. I now live in upstate n.y. i sure miss the place.
TO MARY JANE, SORRY ABOUT USING YOUR FIRST NAME WRONG AND THAT FAMILY LIVED ON 9TH ST NOT 10TH. I ALSO SWAM AT THE SALVATION ARMY POOL A FEW TIMES,MANY YEARS AGO.
Dan.... Iwent to Smedley 60 to 63. I do remember you. Skipper Dawes was vey talented man and I knew he had problems. Wish him well.
HELLO MARY ANN, JUST SAW YOUR COMMENT TO PAT AND WONDERED IF YOU USE TO LIVE ON TENTH ST IN UPLAND. I WAS BORN IN UPLAND BUT LEFT IN1938 BUT REMEMBER A FAMILY NAMED BENOIT.ARE YOU FROM THAT FAMILY. THANK YOU
Pat Mc Fadden, I lived in Upland & swam @ Salvation Army Pool there, I went to St Robert's School @ 20th & Providence, Chester, If I recall I was under quarantine in the Spring, remember Easter Sunday I was locked in upstairs bedroom while family ate the easter eggs. I never had any side effects fr Scarlet Fever.
hi donna, glad to see you joined in on this. jack.
geoge, i never got the application for that chat room.
I grew up in Chester PA many years ago. what changes there has been over the years. Great site!
Jack K. : The required credit application and background check information forms have been sent to you so you can join the chat room. Hope to see you there. George
Laura& ELK-More on Skipper Dawes. Skipper taught for a short time at Smedley. I taught there 59-62 and he was there for some of that time. He was an extremely talented man but he had problems with the admin. As an example of his talent, he wrote the words and music for a musical per formed by his students. While teaching at Smedley. he responded to a call for help from Eddie Fisher whose weekly TV show was in trouble. Skipper had given Fisher his first professional job on a childrens radio show The Magic Lady Supper Club emanating from Lit Bros department store in Phila. Fisher was a teenager at that time.
To Bob Sheilds:
I thought your neighbor was Joe Smith. I remember those
great sled rides down Sandeland St.
Mary Jane Benoit - where did you live when you had scarlet fever - what part of town? And did you go swimming in DeShong park too? I'm interested in how that started.
i'm new to this sight and never been in the chat room..it sounds neat. could someone let me know how to get in the chester chat room.....thanks
It is a shame no one goes to the chat rooms. UW: Did you ever let Olga Zubko know I was asking about her?
Not sure if previous comments went thru, yes Phatso's is same location as Ann's. Pat McFadden & Bob Shields I too had Scarlet Fever, born 1933. August, had 8 vaccinations for small pox & none took, no scars, daughters had no childhood diseased either, but oldest(now 38) had chicken pox @ 28 yrs., guess it was the time we lived in, my bro & sis had dyptheria, bro died @ 6 yr in 1937 fr Staph la cocci (of blood stream), no penicillen then. My Dr was Buckley & Dr Blair, old time Chester Drs.
Where is Phatso's located in Chester? Would love to try their glaze donuts.
It's been a really long time since I've seen some of the names that I have seen,but alot of the memories I also hold close to my heart!I have thought alot about the people I've gone to school with along with the people I use to kick it with. I use to think how would I even begin to get a hold of some of my past espically after hearing that the place I had grown up in wasn't even in existence anymore. So to all of you out there who feel & have felt the way I do I say that's chat and shoot the chit. Still loco (crazy) after all these years in sunny California!
To Bob Shields I was born 1930 lived at 2423 Madison St. Ran aroun with Tom Congleton. When in Smedley we moved to W.23rd St. I guess we new each other from Chester Park or hanging aroun Koff's drug store.
IS PHATSOS BAKERY LOCATED WHERE ANNS USED TO BE ? DO THE GLAZE AND CREAM DOUGHNUTS TASTE LIKE ANNS USED TOO? WHAT ARE THE HOURS?
STILL WORKING ON "GOODNIGHT SWEETHEART"!
To: Bob Shields - Well Bob, meet another person who was born in 1932, lived on Madison Street until age 10 and moved to Buckman Village, AND also had scarlet fever (I have never been sure if it was that or diphtheria) - so you answered that for me. It was either Dr. DiMedia or Dr. DeProphetis who pulled us through. I have wondered if that place we swam - I believe it was in DeShong Park - and it was more of a cesspool than anything else - if that's not where that epidemic started. Because even as a 5-6 yr old, I realized it was raunchy water. I don't think our parents realized it though. Did you ever swim there? I missed the first grade because of it and almost died.
To Vince Casciato:
You may or may not know that John LaSpada's Sister, Mary(LaSpada) Russo is still working in "the business" at LaSpada's "Famous" on Concord Road in Aston.
I was born in 1932 and raised in Chester, lived from age 3 to 10 at 2617 Lindsay St and from age 10 to 17 at 2624 Sandelands St. When on Lindsay St, I contracted Whooping cough and, later Scarlet fever.(quarantined both times). Our neighbor, Bob Pendleton was a milkman with Miller-Flounders. That was the first company to have rubber tires on their horse-drawn milk wagons. Sandelands St was unpaved and sloped downhill into Chester Park. We could start(in the Winter) at about 2610 and sled all the way down to Ridley Creek in the park. Will add more later.
Celebrating the "Jack Benny" birthday John? How many times now?
God Bless you with many more years of good health, wealth, happiness and memories.
John: Let me be the first to wish you a very happy 39th Birthday!! Congratulations and enjoy the day.....George
Was readhing some previous posts from Sept. and wanted to say that I remember Dr. DiMedio's office behind Robert Hall clothing store. My mother was very ill with cancer, 4th stage. The good Dr. took such good care of her. We had no insurance to cover anything so he fixed her up with a study program at the University of Pa. Hospital in Phila. They experimented with a new thing for cancer called - CHEMOTHERAPY on her and she is in the medical books. She survived that bout with cancer! It was truly a miracle but I will always be thankful to that Dr. who went the extra mile for a 6 year old's mom.
He later gave my husband and I our blood tests to get married!
The best memory I have of the office is that he had this rotating colored light in the ceiling. I NEVER minded waiting to be seen as I would sit mesmorized wathching the colorful patterns the light made on the floor!
Any Notre Dame, Moylan graduate out there know how to order a sweat shirt w/ ND crest imprinted on front, they are light blue w/ brown lettering? RSVP ASAP Thanks P.S. Today enjoyed glaze doughnuts from Phatso's in Chester, closest to Anne's I'll ever get, the place was crowded & out of glaze for 1/2 hr, went back & got fresh, hot ones, my cholestrol is off the wall I'm sure, Oh well, I'll go happy. Thanks for the tip.
To UW, I seem to remember a Shirley Givens, but not a Joyce Webb.
Here is a bit of trivia I found on the internet today. In 1873, there was a caviar business on the Delaware by Chester. It was owned by a Henry Schact. On the average, he processed 670 tons of caviar per year. Almost all of it was shipped to Europe for consumption. The caviar was then re-imported to the US and sold as "Russian" caviar commanding an unheard of price of $.06/ounce. The finest grade today commands a whopping $75.00 per ounce. This bit was found at http://farm-2-market.com/products/caviar.html#WILD.
To Elwood...looking to talk with people from CHS'55 ... Did you live in Sun Village and/or go to Jeffries elementary School & Smedley ? I did. your name is vaguely familiar. My husband & I are Florida snowbirds. this is our 2nd winter here.
There is a biography of Thomas B. McCabe, Chairman of Scott Paper Co at the web address below, if you want to place it in the biography section. Scott was a big part of Chester and Mr. McCabe is part of Chester and Scott history.He was also a WW I vet and Chairman of the Federal Reserve at one time.
i grew up in the william penn projects my grand mother was the late joyce maxine jennings johnson hawkes and also the late mattie green that was my great grand mother my aunt who also passed away melvina johnson if anyone remembers them and would like to share any stories about them write me back
what i miss most about chester was the mothers day parade people came from all over to see the chester high band it used to be three to four blocks long the band that is now i dont go to the parades that much any more its just not the same
looking to talk with anyone from chester high 1955. i just spent 2 months in chester on e. 22st. I still have a hard time with what has happened to the city. I lived there mose of my life and was a member of the moya fire co. moved to fl in 1985. hope everyone has a great Christmas holiday
my father was born and raised in chester and could tell you some stories. he is living with me in florida. at 90 yrs old he has a lot of stories. john bullock is a cousin.
I attended Showalter Junior High from 1960-1963. Some of the teachers during this time were: Helen McKale (English), Nathaniel Reeves (Math), John Driggins (Spanish), William Dodds (Social Studies), John Singley (Civics), Ms. Hagerman then Ms. Worley (Physical Education), Ms. Jones and Ms. Phillips (Home Economics, Mr. Testoni, Ms. Catania, and Mr. Willert who taught Algebra. During this time period Ellen Lombardi and Harold Smith were the Guidance Counselors. Ms. Corbin was the Music teacher and author of the school song. Surprisingly, I remember how enthusiastically she played the piano with playing the school song. If I remember correctly, the words to the song were:
Showalter Junior High School Showalter Junior High School In your halls of learning We'll keep the banner high Black and red will forge ahead In the knowledge we have led In historic Chester Hail Showalter Hail
If I've missed any words, charge it to 'memories'
ELK: I had Skipper Dawes as a homeroom teacher at Smedley.I remember him telling us that he worked for Eddie Fisher. He was very talented.
Remember Abbott's dairy? I remember them delivering milk to our house. I figure they probably went out of business years ago. Also used to love going out to Jimmy John's for their hot dogs. When I drove thru there in '99 was pleasantly surprized to see Jimmy John's still there. I even bought a box to bring home to FL.
Laura: Skipper Dawes did indeed teacher at CHS Interestingly, he had a program on a Philly radio station (I think WIP) and he may have been the person who "discovered" Eddie Fisher (The singer)
Does anyone remember Skipper Daws. Was a music teacher at Smedley. I heard he may have taught at Chester High. Is this true?
This is to let all those who read my post dated 11/28, that the "Al" I referred to as having received that virus from is not at all at fault. He innocently sent me something to once again answer the age old question of who recorded Goodnight Sweetheart as the last dance of the evening at St. James. He had no idea he had picked up the virus from an earlier email. All is now corrected and don't worry if you receive an email from "Al". He is genuinely sorry. And, by the way, the question of whose recording was played at those dances has spread out here in AZ. I wish someone knew who the disc jockey was at those dances - he would know, or maybe something in the archives of those dances was preserved by the powers that be.
To Judy Rz: Frankie still owns the burner service but moved it out to Twin Oaks years ago. The gas station at 4th & Highland was Ed's Arco as far back as I can remember. I use to work there when K. B. was the mechanic, he use to work on the VW's.
Hi, I grew up in Macafferty Village and Highland Gardens. My Mothers name is Beverly Willis, she was married to Ernie Carey. I have to older sisters, Cheryl and Sharon. We moved to Nottingham Pa when I was 12, but I still remember a lot about Chester. One of my fondest was playing with friends, Lori Cisowski(who I still keep in touch with) Joann Walker, Johnny Kritter(Lori's first love) George Lombardo and Joey Jardine(my first love!!) We would all play, run in to watch Mork&Mindy and come back out for another half hour. I attended Franklin Elementary, then Ridley, shortly after that we moved to Nottingham, a nice small farming community in Chester County. I married a home town farm boy and have three great kids, Ryan 12, Jillian 8, and Grant 2. I am sure you probably have seen my sisters and my Moms entries. If you remember us, email us!! Thanks!
Jim Mitch.. I notice Tom mentioned a Joyce Webb. was there a JW in your class of "54 at Dewey? Also a Shirley Givens?
Somewhat of an answer to your question about Joyce Webb if you mean Kenny and Rich's sister. My sister Donna (Bulger) use to go with Kenny and later married Rich :( bad move) They divorced, but my sister somewhat I think still hears from Joyce (she was living in Brookhaven) once in a while. If interested email my sister email@example.com and ask her about Joyce. Tom
I would be interested in hearing from anyone who knew me and my family.
Drew Baron: The Baron family that I referred to lived at Front & Booth Streets. They lived on the corner house next to the railroad. I remember only one name "Reds". Not much more. Perhaps my older sister would. Maybe EdRz would know.
Joe Clark: I believe Stephen Z. is Nick's son. The Zubko family still live in their home that you would have known as a boy. Don't know Stephen, only Nick, and Eleanor. On the very rare occasions that I bump into Nick, he is still the fun loving, happy go lucky person he has always been. Will copy and send your message to Nick I'm sure he will be happy to know his family is remembered.
Dear U.W. In one of your E-mails, you mention the Baron Family in South Chester. Are you talking about the Barons who lived on Wilson Street?
hey patsy this beverly remenber me sorry to here about carol how have you beeni hope everything is ok with you i remmber all those teacher we use to call. mr baker geronimo do you remenber? do you ever here fron joyce web ?let me here from you bev
I would just like to say, that I recently met your Chief of Police. Mr. Butler was just a wounderful person. I am from Canada and he was just a nice man.
I was born in old Chester Hospital in '55 and grew up in and around Chester until we moved to Florida in '70. I went to William Penn elementary for a while (I remember my best friend then was a guy named Stephen Zubko). Moved around between Chester, Boothwyn and Bethel but lived on Thurlow Street later. I went to Holy Ghost (graduated in '68-anyone remember Mother Myron? I do, cause I still have the scars!)Does anyone know Walter Wolansky, Dave Kartachak or Mike Kupchik? I went to Archmere for 9th grade before I moved to Florida. When I was at Archmere I always wanted to go to St. James because all my friends were there. I hadn't been back to Chester until the summer of '99 when I drove thru on my way to a trip to New York. Was really surprized at what happened to the place! Lots of memories from growing up there. I remember Cal's and went to Archmere with Stanley in the 9th grade. I also remember sneaking into the Lyric and the Boyd theaters cause we didn't have 30 cents to get in. Got caught once by Donna Cello's dad but he let us off because we went to school with her.
To Mike Mangan, this is Judy from Hickory,NC. If you were a bartender at Rubes, you have got to know Frankie Kornenkewich, I know I didnt spell that right. He was the only one in Chester, that had tripletts, 2 boys and 1 girl. His father owned Franks burner service and A gas station on 4th and Highland Ave. Do you remember him? Judy
Last night I posted that I have no family there in Chester. Well, as I was reading the posts, I saw a name... William Locke. Just for fun I emailed to see if there was a one in a million chance he was my cousin. Guess what???? SMALL WORLD!!! WOW!! He kindly wrote and I now have email addresses for several cousins and possibly will be able to contact a step sister as well.
THANK YOU FOR THIS SITE!!! I am going to enjoy catching up with these long lost cousins!
Heh!!! I'M stuck over here in Arizona and reading Old Chester web sight is one of the only ways I have to remind me of all the fond memories. I graduated Chester High in 1952 (wow) and would like to hear from people from that approximate time period. Bye Jim
To: Bevandharry@prodigy.net Bev, How in the world are you doing? You have got to remember me. Big Mike. We worked together at Rubes for quite a while.. I tended bar & you were our waitress..I am still in North Carolina. Have been here for 33 years now. Man, we are getting old.. Drop me a line & bring me up to date on everything around good old Chester..
I am so glad I found this site. I can't honestly say I have good memories of Chester but I do love reading about the places I remember from my childhood. I don't seem to remember a lot about that time and this site has helped me a lot!
I am the lady that Pat mentioned in a previous post about the shop "A Taste of Philadelphia" being closed in Phx. I now live in Tucson, Az. and we were visiting Phx for the day to do a little Christmas shopping. I was going to surprise my daughters with dinner there but it was closed. :( Ahhhh well.... I did find a site on line with the same name that will ship us 2 hoagies and 2 cheesesteaks for about $100. And I am willing to pay it!!!!!! How sad is that?!?!? :)
I have very few names I remember but what the heck.. here are some.
Cathy Pappas, Darla April, Glen Sexton (first serious crush) Eddie and Billy with a mom named Jo.... I think their last name was Langford. Pamela Robison... I remember her name because they teacher in 9th grade made such a big deal.. telling her she didn't know how to pronounce her own last name. Great teaching, eh? (I became a teacher in revenge!!!) haha.....
Sadly, those are about all the names I remember. I lived at 923 Madison St. and 1006 E. 12th St. Other places as well but I cannot remember the addresses.
I don't have family there... I lost track of a step sister named Jeannie... she was married to a Rick Lloyd and she had 4 children. Haven't heard from her for at least 10 years... maybe more.
Well, I guess I am done rambling. Love reading the posts.
JOE ROLLO, ARE YOU RELATED TO CARMAN ROLLO, GOOD FRIEND OF MINE.
i grew up in chester live in the village most of my teen year went to dewey mann school with joyce webb&pat yocum my brother was joe willis i left and married ernie carey and ernie and i did not last after having two daughter,s i moved back to the village i work jerry dinner rube bar mays hoggie shop if any one knows wherejoyce or patsy are let me know i see soneone else is looking for pasty my daughter are cheryl&sharon & kim carey
hi cheryl and sharon, i remember you girls a little from the village..i was a little older and lived right across from the heffners..cheryl , that was just a couple house's up from jimmy...i was a friend of larry mathews who watched you girls in the past...i'm writing to let you know i work with your uncle tom carey..your mother i'm sure will remember my father from mccloskey's...prince jack...have a nice weekend...
ANOTHER TIP, NORTON ANTIVIRUS DOES NOT WORK WITH AOL.I HAD TO DOWNLOAD A FREE VERSION OF MCAFEE
To: BILL LOCKE - Thanks to you Bill, the virus I just picked up did not spread to those I email (hopefully) because you sent me those instructions over a month ago. I followed them, and I think that's what saved my computer from passing it on. Great Tip, Bill and thanks again.
To Bill Locke: Sure IS "pretty slick", Bill! Thanks a lot for the great tip!! An old Chesterite (and I do mean OLD! CHS "46}
Subject: Easy > > I learned a computer trick today that's really ingenious in its > simplicity. > > As you may know, when/if a worm virus gets into your computer it heads > straight for your email address book and sends itself to everyone in > there, > thus infecting all your friends and associates. This trick won't keep the > > virus from getting into your computer, but it will stop it from using your > > address book to spread further, and it will alert you to the fact that the > > worm has gotten into your system. > > Here's what you do: first, open your address book and click on "new > contact" just as you would do if you were adding a new friend to your list > of email addresses. In the window where you would type your friend's > first name, type in !000 (that's an exclamation mark followed by 3 zeros). > In the window below where it prompts you to enter the new email address, > type in WormAlert. Then complete everything by clicking add, enter, ok, > etc. > > Now, here's what you've done and why it works: the "name" !000 will be > placed at the top of your address book as entry #1. This will be where > the worm will start in an effort to send itself to all your friends. But > when it tries to send itself to !000, it will be undeliverable because of > the phony email address you entered (WormAlert). If the first attempt > fails (which it will because of the phony address), the worm goes no > further and your friends will not be infected. > > Here's the second great advantage of this method: if an email cannot be > delivered, you will be notified of this in your InBox almost immediately. > Hence, if you ever get an email telling you that an email addressed to > WormAlert could not be delivered, you know right away that you have the > worm virus in your system. You can then take steps to get rid of it! > > Pretty slick. >
Thank you for the website,John. My first time on and am enjoying it immensely
Sharon, Remember a few of those names. I lived right behind the Lockiwickie's and I think Donna Lewis used to go out with my buddy Jerry, if she is the one from Highland Gardens. Mays had the best $1.00 mini hoagie.
To Laura: No, you're doing everything right, there is usually no one in the chat room...George
Hey everyone! Lets see, I lived in Mcaferty Village around-1965 to 1970. Then moved over the bridge to Highland Gardens on Forward st.I left Chester in 1979 Alot of people would remember me as the little 13 year old girl who got hit by a car on Highland ave. Bridge. I survived!!! I remember some friends~ Donna & Richey Hentosh,Annee Stromberg, Brenda Borden,Sherry Powell,Donna Lewis, Monte Shalander,Linda LockiwicKie, If I can think Of more I'll post. SOOO, anybody remember these people? Chow for Now, Sharon
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