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August 1-15, 2009

Frank Margiotti I don't know if you remember me.I worked at Wayne Cold Cuts and Ivy Hill with Johnny Abbamondi.What great times. Boy did I learn a lot working with Johnny and Johnny D -Joe Abb-Angelo. Don't know if my Mom would have approved of everything.But those years I will never forget.I live across the street from Nick Crinti.
Chalie MC Geehan [08-15-2009]

John Mizzy, Roy (Hoakie) Belson, lives in Calif. with his 2 sons who are both multi- millionairs in the Real Estate business. http://www.myplatinumteam.com/ One son is CEO of Remax. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jay-belson/13/8/b6a Wow a long way from our roots. None of them even call me anymore.
D. Belson [08-15-2009]

John Mizzy, Remember the time I was on a roof and threw a rock and it accidently hit you one the head. Wow did I get in trouble. John if you click on my name I think it will give you my email. would love to correspond with you.
Belson [08-15-2009]

TO BILL FROM PHILLY: I wasn't from Tacoma Street; my husband, Larry, was. I guess you knew him and/or his family. We lived with his parents on Tacoma Street for a year when we first got married (we were very young and broke) until we saved up enough money to buy a house in Overbrook, which is where I was from.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [08-15-2009]

Jack McHugh: Your last blog was very interesting and comprehensive- I could connect with everything.My house was located at Hansberry&Schuyler where you climbed the wall to cut across the Gtn. Cricket Club. Ed Burke on this site also lived across from that wall but he called it,"The Manheim Cricket Club",but he did have a German Grandmother and that was the name back in the day. The Burke Brothers lived near that dungeon at Hansberry&Laurens-I loved scaling those walls and it helped me in my military training.As a kid,I went into that candy store across from The Queen Lane Station-there were also many garages adjacent to that store. Townhouses were built there where good parties took place. John Holt[your St. Francis classmate] and I partied there after Crane's. I remember that store on Queen Lane where the paperboys picked up the papers. I had a confrontation there when a brother demanded a cigarette from me. I thought that he was going to sucker me and I was getting ready with a left-hook and overhand-right combo. I tossed the cigarette on the concrete and said,"Homeboy! "I Hope That You Like That Brand". I swaggered down Queen lane-I lived another day. I then stopped into my sister's drug-store and she asked me,"How Are You Doing"? My retort was,"Same Stuff,Different Day". I see that you and I have spent time in Mexico. I like Mexico City and the beaches[Laplaya]. I also spent time in Puebla where there is a beautiful plaza- I liked an Italian-restaurant on the Plaza-it must have been The Happy Hollow impact on me. I spent 10 years at Jesuit Institutions[schools] and Puebla has the Jesuit-prints everywhere. The Jesuit-Church there resembles The Gesu in North Philly[Prep]. You talked about the Irish in Mexico. My wife[Ludmila] grew up in Argentina and there were Irish in Buenos Aires and Patagonia-Che Guevera was Irish. I heard that some Irish were tough-I knew a couple from St. Francis. You and Brother Ken were in a great class at St. Francis[1958]. I will never forget the beautiful poem that Frank Klock wrote when my beloved Ludmila passed away. Ken and I liked Frank and most of your classmates. Jack! Give my regards to your family. "Viva Puebla and Go Irish[Notre Dame]"
JBS [08-14-2009]

That bowling alley on Greene above Rittenhouse was great - we used to ride bikes up there and play the pinballs, besides bowling (remember when you could rent the shoes for a dime?). Also had plenty of fun with the the homemade soapboxes and skateboards made by nailing the skates onto the lumber - going down Abbotsford was a thrill. Jack McHugh - that store at Queen Lane and Wissahickon was for us a haunted house; as you said, it was closed up for a long time, and we swore that you could see a mummy in there if you peeked through the dark, filthy windows on a sunny day. Also remember the huge (at least it seemed huge back then) mansion that they tore down behind Manheim Gardens to put in those blockhouse apartments in the early 60s, in addition to the Dodge Mansion in the block bounded by McKean, Erringer, Clapier, and Manheim - that went in the late 50's, again to make way for the apartment complex that's now there. I remember enjoying the crabapples that used to grow on the property.
Bruce Marshall, 57, Still in Gtown [08-14-2009]

does anybody remember the dances at the Boys Club?
anonymous [08-14-2009]

Rosemarie Rinaldi, I'll be sure to let everyone know about Bonomo's Turkish Taffy when it becomes available. Hopefully I can fight the urge to chew it, I'm sure, as Bill Cupo said, Between the caps on our teeth, partials, and full dentures...it is sure to make a few dentists very happy. As much as I enjoy a Bonomo, I'd really want a Clark Bar! BTW were you from Tacoma Street?
Bill, Philly, 60 [08-14-2009]

dick[dyke]belson,i remember the days hanging on the corner @pops wyneva/greene singing a capella to doo woop groups and attending the friday nite dance @l&m ballroom drinking boone farm apple wine,a real bargain @69 cents a quart.how is roy hookie belson and aunt hattie and cys,had a ball at your house.we pull some real capers .nice to see you on the site.
john mizzy miglionico [08-14-2009]

hi erda my sentiments exactally ... germantown is not the same place that we grew up in ... it is sad ... and your right if things are turned around for the better it will not be in our life time .... i lived around the corner from mike and his family .... and my aunts and uncles were all in that area too ... it is very sad to see what it is now and remember what it was ... rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [08-14-2009]

BILL CUPO: You have a good point about how we'll eat Bonomo's Turkish Taffy today, what with caps, partials and full dentures. Guess we'll just suck on it. Sometimes that's what we did when we were young, just so the candy would last longer. Anyway, I'll take my chances just to have a Bonomo's again.
Anonymous [08-14-2009]

Bill Cupo, so true, what you said about 'teeth' and that sticky candy. You made me smile. Linda
L.Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [08-14-2009]

Erda: I totally agree with you, it is nasty in "G"- town, now-I wish I could turn back time, also, I'd still be living there, but that's only a dream,now.
L.Fontana [08-14-2009]

Anyone remember Buddy's Luncheonette or Greene steet bowling alley on Greene st?How about the haunted house in Awbury Park?
anonymous [08-13-2009]

Just saw this info on MSN Money regarding Bonomo's Yurkish Taffy. http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SmartSpending/ConsumerActionGuide/products-gone-but-not-forgotten.aspx?slide-number=3 Jim
Jim McGlinn, Jim McGlinn, 58, from Germantown now Mission Viejo, CA [08-13-2009]

Anthony, They're doing well. I sure will tell them you said hi.
Sheila [08-13-2009]

JBS: I just wanted to say that this is a fantastic site. I remember your house on Habsberry quite well---being there with your brother Ken. I met your mother 2 or 3 times, lovely woman. Some of the streets around there were still brick in beautiful shape, one yellow, another bright red and another dark red. I was always mystified about the wall of the Cricket Club having those bars showing on the outside---looking like a dungeon. I was in your sister’s store many times looking at the magazines (just a short time as I did not want to abuse the kindest of her not saying anything except greetings) I pick up the Bulletins(newspaper to deliver at the Manheim Gardens) at the little store up near St. Catherine’s school and took a short cut to the Manheins Gardens by climbing up that wall across from your house. I was in Dave Loscalzo’s house next to you----never had him as a teacher but he was a great friend. I remember you & brother Rick. I clearly can see that summer evening when Kenny & I were standing on those large steps on Wissahickon Ave. which lead up to the Manheim Gardens, we were talking about the Floyd Patterson vs Ingeman Johansson fight back in 1960. He and I also went down the shore together and spend the night at the Petresi’s vacation house--the younger one invited us down---they were very charming people---The father delivered the morning Inquire in the neighborhood as an extra job and I ran into Al working in the Pep Boys in Abington a number of times. Once I came across an ad for those apts. around the corner of your old house, the ones with the huge white columns, it was in an old book or magazine when the place was new and a Hotel---it read “come up to Germantown and fresh air”. When I was young I went into a candy store on the corner of Queen Lane & Wissahickon, a very old lady ran it, I went in a few times and then it was closed the store had very few item in it. The place stood for years before somebody fixed up the whole building--I don’t remember it open long as a store and I figured that the old lady ran it to make a living and then died. One thing I keep in my mind when reading these “thoughts” is an old saying my father used, which was “Everything is relative”--He had an experience some years ago in Puebla, Mexico to show this. A well know name in Puebla is O’Farrill, they have a automobile dealer, there was a governor of the state of Puebla and also one of the largest magazine and newspaper companies in the country are run by the OFarrills pronounced (O’Far real in Mexico) so now you see that people knew the name. At the entrance to the city from Mexico is a monument to the San Patricos and also another one in Mexico City. Well one time my father and I were at a party in Puebla and my father was talking with a Doctor O’ Farrill- the Doctor knew his Irish roots--my father then started talking to a Mexican woman and in a joking manner asker her “O’Farrill, what kind of name is that” she replied “Why Mexican of course”---so you see “Everything is relative”
Jack McHugh [08-13-2009]

Irv Altman also had a drywall outfit on hunting park avenue.I think it was close to the bud co.I worked for them for many years they treated me very well.
rich, huntingdon valley [08-13-2009]

Rosemarie - Great idea about the old time candy. However, I am sure our grandkids would have no appreciation for it like we did. Today, unless it's shaped like a snake and looks or tastes like mucous membrane, they probably would want no parts of it. Great thought though - especially for adult Halloween gigs. By the way, if you go to You Tube and search "The Fascinators - Oh Rosemarie", you can hear one of the all time great doo-wop songs with Tony Passalacqua on lead. Also, I was one of the small kids that used to get lowered into the sewer by the ankles to retrieve balls. I got my first glimpse and a very close encounter with quite a large sewer rat while doing so. My ball retrieving days came to an end shortly after but not my nightmares. It's hot here in Florida - hope you guys are having a better time of it up north. Take care everyone. Andy
Andy Anderson, Longwood, FL - ICS '58/CDHS '62 [08-13-2009]

For those of us who remember Bonomo's Turkish Taffy, I have a question. Between the caps on our teeth, partials, and full dentures, who is going to be able to eat this stuff when it becomes available again?
Bill Cupo, Chalfont, Pa. [08-13-2009]

Andy Anderson, Longwood, FL - ICS '58/ [08-13-2009]

Ed Burke, I know what you are saying about letting the neighborhood go! I lived on Morris Street until September 1998.. It was not easy leaving the home I grew up and the neighborhood I loved.. I guess it all started in the 60s & 70s with white flight! We finally left because our youngest could not get off the train after school with a group of kids messing with him, they would hold him, go into his pockets and grab his backpack before he could get up to Chelten Avenue. Sometime adults would intervene but most of the time no one did anything.. He would wonder the neighborhood afraid to let them know where her lived.. We reported it to the police but nothing came of it.. They had more important things to worry about. My husband and I decided to put the for sale up before he did get hurt.. My sister still lives in the neighborhood and loves it. We left because we wanted our son to experience the normal High School and find out what it is like to not be afraid. When my husband drives through the neighborhood he is sadden by the jungle you are talking about.. Yards not kept up and trash in the street.. he grew up on Church Lane and Belfield.. he said it is like a war zone to drive around there.. Sad! He goes into Germantown every day to work.. Wish we could turn it around but I don’t think it will happen in my lifetime.. but I love the memories of growing up and living in Germantown..
Erda (Armstrong) Graham [08-13-2009]

TO BILL FROM PHILLY: PLEASE keep us informed if you find out when and if Bonomo's Turkish Taffy returns. I'll be first in line.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [08-13-2009]

Andy Anderson: Thanks for the heads up about the website, www.oldtimecandy, and their version of Bonomo's Turkish Taffy. Will have to try it. Also thinking about Halloween and my grandkids. Wouldn't that be a great Halloween treat to make up a big package of all the old time candy we all knew and loved and which the new kids on the block have no clue. Dan Hartnett: Being a girl, we didn't have a little guy who we held by the ankles to retrieve balls in the sewer. I'm sure the boys in the neighborhood did. How many of you guys went across the flat row house rooftops to retrieve lost foul balls? As for the scooters, look how much we did with so little. Of course, our moms didn't appreciate losing their broom handles for half ball. Today, parents put out mucho $$$ for scooters and skateboards at Toys 'R' Us. Simpler times, but so much fun.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [08-12-2009]

To Rosemarie Rinaldi and anyone else who enjoyed this as a kid: Bonomo's Turkish Taffy... B-O... N-O... M-O... Oh, Oh, Oh... it Bonomo's... Turkish Taaaaaaafy! News flash! At the recent All Candy Expo in Chicago we learned that Bonomo's is returning. We even had a sample and it is just as we remember. Availability has not been announced. While I remember it well I'm not quite sure it will be "crown friendly"
Bill, Philly, 60 [08-12-2009]

Like most of you who blog on this site I remember the good old days, the 50's 60.s etc. I grew up on West Hansberry St. across from the Manheim Cricket Club. My Mom still lives in the same house. How did" US "who loved the neighborhood,let it get to be the jungle that it is today.
Ed Burke [08-12-2009]

Sheila, of course I know your husband and brother-in-law Vinnie. How are they doing? I haven't seen them in a while. Tell them I was asking for them. I used to see Vinnie in Roxborough or at viewings. And I used to see Dom at City Hall.
anthonyg [08-12-2009]

Hello wayne, tried e-mail but had trouble sending.I remember your name, but do not recall playing together.Will ask my family if they do. I will wait your response to talk later. ADP
anthony dellaporta [08-12-2009]

Dennis McGlinchey....Enjoyed reading your recent blogs,especially the one about the front porches in our beloved Germantown neighborhoods.Our house at 4560 Wayne Ave.did not have a front porch,so I used Moe's steps,next to Happy Hollow,as my porch(along with many others in our neighborhood)I am saddened to read Lou Pauzano's recent post that the steps are no longer there.I was planning to pack a lunch,hoagie and a diet coke,and revisit my front porch to enjoy the meal.Without Moe's steps,I may have to reconsider?By the way,we had a very small concrete back yard in our Wayne Ave house.My grandmother had a very small vegetable garden mainly featuring grape vines,which grew all the way up to the second floor of our house.Being Armenian,we could care less about the grapes;our harvest was the grape leaves to make Dolmas(grape leaves stuffed with ground meat,onions,parsley,rice,tomato's,etc) As a young kid in the late 40's,my job was to collect horse manure on Apsley Street which was a great fertilizer for grandmom's garden.After awhile,I escaped to Happy Hollow to avoid my unpaid job as a collector of horse manure.It was the beginning of my long lasting love affair with the Hollow.Can you blame me!......Paul Borian
Paul Borian [08-12-2009]

My Mom is 77 years old Sandy Evans (smith) she is looking foe Annie Cupo, Rita Gallagher or Marie
teri [08-12-2009]

cheryl thanks ...rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [08-11-2009]

judy so sorry to hear of your moms passing my prayers and thoughts are with you and your family ...your mom was a nice person and so nice to be around ... rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [08-11-2009]

Anthony, you might know my husband. He was from High & Magnolia (Morton St.) His name is Dom/Donnie DeNardo aka Duck. He has a brother Vinny and a sister Marie.
Sheila [08-11-2009]

By now many of you are familiar with the tradgedy that occured over the Hudson River this past week. I read in the Inquirer this morning that the Altmans who were killed had an uncle Irv Altman. For those of you who remember there was an Altman family who operated a wallpaper store on the 4900 block of Wayne Ave and they did have a son named Irv. Irv was not much of an athlete but I do remember him umpiring soft ball games at the Hollow. He was selected because he was very neutral and honest and that would fit the profile of the family described in the media reports. Again, I am not sure it is the same family so anyone who could add any insights it would be appreciated. Also, I passed through the old neighborhood recently and noted with sadness that Moe's steps and the storage room behind them are gone.
Louis F Pauzano Sr, South Phila [08-11-2009]

For those of you who are friends of John Bruce Schmitt, I had the opportunity to meet him today through this blog. We had breakfast together and talked neighborhood stuff for several hours. What a well rounded guy with an interesting background. We covered neighborhood characters, neighborhood wisdom, religion, politics, tough guys, bars, hangouts, philosophical issues and assorted opinions. So much to discuss, so little time. I had such an enjoyable time but unfortunately I realized I talked his ear off but promise to defer to him the next time we meet, which we have resolved to do again. In any case, this is the second time I have met or remet friends through this blog. It is really unique.

To Rosemarie Rinaldi, You brought up some interesting memories. Did you have a little guy in your crowd that was held by the ankles to get the lost balls out of the sewer? That was kind of a neighborhood standard. Half ball was a great pasttime. I remember two styles of pitching. You could float the ball or flutter it (can't think of a better word). It was always amusing when "mom" went after the broom or mop and the handle was missing. She didn't understand that they were proxy "louisville sluggers".
Dan Hartnett [08-11-2009]

Rosemarie Your mention of turkish taffy sent me on a sweet-tooth trip down memory lane. Actually, there is a website: www.oldtimecandy. They have something called a french chew which is very close to the old Bonomo's - which is no more, by the way. You can put the French Chew in the fridge and crack it when you take it out just like the old days. They also have a video of an old Bonomo's Turkish Taffy commercial. Hope you enjoy. Andy
Andy Anderson, Longwood, FL - ICS '58/CDHS '62 [08-11-2009]

Rosemary ­ we used to make those milk crate scooters too. Those things were so top heavy. Going down a hill, hit a pebble and you were sure to topple over. Those adjustable skates came in handy for making skateboards too. Break them apart, nail them to a piece of wood and you had yourself a skateboard. They too were dangerous but when you were a kid on a mission to have fun, you didn’t give it a second thought. Wire ball, wall ball, step ball, hand ball/box ball/chink, stick ball, half ball were some of the street games we played, inexpensive ones at that. And those games were common to all the city neighborhoods. When I was in my early 20s, I was going to school in Center City, with folks from all over. Every day at lunch we would play half ball or stick ball. That was a lot of fun. I sense those street games we knew back in the day aren’t too common today. But, they were a great part of our growing up in a city neighborhood.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [08-11-2009]

Ed Farrar: You should did (open a can of worms) with your blog. WOW, you received more responses that some political candidtates "get votes".Re.: your lazy days of summer comments. Bill Cupo's response was 'awesome',& made me really go back in time. It was so hot on the top fl. of my "Anderson Street "G" town home. ugh, just thinking of it mmkes me SWEAT....Respectfully, Linda Fontana
Linda Fontana, Montgomeryville, Pa. [08-11-2009]

With all the great talk of surviving Germantown with no air-conditioning, the use of the window fan and the fun of the opened fire plug to cool us off, another memory of the Germantown summers that comes to mind is of all the Dads sitting out on their porches listening to the ball game on their transistor radios. Not just the Dad’s but the Mom’s sat out too, talking to neighbors, watching their kids, etc. There was a sense of neighborliness that doesn’t seem to be as common today as it used to be. Neighbors knew each others business. While that may not always be a good thing, they watched out for one another and for their neighbor’s kids. That too, wasn’t always a good thing, well for us kids anyway. Any infraction, the parents always found out. But, they were certainly different times, and good times at that. Living in suburbia, I see life has moved from the front porch or front stoop to the back deck or patio. I have both front porch and back patio and I still prefer the front porch myself. But, I’m the only one on my street who does use the front porch. My neighbors are all fine people. Wayne Armstrong, mentioned here often, was a great neighbor from down the street until his wife passed away and he moved and he himself has since passed away. But, I find you don’t REALLY know your neighbors like you did living in Germantown back in the day. Hectic lifestyles and always on the run may be a part of that. But, I think the decreasing use and importance of the front porch is a reason for that too. I may be “off my rocker” but I think the front porch that we knew back in the day added to the sense of neighborliness that seems to be lacking some today.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [08-11-2009]

Jacqueline ­ I do remember the Nickel’s Funeral Home. They were located at 916 E. Chelten Avenue from at least 1950 (he had an ad in the 1950 IC 50th Anniversary book) into the 1960s. Mr Nickel was born and raised in Germantown and went to school at IC. His daughter Bernadette was in my grade at IC. They are still around in the Pittsburgh area: Joseph W Nickel Funeral Home Inc 404 Sewickley Ave Herminie, PA 15637-1441 (724) 446-7251
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [08-11-2009]

Going back to memory lane - I guess all neighborhoods in Philly had similar memories, including mine (Overbrook). We also opened up fire plugs on hot days. Remember those rubber "pimple" balls (or dimple balls)? When they got flat, you cut them in half to play half-ball. And go-carts made from wood boxes from the corner store with roller skates split in half for wheels. How about stoop ball or wall ball? Remember penny candy? Those candy dots on a strip of paper or the little cups with those tiny metal spoons that cut your lips when you used them? The best of all was Bonomo's Turkish Taffy. That was a big candy bar for a nickel. Would give anything to have one today.
Rosemarie Rinaldi [08-10-2009]

Hey Sheila, glad to hear about your husband of 44 years. Did he hang at Linton's or you just happened to meet there? What's his name? Maybe I know him.
anthonyg [08-10-2009]

Dennis McGlinchey, I don't really know where the majority of kids came from that hung at Germantown and Chelten. We were from West Germantown, East Germantown and Brickyard mostly, but sometimes there were also kids from Mt. Airy, Chestnut Hill, Roxborough, and parts beyond. Early in the evening it was most crowded. Some stayed longer into the night and some left for other parts of the city depending on who they met up with (or hoped to meet up with) on the Avenue. The girls sort of went up there to see who was there if you hadn't already planned to meet elsewhere like the Hollow, New Lyric, a dance, etc. We were always on the lookout for parents riding by in case someone was smoking, or simply had to duck because they weren't allowed to be there. All in all it was great while it lasted.
Lynne [08-09-2009]

germantown when the war ended. germantown was beautfull the gi’s were comeing home and people were so happy .i was on germantown and chelten the night the war ended. it was packed with people as far as the eyes could see. on the coner of germantown and chelton avenue was a buleitin news paper stand i was 10 years old and i climbed up on top of that stand and was watching the people shouting and hugging each other and crying tears of joy the war was over and their love one’s were comeing home.my dad came home a few months later and it took him a while to get back to normal . but he got back and our lifes moved on to big and better times.i spent a lot of my time at the germantown boys club and loved every minute there . we played ball and we traveled and that’s where i met friends from happy hollow .bb rossi,adomoli brothers mario, carl, mole. i remember watching rocky raffael hit balls out of sight i was in awe of that guy .so many great players from that happy hollow play ground .i met goo, and was inspired by that guy i think he missed his calling .the happy hollow people are truly a great group as i said i love reading about your experiences.i became a teen ager and got my first car a 1947 mercury coupe i was all over germantown and went every where my wheels would take me st vincents dance frid nights, trinity dance sat nights, st marys 22 nd clearfield or holy rosery,lasalle st joes.you name it i was there !. went in to the airborne from 1954 to 1957 .there were 8 of us joined together under the so called buddy system !maybe you will know some of there names alex daniele, fred loffredo, dan dambrose, tom qualett,norman baker, george smith, bob grainoand my self frank margiotti.when i got out in 1957 i went to be a hair stylist . after working for some one for 2 years i decided to open up my own shop where why 5022 wayne avenue from 1960 to 1968 .what great years they were, i got to know lots and lots of great people from wayne avenue . to many to mention but i did do debbie rose’s hair when she married tom razzano .tom was friends with bobby colesbury who i think got him started in the hollywood producing and directing .i did bobby colesbury’s sister’s and mom for years and his brother in law bill strickmetter. they were a great family when i moved to roslyn they moved there also and i continue to do them for a long time .bobby colesbury died about 3 or 4 years 2004 i think what a great guy he was to his mom .i used to kid her and would ask her to tell him to get me a part in a movie. i am 74 years old and i know people who are older,but are not on the computer who could tell stories about things that happened in germantown . tony maletto and angie his wife are still here and when i want to know anything about germantown (especialy about brick yard. i go see him .what great stories he remembers.again people from old germantown are the best! .blessings to you all frank margiotti.
FRANK MARGIOTTI, north wales [08-09-2009]

Rosemarie Hite, no I don't think I am related to Anthony and Esther Coleman. I will check with some of my cousins who still live in the city.
Cheryl E. Brown (Coleman), 48, suffolk, va [08-09-2009]

Hey Richard Rizzo, if you're talking about the house on the corner of Mechanic and Magnolia, the side that connected to the houses where Chinny Ianuzzi lived; I was born in that house in 1952. then we moved down magnolia next to Jack LaRue until I was 5, then we moved to the 600 block of Stafford street.Then when I was 14 we moved to the far Northeast in 1966 so I didn't know you guys knocked the house down. Otherwise, I would have helped. And to Cheryl, I guess your Jason Werth is getting a little better Huh? He hit 1 or 2 home runs last week.Richard, I was known as " little Johnny boy " . My last name is DiRenzo, but my family is the Milione's.
John DiRenzo [08-09-2009]

Growing up in Germantown, I, too, remember many hot, "steamy" nights without a/c. Sometimes I look back and think those "muggy", "sticky" nights were a blessing in disguise. Neighbors would gather together to sway on their front-porch gliders; sometimes just sitting and enjoying the ride & the quiet of the night; sometimes exchaning the neighborhood news of the day. Air conditioning certainly HAS changed the way we live. Think about it! When was the last time you sat & chatted with your neighbor on your front porch? There are many more humid nights in FL than there are in PA; and as I sit on the front porch, enjoying the ocean breeze, I sometimes feel the mist & think of the days when all we had to cool us were a fire hydrant or a lawn hose. Thanks for the memories. P.S. Bill, I think the "back" bedroom was cooler because of the park behind us; but believe me it wasn't that much cooler!
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl, ic 55; cdhs 59 [08-09-2009]

I was wondering if anyone remembers the "Nickels" funeral home? In 3rs grad and IMC I had had a crush on his son Joseph Nickels. They moved to Pittsburgh aroun '63 or 64.
Jacqueline Jacobson, Ft. Laud, Fla. [08-09-2009]

i am looking for tony(jimmy) phillip or it could be spelled phillips.when to his prom in 1960.his father had a barbar shop in germantown.they also had a place down the shore(somerspoint n.j)tony could have graduated in 1961? if someone has a yearbook that would help.also if anybody knows of him.thanks louise
louise (deck) dexter, i dated a guy from germantown high.i am 63,back then i lived in so.phila.went to so.phila high.now i live in kissimmee fla. [08-09-2009]

When I lived on Mechanic St in the 60's, I would drive my car past the fire plug and wet one side of the car. I would turn the car around and wet the other side, then towl it off after I parked it. That fire plug got a lot of use over the years. Grandpop Iannuzzi was put under it chair and all many times. Jack Larue would turn it on at night to clean off Magnolia St of the cigarette butts in the gutter or just to cool down the concrete on a hot night. How about when you guys knocked down the house on the corner by knocking out the bottom row of bricks with your little hammers and screwdrivers. In the dust cloud the kids got away and cut threw my house and escaped up the alley.
Richard Rizzo [08-07-2009]

Ed Farrar, thanks for making me smile this morning. What great memories. My dad was one who had a tool to open the fire hydrant (Cosgrove and Ross st) What fun we had. sitting in the street in the stream of water, running thru the hard pressure without losing your bathing suit. Cops always came, what a bummer but as soon as they took off, the water magically was turned backed on. what fun, thanks for the memories
Cheryl Raffle, grew up in Gtown from 1952-1964 [08-07-2009]

ED spoke of a fire hydrant at magnolia and machanic and those wonderful days in gtown.thank GOD for that fire plug on those hot days. it was a great place to grow up.i recall the police coming shutting down the hydrant. and this older boy could open it faster then the police could close it. us little kids thought he was the greatest human alive.thanks ed and your brother for those wonderful memories of that wonderful place so long ago.
pat sirianni [08-07-2009]

Hey Ed Farrar! I enjoyed your post about heat waves in Germantown. How on earth did we survive without air conditioning? At our home on Haines st., we had 3 bedrooms. My mom and dad slept in the front room facing Haines st., I slept in the middle room, and my sister's room was in the rear of the house facing Mechanic st. When the heat waves came, my dad would put two box fans in their windows; one blowing air in and the other taking air out. I had an old revolving fan that I would put on my dresser that you could not adjust to stay in one place. Every 5 seconds or so, I would get a little blast of air to hit me. My sister's room seemed to be the coolest. When she got married and moved out, I would sleep in that room when it got hot outside and it would be a little more bearable. During the day, I would go over on to Mechanic street and get in front of the hydrant at the end of the street near Awbury Park along with just about everyone in the neighborhood. It would last a while because nobody called the police. When they did show up on their routine patrols, they would shut it off but it would be back on within the hour. I remember my friend, Emilio Leech, had a beautiful home on Mechanic street. His family owned Leech's auto parts on Stenton Ave. He got a slip n slide one summer that was fantastic. You would attach a garden hose to the thing and get a running start and slide for about 15-20 ft. I remember doing that for hours on end. But going home to try and sleep at night was dreadful. The house had to be in the high 80's and there was just no cooling off. We would sit out on the front porch for as long as possible to avoid hitting the sack. Now, I'm living in a beautiful home with central air and I keep it nice and cool and I don't care about the cost. Just thinking about those days on Haines st in the heat, gives me the chills. Take care!
Bill Cupo, Chalfont [08-07-2009]

JBS: See you on Monday.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [08-07-2009]

Hey Dick Belson. Any relation to Roy Belson I think he lived at the corner of wyneva and keyser or maybe logan and keyser. He was in my class at st Mike's around '65-'66. I remember he loved the Supremes.
Joe DePero, Levittown, Pa, 52 [08-07-2009]

JBS, I appreciate the invite for 8-10-09, but will be out of town that entire week. The 19th would work but if the 1oth is locked, I will have to take a rain check. We will just have to schedule another meet in the near future. Take care!
Dave Byrne [08-07-2009]

Ed Farrar: Thanks for that great bit of "G"town 'Summers down memory Lane". You are right No one had the benefit of air-cond. back then, everyone just sweat it out. Don't know how we got ready to go "ANYWHERE" on those 2nd and 3rd.fl .HOT bathrooms..with only one tiny window/ and( no )air blowing through it, most days. But, still & all everyone had a smile on their face walking around that neighborhood, no matter how HOT it got. Sure do miss those Lazy, hazy, days of Summer in "G"town. Linda
Linda Faragalli, Montgomeryville, Pa. [08-07-2009]

Cindy Klock Sheahan ....It is good to see that you have discovered this website.Hope you are doing well.I have many fond memories of you and your very nice family. We had some fun didn't we?
Bob D'Angelo [08-07-2009]

Dave B. boy you got me with that one! LOL. I remember Mr. Coyne, but did not know about that idiosyncracy. That's a beauty. Also. Thanks for the roster update. I'm really out of it. I did not know you had a sister younger than Nancy. If it's in there, it sure isn't breaking loose. The cigar anecdote is really a good one. very thrifty. It sounds like you guys are hooking up for some brews. I wish I could make it, but it's a long drive. :)
john payne [08-07-2009]

Ed Farrar.....Great post;brings back many memories of those hot and humid dog days of August.There are no fire plugs in Doylestown Township;only private wells.However,I get the same results by hosing down my hot,sweaty,stinking body with ice cold water.Feels great,and lot cheaper than owning a swimming pool.....Paul Borian
Paul Borian [08-07-2009]

With the current heat wave it reminds me of the hot sticky summers in Gtown. No one had air conditioning and we kids stayed cool by opening the corner fire plug on Mechanic and Magnolia. Not everyone had the special tool necessary to turn on the hydrant, but those that did were summer Lifesavers. Someone would always call the police, probably because of low water pressure. The Police would drive up, turn off the hydrant and before they turned the corner we would have it on again. With the water flowing you would sit on your rear end behind the hydrant, interlacing your hands to provide the necessary water lift to get everyone wet. Cars would drive by and put up their windows to get a quick wash. Remember one hot day the same Police Officer came back again to turn of the hydrant. As he was turning with the wrench, my Brother placed a bucket under the opening to get the last bit of water. My Brother then tossed the water, probably at someone in the crowd, but it hit the Police Officer. The Cop had enough and took my Brother down to the 14th District Police Station. Knowing they could not control the hydrants the city finally installed a sprinkler system. It was not very popular. Hot summers in Gtown.
Ed Farrar, Chester, VA [08-06-2009]

Dan Hartnett: I will be at Claudine's on 8-10 at 10 A.M. I was in that area tonight- I was hanging out at Bell's Tavern in Lambertville but I was only dining. You live in a great place[Jamison] where there are many super spots. I hope that Dave Byrne can show up.
JBS [08-06-2009]

cheryl brown coleman are you related to anthony and esther coleman ... ? i went to st vincents with them . rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [08-06-2009]

Hey John P. How about Mr. Coyne who lived up the street on your side, used to smoke a cigar on the way to church. Put it in between the pillars out front of church and lit it up again for the walk home. The five of us are: Peggy, Mike, me, Nancy and Mary Pat. How Dad feed all of us and worked at Midvale, is a mystery to me. Take Care !
Dave Byrne [08-06-2009]

JBS and Dave Byrne: Please see the post of 7/29. My understanding is that we will meet at Back to the Fifties (Claudine's) on Monday 8/10. Not sure how 8/19 got in there but I am working that day. Please let me know if this is a problem. Looking forward to a good B.S. session.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [08-05-2009]

Lynne - what a great post of memories! Linton's was still around during my time, but not a hangout, to us anyway. Even Germantown & Chelten, while we went there often, we didn't really hang there. We went there for a reason, whether shopping, to the movies, the library, the Y, etc. Those that did hang out at Germantown & Chelten, were they kids mostly from the west side of Germantown or Brickyard?
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & rasied in East Germantown [08-05-2009]

You're right Linda...kids from all corners of Gtn. met up at Lintons. No matter how hard they tried, Lintons could not discourage us.
Sheila [08-05-2009]

Dick ( Dyke ) Belson, Age 64, Retired, Grew up on Wyneva St. [08-05-2009]

I am writing in fond memory of my father, Horace G. Coleman who recently passed in 2007. I can remember spending my summers at my grandmothers house on Morton Street. I lived in West Oak Lane, but with my parents working I spent my summer in Germantown. These were great memories in the greatest section of Philadelphia! I would make my way down to the Germantown Y, for swim lessons or to go church at Mt Zion. I made many friends in the grandmothers neighborhood. The diner on the corner was the best! My cousins and I would go for water ice and pretzels in the summer. I spent 13 summers in G-town, until we moved to NJ in 1974. Memories of my father have brought me back. He was born there. I will always love you daddy! Cheryl
Cheryl E. Brown (Coleman), Suffolk, VA, 48 [08-04-2009]

There's another Germantown website to check out, FriendsofImmaculate.com. It's a parish alumni site, but is open to all who remember and have a love of Germantown. There are a lot of pics out there of Germantown yestterday and today.
anonymous [08-04-2009]

Sheila, I remember going to Linton's before and after school too. We normally only got a small soda or some tea (which I think was cheaper than coffee)because our purpose for being there was just to sit and visit with our friends. When you walked in it was jam packed with so many of us going to, or coming from our various high schools. Germantown & Chelten was the hub of the busses and trollys going to just about anywhere. At one point in the 60's Linton's instituted a "minimum" to try and keep us out but we then added the fries to our soda and the toast to our tea. I remember that on Friday and Saturday nights there were over a hundred of us on that corner. We only used Linton's for the restrooms then and I'm sure we must have scared many customers away. We tried to stay closer to the corner but there were too many of us. We met up with friends on the corner before we headed to parties, the movies, or the circus. Sometimes we went up there with the friends our parents thought we were safely going out with, split up, go our separate ways (to meet with people we were NOT allowed to go out with) and meet up there again to go home. Parents none the wiser. After the stores closed we would sing in Flagg Bros. doorway, therebuy finally giving Linton's the relief from us that they were hoping for.
Lynne [08-04-2009]

Bernie Mckerman: I want to thank you for your positive and heartfelt comments.In my past life,I had some great times in Annapolis which is one of the great towns in Ameica-there was a Irish Pub near the dock. I liked The Maryland House for brunch-so do the ladies. I would like to meet you there in the future. We had a mutual friend Tony Bateman-what a personality. Bernie! Keep sailing and posting.
John Bruce Schmitt [08-04-2009]

Anthony G., Lintons is where I first saw the guy who is now husband.(of 44 yrs!) I didn't really meet him until a couple of years later. Yes, things have changed a lot. I wouldn't trade my memories of Germantown for anything.
Sheila [08-04-2009]

Cynthia Klock Sheahan, I now live in Naples, FL . graduated 1965 I lived at 5117 Wayne Ave my dad was a butcher on Manhiem I wa friends with Al Pazano, Tom Razzano, Bob D'Angelo, Ray Duffy [08-04-2009]

What a great childhood growing up in Germantown. As a toddler I lived on Gtn Ave. above a restaraunt called Al Brothers. Moved to 150 W. Hansberry in 1956, just off of Knox St. then moved to Mayfair in 1964. I went from Cooke Jr. High to Lincoln HS in November '64. In 1985 moved to Bensalem and in 2002 I am now out here in south-central Pa. I've seen Anthony Dellaporta in the archives and Anthony, I tried to email you but to no avail. Anthony, if you ever see this send me an email. I'd live to just say "hi" to you like I've done with Dave Burkle. I remeber you very well, along with the Yaekel's, the Donovan's, and I just saw an entry in July' archives from Jane Holt whom I still remember. Anyone from Gtn, Mayfair, Cooke Jr HS or Lincoln HS feel free to drop me an email. Nostalgia is not something I cling to but it is fun walking down memory lane from time to time. On a more serious note I found Brickyard has a website also. I understand Timmy Donovan died. Great guy. I rememeber him well along with others mentioned on its obituarary column. I never hung in Brickyard but we used to play ball against them a lot. Marty Garvey, Tony Myka, Lou and Charlie Chioda, etc... Can't remember them all. Anyway, once again, feel free to email me. Would love to chat. Wayne Doneker
Wayne Doneker, Red Lion. Pa., Lived in G-town from 1950 to 1964 [08-03-2009]

Linda Hooper, I just want to say that I am sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I will say a prayer for you and her.
anthonyg [08-03-2009]

Sheila, I remember hanging at Linton's and it's funny you mentioned the waitresses. There was one blonde haired one that wasn't very nice. I guess I can understand that now. We hung there after school and on the weekends. Even though I hung in Olney and the Hotte Shoppe we always stopped at Linton's before going home. My how things have changed.
anthonyg [08-03-2009]

Everyone..if you like this site, then you will probably also like the germantown/brickyard site. It has a great format, and some pictures from the past also. It's a slightly different group of people, but there is/was enough overlap, to catch up with other friends from the past.
John Payne [08-03-2009]

thanks to everyone who wished me good luck in my retirement
chalie mc geehan [08-03-2009]

Bonnie B. Good to see you here too. I've enjoyed reading your entries. Being so close in age, our memories and acquaintances are very similar. I still can't get the foursome out of my head; Bonnie, Charlie, Tommy, Richie. I've seen Charlie on here, and Tommy has been referenced by you, but I haven't seen anything regarding Richie. I hope all is well with him.
John Payne [08-03-2009]

Dave Byrne: I saw on your last post that you live in New Britain. I will be meeting Dan Hartnett at Claudine's 50's Diner on Highway 263 on 8-19 for breakfast- Dan and I welcome you. I know a little about Fernhill and your classmates from St. Francis-Brother Ken was in your class. You can tell us about Frank Sheeran who walked with The Lord in his final years-I do believe in Redemption. Dave! Try to make it-Germantown guys have warts but they are never boring.
J. Bruce Schmitt [08-03-2009]

Dan Hartnett:Right On! I will see you 8-19,10 A.M. at Claudine's 50's Diner on Highway 263 south of 313. I read on this site that Dave Byrne lives in New Britain,not far from Jamison. Possibly,he could grace Claudine's place. Paul Borian will be at the Irish Riviera[Sea Isle]. We are both Germantown and Philly Guys-we can talk about East&West Germantown,Mt. Airy,Nicetown,Logan and you can tell me about the boys from K&A-Berkery,Stocker,Brewer etc. I do believe that John Berkery was put into the book about the K&A Gang to sell the book-as you know,John Berkery and Lilian Reis became famous from The Pottsville Heist back in the day. Dan! I'm looking forward to our meeting - I will be the old dude with the jacket.
JBS [08-03-2009]

Kudo's to this site originator. Who is not getting any money, and is providing a good service. Try and find that, nowadays. Thank you.
anonymous, Remain Anon. [08-01-2009]

my mom irene (terry) bean passed away on wed. 7-29. there will be a graveside service on mon. at holy sepulcher at 11 am
linda hooper [08-01-2009]

Site is great. Peg McGeehan Johnson led me to it. Have seen reference to Marty O'Gara, a name that I haven't heard in a very long time. I think he was friends with my brother Gene. Marty has a sister Ellen and they lived on Keyser Street. Fond memories.
Donna Welsh Brant, Born & raised in Germantown. Attended St. Francis and Little Flower '64 [08-01-2009]

John Payne: Good to see you here. Glad you and you siblings are well. I certainly remember the military set up at Fernhill. They were there to protect the steel plants that were producing war materials - Budd, Midvale and American Pulley. I worked at Midvale for a year while in college and watched as they machined 50 foot guns on a gigantic lathe. How about the water balloon fights at the Hollow? They usually developed into water bucket fights or anything else we could fill with water.
Bonnie Gatto [08-01-2009]

Dave B. Five!?, Okay, now I think I remember. Oldest, a brother, then a sister, then Mike, Dave, Nancy. This is good. Keeps the brain alive. Oh, yes, and I do remember the army. I've told people about that and got a raised eyebrow. Cherry (my wife, Cherry Doyle)and I lived in Newtown for about eight years during the 90's, before moving here to Florida.
John Payne [08-01-2009]

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