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April 20-30, 2011

The Mary Ann Mitchell murder has struck a chord (with me, also)that no other topic has. The night she died, I was at CMM's 17th birthday party on Seymour Street with other Cecilian students, classmates of Mary Ann. Their lives (ours) would never be the same after that night. We played Kingston Trio songs and Johnny Mathis records innocently on that cold, wet, winter night. I think of that night often, and I am reminded of the young girl's murder in the bestseller Lonely Bones by Alice Sebold and I recall Koller's Corner every time I pass Ridge at the golf course. Is that the moment we lost our innocence? I don't think it is macabre or maudlin that all of us seem to have a memory of that night and that victim. What introduced me to Evil, though, occurred a few years earlier when the police found a dead child in a cardboard box. (I know I run the risk of upsetting people. I am sorry.) That case of the unknown child is still unsolved but open, especially in my heart. The detective assigned to the case still works on it. Mike Meehan too,(CMM's father, murdered a few steps above Happy Hollow). These murders are locked in our psyches and cause sharp emotions to some of us 50 years later. Forgive us for dwelling on them.
Joe Lynch/ [04-29-2011]

From Chelten & Morris 1956 to 1967 St. Vincent De Paul - Dougherty, Germantown
Bob Smith, Erwinna PA - Upper Bucks [04-29-2011]

Hi, I am so excited that so many of you are able to make the LaFontana's luncheon this sunday, May 1....I look forward to a great time had by one and all....and so many newcomers,too. JBS, 'flying solo" hmmm, that may be a blessing in disguise for you,as there will be many people to chat with.Ro and I look forward to making everyone feel comfy...LAF
L.Fontana [04-29-2011]

Dan "H"..hope to see you there, aw, c'mon cancel N.Yk....(lol)
L.Fontana [04-29-2011]

Dennis McGlinchey: Thanks for the reconnect to articles in the newspapers from yesteryear...re: Mary Ann Mitchell.Anyone who clicks on that link and reads the papers...will see just how cold that 'nutjob' Elmo was...it states that even after he tortured her for hours on end/and bludgeoned her ..thinking she was dead, she was NOT..and she still begged for her life/asking him to 'take her home'..he DID not, obviously left her alone out there to die..how callous is that? EXTREMELY...'heartless".I am so glad they executed him -when they did, so there was NO chance he could ever harm an unsuspecting and trustworthy human again.. L/A/F
L.Fontana [04-29-2011]

Kevin McCarthy It was good to hear from you after all these years. You have a very good memory to remember me from so long ago. I hope you are well and I hope to hear from you again. Maybe we can share some memories from the good old days Joanne
joanne posimo [04-29-2011]

>Jack - don't be sorry about bringing up Mary Ann Mitchell. Her family would feel good to know so many remember her still today. We all learned something from her death.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-29-2011]

The restaurant at Hunting Park and Henry Avenue was one of the several Pub restaurants .. always a good stop for food and drinks ... remember the "Pigs Dinner" at the Greenwood Dairy ... 6 scoops of ice cream in a trough with bananas and the works ... if you finished it you got a pin saying "I was a Pig at the Greenwood Dairies" ... in the summertime with the restaurant air conditioning on whammo, eating all that ice cream made me feel like I was freezing to death from the inside out .. a good day in the summer was Boulevard Pools early and the Greenwood Dairy late .. of course this was before I got age cards and discovered the nite club scene .... although I don't post to this site a lot, I read it almost every day and really enjoy the posts.
Tom Cusack [04-29-2011]

Joe DePero: You went to Koller's Kitchen,Walnut Lane&Henry,in the 70's&80's-I did the same drill in the 60's. You might have been hanging out in The Continental on the night before Thanksgiving with guys like Jim Wilkins and John Burke. Back in the 60's, Bill West and I would leave The Continental and have breakfast at Koller's. I have to admit it was a little scary because across the street, Mary Ann Mitchell was abducted by Elmo Smith. Chill runs up my spine,reading the blogs about this horrible tragedy-many of The Bloggers on this site went to CA with Mary Ann Mitchell. You were probaly too young to have remembered this horrific tragedy. I am always sad when I drive on Henry Ave. and cross Walnut Lane. It is something that one can never forget. Joe! Keep posting and may we cross paths-possibly,"The Continental".
John Bruce Schmitt [04-29-2011]

Dennis McGlinchey: You noted the sad story of "The boy in the box". This was another truly sad case but this one was never solved and the boy was never identified. I recall that not many years ago, there was a detective who dedicated years to finding out who that boy was and he was so haunted by it that he couldn't give up.
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [04-29-2011]

I believe if more people got what Elmo got there would be less crimes in America. Remember what the late Frank Rizzo said, "they should do away with the electric chair, and make it a sofa, so you could do three at a time".
Crime Fighter [04-29-2011]

I just viewed the blog to which Dennis McGlinchey referred and read some of the newspaper articles contained there. It mentions the testimony of our classmate, who never, to my knowledge discussed the case with any of us. She was very traumatized by the events and by the investigation and trial, as you can imagine a 16-year-old would be. However, I note that the prosecutor said that Smith bludgeoned Maryann and dragged her into his car. That allays the notion I have held all these years that she willingly accepted a ride with him. You see, because we received no counseling, we never got a chance to ask questions or to challenge the little snippets of information we picked up. I think it's very important for children and others affected by the violent death of a classmate to be debriefed and to be given the opportunity to talk and question. It would have helped me, I'm sure. And BTW, when I mentioned JL climbing in my bedroom window, you shouldn't get the wrong idea: it was just that we were locked out, it was snowing, and that was the only way in! We were totally innocent and I didn't mean to besmirch his good character! Also, as for the year (sophomore or junior): because Maryann disappeared on my birthday, I remember the date vividly. It was Dec 28, 1959 and I was a junior at CA then. Our class graduated in June 1961.
Catherine Manning Muir [04-29-2011]

My apology for bringing up the topic of Mary Ann Mitchell. I never forgot the crime or her name---I wrote the name wrong by not proof reading my item, but I had forgotten many of the specific events of the crime. At the time I was a newspaper boy and followed it in the paper----reading again what happen brought back to my mind all the terrible things that poor girl and her family went thru. I only read about it, but many of you knew Mary Ann or her family, for your pain would be greater than my own. Even after 50 years it is very hard to think about it.
Jack McHugh [04-28-2011]

it's almost here Happy Hollow Playground 100 years! You're invited. Saturday April 30, 2011 SAVE THE DATE, HELP US CELEBRATE! Happy Hollow Playground will celebrate its 100th Anniversary
The City of Philadelphia announced the opening of the Happy Hollow Playground on April 29, 1911.
We will celebrate the occasion Saturday April 30, 2011.
Please join us 8AM ­ 4PM
Lower level: Wayne Ave. and Logan St.
Upper Level: Pulaski Ave. and Logan St.
Invite your family & friends. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket and enjoy the day at Happy Hollow.
We will commemorate with the opening of our new organic community garden, the planting of a small pear orchard and various other fun activities.
Presented by Happy Hollow Community Garden, Drexel Medical Students/Office of Civic Engagement, Wayne Ave Merchant Association (WAM), Philadelphia Orchard Project, Friends of Happy Hollow Playground
Brief History
The 5 acre site of the former Wayne Quarries, was filled with 80 ft. of trash and debris after which it was outfitted with the finest play equipment, tennis courts and a most unique building designed by local architect George T. Pearson for Mr. EW Clark. The building was known as the Quarry Playground House. The property and facilities were gifted to the city by Mr. & Mrs. EW Clark, prominent Germantown residents who stipulated only that it be maintained wholly entirely for a public playground at all times and forever. Mrs. Clark named the playground Happy Hollow.
allison weiss [04-28-2011]

Erda: We will talk on sunday..I look forward so much.... to seeing everyone, again. Linda
L.Fontana [04-28-2011]

hello joanne posimo,I saw your name on the site and i had a flash back.The year had to be 1957 or so,Iremember walking you home a couple of times.You must have made quite an impression on me to remember after all these ye ars.Also I remember your mom being so very nice to a very nervous 13 or 14 year old kid.Hope you are well Kevin mc carthy
kevin mccarthy [04-28-2011]

I remember the Pub Tiki on City Line Ave with its torches. What was the restaurant at Hunting Park and Henry Avenue? Wasm't that also a theme restaurant? How about Greenwood Dairy? On the way, a long drive, you would pass the airliner on stilts that was a restaurant. One time at the dairy my date and friends were sitting next to one of the lay teachers from north Catholic and his wife. That was strange.
Del Conner [04-28-2011]

Erda: I did know your cousin-Wayne Armstrong[RIP]. Wayne was well known in both East and West Germantown since he was a big car-guy. Bud Ballard is a car- guy and they worked on cars at a place near SFA Convent. As a kid,Wayne liked regular bikes and later, he was a biker and rode Big Bikes. He and Bob Colsten would roar up Queen Lane on their bikes. He lived near St. Catharine's on King St. and his family moved to Copely Road. I was always impressed that he stayed out of big trouble because some of those bikers could ride and play hard-they could really hoot if you know what I mean. He smoothed things out when I had a conrontation with an arrogant biker-it was not Bob Colsten or I would not be blogging today. Wayne did well in his car-business and his good personality must have helped. His parents worked at Midvale Steel where my brothers had paper-stands. You thought Uncle Skeets Armstrong was a hoot and he liked to pump iron. Wayne and The Armstrong family knew Taters Stasson and I agree with the nuns that you should be applauded for being so nice and kind to Taters and Harry Clapp- what a team. Taters knew Mimi Armstrong and possibly the boys,Taters and Harry picked up Mimi also at Little Flower. I will be seeing you and the crew at LaFontana's on May 1. I use crew in a positive way since Capt. Bud Ballard was a detective and he might interpret crew differently. Bud B. will be at LaFontana's since he lives nearby.
J. Bruce Schmitt [04-28-2011]

To JBS - thanks for your comments which I usually find very prosaic in content. In any event, perhaps postings limited to 30 or so lines might be advisable so as to keep us all awake. LOL
Terry Happy Hollow [04-28-2011]

Thanks to all who remember Maryann Mitchell -esp CMM for the link. It was 50 years ago & life was never so simple again. The video is very well done & factually accurate if you are interested. Maryann still has a relative living in Arizona who responded to the UTube
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-28-2011]

Linda Fontana: I haven't replied prior to now about the luncheon because my wife had planned for us to go to New York for the weekend. However it is not definite, so I honestly don't know yet. I hope to make it. If not, drink some red wine for me. Ciao!
Dan Hartnett, Former East Germantown [04-28-2011]

Linda: I will be The Lone Ranger at LaFontana's on May 1 since Lady Carolyn was a small chapter in my book of life. I know that I will have a nice time being solo. I gather that there will be a nice turnout and Germantowners are always friendly. I commend you and Rosemarie for bringing us together-both sides of Germantown Avenue.
Bruce Schmitt [04-28-2011]

Thanks CMM for the YouTube link on Mary Ann Mitchell. I was too young to ever remember that story, but understand it rocked the city at the time. It’s one that continues to live on in the local media, probably on the par of the unsolved and unidentified “Boy in the Box” tragedy. I lived in Roxborough for 13 years and remember reading this sad and tragic story being retold in the local paper there. Probably the fact that Elmo Smith had the distinction of being the last person executed in Pennsylvania’s electric chair helped keep the story alive. The parents lived in that Dupont Street house into the 2000s. Their life had to have been hell, not just with losing their daughter that way, but also with all the media attention that continued long after. A sad and tragic story. Here is a link to a site with more information on Mary Ann Mitchell. http://maryannmitchell.blogspot.com/2010_11_01_archive.html
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [04-28-2011]

The story of Mechanic and Magnolia was told by myself, I ooops and somehow went anonymous
Ed, Chester, VA [04-28-2011]

Catherine Manning Muir: Thanks for the link to the Maryann Mitchell murder on youtube. I remember the incident as if it was yesterday. I was a sophomore at CD, and it had a great impact on all of us. Some of the more gruesome details, that weren't in the local papers, were known to most of the students.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [04-28-2011]

Not to dwell on Maryann Mitchell's murder, but it must be said that in those days there was no counseling for us, her classmates, as there is now for young people caught up in violence such as the killings at Columbine and Virginia Tech. We were photographed and our photos were in the newspapers and on TV; the curious and worse hung around the school. Until Smith was arrested, I was afraid to go to bed because I was afraid the murderer would climb through my bedroom window (the same window Joe Lynch climbed through a year later when we got home in the wee hours from his senior prom.) Like Denise, I recall being at Maryann's home, but not for the funeral. I remember most vividly the night of the wake, and hearing her mother wailing upstairs while the body was laid out in the living room; the crowds of people who paraded through and the police and detectives who were there to keep an eye out for the murderer, who was half-expected to turn up for the spectacle. It was a terrible, terrible time, not helped by the confusion between knowing that Maryann had accepted a ride from a stranger and the nuns' insistence that she had given her life to preserve her virginity. A lot for young girls to deal with. Like Denise, also, I never went past that intersection without picturing Maryann standing at that bus stop on that miserable, rainy December night and wishing that she had made a different decision. So many people were damaged by what happened, including us, her classmates.
Catherine Manning Muir, Death on my mind; just back from a funeral of a dear friend [04-28-2011]

Chubbie's is at the site of the old Koller's Kitchen. I think they were open 24 hrs. I can remember closing down the bars ( in my youth) then going for breakfast at Koller's in the 70's and 80's.
Joe Depero, 54 levittown, 70 st mikes [04-27-2011]

Above when I wrote about Joseph McGarrity’s daughter, I started thinking maybe it was more like ten years ago that I met her. It was at the Carmelite Church on 66th Avenue- at Broad St and Old York Rd. It is a small church and everyone knows everyone--even the nuns, whom you converse with thru a wooden screen, know you. My mom and sister used to go there and so one day after mass my mother says to me, come and meet Fr. McGarrity’s niece. I said a few words to her about Fr. McGarrity and then since I knew a little about her father I started talking about him. She told me that her dad was a great admirer of Padraig Pearse and talked about him staying at their house back in 1914 and also Pearse visiting Germantown to see some of the local leaders of the Clan na Gael (family of the gael) Irish republican group. I always was very moved by Padraig Pearse’s poems, they make you proud of what you are, you don’t have to be Irish, like in one where he says “I am of the blood of serfs”, many of us fall into that classification.
Jack McHugh [04-27-2011]

ATTENTION Jack MCHUGH the name of the Rape/Murder victum was Maryann MITCHELL, not Micheal. Her body was found on December 30, 1959, at Harts Lane and Barren Hill Rd, in drainage ditch She lived in the 100 block of Dupont St.
Orville T. Ballard, sfa 56, nechs 60 [04-27-2011]

attention Jack McHugh. That slime-ball,Elmo Smith was executed on Monday, April 2nd, 1962.
Orville T. BALLARD, sfa 56, nechs 60 [04-27-2011]

Hey, Joe - I like the idea of visiting 3 bakeries on Holy Thursday
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-27-2011]

>Jack McHugh - It seems that murder just doesn't go away. The girl's name was Mary Ann Mitchell not Michael. We were sophomores at Cecilian. I sat behind her. It was a scary, solemn time of a brutal murder for a classful of 15 year olds. Of course counseling or the like was never heard of in 1959. Although we were not really friends, when there are only 45 girls in the whole class, you knew everyone. There were many gruesome details which do not need to be detailed in print in a public forum. We never heard that she was coming home from work but rather from an evening out with another classmate. it was Christmas vacation time. Maybe we were told that to protect us in some way. Mary Ann was buried from home. It is the only home funeral I have ever been to. I remember her mother saying that they had to take the Christmas tree down to bring their little girl home. A fellow classmate has written a beautiful short story about the whole event but she never published it. You have the details correct about Elmo Smith. He offered Mary Ann a ride while she was waiting for the bus up Henry Ave. Unfortunately, she accepted. He was found in the ROXY theater further up on Ridge Ave. and yes, he was the last to die in the electric chair when it was done away with. However the death penalty was reinstated in PA maybe 10 years ago and the whole story was told again. I never pass Henry Ave & Walnut Lane or drive on Barren Hill Road where she was found without thinking of Mary Ann.
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-27-2011]

Denise:I used to love philly pretzels,tastykakes,cheesesteaks,philly pizza,water ice,and a lot of other good stuff familiar to philly only.But what was or still is 'lemon sticks'? Joe O'Donnell
Joe O'Donnell, Am 67 and living in Eden,N.C. and really love it ! [04-27-2011]

Happy Hollow Terry: Your last post was terse and make no mistake it was rather opaque. Denise Duckworth Tumelty suggested that you should not be entirely bored when posts are not emanating from a particular neighborhood where one grew up. Apparently, you grew up in West Germantown and Happy Hollow, I was not a Hollow Guy like Paul Borian and Jack Brogan but I always enjoy reading the posts from The Hollow People. Recently, Mr. Matt Fasano Sr. from Happy Hollow passed away and Paul Borian and I knew Matt Fasono Jr.-a class-act. I knew many of The Hollow Guys including Paul Borian- I trust that you never played poker with him. A blogger quoted Rocky Raffaele,The Legendary Hollow Guy,"Go For It". Rocky is looking down from heaven and he would want to know where you are coming from-Dude!" Go For It". Rocky was a bigger than life character and he wanted Paul Borian,A Proud Armenian, to change his name to Boriano. Since you are from Happy Hollow,I wonder where you took your clothes. Not far from The Fasano Market on Wayne Ave. was John Berkery's Shop[tailor shop or whatever]. As you know, Big John allegedly spent some time in Pottsville and he and Lilian Reis recieved some notoriety over that famous case. My friends never complained about their clothes when they took them to Berkery's store. Did you happen to take your clothes to Berkery's or Borian's tailor-shop on Wayne Ave. Did you know another legendary character from The Hollow-The Goo? If you were friends with Bobby Goo Guarinello,you must possess an interesting personality. Simply stated, Goo was so unique and mult-faceted-glib,witty,poetic,and a great athlete. He played cards well, and he was a good-handicapper with the ponies-not to mention that he had a penchant for craps. Many bloggers on this site, knew him well. Goo coached Joe Lynch,John Fowler,John Payne,and Frank Klock who post on this site. If you are cool and shoot pool,you would have good rapport with John Payne. Like Goo, Frank Baggs Klock is a poet and Easter was more pleasant with his poem that was posted on this site. Al Paris,A Hollow Guy, posts from Arizona and you might have bought flowers at The Paris Shop on Wayne Ave. There is a Germantown Reunion on May 1 at LaFontana's in Hatboro and you might enjoy meeting and talking with folks from different G-town neighborhoods. Usually,one of The McKernan Brothers makes an apearance-Bernie McKernan. Being a Happy Hollow Guy, he might remind you of Frank Sharpy Felice,since he is an excellent dresser and extroverted like the flamboyant Bor Borian. In the future, I hope that your posts are more expansive and informative and fill us in about your good times at Goo's Shrine-"The Hollow".
JBS [04-27-2011]

anyone remember the Pub Tiki on City Line Ave with all the torches burning out front.How about Becks on the Blvd. I believe they had a large lighted sign of a lobster
anonymous [04-27-2011]

Mary Ann Mitchel was a Sophomore at St Cecelian Academy, she had been out with friends that night & was standing just blocks away from her home at Henry Ave & Walnut Lane bus stop in the pouring rain when she was abducted by Elmo Smith, her body was found on Barren Hill in Whitemarsh Twp. She had been tortured raped & beaten . I was a few years younger than Mary Ann and a Student at Springside in Chestnut Hill, a few times I saw her on the Trolley with her friends & we also went to the same Library on occasion, she was very friendly, bubbly like a typical teenager . The tragedy that befell her affected us all, life just wasn't the same afterwards, our parents were frightened and did their best to instill a fear in us of what could happen, safety in numbers became the motto, none of us ventured out alone anymore .
Dolly, NE Philly [04-27-2011]

JBS..Will Carolyn be coming with you again, this time? Only asking for the head count purpose...thanks, Linda and Rosemarie:
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

Dan Hartnett: Are you coming this sunday to LaFontana's for sure? If so, Rosemarie and I will be very happy.You are so kind and nice..L.A.Fontana
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

J.Breen: I hope this email finds your wife feeling better...have a good day.Linda
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

Ted Silary: How's it going, buddy? I hope you are well......
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

Bill Cupo: I, personally, wish that you could have made the luncheon this coming sunday. You'll be missed a lot.Have a great weekend, Linda
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

John DiRenzo: So Sorry Paisano, I have been superbusy at work, since my partner, who worked next to me left this past December...we will catch up soon, I promise to email your personal email asap/ Love, Linda
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

Jack McHugh: I went to the Cecilian Academy....and I was in Grade School when Mary Ann Mitchell was killed by Elmo Smith...He was a deranged murderer who offered her a 'ride' while she was waiting for the bus home. He tortured her needlessly before 'leaving her for dead,' but, actually she was alive (still,)for hours, when he left her in that woods...he used a broken coke bottle to do his deed/disgusting still in my mind. She also attended Cecilian Academy. And, the entire school was in mourning...I am SO glad he got the Electric Chair, and even that was TOO good for him/ after what I heard he did to her.....you have a good memory....L.A.F.
L.Fontana [04-27-2011]

Professor Jim McKernan, The following I wrote to send to you by email, I did not intend it for everyone but then I see that you do not have an email. Very nice piece on the Irish republic, and as you added later, one’s roots are an integral part of ourselves and should never be forgotten. I wanted to add, that you can find the Joseph McGarrity Digital Collection on line at the Villanova Library site. One item I would like to add is that I met one of his daughters about 8 years ago and she told me something about her father that you will never find in a book. Her father had a price on his head by the English, so when he first left Ireland to come to the US he used the name of a friend of his in Co. Tyrone----she even told me the name but like a fool I never wrote it down and now I’ve forgotten it. She said that for years he didn’t even tell his own family of the switch of the name.
Jack McHugh [04-27-2011]

As always Linda, I will be there in spirit. Save me a seat!
John DiRenzo [04-27-2011]

I do remember that corner house on Mechanic and Magnolia. I use to hang out with a Derek Workman who lived there with a large black family. Derek and I use to bang on containers with sticks and play air guitar to Beatles songs, “do.. da… do…do you want to know a secret.” The family soon disappeared and the house was vacant ever since. I also remember Greg Bylet?? who use to tell colored stores on the corner steps of that same house. It was a gathering for all on hot summer nights before the birth of the “Bunk” (another story). At times even Stevie “The Cat” would drop by to tell his stories. On one side of the corner you had the community fire plug and the other you had the red fire alarm box mounted on the telephone pole. All was under the watchful eye of Grandpop Genedene!
anonymous [04-27-2011]

Jack McHugh: Maryann Mitchell was in my Junior class at Cecilian Academy. She was murdered on my birthday, December 28, 1959, a miserable, cold rainy night. The circumstances were not as you describe. A YouTube video gives the details. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oguHi0TnQx0
Catherine Manning Muir, ca'61 [04-27-2011]

Forgot to mention two more Germantown Friends School for suggested reading lists: "Lesbian and Gay and Family Resources". That's fine but what would the Sisters said about that! One last thing. If you're sick to death of the whole thing...Please turn away now, if you do not want to see any mention of the wedding: http://www.bbc.co.uk/
Regina Sprissler Davidson, - from Edinburgh, not at the wedding [04-27-2011]

Lots of pictures/memories of Germantown Avenue, of course. But my favourite still is this one of the "Vacation Reading Club" in Germantown Friends School. Now, if I can do this correctly, here is the pic: CLICK Did you go every summer? Write 10 book reviews, then get rewarded with a fantastic ice cream/sweetie lunch. NOW===if I did screw it up, it's under "Our History". Must sign off now...my ancient laptop is about to pass out. More another time. But nothing again about the wedding: I'm outa here...going walking in the Angus highlands.
Regina Sprissler Davidson, ...Here from Scotland, but always a Germantown Girl [04-27-2011]

Inevitably on any and all "hometown" message boards, the general theme is "Those were the days and what happened to the old neighborhood?" The answer is quite simple. Folks of our general age group, 45-65, pulled up stakes in hopes of a better life elsewhere. We wanted back patios with barbeque grills, driveways with garages and more then one bathroom. This tradition usually occurred when we graduated from high school, and went on to college, the military, or the work force. For many this was the first time we really got see a life different, from the "old neighborhood". As usually happens when we moved up, our homes were purchased by individuals with lower incomes, and unfortunately, they didn't cherish the homes as our parents did. Years later, when we returned to the "old neighborhood" to visit or just see the areas of our youth, we were usually faced with "sticker shock" to see the radical changes. While our neighborhoods changed, we can still keep our memories of how life used to be.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [04-27-2011]

Linda Fontana Yes Kathleen did go to C Acad.. We where good friend even after we both married and moved away we stayed intouch.. Then I lost contact with her .. Wish I knew how to find her..We must talk on Sunday..
Erda Armstrong Graham, From the Westside [04-27-2011]

Jack McHugh: I only had a Dalessandro's cheesesteak once, last time I was in Philadelphia. It was my cousin David Weiss' favorite steak place and he always ate there every time he visited his Mom and Dad in Germantown so I tried it. I didn't think their cheesesteaks were anywhere near as good as I remember the ones from Sal's and Joe Razzano's but it was the only game in town at the time. I have two T-shirts from Dalessandro's that I wear with jeans and always get comments and questions here in Outback Oz when I do. Nothing like it exists here. Once my cousin David got off the elevator on the wrong floor when visiting his mother at Cathedral Village and found himself on the floor for patients with advanced dementia. He said afterward that if he ever got to that state, please take him to Dalessandro's for one last cheesesteak before pushing his wheelchair off the Walnut Lane Bridge. Says a lot for Dalessandro's although the bit about the bridge was hyperbole.
Catherine Manning Muir, Heaven is a cheesesteak with sauce and onions [04-27-2011]

JBS: I share your fond memories of Princes (not Princess) Street in Edinburgh's New Town (wonderful shopping and dining!) and of 'talking' to the Duke of Wellington on the Royal Mile in the Old Town. For those who haven't visited Edinburgh, the Royal Mile is a steep cobbled road, exactly one Scottish mile long, that descends from Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace. John Knox, the demagogue and bane of Mary Queen of Scots, lived on the Mile and his house juts out over the footpath, from whence he could keep an eye on the goings-on the length and breadth of the Old Town's main street. For a wiki-look, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Mile
CMM [04-27-2011]

Many people talk about Rowell's. Cherry's was down near Horn & Harditt (sp). Germantown used to have some kind of shoppers week with prizes. I won a a pocket book from Cherry's. It was something way more than my family was able to pay for a pocketbook for me. The men's shoe store was FLAGG BROS. They were famous for their flip shoe tongue. There was another jewelry store called Lowell's I think. i remember all the other things. One of my favorites was Vernon Park Days with great lemon sticks.
denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-26-2011]

Hey Joanne, it was Flagg Brothers shoe store across from Rowells. The store where they xrayed your feet was Cherry's. There was also Berry's men's store further up Germantown ave towards Price. They had fine clothing in there. It later becamce Mr Scott's.
anthonyg [04-26-2011]

Paul Borian&Hollow Nation: Matt Fasano Sr. of Wayne Ave,across from The Hollow, has recently passed away. Matt Fasano Sr. had a grocery store on Wayne Ave. for many years. Matt Fasano Jr. worked there when he went to LaSalle High. Matt Jr. was friends with Marty O'Hara,whose father had a grocery store on the corner of Wayne&Logan. Sal's steak-shop was located between these 2 grocery stores. Sal Botticella is still friends with Matt and Marty. Most people from The Hollow would remember Matt Fasano Sr. and The Fasano Market. "May Matt Fasano Sr. Rest In Eternal Peace"
Schmitty [04-26-2011]

Joe O'Donnell: You made an astute observation in that I and many bloggers can not submit the entire story about some of the Germantown characters who walked our streets,went to our schools,and danced with many of the lovely ladies. Some of the nicknames were-one-armed bandit,goony,tiger,smacks. I would be very foolish to comment on the actions of these lads in their callow youth-they were quite colorful. The Burke Brothers,Ed&John, lived next-door to a wild and crazy biker on Hansberry St. This biker,had a condescending nickname and cats and mean dogs were afraid of him. Bob Colsten,the biker,died on the highway,riding hard and fast and it is not beneficial to explain why animals and my brother,Cactus Jack, tried to keep a distant from him. Cactus Jack was no wuss and his buddy liked to play Russian Roulette-May Charlie Rest In Peace. Many Germantowners had interesting romantic relationships-including Cactus Jack. He had a girl-friend for many years and his partner is now her daughter. My family owned many bars and restaurants and the customers had wild stories which could not be made up. There are some secrets about people which should stay untold. Joe! I have rounded 3rd base and I am heading home and negative rhetoric will not be my tome.
J.Bruce [04-26-2011]

I remember a man dressed in a chef's garb (all white) with a block of wood & a hammer-- he would hit a large piece of candy with the hammer to break up the candy & sell the pieces in a bag.The candy tasted like Turkish Taffy,he worked on the corner of Gtn.Ave & Maplewood St.Does anyone out there remember him ?? Lou Giorno
lou giorno, mr g dos [04-26-2011]

Since the time I went to Textile down Henry Ave., Dalessandro's Steaks had become my place to get cheese steaks, and I must say I thought they were great. Since I’ve been living in Houston for so many years, every trip north I made it a point to get one at Dalessandro's. Then one 4th of July I went there and they were closed, needless to say I was confused, hungry and I didn’t know where less to go. I knew of the two famous places for cheese steaks but they were too far away and I didn’t like their product, I felt they were living off a reputation. Then looking around I saw one block up the street a place that sold cheese steaks. Their steak was good but not like Dalessandro's, The next time I was around town it was another holiday and sure enough Dalessandro's was closed. I then went up the block to the other place but now it was a different kind of restaurant. Then I saw right across Henry Ave. from Dalessandro's was a place called Chubby’s. I have to say their cheese steak was the best. Funny how you never see the things around you when your mind is focused on one thing, like I was always going to Dalessandro's and never saw the other two places. The next time I came around was a cold snowy and icy day, one January. I went in Chubby’s and the place was crowded and full of policemen, as I was standing waiting there----I remembered, I said to myself I believe this was the restaurant that Mary Ann Michael worked in back in 1959-1960, but it was not a steak shop then. I remember reading about it in the paper at the time---how she came out of the place from working late, she was only about 16 years old and while leaving, a man named Elmo Smith, attacked her, killing her and writing on her stomach, I think it was 101 and done with the girls lipstick. Elmo was the last person to died in the electric chair in Pa., I don’t know if Penna. has done anymore since. Anyway I thought of that killing many times as I felt so sorry for the girl and her family, here was a girl working to get a little more and her life was taken away in what I thought was a safe neighborhood. Now days some of the facts are not as clear in my mind as they were. Now as far as Chubby’s, at the time I felt that their steak was the best cheese steak but I have not been there in two years and things change----we all know that
Jack McHugh [04-26-2011]

Terry/Happy Hollow. No one can monopolize the site because, to my knowledge, we are not limited in how many times we may post as a community. So, if someone seems to be monopolizing the site by posting too much, just outpost them; and if you want to really score big, make it more interesting than their posts, or as Rocky would say, Go For It.
anonymous [04-26-2011]

Rich: Everyone I know of brags about how good the cheesesteaks are at Silvios in Hatboro..I knew the owners.LF
L.Fontana [04-26-2011]

Erda, did the Kathleen McNamara that you spoke of......go to C.Acad.? if so, I know her, too..she was a super great girl...L>A>F
L.Fontana [04-26-2011]

Joanne Posimo: I,too, wish I could go back in time to those lazy hazy days of good old Germantown..but, nothing lasts forever......My friends and I would get off of the #23 trolley and go to Linton's for french fries or Woolworth's for a sundae, and we were still so very skinny...(and this was before we even went home to eat dinner.)C.A.Rowell's was a classy store and so was Franklin Simon's..also, do you remember Mariannes' on the corner of Germantown and Chelten...you could get nice outfits, and not have to pay a lot of money..I miss my old neighborhood a lot these days, and mostly the people who were in it/ everyone seemed so friendly and caring, unlike some places today...have a great week, are you coming to the luncheon on sunday? Linda Fontana
L.Fontana [04-26-2011]

Just curious - anyone get lost in some of these extended posts that go on and on ? Wow - some seem to put me in a sleepy mood - lol! anyone remember the bar/ restaurant known as the SunkenGardens ? It was quite a fun place many from Germantown visited. A club onRoosevelt Blvd known as The Scene was another popular location for many of us.
Bob Campbell [04-26-2011]

Ed, Do you remember when the kids in the neighborhood knocked down the house at Magnolia&Mechanic St? It sounded like an earthquake. Judy
anonymous [04-26-2011]

Marie..Sorry to here of the passing of your Mom Angie. She was a very nice lady and I remember her well. God Bless Her.
Bernadette Iannuzzi Rizzo [04-26-2011]

Joanne Posimo: Yes, remember them all well and also Green's 5 and 10 almost next to Woolworths on the West side of Germantown avenue before Rowells on the corner. How about Dairy Maid on Maplewood Avenue and all the great ice cream and candy. Also Maurer's on Germantown avenue north of Coulter Street next to St.Luke's PE Church.Loved getting model planes and lead Britains soldiers there as kid in 1955.
dfloyd2@mindspring.com, Retired accountant living in Jenkintown. Lived in Germantown 1955-1968 [04-26-2011]

Hey Linda Fontana, Haven't heard from you lately. How are you?
John DiRenzo [04-26-2011]

Hey, Denise, we remember visiting three churches on Holy Thursday (never did it), but now we visit three bakeries, instead. And who are those people at church on Easter Sunday, anyway? Sursum corda.
Joe Lynch SFA57/LSCHS61/In Just spring when the world is mud-luscious [04-26-2011]

>Terry Happy Hollow - nobody monopolizes this site! It is just whoever takes the time to write. I do not know most of these people as I lived closer to Greene Street and these people are rarely mentioned, but I love the memories. Start blogging & get others to do so!
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-26-2011]

Frank Klock I am glad to see a man as yourself who ploughs with his hand. That is what my da said,he of Irish country life.I think about your poems -they certainly chronicle American life. Though I honor me da's work on the few acres more than poems as they gave food not thought at home. Bless you Frank this Easter and family.
jim mckernan [04-26-2011]

Hi Joanne Posimo I like these memories and i was never one of those lucky ones to pick the right balloon either ... :>) Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-26-2011]

Jim McKernan: I'm pleased to know that PJ McGarrity was connected to support for the 'Rising'. In the incessant build-up here to the upcoming royal wedding (hogwash!), I watched a program tonight were it was mentioned that QEII's grandfather, King George V, and the government of the day, sent the Black and Tans to Ireland from 1919 to help the Royal Irish Constabulary put down the Rising. I will definitely NOT be watching the wedding; the royals are the world's most expensive tourism draw card, a bunch of bludgers, IMHO!
Catherine Manning Muir, Irish in my bones. [04-26-2011]

Joanne Posimo: Rowell's WAS a beautiful store, wan't it? And, yes, the banana splits (and tulip sundaes) at Woolworth's were fantastic, and cheap. (On the windowsill beside me are some of the eggs I have collected over the years, including the first one I every bought -- at Rowell's -- in the late 50's. It is hand-blown glass, an egg inside an egg. I had never seen anything like it and just had to have it. It was terribly expensive for a schoolgirl but I've never regretted buying it and it started a lifelong egg collecting hobby. My other favorite is a blue glass egg made from the ash of the Mount St. Helen's eruption.) Allen's was also a nice store but didn't have the pizzazz of Rowell's. Sadly, both are history but immortal, so long as we remember them.
Catherine Manning Muir, I have a black belt in shopping. [04-26-2011]

JBS: From my considerable reading of history and of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, her fatal error, which she repeated throughout her life, was to look for a man to save her instead of relying on her own devices as her cousin, Elizabeth I, did. Liz I steered clear of marriage and men, altho she didn't mind a tumble in the hay (use 'em and lose 'em was her credo). By contrast, time after time, Mary put her trust in a man and every time he let her down big time. The only man who was true to her, her Italian secretary David Rizzio, was murdered in barbaric fashion in the little dressing room in her apartment at Holyrood Palace. I stood there and could feel the vibes that still haunt the place.
Catherine Manning Muir, Been there, done that. [04-26-2011]

I have some memories I would like to share with everyone, some of those things aren't there anymore. C.A. Rowells on the corner of Gtn. & Chelten and across the street I think there was a mens shoe store, on the other corner was a womens store called Patti Page, they sold womens and kids clothes, right next to that was Lintons. I do remember the buster brown shoe store where they used to x-ray your foot. that was fun when you were a kid. Barrs jewerly store,Vernon park,the ywca right next store. Every saturday we used to go to the "ave" and just hang out with friends. There was a soda fountain in woolworths where you could get a banana split for a penny if you were lucky enough to pick the right ballon, I was never that lucky. There was a really nice waitress that was nice to the kids, I don't remember her name. We used to have fun back in those days, too bad it's all gone now. Oh well all good things don't last forever.
joanne posimo [04-26-2011]

Catharine Manning Muir: It is quite a connection between you and Regina Spissler Davidson,a member of The Germantown Diaspora like yourself. You and Regina have a great fondness for The Scotish Culture. Back in the day, I knew a Scottish-American,Scotty, who worked at The Gulf Station at Manheim&Wissy. I learned about Mary Stuart, Queen of The Scots in a Western Civ-class and John Knox wrote about her- Feminists should admire her because that lady was courageous. You,Regina,and I love Edinburgh since it is such a grand city. I just loved walking down Princess St. past the castle and ending up talking to The Duke of Wellington at the end of the street-when you heard him talking back,one had too much to drink. I am a reserved guy, but back in the day, your good friend, Joe Lynch, was more straight-laced than yours truly. This is not a bad thing that Good Old Joe had only 1 or 2 weak traits in his youth. I believe in redemption and young men should be forgiven for the mistakes and wrong decisions that were made in their callow youth. I can only tell you that I get a smile on my face when I think of Edinburgh and Glasgow was not as pleasant. I did spend some time at Loch Ness and I did not meet the monster on the lake-Nessie. You talked about St. Andrew-one of the most famous golf courses in the world. My friend from The Prep[Matt McCloskey] played golf there and it was one of the greatest golf experiences in his life and he has played at many great courses in the world including Argentina. You and Regina are so fortunate to have luxuriated in the great Scottish-culture. You are definitely a member of The Germantown Diaspora, having lived in places like The Outback and Indonesia and marrying a gentleman from Scotland. You seem to have had a thing for very interesting guys and Mr. Fernhill,Joe Lynch, was no exception. Cathy! Keep posting and I really like your cultural and comparative analysis of exotic places and our beloved Germantown.
JBS [04-26-2011]

JIM MC KERNAN------- Great Irish History Lesson. Much appreciated. Thanks. frank klock.
FRANK KLOCK [04-26-2011]

M.E.K. I was unaware of the McGarrity connection with the "Rising"(So you made the Gtn case for me) and did not intend an off topic "diatribe" as you call it. Eastertime is a significant remembrance time not only for Christians but especially for those martyrs (Leaders of Dublin Uprising) of Ireland at Eastertime 1916. After they were crushed-all of them were taken out of prison and shot-even one who was handicapped (James Connolly) and in a wheelchair by British thugs in Ireland. Thus it has both an historic political as well as religious message for many of Irish descent who enter this site and who have hailed from Germantown. The site does focus on Germantown History yet many like my own son and my father before me were born, bred and reared in the old country. We should not forget our history and the history of our family heritage I feel. This was equivalent to our US Declaration of Independence and only happened 95 years ago! Joe O'Donnell welcome back from the desert..no thanks ever needed. Glad you landed in Eden rather Hell! Jim McKernan, Old St. Vincent De Paul
Jim McKernan, Professor [04-26-2011]

Dolly, I think I should have known you back in the day at Velma's and Abe's.. I also thought the world of Taters..He was on the good guys..You brought back a memory of when he and Harry Clap picked me up from School (Little Flower need I say more).. Taters stood right at the gate and I was a nervous wreck getting into the Car.. I knew I was going to get in trouble because as I got into the car I saw one of the Sisters looking out… The next morning I was called to the office..I do not remember the Nuns name.. But to my surprise Instead of getting into trouble she praised me for being kind to my friends.. I was shocked, because I never thought of Taters as handicapped in anyway and Harry was just one of the guys. We got along so well because I was not affraid to help him.. If his hook came off I would do it for him.. Me and Tom Pinto it did not bother eithe of us.. Did you know the Pinto’s and my good friend Kathleen McNamara.. Tommy Pinto was like a brother to me.. John Bruce Schmitt, Wayne was my Cousin.. Did you know the family and his father my Uncle Skeets his father was a hoot..
Erda Armstrong Graham, From the Westside [04-26-2011]

I remember hearing in the early 70s Dellasandro's Steak Shop in Roxbourgh used horse meat in their steaks. Don't know if it was true or tale, but they sure tasted good.
Ed, Chester, VA [04-26-2011]

For a great cheese steak Germantown style try Silvios in Hatboro they bake there own bread.
rich, huntingdon valley. [04-26-2011]

How many of you GTNers remember these stores on GTN.AVE---Cherry's -The Joy kiddie shop--Thom McChanes(sic) Berry's Mens Shop-The Vernon shop--Fliegelman's (near the New Lyric movie house)Al Brothers seafood house???Lou Giorno
Lou giorno, mr g dos [04-26-2011]

Hey Folks ... Just a friendly reminder that this coming Sunday May 1st is the G-Town luncheon at La fontanas Restaurant at 1pm ... we hope to see you there :>) Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-26-2011]

Just saw this Germantown website - does JBS and this person Mckernan monopolize the site ? Can someone please comment ? If so, I don't understand why ?
Terry happy hollow [04-26-2011]

Jim McKernan: Your article below is a real perk on 'Irish History'.After reading it,it got me so interested that i could'nt stop looking for material. Keep up the good work Jim ! Joe O'Donnell
Jue O'Donnell, After 33 yrs living in Mojave,Ca. am now in 'Eden,N.C.' [04-24-2011]

Hey John Bruce: I really enjoy reading what you have to say in your posts.You never fail to write a most interesting story when fueled by anothers remark. What i'd like to see is all the things that you can't put down in print! I can tell by the way you write that you mentally edit as you write.You know so much more than you can ever say.Seriously John,if you ever put in print your life story or the memories of your life on the things you've done,let me know ! Joe O'Donnell
Joe O'Donnell, Will be 68 on the 10th of August. Eden,N.C. [04-24-2011]

Dolly: Good Golly! Miss Dolly!- You sure knew a couple of characters from West Germantown,Tatters Stasson and Harry Clapp. I found it shocking that you drove with Tatters since he had only the use of his one hand and he had a zipper problem with that difficult situation. His friend,Harry Clapp, had a driver's license and he had deformed hands and I still do not know how he turned corners. You might have known Harry's neighbor and he was not a good driver,Frank Walsh. The three of those guys should have been outlawed from driving. Those 3 lads knew Bob Colsten who was a wild and crazy biker and I had a spill with him. Bob liked a buck in that he liked doing 100 MPH on his Big Bike. Bob was a little crazy but I would rather ride with him before I was in a car with those guys. If Wayne Armstrong were alive,a good and fast driver,he would agree with me. Taters knew Wayne A.,George Weller,Jim Collins,Bob Bishop and they all marched to a different drum but they liked fast cars. I wonder what happened to Taters and his buddies. John Burke was friends with Harry Stasson and you probaly knew Sue Stasson. You submitted some very nice and kind words about Taters. However, I have to tell you that he was a piece of work. He liked to walk on the top of tall buildings. One day, I'm heading down the 5200 block of Schuyler towards Queen Lane Station,and a dude yells at me from the roof of Wissahickon Apartments- "Taters". He fell from a railroad trestle and lost the use of one hand. I agree with your suggestion that not everyone could deal with that condition. You and David Floyd have taken me back too many years in your comments about Vincent Tatters Stasson.
John Bruce Schmitt [04-24-2011]

Hey Al, Don't know you but I new a family named Paris growing up. I think they lived on Magnolia Ave. over by Holy Rosary. Just to mention, my wife and I spend a lot of time in Laughlin, Nev.I imagine you go there also. Maybe some day we'll arrange to meet each other.
John DiRenzo, Mesa,Az [04-24-2011]

Happy Easter everyone. Remember the beautiful display in the church for Holy Thursday and visiting the other churches?
denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-24-2011]

In an attempt to tie the Professor's diatribe to Germantown, Monsignor McGarrity's (of Saint Francis of Assisi) was the brother of Joe McGarrity, a financial supporter of the uprising. They are buried together in Holy Cross Cemetary and honored every year at this time by many Irish organizations. K.I.S.S.
MEK [04-24-2011]

best cheese steaks in east germantown were at the explorers den[aka the pigeon hole]
anonymous [04-24-2011]

The steak shop at Wayne and Logan across from Happy Hollow was Sal's opened I believe 1952/53, there were 2 sons young Sal and Johnny. Later in the late 50's Joe Raffael opened a Steak and Pizza shop on Wayne Ave by where the Oldsmobile dealer ship used to be. Joe's also made great steaks and Pizza. One man's opinon they were both better that Pat's in South Phila. Glad to of help Al Paris
Al Paris, Fort Mohave AZ, the hottest place in the USA [04-23-2011]

David H. Floyd: I am glad that you clarified your views about Pulaski-Town and The Queen Lane Project. You are probaly correct that the brothers gave you some slack since your brother was Ron Floyd. I can only tell you that I had a different relationship with Ron's Pulaski-town brothers since I not only ran ball with them but I did some gambling with them-basketball,pool,and cards. Gambling changes the dynamic of relationships with people. I will tell you about an experience that I had at The Playground and it will enable you to understand where I came down on the project. At The Queen lane Project,you were a front-door man but I was more like Jim Morrison- A Backdoor Man. One day, I strolled into The Queen Lane Project and shot some hoops. A rough dude approaches me to shoot horse for a wager. He takes his weapon from under his shirt and gives it to his gun-moll,a charming lady. Joe Lynch from Fern Hill trys to nut[bust] me and suggest that I only had a drive in my b-ball game. I commenced to take the dude's money and he was embarassed in front of his honey and he knew-no money,no honey. Consequently,he challenged me to a 1 on 1. I drove toward the basket and he would practically tackle me. However, I was winning and he said that I fouled him too much and he attacked me. This dude resembled a fire-plug and looked like a bull-not to mention that he had a piece and not a piece- pipe. This guy could have killed me with either his hands or the gun. I knew that I could not win the brawl or he would have shot me. I chose to threw jabs and move away from his powerful right. Security broke it up since it was causing a commotion. I did the bird and flew out of there. Later, Taters tells me that I am in big trouble since I made a well-known gang-banger look bad. I was not going to pay any tribute to the gang-banger if you know what I mean and I laid low for a long time. This same guy was friends with another gang-banger who held up Manor Drug which was owned by my sister Joan. You were so fortunate that you did not have any problems at The Project or Queen lane Pharmacy where you worked. The Black Mafia was very big in Germantown and one had to be very careful. I am a reserved guy and I got into big trouble because I did not want to give up my money so that this dude could buy some reefer. If I can recall,you looked like a clean-cut kid but there was a lot of heavy stuff going on there. I commend you on surviving the mean-streets of Pulaski-town and North-Philly and now residing in affluent Jenkintown. Dave! You have the American Dream and enjoy it to the fullest.
John Bruce Schmitt [04-23-2011]

My message today is to wish 'you'all a VERY "HAPPY EASTER" . We will be in the high 80's in our sleepy town of Eden,North Carolina ! Joe O'Donnell
Joe O'Donnell, Eden,N.C. formerly of philly 68 yrs old in Aug. [04-23-2011]

Guy Cerato,To let you know that Angela Rose passed away 4/17/11.Her service is 4/27 at ST.JOHN OF THE CROSS ON WOODLAND AVE,ROSLYN 10-12 PM Marie Rose. SORRY FOR PERSONAL USE OF WEB
Marie Bommentre [04-23-2011]

I dare do agree with Catherine Manning Muir's ideas about Scotland's beauty Maggie Thatcher/Ronald Reagan (two peas in a pod my da would say)and Scotland,but it is a land lovlier than most methinks. I liked the big Rock outside the rough student pub in Aberdeen (On site of Philosophy Department) inscribed on the rock ca. 1500 A.D "I cannae say what the truth may be.....I can only say as twas sayed to me." That ladyies and Gents rests the march of philosophy at the time of the start of the Reformation Hurry up Science!
jim mckernan, Professor [04-23-2011]

Proclamation of the Irish Republic was only a beginning as the "Uprising" by no more than one hunded gunmen was quelled quickly. What it did do was encite the Irish people to go all out for war-guerrilla war- against John Bull's Tyranny . They achived their victory after having ti fight their own Civil War from 1921-1923 with brothers fighting brothers in some cases. Today Britain still holds on to six counties of Ireland in the North-Tyrone, Derry,Armagh, Antrim Fermanagh and Down This article is about the 1916 Irish proclamation. For the 1948 statute, see Republic of Ireland Act 1948. The Proclamation of the Republic (Irish: Forógra na Poblachta), also known as the 1916 Proclamation or Easter Proclamation, was a document issued by the Irish Volunteers and Irish Citizen Army during the Easter Rising in Ireland, which began on 24 April 1916. In it, the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, styling itself the "Provisional Government of the Irish Republic", proclaimed Ireland's independence from the United Kingdom. The reading of the proclamation by Patrick Pearse outside the General Post Office (GPO) on Sackville Street (now called O'Connell Street), Dublin's main thoroughfare, marked the beginning of the Rising. The proclamation was modelled on a similar independence proclamation issued during the 1803 rebellion by Robert Emmet. The taking of the GPO Before reading the proclamation, Pearse and other Republican leaders seized the GPO and made it their military headquarters, flying the new flag of the republic (see image below) from the flag-pole instead of the Union Flag. The green, white and orange tricolour was also flown on a lower flag-pole. The GPO, the Easter Proclamation and the tricolour (which later came to be seen as the flag of the republic, replacing the original green flag, which is now on display in the National Museum of Ireland) are the three most identifiable symbols of the Easter Rising, alongside the leaders, Thomas J. Clarke, Seán Mac Diarmada, Thomas MacDonagh, P. H. Pearse, Éamonn Ceannt, James Connolly and Joseph Plunkett. The text of the Easter Proclamation Proclamation of the Irish Republic, read by Pádraig Pearse outside the GPO at the start of the Easter Rising, 1916.Poblacht na h Éireann.[1] The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic To the people of Ireland. IRISHMEN AND IRISHWOMEN: In the name of God and of the dead generations from which she receives her old tradition of nationhood, Ireland, through us, summons her children to her flag and strikes for her freedom. Having organised and trained her manhood through her secret revolutionary organisation, the Irish Republican Brotherhood, and through her open military organisations, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army, having patiently perfected her discipline, having resolutely waited for the right moment to reveal itself, she now seizes that moment, and, supported by her exiled children in America and by gallant allies in Europe, but relying in the first on her own strength, she strikes in full confidence of victory. We declare the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. The long usurpation of that right by a foreign people and government has not extinguished the right, nor can it ever be extinguished except by the destruction of the Irish people. In every generation the Irish people have asserted their right to national freedom and sovereignty: six times during the past three hundred years[2] they have asserted it in arms. Standing on that fundamental right and again asserting it in arms in the face of the world, we hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and its exaltation among the nations. The Irish Republic is entitled to, and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and of all its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past. Until our arms have brought the opportune moment for the establishment of a permanent National Government, representative of the whole people of Ireland and elected by the suffrages of all her men and women, the Provisional Government, hereby constituted, will administer the civil and military affairs of the Republic in trust for the people. We place the cause of the Irish Republic under the protection of the Most High God, Whose blessing we invoke upon our arms, and we pray that no one who serves that cause will dishonour it by cowardice, inhumanity, or rapine. In this supreme hour the Irish nation must, by its valour and discipline and by the readiness of its children to sacrifice themselves for the common good, prove itself worthy of the august destiny to which it is called. Principles of the proclamationThough the Rising failed in military terms, the principles of the Proclamation to varying degrees influenced the thinking of later generations of Irish politicians. The document consisted of a number of assertions: that the Rising's leaders spoke for Ireland (a claim historically made by Irish insurrectionary movements); that the Rising marked another wave of attempts to achieve independence through force of arms; that the Irish Republican Brotherhood, the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army were central to the Rising; "the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland", a statement seen by some contemporaries as quasi-socialist and which some conservatives found troublesome (similar assertions in later declarations, notably the Democratic Programme adopted by the First Dáil in 1919, were deleted or toned down); that the form of government was to be a republic; a guarantee of "religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens", the first mention of gender equality, given that Irish women were not allowed to vote; a commitment to universal suffrage, a phenomenon limited at the time to only a handful of countries, not including Britain; a promise to cherish "all the children of the nation equally" (though often misinterpreted as referring to Irish children and their rights, it actually meant people of all religions, who were all seen as 'children of the nation'. I worked for years in Irelands schools, prisons and college. I am proud to say I am an Irishman.The heart of men and women's ideology that led that bebellion was Socialism. James McKernan, BSc, Temple; MA, National University of Ireland(Hons) PhD, Ulster University on the Thesis "Some Controversial Issues affecting the Education of pupils in Nothern Ireland."
Jim McKernan, Professor [04-23-2011]

Lou Giorno, MY camera's eye tells Seminole Hall was on East Church Lane a few strides from Germantown Avenue. Families actually lived there in side apartments/flats but they did do "occasions" upstarirs. Jim
jim mckernan, Professor nc [04-23-2011]

Dolly: Thanks for your memories of Vincent Stasson (Taters)from West Queen Lane as it appears that he adjusted pretty well in light of his injuries as it must have been hell as a teenager in those times. John Bruce Schmitt: I am not brave but I was brave but very cautious. I think the brothers cut me a break even when I worked at night in Queen Lane Drug store as I was Ron's brother. He liked boxing and I know he could hold his own. No rough stuff at store but sometimes they would toss half gallons of ice cream out the door when we were turned our backs. This was a gold mind for Dr.Pepper but I am not sure how Manor Drug did but you had some distance from the projects and no soda fountain.Right? All my Germantown friends: Happy Easter and enjoy the spring!
David H.Floyd, Lived in Germantown 1955-1968. Retired accounant in Jenkintown [04-22-2011]

Matt Manzo was my father's cousin, and I knew him pretty well.I remember attending weddings at the hall when I was kid.As to it's location, I am a little fuzzy. I know it was east of Germantown Ave and south of Chelten. I want to say that it may have been School House Lane but I can't say for sure. If we can't solve the street, I can always call one of Matt 's sisters and find out. Yes, some of them are still around and doing well and all are in the high eighties and nineties.
Louis F Pauzano,Sr, South Phila [04-22-2011]

I remember getting a great steak right across from happy hollow. But i cant remember the name.Jims maybe.?
rich, huntingdon valley [04-22-2011]

For all of our GERMANTOWN friends. EASTER 2011




love, frank.
FRANK KLOCK [04-22-2011]

Happy Easter to all of my G-town friends and all of my relatives. Vive Jesu!
James F. Breen, 63 year old, East Seymour Street. [04-22-2011]

JBS: There is a link between Regina Spissler Davidson and me, other than both of us being in the Germantown diaspora. Regina lives in Edinburgh (with an 'h'), Scotland, and my husband was born and raised in the same county, Fife, in a coal-mining town called Lochgelly, just across the Firth of Forth, a short train ride from Edinburgh. I don't know that it's all that beautiful right now on Princess Street because when we were there in April a few years ago it was bitterly cold and the sun shone for all of 20 minutes over a 3 week period. It was even more grim because of the foot and mouth disease epidemic which filled every evening's news with images of cattle with their legs in the air. The Easter start of the 'walking' season was delayed and the resulting economic impact was severe. John's parents emigrated to Australia so that he wouldn't have to go down the pits. The mines are all closed now, thanks to Maggie Thatcher, and the main street of Lochgelly is a sad sight, with many boarded-up shops and downtrodden looking people. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews is also in Fife and was bitterly cold the day we were there, but that didn't stop the golfers, so rugged up it's a wonder they could swing the club! Scotland is a beautiful country nonetheless and walking the Golden Mile in Edinburgh and visiting John Knox' house and Holyrood Palace were special; however, my favorite spot (Regina will know it as the town where the TV show "Hamish Macbeth" was filmed) is Plockton, the National Trust village on the shores of Loch Carron. If given the chance, I'd happily live there. I must add, however, that in all my travels, the only place I ever had anything stolen from my hotel room was in Edinburgh; had to buy another camera when mine went walkabout while we were out shopping.
Catherine Manning Muir [04-22-2011]

Kinda a summary - Joe Lynch - thanks for the fond memories of Ocean City. I've loved it so much that my husband & I now live here year 'round. Andy Anderson - Thanks for the comment about "mind joggers." These are great ways to expand the ties that bind. The pony man must have visited every neighborhood in Philadelphia. My husband lived near Connie Mack Stadium until he was 6 and we have a picture of him. My picture (no frame) slid behind the built in mantlepiece in our living room on Wyneva St. It will be a great archeological find some day in the future. And finally on Rowell's - I got my first pair of "high" heels there. I also have an all wool Loden coat which I got there. It was so expensive at the time ($75) but I wanted it so badly that my parents allowed me to get it. I was in high school at the time & I just can't get rid of it -even 50 year later!
Denise Duckworth Tumelty [04-22-2011]

Hi everyone, I love this site and all the memories it brings back of growing up in Germantown. I wish all of you a very Happy Easter. And blessings go to any family my brother John may have or had. Jane
Jane Holt Rauscher, Bell, Florida [04-22-2011]

Herr Mc Kernan : The reception at Rider University for Ludmila was beautiful. You would have had great rapport with the guests who came from varied backgrounds. My good friend from Germantown,Eric Wiener, married a lovely lady whose parents were Holocaust survivors and she talked to a lady whose parents also survived that most horrible ordeal. There were beatiful ladies from Venezuela and I understand why Brother Bernie was attracted to a Venezuelan woman in his other life. My wife was quite beautiful but her most important characteristic was that she had character and was loved by so many people. You and Bernie are so blessed that you have found soul-mates. The happiest people are couples with loving partners. On May 1, there is a G-town reunion in Hatboro and I hope Bernie can make it if he can get away from his boat. His friend,Dan Hartnett likes good wine and he does Red and White. Like you, I spent a lot of time in Germany and drank my share of great German white-wine. There are great vineyards on The Rhine and Mossel Rivers in Deutschland. As you know, Germany borders France and Cognac went down well on a winter-night. You are fortunate to live in California where good Cabernet-wine is grown. I believe wine is better for us as we age graciously and as they say,"Whiskey Can Make You Friskey". Easter is Sunday and possibly, you and your lady can enjoy some good Egg-Nog. I am fortunate that I can still enjoy Easter with my mother,Marguerite, whom you knew from Vernon Library. She is in a retire community with many elderly ladies from Germantown. It reminds me of how much I liked our neighborhood-Germantown. However, I must disagree with Dave Floyd in that The Queen Lane Project was a tough place. I liked running ball with the brothers and they were very good players with sensational moves. Ronald Floyd married into The Person Family and if Boll Person had gone to college, he would have been All-American.Kevin! May the sun shine on your parade for Easter.
Bruce S. [04-22-2011]

Senor Schmitt: Had I been in your area I would have been honored to attend the reception for Ludmila. She seems to have had a quality I consider very important--empathy for groups and folks not always given a fair shake. When President Obama sought this characteristic in his Supreme Court nominee, he was criticized. I think he was correct. I regret not having met your Ludmila. However, I may have passed on the Malbec at the reception in favor of some of those German Blue Nun wines (Liebfraumlich or Riesling) we drank, back in the day, floating down the Rhine while doing the castle tours. Collecting tolls on the old Rhine must have been lucrative. Some of those castles cost mucho Marks. Hope the reception went well.
Kevin, Your compadre in spirit [04-21-2011]

Dennis Mc Glinchey and brother Jim: Gentlemen, your observations on the Titanic and Germantown's Charlotte Cardeza fascinated me. I did not know this story. However, as Paul Harvey used to say: "Now for the rest of the story." Just like our small Germantown, the Titanic had its Good, Bad and for this story--the lucky one! I checked the ship's manifest and Congressional Senate investigations and found that there were three others in Charlotte's entourage from G'town. But it was the Gilded Princess herself that was the most titillating character: very unconventional, confident, educated, wealthy and got what she wanted. She was much like another passenger on that voyage-- "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." They were two birds of a feather and would not be confined to a Gilded Cage. They were strong woman that liked being SEEN and HEARD. This became clear when Charlotte refused to get into a lifeboat unless her maid, thirty-five yr. old son and his man servant accompanied her. She had one of the two finest berths on the Titanic, and having paid some $96,000 in today's dollars for passage, she would have her way. According to her testimony, money was exchanged, seamen uniforms appeared and they departed, despite warnings from the GOOD, British Capt. Smith-- "Woman and children first" he cried out, and to stem the initial panic among his crew, he yelled: "Be British, my men. Be British!" (unlike a lot of Yanks and others that were elbowing and fighting to get into the lifeboats--bugger that queueing up stuff for these lads ) I'm not sure what good this money did for the seaman accepting it; he would soon be joining Neptune who had little use for money in the Kingdom of Davy Jones' Locker. This brings us to the BAD-- J.Bruce Ismay, chairman and managing director of the White Star Line's Titanic earns this designation. Its been alleged he jumped into one of the first lifeboats, perhaps disguised as a woman, (There is conflicting testimony on this), took several others with him in a boat only partially filled and designed for 45-60, and fled. Some defended him while many others condemned him. Regardless, he never really recovered his reputation after this and died a recluse. A critic said " Getting into that boat was the biggest mistake of his life." …So as the "practically" unsinkable Titanic slipped beneath the sea, those not in denial prepared to abandon ship. (It was the press that changed the "practically unsinkable" into simply the unsinkable we were all told it was growing up.) Investigators found that had the lookout had something as simple as binoculars, this tragedy could have been avoided. It was dark, cold and true that the band played on until the last few moments. Survivors in the lifeboats heard them play the Waltz "Autumn" and another favorite, "Nearer My God to Thee." Wives that refused to leave their husbands held each other until the end. None of these brave musicians survived. More than fifteen hundred passengers were dumped or jumped into the icy waters--the screams were so horrible and unbearable to listen to-- that those in the departing lifeboats were said to have started singing "Eternal Father, Strong to Save"--just to drown out the screams for help…until it was quiet, and in cold water, hypothermia sets in quickly. Only one boat attempted to pick up a couple of persons in the water; the rest, fearful of being swamped, moved away. One of the last crew member seen in the water, swimming on his back while he held a small baby in the air, was the good Captain Smith. He did not survive. So, who was lucky? Amid all this carnage, a baker, I believe from New Jersey, consumed two bottles of whiskey awaiting the 28 degree F water to engulf him and was one of four that survived the hours in the water until picked up. His friends were convinced the lower freezing point of alcohol (-173 F) kept him alive. God does move in mysterious ways.
Kevin McKernan, Santa Barbara, CA., Old St Vincent's [04-21-2011]

Hey Cooter - I was an altar boy and the priests always took a cut of the action before giving us whatever was donated to the altar boys at funerals and weddings. I think I heard you sing in the choir and hit that high note - it cracked one of the church windows !
Bob Eastside [04-21-2011]

Mrs. Mac was a great lady, though she stood only 5'4" and spoke barely-discernible English through her heavy German accent. She had this boarding house at 419 Ocean Ave. in Ocean City, NJ, and allowed boys and girls to sleep in her large house of rooms for $1 a night, $2 on Saturdays during the summer. She never slept, always fearing hanky-panky among the boys and girls. (Sometimes her worst fears were realized, if you know what I mean.) We'd shift in at 3AM and find someone sleeping in our bed and we'd take a slot on the floor in a room of 9 lifeguards and dishwashers (me). It didn't matter, we were far from home for the first time, living on an island, and makin' good money — $35 a week — for icing donuts and washing dishes. (Hey, maybe I made you a chocolate donut back in the summers of '61,'62?) Ocean City was a very small town in those years. Everybody seemed to know everybody else and around 9 PM kids, on cue, would just sit down on the boards at 9th street and start singing "Michael, row the boat ashore" or dirty songs like "I know a girl whose name is____________, she had _____________. It was all pretty terrible and sexist, now that I look back at it, but, what the hell! Somebody, somebody, somewhere was having a party every night, and we spent all our nights looking for that blast that was so good, the OC police were probably raiding it right now. We never wore shoes except for work/church (the same thing) and the occasional visit home to deposit our savings from the dollar-an-hour job... And we thought this was the way life was going to be forever — bright days, tanned bodies, limitless money, the best of health. We knew, somehow, someday we'd find that elusive party on the beach at 55th Street; we'd meet our Sandra Dee or Connie Stevens ----- Thanks now for two summers of indelible memories, Mrs. McElroy, for giving kids the chance to escape the summer heat for summer loves, Neil, Tommy O'Connell, Jake Gaffney and The Chatterbox for 10 cent cokes and 15 cent crackers. And for the waitress at the Chatterbox, Jackie! Stretch One!
Joe LynchSFA57, LSCHS61/All it takes is All you got [04-21-2011]

wow ! this a great change ! so much more new and fun events to read all the different things that you all put on here now . thanks .frank from lansdale .
FRANK, lansdal pa [04-21-2011]

Hello fellow "G"towner's..I just booked a room for May 1st /Sunday-Cafe La Fontana on York Rd., in Hatboro, Pa. for approximately (30) guests...I do hope all who have confirmed wanting to come, will be there...it's going to be a good day for all...thank you, Linda "F".
L. Fontana [04-21-2011]

Cooter of NC - Thanks for jogging my memory of choir. I didn't go the SFA but tried out for choir at Immaculate Conception. After hearing my voice, the nun in charge discreetly asked: "...Have you ever considered being an altar boy..."? Needless to say my choir career ended rather abruptly but I went on to be an altar boy at St. Vincent's Seminary for 6 years. Hadn't thought about that experience for awhile - thanks for the jog. Andy
Andy Anderson, Longwood, FL USA - IC '58 CD '62 [04-21-2011]

Ed, Delassandros isn't as good as it was. Somebody told me the business is under new owners. It's still ok, but not the same.
anonymous [04-21-2011]

Regina Spissler Davidson: Easter is arriving and it must be beautiful on Princess St. in Edinburg. This site is so International between you and Kathy Manning Muir from Australia. I have been to Scotland but never to Australia. No women showed up at The Buck in Feasterville. There were good Germantown stories — especially from Joe Leone. There is another G-town reunion at LaFontana's in Hatboro and there will be many charming ladies there. Rosemarie must think that I am a wuss since I was always attuned to stranger — danger when I aprroached 301 W. Queen Lane — The Queen Lane Project. David Floyd of Jenkintown calmly walked into The Project and delivered Meds from The Pharmacy. I was more comfortable on the waterfront in Glasgow but I don't have to tell you that The Scots are not sissies. Today, I will be hanging out in The Moore Library of Rider University with The Professors and friends from Germantown and South America. You would be very sympatico with this group, you and CMM are very international. Enjoy Easter in beautiful Edinburg — it is one of the great cities in the world and say hello to The Duke Of Wellington. If the Duke talks back, "Run".
John Bruce Schmitt [04-21-2011]

Vincent ( Taters ) Stasson was also known as the one armed bandit, he only had the stump of one of his arms, his other arm was OK just some nerve damage. There was a wooden peg in his stump, he use to pull it in & out with his teeth to try & gross us girls out. I often think of Vince, how nice if someone would have replaced his pant zipper with Velcro, he was the one person I missed most when I moved from Germantown, he was better than average looking with a killer smile, a great sense of humor & a big heart. I never saw Vince feel sorry for himself, he did just about everything any other guy did, he was one of the best dancers around & he befriended those who others wouldn't have anything to do with just because they had a disfigurement or were different in some way. I was never bored around Vince I was never afraid either, even when he insisted on driving one night, we all got to where we were going. Harry Clapp was Vince's best friend, and there were never 2 more perfect Gentle Men anywhere.
Dolly, NE Philly [04-21-2011]

ED..The best steak I remember was Pats in the 60s, then walk around the back and get an ear of sweet corn and a slice of cold watermelon.
Gman [04-21-2011]

I remember getting my picture taken on that pony the man used to bring around. I still have that picture,I guess I was around 6 yrs. old. I also remember the gas lights and the man who used to come around every night with a small ladder and used to light them. I lived on Heiskell Street and went to Holy Rosary, It would be nice to hear from anybody from Holy Rosary. Does anyone remember Charlie Lockard.
joanne posimo [04-21-2011]

Naomi Vitelli, This is great ... we are looking forward to seeing all of you! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [04-21-2011]

Yes, I remember C.A. Rowell Department Store and loved their shop and lovely outfits for teen-agers. Would go in there and day-dream over which one I would buy if only I had the money. Rowells was not far from Buster Brown shoes for children. If I remember correctly, they would x-ray the length of our toes to ensure they fit properly. Yikes! Yes...Easter. Back when I was a child, my brother and I would be dressed in our best outfits for Mass at SFA, but first of all the Easter Eggs had to be exclaimed over, then dress up in our new Easter Dress, then go home, watch Bernie the Bunyap (what was bunyap?) and munch away. In Scotland, people give up liquor for Easter.
Regina Sprissler Davidson, sfa - 1963 [04-21-2011]

Where was the Seminole Hall located in GTN?? It was owned by Matt Manzo & was a venue that hosted wedding receptions,meetings etc. Lou Giorno
lou giorno, Mr.G dos [04-21-2011]

Linda Fontana & Rosmarie Hite-Malageri-An update...Two of my sisters and friend Barbara and my sister Pat's friend Joan McDevitt (all from Germantown) are looking forward to the luncheon. Total 5 Thanks!
Naomi Vitelli [04-20-2011]

About two blocks south of Wayne Junction on Germantown Avenue was a movie called The Cayuga. It was smaller than The Band Box and the seating was sort of pie shaped with only a few seats across the front rows. Across the street from the Cayuga was a steak shop. The guy on the grille expected us on Friday nights I guess, because he always had a huge mound onions simmering in olive oil. For a nickle he'd sell each of us an onion sandwich. He took a Superior Bakery roll, cut it and heaped a big mound of dripping onions onto the roll. That sandwich was heaven. We carried our onion sandwiches into the Cayuga and down to the front rows so we could get a great view of Frankenstein or The Wolfman. Now, I wonder what the other people in the Cayuga thought about all those steaming onions.
Jack Brogan, Now, they often call me Speedo but my real name is Mr. Earl. [04-20-2011]

Was anyone choir boy at St.Francis ? I passed on being an altar boy (although they made the cash for weddings an funerals) for a chance to be in the choir (circa 1963). My only reason was a chance to see what it was like to be in the choir loft which at that age seemed as hight as Mt Everest. The first time you would step out on the loft you thought you were on the top of the world and couldn't wait to give a wave to one of your friends below. I remember the organ player as a Mrs. Tracy who was always looking in the mirror above the keys so she could see th alter in the reflection and know when to start the next song. We would sometimes put our heavy hymn books on the loft railing much to the displeasure of our leader St. Marie Emmanuel. I remember one time my best buddy Mooskie Beerley knocked a book off the railing and nailed some bald guy sitting in the last row. We thought this was the funniest thing ever - Sister Marie...not so much !
Cooter in NC [04-20-2011]

Ray Dawes, thanks so much for telling me about (2) more people coming..this is going to be an great turnout of happy people sharing thoughts on that sunday.....Linda
L.Fontana [04-20-2011]

Ed F. try the Cheesesteaks at Tony Lukes at Front & Oregon Ave. in South Philly, they also have great Hot Pork sandwiches.
Philly Sandwiches [04-20-2011]

Bruce S. Best be there or beware ... you, Bruce have cooked your goose ... Rosemarie :>)
rosemarie hite malageri [04-20-2011]

I remember the barbershop on Logan St. near Wayne Ave. My dad used to go on Saturdays. All of a sudden his hair looked really bad. He told us the barber died and his brother took over! I don't think the brother was a barber. Was his name Tony?
Arlene (Bloomer) McMahon [04-20-2011]

At Easter time I remember the fact that many mothers made the easter outfit for their daughters by hand, I know my mother made my sisters outfits. What I like about it was, that it gave the girls such individuality, first with the choice of the material and then the design of the outfit---follow that up with white gloves and a little easter hat with a handbag. Us guys, well we could always wear what we called sharp--a bright tie with the suit. For those that have good memories of C.A. Rowell department store. go to the Library of Congress website CLICK They have 35 photos from 1950----I love the children’s shoe dept. with it’s elephant stairs. I read somewhere that he gave a lot of his money to the whowhatsoever mission----remember them, I believe they are still there.
Jack McHugh [04-20-2011]

Ed Farrar-if you lived in gtn then delasandro's was the place for great cheese steaks-and still is.
anonymous [04-20-2011]

David Floyd-Brickyard
anonymous [04-20-2011]

John Bruce Schmitt: I understand the recent SFA Reunion was for graduates of: 1) Class of 1956 and 2) males only...since the femail members had never responded. Although I live in Scotland, I would take every opportunity to fly to Philadelphia for the next SFA event. And I know location of the Buck Hotel, as I lived in Feasterville for four years.
Regina Sprissler Davidson, SFA '63 - Edinburgh/Scotland/UK [04-20-2011]

Nancy. Contact the Germantow Hisoric Socity for tours.. I am sure they would be happy to help you schedule something for your students.. Erda
Erda Graham, From the Westside [04-20-2011]

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