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March 11-20, 2012

thank you, JBS. my st. patrick's day enjoyment started and ended at diet coke, but that's OK. i've never understood the alcohol thing. meanwhile, for those who'd like to delve into philly's high school sports history (playoff recaps, all-star teams, much more), here's the link to that section of my website . . . www.tedsilary.com/insidelinkspage.htm take care, all.
Ted Silary [03-19-2012]

breweries in germantown: rubin&casper haines 6026 gtn. ave. 1794-1840 lorenz leiling 238 e queen lane & bayton 1888-1891 consumers bry.240-245 w queen lane 1897-1899 miller&tuefel 93 ashmead & wakefield 1866-1901 philip gucks school house lane by warden lane 1873-1880
B C [03-19-2012]

CMM, I wish I had an "a-ha" moment in Guam, or any other place for that matter. Today, life's a tale told by an idiot, without sound and fury since I took The Pledge. My life is shoes-off before the turf fire, buttered scones offered after Mass, spot of black tea on a piece of lace--mid-afternoon--the sounds of schoolchildren passing by.... instead of whiskey in the jar, a-rovin with the local lads, singing "Roddy McCorley with the Provos. I still might "Rage, rage against the dying of the light," but I'll do a bit of that nonsense tomorrow. Maybe.
Joe Lynch--All My Tomorrows Belong to You.--Sinatra [03-19-2012]

john flaherty: i'd like to start off by saying HAPPY SAINT PATTY DAY to all my irish cousins&friends out there, & secondly i would like to say to SIR THOMAS WALSH'S family, what a truely great man he was ! SIR THOMAS, as my father would call him adored him, and cherished his friendship for many years & now i can imagine there reunion with there other dear old Germantown friends in heaven, on behalf of the flaherty's REST IN PEACE,"SIR THOMAS walsh & may GOD watch over your family. p.s i'm just finding out tom cusack is my cousin? if so please reply to this&we'll figure out away to connect.by the way DR.JOHN J FLAHERTY, was my father& i remember the good all days walking up to ralph's barber shop past happy hollow play ground with my father for my haicuts,& my brother& i patrick took a ride past my fathers old DRS. office on wayne ave, needless to say it sickened me that in over 49 years the original paint remains, well gotta consider the source ! i remember a little old women cleaning her marble steps with a tooth brush&asking my father why she was doing that& he replied"its called pride" johnny.always take pride in what you do&where you live. 3-17-2012 & as my father would say---over&out.
john flaherty, DR. JOHN J. FLAHERTY'S SON, live in abington,pa & IRISH. [03-19-2012]

wow!,,what a great site,even though i'm a wee bit younger than most of the contributors.i coudn't help to be drawn in by the fascinating stories of the past.my father,...yes,it's really him..the legandary dr.john j. flaherty used to share unbelievable tales about the good ol' days.i myself have had the first hand pleasure of galavanting along with he and his entourage.i'm sorry to hear the passing of thomas "goony" walsh and my condolences go out to cass and the rest of the family.,,,tom was a great guy who would literally give the shirt off his back to help his friends.he especially helped out my brother john a few times and always found time to stop by my grandmother's house during the holiday's and wish her a merry christmas.i'll never forget the day he came around to show my dad the brand new lincoln town car he just purchashed.all green,with green tinted windows and green interior!...no mistaking he was irish!so being this is st. patrick's day,i just want to wish all you fellow hollower's {i grew up at 4624 wayne ave}.a very happy and healhty st. paddy's day and never forget the great memories....and boy do i have some good ones',,,trust me.if anybody's writing a book,check in here!being doc's son sure had it's interesting times!....and to tom cusack,i guess we are related??,i'll have to do some research on how,fill me in if you read this.you mentioned the dooney's..was ed dooney the brother of the other two?.i also want to give a shout out to mr. bob durkin,my old english teacher at roman catholic.hey bob,if i knew then what i know now,all the stories etc.,,ha!,thanks for giving me those passing grades,although i did inherit my father's intelligence,,,along with his wit.,,,i'm a more laid back version.,,,{most of the time,hey i can't help it,it's in my D.N.A.}take care gents....pat "lil doc" flaherty
patrick flaherty, 49,...son of doc flaherty [03-19-2012]

I was looking for an Orphanage that was in Germantown around the 40's and 50's.I think it was St. Joeseps Conzaga Or Christ Home for Children. I would like to have some information from there, as my siblings were there .Please let me know if you have any information on any orphanage in Germantown. I remember it was very large stone building, with lot's of ground and wrought iron all around. Thankyou very much.
Mary Marshall, I'm 70, and now live in Bucks County [03-19-2012]

I am looking for contact information for a Ronald Tompkins, a club soccer coach and promoter who had an association with the Enfield soccer club in the 1970s.
Carl Janetka, Plymouth Meeting [03-19-2012]

To all my Irish brothers and sisters, and there are seven of them,and to all the want to be Irish, and there are millions of yous, Slainte! Happy St. Patrick's Day. The largest St. Patty's day celebration, and parade, in the world is in Savannah, Georgia. It is a three day Holiday and there is an expected one million, or more expected for this weekend. If you ever have a chance to go there, do not miss it.
edburke [03-19-2012]

A CAUTIONARY TALE: That student, allegedly in my 8th period class is not my student. At 17, he remembers Wilt's 100 point game in 1962? He makes two capitalization mistakes, has a run-on sentence and misuses "Hopefully."--all in about twenty-five words! Panic-Disorder-Chaos: I see my job here is just beginning.
Joe Lynch--See the Irish film "The Commitments"--again. [03-19-2012]

FOR US IRISH CATHOLICS in the 1950s, the road to Heaven was going to be long and tortuous.We gave it our best shot. We had Mass on Sundays and Holy Days, attended Stations of the Cross in Lent, prayed at Novenas to St. Francis Xavier for extra credit, begged-off 40 Hours devotion (Too cold, Ma!), knelt during the Family Rosary in our living room (4614 Fernhill Rd), dodged the truth in Confessions on Saturdays at 4 o'clock, dutifully recited hourly prayers in the classroom, celebrated Feast Days of Martyrs who were usually dismembered by heeretics, wore Miraculous Medals and Scapulars, And, yes, feared the 7 Deadly Sins, most of all, the ever-present "impure thoughts." And what were you Protestants boys and girls doing anyway to purchase salvation while we Catholics lived our lives of mortification and austerity? (Well, maybe that is a little exaggerated.) You always seemed so casual when we tried to prove to you that you were on the road to hell for not joining our Church. I mean, it seemed so self-evident to us Catholic Standard and Times readers: with Pius XII in Rome, God in Heaven, all was right with the world. You seemed, (pardon me),to be getting away with flexible Sunday schedules,eating meat on Fridays, swallowing your sins while we had to go into a dark box and spew our latest embarrassments to the priest. You didn't have all those sacraments, sacramentals, third-class relics to kiss, Latin phrases to mumble, marble statues of St. Christopher, paintings of excruciating human suffering, everlasting sermons against just about every pleasure a boy could imagine, We had Papal Blessings at weddings, plenary indulgences on our tongues, ashes as a reminder of dust-to-dust, oils (for birth and death), incense, Holy Palm (Was there any other kind?) sprinkled Holy Water at High Mass, nightly Acts of Contrition just in case we died after falling asleep, JMJ at the top of our test papers, Eisenberg and O'Hara uniforms to show we were well-mannered, clean kids of a Catholic parish in a Protestant country. Imagine our surprise when we grew up!
Joe Lynch--Never Ask for What Should Be Offered. [03-19-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey: I actually posted "Mister McGlinchey MIGHT be a teetotaler". While we did share a table, quite frankly, I wasn't really paying any attention as to what people were eating or drinking. Stir the pot? Hardly! You gave off an impression of being somewhat a practitioner of temperance. Irish Diplomacy-The art of telling someone to go to hell, and having them look forward to the trip.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, this round is on me. [03-19-2012]

Out of the wispy mists of history, inspired by Joe Lynch's story of his distant young cousin that perished in WW I in service with the Royal Navy (R.I.P.), I recall another family tragedy from that era. My mother had a beloved, adventurous uncle--her mother's younger brother--whom she adored. This young uncle had fled Ireland to escape British conscription during WW I (The Great War! or as we were taught-- the "War to end all Wars"). He had little love for the KIng! Now in those days, before the "Uprising", a young man had three choices depending on his place in the family: First born son inherited the farm; the second generally went into the seminary or the Empire's military, any left over--emigrated. Girls had even fewer choices. Life, as the philosopher Thomas Hobbs said: "Was nasty, brutish and short." Most of the Irish during this period did not like being shot or hung for "wearing of the green" or speaking their native tongue--Gaelic. My distant uncle fled to the goldfields in Canada and Alaska where he picked up a nugget or two while on the lam from the Brits. On one visit back, he returned my mother's adoration with a solid gold coin/nugget?--sadly, sold off to help her family thru the Depression. That was to be the last time my Mother saw this courageous young man. The Brits tracked him down in the goldfields and executed him--"Another Martyr for old Ireland, another murder for the Crown." People do not like occupations; the sooner the Brits are out of Northern Ireland, and, perhaps as I've seen recently--out of Scotland--and ourselves out of the middle-east, the better these folks will be. They must write their own destiny. As there's a bit of the green in everyone on Patty's Day, I'll be wishing all Germantowners a Happy St. Patrick's Day.
Kevin Michael McKernan, "May I have one of those lovely scones with my tea,please" [03-19-2012]

Ah, St. Patricks Day! I tell people that St. Patricks Day was considered almost as important as Christmas and Easter at St. Francis of Assisi. Every year, every child had to wear green and either sing, dance or play an instrument in the St. Patricks Day play. After the play, all the children had to leave the basement of the old building immediately, because then the REAL party began. Now I realize that Monsignor Francis McGarrity was of a very important Irish family. There was no doubt that everyone was Irish on St. Patricks Day and if you were lucky, the rest of the year also. Erin go Bragh!
Hollow Girl [03-19-2012]

Erin Go braugh--MEANS HOORAY FOR THE ITALIANS !HA HA ! HAPPY ST.PADDY's To One & all !Lou O' Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G DOS [03-19-2012]

RONNIE CARMODY MCINTYRE your husband JIM was in the same graduating class of 1956. Our class is having a reunion luncheon on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at 12 noon at the BUCK Hotel. There are 31 people attending from SFA . Please let JIM MCIntyre know about this luncheon . RONNIE would you please let me know if he will or will not attend. This is last chance to get together will you grade school friends. I hope JIM can make it. Please reply on Your Thoughts web-site.
ORVILLE T. BALLARD, sfa 1956 & nechs 1960 [03-19-2012]

May you always have these blessings...A soft breeze when summer comes, A warm fireside in winter,And always the warm,soft smile of a friend. HAPPY ST. PATRICKS DAY!
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956--Little Flower 1960 [03-19-2012]

Wow, that was one angry post! I sense it has less to do with me expressing my personal opinion on the Irish holiday and more to do with you still smartin' over the reminder of your telling of when Goo punched you out even though he was like 15 years older than you. I think you are the one who needs to lighten up. For you to get so upset over someone’s opinion on a blog, life is far too short… It’s ok that you have no pride or interest in your Irishness, but show siome respect to the folks that do.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-19-2012]

Ted Silary: I want to wish you and your colleagues,"A Happy and Very Green St. Patrick's Day. Many Sports Writers enjoy St. Patrick's Day to the fullest. Many bloggers on this site including Irish Americans like Joe Lynch appreciate your comments about sports. I am pleased and impressed with your sports comments about athletes from different decades. Sports were such an important part of the culture of Germantown and Philly. Joe Lynch mentioned The Princeton Back-door Play and only an astute observer and critic of basketball like yourself, could connect viscerally with the aforementioned play. I am not being pedantic since Joe Lynch's student reads our site and we can help some of the students with their vocabulary for College Entrance Exams. This LaSalle student must like Lynch's 8th period class since most students would be tired and bored at the end of the day. I had a friend of mine in an eight period class and used colorful Germantown to tell a Jesuit what he thought and he was asked to leave a month before graduation. Joe Lynch's student is very humble since he does not use upper-case for "I". I find it edifying that we have younger generations reading this Germantown Web-site and not just old kats like me and Paul Borian. Brother Ted! Keep posting with your encyclopedic head.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-16-2012]

Dennis, Dennis, Dennis, regarding the 'poster'? blogger' who said to lighten up, allow me to say, well, lighten up. You bemoan the "Erin Express," yet at the end of your missive, you invite us all to celebrate as we see fit, by going to a pub, or a party. Well, which is it, hair shirts, or celebration? And as for that "Erin Express;" I suspect it is loaded with willing passengers, not conscripts who are being bludgeoned and dragged on to the ride by some Black and Tans, so what is the issue? You needn't board. (needn't? did I really say that?). I've never been one to get my identity tied up too much in my heritage, because like having red hair, or being 5-10, I really had nothing to do with it; just a roll of the genetic dice. Don't misunderstand, I admire my ancestors who endured hardships, and strove to improve themselves, regardless of where they were from (i.e. the red heads may trace their roots back to the viking invasions, and a bit of spoils going to the victor, but I'm sure you know that). Now this is really going to tick you off, for all my Irish kin, aside from lightening up, may I add, get over it. I do not accept victimization be it from my own or from today's whiners; and I do not think our ancestors would have either.
John Payne, Stereotypes are all alike. [03-16-2012]

This is an eclectic Web-site with a wide range of Germantown Memories. Although I have strong opinions on politics, I’m not looking at this site to vent or react to the crazy politics of today. Likewise, I find it a bit disarming to come across so many references to Irish History and politics in a Germantown context. I am of English, Irish, Welsh, and Swedish descent from families that have been in this area beginning in 1638. I consider myself an unhyphenated American. With such family background, a Catholic mother and an Episcopalian father, I was aware growing up in Germantown that I should not share some of my opinions and ancestral history with my Irish friends and acquaintances, and still don’ t. That always bothered me and still does today. Researching just now at a few web sites from both sides of the issue on Ireland, and seeing some of the post here, I can see why I kept my mouth shut. Too many good and bad people on both sides died. Shall we all return to our homelands and give Germantown back to the people that were here before us in 1600, or is that different? Peace.
Anomoyus [03-16-2012]

To All: Last year my cousin sent me an email with an attachment that showed a photo of the grave in St. Catherine's Chruchyard in Killybegs, off the coast of Donegal Bay Ireland of what is believed to be the resting place of my great-great grandfather James Carr. I have never been to Ireland, but I looked at the photo of the grave and others from the surrounding countryside and I felt that I had a presence there in that chruchyard and I wrote this poem. To all who yearn to find and know their ancestors:

Erected To The Memory

I could not find you
among the weeping cursive
of names scrolled on crusty pages
listing Donegal’s dead 1847.

But here you are enshrinded
under the foliage of an Irish Yew
cultivating questions in me,
but I only have the silence

to address your stone
with the murmurs in the mist
a breath of your vintage air
the babble of birds.

Listening to the crunch of my steps
scratch your edges
fingers tapping,
trace the inscription:

By his sons in America.
Charles Carr [03-16-2012]

My Irish acquaintances probably won't like this one, but I think it is funny. Steve Martarano (Sp), a radio host once said for Italians, "Hell is an Irish bar, and everyday is St. Patty's day." C'mon now folks; that's funny.
John Payne, Bongiorno. [03-16-2012]

An Irish Toast: May you die in bed at ninety-five, shot by a jealous husband (or wife).

Helen D'Angelo re: "Our little inbred group;" I'm still laughing out loud at that phrase. Cheers.
John Payne, "Make 'em laugh, make 'em laugh" Donald O'Conner [03-16-2012]

Happy St. Patrick's Day to everyone. I'm just about to go out and make my Irish Soda Bread. A St. Pat's tradition. Joe Lynch my Mother's Italian dinner was also Chef Boyardee. But she was also a very good cook. She didn't like Italian food so I guess that's why she never learned to cook it. I remember when she did make spaghetti I had to promise to wash the dishes because she didn't like to wash the dishes when they had sauce on them. So because I liked spaghetti I would always do the dishes. I don't think she started making it until I was out working. Enjoy your weekend.
Ronnie Carmody McIntyre [03-16-2012]

Anonymous: Re: you posting about the Irish greeting; I addressed an Irish woman in my neighborhood by saying, "Top O'the mornin' to ya", and her reply was "And the rest of the day to you sir." I had never heard that before, and notice that it is similar to your posting, which I can imagine someone also saying, given the wit of the Irish.
John Payne, Sure, and it's a grand mornin' [03-16-2012]

happy st. patricks day . i will make ham & cabbage, & have irish soda bread. have a fun day marie
MARIE [03-16-2012]

John Fleming, don't quite understand why you posted here that I am a teetotaler when we met a couple years ago for cocktails as part of a blog group, and even had a very recent discussion about it. There's no need to stir the pot here by intentionally misinterpreting my posts. It was what it was, and my thoughts there couldn't have been any more clear.... Happy St. Patrick's Day to all with proud Irish roots! And, a wee bit of Irish humor on this grand day of celebration of our heritage.....

May those who love us, love us.....
and those who don't love us,
may God turn their hearts....
and if he can't turn their hearts,
may he turn their ankles
so we'll know them by their limping....

Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-16-2012]

Lovely to read the personal stories of 'Irishness'. Driving home this afternoon, I listened to a program on the car radio about the increasing numbers of Irish migrants to Australia since the GFC kicked the slats out from under the Gaelic Tiger. Irish constituted 6.5% of legal migrants to Australia last year. No differentiation is made between those from the North and those from the Republic, or between Protestant and Catholic; all are 'Irish' for statistical purposes. There are Gaelic football clubs (playing with a round ball) and hurling clubs as well, and a juniors league has just started up, because of the influx of families with children, mainly chasing the jobs in the mining boom in Western Australia. The community has coalesced around new social media, including blogs and a Facebook page, helping otherwise isolated immigrants to get a foothold. And to 'anonymous 03-15-2012', it wasn't naivete, it was over-generalization which made me assume that someone born and bred in Ireland would identify as Irish, just as someone born and bred in the USA would be assumed to identify as American, as I do. That night in Guam was an 'a ha!' moment for me, a learning experience.
Catherine Manning Muir [03-16-2012]

Joe Lynch, i too rember wilts spectacular 100 point game. Hopefully the webmaster lets me post this i enjoy reading your blogs. A studious student from your 8th period class
Joe Lynch's pupil, Man on a mission [03-16-2012]

old irish saying top of the day to you and the rest of the day to meself
anonymous [03-16-2012]

I remember Harvey Jamison and Bo Smith,both of them were all-public and all-area soccer players in 1972. Both of them played soccer at the Germantown boys club
Bob E [03-16-2012]

Another Irish Story-I neglected to attach my name to my post of 03-15-2012. Quite remiss of me as I normally rail against anon posts! I thank my bardic friend 'Cholly' Carr for his exquisite poems and especially for the poem "Sunlight" by my old colleague Seamus Heaney-we educated teachers together in Dublin while Seamus got up the courage to strike out on his own as a poet! His volume "North" are my favourites he being born close to the earthiness of farming, nature and "the troubles" Thankfully he plows with his pen rather than his brawny arms! Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Happy St. Patrick's Day all Germantowners! Jim McKernan
Jim McKernan, Greenville NC "Tobacco Road" [03-16-2012]

Bars playing a role in the rise in the usual stereotyping and slurring of the Irish? Yes I guess so, but I think that most of the stereotyping has been perpetuate by the Irish themselves. Certain elements in sports and entertainment have been embraced by the Irish. Notre Dame's "Fighting Irish", with its Fighting Irish Leprechaun. Hollywood gave us "The Quiet Man". It told the story of man that returns to his native Ireland, where most of the socializing centers around drinking. Even in the big fight scene, they stopped for a drink. Even Hal Roach, the brilliant Irish comedian, who recently passed away, used the Irish's love of drinking as a basis for some of his comedy. It appears as though Mister McGlinchey might be a teetotaler, for which he is to be commended, but I also think he should "lighten up" a bit.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62 [03-16-2012]

Charles Carr: Being an Irish-American Poet, I must wish you,"A Happy St. Patrick's Day. I must also applaud your poetic soul and compassionate heart in that you support the mission of Father Tom Hagan in Haiti. Father Hagan works with the impoverished people of Haiti to hepl eradicate their poverty and illiteracy. You mentioned that Father Tom Hagan is a graduate of the Judge Class of "59". Father Tom was in the seminary with North Grads"59",David McNulty and Art Nicoletti who have a Germantown connection. Dom Raffaele who posts on this site, was also a member of that 1959 North Class. Father Tom's parents owned the Mayfair Diner which is an institution in The Northeast-many Germantowners have been patrons there,including myself. Father Tom is saintly and worked with the poor in North Philly in the soup kitchens. I met Father Tom at The Aquinas Institute in Princeton where he was The Chaplain for Princeton University. I was a back-bencher at The Aquinas Institute with Bill Noonan and Bill Schreyer,2 Merill Lynch executives, when Father Tom said Mass on Sunday Morning. Father Tom could have taken a position in Monaco but he chose to work with the poor in Haiti. Bill Noonan went to Haiti to work with the Haitian Children and gave money for a school. When Bill Noonan died in Princeton,Bill Schreyer,the former Chairman of Merrill Lynch and good friend of Joe Paterno, hired a plane to fly Father Tom for The Funeral. We celebrated The Funeral Mass with Father Tom and his eulogy was extraordinary. At the luncheon at the posh Nassau Club in Princeton, Father Tom told me that he was not comfortable with the opulent venue. Obviously, he wanted to do his Christian Thing and to be with The Haitian People,his dog,and his broken-crucifix in his very humble home-it has been a tent. Too many times, we hear wicked invectives about Catholic Priests and more people should meet Father Tom and hear his message. I wish You,Father Tom,and Irish-Americans,"A Great and Green St. Patrick's Day".
John Bruce Schmitt [03-16-2012]

Jeannie Sprissler, Welcome to our little inbread group and happy that it helps pass time while you are recovering. Keep posting with your thoughts about the old neighborhood.

A SHORTER IRISH STORY: My cousin Michael Salter joined the British Navy at 18 and died soon thereafter, sunk by a German ship (U Boat?) in WW l. We have only a photo of him proudly in his uniform at 18. We keep looking for his features in our grandchildren. He had nowhere else to go to find work or a life, so he joined the hated British Navy, much as his sisters had no life and had to move to America. It just occurred to me that the reason why my mother's terrible cooking was because when she was a little girl, there was no food to be had in County Cork. Tommy, Kathy, and I always wondered why our mother could cook only two meals--roast beef and ham at Sunday dinners. She never learned how to cook because she was always hungry. We would always laugh at her Italian meals--Chef Boy-Ar-Dee. Yum.
Joe Lynch, older but not old. [03-16-2012]

Does anyone have any info on Paul Wall?
Lou Giorno, mr g dos [03-16-2012]

Anonymousm of 3/15, you do know your Irish history. I enjoyed that post. And, thank you for setting the record straight on the loyalist Prods in Northern Ireland being transplants of Scottish descent.... Adding a 3rd element to that identity crisis that you mentioned, the Irish know that they are not Irish....
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-16-2012]

As St. Patrick's Day approaches, there are many poems I could share of Seamus Heaney's. This is especially for my good friend Jim McKernon,since he met Heaney in the North during the worst of the time of the troubles.


There was a sunlit absence.
The helmeted pump in the yard
heated its iron,
water honeyed

in the slung bucket
and the sun stood
like a griddle cooling
against the wall

of each long afternoon.
So, her hands scuffled
over the bakeboard,
the reddening stove

sent its plaque of heat
against her where she stood
in a floury apron
by the window.

Now she dusts the board
with a goose's wing,
now sits, broad-lapped,
with whitened nails

and measling shins:
here is a space
again, the scone rising
to the tick of two clocks.

And here is love
like a tinsmith's scoop
sunk past its gleam
in the meal-bin.

____________________ charles carr
Charles Carr [03-15-2012]

Hollow Girl. I found your thoughts, so well expressed, were magic. Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could get back to Germantown, see them and enjoy them again? Sadly not feasible now. Or is it? You never know what you had until you lose it.
Jeannie Sprissler, Scottish Lass [03-15-2012]

Because I'm still recovering from a stroke 6 years ago, you really don't know how much this site means to me. Remembering all those happy years in the late 60's remind me of those happy days, and sadly those missed in the 50's.
Jeannie Sprissler, New Town [03-15-2012]

Another Irish Story. Joe Lynch, thank you for your tale which I know to be true. You come from 'good stock' as they say still in the old country. My father, Barney, was born on what is now the first town on the southern (Republic of Ireland) side of the border with Northern Ireland. He only attended school for two years due to the civil war. One day he came upon dead British soldiers on the road-he was about 9 but had the good sense to go around and collect the guns. He buried these weapons for the "lads" to collect later. He was one of six children born and reared on 5 acres of Monaghan drumlin land. He said the family had meat about twice a year as they had to subsist on what they grew. He told of eating raw turnips out of the field the hunger was so great. He found his way with the help of an older sister to New York(in 1929 when the Great Depression hit) where he landed the fine post of operating the elevator in the Empire State building-It was there he met my mum, Mary, and he even proposed to her on that famous elevator (or 'lift' as the Irish say)in his fine Empire State Building uniform- which resembled a colonel's outfit in some Banana Republic army. Catherine M Muir is correct but I was surprised at her naivette about "loyalist" Ulstermen. Northern Ireland was "planted" with protestants mostly from Scotland in early 1600's. They were sent by the Queen to displace the rebellious Irish. They took their lands and have today a huge cultural identity problem-they don't want to be called Irish as they see themselves as Brits and the Brits don't want them! Joe Lynch's story of Black and Tans is correct. When I attended Galway university after the Vietnam War I used to walk down Fr. Griffin Road to college. So named for the poor priest who was dragged out of his house and hanged by Black and Tans for saying Mass when IRA men were present. As the old tune goes: "Lets meet the men from Kerry lets meet the men from Clare From Dublin, Wiclow and Donegal and the boys from old Kildare Some came from a land beyond the seas From Boston and New York But the boys who beat the Black and Tans were the boys from the County Cork"! I'll be speaking at University of Cork on March 30th on the topic of 'The Socialist educational philosophy of Theodore Brameld' an American philosopher who understood that Nationalism, and Capitalism neede to be abandoned in favour of a universalism of peace and equality. He was persecuted during the McCarthy witch hunts but never gave up the fight. And very like James Connolly, the Irish rebel socialist, who forged the Proclamation of the New Irish Republic in socialist ideals. The coward Brits executed him while he sat in his wheelchair in Kilmainham Prison. I keep on trying to let folks know that my country was created on these ideas and there is something in them that can lead to world peace.
anonymous [03-15-2012]

St. Patrick’s Day is one I both enjoy and dread at the same time. Being of Irish descent, I’m very proud of my Irish heritage. For me, it is a day of celebrating your Irish ancestry. Today, there are over 40 million Americans with Irish roots. Irish emigration started early on, with the potato famine or what should be more appropriately referred to as “The Great Hunger”. Those early Irish immigrants were instrumental in building the America we know today, all the while enduring fierce prejudice and discrimination. All ethnicities played such a role in the building of America. In these days to celebrate one’s heritage, whether it be St. Patrick’s Day, Columbus Day, etc, they should be days to honor the contributions made by this group of people to the American way, along with a celebration of your proud heritage. But. St. Patrick’s Day, sadly, has taken on a more different, secular meaning, a day to party. It follows New Year’s Eve and Thanksgiving eve as the biggest party days of the year. Nothing wrong with toasting your Irish heritage. To those, I say Slainte! But, to many it nothing more than a day to drink. The bars played a role in making it this way. Like, is an “Erin Express” really needed to take you from bar to bar? Beyond that, the day brings on a rise in the usual stereotyping and slurring, whether it be through jokes, t-shirts, etc. I belong to a Facebook group where a poster recently posted a vulgar picture that was insulting to proud Irish Americans. When I called him on it, the response was to “lighten up” and to wait to see what he posts on St. Patrick’s Day. I can’t wait….. These days, I suppose lighten up means to accept and laugh off a vulgar insult to your heritage. Anyway, to those with Irish roots, a Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ya!. Celebrate the day however you will, by going to the pub, to a party, with a dinner of Irish foods, wearing green, flying an Irish flag, listening to Irish music, a parade, whatever. What is most important is that the day be kept in its proper perspective by all, a day in celebration of Ireland and Irish heritage.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-15-2012]

Ray Dawes: I received your 3/13 message relative to my hiding in Cape May. Sounds like I ruffled your feathers and if so I didn't mean to do that. I just recently came upon this site and thought it would be nice to play a little trivia and certainly had no intention as to finding out who was alive or deceased. To clear up the mystery my name is Joe Drosey and I lived on Seymour St. across from Fitler School. I graduated from SFA 1953 and NC 1957. I played baseball and basketball at the Hollow and GBC in the early to mid 50's. I married Norma Carr who lived on Royal st. between Logan & Seymour and we will be celebrating our 52nd wedding anniversary in June. We have a home in Cape May and winter in Barefoot Bay Fl. and I continue to play softball in the men's over 60 league. It doesn't get any better than that. Joe Drosey
Joe Drosey, Cape May, NJ / Barefoot Bay, FL. 72 Yrs. Young [03-15-2012]

SFA Alumnus "53"- You compiled a long list of your classmates from The SFA Class of 1953. I knew many of these folks since my brother,Urban[Jack], was in that class. Brother Jack always told me that he was in this class with a bunch of brainiacs such as Bob Durney and Donald Spence whom you mentioned. Bob Durney's cousin,Bucky, posts on this site. I believe that Spence and Durney went to LaSalle High. You posted the names of Gillespie and Hepp. In the 60's, I was on a boat cruising down The Rhein River in Germany, tasting some Rhine-Wine,looking at The Castles and practicing my German with the waitresses[Frauleins] and I bump into Joe Hepp who was on a tour with a LaSalle College group. A lady comes up to me and says you look like a fellow who is dating my daughter. Madame! What's his name?-Kenneth. This was my brother,Ken, and her other daughter was dating Ed Gillespie-it must have been that Germantown water. I also knew Ray McGough and I crossed paths with him at Kellis's at K&A in Kensington when he was packing since he was with The PPD. Bob LaValle was a friend of my brother and he would come to my house and he was a combative player when we played ball-football. On The SFA football team, Bob L. and Tom McHale were running-backs and Bob Hanf was The QB and Bob H. was a smooth basketball player. Ray McGough was on the team and a good kicker and Vince Higgins was a good lineman and although he was not that big, he could be quite feisty if you know what I mean. Recently, I was talking to Bud Ballard,SFA'56",and he was trying to get connected with Mike Peale whose Uncle Vince Weikel was in the 1953 SFA class. I remembered Vince from Fernhill where he was a good left-handed hitter. Brother Jack was friends with Pat McCarthy who became a doctor. Dragonowsky and Zeccerdi were in that class and also became physicians. You were in a great class at SFA and your classmates did well in life. Tom Cusack was not in your class but he knew everybody since he has that dynamic Irish-personality. He even hung out at The Dunes[Somers Point] with the legendary Gooney Walsh who just passed away. It appears that your life in retirement is good and civilized in that you live in the charming and beautiful "Cape May".
John Bruce Schmitt [03-15-2012]

Bob E, Frankford were City Co Champs with CD in '73(also totally outplayed) and CD beat Lincoln for the City Title in '72. Roxboro beat CD in '71. Mike Rossano from Portico St had a few good years at Roxboro in the mid 70's.
Jim Coleman, Manheim st, '74 CD Grad [03-15-2012]

Joe Lynch and Lorraine, I enjoyed your stories and the telling of your family’s coming to America. There is some commonality in all of our backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity. Our ancestors all came here seeking a better life. They took whatever work they could find, worked hard, assimilated into American society, taught their children values and right from wrong, etc. They did their best, and these days, their future generations (us) are all benefitting from the decisions they made, the sacrifices they made, the struggles and hardships they endured, etc. We should never forget that. And, we should all they to get their story while they are still alive, and pass that story on to the next generations, just as you both have been doing. I did that on my maternal side a couple years ago, while my Mom and aunt were still alive. That was time very well spent. Not only did I really enjoy it, but I documented it all into a family history and passed a copy on to family members. I will be tackling my paternal side this year. But, that one will be a challenge as my Dad and his siblings all died in 1996 (and oddly, in the order of their birth). I know it is mostly a lost opportunity, but still worth a try to see what my cousins might know. Thanks for sharing those stories.
Dennis McGlinchey, Born & raised in East Germantown [03-15-2012]

Joe Lynch, lovely story about your mom and dad. Especially touching is your father's heroic role, warning of the approach of the dreaded Black and Tans. A great admirer of Bernadette Devlin and Bobby Sands, I have always identified as fiercely Irish, although my forebears came earlier than yours, after the potato famine. I had a real shock to my Irish sensibilities in Guam, of all places, on the eve of St. Patrick's Day in 1988. I was then Realty Officer for US Army Western Command (now USARPAC), responsible for acquisition, management, utilization and disposal of the Army's real property, including all its lands and facilities in the Pacific, from Alaska to Samoa, including Hawaii, and was on a mission to convince COMNAVMAR not to allow the Navy to give the Agana Naval Air Station to the government of the Northern Marianas. My visit to Guam coincided with RIMPAC exercises which, in Guam, mainly involved P3 Orions from the US, Canada and the UK chasing and identifying submarines and simulating their destruction. The BOQ at Agana NAS was full to overflowing and, naturally, there was much camaraderie and drinking which went on well into the night and ended only when the sun shocked us by rising on St. Paddy's Day, by which time at least 100 empty beer bottles were lined up on the wooden picnic table behind the BOQ where we had spent the night solving the problems of the world. One among us was a Lieutenant in the British Army who, although born and bred in Ireland (the North, that is), stunned me by saying that he was British. Now it had never occurred to me before then that someone born and raised in Ireland, albeit the part under British occupation, would identify as being anything other than Irish! My ancestors on my mother's side came from Northern Ireland, as I discovered from research in the census on microfiche at the main library in Philadelphia, but -- praise God! -- they were Catholic! We watched a program on TV the other night about the property boom and gigantic bust that has brought Ireland to its knees and I recalled the lines of Leon Uris' 'Trinity': "Ireland has no future; it has only the past repeating itself." Let's hope and pray that is not eternally so. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all!
Catherine Manning Muir [03-14-2012]

Lots of good soccer players from Gtn. CD and North were great teams in the early 70's, but lets not forget the Public league. Many good teams back then, Frankford, Northeast, Washington, Lincoln, Roxboro. Frankford won the city title in 72, and many players fron Gtn played in the public league.
Bob E [03-14-2012]

"Nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass"--beautiful poem--great movie!
vera carey canavan, St. Vincent's 1956--Little Flower 1960Nothing can bring [03-14-2012]

Joe Lynch: Could that have been Bantry, as in Bantry Bay? CSC
cscarr [03-14-2012]

John Payne: You and Joe Lynch had an interesting discussion about the great basketball game between St. Francis and St. Matt's at The LaSalle Tournament in the 50's. I knew and remebered many of the players on your SFA Team-Joe Lynch,Bill Haas,John Fries,Joe Razzano, John Fowler,Jim Kehan,Frank Klock,Dennis Crowley,and Bucky Durney. I also knew some of St. Matt's Players since 4 of them went to The Prep-Matt Goukas,Terry Collins,Marty Maher,and Bill Mcfadden.SFA had 2 future All-Catholic Players,Joe Lynch and John Fowler,and Bill Haas was All-Inter-AC at GA. Matt Goukas,Terry Collins,Marty Maher,and Bill McFadden were All-Catholic for The Prep. With these great ball-players,it was destined to be a great game. You and Jim Kehan were only in 7th grade and that had to be prime-time for you and your Hollow Buddy,Jimmy K. St. Matt's had strenth with their back-court and SFA was superior underneath with Joe Lynch and Bill Haas. Joe Lynch talked about going back-door which was used so effectively by Princeton Coach,Pete Carrill. I knew a guy who played for Pete at Princeton- his favorite song was,"I'm A Back-Door Man",by Jim Morrison of The Doors. I would have had Joe Lynch and Bill Haas running a high-low rotation and John Fowler working baseline- the back-door was open and John Fowler was a dominant player when he worked the base-line. John could have turned the game around if his talent had been used more. From what I understood, Bill Haas had a good game but he was always getting the ball and there was not enough rotation and a balanced allocation of shots. Joe Lynch would continue to compete against Matt Goukas and Bill McFadden when these 2 aforementioned lads played for the Prep and St. Joe. Baggs Klock would compete against Bill Mcfadden and his friend Joe Celleni, in big time poker games at St. Joe. Your former SFA Coach,Goo Guarinello,was a great mentor for Baggs,in that he could compete against some great college players in the field of poker-playing. A lot of the poker players liked to shoot pool and in these games, you would have been "The Big Boss Man",and Joe Cocker would have said,You Can Leave Your Hat On",but always make sure that you chalk the cue-stick.
Bruce Schmiit [03-14-2012]

Splendor in the Grass, is on my top ten of all time favorite films. Although the film was set in the late 20's, its a timeless classic, as teenage love and heartbreak, is the same in the 20's and 60's, and possibly today. A great lesson to be learned from the film was that, as joyous as our childhood was, we can never " bring back the hour Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower; We will grieve not, rather find Strength in what remains behind" In other words we must learn to move on to adulthood. Frequently we find people that like to dwell in the past, and really can't accept the changes that have happened to them an their old neighborhood. Speaking of the Legion of Decency. I have always found it amusing how they wanted to shield us from the real world and the evils of sex.
John Fleming, Tampa Bay, Florida CD'62, Viet Nam '65 [03-14-2012]

Joe Lynch, As always, I enjoy your posts; and you are correct in saying that your story is probably my story. Here's mine.... Italian style. My grandfather left Italy to make himself a better life in America. After establilshing himself in the USA, he sent for my grandmother. He had been friends with her brothers when he lived in Italy. My grandmother (age 16) left family & friends to be with him. Imagine traveling, alone, to a strange & foreign country to be with someone you casually knew. She did....they married.....raised 6 children....owned/operated a restaurant (Joe's Diner in Gtn./Nicetown area).....fed those who could not afford a meal during the Great Depression..... learned to speak & read a new language.....embraced a foreign culture, while retaining their own traditions. My mother, 94 yrs. young, enjoys telling this story. She has handed it down to me, my brother, her grandchildren & great-grandchildren. I sometimes wonder if my grandchildren realize the courage my grandparents displayed in making, then taking that first, bold step into the "New World". I can only hope that they do; but if they don't, I will continue to hand down the story to their children. Thanks for the memories
Lorraine (Cupo) Kelly, fl; ic '55; cdhs '59 [03-14-2012]

Hi Shiela, My family is well and like you and your family looking forward to spring. I would like to get together at that diner that we met at so long ago. It would be nice to see you again and do some catching up. Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-14-2012]

thanks for the kind words, JBS. you've been the star of this site for as long as i've been following it . . . for the record, meanwhile, dawn staley never scored 100 points. tremendous player, but linda page remains alone in that club. stay well, all.
Ted Silary [03-13-2012]

SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS was on tv yesterday. No Legion of Decency rating!
denise Duckworth Tumelty [03-13-2012]

joe passarate,i remember fred manzo and all so his cousin johnny manzo also vince manzo. fred went to st michaels and was a few year's younger then me . we had a st michaels reunion at the spring house tavern back in 2004 and him and john were there i do remember him back the boys club was a gold tender for the blue team i think ! very nice guy i think he retired as a lt.col.good player and a very nice person . frank margiotti
frank margiotti, lansdale [03-13-2012]

to hiding in cape may if you are warey about giving your name why would your classmate want to reveal themselves as beinging alive. some of the names are my cousins and neighbors
ray dawes, st francis class 57 [03-13-2012]

AN IRISH STORY: My father Maurice was a lookout (only a child, really) for the IRA in Banteer (Sp.?), County Cork, around 1920. He would ride his adult Raleigh bike up the hill and warn his father and friends when the Black and Tans were on the move. These thugs from English prisons would raid houses, take valuables, mistreat the families and wreak havoc on the population, all with the authority of the English Government. It was terror, pure and simple, but the one good (?) thing that happened was that my folks left The Old Country in the early 1920s and set up in Germantown--a new life in a land of freedom. My mother Kathleen came with her sisters in the 1920s out of Cobh, Ireland, left her mother and father the rest of her world, to settle in West Philadelphia. When she left, she saw the banked fires put out for her by her father on the coast of Tragumah, so the last thing she saw of Ireland was the huge fire her family burned for her as the boat turned south for Boston. My grandparents wanted this fire to be the last thing their daughters saw of Ireland. My father and grandfather had barely escaped with their lives; the Black and Tan were on their trail.My mother left a life of poverty and purposelessness, such as it was for women in those civil war years. GOOD ENDING: They met at the 69th St. dances, they married at St. A's, celebrated at Sunken Gardens, had 3 children Joey, Kathy, Tommy and 7 grandchildren, at last count. Long after anyone was alive (Except Michael Salter), they visited Cork one last time to the house my mother grew up in. Finally, it had a wood floor, a refrigerator (with some food in it)and some Tullamore Dew for this couple who now lived The American Dream in that far-off country. Imagine, leaving your parents, family, friends forever, never to see them again!-------Your story is probably the same, isn't it?
Joe Lynch--I am angry. I am dissatisfied. I am Irish. [03-13-2012]

To HELEN LEONE D'ANGELO, John Payne and John Bruce Schmidt. Thanks all for you kind words about the poems. Love to share more and I will. TO Helen, while I forgot names I do remember yours. You were a year ahead of me at SVDP and my sister Catherine I believe was in same class as you. I somehow remember Tommy Hollian dated you for a while.(I don't remember if I am correct on that). I also remember one girl as your companion - I called her the girl with the Betty Davis eyes, one of the O'Briens-don't remember her name. I palled around with Armond Julian and Joe Heath (from Hayes Funeral Home). So I forgot names, but not yours. If you are interested in my book of poems you can purchase on Amazon. (charles s. carr, paradise pennsylvania). All proceeds from the sale go to charity in Haiti, Hands Together, founded by Father Tom Hagan, a Father Judge grad and former teacher at North Catholic). All the best to you and yours. charles carr
Charles Carr [03-13-2012]

Dennis McGlinchey: You knew one of the greatest high-school basketball coaches in Philadelphia Scholastic History-Dr. Tony Coma. I would think that Ted Silary would agree with that analysis. I also like the winningest coach in Philadelphia Scholastic Basketball- Speedy Morris of The Prep. I met Tony Coma through Jim McCabe whom you might have known from CD where be played ball. Jim MC and Tony followed the great Linda Page of Dobbins since they both coached her. Jim McCabe was a friend of Steve Brennan whom you might have known from CD and IC. Steve Brennan owned Brennan's on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown and not far from The Magarrity Dealership whose family you knew from East Germantown. The Magarrity Family frequented Steve's Bistro. A few years ago, I attended A Hollow Reunion at Scoogi's which was formerly Brennan's. I sat with 2 good basketball players-Paul Borian,Mr. Defense and and Joe Lynch,Mr. Offense who was coached by another great high school coach,Obie O'Brien-we will forgive Obie in that he cut Paul Arizin at LaSalle High. You probaly think that I am a nerdy guy because I get pedantic with my vocabulary. However, I have been around the block and I had a thing for playgrounds. Bud Ballard liked cars and Big Bikes, Tom Cusack liked dance-halls,John Payne liked pool-halls,but Schmitty liked playgrounds-Germantown,North Philly,Northeast and even The Boring Burbs. I even played ball at Alvalthorpe Park near Manor College in Jenkintown. I played ball with Jim McCabe[CD] and his friend,Jim Williams who was The President of The Glazier's Union. Jim Williams was a tough guy but his union colleagues were even tougher,Gooney Walsh and Steve Traitz Sr. who operated a gym in Norristown. I would go to the fights with Jim Williams and I met Kid Gavilan who was living in Harrisburg and he showed me his famous Bolo Punch. You read on this site that Gooney passed away and none of those tough dudes from East Germantown would mess with him. Gooney did not ever want a confrontation with The Union President of The Teamsters from Wilmington-Frank Sheeran. Three legendary Union Organizers are now departed-John McCullough,Frank Sheeran,and now Thomas J. Gooney Walsh-they all drank our Germantown Water and some Irish Whiskey.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-13-2012]

To Joe P. I remember Fred Manzo very well, he was one of the nicest guys from GTN. Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr G dos [03-13-2012]

Hi Helen, Good to hear from you !Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-12-2012]

Dan Hartnett, Thank you! Rosemarie
rosemarie hite malageri [03-12-2012]

Del Campbell: I agree with you and The Hollow Girl that Germantown had great homes and architecture. You mentioned The Tilden Mansion on McKean Avenue where Duncan Hubley lived. Bill Tilden,The Babe Ruth of Tennis lived in that grand home. After Bill Tilden's parents died, he moved to a home at Hansberry&Schuyler,where my family lived for 20+ years. This home was not far from The Clark Mansion which you also mentioned in your last post. Next to The Clark Mansion, there was another fine home on Wissahickon Ave.,which is now The Continental[Post 263]. On that huge block,the beautiful Germantown Cricket Club is located-the club-house is magnificent. Like you, my Bother Rick was impacted by the lovely homes in Germantown,and he has rehabilitated various old Victorian Homes. My mother,Marguerite, worked in The Vernon Library and the famous architect,Robert Venturi,would come into the library and take out books. Another famous architect,Furness, designed many homes in Germantown. You and your Brother,Allan,had unique tastes-you with your penchant for unique architecture and Allan with his love for foreign cars. Many American buy Japanese cars, a friend married a Japanese-woman and I have a Japanese Rock-garden in the front of my house. This is such an eclectic Web-site with commentary about such topics as movies,music,and now Germantown Homes and I can't wait until the political season arrives. I must be prudent with my commentary or Mr. or Ms. Anonymous will have me marching with The Wench Brigade-that is no joke.
John Bruce Schmitt [03-12-2012]

Does anyone remember my cousin, Fred Manzo who was a soccer goalie (GBC) and who later transferred from LaSalle High to Columbia Prep in Washington DC? He went there to help him gain entrance to West Point where he was the captain of the Soccer Team and on the Brigade Staff with Pete Dawkins, Heisman winner, 1958. My cousin lived on Queeen La. back in the 1950's.....Joe P PS Lou Giorno probably remembers him.
Joe Passanante, LaSalle High '65 [03-12-2012]

John(Jack)Glemser passed away onMarch7,2012 he was our mothers'brother,he also was the owner of Jack's Texaco at Greene&Seymour. Uncle Jack always had a smile for you a joke to tell and a laugh that could be heard for blocks! He will be missed by all who knew him!Rest in peace Uncle Jack.
Mitch Henigan [03-12-2012]

Ok here we go!I found this site by accident and it certainly has brought back a lot of memories. I lived in Germantown from 1949 through 1959 . Went to St. Francis graduated 1953 and North Catholic 1957. Now for the challenge! Fill in the missing people who graduated St. Francis class 1953. These are the onesI can remember! BOYS: GILLESPIE, HIGGINS, MCGOUGH, MASTERSON,FARINELLI, PRIMUS, LAVELLE, WARD, LOFTUS, HEPP, DURNEY, DROSEY, GLEASON, CUSACK, TAYLOR, KEEN,CHARLONZA, DECKER, HANF, MCHALE,MCGETTIGAN,SPENCE GIRLS: WARD, SCHURR, QUINN, MCGUIRK. LETS SEE HOW MANY OF YOU ARE STILL ARROUND!
anomoyus, cape may, nj/ barefoot bay,fl. [03-12-2012]

We just watched the 1981 movie 'Escape to Victory' (called simply 'Victory' in the USA), starring Sylvester Stallone, Max von Sydow, Michael Caine etc but, most significantly, many of the great heroes of the world game, soccer. Seeing Sly and Pele together reminded me of being at JFK Stadium on May 31, 1976 to watch Team America play England, with Pele (who was then playing with the NY Cosmos of the NASL) on the field. I have never forgotten the thrill of seeing Pele in person, even though the Poms won the game. Pele retired for good the following year and went on to do many other things, all sport-related. For those of you who like to have background info with your flicks, here goes:
Catherine Manning Muir [03-11-2012]

Mark L. Bambrick, In first grade at SFA, I had Sister Rita Josaphine as my teacher, Mother Alpheus would have been principal. I would never had remembered her name but I do have a very clear picture in my mind of what Mother Alpheus looked liked. She appeared to me as a very nice and caring person. I recalled her taking over our class a few times when Sister Rita Josaphine had to leave for an hour or so. I want to add that on the wall on the Germantown Ave. side of the school along the front steps going up to the 2nd floor was a large picture of the first pastor of SFA, Fr. Jeremiah Nevin 1899-1926. I remembered his picture because of the many times I went up these steps wondering who he was, so I made a point of inquiring about it. On the Greene St. side of the stairs was a large picture of Fr. Peter J. McGarrity, who we all knew, he was the second pastor. When I started at SFA we had a 9th grade, some years ago I came across a book issued for the 50th anniversary of the parish, they listed 8 lay teachers of the high school and one nun who was the principal of the high school at SFA. Look on the Brickyard photo page and you see a picture of Fr. McGarrity with the 1935 girls high school graduation class.
Jack McHugh [03-11-2012]

What a great response to "The List". It goes to show you the amazing talent that was the GBC. Generations of top level athletes who were not only good people but great athletes. Nice to see the list grow. All the Best! Shay PS Jim Schaefer I do remember you and thanks for the kind words. Hey Dave Linn goo too hear from as well, hope you and the family are well. Hey to "Duke" Pio also. Hi to Eddie Mc Monagle and family.
Seamus McWilliams, 62, GBC, Germantown [03-11-2012]

Victor A Benvenuto passrd away on March 4th--RIP good friend. Lou Giorno
Lou Giorno, Mr.G DOS [03-11-2012]

Jack Brogan:if any man speaks & there is no woman to hear him,he is still wrong.absolutly..monk a gem cannot be polished without friction,nor a man without trials...monk
monk [03-11-2012]

Many of the bloggers on this site are saddened by the passing of the legendary union organizer,Thomas Gooney Walsh. Gooney was from Tioga, but he was well known in Germantown and he was The King of Germantown Avenue. He was famous at the corner of Gtn.&Erie where he held court at both The Eagle and The Shamrock. Gooney also held court when he came to The Continental and would hang out with Slugger Boyle and Ed Burke Sr.,another Union Organizer. Gooney could strike fear in the hearts of men but he was so loyal to his friends and very generous. Tom Cusack will tell you that when you hung with Gooney,one could feel secure and he was a great story-teller. Gooney had a big heart and he would help friends who had problems with shady businessmen. Gooney was very human and he would counsel lads who had difficulties with alcohol. People like Mike Garvey and Tom Cusack will tell you that beneath that very tough and rugged exterior, Thomas Gooney Walsh had a big and kind Heart-"May Thomas J. Gooney Walsh Rest In Eternal Peace.
JBS [03-11-2012]

Joe Lynch >Now that's funny. :) My recollection was more like taking a shot from the corner or key,the way I might in the old gym at the Hollow and wondering, "Hey! who moved the baskets?", as an air ball plumeted into the valley of the giants aka, the key. That was a big intimidating venue. Really? Not one pass. :)
John Payne [03-11-2012]

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