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Date Posted: 10:21:04 02/17/09 Tue
Author: Judi G.
Subject: I remember......

It's interesting what pops into folk's heads from chidhood but I guess because I stayed around & have watched the changes, I remember things soooooo differently when I drive by a spot on my way to work or I am at the new Bay State Commons where my dad worked @Bay State for 47 years.
Anyway, these are some of my most vivid memories. See if they jog yours:
Elementery age: Skating on West St. beside the now Episcopal Church & thinking it was big & having it really be a big puddle.
Tony's Hardware on Milk St where at Christmas time all the toys were in the windows & my brother & I would go there & pick out all the presents we wanted for Christmas.
Bay State's Christmas party every year at the Town Hall & the "book" of life savers we always got.
Penny candy @Bill Ford's.
I remember Donna Smith losing her two front teeth riding bikes down Summer St. when she went over the handlebars & we went back later looking for the teeth. Don't ask, I don't remember. LOL
At the Eli Whitney building, the dentist chair at the end of the hall.
The one day a week Mr Hero, the banker from Westboro Savings Bank (now defunct), would come in & set up his card table in the hall to take your savings & hand write it in your bank book.
Richard Moore singing for Miss Lassilade (forgive my spelling, I can not remember)in 5th grade. He DID have a beautiful voice. Whatever happened to him?
Little league field next to Colbert's house.
Colbert's carnival.
Girl Scout's skating across from Jane Johnson's house on Maynard St.

High School:
I remember the Teen Canteen
Light coffee & English muffins served by Nick @Bill Ford's coffee shop.
Paul's Pizza
Cunniff's Lodge on Lake Chauncey.
Hayward's in Woodville for onion rings & ice cream.
Garland & Pandora sweater sets bought at Hudson Dress Shop with my paycheck from Paige Jewelers. (Worked there for 8 years. One of the original Paigettes)
Circle pins & polishing white sneakers every night.
Does anyone remember Bruce Devlin, Mary Lou Merrow, Greg Stirk?
Carbone's after the games.
White City
Foss's Garage
The great sounds & smells from the Speedway. Never actually went til adulthood.
Sunshine Dairy in Northboro after catechism on Monday nights & I wasn't even Catholic.
Stealing apples at Carl Henry's orchard (oops, did I just really admit to that? P.S. I wasn't alone!)
How about Larry Broga's brand spanking new Corvette in the parking lot? It was a beauty!!

I still have my Girl Scout book, the sash with all my badges AND the book "becoming a young woman" or whatever that was called. I KNOW, I am sick!!
I have my dance card from the junior prom.
Those are some of my fondest memories. Not everyone will remember these places & people but those that do are hopefully smiling right now!
It was mostly a fun time for me. I have a few friends that do not have the pleasant memories I have. I hope we can all get together for a reunion of friends who spent most of 12 years together & although we went onto other things & for most of us, full, interesting lives, but have childhood memories from a simpler time. I wouldn't wish to have grown up anywhere else!!!

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[> Re: I remember...... -- Mike l, 08:04:27 02/18/09 Wed [1]

If it's any consolation, I still have all my Boy Scout badges and stuff (no uniforms, they were passed on to others). I also remember working for our band uniforms and the first parade we wore them in! Someone said something about Miss Marcy. I remember being in the orchestra and playing for Graduations (Pomp and Circumstance), and how sad she was when the new music program came to be and she was eased out of the picture.

I remember working for Fay's Dairy, both at the farm and the plant, making minimum wage and paying social security, and now I have to wait until 66 to get mine, it's tough being the baby of the class. At Fay's, I worked with Sue S's father, and remember him often.

How about making flowers at the get together? I remember making lots of those at all the Flower Power parties a lot of the girls held. Guess it wasn't a very Green event though.

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[> Re: I remember...... Too! -- John Elberfeld, 17:41:33 02/21/09 Sat [1]

Hi Judy,
Thanks for jogging my memory. I, too, remember Richard Moore singing - and the song I remember (or is part of my fantasy - hard to tell now) was "Rose of Tralie." I have a memory of you sitting on a piano bench singing "Pony Boy." Any reality to that?
I, too, spent 2 years in the Harvey School and 4 years at Eli Whitney. I remember playing marbles in the dirt before they paved over the front playground. Did we really have boys and girls entrances, or did the girls just play out front, and the boys in the side yard more?
Do you remember the "gym" we had in the basement of the Eli Whitney building? I remember we had to duck when we jumped over the bar so we didn't hit our heads, and the ropes we climbed couldn't have been more than 7 or 8 feet high.
How about when we finally went to Junior High at the OLD old high school, and asked the teachers if we could "go to the basement?" They would look at us as if we were crazy, until they realized what we needed.
Of the three people you mentioned, I only remember Bruce Devlin. I went out to his house several times.
Not all memories are good - as we all had Miss Mason for third grade. How the authorities let that woman teach is still beyond my comprehension. But Miss Gleason the next year made up for it.
I think the "Eli Whitney" crowd was especially close because our class was the only one at that grade level at that location. Most of us spent 6 years together - even though we lost some when the "New School" opened. It was a shock when we were split up in Junior High and had to deal with all the "New School" kids who were used to bells ringing between classes and fancy stuff like that.
Enough already - good to hear from you. And again, thanks for your work on the past reunions.
John Elberfeld JELberfeld@AOL.COM

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[> [> Re: I remember...... Too! -- Judi G., 09:44:08 03/09/09 Mon [1]

John, I just wanted to add one comment to your Miss Mason comment:
I remember Joseph Fitzgerald & he sat in the front row in Miss Mason's classroom. He used to bite his nails terribly & she would put mittens on him. I also remember when his hair got kinda' long, she put a bow in it!! Can you imagine what that did to an 8-9 year old's psyche? It was not his fault that his parents didn't get him a haircut. We were 3rd grade for God's sake. I hated her for the way she treated some kids in her class.
Do you remember the summer of (I think) 6th grade when the library had a contest of sorts going for the most books read over the summer? You won but I was a close second & I always remembered that.
Like I said, it is odd what you remember from childhood.

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[> [> [> Re: I remember...... Too! -- John Elberfeld, 17:44:34 03/16/09 Mon [1]


Yes, I have a very clear memory of Joseph with a bow in his hair. I think one time she did it because he talked as much as a girl talked, so he should look like a girl. (Again - don't trust my memory to be accurate, but this is still up there for some reason!) I'm a teacher, still, and am always very careful about what I say and how I say it to my students. I think having some truly sadistic teachers of my own helped me realize how powerful teachers are, and how much damage they can do. (And also how much good we can do with the right words at the right time!)

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[> [> [> Re: I remember...... Too! - Reading Contest -- John Elberfeld, 10:23:32 03/20/09 Fri [1]

With a librarian for a mother, do you think I had any choice but to read the most books in that contest? Growing up in a small town with a very demanding parent who worked at the school really cut down on my options. You are right, I didn't remember that you came in second, but I still remember the pressure on me to come in first.
Keep the memories coming - not all are good, but they all need to come out in the open. Thanks.
John "Tiny" Elberfeld

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[> Re: I remember...... -- Gorodn Rowe, 23:03:22 03/18/09 Wed [1]

Yup Judy, good memory!! White buck loafers, white buck instep clip shoes, 3-button collars and leave the back one un-buttoned.???!!! 7th grade lunch in the bleachers at Forbes School, the Merry M. Yikes, Friday night high shool basketball games at Forbes school with the chain link baskets.....50 kids on the corner of the First National Store or in front of the old Rexall's. Driving around th erotary in reverse. I gotta stop here. Thanks

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