Visitors Nostalgia & Memories

(Archive #42: June 1, 2007 to June 30, 2007 entries)

Ref: to early drug stores in Wilmington. I have in my possession a 3 oz., clear antique glass prescription bottle. It has the name French Street Pharmacy, Tenth & French Sts. Wilmington Del and there is a logo F S embosomed in the glass. Can anyone offer any insight as to the exact address, history or year the drugstore existed. There is currently nothing mentioned for this pharmacy under the drugstore section on this website.
Franny Green <>
Lewes, De USA - Saturday, June 30, 2007 at 08:50:54 (EDT)

For Bruce. Chuck Daniels was the person you remembered. He left AAE to work with the Government in Washingto, DC. I've seen him as late as 5 years ago. Nice guy. Bob VZ
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 20:11:26 (EDT)
To Bob Veazy. My Father, Dr. Arthur Heather, worked with some folks at AAE on some medical devices. I remember he did some work with a gentleman named Daniels(don't remember his first name). I did know his son, Tom Daniels, when I went to the U of D. I believe Tom passed away a few years back. He was a regular at the Deer Park in Newark.
Bruce <bc@rr,houston,com>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Thursday, June 28, 2007 at 13:06:40 (EDT)
Hey Jubb, I may have heard it a million times but I never get tired of hearing it! I agree, my dad was one of the nicest guys that I have ever known in my life and he was my hero. As far as ending up with Franny Green, he somehow pulled the wool over my father's eyes and my dad made him an offer he couldn't refuse. HaHa! I do have to tell you though Jubb, in a lot of ways, as long as Franny is alive, my father will always be with me, it must be the Italian in him, certainly not the Irish side, he gave that side up before I met him. I wish I could find out what that offer was that I dad made him because maybe I could make him a bigger one to give up retirement and get a part time job and quit driving me crazy LOL
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 21:04:05 (EDT)
For Rose : Sorry I'm getting back to you so late on the subject of the book you wanted but I just returned from my place at the beach and found your e-mail. For Maria Green : I know you must have heard this a million times, but your Father was one of the nicest guy's I ever knew, so how did you get stuck with a Husband like Franny ? LOL.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 16:59:19 (EDT)
One thing I forgot to mention in my earlier posting; I have one of the bronze plates identifying the site as home of All American Engineering that were mounted on the stone pillars at the entrance off of Centre Road. It is a prized rememberence of some great days at a historical Delaware site.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 15:03:02 (EDT)
Hey Bob Think you're wrong about the smallest plane you ever flew. I remember You flying Radio Controlled airplanes by PS duPont HS. :)
Budo <>
Wilm, DE USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 13:35:51 (EDT)
Seeing the article in the News Journal about the latest conversion of Dupont Airfield brought back many memories. In the late 1930s my Dad and I were parked along Centre Road watching some young men fly a small glider when one crashed beyond the trees at the north end of the field. We rushed into Westover Hills and took the pilot to the hospital, where he was checked out O.K. Later, I would ride my bike out to the field and watch those beautiful maroon Stinsons pick up mail bags. When I left the Air Force after flying F-80 jets in combat in Korea, and instructing in T-33s, I joined All American Engineering (AAE) in 1955. On my first day I was flown to Georgetown, DE to our test site. I was soon checked out in the smallest airplane I had ever flown, a Piper Tripacer, and over the next couple years flew to work from Dupont to Georgetown to operate the jet sled track testing Navy shipboard arresting gear. I logged more flying time in the first year at AAE than I did my last year in the Air Force! AAE had several aircraft, including the Tripacer, a G35 Beech Bonanza and a Piper Twin. At one point we had a Mooney “Mite” which had a 14 foot wingspan! The work at AAE was really interesting and we called it “fungineering”! Much of what we did was highly classified, like the mid-air recovery of spy satellite capsules returning from orbit, and the similar recovery of spy drones using helicopters. AAE left Dupont Airport in 1969 and moved into the old Dravo complex. Our offices were in the red brick building now beside the Blue Rocks Stadium, and our factory was what is now the exhibition hall. In 1980 we moved to Newark and in 1989 merged with another company and are now Engineered Arresting Systems Corporation (ESCO) in Aston, PA.
Bob Veazey <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 13:17:37 (EDT)
To Budo:: What I noticed in the log books was that around 1944, several women became operators during WWII.
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 11:40:47 (EDT)
To Webmaster: The fellow I was thinking about was Bill Livergood who later flew in the Air Force during WW2 and then after the war joined the Del Air National Guard during its very early days flying P-47's. Unfortunately he was killed in 1949 during a landing accident at New Castle Airport. Tks for checking the log books. Budo
Budo <budmar53at>
Wilm, DE USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 11:01:42 (EDT)
To Budo:: The Log Books that I have list the date, time, airplane number and radio operator. The operators mentioned are: Warren Morris, Robert Reigle, Lloyd Bruce, Hugh Casey and Stanley Halliday.
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 10:33:11 (EDT)
Re; Dupont Barley Mill site. I remember many years ago when the tower was in operation. We knew one of the guys that used to work the tower (since deceased). In later years when I had my license I would fly out of the airport enjoying a grass strip as opposed to asphalt. The grass would absorb a hard landing better. Depending on the wind we would approach right over Westover Hills and all the beautiful homes. Don't think the residents cared for it much. On one end of the strip was the cemetery. It was a beautiful little strip. When we drive by that area now I still go back to the days when it was thriving with small aircraft and miss it.
Budo <budmar53at>
Wilm, DE USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 09:44:51 (EDT)
According to an article in the NJ today, the DuPont Company has put up for sale the Barley Mill Plaza 100 acre site. The 2200 employees will be relocated to the Chestnut Run site where three NEW buildings will be constructed to handle the expansion. The article also mentioned that “Anyone interested in the Barley Mill Site will probably turn it into a ‘Mixed-Use’ site and that the buildings are functionally obsolete”. I guess that they will probably be demolished. I’m mentioning this because as a young boy, when my parents left the ‘Flats’, we moved to Willow Run. I can remember playing in the woods and fields where Chestnut Run was later constructed, across from Willow Run. Then later, during my DuPont career, I worked at the DuPont Airport Site (as it was called) from 1969 to 1972. All-American Engineering had left a year or two earlier. I was with the Imaging Systems Division of the Photo Products Department located in Newport. We moved to the airport and took over all of the hangers and office buildings except for one that was leased to another company. We had the run of the place. Many of us explored the entire site during our lunch time. The air strip ‘markers’ were still there. An old cemetery was located out beyond the field. The Control Tower was intact with the transmitter still in place. Some of us went up to the controller’s area many times just to capture the view. It was there that I found the two Control Tower Logs for WDUP (the airport’s call letters). I still have the two logs and the main ‘Transmitter Oscillating Crystal’. I had at least two cameras back then, but like other places I have been to, I never thought to take pictures. I can still see all of the hangers and buildings, inside and out, in my minds eye, but I wish I had some photos.
Webmaster <>
Wilmington/Perryville, DE/MD USA - Wednesday, June 27, 2007 at 07:52:27 (EDT)
Bill, that you for the note on George Schupp. Yes, George lived with his grandmother on Maryland Avenue when we were dating 100 years agao haha, so I am sure that it was her house that you are talking about. I did know that his sister lived out of town and was a stewardess at one time. I know George is still in Delaware, maybe Newark or Bear, I am not sure, but thanks for the info.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 13:40:55 (EDT)
Phyllis, my brother Johnny died in 1981 at the age of 42 from a heart attack. He was living in Philadelphia at the time. I know all about my dad because he also lived down here in Lewes, 2 miles from me until he died at the age of 87 and still an avid golfer. It is my mom's side of the family that I know so little about except my grandmother Kappauf. Her and I were very very close. As for my cousin Debbie, I thought that she died from a brain anurism while out clubing. It is nice talking to people who know your family and can tell you some stories, so thanks again. I still email my uncle Chill and his wife Carol, and my Uncle Shrimpy and Aunt Kay.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 13:38:10 (EDT)
The Talley Ho at 202 & Naamans was where both of my sisters had their wedding receptions in the 60's. In the 80's I remember it became a dump - with the hotel being a pretty shady place. It's been years since I've been by there - the last time I was there it was an I Goldberg Army navy store.
Briuce <bcheather@rr,>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 11:41:28 (EDT)
Maria & Phyllis, You two sure stirred up my memory.. I grew up around that area, went to George Gray. Lived @ 22nd & Claymont, 13th street, next door to the Kappauf's, and Zizzie's tailor shop, our house was owned by Zizzie (spelling). Knew all the Aiello's, worked with Tony & Sivvy @ DuPont Edge Moor. Still see Siv often @ Delaware Park, saw Shrimpy & Primo there once in awhile. Siv and I were and still are good friends. Thanks for bringing me back. Aubrey
Aubrey <>
Lewes, De USA - Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at 10:55:54 (EDT)
I sold a property on Maryland Avenue for a George Schupp and his sister, back in the 70's. It was in an estate. I believe his sister was from the Washington area. Have no idea where they may be now.
Bill Lyons <>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 20:07:37 (EDT)
Budo - I also enjoyed many a pleasant evening at the Tally-ho in the early to mid 60's. I went by that area a few years ago and didn't recognize it. They may have replaced everything that was there but they couldn't take my memories.
Swifty <>
York, PA 17403 - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 17:03:42 (EDT)
Phyllis bet the night club you are talking about on 202 & Naamans was the Tally Ho. My wife and I use to enjoy going there, listening to the music groups while sipping Tia Marias on the rocks. Went by the spot the other day and said "wish it was still there" There have several businesses there since it closed up but they can never replace the Tally Ho. Bud
Budo <>
Wilm, DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 15:30:25 (EDT)
Maria, - You say you don't know a lot about your family. You must know of course your father was a champion boxer. On a sadder note, I also remember your cousin (Debbie?) lost her life in a truly freak horse riding accident. She was probably about 14. Her parents were Lillian and Charles Kappauf, your aunt and uncle. I don't know how they survived. Your brother John and I shared a few drinks and laughs together at a night club on 202 st Naamans Rd. My brother was playing the piano there at that time and of course, because I want to, I can't remember the name of the club. My best guess is that this was 1980-1981. John did mention to me that his heart was bad. And that he should take better care of himself. When did John pass away? It's been good writing to you. Take care.
Phyllis B. <pboyd>
Wilm., DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 15:00:07 (EDT)
Phyllis, I forgot to mention, yes, my grandparents did own the corner store there and I think it was a combo grocery and deli store and my father was stationed at that firehouse for years, Firestation #3. I still have some old pictures of that store and us sitting on the step eating popsicles.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 12:10:48 (EDT)
Phyllis, thank you sooooo much for talking about the good memories that you have and sharing them with me. My mom died in 1968 and even though my dad just passed away 2 years ago this past April, he found it very hard to talk about her and my brother Little John who also died so I have very little memories that I can pass on. Yes, Louise and Bud were my mom's parents and believe it or not, I just ran into someone who started talking about Mrs Waters, the black lady who owned the corner candy store and I was so excited because no one that I ever me ever heard of her. She sewed my Easter dress when my Aunt Connie (my mom's sister) took me down to the Brandywine on Easter Sunday for a walk and I fell and ripped my dress and she fixed me up before I went home so I would not get in trouble. This is great because a lot of this stuff that I read, I didn't know and don't remember about my childhood, so thank you again. Keep those stories coming....Maria
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 12:06:38 (EDT)
Shirley, yes, Primo is my Uncle and is still alive and kicking. He will never change. About 4 years ago, all of my father's brothers and sisters were alive and then first my Uncle Andy died and the year after that my Uncle Tony, the oldest died and 2 years ago this past April my dad died at 87, still playing golf all of the time I might add and driving to Philadelphia to his boxing meetings. My mom has been dead since 1968 and to tell you the truth, I had trouble keeping up with him haha!! When my dad retired, he moved down here to Lewes 2 years before my husband Franny Green and I did. So that Family Reunion was the last time that the family was all together and it was great!! Primo still lives in Wilmington with his wife Carol.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:59:53 (EDT)
Maria, There was a Primo Aiello in my grade at George Gray school - many years ago. What a nice he a relative? Lived around 12th & Heald. I believe his father had a store there, but not sure. Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Monday, June 25, 2007 at 11:10:26 (EDT)
Thank you Budo and John Medkeff for the help on sending E-Mails. Yes, I have been spacing and using capital lettters. Like an article I read recently, if Bill Gates had invented the car instead of the computer, we would all be stopped on I-95 with an On-Star button which would state "gas pedal not recognized; to move forward, exit car, open passenger side door, while simultaneously raising radio antenna and whistling 'dixie'.
Phyl.lis B. <>
Wilm., DE USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 20:44:22 (EDT)
Maria - On a galazy far far away (another lifetime ago), your father John and my mother's family were very close. Most of my family play(ed) the piano. There was a time when that was a big neighborhood draw. Heald Street, 1900 - 1934. I believe the Aiello's lived at that time on Brandywine St. (one street over). My mother and brother entertained at the 88 keys. The neighbors came. I believe Louise and Buddy Kappauf also came. They are your grandparents. My family and your dad were close (through music) and your dad is said to have said if he ever had a daughter he would name her Maria Elena. Could there have been a prettier song? You don't know me. I was born in l934 and at that time my family moved to 22nd & Church. But, I loved listening to all this info. passed down from my mother. She never knew how interesting she was or how much I listened. If I had a million dollars, I'd give it away to have her back.
Phyllis B. <>
Wilm. , DE USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 20:23:56 (EDT)
I haven't been on for a while so I was just wondering if anyone out there has found anyone yet who remembers a guy by the name of George Schupp who went to Brown Vocational, would be in his sixties, played music, use to date Rosalie O'Bara and was best friends with a guy named Tommy Brejwa who lived in Brown Town but now lives in Lewes. George lived on Maryland Avenue with his grandmother and I believe had one sister. Thanks to anyone who might have some info for me. Maria
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:53:37 (EDT)
Tim F., yes the old house at Canby Park was down by the semi pro field and the only remains of the house was the floor and the chimney. We spent many great house there and that is where I learned to play poker, right there on those bleachers. We use to walk from that broken down house, thru the woods to Indian Rock, hang out there awhile after we found the indian head inscribed on the rock and then back to the broken down house. I will carry those memories with me forever!
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 12:48:52 (EDT)
Phyllis B., yes, my father John named me after the Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey song Maria Elena. How did you know this and who are you?
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, De USA - Sunday, June 24, 2007 at 01:17:30 (EDT)
Maria Green - Did your father John name you Maria Elena after the beautiful song that was out some time right before you were born?
Phyllis B. <P.Boyd52>
Wilm., DE USA - Saturday, June 23, 2007 at 12:10:22 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Thursday, June 21, 2007 at 07:32:58 (EDT)
Anyone know anything about a pretty popular local band called The Hubcaps. Their forte was the doo-wop sounds of the late 50s and 60s. We followed them all over the area in the late 60s. Also, a musician named Dave Little. His group performed locally and he was extremely popular around here during the 60s. We saw him play many times at the Red Barn. He left Wilmington and went to Las Vegas from what I understand. I did see him on TV one time several years later playing on the Gong Show playing two trumpets at the same time.
Dan George <>
New Castle, De USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 15:46:56 (EDT)
For Tim F., grew up on Coyne Pl in Cleland Heights, my parents still live there as well as my aunt and uncle. Went to school with your sister Kathy and brother Tom. Great memories.
Joe L <>
GREEN BROOK, NJ USA - Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 15:46:25 (EDT)
Sharon and Patrick: Try the Delaware Public Archives, Historical Society of Delaware, and Delaware Heritage Commission for the things you're looking for. They should all have websites or email me. Tim F.
Tim F. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at 14:55:26 (EDT)
Tim, try this page for the Adaptors: It's a site with a section dedicated to Newark bands. I'm guessing it's the same group. I didn't listen to it, but it looks like there are Mp3s you can download. Jay
Jay <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 16:46:05 (EDT)
It was a national 'mission' - "The National Florence Crittenton Mission (NFCM) was chartered by Congress in 1898. Florence Crittenton homes were maternity homes and hospitals established in cities throughout the U. S. and Canada to provide residential care for unmarried mothers and their children and to undertake preventive and protective work for young girls."
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 15:16:21 (EDT)
Thanks to my distant cousin, John Medkeff, for heading me to this site. Oh, I have so many questions, I don't know where to start. My mother was born (1918) and raised (to age 12) in Wilmington. There are so many subjects I have questions about, but lets start with this. Does anyone know where I can find old records, or if any still exist, from the old Florence Crittenton Home that was on Jefferson. Or any information on the place itself. Was it an orphanage and/or a home for unwed mothers or WHAT! Also, is any one person who would like to contact me to become a mentor(so to speak) to help me with the many questions I have about the area and several of the family names connected to my genealogy. Many thanks to anyone who can give me any information.
Sharon Qunell Stroud <>
Parl Forest, Il USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 12:48:18 (EDT)
Am I right ? Pete Fagan was a Navy pilot during WW2 Budo
Budo <>
Wilm., DE USA - Monday, June 18, 2007 at 07:41:30 (EDT)
Frank: I believe the restaurant yo visited was called the Presto Restaurant during the time frame you mentioned. Take care George
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 21:12:28 (EDT)
I recently visited Wilmington and had a great emal at 821 Bistro on Market Street. Does anyone know what this restaurant was called in the late 70's?
Frank <>
Oradell, NJ USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 20:49:13 (EDT)
TARPON SPRINGS, FL USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 17:19:21 (EDT)
Jim Rambo and George: first off, it was Richie Ashburn and Del Ennis who collided in left center field that day, taking them out for most of the regular season. Robin Roberts also lost his jacket to a kid who just walked away with it. I was there when he started looking around for it. I was amazed at how much he just took it in stride, and didn't loose his cool. It was a different time and place and one just would never expect that sort of thing to happen. The other thing is for Jim. Is Happy Harry the same guy you and I were in Mrs. Browns class with. He lived in an apartment on the corner of sixth and Jackson then. I remember it was always a contest to see who got to take the attendance record down to the office, and he and I were usually one of the privileged. It got us out of class for about ten minutes and allowed us to wander the halls freely. Dear Mrs. Brown, she didn't believe in giving homework. Really made sixth grade great but liked to killed me when I got to seventh, and no teacher knew how much the other had given (first year for changing classes for each subject. Happy Fathers Day to all.
Wayne <>
New Castle, DE USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 14:31:04 (EDT)
If Pete Fagan from the Forty Acres liquor store was the same Pete Fagan as the WWII vet who later went to the U. of Delaware and graduated back in 1949 or 50, he was a fraternity brother of mine before my time there, and he passed away some years ago.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Sunday, June 17, 2007 at 08:50:24 (EDT)
you are right his name is Pete and the liquor store was on Lincoln st.--more later I gotta go.
jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 23:04:10 (EDT)
WILMINGTON, DE USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 20:19:15 (EDT)
For Jim Rambo: Hi Jim: I went to the KC vs Phils game that weekend. I believe it was an Easter weekend. Anyway, in the prior game, Yanks vs Phils, there was an injury sustained by one of the players but I can not remember who it was. Any help? Take Care George
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 19:26:43 (EDT)
Jim Rambo - Call Elbert Chance in Newark. I have his phone number which I'll sent to you by email if you ask me for it, as well as his address. Several years ago, he wrote a book (published by Cedar Hill Press) on the history of the Blue Rocks, including the 1940's and 1950's, and he just might have what you're looking for, or know where to get it. This is from a guy whose fountain pen once spurted a big blob of Waterman's Blue-Black ink on the cuff of Boston Braves' manager Billy Southworth's expensive sports jacket at Wilmington Park in the summer of 1950 or 1951. If looks could kill..................I died.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 16:22:03 (EDT)
Does anyone, or anyone's parents, have a photo or photos of the exhibition baseball games played in Delaware in 1955 at the old Wilmington Ballpark? Yankees versus Phils or Kansas City Athletics versus the Phils? Please let me know if you do, thanks.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 13:48:38 (EDT)
Am interested in any old photos, pictures, etc. from Brandywine Hundred, Brandywine Creek, Beaver Valley, etc. If you have any you're willing to share, email me at Thank you! Pam
Pam <>
wilmington, de USA - Saturday, June 16, 2007 at 11:23:48 (EDT)
I am a native Delawarean and been on this post a few times. Mostly, I read them. I left Delaware upon retiring in 2005. I also collect books about Delaware or written by Delawareans. If anyone could suggest one.
Patrick Corcoran <>
Mt. Olivet, Ky USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 22:52:52 (EDT)
Saw "Charlestown Chews" today at the Dollar Tree on Silverside Road! One dollar each...about a foor long, and maybe an inch around. Shirl
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 15:55:26 (EDT)
Being from NJ, my memories of Wilmington center around listening to WAMS in the late 50's to mid 60's. I remember listening to Willie Gaylord, Roger Holmes, Dean Tyler and others that I really enjoyed. I hardly ever missed Roger's top 30 coundown on Saturday mornings. There also were some bands that were played on WAMS that weren't played on Philly stations like WIBG. Two that come to mind are the Enfields and the Adaptors. I have been trying to find some 45's by these bands but haven't been able to come up with any. Does anyone know where I could find them? I'd like to convert them to digital. Thanks.
Tim <>
Alloway, nj USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 10:45:31 (EDT)
Connie - Really enjoyed your post. Couple of things really hit home with me. One, being in fear of your parents. Mother has passed but dad is still around and even at 80 years old, I'm still afraid of what he might do if I say or do something wrong!! Second, your comment about slder siblings being your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector. My older sister and I used to fight like cats and dogs, but I'll never forget the time when she broke up a fight - in reality, me getting pummelled by our neighborhood bully - by her hitting him over the head with a tennis racket!! Way to go sis!!!
Erik <>
Newark, DE USA - Friday, June 15, 2007 at 07:02:00 (EDT)
Anyone know the whereabouts of Charity Nelle or reese Silver from the WHS Class of 66?
Bob <nospam>
Rehoboth Beach, DE USA - Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 19:10:03 (EDT)
Sorry, did not mean Harry, it's Alen and I just checked De on line and posted at 2p.m. he is thinking of running for Gov.
Jean <usa>
wilm, de USA - Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 17:41:56 (EDT)
Hey! Running the State of Delaware vs. running Happy Harry's "Drug" there a difference? Anyway....HappyFlag Day to all. Hope you have the COLORS flying high! Shirley Hudson Jester
Shirley Hudson Jester <>
Newark, DE USA - Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 14:34:18 (EDT)
Just heard on last night's TV that the CEO(?) of Happy Harry's may run for office of governor of DE. Anybody know anything about that? I only caught a snippit of the info.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Thursday, June 14, 2007 at 12:00:03 (EDT)
I think a Charleston Chew was similar to a Goldenberg's Peanut Chew. I remember they had them in the candy machine at the Strand Theatre in the 40's and 50's. Back in 2003, I was in Wilmington on a visit and found Goldenberg Peanut Chews at Happy Harry's in Trolley Square. I bought a ton of them and brought them back to Florida so I could take a trip down Memory Lane whenever I got homesick for the good old days in Wilmington. They are a combination of chocolate, toffee and peanuts. Just delish!
Pat LeVan <>
Port St. Lucie, FL USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 14:12:27 (EDT)
HOCKESSIN, DE USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 08:34:47 (EDT)
Phyllis Boyd, yes indeed Father Jim Trainer was a very special person. And working with his crew of volunteers to get St. Mary's Church ready for rededication was a lot of fun with many very interesting people. That was about 30 years ago. Many of the volunteers were people who had grown up on the east side during the depression. They had many interesting stories about the east side. I wish I had taken notes.
Fred Best <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Wednesday, June 13, 2007 at 06:25:59 (EDT)
How about Mrs. Carley [Warner]...who taught us the prep phrases which the we recited over and over..."IN OUT INSIDE OUTSIDE UP DOWN ABOVE BELOW....." Connie, you brought to mind......."Engine, Engine #9.".. We grew up in a very special time..God, Family, Community, Country.
Mary Jane <>
Allentown, PA USA - Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 08:15:23 (EDT)
For Phyllis B---Could that teacher be Mrs. Guy ?
Norman <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 17:39:58 (EDT)
Isn't it odd, no matter how much we think we've got something correct from the past, there is always that particular that we don't get just right. Bob - the Queen theater WAS on the corner of 5th & market. So now I'm thinking the drugstore I have in mind (United Cigar" or perhaps "Sun Ray") was on the corner of 4th & Market. Whatever drug store it was, it DID have the juke boxes with a lot of the Les Paul/Mary Ford songs. Connie, I remember thinking (when I was 13 and my sister was 27) that she was SO OLD she probably wouldn't last much longer. For the record, she lived to be 79. Bob McKelvey - re: book reports. You may be correct (and conversely, I would be incorrect) about the grade at which oral or written book reports were required. I have racked my brain, trying to remember the name of my seventh grade English teacher at Warner. I can not.
Phyllis B. <>
Wilm., DE USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 17:13:19 (EDT)
To Phyllis Boyd - I remember Paul Rogers from our PS Class of 1952, and I sure do remember Les Paul & Mary Ford's records. What I DON'T remember is the United Cigar Store at 5th and Market. My main memories of that corner are for the old Queen Theater, the place where Don Walker, Don Rodenhiser and I all got autographed copies of glossies of actors Dan Duryea and Gale Storm, who were in town to promote a movie they co-starred in and which had its Wilmington premiiere at the Queen. Regrettably, those pictures, as well as Duryea and Storm, have long since gone away.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 14:38:51 (EDT)
George: Yes, I remember Bob K. who was a friend of my brother's. Tim F.
Tim F. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 14:18:30 (EDT)
Subject: Ahhhh Memories... This is for all of you oldies out there! Some of you are not old enough, but thought you'd like to see what we did.....way back then! Clear your mind...and go back... Before the Internet or PC or the MAC...... Before semi-automatics and crack.... Before Playstation, SEGA, Super Nintendo, even before Atari... Before cell phones, CD's, DVD's, voicemail and e-mail....way back.... way.....way.....way back..... I'm talkin' bout hide and seek at dusk. Red light, Green light 1-2-3. Red Rover....Red Rover..... Playing kickball & dodgeball until the Streetlights came on. Ring around the Rosie. London Bridge. Hot potato. Hop Scotch. Jump rope.!!! YOU'RE IT!! Parents stood on the front porch and yelled (or whistled) for you to come home - no pagers or cell phones. Mother May I? Hula Hoops. Seeing shapes in the clouds. Endless summer days and hot summer nights (no A/C) with the windows open. The sound of crickets. Running through the sprinkler. Happy Meals. Cereal boxes with that GREAT prize in the bottom. Cracker jacks with the same thing. Ice pops with 2 sticks you could break and share with a friend. But wait.....there's more.... Watchin' Saturday Morning cartoons - Heckle & Jeckle, Speed-Racer, Gigantor, Fat Albert, Road Runner, Smurfs, Picture Pages, G-Force & He-Man, the Banana Splits and Schoolhouse Rock. Watchin' Sunday morning oldies (Abbott & Costello, Three Stooges) Wonder Woman & Super Man Underoos. Playing Cowboys & Indians or Army. Catchin' lightning bugs in a jar. Your first day of school. Bedtime Prayers and Goodnight Kisses. Climbing trees and Crab-apple fights. Swinging as high as you could to try and reach the sky. Getting an Ice Cream off the Good Humor Truck. A million mosquito bites and sticky fingers. Jumpin' down the steps. Jumpin' on the bed. Sleep-overs & Pillow fights. A 13" black and white TV in your room meant you were RICH! Runnin' till you were out of breath. Laughing so hard that your stomach hurt. Being tired from PLAYING. WORK: meant taking out the garbage or doing the dishes. Your first crush. Your first kiss. (I mean the one when you kept your mouth CLOSED and your eyes OPEN) Rainy days at school meant playing "Heads up 7UP" or "hangman" in the classroom... Remember that? Oh, I'm not finished yet.... Kool-Aid was the drink of the summer and so was a swig from the garden hose. Giving your friends a ride on your handlebars. Roller-skate had 4 steel wheels and a funny shaped key. Wearing your new shoes on the first day of school. Class Field Trips with soggy sandwiches. Now & Laters, Sugar babies, and Charlston Chews When nearly everyone's mom was at home when the kids got there. When a quarter seemed like a fair allowance; and another quarter a MIRACLE. When ANY parent could discipline ANY kid, or feed him, or use him to carry groceries...And nobody, not even the kid, thought a thing of it. When your parents took you to McDonalds and you were COOL. When being sent to the principal's office was nothing compared to the fate that awaited you at home. Basically, we were in fear for our lives, but it wasn't because of drive by shootings, drugs, gangs. Our parents and grandparents were a much bigger threat! And some of us are still afraid of em! Didn't that feel good? Just to go back and say, "Yeah, I remember that!" Well, let's keep going! Let's go back to the time when...Decisions were made by going "eeny-meeny-miney-mo" Mistakes were corrected by simply exclaiming, "do over!" "Race issues" meant arguing about who ran the fastest and not the color of one's skin. Money issues were handled by whoever was the banker in "Monopoly" or "Life". Catching fireflies could happily occupy an entire evening. It wasn't odd to have two or three "best" friends. Being old, referred to anyone over 20. (CRAP! I'm officially old!). The worst thing you could catch from the opposite sex was cooties. Nobody was prettier than Mom. Scrapes and bruises were kissed by mom or grandma and made better. It was a big deal to finally be tall enough to ride the "big people" rides at the amusement park. Getting a foot of snow was a dream come true. Abilities were discovered because of a "double-dog-dare" Spinning around, getting dizzy and falling down was cause for giggles.. The worst embarrassment was being picked last for a team. Water balloons were the ultimate, ultimate weapon. Older siblings were your worst tormentors, but also your fiercest protector. If you can remember most or all of these, then you have LIVED!!! Pass this on to anyone who may need a break from their "grown up" life.......I TRIPLE DOG DARE YA!!!!!!
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 11:10:33 (EDT)
I stumbled upon this site but half of my family is from or still living in Wilmington. The Wolhar's. My Father is Bob, and my Uncle is Ken and Aunts Shirley and Carol. My Grandmom is Helen.
Rob Wolhar <>
Lincoln, De USA - Monday, June 11, 2007 at 01:09:41 (EDT)
Bob Wilson - you mentioned once the United Cigar at 10th & Market Sts. I don't know whether that one had juke boxes, but the one at 5th & Market did. After the school day was over, classmate Paul Rogers & I used to sit in a booth at 5th & Market and play the juke boxes. (l950-l952) Juke box didn't cost much at that time. We were both hooked on the music of Les Paul and Mary Ford. What sounds they were coming from the strings of Les Paul's guitar. I have a CD of his that I play on my car radio. My favorite CD. He plays at the Iridium in NY City every Monday night. Haven't yet made it there, but I hope to someday. Today is his birthday. He is 92. Time sure goes by, doesn't it?
P hyllis B. <pboyd52@>
Wilm., DE USA - Saturday, June 09, 2007 at 02:11:46 (EDT)
I have been really slow in writing this. - But, Fred Best, I was really impressed by the article you put in on May 4th about Father Trainer of St. Mary's church saving the curb stones from Lord St. and reappointing them to separate the gardens and the grass in the church courtyard. That was the mark of a dedicated and thoughtful priest, whose considerations must also have been toward the historical significance of the stones. As it was a lot of work, it took no small amount of perseverance.
Phyllis B. <pboyd52@>
Wilm., DE USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 21:27:44 (EDT)
For Tim F. Do you have a brother named Mike F. and if so do you remember a Bob K. who was a classmate of Mike's at St E Take Care George
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 16:04:45 (EDT)
Maria: I lived on Willis Place. My two sisters still live in Cleland Heights. I know your brothers very well and remember where you lived. I don't think I ever missed a block party, or Christmas party, or chasing the jeep that went around spraying the mosquitoes with DDT. I had forgotten about the remains of the old house in Canby Park.....was that in the woods near the semi-pro field? Tim F.
Tim F. <>
Wilmington, DE USA - Friday, June 08, 2007 at 09:40:59 (EDT)
For George: Hi George, I am not sure if my first reply posted so let me try again. Yes, Johnny was my oldest brother. I was the youngest and the only girl in the family. Even though he was the oldest and I was the youngest, we were very close. We are not talking about the same Cavanaughs because the family I am talking about lived by St. Elizabeth's Church but thanks anyway. It really is a small world, especially when you tell me that my nephew John was best man in your daughters wedding! Good talking to you and thanks for the reply.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 20:44:34 (EDT)
Hi George, yes, Johnny was my brother, he was the oldest. I am the only girl in the family and the youngest. My nephew John's son just made his first communion and had a party last weekend but we couldn't make it. What a small world! No, the Cavanaugh's I am looking for lived righ by St. Elizabeth's Church. Thanks anyway.
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 19:26:03 (EDT)
For Maria: Hi Maria. From the description you gave about where you lived, I believe you may be a sister of John Aiello. He and I were in eight grade together at St E's. We graduated from there in 1953. I know John is deceased and the last time I saw and spoke to him was on a train heading for Wilmington from Philaelphia. We were both in the army at the time but in Different outfits. Turns out his son, John, was best man at my daughter's wedding/ As for the places in Canby Woods, I remember them well. I also knew a Cavanaugh family who had a son, Tom, but they lived on south Broom and Oak. Take care George
George <>
Ocean View, DE USA - Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 11:41:26 (EDT)
Hey, does anyone know a guy by the name of George Schupp who live on Maryland Avenue and was best friends with a guy by the name of Tommy Brejua (spelling ?) He is an old friend of mine and I was just wondering how he was doing after all of these years. I believe that I saw him not too long ago at a viewing for the Gracie's that were killed in a car accident and I wish that I had gone up to him. I am also wondering if anyone knows two brothers by the name of Tom and Shield Cavanaugh who lived on Clayton Street by St. Elizabeth Church. We use to all hang out together at Canby Park and had some great times at the old broken down house, and Indian Rock, if anyone remembers those two landmarks haha! I would like to get in touch with these old friends of mine and catch up with them and what has been going on in their lives. I guess the fact that we lost a good friend of ours Jack Betly not too long ago, makes you start to wonder, so I would appreciate it if anyone has any information on any of these people. I will be checking, now that my husband Franny Green has brought this site to my attention!
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 23:08:53 (EDT)
Tim F., with regards to Cleland Heights, I lived there for 37 years before I moved to Lewes. As a matter of fact, my front door faced the Knights of Columbus Parking Lot. Do you remember the block parties they use to have in that parking lot!! Where in Cleland Heights did you live?
Maria Aiello Green <>
Lewes, DE USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 22:59:58 (EDT)
When I went on the Police Force Tony Larry was what we called the "Wagon Master". He drove the Paddy Wagon to pick up those unfortunate souls that were arrested by Patrol Officers. Later, much later in life I met His son, Father Larry who was Chaplain at the Nursing Home where my Mother In-law lived out her remaining 96 years. Both Father and Son were fine people.
Ray Jubb <>
Wilmington, De. USA - Wednesday, June 06, 2007 at 21:37:32 (EDT)
Christmas memories: The uncle that gave me a parcheesi set four years in a row. My parents tutored me on how to act surprised when I opened his gifts. My Dad working on builing a small, wooden fire engine. He painted it red and carved "Engine Co. #4" on the front. (wheels were large buttons). I still have it. Finally, the year I was "surprised" to find a trumpet under the tree. Problem was, everyone at Mom and Dad's Christmas party had tried to play it the night before. So much for surprises.
jim rambo <>
ajijic, jalisco Mexico - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 13:25:26 (EDT)
I remember recycling toys, such as rusty roller skates, back in the late 30's. Older boys would show us younger kids how to make a scooter using an orange crate, a piece of wood and one roller skate and a broom handle. We separated the skate and nailed each pair of wheels to opposite ends of of the board and then nailed the orange crate to the board. The crate of course was placed on end so the open part could hold comic books for trading or a small passenger. The broom handle was nailed to the top of the crate to serve as a handlebar. I recall also my Grandfather repainting our wagon and placing it under our Christmas tree. ....Bob
Robert J. McKelvey <>
Cape May, N.J. USA - Tuesday, June 05, 2007 at 12:51:46 (EDT)
To any of you FORMER POLICE OFFICERS- Tony Larry, Sr, age 93, died May 30th. He retired in 1962.
Connie <nospanwanted>
Wilmington, DE USA - Monday, June 04, 2007 at 21:10:20 (EDT)
Butch - Great post about Jack Ramsay. Never knew he had a Delaware connection. Speaking of Delaware connections, does anyone remember Paul Mueller from the U. od D, Football team back in 1950-53? He wasn't a Delawarean by residence. His home was in North Jersey. (1953 was the last that the Hens played their home football games at Wilmington Park at 30th & Prinz, and Mueller was the team captain.) Paul went on to play professionally for a couple of years I think, but I can't recall for whom. (Senior moment.) I actually ran into Paul one lunchtime several years ago at a Mexican restaurant in Midtown Manhattan years later. At that time, he was working right around the corner from me. He seemed thrilled that anyone in New York would recognixe him from his days as a superb Hens athlete. Small world.
Bob Wilson Jr <>
Beaufort, SC USA - Friday, June 01, 2007 at 12:10:45 (EDT)