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Harry Goodwin, I recall you from Commerce High (on Avenue Louis Pasteur). I was a '54 grad. Grew up on Rowell St off Hancock. I recall all the spots you mentioned, but you left out the old Edison Company on Columbia Rd across from the Strand theater, S.S. Kresge which you could enter from either Columbia Rd or Dudley St, Virginia Market and Freeman's Furniture on Dudley opposite Virginia (st or road, can't recall which.) And how the hell could you forget the LaSalle Grill. After a few years in the USAF, I was a Boston cop for 32 years with my first assignment old District 9 across from St. Pat's. Retired in '01 and now living in Naples, Fl. But still like to go back every now & then. Great times growing up there, but the area sure has changed.
Dorchester - The Last American Neighborhood.
Grew up on the "other side" of Dorchester. Edward Everett Square - Norfolk Ave in the 1950's. Went to St Kevins & Don Bosco. I'm just about to retire. I'm a little younger than Harry The Cat who has wrote extensively on Uphams Corner. And Karlo Bossi who wrote "Just call me Moose. In the late 40's and throughout the 50's Enclaves such as Uphams Corner, Fields Corner, Codman Square, Mattapan etc defined your viewpoint and associations simply due to the fact the automotive mobility was not yet in predominance. The "Adventure" of growing up in this era was to travel to these other enclaves and whitness who, how, where and why without and mental or physical fears. Really big adventures were in the summer to go to the Museum of Science (which admission was free), Old Ironsides, The Charles Street and Brighton swimming pools - again which were free, Museum of fine arts - but as a kid you were really wathced by the guards. Trips to Castle Island - which was not opened to the public was an adventure in itself to try to see inside the fort. I finally got to walk inside about 3 years ago. It was worth the wait. Swimming at Savin Hill Beach - Where the Dorchester yacht club now resides. Oh yeah, and getting caught diving off the savin hill draw bridge. The list goes on forever but the message is the same - I had a lot of fun growing up in Dorchester. And oh those beautiful Dorchester girls!!!!! Bill Howe OFD, Cerritos, CA
The Charlies they are talking about was right at the split of Dorchester Ave and Adams near the old station 11. that was an ice cream shop similar but better than brighams. I used to get my hair cut at farina's. I remember he would always have a kid hanging around he called Bird, to get him the scoop on the neighborhood. When the kid would outgrow hanging around he would be replaced and that kid would be called bird also. the old timer Al was really funny too. Al Farina and Sons. Big Yellow Caddy parked out front.
Charlie's was not an ice cream shop - it was a sub shop.
went to Mary Hemingway from 1962-1968 - lived on Adams St. hung out at Farina's Barber Shop, Fields Corner - is there anyone out there who remembers?
That has got be be Fat Pat McCrevan. Remember the 460 A/C ???
Grew up in the Port section back in the 50's and 60's Still love to look back on those times. Penny Candy from Berlos, Diving off Low 2nd or Jumping off Peters Roof into the creek, Playing Halfball, Pitnoffs Fruit and Veg truck, the Rag Man (horse drawn) Coasting down Suicide Hill Fun to recall those times.
Mark J. Curran
The old neighborhood is still holding up fairly well.
Few changes some for better.......some not just like everywhere.....ever hear from the Mortimers? or the Farells ?
There will be a Class Reunion on November 6, 2009 at Florian Hall, Dorchester.
For more details, contact Barbara G through Classmates.com.
I'm an old Dorchester boy now living in Nashua, NH and its nice to be able to catch keep up with the old neighborhood around Vera Street.
Grew up on Mount Ida Road during the 40's right across from Ronan Park. That was the greatest place to grow up on and play sports. Down on Bowdoin Street there was never an empty store front as all were thriving businesses. No Mall competition. For entertainment we had the Hamilton Theater (Hash House) and the Fields Corner Theaters where the admission was 14 cents and 12 cents respectively.
On a Saturday afternoon the lines waiting for the Hash House to open were down the block three or four abreast. The Hamilton Spa and Charlies, both candy shops, would do a thriving business but would cause high blood pressure for the owners with all the kids in there at once!
You could walk anywhere anytime of the day or night and be safe. The hub for sports was always Ronan Park at the ball field as well as the tennis courts. On summer days the park benches would be full with mothers with there small kids enjoying the grass, playing games, etc. Also the vire from the top of the hill overlooking Dorchester Day was spectacular. Many a ship was seen during the war years and shortly after. Military planes flew from out from the Squantum Air Base on a regular basis.
Dorchester has so many opportunities for our youth to participate in sports & cheerleading.Please support them as much as you can,in any way that you can. Thanks!
Yes, I remember roller skating in the late 50's with borrowed clamp skates from Evans Street where my home was and around the corner to Hopkins St, sometimes up to Crowell St. We had a key to tighten the skates which we wore on a string around our neck. Funny about the tripping up on them, yes, it would be just another skinned knee.The skinned knees brought back another memory of a boy named Philip who didn't usually play with us, who threw a rock at my forehead for no known reason, and running up my friend Jeanie Eunson's back stairs with blood and tears streaming down my face for a bandage. Another rescue occurred when I was brought home the whole two blocks down Evans St. by the kind Perry sisters after being bit in the cheek and lower lip by a collie dog. It happend in front of Mrs. Mason's house because I had surprised it by patting it ..from behind! Did I wail, then had to go down to my childhood doc, Dr. Levine on the corner of Morton & West Selden St. for a shot in the behind. Later the police officer from Station 19, around the corner came up to my mother's kitchen to talk about it and see if I was alright. Does any one remember Vinnie the cop?He used to direct the traffic when we walked down Stanton St. from St. Matt's to the corner of Norfolk St. and always said " Hi, cutie". He went with lovely wife and little girl to my sister's wedding and was so very handsome.I am thankful for all of the good neighbors who helped this skinny little girl in the neighborhood.
I dont know what year, you remember the 'Lamplighter' from, but in the early 50's there was still one on Burt St. (between Bailey & Ashmont) there also were still Cobblestones on the street, then the city
announced the street would be paved and the lamps removed! There were some "old" women from the
neighborhood, who actually laid down in the street, when the bulldozers came.
The 'Lamplighter' was our signal to head for home, as he came just before dark.
Perhaps it was because Burt St did not have a lot of traffic, but the blacktop on there remained very smooth,for years after it was paved over, we would all go there to roller skate, you remember those clamp skates, that would pop off and trip you?
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER "THE OLD LAMPLIGHTER" WHO USED TO CLIMB THE LADDER ON MCKONE ST. I BELIEVE THAT WAS THE LAST ONE THAT EXISTED IN OUR AREA. ALSO,FREEPORT ST.(NEAR NEPONSET AVE) THAT WAS THE LAST TO HAVE COBBLESTONE.
NOBODY LOCKED DOORS. WALKING AND BICYCLING ALL OVER THE PLACE AND PARENTS NOT HAVING TO WORRY ABOUT OUR SAFETY. EVERYBODY KNEW EACH OTHER. DAYS SPENT AT TENEAN IN THE SUMMER, FROM MORNING UNTIL DUSK.
(EVEN IN MUD TIDE, WE WOULD GO DOWN TO THE CREEK AND JUMP OFF THE PIERS, WATCHING OUT FOR THE WATER RATS)YOU BROUGHT YOUR "FLUFFERNUTTERS" FOR LUNCH AND THEN IF IT WAS HIGH TIDE, ONE OF YOUR OLDER SIBLINGS WOULD BRING SUPPER TO YOU.
STOMPING ON THE WET SAND,WAITING FOR A SPEW OF WATER, THEN YOU KNEW WHERE TO DIG FOR CLAMS.
YES, THOSE WERE THE DAYS. THAT WAS THEN, NOW IS NOW, BUT WHAT WONDERFUL MEMORIES THEY ARE
i lived on westville st for about 28yrs !
Some years ago, I worked in Dorchester on Columbia Rd, and My paternal great-grandparents and then family lived for decades at 94 Sydney St, Savin Hill! I have Hynes cousins who live right off Adams St near the Milton line. I would be honored to receive news from and about cherished Dorchester.
Christine H. Coughlan
i will send some pictures to your email..(after i get them on my computer)
its paula....nice to hear from you...i spoke to your mother the other day...it was great to talk to her...i am going to make plans to see her and your dad...i stumbled across this website when i googled the farm...she filled me in on you and your brother....are you the one one who livees in virginia? well i will check back from time to time...its nice to see how happy some people were to go the farm..it was nice of your mom and dad to give up their time and help out on all of those saturdays...well great to hear from you talk to you again...paula
Iwas born and raised in Dorchester and moved away 20 years agoe with a job transfer ti NJ. They don't like Red Sox Fans down here.
I am origanally from fields corner up by the ronan park area. I went to st. ambrose as a kid. I am looking for class pictures from st. ambrose from around 1975 or so.
you never will
sorry, tuesday around 5pm.
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