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Mrs Mary Stapleton & 3 of her kids

Picture posted by Thom Stapleton on Jul 31 '08

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Palm Bay, FL

#1 Dec 19, 2008
Thom Stapleton passed away in November 2008
I think he lived in Phoenix AZ. His family owned the Stapleton Dairy in W, Bville

As a boy I lived in Hiller where my father owned the local hangout. Hackney's Dairy Bar

I knew these river boats very well and I was on many of them. They parked along the river bank waiting their turn thru the locks (gone now)
The boys would board them. Some crews chased us. Some fed us. We would ride the sternwheel towboats to the middle of the river when they backed off the shore and we would do a beautiful swan dive from the highest part of the boat and swim back to shore.

Days like that do not exiat for the boys along the Mon. today.
Nancy Bakewell

Bayonne, NJ

#2 Mar 9, 2009
Mr. Stapleton:

Here's what I found out from my Dad, who was on the Brownsville "Brownies"

football team with your cousin ... son of Clyde Stapleton, a coal miner.

Jim and Jack Stapleton owned the "Stapleton Dairy" in West Brownsville.

Paddda Camino and Jody Braun drove their trucks, which picked up

milk from the local farms. "Stapleton Dairy"'s major competition was

"Farmer's Dairy" in Brownsville.

My Dad said in your Father's era, there was a team that played football

just for love of the game. They were the "Brownsville Bulldogs," where

a player named, "Long" excelled. This team did not charge their fans

to see them; neither, did they have a regular playing field to call their own.

My Uncle Barney was on "The Brownies" 1943 team ... which is

the ONLY team to date to have won the state (PA) championship.

In those years a player played both offense & defense. Uncle Barney,

after serving Uncle Sam, was the kicker for the local state teacher's

college. And, before retiring, he was the coach and principal at a

school in New Castle, Pa. We see him every other week-end, as

he and his wife ( Bille Anne Moore) own & operate a farm at Craft-

Moore road near Brownsville.

So did "Tom" Stapleton play for "The Brownsville Brownies" ?

Again, we look forward to hearing your Father's recollections of

Brownsville and/or West Brownsville.

You've got a story to tell haven't you ?

Nancy Bakewell


Palm Bay, FL

#3 Mar 9, 2009
I did not personally know Thom Stapleton, but I knew one of his best friends. Tom was too young to have played on a football team of that caliber in 1943. I think Thom would have graduated h.s. in 1949 or 1950 but I don't know where he went to school. Let me ask the widow of his best friend and see what she knows.
Pat Coppinger

Columbus, IN

#4 Apr 4, 2009
My Uncle was Thom Stapleton, his sister Mary Lou is my mother. I don't believe he ever played football, but his father Jim Stapleton (my Grandfather) played for Brownsville High School in 1923 and 24. Just curious, my grandmother Valeria (Sprinkle) Stapleton had a sister Hattie who married an Ernie Bakewell, was he related to you? By coincident I am going to a wedding in Washington PA in May and have never been to West Brownsville, do you happen to know the address where the dairy was? I would like to see the area when I get to town.
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#5 Apr 4, 2009
I am wondering if NANCY BAKEWELL is related to either of the Bakewell families who lived on Middle Street, West Brownsville only 5 or 6 houses apart.

There were two Bakewell families.
One family had a German Shepherd dog and no young children when I lived nearby----and it seems there was a lady named "Jean" who lived there.

The other Bakewell family had at least 2 daughters: Sally Lou and her older sister, Ernestine.

Both Bakewell families were very lovely neighbors.

I lived next door to Guy and Susie Wheeler and their daughter Marcelene. Guy was the West Brownsville Postmaster for many years.

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