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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.
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#6 Apr 4, 2009
To Editor:
San Mateo is where I reside.......not Hayward, CA.
Please would you correct this ?
Earlier, someone had me living in Oakland, CA.
I have lived in California since 1963 and always in San Mateo, CA.
I'll appreciate your correcting this.
Thank you.
Grace E. Alexander
San Mateo, CA
Nancy Bakewell

Lancaster, VA

#8 Apr 11, 2009
Hi, everyone. I'll see Dad, soon, for the
holiday; I'll ask where the dairy was located.

All these names/people seem to be in the "temple
of my familar." Dad told me that Ernest Bakewell
during his working years had part ownership in
the Bakewell-Hartman Desoto dealership. His father, Joesph, died in his early 30's of a typhoid epidemic (all drinking water came from
the Mon and all sewage emptied there, too, be-
fore city water installation). His grandfather
(my great, great grandfather), an immigrant from England, was the operator & part owner of a coal mine. Ernest is the surname of his grandmother,
Joesphine Ernest Bakewell; one of Pennsylvania's
"Oh, Pioneers," err, that's pioneering families.

Ernestine's name is on the World War II memorial;
she was an alumnus of West Brownsville school
system's rifle range and an "expert" marksman.

I am related to Susie Wheeler, too. My middle name is Susan for Susie's grandmother, Susan
Bakewell Marker. Susie's husband, Guy, was a veteran of World War I and her grandfather, Samuel, represented West Brownsville in the
PA 22nd Volunteers during the Civil War.

Isn't it interesting how before tv, internet, etc
everyone really did know everyone in their community ?
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#9 Apr 11, 2009
The Stapleton Dairy was on Ashland Alley, between Railroad and Middle Streets. The Dairy itself faced Middle St. and behind the Dairy was the Stapleton home which faced Railroad St.
I used to pass by the Stapleton home on Railroad St. 4 times a school day for 8 years on my way to and from W. B'ville Elementary School (We went home for lunch). The school had first thro' eighth grade. No Kindergarten.
Thom Stapleton passed away on November 15,, 2008. We had been emailing almost daily for several years. We had been classmates for 8 years- grades 1 thro' 8. He was a true Patriot and I miss Thom.
Now his wife, Jean, and I exchange emails.
Nancy Bakewell

Washington, DC

#10 Apr 11, 2009
Grace Alexander, currently of San Mateo, CA.

How are you ?

It seems that your memory is, quite, long.

Can you tell me if the Bakewells had a Mom/
Pop store, either @ Middle & Axton or on
Broadway & Railroad street(s)?

Ernest's other grandmother was Mary Jane Williams,
but, I'm not sure if that's the "Jane" you remember ...

Did you ever swim in the Mon in the summer ?

Did you have a Bessie Williams or Fannie Eckles as a teacher @ John A Brashear Elementary ?

Do you remember Mr. Charlie Eckles visiting the
school with tales of his fights with them rebs?

Do you remember Misses Etta & Anna Mincks ?

Hmmm, anything else come to mind ?
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#13 Apr 11, 2009
Am mistaken. Even tho' the entire URL doesn't show up in the email, when you click on it, the information pops right up.

Hope you enjoy.
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#14 Apr 11, 2009
This web page is worth more than what money can buy.


You should bookmark it....save it....for future use.

Share it with your relatives and friends.

Look over this web page and I think you'll agree.

Am so sorry Glenn Tunney no longer does this kind of searching that I know of. He gave it his all and you have SO MUCH HISTORY YOU COULD SPEND MONTHS GOING THROUGH AND READING HIS COLUMNS AND BROWNSVILLE TIME CAPSULES.


Nancy Bakewell

Washington, DC

#15 Apr 11, 2009
Huh ?

This is a mystery ...

... what do you mean ?

... enjoy what ?

"universal resource ... say what ?"
Nancy Bakewell

Washington, DC

#16 Apr 11, 2009
I've have written Mr. Tunney upon occassion.

I was never able to answer my questions and

you are not willing to ... this is dis-

Nancy Bakewell

Cambridge, MD

#17 Apr 11, 2009
If you look back @ the postings, Grace Alexander,

the question you've answered was the one posed by

Pat Coppinger ... you've yet to answer a single

one I've asked.

As for Glenn Tunney, his ariticles were done via

interviews with others; do you think he knows

anything about the individuals I've have discussed

here ?

Well, I don't think so ...

Sorry about your school chum.

You folks are not my generation and I do not enjoy

being played by you.
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#18 Apr 11, 2009
To Nancy,
I just spent all of 30 to 45 minutes answering all your questions which I made a hard copy of so that I could answer them. Just less than 5 minutes ago, I clicked "Post Comment" and my rather lengthy email to you has disappeared.
Grace Alexander

Foster City, CA

#19 Apr 11, 2009
Nancy, Will try again to get this email sent. The other one is lost.
No, I can't say if the Bakewells had a Mom and Pop store.
Don't remember Ernest's other grandmother, Mary Jane Williams.
I did swim in the Mon River a few times,, but also went to a private pool with Sylvia Byland Davies and her 2 children, Mirian and John Paul.
There was no Bessie Williams nor Fannie Eckles who taught at my school.
To my knowledge there was no Charles Eckles who visisted the school.
Misses Etta and Anna Mincks were not there when I attended.

I did spend at least one-half hour on a letter to you, sent it and it still has not arrived.
I do hope that you will find someone who can answer your questions.
Nancy Bakewell

United States

#21 Apr 12, 2009
Happy Easter, everyone.

I'm with family, now.

The address for Jim Stapleton's family home

is: 316 Middle Street, right beside it is

Ash Street, walk down this to the entrance of

what was the dairy @ 317 Middle Street.

The home has been well cared for by the current

occupants; however, the workplace is, now, an

auto-body shop with parts strewn here & there;

not like an enterprise with work among family

& community and that kind of vatality comes

through in the photo for sure.

Pat, I think that picture was taken on the

Main/Railroad Street side ... see what you

think when you vist in May.

Grace, sometimes, I see through to past times

with a clarity beyond the now. Bessie was a

teacher @ West side school for a long, long

time; she passed in 1939. Fannie Eckles was

an instructor, there, too; her father was

civil war vet Charlie Eckles; during the

depression, they took in boarders. Their

home was under what is, now, the high-level

bridge. However, Charlie passed in 1935.

The Mincks were a pioneering West family; both

sisters, well into their 90's, passed in 1950.

No worries, Grace, we've all experienced the

down-side(s) of technology; now & then.

Your bud, Tom Stapleton, left some of the

heritage of the town with those pic(s);

Very nice !

Nancy Bakewell

United States

#22 May 26, 2009
Pat Coppinger:

How was your trip?

Did you find the ole dairy site?

Your Uncle's pics are remarkable, eh ?
mary stapleton

Limerick, Ireland

#23 Dec 14, 2010
wow what a fab photo :)
mary stapleton

Limerick, Ireland

#24 Dec 14, 2010
wow fab photo

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