Railroad St circa 1910
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#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.
#2 Mar 9, 2009
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 ?
#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.
#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.
#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.
#6 Apr 4, 2009
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.
Grace E. Alexander
San Mateo, CA
#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 ?
#9 Apr 11, 2009
For NANCY BAKEWELL:
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.
#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 ?
#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.
#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.
#15 Apr 11, 2009
This is a mystery ...
... what do you mean ?
... enjoy what ?
"universal resource ... say what ?"
#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-
#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
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.
#18 Apr 11, 2009
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.
#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.
#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 !
#22 May 26, 2009
How was your trip?
Did you find the ole dairy site?
Your Uncle's pics are remarkable, eh ?
#23 Dec 14, 2010
wow what a fab photo :)
#24 Dec 14, 2010
wow fab photo
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