I remember in Newport News
its possible

United States

#23 Dec 20, 2007
Oh Well wrote:
<quoted text>LOL Obviously old enough to know it's not polite to ask...Hummmm I was 10 yrs old in 1966.
Sorry, didnt mean to pry. Just making an observation. I was 8 in 1966. Carrolls was always in competition w/McDonalds.
dad

Brooklyn, NY

#24 Dec 20, 2007
I remeber the sherwood rest, good food,cheap, the ben franklin next door.I remember 4 wheelin where thimble shoals is now.I remember monster road off old denbigh blvrd,sammys on jefferson where you could get a plate of those fries for 50 cent, the anchor drivein.
Gene

Norfolk, VA

#25 Dec 20, 2007
SORRY FOR THE DOUBLE POSTING
Newport News Native

Moseley, VA

#26 Dec 20, 2007
I am fairly young but remember going to the Dairy Freeze on Jefferson Avenue not far past J.Clyde Morris as a kid for a hamburger and an ice cream. There was a big picture of Wimpy from Popeye on the side of the building. I believe the site is a car wash or car lot now.
Girl 00

Newport News, VA

#28 Dec 20, 2007
How about the eat at counter at the old Murphy's mart in Newport Square. The yoder dairy farm where Patrick Henry mall is.
dad

Brooklyn, NY

#29 Dec 20, 2007
its possible wrote:
<quoted text>Sorry, didnt mean to pry. Just making an observation. I was 8 in 1966. Carrolls was always in competition w/McDonalds.
I was 10 in 66
Mental

Rosemead, CA

#30 Dec 20, 2007
I remember walking down Harpersville road to the "old" farmers market before they enclosed the front end and across the street was a gray house which I believe was a hotel. I also believe it was a hotel of ill repute
Mental

Rosemead, CA

#31 Dec 20, 2007
Or the lunch counter at the Brentwood pharmacy........
Kayla

Newport News, VA

#32 Dec 20, 2007
Wow.. Things have seemed to change a lot. I've only lived here for a few years, and am certainly not old enough to remember such things if I was here. But when I was still in high school (Warwick) my teacher told us one day that Warwick's mascot was the Farmer's and how Warwick Blvd was mostly farm land and dirt roads
Oh Well

Newport News, VA

#33 Dec 20, 2007
Kayla wrote:
Wow.. Things have seemed to change a lot. I've only lived here for a few years, and am certainly not old enough to remember such things if I was here. But when I was still in high school (Warwick) my teacher told us one day that Warwick's mascot was the Farmer's and how Warwick Blvd was mostly farm land and dirt roads
Yes, it was the Warwick Farmers, changed in the early 70's due to the civil rights movement..Farmers having a negative connotation for the Black community.
memories

Rosemead, CA

#34 Dec 20, 2007
I remember growing up across from South Morrison elementary school in Presidential apartments. The pick up football games at the school where there must have been 50 people playing on each side.

“Boldly going nowhere...”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News, VA

#35 Dec 20, 2007
I remember the drive in off of 17, where Wallyworld is now. There was also a bowling alley down Jefferson by the James River Bridge thats not there anymore...I also used to live in Denbigh in Hanover apts off of Jefferson. There was a little shack right on Jefferson that was a hop, skip, and a jump from the complex where we used to buy garbage pail kids and gum, lol!
NN Native

United States

#36 Dec 20, 2007
Well, since we are all remembering, I remember being one of the first students to intergrate the "new" BC Charles Elementary School in the 1970's. It was a 45 min bus ride from downtown. I remember my mother telling me that part of Newsome Park Apartments were white. In the 1950's/1960's, the "other half" of Newsome Park Apartments occupied the land near 48th Street and Chestnut Ave.(Now there is a Bingo hall and large field at that intersection) Most of downtown NN was once white. Back in the day, the whites and blacks actually lived side by side in harmony in the PUBLIC HOUSING projects.(Yes, can you believe it) The shipyard needed workers for the war ,WWII/Korea, etc, and blacks/whites, or any abled bodies person was offered a job. This drew alot of blacks from the small towns in NC and rural VA (Franklin, Surry, etc) to NN for work. In the 1960's with the passage of the fair housing laws, the blacks moved out of the now demolished Newsome Park Apartments (Some still stand at the corner of 48th and Marshall Ave) and suddenly blacks moved into their own homes. East end as it was called, Jefferson ave to the Hampton City line and from 48th Street down to the water, 6th street) began to be occuppied by blacks. This same time, NN merged with Warwick County and became one big city. Most whites moved to the northern part of NN into their own homes for the first time. Other whites moved east to the Chesapeake Ave (waterfront) section of Newport News. My parents mortgage in a east end house (1960): 3 bedroom, 1 bath home $12,500,$47.00/month 30 year mortgage. House was paid off in 1990. Most of east end Newport News is full of retired, well mannered, church going people in their 60's, 70's, and 80's. The crime in the east end comes from the NEW young kids living in the housing projects. You never here is a 53 year old black male robbing someone. Most crime is committed be 15-24 yr olds.
Mental

Rosemead, CA

#37 Dec 20, 2007
I remember being one of the first students to intergrate to 16th street and Chestnut ave.(Magruder School) from Ivy Farms.
Choice

Rosemead, CA

#38 Dec 20, 2007
I remember that huge slide at the intersection of Jefferson and Mercury Blvd. I never and still today do not understand why it was there. Was the city going to build a park there at one point?
Oh Well

Newport News, VA

#39 Dec 20, 2007
Choice wrote:
I remember that huge slide at the intersection of Jefferson and Mercury Blvd. I never and still today do not understand why it was there. Was the city going to build a park there at one point?
Man, I forgot about that! It was at one time a really fun slide for kids and adults. I think someone fell off of it or got hurt somehow and it was closed down.
Will

Virginia Beach, VA

#40 Dec 20, 2007
I remember when English was the official language in Denbigh
Mental

Rosemead, CA

#41 Dec 20, 2007
Some guy I grew up with Last name Mason fell off that slide and busted his face pretty good. His eye was swollen shut for two weeks.

“go away trolls!”

Since: Nov 07

Newport News, VA

#42 Dec 20, 2007
I remember the Shoneys in the Hilton Shopping center, High's Ice Cream in the Hidewnwood Shopping center where the chinese restaurant is now. And I remember when Food Lion was Big Star and the Lou Smith's that was behind where the on the run Exxon is on Warwick.

“He's 3 1/2 lbs. of fury!!!”

Since: Sep 07

Hampton Roads, VA

#43 Dec 20, 2007
Will wrote:
I remember when English was the official language in Denbigh
LOL...That is hillarious. My father and I would agree.
My dad is almost 70 and he grew up in Newport News.

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