I remember in Newport News

Since: Dec 07

NORFOLK

#1695 Apr 18, 2008
M NARRON wrote:
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Thanks for the reply. thought I would share a few other memories of Newport News.
The childs fitting chair built into the wall at Hofheimer's at Newmarket Shopping Center. I was in that chair the day my Mom and I heard that JFK was shot in Dallas.
Mr. Bailey cutting my hair at NM barber shop.
The "weather ball" as part of the early NM shopping center sign. It changed colors to predict the weather.
The rabbits that lived in the court yard at Parkview School.
The old Principal Mrs Campbell's portrait on the wall. First thing you saw when you walked in the main doors of Parkview. Remember the braids?
Newmarket flooding knee deep during big storms.
A fellow student at Parkview named Robert Gresham being murdered. I think by his step father?
Snow that seems now to have been two feet deep then.
Being afraid to walk around the big baskets of crabs on Red's Pier.
Parkview Little League then Babe Ruth League.
Pete Drummond's Oyster Shak at the boat harbor. I remember the window seals of that place were filled with old Indian pipes the oystermen had given him. He taught me to love raw oysters by occasionaly putting an unpolished real pearl in one of my dozen.
Fishing with my Dad on Lester Haynes boat in Hampton Roads and catching big croaker and spot two at a time.
My Dad told me that in the early days of Red's Pier you could rent a boat, row out a little ways past the end of the pier, and catch croaker with the bottom fins so red it looked like blood was dripping off of them. All the croaker I ever saw had yellow fins? Funny Stuff. Today I was homesick all day long.
WOW! That's a lot of events ... some of which I share with you.

When I lived on 72nd St, I would get my hair cut at the Newmarket barber shop. I don't remember the names of any of the barbers.
I don't remember any rabbits at Parkview ES, but I have vivid images in my mind of the back schoolyard. I can still hear the acorns crunch beneath my feet from the oaks; my "safe" play area was the vicinity of the brick sewage pumping station. I don't recall that it smelled bad, though.
I remember Newmarket Shopping Center parking lot flooding to knee level after a particularly vicious thunderstorm. I am guessing the Newmarket Creek and the storm drains were all overwhelmed, so I waded over to Wickham and tried to work my way south to 72nd. That took me across Newmarket Creek just south of 74th St, and it got chest deep there. I swam down to 72nd, took a right, and emerged from the flood waters at my front door.
There were still large rental rowboats at Red's in the early 60s, but I seem to recall more of them in the mid-50s. Most days the waters of the James were clear enough to see the bottom through 6 feet or more. We fished from the pier many summer nights; we bought shrimp for bait at the Colonial Store located at the northeast corner of Virginia Ave and Military Hwy.(The building is still there, now a union hall). Later in life, I thought it odd to eat shrimp, as I had only known them as fish bait.

I could go on ... and on ... and on ...

“Newport News Forever”

Since: Apr 08

Newport News

#1696 Apr 18, 2008
TYPHOON 1964 wrote:
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WOW! That's a lot of events ... some of which I share with you.
When I lived on 72nd St, I would get my hair cut at the Newmarket barber shop. I don't remember the names of any of the barbers.
I don't remember any rabbits at Parkview ES, but I have vivid images in my mind of the back schoolyard. I can still hear the acorns crunch beneath my feet from the oaks; my "safe" play area was the vicinity of the brick sewage pumping station. I don't recall that it smelled bad, though.
I remember Newmarket Shopping Center parking lot flooding to knee level after a particularly vicious thunderstorm. I am guessing the Newmarket Creek and the storm drains were all overwhelmed, so I waded over to Wickham and tried to work my way south to 72nd. That took me across Newmarket Creek just south of 74th St, and it got chest deep there. I swam down to 72nd, took a right, and emerged from the flood waters at my front door.
There were still large rental rowboats at Red's in the early 60s, but I seem to recall more of them in the mid-50s. Most days the waters of the James were clear enough to see the bottom through 6 feet or more. We fished from the pier many summer nights; we bought shrimp for bait at the Colonial Store located at the northeast corner of Virginia Ave and Military Hwy.(The building is still there, now a union hall). Later in life, I thought it odd to eat shrimp, as I had only known them as fish bait.
I could go on ... and on ... and on ...
I remember the round brick pump house! No smell just damp. In the back corner, where the grass did not grow, there were a lot of oak trees with big holes in them (perfect for squirrels) and hiding stuff. Along the woods line ran a ditch that we were not allowed to cross. I also have found memories of the basketball count and went back to play there even after I was old enought to drive. Breaks my heart to see it gone. Was the portrait of Mrs. Campbell there when you went? She had retired by the time I started around 1963, but that picture with the braids still sticks in my head. I went there thru 7th grade, bussing started, went to Huntington Intermediate for 8th and 9th, then sent to Warwick High. Grad of 1977. It's really cool to talk about this, it gets my mind off today.

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1697 Apr 18, 2008
I just joined and am reading some wonderful memories, some of which I share. I went to Stonewall Jackson for first grade, Magruder for 2-5, Yates for 6-7, Ferguson for 8 & 9, and Menchville for 10-12, graduating in 1973. I've moved away but have many fond memories.

“Newport News Forever”

Since: Apr 08

Newport News

#1698 Apr 18, 2008
Cindy Williams wrote:
I just joined and am reading some wonderful memories, some of which I share. I went to Stonewall Jackson for first grade, Magruder for 2-5, Yates for 6-7, Ferguson for 8 & 9, and Menchville for 10-12, graduating in 1973. I've moved away but have many fond memories.
Welcome Cindy, where did you live in Newport News?

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1699 Apr 18, 2008
16th & Orcutt until 1965, then Maxwell Gardens. Fond memories of both!

Since: Sep 07

Newport News

#1700 Apr 18, 2008
Cindy Williams wrote:
16th & Orcutt until 1965, then Maxwell Gardens. Fond memories of both!
I remember you Cindy! I went to Bethel Elementary 1st and 2nd grade in Hampton. Moved to Newport News in 1963, went to Yates 3rd through 7th grade, 8th-10th at Ferguson High and 11th and 12th at Menchville High and graduated in 1973.

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1701 Apr 18, 2008
Wow, did we ever hang out? I love challenges and puzzles, how about your street or initials?

This is so cool!!

“I HAVE SOME SPLAINING TO DO”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News VA

#1702 Apr 19, 2008
Cindy Williams wrote:
I just joined and am reading some wonderful memories, some of which I share. I went to Stonewall Jackson for first grade, Magruder for 2-5, Yates for 6-7, Ferguson for 8 & 9, and Menchville for 10-12, graduating in 1973. I've moved away but have many fond memories.
How cool is this. I never knew that Yates had grades that ever went beyound 5th.:-) I went to Yates 1st - 5th grade, Dunbar (6th & 7th), Carver (8th & 9th) then Menchville and graduated a couple of years behind you.

“I HAVE SOME SPLAINING TO DO”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News VA

#1703 Apr 19, 2008
Cindy Williams wrote:
16th & Orcutt until 1965, then Maxwell Gardens. Fond memories of both!
Do you still have family in Maxwell Gardens?

Since: Sep 07

Newport News

#1704 Apr 19, 2008
Ok, let's see if you remember this. Mrs. Wilson, 3rd grade, Mrs. McDowell 4th, Mrs. Suggs 5th, Mrs. Granville 6th, Mr. Landis and Mrs. Piety 7th at Yates. I was in Girl Scouts and Mrs. Chrittenden( Ricky's mother)was the scout leader and I was in the school band and played trumpet. Kenny Vinson was first chair and I was second. I was in chorus and we sang "Up with People". My initials were CR. Didn't you live on Quillen Terrace? My cousins lived around the corner on Maxwell Lane. Debbie, Danny and Jenny.

“I HAVE SOME SPLAINING TO DO”

Since: Oct 07

Newport News VA

#1705 Apr 19, 2008
waterman wife wrote:
Ok, let's see if you remember this. Mrs. Wilson, 3rd grade, Mrs. McDowell 4th, Mrs. Suggs 5th, Mrs. Granville 6th, Mr. Landis and Mrs. Piety 7th at Yates. I was in Girl Scouts and Mrs. Chrittenden( Ricky's mother)was the scout leader and I was in the school band and played trumpet. Kenny Vinson was first chair and I was second. I was in chorus and we sang "Up with People". My initials were CR. Didn't you live on Quillen Terrace? My cousins lived around the corner on Maxwell Lane. Debbie, Danny and Jenny.
OMG! I remember Mrs. Suggs!
M Narron

Titusville, FL

#1706 Apr 19, 2008
waterman wife wrote:
Ok, let's see if you remember this. Mrs. Wilson, 3rd grade, Mrs. McDowell 4th, Mrs. Suggs 5th, Mrs. Granville 6th, Mr. Landis and Mrs. Piety 7th at Yates. I was in Girl Scouts and Mrs. Chrittenden( Ricky's mother)was the scout leader and I was in the school band and played trumpet. Kenny Vinson was first chair and I was second. I was in chorus and we sang "Up with People". My initials were CR. Didn't you live on Quillen Terrace? My cousins lived around the corner on Maxwell Lane. Debbie, Danny and Jenny.
I lived at the corner of Maxwell Lane and Longstreet!

Since: Sep 07

Newport News

#1707 Apr 19, 2008
M Narron wrote:
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I lived at the corner of Maxwell Lane and Longstreet!
Where is Longstreet? Was that before Mammoth Oak? Or on the closed off end now Lackey Drive?

Since: Sep 07

Newport News

#1708 Apr 19, 2008
Luuccy wrote:
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OMG! I remember Mrs. Suggs!
Do you remember Miss Blandford, the French teacher?

Since: Sep 07

Newport News

#1709 Apr 19, 2008
Luuccy wrote:
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OMG! I remember Mrs. Suggs!
Do you remember Mrs Reynolds, the bus driver?

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1710 Apr 19, 2008
Luuccy wrote:
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Do you still have family in Maxwell Gardens?
Nope, I moved to Norfolk and then to Virginia Beach, and my parents separated and divorced and sold the house.

I do drive by whenever I'm on that side of the water and look at all the old places. A lot has changed, to my dismay. There's a shopping center near my old house where there used to be a big field. I guess that's progress.

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1711 Apr 19, 2008
Luuccy wrote:
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How cool is this. I never knew that Yates had grades that ever went beyound 5th.:-) I went to Yates 1st - 5th grade, Dunbar (6th & 7th), Carver (8th & 9th) then Menchville and graduated a couple of years behind you.
Yep that was when there were just elementary schools and high schools, nothing in between. You got sent to Dunbar as part of when the City started busing kids from one end of the city to the other. It really sucked because nobody was where they wanted to be except some of us who were lucky enough to live where the school choice that was made for us was the same choice we had made on our own.

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1712 Apr 19, 2008
waterman wife wrote:
Ok, let's see if you remember this. Mrs. Wilson, 3rd grade, Mrs. McDowell 4th, Mrs. Suggs 5th, Mrs. Granville 6th, Mr. Landis and Mrs. Piety 7th at Yates. I was in Girl Scouts and Mrs. Chrittenden( Ricky's mother)was the scout leader and I was in the school band and played trumpet. Kenny Vinson was first chair and I was second. I was in chorus and we sang "Up with People". My initials were CR. Didn't you live on Quillen Terrace? My cousins lived around the corner on Maxwell Lane. Debbie, Danny and Jenny.
YES YES YES!! I've often thought of you!! I don't remember the scouts or band stuff, but I do remember you well, and your cousins!! Jenny was a hoot!! I did live on Quillen Terrace, and my old backyard now has apartments just beyond the tree line, instead of more trees!!

Since: Apr 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#1713 Apr 19, 2008
waterman wife wrote:
Ok, let's see if you remember this. Mrs. Wilson, 3rd grade, Mrs. McDowell 4th, Mrs. Suggs 5th, Mrs. Granville 6th, Mr. Landis and Mrs. Piety 7th at Yates. I was in Girl Scouts and Mrs. Chrittenden( Ricky's mother)was the scout leader and I was in the school band and played trumpet. Kenny Vinson was first chair and I was second. I was in chorus and we sang "Up with People". My initials were CR. Didn't you live on Quillen Terrace? My cousins lived around the corner on Maxwell Lane. Debbie, Danny and Jenny.
I do remember Ms. Granville and Ms. Piety. I think Ms. Piety took over when Ms. Blandford left for some reason. And Ms. Spraker, oh how she scared me!! And Ms. Folkmann, the principal, a dear lady but she scared me too!!

Since: Sep 07

Newport News

#1714 Apr 19, 2008
Cindy Williams wrote:
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I do remember Ms. Granville and Ms. Piety. I think Ms. Piety took over when Ms. Blandford left for some reason. And Ms. Spraker, oh how she scared me!! And Ms. Folkmann, the principal, a dear lady but she scared me too!!
Mrs Spraker, she was the little petite woman who had every hair in place and her clothes fit her just right. She did like the perfection of everything and nothing less. Mrs Folkman, she was the one with the paddle, yardstick as our Principal. She's passed on now just a few years back. I heard Mrs. Granville moved to California with one of her children. The last time I saw her she was 84 and she had written 3 books. Self Esteem books. Don't know if she's still alive or not.

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