I remember in Newport News
Oh Well

Newport News, VA

#1860 Jun 10, 2008
Steve FHS 72 wrote:
To "Oh Well" (and everyone else, too)
Perhaps you could slip me some hints as to who your brother is. I'm already trying to figure out who some you guys are who are posting to this thread. I believe Watermanswoman grew up in my neighborhood and at the same time. A few others have amazingly similar experiences, too.
I delivered the Daily Press in “Old Wrestler’s” neighborhood 1968 through 1970. Down Harpersville, up Gatewood, then zig-zagging along through Copeland, Hitchens, Fontaine, Commodore, and Matthew. I remember the Prillamans on Gatewood, but just now I can’t remember the the neme of the family on E. Commodore that owned the Florist Shop, and they were friends of my parents! I do remember their pink delivery van, though.
My teachers at Riverside were Smith, Anderson, Pierce, Snyder, Brooks, Bowman, and Alvis – in that order. Of course, in 6th and 7th grades we’d move about the classes for different subjects. So I had Griffen Woody, and Burnett, etc. And yes, they could (AND WOULD) set you straight when needed. I especially liked Mrs. Woody. She was very strict but especially caring. I really needed that, unfocussed student that I was.
I grew up on James River Drive. Some of the kids I played with in grade school were: Ross Page, David & Frankie Pitchford, Steve King, Gil Guilette, Tim Mullach, Freddie Lowe, David Kruse, Steve Zender, and Steve Levin... not to mention the girls (but I hadn't “discovered” girls yet!) Despite that, the use of the term "guys" in my neighborhood was all-inclusive and gender-neutral. My big sister was “one of the guys”, as was Patty White Peg Parker, and Missy Boykin, amongst others.
We grew up on Dogwood. My brother hung out with Rick Witty, Rob Bragg, Bucky Bryant, Nancy Mershon, Nettie something...., I use to hang out with Betsy Boykin, I think that was Missy's younger sister.
Old Wrestler

Upperville, VA

#1861 Jun 10, 2008
Oh Well wrote:
<quoted text>Now come on, it wasn't that bad was it?:)~ I thought we had some very good times!(Old Wrestler and I use to date)
Minor technicality here: We actually didn't meet until after I graduated from Ferguson. Technicalities aside, no argument about the good times!

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1862 Jun 10, 2008
Doogwood, hmmm. Let's see -- Mistletoe had the Kuhn brothers, Tipton the Stone sisters, so Dogwood would be Keith Jones?

Gawd I hope I've got these names straight.

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1863 Jun 10, 2008
Still reading through the whole thread -- I'm up to page 61 of 85 so far...

Here are some of my memories along Warwick Blvd. I recall when the High's Ice Cream store moved to the corner of Harpersville and Warwick, across from the Atlantic service station (maybe that was Moon Heating and AC by then). I think the building is a realty place now, down from Port Arthur. Byrd's Gulf station was at Logan and Warwick. Then there was Dee Howell's auto repair shop. Dee kept monkeys in a cage behind the shop. I loved going there as a kid. Moore

Hilton Amoco (or was it Warwick Amoco) was on the other side of Hilton Village. They had a small pasture in back and usually kept ponies there.

Now for a real oldie: who remembers the pet store next to the old Casey Chevrolet building. The owners had the house in front and their store out back. The property was purchased to build Kinney Shoes (now the thrift store.) In front of the pet store (outside) was a large cage where Joe the crow lived. Joe could talk. His vocabulary was perhaps three words tops -- he mostly just said "Hi". Joe would escape his cage fairly regularly, but he'd only fly about the neighborhood seeking out the kids who visited him regularly at his cage. If he found one of us, h'ed say hi and hang out for a while. He'd usually fly back home on his own, but if not, we'd ride our bikes to the pet store and he followed us there.

For great food, how about Danny's Delicatessen at Warwick Shopping Center? I think he was right between Barklay Jewelers and the Betty Paige Shop. He had the best hot pastrami sandwich anywhere. He also kept a variety of pastry desserts for desert -- all from Crum's bakery just down the sidewalk next to the Colonial Store. The deli may still be there (was in the 90's anyway, but Danny had sold the place and was long gone.

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1864 Jun 10, 2008
That censored word was MONKEES, but not the kind with their own hit records and TV show.
Old Wrestler

Upperville, VA

#1865 Jun 10, 2008
Steve FHS 72 wrote:
Hilton Amoco (or was it Warwick Amoco) was on the other side of Hilton Village. They had a small pasture in back and usually kept ponies there.
Warwick (Hilton) Amoco was owned by Milton Adams. His brother, Ray, owned the bar next door. The ponys kept in the pasture were used for kids pony rides at partys and other functions. My Dad was long time friend of both brothers and whenever we stopped in for gas, we would run over to the fence to pet the ponys and feed them sugar.
Dad frequented the bar (Ray's Hilton Country Club) and he would take me and my brothers there sometimes on weekend afternoons. While Dad had a beer, we would read the comic books and drink a "Brownie" my favorite chocolate drink.

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1866 Jun 10, 2008
[quote]Keith Jones?[/quote]

Or was that Ray Alley? Ray's Wife was my daughter's 4th & 5th grade teacher at Riverside (1991 - 1993). My daughter is now a mechanical engineer at a robotics firm in Charlotte.

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1867 Jun 10, 2008
I got Central Parkway and Dogwood mixed up in my head. Looked at a map and got my bearings. Keith was on Central, Ray I think was on Dogwood. But I never thought of Ray as a nerd.

Wait Wait, don't tell me...

Is it John Bright I'm trying to remember?

If so, John was in the Bob Ackerman's Amateur Radio Club with me at Ferguson.

I remember John and Dave Tudder (and maybe Bill Kuhn?) building an advanced sonar as a science fair project. They had a radar-style sweep-tube display for range and bearing blips. As I recall, they had all the necessary circuitry working as designed, but had trouble interfacing them to one another -- before the fair deadline, anyway. I was so very impressed by how far they got with that. Heck, I've spent 35 years working with electronics in and out of my profession, and I'm STILL impressed.

So, is it John?

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1868 Jun 10, 2008
OK, now that everyone is just about sick of my ridiculous posts, here are a few more neighbohood memories.

The Museum Restaurant at Cedar Lane and Warwick, where the baik is now. Next to that was the Loren family's house with greenhouses on a stretch of land behin them. Next to their house was their business storefront -- Loren's Florist. These are all gone now.

At Elm Avenue and Warwick was the Flying-A gas station. The only other Flying-A I remember on the peninsula was at LaSalle and Kecoughtan, across from Merrimac Motors. All of these are gone too.

Across from cedar lane where Warwick Village is (and the W.T.Grant WAS, had been a private home on an old farm setting, with horse stables and pastures in back. Gone now, of course.

Oh yeah, Dee Howell employed Charlie Moore as his mechanic in the late 50's early sixtys timeframe. Vharlie left to own/manage the Texaco station at Jefferson and Ivy Farms Rd. through the late 60's. In the early 70's he opend Moore's Auto Repair behind the small used car lot at Jrfferson and Village Parkway (it paralells Main street.)

In 1978, my wife and I bought the house at the north end of Village Pkwy., with the address of 00 S. Magruder Rd. Yep, that's ZERO ZERO for a house number. Many businesses believed we were making prank calls when we gave that address, but we learned to laugh about it. We lived there for fifteen years and both of our kids were born while we lived there.

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1869 Jun 10, 2008
Old Wrestler wrote:
<quoted text>
Warwick (Hilton) Amoco was owned by Milton Adams. His brother, Ray, owned the bar next door. The ponys kept in the pasture were used for kids pony rides at partys and other functions. My Dad was long time friend of both brothers and whenever we stopped in for gas, we would run over to the fence to pet the ponys and feed them sugar.
Dad frequented the bar (Ray's Hilton Country Club) and he would take me and my brothers there sometimes on weekend afternoons. While Dad had a beer, we would read the comic books and drink a "Brownie" my favorite chocolate drink.
I knew Milton. I worked at Jack's Auto Supply part time while I was studying at TNCC. I made parts deliveries all over, including Hilton. Texaco.

I didn't know Ray, but I always loved the name of his bar -- Hilton Country Club. It cracked me up every time I passed by it! Uber-cool!

Since: Dec 07

NORFOLK

#1870 Jun 10, 2008
Steve FHS 72 wrote:
Across from cedar lane where Warwick Village is (and the W.T.Grant WAS, had been a private home on an old farm setting, with horse stables and pastures in back.
Steve, if I had any doubts who you are, your picture removed them. It is the same picture Carol places in her newsletter, when she uses your posts. Welcome to the forum; great fun, eh?

As for Cedar Lane and Warwick Village ... you no doubt remember the "indoor" Shoney's, which had a larger than life-size "Big Boy" standing by the front door. I remember Danny's, as well. His daughter, Ronni Green is a NNHS classmate. It was a sad day when the Museum Restaurant was demolished. Once it was gone, I had to check the street signs to be sure where Cedar Lane was.
You may wonder who I am. TYPHOON 1964 could be any number of people, so I will give you a hint. In the Newsletters, I am sometimes referred to as "Brown Eyes". Got it?
thanks for the memories

Portsmouth, VA

#1871 Jun 11, 2008
Hey Steve, I get the feeling that you are glad you found this thread. Unbelievable isn't it?? Welcome!!

“We're All Bozos On This Bus”

Since: May 08

Herndon VA.

#1872 Jun 11, 2008
Steve FHS 72 wrote:
<quoted text>
I knew Milton. I worked at Jack's Auto Supply part time while I was studying at TNCC. I made parts deliveries all over, including Hilton. Texaco.
Do you remember "Pinky", the mechanic who worked for Milton in the 70's?

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1873 Jun 11, 2008
Here's a resource you guys might not know about -- the Newport News GIS map viewer. It allows you to look at map or aerial photo imagery of the city just like Google Maps and other such online sources. You can zoom in, zoom out, pan, etc. BUT THERE'S MORE!!!

First, there is a wide range of "levels" you can turn on and off to show individual parcels, rights-of-way, etc.

Second, you can use the "i" tool, click on a property, and find all the kinds of data about it, lot size, home square footage, etc.

MOST FUN, you can choose the areial photos that it displays. It has 2007 photos as its default, but you can choose "'01,'04,'05" (a mix from those years, I guess), 1995, or 1959.

I have spent hours at a time exploring the city as it was in 1959. Denbigh was still Menonite Farmland, Warwick still ran along it's original path, as did so many others that have since been straightened and widened. Downtown was still the vital merchant district (but wasn't nearly so pretty viewed from above).

Here's how to get there -- go to this URL:

http://gis.nngov.com/gis/ (S(atxtcw554ggci555izoubcrx))/ default.aspx

Click the "Accept" button and voilla!

Play with it a bit to get used to it. The tool choices are along the top of the map. The options are check-boxes down the side. The "zoom in" allows you to draw (drag with your mouse) a rectangular box around the area you want to view. Just remember to click back on the "pan" tool afterwards to move about. Also, be sure you turn one year off (click its check-mark) when you select another, then hit the "refresh map" button.

Have fun with it. I'm sure having a ball !!!

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1874 Jun 11, 2008
Memories: Yeah, I eat this stuff up. I still live in the present, but cherish my memories of the past. I treasure the NNHS65 site, and have contributed some to it, but this thread has brought forth many different people and interesting references.

Typhoon '64 (Brown Eyes): Oh yeah, I remember Shoney's. When I had the paper route, I'd usually stop there after school for a snack of onion rings or fries. Nachman's had little customer lounge at the hallway connecting the two with seats, magazines, AND A PHONE! My sister and her friends were always hanging out there.

Old Wrestler, I remember the mechanic, but didn't recall his name. They were amongst the good ones, but usually did business with Dixie Auto Parts, so, working for Jack's, I didn't get by there often. One of the great benefits of being an auto parts delivery boy is you find out who the good machanics are (as well as the bad). A few of the best were Sprinkle & Williams (Jefferson Ave. near Randolph rd., NOW at Warwick & Deep Creek), Al & Skip VW Repair (behind Monty's at Rivermont Dr.), the guys at Blount Point Amoco (Hidenwood), And Sam Whitsell at Whitesell's Esso.

By the way, Jack's Auto Supply was in the white building at Main and Jeferson. Other tennants were a trophy shop, Here & Now head shop, barber shop, and Meryl Lipmann clothing store. Across Main was Mr. B's and across Jefferson was Allen's Arco. That white building burned down around '75 or '76. On the northeast corner was a residence whose owner had a tiny store next to his home Facing Jefferson. The store couldn't have been more than 16'x20'. By '72 when I started at Jack's, I don't think he sold anything but cigarettes and beer, and his customers were his old buddies who came by and hung out there with him. Anyone remember that place and the owner?
Old Wrestler

Upperville, VA

#1875 Jun 11, 2008
Steve FHS 72 wrote:
Have fun with it. I'm sure having a ball !!!
Yep, great fun. I also play around with "Google Earth" Thanks for the info!
Old Wrestler

Upperville, VA

#1876 Jun 11, 2008
Steve FHS 72 wrote:
Al & Skip VW Repair (behind Monty's at Rivermont Dr.)
My little brother had an old "beat-up" VW Beetle back in the 70's. I think he used to "live" at Al & Skips, LOL.
MvD

AOL

#1877 Jun 12, 2008
thanks for the memories wrote:
<quoted text>
I didnt know if you knew about this site. If not, check it out!!
http://www.alohanews.com/wgh.htm
wow... I just stumbled onto this site and am sitting here with a big silly grin on my facereading thru all these memories..
Thanks for the link to the ole WGH jingles..
MvD

AOL

#1878 Jun 12, 2008
This site is fabulous!! I will OD on reading all this stuff.
I was gonna throw out a few "olden day" things I remember..(sorry if they have been mentioned before)

Anyone remember Ponton's Market on corner of Harpersville and Saunders Rd.?

And.. when I was little.. a man named "Uncle Art" used to do monthly "birthday parties" for kids in the auditorium of the Nachman's on Warwick.. he would show a movie, give out presents.. I also wish I knew who exactly he was... I only remember him by the "uncle Art" , but he was certainly a very generous and benevolent man..

Remember getting milk delivered to your doorstep in the aluminum boxes by Yoder Dairy?

Beaconsdale and Hidenwood Pharmacies would deliver to your house.

I can also remember my pediatrician, Dr. Booth, GOD love him, from the children's clinin on Main St. making housecalls.

The anchor drive-in, the Sunday traffic jams in mariners museum from all the highschool cruisers..

The crazy old drunk guy that was rumored to live behind the Hidenwood bowling alley.. who would buy beer for kids.. and also would just walk in front of cars going down warwick.. I think his name was "Crazy Charlie".

And what is now City Centre was old Beamont missle site? We used to "break into" the gates and drive thru.. it was spooky.

Anyone remember the "koolaid conspiracy" ? It was a head shop in Hilton Village ...

And here is one maybe someone can help me remember..but back in the early 70's.. there was a store on Warwick, in front of the old Putt putt, that sold clothes.. I used to buy my "peanut pants" there.

Since: Jun 08

Mt. Pleasant, NC

#1879 Jun 12, 2008
MvD, WELCOME to the thread! I'm a newcomer myself and just love browsing through all of these memories.

I share all those same memories except for Crazy Charlie. On my birthday month (1966?) I got a nice camera from Uncle Art. I'd forgotten those parties until you mentioned them -- THANKS. Yep, that community room was accessed form the cooridor between Nachman's and Shoney's.

I hadn't thought about that clothing store in decades. I went in there a time or two. They had a round logo -- very large -- hanging above the front door. Some kind of crescent moon or something. I try to recall it but my mind morphs the memory into the Miller Beer girl in the moon logo. The building was torn down to build a Texaco station there around 1971. The Texaco didn't make it either.

I went to school (Riverside) with a girl who said her family (the Shoenbaums) owned Shoney's. Another, Vicky Moore who's father owned Moore's Super Stores. Remember Moore's before it moved to Jefferson? It was at the end of Tyler Ave. At Woodfin Rd., right across the C&O tracks from Hilton Shopping Center.

I remember Woozy Woltz from Barclay & Sons Jewelers Downtown. He lived on our block of James River Drive. I think he stayed there until they closed it. He may haved worked at the Warwick Shopping Center store for a while before retiring.

It was around 1960 when the Sunoco station was built across Warwick Blvd. from James River Drive. Remember "dialing in" the octane you desires fron the selector on the side of the pump. Everyone with a muscle car in the later sixtys loved that. Id' ride my bicycle up there and bum STP stickers off of them. These were kept in the yellow Anco wiper-blade cabinet that sat outside between the service-bay doors. LaVogue was built later just next door to that Sunoco.

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