Lacey Park - 1948
bob johnson

Miami, FL

#43 Dec 16, 2012
3 adams ave. Brother Bill. WE lived there from 1943 till 1963. Had grest memories. Good to read all the memories of the Park. I taught at william Tennent until 1967 Presently in Miami. Ia proud to be a parker. Thanks for the Memories
cherie peters

Mesa, AZ

#44 Jan 12, 2013
Joy wrote:
I lived in Lacey Park until 1959. I remember lots of kids and even as a young child I felt a sense of community there. All my relatives lived there too. My Dad was in the Navy at the time. Lacey Park was real sad looking for awhile, but now looks alot like I remember it.
my
derek

Bensalem, PA

#45 Jan 20, 2013
john doe wrote:
I love warminster, I think its been great and is great. All communities have probs.
I don't live in the park but I been goin there for years since I was 10, i know alot of people there and it does look better than when my dad said it was when he was a kid and in tennent. All communities have problems and there are people with problems but warminster is still the cleanest, yes we smoke bud but that's not the problem, and these warminster cop are making it one. Get the real drugs off the street and this place will look like paradise
Hal

Lake Forest, CA

#46 Jan 20, 2013
Haven't a lot of folks been leaving Warminster and moving to upper Bucks and Montgomery counties? My sister in the Harleysville area says there's been quite an influx over the years.
ANDREW W

Norristown, PA

#47 Mar 14, 2013
I Went To LACEY PARK SCHOOL, First Grade, In 1950. I Was Living There Before That. I Was a Member of GENERAL JOHN LACEY'S AMERICAN LEGION POST on JACKSONVILLE RD, and a member of something called 'ES', I do not recall what that was, I was quite young. We Moved to what was caller GREEN ACRES, on MEARNS RD, when it was first built FIRST. I remember going to ALTA S. LEARY SCHOOL.
ANDREW W

Norristown, PA

#48 Mar 14, 2013
iwent to lacey park school, first grade, in 1950. 1 was living ther before that. i was a member of sons of general john lacey's american legion post on jacksonville rd. and a member of something called 'es' in lacey park, i do not recall what that was, i was quite young. we moved to what was called green acres, on mearns rd, when it was first being built. i seem to always end up end up back to lacey park until '62. i remember going to alda s. leary school.
Tom

Camp Hill, PA

#49 Apr 17, 2013
Grapost wrote:
I lived there as a kid from 1957 to 1966. The owner of the property Dr. Gabriel Elias REFUSED to make any repairs to anything. The roads were full of holes, sewage backed up into the streets, damaged units were boarded up instead of fixed and no upgrades to the properties were ever made. His brother Hymie used to drive through at times and we'd throw rotten apples at his car. The only good thing sbout living there was all the houses were very close together so you got to know alot of neighbors and for us kids there were plenty of kids nearby to play with. Everybody was within walking distance of each other so you really got a sense of community living there.


Thanks for your post. Some of my best friends lived in Lacey Park.
Tom

Camp Hill, PA

#50 Apr 17, 2013
Great comments about Lacey Park. I did not live there, but went to St. John Bosco School. Some of my best and closest friends lived in Lacey Park. The sense of community there was impressive. Lacey Park had lots of tightknit and close families and neighbors who cared about one another. I taught at William Tennent HS and when I had to call a family from LP about their kid, the parents got on that kid and he shaped-up right away! Lacey Park is now a safe place to live.
ANDREW W

Saint Louis, MO

#51 Apr 17, 2013
i remember that long the long stip of crude sidewalkdown between the two rows of housing, at night kids would tie tin cans to a cats tail and set the cat on fire letting it run the lengh. you could hear the sceams of the cat back up on knight st. i had lived in the golch (as it was called) from 1945 my father was military.
Kathy Nye

Reading, PA

#52 Apr 1, 2014
I lived in Lacy Park in the late 40s and moved out in 1952 when I was 6. It was a kid friendly place, where neighbors helped neighbors.
Christmas time the Dads would try to outdo each other building train platforms.
There was a dance school at the community school and Sunday School classes.
I lived on Rush Street. The family names I remember were Cannon and Patterson and Price.
We were poor, but that is no crime. We were always clean and dressed well.
I have a few photos I could post if there a way to do it.
mickey

Lansdale, PA

#53 Jul 9, 2014
I lived in the park of & on for what seems like my whole life! I still have relative's that live there. When ever I go to the park I feel like I'm home. LP for life!

Since: Nov 14

Montclair, NJ

#54 Nov 30, 2014
Lived in the Park for enough years to remember many good times with a few bad times mixed in along the way. Started in 1st grade at St. John Bosco, 9th and 10th grades at Archbishop Wood, and 11th and 12th grades at William Tennent HS, graduating in 1973. Worked at SPS Technologies ( Standard Press Steel) from 1973 until about 1985-86. I was there when Ed Harkanson and Hans Lee had a fist, knife, and belt fight at the HS field. They both had total respect for one another after that day.

Since: Nov 14

Montclair, NJ

#55 Nov 30, 2014
R Clark wrote:
I lived in the park from 63 to about 73,when we moved to Hatboro on Lincoln Ave a short distance from the Park.My sister and I attending Lacey Park school during some of those years. My dad played with the Dirty Socks also,and was part of the championship team sometime in the 40's.He was also the chief of the fire police for the park during that time. My aunt also lived in the Park until the mid 80s. I recently applied for a home there,but decided I didn't want to be tied down in one spot. I plan to move on from this area,after my mom passes on. They really have cleaned up their act there,and told me when I applied for a home,if I was arrested for something,that I be evicted. I have some fond memories from living there,playing with my friends that lived there also.
I was a member of Lacey Park Volunteer Fire Company. Started as a junior fireman after my "working papers" were approved at about the age of 16 - 17. Stopped attending right before the official take over by the Warminster Fire Department. The 1973 Mothers Day riot was, from what I can remember, the beginning of a rapid and steady decline until the CoOp became available. Establishing a new volunteer fire company in Warminster Heights would allow for the potential of the community to draw closer thereby improving their organization's vision and commitment.
jlp

New Bedford, MA

#56 May 1, 2015
Does anyone remember a fatal house fire in Lacey park that killedd the entire family sometime between 1948-51?
Swanny

Sloughhouse, CA

#57 Feb 6, 2016
I lived there in 1946 & 1947.it was a tight community and everyone looked out for each other. We were all very poor and we stole milk from the milk man and bread other goodies from the bakery truck. We played alot of pool in the recreation hall. Some names I remember were Cliff Gledhill and Barbara Gledhill, Earl Largent, Jackson family. Martin Raab had a farm across Jacksonville road. We would work for the guy collecting garbage and we hauled it to the dump in Warminster behind a bar called the Bucket of Blood. Thats 70 years ago and I remember there was some relatives of Roy Rodgers that lived there and I think their last name was Sly.We all set up pins at Jerrys bowling Alley. I went to the seventh grade for awhile, can't remember teachers name but she had long red hair. Money was something nobody had. Another name I remember was Betty Hanson. It was a crazy life but we didnt know the difference so you did what you had to do to survive. I had no parents and we all did what ever we felt like. I'am sure by now most have passed on. I;am 85 now and lived a good life in California. Remember a guy we called Blackie and another Mulligan. AL Swan nickname was Swanny 02/06/2016
rheath

Westfield, NJ

#58 Mar 18, 2016
Ed Harkanson wrote:
I Lived in Lacey Park From 1951-1973. I'm proud to be from The Park. "Outsiders" used to make fun of us, but you can rest assure that they never knew what it was like to live in a tight nit community like ours. We were there for each other. We appreciated what we had and what we didn't have. I just attended The Parker reunion in 2010, and it was great seeing people I haven't seen in 40 years. I have never heard about any other town, ANYWHERE, doing that. Love being a PARKER.
Hi Ed, I live now in Scotch Plains NJ. Lived in a Lacey Park from 1946 to 1957. Was 15 when we moved out. Great neighborhood fun times with the farms right out back of my 70 Jamison St end unit. Close knit relations with everyone nearby and lots of kids to play with. I didn't envy anyone unless they had a candy bar or a popsicle when I didn't. Drove there some 10-15 years later to see a literal "ghetto" in atrocious condition. Glad it's now better. Happy Days!! bob heath
dgp

Warsaw, NC

#59 Sep 11, 2016
carolyn johnson wrote:
i lived in the front near the coffee house, i have alot of good memories there. good friends .and never felt poor. i lived there in 1959 we had alot of people looking out for us kids. met my first boy friend there ray king, i use to take my sisters up to the grade school so they could roll down the hill.
Lived in park in 59 knew Ray and his older sister Donna.
do you know where the Kings are now?
Barbara Clemens

Allentown, PA

#60 Jan 15, 2017
samcro wrote:
<quoted text>
Sold? They should knock it down along with centennial village.
I lived in Lacey Park from 1949 to 1952
This housing was built for service men coming
Back from World War 11
I remember as kids we had great times
Playing outside we lived at the back of farm
Land and we would go into the fields
And eat the tomatoes that grew in the fields
Oh what a great taste they had
Good memories from that neighbor hood
Swany

Sloughhouse, CA

#61 Jan 16, 2017
bob bender wrote:
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I knew your Dad, "whitey" and your Uncle Dick who taught me to be a pretty good mechanic.
On my God, after all these years of wondering what happened to Lacey Park, I lived there off and on From 1942 till 1948. I will be 86 years old this coming March and since reading your article I have been trying to remember all the names of people I knew. If I hear from anyone I will write my story about Lacey Park and the guys I hung around with. I was known a Swany and some of the names I remember in our group were Cliff Gleadhill, Earl Largent, Romo, Jackson, Blackie, Mulligan, Barbara Gleadhill, Reginia Farren. We set up pins at Jerrys Bowling Alley. I'am retired and live in California . I served over six years in the Military and had a very successful Career.Would love to hear from any ex Former Lacey Park residents.we could write a heck of a story. AL Swan e -mail [email protected] . 1/16/2017
Swany

Sloughhouse, CA

#62 Jan 16, 2017
Robert Malain wrote:
I lived in Lacey Park from 1944 until October 1947. I was a sophomore at South Hampton HS at that time. Our family was evicted from #8 Tenant St. and my father was thrown in jail.(I still do not know why) We left there and went to Louisiana. Some of my friends there were, Billy Hoffman, Dick Oberbeck, Carl Williams, Freddie Olsen, Eddie (Brooklyn) McDonough, Francis J.(Bunky) Heaton, Bill Cook, Kenny Jackson, Bob Yerkes,.........
Probably not many of them left. I am 80 years old now and we live in San Angelo Texas. It would really be neat if someone out there read this and remembers some of the people I knew.560
Do you remember Swanny and Cliff Gledhill Earl Largent, Kenny Jackson and his sister, Betty Hanson, I left in late 1947 for the Military.

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