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Bucky Bianco

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#443
Jan 12, 2013
 
Does anyone who has been around Beechview years ago remember the old Italian guy, Michaelangelo Lattore who used to always try to lead the parades, Halloween,memorial Day, etc. He used to carry a stick that held posters to carry. Usually in Italian. He also went to a lot of the daily masses in St Catherine's in the basement church and would be beating on his chest. He would make a lot of noise and make old Father McCann furious during the mass. I was an altar boy and sometimes the altar boy had to go down in the church and try to quiet old Michaelangelo Lattore down. Any remember this character from the old days?
Dan ODonnell

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#444
Jan 12, 2013
 
Bucky, you're right about that family. The kid I went to school with was Adolph. I completely forgot his name until you mentioned it. We were in the same class in St. Catherines from 1st to 8th grade. I don't know where he went after that. I still have the 4th grade class photo with him in it, as well as so many others, the Marchetti triplets, McCaffery, Red Healy, Warrell Law, and on and on.
Dan
Dan ODonnell

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#445
Jan 12, 2013
 
Bucky, I also do remember Lattore.. He often walked along Broadway, and would suddenly drop to his knees, beat his chest, and pray very loudly.
Pat Perfetti

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#446
Jan 12, 2013
 
St. Catherine's always gave me the creeps to be honest. Not a happy place to be.. I just went where my mother said I had to go, but I much preferred Beechwood to the hockus pockus (sp) going on in dingy St. Catherine's...(including the old man beating his chest. I barely remember him.... but because you guys brought it up, now I think I do remember very slightly.)..

All I can say, is thank God for South Hills High School. What a great time and a great school!!
Bucky Bianco

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#447
Jan 15, 2013
 
I went to St. Catherine's and then in the seventh we went to Beechwood for manual training. Vernon Hild was the manual training. He had a very thick German accent and was very strict and a good teacher. Believe it or not in a public school we said prayers before class also. I remember Miss Palmer for Kindergarten. Long time ago. Good times.

Bucky
Bucky Bianco

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#448
Jan 16, 2013
 
Everybody,
Can anybody remember who all the barbers worked and lived in Beechview?
Pat Pfetti

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#449
Jan 16, 2013
 
Bucky.... I remember saying prayers in Beechwood Public School too (the Protestant version of the Our Father)... and I remember a Miss Palmer, who was probably my Kintergarden teacher too .... although I thought I remembered her teaching 1st, 2nd grade or something... But I could be wrong. I went to Beechwood K through 4th gr.
... The barbers, I can't help you out with... lol
Pat Perfetti

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#450
Jan 16, 2013
 
Horrors! I mis-spelled my own name!! My typing is "delayed" on this thing for some reason. Have to keep a close eye on the page while trying to write.:)
Dan ODonnell

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#451
Jan 17, 2013
 
Although I can't remember the names of any of the barbers, I do remember that one barber shop was on Broadway, almost directly across the street from Maffie's. A haircut cost 35 cents, and they would put "hair tonic" on your hair and comb and part it neatly. As kids, of course, we didn't like that, and would go home and re-arrange it.
Dan
Bucky Bianco

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#452
Jan 22, 2013
 
Dan,
I think I'm a bit older than you, but do you remember my younger brother. Torry Bianco. He's still around. He ma have went to school with you. He lived down Alverado when he was raised.

Bucky
Dan ODonnell

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#453
Jan 22, 2013
 
Bucky,
No, I don't think I knew your brother, but the Bianco name does sound familiar.
Dan
Paul Lowe

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#454
Mar 12, 2013
 
If 1617 Belasco has a garage and a rear staircase to the backyard, then it was the dwelling owned by a Stella Archer. Stella was a long time city employee and Ward Chairperson who was active in Democratic politics for 40 - 50 years. I had relatives who lived at 1625 Belasco and believe I have the correct house.
Bucky Bianco

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#455
Mar 12, 2013
 
Hi Paul
Sorry for the delay. I just picked up your post. Right about Stella Archer She was a 19th ward committee woman. In those days the committee people could actually get some things by the politicals.
By the way, Danny Archer was Stella's husband. He worked as a union electrician and worked at the Stanley theater downtown.
Another old time democrat committee woman was Sarah Riley, she worked for the water ccompany, a grand woman.
Bob

Bethel Park, PA

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#456
Mar 13, 2013
 
Was he the man who did odd jobs in the community? He sure sounds like the person who did yard work, built small walls and spread grass seed. He stopped every couple of hours to pray and could get very angry at kids who bothered him. He spoke very little English, but knew a few choice curse words in English that he didn't hesitate using. I remember him from around the mid 50's to the late 60's. He may have been around much earlier, I just didn't notice.
There was also another man, walked everywhere and did knife sharpening or small repairs. It's hard for my kids to believe that people came door to door selling household supplies, doing repairs and selling fruits and vegetables from the back of a truck.
Different times!

Since: Mar 13

Bethel Park, PA

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#457
Mar 13, 2013
 
Was he the same man who walked everywhere? I remember an older Italian man who did odd jobs in the community during the 50's and 60's. He did light landscaping, cement work, yard and garage cleanup. Every couple of hours, he stopped working and prayed. He spoke very little English, but knew some great curse words.
How about all of the people who made their living going door to door selling household supplies, knives, fruits and vegetables and doing repairs and sharpening knives. Everyday during the summer, a truck with produce came up the street. When it snowed, kids were everywhere shoveling sidewalks and driveways for 50 cents or so. I delivered The Pittsburgh Press and usually shoveled about a dozen sidewalks while delivering the paper. People waited for the newspaper kid to come. Made more money doing small jobs for people than I did delivering the paper. Even put together a swing set for someones kids one summer. Got $10 for that one. Big money....
Dan ODonnell

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#458
Mar 14, 2013
 
Wonderful memories. It's true, people were not afraid to work hard in those days. As a kid, I had a few odd jobs myself. When you saw the fruit and vegetable truck coming along your street, I was probably one of the kids who worked on the truck. My job was mostly to carry the stuff that people bought and bring it up to their homes, usually up thousands of steps, condidering how hilly Beechview was. The business was owned by the Troiani family. They bought the produce very early in the morning at a market downtown, and then went out into the communities, not only Beechview, but other Pittsburgh suburbs. As I remember, I got paid $12.00 a week and all the fruit and vegetables I could eat. The Troiani family were great people and more often than not, they would take me to their home (somewhere near Alton field) after work and make a big Italian dinner for me and the other kids who worked for them.
When the local grocery store was called Thorofare, I ofetn delivered groceries on a hand cart to homes, and got a quarter a trip. Hard work, but that's how we were back then.
I wish I could remember more about Belasco, but that was a long time ago when my friend, Steve lived there, and I'm just not sure about exactly which house it was.
Does anyone remember Sluggo? The guy who sold newspapers at that little triangle street car stop in the street between John's and Babe's. He might have had some mental problems, but he did work hard, and was always there, sometimes seen eating pizza and picking his nose. A lot of odd characters in Beechview around that time.
Dan
Bucky Bianco

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#459
Mar 23, 2013
 
Hi Everybody.

First, the crazy guy who walked around with a cane and signs and swore in italian was Michael Angelo Lattore. Danny Archer was Stella's husband. Two different people.
Sluggo, the paperboy, was Sluggo Folino. He was the brother of Babe Folino, the owner of Babe's Restaraunt.
The Daniel family lived on the Corner of Belasco and Hampshire. That's a start. Vince was dad and a excellent old time plasterer. Vince Jr. was a barber and then a boilermaker.....

Who else?

bucky
Joyce

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#460
Apr 1, 2013
 
I have not written in a while and was excited to see so many new posts. I read one that talked about the dentist DR. Price. I remember going there every saturday I had so many cavities.( toomuch penny candy). He did not use novacaine. Cruel and unusual torture to be sure. Did any of you ev er go there?
Bob

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#461
Apr 2, 2013
 
There was a barber shop across from Foodland. There were at least two brothers and one or two other guys who worked there. I recall a barber shop below John's Drug Store for a short period of time. Further out, near the separation of Broadway Ave. by Brusco's, there was a barber, John's. He was a young guy when he started in the late 60's and was there for years. I think there is still a shop there, but I don't know if it's still the original owner.
The first shop I mentioned, the one across from Foodland is where I got my first haircut. I was so bad that the barber told my dad to no bring me back.
We went back another barber sat me on a toy horse and cut my hair with no problems.
Dan ODonnell

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#462
Apr 2, 2013
 
On Methyl Street, where I lived, our house was almost directly behind Dr. Price's office on Broadway. There was an alley beside the office, and walking through there and across a small field led directly to my back door. As I remember his office was in a two story house converted into a dental office. It's true that dental procedures back then were a nightmare. I remember going there only once, and had a tooth pulled, and the cost was about $5.00. No dental insurance, of course, and I carried a five dollar bill in my little hand to pay the bill.
I was a regular customer at the barber shop across from Foodland( which was Thorofare back then) and haircuts were 35 cents. I don't remember any of the barbers, though, and was in and out as quickly as I could.
Dan

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