Cardinal Farley Military High School

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Chazy NY

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#1 Jul 12, 2009
I graduated from this school in the late 60's. We were currently in the area and stopped by to check out the facilities. Needless to say, we were shocked. What happened? Does anyone know the history? Who owns this property now, and what will become of it. Any info will be appreciated.
JT Casey

San Pablo, CA

#2 Jul 24, 2009
I graduated from here in 1968. CFMA ceased to exist in 1971. It was turned into a reform school and went downhill from there. I believe it is currently owned (and only 112 of the original 1000 acres) by an outfit from NYC called White Acres Equities.
Justin Keller

Westerly, RI

#3 Dec 14, 2009
I was a student there in 1971 when the school closed. It is now up for auction. I have reciently found some pictures of the school on flicker
Steve Fraser

Wilsonville, OR

#4 Dec 16, 2009
I went to summer camp there from '68 and '70. It was called Camp Ellerslie and I remember some of the people very well. Most of the campers came from the NYC area, I was a local.
It was great fun and it is a very fond memory.
Brother Ford used to play acoustic guitar, sang Dylan and Jim Morison. He did this every day at lunch.
Mr. Buckley used to scare the hell out of us when he played the ghost of Levi Morton.
We would often try to hide in the rocks next to the old water tower. We thought we were pretty slick but Mr. Buckley would always scare us off. He would hide in the rocks and with his booming voice, he would bellow in a ghostly tone.“Go Away”“Go Away”! We would run screaming, ready to behave and join the activities.
There was Sergeant Dye (SP?) showing us how to shoot .22’s at the rifle range. He seemed a little stiff but he was a great guy. I’ll never forget the time he took us for a ride in his speed boat. We cruised around West Point and Bannerman’s Island.
What fun!
JT Casey

San Francisco, CA

#5 Dec 17, 2009
Steve Fraser wrote:
I went to summer camp there from '68 and '70. It was called Camp Ellerslie and I remember some of the people very well. Most of the campers came from the NYC area, I was a local.
It was great fun and it is a very fond memory.
Brother Ford used to play acoustic guitar, sang Dylan and Jim Morison. He did this every day at lunch.
Mr. Buckley used to scare the hell out of us when he played the ghost of Levi Morton.
We would often try to hide in the rocks next to the old water tower. We thought we were pretty slick but Mr. Buckley would always scare us off. He would hide in the rocks and with his booming voice, he would bellow in a ghostly tone.“Go Away”“Go Away”! We would run screaming, ready to behave and join the activities.
There was Sergeant Dye (SP?) showing us how to shoot .22’s at the rifle range. He seemed a little stiff but he was a great guy. I’ll never forget the time he took us for a ride in his speed boat. We cruised around West Point and Bannerman’s Island.
What fun!
I wonder if Mr. Buckley was also the Major Buckley I had as a chemistry teacher at CFMA. Sergeant Dye was indeed a great guy. He used to tell us that when he was on active duty, he had broken every bone in his body TWICE. He was one of the original "Darby's Rangers" who were always at the forefront of the battle. Sadly, Sgt. Dye passed away not too long ago.
Steve Fraser

Wilsonville, OR

#6 Apr 28, 2010
I'm sure that is the same Buckley. How many could there be? His son's name was Andrew "Drew". He went to "Camp Elerslie" too.
I still have great memories of enjoying the run of the campus.
In the late seventies, it became a drug rehab place for teenagers. Holy Cross was a petty big departure from the CFMA environment.
I ended up renting a house nearly across the street from the old Cardinal Farley. On the property there were the remains of a massive cattle barn that burned in '64.
It was pretty weird living that close to the old place!
It was also pretty cool to live right next to the Hudson River. The power bill was $15 a month. There was crazy deal that we got power from the old CFMA power and there wasn't any meter on the house. Holy Cross, charged us a flat rate. Imagine how many electric heaters we had in Winter. It was petty cold, living next to the Hudson.
After a couple of years, I had to move on. I don't think I know how good I had it.
Chris Dee

New York, NY

#7 Aug 12, 2011
I rembember Farley very well having attended from 1968 until it closed in 1971. I went on to NYMA but never forgot this place. It was a tough school but we had many great instructors. I smiled when I reviewed the comments on Sgt. Dye who was, indeed, one of the greatest men I ever knew. Maj. Buckley was a good guy and so was Col. Rastetter. Lots of memories. I can't bring myself to visit as I know it is a wreck now. Such great people were there. Wish I could go back in time and thank each and every one of them. I had a tough time there but it was well worth it. I remember I got promoted to Capt. Adjutant at the traditional promotions at our last parade in 1971 and then I went on to NYMA as a Private...boy was that a let down!
JT Casey

Candler, NC

#8 Aug 12, 2011
I've been following news articles about the old campus now for a couple of years. Last year there was a fire in the old military headquarters building which completely destroyed the place. There's a film clip on "YouTube" which shows the remaining buildings and their sorry state. I watch it every now and then.
We had an "all class reunion" last July in NJ. It was great to see so many old friends.
pf murphy

Elmira, NY

#9 Aug 19, 2011
I was there from 66-67. Hated the school, but loved the country. Too many brothers abusing the students in all ways. There were some good students and Col. Rasteter was great. I was in Spellman Hall...let the places rot.
CCMETALART

Plattsburgh, NY

#10 Aug 19, 2011
JT Casey wrote:
I've been following news articles about the old campus now for a couple of years. Last year there was a fire in the old military headquarters building which completely destroyed the place. There's a film clip on "YouTube" which shows the remaining buildings and their sorry state. I watch it every now and then.
We had an "all class reunion" last July in NJ. It was great to see so many old friends.
HI JT,I DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT THE CLASS REUNION BUT I HAVEN'T BEEN IN TOUCH WITH ANYONE.HOPE IT WENT WELL,CC 1968
JT Casey

Hendersonville, NC

#11 Aug 1, 2012
It's too bad you missed it. There were a lot of people there. I for one had a blast.
JT Casey

Hendersonville, NC

#12 Aug 1, 2012
By the way, who are you?
Kevin P

New York, NY

#13 Aug 2, 2012
Steve Fraser wrote:
I'm sure that is the same Buckley. How many could there be? His son's name was Andrew "Drew". He went to "Camp Elerslie" too.
I still have great memories of enjoying the run of the campus.
In the late seventies, it became a drug rehab place for teenagers. Holy Cross was a petty big departure from the CFMA environment.
I ended up renting a house nearly across the street from the old Cardinal Farley. On the property there were the remains of a massive cattle barn that burned in '64.
It was pretty weird living that close to the old place!
It was also pretty cool to live right next to the Hudson River. The power bill was $15 a month. There was crazy deal that we got power from the old CFMA power and there wasn't any meter on the house. Holy Cross, charged us a flat rate. Imagine how many electric heaters we had in Winter. It was petty cold, living next to the Hudson.
After a couple of years, I had to move on. I don't think I know how good I had it.
I graduated in 67 and remeber the night the barn burned down. What a sight. I remember running track on the upper level.
JT Casey

Hendersonville, NC

#14 Aug 4, 2012
Kevin P wrote:
<quoted text>I graduated in 67 and remeber the night the barn burned down. What a sight. I remember running track on the upper level.
I remember the night it burned down too. That was pretty wild. I also remember running track in the old barn. At least it was indoors.
Robert Ahearn

Fayetteville, NY

#15 Aug 8, 2012
Graduated 1958. I remember Brother Quinn, nice. Brother Boyle, a bastard. To this day I despise him. I remember the fights between the Irish and Italians in the gym. I played the guitar with a group at the dances. I also remember the big barn and running on the 2nd floor. Brother Brickell. He was the headmaster or whatever. Marching demerits off. Paying people to march for you. It was a rough place. We were all juvenile delinquents in a sense. They could beat you I remember. Everybody got the leather strap. I'm glad I survived that place..
Robert Ahearn

Fayetteville, NY

#16 Aug 8, 2012
By the way. I have many pictures of the people and places there. Photography was my hobby.
Francis X

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

#17 Aug 10, 2012
Robert Ahearn wrote:
By the way. I have many pictures of the people and places there. Photography was my hobby.
Do you have any oictures of sports at CFMA?
Especially Track?
I'd be interested....
Thanks,
Frank Malone
Rick Boivin

Lehigh Acres, FL

#18 Aug 12, 2012
Spent 3 years at CFMA (1967-1969) and my brother Dave 2 years (1968-1969).
Many memories from that place! Knew that it had closed down...dwindling interest in folks sending their kids to military school at the tail end of Vietnam, I suppose.
JT Casey

Hendersonville, NC

#19 Aug 14, 2012
Rick Boivin wrote:
Spent 3 years at CFMA (1967-1969) and my brother Dave 2 years (1968-1969).
Many memories from that place! Knew that it had closed down...dwindling interest in folks sending their kids to military school at the tail end of Vietnam, I suppose.
Hey Rick!How's it going? I'm retired; living in NC now. Pretty much bored out of my skull. Send an e-mail to me at jcasey5446@aol.com. Campus is pretty much destroyed by now.
JT
KEN HILL

Reisterstown, MD

#20 Oct 4, 2012
Robert Ahearn wrote:
By the way. I have many pictures of the people and places there. Photography was my hobby.
SAW YOUR INFORMATIVE COMMENTS ABOUT FARLEY. I HAVE A DEAR FRIEND
WHO I WOULD LIKE TO SURPRISE WITH ANY PICTURES YOU COULD FORWARD ALONG. HE IS JOSEPH A. KENNY IN CLASS
OF 51. WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE YOUR SENDING WHAT YOU CAN AND THANK
YOU IN ADVANCE.....MY EMAIL IS NANKENSRQFL@LIVE.COM

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