Family reunion for Happy Valley

Feb 8, 2008 Full story: Journal News 14

“We're going to walk and talk and remember”

Jim Ashcroft, who taught health and physical education at Spring Valley High School for 31 years, will be meeting some old friends at the Minisceongo Golf Club in Pomona on Saturday morning. via Journal News

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David Henry

Tobyhanna, PA

#1 Feb 11, 2008
It was a great time had by all, and I am glad I attended. I had not seen the old gang in 32 years. THis reunion was put together in a most excellent way, combining two of the several parts that made up the Happy Valley campus, Woodycrest and Happy Valley Alumni were all present for the first time, and I look forward to more in the future. It was great to see all of you. Special Thanks to Jim Ashcroft, Danzil Monks and Tom Riley. David... Woodycrest 1968- 1975
Lettie Osborne

Tobyhanna, PA

#2 Feb 11, 2008
My nephew David used to take me up to Happy Valley to see the old place, it was gorgeous with all the apple trees, and the very beautiful building Jesup Hall, for us to use, thank you Minisceongo Golf Club for allowing its use. Seeing the children/adults that my nephew grew up with, and knowing that everyone there had such happy moments, relieves my mind that David was there when he was a child. Thank you all for sharing with me your experiences as well. Lettie Osborne
Jim Ashcroft

Brooklyn, NY

#3 Feb 12, 2008
Thanks to Minisceongo Golf Course for allowing us to return to our home and tour the grounds, with a special thank you to Don Christenson for assisting us and being so generous. I would also like to tell all those from Woodycrest that attended that it was a great feeling to see them all turn out in such large numbers. It was wonderful to know that as an extention of the Happy Valley Group the Woodycrest adults will forever be a part of the Happy Valley/Woodycrest reunions. I want all to know that it has meant a lot to me, and I want to especially thank Pete Carney and his family, the Mt-Ivy Thiells firehouse, Willie Allen, Michael Gaines, and Bob Baird of the Rockland Journal News. Remember it takes more than one individual to bring a group together.
ckahle01

Philadelphia, PA

#4 Mar 8, 2008
Jim and others: How wonderful for you to put this reunion together. My aunt, Madeline Dowd, was placed in Happy Valley for 4-6 years around 1946 when she would have been about age 7or 8. Her younger sisters were placed elswhere. Their mother contracted polio and their father didn't stick around. Both their father and mother have passed on now. I am wondering if there were old records available about the kids-like a file on each child-that is available about my aunt's stay there? She lives in SC now and just had her 70th birthday!
Thanks! Chris (ckahle01@yahoo.com)
Michael Williams

Hazleton, PA

#5 Apr 7, 2008
Just wanna give a big shout out to all of my homies from back in the day when I was at Woodycrest and to all of you who moved out of the city and upstate to those fabulous residences in suburbia.

After Woodycrest, it seems as if all of my "friends" are merely superficial in comparison.

Woodycrest was the best part of my life...where is everyone, dam it?!!

Woodycrest resident, 1967-1972
guy tiger

Shreveport, LA

#6 Apr 24, 2008
hi i am luina tigers younger bro i was in h.v from 1956 thru 1968 would like to get in touch with as many as possible also if anybody knows the wareabouts of valerie hanson been looking please contact me soon as possible at guyasutatiger@yahoo.com hope to here from you soon
joyce

Westfield, MA

#7 Mar 2, 2010
hi Michael, just read this article ... we overlapped, I was at Happy Valley in 1967/68, don't remember that it was also Woodycrest, but I was 9 years old.
Michael Williams wrote:
Just wanna give a big shout out to all of my homies from back in the day when I was at Woodycrest and to all of you who moved out of the city and upstate to those fabulous residences in suburbia.
After Woodycrest, it seems as if all of my "friends" are merely superficial in comparison.
Woodycrest was the best part of my life...where is everyone, dam it?!!
Woodycrest resident, 1967-1972
joyce

Westfield, MA

#8 Mar 2, 2010
hi, I was there when 9-10 years old 1967-1968 ... was Valerie Hanson the 16 y.o.(back then) who took off to greenwich village and was brought back? not in touch with anyone but curious.
guy tiger wrote:
hi i am luina tigers younger bro i was in h.v from 1956 thru 1968 would like to get in touch with as many as possible also if anybody knows the wareabouts of valerie hanson been looking please contact me soon as possible at guyasutatiger@yahoo.com hope to here from you soon
joyce

Westfield, MA

#9 Mar 2, 2010
anyone remember Curtis jr., King Curtis' son??(1967-68)
Woodycrest

Lakeville, MN

#10 Jan 12, 2011
Michael, you must have been one of the young guys, I was in Roberts Hall when you arrived. Norm Taylor (1958 - 1968). I did make it to the reunion held in 2009 in the restaurant in Manhattan.
Don Bey

Hudson, NY

#11 May 13, 2013
I was at Happy Valley in Rockland county for almost seven years. 1940/1947. My two brothers were there quite a bit longer. I've been trying to find other "inmates" from back during the war years. There are a couple of fine books about the place and the orphan train. I found them on Google.
Cusick Hope

Hampstead, NC

#12 Sep 6, 2014
Don Bey wrote:
I was at Happy Valley in Rockland county for almost seven years. 1940/1947. My two brothers were there quite a bit longer. I've been trying to find other "inmates" from back during the war years. There are a couple of fine books about the place and the orphan train. I found them on Google.
HI,
My mother, Julia Abbott was in Happy Valley from 1935-1938 is there any way that I could find out some information about her stay there? I only just found out that she was staying there. She had always said that if anything ever happened to her that she wanted her children to go to Happy Valley. It must have been a great place to grow up.
Thanks,
Hope Cusick, NC
Susan Alderman Miller

Knoxville, TN

#14 Sep 18, 2014
My maiden name is Susan Alderman. I was at HV in 1963/64 when I was 12/13ys. old. I don't remember my cottage but Mrs McCarey was my house mother.
Susan Alderman Miller

Knoxville, TN

#15 Sep 18, 2014
I'm Susan Alderman and was at Happy Valley in 1963,64. I don't remember my cottage name but Mrs. McCarey was my house mother. She took all the girls in our cottage to the world's fair.

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