I will never forget this new year for as long as I live.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Way back before there were digital cameras, and during the era when 35 millimeter film was state of the art, I did a walk around various Bromley area to find some of it antiquity. A number of the photos I took were incorporated in my "THE WAY WE WERE" column that I wrote for the late great Mercer Messenger. Sorry to say the article is truncated and only certain photos are identified.
Monday, December 29, 2014
This70 year old photo is the city as I remember it during the many visits Mom Glover made to downtown Trenton with me during the war years, right up to 1955 when Pvt. Tom Glover took a Trailways bus from the Perry Street Terminal to Fort Devens, Massachusetts to begin a 9 month super secret Army Security Agency training course in Signal Intelligence. The exquisite detail reveals many very familiar merchants. The old WWII Trenton Transit bus stopped at the curb, the "War Loan" sign suspended over W. State Street, and the throngs of shoppers brings back pleasant memories of a Trenton that was a vital shopping center before the destructive riots of the 1960's and the establishment of the many malls that surround the area.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
Friday, December 26, 2014
Historian Sally Lane Graf taught me to look at the architectural details of many of Trenton's old buildings wherein you will find very interesting history. Even though the building is long gone, the lower photo shows the "Metropolitan" building which I believe was a predecessor to today's "dollar stores." This was at 115 E. State Street and the above exploded view showing F.W. Woolworth, W.T. Grant, and S.S. Kresge will show that Grant's took over the building. By the way, that whole string of buildings is no more.
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
I have devoted my retirement to trying to bring uplifting, spiritual, feel good music to my many senior citizen friends. Indeed, the recently cancelled Hamilton Library program "1943: A WARTIME CHRISTMAS" was to have been a memorial to our grammar school years at Christmas time. As many of you know, I just finished my 8th summer concert series at the Kuser Farm gazebo and also on the Hamilton Library Gazebo area. No, we didn't have "SRO" standing room only crowds, but we did have just what I was looking for: those who are thirsty for just a taste of their younger years. At one of my programs this past summer, a lady wheeling a senior citizen sat on the sidelines listening to the music. I was singing that WWII heart breaker,
"I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places,
that this heart of mine embraces all day through.
In that small cafe, the park across the way, the children's carousel,
the chestnut tree, the wishing well.
I'll bee seeing you in every lovely summer day,
In everything that's bright and gay,
I'll always think of you that way,
I'll find you in the morning sun, and when the night is new,
I'll be looking at the moon, but I'll be seeing you.."
Even as I write those heart-rending but beautiful lyrics with tear filled eyes, so too did this WWII hero as he covered his eyes with a Kleenex tissue.I went to him, microphone in hand, and he apologized!
He had just recently lost his wife. Apologized! I can only paraphrase what I said to the gentleman: "Sir: every one of those tears is a gift from your God. After the sacrifice you and your fellow WWII members of the "Greatest Generation" gave to us, you should know we love and appreciate you.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Friday, December 12, 2014
This excellent engraving shows the relatively austere St. Francis Hospital as it appeared in 1897. This is a duplication of the same view which was posted many hundreds of pages ago. Note the greenhouse in the right foreground. The sisters made good use of that green house to provide food for themselves and the patients; all of whom were cared for, regardless of race or religion.
Fourteen years ago, in December, 2005, I started this local history website (AKA "Blog). As can be seen in the statistical chart in the box bordered with green, there have been 1,066,586 page views. I am very grateful to all those many visitors who folks who visit this site on a frequent basis. It is my goal to continue to do my best to bring interesting local history and nostalgia to the community.
Sunday, December 07, 2014
So, with the meds I am taking I am now back in the saddle again, with only a minor suggestion that the ear infection is still there but it seems to be getting better each day.