Friday, December 25, 2009

52 North Main Street, and more

To: Liz',/ Bob Judge
From:Don Halket, Dec. 25, 2009
Subject: South Hadley Falls

I remember North Main St. well. George Winslow, Marty, and Bobby Judge were childhood pals. My family,and brother Guil lived at 61 High St., one of Mrs. F.M. Smith's rentals.

I remember that Tommy Quirk lived in #50. I believe he died quite young. We moved from SHF in 1937 to Newton Center, near Boston, then to Manchester, NH for my senior year in HS. While there I had a visit from two brand new Navy men, George Winslow and Georga Duncan. I was laid up with rheumatic fever at the time. My family moved back to Holyoke and I went into the Navy in 1943.

Yes, I was named "Groucho" by Bobby Judge and the name stuck. You will have to ask Marty why. For civility sake I can't reveal it here.

...I wonder if Marty remembers when we built a "divng helmet" from a large can, a piece of glass, a hose and a bicycle pump.

We had much fun in those days, but the project met with disaster when one of the shoulder straps broke, spilling all the air.

...I remember you Liz' very well.

My wife Millie and I have two daughters, two grandsons, and a brand new great grand-daughter. Time flies.

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From: Elizabeth Johnson
To: Mary Lawler Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Subject: Re: 52 North Main St.

Hi Mary Lawler,
"52" was sold after my father, Sumner P. Winslow, passed away in 1968...  I left home when I was married in 1948.  I loved the house too and my children have fond memories of running up the backs and down the fronts, and having floral snowball fights with the fruit of the bush by the back steps.  I loved belting out tunes in the garage - it was like having a mike...My brother George and I used to play with cars and soldiers under the porch in the silty sand.  I loved visiting Mrs. F. M. Smith's beautiful rose garden next door.  I wonder if that has been kept in good condition...  Mary Nolen McGrath (…the Nolen family who lived at "50") is coming up today for a few days...It's nice to know you love the house...I hope you have many happy years there.
- Liz Elizabeth Winslow Johnson
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From: Mary Lawler
To: Elizabeth Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Subject: Re: 52 North Main St.
How nice to hear from you Elizabeth...Bunny Popp did indeed buy 52 from your family..  Both Bunny and Maurine are gone now but their son Steve still lives next door...the porch...had fallen into a bit of disrepair...  I am trying to keep the house as original as possible and I don't believe that Greek revival houses in 1847 had porches but I am still digging.  I would LOVE to put a porch back, it's on my wish list.  No bush by the back steps anymore.  But we have done quite a bit of landscaping and tidying up because the house had been rental property for a while and had become seriously overgrown and scraggly.  Mrs. Smith rose garden is being maintained by Mary Popkowski, she and her husband Mitch live in that big old house on the other side...  I am so grateful that your family is willing to share stories and information with me.  I am keeping records, photos and stories in a book which will remain with the house.  There are still so many mysteries..
My Best
Mary Lawler
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From: Elizabeth Johnson
Sent: Thursday, July 16, 2009
To: Mary Lawler
Cc: Christine Winslow; Bob Judge
Subject: Re: 52 North Main St.
Hi Mary: My brother was George Haxton Winslow II, born on 7/5/1924 while my parents were living in NYC.  My father, Sumner P. Winslow, b. 7/5/1889 was a textile broker in Fall River, MA and later with Butler and Prentice in NYC.  He married my mother Ruth Elizabeth Webster on 8/25/1919.  They came back to an apartment in Holyoke after “THE CRASH" and lived there until "52" was ready.  Mrs. F. M. Smith made it into a two family house for my parents and grandparents.  It was probably 1931, 2, or 3 when we moved in, 'cuz I started first grade in the Old Carew St. School and I had to be 6.  I was born in 9/9/27 (I’ll expect a birthday card!).  We lived in Mt. Vernon, NY at the time though my mom came, temporarily, to be with her family in SH when it came time for me to enter the world.  The pool table was in the room off the kitchen, the dining room was always the middle room with a den off that, and of course, the living room was the front room.  Brother George had his band rehearsals in that living room.  Actually, it was Jimmy Young's Band and my brother played the trumpet in it.  My father moved to SH when he was 12 so that means they (they being George I, Mary, and children Clyde, Ethel, and Sumner, and maybe Mildred although she may have been married by this time) moved to SH in 1901.  They lived in the house on the other side of Mrs. Smith's all the time he was growing up.  He had a Morgan horse with which he hauled a wagon in order to deliver groceries for Lane's Market on Main St. Mother's parents were Benjamin and Elizabeth Webster and lived in the first house on the left (going from N. Main) on High St.  The Halket and Adams families later lived in that house.  Is there still a barn attached to the garage at 52?  This is probably more info than you wanted...I will look for pictures this weekend...  More later....
- Liz Winslow Johnson
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From: Bob Judge
To: Elizabeth Johnson; Mary Lawler
Cc: Christine Winslow
Sent: Friday, July 17, 2009
Subject: RE: 52 North Main St.
Dear Elizabeth: ...I was talking this morning with Brian Duncan, George Duncan's younger brother, and Brian said he remembers you.  And tonight I spoke with my uncle Dave Judge who remembers you well.  Dave has a terrific memory for your old S. Hadley days.  He said you dated Bill Bennett, with whom I became friendly with a few years ago.  He said he remembers the shed behind 52 N. Main Street where as a group of children they once climbed onto the roof, and where he once sat on a nail that necessitated getting a tetanus shot.  He said that you went to college in Maine...  Dave and my grandmother (Amy Stone Judge 1896-1976) talked to me about Judge Nolen and his family, when the Nolens lived at 50 North Main Street.  My grandmother greatly enjoyed the book by, I believe, his son William, the doctor who wrote "The Making of a Surgeon" in 1970.  I met his brother James Nolen when he was a Massachusetts state representative in the early 1970's, when he visited UMASS, where I was in school there.  I believe that James was later a lawyer in Ware MA and I wonder if he is still there.  Dave mentioned your sister “Mary,” so I’m thinking that that Mary Nolen McGrath is the sister of William and James Nolen.  The Halket family to which you refer must have included Donald.  My uncle Martin wrote to me that, “Donald "Groucho" Halket grew up in the first house on the left as you went down High Street from North Main.  He, your father, Winslow, and I were the gang when we were in grade school.”  It’s a pleasure to meet another Winslow!

Yours,
Bob Judge
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From: Elizabeth Johnson
Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009
To: Bob Judge
Cc: Mary Lawler; Christine Winslow...
Dear Bob: It's so nice to connect with you and everyone in SH.  Now that my cousin Marion Webster Lippmann has passed away (April, '08) I don't visit anymore.  I talked with Beth Dietz (my cousin Margaret Webster Smiledge's dau.) just a week or so ago...  Yes, I dated Bill Bennett.  He lived up in the center on Hadley St. and went to grammar school there.  I met him at SHHS.  His father was a or THE florist for Mt. Holyoke.  He was and probably still is a very nice guy.  The Halket gang included my brother George...My father played with Mrs. Smith's sons.  The one who was in the firm of Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and SMITH was her son "Win" whom my father accidentally shot while playing cowboys and indians.  Did I relate the info that your grandmother Judge was my girl scout troop leader?  She was a wonderful influence and genuinely nice person.  And I remember your uncles Marty and David very well.  Your dad was a member of our football team...  We played in the field across from your grandparents house when it was on Lathrop St. - now the rotary...  In reference to the shed mentioned by David---there was (and still is, I think) a two car garage attached to "52" and attached to that a large barn which was attached to the Smith's garage by a small structure about 6 ft. high (maybe the "shed" referred to by David).  We used to climb up on that to get up to the garage roof - where we usually got the whistle, stomping and hollering from my mother...  There also a good climbing tree in the area between the two garages and our house.  And a great sliding hill behind the houses in Cordes Court right down to a few yards from High St., when conditions were good.  ...Miss Pratt was very kind... Mary Nolen's brother Bill also had a dance band in which Bill Bennett played the trumpet.  Bill died after three heart surgeries while waiting for a transplant.  His wife also passed away some years ago.  He had 6 children also, 3 of each.  Jimmy Nolen is practicing law in Ware where he lives with his wife Janet.  The youngest of his six boys just graduated from college.  Judy Nolen lives in the Springfield area and has recently retired from teaching.  Has 5 children.  She and her sister Mary get together often.
Aunt Ethel Winslow was first grade teacher and principal of the Woodlawn School off Newton St.  She lived with her parents and then with my parents, and then the Cotter Nursing Home across the street, until her death in 19fifty-something.  Aunt Clyde Winslow taught school in Long Branch, NJ.  Don't know when she left 52...She passed away in 1945.  Aunt Mildred Winslow Prentice lived in NYC and later California.  She also taught school, before marrying.  Ethel went to Gorham Normal School in Gorham, Maine (now University of Maine), Clyde went to Wheelock, and Mildred went to Simmons.  By the way, she lived to be 103; died of pneumonia after falling and breaking her hip.  She had two children and three grandchildren.  I communicate with her granddaughter who lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
Mary's Kitchen and Jack and Alta Ford's Restaurant were favorite lunch places during high school.  Conti and Veto's Restaurant had the best CHOPPED HAM AND PICKLE SANDWICHES ever made on the planet.  And getting back to the band business - I think it was Bill Bennett's Band with Bill Nolen playing the sax...and they practiced at Nolen's house...  I'd like to know who else played in it...They had a great female vocalist named "Babe" of whom I was very jealous.  I am going to copy this to Mary so she can add historical facts or correct any errors.  Mary lives in West Simsbury, CT, had 5 children.  This has been fun - and who knows - there may be more MEMORIES floating to the surface of crater lake in my brain (?)  My best to you and your uncles....  Okay, I guess that is all for now.
Best always
Liz Winslow Johnson
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From: Bob Judge Sent: Saturday, July 18, 2009
To: 'Elizabeth Johnson
Cc: Christine M. Winslow
Subject: RE: 52 North Main St.
Dear Liz: ...Yes Bill Bennett is a fine guy who lives in Agawam.  I met him when he visited the Old Firehouse museum a few years ago.  He has occasionally attended dinner meetings of the South Hadley Historical Society, also sometimes attended by his old S. Hadley friends John Zebryk, Ed Nardi, Bill Cary, and/or my uncle Dave.  John Zebryk graduated from S. Hadley High School in 1947 and although he left S. Hadley as a young man, he has retained a strong interest in the town and contributes to the blog, as does Bill Cary.  Both live in Florida now.  ...  I have heard of Miss Pratt of course.  She was mentioned by several people who participated in the oral history project, which you can see at http://home.comcast.net/~southhadleyhistoricalsociety/oralhistory.html.  Bill Bennett also participated, but his interview has not yet been transcribed, unfortunately.  ...
 - Bob

2 comments:

Don Halket said...

To: Liz',/ Bob Judge
From:Don Halket, Dec. 25, 2009
Subject: South Hadley Falls

I remember North Main St. well. George Winslow, Marty, and Bobby Judge were childhood pals. My family,and brother Guil lived at 61High St., one of Mrs. F.M. Smith's rentals.
I remember that Tommy Quirk lived in #50. I believe he died quite young. We moved from SHF in 1937 to Newton Center, near Boston, then to Manchester, NH for my senior year in HS. While there I had a visit from two brand new Navy men, George Winslow and Georga Duncan. I was laid up with rheumatic fever at the time. My family moved back to Holyoke and I went into the Navy in 1943.

Yes, I was named "Groucho" by Bobby Judge and the name stuck. You will have to ask Marty why. For civility sake I can't reveal it here.

Are Marty and Dave still with us?
And I wonder if Marty remembers when we built a "divng helmet" from a large can, a piece of glass, a hose and a bicycle pump.
We had much fun in those days, but the project met with disaster when one of the shoulder straps broke, spilling all the air.

I assume that Bob Judge is the son of the late Bobby Judge. and I remember you Liz' very well.

My wife Millie and I have two daughters, two grandsons, and a brand new great grand-daughter. Time flies.

Bob Judge said...

Dear Don:

Yes, my uncles Martin and Dave are very much still with us. Yes, Martin has told me about the "diving helmet."

Yes, I am Robert G. Judge (1951-), son of Robert S. Judge (1925-1971). I'll pass your regards to my uncles. What is your email address, please?

Bob Judge
BobJudge@comcast.net