Wednesday, October 14, 2009

RE: Never to be forgotten

Dear Sally:

Yes, that would be Holyoke Water Power.  Yes, Jack Croke’s passing was a loss. 

Thanks for the permission to post this.  Someone like Bill Cary or John Zebryk might have a thought here.  - Bob

From: SJ Benson
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 8:08 PM
To: Bob Judge
Subject: Re: Never to be forgotten

Bob…You may post the message as is.

…Roger Burr was the boy; a good friend but we "lost" him after grammar school.

I was recently in town briefly to see my sister Barbara (Benson Chaffee) Peterson's family one year since her death.  Thanks for a wonderful town whose long history is rich and which nourished us all.

Sally Benson

From: SJ Benson
Sent: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:12 PM
To: Peter S…
Cc: …bob Judge…
Subject: Re: Never to be forgotten

Thank you, Peter.  I often think about the fact that the "discovery" and opening of the camps was happening just as we were starting First Grade - just days after V-J Day.  We were largely kept ignorant of the true WWII and post war world of our peers in Europe and Asia because by the time it would have been appropriate to be taught, the country was immersed in the McCarthy Hearings and the bitter Cold War. 

  The Croke book about the South Hadley generation just ahead of us speaks of the German POWs in town working in the fields.  First I had ever known that.  At Center School we had a boy arrive from England in 4th grade and a German family w/o father in the 6th - related to the Barretts of the Water Company.  As adults some of us thought back and wondered what their young stories were.  Brigitta in our class came to our 8th grade reunion a few years back and did talk about it some.  I wonder if Carew and Granby had refugee children.  (I started grade school in Granby.)  Fond regards, Sally

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