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Re: Parkchester 40s/50s/60s Memories/Stories

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Posted by Steve on Friday, November 27th 2020:

In Reply to: Re: Parkchester 40s/50s/60s Memories/Stories posted by Sammy to Phil on Wednesday, November 25th 2020:

Hey Sammy - long time.

My second excursion to the Bronx Board in as many years has rewarded me with two long threads about my home town of Parkchester. Interesting how you looked on the skyline from Barnes Avenue. Another person from Archer Street just outside of Parkchester saw it as castles on a hill. (No pun on the avenue).

Two anecdotes. Maria Montessori once visited the Catholic Protectory to observe what was then considered the latest in modern techniques of housing and teaching orphans. The children were housed in small bungalows and taught useful trades. Nothing like how Dickens saw orphanages in London. This was around 1906.

During the Spanish Influenza in 1918, my grandmother (South Bronx) was related to a woman from Ireland who died along with her husband from the disease leaving a small child behind. Little Mary was sent to the Protectory to be raised by the Catholic Sisters of Charity (still running St. Raymond's Elementary School). My grandmother had to raise holy hell in the courts trying to get young Mary out and to come live with her. She finally succeeded with my grandmother being appointed Mary's guardian, and with whom Mary lived as another child in the family for all the years until her marriage in the late 1930s.

Ok, one more. Babe Ruth played in the stadium that was located where today's Oval is - on an off-season barnstorming tour. I think that stadium was the home park of one of the Negro League baseball teams.

Hi Phil.

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