Occasionally, I think I will post some random thoughts and questions to get everyone thinking about the ol’ home town. Some of these are self serving, since I have yet to get answers to a few of my questions posed in an earlier post; some are just random remembrances that pop into my head; and some are names, faces or places I’m drawing a blank on.
Before I move on to some of my questions or thoughts, I thought it might be fun to find out just who is reading these posts. For lack of a more original way of phrasing it, I would like to take a roll call of people and places. If you click on the blue words below, you’ll be connected with a form that you can fill out to supply your information. The form asks your name; your maiden name if you weren’t married when you lived in Duquesne (if applicable); the years when did you live in Duquesne (if applicable); where you live now (just city and state); and a space for suggestions or anything else you’d like to say. I hope you’ll share your information. Just click the “CONNECT TO ROLL CALL FORM ” words in blue below when you’re ready!
Now, on to those crazy random thoughts and images….
For those of you who attended Holy Name School in the 50’s and 60’s, I recently came across a photo that you might enjoy. The picture was taken in 1963 and shows one of the Holy Name cooks, Mrs. McConnell, and Fr. Hanlen. I also think that the other woman in the picture is Mrs. Napoli, but I could be wrong. I also remembered a little activity when I saw this picture. If you notice, there is a stack of folding chairs to the left of the stairs. I recall have to either fold and stack or unstak and fold those chairs for one thing or another. I don’t remember if we were assigned the task or if we volunteered. More than likely, the good sisters were imposing some form of mild punishment or torture for something I did wrong. God hath no fury like a sister’s scorn!
OK, I still need someone who knows who POP ARMS was. Apparently, he used to live over Adler’s and Avenue News on the corner of S. 2nd and Grant. I have no idea what his real first name was, but apparently everyone called him “Pop.” The entrance to his apartment was on S. 1st just past the alley behind Avenue News. I was never up to the apartment, but it was apparently very nice. So again, does anyone know of a man who was called POP ARMS!?!?!
Just so you know, I am patiently waiting until Spring officially arrives to begin reminiscing about one of my favorite Duquesne memories, Kennywood Park! Yes, I know it is “officially” in West Mifflin, but you know as well as I that it was always considered “ours!” More to come on that juicy topic! Here’s a topic that I need you to start thinking about in advance regarding Kennywood, Green Gables Bar and/or Inn that was owned by the Longcaric’s (spelling). It was located right at the end of that rickey ol’ brindge between Duquesne and West Mifflin. It was on the West Mifflin side, across from Kennywood. It is rumored that they sold the land to McDonalds for over 1 million!! I have lots of questions, but will patiently wait to address them.
Speaking of Duquesne Place, I recall finding a never ending supply of fossils and arrow heads with my friend Gene Sabolcik when we were mere lads. There was a great place that we searched along what I believe is Clonmel Ave., close to Hoffman Blvd. Of course, my memory is rather “iffy” on this and I hope Gene reads this and corrects me. There used to be a lot of shale rock in the area and we spent hours and hours digging and searching. To this day, whenever I took my daughters on the train in Kennywood that showcased the Native Americans that inhabited the immediate area, I thought about finding those arrowheads.
I wonder if they still have a Little League in Duquesne. I was never good enough to play, but my brother Steve, was a fantastic pitcher. I remember watching the games in the field between Duquesne High School and City Hall. I assume that that area was at one time a school stadium before it was relocated to Duquesne Place, but I’m not sure. I always wondered what that gate that lead into the side of the hill in front of the high school was used for. I’d love to know more about that area. Any idea? Also, I remember going to Polish Hill to watch the ballgames too. I guess I have spring fever right now.
Be sure to take some time and join our roll call. I’d love to hear from you and know how far Duquesne Hunky roots have spread. Keep reading my friends!