I continue to get many comments and roll call information from people who are reading this blog. I’ll continue to publish the names, comments, etc. as long as they are being sent in. I have provided a link to the contact information form under BLOG ROLL in the right hand column of this page. Please, we’d love to hear from you and about you! Also, I have included a line for you to provide your email address in the event you would like to hear from old friends. It isn’t necessary to provide the email address if you are uncomfortable, but the option is there to use. I will consolidate the addresses into a directory that you can use to find your friends. I should have that posted within the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, enjoy reading some comments and reviewing information from former and current Duquesne folk and as well as people who just enjoy reading about life in Duquesne.
Lori D. Achtzehn
Years in Duquesne = 1958 – 1986
Where do you live now? = White Oak, PA
Comments = I love going back in time. Holy Name was the greatest school ever. I had Sister Joan Marie in 1st Grade, Sister Annette (later Sister Virginia) in 2nd Grade, Mrs. Higgs in 3rd Grade, I think Sister Mary Sarto in 4th Grade, Sister Virginia (formerly Sister Annette) in 5th Grade, Sister Clementine in 6th Grade. In 7th & 8th Grade we merged into Duquesne Catholic and I, VERY RELUCTANTLY, I had to finish my years at Holy Trinity School on S Third St. We used to go to Elsie’s on W Grant Ave near S lst St all the time. I so remember lining up outside of school to say the Pledge of Allegiance before going into school. I remember playing “Peanut Heaven” on the church steps and “Red Rover” etc. at lunchtime. I remember helping to dust erasers on the back steps, clean the chalkboards, & put up the bulletin boards after school. I also sold supplies in mornings (going room-to-room with a cart) and candy at lunchtime on the convent rear porch. I was a safety patrol member when I got older and can very well remember being tackled in the alley buy a bunch of boys playing football with “Deacon Dennis Buranosky”. I remember going to church all the time and having Kleenex put on our heads if we forgot a hat. We said “The Angelus” at Noon and blessed ourselves if we heard any type of siren go off. I could go on and on. We need to have a reunion of all Holy Name students. It would be a blast!!!!
Maiden name = Matusovic
Years in Duquesne = 1945 – 1976
Where do you live now? = Jefferson Township, Pa/Southport, NC
comments = I loved reading the various articles on your blog, especially the one about your house and how it impacted your life.
I lived on the other side of Duquesne – Arch Street, which was off the lower part of Crawford Avenue. I attended Crawford School and Duquesne High School.
It is so very sad to see what has happened to Duquesne over the years. We had moved my parents from our family home in Duquesne to Munhall in the early 80’s since the neighborhood had gotten a little rough – break-in’s, etc. We sadly sold “our house” which my grandparents had originally built. So many memories. Four generations of our family had lived in this house. Unfortunately, the people who bought the house did not take care of it and eventually abandoned the house. Several years ago we learned that the city had leveled the house. It made me very sad when I heard that. My mother had always asked to go back to take a look at the “old house”. I never had the heart to tell her it was no longer there. So sad.
Maybe sometime in the future I’ll share more of my thoughts about life in Duquesne. Duquesne was a great place to grow-up. Have you had any other responses from the “other side of Duquesne” -streets off Crawford?
Thanks for taking the time to create this blog and share your thoughts and memories of good ole Duquesne!
Years in Duquesne = 1950 – 1968
Where do you live now? = Lower Burrell, Pa.
comments = Memories and contact from other Duquesne residents
Maiden name = Carr
Years in Duquesne = 1932 – 1965
Where do you live now? = Pittsburgh, PA (Sq. Hill Neighborhood) comments = It’s fascinating reading the comments. Pittsburgh started the Steeler Nation. Now you are starting the Duquesne Neighborhood. This brings back a ton of memories, of those people who worked in the Duquesne Works, school mates through the forties, great neighbors and friends, all who add to the tapestry of the city. Driving through Duquesne I see it as it once was, built by hard-working men and women proud of their traditions, faithful to their religions. How fortunate we are to been rooted in this fertile soil. Please continue writing, Jim.
Years in Duquesne = N/A
Where do you live now? = Springfield, OH
comments = A friend of mine sent me a copy of your blog and I wanted to share that my parents Charles and Mary Lalley lived in Duquesne from 1956 to 1959. My father taught in the Jr High from 1955 to 1967 and returned to help with the school in the mid 1990’s. My parents rented from Nick Williams on Duquesne Blvd. I grew up in Elizabeth township and worked at Kennywood during my high school years in the 1980’s. I remember passing that mansion every day going to work. My parents still live in the township and still talk about the years they spent in Duquesne.
Years in Duquesne = 1948 – 1967 or thereabouts
Where do you live now? = Fayetteville NC comments = I’ve lived here in Fayetteville NC about 15 months working at the VA and kinda miss Pgh (where I lived for the past 12 years and have lived in Pittsburgh off and on my adult life except for stints in Philly, .Washington, DC., L.A., etc. (don’t ask!)….You probably know some of my siblings (Sullivans) or members of DHS Class of ‘65. I’m also a Holy Name Graduate and although Irish I’m an ‘honorary Hunky’ Keep up the posts, they are wonderful!
Maiden name = Stavor
Years in Duquesne = 1950-1987
Where do you live now? = Allison Park, Pa comments = Remembering my childhood days. Seeing pictures of Duquesne in its hey days. My dad, Joe, grew up in the 20’s, graduated in 1940 and returned after WWII to marry, work, and raise his 4 kids there. Dad is 91 now and lives with many friends in an independent living home in West Mifflin.
Maiden name = Manns
Years in Duquesne = 1953-1976
Where do you live now? = Unity Township, PA
comments = Everyone brings their own experiences to the table but we all have the one common thread of our Duquesne roots.
Maiden name = Byrne
Years in Duquesne = Lived in West Mifflin but went to Holy Name
Where do you live now? = Mt. Washington, Pittsburgh
comments = This blog is great! A friend of mine passed it on to me. I am so glad she did. I have enjoyed reading every response.
Maiden name = Donna Ragan
Years in Duquesne = 1955-1981
Where do you live now? = Mentor, Ohio
comments = I’m amazed at all the similarities in our childhood. I can relate to so much because I lived at “the top of Duquesne” and know well the landmarks you have talked about. So I know more about those places than the ones at the “bottom: of Duquesne. This has been so much fun, it certainly stirs up a lot of memories and feelings. I would say just keep doing what you’re doing, it’s great! I LOVE the pictures. Can others contribute with them? I went to Holy Trinity and would love to see pics like the ones from Holy Name. Oh, by the way, we loved lekvar pierogies and to this day I make them (potato also of course) from scratch at least twice a year!
Where do you live now? = Cincinnati
comments = Jim, I have thoroughly enjoyed all your posts. You need to combine them with photos and publish a book. Even though I have never been to Duquesne, I can relate to the time period and it brings back nice memories for me. Keep up the posts!
Years in Duquesne = 19? then off to college and back home for awhile Where do you live now? = Wilkinsburg
comments = I like it all! Keep it goin!
Years in Duquesne = 1957 to present
Where do you live now? = Duquesne
comments = The thoughts and descriptions you write about takes one back to their childhood and usually easy and happier times in ones life …..the younger years.
Years in Duquesne = 1942-1967
Where do you live now? = Monroeville, PA
comments = Wonderful memories of growing up. Went to St Joes and rode bicycles all over Duquesne. Remember Zemps field, where there were ball games almost every night? How about Polish Hill? Businesses on First St? First National Bank? The Library? Rock n Roll shows? Kennywood Park swimming pool? Walking up and down the hill to go to high school, and coming home for lunch. And it was only up hill one way !! Drug stores?
Pizza shop, first one I ever saw on Grant Ave just below 6th St. High school dances in the gym? Thanks for doing this, it is great !!
Maiden name = Carr
Years_in_Duquesne = 1942-1962
Where_do_you_live_now? = West Sunbury,Pa
Years in Duquesne = West Mifflin (53 2/3) years
Where do you live now? = Same 3 blocks from Kenny St
comments = I enjoy reading your all your articles. You have great way of writing & bringing back some fantastic memories of your Dad. I wish I knew your Mom better & probably recall Aunt Mary’s & Lou’s get-togethers better at her house with my parents. Sorry I can’t remember any thing about the city of Duquesne (I was raised in Homestead at Baba’s Streamline restaurant & went to school at St Mike’s)but I do recall the great times with our family party’s & also the Sunday visits with grandpa Volk. I also looked forward to everyone meeting when Uncle Mike & Uncle John came in from Maryland & Niagara Falls. Keep up the Great work!
Maiden name = Thomas [Tamas] [Mother] Rinkacs
Years in Duquesne = 1945-1950 & summers thereafter
Where do you live now? = Meadville Pa.
comments = I’d forgotten a lot about Duquesne even though I still have family in the area. I was recently in Holy Name church and St. Joseph cemetery with the death of my Mom’s sister. My Dad is buried there as will be my Mom when the time comes. My sister is into genealogy and we did the cemetery from top to bottom two years ago. I’ve enjoyed your pictures too.
Maiden name = Stavor
Years in Duquesne = 1952 born until 1974
Where do you live now? = Pottstown PA, East Vincent Twp
comments = Love the blog. Great Duquesne memories even though I went to Crawford Elementary (JFK in later years) and lived up on Maryland Ave above Burns Heights many of the feelings (hated pigs feet) are the same.
Years in Duquesne = 1952-1971
Where do you live now? = Chambersburg, Pa
comments = Memories- memories- memories. A lot of what you blog about just brings back good memories of Duquesne. Many things you’ve talked about, I remember well. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but if anyone asks where I’m from, it’s always Duquesne, Pa. I recently heard a woman talking about center St, and making a roller coaster like motion. I ask if she was talking about Center St in Duquesne. Turns out she was. Once while watching the Steelers in a bar in Davenport IA., there was a young girl standing next to me. When the Steelers scored, she cheered. I asked her were she was from, she said West Mifflin, but her mom was from Duquesne. Turns out her mom and I went to school together I’ve tried without success to explain to people what it was like to grow up in Duquesne.