Once again, I am thrilled to be hearing from so many current and former Duquesne area residents. As always, I invite you to click on the first link under BLOG ROLL (in the right hand column of this page) titled “ATTENTION! CLICK TO CONTACT JIM, THE DUQUESNE HUNKY .”
As promised, I am still working on compiling an email directory of those who have written comments and responded via the contact form. It’s a time consuming process, so be patient, I’ll get there soon.
In the meantime, please enjoy the following thoughts and updates from our friends:
Years in Duquesne = 1953 (when I was born) to 2003
Where do you live now? = (moved very far away – LOL) West Mifflin, PA
comments = I love the ideas you have had already. I love the old photos of Duquesne and McKeesport, too. I remember you dad’s business because it was there for a while when we moved from 1st to Kennedy.
Maybe you could talk about DHS when it was in its prime. . . I graduated in 1970.
Where do you live now? = Dillsburg, PA
comments = A blast from the past! Eliciting some fond memories. Would love to hear from long-lost friends and acquaintances.
Maiden name = Fodo
Years in Duquesne = 1938 – 1959
Where do you live now? = Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
comments = What a trip down Memory Lane! My brother, Steve, sent me the link today and I haven’t been able to tear myself away from it. My husband Jim is a Duquesneer also. He lived on Karl Street and I lived on South First right across the street from Pirhalla’s corner store. Later known as Joe’s Luncheonette. We both graduated from DHS 1953, 1955 respectively and were married 51 years ago in St. Joesph’s. It was great to read so many familiar names and the pictures brought tears to my eyes. I tell my grandchildren what a great place Duquesne was to grow up. They can’t comprehend being able to walk everywhere we wanted to go — even Kennywood and do it safely. What a wonderful life!
Maiden name = Curran, my dad was a Dentist here
Years in Duquesne = I have lived here since 1936 and still do
comments = I am so excited about this. I am the city Treasurer and Tax Collector for the City of Duquesne and use my computer here at city hall. I am very busy now, since the Real Estate taxes have just gone out, but I want to keep getting these pictures and comments. I don’t know whether anybody still remembers me, as I am 83 years old.
Maiden name = Repko
Years in Duquesne = 1943 thru 1963 and again in 1967
Where do you live now? = Austin, Texas
comments = What I enjoy about this blog, how is EVERYTHING?
It is just fantastic remembering all those good times, can not remember too many bad times except the Christmas Eve I had a car accident almost right in front of the police station and my cousin was a police man and he was the first to come to me and I did not have my drivers license on me and could not tell him I was seeing a boy friend who I was not allow to see. Boy that was really something, could remember it like it was yesterday.
comments = Hi Jim, I am Joanne Carr’s daughter. She’s been reading your blog posts and has asked if I could get your address (snail mail) so she can write you. I can’t find a way to get a hold of you thru your blog. I hope this finds you. Amy
Years in Duquesne = 1941 to 1963
Where do you live now? = San Francisco and Albuquerque
comments = I grew up on Auriles Street, right across the street from St. Joseph’s Church and School. The school was torn down some years ago. I did a lot of mechanical and electrical projects, and so my favorite store was Schinck’s Hardware. Boy, you could go in there and buy 3 little screws for maybe 7 cents. Gone are THOSE days with everything now in bubble wrap for 4.99 !
I owned a 1940 Pontiac there, once owned by the Tutero family on Auriles, and then Richy Plastino, who was one year ahead of me at Duquesne High. The Plastinos had a taylor shop on Kennedy.
I would like more pictures of ALL the businesses on First Street.
Maiden name = Chorman
Years in Duquesne = Born 1945 – in Duquesne until 1966
Where do you live now? = Ocala, FL
comments = I enjoy everything about this blog. I lived in Duquesne Annex (West Mifflin). I went to Church, Catechism, and piano lessons at Holy Name. I went every Sunday to the Plaza Theater. I married a Duquesne Boy who graduated Duquesne High in 1961. I was the fist to go to North High when it was built. We got married at Holy Name Church and had our “hunky” reception at the Slovak Club.
Just last Wednesday, we met three other couples from Duquesne at “Katie Belles” restaurant at “The Villages, FL” for dinner. I took a print-out of this blog, and they really enjoyed reading what others had to say. 6 out of the 8 of us were Duquesne Hunkies (the two that weren’t were married to Duquesne Hunkies. I would like to read more about other people and their memories of Duquesne, and where they are now.
Years in Duquesne = 1958-1979
Where do you live now? = Boone, N C
Years in Duquesne = 1951-1973
Where do you live now? = Albuquerque New Mexico
comments = I love this blog it brings back many memories of childhood days and reminds Me of the many fine people that had an impact on my life.
Lou Andriko, RPh
Years in Duquesne = 1951-1979
Where do you live now? = Elkins WV
comments = My father’s father built the first house in the 900 block of Maryland Ave. in the early 1920’s. My 85 year old mother still lives there; I visit her 6-8 times each year. I went to St Joseph’s School, then Serra HS, then commuted to DU. for Pharmacy School. I worked as delivery driver for Morris Gordon at Eagle Drugs on Grant Ave in HS, pushed countless tots on the swings at the Polish Hill playground, then the mandatory stint at Kennywood for four summers in college (yep, I’ve got stories), got my degree and plied my trade in Christy Park, Elizabeth, Port Vue and West Mifflin (at Penn Taft as a floater)and moved to Meadville in 1978 when the mills began to close, met my wife and within 2 years moved back to 1100 Maryland Ave. By 1984, steel hit rock bottom, and we moved to West Virginia, opened and closed my own pharmacy and now practice for a Big Box in a little town in the next county ….but always kept coming back to Duquesne. So very sad to look at the Google map and see all the green spaces where homes, stores, churches, factories once formed a safe, vibrant community…. This blog has been bittersweet and I keep telling myself I’m not going to post anymore, but here I go again.