I came across this quote by Albert Schweitzer and thought that IT clearly put into words, just how writing this blog has helped me to rekindle my own spirits. As we all began our various careers, we were all focused on trying to provide the very best lives for our loved ones and for ourselves as well. As we continued to strive to improve our lives and move forward, our memories of people and places left behind became less vivid and eventually faded with time. However, many of us now realize that turning around and looking back to what we left behind, although bittersweet to some extent, provides enormous comfort, joy and kindling of our spirits.
Personally, being able to reconnect with those who shared my life and my experiences as I was growing up, has provided happiness beyond measure. Bobby Chermonitz, Geno Sabolcik, Debbie Abbatangelo (Stewart), Denise Hudak (Ventura), Louie Andriko, to name just a few, as well as some of my own extended family are now in my life again! Thank you to anyone who passed along a my blog link to someone that eventually brought us together.
From the comments you all have written, it appears that so many of you who share that love for our childhood “village” are reconnecting with people you probably haven’t thought of for decades, as you were busily moving on with your lives.
Please take a few minutes and click on the link to the right that reads “#1 CLICK HERE TO LET US KNOW WHO YOU ARE, WHO YOU WERE AND WHERE YOU ARE LIVING!!” and fill out the form and click send. If you are fortunate, you might connect with someone who was an important part of your childhood.
Now, in the meantime, here are some responses from some of our Duquesne friends! Be sure to scroll through and ready them all, I’ve also placed a special link to a group celebrating 60 years at the end!
Maiden name = Graham
Years in Duquesne = 1939 to 1987
Where do you live now? = Katy, Texas about 35 miles west of Houston
Comments = My husband, George, and I got an e-mail from a friend of Linda Gibb. Thankfully your writings are spreading all over the USA. We both enjoyed all of the comments by past and present Duquesners. Both of us were born and raised in Duquesne, went to Crawford school: Duquesne Jr. High and graduated from D.H.S.
I lived on Chestnut St. which is at the top of “unforgettable” Center St. George lived on High St. which was in front of Pine Alley and faced Crawford St. We both had many friends from Burn’s Heights Project and would sure enjoy reading reminiscences from anyone from there.
We appreciate all of your efforts in bringing back the memories. Thank You.
Email = firstname.lastname@example.org
Years in Duquesne = 1940 to 1962
Where do you live now? = Albuquerque, NM
Comments = Jim – thanks for putting this blog out there and keeping it up as you have!! It’s really addictive and it gives me the opportunity to remember Duquesne as it was and not what it’s like now. I still get back there from time to time to visit Betsy, and I hope we might have another cousins get together one of these days. You seem to hit every one of your subjects right on, and the comments are themselves priceless. I’ve gotten in touch with a lot of my past in just the last couple weeks with your blog and find something interesting and important every time I go through parts of it. I wonder who else remembers the Zemps games at Polish Hill – our Uncle Sam and his brother, Neill, played. Or some of those early Little League games in the field below the High School. Thanks again, Jim … a real kick … Tim
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Maiden name = Fulmer
Years in Duquesne = 1946 to 1967
Where do you live now? = Trinity, Florida
Comments = I like a chance to recall old friends and old times that bring back happy memories. You have given us this opportunity. And it’s fun !!
Maiden name? = Fox
Years in Duquesne = 1968-1973
Where do you live now? = Woolrich, PA
Comments = Just happened upon the Kennywood blog from McKeesport memory page…what fun…thanks for brightening my day(evening) I moved to Duquesne my junior year in high school and graduated in ‘71. Great looking back.
Years in Duquesne = Duquesne Place 1954-1974
Where do you live now? = South Park, Pa.
Comments = Holy Name ‘65 and DHS ‘69. The more I read, the more things I remember. Hindsight is always 20/20 but, all things considered, DUQUESNE was a great place to grow up. Keep this site rolling, Jim
Years in Duquesne = 1940 to 1958
Where do you live now? = Milwaukee Wi
Comments = Great documentary about Duquesne
Email = firstname.lastname@example.org
Mother’s maiden name = Luptak (mother’s)
Years in Duquesne = 1977-1993
Where do you live now? = Bethel Park, PA
Comments = My uncle sent me a link to your blog, and wow, so many memories! I lived on Wool Street (above Burns Heights), went to St. Joes, then Serra Catholic. I still miss going to St. Joe’s summer fair, hitting Newmyer’s Hobby shop, running over to the Hills next to Kennywood, and so many other things. Keep up the good work!
Email = email@example.com
Years in Duquesne = 1945-present
Comments = I just heard about this in church.
Years in Duquesne = 1949 – 1970
Where do you live now? = St. Augustine, Florida
Comments = I can’t believe how many people that I know have responded. This is great fun! I’d love to see more pictures. The memories are wonderful. During high school my friends and I hung out on the corner of Seventh Street and Kennedy Avenue. We were often chased away by the police, but had a great time just being together.
Email = jeanmarie55@ yahoo.com
Maiden name = Kosko
Where do you live now? = West Mifflin
Comments = A friend told me about it and I wanted to see it myself. Fr. Dennis mentioned on Sunday during his sermon! I worked in Duquesne on 708 W Grant Ave at Dolly Allen Beauty Shop. My Mom Anna Denne Kosko was born and raised there and talked so much about it!
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Years in Duquesne = Went to Duquesne H. S.–graduated 1960
Where do you live now? = Levittown, PA
Comments = Never lived in Duquesne, but graduated from Duquesne High School, class of 1960.
Fri, 10 Jun 2011
Subject: Another old Duquesne Resident
I recently discovered your web site. I lived in Burns Heights from 1950 to 1960 and attended Crawford Elementary where Mrs. McGowan was Principal for 3 to 6 grade. We then moved to West Mifflin above Polish Hill. I attended Edison Junior High in West Mifflin then Duquesne Senior High where I graduated in 1959. I married Roberta Neslanik who had lived on Aurilles Street all her life. We got married at Saint Hedwig’s RC Church in 1964 and escaped to the state of Washington where we still live.
It is heart breaking to visit Duquesne and see the deterioration in the city. Luckily we still have many memories of the way things were.
Keep up the good work.
I was wondering if you could give me some information? I was searching online and found your website. I sell on Ebay and I picked up this ashtray and I like to write a small history regarding my items when I list them. The ashtray says Rogan Hauling Company – Steel Mill Hauling specialist – Michael Rogan, Pres. Duquesne Blvd.
Do you know anything about this company and whether is still exists, etc.
Thanks for your time.
Jennifer – JeniferC77@aol.com
CONGRATULATIONS TO DUQUESNE HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF ’51!