A HUGE “thank you” goes out to my friend and frequent “Duquesne Hunky” contributor Lou Andriko! After posting my request for scanned copies of photos of “our Duquesne” that you might have in your possession, Lou came through immediately! THANK YOU LOU and keep them coming.
Lou sent an adorable photo that was taken on the steps of St. Joseph that celebrates the First Holy Communion of 88 children in 1959. (I was blown away with the fact that there were 88 communicants! Kinda reminded me of one of those mass weddings of Rev. Moon!)
Just recently, Lou’s wife Sue found time to scan some old photos. This photo was taken on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1959. I immediately recognized Lou in the first row – 3rd from the left – #79.
I have included the photos for you to check out. The 2nd photo has numbers assigned to each of the sweet faces of youth! If you recognize yourself or any of your childhood friends, please post a comment and let us know. The kids in this picture should be approximately in their early 60’s today (groan.) I also enlarged each side of the group so that you might be able to better identify them.
Oh, by the way and for your information, by the time I ‘graduated’ from St. Joes, the exterior fire escape had been removed, the interior front and rear stairwells were enclosed and brought up to current fire code and the third floor auditorium was abandoned. I seem to recall our eighth grade history class using it ‘on the sly’ to watch a civil war documentary. The windows up there still had those heavy old blackout roll down shades. By then the convent had been razed and the combined new school, convent and cafeteria building was built along Norman St; the classroom windows had venetian blinds that kept the sun out but didn’t keep much light out… Sad to say, that building has been abandoned for many years. It has even been taken off the market, at first being offered as a nursing home or senior center…. Tempus Fugit. Once St Joe closes, (That is coming soon), my parish church will probably end up like Holy Trinity….