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Jack Sterling
From: Memphis, TN
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Wow, had no idea regarding the history of my old home town! Many thanks for providing this website.
My family lived in Richmond Hill during the 1950s and 1960s. We relocated to California when I was a small boy.
I have great memories of Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, Forest Park, and the "El" train.
Added: November 4, 2017
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Estelle Ann Emanuele
From: Long Beach NY
E-mail: emanuele4eva@aol.com
does anyone remeber Maybees restaurant with that big fish on the wall... LOL
late 1960s i think.
Added: October 31, 2017
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Anne Pentola
From: Long Beach NY
E-mail: ajpentola@gmail.com
I have seen several other requests for information regarding Richmond Hill Sanatorium where I was born in 1945.
If anyone could provide any information regarding this facility, I would be very grateful. Does anyone know the address or what happened to the sanatorium. It seems to have vanished.
Added: October 26, 2017
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Linda (Eckert) Hausauer
From: South Wales, NY
E-mail: lindahaus59@aol.com
In the early 1950's I was living in Richmond Hill. One of the addresses was 111-09 Liberty Ave.
My parents and I were living with relatives, Harry MacGregor. We lived on a few other streets which I am trying where they were. In 1950 I attended K at a P.S. , but not sure which one and in 1953 I was attending P.S. 53.
I have always had good memories of being there, especially shopping on Liberty Ave. with my grandmother and an Aunt.
Added: October 24, 2017
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Angela Izzo
From: Hackensack, NJ
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I grew up in Richmond Hill in the 1960's - 1970's, attended St. Theresa of Avila, and on to Christ the King.
I grew up on 109th Avenue but 125th Street was the place to be. Tons of kids, classmates and friends with such wonderful memories, one of which is still my best friend today.
Remember Uncle Jacks, Kresges 5 & 10, and Al Diamonds record shop. What about Tom McCann and Miles shoe store!
Added: October 17, 2017
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Dave o'halloran
From: Boston
E-mail: Dwoh05@gmail.com
To: Hughie Flynn,
I think I was in Beaver patrol(?). Went to sanita hills about 4 summers. The best of times. Around 1958-1962(?). Mr. Costigan, Bill Welcht, the guy who took the dues, Al. Remember the game... steal the bacon. Hope all is well. DaveO
Added: October 12, 2017
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Hughie Flynn
From: Galveston, TX
E-mail: hughie46@comcast.net
To: Dave O"halloran,
I think you and I were in scouts about the same time. Troop 273. I was in Stag Patrol with Richard Trainor.
Timing wise, I went to the last 2 summer camps at Pouch and then it was moved to Sanita Hills in Duchess County.
Added: October 12, 2017
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Hughie Flynn
From: Galveston, TX
E-mail: hughie46@comcast.net
It has been a while since my last visit to this site.
I am glad that it still has Richmond Hillites visiting and writing. I am a little disappointed more of my childhood friends haven't found this site.
Added: October 12, 2017
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Den S
From: Cary, NC
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Anyone recall the name of the bar on Atlantic Ave. that closed during WW II after a farewell party for the owner's son who was going off to serve. Father declared he would re-open when the son returned from the war. It never re-opened.
I used to peek in the window and the bar was in the same condition as it was on the last night. I think it was around 110th Street.
Added: October 11, 2017
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Daniel Garland
From: Brooklyn, NY
E-mail:
Thanks for your website!
I was trying to learn more about the Lefferts Family after visiting their historic house museum in Brooklyn. I appreciate all the fascinating information and history I have learned from your Historical Society.
Added: October 2, 2017
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Thomas Ignatius Hayes
From: St Petersburg, FL
E-mail: tihayes@aol.com
We moved from Woodhaven to Richmond Hill in 1950 and started Holy Child in 3rd Grade.
Lived on 121st St and Jamaica Ave for a short while and then to Lefferts Blvd in the 91st Ave block. Holy Child class of 1956, Brooklyn Preparatory 1960 and Fordham College of Pharmacy 1965.
Left Richmond Hill 1n 1960 but have great memories: Baseball at Smoky Hollow, ice skating on Jackson Pond, the wonders of Forest Park. We had a summer bungalow at Rockaway so never spent those months there.
Added: September 27, 2017
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Frank Ward
From: Parish, FL
E-mail: frankwardvsc@aol.com
I lived in Richmond Hill from 1950 to 1956 and loved it. Attended Holy Child Jesus School which gave me a great education.
I remember the streets lined with beautiful large trees and beautiful frame houses. In 1963 I returned to Richmond Hill to marry my wife Susan Mc Carthy of Richmond Hill in Holy Child Jesus Church which I have always considered to be a very beautiful Church.
After many years in NJ and Illinois, Susan and I visited RH and were disappointed in the lack of trees and the bad condition of the remaining ones. We were also surprised that Jahn's Ice Cream Parlour was completely empty on a Sunday afternoon.
Added: September 26, 2017
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April Koster
From: Richmond Hill, USA
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Cue 'Saturday in the Park' - the last Saturday of the Summer in Forest Park to be precise, for the 44th Annual Park Fair.
Thanks to singer-guitarist Dennis Doyle & band mate for an enjoyable concert.
You fellows got some excellent dancers on their feet. Well done, and very neighborly of you.
Added: September 16, 2017
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Ana Rivera
From: 129th st liberty ave
E-mail: Corr4385@gmail.com
We live near Liberty and 129th Street.
I'd like to find out if anyone knows the history in that area during the 1960's and possibly the 1970s. please get back, thanks Ana.
Added: September 13, 2017
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Richard Massey
From: Manhattan
E-mail: masseyrf@yahoo.com
Remembering a son of Richmond Hill...
on this day 16 years ago, Lt. Bob Nagel NYFD gave his life in an attempt to save others at ground zero. Bob was an alum of Molly HS and SJU as well as a Viet Nam vet, husband, and Dad.
Added: September 11, 2017
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Diane Buchanan
From: Lamar, Missouri
E-mail: roadrunner.670@hotmail.com
My aunt and uncle: Samuel and Beatrice Carpenter lived in Richmond Hill in the 1960's.
I have many fond memories of visiting with them and my cousins! I am trying to find a photography studio that was there in 1960. She took my baby photo. thank you.
Added: September 9, 2017
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Jayson Merrell
From: Manhattan, NYC
E-mail:
Thanks for sharing your wonderful history.
I found your website while doing research on John Adams when he lived in NYC.
Added: September 3, 2017
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Arthur OBrien
From: Long Beach Island, NJ
E-mail: aobrien01@gmail.com
Thomas O'Brien, a widower and decorated FDNY firefighter, lived at 102-16 85th Rd with his six children.
He died after suffering a fractured skull fighting a two alarm in 1935. He complained of feeling faint and nobody called for a doctor or ambulance and he was dead in the morning. He was not given LINE OF DUTY. He had a high level of alcohol in his system BECAUSE HE WAS SELF-MEDICATING TO KILL THE PAIN.
I am petitioning the FDNY to add his name to the Memorial Wall. Any help or recommendations would be appreciated. Thomas was my grandfather and my cousin is Eddy O'Brien who grew up on 102nd Street. My family lived at 86-10 109th St and my aunt Agnes O'Brien Maass lived in the apartment building at 155th and Myrtle.
Added: August 30, 2017
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Edward Kiburis
From: Lincoln, CA
E-mail: edkedk@wavecable.com
I spent my early years in Richmond Hill. About 1 or 2 years on 111th Street between Jamaica Ave and Holy Child Church.
Hard to remember, since I was about 5 years old when we moved to 88th Ave between 102nd and 104th Street. I went to PS-66, PS-90 then Brooklyn Tech HS.
I left NY when I graduated from CCNY, in 1961. Many of the postings brought back many good memories.
Added: August 21, 2017
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ray hansen
From: calgary, alberta, canada
E-mail: rayhansen@shaw.ca
Went to R.H.H.S 1949-1953. After school went to Jahns before taking the bus home to Glendale.
Went to Bklyn College for a time. Then got involved in aviation. I learned to fly at Zahns in Amityville. Went to sea, got to circle the Globe. I had a great time in S.E. Asia. Now Im old in a "rest home".
Added: August 20, 2017
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Tom Blank
From: Myrtle Beach SC
E-mail: Tomgenie1@aol.com
Grew up in Richmond Hill in the forties and early fifties. Went to PS55, PS57 and St Pius in So Jamaca.
Played ball on summer school teams and for Watt and Watt drug stores, lived on 133 st and Liberty ave / 103rd ave. met by war monument which had the names of all Richmond Hill's Vets.
My cousins Eddie and George Blank and Artie and Bobby Brooks were on two of the good softball teams of the time the Atomics and the Royals.
My growing up there was an education that carried me through my entire life. My father was the bartender at Baumans Bar and Grill. I think it was on 131 st and Liberty ave.
Added: August 20, 2017
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Helene Goergen
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail: mistyacres2008@gmail.com
Can anyone tell me where 31 Sherry Street used to be?
I can't find any information on Sherry Street. In 1916, my G-Grandparents lived on Sherry St.
Added: August 18, 2017
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Charlie Wolfinger
From: West Hempstead
E-mail: Charlie845@aol.com
Lived and worked in Richmond Hill my entire life, Owl plumbing.
Added: August 14, 2017
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Chris Collins
From: Toronto
E-mail:
I found your website searching for information on Richmond Hill in Canada.
Enjoyed finding your community and reading some of your history.
Added: August 10, 2017
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Linda Wolfe
From: Islip, LI
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Great memories of Richmond Hill as a little girl in the 1960's.
I grew up in Ozone Park off 101st Avenue on 102nd Street. Went to St. Mary Gate of Heaven.
Added: August 8, 2017
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Robert Scott
From: Mission Viejo, Ca.
E-mail: lastcall.scott@gmail.com
Mr. Wiseman's (Dadson) brother was Joe Wiseman. Played Dr. No in the first Bond movie.
Added: August 2, 2017
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, Does anyone remember the 92nd street Dental Clinic?
They would round you up in PS 66 -- the Dental Hygienist would call your name off a list and away you would go, to see Dr. Headlock with 5 Intern Dentists, no waiting, and the slow speed drill, and I do not recall Novocain being used.
Yikes, Not A Fun Event. This Gave Me Fear Of Dentists Early On. LOL, Ken Ball 104th st.
Added: July 29, 2017
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
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John Cowan,
Dadson's, Mr Wiseman's son Phillip and I were classmates at P.S. 100 a couple of times. Also, the shop was across the street from my grandfather's plumbing shop (H A Snedeker)
Added: July 28, 2017
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John Cowan
From: Hollysprings NC
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Stories are great, times were good, didn't seem like much to worry about back then.
didn't hear anybody mention Marty's pool hall above A&P on Liberty and 117 street or shopping at Dadson's men's store on Liberty ave and 115 street where my brother worked about 20 yrs. best place to buy clothes in a hurry.
Wish everyone the best
Added: July 25, 2017
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gunther kuehn
From: walled lake, michigan
E-mail: kuehnd@comcast.net
i lived on 116 st. and 89 ave. graduated from rhhs in 1964, graduated ps. 90 in 1960.
i would love to hear from anyone one who might remember me. those were the best years of my life. seems like yesterday. Jahn's ice cream still the best ever!! hope all rhhs grads from 1964 are well.
Added: July 24, 2017
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David Anderson
From: Manhattan
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Searching for information on the Leffetrs Family was a real treat finding your website.
Had no idea of the early beginnings for this Duthch family in what is now Richmond Hill, Queens!
Added: July 22, 2017
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hi,
I am still curious about what happened to, Nancy Hecht, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer, Edwina Mitchell, Henry Mueller, Doris Mueller, The Gendron Family, Billy Haas, John Ormond, and The Daily Family.
Ken Ball, JAX Beach Fla.
Added: July 19, 2017
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Peter Chodkowski
From: Beavercreek Ohio
E-mail: pchodkowski@yahoo.com
Lived my first six years in the Hill on 116 th street. Attended PS51 and remember walking the two blocks while in Kindergarten.
I remember the splashing ponds in Forest Park.
Added: July 16, 2017
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Stephanie Stevens
From: Baltimore, MD
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I grew up in Richmond Hill and enjoyed finding your website.
The old maps and street names are very interesting to see and learn about. I remember my fun-filled summer months in Richmond Hill. Always went with my brother and sister to Cypress Pool on the J train, ate lots of ice cream at Jahn's, stayed cool at RKO movies, and Sunday's we went to Rockaway Beach!
I miss those days very much but thankful I had those times in my life.
Added: July 14, 2017
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Greg Parker
From: Austin, TX
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Love this website! Lived in Richmond Hill during the 1960s near Metropolitan Ave. and 116 Street.
My family relocated out west. Although I was quite small when we moved I still hold great memories of the neighborhood.
Added: July 2, 2017
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Paul McCarthy
From: Glendale
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Great memories of Forest Park, Victory Field, the Carousel, and Bandshell.
I was fortunate to live quite close to the Park and practically lived there. I grew up in Glendale from the 1950s to the 1970s.
Added: June 25, 2017
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Liz
From: Richmond Hill
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Does anybody remember Bill's candy store on 108th st Jamaica ave?
Added: June 20, 2017
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Liz
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
To Jeff:
Connie and Jimmy both died about 20 years ago and the place is now an Indian bar.
Added: June 17, 2017
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MARIANNE
From: Long Island
E-mail: Mqueens56@aol.com
Lived in Richmond Hill in the fifties, sixties, and seventy's. Best place to grow up.
Lived on 111th street between Jamaica and 86th avenue. Went to Holy Child Jesus. Fond memories of the neighborhood and school. Had fun hanging out at PS66 and going to all the stores on the "avenue" such as "Marie's" candy store, Wise drugs, vegetable store on Jamaica Avenue, and Woolworth's to name a few.
Added: June 17, 2017
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Liz
From: Richmond Hill
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Lives in Lenny Tusas house, looking for any of the cannons.
they lived on 120th and 95 ave. I lived on 123 between 95 and atlantic.
Added: June 14, 2017
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Antoinette DiDio
From: 93-34 123rd street
E-mail: Someonesmoon@aol.com
Lives in Lenny Tusas house, looking for any of the cannons.
they lived on 120th and 95 ave. I lived on 123 between 95 and atlantic.
Added: June 14, 2017
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Dr. John Rodgers
From: Hernando, FL
E-mail: drjohnrodgers@yahoo.com
To Eric,
Our Lady of Perpetual Help is the local parish for the area where your father grew up. It had (still has?) an elementary school, but not a high school. Among the possibilities for your father's HS could be: Bishop Loughlin, Brooklyn Prep (Jesuit), St.John's Prep (Vincentian), Trinity (Marianist brothers), St.Francis Prep (Franciscan brothers). I knew O'Neills and some of the names I remember are the Galvin's and the Hughes. I lived east of your father, at 120 St. and 101st Ave.
Added: June 13, 2017
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Eric Mooney
From: Torrance, CA
E-mail: ericmooney69@gmail.com
Alexander Ambroze -- Obituary.
He was the owner of Al's Stereo Bar.
AMBROZE - Alexander, 9-10-25 to 5-4-17. Brooklyn College Grad 1947. Swim Team Capt./Diving Gold Medal in Met. Championship. US Navy (5/44 - 6/46). WWII Veteran (ASW). Sonar Tech. Masonic Bkgrnd Tyrian Lodge #618,1952 Brooklyn, NY. Scottish Rite 1953 and Ismailia Shrine 1953 Buffalo, NY. Baldwin Amer. Legion Post 246 (P.U.F.L.)
Created, owned, and operated popular AL'S STEREO BAR, Richmond Hill, NY. (1963-1995). Beloved husband of wife, Gloria. Loving father of Christopher, daughter-in-law Janine, Lori, and Gary. Devoted grandfather of Kyle, granddaughter-in-law Courtney, Kurt, Natalee, Julia, Kathryn, Alexander, and Grace.
Direct private cremation - no visitation or viewing per Al's wishes. Friends welcome to attend inurnment of cremated remains at LI Natl. Cemetery, Farmingdale. Contact family for details. Published in Newsday on May 17, 2017
Added: June 12, 2017
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Karen Boscarino
From: Jackson, New Jersey
E-mail: Karenboscarino@optimum.net
No one can understand the love for Richmond Hill but those who were raised as I did from 1949 to 1969...
my memories are wonderful.
Added: June 8, 2017
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Eric Mooney
From: Torrance, CA
E-mail: ericmooney69@gmail.com
My father, Dennis Mooney, passed away in 2011. Was born in 1942 and lived in Richmond Hill area until he moved the family to California in 1973. He grew up at 114-13 Liberty Ave. He said it was above a furniture shop.
He was by far the youngest of the kids. His brothers were Don, Marty, Joe, and his cousin Bob Timurlane (who died in 1969 driving drunk in the area). His sister was Lillian. His father Martin died in 1965 and mother Lillian in 1973. He said his father's drinking hole was O'Neill's on Liberty and 113th. He had such fond memories of the neighborhood he grew up in.
We'd go to baseball games here in LA, especially when the Dodgers played the Mets. Every SINGLE time we sat next to someone who was either from Richmond Hill or around it and then it was non-stop talking for 3+ hours about the old neighborhood. Seems like it was a special place.
Do any of the names ring a bell? Anyone on here knew my father? He went to a Catholic HS. Something like Our Lady of Perpetual Help? He would be 75 years old right now. Thank you, Eric Mooney
Added: June 5, 2017
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Mary Driscoll
From: Nassau
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My grandparents brought me here many years ago to visit the area back in the 1980s. They had a house near Hillside Ave after living in an apartment in Brooklyn. Then they moved to Long Island where I was born and raised and often spoke of Richmond Hill and their neighbors that became close friends.
It was interesting for me to see the proximity of this lovely neighborhood so close to the Big City. Thanks for website.
Added: June 2, 2017
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Dave O'halloran
From: Boston
E-mail: Dwoh05@gmail.com
Just to remember on Memorial Day...
Patty McCormick and Louie Willet(moh) and others lost in vn.
Added: May 28, 2017
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margaret falcone
From: bayswater new york
E-mail: maggiefalc1228@aol.com
Does anyone remember a German bakery on 107th st and Jamaica ave around the 1930's and 1940's.
My grandparents owned it and also a bar on Jamaica ave. The bakery was SCHMITTS.
Added: May 25, 2017
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joann keane
From: east islip
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just read your comment about your dad owning carlos pizza.
my dad worked next door at the real estate. his name was lou. they were friends. I spent many days after school there.
best pizza in town. unfortunately dad passed away in 1987. miss Richmond Hill.
Added: May 20, 2017
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Steve Nostramo
From: 102nd St
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Moved to Richmond Hill in 3rd grade across from PS66 few years later moved to 102 St and 90 Ave.
Great time, 1960s to late 1970s.
Added: May 18, 2017
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: fuzzytail5895@msn.com
Does anyone remember a store on Jamaica Ave that sold Christmas decorations and lights? Name was "Shiny Bright"... a small store, run by an old lady.
Just wondering what year it shut down. Any one have info, please post, THANKS.
Added: May 11, 2017
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Robert Sidden
From: Saratoga, NY
E-mail: kala123@verizon.net
Does anyone remember, "Jahns's Ice Cream Parlor Special?"
If you brought you birth certificate to Jahns on your Birthday, you got a free ice cream Sunday. One of my many childhood remembrances from Richmond Hill from far away and long ago.
Added: May 10, 2017
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Tina Maggio
From: Syosset, NY
E-mail: tic0l@hotmail.com
I grew up on 112th Street between Jamaica Ave and 87th Ave.
I attended and graduated from PS 90 in 1963 where I had the best teachers, especially Mr. Zimmerman, Mrs. West, and Mrs. Wilson. RHHS was such a great school and so much fun.
Back then, it was great to go to Corde's after school and Gebhatdt's on Saturday after waking to the delicious aroma of the bakery. My dad owned Carlo' s Pizza on Lefferts Blvd and Liberty Ave and we would take the bus there every Friday to spend time with dad.
There were so many great places to go to in Richmond Hill... Jahns, the Richmond Hill Inn, Triangle Hofbrau, and we'd take the el to Jamaica for the great shopping. It was a very special place to grow up indeed.
Added: May 8, 2017
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michael devries
From: Sonora, CA
E-mail: michaelbookmaster@gmail.com
I am a motorcycle enthusiast who would like to know were the Cycle Gear store was located back in 1973.
I would also like to know what happened to Karl's Motors, a BSA and Yamaha dealership from that same period.
Added: May 8, 2017
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Pam Miller
From: Tucson, Arizona
E-mail:
Hello!
So much fun finding this website and reading everyone's entries. My family lived in Richmond Hill near Jamaica Hospital and Van Wyck Expressway area. I remember always going to Van Wyck Lanes, The Roller Rink, and Jahns! Great Memories!
Added: May 6, 2017
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach Fla.
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, I am going to try this one again, does any one remember a Vegas Night with number of wheels of fortune depending where your wheel stopped was your prize or nothing some of the wheels you picked numbers 1-40 or so others had prizes or zero.
My mom and I walked out with about $100 dollars in prizes, Father Shine kidded with us that this was a "Charity event" LOL.
I am still wondering if any one knows or remembers Nancy Hecht, Billy Haas, Harold Meyer, Judy Meyer, Henry or Doris Mueller, Ronny Saxon, John Farone, or Pat Mugavero.
Looking For members of the Gendron family or the Shields family. Take Care Be Well. Ken Ball
Added: May 4, 2017
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Steven Starr
From: Virginia Beach, VA
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I grew up in Glendale and have great memories of Forest Park!
Appreciate this website and all the shared memories.
Added: April 22, 2017
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: fuzzytail5895@msn.com
Hi, Does anyone know what ever happened to Steve from Steve's Pizza that was on 111 Street and Jamaica Avenue?
Only thing I remember was that there was a hand written sign on the door saying "Sorry, Closed Will Re Open Soon."
That was the end of Steve's. I loved his pizza! Did he open in another area? Got out of the business?
If anyone knows, please post. Thanks!
Added: April 15, 2017
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Tom Maund
From: Brevard, North Carolina
E-mail: tombren@comporium.net
I'm a real old Geezer. I just had my 89th B'day.
I lived on 87th Ave, between 102nd and 104th St. I went to HCJ, RHHS, and I worked at Jahns 1946.
I went to sea at 17. I played baseball and basketball for HCJ with my brother Terry and just about everything else. The Shelton, Harvey's, Glenn's, Marshalls, Triangle. and points NESW.
Anybody remember us, drop a line.
Added: April 14, 2017
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Vincent Godino
From: Howard Beach, N.Y.
E-mail: vindino53@yahoo.com
Sue (Diamond) Rizzi,
If you're still trying to contact Anthony M. did you try looking to see if he's on Facebook, if so message him.
Added: April 12, 2017
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Gabriela Oliveira
From: Woodhaven, NY
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I was doing general research on the neighborhood and very happy I found your website.
So much history!
Added: April 7, 2017
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Donald Theiss
From: Middletown, RI
E-mail: jetdjt@gmail.com
I know a lot of history of Richmond Hill dating back into the 1930's.
I lived at 8437 124 st Richmond Hill. My grandfather built this house and owned much of the property in and around this area. He was born in 1865 the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated, in the locksmith house south of Van Wyck Blvd and Hillside ave.
On April 30, I will reach my 85th birthday. Some day I hope to revisit my old neighborhood and will drop in to see you all in person
Added: April 3, 2017
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Debbie Hunt
From: Woonsocket, RI
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Great memories growing up in Richmond Hill! Left for college in Boston but still consider Richmond Hill my home.
Thanks for website.
Added: April 2, 2017
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Frank Kleniewski
From: Roanoke, VA
E-mail: fungeilo25@gmail.com
I graduated from Our Lady of the Cenacle in 1967 !
With Sean Courtney, Robert Capuder, Benedict Oddo, Kathleen Meyers, and all. I was an altar boy along with Sean, who became a priest - but later resigned. I can be called at 540-597-5677 (Roanoke, Va).
I am in bad health and need some good words.
Added: March 29, 2017
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Sue (Diamond) Rizzi
From: San Jose, CA
E-mail: sue@jrizzi.com
HELP! I recently started a conversation with Anthony M. who went to school with me back in the day.
I seem to have written his email down incorrectly and can't get in touch with him any more. If you read this Anthony, please send me a note so we can keep chatting. It's really great fun.
Added: March 25, 2017
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Rene Denevan
From: California
E-mail: Denevan4@hotmail.com
My mom Anita Seisler grew up at 124-06 Hillside, in Jamaica, Queens. She graduated RHHS in 1949. She is now 84.
Looking for anyone who might remember her, I'm sure she would enjoy hearing from them. Not many in their graduating class left, I imagine. Feel free to email me! Thanks and take care!
Added: March 23, 2017
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows
E-mail: fuzzytail5895@msn.com
Hey, got a question...
Connie's Restaurant on 108 street and Jamaica Avenue, years ago, did they ever open another restaurant in different neighborhood? I was thinking about their fried baked ziti and wondered if they opened in another area. If anyone has news, please post. Thanks
Added: March 21, 2017
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Jim "Zak" Szakmary
From: Brookhaven, NY
E-mail: vietnam68@optimum.net
Always looking for new information on the Battle of Long Island.
I live near the Nathanial Woodhull gravesite.
Added: March 20, 2017
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Donna Montague
From: South Ozone Park, New York
E-mail:
Thanks for the Website!
Added: March 19, 2017
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Robert Boasi
From: Greenville S.C.
E-mail: Rboasi1226@aol.com
Lived in Richmond Hill on 107 Ave between 115 st and 116 st. Went to O.L.P.H. the years were from Dec 1962 until April 1988.
My childhood was great from growing up there.
Added: March 19, 2017
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WILLIAM DEYORRA
From: Florida
E-mail: WDEYORRA@aol.com
John Cowan
Read your comments on Shea's Candy Store. I am Billy Shea. I hung out with your brother. Good Memories from that era.
Added: March 13, 2017
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Theresa Dillon (Keeshan)
From: Wading River NY
E-mail: tdil619@yahoo.com
Just found this website. I lived in Richmond Hill from 1961-1972.
I lived on 129th Street between 107th and 109th Avenue. I attended St Teresa of Avila. I would love to hear from all of my old class mates. I was in in the same grade as Katerinka Nalywajako, Debra Diaz, Nancy Lamberson, Bunny Wolf, Barbara Holland, Frances Ferger, Helen Werber to name a few.
Loved those days growing up in R.H. Walking down Liberty Avenue going to Uncle Jack's to buy a toy, or the record shop to buy the latest 45. My mother shopped at Tunics department store and Mayfair all the time. I was also a baton twirler for the Red Tops. Those parades are so vivid in my mind, marching down Liberty Avenue. And How can I forget the Lefferts theater or sometimes we went to the Casino theater under the El. But we always stopped at the penny candy store first!
Those were the days when kids knew how to play! Let's face it we played in the street with everyone who lived on the block. Little kids to teenagers all got to participate in a game of ringalivio, or jump rope, or hopscotch. Those were the days. Wouldn't trade those memories for anything! We had nothing in terms of material things, but we had fun, and learned values, and respect of elders, priests, nuns, and police. Best childhood ever!!!!
Added: March 13, 2017
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Dominick J. Fontana
From: So. Richmond Hill, NY 11419
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My parents bought the house in Richmond Hill in 1953 for $11,000 and that's where my brothers and I grew up.
We still have the house. We went to Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Catholic Elementary School. I'm having an OLPH Reunion this May 6th! They call the neighborhood South Richmond Hill now.
They opened Aqueduct Race Track in 1959 and the Resorts World International Casino in 2011. Of the 5 boroughs, Brooklyn has the most people, but Queens is the largest in land area. I'm glad I found this site. It will rekindle a lot of memories.
Added: March 9, 2017
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John Cowan
From: NC
E-mail:
John Mulroney,
I went to PS100 in 1964 to 1966. My teachers were Miss Jano and Mrs Kramer, then onto JHS 202.
Added: March 8, 2017
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Carbone
From: Richmod Hill
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I'm a young man and my family actually owned the Rainbow bar.
Can anyone give me any info or stories they can share with me or maybe stories about the owners or workers? Thanks
Added: March 8, 2017
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Maureen Sugden Egan
From: Atlanta, Ga
E-mail: Maureenegan@bellsouth.net
Just really appreciate all that you do to keep our home town history alive.
As a family genealogist (Nono-professional) and history buff I feel as if I understand the hours it takes to research but also the satisfaction. I am on a recent quest to find out which corner of Atlantic Ave and Van Wyck Blvd the Camp Curtis Noyes trading camp for the War of Rebellion was located on.
I believe I have exhausted all on line info and will go to the library when I visit New York but wondered if anyone had information on this part of our history. Thank you
Added: March 7, 2017
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Tony Sciara
From: Fort Lauderdale, FL
E-mail: sabalpalm357@aol.com
You can take the kid out of Richmond Hill, but... well, you know the rest.
Been gone almost 40 years but to this day, my best of times occurred in Richmond Hill. Growing up in the 1970's in a care free sense of being was wonderful. Not a day goes by where I think about someone or something from Richmond Hill. Loved my Red 1969 Chevelle cruisin' the streets. Anyone out there, hit me back. Peace
Added: March 2, 2017
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Margie Monsanto
From: Currently in Atlanta, GA
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Stumbled on this site quite by accident and enjoyed reading everyone's memories of Richmond Hill.
It broke my heart to read a comment from 2006 where Annemarie asked about Lenny Tusa. I learned this very afternoon that Lenny passed away this week. He was part of the gang from 121st Street & 101st Ave where I lived. Gone too soon.
Added: March 1, 2017
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Marilyn Mayer
From: Richmond Hill
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I'm hoping this isn't too late, but Holy Child Jesus is having their Centennial Celebration for all alumni September 16, 2017 from 3 PM - Midnight. If anyone's interested, please use the link bellow to submit your info by choosing alumni immediately at hcjcany.org
Invitations are going out and time is of the essence for replies since many are expected. 3-4 PM is registration and a Memorial Garden dedication. 5 P.M. is the Alumni Mass, Concelebrated by past and current Clergy. 6 PM - Midnight is dinner, music, beer, wine in the school, auditorium and the schoolyard.
I attended the 2010 reunion and reconnected with so many, everyone having a great time. I hope anyone interested will come back to enjoy what will be a wonderful day and night!
Added: February 25, 2017
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail: JonnNightwatcher@hotmail.com
JOHN COWAN
I went to PS 100 from 58-62. Teachers: Mrs. McManus, Mrs. Weisbart, Mrs. Morse, Mrs. FitzSimmons (first, second, third fourth grades)
Added: February 24, 2017
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Edward Sebald
From: East Meadow, NY
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Went to SBJL from 1965 to 1970. Lived on 116th street and 95th ave.
I know there are some of you out there that use to egg Grannies candy store on 95th avenue and also played buck johnny on a pony by the garages!!!
Added: February 20, 2017
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Helen Day
From: Richmond Hill, New York
E-mail: hday525@aol.com
Richmond Hill Historical Society President Ivan Mrakovcic, Vice President Helen Day and board member Joanne Tanzi attended the Historic Districts Council, 2017 Six to Celebrate Launch Party on Feb 15, 2017, near Gramercy Park.
Richmond Hill was selected in 2016 and we came to cheer on the 2017 groups: Chelsea, Manhattan; Corona-East Elmhurst, Queens; Hart Island, The Bronx; Mott Haven, The Bronx; Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn & West Harlem, Manhattan.
Added: February 16, 2017
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Bill Cosentini
From: 11768
E-mail: patriciavanco@aol.com
Goodwins ladies store, my first job in 1963.
I would like to find Cathy, she worked on the third floor. Anyone who worked their or knew her Please contact me.
Added: February 13, 2017
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John Cowan
From: N.C.
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Wonderful stories to see,
I grew up on Liberty Ave and 116 st went PS 100 and JHS 202, we had great times playing stickball on 107 Ave, football on the side streets, stoopball, going to the Rockaways on trains that cost 15 cents, and hanging out at Shea's candy store.
I wouldn't change a thing growing up.
Added: February 11, 2017
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Edward Fox
From: Nassau County
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Lived in Richmond Hill on 102 Street near Park
Added: February 11, 2017
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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com
Noticed several posts about Gebhardt's Bakery, a favorite in our family.
I found a blog, Heather Likes Food, and there's a recipe German Crumb Cake that is very similar to Gebhard's. It is so delicious and tastes even better the next day!
Added: February 5, 2017
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Celeste
From: Middlesex County NJ
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Lived on 113th Street between 101st Ave and 95th Ave in Richmond Hill from 1955 to 1972.
Went to PS 62 and then PS 108 and then Richmond Hill HS. Really enjoy reading the posts. Great memories.
Added: February 3, 2017
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Natalie Kelly
From: ForeverCurious.org
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Hi, We are a group of librarians and educators who are curating and creating the best educational resources for kids on the web. Our next piece is a series of lesson plans using genealogy as a way to teach students about history. In doing research for this project, I came across your site.
Thanks for your resources. :isted are several others that might be helpful:
Top 100 Genealogy Sites
http://www.genealogyintime.com/articles/top-100-genealogy-websites-of-2015-page01.html
Resources for Military Records
http://www.findmypast.com/articles/anzac-day-stories/resources-search-military-records
A Beginner's Guide to Building a Family Tree Online
https://www.retailmenot.com/blog/how-to-start-your-family-tree-online.html
Military Indexes
http://www.militaryindexes.com/
Added: February 3, 2017
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Eddie Foster
From: St. Petersburg, Fl.
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Happy New Year!
Great to be back visiting the old neighborhood!
Added: January 30, 2017
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Dan Russell
From: Charlotte, NC
E-mail: gdrunner@yahoo.com
Hello everyone, I lived in Woodhaven from 1968-1979 and attended P.S. 60 through the 5th grade.
My family moved away to Bergen County, NJ where I started the 6th grade. Does anyone have a copy of the P.S. 60 yearbook from 1980 which is the year I would have graduated? I only have fond memories of growing up on 96th Street and Jamaica Avenue.
My closest friends in the neighborhood were Steven Braun, Frank Dagostino, and David Laino. I hope everyone is doing well.
Added: January 26, 2017
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john trainor
From: suffolk county
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Always in my memories, a great place to be young.
Added: January 26, 2017
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Sue (Diamond) Rizzi
From: San Jose CA
E-mail: sue@jrizzi.com
Last May I posted a comment about Davies candy store. Two people replied to me and one (I think) was in my class at Holy Child. Great fun to look at the comments. Must remember to do it more often.
I remember Gebhardt's - especially for rolls on Sunday after church. There was also a great bakery just the other side of Woodhnave Blvd. on Jamaica Ave. No great German bakeries here in CA and no terrific bagels either! But you can't fault the weather!
Added: January 17, 2017
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George Farrell
From: Missouri
E-mail: Mcy2@aol.com
Just saw Richie Massey's posting from last month and it sent me back forty/fifty years ago to the unforgettable Mickey's Jerome Tavern. Many a good man and many a good memory came flooding back.
Truly a neighborhood institution in its heyday.
Added: January 15, 2017
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Karen Mulligan
From: Brooklyn, NY
E-mail: nysharks30@yahoo.com
Doing some family history research. My great grandparents lived in the Glendale neighborhood of Queens.
My father's great uncle, Charlie Mulligan, owned a bar called Mulligan's on Myrtle Ave, I believe in the lower 60's of streets.
It may have existed around 1940/1950. If anyone knows what the address was or even has pictures, please email me!
Added: January 13, 2017
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Gunther Kuehn
From: walled lake, mi.
E-mail: kuehnd@comcast.net
i lived in Richmond Hill from 1958 to 1969. went to Richmond Hill HS. from 1960 to 1964.
so many wonderful memories of living there. going to Jahn's for ice cream. the RKO Keith's for a 30 cent movie. later on going to the Triangle Hofbrau for a great meal with great company and beer. wish i could go back in time snd be ther right now. so much more to say for next time. anyone who might remember me, please send me an e-mail.
Added: January 9, 2017
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Todd Brannigan
From: Long Island, NY
E-mail: pba4life@optonline.net
Happy New Year to all Richmond Hill present and past residents.
I have very fond memories growing up in this great neighborhood as ours. Reading past comments and for you that remember Gebhard's Bakery on Jamaica Avenue and 111th Street, I've stumbled upon a place that claims to make both the famous Gebhard's Crumbcake and Butter Ring Cake from Richmond Hill. Unbeleivable right? I plan on trying them. Have a wonderful 2017 to all.
Added: January 6, 2017
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Andrew Wubbenhorst
From: Kinnelon, NJ
E-mail: wubstreet@gmail.com
Both of my parents went to Richmond Hill High School in the 1940s.
My Mom was engaged to a guy named Robert who was killed in the Battle of the Bulge in 1944 or 1945. He acted with her in some of the plays, probably in 1943 or 1944. Is there a list of WWII casualties that went to RHHS?
My mother was Elizabeth Schnoor and my father was John Wubbenhorst, and they met after the war. My Dad served in the Merchant Marines. I'm trying to find out about Robert, who I think served in the army and was KIA.
Thanks for any help.
Added: January 3, 2017
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Alice Preston
From: Bay Ridge, Bklyn
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Happy New Year! Thanks for sharing all your memories, stories, and information.
I enjoy learning about the history of New York and its many neighborhoods.
Added: January 2, 2017
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Linda (Trick) Fleury
From: Boca Raton, FL
E-mail: lindafleury26@yahoo.com
Karen Fasano,
That candy store was Karps! They also served food but had the best chocolate!
In Boca Raton we have Hoffman's Chocolates that is very similar but overpriced.
Added: January 1, 2017
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Wishing all our members, friends, and guests a Happy and Healthy New Year !
Added: January 1, 2017


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