04-16-12 - Debra
City Now: I am living near Savannah GA
I was born in Elmira
and given up for adoption by a woman named Kay Ellen Murray.
I was posting on adoption sites and was wondering if anyone
on here might have heard of her... she supposedly worked at
a local drug store.. Terbell-Colkins Drug Store... she was
born in 1925 and gave me up when she was 21 years old.. I
was adopted by the Hoffman's and my name was Sharon (Murray)Hoffman.
I was born in 1945. I have been trying to locate any siblings
or family members I could. I haven't had any luck yet. Due
to the flood (1946) there, I was not able to obtain any records
- they were all destroyed. If anyone can help me with any
information, please send me an e-mail.
04-12-12 - Gregory
Wixson, Elmira - email@example.com
Subject: willing to help with the Parks
Hello my name is
Greg and I am a part of a group of youth leaders, pastors,
and parents that are trying to give back to the community.
We are planning an event on May 4 and 5th. on May 5 we are
trying to help the community with any projects they may have.
We have talked with Able 2, tanglewood and nursing homes.
If there are project that we could help with that would be
great. There could be 75 to 150 teens working in Chemung County
that day. We are able to do work mid-day 11 to 2 pm if you
have need of us please let me know so I can have work for
the teens. There is no cost to you. If you want them to paint
or do other projects the materials do come from you. We can
bring some tools i.e. rakes shovels. Greg
04-04-12 - Stephanie,
SHS 1990s - Teenizzle@yahoo.com
City Now: Palm Bay FL
I know it wasn't
exactly the good ol' days but does anyone remember the mural
that was painted on the entire side wall of the building as
you crossed the Main Street Bridge? I remember looking at
it every day as a kid in the 80s and early 90s. It was on
the corner bldg of Main Street Bridge and Water Street. It
was vandalized when I was younger and painted over. (Paintball
gun i think) I wouild like to see this mural again but cannot
find it. Please email me with any hints. Thanks!!
03-15-11 - Bill
SUBJECT: the Main and Water Home Page
This page has been
around awhile - literally since the late 90s when I was setting
up a website for the Southside High School Class of 58. For
the past several years, I had to take it down because of the
amount of spam it was generating to my servers. But hopefully
I now have it back on line and the spammers have been corraled
This was a very
popular site, as you can see from the comments below. And
not just for the SHS Class of 58. Elmirans and former Elmirans
signed in and just about overnight it was a popular place
to congregate online.
With the creation
of the new site, ElmiraCountry.com,
I am reviving this page as our Guest Book page or for just
about anything anyone wants to use it. I hope you'll sign
in and let us know what's going on with you wherever you may
be. And don't let's be strangers. Let us hear from you today.
In the meantime
- let's all meet at the corner of Main & Water like we
used to back in the good old days. It was kind of like an
outdoor Duffy's Tavern for those of you who go back as far
as I do.
Bill Cook, the
webguy at ElmiraCountry.com (and other sites)
11-07-08 - Mary
SUBJECT: the new look on the web site
First, I would
like to echo Judy Bumbalo and thank once again the organizers
for our 50th (gulp) reunion. You did a great job.
Bill, the new look
on the home page is very
appealing. Thank you.
I have survived
halloween in Salem, MA once again. It is hard to get around
the whole month of October, but it does bring money into the
11-04-08 - Jean
Bob Dyke passed
away on Monday, Nov. 3rd, in Honolulu HI. He was a Viet Nam
Vet and was wounded twice. He retired from US Army in 1977
and remained in Hawaii and worked for many years at Schofield
Base. He married Kyung Soon (Jane) in 1975.
We have no more
close relatives in Elmira but he always called it home. His
last trip to Elmira was in 2003 when his mother was taken
critically ill. We spent many days riding around our old home
town and reminiscing. He had so many friends there during
school days but he quit school to go into Army. I can only
really remember a few of them Sammy Spallone, Bob Woods, and
Carlos Mejia were the ones I remember most. Just wanted to
put this in here for all to see.
10-04-08 - Judy
SUBJECT: Reunion Class of 58
Just a quick note
to thank the reunion committee for all they did to make our
50th so much fun. Your work was evident and it was worth every
penny of my plane ticket!
Thanks also to
Bill Cook for all his work as Webmaster....the site is a joy
to visit. Greetings to all from my retirement home in Boston.
04-03-08 - William
Simons - firstname.lastname@example.org
This website is
great! I'm Bill Simons, Class of 68 looking for ole classmates!
I'm hoping we are having a reunion. Anyone have any info?
I live in Peoria, AZ now and last summer came back to Elmira
for vacation. It's so beautiful in the summer! The Merry-Go-Round
at Eldridge Park has been professionally rebuilt, is working
and a lot of fun to ride! Sure was great seeing our home town
12-23-07 - Dee
Cain Gribbon - email@example.com
What a wonderful
surprise to find this site. I am Dorina Cain Gribbon, Class
of 59. My brother, James Cain, would have graduated in 58
but joined the Air Force instead. John Gribbon, class of '58,
and I married in 1960, had 4 children, divorced in'79. As
you know, John crossed over, Jim crossed over in 2006 from
Hope everyone has
a wonderful and safe Christmas and the very best new year.
Vedder - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: From previous emails
High School: SHS 58
City Now: Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico
You know, trying
to find out where everybody ended up was not so hard with
our site. Of all the classes of SHS, we got ourselves a web
site. Perfecto! Thanks to all who participated in this project.
Please write. I miss you all. Buena suerta.
05-07 Bill Nagle
Right from this
1) End of the war
with Japan, the crowds downtown.
2) The circus parades to Dunn Field with the clowns and elephants
and one year; Gargantua the Gorilla.
3) High School pre game Shenanigans and bonfires
4)Movies at Keeney, Regent, Capitol, Strand theatres with
Hot dogs from M&M. Double features as "children sitters".
5)Swinging shopping from Elmira Arms, Iszards, Gorton Coy,
Marksons, Werdenbergs,with Popcorn at the corner wagon now
(on display now). The Langdon Estate and the Churches, Trinity,
St Patricks. Park, Grace, and the Big Bands at the Armory.
7) Then a mile West to the Hoffman Street area, with ice skating
and bonfires on Hoffman Pond or ice skating and ice cream
socials at #11 School at Church and Hoffman.
8) So Much more! Later
F. Goodrich - email@example.com
HeardOfUs: from Dee Mallette Fitzgerald
High School: EFA 52
City Now: Seligman AZ
Rating: Absolutely GREAT
WOW!!!!! You did
I am still entering areas and looking back on our fabulous
life in Elmira. We set some records and had a super time doing
it. Looking forward to more--and we will be in town for our
55th in October of 2007.
With love 'n hugs to all
AZ Art: retired Navy/retired San Diego Zookeeper. Sittin'
on my "laurels" hahaha
Roykouff - Roykouff@twcny.rr.com
High School: Dickerson 89
City Now: Trumansburg, NY 14886
Rating: Absolutely GREAT
I never grew up
in Elmira, NY only I do have many memories of Elmira and even
Eldridge Park because
my family would go over there just about other weekend. In
fact we still do. It was just a little bit ago that I got
to revisit Eldridge Park and it made me kinda sad. How come?
Because so much has changed. None of the rides are there anymore
since it closed down. There's a couple of buildings that are
still up which makes me wonder if one was the Penny Arcade
or Movie Theater.
I only had three
memories that really came back to me that day when I walked
through the park. One when I got to the lake I remembered
riding Jasper the SeaDragon boat and leaning over the side
to see my reflection in the water only my Big Brother told
me not to lean over too much or I could fall in and he'd never
be able to rescue me because it was suppose to be a bottemless
lake. So I got right back in my seat.
Another vivid memory
of mine and this must be from the 70's, I remember watching
the Banana Splits show on one of the stages. It's funny too
because I was a huge fan of Sid and Marty Kroft and even tho
I know it's fake now, it made the show seem so real to me
then. I wish I had a picture of The Banana Splits from Eldridge
Park. I wonder if anybody else remembers them performing there?
I also remember riding the Merry Go Around and trying to reach
the brass ring for a free ride, but being too small to grab
it only I sure try hard! I also have memories of going to
I remember going
to Comics for Collectors on MainStreet which had to be the
late 80's only shortly after they closed in that area. I also
remember being able to get a lot of great toys from Hessleton's
only now they stopped selling them. The main reason why I'm
sending this is because I read all the great memories of Elmira
and I know I'm not the only one who wants this to happen,
but I watch Extreme Home Make Over every Sunday and
I really wish somebody would tell them about old Elmira and
Eldridge Park. I bet if Elmira came together as a community
they'd be able to get Extreme Home Make Over to build a fully
functioning Eldridge Park the way it used to be and maybe
even bring back old Elmira. I really hope somebody does write
in, because you don't know until you try and it'd be great
to go to Eldridge Park again.
One last thing
before I end this message, I think this is the best website
about Elmira, NY I ever saw! It's got better history in it
then the history books at the local book store! I hope you
keep up the great work and I'll be back again!
Park IS coming back - please
Lovell Millen - F_Millen@msn.com
HeardOfUs: my cousin in Conklin NY
I was born in
Elmira at Arnot -Ogden Hospital 7/27/41 and am looking for
Lovell's Drug Store. Now I will start looking. Hope it's here!!!
(Spencer) Sampson - firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Looking for Class of 66
I never hear about
anyone from the class of 66. I have emailed Margie Peterson
& Gail Fuller. Since graduation I have gotten married
and have moved back and forth across the country with my husband's
(Rich) job. We have two kids Nancy (Brooklyn NY) and Greg
(Dallas,TX). Rich and I now live in Huntersville, NC and we
own and run a Custom Frame Shop, (The Great Frame Up) I would
love to hear from anyone from the class of 66.
Dyke Kinney - email@example.com
High School: SHS 58
City Now: Danielsville GA 30633
I would have graduated in 1958 but quit.. (dumb). Did go back
to school tho much later. Have very fond memories of SHS,
and Elmira. Spent a year back in Elmira 3 years ago caring
for my Mother but couldn't handle the cold and snow anymore
(I spent 35 years in Miami before moving to GA) Brought my
Mother here to live with me she is now 84. We have 5 generations
twice in our family and one more on the way in September.
I remember very
happy times at Eldridge Park and do any of you remember the
dances on Fri. and Sat. at the Y? Too bad they don't do things
like that for kids anymore. My brother Bob Dyke(Sonny) lives
in Honolulu Hi and was home for a month when our Mother got
sick and he and I did nothing for a week but just ride around
and remember. We hadn't seen one another in 15 years so I
guess good things come from bad. Would really love you hear
from some of my old friends and anyone who remembers my brother.
He is pretty much house bound and would be really be glad
to hear from old friends. Again this is such a GREAT SITE.
Am only sorry it took me so long to find it.
Presto - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: just exploring
High School: SHS 66
City Now: Lawrenceville PA
It is wonderful
to go down Memory Lane. Wish we had more about Hopkins
Street School. Thanks - Cindy.
B Brown, III - JohnBBrownIII@aol.com
HeardOfUs: My sister, who graduated from SHS in 1967,
told about it this morning, and I've been reading it for three
High School: SHS64
City Now: Boynton Beach FL
Man, what a walk
down memory lane!!! Great site!!!
G Dyke - email@example.com
HeardOfUs: Web Surfing
High School: SHS 58 (Quit Junior Year)
City Now: Honolulu HI
You've got the
ratings correct. Wish I had found you a long time ago. Just
now beginning to read some of the articles. Don't understand
why I'm not in the Junior Home Room pictures. Do you have
Sophomore pic's? Keep up the good work.
It was so nice
to stumble upon this site. I ended up in Long Island because
I followed my Elmira College sweetheart to his home. Visiting
the site has made me cry. Everyday I long for the life I had
in Elmira. The people are so much nicer upstate.
The most heart
breaking thing about Elmira is what is once was. My husband
drives through during the holidays and thinks that I grew
up in some kind of slum. Anyway, thank you for reminding of
some of the great places I knew as a child.
If anyone remembers
The American Hotel on 3rd. St. near Totem Taxi, behind McDonald's;
my great-uncle Irving Treat passed away 3 months ago and the
Hotel (in terrible disrepair) ended up with his wife's family.
I had hoped it could get registered as a historical place.
It will probably get a wrecking ball instead. My grand father
is in poor health and gave it up pretty easily. My great-grandmother
was Mary Mead the original owner.
Ellen Dalton - firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Mr. Richard Havens
Does anyone have
an email address or mailing address for Mr. Havens, our former
English teacher at Southside? I would love to get in contact
Slavin Fivie - email@example.com
My Dad Joseph A.
Slavin who was a patrolman on the Elmira Police Force was
probably the one who helped you cross Main & Water Street
on many of a busy Friday Night or Saturday while you were
doing your shopping. He stood on that corner many weekends
no matter what the weather to direct traffic and help people
across the street. Those were the good old days when we could
have lunch a the Iszard Tea Room or a burger and shake at
Woolworth's lunch counter.
(Williams) Seyter, SHS58 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Lakeland FL
In case anyone
ever wanted to know what happened to Judy Williams Seyter.
I married a wonderful man. Walter Seyter graduated from the
Elmira Free Academy in 1955 We were married October 27, 1962.
We were blessed with 2 daughters and one son. All of our children
have married and we now have 5 grandchildren and one baby
being adopted from China. We are very excited and hope to
hear sometime after the first of the year.
I drove School
Bus for Horseheads Central District for 25 wonderful years.
It was a dream job. 8 hours a day with some of the most precious
aggravating smart and cunning kids around. I love them all
each and every one. Could never have imagined a more enjoyable
aggravating precious job in the world. Really hope my classmates
have had the wonderful years of raising a great family and
having a job they really liked.
It was nothing
but a blessing.
(Bowman) Birdsall, SHS71 - email@example.com
I love this site.
I am looking to find old friends from my class and see when
the next reunion will be. I live in Colorado now and love
Kittle McGee, SHS61 - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: long time user
City Now: Seneca SC
at the obits in the Star Gazette, I saw that Bruce
Silvers died. Was this the Bruce of the class of 58? I presume
so; He was a great guy; dated my friend, Pat Dean's, sister
Sandy. Time is fleeting; we must make the best use of it.
Web site is extra special.
Payne, SHS83 - email@example.com
City Now: Alpin
I think its wonderfull
and d Ihope to hear from some of you.
(Larry) Straw, SHS55 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone have
information about the Class of 1955, and if a reunion is planned?
Note: Yes, check Reunion
Central Station at this website.
Brown Griffith, SHS64 - email@example.com
HeardOfUs: search engine
City Now:: South Lake Tahoe CA
This brought back
so many memories of my hometown. I lived on Broadway and went
St. Mary's. I love it when I come home to visit.
You are doing a
fab job!! Thanks so much.
Dalton, SHS88 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Las Vegas, NV
Would love to hear
from anyone from the class of 1988....or other classes who
may know me.
Does anyone have
photos from Hardy Elementary? It was torn down in 1983 (corner
of Perine and Dubois St).
Johnson Spencer, SHS47 - RSpenc803@aol.com
HeardOfUs: From Betty Mosher--SHS47
City Now: Cayce, S.C. 29033
I really enjoyed
it and I think it is very well done. It brought back a lot
of memories, especially about Pitt's
Morrell, HHS57 - email@example.com
City Now: winter - Melbourne FL and summer - Endicott
Great, great information.
I can never thank you enough. MY favorite teacher at HHS was
Mrs Sheppard.. who just died last year.. both my parents were
Southside grads.. James Morrell (SR) in about 1937 and Oralie
Hollenbeck in about 1935 (may not have finished.. with her
class.. she got side tracked.. got GED later.. smile
those of you that went to UB.. I probably remember.. I was
there in engineering from '57 to '62.. then in Endicott IBM
for 30 years.. nuff said..
(Watkins) Hicks, SHS65 - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: my daughter accidentally found it and called
to give it to me.
City Now: Zephyrhills FL
Rating: Absolutely GREAT
I was really nostalgic,
remembering all of the places I grew up with, so much a part
of my life. Thank you so much for the memories.
Osteen - Lenore910@aol.com
Subject: Main and Water
I remember going
with my uncle, Frank Scheid, who also was a SHS student and
football co-captain.We would catch the bus home after going
to the Capital on Friday or Sat. evening. Also remember the
Light and Gas and the beautiful building that housed it, plus
Cronin's where you could get scrumptious oyster stew. Ah!
The good old days.
(Salvatorie) Tangorre - Salvatorie@yahoo.com
Subject: Where it started
I remember way
back when I was a young energetic man looking to find myself,
but was looking nowhere fast. Interested in photography, but
everyone knew me as an electrician. Why? I guess that's what
I did back then. Tommy Hilfiger had just opened his shop and
sold clothes, too, at the corner of Gray and Main Streets
downstairs. A short time later he moved up to the main level
and I was asked to do the electrical and lighting. For those
of you who came to the "People's Place" and remember
the funky lighting - that was mine. Four giant stars in the
ceiling made from fluorescent lighting.
Some will tell
you that this was the inspiration for Tommy to select the
Flag (American) as his logo. I would like to think so, and
Tommy has made mention on it on more than one occasion.
Well, I actually
went on to become an Electrical Engineer and I specialized
in Lighting Design. I think that you are sure to have seen
some of my work or have passed through it if you have traveled
at all in this country.
I left that profession
after several years to follow my passion in photography. I
love it, including the peaks and valleys of work as a professional
photographer. I'm not going to bore your with my work
here. I found that no matter where I go and what I do, I am
reminded that there is no place like Elmira. I have been all
over the world and have shot some of the most famous people
here in the US, but Elmira brings me back to reality like
a first love or maybe two. Let's see, there was Linda, Irene,
Wendy, Rita, Andrea, Irene (another one), Donna, Jeannie,
Sara and a few more. What's interesting is the common element
between them and Elmira.They were from Elmira and I have never
found anything better then Elmira.
Elmira, if you
were a woman, I'd marry you! Yes, I stole that line from the
Did I rattle on
in this letter. Yes. Why? Because I came back to Elmira for
the summer to help my Dad out, and I feel free. Free from
stress, free from angry people and free to breathe.
And to think, it
all started on or near Main and Water Street in the Sixties.
"Bootie" (Tarbell) Elbert - email@example.com
Subject: Thanks for the Memories!
What a great web
site! I was the first of four Tarbells to attend SHS. My class
was the class of 1955. Looking forward to our next reunion.
As I was browsing
the web for a high school teacher's name and family, I discovered
your web site. My favorite teacher - Elsa Brookfield. My favorite
job - working at Iszard's.
My husband, children
and I have returned to Elmira many times for my Elmira College
reunions and family reunions. You have helped me to recall
many happy memories. I have worked in nursing for many years
and have lived in Connecticut for 36 years.
E. Smith - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: Elmira Star Gazette web site
City Now: Oaktown IN
Our family moved
from Elmira in 1953 and I graduated from high school in Carrollton,
KY; but I had attended SHS for most of my high school years
and would have been a member of the SHS class of '54.
One of the best
sites I've seen. Thanks for the great Elmira memories!
06-03-04 Mary Costello - email@example.com
I want to thank
Mary-Jo for a wonderful bit of history. My dad, Ray Costello,
attended the new SHS in 1924 for a post-graduate year after
graduating from EFA. He went to SHS for a year because his
father had gone out on strike with his men on the Pennsy Railroad.
At that time Dad could have had a free ride to the U of Pennsylvania
because his father worked on the railroad. The strike ended
that dream, which was a shame because my father was a bright
man and would have relished the education.
& Nancy (Hurd) Marks - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: e-mail from a classmate
School: Elmira SHS65.
City Now: Pine City N. Y.
Rating: Absolutely GREAT
What a great site!
It surely brings back memories of great times and places.
Lou Schmeiske - DDR842ET1@wmconnect.com
School: EFA 1957
Rating: Absolutely GREAT
though I was from the Eastside I have fond memories of the
Southside. I worked there and had a lot of friends from there.
It was a very good school and I always enjoyed the annual
football game. Times changed tho, it is not the same. Must
be getting older. NAAAHHH.
John Corney - email@example.com
one hot day when Steve Roe, his beagle and yours truly walked
through 'Main & Water' from the Elmira Police Station
...in our hunting clothes, hip boots and shotguns on our shoulders.
story line ... Donnie McIntosh shot a cat near the Roricks
Glen island where we all were hunting one day. Kind of riled
up the neighbors that lived along the Chemung and they called
the police. Steve and I crossed the rapids toward the Glen
to 'evade' the police who had been called. Anyway, there were
police on that side of the river, too, and we got a ride to
the police station.
Captain (Steve's neighbor) asked us if we shot a cat? Nooooo!
OK, your free to go. We asked for a ride home to the Southside
and he said ... Noooo, all the cars are on patrol (smile).
So we hoofed it, through Main and Water...on a shopping Saturday
day, with 'everybody' in Elmira 'admiring us' as we sweated
our way home...
Victor Vallet - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: Ray Lamoreaux
School: Elmira SHS 72
David Reynolds - email@example.com
School: EFA 1958
sure make my class of 1958 look like a bunch of dudes.
Mercy Farinas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Old Books
I bought a hand full of books around five or six years ago
from an old salvage yard. I was digging thru an old wooden
trunk and came across some old books that caught my attention
as I have always been fascinated with old personal memorabilia.
book has the name Fred W. Case and an address 145 West Water
St. in Elmira, New York. and the other ones belonged to Estella
Davis but have no address. The books are very old and the
hand writing is in old english lettering. (1880) Book name:
Elements of Harmony.
by any chance anyone can send me any info on these people
I would be grateful. I am going to visit New York in the near
future and will be stopping by to visit Elmira.
10-06-03 - Laurie (Huff) Drake
HeardOfUs: looking for information on M&M
Hotdogs for a school project for my son
School: Horseheads 1959
City: Hannibal N.Y. 13074
grew up Elmira Horseheads and it was great to see all the
memories I grew up with. The site is great. I'll be back to
visit it often. Thanks for the great work and time spent.
John McClain - email@example.com
School: Crown Point High School
Rating: Absolutely GREAT
continue to return to this site for inspiration. While I think
my alumni website is good (CrownPointHS.org),
I cannot capture the mistique of this site. You were my initial
inspiration and remain my optimal goal - one, I'm sure, I'll
09-11-03 Judy Scaffidi Newman
did not get to the reunion, so I was really pleased to see
the pictures on the web site. Thanks to those who contributed
pictures and to Bill for posting them.
Shirley Wildrick - firstname.lastname@example.org
School: Elmira SHS 55
City Now: Nunda, NY
Bill Boots - email@example.com
School: Lilly PA (1945)
City Now: Elsegundo, CA
web site is really great. I entered it when searching for
another site. Spent the all evening on it though I am from
another school----------thank you---
Don Harvey - firstname.lastname@example.org
would like to hear from kids from SHS62.
08-17-03 Patricia M Williams
School: Spencerport High School 1959
City Now: Port Orange, FL
Dickinson - email@example.com
HeardOfUs: Link from Eldridge
School: SHS 1969
for doing such a great job on this site! The "honor roll"
of old Elmira company names and landmarks was like a trip
in a time machine! I get to visit "The Big E" from
time to time, and I see a Star-Gazette every once in a while,
so I notice that many of the things that made Elmira such
a great place to grow up are gone now. But thanks for reminding
me about the special place my home town still has in my heart!
Hey, class of 69! Any plans for a reunion?
L. Ingersoll - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: search engine
School: St Louis Mich 1961
I've had time to look site over, I am very impressed. Especially
like the car photos. As soon as I find out how to do it, Ill
send pictures of my 57 Ford Custom 300 and my wife's 75 delta
88( a little too new for 58 though. I couldn't convince her
to find one from the 50's)
Mike George - email@example.com
School: EFA '59
Have a ball looking over the web site all the time. Sharon
Whiting, where are you? Email me if you ever read this. I
talked a bit with Nancy McConnell when she lived in Charlotte.
Miss Elmira but never seem to get back there anymore.
David B. Dailey - firstname.lastname@example.org
HeardOfUs: Found you Surfing for Dunn Field
School: 1975 Hornell, NY
City Now: Wolcott, NY
is one GREAT site for Southside High. So glad I found it.
My Mom and Dad went to Elmira Catholic School late 40 early
50s but knew a lot of people from Southside. My dad, Thomas
Paul Dailey, used to be the batboy at Dunn field in 1949.
He went by the name Paul Dailey. He would take a glove, bat
& ball to home plate before the game started and during
the 7th inn stretch. He would then hit the ball straight up
in the air and drop the bat, pick up the glove and catch it
behind his back. That must have been entertainment for the
forget to mention one of my favorite Place to drive by and
mmell the area -
Jeans Beans! I just loved that smell! Made me hungry everytime
we drove by.
Mom is Patricia Dailey But went by Pat (Patsy Moylan) and
she worked the Ice cone stand at Dunn Field all by herself.
Does anyone remember my mom and dad? Would an pictures if
anyone has any for either of them.
names in my family are Rita (Dailey) Wayne, Bernard Dailey,
who all still live in the Elmira Horseheads area. Bryan Moylan,
John (Jack) Moylan who both have passed. My mom and dad get
to Elmira at least once a month. I remember sliding down Reformitory
Hill during the winter months in the early 1960's. What times.
site, God Bless you all.
Mickey Masker - email@example.com
HeardOfUs: classmate sent me a email
School: Elmira SHS 86
City Now: Pine City/NY/14871
Kathy Kittle McGee - firstname.lastname@example.org
of my fondest memories growing up in Elmira are of Eldridge
Park where I once rode the roller coaster 13 times in a row.
Please go to The Eldridge
Park Home Page and find out what is happening. The Carousel
is being brought back. You can help this project by donating
money or by purchasing
Eldridge Park momentos. Hop on the ride, reach for the
brass ring and help to bring this wonderful carousel back
to its home.
Karen Keenan - email@example.com
Jim Keenan Photo
I received an e-mail from my son, Tom, regarding your web
site and your featured photo of my deceased husband Jim. Thank
life is filled with wonderful memories and, although I didn't
know Jim in his high school days, I have heard a lot of stories
over the years. Enjoy your reunion. What a great web page
Tom Keenan, SHS 86 TOMRVCAMP1@aol.com
- Out of the blue, I was surfing with Southside High key word
and checked out your site. Thanks for the nice picture of
my dad. It has been almost 6 years since he left us but his
memory is still with me and my family. Good luck on your upcoming
reunion. May you remember "Slim" at your next one.
Thanks again for posting his picture.
- Lisa Mattoon Gagnon, San Antonio,TX - LgagnonR@aol.com
you for the memories.....site was referred by a friend....deep
in mystical memory of childhood you have stirred the innocence
of beginning. I grew up in the Big Flats/Horseheads area in
the late 40's & early 50's. Too bad a quiet place like
this no longer exists,everything now bigger, noiser, indifferent
but not better.
Jon Vedder firstname.lastname@example.org
last time I wrote, I think I was working at Wal-Mart. Things
do change, don't they? I'm now living in Ajijic, Jalisco,
Mexico, on the north side of Laguna Chapala, about 25 miles
south of Guadalajara. Now, this is retirement!
The village is about 500 years old, with original cobblestone
streets laid by the Spanish. This is really the way to go
for an inexpensive retirement and I have nothing to do but
what I want to do.
Many Northerners and Canadians live here, about 1/3 of the
population of the Laguna- Chapala Population.
I wish I could send some pictures, but I don't have a digital
camera. Any info on the area can be obtained from http://
And yes, I still have dreams about Connie Nelson. You know,
of course, that she was my first unrequited love.
So, hasta luego, until next time.....
Barbara Tremaine Sanford - email@example.com
Subject: kidney transplant
Hi Everyone, Just a note to keep in touch and let you know that
Mark and I are doing fine--4 years after our transplant. When
Super Bowl comes around --(by the way what about our BUCS--being
season ticket holders--this has been great fun for us and all
of Tampa) --I always remember it was the next morning we were
admitted for our surgery.
I talk with Mark often and he is doing fine --working everyday
and enjoying life with his teenage son. I'm also doing fine
and still working at nursing at Moffitt Cancer Hospital.
We'll be coming home late May to Keuka Lake for the summer thus
will see you at the reunion--Mark plans on coming also. Wait
til you see how different he looks--it's wonderful--I know how
grateful he is as he always tells me when we talk--even sends
me jewels--a beautiful Emerald ring for Christmas along with
many others through out these 4 years--so if you want to have
rings on your fingers etc--give a kidney away--am just kidding
-- The real reward has been to actually see Mark gradually get
some quality of life again--it was so slow at first--we all
worried a lot--but nature takes her time and his health has
so improved. For me nothing has changed except I now have a
scar on my left side which wasn't there before--and I'm aging
as all of us are as gracefully as I can (and so dislike it).
My husband, Ed plans to attend the reunion with me this year
just to make sure I won't plan on giving any more organs away.
Seriously it has been a great journey for Mark and myself --something
that we would have had much more difficulty with if it hadn't
been for all your prayers and support. Thanks again to all of
you and to Bill who contiually keeps this web site going for
all of us to enjoy and keep in touch.
Tom Dunlavey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Just a note to let everyone know Tom Dunlavey and Margaret
Lewis Dunlavey are stll alive and well. We wish everyone well
and love to see everyone on the website - it is great.
Cal Lewis - email@example.com
Subject: the corner memories
times I waited on the corner of Main and Water for the bus
to West Elmira. I don't imagine that boys still take their
dates to the movies on buses.The first restaurant that I ever
remember going to was Gillette's on this corner back during
World War Two. As I recall our choices were the Colonial,
the Regent, the Strand, the Capitol or the Keeney theatres.
Does anyone remember the children's concerts at the Keeney?
Judy Scaffidi Newman - firstname.lastname@example.org
hope someone who keeps up on Elmira news lets us know what
was decided about the Brand Park Pool. It was an innovative
design for its day (or any day) and it would be nice if it
worked there as an assistant cashier and as a lifeguard. I
remember that Sandy Schaef and Tom Hall also worked there.
Sam Whitmoyer McCurdy - email@example.com
am looking for a traveling companion to attend the reunion.
If someone is interested in joining me for the trip flying
from Orlando, FL to Rochester, NY please contact me at my
e-mail address - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Eberly - Eberly@Verizon.net
the class of 58 site, you did a very nice job, graphics &
content, we need more people of your caliber to do this for
schools throughout the country. I
happened by your site while searching for music information
from that era and especially liked the section on 45 RPM Records
sold by month "Top Ten Tunes of the Fifties"
Eberly, Class of 59 in Pennsylvania
Albert J. Pollen
Subject: Remembering the
in Elmira, I remember the times as a walking beat cop and
my tours at Main and Water. The very heart of the city, it
is a shame that this is no more. I enjoyed the beat as it
brought me closer to the people. From the warm summer nights
to the cold Christmas winds directing traffic, it left an
impression of wonderful memories. We were brought up in a
great era in a great town with some of the best and warmest
folks in the world. Thank you Elmira.
Pat Ruvolo - ChantillyLace177@cs.com
have only recently been able to access the Class of '58 site,
and wanted to say what a fabulous site it is. I have visited
several times in the past few weeks, and have only "scratched
the surface". Great job!
Steve Greatsinger - email@example.com
was looking for a person named Peggy Vallely and came across
your web site. What a treat to look at all of the old places
and areas of the city. Is this site restricted to only the
class of '58 or can an old poop from the class of '52 belong.
Looks like the Elmira days in Florida would be a blast. .
Would love to attend next year and, of course, support the
web site. Thanks.
Wendy K. Daly - firstname.lastname@example.org
was delighted to see your picture of Iszard's. S.F.Iszard was my great-grandfather,
and I have many memories of going to "the store"
for clothes shopping. My grandmother, Muriel Iszard
Chamoulaud, had an office there and still lived in the family
home (607 Euclid Ave.) where she and, later, my mom, Jeanne
Marie Chamoulaud Kimmell, grew up.
Since we lived
first in Media, then in Cheyney, PA, traveling up to Elmira
was always a big event. Mom nearly always took us up
early on Friday mornings so we could arrive at the Iszard's
Tea Room before their famous Graham Cracker Cream Pie was
all gone. Before the store closed I remember nearly
begging the Tea Room staff for the recipe, but it was a very
closely guarded secret so I never got it.
It was so sad to
see the store close. It seems that at a time when Elmira
was losing so much of it's industrial base, Iszard's started
expanding, first in the mall in Big Flats, then in Ithaca.
Grammy used to grumble that the store' buyers weren't "with
it" when it came to choosing what sort of clothes Elmirans
were likely to wear and that they were too expensive for most
people. This must have been during the "hippy era."
Gram was in her late 70's then. She lived to be 97.
Anyway, that started Iszard's decline, but who's to say it
wouldn't have happened regardless?
My family and I
were in Elmira last summer. We hadn't been there in
about 15 years. What a shock to see it so empty!
It's sad. I can recall as a kid that milk was delivered
by horse and wagon even in the early sixties, plus I remember
the beautiful elms that were so prevalent, lining so many
Thanks for your
- Bill Cook, SHS58 - email@example.com
wanted everyone to know that Elmira Day in Melbourne was a
great success. The largest crowd was from SHS with, I'd say,
about 40 showing up. We took some pictures so hopefully they
will turn out and I'll post them on the web site.
and Marcy were there and both looked like a million dollars.
Bruce's health is coming back and Marcy looks like she's about
28 years old.
stayed overnight with us and so we got caught up on things.
Favorite stories about the good old days were the main topics
and for an evening we were all 17 years old again.
- Ellen Kane Buglewicz - firstname.lastname@example.org
website! My family moved from Elmira in 1972 and I last visited
in 1987. Your marvelous pictures and stories were like being
there again! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I sent links
to my four sisters as well, and they, too, were thrilled.
were especially impressed with Scurvy Erv's!!! We used to stop
there for penny candy, against my mother's wishes! We all
attended Hopkins Street School
and St. Mary's Church, so we adored
those photos as well. What ever happened to that scary tunnel
under the railroad tracks over by the American LaFrance? We
also went there against our mother's wishes on our way to
Brand Park Pool. It was a long
walk, but so full of adventure! Those were the good old days!!!
We were so free compared to today's children!
I've been trying to find someone who could take a photo of
our old house at 704 Broadway. Not sure that it's even standing
anymore. Do you know of anyone who could help?
Again, we displaced Elmirans in Nebraska REALLY appreciate
what you're doing!!!
Ellen Kane Buglewicz
Would have been SHS Class of 1980.
- Barb Tremaine Sanford - email@example.com
Well it's 3 years today since our surgery.
Talked with Mark just the other night and he sounded great.
Never mentions feeling sick etc. Although I'am sure
he still has many problems-- He's back working on his properties
and enjoying his 12yr old son who is big into sports now.
Difficult for me to believe this is the same person I use
to talk to befor transplant--his voice was so weak I could
barely hear him at times. How just one little
kidney could so change his life.
I will never forget how you my classmates
encouraged and supported me thru this time with your many
cards and phone calls --you will never know how much these
meant as this was such a lonely time for me out in Peoria
,Ill--with so few I knew around. I feel great and am
still working as a nurse at Moffitt Cancer center--looking
forward to seeing all of you in just another year at our 45
th. My husband says he's coming with me this time as
he's worried I might think of something else to donate.
Thanks again for all your caring thru this time
and thanks also to Bill Cook who keeps this site going --all
this couldn't have happened without you.
God Bless, Love, Barb
Nancy McConnell Vallely - firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: on moving back to the Elmira area
I was looking for a place to rent/buy near Montour Falls or
Watkins Glen, I would drive all around the surrounding locale
re-acquainting myself with the area, along with conjuring
up old childhood memories involving time on the lake. For
example, I recall summers (well probably a couple of weeks
at a time) when I stayed with friends of my parents on Waneta
Lake (I was about 7 or 8 years old).
So one Saturday,
I spent time driving all around Waneta and Lamoka Lake, and
then zeroing in on the specific spot that I recall where the
was located on Waneta. Of course the landscape had changed....my
memory was of a very long driveway to a cottage, and a boat
house with top deck next to it.
I also recall that
they converted an old barn into extra room for guests, and
then built a small cottage up beyond the outhouse (yep, that
was before inside plumbing at most cottages).
In any case, what
I found was....first, nothing looked the same. Second, there
WERE no long driveways, and NO big lawns. I had about given
up trying to find the place, even though I did find one place
that had the name "McConnell" on the list of residents,
which did intrigue me. I finally spotted the name "Lone
Pine" which brought back a flood of pleasant memories
because that was the what the family (Osborne) had named their
place on the lake. I was happy to finally find it, although
a little disappointed about the more crowded feeling of the
area. Isn't it odd that what seemed huge to us at young ages,
suddenly takes on realistic proportions as we grow up?????
Have a great holiday!