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From: Bernard Neville
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 3:32 PM
Subject: Memory

hi david,
sent to bob wilson and advised him that if he has a story that he can send it to you to post on the web. i do not know if any of these names ring a bell.... i asked joseph stanaitis if he recalled the fellow who helped harry the chef in the kitchen. i believe he had a spanish surname. i ran into him when i lived in the heights, the late 50s or early 60s. on my way to night school, gw hs. believe he, at one time, wanted to be a brother. dont know if he followed though. another name just came to me. i believe the first name was robert. the last name i could not forget.. larue..... always remembered the name of that cowboy, lash larue..... take care.... the best,
bern


From: Bernard Neville
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Thursday, August 12, 2004 3:47 PM
Subject: Re: Memory: follow up on la rue

hi david,
i recalled that i ate with the upper class, sat at joey hernandez table... can't recall the name of there groups... blank there... aquinas or ozman????

one day bobby la rue got ticked at a counsellor and smashed a plated over his head..... that group go the business.. jumped up and down all day... and la rue got it from coach.... luck for me i was in a lower group and i was not penalized, but our groups were confined to the grounds.. no outings for the week..... take care.
bern


From: David T. Feliciano
To: Bernard Neville
Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 8:28 PM
Subject: Re: Memory: follow up on la rue

Bernard,
There was a Joe Hernandez in my class or the class below me. I graduated 8th grade in 1951. Is this the one you are talking about?

Is bobby la rue real name Robert La Rue?
Thanks,
David


From: Bernard Neville
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 1:47 PM
Subject: Re: Memory: follow up on la rue

hi david,
i believe it was one and the same... they were in the upper class by a year or two..... i believe they were the last group to go to tappan zee high school.... we had the shop as an option or a trip to brooklyn, st vincents.

i remember that joseph "frenchy" grams, now known as brilli, was the last of that group along with a another name that came to mind, david crippen. they both were counsellors. crippen went to mr steven's electrical shop, along with marty crowe, counsellor at st josephs group, the cottages, by the lake. david crippen had bought a used car and parked it near the boiler room area, across from the coal bin. at the time, the electrical shop was the only one left.

at this time, joey hernandez had left the house for the city. i believe he once lived on hoe avenue in the bronx. he use to read the wanted columns in the local fountain shoppe were we hung out in the village on main street. i recall the big house, on the top floor, in the front, was a well made, two story, model house. some one had done a great job at carpentry. i was in the first year high, believe they called the group aquaines or ozman, not sure....

we were limited to two years and then you were out.. i recalled that we had an amateur singing group and we appeared in piermont, at a local dance.. at night, we snook out... i am sure that coach knew, but nothing was said. he may have told whitey hayward. tom kelly was there also.
take care,
bernard


From: Bernard Neville
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 2:34 PM
Subject: Re: Memory: follow up on la rue

hi david,
checked my file .. i graduated the 8th grade in june 1956. the graduation ceremony was held in the chapel on sunday, june 24, 1956, at 2:00 pm. i found an old post card that i had addressed to my parents.. that they kept. i have it filed away some where in a backpack, etc..

i believe it was sr. antoinette who taught the eight grade... that year i won the best penmanship award.. a 25 dollar savings bond.... a small write up in the local paper.... the best in the county.... you can say my claim to fame.. there was a another good penmanship writer and artist.. ishmael rodriquez...... never knew what happened to him......

i started out in the 6th grade. sr gertrude.. who was hard of hearing..... always addressed one as master name... 7th grade ..

mr griffin.... learned a lot in his class.... then there was a fellow nicknamed "wacky". do not remember his real name.... mr griffin asked him if he was whistling in the classroom hallway. no, he said... mr. griffin returned to the class. then he heard the whistling, again. come here, "wacky." then proceeded to twist his finger.... i guess it took some time for wacky to get the message.

wacky also repelled down a rope three stories up... the painters left a block and tackle outside... could not believe it. he climber out the side window and down he went... all he received were a few rope burns... do not know if you remember him.. was a head of our class...

on the football team there was also a hard charging running back, a good blocker named
joe alveido, not sure of the spelling... he came at you like a truck.... the only way to survive was to wait to the last moment and side step.... of course if you were playing defense, practice, once you saw the play take off and you ended up in the back field and no one blocked you.... then you knew that "smoking joe", his nostrils on fire, was setting you up for a crushing body block.

i am sure that other names will come to the surface, as time moves on. too bad we could not obtain the names of the eight grade graduates.. it would give us a good lead.

another fellow now comes to mind..... raymond negron.. im sure he became an electrician.
take care.
great site!
bernard


From: David T. Feliciano
To: Bernard Neville
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 11:26 PM
Subject: Re: Memory

Bernard,
These guys are mentioned in your emails. Are these guys all House Kids?
bob wilson, freddie medina, eddie agosto, whitey hayward, calvin ziegler, dean dunn,
elpedio vasquez, ferdinand dubon and john mcllean.

David


From: Bernard Neville To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2004 3:45 PM
Subject: Re: Memory

hi david,
yes they are... still in touch with james dunn, whitey hayward. fernando dubon passed on...... was in nam.... came to wu test center with an army jacket and sgts stripes... day to support and remember the troops.... called his house ands his daughter said he died.... nice guy.

elpedio vasquez... ran into him when i worked as messenger for fa russo at 1230 6th ave.... i left after a year or two to work for the aaa of new york.. auto club...

calvin ziegler.. we went nights to samuel gompers-- 1958-1960 electrical school.. then he headed to florida .. lost touch..

bob wilson now in california working us customs.. freddie medina met him in evening school.. george washinton hs 190 st and amsterdam ave.. married went into the artificial flower business..

eddie agosto lived off 155 st and bway.. ran into him... he went to gw hs for a year... and then joined the us air force in spain, married.. in the supply business and lived in spain, we met at the lowes summit hotel off mad ave, me, dunn, and hayward, then lost touch with him.... he headed back to spain.....

john mcllean, was counsellor at the house and attended iona college.. ran into him in the city..... dad lived on e 95 st off first... saw him exiting a building.... sure enough it was him.... spoke fluent spanish and portuguese... was english major and would write business letters for bill cowen, another houses counsellor from iona college..... mcllean had a restaurant, went belly up... worked at ruppert towers.... then lost touch with him....

all houses kids, except john mcllean and bill cowen..
bern



From: Bernard S. Neville
To: David T. Feliciano
Sent: Monday, February 19, 2007 3:55 PM
Subject: Hi David, read story of Ed Kelly.....

hi david,

read story of ed kelly...... i knew his brother, thomas kelly, he was in our group, and he worked during the summer , for a time, at the tallman mtn pool in the concession stand. tom was in one of the short stories i wrote that was published in the rockland journal. that was there long walk from nyack , after the bus line canceled service, and we had to walk back to the house in a blinding snow storm... i do not know if the stories are still up there on the web...but if they are, ed can read the one about this brother and i , and our walk back to the house...... i can say that story was dedicated to him... joe rosen, before he passed on, said that tom had passed on from cancer..... the last time i saw tom was the time when coach came to new york , and we met him at the America legion post in sparkill, there were a great number of houses kids there.... it was also the last time that i ever saw coach.... rest in peace....

Please advise if the short stories are still there and the e-mail address of ed kelly... this way he will appreciate the story.... tom worked in a diner just outside the factory in peirmont.. i know he went into the usaf, and then obtained a job with the uspo.... joe rosen told me he was upset with tom when he quit the uspo, if he ever followed through with it or not, i do not know..... tom had a great sense of humor... we all use to meet at the candy store on main street, about two blocks long..... i returned in 1999.. and the candy store and the bldg was just a huge hole in the ground. did not have much time to find out what happened... i did meet tarry and joe at the candy store around the corner, the only one left in sparkill..... it was just below what use to be the police station, that was upstairs...... always wondered what happened to emil and the candy store, the building, lucille, who worked behind the counter, jerry dell, and her sister maud dell,... went to there house for a house dance with some of the other houses kids.... jimmy dunn, walter hayward, etc...... there parents were friendly to us house's kids.......

take care,
bern


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