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Hello, I'm running into nothing but dead ends trying to locate my Father, John Acken Smith's, death info and burial place. I found him in the 1930 census at age 14 living at the address below.
1930 CENSUS 
8766 113 Street in Richmond Hills, Queens Ed #554 P.14 
Charles Smith 53 Insurance 
Rebecca 50 
Walter 23 comm'l artist 
Imogene 17 
John 14 
Everyone in the family was born in NY and never left it. According to the census, my Grandparents, Charles and Rebecca's parents, were also born in NY. No one on the alumni list seems to Remember my father. I can't find any clue for any of these people after the 1930 census. I've tried the SSDI, death records and various other suggestions. Im told my father was handled by a Richmond Hill funeral home. He died age 33. 1947-48. Death county is unknown. Cemetery most likely in Brooklyn. Greenwook and Cypress Hills. Both are uncooperative in doing a John Smith search without a death date. Thank you for reading this. D.Theodora Smith 

Author: D. Smith - Of SF Bayarea, CA

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 29 December 2002.

I AM ALWAYS AVAILABLE TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH ANY OF MY OLD CLASSMATES...EVEN RICHARD OLF. LISA STRUM AND I MARRIED ON 9/13/87, THANKS TO BILLY LEECOCK'S EFFORT IN ORGANIZING A 15 YEAR REUNION. THANKS BILLY. THOSE WERE THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE.

Author: FRANK SENGER - Of LEVITTOWN

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 23 December 2002.

Questin: Trying to get copy of RHHS Yearbook for class of 1966, any clues??????????????

also reposting my message as my ISP has changed and now at stephenedwards@cablespeed.com
 

If I could do it all over, with what I know now, of course ;>) 
Lived at 134-35 97ave, went to St Pius, the PS55, then PS121 and Richmond Hill High, graduated in 1966. Worked in Majestic Plastic on Atlantic ave, the Exon/Esson station on Liberty AVE and the Horn and Horn restaurant in Manhattan (106 W50th street). I made that sandwhich you bought from the machine. Rockaway beach, Al's stearo bar on Liberty Ave, E and F train to Manhattan, RKO Allen movies, Gertz Dept store, delivering the long island press, Good Humor Man, Bungalo Bar, Mr. Softy, Q41 and Q22 bus to Jamacia from Atlantic ave. Older sister Barbara, Older brother Gordon and younger sister Patricia. 8 years Air force, Texas, Alaska, Far East, Maryland and now have been in Maryland since 1974. It ain't over, till it's over. 


Author: steve edwardsa - Of Severn, Maryland

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 23 December 2002.

My father, Wilfred E. Schmitt, graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1927. He passed away in 1987, and I have been researching his early years in Brooklyn and Queens.

Author: Bob Schmitt

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 21 December 2002.

Although I am a Democrat, I am very happy to hear that the RH Republican Club has been saved from over zealous developers. May this be a new beginning for the Richmond Hill community in preserving its treasured past!

Author: Gerald Jenkins - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 December 2002.

Nancy, that's great news about the Republican Club. Thanks for helping save part of my past.

-Chuck


Author: Chuck Rawlinson

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 December 2002.

I JUST WANTED TO SPREAD THE NEWS THAT TODAY, DECEMBER 17TH, 2002 THE RICHMOND HILL REPUBLICAN CLUB WAS OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED A LANDMARK AND IS SAFE FROM BEING DEMOLISHED. WE ALL WORKED VERY HARD TO SAVE THIS ELEGANT BUILDING AND ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL OF YOU THAT HAVE SUPPORTED US AND FOUGHT WITH US . I WANT TO THANK CARL BALLENAS FOR ALL HIS RESEARCH THAT CONVINCED THE COMMISSION OF THE HISTORICAL VALUE OF THE BUILDING AS WELL AS THE ARCHITECTURAL MERIT, (THANK YOU IVAN MRAKOVCIC FOR YOUR DESCRIPTION). WE ALSO HAVE TWO WONDERFUL CITY COUNCILMEMBERS, MELINDA KATZ AND DENNIS GALLAGHER FOR
THEIR UNDYING SUPPORT. WE ALL TOGETHER MADE IT HAPPEN. STAND UP AND CHEER!!!

Author: NANCY CATALDI - Of historic richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 December 2002.

wow!!! what history and memories this little town in Queens holds! i never realized that RH was such an old memorable place. Anywayz, i am 15 years old and lived in richmond Hill all my life.I went to the private school down my block known as ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE.I went there from 1st grade up to 8th grade. i will never forget St. Bennys, as we students called it. I do remember the dances they held and bingo nights. Now i attend RHHS and it is not as it was 50 years ago. Yes we still have that swimming pool and the church on 114st. and the JAHNS ice cream store still exists as well. RH is a very different place from the way it was, the people are no longer Gews, Italians, Germans, Irish, & Whattals. Most of the people here in RH are indians, from India, Guyana, and Trinidad, along with some Hispanics. I guess the people have changed but RH is indeed a very nice and peaceful place to live in! i enjoy going to SMOKEY OVAL PARK and FOREST PARK in the Summer. Well i dont want to bore you readers but it is very nice to learn of my towns history and people. I can now share this with all my family who live here in RH. I enjoyed this website and now i have a better understanding of where i grew up and who the people were. I will be sure to inform all the RH residents of this great website!!! I have learned alot and i have grown to appreciate RH a little more. thankz alot. 

Author: Puja Bhushan - Of Richmond Hill, Queens, America the Beautiful.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 17 December 2002.

My fiancee and I live at Kimball Court. He said this building has been around since 1932. I didn't think that Richmond Hill had so many interesting facts about it. We are glad to be a part of it. Thanks

Author: Kim Rampersad and J. Uvino - Of NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 December 2002.

P.S 90--the year is 1943,so I am about 7 years old, and I have just been summoned to the office of the Principal, Mr. Laderburg. If you were around in that time you will remember that Mr. Laderburg was known to have in his office the infamous "spanking machine" which made going to his office especially scary! I got to his office and went in--I didn`t see the spanking machine--I saw Mr. Laderburg, with two other kids I knew--Robert Linder and Walter Palsgraff. I later found out that Mr.L. had been summoning the school "screw-ups" to his office all day long. Bear in mind that this was during World War Two, and Mr. Laderburg was Jewish,so what he was about to ask was no laughing matter. He asked us if we had any idea who was drawing swastikas on the side of the school building. As I said,I was seven years old--not only did I NOT KNOW what a swastika was--I had never even heard the word before, so when he said the word, I heard "SWATS-STICKER" and thought it was one of the funniest words I had ever heard. I couldn`t keep myself from laughing--big mistake!!! I didn`t see it coming, but I felt it!He slammed me in the stomach so hard it knocked the breath out of me and I doubled over.After a few minutes, when we convinced him that we knew nothing of the crime, we were all sent back to our class rooms. Now, if that were to happen today, the A.C.L.U. would be there in a minute--in those times,however, if a teacher or some one in authority smacked you,you took it and shut up. If you went home and told your mother, she knew you probably deserved it,and then she would give you another swat.On many occasions Mrs. Krueger, my first grade teacher rapped my hand with her ruler; Mrs. Huetchens,my second grade teacher loved bopping me in the back of the head with a book. I think I went through P.S.90 as the test dummy for the teachers--"there goes the little Glennon kid-here is your ruler"---"WHAM!!!!!" Anyway,if any one out there reads this,and knows who put those swastikas on the P.S. 90 wall fifty years ago,please tell them that they still owe an apology to Mr. Laderburg--and please tell me who they are so I can give them a "whup" in the belly!!! 

Author: Garry Glennon - Of edison,n.j., u.s.a..

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 14 December 2002.

I was born on Jamaica Ave 123rd.St.in the year of 1926. My childhood years from infant to the year 1937 was spent in the Richmond Hill area and I have found memories.

Author: Anthony Mancaruso - Of Anchorage, UNITED STATES.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 10 December 2002.

I was born on Jamaica Ave 123rd.Stin the year of 1926. My childhood yaers from infant to the year 1937 was spent in the Richmond Hill area and I have found memories.

Author: Anthony Mancaruso - Of Anchorage, UNITED STATES.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 10 December 2002.

Great Site!

Author: Mildred B. - Of North Plainfield, NJ, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 December 2002.

I've often wondered about my neighborhood's past - Thanks for the history!

Author: Colleen McCarthy - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 December 2002.

Richmond Hill is a diamond in the rough!

Author: Preston - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 December 2002.

Thank You Guys! You helped me do my report on Jacob Riis and I got some good pictures.

Author: Amy - Of Fred'burg, USA!!!.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 December 2002.

I lived in Richmpnd Hill from 1936 to 1966. Great times growing up in the 40`s. Stickball in the street, with no cars to worry about-- most people didn`t own cars then; roller skating,three movie theatres in town--R.K.O. Keiths, The Garden, and Loews Willard in Woodhaven. Frers Ice Cream Parlor at Jamaica Ave. and 107th. Great place to grow up!! 

Author: Garry Glennon - Of edison, u.s.a..

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 December 2002.

Wow! What a great site. I looked up the city because my birth certificate says I was born in the Richmond Hill Sanatorium. Does anyone know where that hospital was? I know I lived here for a year but don't know where. Thanks to the folks who keep up the site.

Author: James Wise - Of Wichita Falls TX

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 4 December 2002.

One measure of a community's vitality and quality of life is the degree to which it nurtures and fosters the growth of the arts among its citizens. Richmond Hill can boast being home to its own Choral performing arts group, the Sacred Music Chorale of Richmond Hill. Since 1998, this community choral group has been in artistic residence at St. John's Lutheran Church on 114th St. and offering two annual concerts with professional soloists and orchestra. Its members and audience come from Richmond Hill and throughout the metropolitan area. 

Please support the performing arts in Richmond Hill and attend the SMC's Holiday Concert on Sunday, Dec 8 at 3pm at St. John's. See the SMC webpage which resides on the www.richmondhillny.com site for further details.

In a unique partnership to support the arts, another Richmond Hill landmark, Salerno Italian Restaurant will donate 15% of your lunch/dinner tab on Dec 8 to the SMC. All you have to do to show your ticket stub or program book. So support the arts AND local business on Dec. 8th. 


Author: Phil Skabeikis - Of Richmond Hill, Queens.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 November 2002.

My wife and I are editors of the Richmond Hill Historical Society Quarterly Newsletter which is sent to all Society members as a benefit of membership. If you have not received the latest Newsletter, you may not be current in your dues, so please renew today. The Fall 2002 edition features information about securing old photos of your home in NYC Property Tax Archives, reports on recent RHHS activities and projects, excerpts from two Jacob Riis short stories with Christmas themes, etc. 

To all members who have received the Newsletter, the editors would very much like to know your reaction to it, what you like or dislike, what you would like to see, etc. We are always looking for contributions of pictures or articles to include. So let us hear from you. 


Author: Phil Skabeikis

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 30 November 2002.

I am a researcher attempting to locate information about/photographs of and/or to contact descendants of John Riis, a son of Jacob Riis, who went west as a young man and served as a ranger in the U.S. Forest Service in southern Utah, southern California, Idaho, and central Oregon from 1907 to 1913. He met a young woman from the southern United States who arrived on the first train from Portland to Bend, OR, in October 1911, married her probably in 1912, and left the Forest Service probably in 1913 to return east/south (to live in VA?) with her. I know nothing of his subsequent life. I do have a copy of his 1937 book inscribed "To Dr. Philip Jones from his friend, John Riis" dated January 22, 1942. 

Any information that the Richmond Hill Historical Society or any of its members may be able to provide about John Riis or about his descendants who might provide such information would be most useful to current research on early U.S. Forest Service administration of and research in the Deschutes National Forest in which Riis served from the autumn of 1910 until he left the Forest Service, and in securing his place in Forest Service history.

Thank you.

Les Joslin
Directing Associate
Wilderness Associates
P.O. Box 5822, Bend, Oregon 97708
541-330-0331 

John Riis published a book, Ranger Trails (1937, the Dietz Press, Richmond, VA) 


Author: Les Joslin - Of Bend, OR, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 29 November 2002.

I grew up on 128th and 129th Sts near 107th Ave; my father grew up on 103rd Ave. and 125th St.

Author: James Galbraith - Of Bel Air, MD.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 29 November 2002.

I'm a 1946 graduate of R.H.H.S. and would love to hear from any of my former class mates. Viola Pronevitz,Bobby Meth, Hugh Lowery to name a few.

Author: Mary Jane Paul - Of Haddam, Conn., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 28 November 2002.

I remember all my old friends from Richmond Hill. If anyone checks into the guest book, please write back. Dennis and Sissy Turner, Kathy Kelly, Tom Eckert, Daphne and Kenny Erwin, Lorraine LeVecchio. I would love to know where to get in touch with any of them. 

Author: Lynne Galbraith Fitzpatrick - Of Toms River, NJ, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 November 2002.

Hi, my wife Diane and I are members of the RHHS. Today we'll searching for the website of WCBS Radio, I came upon this information: "This station, for decades the flagship station of the Columbia Broadcasting System, got it's start in 1924 as WAHG, placed on the air by Richmond Hill, Queens, radio manufacturer Alfred H. Grebe. Grebe, whose first experimental broadcasts dated back to 1921,formed Atlantic Broadcasting Company in 1926 and renamed the the station WABC at that time. In 1928, CBS bought out WABC and it's parent company, creating it's first Radio station, operating at a frequency of 860kc,and featuring Bing Crosby, Burns & Allen & Kate Smith. The station moved to it's current frequency,880kc,in 1941 and finally adopted the name of it's owner,WCBS,in 1946. CBS debuted "Newsradio 88" in 1967 and became 100% all news by 1970"
History of CBS radio 
Best regards, Rich Hansen

Author: Richard E. Hansen - Of doylestown, pennsylvania.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 11 November 2002.

NICE SITE

Author: COLLECTING/COLLECTABLES

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 November 2002.

My father (William Schweit) past away 1976. I never got to meet him, because I was placed up for adoption by my birth mother. I learned that my father was a chef at the Triangle Hofbrau Rest. Please assist me. I also learned that they closed some time ago, however, I am looking for any addresses that can help me locate the former owner, who knew my father or past employee's. Thank you so much for your time.

Author: william h. poole - Of Concord, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 6 November 2002.

Just returned from voting in this year's election. I recall another election day when I was about 8 or 10 years old, 1912 or 1914. I went with my father to the Morris Park LIRR station area to find out what the election results were. It was dark outside and very cold. Any warmth was to be found in the local bar located on Alantic Avenue. A barnfire had been lit and there was a crowd gathered in the street to view the results being shown on the large outdoor screen. As advertisement for the local coal company, which my father worked for, a picture of their horse drawn wagon was shown with its driver. That driver was my father! Perhaps that is the reason I remember that Election Day so long ago. How I wish I had that picture of my father!
Another way we found out the election results was from the paper.. not the radio or TV as we do today. Instead the Newsboy would be running up and down the streets yelling, " extra, extra read about who won" or something similar to this. 

Author: Frances Gillen Schleehauf - Of Bay Shore, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 5 November 2002.

When people want to criticize something they dislike about Richmond Hill, they should complain to the Local Community Board, Block Association, Police Dept., local officials, etc. The Richmond Hill Historical Society is made up of volunteer residents who care deeply about Richmond Hill and want to preserve the history and future of this community.

Author: webmaster - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 3 November 2002.

My curiosity got the better of me,and here I am,reading about Jack Maple.He reminds me of my father,obviously a very caring person,a true contributor to humanity!God bless Jack,and my father.

Author: Ginger Kettner Schiller - Of Janesville, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 3 November 2002.

What a fabulous site and the pictures WOW! I live in England and I am a member of the Victorian Society, and The Oscar Wilde Society - I shall check out this site often 

Author: Christine Dalton - Of Birmingham, England.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 31 October 2002.

I grew up in Richmond Hill and moved to New Jersey in 1973 when my son, Sean was born. Went to Holy Child Jesus and graduated in 1958. Loved growing up in Richmond Hill - it was a great place!

Author: Lynne Galbraith Fitzpatrick - Of Toms River

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 31 October 2002.

A heartfelt 'Thank You' to all the supporters and speakers who voiced their concern that The Richmond Hill Republican Club be saved (Landmarked) at todays Public Hearing at the Landmarks Commission. Neighbors, visionaries, and politicians presented a varied and convincing argument that now is the time for the Landmarks Preservation Commission to 'stand up on its hind legs' and do the right thing. Just by being there, in such powerful force, your support means so much to our community - Thank You !

p.s. Dennis Gallagher and Melinda Katz - you were great albeit from different sides of the aisle. Great teamwork; and fun as well!


Author: Ivan Mrakovcic R.A. - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 29 October 2002.

Lived in Kew Gardens from 1954 to 1966. My brothers, Gerard and Anthony, and I graduated from Holy Child Jesus in Richmond Hill. Would love to hear from any old classmates or friends. 

Author: Kathryn Zabrocki - Of Gilmanton, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 28 October 2002.

Our family thourghly enjoys the weekly episodes of "The District". It has taken too long to research who Jack Maple was. Our curiosity was peeked by the sign off credits each week but had not taken the time to look up the information. Knowing the history will only make each episode more interesting to watch.

Author: PATRICIA SWATUK - Of MT BRYDGES, CANADA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 27 October 2002.

I was 2 years old when my parents moved to Richmond Hill in 1906. At that time it was country with its dirt roads,
fields and woods, a few phones and no movie houses. The Long Island Rail Road ran above ground along Atlantic Avenue with a watch tower at each crossing occupied by a gatekeeper for lowering or raising the crossing gate. The gatekeeper at Elm (114th street) was Mr. Evans. The streets were not numbered but named such as Elm for 114th street and Greenwood for 11th street. The road on Atlantic and 115th street would always flood when there was a good rain and us kids would run outside to splash around in this water. I remember the dirt as being red.
On the northwest corner of Atlantic and 114th street was a grocery store where the fruits and vegetables were displayed outside as well as small bundles of wood needed for the wood burning stoves used for cooking and heating. Milk was sold from a large can from which you ladled it out into your own enamel container. Alongside the grocer was a butcher and a barber. The firehouse was near the corner of 111th street and next to that the shoemaker who treated the children to candy. On the southwest corner of Atlantic was a hardware store, a bar and grill was next to it where lunch was free if you bought a beer, than the ice and coal yard and adjoining that the blacksmith. Ice was needed for the ice box since there were no refrigerators and coal for heating. The blacksmith of course for all the horses that were needed to pull the wagons ... no cars at this time. On 114th street and the northeast corner of Atlantic was Gass Bakery. Buns sold for 10 cents a dozen with an extra bun for good luck. I worked there on Sundays when I was 10 uears old so that was in 1914. The daughter, Helen Gass, and her boyfriend gave me my first ride in his automobile. I was so excited and so proud to be sitting in that car!
Jamaica Avenue had a 5 & 10 cent store, Buck's Ice Cream store and a butcher where you could buy rabbits for your dinner. They were hung over wooden barrels. A lady usually sat outside grating horse radish.
My family lived in what was known as THE FLATS above the grocer. It is still there but the grocery store has been replaced by an outo supply store and the exterior has been redone in a cement covering. The beautiful turret windows where my mother hung a hammonk has been covered over with just the center window left. The old fire escape which my family used on a cold December night to escape from what we thought was a fire in 1914 is still there. What had happened was that there was a small fire in the building next to us and the smoke had drifted to our building. There are 3 floors above the store and each floor had 4 apartments consisting of a livingroom, kitchen and 2 bedrooms but no bathroom. You washed up at the kitchen sink. The only heat we got was from the wood burning kitchen stove. Each family had there own toilet unit located at the end of the hall. Two on each end. The kitchen had a window which looked out onto the hallway.
Florence Chamberlin and her parents lived there, my Schaefer relatives, Mr. Evans (the gatekeeper) and his family and my family. My father was Jacob Gillen a German immigrant. He worked for the coal company making deliveries with a horse and wagon and then worked for the baker Mr. Gass. In the 1920's he worked for the Duggan Brothers Bakers delivering baked goods to the residents of Howard Beach.
My sister Gussie was born at home on Greenwood Street(111th)
in 1906 and my brother Johnny also born at home in THE FLATS in 1914. I attended the little school on 114th street and recall a Miss Eaton as one of my teachers as well as a classmate Mary Duggan. I attended Richmond High School for just a few months in 1918 before moving to Rockland county to an unknown town of Nanuet. We returned to live in Maspeth, Ridgewood and finally back to Richmond Hill where my parents bought a home on 105th street near Jerome. I was married in OL Gate of Heaven Church in 1926. My daughter was baptized there and attended the OL of Wisdom Academy which before it was torn down was located behind the church on 103rd street. 
This past July I celebrated my 98th birthday. I don't move around as fast as I use to when I climbed the billboards or jumped over the barrels but my memories of Richmond Hill are as vivid today as if it was yesterday. Richmond Hill was a wonderful place and I treasure my memories of it.

FRANCES GILLEN SCHLEEHAUF 


Author: J. Mihalo - Of Bay Shore, United States.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 26 October 2002.

I graduated F. K. Lane January 1952. Lived on Cooper and Evergreen and got on El at Chauncey St. and got off at Elderts Lane. Swam in Cypress Hills and had a few beers at Tooties. Played HS baseball and semi-pro with Jamaica Water Supply and U S Steel, played in the last game in Dexter Park.

Author: Frank Cunningham - Of Mechanicsburg,, US.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 October 2002.

Enjoyed learning about Richmond Hill, NY

Author: Rudolf Dittmark - Of Lancaster, PA
This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 October 2002.
I grew up in Richmond Hill and attended P.S 55 and R.H.H.S. I loved Liberty Avenue. Hung out at Prusser's Ice Cream Parlor across from the Leffert's Movie Theater. Played ball at Smokie Park. Bought records at Al Diamonds Record Store. Bought clothes at Gibb's in Jamaica. Went swimming at Cypress Pool on Jamaica Ave. Love to see movies at the RKO Keiths, the Valencia Movie theater and the RKO Alden in Jamaica. Worked for years at the Bohack Supermarket on Liberty Ave near the Van Wyck. Grew up with the Culotta's, Michael and Vinny, The Winter brothers Dennis and Richie, Paul Messell, Paul Volski, Mary Ward, the Spinelli Brothers, Carmine and Nicky, Mary Culotta, Jimmy Wilson, Billy and Patricia Molineaux.

Author: Paul Naso - Of Marlboro, New Jersey

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 25 October 2002.

Found your sight thru clasmates.com and was overwhelmed by all the old photos especially the one of the LIRR crash of 1950.My brother was one of the first ones to arrive on the seen as we lived right across the street. He was the only one small enough to fit thru the windows of the trains so with a borrowed helmet from a fireman he climbed thru the windows and brought out many of the dead and comforted some of the injured. Also two of my sisters took names and phone numbers and made calls to relatives of the injured and made coffee for some of the workers. I was born and raised in RH and still live here.

Author: virginia De la Rue McDonagh - Of richmond hill ny, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 October 2002.

Thanks for the memories!

Author: Penelope - Of Boulder, CO, USA.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 19 October 2002.

i enjoyed reading all the memories other people have had about r.h. i lived there from 1958-1973,went to ps 51,ps90 and jhs 210 and of course r.h.hs.i remember jahn's,rko, forest and smokey parks, & playing in the streets games like court ring a levio and uncle sam. i lived at 89-32 118st.best wishes to all residents past and present.

Author: jim coutlangus - Of harrisburg, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 16 October 2002.

hi just wanted to drop a note saying how pleased i was to receive my copy of "images of america Richmond Hill" in todays mail i had to sit down and read it immediately....wonderful i just havent had the time to sit and go through all my aunts pictures but you will be the first to know when i do ....thank you so much for all your work and research efforts they are truly appreciated!!! 

Author: carol thomson

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 15 October 2002.

Your web site brought back many memories. I have lived all 65 years in Richmond Hill. I remember Patsy the ice man , the vegtable peddler and the pretzel man working on 125th st and Jamaica ave. Does anyone remember Martini's drug store, Frank's Italian deli? We were lucky to have many moveie theaters RKO Keiths, The Garden, Casino ,Jerome, Lefferts. 
I went to Holy Child and remember Geogre Ham's candy store on 111th St , The fish store on 112th St Degeovonia' barbara shop,Richmonh Hill Tin , Gebbarts and may more.
Looking back Richmond Hill was and is a good place to grow up in,

Author: George Rokenbrod - Of Richmond Hill, Queens.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 October 2002.

This site was a wonderful & unexpected find. I spent my childhood (Holy Child Catholic School); summers playing Hide & Seek on our "Dead End" street - thru marriage (first try in 1968!) at 100-20 88th Avenue in Richmond Hill. Had the birthday party at the skating rink (thanks, Mom..we all walked over in the unexpected March snow one year. I guess Dad was, um, not there...) and ice cream at Jahns. I was so proud & happy! Scraped thru Our Lady of Wisdom in Ozone Park. Have a nice family, but the hard way! Often I wonder why I ever left Richmond Hill. Wish everyone well.

Author: Eileen Friese, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 11 October 2002.

My family moved from Brooklyn to Richmond Hill in 1962, 
113 St. & 101 Ave. I was there until I got married in 1985 and moved out to The Island. I moved here to Miami 6 years ago but my heart never left Richmond Hill. Great friends and great memories that I will cherish for a life time.
Went to P.S.62, JHS 210, and Edison High School(class of 74). The memories are endless: The Casino movie theater (sneaking in the side door), dances @ St. Bennys, Chesters candy store on 101 ave & 111th st. for egg creams and comics, Tinys hobby shop on Jamaica Ave for models, buying stickball bats and Pennsy Pinkies at Sukons, the Pet shop on Liberty and 113th, playing stick ball at the school yard (PS 62), playing skelly in the street(C-A-R!), bike riding the trails in Forest Park & sleigh riding @ The Soup Bowl, taking the A train to Rockaway, playing softball @ Richmond Hill (HS), hangin out at Smokey Park!, the list can go on and on. Thanks for this website it's great to be able to go to this site and flashback.
I just showed my wife the pictures of The Triangle Hofbrau. That was were we had our first dinner date as husband and wife on July 14th, 1985 we walked there from our first apartment on 112th St. and Jamaica Ave. Growing up in Westbury it took my wife some time to get use to the J train going by at night, I was immune to that sound! Keep up the great work on this site and add some newer pictures so us Ex-Pariot Hillites that are far away can see the neighborhood today.

Author: Mario Barroso - Of Miami, Florida

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 10 October 2002.

I'm thinking about buying a house in Richmond Hill North. I have an 8 year old daughter that I would send to Holy Child. Any insight as to where the neighborhood is going? I love the homes. I grew up in Woodhaven, but that avenue scares me. My e-mail is cloan@hotmail.com

Author: Dave - Of new york, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 October 2002.

Hello. Could I possibly impose upon you for some information that might untie an artistic Gordian knot-I am very near to using the proverbial sword. I cannot find a medal for St. Benedict Joseph Labre. Could you e-mail me the address, telephone, e-mail of St. Benedict Joseph Labre Church in Morris Park? You have my word you will be in the acknowledgments page if it is ok'd by the Vatican when i finish in 4-7 years. Thank you, Katheryn Hughes, M.A. 
96 West 2nd Street, Yuma, AZ. 85364 tel: 928-819-0206 E-mail: dhelixxkh@ao.com

Author: Katheryn Hughes, M.A. - Of Yuma, AZ 85364, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 October 2002.

I was very fortunate to attend the Richmond Hill Archival Museum Dedication which was held on Saturday. This is truly a remarkable display of history and seems to speak volumes of memories that still linger on in the hearts and minds of all who call or called Richmond Hill home. Many thanks to all our community leaders who helped to establish this unique historic collection into a permanent exhibit which can be cherished for generations to come! If you would like further info regarding the Archive, please email

Author: ddoyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, US.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 October 2002.

i love this town and this website!

Author: monika - Of Richmond Hill, U.S..

This entry was recorded on Monday, 7 October 2002.

This is an historical arena but has been re-visited.

Author: Solomonm - Of Lagos, Nigeria.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 6 October 2002.

I lived in Richmond Hill until I was 19 and then moved to Florida. I still go back to visit every now and again. I love the Richmond Hill sites! 

Author: Elizabeth Schweiker Hannon - Of Pembroke Pines, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 4 October 2002.

Hello everybody Will give you all the details on the Deehans from Co Sligo Irl.,soon ,perhaps we are related Best of Irish LUCK from Ireland Regards AlfieDeehan

Author: Alfie Deehan - Of Galway , Ireland.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 October 2002.

Today is holiday in Germany (Tag der deutschen Einheit). I find your site while searching "Berlin". Great Website and very usefull. - Tom from Berlin 

Author: Tom from Berlin, Germany.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 October 2002.

My sister just told me of your site and I remember all the stuff that the person at the top of the list wrote about. Miss Silinski is indeed a famous character, as she taught both my sisters and my uncle as well. My first grade teacher was Miss Bauman and my kindergaren teacher was Miss O'meara. I too remember the stationary and the drug store with the fish pond in it. Izzy,s candy store on the corner, the famous Jahn's and RKO.

Author: Ron Sandritter

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 October 2002.

My sister just told me of your site and I remember all the stuff that the person at the top of the list wrote about. Miss Silinski is indeed a famous character, as she taught both my sisters and my uncle as well. My first grade teacher was Miss Bauman and my kindergaren teacher was Miss O'meara. I too remember the stationary and the drug store with the fish pond in it. Izzy,s candy store on the corner, the famous Jahn's and RKO.

Author: Ron Sandritter

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 3 October 2002.

I was born in the upstairs front bedroom of our house on 118th street, where the family had lived since 1919. I started school at PS51, when the old building on 118th St with the bell tower was still being used. When I was in 5th or 6th grade, the old building was razed and the bell was mounted on a concrete pillar next to the building on 117th St. Miss Noone was 1st grade teacher,; the principal was Mrs. Belz. Among the other teachers were Miss 
Thorpe, Miss Sielinski, and Miss Rolker. The school only went up to 6th grade, so I then transferred to Holy Child.
My son-in-law was the contractor for the foundation of the new PS 51. I well remember Tressler's "English in Action" series. They were used almost universally around New York in the 30's and 40's. We often waited for movies to work their way around to the Garden theater, where tickets were only 11 cents rather than 55 cents at Keith's. By then the films were pretty worn and jumpy. I remember Lipshutz stationery, Springer's dry goods, Heberstreit's bakery, Ziebolz and Regel delicatessen and when the A&P opened its first super market on Jamaica Avenue. I took the wooden cars on the El to high school in Brooklyn. I have many good memories of Richmond Hill, and really enjoyed the Historical Society's site. 

Author: Daniel Murphy - Of Yonkers, NY

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 October 2002.

Found a book written by J.C. Tressler, Head of the Department of English at Richmond Hill High School NYC published in 1929. Was looking for any information about the book, its author or the person it was given to (Isabelle La Rue Clouser by Uncle Jake 1931)Thanks for any help you can provide!

Author: Angela Parrish - Of Durham, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

I lived in Richmond Hill, NY for thirty years before retiring to Arizona. Often wondered about the old neighborhood and I am glad that I found this site. It brought back many wonderful memories. Please keep up the good work! Your efforts are muuch appreciated

Author: Nadine Hutchinson - Of Phoenix, AZ, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

thanks for an interesting site on the history of RH

Author: jessie - Of New Milford, NJ, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

In 1948 my parents and six children moved to Richmond Hill from Germany during the Berlin Blockade. We were the first non-quota German immigrants to come to this country, sponsored by my grandparents who escaped in 1941. We lived on 116th St. near 84th Ave., a block from Park Lane South. I went to P.S. 90, as did my three younger siblings. All of us attended Richmond Hill High School from which I graduated in 1957. I have many fond memories of Richmond Hill - Jahns, RKO Keiths, the public library, Triangle Hofbrau, Dahmen's Florist and other establishments on Jamaica Ave. such as Schlosser's Delicatessen, Lipschutz (where I worked), Doctorow's (bought my first strapless bathing suit there), the fish store on the corner of 111th St. where we bought greasy french fries every Friday. I can't wait to get copies of "Images of America - Richmond Hill."

Author: Cornelia Metz Corson - Of Forest Hills, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

In 1948 my parents and six children moved to Richmond Hill from Germany during the Berlin Blockade. We were the first non-quota German immigrants to come to this country, sponsored by my grandparents who escaped in 1941. We lived on 116th St. near 84th Ave., a block from Park Lane South. I went to P.S. 90, as did my three younger siblings. All of us attended Richmond Hill High School from which I graduated in 1957. I have many fond memories of Richmond Hill - Jahns, RKO Keiths, the public library, Triangle Hofbrau, Dahmen's Florist and other establishments on Jamaica Ave. such as Schlosser's Delicatessen, Lipschutz (where I worked), Doctorow's (bought my first strapless bathing suit there), the fish store on the corner of 111th St. where we bought greasy french fries every Friday

Author: Cornelia Metz Corson - Of Forest Hills, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

In 1948 my parents and six children moved to Richmond Hill from Germany during the Berlin Blockade. We were the first non-quota German immigrants to come to this country, sponsored by my grandparents who escaped in 1941. We lived on 116th St. near 84th Ave., a block from Park Lane South. I went to P.S. 90, as did my three younger siblings. All of us attended Richmond Hill High School from which I graduated in 1957. I have many fond memories of Richmond Hill - Jahns, RKO Keiths, the public library, Triangle Hofbrau, Dahmen's Florist and other establishments on Jamaica Ave. such as Schlosser's Delicatessen, Lipschutz (where I worked), Doctorow's (bought my first strapless bathing suit there), the fish store on the corner of 1

Author: Cornelia Metz Corson - Of Forest Hills, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

Moved from RH back in 1968. Great to have found this site which is now bookmarked!

Author: chazo florenzo - Of Buffalo, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 30 September 2002.

I LIVED IN RICHMOND HILL, QUEENS FOR ABOUT 7YRS AND I JUST MOVED. WELL I AM ONLY 17 SO I DONT KNOW MUCH ABOUT RH BUT I WENT P.S62 AND I WENT TO JHS226. MY BROTHER WENT TO RHHS.

Author: AVALON GRIMES

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 29 September 2002.

I was born at the Richmond Hill San on July 17, l932. My family lived at 74 Norwood Avenue
and, as my mother died shrtly after I was born, I have no idea why I was born so far from 
Norwood Avenue. I was told that the building had been demolished some time ago and
that a LIRR building was now on the site. Any news? My grandmother Clark died in l963, so
no one in the family has been in Brooklyn for a long time, but I remember it well. If anyone knows where to get orange ice, or even how to make it, I would surely love to know. Sharon Clark

Author: Sharon Clark - Of Pasadena California 91104, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 28 September 2002.

We live at 30 Elizabeth Street South in a home built in 1840 and relocated to where it is now. It was once a tannery. I would love to get pictures or a printed history on our home. Is that possible?

Author: Vicky Elliott - Of Richmond Hill, Canada.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 27 September 2002.

I just got the Richmond Hill book in the mail yesterday. It's fabulous! I recommend it highly.

Author: Chuck Rawlinson - Of Long Island

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 25 September 2002.

There is a suburb in Toronto named Richmond Hill. Any relation?

Author: dillard - Of Toronto, Canada.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 24 September 2002.

I grew up in Richmond Hill and graduated from R.H.H.S. I lived on Myrtle Ave. and 118th St., just across from the Hofbra and Jahns. While going to H.S. I worked part time in the R.K.O. Keiths. I remember the trolly car passing by my house and loved it. Western Union a few doors down from where I lived and the Phone Company. I lived on the same block of the post office as well. I have very good memories. Just recently I went there for a visit to remenis. I belonged to Union Congregational church. I got married there in l961. I graduated H.S. in 1959. I lived directly across the street from the deli there on Myrtle ave. 116-l8 Myrtle Ave. There was a liquor store on the corner. The Immersos owned the deli. On my corner was the hardware store. I remember roller skating up and down the block there as a little girl. Around the corner on Jamaica Ave., was a candy store and the owner was named Izzi. I used to buy penny candy there. The roller skating rink on Metropolian Ave and Hillside Ave., was a great place. I did home work at the library on Lefferts Blvd. There was a Masonic Temple next to Union Cong. Church where I was a Triangle girl. Great organization, and the Masons. Don't think it is there anymore, but not sure about this. I went to P.S. 5l elemenary school, and walked there every day. Oh, such great memories. Oh, and not to forget Forest Park. My Mom used to walk us children there every week to play. Especially in the summer and to go in the showers, and then my brother would sail his little boat across the street at jacksons pond. I can go on and on. Please keep in touch with me. Patti

Author: Patricia Sandritter - Of 172 Magua St. Ronkonkoma, L.I., N.Y. 11779 9, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 22 September 2002.

Just received the "Images of America, Richmond Hill" book from Barnes and Noble. My congrats to all that contributed! A great book for all those who lived or live in RH,

Author: paul galbraith - Of w.haverstraw NY

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 19 September 2002.

I want to thank everyone who came out to the Richmond Hill Block Association's Fair in Forest Park on Saturday, September 14th. It was great seeing everyone and meeting so many new wonderful people, and we had a great time signing the Images of America; Richmond Hill book. Hope to see you all at our upcoming events! Thanks. Nancy Cataldi, President

Author: nancy cataldi - Of RICHMOND HILL!

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 18 September 2002.

Hello,

I am a member of the QHS, and had visited the orignal
"Jahns" many years ago. 

I would like to know if there is a way to see some of
the original ice cream menus. Thanks.


Author: Lauren J. Diamond - Of New York, N.Y..

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 17 September 2002.

From 1930 to 1940 we lived at 107-33 lllth St. Our row houses had Jews, Italians, Irish, Germans, and whatalls. We attended P.S. 108. I remember seeing the King and Queen of England drive down Lefferts Blvd. We could walk to the "el" and ride anywhere in the city. We used to chase the iceman down the alley behind the house, begging scraps of ice. I'll never forget roller skating on those beautiful smooth streets. It was a great, fun place for kids---lots of other kids and lots to do. My best friend was Marietta DeJulio.

Author: Joan (Mueller) Haufler - Of Camp Hill, PA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 17 September 2002.

Its really cool reading posts by people who used to remember it how it was....hopefully I can make a few posts about my rememberances.

Author: Dee - Of Ozone Park, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 September 2002.

Thank-you for creating this beautiful website. My father, age 95, still lives in Richmond Hill and would greatly enjoy Mr. Kroos' book. How can I purchase It?

Author: Ella Gregory - Of New York, N.Y..

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 16 September 2002.

My folks are from RH and I also have great memories there. 

Author: Sean - Of Long Beach, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 15 September 2002.

Yes Al, I remember all the places you mentioned. We lived on Jamaica Ave. and 113th St. My mother was a cashier in the Garden theater, which was nice as all us five kids could go in free!1 We always watched the Worlds Series at the TV in the window of Uneedas. We got our first TV in October of 1952 when I was 17! I always bought my shoes($2.99 for little black ballerina shoes)at Miles on the corner. We all went to P.S. 90! I graduated from there in1949 and then went to Jamaica Vocational, but my sisters went to RHHS!

Author: Honey Chambers - Of Norfolk, Va.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 15 September 2002.

DOES ANYBODY REMEMBER THE GARDEN THEATRE, MILES SHOE STORE ON THE CORNER OF JAMAICA AVE AND 114th STREET. ALSO UNEEDA
APPLIANCES ACROSS JAMAICA AVE FROM MILES SHOE STORE. I LIVED THERE WHEN VAN WYKE EXPRESSWAY WAS BEING BUILT UNDER JAMAICA AVE. WHEN WE WRE GOING HOME FROM SCHOOL AT RICHMOND HILL HIGH SCHOOL WE WOULD WATCH THE WORLD SERIES IN UNEEDAS APPLIANCES WINDOW. I LOVED UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH AS MUCH AS JUDY DOES WE GREW UP THERE TOGETHER. WHEN I WAS REAL YOUNG I WOULD GO TO THE LIBRARY ON SATURDAY MORNINGS FOR STORY TIME.AND ANYBODY THAT I KNEW OF THAT LIVED IN RICHMOND HILL THERE LAST HOME WAS SIMONSONS FUNERAL HOME. GOD BLESS THEM

Author: AL EPPERS - Of NORTH BABYLON NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 14 September 2002.

please keep off ndi igbo umu nne i have reach this side.

Author: uche enugu

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 11 September 2002.

My family moved to Richmond Hill in 1927, 119-12 Hillside Ave., next to the Simonsons. I believe the Simonsons is now a furnal home. Played with Billy Simonson and his sister, Molvina. Freddie Yeager, another friend, lived around corner on Lefferts Blvd. His mother worked for the Simonsons. Went to PS 54 on Hillside Ave. and 126 St. and RHHS. Played games with friends on lawn of RH Library,
Lefferts Blvd. and Hillside Ave. Remember opening of Keiths, was intended as vaudville theatre but depression killed idea and it was converted as movie theatre. When it opened as movie theatre, bathing suits were given to the kids with Keiths printed on the front. Showers were installed on the side of the building (Myrtle Ave. side)and kids could go there for free to cool off in the summer. Bill Meder played organ between movie features. On Wednesdays, in the summer,I delivered movie programs, from house to house, for 3 hours, for a pass to see a movie. 
Remember when Jackson Pond opened. It was a wading pool with sandy bottom for kids. Later, it was only for sailing model boats. Richmond Hill HS kids went to keiths with dates on Saturday nites (25 cents ea.) and met RHHS friends in Jahns after movie (sodas 15 cents ea) Total cost of date was 80 cents. We helped make Jahns a success. During WW2, fellers in service sent letters to Jahns for posting to their friends. Girls used to write back and keep us posted of what was going on with all our RHH School friends. Made a trip back a few years ago and was sad to see Keiths was a run-down bingo hall. Played stick ball on 120 St. between Hillside and Jamaica Ave. and roller skated, hockey, on the smoothest street in RH, 122St. between Hillside and Jamaica Ave. I understand the Jamaica Ave. el only goes to 123St. now. I remember when it went to 168 St. I remember going to the end on Fridays to shop in King Kullens first store during the 30's, Depression Years. Golly! I really ran off at the mouth, didn't I. Couldn't help it. When I got started, memories just kept coming back. Sorry if I bored anyone. But! I did enjoy remembering. 

Author: Howard Cain - Of Mattituck, N.Y., U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 11 September 2002.

Hey this is Jessie-Jo saying G'Day from Australia and also your web Page is Awsome reading it. It Put a Smile on my face. Thank you 

Author: Jessie-Jo Dibben - Of Bowen, Australia.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 11 September 2002.

i did not find the address which i wanted

Author: shiraz - Of jaranwala, pakistan.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 9 September 2002.

My mother, Sylvia Minkow who was born in 1913, moved with her whole family of four sisters and one brother in 1920 to Richmond Hill. They lived on 125th street just off of Jamaica Avenue. My mother went to PS 54 with Morton Gould. She passed away in 1983. In the early 70s I arranged for a reunion between her and Morton when he was in Detroit. I remember her having her PS 54 graduating picture but it is gone. Is it possible that your archives has this picture also? I certainly would pay to have a copy made. I have been looking for this picture for over 20 years. thank you.

Author: David C. Sloan - Of Huntington Woods, Michigan, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 9 September 2002.

hey neighbor!

Author: hester - Of Kew Gardens, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 September 2002.

My, brother-law was intrested in the american indian, I told him, I would go onto the website. I found it very intresting , about the american indian, and will look into this more often. Everybody should look at the history behind the good old usa.

Author: william cassese - Of new york city, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 September 2002.

cool site!

Author: asani

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 8 September 2002.

I WAS RAISED ON 94 -08 124 ST WENT TO ST BENSDICT JOSEPH , WENT TO JOHN ADAMS, WENT IN THE NAVY 1948.HAD A CLEANING STORE ON HILLSIDE AVE NEAR JAHN,S GREAT PLACES LIKE JAHN,S RKO KEITHS SALERNOS TRIANGLE BOWL JUST LOVE THE SITE AND IT WAS A BLAST FROM THE PAST. 

Author: JOE ABBONDOLO - Of ORMOND BEACH FL., USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 7 September 2002.

I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN RICHMOND HILL. WE LIVED AT 101-55 11TH ST FROM THE FOURTIES. TO THE FIFTIES. IN THE FIFTIES WE MOVED TO 117-09 95 TH AVE. I AS WELL AS MY 5 BROTHERS AND 6 SISTERS ALL ATTENDED SAINT BENEDICT JOSEPH SCHOOL. I LEFT RICHMOND HILL IN 1960 WHEN I JOINED THE NAVY. I HAVE MANY FOND MEMORIES OF MY DAYS GROWING UP IN GOOD OLD RICHMOND HILL. PLAYING STICK BALL AND TOUCH FOOTBALL IN THE STREETS. BASEBALL AND HANDBALL AT SMOKEY PARK. SPENT MANY A DAY IN FOREST PARK. MY FIRST JOB WAS DELIVERING TELEGRAMS OUT OF THE MYRTLE AVE OFFICE. THAT WAS BY BICYCLE. EVERY NOW AND THEN ON MY RETURN TRIPS TO NEW YORK AS I STILL HAVE MANY RELATIVES UP THERE, I LIKE TO PASS THROUGH THE OLD NEIGHBORHOOD. OH TO BE BACK IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

SINCERLY FRANK HANRAHAN


Author: FRANCIS P HANRAHAN - Of OCALA FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 6 September 2002.

Glad I could find my "old" hometown!!

Author: Sigrid Belknap - Of Wausau, Wisconsin, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 4 September 2002.

Enjoyed visiting Richmond Hill, NY

Author: aamir - Of Peshawar, Pakistan.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 4 September 2002.

RICHMOND HILL! I LOVED GROWING UP THERE. I LOVED ATTENDING UNION CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH & GOING TO JAHN'S. I LIVED AT 91-33 116 ST. GRADUATED PS 90 IN 1952 & RICHMOND HILL IN 1956. MY MEMORIES ARE FIRST BOYFRIEND, AL EPPERS & BEST FRIEND, PAT LENNIE.& JAMAICA AVE- THE EL TRAINS-& RKO KIETH'S MOVIE HOUSE, ALSO THE GARDEN MOVIE HOUSE. BUYING BUNS & HARD ROLLS FOR SUNDAY BREAKFAST, THE TRIANGLE BOWLING ALLEY & HOW ABOUT ROLLER SKATING AT HILLSIDE ROLLER RINK! MY MEMORIES ARE DEEPLY ROOTED IN RICHMOND HILL.

Author: JUDITH ROWAND CLOUSTON - Of HANCOCK, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 3 September 2002.

RICHMOND HILL IS MY LIFE
FOREST PARK, THE MONAT SUGER BOWL,DAHMENS FLORIST, TIP TOP GROCERY, AND IZZYS PAPER STORE ON THE CORNER OF JAMAICA AVE AND 117 st. I WOULD WORK EVERY SAT NIGHT AND BRING ALL THE SUNDAY PAPERS TO JAHNS , FOR THE WORKERS THAT WORKED THERE. I EVEN WORKED THERE ONLE ONE NIGHT MAKING WHIPPED CREAM IN THE BASEMENT. MY ARMS HURT SO MUCH I HAD TO LEAVE AFTER MY SHIFT AND GO TO GLENNS ACROSS THE STREET FOR QUITE A FEW AND MORE BEERS.WE WILL NEVER FORGET RICHMOND HILL
I LOVE RICHMOND HILL AND WILL NEVER FORGET A PLACE WE ALL STARTED OUR LIVES. JUDY
AL EPPERS WHO PLAYED POOL UPSTAIRS ON 111st WHERE GENTLEMEN MEET,(EVEN THE BOY WONDER, AND WILLY MOSCONIE"
RICHMOND HILL IS ALWAYS IN MY HEART

Author: ALBERT EPPERS - Of BABYLON NY 11703, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 1 September 2002.

Really nice, useful site.

Author: Kay - Of Birmingham, UK.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 27 August 2002.

Hey I love this site. I have lived in Richmond Hill all of my life, I am now 14 and just graduated from P.S.207Q Rockwood Park School. I am about to attend RHHS and I feel it's good to know about the history of your school. I never knew the school I'm about to attend had so much history and I'm proud that I'm gonna be part of it. Thanks Bye

Author: Lisa Singh - Of Richmond Hill, NY.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 27 August 2002.

This was great. As my mother, I was born & raised in Richmond Hill. My family has all lived there until 1997. I love looking at all the old pictures. Thanks!

Author: Cheryl A. Holly - Of Levittown, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 27 August 2002.

Richmond Hill in the 70's was a very interesting place to grow up. at the time we wished we were somewhere else but looking back we miss all the old places-the stand, bill's, maries, petes, triangle lanes, the hoffbrau, etc.
gone but not forgotten.

Author: john jenkins - Of lindenhurst, usa.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 24 August 2002.

Hi,
I have a longstanding curiosity to track down my great-grandparents on my mothers side who were from Richmond Hill. My great-grand parents were Patrick and Elizabeth Riley and my grandmother was Grace Riley. If you could steer me in the right direction, I'd appreciate it.

Brian J. McCormick


Author: Brian J. McCormick - Of Brooklyn, New York.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 22 August 2002.

It was great reading eveyone's comments about growing up in RHill in the 50's and 60's.It was the best of times. I thought that maybe I was the only one who had such fond thoughts. I first lived on 126th st and 101st Ave over knitting mills...Columbia tile was on the corner..across the street was Bettie's candy store...we played stick ball on 126th st and over the tree hanging across the street was a homerun..I remember Marshbaums clothing store on Liberty and 126th and the A@P...of course the Lefferts and Caino movie houses...St. John's restaurant and Tommies Pizza..I attended St Bennies,played CYO ball and attended conferternity dances at St Bennies on Fri nights...Remember Fr. John...and Mickies bar on 101st...went to Arch Bishop Molloy from 61 to 65...Played a lot of basketball and baseball at Smokey and when we were young,poison ball in pool at Smokey....It was great place to grow up in and I will cherish the memories forever

Author: dave o'halloran - Of raleigh,ncI t

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 22 August 2002.

Hi, I love the the new website, Im a member of the historical society, they really do such great work in keeping our community going in the right direction. I have lived in richomd hill for over 25 years now, I bought a 3 family house and converted it back into a 2 family, I did the best to restore it back to its original beauty. you cannot find homes like this anywhere else. I love my community, and I love my home, Im so looking forward to the street fair on 9/l4, andlooking forward to buying the new book about our beautiful area, and rejoining the society, I have to give thanks to Nancy Cataldi for all her work and devotion to this beautiful area. I do hope we can stop the destruction of these beautiful homes. I for one will never leave. this is certainly a beautiful community. keep up the good work. 

Author: Margaret - Of New york, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 August 2002.

Thanks for interesting site on area of Queens I knew little about

Author: Lo Yee - Of Flushing, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 August 2002.

Sites like these are great because they help bring back great memories from one's past. Also, memories from times when things were not so terrible, violent, and confusing - especially for our youth. We are living in a different world which unfortuanately lacks many of the good things from our past.
There has been a downward trend of trust in America and a deterioration of its values...In my opinion it all started with the assassinations of JFK, RFK, and Martin Luther King. Add to that, lack of respect for police, teachers, and the clergy. Immoral antics in the White House and politics, a decline in trust about Corporate America, and
neighbors who often do not even have the time to wave hello. The tragic events of 9-11 were the icing on the cake, and motivation for people yearning for happier and safer times......thinking about a trip to Jahn's, Bill's for a rock'n'root, Forest Park, Jackson Pond, Victory Field, bouncing a Spaldeen, sitting in HS homeroom, or eating a slice at Villa Grande's all help make it feel a little more safe, and offer us all a sense of happiness.
God Bless America!

Author: Old School, USA

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 August 2002.

Wow what a really nice site to read. I remember living on 102nd and Jamaica Ave. And yes to all that remember Joe the ice cream man and mister softee, wow does that bring back memories. I also remember waiting in line to use the pool in the summer at RHHS. Wow were those lines ever long.... I also remember going to PS66 then off to JHS210 then off to RHHS. Wow those were many moooons ago. But it is nice to see how people remember there old neighbor hood. Do any of you remember the Jewish Center on 102St and 88th Ave? They had Bingo on Thursday and Sundays and they use to get bagles delivered nice and hot. After all us kids finished playing we ran when we saw the truck and were the first on line to get bagles then sat on the steps of the bingo or on the "planet" across the street and ate them. Those were the good old days. Where you were able to trust almost everyone. Well I must say this is a great site to read and I would like to know how do I purchase the Book about Richmond Hill? Thanks for viewing this..

Author: Jodi Leone - Of Florida

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 18 August 2002.

Wow a blast from the past ! Richmond Hill' What a great site for people to conect to roots. My dad owned pete's bar on 114 street and Jamaica Ave untill 99. It's now some kind of church if you could belive it. I, have so many great memories of the hood before it ever was a hood.. I, have family still there, Dad and my mom now live in florida and offten talk about missing Richmond Hill when it was a nice place. I'm sure allot of you remember pete, flo ,billy and the rest of my brothers
how could anybody forget the notorios Robert and Michael. I went to RHHS for a short time till 83.. I remember so many times getting on the J train and going to playland in rockaway. I smoked my first joint in the school yard "annex".
I, remember hanging out with my older brothers in smokey park. How can I forget the winters, being out of school and going up to kew gardens to to shovel snow 
for xtra cash. and sleigh ridding in forest park. yea! . PS 90 ,mr softty Jahns, the stand, bills candy store on109 street and connies restaurant, Joe the ice 
the cream man. any one remember the tale of the cape man of forest park. how about those hot summers waiting in line in the school yard to get into the Richmonh Hill high school Pool. Perhaps the most vivid memory of Richmond hill is one of small town innocents. I, always say it's not where your from it's where your going and if you look back. you can see how far you have gone.

Michael Huhn


Author: Michael Huhn - Of Los Angeles, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 17 August 2002.

this is fo the richmond hill veteran who asked if there was a museum for richmond hill. we hope to have in place by october the second floor of simonson's as our archive museum.
we will have all kinds of displays, photos, letters, emphera and such about richmond hill from the start in the 1860's. we are still looking for ex hillites and present hillites to add to our collection. we are also doing "family " albums with people's photos over the years...all donations are welcome and we look forward to adding to our collection for all hillites to enjoy.

Author: nancy cataldi, president - Of THE richmond hill

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 15 August 2002.

Are there any plans to have an actual Richmond Hill Historical Museum? With all the successful people who originally hailed from Richmond Hill, maybe this can be achieved through public support and donations.???PS After reading through this site, I want to move back......

Author: Richmond Hill Veteran, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 August 2002.

if anyone knows about more haunted houses in el paso pleaze e-mail me.

Author: liz - Of el paso, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 11 August 2002.

My family moved to Richmond Hill from Bushwick in 1954 and lived there until 1990. I was born there in 1956 and lived there until I was married 22 years later. My family lived at 84-25 113th St., the last block beeturn true">Click Me! to e-mail the author of this message.

This entry was recorded on Thursday, 15 August 2002.

Are there any plans to have an actual Richmond Hill Historical Museum? With all the successful people who originally hailed from Richmond Hill, maybe this can be achieved through public support and donations.???PS After reading through this site, I want to move back......

Author: Richmond Hill Veteran, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 14 August 2002.

if anyone knows about more haunted houses in el paso pleaze e-mail me.

Author: liz - Of el paso, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 11 August 2002.

My family moved to Richmond Hill from Bushwick in 1954 and lived there until 1990. I was born there in 1956 and lived there until I was married 22 years later. My family lived at 84-25 113th St., the last block before Forst Park. I attended HCJ school starting with kindergarten and graduated in 1970. I have many fond memories of growing up there. Richmond Hill has so many inherently fine qualities including the layout of the streets, the beautiful Queen Annes and Victorians, and Forest Park. I remember several fine historical institutions at the crossroads of Hillside and Myrtle Aves. including the RKO Keiths, Jahn's, and Hoffbrau. I remember many a birthday party at Jahn's and the appearance of the 3 Stooges and McHales Navy at the RKO in the mid 60's, before it was turned into a bingo hall. The majority of my time growing up was spent in the park. I remember the Pond when it was a pond. My brothers and I would build sailboats, using scrap wood from the basement, and sail them there. In the late 60's the pond was paved over with asphalt and was never filled with water anymore. at the west end of the pond basketball courts were first added, and the rest was clear and open space. I remember several years of stickball in the summer and roller hockey in the winter. While we missed the water, the new blacktop surface made a great roller hockey rink and an impromptu league was started by the Rangers of 108th St. and the Bruins of 117th St. Most of the players were from the HCJ class of 1970 that started playing there in 7th grade (1968) through high school (1974). I also remember making our own baseball field up the hill from the gardens, the present location where a new pine forest was created. I found Richmond Hill to have an interesting culture. I knew everyone that lived on my block. Most people lived there for many years, in some situations homes were passed down through generations. It was very unusual for people to move from Richmond Hill, it seemed that most times that a home changed hands was when the owner passed on. While I no longer live there, any opportunity I get, I drive through the area, pass the old house, and remenisce about the great time I had there. I am pleased to see that many of the homes are being maintained and it is still a wonderful and beautiful town. I also very much enjoy visiting this website and thank those who created it. 

Author: John Saladino - Of Wantagh, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 10 August 2002.

very interesting site!!

Author: Doreen, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 9 August 2002.

I'm looking for the will of John Strickland (or variant) whose will was dated Sept. 5, 1672. He was once known as Sgt. John Strickland.

Author: Robert L. Strickland - Of Sheridan, WY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 August 2002.

RH is a pleasantly progressive town and I hope that my cooking school (Richmond Hill Culinary Arts Centre)will carry on the torch that the pioneers and guardians have ignited and kept aglow through the years. 

Author: Frederick Oh - Of Richmond Hill, Canada.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 7 August 2002.

This site is one of the best. It brings back so many good times from the old days. I was born and lived in RH from 49' to 69'. Went to HCJ and RHHS. Hung out in the annex school yard playing stick ball in the summer. Johnson Park. Played stick ball in the A&P parking lot when it first opened. I can just go on about how this sit brings back the good old days. You got to visit the message board. 

Author: Bob Winter - Of Huntington Beach, CA. USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 5 August 2002.

A suggestion....How about selling some Ricmond Hill apparel, mugs, and some prints of some famous Richmond Hill sites....they would sell. It would let us hold onto some of the memories......

Author: Born and Raised in Richmond Hill

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 4 August 2002.

Great site.

Author: Frank Hyer - Of Metairie, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 4 August 2002.

Been here for over 50yrs in RH area
Remember all the places and things we
did in the area.Went to RHHS and Holy Child
Jesus Schools Lived on 111st and 91st ave in 40s
and 50s

Author: Florence Strong - Of Richmond Hill, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 3 August 2002.

If there was ever a town where a movie could be made about the American Dream, family values, struggles, and growing up - Richmond Hill during the '50's and 60's would be the place. The name of the movie would simply be "Richmond Hill".....think about it.................

Author: anonymous

This entry was recorded on Friday, 2 August 2002.

I have lived in Richmond Hill for the duration of my life> Im now 13. I use to attend The Oxford School (P.S 66) and now M.S 210. I never knew Richmond Hill was that old a place. Wow! Anyone have any historical background on the area near P.S 66? Stories? Photos? Im really interested.

Author: Ben Yang - Of Richmond Hill, US.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 1 August 2002.

This is Jacqueline Maple. i would like to thank you for correcting the date of my father Jack Maple's death.
Sincerely, Jacqueline

Author: Jacqueline Maple - Of Islip, Americ\a.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 31 July 2002.

My mother Winifred L. Ruter lived at 107-36 108St is Richmond Hill from 1922until 1933 She married GF Merkel in 1935 in Germany. Both were University Professors She dies in 1991 at the age of 86 

Author: chris Merkel - Of Pasadena, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 July 2002.

I was born and raised in Richmond Hill - Liberty Avenue and 115th Street. Lived there until I was about 20 years old.

Author: Lawrence J. Salerno - Of New Bern, NC, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 29 July 2002.

Richmond Hill.....a great place to grow up. I remember PS 66 - "The Schoolyard", RHHS, spaldeens, pennsie pinkies, Holy Child Dances, Victory Field, The Carousel, Joe the ice cream man, Mr. Softee, Jackson Pond, sleigh riding, punchball, slapball, Forest Park, Jahns, Schweeties, Joe's Deli, Villa Grande, Bohacks, Bill's, Wesslings, Lou's, .... great memories. Great site - I check in often for updates. 

Author: Pat Bernardo, Ph.D.

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 July 2002.

I am need of a source of information as to where I might find records of a 1670 marriage in Jamaica Long Island. I believe that a Benjamin Wade married a Ann Looker(daughter of William)there in 1670 or thereabouts. Can anyone help? Bob

Author: Bob Wade - Of belvidere , NJ.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 July 2002.

Hello- i am Jack Maple's daughter and i would like it if you would change the date you have listed as my father's date of death. the correct date is August 4th 2001. thank you-jacqueline

Author: Jacqueline Maple - Of Islip, America.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 July 2002.

Just wanted to tell you that I was born and lived in RH for 26 yrs. I have such fond memories of going to PS 51 then to PS 90 and to RHHS. Enjoyed Forest Park, Jahns, Klibbys,Salerno's,RKO, Hillside Roller Rink, Triangle Bowl, Meet Me At The Stand, Furci's Dances, Glens, an all the friends that I grew up with. Yo pictues and sit bring all those wonderfl memories back. Yo have done a wonderful job. Thank You!  Judy 

Author: Judy Guariglio - Of Hplme Beach,FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 July 2002.

I am overwhelmed with deja=vu when i visit your site. Richmond Hill was the place where i spent my teen years and i loved every minute of them. If there is anyone who would like to discuss the neighborhood or attended RHHS circa 1950 to 54, I would be glad to trade you memories. This site does a real public service and many of us are very appreciative of the great job you are doing. 

Author: les Friedlieb - Of Lewes DE

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 July 2002.

Thank You for informing me of the new book on RIchmond Hill, I cherish the original which my father gave me..I lived in Richmond Hill from 1968 until 1988 then moved to Kew Gardens....Both towns hold so much history....and wonderful memories,I had a beautiful Queen Anne in Richmond Hill and it holds a special place in my heart...

Author: Barbara Vallely - Of Kew Gardens, U.S.A..

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 25 July 2002.

i just wanted to drop a note of public thanks to mr. carl ballenas for the picture of my greatgrandfathers place "dauer hall and casino" it was a pleasure to get such information so quickly. i am going to look for any early pictures of richmond hill that i might have and email them to him so they can be shared by all!! love this site! carol thomson

Author: carol thomson, orange.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 24 July 2002.

This is such a wonderful site. It takes me to my past when I lived there many, many years ago. I plan to visit these magnificent homes when come back to visit. Thanks for all your hard work and love of 'neighborhood'. J

Author: Judy Bunch - Of Las Vegas, NV, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 23 July 2002.

THE BOOK HAS ARRIVED GUYS AND IT IS FABULOUS!!!!WAIT TILL YOU SEE IT!!!!

Author: nancy - Of RICHMOND HILL, NEW YORK.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 23 July 2002.

I found your memory lane while cruising on the Super Highway. Thanks for the site!

Author: Gilbert - Of Los Angeles, USA.

This entry was recorded on Sunday, 21 July 2002.

i lived in richmond hill over twenty years, i think your site is great. looking foward to reading the new book.

Author: richard banks - Of massapequa park, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 20 July 2002.

Thank you so much about the article concerning Amelia Huddleston. She is one of our favorites, too. She sure helped us a lot in our research of the Huddleston Families and surname.

Author: Roy H Huddleston - Of Elsmere, Kentucky, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 19 July 2002.

I'm looking for old photographs and vintage picture postcards to post on a personal web site featuring images of early 20th century Kew Gardens, NY [www.oldkewgardens.com].

Author: J. D. - Of Kew Gardens, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 19 July 2002.

nice site

Author: fredrick nieves - Of Toronto, CA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 16 July 2002.

Thanks for your Theodore Roosevelt articles

Author: Jodie Farrell - Of Casper, USA.

This entry was recorded on Monday, 8 July 2002.

Hello,

Was told there is a St. Joseph's church near 102nnd Street. Anyone ever hear of it? Also attorney's by name of Kirk and Kirk near 112th.
Can anyone help me with this. 

Thanks 
Ann


Author: Ann McKown - Of Louisa, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 7 July 2002.

My parents, John Acken (Jack) Smith and Dorothea Breitenbach, both graduated RHHS. They were born 1913 -- June and November -- met in RHHS and married a few days after graduation. My Mom -- and maybe Dad, too, graduated in JUNE of 1930 in what was called annex 90. There was also a class that graduated in Jan. 1930 but they aren't in that class. Do you have access to the 1930 annex 90 yearbook? I also need their home addresses if possible for an ancestral search. Can anyone help me? Thank you for any information you may pass on to me. I have submitted in the past with an outdated email address. Thank You, Dorothea Smith

Author: Dorothea Smith

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 1 July 2002.

really enjoy this site. trying to find information on graduating classes of rhhs 1966 and 1967 for memorial at reunion (aug. 3rd) does anyone have information about classmates who have passed away? please contact me, thanks leslie

Author: leslie knowles - Of amityville ny, usa.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 28 June 2002.

Hello: I'm still looking for my Mom's year book. The office a RHHS told me they don't have them back that far back. Has someone got one? It's not the January, 1930 year book, it's the 1930 annex 90 year book, which I believe was the June graduating class. I would love to learn what it says about her. I'm also searching for my Dad who I understand she met in RHHS. His name was John (Jack) Smith. He died around 1946 and I can't find his grave site or the cemetary. He was "laid out" in Richmond Hill and buried on the QNS/BKLYN border in a non-denominational cemetary. I called Cypress Hill Cem since it's the most likely, but they refused to search for such a common name. His parents were Charles and Rebecca Smith. I was very young at that time and remember nothing. All help appreciated. Thanks so much for reading this. I live in California. 
Frustrated, Dorothea

Author: Dorothea Smith - Of Concord, California, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 June 2002.

Dear all - Was great seeing the site - We're looking forward to working in Richmond Hill and It's been wonderful getting to know everyone so far. It's an exquisite site about a grand neighborhood.

dan 
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Author: dan Gaydos - Of ny, ny.

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 27 June 2002.

I found this website very interesting, because I now live in Rrichmond Hill, and find that when I tell people I live in Richmond Hill they do not exactly know where it is. They know it is in Queens but they do not know exaxtly where in Queens. So now I will send every one to this website so that they can see that this is one of the older towns in Queens.

Author: JMBB - Of Richmond Hill, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 24 June 2002.

Thanks for the memories and look forward to more.

Author: Jack - Of Richmond Hill
 

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 18 June 2002.

thanks for the resource and visit another good site at India Times

Author: Naveen

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 17 June 2002.

How about adding a list to your site of all graduates by year starting with the first year of RHHS. I'm sure there would be a lot of interested parties

Author: Michael Mattes - Of El Paso, TX, US.

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 16 June 2002.

I was born in the Richmond Hill Sanitorium on June 10, 1944. Any information on that private hospital? Thanks.

Author: Marian Fagan McCabe

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 16 June 2002.

In search of any strange folklore, ghost stories, haunted houses, weird places, happenings, and mysterious events in NY history. Visit website for info.

Author: Judy Clark - Of NY

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 14 June 2002.

Our Keepsake Ornaments will replicate your Historic sites or Themes in support of your goals. www.custom-ornaments.com

Author: Frederick Battersby - Of Wells, ME

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 12 June 2002.

Excellent Website!
A Big Thanks to all who are involved in the making of this site.

Author: terrence murphy

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 June 2002.

Great information. I am researching the history of Native people from the Lake Success area of Long Island. specifically Valley Road District (Community Drive, Manhasset, NY.)

Author: Rosa Chapman DuCree - Of Rosedale, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 11 June 2002.

I was born in 1950 and first lived on 123rd and 89th ave we move around but always came back to richmond hill I attended ps 54 on hillside avenue, went to Holy Child Jesus kinder and 1st grade (i loved sister carol marie) I think i attend sunday school at our lady of the cenacle before that. I lived last and longest on 124th st between jamaica ave and hillside ave and remember fondly kronkys ice cream parlor, the bakery and butchers (also cheap mikes and the hardware store on the corner) walks to forest park and the b56 into jamaica and who could forget the roller rink on hillside and metro? In my teen years i became a member of the Church of the Ressurection where my aunt helen meslow attended. when my fathers family (swedish imm) moved to richmond hill from brooklyn they were moving to the "country". I live in upstate ny and am now trying to research my moms (mary catherine dauer) family surnames of dauer and dietrich... they lived on 125th between hillside and (metropolitan) 85th ave. and on 134th street off jamaica ave by 89th ave... if you have any family knowledge please email me. I never knew my grandparents and would love to know something of my moms family history.
in my search for my moms family i found that my great grandfather and my grandfather AND his brother owned the lumber yard on 125th St. and Jamaica Ave... when my greatgrandfather either William or George Dauer was involved with it they owned the whole square block and it was called Dauer Hall. Does any one remeber this? or have any info about it?
Also, my grandfather william a dauer was a ticket agent with the long island railroad, he died on nov. 14, 1950... i guess it really was his time to go... he probaly would have died in that great crash within the week!
In reference to a guest comment on 9/20/99 by janice cawley daniel, we were friends and i tried to contact you @ the listed email but it is returned. Janice if you see this email me. My cousin Janet lives upstate too and would like to say hi! remember the pizza place on 114th and the church of the ressurection (we spent some sundays at the diner instead). If anyone knows where to contact Janice please let me know. thanks.


Author: carol thomson norrby

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 24 May 2002.

I'm a historian and I need your help. I just came across a reference on your site to Frederick T. Youngs, who apparently played an important early role in Richmond Hill, and perhaps was the builder of the country club. I'm doing a little book on a famous lawsuit in which a Frederick T. Youngs, of Long Island, was involved. (He was a very prominent builder in NYC at the turn of the 20th century.) Do you folks have any further information on this man. I'm particularly interested in finding pictures, if any exist. For what it's worth, we know that Frederick T.'s father was William Walmsley Youngs and we're pretty sure that Frederick T's grandson is Chandler Robbins III. Please call or write one way or the other, if only to let us know that this is, yet again, another dead end. Thanks- Paul Wangerin, John Marshall Law School, Chicago 312-987-2374.

Author: Paul Wangerin - Of Chicago, IL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 27 April 2002.

Thanks for the resource! I grew up in Richmond Hill and lived there until 1984 when my family relocated to Massachusetts. I attended Holy Child, graduating in 1982, and Archbishop Molloy until 1984. Now living in the sprawling and gridlocked suburbs of Atlanta, I remember how great the old neighborhood was. It seems it was a much better place to grow up than any "desirable" suburb around here. Thanks again for the great site.

Author: Michael Donelan - Of Atlanta, GA, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 17 April 2002.

I HAD A GREAT TIME AT THE "BIG PARTY" LAST YEAR.

Author: BERNICE MCGRATH-WEIR - Of New York, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 17 April 2002.

I want to see more pictures of my block if possible and blocks anywhere near that area... I live at 109ST between Atlantic and 95th Ave.

Author: RICHIE - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 16 April 2002.

I am looking for historical homes to beautify by preserving the mouldings and woodwork in the homes. Our business is family owned, Design Moulding. We will match any historical mouldings in homes. All we need from you is a sample of your profile from the moulding you wish to replicate. We are located in Nebraska and ship our custom mouldings across the country. Please let us know if we may be of service to your historical homes. Thank you in advance for your time. Judith E. Stanton, Design Moulding Laurel, NE ph/fx 402-256-9538

Author: Design Moulding - Of Laurel, Nebraska, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 15 April 2002.

I was born on 102nd Street and 86th Avenue, went to HCJ and graduated in '59. Richmond Hill was a wonderful place to live back then.  I didn't truly appreciate the architecture of the houses and the history of our neighborhood until I'd moved away and my mom gave me a copy of the "Keyhole" book. I haven't been back since '89 and it sounds like it's changed a lot. I remember Schwede's Ice Cream Parlor, Wessling's Bookstore (think it was run by 2 sisters), Gebhardt's Bakery, Lipschutz where you could buy most anything, the 5 & 10, my first dentist was Dr. Springer on 113th Street, Marie Arnet's Dance Studio on I think it was 114th Street, Jackson Pond, the carousel, Whelan's Drugstore on 104th Street, all the butchers and bars on Jamaica Avenue, Louie DeStefano's fruit store where his whole family worked, Springer's ladies' store - and just about every other place and person others before me have named in their recollections. I'm very happy to have found this site and now I miss my old home all over again!

Author: Carol Outram

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 11 April 2002.

I moved into Richmond Hill in 1967 at 102nd Street & 90th Avenue; moved out in 1985. My biographical profile may be found at http://www.appa.edu/BIOMANA.html; a preview of my mathematico - philosophical treatise is at www.1stbooks.com/bookview/2105.
I found Richmond Hill to be the ideal "country" setting for all my high school preparatory, collegiate,  and graduate studies. It was here that I began formulating my mathematical philosophy of God and Man - in my room,  i.e. a finished attic! I have fond memories of Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor, Lipschutz Stationers, Wessling's Books... Au revoir to Richmond Hill.


Author: Joseph N Manago - Of New York, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 10 April 2002.

Been in RH all my life and have seen all the changes. I remember all of RH as I grew up and still live here. I remember the junk wagons that were pulled by horses and vegetable wagons too. It was a wonderful place to be in during the 40s and 50s. We played in the streets and had fun!

Author: Florence Strong - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 5 April 2002.

Nice to see pictures from my past. I am Thomas Hayes and graduated from Holy Child in 1956. I have very fond memories of Richmond Hill – Jahn’s – the Park – the “EL” – The “Stand” and of many friends from so long ago. Thanks!

Author: Dr Thomas Ignatius Hayes Jr - Of St Petersburg, FL, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 5 April 2002.

Thanks for this site! I spent my early years in Richmond Hill. My family lived at 104-54 123rd St. I was fortunate enough to have attended school at OLPH. The neighborhood, at that time, was a wonderful place to grow up. I can very well remember my Dad and I spending Sundays together in Forest Park. He used to watch as I enjoyed the pony ride.  :-)  I love your site, but I've been searching for information concerning my old school and Church - Our Lady of Perpetual Help. I do truly thank you for setting up this site. I Love It!

Author: Dorothy Loughran

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 27 March 2002.

I was born in Richmond Hill in 1951 lived there till 1960... lots of good chidhood memories. I lived on 123rd street off Liberty Avenue. Once in awhile I take train back to visit old neighborhood... like to walk around there. It has changed so much, but in some ways still so familiar. I used to go to Nicks candy store /luncheonette corner 123 and Liberty. Also Lefferts Theatre for Sat matinees. Thank you for this great website Dennis!

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 March 2002.

I spent the first 31 years of my life in South Richmond Hill, before following my job to my current home in Suffolk County. I lived on 103rd Avenue near 126th Street. I wouldn't trade my years living in RH for anything. It was a great place full of honest, hard-working, down-to-earth folks. There are far too many memories to list here; I'll name a few of my favorite places on Liberty Avenue - Uncle Jack's toy store, Benny's candy store, Ralph's candy store, Sukon's, Kresge's, Woolworth's, the Lefferts and Casino movie theaters, Moshman's department store, Hermann's delicatessen, Tony's hardware store, Napoli pizzeria, Hamilton's supermarket, Vic's barbershop, and the Dunton branch of the Queensborough Public Library. And, of course, on Atlantic Avenue, there was Smokey Park. Aah, memories are made of this!

Author: Michael Falco - Of Suffolk County, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 22 March 2002.

Enjoy Early History, Historical Photos, and Old Maps.

Author: Hans-Peter Novotny

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 March 2002.

Enjoyed my visit to your website.

Author: Joseph Retzer

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 March 2002.

Its just great to have this site to look back on.

Author: ROSEANN CANNALONGA VITO

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 21 March 2002.

Grew up in Kew Gardens, graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1985 and I enjoy the occasional trip down memory lane. I've lived in the East Village for several years now, but Queens will always be my home.

Author: Taryn A Harris - Of NYC, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 20 March 2002.

Found your Noteworthy People to be most impressive.

Author: aman kapoor

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 19 March 2002.

Great website! Having lived in Richmond Hill for the last 17 years, I had no idea that it was full of such character and history. Keep up the good work!

Author: Nadim Quaiser - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 19 March 2002.

I grew up in Jamaica, but since my parish church was Our Lady of the Cenacle in Richmond Hill most of my friends were in Richmond Hill. In fact my wedding picture very clearly shows the name of the church and if you are interested in using the picture let me know. My maiden name was O'Donnell and my mother and father owned The Gertrude Florist, on Jamaica Avenue - most of our customers were from Richmond Hill. My parents told us when they first moved in they could go out their back door and see "woods". Since I am 75 years old you know that was a long time ago. Among other things I remember the subway being built.

Author: Ethel Tetrault

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 18 March 2002.

My Dad lived in the same house on 118th street from the time he was six years old went to St Benidect's and RHHS. Where he met  my mother Helen Williams also a grad from RHHS.She even had Helen Koch as a teacher as did I now that is scarry. When I went to RHHS She was Dean of Girls and remembered my Mom well, so I was in big trouble lol.  My Dad was a  good ball player at the school and at Smookey Ovel. Some othere people Jack Lord {Hawaii 5 O} Whitie Herzog and Phil Rizzuto to name a few all played Ball together.

Author: Mary Hamel

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 March 2002.

Very happy to have found this site thanks to classmates.com. My mother and father attended RHHS in the 30s and I graduated in 66.

Author: Leslie Knowles

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 March 2002.

I am tracing a family, of my relatives, Ernest and Margaret Mertins that lived in your area in the early 1900's until the 1940's when she died. He had died earlier. When she died she had lived in the same house for some 35 years. I wonder if there are any relatives left in your area. I am the family genealogist. Margaret was a McConnell and was about a second cousin of my grandmother. They came from Ireland. They lived at 87-43 129th St. when she died. What would that street have been called in 1910 census?  Thanks for the help. I enjoyed seeing your site on line. Gladys

Author: Gladys Edwards

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 March 2002.

Brings back fond memories. Lived in Ozone Park but had many friends in R.H. My fondest memories are going to forest park with my dad and riding the carosel. Later as a teenager going to victory field... and riding bikes through the park...

Author: Michael Palladino

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 13 March 2002.

I lived in Richmond Hill as a child, 1947-51 and was baptized at Union Congregational Church. My mother Marjorie Lehmann Frising graduated from RHHS in 1933. We lived on 112 St. near the El, my Lehmann (Arthur & Louise) grandparents lived on 113th St. and my Frising (Ernest & Caroline) grandparents on 115th St. Does anybody remember any of my family. I wish there were more pictures and stories on the website.

Author: Linda Frising Hearn

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 9 March 2002.

Enjoy all the stories and recent updates of Richmond Hill

Author: ANAND PERSAUD

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 7 March 2002.

Searching for information, early history and statistics on Richmond Hill.

Author: Betty Perez

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 6 March 2002.

wow, didn't know richmond hill is a famous place especially Jamaica Av.

Author: Daniash Bissessar

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This entry was recorded on Friday, 1 March 2002.

I have lived in the community for 24 years and I have never been so intrigued by its history by searching the web. Thank you for the insight & information sharing. My daughter who is studying architecture would be very interested to hear about your site.

Author: Evelyn Grajales - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Monday, 25 February 2002.

Former student and member of Holy Child Jesus Church 1951-1953.

Author: Richard A. Rega

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 February 2002.

it's a little late and one of our classmates has already mentioned it, but we are having a PS54 graduating class of 1948 re-union in Florida on March 6th, 2002. It's only tens days away now and probably too late for anyone else that might be interested, but now it's once again out there. We have 33 paid attendees who will be coming to Boca Raton next week.

Author: Carl C. Slutz

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 24 February 2002.

please have more info on pioneers in richmond hill.

Author: laura leparulo

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 23 February 2002.

According to Robert McCullough in his biography of John Adams, Adams lived in a rented house in Richmond Hill as vice president. I'd like to know more about exactly where he lived and whether the house still stands.

Author: Stephen Brent

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This entry was recorded on Saturday, 16 February 2002.

I think this is a pretty cool web site.

Author: josh summers

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 2 February 2002.

Found your information on early history of Richmond Hill very interesting.

Author: Barry Grossman

This entry was recorded on Saturday, 2 February 2002.

How about a message board so we can find old friends and share old memories of Richmond Hill.

Author: Ed Coulter

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 January 2002.

hello, my wife diane and I were wondering if we had missed the quarterly newsletter. We are new members having joined this year. Thank you.

Author: richard e hansen

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This entry was recorded on Thursday, 24 January 2002.

Please re-check the source of the current picture of the Jamaica Ave. line on your Jamaica Ave. page. It looks like a shot of the Coney Island train! How do I know? Your photo shows a train of 75 foot subway cars, which cannot run on the Jamaica line due to platform length and turn clearance restrictions.

Author: MAL

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 January 2002.

My Grandmother lived in a beautiful house that had three floors with stain glass and beautiful wood floors. She lived on 111st. The house is in very sad shape these days but I remember the quite block when I was a child filled with well kept lawn and pretty flowers. I hope the house's that have been kept up remain that way for many years to come.

Author: MAL

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 23 January 2002.

hello everyone out there... i am the president of the historical society and we are putting out a book on richmond hill which will go to print in about 8 weeks... we are still looking for original photos to include in the book... and maybe you have some out there... the photos will be returned after they are used and you will get name credit under the photo (courtesy of __ ). we are looking for pictures of places and people of richmond hill from the early turn of the century up to the 50's... in front of stores, cars, working, playing, weddings, schools, parties... anything that will depict everyday life... they have to be origianl photos and at least 2 1/2 by 3 inches in good quality... MAKE YOUR FAMILY PICTURES LIVE ON FOREVER IN A BOOK PUT OUT BY ARCADIA PUBLISHING... (CHECK OUT THEIR WEB SITE) please email me if you think you can help... we would like to include new images in the book... thanks for your help and interest in our beautiful community.

Author: nancy - of richmond hill, ny, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 22 January 2002.

A friend told me of your website and I really enjoyed the noteworthy people and the old maps of richmond hill.

Author: Ruth Adkin

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 20 January 2002.

Does The Holy Child Jesus School have an alumni website?

Author: Paul Galbraith

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 16 January 2002.

Seeking information on Churches. We were wondering about the name of a church that existed on 111th St north of Atlantic Avenue in the 1930's and 40's.

Author: Chris Smith

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This entry was recorded on Sunday, 13 January 2002.

Enjoyed reading the noteworthy people from Richmond Hill.

Author: KAREN WORKMAN

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This entry was recorded on Wednesday, 9 January 2002.

I enjoyed my visit again to your website especially the early history and photos.

Author: Ana

This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 8 January 2002.

I would like to reprint your wonderful article on the Battle of Long Island in our newsletter: The Juniper Berry. Please let me know if it would be acceptable. We will of course credit the author and the historical society. Thanks. Robert Holden, pres. Juniper Park Civic Assoc. 718-651-5865.

Author: Robert F Holden

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 January 2002.

As the webmaster for the Richmond Hill Historical Society, it gives me great pleasure to wish all our members & guests a Very Happy New Year!

Author: Dennis Doyle - Of Richmond Hill, NY, USA.

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This entry was recorded on Tuesday, 1 January 2002.


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