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Submitted by Comments:
Name: Rich Jemmott
From: Moriarty NM
E-mail: maryjane12@q.com
A Healthy New Year to one and all.
The Brill family had a store on Liberty Ave around 120 street. I went to PS 100 with David Brill. Anyone know what happened to the family? I lived at 107-51-115 street, went to PS 100, PS 108, and John Adams.
Most of my friends that I grew up with, I still stay connected with. Happy New Year
Added: December 31, 2014
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Name: Frank Biscay
From: Knoxville, Tn
E-mail: bisc928@aol.com
To Madeline Rasch...
What corner of What Street did you live on and when??
I lived at 107-37 109th Street down the block from PS 108 from 1946 until 1968, just curious, thanks.
Added: December 30, 2014
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Tom Auer
From: Holbrook NY
E-mail:
RIP Richie "Rocket" Kiburis.
Green Shade Alumni, and all around Richmond Hill supporter. He made the last Stand.
Added: December 20, 2014
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Lil Carroll Westendorf
From: Florida
E-mail: jaywest@comcast.net
My Dad graduated from Richmond Hill I believe in 1942/1943, his name was Lawrence (Larry) Carroll.
Just was wondering if anyone knew of him. Trying to do geneology. Thank you!
Added: December 15, 2014
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Steve Batthany md
From: Lake Worth, Fl
E-mail: Ebatthany@aol.com
Bob Wood,
think you are speaking of Adam's bicycle shop north of Jam ave and of the fish store across the street, in a greasy brown bag "best ever".
Added: December 15, 2014
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Looking for student from RHHS 1949-1953. Drop a line.
Seeking some old friends from RH; Fred Corrigan and Fred Fuchs. If anyone knows of them, please let me know. Interested in contacting Doris Hamm, 111 st, RH back in 1960. Joe Esposito's candy store on 111 st and Jerome ave. He ran the store in the early fifties, him and his wife Dotty, and four daughters worked there with Joe.
Thanks for your help. Bob Rademacher
Added: December 14, 2014
Submitted by Comments:
Cheryl Ierardi
From: West Sayville NY
E-mail: cnkierardi@gmail.com
I'm researching the Drabert Family history.
John J. Drabert lived at 107-42 113th St Richmond Hill with his wife May, and daughters Elizabeth, Mildred, Muriel, and he was a Policeman. Would appreciate any information, thanks.
Added: December 10, 2014
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Evelyn Mae Hammond
From: GA
E-mail: myowntyme@mail.com
I am in search of my birth mother or any information on her.
Her name was Joyce Hammond and I believe she lived on 112 Hill Street when she was four years old. Her mother's named May have been Lena Thomas. That's all I know at this point.
I was born in 1956 St Phillips in Richmond, VA. Not sure what happen, I am just trying to find some answers, like what high school would she have attended living in that area? Thank you.
Added: December 4, 2014
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timothy mahoney
From: florida, port richey, pasco county
E-mail: tim_mahoney1957@yahoo.com
born and raised 118 st and liberty ave the corner
in the winter we would hang out on the heater at the laundromat... green shade, oneills, bob bates bar, john rigas florist i worked there. great memories, hello to all.
Added: November 29, 2014
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Manuel Correa
From: Upstate SC
E-mail: mcorrea@sherman.edu
I grew up in RH 1960 - 70s, went to HCJ, and lived off 123rd street and Jamaica Ave.
GREAT SITE! Is there any possibility that you will allow for users to upload their photos. It would be great to see family pics of the old neighborhood as it was.
Added: November 27, 2014
Submitted by Comments:
Mike Mannion
From: Newburgh N.Y.
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Wishing everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday Season
Added: November 22, 2014
Submitted by Comments:
Francine Reynolds
From: Waterford Twp., Michigan
E-mail: augustmoon@cavtel.net
Genealogy search on American Indians of Long Island New York.
Writing a "Family Legacy Book" on the history of the area where I use to lived and played as a child and teenage during the years of 1950-60's. A native born and raised in the community called Spinney Hill of Great Neck-Manhasset, New York. How we played in the surroundings of Whitney's Estate Property (Whitney Pond).
Ice skating every winter or hunting for Indian arrowheads feeling the presence of the past Indian tribes guiding us along the way to find our treasures of beautiful arrowheads.
How blessed we were to have had the experience, witness and lived among the past of the greatest culture of the century, the "American Indians of New York".
Added: November 21, 2014
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Kevin Hartt
From: Miller Place
E-mail: dadofyogi@gmail.com
Born 1956. Lived on 120th Street between 89th Ave and 91st Ave until 1981.
Bought my own house on 116th Street and lived there until 1990. Attended SBJL 1961-1970. RHHS 1970-1974.
Added: November 12, 2014
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Madeline Rasch
From: Florida
E-mail:
Hi, I lived across the street from PS 108. The corner house.
I used to go to the A&P, the German bakery and Linda Ho's fathers Chinese laundry. All on Rockaway Blvd. There was a candy store nearby. The owners were Irving and Esther. My brother Frankie and I would cash in our bottles there and buy our candy.
I went to Catechism at OLPH. My best friends were Nancy Hayward, Karen Baratella, Taffy Kohler, Susan Bloom, and Cathy Arianna.
Added: November 11, 2014
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Betty McCarthy
From: Thornton, Pa
E-mail: fionnbuckley@gmail.com
Anyone out there from HCJ class of 1952?
Added: November 10, 2014
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Harold Landsperg
From: Clovis, NM
E-mail: ka5abt@suddenlink.net
Dennis,
What happened to the Jahn's Menu?
Added: November 8, 2014
Submitted by Comments:
Mark Grossane
From: Watertown, CT
E-mail: markgrossane@rocketmail.com
To Bob Wood:
I do remember a place on the corner of 112th St. and Jamaica Ave. next to the bike store and across from the old Bohack's (later King Kullen).
But my recollection is that it was a fish store that fried fish and potatoes only certain days of the week. Went there on occasion with my mother, and that was a great treat.
I moved to RH in 1955, and I think that place was gone by 1960.
Added: November 7, 2014
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Tom Maund
From: Brevard, NC
E-mail: tombren@comporium.net
What a trip!!!I grew up in RH... 1931 to 1964.
Went to HCJ and RHHS, played for HCJ. I washed dishes, for Jahans, 1946, drank in Marshall's and Glenn's. Sailed my boat & ice skated in Jackson Park. Played softball for the Shelton B&G, at Victory Field in the Beer Barrel League. Danced everywhere we could. 116th Street Rockaway. Met my wife on a blind date in the Shelton. Lived at 102-21 87th Ave.
THANKS & WOW for bringing back old memories.
Added: November 6, 2014
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Ray Reynolds
From: New Jersey
E-mail: Ray.C.Reynolds@verizon.net
Does anyone have any photos of the Mohawk Restaurant?
Interior, exterior, good, bad, with people, without people, anything. Please email them to me.
Added: November 4, 2014
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Steven Romero
From: Orlando, Florida
E-mail: steve96444@gmail.com
I lived in Richmond Hill from 1971 to 1989. What a great place to grow up in.
I wish a place like that existed today for my kids. The Leffert's theater with all of the movie matinees in the summer. Uncle Jacks toy store with the Matchbox cars and big tubs of Bazooka gum. Bill's Bicycles and the smell of tires when you entered. Tommy's pizza and Karp's dinner. Anyone remember the waffle machine on 122 street?
Those were the days. Can someone invent a time machine because I'm going back.
Added: October 31, 2014
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Meredeth Mann
From: St. Augustine FL
E-mail: merryd2012@gmail.com
Trying to find out if anyone has any information about St. Loretta's Orphanage or where any records might be kept. My father-in-law and his siblings were raised there and never found out what happened to their parents.
Thanks for any help or suggestions.
Added: October 29, 2014
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Patricia Ziegler
From: Valley Stream, NY
E-mail: summer11580@optonline.net
I lived in Richmond Hill between 1942 and 1958, and I believe that those wonderful pictures of Jackson Pond must not have been taken any later than 1950.
The sandals that the little boy is wearing were popular at that time, and by the early 1950s, the city had already stopped flooding the pond, supposedly because it leaked. After that, it sat for years as an empty concrete shell. It was only about 12 inches deep, and we often walked across it.
Added: October 25, 2014
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Sharon Tierney Thorkildson
From: Sisters, OR 97759
E-mail: zhar@bendbroadband.com
Hi! Love your website. Great information for me.
I am applying for DAR and my Patriot is Hendrick Hendrickson. This information made me feel very proud of my family in this country's fight for freedom! Thanks for your hard work! Sharon
Added: October 18, 2014
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Genevieve Becker Novak
From: Barnegat, NJ
E-mail: jenny.jjnpc@comcast.net
I lived in Richmond Hill from 1958 to 1975.
We lived at 86-37 127th Street, between Hillside Ave. & Jamaica Ave. Went to Our Lady of the Cenacle; graduated 1972 and then RHHS from 1972 to 1975; then moved to New Jersey and finished high school there.
Anyone from my old neighborhood around?
Added: October 10, 2014
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Robert Sidden
From: Ballston Lake, NY Saratoga County
E-mail: kala123@verizon.net
Golden Days In The Memory Of Our Happy Youth.
Life has nothing sweeter than it's spring time, Oh those Golden Days!
I happened upon the RHHS web site by accident and I am very impressed with it. What impresses me the most is that people are getting in touch with their feelings and they realize that their life's history means something. You can bet your bottom dollar that PhD's and PhD dissertation candidates will be using this web site as a research tool one day. Most of the posts are very positive, some sad and one who said something about kicking someone's rear-end (polite form).
Iam interested in sharing memories with anyone else on this site, especially those who were in my 1952 graduating class at PS 121. I was born in Jamaica, NY in June 1937 and lived in South Ozone Park until age 5 when my family moved in 1942 to 107-60 130th St. between 109th and 107th avenues in Richmond Hill. I entered (Miss, Mrs., Ms.) Dunne's Kindergarten class in 1942. The rest is history that I will try not to bore you with.
Being that both sides of my family have branches dating back to Ireland, I will leave you with this Irish Blessing!
Irish Good Luck Blessing
May good luck be with you
Wherever you go,
And your blessings out number
The Shamrocks that grow.
Added: October 1, 2014
Submitted by Comments:
Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To: Dave O'halloran,
Thanks for your inquiry. This guestbook is maintained by myself and recently I have not had the opportunity to publish the guest comments in a timely fashion. In the past, entries were added automatically into the guestbook but overtime many spammers began to enter postings which forced me to have comments first be sent to me before publishing them. Sorry for delays. Appreciate your concerns.
Added: September 26, 2014
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Dave O'halloran
From: Boston, MA
E-mail:
Can someone explain to this technology lost soul, why this site is not updated more frequently? (or is it just me).
No complaint just trying to understand.
Added: September 25, 2014
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
A challenge to the readers...
Anyone recall a fast food (today's language) place on Jamaica Avenue somewhere between 111 street and 115 street near a barber shop and bicycle shop across the street from a grocery store (Bohacks or King Kullen?)where we used to stop off to get French fries after school? Cool little place and of course our parents used to tell us not to go there as it was bad food! 1950's to early 1960's or maybe even later but I was moved by then.
Glad to see that HCJ is still doing so well. Long time since I wandered those streets.
Added: September 25, 2014
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Manuel Correa
From: Boiling Springs, SC
E-mail: mcorrea@sherman.edu
Hi
Lived at Jamaica ave. and 86-35 123rd Street; late 1965 to 1970
Added: September 23, 2014
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Jay Adamson
From: Albany, NY
E-mail:
Enjoyed revisiting the neighborhood through your website.
Grew up there during the 1960's. Great memories of Jahn's, The Hofbrau, and Forest Park.
Added: September 13, 2014
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Linda Beyer McHugh
From: Cape Cod, MA
E-mail: lindabmchugh@gmail.com
Haven't visited in awhile, but it's still a great site.
We just moved north from DC area and have Holy Child friend Roberta McBride visiting. She asked if anyone remembers Walt Disney visiting Holy Child in the mid-late 1950s. Her recollection is that Disney, or someone from Disney studios came to HCJ. We were all assembled in the auditorium and he spoke and drew a doodle that he then turned into a cartoon character. I have a fragment memory of hearing a preview of the sorcerer's apprentice music, not in a movie theater...
Anyone confirm these?
Added: August 31, 2014
Submitted by Comments:
Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Hi, any RHHS grads from 1953 out there. Drop a line.
Like to met up with a few old friends Fred Fuchs, Fred Corrigan, Billy Strobe, Tom Bretcher, Richie Speth. Long time no see.
Hope your able to write.
Added: August 29, 2014
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CARMINE RAMIREZ
From: north miami fl.
E-mail:
I attended P.S. 121 in early 1950's. I was in love with Cheryl Degener!
I was in the 5th Grade when my dumb stepfather decided to move! 126-17 Linden Blvd. Maureen Murphy was another girl that I loved! Does anyone remember those two or myself?
Added: August 15, 2014
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Ronald Sandritter
From: NJ
E-mail:
I happen to be doing some googling of my childhood home. I used to live at 116-18 myrtle ave from birth to age 14 when my family moved to NJ.
We lived on the 3rd floor and went to union cong church. Cub scouts and scouts with l.w. Barber troop 8. Anyway as a child I remember papa Jahn used to treat me to a cone every once in a while. I am now 69.
Added: August 12, 2014
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Mike Abbaticchio
From: Austin, Texas
E-mail: mjmabba@aol.com
Just found this site!
I lived in Richmond Hill 1947 to 1974 on 107th Ave. between Lefferts Blvd. & 120th St. Moved to Valley Stream in 1974. Went to PS 100, PS 121, and John Adams, graduated 1965. Was just talking today with my wife about Karps, St John's, Jahns and the stores on Liberty Ave. Great memories growing up in Richmond Hill!
Added: August 12, 2014
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mary e johnson (Nee Micka)
From: Long Branch NJ
E-mail:
Good Afternoon! Just visited the site after a long time away.
Greetings to all my fellow Richmond Hill buddies. We all have such fond memories of the place. It was such a nice place to be and grow up. I wouldn't have changed a bit of it if I could turn back the hands of time.
I hope the new residents are making good memories with their families there in Richmond Hill and enjoying their life there. Regards Mary
Added: August 8, 2014
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Teresa Smith-Pedone
From: PA/NY
E-mail: apedone@ptd.net
Hey Stephen Murphy...
I think we graduated from St benny's the same year - 1968!! I am in touch with quite a few of our fellow graduates...
email me if you want any info on them! Best Regards, T-Bone
Added: August 7, 2014
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thomas maureau
From: glendale queens new york
E-mail: rejoy@optonline.net
I grew up in RH from 1963-1985.
I live on 104th street and Jamaica ave. Then moved to 90th ave and 107th street until I married in 1985. So many great memories. I graduated from RHHS in 1975. Anybody from the class of 1975 I would love to hear from you.
Added: July 31, 2014
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JEFF COSTIGAN
From: Fresh Meadows, Queens
E-mail: rejoy@optonline.net
HI, Does anyone remember Denise Greene??
I went to RHHS with her in Art Class. She was murdered on 106 St and 85 Ave one winter night. I was in my friend's house at that time. I heard a loud noise, my friend said some kid threw a snowball at the stop sign. I left his house about a half-hour later. When I got outside, I crossed the street, I was right near where a cop was kneeling next to someone that was laying on the street.
I had no idea it was her until the next morning when it was on the news.
I heard she was pregnant at the time, very sad! I want to know if they ever caught the killer and whatever happened. Thanks, Jeff Costigan
Added: July 28, 2014
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Joy Leo (Kasulka)
From: Southold NY
E-mail: rejoy@optonline.net
My family lived on 102nd st and Jamaica ave. over a bar.
Went to PS 90 (siblings PS 66). Still remember Mr. Regan. Also went to RHHS annex. My friends and I would go to Bond Bread and taking the bread right off the runners! So damn good. Roller skating, Cypress pool, playing ball off of the steps of the el. Babysitting for my neigbors. Great memories! Friends coming over on a monday afternoon to watch American Bandstand and dance. Frank Salermo was on of the boys, he had an older sister and brother. If you are out there would love to hear from you! A few years ago I ran into Peggy Burke!
Moved to West Islip beginning 10th grade. Nice Memories! Thank YOU Richmond Hill!
Added: July 26, 2014
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mary lou iannicco-hughes
From: live 102nd st and 89th ave
E-mail: cpusano@gmail.com
Lived in Richmond Hill from 1956 to 1998.
As a teenager hung out in Klibby's.
Added: July 25, 2014
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Laura Ambrose
From: Ft Lauderdale
E-mail:
Happy to find this website!
Looking forward to revisit the neighborhood after 40 years. I don't expect to see all the same as it was, but still excited to visit many of the places I once hung out as a child and a teenager. Forest Park, Rockaway Beach, Jamaica Avenue from Lefferts to Woodhaven to Atlantic Avenue and 106 st Park, and back thru Kew Gardens and Forest Hills.
Added: July 19, 2014
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john trainor
From: suffolk co ny
E-mail:
Haven't visited the site for a long time but it's good to be back and read the posts.
John Adams HS, 1959, hanging with the boys at Liberty and Lefferts, Hugo's and Karps ice cream parlors, stickball in the street, Smokey Park football, PS 121 basketball, wonderful times. The comments help bring it all back, the joy of youth.
Added: July 17, 2014
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Carol (Holland) Pusano
From: Floral Park
E-mail: cpusano@gmail.com
I lived in Richmond Hill from 1956 to 1977.
I attended P.S. 54 and Our Lady of the Cenacle grammar schools. From there, I went to St. Michael's High school in Brooklyn.
Added: July 16, 2014
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Anne-Marie Sudmann
From: Inverness, Florida 34453
E-mail: classyleo89@aol.com
Did anyone go to St. Barbara's In Brooklyn? It was a beautiful Spanish Style Church and Catholic School.
In my high school years I went to Chelice Hall for dances.
Added: July 14, 2014
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Jorge Vazquez
From: Brooklyn
E-mail: jvazquez109@gmail.com
Can you fix this for me? Hi, I'm trying to figure out if there's anyone I went to school on here.
Might be a long shot but here are some ppl I remember: 2nd grade my teacher was Mrs. Horowitz-Hill, Jamie, Natasha, Steven, Sammy, John Cardenas. 3rd grade my teacher was Mrs. Heineken 1988-89. 4th grade was Mrs. Barlow, Sharon, Deleon, Cynthia Gonzalez, Lee Nunez, Dee, Tanya, Alex, Robert, Scott, James - use to live on 102, Eric Kheener, Chris, and Ivan twins, Camille. 5th grade - Mrs. Imparante, 6th- Mrs. Castelo.
I used to live at 86-10 102nd street. Good day everyone.
Added: July 11, 2014
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Brian McNerney
From: San Dimas, Ca.
E-mail: bredbrian@verizon.net
Just read the post from Tommy Shannon from Richmond Hill.
Great to hear from you Tom, hope everything is well. I am still living in California, here 36 years now. Loved the fun we had in Richmond Hill.
Great place to grow up. Still keep in touch with Jimmy Hennessey, Bob Haig, Johnny Devine, Bruce Claro, and a few others. Uncle Ralph was a treasure at Glenns. Can still see his smiling face today.!!
Remember the beach houses in Long Beach and Atlantic Beach. we had a blast. I will drop you a line along with some picture.
Growing up on 102st St. near Forrest Park was the best. Playing stickball, punch ball, football, and the rest in the PS 66 schoolyard kept us out of a lot of trouble.!!
Added: July 2, 2014
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Harvey Drouelle
From: Montreal, Canada
E-mail: ladoom@hotmail.com
Great memories,
Back in 1991, I lived on van wyck expresway, corner hillside ave. So disappointed with the tweeding of that neat neighborhood!
Added: July 2, 2014
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Anthony Palmisano
From: Lynbrook, NY
E-mail:
I wanted to inform anyone that went to Holy Child Jesus school between 1967–1979 and has Mrs. O'Rourke as their third grade teacher that she passed away in February 2014 at 92 years old.
I remember her as being kind and compassionate. She has been a friend of mine for close to 47 years and will be greatly missed.
Added: July 2, 2014
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Bob Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Hi Stan, saw your post about the Dukes baseball team. I played them back in the 1950's.
I could reach you the address you had would not send my Emails. Drop a line. I have a few paper clippings of the games the Dukes played. Hope it's the same team. Bob Rademacher
Added: July 2, 2014
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John McCormack
From: Buffalo New York
E-mail: ejiggs70@gmail.com
Looking for Mary and Helen Dehman (?)
Or any one from the 110th st area during the late 1940's and 1950's.
Added: June 27, 2014
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Robert Rademacher
From: Smithville NJ
E-mail: coco646@comcast.net
Hi:
Need some help in locating Fred Corrigan and Fred Fuchs. Both grew up in Richmond Hill Queens, in the 1950's.
One was a policemen and the other operated a liquor store for a period of time. Hung out at local bars on Jerome and Liberty Avenues. Played local softball. Lost track of them in late 1950's.
Any help would be appreciated.
Added: June 24, 2014
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Debbie Battcher
From: New Hampshire
E-mail: dtucker2006@yahoo.com
I am looking for the Ricconi family (Theresa or Nick) that lived above Jerry's clothing store on Jamaica Ave., and 110th street but then moved to a house on 109th street.
Please contract with any info. Thanks
Added: June 21, 2014
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Dena Rueb Romero
From: New Hampshire
E-mail: dena.romero@myfairpoint.net
My father was related to the Schloessers who owned Schlosser Brothers, Inc. and had a restaurant and delicatessen at 114-12 Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill.
I'm looking for information about this restaurant and would appreciate any replies on this subject. Thanks
Added: June 19, 2014
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Art Bornschein
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net
To: Sue Ann Falco (Boerckel)
Haven't seen you and Joe for many years, hope all is well in Fla. Sadly, I lost the love of my life this past Feb., suddenly.
I remember when we got together in Atlanta. Art
Added: June 18, 2014
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Jeff Hildebrandt
From: Tampa, Florida
E-mail: jhildty@gmail.com
I'm looking for information on my family's time there.
Cathryn Kaylor graduate of RHHS 1943, Mc Whirter household (Hugh) and William Kaylor, brick mason and resided at Jamaica Ave and 125th St until 1969.
Added: June 17, 2014
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Stan Oleysyck
From: Delaware
E-mail: smo3549@verizon.net
Its hard to imagine there's not one, not one guest on this terrific site that didn't play or know someone who played for the South Ozone Park Dukes baseball club in the Queens South Side League during the mid to late 50s.
Either they all got hit in their heads with baseballs and can't or don't remember or they're all playing for the Dukes teams in the sky. Anyway, the Dukes organization was and it's players were "TOPS" just like the bubble gum players cards in those days.
Added: June 16, 2014
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Ruth Lockwood Strong
From: Beach Haven, N.J.
E-mail: r.strong@juno.com
Just discovered this site! how great!
I lived, at 93-12 112th street, right off Atlantic Ave north side. went to the Garden Movie Theatre, ate lunch and hung out at The Greek's ice cream where I bought "loosies" (cigarettes) andthought I was sooo cool! graduated to the "H&H bar during the war. went to all the basketball games at the "Congregational Church" on 114th st. Loved School. grad. in Jan of 1942 right after Pearl Harbor. Our class put on their own Class Night Show.
Just had 90th B-Day. If you remember any of this stuff, contact me ok?
Added: June 14, 2014
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Sue Ann Falco (Boerckel)
From: Vero Beach, Florida
E-mail:
Born: Kew Gardens Hospital 1943. I lived at 101-49 131st. until I married in 1962 at St. Theresa Of Avila Church.
Schools: P.S. 55, P.S. 121; Richmond Hill H.S.; St. Josephs College Long Island Campus, received BA in Education, CW Post Long Island University MS and Piedmont College; Georgia EDS. I am a retired teacher.
Had my first child in Jamaica Hospital 1965. We moved to Long Island. Our son was born in West Islip, Long Island.
Added: June 12, 2014
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Jonn Mulry
From: Chattanooga
E-mail:
D. Buckley:
Richmond Hill rebeautify? I pray to G-d it will
Added: June 6, 2014
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Taisha Hatfield
From: 134-06 95th ave
E-mail: tluvj926@gmail.com
I was one of the children who lived in that, once known house on the corner of 95th ave. It was known as the oldest house in richmond hill queens.
If anyone has a picture of the house plz send it via e-mail plz. I road by there and the house is gone.
Added: June 5, 2014
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Susan Quinn
From: California
E-mail: Squinn@comline.com
Good times, wild times. i lived in Richmond Hill from 1946 to 1963 and had an older brother Tim, and 2 older sisters, Mary and Barbara.
We lived in a home on Lefferts Blvd, near Alantic Ave. I went to Richmond Hill High for only a short time. I knew the large Canning family, and would like to locate the oldest girl, Mary Canning.
I went to ST Bennies and also PS 108. My sister Barbara Quinn knew Eddie Bornshine. Its nice to find a Richmond Hill site with so many fond memories. Susan Quinn
Added: June 5, 2014
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Steve Batthany MD
From: Lake Worth FL
E-mail: Ebatthany@aol.com
hi chip long time no see.
I remember Marilyn Richie & Lorraine Gearns 117 and Atlantic Ave. I still see Ed McDermott and would like to see Roy Swedish. Tom Narbut, and Gerry Heege. How are you? Well, I did see Sr Marie deMontford, she looks great and Father Joe Dunne was our pastor at St Lawrence in Sayville.
Spent some time in the Navy and Air Force medical corps. Am still practicing, in French, Spanish, and English in the Caridad charity clinic in Boynton Beach. Remember the "elephant" in 2016! SB MD
Added: June 5, 2014
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michael huhn
From: Brooklyn
E-mail:

What I remember the most about Richmond Hill is it was were a boy became man. I had met the love of my life.
the challenges of my life there. lots of up and downs but Richmond Hill let me run free to grow and live and love and it designed me and lucky enough gave the chance to figure out what is important in life and the most important thing in your life is your past. it doesn't have to make who you are but it helps once you accept it.

i am no prize but for a boy who was once angry with rh now thanks it...
Added: June 4, 2014

Submitted by Comments:
Yvonne Kingman
From: CA
E-mail: Yfkingman@earthlink.net
Does anyone have any photographs of the First Methodist Church at 118th St. in Richmond Hill before it was demolished to construct the Sikh Temple?
My grandfather the Rev. A. L. Faust was pastor there in the mid 1930s and very early 1940s.
Added: June 3, 2014
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Bill Murray
From: Aurora, Colorado
E-mail: billmurrayjr@yahoo.com
I graduated from RHHS in 1944, joined the Navy and then after discharge have spent most of my time in Colorado.
My father, Bill Murray Sr., had the service station at 133-02 Jamaica Ave. in the 1920's-1930's.
I was also active at Union Congregational Church.
Added: June 2, 2014
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Richard Amitrano
From: Irvine, CA
E-mail: ramitrano@cox.net
I lived in Richmond Hill, did 5-year stretch (4th thru 8th grades) at St. Teresa's Catholic School & Penitentiary, ha ha, then commuted on the "A Train" to Brooklyn Technical H.S. and graduated 1968. Attended Queensboro College.
So many great memories, terrific people and a few lifelong friends remain to this day. Others have been out of touch for years, so if your reading this, reach out with an email!
Added: June 1, 2014
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D. Buckley
From: Richmond Hill
E-mail:
I wish I had the opportunity to see and experience Richmond Hill in it's glory days.
There is still promise for this neighborhood, but a lot of work is needed. As Queens becomes more desirable I believe Richmond Hill will beautify again.
I, along with others in my neighborhood strive to make this a nice place to live. 86 av/109 st.
Added: May 31, 2014
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Deborah Battcher
From: Florida
E-mail: dtucker@yahoo.com
Does anyone know the whereabouts of the Ricconi family that lived above the Jerry's clothing store on Jamaica Ave and 110th street.
Then moved into a house on 109th street. Nick & Theresa aka Willis?
Added: May 31, 2014
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Dave O'halloran
From: Williamsburg, VA
E-mail: mabandon@aol.com
Remember Hillites,
Louie Willet and Patty McCormick on this Memorial Day
Added: May 26, 2014
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Michael Abandond
From: Phoenixville, PA
E-mail: mabandon@aol.com
Lived at 89-17 118th St.
Went right from the RKO Keith's to Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor after the movie. P.S. 51 for 3rd and 4th grade.
Added: May 25, 2014
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tom shannon
From: 87-09 104 street
E-mail: dshannon57@yahoo.com
I was born on 112 street between Chichester ave (now 95th ave) and Jerome avenue (now 101st ave) lived there for 5 years in a 2 family house with my mother and father and 4 sisters.
That would have been from 1943 to 1949. We then moved to 87-09 104 street in 1949. Lived at that address util 1998. I am a Viietnam veteran. I attended HCJ from 1949 to 1947. I attended Bisop Loughlin HS form 1957 to 1961. Married in 1980 and had a daughter who also attended HCJ from 1994 to 1998. She left HCJ due to a move to Massapequa Park.
I have many memories of RH Especially Glenns where i spent many a time talking to Uncle Ralph. The Triangle Hoffbrau; Can't forget Regents Row or the Mohawk. Don't even mention Lewiis' of Woodhaven.
My father was a Chiropractor on 104 st He was known as Doc Shannon. The Shelton was on the corner and the adjacent corner was a drug store, a Jewish name, can't remember. Also remember The Circus bar and the Rainbow.
My Mom used to go to Kitty's knitting store; Schmidts chocolates I believe still exists and of course Manor deli. Lenihans I also believe still exists as does The Little Brown Jug, and Nehrs.
Added: May 24, 2014
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tom shannon
From: 87-09 104 street
E-mail: dshannon57@yahoo.com
I was born on 112 street between Chichester ave (now 95th ave) and Jerome avenue (now 101st ave) lived there for 5 years in a 2 family house with my mother and father and 4 sisters.
That would have been from 1943 to 1949. We then moved to 87-09 104 street in 1949. Lived at that address util 1998. I am a Viietnam veteran. I attended HCJ from 1949 to 1947. I attended Bisop Loughlin HS form 1957 to 1961. Married in 1980 and had a daughter who also attended HCJ from 1994 to 1998. She left HCJ due to a move to Massapequa Park.
I have many memories of RH Especially Glenns where i spent many a time talking to Uncle Ralph. The Triangle Hoffbrau; Can't forget Regents Row or the Mohawk. Don't even mention Lewiis' of Woodhaven.
My father was a Chiropractor on 104 st He was known as Doc Shannon. The Shelton was on the corner and the adjacent corner was a drug store, a Jewish name, can't remember. Also remember The Circus bar and the Rainbow.
My Mom used to go to Kitty's knitting store; Schmidts chocolates i believe still exists and of course Manor deli. Lenihans I also believe still exists as does The Little Brown Jug, and Nehrs.
Added: May 24, 2014
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Art Bornschein Sr.
From: Williamsburg, Va.
E-mail: artieb1@cox.net
Another question for Anthony Canning:
I tried to e-mail you directly to ask if you're related to Mary Canning that I dated for a short period of time back in 1962-63? Added: May 21, 2014
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Matt Wasilefsky
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: wasilefsky@gmail.com
Question for Anthony Canning;
Did you live in that big house, I think it was on 120th street?
Added: May 12, 2014
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To: Rodney K. Moore,
Thank you for your guestbook entry. I have just forwarded your request to our Historian Carl Ballenas.
Wishing you much success in your quest!
Added: May 11, 2014
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Rodney K. Moore
From: Jamaica Queens
E-mail: veterans.command@gmail.com
Looking for some information or an article about the first African American basketball player who played for Richmond Hill high school around 1946 or 1947 named Benjamin O. Moore.
There was an article about him in the old Long Island Press newspaper years ago. He happen to be my father.
What a thrill if you had something on him. Thank you.
Added: May 9, 2014
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WALTER CHIP LOOMIS
From: Apache Junction Az
E-mail: OLDMAN58@MSN.COM
Grew up at 121-16 91 Ave, hung out at Morris Park on Atlantic Ave in mid 1950's also at Ludimens ice cream polor on 118 St and Atlantic Ave whih I could find some of the old gang from them. Any one know Mariion Hellmen, lived next to SBJ convent or any of her friends like Maralyn Gerns or Rich Mitchel, Vinny Reid.
Was some great times back then
Added: May 5, 2014
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Anthony R. Canning
From: Scottsdale AZ
E-mail: acanning52@cox.net
I absolutely loved finding this site. It brought back so many pleasant memories of growing up in Richmond Hill.
Like so many have said, you could write many books about the life we experienced growing up here. SBJL, RHHS, Gus's, Jahns, St. Johns, Carlos Pizza, the Lefferts, RKO, and the Casino movies and so many more great places, too many to mention.
I hope that the memories continue to be posted here for all to enjoy. God Bless Richmond Hill, The old and the new!
Tony Canning
Added: May 5, 2014
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: Palm Beach, Florida
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
To Ann Progler.
I am glad you had such a wonderful time at your 50th RHHS reunion. It must have been fun to reconnect with old friends, and share great memories of our beloved school and neighborhood. I made both the 30th and 40th reunion parties for my class of 1965. They were successful and memorable.
Yes, I have planned a casual cruise out of N.Y. in April 2015. It is a special event, for a special celebration, for a special group of people. Friends and family are welcome. If anyone is interested, contact me at my e mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com .
Ann, I hope someone makes a lovely cruise for your class too. May you have a happy and healthy life, and attend.
Added: May 4, 2014
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Rick Clark
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:
Great to be able to share so many memories about Richmond Hill.
I always enjoyed Forest Park! What a treasure to have this wonderful park in our neighborhhod. I remember as a little boy how me and my friends would "explore" all the woods as if we were in complete wilderness.
I guess, actually we were.
Added: May 1, 2014
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Joan Gilburt Bohm
From: Willowbrook, IL
E-mail: jgbohm@comcast.net
We lived at 91-31 108th St. from 1937-1950 and went to PS90 through the 1940s.
We moved away just starting RHHS in 1950, but some of the best memories are from those years. Even living through WWII, it seemed a safe, innocent time playing stick ball or roller skating in the street, the ice truck and knife sharpener, the vegetable man, milk bottles with cream on top waiting at the back door.
Thanks for this website and to Richmond Hill for those lovely memories.
Added: April 27, 2014
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Eddie Hanrahan
From: Ocala, Fl
E-mail: bhanrahan64@yahoo.com
Was a great place and great time to grow up there.
It's gone forever. Dramatic change in population.
Added: April 25, 2014
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Richard "Lee" LeAndro
From: Wellington, Fl.
E-mail: rwleandro@gmail.com
Lived at 125-16-103 Ave. 1935 thru 1949.
Then moved to Miami, Fl. in 1950 seeking help for an injury I received in Minor League Baseball with NY Giants.
Richmond Hill was a great place to grow up in. Attended and graduated from RHHS in 1949. Circle of friends from those great times is getting smaller and smaller. Served in Marines during Korean conflict, returned to finish my career of 42 years at FPL.
Added: April 22, 2014
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Ann Progler
From: Bronx, NY
E-mail:
RHHS 50TH CLASS REUNION for the Class of 1963 was held on 09/07/2013 Holiday Inn Express, McQuades, Mio Posto was a great experience.
Thanks to Rosemary Pacific Greenwood, Ken & Ginny Yuska, and Ed & Elaine Corrado. I personally thank Arthur Bedrosian for a wonderful drive home. Talk of a 55 year union right around the corner.
The whole class should come out. Year 2018 perhaps A Nice CASUAL CRUISE!
Added: April 16, 2014
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Steve Murphy
From: Nutley, NJ
E-mail:
I grew up on 112th between 95th and 101st Aves and went to SBJL '68 and RHHS '72.
I enjoy reading all of the comments because they trigger so many good memories of what was a wonderful area to grow up in. It's great to see so many familiar names and places fondly remembered by so many.
Added: April 7, 2014
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Mark Grossane
From: Watertown, CT
E-mail: markgrossane@rocketmail.com
To Mike Palladino:
I went to SMGH class of '62 and I remember Francis Sargent very well. I think he might have been a little older than me, as we were not in class together. I remember him being somewhat quiet and shy. I ran into him a few times at 106th Street park, and his mother was very protective not really letting him play with the guys.
I do recall seeing him on TV also. I actually did an internet search for him some while back, but couldn't come up with anything.
Added: April 2, 2014
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Mark Aubel
From: The Eldridge House, 87-61 111th St, Richmond Hill
E-mail: oncetime@aol.com
Once Upon a Time, Inc. will offer its Summer Program commencing June 27th and running through September 5th.
The program is from 9 AM-7 PM, Monday-Friday. The age of the participants ranges from 3-5 years of age and 6-13 years of age. The mornings are spent in academics, reading and math enrichment; while the afternoons will be spent in dance, acting and arts and crafts. Stop in and visit us! Call 718-846-9182.
Added: April 2, 2014
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Bill Christensen
From: Village of Colonie, NY
E-mail: spill4917@verizon.net
Does anyone remember Elizabeth Hijak? She lived on 120 st, between Liberty avenue and 103 ave.
Would like to get in touch with her.
Added: March 31, 2014
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Ken Liguori
From: Las Cruces, New Mexico
E-mail:
Lived on 108th Street, between 97th and 101st Avenues.
Went to Gate of Heaven, Richmond Hill H.S., class of 1968, St. John's University, class of 1972, and then 4 years in the Army. Spent another year in Richmond Hill then headed west for a better opportunity. Ended up in Houston. Retired last year to the beautiful High Desert of Las Cruces, NM.
Able to return only twice during the past 36 years and was totally surprised on how much the look of the area has changed. What hasn't changed though are all of the great memories of the good times and good friends. A great place to grow up. Couldn't think of a better one!
Added: March 29, 2014
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Tony Cina
From: San Diego, Ca.
E-mail: anthony.cina@att.net
Grad RHHS in 1963.
Moved to Ca. in 1980. But, RH WAS a great place to live and grow up.
Added: March 27, 2014
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Mike Palladino
From: lake worth, fl.
E-mail: mnpall1@bellsouth.net
Does anyone remember Frances Sargent. He went to Gate of Heaven.
He was a regular on the T.V. show "Children's Hour" (I think that was the name of the show) It was hosted by one of the Mack brothers. Wonder what ever became of him?
Added: March 27, 2014
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Warren Edward Ritter
From: New York City
E-mail: Beckyde26@gmail.com
My father, Warren Ritter grew up in Richmond Hill born 1923.
He married a local gal but it did not last. I was curios to know who she was and if she would be alive today as she would be about 90 years of age.
Added: March 20, 2014
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Hughie Flynn
From: Houston, TX
E-mail: hughie46@comcast.net
Glad I found this site. I grew up in Richmond Hill, on 124th, between Atlantic and 95th Avenues, in the 1950's and 60's.
Went to SBJL, Malloy, and RHHS. My last visit to Richmond Hill was Dec. 2011. Prior to that 20 years. What a change. Liberty Ave. was unrecognizable. Most of the homes of my friends and my own pretty much looked the same, but with updates. What happened to the trees that were in front of nearly every house?
Dennis, glad to see you kept this site going. It is 50 years, this year, that I joined the service and left Richmond Hill. It is nice to be able scan the posts and remember the people and places that meant so much.
Added: March 19, 2014
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Andrew Scott
From: Houston, TX
E-mail: akscott1@att.net
My Estonian family immigrated to the United States in 1949 and settled into an apartment on 95th Ave and 134th St.
I attended PS 55 for grades 4 and 5. That school is still standing; we visited in 2007. My teacher was L. Restaino, whose name appears on a June 1950 Report Card that I still have. Subsequently I attended PS 57 for grades 6 and 7, which was also close to our home. (Not sure of the grades any more.) That school must have been demolished, as I could not find it.
Our family moved to Chicago in 1952. A cousin who shared our apartment moved back to NYC (Brooklyn) in 1974 and still lives in that Borough.
Our neighborhood in Richmond Hill had lots of children who helped me learn English and play American games. Around the corner, on what is now Van Wyck Expressway Road W, were a number of small stores, including Watt & Watt Drugs, where I worked as a 'soda jerk' one summer. They also sponsored our Softball Team.
Unfortunately, I can no longer remember the names of all the good friends I had there during the 3 years we lived in Richmond Hill. That was over 60 years ago.
Added: March 16, 2014
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach, (New Location) Florida
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, does any one remember Nancy Hecht?
I believe she was on the ninetieth avenues, just past Woodhaven Blvd, not too far from Pat Mugavero.
I would like to say Hi to both. Ken Ball Jax Beach, Florida
Added: March 9, 2014
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Christopher Scheid
From: Raleigh N.C.
E-mail:
I was wondering if the Richmond Hill Historical Society would consider David J. Steinberg a noteworthy person.
He was an Actor who lived on 102 street and went to P.S. 66.
He was in Willow and did a number of T.V. shows such as Charmed. Thank You.
Added: March 6, 2014
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Fred Dyson
From: Austin, TX
E-mail:
Wow, great to stumble onto this site!
Grew up in Richmond Hill during the 1950-1960's.
Great memories and miss those days in the neighborhood... Moved after military service.
Added: March 4, 2014
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Jim Delvers
From: Oregon
E-mail: JimDelvers@comcast.net
Always fun to come back to this site and catch up on peoples memories.
Great neighborhood to grow up in.
Added: March 3, 2014
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jim lovett
From: Maine
E-mail: mrpig55@yahoo.com
To Susan H, who lived across from Rudy's deli at 125th & liberty.
I think I lived next door to you. I lived over Bill's bike store. My parents were Ann & Pete Lovett. I think your mom's name was Jean.
Rudy's had best potato salad around. Miss the old neighborhood.
Added: March 1, 2014
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To: Stephanie C. Man
Thank you for your guestbook entry. There are several pages on our website regarding The Man Family and their founding of Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens. Please visit "About the Man Family" which includes links to related information. Your inquiry will also be forwarded to Carl Ballenas our local historian.
Added: March 1, 2014
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Stephanie C. Man
From: Manchester, New York (Rochester Area)
E-mail: thesprinklerlady@aol.com
I'm here on this web site gathering information about my family.
My Great Great Grandfather, Albon Platt Man was the founder of Richmond Hill. Albon purchased all the land which is now known as Richmond Hill and Kew Gardens but his son, my Great Grandfather continued in his father's footsteps by continuing to build homes in the community. If anyone has additional information about these gentlemen I would love to investigate the information.
Added: February 22, 2014
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Mary Lou De Salme Jordan
From: Pinetown, NC
E-mail: froglady52@gotricounty.com
I grew up on 118th street right around the corner from Atlantic Ave.
I often think of all the good times we had as children growing up there. It was nothing for my cousin Peggy Windle and I to hop a train and go to Rockaway by ourselves. Times sure have changed and it is so sad.
I remember going to the RKO and meeting the McHales Navy and Sammy Davis Jr. Going to Jahn's ice cream for the "kitchen sink" and hanging out at the diner near there. I miss those days but am thankful for the memories.
Added: February 22, 2014
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Michael Mannion
From: Newburgh NY
E-mail: m.m4860252@gmail.com
Yes Dennis John,
I remember that bar. I've heard a few versions of why it closed. I moved from East NY in 1955 at age 7, place always was like TWILIGHT ZONE to me. Mike Kessinger went out with Florence Stabile, think that was her name and she said the same story. Think it was her grand fathers place.
Do you remember that crazy barking dog at that auto junk yard on 110 St, also gave me HORROR's walking by. Going down 111 St. on east side between Atlantic & Liberty Aves there were these two dogs that would run and bark in oposite directions behind a big chain link fence, well enough of that, I'll give myself nightmares.
Added: February 22, 2014
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Maureen Schmidt
From: Orange County, CA
E-mail:
Happy New Year! and happy to discover this website.
Moved out to California due to school some years ago but Richmond Hill is still my home! Lived near 102 police station.
Added: February 16, 2014
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Susan H
From: Livingston New Jersey
E-mail: Hcandy01@aol.com
Lived across the street From Rudy's or Heinke's Deli. Loved going inside, my mom worked there for a bit at 125th and Liberty Ave. I loved Nick's Ice Cream Parlor 123rd and Liberty where I would have a buster brown ice cream sundae.
He was such a lovely man. Hard to believe it was so long ago. Graduated grade school in 1965.
Added: February 14, 2014
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Bob Wood
From: Irmo, SC
E-mail:
Hey Richmond Hill!
Have not seen this much snow/ice on ground since the 50's when my father was an NYPD! And in South Carolina no less.
Its heading your way. Good luck. Marilyn, batten down the hatches. Bob
Added: February 12, 2014
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Harry L. Stuber, MD
From: Cookeville, TN
E-mail: DrStuber@hotmail.com
Surfing today, RHHS class of 1962, memory lane.
A couple of questions: My day played polo while @ RHHS. Where would the stables have been, where the field?
In 5th grade, my best friend, Robert Straile, told me his dad owned the carosel in Forest Park. Any chance that was true, and related info, facts to share? Thanks for the help.
Added: February 11, 2014
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George Elsis
From: Seattle Washington
E-mail: keepthinkin1@yahoo.com
HAPPY NEW YEAR
I graduated Saint Benedicts in 1959 and graduated RHHS.
Best wishes to all. George Elsis
Added: February 9, 2014
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Richard Raia
From: Lived at 104-63 125 St
E-mail: richardraia@optonline.net
Hello...
to anyone who remembers me
Added: February 8, 2014
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walter chip loomis
From: Monterey CA
E-mail: oldman58@msn.com
born 1n 1939, lived at 120-16 91 ave till 1956 when i went into the navy.
hung out at the ice cream parlor on 118st and atlantic ave. went to st bennys then to ps 90 then to thomas edison.
sure wish i could make contact with some of the old gang from back then. if any one in here lived there in those years and remember the old hangout plz drop me a line, thanks.
Added: February 7, 2014
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
To: Carl Palminteri
My sincere apologies for trouble locating "Homes of RH." I believe this is the page you are referring to: Victorian Homes of Richmond Hill Today

Added: February 7, 2014
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Carl Palminteri
From: Monterey CA
E-mail: capalm@msn.com
Had not revisited the site in soome time...
sorry to find the photos of the "Homes of RH" not there any more (or is it just that I cannot find it?) Best wishes.
Added: February 7, 2014
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Julio Villarreal
From: San Diego, CA
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
I grew up on 132 Street just north of 97th Ave. PS 55 was on the opposite corner.
As I kid I remember the old Rufus R. King Manor and this other huge yellow house a few avenues over from me that looked like it was used during the civil war.
They used to hold tours in it. I don't remember the address but I think it was on 95th Ave and 133-134 Streets.
Added: February 6, 2014
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
My memories of growing up in RH are so vivid.
Attending PS55Q 210 RHHS and religious instruction at St Pius in S Jamacia. Shopping with my mother on Liberty Ave and Jamacia Ave.
My friends were Eilleen Messer, Sherry Solnet, Diane Teetman, Olga Omocenko. Cathy Tibaudo, Maria Tibaudo.
If anyone knows there where abouts please write in. Signing Off, Phyllis Pollano
Added: February 6, 2014
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Charles Bezousek
From: Cold Spring, N.Y. - Putnam County
E-mail: CharlesBezouseklcsw@gmail.com
I grew up in Richmond Hill, and attended Holy Child Jesus where I graduated in 1963.
I would love to hear from people who knew me, and who attended Holy Child with me.
Thank You, Charles Bezousek
Added: February 4, 2014
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Barbara K. Garrison
From: Chesapeake, VA
E-mail: kellisba@yahoo.com
Does anyone have any memories of my beautiful mother, Doris Patterson?
She graduated from Richmond Hill High School in 1948. She was in the Hearthstone Club, Bowling Club, and the Swimming Chevrons. Thank you.
Added: February 1, 2014
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Michael Epifanio
From: Charlotte NC
E-mail: mveritas@gmail.com
My Grandfather owned Connies Restaurant 108th Street Jamaica Avenue.
I worked there from the age of 10 until I was 20… been working on a cooking show project and thought anyone who had an interest on the history of my Grandfather and the restaurant would be interested in looking a this web site. http://thecookbookproject.net/styled/index.html
Added: January 24, 2014
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Rich Frey
From: Camarillo, CA
E-mail: richsju9@gmail.com
I went to OLPH in RH 1948-1956.
It was a great place to live in those days, especially around the Holidays. Midnight Mass, a drink at each bar in the neighborhood and lots and lots of friends. God bless all from this great part of NY.
Added: January 22, 2014
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Nancy Mulligan Gavin
From: Yaphank (Exit 68 LIE) New York
E-mail: Loti3271@hotmail.com
Does anybody remember going to the Richmond Hill RKO Keith movie theater in approx. 1964 to see The Dave Clark 5 in concert?
I think I was 11 or 12 years old and was allowed to walk to the theater with my friends for the afternoon concert, then go next door to Jahn's Ice Cream Parlor to try and eat a kitchen sink with my friends.
Yes, those were the days, allright.
Added: January 22, 2014
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Mary Spencer
From: Colorado
E-mail: mlcs60@yahoo.com
I am looking for information on my grandmother who grew up at 280 Bedford Avenue, her name was Magdalen Meyer, her father was John D. Meyer.
She was born in 1891 and was married in 1913; which was still the family home at that time. Family history has that the family were potato farmers. Any information would be greatly appreicated. Thanks and God Bless
Added: January 21, 2014
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John Simmins
From: Knoxville, TN
E-mail: john@simmins.org
Looking for any information on John D. Meyer (potato farmer?) living at 280 Bedford Avenue, Richmond Hill in 1913.
Added: January 19, 2014
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Barbara Baas Hoffman
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail:
Does anyone in the neighborhood remember going to Holy Child with Bethenny Frankel?
Listening to her TV show last week, I heard her mention that she went to Holy Child and St. Agnes High School. It's so nice to hear of someone from the neighborhood making it "big" -- especially a Catholic School girl.
You go Bethenny !!!!
Added: January 16, 2014
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Dennis John
From: Florida
E-mail:
Great site, brings back a lot of great memories of a great place to grow up.
Does anyone remember a bar on Atlantic Ave., around 108 St., that supposedly was closed during WWII when the owner's son went to war and never reopened because the son never returned.
Added: January 14, 2014
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frank fales
From: san jose, california
E-mail: ffales@yahoo.com
Coming up on the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in the United States and I remember being at JFK when they touched down.
Can't remember why or how we hatched the plan, but along with a couple of classmates from the class of 64 SBJL we skipped school and went to recently renamed Kennedy airport to be there for the arrival of the Beatles.
With Richmond Hill in close proximity to the airport it seemed like the thing to do. At the time you could actually sneak around and between the terminal buildings and we played hide n seek with the many police personnel assigned to the airport that day, instead of going up on the observation deck to see their arrival from there. We never got close, nor did we see one glimpse of them that day. One of the not so pleasant outcomes of cutting school that day came a couple of months later when as tradition would have it, the parish priest handed out the report cards to the soon (maybe in my case hopeful) graduating class members.
While normally praising each student's grades he got to mine and said I could ill afford to "cut" school to see some mop top singing group. On the plus side of the ledger how many people can say they were at the airport when the Beatles arrived in the US? Who knew how these four guys would change not only American culture but world culture?
I remember going to Thom Mcan shoes to buy a pair of "Beatle" boots and discovering they had zippers on the side and not shoe strings. Cool! The same people criticizing their "long" hair and fashion would soon be wearing their hair in similar fashion, including some of the police assigned to the airport that day and yes even some of the priests! Hard to believe that was a half century ago now.
Added: January 12, 2014
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Phyllis Pollano Martell
From: Orlando Fl
E-mail: martell1950@hotmail.com
I grew up in RH In the 60s and 70s and remembering Ma Fords boarding house for children.
I remember Sherri Solnet RIP who passed on in 1970 and Diane the Chineese girl and Chris. Most went to St Pius in South Jamacia. Well I am trying to find John Cleary who was a friend of my brother Raymond Pollano and cousin George Wilson.
The last we heard he was in California. He was a lot of fun and always remembered by all of us.
So if anyone has any info please email or write in. I would appreciate that.
Added: January 9, 2014
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Michael Contino
From: Ozone Park, NY
E-mail: mco901@aol.com
Like to wish all a Happy and Healthy New Year especially members of the SBJL class of 1964.
Would like to hear from anyone from that class and is anyone up for a get together or reunion.
Drop me an e-mail or call 718-845-9468. Mike Contino
Added: January 6, 2014
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Edi Beckler Goldberg
From: N.Y./Fl.
E-mail: lv2trvlny@aol.com
There will be a reunion cruise for the RHHS Class of 1965, from Appril 25 to May 2,2015.
Friends and family are welcome. The cruise will depart from N.Y. Contact me by email to receive the flyer.
I hope to see you on the high seas. Edi Beckler Goldberg.
Added: January 4, 2014
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Mike Para
From: Wisconsin
E-mail: mike@signs4ever.com
Looking for anyone who knew the Chamberlain family that lived at some point on Jamacia ave between 102 st and 106 st, from 1967 until the 80's?
Added: January 4, 2014
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Kenneth Ball
From: Jacksonville Beach, (New Location) Florida
E-mail: knkball@att.net
Hello, Happy New Year may it be a healthy wealthy good one for all (2014).
Joe Deegan from Smokey Oval Park area are you still out there. I am starting a new life, residence, and job in Florida a lot of new to learn fast.
I finally got to connect with Jimmy Daly who lived across the street from me on 104th street, he also lives in Florida.
This website should be thanked many times over for connecting Richmond Hill former and present residents with each other Thanx!!! Ken Ball, Jax Beach Florida
Added: January 4, 2014
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Carol Kerrigan Gallagher
From: North Bellmore, NY
E-mail:
This is for Ann Ferry.
What was your maiden name? I lived on 112th St. between 95th Ave. and 101st Ave. (Jerome to some) between 1950 and 1955. I was friends with Mary Ellen Maloy, Jeanette DeVito, Roberta Morganthawler, Pat Curley, Kathleen O'neill, etc.
Do you know any of them?
Added: January 1, 2014
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Ken Liguori
From: Las Cruces, New Mexico
E-mail:
A very Happy and Safe New Year to all !!!
Added: January 1, 2014
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Dennis Doyle
From: Richmond Hill, NY
E-mail: webmaster@richmondhillhistory.org
Thank you for sharing your memories and comments with the Richmond Hill Historical Society.
A Happy and Healthy New Year to All!
Added: January 1, 2014


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