2009-06-11 / The Walrus Says

The Walrus Says

By Jim Munro
Sunday is Flag Day. It falls between Memorial Day and Independence Day and does not get the attention those holidays do and is often overlooked. Fly Old Glory proudly.

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Lenore MacLeish “now of Philadelphia, but always of Jamestown in my heart” and Carol Fuques of Coventry remember Blanche Gladding as Dr. Ceppi’s nurse. Mary-Alice Lurgio writes, “Peter Ceppi’s father’s nurse was Blanche Gladding, and she was terrific!” Robyn Reilly Borges emailed, “Called my mom, Bonnie Reilly, to find the answer to this one. His nurse was Blanche Gladding. I don’t remember her, but he was my family doctor until I was 2 or so.” Shirley Hull called with the answer and said that Blanche’s sister, Alice, was the home economics teacher at the school. She also added that during the 50s Miss Elizabeth Murphy was the 6th grade teacher. Linda Albaugh knew the answer and added “Mrs. Leonard’s 5&10 store was never where the bank is now. It was where Del Nero’s is now. Jack bought toy soldiers there when he was a kid.” John Wright e-mailed that Blanche’s and Alice’s dad was Ben Gladding who ran a small grocery store at the corner of Narragansett and Howland avenues.Mary Murchie called saying that her mother, Katherine Arnold, would fill in when Blanche needed a day off. Marilyn Dutton phoned to say that in the 50s Mary Merritt replaced Blanche if she couldn’t work. Marilyn said that she babysat for Mary’s children when she filled in at the doctor’s office.

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Peter C. Pemantell writes, “How many people remember the St. Mark Minstrel Shows at the Recreation Center every year? I was in the show for four years and used to sing a solo. For three years I was the master of ceremonies in the childrens’ portion of the show. I also remember Dither Dowling being in the shows, they were a lot of fun. I also recall a show that was put on and I don’t remember by whom, but the 4 and 1 Rangers performed. The band consisted of some of the Dutton family and Eddie Woodson played guitar. It was either Rochelle or Betty Dutton who was the number 1 girl plus the 4 guys. Good Ole Days in Jamestown!”

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Linda Albaugh to Peter: What business was where Cumberland Farms is now?

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Bob Clarke has been doing some reminiscing: “Dang! I must be getting old, but at least I can still remember this stuff! Here’s some follow-up to last week’s column. Pinto’s last location was in the building midway up the south side of Narragansett Ave across from Moll’s Garage (currently the Conanicut Marine Store). Pinto’s is now the home to the Chemical Company. The Pinto brothers lived on the north side of Union St. directly behind the store. Nice commute! They still had the best penny candy. Their store building became the first home of Baker’s Pharmacy after the Pintos closed up shop. Just a couple doors up the street, past Lyons Market (now Linda Wallace’s real estate office and Freddie’s House of Pizza) was Mr. Kinkaid’s watch/clock repair shop. Prior to that, it was the site of Mr. Brazil’s shoe store. Both were in the space now occupied by the band stand at the Narragansett Cafe. Ever wonder what that door to the left of the main entrance was for? It was a separate store front. After the watch shop closed, Fuzzy Andreozzi and Jim Donnelly opened the Sandwich Stop in 1977. Across the street from them, on the north side of Narragansett Ave, was the old State highway barn, now the town parking lot. Moving downhill, George Crawford’s gift shop, The Seahorse, was in the building most recently occupied by the Century 21 real estate office. Next downhill was the Jamestown Bridge Authority building. Fuzzy moved his business in there in the 80s. We now know it as the Jamestown Oyster Bar. And that mini trip around the block brings us back to Moll’s Garage.

In response to Peter Pemantell’s question, the only nurse I remember Dr. Ceppi having was Blanche Gladding. She was always so sweet.”

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The Jamestown Book Discussion groups will meet at the library Monday at 7 p.m. and Tuesday at 1 p.m. to discuss “Out Stealing Horses” by Per Petterson. Summer hours are now in effect at the library. It will be closed on July 3 and 4. Sunday hours have ended and will be resumed on September 13. Summer Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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...........I tell myself that I’m so happy to be loving you

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There are few things as fascinating as reading old newspapers. Soon one realizes that some things never change. A copy of the Jamestown Town Crier for August 14, 1926 was left at the Press office last week. It was published on Saturdays and it cost 5 cents.

Front page stories included a long feature on the Carr Homestead, built in 1776; the Jamestown Garden Club’s cooperation in helping to abolish billboards; the Cotilion at the Jamestown Casino was an innovation and greatly enjoyed by the younger dancers; the Women’s Auxiliary of St. Matthew’s Church held a successful bazaar; and the Mother’s Gridley Auxiliary, No. 11, United Spanish War Veterans of New Bedford was entertained by Mrs. Jessie Tefft at her home on High Street.

Personal mentions included: Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Knowles had been visiting Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Knowles and have left by motor for Cleveland, Mr. and Mrs. Jamieson and their daughter, Cornelia, were here for the summer at the Merrill cottage on Clarke Street, Mrs. R. MacDonald had returned from a two weeks visit in Boston and Mr. Clarence King spent the day in Providence.

On page 8 was a poem by J.C. Drome entitled “It Isn’t Your Town It’s You.”

If you want to live in the kind of a town

Like the kind of a town you like,

You needn’t slip your clothes in a grip,

And start on a long, long hike.

You will find elsewhere, what you left behind-

There is nothing that is really new;

It’s a knock at yourself when you knock at your town,

For it isn’t your town, it’s you.

Real towns are not made by men afraid

Lest someody else gets ahead;

Where everyone works and nobody shirks

You can raise a town from the dead.

And if while you make your personal stake

Your neighbor can make his, too

Your town will be what you want it to be,

For it isn’t your town, it’s you.

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Henreee, Henry............Coming mother!

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June is National Candy Month.

*** Be true!

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