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Hello. While I don't have an Elmira memory
to share, I'm posting in hope that someone will share
their memories with me. My name is Adam Knight, and
I am a writer and teacher in New Jersey. I grew up in
I am currently working on a book about
the life of one of Elmira's oldest residents, Dina
Jacobson. She is a survivor of Auschwitz
concentration camp and has lived a remarkable life.
I am searching for impressions and memories of people
in the community. Specifically, I'm looking for stories
about: Dina, if you know her husband, Kalman
Shop was a fixture of the community for many
years. He also worked for Southern
Tier Glass and Mirror for almost twenty years,
so any memories about that place would help, as well.
Any other information about the glass
shop, including stories about Hoppe, who owned the shop
before. Sam and Rose Stemmerman owned Stemmerman's
Grocery. They were Dina's aunt and uncle
that took the young couple in when they first arrived
from Europe. Any memory, no matter how minor it might
seem, would help give me more perspective about their
role in Elmira.
And even if you don't have a specific
memory, but remember any of these people and want to
share your impressions, I'd love to hear. Please email
me and share your story!
On a related note, there is another aspect
of Dina's life story that remains a mystery to me (and
to her). When she was living in a Displaced Persons
(DP) camp in Germany, by chance she ran into an American
soldier from Horseheads.
This man helped Dina connect with her relatives (the
Stemmermans) in Elmira. If you happen to know of any
American soldiers who served at Feldafing DP Camp in
Germany after the war, any time from 1946-1950, please
let me know. We're trying to "connect the dots"
and find that soldier, whose name has long been forgotten,
or some surviving member of his family. Thank you so
much for any help you can provide me!
Doug Johnson - SHS 79 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Located now: Frederick MD
Lived on the corner of Hudson
& Chestnut till 72, then Coldbrook
Drive till 79. St.
Mary's Church & School, Rahall's.
Brand Park Pool -
10 cents included a look through the small window into
the deep end as you entered. Clay's
Store for penny candy after school. Karam's
Market. I went to school with Sammy. Pudgies
Pizza right across the street. M&M
Red Hots - it has been a 50-year family tradition.
My best friend's uncle owned it (where r u KOSCO?).
The best for last, no one had this one (Editor's
note: A wonderful memory, but sorry, Doug - Angelina
Coletta Payne beat you to it - see her entry on our Remembering
Elmira Page 5 ).
You could hear his bell from 2 blocks away -
Thank you for the memories - ELMIRA was our Field of
Bonnie Baker-Duff, No. Owego - email@example.com
School: Thomas K Beecher School
The dike behind our house at 600 Sullivan
Street...we used to use waxed cardboard boxes
and slide down the bank in the summertime. I've told my
kids about this and they think I'm weird. It was great
fun all summer!
Farmer Candy Store,
Mark Twain Hotel, Capitol
Theater. I took dancing lessons nearby (forgot
the name). My pals were the Givens
Twins and Michelle
Enright. We lived right next to the railroad
underpass. The Crowns
were our neighbors.
I remember the men who rode the rails, getting off the
train as it slowed and my mom would give them sandwiches
and coffee and told them to stay on the back porch. She
told us not to go down to their camp either. We ignored
that warning. They shared their beans and whatever food
and taught us great songs! (shhhhh). Newtown
Creek was on the other side of the dike. Rope
swing was a favorite.
My happiest childhood years were spent in Elmira. I loved
Hill. Rhode's Gas Station
on the corner. Even have fond memories of the Brimmer
kids. Thanks for this great site!
George Moran. SHS 64 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hangouts: Pitt's Goodie Shoppe,
Located Now: Massachusetts
Army and Navy, Iszards,
& M Red Hots, Seeley
Creek - Maple Ave's Swimming Hole, hiking on
South Mountain, Friday
Nite Dances at the church on Pennsylvania Ave.The
13th Ward Barbershop,
on Erie Street, Maple Farms Dairy,
Scurvy Ervs, Bessie's
Grocery Store on South Main St. Bait Shop on
Shannon Avenue, The Willow Grove
Bar, Rustic Gardens.
Does anyone remember the 25 mile hike we walked in Alpha
Zeta for charity? Was it 1963? Does anyone
have photos, or newspaper article from Star
Does anyone remember the senior class party at Keuka
Lake cottage we rented for the class of 1964?
What a weekend that was, if anyone can remember?
Does anyone remember going to boot camp on the train
from Elmira to Great Lakes Ill.with me on Dec.22,1963,
what a wild ride with a car load of recruits. I vaguely
remember the stops along the way to pick up refreshments
of the liquid kind. I was 17,and a junior at SHS.
The days of innocence were fading fast. Good memories
of those days continue on.
Karin Lewis, Jacksonville FL - email@example.com
Elmira had amazing places for ice cream! Lovell's
lucky Mondays, Cappy's
Mexican Sundaes - and hot fudge sundaes after the movies
with my grown up cousin, Molly, at the
Mark Twain Hotel. I didn't see mention of Moretti's,
famous for amazing steaks slathered in butter. What about
The Lovely Shop,
which I remember as a fancy dress shop I went to with
my mother and grandmother. I remember getting my Junior
Prom dress there, even though by that time we lived in
I remember a store called Elmira
Arms, which, though I think it was a gun store,
had a terrific toy section. I was a nut for Ginny Dolls,
and I remember entering that dark place and feeling the
thrill of knowing I'd soon be adding to my collection.
I remember a food store on Fifth Street near my grandmother's,
called Leesi's which
had huge rounds of upstate white cheddar so sharp it burned
your tongue. I remember the Creighton
Dairy, also near my grandmother's, which had
a glass-doored cooler outside, where you could get milk
any hour of the day or night. My brother and I went back
a couple of years ago, had an M&M
Hot Dog (amazing still), a cookie at Light's
Elmira would be a perfect setting for a movie taking
place in the 1950's. Preserved in amber. Thanks for your
Diana Seymour, SHS 72 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Location now: Northeast TN
Thank you so much for the memories. sitting here with
happy tears on my cheeks reading thru here. Lower
Eastside was my neighborhood! Lived between
the Viaduct and
Rt 17 until I was 17 and the 72 flood. I miss Beecher,
Gary's Penny Candy
just around the corner from where my mom's husband lived
with his mother. Roy's Restaurant
on Water Street where my mom worked as short order cook
and waitress off and on for years, and where I used
to help out cleaning off tables when I was little. I
couldn't sit on the steps of Benedict's
eating a cone afraid that someone would call my mom
to tattle on me! To this day ,I still swear that every
adult in town knew my mother, whose name was Midge.
J Market, Cary's
Drug Store, Loblaws,
Gorton Coy where
I bought my wedding dress just before the Flood
of 72 - during the flood, my then boyfriend
and I were the very last ones allowed to cross over
It was shortly after we crossed that a house struck
the bridge and knocked it down.
lunch counter, Pete's Central
Hots, Armen's Hots,
M & M Red Hots,
George's Sandwich Shop
with the huge hunk of beef slow roasting in the front
window. Patsy's Rigatoni
on a rainy day. Block dances that I was too young for
but got to go anyway because my older brother Larry
was babysitting me and wanted to go. Joycrest,
Brick Pond, Brand
Park Pool, swimming in Newtown
Creek at "B.A.B", how many eastsiders
remember that? Swimming and picnics at Seeley
Creek by the bridge, finally getting brave
enough to jump off the 'rock', then getting ice cream
at Maple Lawn Dairy.
Al's where I was
more or less adopted. Southside
Sub Shop. Harold's
where I used to buy my jeans. All 3 movie theaters.
Neil Fogarty, Mt. Vision (near Cooperstown)- email@example.com
Hangouts: Branch Office,
Depot, The Pub,
Brass Ring, Patrick's,
Good Times, Bernie
Beans, HillTop Inn,
Driscolls - and
then there's Corning,
Mentioned most of them in my hangouts, but although
I didn't graduate from EFA,
SHS or ND,
my four kids did: Chris, Tara and Sean from EFA; Matthew
from ND. St. Anthony's Church
and the CYO basketball and
baseball games; Football, baseball players
& cheerleaders staying over at our house on Grove
Street near Arnot
Ogden Hospital. What a neighborhood we had back
then from the early 70's thru the early 90's. Morrell's,
- so many great folks. Block Parties and get togethers
all summer long. Thank you, Mr Cook, for a march down
Memory Lane. Elmira was quite the place in antedeluvian
days (pre-'72). but you can't wash the memories or drown
our spirits. Maybe next time I write I'll reminisce
about my "callout" on Thurs. June 21st, 1972
at 6pm. (I was a lineman for NYSEG
for 40+ years) PS, many of the aforementioned families
STILL stay in touch regularly although blown by the
winds of job searches.
Steve Christofaro, EFA 74 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dick Lowell was Mayor when I was a kid. My dad would
go there every week for medicine and my brother and
I would always tag along for comic books. Lowell's was
on the corner of Washington
and Davis. I grew up on Hoffman
Street and loved Hoffman business district.
There was Westside Wine and
Spirits, Doc's Candies
- kids got a free piece of candy for every 'A' on their
report card (you had to bring your card). Lou
's Variety - nicest man in town and had everything
you could ever need in his store and knew where to find
it in all the clutter.
Patty Cake Bakery
still had a 10 ounce soda bottle machine when eveybody
else was going with cans. Something about opening the
door and pulling out a bottle by the neck was cool to
us. Plus soda tastes better in a glass bottle. They
had the best chocolate covered custard filled doughnuts
ever. Next came the laundromat, then the Rexall
Drug Store. They still had a soda fountain
and lunch counter.
There was a pay phone on the block and one day my friend
and I put our fingers in the change slot and it was
like we had hit the jackpot on a slot machine. We spent
like a couple of drunken sailors up and down the block
Let's also remember Jim DeNunzio's
Italian Grocery on Second
and Grove. Best sausage ever! My mom would
send me on my bike to get 5 lbs of sweet sausage, then
up to Rossi's Bakery
on Washington Ave. for
their Vienna bread. I remember those loaves of bread
hanging of my handle bars and me trying in vain to keep
them out of the spokes of my front tire. But it was
worth it. I could eat a million of those little sausage
sandwiches on that crusty bread with my mom's peppers
and onions. Holy cow! We ate like kings. I continued
to buy my sausage from Jimmy
D's for the next 40 years or so, till he
Most of those wonderful places are gone now. I have
fond memories of knowing all the people behind the counter
that made their small busnesses so unique and special.
Bill Fulkerson, SHS 64 - Whitaker11@aol.com
City Now: Kalamazoo MI
Great site! What a terrific trip down memory lane.
Sanitary Barber Shop,
Brand Park Pool,
Left Elmira in 1966 for the Air Force and moved to
Michigan after discharge. So many great memories of
the "old home town" football games at Parker
Field, countless hours at Brand Park,
learned to swim at the pool, the creepy
tunnel by the LaFrance
when walking to SHS & Parley Coburn - great sodas
Store. I tended bar at Sam's
& made friends with a few of the ball players that
hung out there- Lou Pinella & Andy Etchebarren to
name a couple. Played catch in the alley off Magnolia
St with Ed Watt & Jim Palmer. Wouldn't trade those
memories for anything.
Bev Pearson, Colorado Springs
School: went to Beecher School
- then to Elmira Free Academy
to lay on bed and watch EFA
football games..Used to ride my bike to Royal
Dairy on Lake Street. I don't know if anyone
remembers Walnut Food
on Walnut St? But our dad, Casmir, made the best polish
sausage around. He died at 55 and the recipe went with
Didn't any one ever go to the Neighborhood
House on Fifth St? It was the best place
to hang out.They had roller skating, games & crafts.
But the best was the Christmas parties for us kids with
presents. No one went home empty handed.
What ever happened to the bowling alleys or the big
one on Southside by Notre Dame
High School. We bowled for the Westinghouse
team. We sure had a lot of fun. We use to go to A&W
on the Lake Road. And how about the pumpernickel bread
we would get in the Heights. It only was 25¢. It
was by the Ukrainian Church. What about all the church
bazaars and food every summer. We will be back.
Elizabeth (Betty Wilson) Banks
City Now: Back home in Elmira after being in NJ for 36
School: EFA 74
I grew up in the 70's and Elmira had some great hangout
spots. My favorite hangout was Eldridge
Park, Brand Pool,
eating at Woolworths,
and going to the Elmira Drive-In
with family. Walking to EFA
from where we lived John Street,
area was known as the Hollow),
we would stop in Rossi's
every morning for those yummy half moon cookies. I loved
shopping at Newberry's,
and Kresge's, eating
at M&M Hots,
going to the Neighboorhood House
across from Ernie Davis Jr.
every weekend and participating in talent shows, skating,
arts & crafts and watch my brothers box.
Kathy Kittle McGee, Clemson SC - email@example.com
School: Elmira SHS class of 1961
WOW, reading this is going WAY back in time. Thanks
to Bill Cook for this award-winning site. My first job
at 16 was selling costume jewelry at ISZARD'S;
next, actually worked both jobs for awhile. Then was
cashier at the REGENT THEATRE
(that was scary but I was locked in a box), heard there
were rats inside. I could do my homework while there
were no customers. My dad owned AL'S
MOBIL at the corner of Madison and Church
- golly I didn't even have a car where gas would have
been free!! Imagine that at nearly $4/gallon today.
Loved the GORTON COY,
M&M HOTS, BRADLEY
FARMS, and to go way back when I was at PENNA
AVE SCHOOL it would have to be X-CEL
DAIRY. Many times today my friends and I discuss
how for a quarter we could go to the movie, have popcorn,
a drink, candy and have change left. OK, I know I am
old, but these were truly the GOOD OLE DAYS. Growing
up in Elmira in the 50's was THE best!
Diane Swarthout, Pine City & EFA 61 - firstname.lastname@example.org
I remember Carey's Drug Store
on East Church, spent a lot of time there. The Pine
Bar on Lake Street as well as the
Dahlia on Lackawana Ave. Armen's
Texas Hots ( of course, since it was my grandfather's
What I remember the most is being able to walk around
at night & feel safe.
Melanie Bathluk Murguia, SHS 73 - Snoopymel@comcast.net
City Now: Culpeper VA
Loved the hot dog place on Water Street, just down
It was great. I was able to get the recipe before he
closed. Now we eat at M&M
when we go home.
Duane Bauman - email@example.com
City Now: Himrod
Maple Farms Dairy on
Erie Street, Yenger Cole Co.
on Church, The Horseradish
Factory on Second Street, Rubin's
Auto Salvage on Tuttle Ave., Vern's
Bar on East Water, Tastee
Freez on Lake Road, Harry
the Ice Man, Houck's
Motors on East Water, the Arena
Lunch, 11th Ward
on South Main.
Mary Ackerman, Elmira - firstname.lastname@example.org
Burns Grocery on
the corner of Main & Franklin. My home - Jenkins
Farms on Lower Maple Ave.
Roxanne Card-Bailey, SHS72 - email@example.com
City Now: Sidney, MT
My great uncle Clayton Curren, owned Clay's
Variety and Craft Store at the corner of
Fulton and Mt. Zoar Streets.
Had tons of craft items of all sorts, penny candy. he
looked like a hermit. In reality, he was kind person
with a big giving heart. Once a month on Sunday evening,
I would go with my dad to bring home pizza from Zarro's
Pizza. I remember the big silver looking
pizza oven. My Nana always did her grocery shopping
at Acme in Southport.
My grandmother always bought her groceries at Grand
Union on Penn Ave. For short shopping list,
like bread, she would send one of grand kids around
the corner to Karam's Market
on Mt. Zoar. She lived on Jefferson Street. Kasper
Dairy delivered our milk to our house. My
grandmother and my Nana had their milk delivered to
their house by Bower Dairy.
Nana's came in a brown glass bottle. It was Pasturized
Homogenized. My grandmother's came in a clear glass
bottle was Pasturized. Skating at Joy
Crest on Lake Road.
Dancing and racing on roller skates. A close childhood
friend Carol Stocum had
a play house in the back yard. Lived across from Broadway
School. Walk 3+ miles to school every school
day to SHS. Worked for Dr.
Cook at Broadway
Animal Hospital. My aunt was the administrator.
Senior year of high school, my best friend's (Cindy
Allen from Wellsburg) grandmother owned a
Rest Home on Lower Maple Ave.
Worked there as an aide. I was working there the night
that the Flood of '72
hit Elmira. Was stranded there with two other employees
and the patients for five nights, six days. My first
nursing job was at Arnot Ogden
Hospital. Found a couple of the security
guards to be entertaining. Always a sucker for a guy
in a uniform.
Marty Strong, EFA 66 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Elmira (moved back in 1989)
Great reading about all these places I remember. How
about the original Sears near where Weiss Market is now.
Had first escalator in Elmira at the time. Also The
Recreation on State Street owned by my grandfather
Joe Brownlow. He and
Doc Carey were the
two top bowlers in Elmira at the time, talking late 30's,
40's and 50's. The Recreation had 8 bowling alleys and
4 or 5 pool tables. Used to set pins on Sat. and Sundays.
Illegal card and craps games upstairs. I have 10 of the
original bowling pins which were made out of kiln maple.
We used to burn the chipped pins in our fireplace. Also
have a bowling shirt from 1950 with Langwell
Hotel on the back. Locker room of place later
became The Rec where
we hung out in High School. Dairy Queen down by old
EFA. Ban-Field Baker
store with green parrot in cage was near old Greyhound
Bus Station close to corner of State and Church. Clemons
Parkway is old State Street.
What was the name of soda shop on Water Street in West
Elmira, now a hair salon place?
Roxanne Card-Bailey, SHS72 - email@example.com
City Now: Sidney MT
I remember every Friday my Nana and I would take the
city bus from Partridge Street to Remington
Rand where my grandpa worked. Friday was
payday and Grandpa was always at the same window. He
would put his hand out the window, and give his paycheck
to Nana. Then, she and I would get on the city bus and
go Overtown. We
would go to Elmira Savings
Bank. Then to the Gas
and Electric and the Elmira
Water Board to pay bills.
On special occassions,she would take me to Planter
Peanut Shop on Water Street. I recall a "Mr.Peanut
Man" walking around in front of the shop. Sometimes
we would to Iszard's Dept Store.
One of my aunts worked in the office. We would have
lunch with her in the Tea Room.
Always had a vanilla phosphate and egg salad sandwich.
The elevators with the attendants were so facinating.
They were dressed so well. Nothing was out of place.
I often have wondered how those women's feet felt after
standing all day with high heels on. They wore white
gloves. There were male attendants also. l remember
"going up" "going down."
There was the city cop who always stood in the intersection
of Water and Main Streets directing traffic. The Ladies'
Exchange on Railroad
Avenue. The lunch counter at Kresge's,
JJ Newberry department
stores. At the age of five, my mom took me to the Gorton
Coy for my first hair cut. The Record
Shop found me spending my hard earned baby
sitting money. Peoples' Place
had the best wore out jeans in the city. Who would have
ever guessed that Tommy would be famous some day. Vanilla
fountain cokes at Turck's
on Main Street. My birthday cakes came from the Cake
Box. I still have a ceramic ballarenia from
my 6th birthday cake.
Church every Sunday at Centinary
Christmas Day Parade the day after Thanksgiving.
My aunt would take all of us to the Mark
Twain Hotel for lunch after the parade. Bowling
at EBC, summer swimming
lessons at Brand Park Pool,
family Picnics and summer Bible Camp at Harris
Hill, Parades with the Southport Fire Department
(my sister and I were baton twirlers for them).
Marge MacPherson - firstname.lastname@example.org
My husband Walt "Bunny" MacPherson (now deceased)
often spoke of the Community
Wagon. It went around to all the city parks
during the summer. At Grove Park it pulled up on 4th
Street, the side came down to form a stage. Inside there
was a screen with words to all the songs, a piano, a
piano player and a song leader. Did he tell me the song
leader was Evan R. Evans? I'm not sure. Everyone would
bring chairs and benches. Those in the audience could
get on stage and perform. He liked this so much that
his dad helped him make his own Community Wagon. He
lived across from the park on Grove Street. He and the
wagon would go all around his yard with him singing
at the top of his voice. He often spoke of this and
for years looked for pictures he knew he had but couldn't
find. He would be very happy to know that someone else
Personally I taught music in the schools and loved
every minute of it. In 1955 I subbed for a term at SHS.
Class of '58,
did I have any of you? Over the years I was also at
Webb Mills, Pine
I could go on and on. Now I'm with a group of retired
teachers who are part of the Arnot
Ogden Auxiliary and go into schools to teach
poison prevention to Pre-K and kindergarten children
... "If you don't know what it is, stay away and
ask a grown-up before touching it." It's fun to
be back in the classroom and delivering a very important
Pat (Conklin) French, SHS 60 - PatriciaFrench@aol.com
City Now: Elmira - I was gone for 30 some years, but
I am back.
How about my family's business, Conklin
& Rorick Religious Shop, opened by my
mother, father and grandmother in 1952 and we closed
it in 2009. It was open for 57 years but we had no next
generation to run it.
Also there was Pitt's
Goodie Shoppe, Masia's
Restaurant , Scurvy
Erv's Variety Store, Dooher's
Drug Store, Big Pond.
We have all these pictures on our 45th class reunion
cover. You have sure done a great job with all the on-
line things you have done. I think I might have gotten
some of the pictures for our cover from one of your
sites. Keep up the good work. One more thing that should
be included is (Ernie Davis
School) the old
EFA before they close it. I hate to see
Bob Moran, SHS 60 - email@example.com
Hangout: Pitt's Goodie Shop
City Now: Elmira - still here
Original Pioneer with Mike Palmieri, Rybak's,
Park View Tavern
- best pizza and fish fry ever. Willow
Grove Tavern - now South
Town Plaza, Keefe's,
Coppola's S. Main Street,
Carmen Dean's Tavern
- now Lou's, Merriam's
Market - later Renko's,
Noah's Ark. Richards
Fashions For Men , Morrell's
Green Furriers, Ideal
Hots, Central Hots,
The Hatt's, Royal
Dave Wainwright, San
Diego CA - Daw1@san.rr.com
School: Southside High School
Italian Restaurant, The Downtown
YMCA where I learned to swim and later
to be a lifeguard at Camp
Iroquois on Keuka
Lake. The Town
Tavern was my favorite haunt when I
turned 18. Parmero's
Dunn Field, Brand
Park, and Eldridge
Market was across the street when I
lived off Hoffman Street.
The Langwell Hotel
used to have college Dixieland Band concerts.
Perry's Ice Cream
had White House cherry vanilla and Mexican Sundae
flavors. I do remember the flood in 1946 when
canoes were going in and out of Rosenbaum's
and Gorton Coy.
Whatever happened to the Peanut Man on the corner
of Main and Water Streets? Houck's
Dairy? Thompson's in Waverly? Sullivan's
Holding Point in Horseheads? The Erie
and Pennsylvania Railroads? The
Newtown Inn? Dixie
Hots? The Keeney
Theater? It's fun to dredge up old
memories and share them. Great site
Jeanette Lawrence Titus,
SHS67 - firstname.lastname@example.org
really miss the "pre-flood" Elmira. My dad's
business - Lawrence's Mobil
- was ruined and he moved to Maple and Penna. Ave. I
bought a '66 Mustang conv. in 1968 for $1,350! Took
it to my dad's station and filled it up for $5.00!
I'd give anything for a piece
of Zarro's pizza.
I loved going downtown to Kresge's
5 & 10 to buy Beatles albums. Two girlfriends
and I camped out overnight in front of the Colonial
Theatre to be first in line to see A Hard
Days Night! It was great going to ice skate at Miller's
Pond and swimming at Brand
and eating at the Tea Room.
Met my husband at good ol' Sam's
Grill - had some great times there. - After
the bars closed - it was off to Dixie
Barbeque to have a cheesburger and french
fries and gravy - yum! I had the best roast beef dinner
ever at the Polenesian Room
on Main and Water Sts. And great food also, at Syke's
Grill on Lake St. The best spaghetti and
meatballs ever - Manzari's
Grill (still there on Miller St.).
I was the school secretary
at Riverside Elementary
for 27 years. (Went through eight principals)!- in the
retired ranks now. Yeah - Elmira was quite a town back
in the day.
Patricia Granger Hopkins Perry, SHS 63 -
I have enjoyed this page...thank you.
Mom, Mina Granger worked at Schanackers
Diner. My dad, Jim Granger, and his brothers drove
cab for the old O'Neil Taxi.
My sister, Barbara worked at the Langwell
Hotel and both Barb and my sister Louise worked
at the Regent Theatre
remember Alperts Jewelers
next to the theater?
Judith Browne, EFA 40 - email@example.com
City Now: Marlborough MA
had great hot fudge sundaes and vanilla ice cream with
brownies, but the Mark
Twain also had a soda bar where you could sit
and watch the shoppers. If you wanted to go out for dinner
a sort of special place was the Iron
Kettle on Route17 not far from Elmira in Waverly.
It had a big swing in the back yard that you could pump
up until it seemed you could float out into the valley.
I remember the first Watkins
Glen Races. People came with tents and camped
out overnight in the front lawns of the large houses which
faced Seneca Lake.
The race cars came down the road along the edge of the
lake and continued through downtown Watkins. There were
strategic bales of hay here and there just in case. I'm
not sure how long this race course endured because I recall
there was a bad accident which necessitated re-designing
One other thing I remember is the
Buses were not used yet. The trolleys ran by electricity
and were powered by a long pole which attached the trolley
to the overhead wires so that the current moved them along.They
had different fixed routes throughout the city and a conductor
who was usually a pleasant man - that is unless it was
Halloween when kids liked nothing better than to disengage
the pole and the wires which caused a lot of sparks, disconnected
the power, and nobody went anywhere until some one re-connected
the pole to the wires.
Arthur Shattuck, Florida - firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday nights at the Old
Barn on Grand Central
Avenue by the Chemung
County Fair Grounds.
In 1948, I went to see the new Kaiser-Frazer
cars corner of South Main and Allen Streets by the Remington
Rand. That was where they unoladed the circus
off the trains. The track ended at Main Street. My parents
belonged to the Indian Motor
Cycle Club on 14th Street in the
A Mr. Wasburn in the club had a sidecar, and I rode to
races and hillclimbs with him.
Long time since I've had a tear my eye,
but finding these pages has given me some.
Charles Ott, EFA 47 - email@example.com
City Now: Greensboro NC since 1971
Among my favorite places to hang out were
Kelly's Drug Store
across from Number 11 School
and the park across the street where I played on the
swings and teeter totters - and played baseball. My
fondest memories are of the winters, when the snow was
sometimes 5 feet deep. I remember when the milkman and
his horse delivered milk and, after he had continued
on his rounds the kids in the neighborhood would have
frozen horse turd fights.
As I recall nobody got hurt. And it was
a lot of fun
Browne, EFA 40 -
City Now: Marlborough MA
I'm definitely a senior citizen - EFA
1940. Really enjoyed reading the memories. I was beginning
to think no one remembered the Red
Pop Corn Wagon that was always at the corner
of Main and Church then it cropped up. Some other places
are Hazel Murphy's Dress Shop
- upstairs across from Werdenberg's
on Water St., the concerts at the Keeney
Theatre with "stars"like Nelson
Eddy and Victor Borge.
of the best was when the circus, Barnum and Bailey,
came to town. They unloaded at the railroad station
at the foot of Clinton St. and then paraded thru town
on their way to set up on Caton
Ave. It was wonderful to see the elephants,
horses and giraffes walking so close you could almost
touch them - along with the lion cages and the monkeys
and the bright red and gold wagons.
The railroad station was also where many
people went to get fresh oranges and grapefruit. You
would order it by the crate and would be notified when
it arrived . The Glider meet at Harris
Hill was a great summer's entertainment. I never
got tired of watching the small planes towing the gliders,
roaring into the air and the gliders soaring free just
before the brow of the hill.
I don't know if anyone mentioned Hill
Top Inn, but it was a favorite place all
year round for a beer and a great bartender named Art
who kept an eye on everybody. And last but not least,
dad went by the name of "Hippo" and was very
popular both at the Academy and Southside.
Does anyone remember the Community
Sings that used to be held every summer at
the playground opposite No.11 school at Church and Hoffman
St. A sort of caravan would arrive, chairs would be
set up and the words to all the good old songs would
be shown on a screen so everyone could sing.
There would usually be another feature
like Beatrice Kittle,
who was a contortionist and could lie on her stomach
and bring her feet over her head until she could tap
dance in front of her nose! The "Sings" were
evening entertainment so Beatrice would be spotlighted
and when we were kids we all thought she was really
And a special note to Regina
Angell-Ericson who was trying to remember
the name of a dairy near Wheeler's
Grocery. I think the dairy you're asking
about was Schorensteimer's.
I used to live at the corner of W. Third and Edgewood
Dr. and made many a trip to Wheeler's. Cigarettes for
my father were 18 cents a pack. The Dairy was a block
or so farther up Church Street - corner of Church and
Wall St. Not sure of the spelling but if you say it
out loud it sounds right.
Janet Goss Myers, Riverside 56-61 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Lilburn GA
Park Pool. I would go swimming as much
as I could. My friends Susie Utter and Carol Tanner
would go too. Carol liked to sun bath on the top level.
I liked to swim.
Colonial (downtown theater), I would go with
my brothers or friends. Saw many Disney movies there.
My brother Dwight thought it funny one time that he
spilled pop corn from the balcony onto people below.
Memorial Library with the section for readers
that was hidden away and was round or shaped different.
I remember the snow and making snowmen.
How cold it was and how much fun we had. My brothers
had a friend, Bucky Level, not sure of spelling. He
lived across from us and was a comic.
The 2 barns that were behind our house
and my brothers would have me crawl through the hay,
I did not know at the time they were checking for rats.
I had fun in Elmira. It was a town that
was small and fun to live in. Not like today where no
one knows their neighbors.
Marcia Jessup Boor, SHS 72 - email@example.com
Grew up in Pine
City on Crestview
Drive. Great neighborhood with a ton of kids!
Remember Christmas caroling, ice skating on "the
pond", Halloween parades, riding our bikes around
"the circle", neighborhood summer picnics!
Kindergarten and 1st grade at the 2-room school house
on Mountain View Drive.
Mrs. Price was our
teacher. Started 2nd grade at Broadway
Elementary School when it was opened. Rode
our bikes to Ben Franklin
near the old Acme
for the latest knock-off 45's and candy. My father owned
Benson, Jessup & Knapp.
He started it out as Elmira
Photo and eventually added all kinds of sporting
goods, boats, snowmobiles, fishing, guns. Spent a lot
of time at The Foundry
with their lighted dance floor! After the flood, the
hot spot was The Pub.
Good times and a great place to grow up!
Donna Ellison-Rocks, SHS 76 - Rockyma@aol.com
City Now: Philadelphia, PA
I can remember as a little girl my dad taking
our family to eat at the Colonial
Diner. That goes way back.
Bob Locke, EFA 66 - firstname.lastname@example.org
I grew up on
Admiral Place, lived at the Center
Street Pool most summer's. Was a life guard
at Brand Pool. Loved
had a beer or 2 at Sam's.....Still
Homer Treat, Notre Dame 67 - email@example.com
City Now: Rochester
Pizza, the Frostie
Stein for root beer floats, swimming at Brand
Park and Seeley Creek,
Sam's Bar, HI
Bar, Regent Theatre,
M & M, Peckham's,
Dick Peterson, EFA-65 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Denton MD
these pages is a blast. Phil Woolf and I delivered flowers
from his parent's shop - Woolf's
Flower Shop on Church Street every holiday.
Some exciting car driving all over Harris
Hill roads! M&M
Hot Dogs the best. Remembering when the big
plant opened - I think my Dad examined all employees
as plant physician, amoung many other medical roles
in town. Antique car shows at Nichol's
Discount parking lot. Opening Clemens
Center as a early career "opportunity".
Elmira Little Theatre
productions galor...all great. Schornsteimer's
Horseback Lessons, all good! I go back a
few times a year while "at Seneca
Lake - in the summer!
Tom Bennett, EFA 68 - email@example.com
Cappy's with the "Joe
with the "Lip Boys",
Center Street Pool,
Block dances in Midtown Square
with Steve Christy
& Stan Douglas
spinning the discs, Little Red
Wagon (best popcorn ever and Red Hot Dollars),
Southside Sub Shop,
on N. Main St., The Rec Pool
Hall with "Erie".
Buck, EFA '63 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Now: Naples, FL
Point Laundromat, Mapes'
Grocery Store, Frank's
Barber Shop. Elmira was a great place to
Mike Spallone, Notre Dame & TAE 69-72
City Now: Placida FL
Does any one remember the Plaza
Grill Bar near the Main
Street Bridge across from the Southside
Moose - 1948-1975? Catherine
Creek every April 1st? Those wonderful parades
down Roe Ave. on Memorial
Day and July 4th? Dom's Flowers...both
locations? Jack's Bar & Grill?
Lincoln Ave. School
in the Heights, a
classic public school design that I have seen in other
communities across America. Friday's were special - we
were allowed to go to St. Nick's
Ukrainian Church for pierogies. I believe they
were 5 cents.
on Miracle Mile when
it was serving A&W root beer in various sizes. Our
big family got every size delivered to the window of our
station wagon. The once-a-year sports banquets sponsored
by various businesses and meeting Earl
Weaver and others from the Pioneers.
Being 10 and celebrating your birthday at Moretti's.
End of school year field days at Eldridge
Park and going for the brass ring on merry go
round. Getting 3 English muffin halves at Howard Johnson's
in Horseheads and
staring at the juice machine. Sledding on the back nine
of the Mark Twain Golf Course
in the winter.
Childhood memories of
Lovell's are the best! And how the trees have
grown on the Mark Twain GC.
As a child, I can remember every tree being planted. Pierce's
Restaurant, simply the best back then!
Charlotte Roe Annis, HHS
'71 - email@example.com
Stayed in the area all my life. Went to Coldbrook,
Edgeworth and Broadway
I am seeing some people on
here that I have not seen or thought of for a long time.
This site is bringing back a lot of memories. Ferguson's
Dance Academy and our recitals in the old
The place downstairs where we used to grab something
to eat between dance classes (on north side of Water
St. on the NE corner of Railroad
There also was a hat cleaning
and shoe shine place in the same area. I can remember
going with my Dad to get his shoes shined on Saturdays
and sitting in the chairs against the wall that sat
up almost to the ceiling (or so it felt like it). Also
remember a dry cleaners near Park
Church where my mom saved receipts from
the dry cleaning to get me a stuffed purple poodle dog.
I remember going to the City
Market with my grandmother to buy the fresh
brown eggs and stopping at Mohawk
Bakery to get the rest of her meats cut by
the butcher and those oh-so-good half moon cookies and
Last stop was either
at Newberry's for
a sandwich and my grandma's favorite strawberry soda
or to Schanaker's
Diner (owned by one of my classmate's grandparents).
Steve Marino, SHS 68 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Port Charlotte, FL
and "Y" dances,
the Hullabaloo in
Pine City skating
at Miller's Pond.
Lived on Morrow Street
in 60's. Colonial
Theater. Saw "Goldfinger" there when
it came out. Also Funny Girl with Barbara Striesand in
1967 or 68. Red Barn
on Main Street.
Lannie Hilboldt, TAE 78 - email@example.com
City Now:Austin, Texas
I grew up in Elmira
Heights on Glenwood
Ave. My Mom and Dad owned Bob
& Jean's House of Champions Restaurant
in Elmira back in the early 70's and my Mom was a waitress
at Newberry's on
Water Street for
many years. As a kid I spent every Saturday morning
at Joycrest skating
and every afternoon at either Paramount
Lanes, Rossi Lanes
or Dixie Bowling.
I also spent a lot of time (and money) at Ryder's
Music in the Heights. And my friends and
I used to play baseball in the park across from
Pierce's Restaurant. And in the winter
we would sled on the hill at the top of 13th street
where Cohen Middle School
was. Growing up there was a lot of fun.
Linda Stradley Staiger, TAE 66 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Almond NY
I loved all the REAL movie theaters
in Elmira. Most of them were made for theater shows as
well as films. Clemens Center,
renovated from the old Elmira
Theater still has some of its original detail....The
Heights Theater is
the last one remaining in the area, I believe. I miss
all the stores downtown..not happy with malls. Does anyone
remember the New York State
Hotel in Elmira? I'm sure that was the
name. In 8th grade the mother of one of my friends took
us to lunch there...I remember murals on the wall of NYS,
but that's all. Editor's
Note: We'd not heard of the NYS Hotel.
Mark Rohde, Corning - email@example.com
Turck's Smoke Shop - Al made the best
sundaes. Lived all over the Southside and I remember
my older sisters walking me to the candy store on Fulton
and Mt. Zoar. My friends and I used to go to Brown's
and Harold's Army Navy
almost every weekend.. A lot of good memories.
Christina (Hellem) Howard, SHS 86 -
City Now: Daytona Beach until Spring 2012
Bakery on Lake St - delicious donuts, Newberry's
on Water St - loved the downstairs children's section
and the pop a balloon 1 penny to 99 cent. Banana splits
Iszard's Tea Room
and breakfast with Santa. Oh and of course the elevator.
- corner of Main and Columbia - awesome groovy clothes.
Fanny Farmer -awesome
chocolates at Easter time especially. Lib's
Supper Club - our mom toook us there 2 times
a year for a special dinner. We felt very ritzy when
we went there. Colonial Theater
- best movies. Harold's Army
& Navy - interesting stuff always. Arts
in the Park every summer downtown. OMG what
fun it used to be at Eldridge
Park when it was an Amusement Park (and
it has come back to all of that). Walking downtown
with a super huge boombox listening to cassette tapes.
The A&P - I
remember going there with food stamps that were in a
booklet - paper denominations and getting the change
back in plastic or wooden coins. Lovell's
- biggest jawbreakers ever.
Mary Gilbert Updike, SHS - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: back in my husband's childhood home
Bar-B-Q and Big Bobs.
Was a car hop...attended SHS
til' they transferred freshmen to Broadway...
Block dances at Eldridge
and Center-Town Square
with Matt Matteo
as our D.J. Grove Street Park.
The Capitol Theater,
Choco chip cookies, ice skating on Miller's
Pond, Roxy Drive-In,
swimming at Johnson"s
Bridge out on Rt.14, roller skating at the
shopping Elmira at Christmas,hanging out downtown all
day Saturday...Hanging out and swimming in the river
down by the power plant....
Ellen (Daniels) Rose, SHS 75 - email@example.com
City Now: Chittenango, NY
Great, great site!!! I didn't see The
Cake Box (Main St.) or Allen's
Toy Store (Water St.) mentioned!!! Keep up
the good work.
John Darrow, Troy PA & Elmira - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Mt. Airy NC
lived in Troy and Elmira from 1963 to 1984 and remember
the Elmira Arms Co.
Worked at Bendix
for 19 years, American La France
as quality manager for 4 years. Opened new facility
on South Main. In charge of 150 year open house. Scout
master of Troop 134
on Maple Ave, 8 years. Left when La France closed down.
Fishing in the Chemung River.
Many, many great memories. Was back this last April.
Sure has changed.
Judith O. Browne, EFA 40
City Now: Marlborough MA
Lake and Derb
Young's restaurant and skating rink area,
Iszard's Tea Room,
Pioneers ball club (farm team for the Yankees),
International Glider Meets at Harris
Hill, Barnum and Bailey Circus Parade thru down
town after un-loading at the RR station and on their
way to set up on Caton Ave.,
standing over a big hot air register in Snyder's
on Hoffman St. when it was about 18 deg. outside and
3 feet of snow.
SHS 80 - email@example.com
City Now: Palm Bay FL
Wow! What memories
you all brought back. Went to Hopkins
St. School, Broadway,
and graduated in the first graduating
class at new
Southside. Mom graduated from
and Dad at EFA.
Tate's on Mt.
Zoar, shopping at Woolworth's
and yes, Light's
Bakery, with the half moon
Hill playing Putt Putt. Worked
at George's Sandwich
Shop for a short time, Jean's
Beans, I miss Eldridge
Park and the roller coaster (it
was the best).
Left town right
after I graduated from high school. I
wish my daughter had the chance to grow
up in a wonderful place like we did. Really
Dave Teeter, EFA 67 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Plant City FL
Center Street Pool.
On Eastside was Cary's Drug
Store for phosphates. Bosley
Buick. A & W on the Miracle
Randy Green - email@example.com
Does anyone in the area remember a Jerram's
Beauty Shop from back in the 50s? If so,
PLEASE email me. Thanks.
Nix, Fishers IN - Marcynix@ymail.com
Good memories of Half-Moon cookies from Light's
Bakery. We still get them sent to us for
special occasions from family in Elmira. Remember walking
to Kelly's Corner
on the Southside for ice cream in the summer.
Those seemed like the biggest, best ice cream cones
ever! And Pudgie's
after football games. Good times, happy memories!
Max Mayer, Waverly HS 67 - MelissaKMayer@hotmail.com
City Now: Lake Wales FL
Armen's Hot Dogs, Dozack Jewelers, Markson's Menswear, Chemung Raceway
Kathy Benjamin Bell, SHS 76 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Does anyone remember George's
Sandwich Shop on State Street? Used to go
there after seeing a movie at the Capitol
Theater. Hamburgers that had a meat/b-b-q sauce
on them - haven't had a burger like that since.
Natalie McKerrow Janeski, SHS 77 - NatJaneski@yahoo.com
Still in Elmira - a few friends and I were reminiscing
about old places after coming across this website. I
remember a Dairy/Ice Cream Store on Cedar St/Caton Ave
near the corner of Robert St but none of us can remember
the name. We are hoping you can help.
Eric Seeley, Charlotte NC - Ems14x2@msn.com
Favorite Hangout: the Jewelry
My dad would take me to Pete's
Hots for the best hot dogs and would meet
some of his friends at his friend Vito's
Bar. Best pizza in town was Pudgies.
Spent time watching my dad make jewelry in his store
- some of the best times in my life.
Missy Brownback Koppels, Sarasota FL - email@example.com
left Elmira in 1957. I always have had very fond memories.
It was really a piece of Americana. I attended EFA
for a year. We used to hang out at Schanaker's
Diner after school. After that, I returned and
found Sam's and
Johnny's. We do
come back once a year since my parents and grandparents
are buried there. I remember how vibrant the downtown
was in the Fifties.
Chuck Kennedy, EFA
58 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Newburyport MA
formerly Andy's Venetian Palace,
great jazz at Green Pastures,
Pete Callas' Shoeshine Shop
on Water St. The Regent Theatre,
Uncle Tom's next
to Bus Horigan's,
The Upsetters R&B Band,
Ideal Hots, watching
baseball at Dunn
Field, Snyders Food
Market on Hoffman (they delivered!),
Marty's near Grove
Park. Thanks for the memories.
John Benedict, Gillette WY - email@example.com
Hangouts: Pitts Goodie Shoppe
across from SHS
job I had was Kids Stuff Toy
Store on Water Street, really a fun place
to work especially at Christmas time. Built a lot of
Little Red Wagons and Schwinn bicycles. Worked for Sam
Zatcoff and his wife.
After that worked for Stack
Electronics for quite a
while for Jack
Titus with Jimmy
Powell & Bob
Bleeker. Had quite a few friends that I met
through Stacks like Dean Dunham,
Little Joe's TV,
Frank Bober, Gary
Dewey and his dad the original "Mad
Man Dewey." Many fun times and excitement.
Cannot ever forget Pitts
Goodie Shoppe, Alfa
Zeta Fraternity and all the "fun had"
at the Seeley Creek Bridge.
Never to admit any thing to anyone. How's the cow? What
time is it?
Then there was always Sam's
on Washington St. Dixie Bowling
Alley and BBQ, Woolworth
Lunch Counter where Joan
Lions Ayers' mother worked and always gave
you a little extra to eat. The
Peanut Man around the corner on Main Street
where you could get all the peanuts you could ever eat.
And near there was Ray's Jewelers
and the record shop upstairs where we always went to
buy the 45RPM records that were popular during that
time. (Wish I still had some of them). Remember "It's
OK to Owe Ray" where you could get a credit card
to establish your credit. Had a $100.00 line of credit
which was lots in 50 & 60's.
Also remember going out Maple Ave to Bradley's
to get 13 ears of corn for a dollar and all kinds of
fresh vegetables and fruit. How about the white milk
wagon that used to be pulled by a horse on the Southside
delivering milk year round. Oh to relive those times
when things were very peaceful, friendly, honest and
life was good. God Bless our parents and friends that
helped us survive as well as the teachers that put up
with us and tried to teach us everything they new. We
owe everything to them............
William Dailey, near Hartford CT - firstname.lastname@example.org
School: Mansfield HS '50
I met and married Rita Layton from Elmira .She graduated
from SHS in 1952. We went to square dances in Pine
City and at The
Barn in Elmira Heights. We lived there from
1954-1961. I remember the first McDonald's on Lake
Street, and when Curly's
Chicken House first opened. Ice cream sodas
at Lovell's just
to watch the waiter, who was an artist at his job! My
wife worked at Peterson's Furniture
Store while I worked at French
Oldsmobile. We started our family there .
Bob - Bofi@aol.com
Hi. I recently found a small double-sided, hand-painted
tin sign for Little's Bicycles
at 1074 South Main in Elmira, N.Y. I was told this sign
is from the 1920's-1930's.
Can you please tell me if this bicycle store was in
business in the 1920's, and how far back it goes?
Many thanks for your patience and very kind attention.
several persons familiar with this shop have logged
in here before and mentioned it. Perhaps they will log
back in and answer your question or contact you directly
Joyce June, Geneva - email@example.com
School: Nazareth Academy 64, Rochester
My grandmother took me to Joycrest
Roller Skating when I was a kid - and to
Brown's Soda Fountain
in Hanover Square
in Horseheads -
and to Iszard's Tea
Room. What a nice grandmother she was! Does
anyone know anything about Journey's End in Millport?
Gannon, Weymouth MA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Attended EC from 1970-74. Favorite places included
Rybak's Bar, the
Cozy Corner, Roy
1894 (technically in Elmira Heights), and
last, but not least, Bus Horigan's.
Patricia Baker, Elmira Westside - email@example.com
Elmira College 76
I attended Elmira College. Even though the town was
tiny, the people were friendly, and it was nice to be
able to walk just about anywhere and back in no time.
The very best
times were at Christmas, when the lights and
stores were exactly what small-town America used to
do best. My favorites were Rosenbaum's
and Marvin's, although
I frequented Iszard's
and Gorton Coy,
too. When I returned in the mid 1980's the stores disappeared
one by one, included my beloved Snoopy's
Dog House. Fortunately, the best chili and
cheese dogs in the world can still be gotten from the
Bruce Krider, San Diego CA -
School: Elmira College
Now: San Diego
Always liked Pudgies Pizza.
Sam's Bar was always
a happening place and then down on Water
Street there was a bar called The
Office which was a hot spot.
Don Duryee, Rochester - Photo-Edu.Plus@juno.com
School: SHS 1951
I worked at Steele Memorial
Library for 4 years during high school. I have
many great memories from the days frrom my Elmira dance
band "Don Duryee and his
Orchestra". We played for dances at
and school dances from 1948-1952. The band members included
on trumpet, Ron Hamlin,
Larry Lovell and
Lon Matoon on saxes,
Ray Rauscher on
piano, Bill Fogarty on
drums and myself on trombone.
Linda Kerr (Sheive) Hjelle
I just ran across this website and wow what a memory
My dad (Charles Kerr) and grand dad (John "Scotty"
Kerr) owned Scotty's Sheet
Metal in the 1950-60's on Railroad Avenue
and my Grandma Elizabeth Kerr owned "The
Coppershop" next door. My grandpa was
big in the Eagle Scouts and "The Order of the Arrow"
and it was so much fun to see a back yard full of boys
when I had 3 sisters! I worked at Gorton
Coy in 1969, Remington
Rand 1969-70 and JC
Penney's at the Mall in the 1970 and my first
job in 1968 was at Estabrooks
Adjustors. Hard to remember back 40 years.
My fond memories of the Southside was of Karam's
Corner Market and Puggie's
Pizza. My favorite food was french fries
and gravy at the Dixie
in Southport, M&M
Red Hots, and Curley's
Chicken. Then of course Sam's Bar was the
in place after high school. Eeeeek my brain hurts..
Jeffrey Cohen, EFA 1975 - JCohen200@aol.com
City Now: Boston MA
Picnic Pizza on
Water Street (lost to the flood). Vick's
Barber Shop across from Rossi
Lanes. Spent some time at Rubin's
Auto Salvage in Southport,
among the twisted metal wrecks - still remember how
Mr Berman said "don't end up with your car like
Today, January 26, 2011, I just heard Brian Williams
on the weather channel speak about the blizzard about
to hit the east coast. He was asked what it was like
to grow up in Elmira and he indicated the time Elmira
had 37 inches of snow in 24 hours. It brought back great
Editor's Note: So, again, how many Flood
of 72 Stories do we know?
Tom Morris, SHS 1965 - firstname.lastname@example.org
across street by the church that is gone
CityNow: Montour Falls area
Saturday night dances at the old YMCA
AND BLOCK DANCES IN MIDTOWN PARKING LOT when
Jimmy DePaul's Band would
Cars, Shooting Gallery
Coaster at Eldridge
Park. Being able to actually buy something usuable
in Downtown Elmira.
I think the Flood
of 72 marked the beginning of the end.
Really showed wisdom of Elmira officials when they tore
all the buildings down along Water and State, etc.,
and wondered why everybody wanted to go to the Mall
to shop!! GOOD CALL !!! It was FREE MONEY !! NOW LOOK...
Note: Well, okay, let's stay positive about our heritage,
sports fans - so how many Flood
of 72 Stories do we know? The church referred to
above, by the way, was Centenary Methodist, parts of
which were donated by parishoners to restore
the Whip Building at Eldridge Park (now called the
Jack Carpenter, SHS 53 - email@example.com
City Now: Morgantown IN
I recall the days at the Sly
Street Tennis Courts which were across the
street from the Maple Farms
Dairy where you could get a great milk shake
for 15 cents and a lot of good conversation from
Mary Weaver who
worked there. Also remember playing trumpet in Tom
Sheeder's Band for YMCA and school dances.
Other fond memories include swimming in Seeley
Creek at Webb Mills,
days at the Brand Park Pool,
going to hear big bands that came through town at the
Strand, getting car fixed at Roger
Zeliff's, pizza and beer at the Pioneer,
pitching horseshoes with George
Faulkner, the fun times in the Fairfield
Ave. neighborhood, enjoyable evenings on
the Dunne twins'
front porch on Herrick Street,
Spring Hope Shows
and other fun times at Southside.
Some places that come to mind are White's
Drug Store, Dunn
Field, Rustic Gardens,
Ideal Hot Dogs,
Mustico's and Pat's
and the Depot at
Bonnie McEwan, SHS 69 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: New York City
OK, I think I have three places that haven't been mentioned
1) When I went to Broadway
School around 1965-66 we hung out at a greasy
spoon in the old Acme Shopping
Center at Bulkhead.
The name on the sign was Suke's
Kitchen, but we always called it "the
coffee shop." It was run by two women, Vera and
Edna, who would let us smoke and even run a tab. We
felt very sophisticated at 13 years old.
2) When I was in elementary school, I stayed with my
grandmother a lot and she lived on Harcourt Drive in
what was then called Hillside
Village, right off Maple Ave. We always went
to a nearby florist on Miller St. called Raymond's.
They had a green house off the back of this little storefront
and it always smelled divine -- a mixture of fresh earth
and natural greenery.
3) Also on Miller Street was Sally's
Beauty Shop, where we all had our hair styled.
Many's the time I had
huge curls piled on the top of my head there, as I prepped
for a big prom night at the Mark
Twain Hotel's Ball Room.
Jim Kearney, SHS65 - Jim@jameskearney.com
City Now: Lake Hickory NC
First - I enjoy your site! Great work and a real service.
On a preceding page, someone wrote about remembering
ordering from the Dixie BBQ
speakers. You indicated their memory might be faulty.
About 1959 - 60 the Dixie closed for renovations which
included the installation of speakers for each car slot.
I was the dedicated Carhop just before and after that
renovation. Believe me that job got a lot easier after
the speakers were put in. Just thought I'd clarify the
record. Keep up the great work! Thanks.
Note: Jim, I stand corrected. Thanks for clearing this
up - appears it's my memory that's faulty here - Bill
Joe Cavallaro, ND 58 - email@example.com
Mayfair and Clinton
Diner, Soapy Sullivan's
Hot Dogs, Schmidt's
Food Market, Ernie
Miller's Drug Store on 3rd and Main. After
that it was Elmira Video
which is Time Warner today. Cappy's,
Jack's Grill, Ryall's
Drug store, The CandleLight
Restaurant on Main St. The American
Hotel Oh Boy, Erie
Bar on N. Main St. Freddy
Vanderg Bar on N. Main St. Earl
and Jerry's in Landon Plaza, Brusso's
Bar on Sullivan St. I could go on forever.
Kat Cady Hafler, HHS 73 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Tucson, AZ
Everyone keeps mentioning M&M
Red Hots, but what about Armen's?
To me, there were the best that ever was....was on lower
Water St. until the flood, then moved to Lake St. after.
Elmira - email@example.com
How about the X-Cel Dairy
on Penna Ave.? Blueberry Hill
was my favorite for Bubblegum Ice Cream and Slush
Pupps Slurpies and Lovell's
on Sunday afternoons was a must with the family!
Bob Howland, SHS '62 - Hwestgrove@aol.com
City Now: Retired from Philadelphia area back to Elmira
this past May, 2010.
Chuck's "fine foods" on the Southside, Myhalyk's,
Barbecue. How about "MEN'S
NIGHT" every Christmas, no women allowed
so men could shop for the women in their life - Iszard's,
Gorton Coy, all had freebies for the men.
Mom had all the free perfume samples she could handle.
Dad was a full time mailman but worked part time as
a salesman at Fletcher's Pianos
and Organs (now Spott's
Blind Shop) on Lake Road next to Van
Brunt Cadillac. I remember Dick
Whitenhall would play the Organs and Pianos
for demonstration. He soothed many a savage beast with
his music. I remember going to the Lawerence
Diner after Dad and I delivered a piano.They
had the best coffee around, but I could never tell Mom
because I was only 15 or 16 and coffee would stunt my
growth. She was right. Now I'm only 6'3".
There was Oppenhiem's Grocery
Store, next to the Coachmen
Motel on Penna.Ave, on the Southside, now
a carwash.They always had the best cold meat in town.
I've been all over the world, but The
and Central Hots
have the best hot dogs, worldwide. The memories never
end of my growing up in Elmira. I'm just glad to be
home again, after being away 40+ years.
Sylvia (Soper) Buckley, HHS 58
City Now: Melbourne Beach, FL
I remember JoyCrest Skating
Rink. What fun we'd have there especially
on Saturday nites. And of course, Friday
Niters at the YMCA. Nobody can compete with
and sodas. Saturday afternoon movies at the Keeney,
or Capitol theaters.
a great place to shop and have lunch at the Tea
Room. I went to Edgeworth
Elementary School on the Southside.
Had great teachers. Especially our principal, Mrs. Petzke.
Picnics at Harris
Hill or Sullivan's
Monument and also Seneca
Lake - such wonderful years in Chemung County,
JoAnn, EFA 67 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Horseheads
The old Cohen
Grade School had a summer program run by Mr.
Erickson, and Mrs. Brown taught me how to make boondoggle
keychains and bracelets. It was my first craft project!
I would like to connect with Margie, my 14th street
neighbor. Loved the hopscotch and rolly polly that we
played along with trips to the 5 and 10 cent store.
The Sweet Shoppe
and Ray's Cut Rate
were far better than Walmart, Lowe's or Wilson Farms!
Many good memories here.
Richard (Rick) Moore, EFA 66 - email@example.com
Hangouts: played at local gyms and rectories as a member
of the "Kassels"
City Now: I've retired to Florida, left Elmira Nov.
Growing up in the fifties there (as a north-sider)
I spent a great deal of time at Center
Street Pool and, of course, Eldridge
Park. I lived in Hathorn
Ct. from 1954-1965, and am thankful to this
day that I did. There were so many other kids around
that, during summer, we could choose up teams and play
baseball on any given day at the Fasset
schoolyard right across the street. Mostly, I remember
the pre-flood of '72 era of downtown. We'd go Christmas
shopping at Kresges,
Iszards, and the
rest...............my god, none have had it better than
that generation of Elmirans. I could go on and on about
those years, but I'd love to hear from you who've experienced
your own time in that fair city. One of my four sons
works at a well-established business in Elmira. He is,
in fact, whereby that enterprise is enjoying such profitability.
Phyllis (Paul) McKlevis, EFA 59 - Nascarsoup@aol.com
Wow!! What a great site. I usually don't have a lot
of time to read things like this but today, I did and
I am so happy for it. Growing up in the 50's was the
best time. We had the best friends and the best music
ever. If you didn't grow up in the 50's, you missed
so much. Remember the "Y" dances with
Bob Michaels? Also, calling the radio station
at 11:00 pm to dedicate a song to a couple that were
sooooo in love. I have seen everything that I remember
on this site. Thank you so much for having it.
Joe Munn, SHS 65 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Still an Elmira Southsider
The best pizza I ever had was from
Zarro's Pizza on South Main St. Their son,
Val Zarro graduated with me from SHS. The City has changed
soooooo much since the sixties. Your site brings back
a lot of fond memories.
Ricky Wright, SHS 78 - email@example.com
City Now: Norfolk VA
My first job was at Kresge's
Downtown on Water St by Newberry's
(and by the way that's what the K in K-mart stands for).
I always had a good time at the Ice Cream Socials at
Parley Coburn back
when the school went from K thru 9th grade. Walking
home from school and stopping at
Rahall's on the corner of Mt
Zoar and Fulton. Joy
Crest roller skating rink was fun on the
weekends when boys wore black skates and girls wore
white ones, I guess so you could tell the boys from
the girls. Putt Putt Golf and
Skee Ball at Eldridge
Park were some of my favorites. The Red
Barn and the Southside
Sub Shop were great places to eat. Riding
the elevator in Iszard's
was fun when I was a kid too. During the summer in the
60's I remember asking my Mom for a dime to go swimming
at Brand Park Pool.
The People's Place
and Harold's Army and
Navy had great clothes - remember the Elephant
Ear bell bottoms and platform shoes? I guess some things
could be forgotten : ) It was fun reading what others
remembered about Elmira, thanks for the memories.
|Lori, HHS 74 - firstname.lastname@example.org
My very first job at sixteen was working at Robert
Hall Clothes as a bagger - 1972.
Dan Steadle, HHS 71 - email@example.com
City Now: NYC Tri-State Area
Hoo-Boy...The memories this site evokes.
Downtown Elmira - Iszards,
Army/Navy. Danny Discount
and Nichols were
first discount stores with great toy sections. The
Christmas Parade on the day after Thanksgiving
ending up at Sears...everyone knew THAT was the 'real'
Santa. The Popcorn Truck.
(I can still feel my arteries hardening from all the
dripping butter which soaked through the box) Dixie
BBQ, Curly's Chicken
- had THE best cole slaw in America. Colonial,
Elmira and Capitol
Theaters after which we'd go to M&M
Hotdogs for one(or two) with meat sauce.
Rossi's Bakery had scrumptious half-moon
Park - remember you had to beep your horn before
going under old stone train overpass/tunnel to enter
Boat and planes flew over lake. The Rollercoaster
seems tame by today's standards, but scared the beJeezuz
out of me then. The myths of bottomless Eldridge
Hill with Miniature Golf and Driving Range.
Anyone remember Carroll's
on 'Miracle Mile'? - first fast-food place before McDonald's
or Burger King. 15¢ burgers, 12¢ fries. Original
when Tommy Hilfiger
and then partner Larry Stemmerman
opened a 'head-shop' in basement. Had pipes/rolling
papers/incense and military surplus bellbottoms and
tie-dyed Henley T's. Then in Horseheads - Hanover
Square - How about Rohan's
Pizza - TWO square pieces of pizza for 25¢.
Rudy Baer's Corner. Frosties
- later became and remains Beefeater's.
Rosar's & Nick's.
Then, of course, Thorne Street
Pool and dances in summertime. Cundy's
Bros. Market and Broad
Street School. I remember living for the
day that I'd get out of what then seemed a sleepy, even
boring little town in the middle of nowhere. Now after
30 years in NYC area, I can't wait to return.
Carl Falletta (Jr), EFA 77 - Moonstruck1@Hotmail.com
City Now: Las Vegas, NV since 1977
Just the other day I was thinking about
howmuch Hoffman Street had
changed. When I attended Hoffman
School (was on NW corner of Church &
Hoffman), I would walk home toward Water Street (I lived
on Winsor Ave). As I walked I would pass: Kelly's
Rexall Rx, Bill
Henry's Patty Cake Bakery (1/2 Moon cookies!!!),
& of course, Lou's Variety!
I could spend hours poking around at Lou's...he was
such a nice man! Crossing Gray Street I would pass the
Super Duper (looking
down Gray Street I would see Al
Mallette's Barber Shop), then the Holiday
House Gift Shop, then the Post
Hangouts? I remember the Rossi
Lanes, Dixie Lanes
& BBQ, The Boathouse,
The Branch Office
& Sam's Bar.
Remember leaving Sam's & smelling the fresh bread
from the bakery up the street? National
Brands, I believe? Sledding at Reformatory
Hill, Brand Park,
'making out' on Harris Hill,
SO many more!!!!
Mike Wurtzman, EFA 63 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Hollywood FL
Firstly, my parents' businesses. I didn't
see them mentioned in these pages! Campus
Corner and Wurtzman's
RX Pharmacy, where my Dad, Al spent many
late nights filling emergency RX for folks who got sick
after regular store hours. My mother, Sally and my aunt
Rhea Shulman at the Campus Corner and a soda fountain
in the early Sixties that I'm sure many of you remember.
Thanks and I miss Elmira.
Judith Mowry Kastrick, EFA58 - email@example.com
City Now: Omaha, NE (1959-present)
(roller skating); Mayfair Diner
(teenage years); Eldridge
Park (younger days & teenage years) Younger
years spent at day camp..(Elmira
Neighborhood House & Saturday afternoons
at "the movies").
I treasure these memories & my best
friend emailing, all things Elmira!!
Debra K Bly Tordoff, Wellsburg Elementary
I live in Western NY, near Jamestown, but I grew up
on Lower Maple Avenue.
My parents built the Maple
Lawn Diary Bar, and we raised registered
Jerseys. I remember going to Eldridge
Park on Pepsi-Cola Bottle Cap Day, swimming
lesson at Brand Pool,
eating chicken at Curly's
(complete with finger bowl), making breakfast at Sullivan's
Sub Shop, Moretti's
Spaghetti House, skating at the Joy
Crest, and showing cows at the Chemung
County Fair...those were the days :)
Robert Cau, Erin - firstname.lastname@example.org
Went to Penna
Ave 54, SHS,
from Odessa 1958
Feedmill at Bulkhead,
Andy's Gas Station,
Thanks for such a nostalgic web page.
Mickey Wandell, SHS71 - email@example.com
City Now: Charlotte NC
Brand Park Pool
- I remember walking there just about every day from
South Ave. South Side Subs
- the best. The Capitol Theater
on Sunday's - 25 cents to watch three horror films.
St Anthony's dances.
- The smoking lounge as we called it. Chuck's
next door from the Hi Bar.
Sharon Bradley Vary, EFA66 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Columbus OH
Are there ANY other small towns that hold
such fond memories for the people who grew up there?
Such wonderful nostalgia and comfort. We could walk
around at 11pm and no one worried. Take off on a summer
day with a bag lunch and catch tadpoles and build dams..I
think I'm old! But both my mom and dad spent their adult
lives teaching in Elmira--some loved 'em , some not
so much, and that was our life--attending games at Parker
Field, watching Ernie
Davis play basketball in the old EFA
gym, playoffs in the Armory.
Wow--I think we were incredibly lucky.
Pam Huffner, SHS71 - email@example.com
I remember ice skating on Miller's
Pond, walking home from school thru the American
LaFrance plant because there was more than
one building, playing football down in the fields off
listening to the two different bands from the neighborhood:
Cher Smith &
the Falletta Boys
were one, and then Don Montgomery,
Pete Powers and
Alan Gay - I forget
their names. How about Reynold's
Grocery down on Maple
Avenue, good old Ed. Does anyone remember
the Frosty Stein?
Great rootbeer. The Red Barn
on South Main, and
Job & Drake
on Maple Ave.
Jackie Wilson -
Hangouts: Old P,
Brass Ring, Top's
Tavern, The Shanty
in Pine City, Brand Park
swimming pool and buying a fudgesicle after for a nickel.
My dad playing softball at Eldridge
Park and my mom would take me to the rides after.
The Dog 'n Burger
ordering 15 cent burgers on a phone. Robert
Hall and Danny Discount
Cheri Smith, SHS71 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Wyoming County, NY
The Old Pioneer
- when we could drink at 18!!! Pudgies
on North Main - Oh, God, roast beef with butter and
BBQ sauce, and 16-ounce Buds, and taking the guitars
and making a campfire on Seeley
Creek.... and playing football on the river
bottom at the end of Milton
Street...and skating on Miller
Pond... And playing with my band, Journey's
End, with Jerry
and Carl Falletta and Donnie
Montgomery... oh yes, THOSE were the days...
Mary Spencer Sullivan, Sayre HS 1969 -
City Now: Seattle WA
When I was a child my parents would take
me to Eldridge Park where I loved to see the dragon
boat! The park seemed so HUGE to me back then! I would
go with my mother to Iszards
and that was such a treat! I felt really special when
we went in there and had lunch in the Tea
Room. In high school, my friends and I would
go to The People's Place
to buy jeans and all the latest fashions. I saw Tommy
Hilfiger in there once. I still have one
of their purple plastic bags with The
People's Place logo on it! We used to go!
to the Arnot Mall
a lot too! I went to Corning
Community College as well so I would frequent
many of the stores from Elmira to Corning. I loved the
Harold Boyd - email@example.com
Hangouts: Rosar's, Nick's, Rustic's, Paul's
City Now: Tye, TX
What a site and all those places mentioned
brought back plenty of memories. I lived on Westside
Ave a few blocks from Eldridge
Park. I roamed the park for several years,
East Hill where Mark
Twain's study was for years. I remember the
the years of riding down the hill on sleds and ice skating.
West Hill was where
we went swimming in the Reservoir
and we roamed nearby Woodlawn
I remember the Center
Street Swimming Pool, now gone. Skating at
Pond, Elmira College
pond, fishing at the lake in Eldridge Park and the many
softball games there. I remember Ward
LaFrance, and also the American
LaFrance, on the Southside a block away from
where my grandparents had a corner store that catered
to the men who made the firetrucks. I lived across the
street from Number 10 School
and then we got a new one, J.
Sloan Fassett where
I went til the sixth grade. We then moved to Millport
Mom and Dad bought a restaurant and motel
there. In April every year we had hundreds of fishermen
that fished Catherine Creek
across the road (Route14) there. I went to school in
To everyone who wrote of their favorite
places, I remember many of them. I was home in 2001
and how many of these memorable places are history.
Horseheads has changed, now gone is Frostie's,
Grand Union, Rosar's,
Paul's on Grand
Central, the A&P
off Route 17. Westinghouse,
the Rand, the
Eclipse and Ward
Thank you to all that have posted the
memories, places. What a site. My dad worked at the
Reformatory for 27 years, Mom worked at Artistic
and other stores in Elmira. Again, thank you all for
Joseph Potter, SHS 60 - firstname.lastname@example.org
City Now: Horseheads
remember the Keeney Theater,
free passes in the popcorn. also who can forget Woody
Woodhull & his accordian sing alongs.
Stage shows at Eldridge
Park, The Peanut Man,
Popcorn Truck, Dunn
Field Knot Hole Gang, girl softball with
Mighty Mouse - playing hide & seek, kick the can
- THOSE WERE THE DAYS!!!
Lee, EFA 72 - Elaray2003@gmail.com
City Now: I'm now in suburban Philadelphia
The Record Shop
on Water St. where you could buy 45 rpm's, Rose,
Kimball and Baxter, where my aunt used to
Twain's Study, Loblaw's
Market, A &
P food processing plant, Arnot Mall was just
Mohawk Market had
the best Half-Moon Cookies.
Victor Webb, EFA
77 - email@example.com
I grew up on the Southside, and I remember
pizza and subs at Pudgie's
Pizza before it became a chain. The Southside
Sub Shop, Turk's
that had the greatest soda fountain, Ann
and Walt's Restaurant, but, the greatest
of all my childhood memories and of Elmira is
Karem's Giant Market,
because they were such
good solid friends of my family - Sam, Carl, Kadeen,
Albert, Mable, and Rita. I wish to thank them (even
though most of them are gone now) and their families
for their friendship and kindness and their influence
in helping to make me the person I am today. I will
never forget them.
Marjorie (Phelan) Erion-Johnson, Leeds
ND - firstname.lastname@example.org
School: Horseheads High School 1968
A&P Grocery Store
on Main Street in Elmira. My dad, Martin Phelan, was
the manager there for many years. He started working
there when he was 23 yrs old and had to retire at 65
due to a back problem. He opened many A&P stores
in Ithaca, Painted Post, Horseheads
Plaza. I sure miss so many places in the
Chicken House - went there on Sundays after
church - M&M Hot
Dogs. Oh yeah, memory lane.
Suzanne Opdyke Ray - email@example.com
School: HHS 58
We lived on College Ave. at the entrance to Center
St. Pool. My best friend Patty Tamara lived
across the street. We would either walk or take the
bus, in front of my house, and go to the Colonial
or Keeney theater
every Sunday. I remember walking by the Langdon home,
now Langdon Plaza,
and thought it to be dark and scary. We loved the Popcorn
Truck before the movie. I loved the Iszard's
Tea Room, lunching with my grandmother every
week. I miss the stores, Rosenbaum's,
Gorton Coy, Iszard's,
The hat dept. at Iszard's.
Loved the'big' Steele Memorial
Library.Thought my church, Trinity,
was so beautiful! inside. I took the Pheobe
Snow to visit my aunt in NJ. Such an elegant
train compared to the old passenger train we took earlier.
Joined KE Sorority.
Went to Friday Nighters
at the YMCA. Went to a wedding reception in the Mark
Twain ballroom. Loved the M&M
Red Hots and banana splits at Woolworths. In
the '40's the family days at Harris
Hill for a good game of baseball, quates and
picnic all day. Grove Park
for class picnics from GWS.
Carr's Cozy Corner
for candy.Rossi's Bakery
had the best jelly donuts and half moon cookies. I roller-skated
to school and all over. I could tell you where all the
'slate' walks were in town. Ice-skating at Elmira
College pond and snow sledding at the Reformatory
hill.Skating at the Grotto
now Joycrest.Going to Bolla's
soda fountain where Chuck and
Junker's was. Going to Parker
Field to football games. I remember what a gentleman
Ernie Davis was in school. No racism back then. I walked
2 mi. everyday to EFA on Lake
Street. No school buses then. Pork barbque at
the PigPen, where
Wernicks is now. Also, Hat's
Tavern neon lights on the roof, back of what
is now Hill's Plaza. I loved 'Green
Spot' beverage in the Heights.
Nothing could come close to Lovell's
Ice Cream. Well those were the days and the
happiest of my life.
Does anyone remember Ace Horsey.
He was a photographer by trade and was a regular on
the bar scene especially during the 70's. Does anyone
remember the saying he had on his business card...something
to the effect: ------- "hair in place - smile at
the birdie - photo by ACE."
Tina Scrip, Salisbury NC - firstname.lastname@example.org
School: Troy High '75
I grew up on RT 14 just over the NY border
past Shedden's and
near the Country Cupboard.
My father worked at Kennedy Valve
for 38 years. My mother worked at some of the oldies,
SS Kresgee's, Water
St. My grandmother was the cook, my aunt, the deli and
fountain manager and mom, a waitress and I was a cashier
on my first job. Mom later went to the Endicott
Johnson Shoe Store next to Furman's,
Noah's Ark. I remember
Arthur Murray's Dance
above the flower shop on Water Street. And watching Christmas
parades from my grandmother's hair dresser's shop in a
building on Water Street where the River
Front Park is now. How about the Grant's
Store on what is now P
& C Plaza and used to be Hesselson's
2nd store. EBC Bowling Alley
- that was a regular for my family. The Great
American Grocery Store on Erie
Plaza and Diven Plaza,
Barker's Department Store,
Danny Discount, Pete's
Central Hots, Chef
I so miss ELmira and all it has to offer.
My 3 grown sons and their sons live there. I get home
once a year to take my daughter to Rochester Strong Memorial
for her cancer check ups. Our first stop when we get into
town is always Pudgie's Pizza,
her favorite. M &
M Red Hots, Curly's
Chicken House, Bernie
My husband and I owned a house on Brand Street until 2003,
next door to Mr B's,
or old Friendly Tavern.
I remember most of the places mentioned and this is a
wonderful trip down memory lane. Elmira is a great place
and there are so many wonderful people there. I miss it
so much. Thanks so much for this site. It's always ! fun
to stroll down memory lane and reminise and remember years
gone by . Thanks, everyone!
Carol Spaziani Edward, Attica - email@example.com
School: Notre Dame
Whenever I visit Elmira I think about
so many places and things - Iszard's,
Gorton Coy, the
Peanut Man, the
Popcorn Truck (the
best popcorn ever, Harold's
Army and Navy, and Rossi's
Bakery for the best fruit tarts.
SuSam Cary Channell -
Schools: Horseheads, Elmira Southside
City Now: Panama City Beach FL
When I was real little, my parents would
drop me off with grandpa (Harry Cary) at Cary's
Pharmacy on E.Church Street while they would
shop at Iszard's
downtown. Uncle Art gave me my first matchbox, a yellow
dump truck. Afterwards we all would go to Banfield
Baker's Pet Shop to see the monkey. When
I was grown, I hung out downstairs of People's
Place (Tommy Hilfiger's) with my then boyfriend,
Blair Savercool, the luthier who created guitars for
the stars that came to Elmira
College to play.
The parties at Seeley
Creek were amazing, but none rivaled the
ones off Maple Ave. with the beer trucks and live music!
Charlie Langdon (Mark Twain's grandson) may remember
when Rush came out with his theme song, Today's Tom
Sawyer...., yep, we had to do it!! Fitzben's 25th Reunion
was a smash with the Fitzben National Band playing.
Other memories include walking the rollercoaster
after close at Eldridge
Park. Old Frank the farmer up on Veteran Hill
in Horesheads probably the last pioneer. Horseheads
town square was paved all in red brick and remained
that way for quite some time. My other grandfather,
Harold Chamberlain, was the steward of the Elmira
Correctional Facility and his wife, Ethel,
used to make corsets for the ladies that partied at
Debbie Bement - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Red Barn
was a favorite hang out during lunch and after school
. Went to school at Parley Coburn and Southside. Remember
the Balloon for Ice Cream."
Tina Brand, Elmira - email@example.com
School: Thomas A Edison High School
I really enjoyed going through all the
different places all the people have shared. Some I
remembered & others I didn't. Was great going back
in time! Now I have a question with hopes of someone
out there remembering. Years ago there was a dairy store
next to Curly's Chicken House
on Lake Rd. anyone know the name of the dairy store?
In the Fifties
it was called Tastee Freeze.
Plaza years back had a few stores that were
in the same building as Barker's
Department Store, anyone know what stores
went into the former Barker's after it went out? I do
remember Cavaluzzi's Pizza
as I was growing up. Oh boy, that was awesome! I also
remember getting a slice of pepperoni pizza from Pudgies
on 14th St in Elmira Heights for 21 cents & that
was including tax. I remember a pack of cigarettes in
the machines was 55 cents wow!! Postage stamp 6 cents.
Gas 39 cents a gallon.
Jim Samuels - firstname.lastname@example.org
School: HH Highschool Class of '71
City Now: Rochester, NY
The annual autumn ping-pong ball drop,
sometimes from a helicopter, sometimes a small plane,
in the Grand Union Shopping Plaza. WELM radio on Upper
Lake Road with their contest of Who Took The L Out Of
WELM, which it
turned out was HHDs High School's own Music Director,
Joe Crupi. During
the contest a group of individual's known as Murphy's
Marauders went about replacing the 'L's throughout
the region driving the radio station frantic as listeners
called in saying the had found the 'L.'
Frances (Scheid) Osteen, Elmira - Lenore910@aol.com
Hangouts: Pitt's by
SHS and Carey's
Drugstore with the wonderful phospates and
Theater and the Strand
on Market St. Swimming in Seeley
Creek down Maple Ave.The old Rubin's
News Store on the river side and a book store
and office store combined on East Water St. Does anyone
remember the name? We
believe that was MacGreevey's at 313-315 E. Water.
Elmira was a great place with lots to do and a wonderful
downtown. One of my best memories is of all the foot
traffic downtown. We walked everywhere. Don't forget
Brand Park Pool,
another great place to swim.
Jimmer Donovan, HHds -
School: EFA 66
Every place on this site I remember. I
grew up in the Sixties - had more fun on North
Side 8th Ward. We did so much without any
money - still had a great time - baseball, football,
basketball, swimming in Newton
Creek. Showing off for the girls at Center
St. Pool, meeting all our friends at Eldridge
Park, making out, watching free movies, block
dances. So much to do. We fished Brick
Pond all day. High school between 62 and
66 was a blast. Wouldn't want to be a teenager anywhere
else. Hike up on East Hill.
Slide down The Quarry.
So many good times. Downtown on Saturday. Dances at
night. Fire works on July 4th. And great baseball at
Can go on and on. Elmira was the place to be in the
Jane Bailey Pyszczynski, EFA 69 - Jane_b_p@hotmail.com
City Now: Overland Park KS
I moved often during my childhood, but
I was lucky enough to be in Elmira during junior high
(Booth) and high
school years! Will always remember St.
Anthony's dances, Harris
Hill, H. Strauss,
Gorton Coy, the
Popcorn Wagon downtown,
Elmira Country Club,
New Year's Eve at the Mark
Twain and learning to drive at Dunn
Foy June Lusk Wimer - email@example.com
City Now: Palmyra VA
First real job --Christmas time at Markson's
Men's Store on Water Street. First perm at
The Gorton Coy Beauty Salon
in 1954. "It's OK to owe Ray" Ray's
Dancing School upstairs They put on a big
show every year at the Keeney
next to the Regent Theater
- watched a lot of Roy Rogers at the Regent. First Thanksgiving
Dinner out at the Langwell
Hotel. They had a nice piano player in the
lounge. Did anyone recall the Strand?
June Van Wormer -
School: Horseheads High School
City Now: Born in Elmira... moved to Fl. and N.C.
of course; Planters Peanut,
M & M hot dogs, Mohican
Ted Johnston, Elmira - firstname.lastname@example.org
School: SHS 1978
Store on South Main Street - the small store
that had everything you needed. Chemung
Electronics - I remember spending hours
in that store to find the perfect stereo needle to
listen to albums and 45 records. Down the street was
Josephson's Plumbing -
if they didn't have it nobody did. Going into Mad
Man Dewey's, pouring yourself a beer and
buying an appliance. What a great site, good memories
Mike Tuccinardi, ND - email@example.com
I'm not from Elmira but I got around.
My favorite places were the Maple
Lawn Dairy Bar with fantastic black cherry
ice cream cones; and a root beer stand every year at
the Chemung County Fair.
But it's not so much the places as the names - "Crash"
Lucarelli, how did he get that name? Stosh - who was
Stosh, everybody talked about Stosh. I caddied with
Ernie Davis at the
Elmira Country Club,
along with the Cardamone Brothers
and a halfback named Charlie who used to pay me to take
half my doubles so he could stay in shape. Then there
was this gas station in Elmira
Heights that had a sign in the men's room,
"Please flush the toilet. Elmira needs the water."
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