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hello all.
I noticed a recent obituary for one of our favorite nuns. Sister Thomasina Farley passed away on Jan. 16th. Notice was in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly.com. Sister Thomasina attended our reunion in Northeast Philly a few years back.


Added: January 25, 2016
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Hi gang. Just wanna wish all the SSS family a great and prosperous new year.I can't believe it - - 2016. Going much to fast for these old bones.Carol & I recently hooked up with Gene McGee,Joe Sykes & his wife,at Jimmy (Dimmi) & Betty O'Brien's beautiful home for a little reunion of the class of 53. Great friends, food,drink,(OF COURSE)all added up to a super night. Thanks again Jimmy & Betty.

On another happy note Bob Morris'Joe Brown & I met for breakfast last week in celebration of Joe's birthday.

So I'll close now with my usual"class of 53- - let's hear from ya.


Added: January 23, 2016
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Thomas: Are you any relation to Charles, class of 1948? He was one of my classmates. In class picture he is on bottom row to the left of the archbishop!

Added: January 23, 2016
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hi all hope you all had a good holiday i miss philadelphia iam class of 1966 loved school wish i could go back but we have to move foward i am 64 now got heart problems but i still have a good outlook on life it is snowing hers with ice i hope my classmates see this and reflect on there childhood too maybe one day i will see philadelphia one moore time good bless you all thomas mc intyre class of 1966

Added: January 20, 2016
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I remember that ferris wheel. I actually got to ride once.
Does anyone hear from the 1942 or 1944 class? My sister< Joyce was in the 42 class and sister, Claire was in 1944. Joyce is now gone and Clair is an old lady living in VA. She and her better half, Norm Peryea are coming down to Port St Lucie to stay with me for a couple of weeks, before going back to freeze their hind ends off in Winchester,Va.


Added: December 31, 2015
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I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please remember to keep CHRIST in Christmas.

Added: December 20, 2015
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Thank you Jim Cooney - that recollection is a treasure. When this circus thread started, I recalled being on a ferris wheel that was on the Erie Avenue overpass, above the railroad tracks. I was very apprehensive about any ferris wheel: those seats rocked back and forth and I had visions of them flipping upside down. Still, I got on the thing with my mom, but then as it went around I saw the railroad tracks and thought for sure I was doomed to be tossed from the rocking seat to the tracks about a thousand feet down. Mom would never have countenanced my screaming my head off, so I just said an act of contrition, just to be safe, and held on to that bar that kept one "safely" in the seat. Ride ended, we got off, and I lived to tell about it.
So. I recall the 10th and Erie site, the Front and Erie site, but I also recall that the circus gathered on Abbotsford Avenue one year. Maybe it wasn't the B and B Circus, but some other one.


Added: December 9, 2015
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I remember the rubber yard. It was right across the street from my house. It had an 8 foot wooden fence arund it with a guard tower on the north east corner. Tires were stacked 10 feet tall. I don't know exactly when by the spring of '46 it had disappeared. The lot was then covered with cinders.
IN '46, the Circus reappeared. I can still recall the opening line from the ringmaster:"Greetings & splendorous salutations from the Greatest Show on Earth, the Ringling Brothers & Barnum & bailey Circus !! I could hear that as I sat on the front steps of my house.
The arrival of the Circus centered around May 20th. Its run was 6 days. What's so special about May 20th ? It was my birthday!!!! My father had told me that if I was good & behaved myself he would have a Circus across the street just for me. Yeah, sure ! If I was really good, he would let me stay up & watch the Big Top go up.
I was sitting on the front porch steps about 4:00 pm & heard this clanking coming from 9th & Pike. There was a small yellow tractor with rubber treads pulling a Circus Wagon. Behind the tractor, as far as I could see, was a stream of Circus Caravans, trucks.. etc. My Father had made good on his promise ! The Circus was unloading at the rail yard just east of 5th street. I imagine that the same thing was happening on Butler Street. :o
More later, my backspace key is smok'in. There is the tale of Joe Fitzpatrick & Hopalong Cassidy.


Added: December 4, 2015
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Does anyone beside myself remember that lot was turned into a scrap metal and rubber lot during the war?

Added: November 28, 2015
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John Shields:
John, you are absolutely correct about the Ringling Bros. Circus location before it moved to Lighthouse Field. The Circus came via the railroad to the old PTC lot on the northeast side of 11th and Erie just east across the Erie Avenue bridge that crossed the railroad below it. My mother took me to that site in either 1949 or 1950 to see the circus. Our family moved from 17th & Lehigh in 1950 to 3824 Percy St., and we used that lot to play baseball and touch football. I also used the pathway through the lot to go to Wright School from Percy St. in the early 50's. PTC used the lot primarily as a turnaround for some of its trolleys. In the late 50's the lot was sold or leased to Acme, and the supermarket was erected there. As I previously mentioned in another comment, I went to the Ringling Bros. Circus at Lighthouse Field in either 1954 or 1955. According to internet info., the "Big Circus" went indoors for good in 1956. Great memories!


Added: November 27, 2015
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