Saturday, August 27, 2011

Valentine Reunion 2011

The Valentines had a family reunion this month in Huntington.

These descendants of Lew & Theresa's girls took many photos.

Arranged by family

And by generations.

See Maggie and Eileen's photos by clicking here:

Saturday, August 20, 2011

One Hundred Years Ago This Week

Cecelia was born 100 years ago this week.

So her daughters made a visit to the old neighborhood for a centennial celebration.

We had some addresses on Clermont, Adelphi and Vanderbilt Avenues in the Fort Green section of Brooklyn.

Many of the blocks are quite gentrified.

This is the house at 163 Adelphi that the McNallys and the Valentines shared according to the 1910 census.

They may still have been living there in 1911 when Cele was born.

Here she is about 19 years old in 1930.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Russet Lane Rephotography

23 Russet Lane about 1947

Sixty Four Years Later
August 2011

Jane and I went back to look.
In our memories it's a pretty sparse yard

Vera looking out the window during construction
July 1947

About 1950

The neighborhood is completely landscaped now.

With lots of trees in front of Peggy & Biff's and Betty's houses too.
Is that tree on the right the same tree as on the left below?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

World's Fair Bombing

Last week's pictures of Lewis Valentine mentioned a World's Fair Bombing in 1940.

Chris says:
" I remember hearing my mom tell me a story about it when we drove out to the airport .. actually every time we drove out to LaGuardia airport."
Mom must have heard it from her parents (Warren and Kay.)

Here's more about the bombing:

The attack is still an unsolved mystery. On July 4th, 1940 a ticking suitcase was found at the British Pavilion at the World's Fair in Queens. Two bomb squad detectives Joe Lynch and Freddy Socha moved it to a secluded spot and tried to defuse it but had few skills or tools compared to those of today. It blew up and killed them, leaving a crater behind the Polish Pavilion.

"It was a tragedy, but it could have been worse. Police Commissioner Lewis Valentine noted that it was only a miracle that hundreds of fairgoers weren't killed." The quote is from an NPR story from last year

Nazis? Irish Republican Army? Loyalists left over from our Revolution? Disgruntled subjects of the king? This terrorist attack took place in the first months of World War II when England was fighting Germany.

There's an open $26,000 reward for solving the case. Apparently there were two bombings in the previous two-week period; one at the building that housed the German Consulate and one in the building that housed the Daily Worker, the Communist newspaper.

At the 1964 World's Fair a plaque was laid to remember the courageous detectives.

Here's an online memorial to the detectives