March 11, 2008

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 THE
          WESTENDER
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              FRIENDS
 
 
 
                            
 
                                
 
         
                                          OBITUARIES
    Frank Callaway class of 1956 at Southwest  passed away
 Wed.   Feb. 13 2008.
                           
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Darlene Johnson Reid a Brown High graduate passed away Tue. Feb 12 2008, I'm not sure which class she was in because this is all the information that I have. 
 
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Cynthia Ann ( Phillips ) Alexander  a 1951 graduate of Brown high and resident of McDonnough Ga. passed away Wed. Feb 13 2008. Cynthia also attended Lee St. School 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LOOKING FOR FRIENDS and CLASSMATES
 
 
I graduated BHS in '63 and would love to hear from any BHS graduate. I now live in Florida as a retired high school teacher. Tammie Claire Barnes Diehl--usually known as TC. [Email Address Removed]

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Hey again, Please add my e-mail address so all of my former school chums can contact me.Larry Melvin,Baltimore,Maryland (if you are from here thats Bawlmer Merlin) [Email Address Removed]
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This is Martha (Belle Isle) Long( Sylvan 58 ) and I am responding to Al McCain. I know you, aren't we related?
My e mail is [Email Address Removed]
Hope to hear from you.
Martha
 
 
 
 
                                   
 
   We want to say again that David Wright (Brown 58 class) has a wonderful Joe Brown website with a lot of nice pictures and other information. you can view Davids site by going here :             http://joebrownhigh.org
 
 
 
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Dear Westenders,
My name is Dr Carrell Dammann  (was Carrell Ann Larmore).  I graduated from Sylvan High in 1959 and grew up all my life in Sylvan Hills.  I wonder if any of you remember my Mother, Mrs Annie Mays Larmore (Miss Annie) who was the City of Atlanta librarian in Oakland City and Stewart Avenue and eventually at Stewart Lakewood Library for 33 years.  She helped with summer reading lists, went to schools and taught us all how to use the library and helped with a lot of terms papers.  She is now 101 years old (on Feb 28, 2008) and lives with me over near Emory University.  I know she would love hearing from any of you who remember her.  She loved our community and being part of it.  She is still sharp as a tack and does 20 minutes of exercise every morning and goes for walks to talk to everyone in the neighborhood here.  It was folks like my Mom who made our community so special for us as kids.  You can send her a note or Happy Birthday greeting at my e-mail  [Email Address Removed]
 
 
 
                                                   
 
 
Got a copy from Donna Bell Phillips and would like to be added to the mailing list.  Really enjoyed reading news from so many.
 
Jean Jones Pinson, Southwest '67 and my husband Greg Pinson, Southwest '67.
 
We live in Chattanooga, TN but have children and grandchildren in Atlanta so we go there often.
 
My e-mail at home is [Email Address Removed]
 
Thanks,
Jean
 
 
 
                                     
 
This is from Danny Berry Southwest High class of ’67; 1996 Venetian Dr ..
 
Memorable places of our youth that others from the south side might have forgotten. Places where I / we played, worked, ate out, danced or played music and hung out with our friends: Peoples St. park across from the Gordon theater, Venetian Hills elementary school, Adams Park & Pool, Adams Park Gym (all day every day), Mrs. Gamadandus, Coach Randall Ballard, little league baseball, football & basketball at Adams Park , John A. White pool and football field, Babe Ruth baseball at John A., Putt Putt at Campbellton Plaza, the trampoline center at the Putt Putt, slot car tracks near Sylvan, Lake Spivey, Rock Hill lake, Ben Hill gym, Colonial Stores at Cascade Heights and West End, Mitchells Grocery store, the Varsity, Yellow Jacket, Pilgreen’s, Aldo’s, Joe Cottons, Wingo’s, Carrolls burgers, Lumms, McDonalds across from Ft. Mac, the Krystal on Campbellton Rd., the Dwarf House/Chick-fil-a in Hapeville, the Gordon theater, Greenbriar Mall and theater, Fulton Ind. Drive Inn, Monday night dances at Jefferson park, Wed. night dances at Funtown, Friday night dances at Lake Spivey, The Tigers Cage teen club at Westgate, The Golden Horn, S.W. High dances, Therrell dances, Brown High dances, Stigers drug store, West End bowling alley, Stacy Robinson’s  5th, 6th and 7th grade parties, Woolworths at Campbellton plaza, Jacob’s drug store at Campbellton Plaza (lime & cherry cokes), Cascade Heights, Miss Ga. Dairy parlor, Jackson’s Music store in West End, Lakewood roller rink, camping out in Westview Cemetery, parking with your date on Willis Mill. We had fun in the 50’s and 60’s!!!!! I’m sure there are plenty more that I have forgotten. I would love to hear more from others who remember.
Thanks,
Danny
 
 
                                 
 
 
 
I didn't know what life was all about, really, until I got to SW, and STILL didn't know much until I met Cecil Bray.  Then the learning began!  What fun, what memories, oh what a learning experience!!  Needless to say, we have two of the greatest kids on earth and they have kids, too, that of course, are unmatchable!  Am I braggin' or what?  Typical grandma for sure. 
 
Remember the parties at Paul and Donna Coker's?  Remember our partites at the apartment on Campbellton Road?  Johnny Adams took up a collection to help pay for the stuff for the party  -  he was charging everybody that walked in the doors!  It was hilarious!  Of course, I got furious.... fuddy duddy me... 
 
Remember sneaking out at lunch and going to the Krystal for lunch?...with Paul Coker, of course... Mrs. Armstrong, my favorite and namesake teacher, caught me and said if she EVER caught me skipping again, I would live to NEVER, EVER forget it!  I didn't, either.   
 
Hey how about the Rialto, downtown?  The Fox, of course, - those were dates that were special.  The Coach and Six Restaurant? 
 
I can't think of anything else right now - but I am sure between Steve and I we will come up with something!
 
Love y'all!
Harriet and Steve Banks
 
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                           Our Neighborhood Grocery

I think all our neighborhoods had their small family owned grocery store. These stores were important to the neighborhood because thje store took on the personality of the area that it was located in. Our neighborhood store was Greens Grocery located on Murphy Ave.Mr. Greens store always had a special plesant smell all it's own, when you walked in the front door the first thing that you could smell were the fresh vegetables that he displayed at the front of the store, his counter stood in the center and as you passed the counter you could smell the fresh ground coffee, another familiar smell was the sawdust on the floor of his meat dept. He sold what I remember as the coldest soft drinks that I had ever had, we could go in and buy a soft drink and a candy bar and have him charge the 10 cents it cost to our parents account. He had this big glass candy case at the front of the store filled on the bottom with all that penny candy  like Kits, BB Bats, Mary Janes, Hershey Kisses jaw breakers, Fleer's penny bubble gum, and those wax lips and teeth, and how about those penny Curtiss lolipops with the soft flexible handle.
                   The walls were lined with shelves filled with canned goods and stuff in jars and bottles.   Sometimes I encounter a very plesant aroma that triggers my memory of Mr. Greens Grocery Store.
         Charlie  Rhodes
         Sylvan High School
 

 
 
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Dick Donovan Brown Class of 1963 wrote this reminder of all the stores and businesses located at Cascade and Beecher.
 
Stegars Drug Store,Cascade Bowling Alley,the Piggly Wiggly store on Westmont,Wynnes Texaco,Theisens grocery,LaLons store,Riblins shoe repair,Mr.Hurds garage,Mayos radio service,Perrys'Ice Cream parlor,(the absolutely brst banana split anywhere),Dr.Paulk DDS (torture chamber), Cascade Hardware,don't forget "Tidwell" at Stegars, McDaniels barber shop,and the Shrimp Boat next to the Shell Station on Cascade,Kirklands Pharmacy.
That was a long time ago.
The Cascade Theater,hanburgers at the Teddy Bear Grill,BarBQ from Toms(Bootys) BBQ,reading magazines at Cascade Pharmacy at Cascade &Gordon,
Just a few memories from a wonderful time.
 
 
 
Here Is The Way that Cascade and Beecher Looked Back Then
 
Hi - I'm Ronnie (Ron) Cook, Southwest class of '69. Paula Spicer (Johnson) forwaded the recent newsletter. Thanks, Paula! I live in Orlando , married with two grown boys and 2 (soon to be 3) grandkids. How did we suddenly get so old?After many years in the hotel business, I am currently an investor, college professor and drummer.It was great seeing the newsletter, and please add me to the list. It's wonderful hearing about where everyone has ended up.
 
Best regards to all for a very happy and prosperous New Year!
Ron

    
HELLO MY NAME IS KELL MUNROE CLASS OF 65,66 ACTUALLY GRADUATED IN JAN 66, I LIVED AT 1338 LATHAM ST. IT RAN BETWEEN HOPKINS,LANGHORN AND LUCILLE& OAK STREET ONLY EIGHT HOUSES ON THE STREET. LEE HOWELL liVED TWO HOUSES UP AND ACROSS THE STREET. BOB, BUDDY, AND PENNY LOVERIDGE LIVED ACROSS THE STREET. LOVED ALL THE OLD TIMES IN WEST END AT THE PLAYGROUND AT J C HARRIS AND MS. HARGIS SHE RAN THE GAME ROOM FOR DECADES, WENT TO ST. ANTHONY'S CATHOLIC GRAMMER SCHOOL
 
 
                
 
 
Hi my name is Charlene House Sims I graduated from Sylvan High School in 1960 I have been enjoying the West End Newsletter so much and wanted to get on the Mailing List. My brother Mike House and Kenny Farris have been forwarding it to me. I just received the Christmas one.
It has really brought back some great memories of  the glory  days. Mike and I first lived in Mosley Park before we moved to Sylvan Hills in 1951 and I entered the 4th grade at Sylvan Elementary . I went from Kindergarten thru 3rd grade at Frank L Stanton Elem in Mozley Park ( Our Dad also went there ) Mozley Park was such a great Community and it stills looks pretty good. My grandmothers House on Mozley Place , where I lived as a baby, is still there. Also Janet Vittur Woodall , Gail Wallace Deering  and I use to walk to the Gordon Street Baptist Chuch as third graders. ( you couldnt do that anymore )
I now reside in Douglasville, Ga and my best girl friend from Sylvan High School, Terry Mackin Stephens  lives right up  the street. Its such a small World when it comes to friendships . Atlanta has grown so much that it is almost unrecognizable in some places, but some places never change , especially in our hearts.
Looking forward to the next Newsletter and more memories.
Thanks,
Charlene House Sims
[Email Address Removed]
 
 
Did any of you ever have the opportunity to go into Grandmother's attic and find old clothes for playing dress-up? I did not. But our two
children did.
Now, I'm the grandmother. I'm happy to have our one grandchild,
living in the same city with Gregory and me. Melitta came
over to look for clothes from the 1950s to use in a play her class
performed about Martin Luther King, Jr. Among other things, she
borrowed an apron that her namesake, Melitta Hasty (my mom) made in
the 1950s. We don't usually share grandkid's photos in the newsletter
but I thought the picture of this apron might bring back memories to
some of the women.
In addition scanned a few photos
Here is one from May 1955. Marsha Martin (I think
she went to Sylvan), Beatirce Hasty, and Diane Brown wait for the
train at Union Station. We are headed to Washington, D.C. for the
annual safety patrol trip.
Bea Hasty Favre
Ragsdale Elementary, 1947-1955
Brown High, 1955-1960
 
 
        
Bea Hasty Favres' Granddaughter modeling a 1950s vintage apron.
 
 
 
These three young ladies are patiently  (and happily ????    )awaiting
word to board the train for the school Safety Patrol trip to Washington D.C.
I.N. Ragsdale safety patrol 1955
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Happy St. Patricks to  all Westender Friends,
Were any of ya'll a member of Cascade Baptist Church?  It was on West Haven as I recall and burned down back in the early 70's.   Mitchell's little grocery store on Venetian and Campbellton Road split was always the best to walk and get candy.  Back then you could walk anywhere and everywhere as it was for sure a safe haven to live. Looking forward to hearing other stories and memories from those on that good ole side of Atlanta.
Jan Whelchel Richardson Class of '70 Southwest High
[Email Address Removed]

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                               This picture is Leah Moores 6th grade Graduation class at J.C.Harris --and then off to Joe Brown Jr. High
 
Names l to Rt. Marcus Paevy-Barbara McCrary-Margie Kelly-Unk-Unk-Martha Hurst-Unk
Delores Langham-Charlotte Hammond- ??- ??- ??- ??-Helen Gamos-Charles Epstein-
Eleanor Giles-Bobbie Jean Cochran-Irene Virano-Addison Glover-?? _?? -??-?? -?? -
Emma Catherine Thomas- ?? - Jane Ellis- Billy Bright - ??Charles Russell-Mary l Hunnicutt
Brownie Muir- ??- Louis Silay- Mary Jo??-Kendall Jones- Gloria Thomas-
Jean Rivers- Claire Wilson- ??- Jack Garrett-Barbara Hilburn- Leah Dee Moore-
Geneive Roberts-Bill Mason- Jackie Dickenson-Paul Rentz-Jean Knight-John Chapman
Jeanette Stevenson-
 
 
                                         Comments regarding Dr. Berger
 
 
HI FOLKS,
 
WOWEE!  DO I REMEMBER DR. BERGER'S TORTURE CHAIR. OH, TO SEE THE PICTURE OF THAT PLACE.  I REMEMBER THOSE DARN DENTAL CERTIFICATES THAT WERE A MUST.  THANKS SO MUCH FOR THE PICTURE AND THE REFRESHING OF THE MIND OF THE FEARFUL TIMES IN THAT BIG RED "CHAMBER" CHAIR!!
 
SANDRA (HEPTINSTALL) UHLMAN, ELLIJAY, GEORGIA. [Email Address Removed]
             
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Boy do I remember those trips to Dr. Berger, I remember that he never used  novacaine or anything to deaden the pain, he just sat you down and started drilling     OUCH!!!
      Charles Lee 1955
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    I dreaded having to get the Dental Certificate because it meant a trip (or more ) to Dr. Berger
      George Ogburn   Brown class 1957
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Dr. Berger?
Seems like he was upstairs over the Pendergrast Barber Shop
on Gordon Street a few retail units from Lee Street... maybe even the stairs
to his office ran up next to Black's fresh poultry shop....
and then later it seems Dr. B. had his office in a little brick house/office bldg
on Lee Street next to Lee Street Elementary. Jerald Samples (JBHS "50)


 
 
 
 
 Does anybody remember those fun Saturday morning safety patrol meetings that we would go to at the Paramount Theater, we would see a movie and then we were turned loose to roam all the downtown stores trhe rest of the day, and we really would spend the entire day among hundreds of  noisy youngsters going all over Davison Paxons and then we would head down to do the same at Rich's, after a stop at the Planters peanut store,. I can remember the smell of those roasting peanuts drifting all over the area. And we would always have to stop at the Rich's bakery to get one of those "cream puffs", and how we loved to browse those two huge 5&10 cent stores across from Rich's, they both had two floors to browse over, and then stop at the candy counter at one of those stores.  I know while walking  from Davisons all the boys would be stopped in that Reeder McGhahee sporting goods store on Broad St. and the girls would head for  Allens ladies & girls store. Then we would catch the  #10 Cascade trolley  back home, after a mostly fun day spent downtown Atlanta.
        I just love to think about the wonderful memories.
                Jaenne Nelson Terry
                      Brown H.S.
 
 
 
 
                 
 
 Here is a picture that Lawrence Marshall sent us of Brown High school taken in 1925.  Notice that the auditorium or the South wing have not been added at this time.
 
                                          
 
                    This photo is courtesy of David Wrights Joe Brown web site
                        This Kindergarden  class at Frank L Stanton  School   1946
        David asks that if anyone can identify any of the people in the picture
    just click here and identify any that  you recognize.    .
Webmaster@joebrownhigh.org
 
  
                                 
 

Row 3 : Mrs. ? teacher : David Wright : Norton Newman : David Kennedy : Unknown : Bobby Phillips : Douglas Seymour : Gary Miller : Russell Maddox : Mrs. ? teacher
Row 2 : Unknown : Glenda Taylor : Unknown : Unknown : Unknown : Unknown : Unknown :
Row 1 : Unknown : Unknown : Charles Harkleroad : Douglas Toler : David Dickerson : Bobby Brooks :