We lived on Sylavn Avenue growing up. My
dad Charles was the district leader in our area. My grandmother
and aunt were the midwifes who delivered all the babies in the area.
They lived on Verona ave with the baby keep well station.
My dad would fill out all the neighbors income taxes for them and
in return they would give him a jug of home made wine. He had so
much wine that it would end up turning to vinegar.
I also remember going up to the rail road tracks to gather up the
coal after the trains would drop lots of it. My dad would send us
up to gather it in a pail. Does anyone remember "banking the furnace",
screening the ashes and saving the coal that didn't burn?
We were eight children. We went to St Peters school in Belleville,
had to walk to school in those days, which was a distance. (No school
buses) Does any one remember the Northfield Cheese Co. on Sylvan
I would give anything to have those wonderful memories back again.