The Good Old Days!

Remembering the Past :-)

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Thank you for visiting my website. I hope you enjoyed your visit and that this has brought back manymemories. I'm always interested in knowing how people feel about my website andhow I can improve it. Please feel free to sign my guestbook and let me knowwhat you think!

I had to many people putting advertisements onto the guestbook that Ihave changed the settings to members only can post to the guestbook. I'm sorryfor those who just want to sign the guestbook but it finally got to me that Ihad to do this.  If you wish to make acomment about the site but don’t want to be a member please e-mail me at [email protected]

Sheila-Anne


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198 Comments

Reply Dennis Maklari
1:22 AM on November 9, 2014 

it has been a while since I have been here. I was born and adopted and raised in Tottenville.

Hopefully you are still here. Maybe if I share my story somone from town will remember my birth mother and help me close some open pages.

Dennis

[email protected]

Reply Joanne Pistek OBrien
9:11 AM on March 30, 2011 

Thank for sharing and building this site. It is nice that someone has taken much time to do this as I am sure many people appreciate coming in to take a trip to their hometown to ake a look back into the past.

 

Thank you

Joanne Pistek OBrien

Reply Margie Mears
9:37 AM on December 30, 2010 

Sheila,

Thanks for letting us know! Love the song and love that you cared about our town enough to post it and that Bob cared enough to create it and share!

Tot, Margie


Tottenville Memories says...

Hi Margie great to see you.

I found the song on amazon and purchased it.  After that I emailed Mr. Wright asking him for permission to add it to the site.  I believe he wrote it in 2009.  I played the song for my parents and they both enjoyed it.

Sheila-Anne

 

 

 

Reply Tottenville Memories
11:09 AM on December 29, 2010 

Thanks to all who have visit my site and for the kind words they have left in the guestbook.  I hope to add more information in the new year.  If anyone has anything to add please do.


Take care for now

Sheila-Anne

Reply Tottenville Memories
11:07 AM on December 29, 2010 

Hi Margie great to see you.

I found the song on amazon and purchased it.  After that I emailed Mr. Wright asking him for permission to add it to the site.  I believe he wrote it in 2009.  I played the song for my parents and they both enjoyed it.


Sheila-Anne


Margie Mears says...

Sheila,

Hi, I just stopped by to see what's new and was happily surprised by the wonderful song- Tottenvile Town that played on your site and written by Bob Wright. So, I just have to tell you thanks for letting it be on here and to Bob for writing it and sharing it with all of us! What a nice song!

When was it made? I'll be sure to pass the info on to others to listen to it!

Tot Tot, Margie

(see Margie's Memories on side for more info)

Reply Margie Mears
6:37 AM on December 29, 2010 

Sheila,


Hi, I just stopped by to see what's new and was happily surprised by the wonderful song- Tottenvile Town that played on your site and written by Bob Wright. So, I just have to tell you thanks for letting it be on here and to Bob for writing it and sharing it with all of us! What a nice song!


When was it made? I'll be sure to pass the info on to others to listen to it!


Tot Tot, Margie

(see Margie's Memories on side for more info)

Reply Tottenville Memories
11:24 AM on December 25, 2010 

Bob Wright says...

Excellent site!  I love it when someone  makes the effort to preserve our history and to celebrate our past.


Thanks Mr. Wright and thanks again for allowing me to add your song to my site.

 

Reply Bob Wright
11:22 AM on December 25, 2010 

Excellent site!  I love it when someone  makes the effort to preserve our history and to celebrate our past.

Reply bill hough
8:19 PM on December 13, 2010 

love it.

Reply Car Hire Alicante
2:40 PM on November 4, 2010 
last week our group held a similar talk about this topic and you show something we haven't covered yet, appreciate that. - Lora
Reply Janine
12:21 AM on September 18, 2010 

Evelyn Mesbeth- Biller was my grandmother. I can give you more information on her... I'm curious as to where you found those pictures? I googled her name and never expected to find pictures of her! What a pleasant surprise!

Reply jim HARVEY
9:17 PM on September 16, 2010 

LEFT TOTTENVILLE over 25 years ago love to go back i miss it

Reply Linda Hansen Tufte Delmar
2:43 PM on August 30, 2010 

Jimmy Walter says...

 

i love it. I'm from Tottenville. I lived on Yettman Ave just south of Billop Ave (675) from 1947 to 1967 and then Great Kills until 1974 when I moved to FL.

I went to PS #1 and Tottenville High School. I lived near the Surf Avenue Beash and have several pictures of it. also of the Tottenville Yacht Club that got wiped out in 1960 by the hurricane then finished by the fire. if you like the pictures let me know where to send them

 

Best regards

Jim Walter from GA now

Reply Carol
11:15 PM on May 30, 2010 

Carol says...

Very nice website, thanks! I l lived on Barnard Ave from my birth in 1960 until 1969 when my family moved to Boulder Colorado. I've been back a few times to see our old house, check out PS 1, our church St. Stephens and other places in town.


Also my mother was born in and grew up in Brooklyn and her parents built a vacation house in Annadale, in the late 1930's,  that my cousins still own.  My father was from St. Joseph, Missouri.  He met my mother when he was stationed in NY before he was shipped off to war (love at first sight).  When my parents got married, after WWII they eventually moved to Tottenville where they had 4 children.  

 

Reply Carol
10:15 PM on May 30, 2010 

Very nice website, thanks! I l lived on Barnard Ave from my birth in 1960 until 1969 when my family moved to Boulder Colorado. I've been back a few times to see our old house, check out PS 1, our church St. Stephens and other places in town.

Reply Mabel NahmmacherCullen
9:46 AM on May 29, 2010 

i also lived on yetman ave. #432 now in florida. nice web site

Reply MABEL NAHMMACHER CULLEN
9:40 AM on May 29, 2010 

Jimmy Walter says...

 

i lived on Yetman Ave. In Tottenville. from 1947 til 1975.

i have some pictures somewhere when I find them I'll put them in here

Reply Malvin Newman
10:24 AM on May 4, 2010 

Hi Sheila, at last i have visited your website and learnt a little about Tottenville. Well done, it must take up a lot of your time, good job. I enjoyed the read.

Reply Tottenville Memories
10:57 PM on April 5, 2010 

No problem Margie.  Hope all enjoy them as much as I did when I opened the e-mail from Jimmy I was like WoW how cool.


Margie Mears says...

Sheila,

 

Hi, thanks for letting me know there was a new page with awesome photos!

I enjoyed it alot!

 

Your the greatest!

 

Tot Tot,  Margie

Reply CAROLYN GRUENBURG
7:16 PM on April 5, 2010 
Reply Margie Mears
4:47 PM on April 5, 2010 

Jimmy Walter says...

i love it. I'm from Tottenville. I lived on Yettman Ave just south of Billop Ave (675) from 1947 to 1967 and then Great Kills until 1974 when I moved to FL.

I went to PS #1 and Tottenville High School. I lived near the Surf Avenue Beash and have several pictures of it. also of the Tottenville Yacht Club that got wiped out in 1960 by the hurricane then finished by the fire. if you like the pictures let me know where to send them

 

Best regards

Jim Walter from GA now 

 

Jim,

Loved the pics! Thanks for sharing! If you have more, hope you will post them, too! My family lived on Yetman. Ck out "Margie's Memories" on side link, for more info, if interested.

Tot Tot,

Margie Mears 

Reply Margie Mears
4:42 PM on April 5, 2010 

Sheila,

 

Hi, thanks for letting me know there was a new page with awesome photos!

I enjoyed it alot!

 

Your the greatest!

 

Tot Tot,  Margie

Reply Jimmy Walter
5:10 PM on April 4, 2010 

i love it. I'm from Tottenville. I lived on Yettman Ave just south of Billop Ave (675) from 1947 to 1967 and then Great Kills until 1974 when I moved to FL.

I went to PS #1 and Tottenville High School. I lived near the Surf Avenue Beash and have several pictures of it. also of the Tottenville Yacht Club that got wiped out in 1960 by the hurricane then finished by the fire. if you like the pictures let me know where to send them


Best regards

Jim Walter from GA now

Reply Marie Seitz Askar
7:46 PM on March 28, 2010 

Hello Sheila Anne,  My son Tom sent me your link.  i grew up in Tottenville in the 1940s and 50s.  My faher had a store on the corner of Craig Ave & Main St.  It's so exciting for me to look at pictures of the old town and see old familiar names.  Can I send you a picture of my father in front of his store. It was quite popular at the time.

                                                 Cheers,  Marie

Reply Fred Sprague Sr.
1:21 PM on March 28, 2010 

I was born in Tottenville in 1930 and lived there until 1970. I now live in New Jersey. I do miss my friends even now. I still have relatives living on Staten Island so I do come to visit and sometimmes I ride through  Tottenville.I have two sons Fred Jr. and Pat. They both live in England. (long story). I taught at PS 8 in Great Kills for 32 years and was Teacher-in- Charge at the summer playground at PS1 for 15 years. I really love this site. I hope you are able to keep up the good work. Thanks

Reply Nicholas Filimon
1:07 PM on March 23, 2010 

I spent all my life in Tottenville. Lived in the brick house on the bend of Yetman Avenue across from both schools until I married in 1950. Lived away a short time and then moved back to Craig Avenue  near Amboy Road about 60 years ago . So good to read all those good familiar names.Wife Janice grew up in the Biddle House (with columns) on Satterlee Street.

Reply Angela
6:06 PM on March 18, 2010 

Great website!  I just moved to the area recently from Long Island, my husband grew up in Tottenville.  It's a lovely place and the history is very interesting.  Thank you for the great pictures and information.

Reply Margie Mears
6:55 AM on March 10, 2010 

Sheila & Visitors to this site:

 

Top of the mornin to ya!    :o)

"  H A P P Y  ST.  P A T R I C K ' S  D A Y  "

A little early but I won't be able to say it on that day, so, wanted to wish you all happy times.

Sláinte (cheers to good health to you)

Tot, Margie M.

Reply lee ann milius perez
11:35 AM on March 4, 2010 

great website

Reply Bill Thomas
7:05 PM on March 2, 2010 

glad to se a site like this, Really appreciate the work you to produce it, Thanks

Reply Dorothy Judiscak
5:35 PM on March 2, 2010 

I grew up in Tottenville during the 50-60's.  My grandparents, who raised me, Phil and Loretta Xiques, ran the the deli on the corner of Amboy and Yetman.  My grandfather also had a small animal farm on Sprague Avenue which is where I lived with them.  Bus loads of kids would come and pet the animals and have a pony ride.  I understand the house has been torn down and the last time I was in Tottenville the store had been converted into a restaurant.  I had a wonderful dinner in the middle of the deli!  I have lots of fond memories of Tottenville.  This is a great website.  I'll bookmark it so I can visit often.

Reply patricia russo
5:25 PM on March 2, 2010 

great web site. grew up in tottenville, it was a great town....the only place on the island that i could ride dirt bikes, and have my horse in my back yard......but times have changed. to amny houses there for me now..living in nj, but am in tottenville every week.

Reply Grace Kaleta
11:15 PM on February 12, 2010 

This is the coolest website! Has so much information, beautifully done!! I visit often!

Reply thehotoneisinthehouse
2:36 PM on February 2, 2010 
This is very interesting information here. I wish I had found this first before I signed up for the other one. This is much better!
Reply fastadvcash
6:57 PM on January 14, 2010 
Hi everybody, My name is Tina, I am 41 yrs old, living in Austin, TX. I'd love to make good close friends here. Thanks, Tina.
Reply Margie Mears
8:56 AM on January 11, 2010 

Sheila,

I just discovered more photos posted on here of my family in Bob Forlie's album!  I loved it and hope to get copies.

Thanks for making this possible!  And-Thanks Bob for sharing!

I love this site!

Tot Tot,

Margie   (See more info at: "Margie's Memorie's" Album-Side link) 

Reply Margie
8:19 AM on January 11, 2010 

Jimmy Walter says...

i lived on Yetman Ave. In Tottenville. from 1947 til 1975.

i have some pictures somewhere when I find them I'll put them in here

 

My family lived on Yetman Ave. Ck out "Margie's Memories" on the side link. Maybe you will recognize somthing or someone in my pics posted. 

 

We hope you will post your pics when you can. We'd love to see them!

 

Tot Tot

Reply Joe Longueira
4:40 PM on January 7, 2010 

I lived at 7614 Amboy Road until I went into the Army in 1966.  Went to PS1 and Tottenville HS, graduating in 1966.

Reply Tracy Scarazzini
3:48 PM on January 7, 2010 

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Reply Jimmy Walter
2:35 PM on January 7, 2010 

i lived on Yetman Ave. In Tottenville. from 1947 til 1975.

i have some pictures somewhere when I find them I'll put them in here

Reply james Harvey
5:53 PM on January 5, 2010 

I live in tottenville at yetman on hylan blvd back in 50 and 60s

Reply Dave Brown
3:52 PM on January 5, 2010 

Rich Gierman says...
I lived in the 4 plex downstairs 174- it was owned by Abe Goldberg. Lived there from 8/60 till 8/66 then moved to Craig Ave. near Main. Me and the gang used to hang out on the corner of Wood and Craig.

 those were good times.  Dave

 

Yes!!!  I lived at (160? 180?  Can't remember now.  It was about 4 houses down from the 4-plex near the intersection of Craig) from 1964 until I went away to college in St Louis, then moved to California.  It was a red house with a yard that went all the way through to Lee Avenue.  It's gone now; after my folks sold it & moved in the '90's it was eventually torn down and the property had two houses built on it; one facing Wood, one facing Lee.

My brother still lives down on Arthur Kill Rd, about 2 or 3 blocks from there.

Reply grace O"Keefe
5:04 PM on January 4, 2010 

Eva Kilsby says...

What a great site.  I love tottenville, I'm often there visiting old friends.

Reply Rich Gierman
10:23 PM on December 30, 2009 

Dave Brown says...

Great site. Anyone out there from Wood Ave? I lived there in the sixties.

Yes!!!  I lived at (160? 180?  Can't remember now.  It was about 4 houses down from the 4-plex near the intersection of Craig) from 1964 until I went away to college in St Louis, then moved to California.  It was a red house with a yard that went all the way through to Lee Avenue.  It's gone now; after my folks sold it & moved in the '90's it was eventually torn down and the property had two houses built on it; one facing Wood, one facing Lee.

My brother still lives down on Arthur Kill Rd, about 2 or 3 blocks from there.

Reply Ed & Margie Mears
10:09 AM on December 20, 2009 

To all of our Tottenville Friends & Relatives:

 

 

We wish you, all, a very "MERRY CHRISTMAS" and a "HAPPY NEW YEAR"

 

 

Most of us are so fortunate to have such good friends, family & so many blessing given to us by our loving God & Saviour-Jesus Christ. So, we are counting our many blessings & give thanks for friends like you!

 

 

Lets be kind to others, too, as we go through these busy, fun filled holidays.

May God bless you, all, with HIS peace & love!

 

 

Our love to all !

 

 

Ed & Margie

 

Not sure if this will work for you but if so, do watch:

    count_your_blessing.wmv

 

 

Reply Carol McAndrew Golas
10:39 AM on November 5, 2009 

WOW Sheila-Anne!  What a great website!  I remeber in the 1950's going to watch my brother Frank McAndrew play his trombone with the Tottenville High School Band on the old Pavillion at the end of Hylan Blvd.  Also walking around in the Billopp House years later with my kids when they were little, hoping to catch a glimpse of the famed and elusive Billopp House Ghost.  The idea of secret tunnels under that house fascinated me.

Keep up the nice work on the website .  It shows a very important part of Staten Island that is fast vanishing.

Reply Margie D. Mears
6:17 AM on November 3, 2009 

Sheila,

 

Sláinte  (cheers to good health to you)  and to all our Tottenville friends!

 

Tot Tot,  Margie

Reply Sheila-Anne
12:51 PM on October 28, 2009 

Your funny Margie :D


Reply Jon Zoole
11:27 AM on October 28, 2009 

My family moved to Tottenville in 1946.  We lived on Craig Ave. near Bently St.  I went to PS#1 from second grade on.  Although my family moved to Annadale in 1952, I went to Tottenville High and graduated in 1956.  Tottenville was still in the sticks at that time.  I have been living in SC for the past 43 years and went back a couple of years ago for my 50th reunion from THS.  Some things don't change much.

Reply Margie D. Mears
6:44 AM on October 22, 2009 

Hi, again.  I'm so excited to hear Bob & Dolly might share some pics with you & all of us! Can't wait! (Hope you can make it happen!).

 

You're the best!

Tot, Margie