Margie's Memories Margie's Memories TOTTENVILLE...What a wonderful feeling I get when I hear that name! It's a name to My great grandparents were Henry and Emma Drayton. They lived on Yetman Ave in Raritan Bay Park in Tottenville, Staten Island, NY in the early 1900s. Their daughter-Mary, married Wilbur Begerow and bought a home across the street to be near her family. My grandparents, Wilbur and Mary lived in their home at 573 Yetman Ave. until they passed on in their old age. Wilbur and Mary had 5 daughters. My mother used to tell us that after her parents had their 4th daughter, they thought they might not have a son and so named her - Harriet. After they had their 5th girl, (my mom), they must have been certain they would not have a son, because they named her - Henrietta. She was never fond of her name... Fortunately for Wilbur and Mary, they had their 6th child-a boy and named him Wilbur, Jr. (See photo). It was very common in those days to name children after their parents and grandparents to carry on their family names and to give honor to them. (Only, it's very confusing having so many ancestors and relatives with the same name!). My mother-Henrietta "Etta", grew up on Yetman Ave in the 1920s and 30s. She loved her family and the town of Tottenville and had a happy childhood. (See her with letter " T " and her swimming medal photos). She shared many fond memories with us about her life growing up in Tottenville. The Begerow family was very close! Even after she and her siblings grew up, married and had children, they spent many happy and fun times together. (see Begerow Picnic Photo). My mom learned good family values. She was taught the love of God and His son-Jesus and she sweetly taught us these same values. (thanks mom and God!). My mom married my father-Fred Kleine and shortly after, my dad was drafted into the Army and went to Iwo Jima. (See photos of both of them). My dad and 6 of my uncles (from NY) gladly served our great Country during WWII. My grandfather served during WWI. Tottenville and I were very blessed to have such strong and caring men in our lives! (Thanks dad, grandpa, my uncles and all those who served and still do serve!). This turn of events affected our families greatly! My grandparents, aunts and my mom had to stay behind to raise their children and take care of the home front while these great men helped to keep us safe! My mom was always very proud to show us the old photo with the Flag she had displayed in her window during those years. It meant that you had a loved one in the service. (see Flag photo). Many towns created billboards and signs in honor of our brave Soldiers. Tottenville created one which listed the names of those serving. It had my dad and uncles, names on it, during those years. Thanks Tottenville! (See Photo of it). My mom cherished the photos she had of her pointing to loved ones names, as she held her children in her arms. Linda-at Tottenville History, shared how there was a picture of this WWII Veteran's Roster displayed on the wall at Bedell Funeral Home. (Thanks Linda!). I was not born until after WWII but, I cherish all these wonderful photos and memories! Like my mom, I spent many happy days enjoying family on Yetman Ave. Two of Etta's sisters and their families moved to Yetman Ave. So it seemed to me as if we owned Yetman Ave. When I see the 1940s Begerow Picnic Photo, I get such a warm feeling inside! It brings back fond memories of the fun picnics we had in the vacant lot next to my grandparent's home with all my many cousins and relatives. These loved ones are my most cherished treasures! Some of my other fond memories were at the end of Yetman Ave at Raritan Bay. We spent many days swimming and playing there! This is where I first discovered my "Diamonds!" I reveal these in our published nonfiction book: "A Pail Full Of Diamonds!" (A Treasure Hunt For Those Young At Heart). ISBN 1-4137-8919-6. We tell of New York's "Diamonds" in Chapter 24 and 25. I can still picture the first time I saw a disgusting horseshoe crab lying dead on the shore. I was NOT fond of that smell. Yuk! What strange creatures they are! I especially love the sight of old wooden pilings standing crookedly in water, that I see occasionally, because, it brings me back to my memories of the pilings that were left standing in Raritan Bay back in those days. Are they still there...? I wonder... Oh! The Treasures that you possess, Tottenville! (Do you know it?) We moved to south Florida where I spent the rest of my childhood growing up. (As told in our first book). My parents have passed on but, I?ll never forget how they loved us, and NY, and taught us to love others, and... how to "treasure" life! You can read about this part of our lives in our published nonfiction Sequel: "Discovering Mysterious Precious Metals and Gems!" (A True Story About Secret Loves). ISBN 1-4137-9905-1 I'm married now and have my own family and even grandchildren. Like my folks, I have taught them those same loving values and faith in our loving Lord, and... how to cherish these treasures! A part of my heart will always be anchored in you-Tottenville! Thanks for the cherished memories! Thanks, Sheila-Anne for preserving them for all to see! You're the greatest! Tot, Tot, Margie D. Mears Co-author Both books are published by: 41162262 573 Yetman Avenue This photo might of been taken in the 1940s. 34723015 This house might of been on Clermont Avenue 1944 Kleine 2nd home rented. If you look up at the second floor window you will see a Military flag with one star on it, that my mom had displayed in her window during the time my dad was serving during WWII. The photo says "Our 2nd home". I am trying to find out for certain just where this home was located. I think it was on Clermont Ave near Yetman Avenue, but am not positive. It was a rental. She referred to it as the "Doll House" in another photo. 42268678 Begerow Picnic - Yetman Avenue Mid 1940s 34721017 Etta - See her shirt This photo was approximately taken in 1939. 34720787 1939 Swimming Medal (front) 1st Place - 50 yard USVLSC 34721531 1939 Swimming Medal (back) 1st Place - 50 yard USVLSC 34721532 1941 - 1943 Etta 38177194 Etta 34721230 Etta Kleine-Begerow Backyard - Yetman Avenue 1943 WW2 42268161 Etta 34721088 Etta & Etta Jane Etta & their little daughter- Etta Jane pose for a picture to send to daddy: "Wish you were here." 42272785 Etta Kleine Rifle WWII My Heart's In It - 1940sYetman Avenue Newly married to her husband-Fred who is off to war during WWII, Etta poses for a photo to send to him so he won't forget her. 42272786 Etta Salutes Her NY Service Man Fred WWII 1943c Etta salutes him. 42272787 Military Flag 34721369 Wilbur H. Begerow Jr. WW2 1940s 34721216 Draft Notice Fred Kleine Gets Army Notice NY. This photo was taken on Sept. 6, 1942. Does anyone recognize the house? The type of car? Year of car? 34871697 1942 Fred Kleine Enters Service Wilbur and Jane Beg 35299951 1942 Fred Kleine Going in the Army NY 38177511 1940s WW2 Fred & Etta 38176769 Fred & Etta WWII MyHero 1943c Fred home on leave. Etta's Hero. 42273269 1944c Christmas Card from Etta's soldier overseas. Front of Card. 42272788 1944c Christmas Card from Etta's soldier overseas. Inside of Card. 42272789 1941 Etta's 1st Car- Bessie & Friends on Yetman Avenue My mom Etta's first car in front of her home on Yetman Avenue. 42272784 Proud Of Our Daddy World War II Honor Roll The World War II Honor Roll was located on Main Street approximately where the post office is now. 36704068 WWII war relics are of my cousins at my Begerow grandparent's home on Yetman Ave. One is wearing a Nazi helmet and holding a Nazi dagger. The seated ones are on a Nazi flag or banner. The relics were sent by my Uncle Wilbur Begerow. 41155757 1977 of a rather cold winter and was taken in Great Kills Harbor. It isn't snow but "cold" as in ice. It was the coldest year in 60 years at the time. The guy is my Begerow cousin, too. 41155983 56964088 56964089 56964090 56964091 56964092 56964093 56964094 56964095 56964096 56964097 56964098 56964099 56964100 56967722 57090633 56967724 57090634 57090635 57090636 57090637 57090638 57090639 57090640 57090641 57090642 57090643 57090644 57090645 57090646 57090647 66260809 66260810 66260811 66260812 68211149 66260813 77482942 77482943