Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Goodman

Dr. Kenneth S Goodman was our family doctor during the 1950's. His home and office were a five minute walk from our house, and he made  house calls when I was home sick with the chicken pox and then mumps and then measles. At age 5 when I fell off (actually, pushed off by a "friend") of a brick backyard grill and hit my head, I was taken to Dr. Goodman's office for stitches. A few years later, when another "friend" hit me in the head with a garden trowel, I was taken to his office again, this time for a repair with some kind of clamps. And, for a while, I was taken to his office fairly regularly for nosebleeds that my parents couldn't stop. So, the good doctor was a regular part of my childhood and my parents and I were lucky to have a caring person like Dr. Goodman so close to our home.

Below: photo from the 1958 East Orange High School yearbook

Another East Orange resident has written "Dr. Goodman made a house call to help my mother who was bleeding profusely from her nose. We lived on Hawthorne Avenue, four houses in from Main St., and he came from Park Avenue because our neighbor, Dr. McClellan, who lived across the street, refused to leave his patients in his office with the excuse that if he came out for one, he would have to do it for others! He told us to call Dr. Goodman, who did not hesitate to come out of his way, and I recall that he was very nice. That is something I could never forget!"

Kenneth Goodman was born in Pennsylvania, but by early childhood was living in East Orange at 344 North Maple Avenue (near Springdale Avenue). He graduated from East Orange High School in 1930 and was then a scholarship student at Princeton, graduating in 1934. At Princeton he was a member of The Triangle Club, a group which included Jimmy Stewart and Jose Ferrer at the time. He graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1938. During the 1950's his home and office were at 141 Park Avenue, the SW corner of Greenwood Avenue and Park Avenue.

From his daughter: "He interned at Kings County Hospital In N.Y. He was a captain in the Army during WWII and was stationed in Sydney, Australia in a MASH unit. He enjoyed belonging to the Masons. His most accomplished hobby was teaching himself to read, write and speak Ancient Greek. He loved to read while listening to WQXR the classical radio station. He took me to operas and Broadway plays. Swimming was one of his passions as well as golf. Wherever we went he had his camera with him; he just loved to capture the moment."

Below: Dr. Goodman's senior photo from the 1930 East Orange High yearbook courtesy of the East Orange Public Library

From Princeton Alumni Weekly: 

Published in Oct. 8, 1997, issue

"Ken Goodman died at home in Livingston, N.J., May 22, 1997, after an extended illness. He was 84. Following graduation, Ken attended the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and gr
aduated high in his class in 1938, earning membership in the honorary medical society Alpha Omega Alpha. His postgraduate work was cut short when he volunteered for service in the Army Medical Corps, where he was among the first troops to deploy to the South Pacific. He separated from the Army in 1944 as a captain and returned to East Orange, N.J., where he established a medical practice that he maintained until he retired in 1992. In addition, he spent a number of years as an emergency room physician at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Throughout this period he pursued his love of the classics, and taught himself to read and write Greek. Ken always maintained a deep and abiding love for Princeton, and attended many reunions over the years. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; his children, Kevin Pyhel, Elizabeth Gorman, Ken, and Mary Ellen Carbone; and by five grandchildren.
The Class of 1934"

                                           Below: Dr. Goodman in the 1929 East Orange High Yearbook when he was a junior

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

1953 8th Grade Columbian Junior High School Graduation

      Students above: Top row left to right: 1) unknown, 2) Peter Locey, 3) Elliot Peterkin, 4) Wayne Clifton,      5) Douglas Jones, 6) unknown, 7) unknown, 8) Donald Burke, 9) Larry Mills, 10) Richard Anderson;
Middle row: 1) Joan Aloia, 2) unknown, 3) unknown, 4) unknown, 5) unknown, 6) unknown, 7) unknown, 8) Sally Salasky (sp?), 9) Barbara Ann Quinn (?), 10) Winnie Brandt
Bottom row: 1) Jane Martino, 2) unknown, 3) Mildred Frane (sp?), 4) Barbara Louise Quinn, 5) Unknown, 6) unknown, 7) unknown, 8) unknown

Saturday, December 27, 2014

1961 8th Grade Graduation, Columbian Junior High School

Program courtesy of 1961 grad John Petrocelli

 Above: Former Stockton students: Carl Aiken (2nd row from top, 3rd from left), Tommy Aiken (4th from left), Alison Bedkowski (5th from left), Yvonne Patterson (2nd row from top, 6th from right), Warren Davis (Top row, 5th from right)

Above: Former Stockton students Robert Cunliffe (3rd row, 5th from left). John Tenney (5th row, 6th from left), Pat Quinn (4th row, 6th from left), Sandra Ruffin (6th row, 3rd from right), John Petrocelli (3rd row, 1st on right).

Above: Former Stockton students: Janice Harris (3rd row, 4th from right), John Petrocelli (3rd row,3rd from left)

                                 Photos courtesy of 1961 grad George Coppola

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Elk's Home

Orphan Home

                                                                197 South Harrison Street

                                                                      Below: on a 1911 map

Saturday, November 22, 2014

East Orange in the novel The Human Stain

The Human Stain is a 2000 novel by Philip Roth, and the protagonist is Coleman Silk, a 1944 graduate of East Orange High School. In the section below, at the novel's end which takes place in the late 1990's, Silk's sister reminisces about life in East Orange before 1955.

“In my parents' day and age, it used to be the person who fell short. Now it's the discipline. Reading the classics is too difficult, therefore it's the classics that are to blame. Today the student asserts his incapacity as a privilege. I can't learn it, so there is something wrong with it. And there is something especially wrong with the bad teacher who wants to teach it. There are no more criteria, Mr. Zuckerman, only opinions. I often wrestle with this question of what everything used to be. What education used to be. What East Orange High used to be. What East Orange used to be. Urban renewal destroyed East Orange, there's no doubt in my mind. They---the city fathers---talked about all the great things that were going to happen because of the urban renewal. It scared the merchants to death and the merchants left, and the more the merchants left, the less business there was. Then 280 and the Parkway cut our little town in quarters. The Parkway eliminated Jones Street---the center of our colored community the Parkway eliminated altogether. Then 280. A devastating intrusion. What that did to the community! Because the highway had to come through, the nice houses along Oraton Parkway, Elmwood Avenue, Maple Avenue, the state just bought them up and they disappeared overnight. I used to be able to do all my Christmas shopping on Main Street. Well, Main Street and Central Avenue. Central Avenue was called the 5th Avenue of the Oranges then. You know what we've got today? We've got a ShopRite. And we've got a Dunkin' Donuts. And there was a Domino's Pizza, but they closed. Now they've got another food place. And there's a cleaners.  But you can't compare quality. It's not the same. In all honesty, I drive up the hill to West Orange to shop.. But I didn't then. There was no reason to. Every night when we went out to walk the dog, I'd go with my husband, unless the weather was real bad---walk to Central Avenue, which is two blocks, then down Central Avenue for four blocks, cross over, then window-shop back, and home. There was a B. Altman, A Russek's. There was a Black, Starr, and Gorham. There was a Bachrach, the photographer. A very nice men's store, Mink's, that was a Jewish, that was over on Main Street. Two theaters. There was the Hollywood Theater on Central Avenue. There was the Palace Theater on Main Street. All of life was there in little East Orange..."

Actor Anthony Hopkins played Coleman Silk in the movie adaptation of The Human Stain. Hopkins was born in Great Britain (Wales) and one movie reviewer criticized the movie by writing "One of the great puzzlements of "The Human Stain" is the casting. Hopkins is a great actor, but with all his talent and craft he is not capable of suggesting that he has ever been within fifty miles of East Orange."

Ashland Hook and Ladder Co. No. 1

                                                                       Above: 1895 map

                                                                       Below: 1911 map