Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Kindergarten 1952/53; Teacher, Miss Ethel Louise Stewart

Front row: 4th from left, John Petrocelli
2nd row: far right, Charles Stackhouse
Back row: far left, Robert Cunliffe; 4th and 5th from left (striped shirts), the Valo brothers; 6th from left, Judy Wilmott; far right, Gloria Trejillo 

photo courtesy of John Petrocelli

First Grade 1946/47; Teacher, Miss Cora S Burns

Miss Cora S Burns married shortly after 1946 and became Cora B Parker


Above: 2nd girl from left, Susan Kroll; 5th, Ellen Thornton; 6th, Janet Salaky
1st boy on left, John Salaky, 4th, Andy Coward 

Above: 2nd girl from left, Barbara Larsen; 5th, Judy Thompson; 6th, Evelyn Eskin

Photo courtesy of Barbara Larsen, a student in the class

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cora B Parker, Teacher from the 1930's to the 1950's

Cora B Parker was a teacher at Stockton for at least 20 years and was my 1st grade teacher
during the 1953/54 school year. She is on a 1930's teacher list as Miss Burns, a 2nd grade teacher.


Below: Miss Cora Silvara Burns (before her marriage to Mr Parker) in a 1946 class photo;
photo courtesy of Barbara Larsen, a student in that class


As our kindergarten year neared its end in 1953 kids started talking about which 1st grade teacher 
we might be assigned to and much of the talk was about a very strict, somewhat scary, teacher we might 
get. It was said her last name had been "Burns" at one time and the word burns was emphasized by the
 older kids to scare us.  Apparently Miss Burns had become Mrs. Parker sometime between 1947 and 
1953 and I was assigned to her class. Her hair was silver or platinum and at 60 she was older than 
most of the other teachers in the school, but, because of her unusual hair color, one student, probably
Louis Orangeo in an "Eddie Haskell" moment, flattered her once by telling her she looked like actress
 Lana Turner.

I don't remember too much about first grade but I probably often talked out-of-turn and I'm guessing that is 
the habit that Mrs. Parker is writing about on my promotion card.


She appears in an index to NJ births as being born to John Burns and Mary A. Cole* on 9 Jun 1891
in Hunterdon County. Her name appears in the 1915/16 catalog of Maryville College, Maryville TN 
where she is listed as a second year student from Freehold NJ with her major as "Classical." 
She later pursued more education, attended Columbia University, and in Columbia University catalogs
 in the 1920's she's listed as Cora Silvara Burns living at  20 Spring St  in Flemington NJ; a 1930's catalog
 reports she was assigned to Stockton School. 


In 2008 Michael K Heaney published a doctoral dissertation at Rutgers titled
 Uncounted Costs: The Civil War's Impact on an Infantry Company's Men and Their Families.
 One of the men profiled is John Burns, a man who immigrated from Ireland at age 7 about 1852
 with his mother,  joined (or was drafted into) the army, suffered a number of wounds in battle, and spent 
the next 60 years relocating 20 times or more and trying many different jobs and businesses with little
 success.  Throughout that time he continually petitioned for disability payments and pensions from the
 government as a wounded vet. John Burns was the father of Cora Silvara Burns in his second marriage 
and the profile says John and his wife moved in with Cora in Flemington about 1923:

An excerpt from p. 291 in the book (p 315 in the pdf):


* Mary A Cole was Mary A Cole Henry, a recent widow; 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Elevating the Lackawanna Through East Orange 1921-1922












The article that follows is from the periodical Railway Age, Volume 71, number 7, pp 281-284, August 13, 1921 available at Google books:















Below: a modern photo of the bridge that goes over the Garden State Parkway; the lower portion (with the darkened stone) was the original 1836 bridge over what was then called the Black Brook Valley and later the site of the East Orange Parkway; in 1921 the arched upper portion was added when the railroad was elevated. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Grove Street Lackawanna Station Neighborhood News: Early 20th Century


The story below appeared in the New York Times in 1890


Apparently, being "sandbagged" at the age of 76 didn't slow him down. Here's a 1904 Times story about Mr. Libby celebrating his 90th birthday concluding with a mention of him ice skating at The Oval:



Note: 28 Grove Place, "Orange" should read "East Orange"






East Orange Post Office