Stuart Gardens Area
Newport News, VA 23607
I personally lived on the best street in Stuart Gardens. It was 17th Street. I moved to the neighborhood when I was entering the 7th grade. I lived next door to Jimmy Edwards ('62), and next to him was Paula Sturtevant ('62). Across from me and down one house was Harry Barritt ('64) and right across from me was Becky Cash ('64). Moving further down was Zatha Franks ('62) and top it off with Mike Jeffers ('61) and his sis, Susie Jeffers ('63).
On any given summer night you would see us on the curb talking and wondering what a summer night would bring. We could walk to Magruder and dance on the blacktop or when one of us got our license who would drive to Willis where the really cute guys were hanging out.
I was reading from Dave (Spriggs - '64 - of VA) that the Stuart Gardens beach was gone? How did that happen? What a great place to look cute. I had my first kiss in the bleachers at the beach. I think I was listening to Fats Domino. I could go on and on.
The most poignant dream I
had right after my mother died in Jan 04 was wandering around in Stuart
Gardens looking for a way home. I really loved the formative years spent on
17th Street. We were one of the first to sell and move to the boonies in my
junior year 1961. The boonies I am talking about was a place called Tuckahoe
just north of Hidenwood. No one wanted to come see me; it was way too far at
It was so nice to see Pam Larmer (Traugott's - '62 - of VA) entry about 17th street. We did have a wonderful street and there were other kids on that block that went to NNHS too. Billy Minick ('59) lived beside Pam and Billy and Pat ('62) Stambaugh lived closer to the shopping center at the end of the street. Living beside Zatha (Franks - '62) were Dorothea ('59) and Margaret Ann Sloop and their father was minister of the Lutheran Church in the 1950's. They moved to Maryland before I left in January of 1962. Beside them were the Jeffers, and Susie ('63) was my best friend from when we were little until midway through high school. I remember her mother's 'doll cakes' - she would put a 'Vogue doll" in the center and make a cake skirt - they do it now with Barbies, but I think she 'invented' it! She would let us lick the bowl - what a sweet memory. I also remember her little brother, Scotty ('68). He was so 'tough' - when he was learning to ride a two- wheeler, he would crash into something and fall off in order to stop. I can remember my mother saying, there goes Scotty, hope he doesn't crash.
Patty Larsen and her brother lived on the corner at the other end of the street and her mother use to give out candied apples to her 'favorite children' in the neighborhood on Halloween (funny how you remember when you don't get something - ha).
Seventeen kids (and more that I didn't know) on that block and so many memories that they would fill a million hearts. When I think back now, it really was a charmed childhood. Sure there were heartaches and problems, but the adults seem to protect us from unnecessary/unpleasant information (unlike the world today) and there was an innocence to daily life.
- Paula Sturtevant
Comstock ('62) of TX - 06/11/06
WOWZERS!!! Sara Jeffers was my mama's best friend. They lived at 965 - 17th Street.
Those cakes of hers were legendary!
You might get a kick out of the picture of Scotty in his choir robes on this page:
It was indeed a magical time, and we were truly blessed to be living there then.
- Carol Buckley Harty ('65)
of NC - 06/13/06
Hello again Carol;
Reading the newsletters makes me think of some friends I had that I have not heard of for a long time. Maybe some of the alumni might be able to bring me up to date on them. I also used to live in Stuart Gardens on 19th Place; a little street only one block long, right behind the shopping center. Ah, what memories that brings back; especially on baking days when the smell of fresh baked bread would roll back our way !!
The Rosenwassers used to live on that street also, right across the street. One of the people I used to hang around with was a boy named Stanley Conn ('58). Lost touch with him after graduation and was wondering if he is still around . There was also a family with name of Siegel that lived next door to me who used to own a store out in Hampton close to the ice plant. If anyone could give me any information about any of them it would be much appreciated.
- Colin Faison ('58) of VA
Myra Rosenwasser Kahn ('58) lives in Florida; David Rosenwasser ('64) is in Missouri. I remember Stanley Conn, but do not know what became of him. The Siegels I remember well, but I've not heard from or of them in forty-eleven years. Natalie Siegel ('66) was a beautiful girl with a dynamite smile. She probably had older siblings; I can't recall.
- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC
Gary Fitzgerald ('61 - of
VA) gave me a great walk down memory lane
regarding Stuart Gardens. I lived across the short street from Steve Veazey
('60) while Butch Eason lived behind me, Roger ('61) and Bobby ('64) Callis
lived across the street on the corner of Chestnut and 16th Street, while
('60) lived next to them.
Cheerleader of 1958),
Evelyn Fryer, lived behind
Steve Veazey and Brenda Veazey ('62). Less than a half block away on 17th
Street there was Allen Hall ('61), Fred Sage ('61), and my best friend and
college room mate
Johnny Canepa ('60) (02 Jan 1941 - 18 Apr 1998).
Another life long friend,
Ronnie Burroughs ('60) and his sister
Tina ('62) lived on 21st Street.
Horace Underwood (President of the Class of '61) lived on 18th Street. My buddy
Bill Roady ('60) lived on Wickham in Christopher Shores; his house was the
meeting place for SPD.
Hammond ('60) and Joan Sammons (Queen of the Class
of 1960) were within a block.
P.S. Carol, I forgot two other
Stuart Gardens friends. Neta Mae Collins ('60) and Frank Ivey (President and
King of the Class of '59).
Steve Hochman ('60) of
VA - 03/12/09
A few more schoolmates popped into my mind: David ('65), Judy, and Jimmy Ellenson; their cousin, Harron Ellenson ('65); Billy Greene ('61); Mike ('61), Susie ('63) (1945 - 20 Nov 2008), and Scotty ('68) Jeffers at 965 - 17th Street; Terry ('61) and Sue ('63) Harrison; Mrs. Baab, Rita ('62) and Carl ('67); the Lillastons; Bobby ('62) and Polly ('65) Norris; Pam ('62) and Bill ('67) Larmer; and Craig Miller ('63); Paula Sturtevant ('62); Jimmy Edwards ('62); Zatha Franks ('62); Harry Barritt ('64); Becky Cash ('64); Myra ('58) and David ('64) Rosenwasser; Carol Lee ('63), Jeannie ('65) and Susie ('70) Collier; Teddy ('60) and Susan ('66) Sandler; Colin Faison ('58); and Don ('55) (01 Nov 1936 - 16 Apr 2007) and Bobby ('61) Buchan lived somewhere or another in Stuart Gardens as well.
- Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of IL
... One of your Stuart Gardens' bunch left for the glory of North End; Horace Underwood (President of the Class of '61)
lived on 47th Street when he graduated :-)
('65) of VA - 03/13/09
Carol, on the Stuart Gardens, some additional Typhoons living there were Allen Foster ('58) (18th St); Steve Burns ('65) (17th); Bonnie Binford ('64) (20th); Patty Mays (Andrews) ('61) and Raymond Andrews ('63) (20th); Melissa Moody ('67) and her brother, Jimmy ('61) (15th); and I lived on 20th Street also.
- Steve Pullen ('65) of VA - 03/13/09
Donít forget Sylvia Hall Hammond ('66) lived in Stuart Gardens on 17th Street.
- Phil Hammond ('64) of UT - 03/13/09
...........me, my sister Lynn, the Vests - Buster ('63), Eddie ('68), and Donna ('71); Donna Chadwell ('64); Jane Coltrain ('64); Judy Erlach ('64); Dennis Holbrook ('64); Jane Monfalcone ('61); Judy Bell ('64); Janice Knight ('66); Sylvia Hall ('66); Bobby Bloxom ('64); Tommy Flax ('64) (and his sister, Helen - '58, and brother, Joel - '68); Jackie Belote ('63). The list just goes on and on.
- Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of Northern VA - 03/13/09
I always look forward to reading the news, but I really loved the note from Steve (Hochman - '60 - of VA) about Stuart Gardens. It truly was a wonderful place to grow up. I lived on 19th Place until my junior year in college and have such fun memories of that tiny little house.
Thanks again for keeping us all connected.
- Ronni Green Cristol ('64) of MD - 03/13/09
Thanks so much, Ronni!
If we are remembering Stuart Gardens, don't forget the Fowlers (Shirley '51?, Berton '54, Eleanor, '59 and Alice '64) on 1148 17th St!!
- Alice Fowler Edwards ('64) of VA - 03/26/09
Oh, my, yes! Weren't y'all already on there from the git-go?!? Lemme check.....
WHAT?!? Why, that's outrageous! How can this be?!? Well, we've fixed that now.
Thanks, Alice! I can only imagine that there were conversations from years past which were never posted -
probably because no such page existed at the time.
- Graham Nash I'll light the fire You put the flowers in the vase That you bought today Staring at the fire For hours and hours While I listen to you Play your love songs All night long for me Only for me Come to me now And rest your head for just five minutes Everything is good Such a cosy room The windows are illuminated By the sunshine *dudes* and Fiery gems for you Only for you Our house is a very, very fine house With two cats in the yard Life used to be so hard Now everything is easy 'Cause of you And our la,la,la, la,la etc I'll light the fire And you place the flowers in the jar That you bought today
(This page was created on 06/14/06.)
"Our House" midi
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/03
"Our House" lyrics
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 06/08/03
Thanks again, Dave!
House clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars29.html - -6/14/06
Rose Covered Fence clip art courtesy of http://www.wtv-zone.com/nevr2l82/bars21.html - 06/14/06
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