Manning's Grocery Store
76 Buxton Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607


1966 Anchor, p. 194 Saturday, January 8, 2005
White's Grocery Store 2
Sunday, January 16, 2005
01/08/05 You know ... in some
of these depressed areas
of Newport News you get really strange looks when you pull up
in a Corvette and take pictures
of buildings and houses. Perhaps some think I am a zoning inspector fixing to crack down on them? :-)

- Tom Norris (HHS - '73)
of VA - 01/08/05
Thanks, Tom!
Manning's Grocery/Jim Wilson's Barber Shop/
Little Perm Beauty Salon: 
Someone who lived there in their youth will have
to sort out which building was which. 
The address of the structure next to Manning's (White's #2) is 72. 
I won't even comment on naming a grocery store "Number 2" ...........

- Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 01/16/05
GIGGLES!  Thanks, Dave!

I worked at 76 Buxton Avenue at Manning's Grocery Store from 1958-1960. 
Lowell Philbeck ('59) had worked there and I got his job when he left. 
Those two years at Manning's were great years. 
I got to know the neighborhood so well as I delivered groceries all over and also I clerked and stocked as well....

Other N.N.H.S. students who worked at the store before/during/after I worked there are: 
Billy Gwynn, I think class of  '57....Shirley Mueller ('60)....of course, Lowell Philbeck ('59)....Linda Waterfield ('66).....
Mrs. Manning's nephew, Beanie or Weanie Scott, also worked there...
 His real name was Wade and he was in the class of 1966...
I cannot remember which was which, father and son, Beanie and Weanie...
One was the brother of Mrs. Manning. 
Oh, Tommy Scott ('61), another nephew of Mrs. Manning, worked there....
EVERYONE who ever worked there was so special....great people. 
Mrs. Manning's niece, Joanne Scott (Fowler) ('58) helped out at times, I recall....
- Fred Mays ('60) of VA - 01/07/05
WOW!  Thanks, Fred!

Reading my brother's (Fred Mays - '60 - of VA) memories of his
Manning's Grocery
experience made me think of a few of mine.
Manning's was the source of most our goodies and a lot of our groceries.
Manning's was the refuge from winter weather while waiting for the school bus.
My friend Linda Waterfield ('66) was dating Joe Gerald, who went to St. Vincent's.
They would stand in the corner and kiss in the mornings.
When Mr. Manning found out I was a budding folk singer, he requested a song.
I will never forget serenading him with guitar in hand while he chopped meat in the back.
What a picture that was. Sometimes his chubby hands would hand me a fresh ham!
Since I hated school and stayed home as much as I could possibly fake,
my mother would let me order whatever I wanted from Manning's during my "sick" days.
Mr. Manning employed a relative who delivered groceries in those days. We called him "Shorty".
He was an old guy, and yes, very short.
So Shorty would deliver my sick day feast through rain sleet and snow, always with a smile.
I would pile up on the sofa watching T.V.  programs like Pete and Gladys and Dick Van Dyke,
eating Hostess Cup Cakes and Fudge-Cicles all day. 
Shorty always had to have hug before leaving.
Since we were not a "hugging" family in those days, it made me a bit uncomfortable.
His jovial spirit always helped put me at ease.
When I was a little girl I fell off the porch into a bush and stuck a stick in the upper part of my ear.
Fortunately it did not hurt, I was quite the "tom boy" then. Mother walked me the two blocks to Mary Immaculate.
As we passed Manning's Grocery I yelled, "Hey, Shorty, I got a stick in my ear."
One of the last times I saw Mr. Manning was at Riverside Hospital. I was in the emergency room with one
of our children that had an ear infection. Mr. Manning was having a heart attack. It was not serious so I was able
to talk to him for a moment. I wish I had said more to him. He was a very happy memory in my childhood.
I don't really remember what happened to Shorty. He was old when I was little.
I am sure my brother knows what happened to Shorty and the date he died as well!
I am thankful for so many wonderful memories of growing up in East End.
Peace & Blessing,
- Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 01/10/05
Thanks, Cheryl!:


East Side, West Side

Words and Music by Lawlor and Blake - 1928

Down in front of Casey's
Old brown wooden stoop,
On a summer's evening,
We formed a merry group;
Boys and girls together,
We would sing and waltz,
While Tony played the organ on
The Sidewalks Of New York.

East side, West side,
All around the town,
The tots sang "ring a rosie,"
"London Bridge is falling down."
Boys and girls together,
Me and Mamie O' Rourke,
Tripped the light fantastic
On The Sidewalks Of New York.



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"East Side, West Side" midi courtesy of - 06/09/04

"East Side, West Side" midi courtesy of
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 11/12/03
Thanks, Dave!

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