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12/10/05 - NNHS Newsletter -
Deck the Halls

"Christmas is the season for kindling
the fire of hospitality in the hall,
the genial flame of charity in the heart."

- Washington Irving (3 Apr 1783 - 28 Nov 1859)

Dear Friends and Schoolmates, 

   I hope and trust this finds you all well and happy and with your spirits steadily rising.

Happy 51st Birthday today to
    Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) of VA.  Have a
good one, Babe!

NNHS Class of 1958 Holiday Dinner, 2005
Place:  Hampton Yacht Club
Date:  Monday, December 19, 2005
Time:  6:00 PM Social; 7:00 PM Dinner
Contact: Joe Drewry at

  From Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 12/09/05 - "East End":

Hi, Carol:
Thank you for sending along to me the message and attachment from    Fred Field ('45 - of CA). It was so nice to read his narrative on this neighborhood in East End. It sure brought back many memories, for our family lived at 815-30th Street on the first floor for many years. My father was a printer by trade and worked at Newport News Printing Company located in the 800-Block of 25th Street and occupied a good portion of that block. It is possible that Fred's father who worked there also worked with my father at this location. When our family lived there we were renters, and paid our rent to C.D. West & Company who were the property managers for the Orebaugh Family who then owned the property. I recall they were in the roofing business in downtown Newport News. I am uncertain of the spelling of their name.

Horace L. Overman
who lived at 814-30th Street was a superintendent at the shipyard. He had a daughter and a son who graduated from NNHS. His son was Martel Overman, and he was a Merchant Marine and rode a beautiful Harley Davidson Motorcycle when he was in port and home. I remember Mr. Lenz and Mr. Pulley for I delivered papers to them, as well as Mr. Wiggs who had two sons Bobby and Billy who attended NNHS.

Mr. Carter operated the old service station at 848-30th Street for years and then rented the space to "Tip" Forbes who operated an automobile repair shop there for years. Mr. Carter resided in the large house on Wickham Avenue near the corner of 30th Street, next door to where Mr. Pulley's Store occupied the corner facing the intersection.

As for 817-30th Street, it was occupied by a Mr. Walker and his family. He was a disabled veteran from World War I. Any vehicle back-firing along this quite street would send him into a panic.
Fred's memories of the Carriage House for 815-30th Street also gave me reason to recall that structure. The driveway lead to 29th Street, and along the driveway was a large vacant lot which we were allowed to use for a garden.

I sure remember Mr. Walton, the Fish Merchant with his horn tooting to alert the neighbors. Walter was still selling sugar cookies in the neighborhood and at Walter Reed School when I attended school there also.

While I was preparing this message, I received a telephone call from Glenn Dye ('60) of TX who called to tell me that Mr. Reese sang in a gospel trio for years, and he will try to find a copy of a program listing the name of the group.

   How cool is that?!?

Please pass this along to Fred.

   Indeed I did!  Thanks, Adonis!

TYPHOON Regards,
Joe Madagan ('57) of FL

  From Jo Ann Stewart ('64) of TX - 12/09/05:

In response to your "Twilight Zone" e-mails-I had to laugh because this is the first week in a year that I actually received a couple of newsletter e-mail notifications from you.  There are so many "controls" on e-mails these days I'm surprised we get half them. For example my e-mails at work are blocked most of the time for in-coming mail from Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail and any weird sounding e-mail address, and sometimes they all come through.  I can send to any of these.  Which really makes it fun when you want to e-mail a friend who cannot e-mail you back from work but can use Hotmail which is blocked.   Now, if you need any further explanation call me but don't e-mail me because the odds are I will never get it.
Regards,  Jo Ann Stewart, TX

   WILD GIGGLES!!!  The sad thing, Jo Ann, is that I knew exactly what you meant! 
And AOL diligently notified me as always that you did not get my email!

   Well, I'm glad the three of us are not the only ones experiencing technical difficulties.  I was beginning to get paranoid.

   Thanks, Lady!


From Paul Gregor (Springfield High School, OH - '79) of OH - 12/09/05: 

Hey Carol,
Thanks for remembering me with the newsletter.  I went home and talked to the folks and both of my brothers about our vacations at Buckroe.  I had mentioned to you how my brother had gotten plastic devil's heads as a skee ball prize from the arcade.  Still haven't been able to scare one up from the folk's house, but if I do, I'll get a picture to you.
As for the "guy in the tires" which my family remembers as "Joe"  (don't know if there was a sign there with his name on it or not)  -- my dad said it was "between the highway" and Buckroe  - now we were coming down there from Ohio - also I said, was it in town or where?   He said it was around "Mercury Boulevard where the space capsule was in a park, before you got to Buckroe".
Make any sense?  I don't know.  I don't remember the park with the Mercury capsule, having been so small at the time.  But it would be neat-o to see now!
Paul Gregor

   Thanks, Paul!  Your memory of Peninsula locations functions the same way mine does - except you had a good excuse.  You were only four years old!  GIGGLES!

   I thought I had a postcard image of that space park hanging around in my files somewhere, but I can't seem to locate it.  It's entirely possible that I imagined the whole thing.  And it is indeed quite cool!  And it's still there - WHOOPEE!!

   Thanks again, Paul!  I do believe we will identify this yet!  This company was there in the mid-60's when you saw it, and I'm sure it was there a good deal earlier than that as well.  Surely it could not have fallen that deeply into oblivion!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/09/05:

OK, if (Paul's dad's) recollection of location is correct, the "space park" is on Mercury, between Armistead and King. There are a number of businesses there, and one may have been a tire dealership.  I will have a look soon.  I really can picture the sign in my mind.


   So can I!  It's becoming sharper every day.  My problem, of course, is that every single time I went to Buckroe, whether as a child or as a teenager, to the Amusement Park or to the beach itself, I was so wildly excited at the prospect of visiting My Favorite Place on Earth it's possible I was a bit too hyper to process small details adequately.
   But as you know, I never get rowdy or anything...... 

   Thank you, David!  I have all confidence in your ability to solve this mystery!


From Dicky Dawes (HHS/NNHS - '62) of VA - 12/09/05 - "Humor for Christmas":

Keeping it lite


Uh-OH!!!  GIGGLES!!!

Thanks, Dicky!


From One of my Famous Marines -    Herb Hice of MI - 12/09/05 - "Here, Kitty, Kitty":



That is one huge cat!  But I love that facial expression!

Thanks, Herbie!


  From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 12/09/05 - "Sherwood Inn":

The Sherwood Inn was located in Fort Monroe, but not inside the moat. I have six images of it ... now seven, as the one on E-Bay is new to me.  I have not been to Ft. Monroe since I became aware of the Inn, but I suspect that it no longer exists.

One image shows it in relation to the church at the fork in Ingalls Road.

    Back of Image at Left 1910 - Sherwood Inn and St. Mary's Star of the Sea Catholic Church  
1910 1911 1924    
   Thank you, David!  These are just beautiful!  I had never heard of the Sherwood Inn, nor do I recall ever having seen any of the images.  They were too pretty not to give their own space: - brand new page


  From Me ('65) of NC - 10/10/05:

   As most of you I'm sure do also, I have a very busy day today.  My sister,    Eleanor (Buckley Nowitzky - '59 - of NC), and I have our final rehearsal for a cantata tomorrow night - for which we were hand-picked.  WHOO!!!  WILD GIGGLES!!!

   Neither of us has finished decorating for Christmas, and we both are going to try to squeeze a few more things into the day just to keep life interesting.  YOWZERS!


   Y'all enjoy your weekend - and take care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!

                          Love to all, Carol




"I only have two kinds of days: happy and hysterically happy."


Deck the Halls

(The music to Deck the Halls is believed to Welsh in origin and was reputed to have come from a tune
called "Nos Galan" dating back to the sixteenth century. In the eighteenth century Mozart used the tune
to Deck the Halls for a violin and piano duet J.P. McCaskey is sometimes credited with the lyrics
of Deck the Halls but he only edited the Franklin Square Song Collection in which the lyrics
were first published. The first publication date of Deck the Halls is 1881. The author is unknown
but the words are said to originate in America.)

Deck the halls with bought of holly,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Tis the season to by jolly,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Don we now our gay apparel,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
Troll the ancient Yuletide carol,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

See the blazing Yule before us,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Strike the harp and join the chorus.
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Follow me in merry measure,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.
While I tell of Yuletide treasure,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

Fast away the old year passes,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Hail the new, ye lads and lasses,
Fa la la, la la la, la la la.

Sing we joyous, all together,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Heedless of the wind and weather,
Fa la la la la la, la la la la.

"Deck the Halls" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 12/03/05

History courtesy of - 12/05/05

Image of Macy's Department Store Christmas Display courtesy of - 12/06/05

Holly Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

Crab clip art courtesy of - 10/02/05

Animated Rolling on the Floor Laughing Boy courtesy of - 04/06/05

Christmas Candle Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 12/05/05

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