Roger's Confectionary
 Oak Avenue and 25th Street
Newport News, VA 23607
 
WAY BACK THEN: NOW:
 
1946 Anchor, p. 119 @ 1950 - Betty Jean Wood (Lester) (@ '51)
and Ann Garrett (Harrell) ('51)
 
07/10/13 Courtesy of Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS - '51)
of VA - 01/22/07
 


..... I could go on for hours about the neighborhood: Roger's, Dick's Bar, the grocery store on the corner.....

- Richard Dawes (NNHS/HHS - '62) of VA - 01/12/06
Thanks, Dicky!


I see another faithful subscriber has memories of Roger's Confectionary located across the street from Arnold's Esso Station. It was owned and operated by Roger Callis who had a son who attended NNHS. Looks like you will be forced, once again...err, persuaded to open a page for another East End hang-out in Our Old Stomping Grounds.

- Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 01/13/06

  Thanks, Joe!  You are such a hoot!  Actually, as Doug (Nelson - '64 - of VA) said, Roger had two sons who attended NNHS,
Roger ('61 - of VA) and
Bobby ('64 - of WV). 


I recently saw where you posted information about Roger's. My wife worked there in '49 and '50. Attached is a picture of her and a coworker behind the counter inside of Roger's. Betty Jean Wood (Lester) is on the left and my wife Ann Garrett (Harrell) is on the right. Both attended NNHS. I don't know what year Betty Jean finished but my wife Ann graduated from NNHS in 1951.

- Gus Harrell (Suffolk HS - '51) of VA - 01/22/07

WOWZERONI! Thanks, Gus!


I know that Roger's Confectionary was robbed in the mid 60's and I believe the lady's name was Margaret who was working that night. She was shot in the stomach and survived. After she was shot with a .22 caliber pistol, she fired back two shots with a .38 caliber pistol and the robber took off. I don't think they ever did catch him.  I know Bobby Callis ('64 - of WV) reads this once in a while and remembers it well, as Roger was his dad.

- Johnnie Bateman ('68) of VA - 05/16/07
YOWZERS! Thanks, Johnnie!


CAN ANYONE REMEMBER THE OLDER GENTLEMAN THAT USED TO HANG OUT AT ROGER'S SODA SHOP ON 25TH STREET? HE WOULD ALWAYS SIT IN THE BACK AND WORK CROSSWORD PUZZLES BY THE PIN BALL MACHINE. HE WAS UP THERE  I THINK EVERY DAY, BUT I CANNOT REMEMBER HIS NAME 

- Glenn Dye ('60) of TX - 06/12/07
Thanks, Glenn!  Let's find out!


.....The name of the man that almost lived in the back booth in my father's store is R. Goodwin Moss,
better known as Rockpile Moss. Rockpile wrote a book in that booth, The Mother of Democracy.....

- Bobby Callis ('64) of WV - 06/14/07
WOWZERONI!!!  Thanks, Bobby!

There happens to be at this very moment an autographed first edition copy of this book up for bid on eBay.  I shamelessly copied this description from the description provided by the seller, woodlandswalker (498) of Greensboro, NC:

The Mother of Democracy

By R. Goodwin Moss

(Newport News, Va.): Privately Printed for the Author, 1958.

********************

12mo. 138 pages. Hardback bound in burgundy cloth. The gilt on the covers is darkened, but the binding is clean and sound. The book is inscribed by the author on the Dedication page: "To my good friend / Sinclair Phillips / R. Goodwin Moss. / Dec. 9, 1959." The book is dedicated to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and was published after her last visit at the 350th anniversary of Jamestown in 1957. This scarce little history book seldom turns up for sale; it almost is never found signed by the author. A nice history of the earliest permanent English settlement in North America which has just celebrated its 400th anniversary.

List of Illustrations (Photographs):

The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery
The Old Church Tower at Jamestown
A Street Scene at Jamestown, Virginia
Remains of the Jaquelin Ambler Home
Foundations at White Oak Plantation
The Wren Building, College of William and Mary
The Governor's Palace at Williamsburg
The Colonial Capitol.

 



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