Tales of West Broadway

JerryHoganKasperek_Wby Jerry Kasperek

Part III, Tales of West Broadway: Recollections do abound! Thanks for all the letters, phone calls and e-mails.

One thing for sure, no two memories of the same thing are exactly alike. I smile at Anne Grassi and Kay Younis’ letter as they put it this way: “My sister and I had some additions (or figments of our imagination) to add to your last column.”

No, it’s not a figment of your imagination, at least to my way of thinking. It’s just how we, as separate individuals, see things through our own eyes and perspectives.

So, let’s set the scene with Ann and Kay’s letter as we walk together, Dear Readers, up and down the West Broadway of our past.

Going east from the Brick Hotel Gerry Hubbel lived next door. She was the drum major at Good Old Fulton High School. Next was a gas station run by former Postmaster Munger, then Ward and Winchell’s. Anne thinks Dick Wray’s soda fountain was next, while Kay believes Chet Dluglozima was also in that spot.

They recall that Brewer and Campbell had a gas station on South First Street about were the First Trust Parking lot is currently located.

There were a couple of nice houses before Brewer and Campbell set up their garage on West Broadway, they said, and Miss Edmonds lived in the corner house. She was the girl’s gym teacher and coach at G.O.F.H.S.

From West Second to West First Street, there was JR Sullivan’s. Chet Dluglozima might have had a business in that store as well, they said. Across the street, where the diner currently sits, was a bakery.

I quote from their letter as follows: “We think next was a driveway to the back of the building, then the 5/10 cent store (run by Mr. Wilshire who lived upstairs with his family), next was the pool hall, next Hargrave’s, (these two may be in the wrong order), next Reynold’s liquor store (did that become Don Cealie’s bar?), next Myer’s restaurant, next the Market Basket/Marine Midland Bank.”

Heading west: there was Johnson’s grocery, next was a small building that housed Vic Arcadi’s jewelry store and the first location of Kay’s Tot shop (both were small stores).

Next was Broadway Joe’s building. He was in there for years, before Jerry’s Barbershop; Joe used was in both store fronts.”  (Broadway Joe was Joe Galleta who owned the old hardware store.)

I thank Anne and Kay for their input. Rest assured ladies, you are not alone in trying to remember what, where, when and who was in the shops, stores and buildings along that busy part of town, as merchants have come and gone and come and gone! You did good!

Okay, Dear Readers, I realize that some of their letter is a repeat of my last two columns. But I think it’s a good refresher and starting place for continuing this journey, and let’s begin with Barbara Sheeley Wilson.

Barbara grew up on West Forth Street around the corner from West Broadway. She said she used to sit with Gerry Hubble on her porch and watch the boys go by — and twins Robert and Ronald Snow were cute.

She also reminded me that Dr. Harold McGovern lived in a beautiful home on West Broadway and West Fourth across from the Brick Hotel.

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