I lived in these
apartments from the time we moved to Newport News in February 1954 until the
summer of 1960, when my father's death necessitated our move to the
smaller and less expensive nearby
Stuart Gardens Apartments.
Sunday, May 9, 1954
Outside 1309-A 16th Street, looking ENE towards Peterson's Yacht Basin
Carol Buckley - age 6, and her first cousin,
Cheryl White - age 7
Easter Sunday, March 29, 1959
Rose Woodard - b. 21 Nov
Outside 1309-A 16th Street, looking SE towards the Pony League Park and The Beach
The osage orange tree in the background of the first photo was a source of never-ending delight. When the plentiful fruits would fall to the ground, the neighborhood kids, ages 3 to 18, would somehow locate large cardboard boxes to build forts on the yards of the first and fifth apartments. Suitably armed with vast supplies of osage orange "ammo", we would take aim and fire at one another. It's a great wonder we didn't kill someone - and an even greater wonder that the neighborhood adults never seemed to object to our "wars".
Lots of our friends lived in these apartments: Rick Harman, Carla and Elissa ('68) Fine, Helene ('64) and Kenny ('67) Flick, Nancy and Karen Funk, Dr. and Mrs. Bangle, to name a few. David Ellenson lived around the corner, and Jeannie and Carol Lee ('63) Collier lived on the street behind, and everybody and their brother lived around the corner. It was a great neighborhood!
In the summertime we
children would stay out playing each night until 10:00 PM, with the older ones
caring for the younger ones,
and no one needed to fear for our safety.
Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 04/11/03, 05/03/03
October 28, 2000
1309-A 16th Street
lived on the top floor of this apartment.
- Carol Buckley Harty - 12/04/03
|The wonderful osage orange tree was but one of the many victims of Hurricane Isabel. It was removed on Saturday, December 27, 2003.||
The Buckley's Old Apartment
1309-A 16th Street
|Outside 1309-A 16th Street, looking ENE towards Peterson's Yacht Basin|
|Thursday, January 15, 2004|
- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of
VA - 01/15/04
Thanks so much, Dave!
Crape Myrtle Blossoms image "borrowed" from http://www.lagerstroemia.com/.
Trailing Ivy gif courtesy of http://pub29.bravenet.com/resources/clipart/index.php?search=category&category=12&cp=36.