I wrote in this week’s blog post of Miss Sigrid Bjorklund, a woman who lived in my neighborhood when I was a teen. https://passagetothepast.wordpress.com/2014/01/15/week-3-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks-challenge-serendipity/
She wasn’t the only one we interviewed. I dug through some boxes and found other copies of the Robin’s newsletter that I edited at age 15 in 1977/8. I thought it important to post those stories. How I wish someone interviewed my ancestors and posted the summary online 35 years later! Actually, in hindsight, I wish I had actually interviewed my own relatives in 1977!
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First, my former Girl Scout leader, an AMAZING woman Miss Valerie Pierro/Valeria Pirro (26 Sep 1923 – 18 Mar 1991). She was born in Gaeta, Italy and immigrated at the age of 7 in 1930 – https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/24F6-1MV. By 1940 she was living on Maplewood Street in Malden with her parents Sebastiano Allesandro and Maria (Fretles) Pirro and sisters Civita, Clotilde & Gloria
In that same issue, Susan and Jennifer Bergh of Beach Street asked their great grandmother Mrs. J. Mangini to submit some poetry. Mrs Mangini (31 March 1893 – 20 Nov 1985) was born in Cambridge, as Anna Rose Willwerth, daughter of Clement Willwerth and Mary Jane Whalen. She married, on 24 Nov 1915, Joseph Steven Magnini, son of Rolando Hippolito Leroy Mangini and Anna Marie Granara. They had a son Robert and daughter Irma Claire. Irma married Kenneth Morrison and became the maternal grandparents of Susan and Jennifer through their daughter Anne (Morrison) Bergh.
Mrs. Arone (Anne Marie’s mom), also a Girlscout leader
Next came Anne Marie D’Alelio whose dad owned Jacks
Then Sara Puzzo who worked for the Linden library
And Captain Murphy from the Linden fire station
My former neighbors, who married in Malden in 1930 (vol 43, pg 305), Mrs. Helen B. (Jenks) Spencer (18 Feb 1897 – Sep 1983) & Mr. Jim/James William Spencer (10 Mar 1896 – Oct 1982). We shoveled their driveway whenever it snowed, they were nice folks who treated us like grandchildren.
Helen was born to Martin Jenks, a stableman/team driver & Catherine Burke both of Ireland and who resided (in 1897) on 25 Eaton, Boston. Her siblings included Margaret, Mary Theresa, Kathleen, Michael Leo, Frances Winifred, James Joseph and Mary Agnes. By 1930 the family was living on Watts Street in Malden.
Jim was born to Thomas Spencer, a farmer on Broadway in Melrose and Julia Mahoney both of Ireland; his siblings included William, Richard, Robert, Phillip, Thomas, Walter, Mary, John and Margaret Lillian. The family resided in Malden and Melrose.
John Todisco, one of my dad’s best friends and the former Ward 8 councilor (21 Feb 1922 – Jul 1981). I recall my dad, Bob Hall and John Froio helping with his campaign. He was the son of Joseph Todisco and Morestina Grella both of Italy. His siblings included Rocko, Carmine, Nancy Eleanor, Rose and Margaret. He married Grace Avalon Ford on 3 September 1948, daughter of John D. Ford and Gertrude Sparks both of Canada. They had 3 children – John J. Jr, Patrice and Paula. Grace’s obituary can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/oj6ly5w
Our very first “Letter to the Editor” from A. Brandt, my first lesson in “political correctness”. His full name was Arthur Brandt (26 Feb 1886 – 28 Oct 1978). Born in East Boston to Christian Brandt and Maria Nielson both of Norway. He had no given middle name. In 1942, he resided in Malden and was a Merchant for Economy Grocery Corporation in Revere, he was a Mason – part of the East Boston Palestine Lodge. He was 5’11”, white, with blue eyes, brown hair with a ruddy complexion. Siblings included Theresa, Charles, Henry, Walter, Louis/Lewis, Francis Low. He married Ida Christien Anderson born about July 1885 in Elizabeth, NJ or PA to Edward Anderson and Annetta both of Norway. Their children were Arthur Everett & Wilbur. Ida passed away in 1962.
and finally, some Linden Street Hockey News