Thanks so much for the great response to this blog!
A special thank you to those who have passed it on to others. We are heading quickly to amazing page visits to this blog! Welcome to folks from all over the country and other countries as well, including Lisbon!!

The "Village", as it was called, is located in the northwest corner of the city of Taunton, Massachusetts U.S.A. It covers about 1 square mile with the center being School Street. A large portion of the Village population was Portuguese when I was growing up.

This blog covers a lot of the history of the Village, much to do with my years as a child there: 1940 through the late 1950's. I do have many wonderful photos and information prior to that that and will share those as well. Always looking for MORE PHOTOS AND MORE STORIES TO TELL.

If you would like to send photos or share a memory of growing up in the Village
e-mail me at
feel free to comment on the posts. Directions are on the right side of the blog posts. Jump in, the water is fine and it is easy!!!

I will be posting photographs but not identifying individuals unless I have permission or they are a matter of public record. It you wish to give me permission, please let me know.

I am looking for any and all photos of the Village...

Please note: the way blogs work is that the latest post is first. It you would like to start from the beginning of the blog, check out the post labels on the right of the blog and go from there. Thanks.

Saturday, September 3, 2016


                         Ah, of course I could not retire altogether, could I?

Not when something special comes along- like this: THE ROSE FAMILY MUSICAL LEGACY.
This new post is about Arlene Rose Gouveia and her creation of a legacy document or family history. She has packed this work with family history going back decades.

The term legacy document is a legal term but I prefer it to have another connotation. I prefer it
to be a unique kind of written bequest that gifts a family with their own history. Genealogical charts are incredibly important to any family.  But, it is when these facts are brought to life with story
and pictures that it comes alive historically.

                   What a legacy to leave to a family now and way into the future!

Not only did Arlene write a book, with the help of her son it is also an e-book so that untold
numbers of people can and will read it.  You can read it at:

In the case of this book, she has taken only one aspect of her
family history, albeit a very major one,  and created a 
delightful historical textual and pictorial work.  You do not
have to be a member of the Rose family or even have
grown up in the School Street Village to enjoy it.

I am pleased to publish this post announcing where you can find this. Both Arlene and I have been dedicated to keeping our families and the magic Village where we grew up from
being forgotten.  For me, it was this blog.  For her, it was assisting with this blog and now with this lovely and important book.

God bless, Arlene, and we hope this is only the beginning
of more of your sharing to keep our history alive.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


FULLER SCHOOL circa 1950's
 Bidding goodbye to my Memoir of the School Street Village.  It is hard to summarize the story of this Blog, the places it went, the people it met, remembered and met once again.

 It began five years ago, the need to assure that the School Street Village story was not lost. It
began with an old photograph of our beloved Fuller School above.  It started as a memorial for all those classmates and dear ones lost over the years. It was dedicated to a dear friend since my early childhood who can no longer remember.  It's purpose was to remember for her.  It ended up being much more than that.


 It went on to gather, to present the stories of our people bit by bit and some of the history they lived through. It went back and back. It searched out stories of the Village that I knew and that others taught me like the incredible Arlene Gouveia.    I  cherished and presented like jewels each story for others to recall and savor all over again.  I wrote each word with all the love that grew in me for that place that was my childhood home.

Dredging up my memories, you see me at the age of five below, the the tapestry began to take place. Soon others joined in and the story grew with photographs so precious they took my breath away.

Me  at age 5 years

I have loved each moment of writing and researching this blog over the years.  I hope that it encourages others to try to gather their own basket of memories and reach out to others to put it all together.  So many readers have visited this blog and I imagine that it rings many bells of their own growing up.  Those of us that lived through those times are richer because of it.  I know others will continue to read it, to goggle some word or title that brings them here.  They are most welcome.

                                          I walk the bygone streets of my School Street Village 
and greet those who walked with me, who
laughed and cried with me.  I greet them with
a song of thanksgiving for all we had together.

I have tried to be the friend who remembered
for those who've memories have failed and for
those gone ahead of me.

Saturday, June 18, 2016


In the last post  I posted incredible photographs from  Camp Myles Standish including group photographs of the switchboard operators at the Camp in1943.  I had no idea that anyone could possibly be recognized!  Our incredible Arlene Gouveia did just that and identified Mary Pina from School Street in the Village: third row up 7th from the left. A wonderful way to link the Village with the Camp and the woman we were writing about in that last post, Jacqueline Tremblay. The photograph was sent to us by Jacqueline's daughter, Melanie Capriotti. 
A shared heritage from mother to daughter.

If I am not mistaken the Pina family were neighbors of my Souza grandparents at 184 School St.
When my grandfather died tragically in a boating accident in 1927, my grandmother was
caring for a neighbor, Mrs. Pina , who had just given birth.  Connections, connections.....

Below is another fascinating follow-up. Kudos to the Internet, it can bring great good not just great harm.  But, it is the researcher's best friend.  Remember the posts about the baby spoon marked Mount Hope Hospital found in Brazil?

  Well, this is not so involved but still amazing.  In the past few weeks I received an e-mail from someone in Perth Australia who was trying to date this photo of the New York Lace Store circa 1800's.  This was a new one on me, I had never seen it or realized that the store had been located somewhere other than on Main St. next to J.M. Wells or prior to that in the Whittenton. Below is the link to my original post.

The researcher was actually looking for information about the photographer
upstairs in this photo: C.L. Fearnside. 

I sent out an info request on I'm From Taunton's Facebook page and found this 
out for our Aussie fellow historian.

I also sent the link to the post on Vintage Photographers I had done as well.

It is grand that people around the world can link into the history
of the Village where I grew up.  It means the Village and its
people will live long in this blog, and not be forgotten.