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
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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...

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Sunday, September 23, 2012


Another great photo of third graders at Fuller School in 1929.

Many thanks for the photographs and written memories
from Arlene Rose Gouveia which her mother began collecting and Arlene kept
adding to (I well remember Arlene's mother).  Also, thanks to Elaine Farinha DeMoranville
for her photos and also her research at the Bristol County Historical Society in Taunton.
Linda at the Research Section of the Taunton Public Library also assisted.
My cousin, Shelley Au (daughter of my Aunt Alveda Souza ) also carries on her
mother's tradition of keeping precious photos.
I hope that all of you readers will
add your names here, too.

My own research into the genealogy of The Souza family in Taunton and
that of my mother's family, especially my grandmother Isobel Mota,
gave me much opportunity to delve into Taunton history.  If you are interested
in reading a summary of Searching for Isobel, my grandmother's life, you can find it at

                         You will note that the photograph of my grandmother is incomplete, another
mystery to add to her life and history.  It took nearly ten years to write these two family histories.
It was a labor of love which resulted in finding a missing family member.

The School Street Memoir
project is another labor of love.

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