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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.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A view of the Village in the 50's

   This is what we, as children, saw as our world going home from Fuller School each day.
Corner of Blinn's Court and School....I think.  Check out the cars.

Our world was the village and Fuller School. Our teachers were important examples for our lives.
Kathy has shared photos of Ms. Dupont and Ms. Buckley.  Here are a few of my own memories of
those marvelous women and those days.

Miss Ethel Buckley taught second grade (you can all correct me if I am wrong here). She was tall (to us) and when the boys got rambunctious she put them in the supply closet and shut the door...a precursor to today's time out.  No corporal punishment. The closet was as big as a small room and had a window it I am not mistaken.

Miss Marguerite Hoye was a sparkling individual...more than her personality, her smile had its own bling with a little gold cap on one of her teeth. Didn't she have a whole grocery store setup with make-believe grocery boxes and a little cash register, so we could learn to count money?  In her grade three, I memorized the Night Before Christmas and recited it in front of the whole class....I still feel that sense of stage fright.

Miss Margaret Coleman had silver/blue hair and liked the color blue. All around the classroom above the blackboards or at the top of them were the words :
I think most of us got that message as we made our way through life to adulthood with its challenges.

The teachers all went downtown to the elegant Leanard's Soda Fountain where they congregated and probably shared student stories of the day.  Leanard's had marble topped tables and wrought iron chairs.

There are a few more memory blogs to share about our Fuller School Days. Come on folks, fess up and share your memories.  They are so good for all of us.


  1. I grew up on school street, I can see my house in this pic! Went to fuller school grades 1-4. The summer before 5th grade they took the school down. So sad and disappointed because at that point had to take a bus to Hopewell school. No more running home to see mom and have lunch! It was a huge growing up experience that year!

  2. When I started school in 1939,there were two first grade teachers, Miss Buckley and Miss Reid.I had Miss Buckley.She was strict but very fair. I remember the first day very clearly. It was rather traumatic as my friend,Jeanette was screaming as children often do the first day. I can still picture sitting in little chairs as she taught us to read. We used the old Elson Readers which had very colorful pictures. This was before Dick,Jane, and Sally. I have many memories to share about those marvelous teachers that we were so lucky to have.