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

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Of course, it was great  trick or treating in the Village.  My mother Angi Souza and Aunt Eleanor Souza were great for planning parties, especially at Halloween, when we lived on Blinn's Court.  This wonderful Halloween party photo is from 1949. I was 9 years old.  The party was held in the basement of our 3 decker (we on the first floor, my Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Bunny and their children on the second floor, my Aunt Alveda and Uncle Ziggy and their little boy up on the third: my brother was very little and would go from one to the next telling one he was going to the other and then skip out...)

That is me in the Carmen Miranda outfit in the middle, the late Cecilia Mendes Rodier to my right, Gina Lopes McKenna to her right.  The late David Gallego over on the almost far left...recognize others?

Do you remember any Halloween treasures we can share?

We live now on a tiny island and this morning went downtown for coffee.  All the merchants were in costume in front of their shops while hordes of dressed up tots and their parents paraded from one to another. They had been bussed in from various preschools.  It made us thankful to be living in a small place again, and my thoughts went back to our Village.  My sister reminded me I had this photo and it fits perfectly.

In the next post I will be sharing some of the very welcome comments from readers of this blog.
Thank you each and all.  It is so exciting to see that others are willing to share the magic. Keep those comments coming, they enrich us all.

1 comment:

  1. I remember one Halliween in the early forties going to your Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Bunny's house.She served us apple cider.What a treat! They lived way up School St. in a three decker.She was such a lovely person who truly loved children. If you had asked us to relate our fondest trick or treat memory, I would had related what I just told you.In fact it's my only memory. Remember that was a long time ago.This blog is bringing back memories;I can barely contain myself.I'll be sharing a lot.