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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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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Wednesday, February 6, 2013


Following along with the theme: Where Everybody Knows Your Name
read this after you have read the post just before this, with the theme to Cheers.
I simply had to add the information here from Arlene's comments to be sure everyone reads and enjoys them.  She and her husband, John, deserve a prize for this!!

Arlene tells us that the name sometimes has historical basis, sometimes are Americanized and sometimes remain in Portuguese.  Another wonderful point is, like famous sports celebrities, these nicknames were retired upon the passing of the person named.  The nicknames were labels of affection, after all, so could not be transferred. They were used by friends, boys and men rather than girls (well, there were a few...). and not usually at home.

  •    Pepper                                                                   
  •    Twan                                                                   
  •     Bibber                                                                   
  •     Red (x2)                                                      
  •     Fling                                                                      
  •    Joao Bota                                                          
  •    BoBo                                                                     
  •    Kerchie                                                                                                                      
  •    Horse  
  •    Pinky
  •    Peckum
  •    Doogy
  •    Cockerroach
  •    Flash
  •    Crow                                                                                           
  •    Champ                                       
  •    Chip                                          
  •    Butchy                                    
  •   Fahring
  •   Jug
  •   Fat Man
  •  Benedek
  •   Pingingah
  •   Jigger
  •   Chipper
  •   Flordas
  •   Chummy
  •   Big John
  •   Favaseca
  •   Cappy
  •   Bidgy
  •   Canary
  •  Joe Papea
  •  PeeWee
  • Frenchy
  • Moochie
  • Leftie
  • Joe Mummy
  • Cab
  • Sub
  • Mo

These names conjure up people in my minds: I remember them now. Some I should have known:
Bunny was my Uncle John Souza, Canary was a tenant at my Aunt Annie's on Winter St. next to
Jigger's Variety.  Pinky lived on School St. not far from us.  
Who can forget a name like Favaseca:  me, I guess.

Can you see them in your mind's memory?

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