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John Murphy remembers Melrose

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John E, Murphy

Subject: Melrose/Mt Hood
Date: Thu, 08 Apr 1999 16:02:07 -0400
From: John E Murphy
To: melrose@media.mit.edu

I just recently read an article by Len Dalton regarding Mt. Hood and winter in Melrose.

It brought to mind many pleasant memories of that area. I lived on Goss
Ave and would walk up to Mt. Hood with my skis and ski down the first fairway and chance the jump. It usually was disastrous. Our equipment was not the best. We also tobogganed on the chute and also on the first fairway.

I'm attaching a photo (dated Feb 1939) of a ski jumper coming off the jump. His form is not that great. I don't know if he made it.

I'm also attaching two photos of a group who hung around the Grove Pharmacy on Grove St. I think that they were taken in the spring of 1942 or thereabouts. They are identified from the left as Bob Manning (top of head only), Joe Murphy (my brother), John Murphy (me), Phil Walsh, Frank Dawley, Dick Naugler and Walter Dawley. The other drug store picture shows two others, Randell Cochran and Bill Cronin, second and third from left in the back row.

These friends all went into the various services and all returned safely.

Reading the Melrose Mirror articles brings back fond memories of a great
place to have grown up. I was indeed fortunate.

I left Melrose almost 50 years ago and have lived in Florida for the past 30 years. My father lived on Adams St. as a youngster and my mother was a Divver who lived on Myrtle St. across from St. Mary's church. My uncle Charlie owned the Jenney Gas station on Main St. and another uncle, John was a pharmacist who worked at Haslam's Drug store.

I know many of the names I have recently seen in the Free Press. I went to St. Mary's with the Cogans, Russ Priestly, Jim Driscoll and others.

When I visit Mt. Hood or my old neighborhood it is like a picture show;
everything reminds me of a person or occasion in my life.

I have rambled on enough. I hope you enjoy this bit of nostalgia.

John E. Murphy
2148 Academy Drive
Clearwater, FL. 33764-4802

April 8, 1999

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