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What happens when a nerdy guy and a geeky girl get married? Well, they nerd up their wedding with a themed wedding cake! Of course, nerds have birthdays, too. In fact, there is probably a higher chance that you'll be looking at nerdy cakes for a birthday than a wedding.
Okay, I admit, that wasn't nice. But hey, you should have more birthdays in your life than weddings, right? This is a collection of some of the geekiest cakes that have ever been made. The cakes span across a number of nerdy niches. Either way, these cakes are a nerd's dream come true. I just hope no-one is dressed as an Ewok or as Darth Vader at any of these parties! Scrabble fans will love this sheet cake designed to look just like a Scrabble game board.
The wording appears to contain the date of the wedding, the name Charlie perhaps the groom? This cake is a really creative way to convey a message while making adding a lot of fun into the mix! I'd like to see someone do this with Boggle! This Angry Birds cake is just plain awesome! It's not like some of those Mickey Mouse cakes that you see where Mickey looks creepy and has a weird shaped head. You've gotta' love this one! A Rubik's cube cake is perfect for any puzzle-loving geeks!
The colors on the cube are perfect. I'm sort of wondering if the colors on the cake are in an order that would allow it to be solved if it were a real cube Nobody likes a sticker-peeler! This Katamari cake is amazing! I would be tempted to design it in such a way that there was something stuck to it, but would probably go over-board! Pretty good idea to keep it simple so people know right away that it's from Katamari and not just a ball made up of random things!
Wow, part of me kind of hopes that this wasn't actually used for a wedding. While it's a cool idea to have a cake that features Luke Skywalker keeping warm in the guts of a dead Tauntaun, it's kind of morbid and really just kind of gross. Tons of points for creativity, though! Awesome usage of wafer cookies and rolos to create an Intel motherboard cake. It really just doesn't get much nerdier than this!
Okay, maybe it does get nerdier than the motherboard cake! This pseudo-code cake is absolutely fantastic and the equally nerdy cupcakes on the lower tiers are perfect.
Whoever designed this cake deserves the Turing Award! I'm not sure what's with the anime figurines in the front, but a companion cube wedding cake from Portal!?!?! I would LOVE to have this cake! I would feel so guilty eating it, though.
Heck, I'd feel guilty putting the cake in the oven -- how could you subject a companion cube to such heat?! This Mario wedding cake is pretty elaborate! You can tell a lot of effort was put into the design of the cake. I'm not sure which tier I like the best! Miniature fondant game controllers add a fun touch to this wedding cake! I think I love the video game themed cakes the best. All these cupcakes put together form the pixelated Mario character old school NES stuff.
The one downfall to this style is that latecomers to the party will wonder what the design is supposed to be as many cupcakes will already have been consumed. Still fantastic and perfect for any gamer couple. This is an awesome cake! The only thing nerdier than a Star Trek cake is the designing of said cake.
I'm talking getting ship schematics here, studying what's on the panels, etc. I'd like to see a Next Generation version! What happens when an Android fanboy meets an Android fangirl? Hilarious, beautiful, amazing, totally nerdy, and romantic all in one.
This is one of my personal favorites. This cake is absolutely perfectly done. The designer is a really good artist, everything is spot on. If you look closely at the bottom tier, you can see Goombas Ah, love is not without obstacles.
It'd be awesome if you could peel up some of the fondant to reveal where you insert the cartridge. However, you probably get a lot of people blowing into the cake This cake looks disgusting, I'll be honest. I suppose there's a reason for that. It appears this Jabba the Hutt cake is meant for someone's 30th birthday. The only thing more disgusting than going over the hill is Jabba.
Hopefully the cake tasted good. These iPhone apps mini cupcakes are adorable. It took me a bit to figure out what the blue squiggle one on the left is supposed to be. I had to look at my phone. It's the stocks app. If you're addicted to Bejeweled or have at least played it and suffered short-term addiction then you'll appreciate this cake.
I can't stop looking for matches on this one. A QR code cake is a great way to get your message across. This QR cake takes you to the Flickr page for the artist who made this cake.
The Goomba on this Mario cake is perfect and actually kind of adorable. I love this cake. Anyone else think the Goomba is cute? I'd like to have one for an evil pet. This Mozilla cake is a really beautiful fondant design. I can imagine it would be awkward to cut and eat it's essentially a giant ball of cake with probably a thin layer of fondant. Star Wars fans are sure to love this R2-D2 cake.
I'd feel guilty cutting into this one. It would be that kind of cake I would keep in my kitchen for a really long time and never eat because of inanimate object attachment. Then the frosting would get really hard and old. A friend would probably have to toss it out for me.
It'd be something like out of Castaway. Okay, not really, but it is an awesome cake. This is another great iPhone cake, but instead of just little apps, it's the entire iPhone. What kind of jerk is texting at 6AM? One ring to rule them all.
Now that's kind of a dark sentiment for a wedding, but hilarious and awesome too. I wonder how they got this cake to be so shiny. Another beautiful Lord of the Rings Cake. This one is a genius way to incorporate a LOTR theme into a tiered cake.
This is more than likely not a birthday or wedding cake unless you're an obsessed power seller , but I had to include this cake because of its general awesomeness. This eBay cake and matching cupcakes look really tasty! The Wind Waker is absolutely beautifully sculpted. It's seriously better than in-game. Real life has much better graphics than Nintendo. This motherboard isn't really a cake, it's more of a gingerbread um It's so awesome, though.
Willis, of Spearfish, passed from this life into Heaven on Monday, July 9, , at the age of Willis was blessed with 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Willis was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 64 years, Zola McCrillis Arnold; his son, Philip Brian Arnold; one brother; and three sisters.
Friends are invited to join his family at a Celebration of Life service on Saturday, July 21, , at His family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in his memory to the Spearfish Veterans Monument. Dean graduated from Bison High School in After high school, he worked construction in Minnesota. They then moved to Faith in , and he went to work as a mechanic. While living in Faith, Sonja, Arnold, and Jacky completed the family.
In , he went to work for the Newell School District as head bus driver and mechanic. As time went on, Dean went to work for Butte County Motors selling cars. In , they moved to Belle Fourche. After the death of his wife, Marlene, he retired to just manage his trailer court.
While living there, Elmie passed away and he returned to Sturgis. As his health declined from diabetes, he moved to Rapid City to live with his eldest daughter, Rosa, but if he told the story, it was to take care of her!
He was a kind and caring husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend. He is also survived by 41 great-grandchildren 4th generation ; 4 great-great-grandchildren 5th generation ; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Thursday, July 12, , from p. Doug was born January 17, , to Robert and Dorothy Kaiser. Doug attended K in Sturgis and completed a semester at Huron College.
Their son, Tyler, was born on July 11, Doug enjoyed camping and fishing with his family. Doug excelled in wrestling all through high school and continued coaching AAU wrestling for 20 years. He loved teaching young wrestlers, and his inspiration led many to victory. Doug also enjoyed playing softball and spent many summers at the ball fields. He and his wife, Linda, played on a co-ed team where they won 2nd place at a U.
Doug made so many friends through his wrestling and softball years. He always had so many stories to tell, and everybody enjoyed listening to them. Doug's last place of employment was at Owen's Interstate, where he worked until his death. Doug lost his very courageous battle to cancer on July 5, He spent his last 5 days in the comfort of the Lippold Hospice Suite in Sturgis.
Memorial services will be at Together, they had three wonderful children; Sheila, Jesse, and Shannon. With this marriage, they cared for and loved five children and had 13 grandchildren.
Teddy Ann was a collector of roosters. She loved crafts and enjoyed the outdoors with camping, fishing, going on motorcycle rides, and spending time with her family and friends. You could never find a greater sister bond than you could between Teddy Ann, Carrie, and Delores. Everyone that knew Teddy Ann knew how strong willed and stubborn she was. With the look on her face, you would always know what she was thinking without her even saying a word.
Teddy Ann will always be remembered as the most courageous, brave, and strongest woman around and gave everything she had to fight to be around for as long as she could, for her family.
Teddy Ann Outka did not lose to cancer or her health issues, instead, she gained a new adventure and now shares it with her Tommy. Teddy Ann Outka, 61, Sturgis, was called home to be with her soulmate and loving husband on July 2, Private family inurnment will be at a later date. In , he got his first truck and started hauling gravel for various contractors. This continued until when he bought a class B permit and he began hauling grain and livestock for area farmers and ranchers; taking them to a number of local markets.
Over the years, as business grew, he added trucks to his operation. His son, Stan, joined the business in and he continued trucking until he retired in Visitation will be Wednesday, June 27, 5: Burial will follow at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis. Harland Thomas Hermann, Sr. He completed his undergraduate degree in pre-med from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in , and completed his doctorate in medicine from the University of Nebraska Omaha in He was the first of three brothers who became physicians.
As the war ended, he was reassigned to Fitzsimons General Hospital in Denver, CO, as ward officer in the tuberculosis section and was promoted to Captain.
Upon completion of his military service, he returned to Omaha and re-entered residency in internal medicine He joined a Psychiatry-Neurology group practice as a specialist in Psychosomatic Medicine, and this association lasted 9 years. During this time, he was part of the faculty for the University of Nebraska Medical School as an instructor in psychiatry. Then, in to further his education, he became a career resident in neuropsychiatry at the VA in Omaha for three years, completing his fellowship and obtaining his Board Certification in Neuropsychiatry.
Harland met the love of his life, Jean Mary Ellison, a beautiful lab tech, and they were married on February 28, To this union, which was to last over 70 years, were born their three children: Tom, Lucy, and Richard. In , Harland joined the Veterans Administration. He and his family moved to Fort Meade, SD.
There, he was a staff psychiatrist and, later, Chief of Psychiatry and Neurology. Harland, Jean, and family enjoyed 19 years at Fort Meade. He retired from government service in and returned to the Black Hills residing in Sturgis and later in Rapid City, where he continued a limited consultative practice of psychiatry. Harland received many honors and awards during his 50 years of practice. Much more than the awards, however, he cherished the relationships he developed with co-workers and fellow teachers in caring for patients and educating students of medicine.
In , the South Dakota State Medical Association recognized his 50 years of medical practice and dedicated service, and he also received a lifetime achievement award from the South Dakota Psychiatric Association.
While Harland was appreciated for his scholarly insights and genuine caring in his practice of medicine, he also loved to share his gifts of owl carving and landscape paintings. His love of and knowledge about nature were evident to many and showed in his many landscape paintings. His red Nebraska cap and a red sweater were always within reach.
Together, Harland and Jean welcomed many to their home. Harland knew the joy of communication, emailing and Face Timing family, friends, and acquaintances until, in February of , a stroke robbed him of his ability to speak clearly and use his hands to type.
He gradually came to understand that his life was drawing to a close and after Jean passed away in May of , he very much wanted to follow her. We are all glad he is with Jean again. Survivors include two sons, Dr. Lee Jan Hermann; and close family friend, Scott Moses. He was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; and one brother, Charles Gordon Hermann.
Visitation and luncheon to be held at Tuesday, June 26, , at St. Donald "Donnie" Theodore Fahrenwald, Jr. He grew up in Sturgis. He spent some of his favorite times at his maternal grandparent's farm in Sturgis and at his paternal grandparent's farm in Steele City, NE. He also enjoyed hunting at his sister's, Joyce, farm near Vale, SD. He loved visiting with relatives and will be remembered for his "sense of humor.
He served on many ships. He retired after 20 years. He then worked for Meade County and retired again after 20 years. He married Bonnie Sander on July 7, Private family graveside services, with military honors, will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery near Sturgis.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date. When Dee was 9, Leo moved the family to Idaho for work. When Leo died in a deer hunting accident, Margery moved Dee and her five brothers back to Lead where Dee attended school, graduating in Dee enjoyed an extremely active life and her gift of nurturing love and faith expressed itself in all she did.
Dee lived her life with gusto. Her art, patience, kindness, and passion for life influenced many of her students, family, friends, and others. Not one to boast about her creative skills; she did not consider herself special. But others considered her above and beyond ordinary. Whether sharing the gifts of her paintings, the sound of her piano playing, the telling of whimsical stories, or the helping at her local church and in her community, Dee wholeheartedly shared her talents.
A member of the Black Hills Art Association, she practiced her oil painting at the Sturgis and Spearfish Art Centers; submitting her pieces in local Art shows and receiving awards for several of them.
Dee loved storytelling and was a member of the Black Hills Storytellers Association. For over 16 years, she was active in fund raising and leadership of the Sturgis Hospital Auxiliary, serving over the years as president, vice president, and blood drive coordinator. She volunteered at the local Elementary School. For personal enjoyment, Dee played the piano, painted, and traveled.
Above all, however, Dee loved her family: She loved us all and we loved her. Monday, June 25, , with Father Timothy Castor officiating. Burial will follow at Black Hills National Cemetery. Vigil will be Sunday, June 24, at 6: Donations in her memory can be made to the Margery L.
The Fund provides scholarships to academically talented, financially needy graduates of Lead-Deadwood High School. Dorothy was a jack of all trades and a master of some! Dorothy not only raised 4 very successful, willful children, but also found it in her heart to take in many of their friends for a night, a week, for life.
Cousin Ruthie had this to say: Dad told great-grandchildren McKaela that he chased and had to catch that black hair beauty before all those soldiers came home from the war!! A memorial service will be at a later date.
Lois spent much of her adult life in Colorado where she was an administrative assistant in the Montrose County School District. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Lois asked for no funeral or graveside services. Through her youth, she herded sheep, worked as a housekeeper, candled eggs on a chicken farm, as a laundress at Ft. Gladys finally ended up working at the home of Tello and Lisa Peterson, where she met Harvey Peterson.
Gladys and Harvey married July 19, In , they moved to Sturgis for a short time, then to Faith, then returning to Opal. There they farmed and ran the Moree store. Gladys said she always wished for a house with a lot of bedrooms, so in they moved to Faith and purchased the West Hotel. Be careful what you wish for! They ran the hotel for 20 years and farmed north of Faith. The couple loved to dance. As babysitting was not the norm, the children were always taken to the dances. There they learned to dance and socialize.
When it became late the children were put on the benches, and slept covered with coats. The adults continued to dance and visit with their friends. She had visited much of the United States. She was fortunate to be able to attend two world fairs; Dollywood; Branson, MO; plus many more sites. The best travels were close to home to Mount Rushmore, Dinosaur Park and Wall Drug, which occurred almost every time the family was together.
After retiring, she volunteered at the Senior Center. She was instrumental in opening the Faith Legion Community Hall. There she served as Treasurer for 24 years, helped with the distribution of commodities, rummage sales, hunter's dinners, and other community events. Viewing will be Thursday, May 31, 5: Viewing continues Friday, June 1, from Funeral services will commence at A luncheon will follow the service.
Interment will occur at Bear Butte Cemetery in Sturgis around 3: Edward Allen Tripp Sr. He has been a member of Local Union of the Union of Operating Engineers since where he worked as a Crane Operator until retirement.
Ed married Evelyn J. Stearns in East Hartford in They moved to Sturgis in Evelyn passed away June 25, , one day before their 65th anniversary. Ed was a member of the United Church of Christ. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. A private family service will be held at a later date. He graduated from Sturgis High School in He worked as a flight paramedic for St. Danny enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting, and spending time with his grandkids and great-grandkids.
He will be remembered for his dedication and devotion to helping others and his love for life and family. Danny was always the life of the party and was always making people laugh. Danny will continue to help others through tissue donation. He was the husband of Sandi Droppers Hayes and they shared 47 years together.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his parents. Visitation will be from 5: Raised in Lead and graduated in Bill loved his work as an underground miner for Homestake for 10 years. After a serious accident in June of , he worked in the warehouse after he recovered from his injuries.
Bill retired when Homestake closed. He married Therese Hoffman May 28, They first met when he was 6 and she was 5. They lived in Spearfish Canyon and later moved to Spearfish. He like reading Westerns, old cars, old movies and driving the back roads of the Black Hills. No services at his request. A family memorial service will be later in the summer. Calvin attended Squaw Butte School for grades , a horseback ride of about three and a half miles.
Following high school, Calvin attended South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, following his interest in rocks by majoring in geological engineering. With one quarter left until graduation, he was drafted into the U. Navy, joining other members of the Great Generation, serving from He returned to the family ranch upon discharge and married Mable Ingalls, the love of his life, on June 15, , and without whom he was seldom seen.
Verne passed away at the age of In , when his dad retired, he and his brother, Chester, formed a partnership and in , they purchased a ranch in southern Perkins County, to which Chester moved. They were one of the first ranches in western South Dakota to implement Production Records to improve their Hereford cow herd. Calvin was an avid supporter of the 4-H program, especially when his children were of 4-H age. Calvin was a good steward of the land by cross fencing, water development, tree planting, and careful grazing management.
In at the age of 74, Calvin turned over operation of the ranch to son, Larry, who returned to the ranch having retired from the Army. His faith was an important part of his life and an example to his family and the community. He enjoyed traveling, sightseeing, hunting, fishing when there used to be water , rock and artifact hunting, and collecting of all kinds, accumulating collections of rocks, fossils, Indian artifacts, and antique tools among other things.
He was always young at heart, having downhill skied for the first time at age 66, killed his first elk at age 85, and at 90 years old, was still cutting and splitting wood for his home-built petrified wood fireplace.
He took particular delight in his grandkids and enjoyed taking them fishing whenever they visited. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Chester and Elanor and their spouses; son, Verne; and five nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Thursday, May 17, from 5: Denzel Nonhof and Pastor Steve Talley officiating. Kay was born in Sturgis, SD, on May 18, She graduated from Sturgis High School in Kay was a substitute teacher for many years.
She loved music and shared her passion for the piano by giving private lessons for 17 years. For many years, she played the organ at the United Methodist Church in Sturgis. Family, faith, and friends were of the utmost importance in her life. Kay married Dean Snyder in Together, they had two children.
Her son, Ken, lives on the family ranch. Her daughter, Sherroll, is an accountant and lives near Sturgis. Kay was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining family and friends in their ranch home. Kay also loved to travel, sketching detailed itineraries of the routes and sites. She especially enjoyed including the grandchildren in the travel plans. However, she was a very organized saver leaving behind numerous files of her clipped treasures.
She developed hand written paper spreadsheets of ranch income and expenses before people commonly used spreadsheets. She presented workshops on organizing ranch and personal records before the popularity of computerized record keeping. Kay loved community engagement. Her organizational skills often led to her attaining leadership roles in activities she participated in.
She was active in the Sturgis United Methodist Church. She was proud of tracing her family tree to a soldier in the American Revolutionary War. Kay was an active advocate for agriculture. She was a member of South Dakota CattleWomen for over 40 years. She was SDCW president in In , she was president of the American National CattleWomen.
Kay Elizabeth Schryvers Snyder, an area ranch wife and homemaker, passed away April 22, Kay was preceded in death by her parents, Len and Doris Schryvers, and her sister, Shirley, who passed away 20 years ago to the day as Kay. Kay battled cognitive dementia for several years eventually succumbing to its ugliness. She had loving caregivers who affectionately addressed her as "Miss Kay.
Hard roads lead to beautiful places. Visitation will be Friday, April 27, from 5: A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 28, , at Her interest were helping out and donating to numerous foundations and her passion was traveling around the world to experience as many cultures as she could. Joelane served 21 years with the U. Air Force as a Captain and was honorably discharged. She was preceded in death by her parents, Joel and Katheryn Lindberg.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services. Funeral Services will be Leland battled many years of pain, caused from a severe stroke in that left him with permanent nerve damage. With the loving care and attention provided by his wife, Dorothy, he was able to spend the majority of those years at home, enjoying time with his family.
Leland is now free of his pain. Leland was born January 1, , in Sidney, MT. He proudly served 3 years in the United States Marine Corp. After the Marines, he married Dorothy, and they moved to North Dakota. Leland enjoyed fishing, playing cards, bowling, and telling a good joke. He was a very hard worker and an excellent provider for his family. He farmed for quite a few years, but eventually found work in the oilfield, where he stayed until his stroke forced him into early retirement.
Leland and Dorothy moved to Sturgis in It was a huge change for them, after 50 years in North Dakota, but turned out to be a blessing. Leland was able to obtain better healthcare within the region and had loving family members nearby. Leland was a kindhearted man that cared deeply for his family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Anna; sister, Sharon; step-son, Bob; and grandson, Adam. A memorial service will be held at He grew up on the family ranch at Howes, SD.
He learned at an early age the value of hard work and a good horse. His strong work ethic stayed with him throughout his entire life. Lyle attended first and second grades in Sturgis while his mom was staying with his older sibling during their high school days.
He then attended Plainview School from third through eighth grades. He graduated with honors from Sturgis Brown High School in He continued this job until the summer of On June 14, , Lyle married his high school sweetheart, Juanita Simons.
The couple resided in Rapid City until the summer of when the opportunity arose to move to his maternal grandfather's ranch. He took great pride in working the ranch that was his grandfather's homestead. Lyle was a member of the Howes Grazing Association. He served many terms on the board of directors. Several terms he served as president of the board. If you asked him what his greatest accomplishment was, he would tell you his family. The couple was blessed with four children; Kendra, Shane, Chet, and Kelsey.
He enjoyed watching his children grow into adulthood, spending many hours teaching them the value of a hard day's work, and developing "Bleacher Butt" at their sporting events! Most of the family vacations were going to different sporting events. If he was unable to attend, he would send them off with a smile and words of encouragement. He would watch the videos of their competitions over and over.
As the kids grew up and married, grandkids came into his life. He loved spending time with them. In short order, sporting events again became a regular occurrence. He decided that bleachers hadn't gotten any softer. Lyle fought courageously against pancreatic cancer. He won several major battles but was unable to win the war. Lyle, 62, passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 13, , at his ranch near Union Center.
Lyle will be missed greatly by his family and friends. Anyone that knew him, knew he enjoyed having a good time. His smile matched his size, and his laugh could fill the entire room. God blessed us immensely with Lyle's love. He was preceded in death by his brother, Lloyd; parents, Ernest and Viola; brother-in-law, Gary Cox; nephew, Troy Cox; nephew-in-law, Scott Sandquist; sister-in-law, Karen Delbridge; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
As a little boy with boundless energy and enthusiasm, he excelled at baseball and spent every summer of his youth playing in the Pony League and Little League games. He participated in Track at North Junior High and won many medals. As a teenager, he enjoyed the car races and worked with the Pit Crew for his cousin, Bob Baumberger at the Black Hills Speedway until he enlisted into the U. He returned to Rapid City and married his high school sweetheart, Teri Allard.
They built a home together and enjoyed raising their two sons, Tommy and Nick. Dave and Teri remained close friends and devoted parents even after their divorce and were especially active in the lives of their two little grandsons, Vander and Gage, who gave them so much joy. Dave loved being a grandpa spending time with them.
He loved riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and always looked forward to attending the Sturgis Rally. Dave was a proud and protective big brother to Darla Kaye and Mike and was blessed to spend the last month of his life in the loving care of his devoted mom and sister along with his family in Watertown, SD.
We will fondly reminisce about his antics and celebrate the life of an incredible man. Above all else, we will remember his unique sense of humor. If Dave loved you, he teased you and we loved him in return for always making us laugh. He will be missed by all of us who knew him, including his sweet, Aunt Shirley, whom he shared a special bond with. Graveside services will be He participated in the Cuban Crisis securing planes safely in Greenland.
Before returning to the states, he was Chief of the Command Post at Mildenhall where they tracked all US flights that took off from every command in Europe.
Colonel John Morgan Reed passed away on January 28, , at the age of A memorial service will be held at Black Hills National Cemetery at 11 a. Donald attended White Eagle School and Douglas school system.
Donald is survived by his father, Donald L. Simmons; a brother; sisters; and nieces, nephews, and other relatives. Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Alta R. Celebration of life will be on Saturday, April 7, , from 2: Bill lived an interesting and varied life. He was born in a small town in rural South Dakota, attended a country school along with his five brothers and two sisters, and later moved to the Yankton area.
When his parents died, he moved to the Mitchell area to live with family members. As soon as possible, he joined the Marine Corp and served two tours of duty.
Much of his 2nd tour was in the Middle East doing intelligence work. His passion was for the intelligence field and he held many positions related to that field. He attended law school, studied criminology, police science and forensic science among others. Bill enjoyed learning and new hobbies until the end. He was interested in drafting and architecture, fencing, art, and held a black belt in Kung Fu.
He also studied for his pilot's license. He was a big fan of anything historical. Bill always enjoyed telling stories of his past experiences. He even wrote family history books and his autobiography. Bill was truly one of a kind. Landon, 78, Rapid City, died Saturday, March 10, , at his residence. Graveside services, with military honors, will be held at 2: She enjoyed reading, crocheting, sewing, gardening, and camping with her family. She is survived by her husband, J.
She is also survived by her brother, Bobby Jones Aggie ; and her numerous nieces and nephews. A Memorial service will also be held in Laramie at St.
Darlene Sheely attended grade school and high school in Sturgis, graduating in Then went on to secretarial school at South Dakota vo-tech and graduated from there in Darlene was gifted with a beautiful voice and pursued a musical career playing Country Music in the Tri-State area. She also participated in the summer music shows at Custer, South Dakota.
Darlene and John also formed their own country music band "Nashville Gold. She also worked for Motel 6 as Desk Clerk and Manager. Russell Larson and Darlene were married on February 14, Due to a lot of medical problems, in , Darlene had to quit driving and could no longer work.
She enjoyed quilting these last few years. One of the joys in her life was her traveling companions, Teddy and Heiti, her poodles. Funeral Service will be at Interment will be in Keystone, South Dakota at Mt.
Douglas was born in Nashport, Ohio, on November 26, She attended and graduated from Nashport High School where she had the honor of being the class Valedictorian. Evelyn continued on to the main campus of Ohio University in Athens, OH, where she completed her degree, majoring in Home Economics with a minor in English.
After teaching one year of Home Economics, Evelyn returned to Nashport, where she taught school. Her students remembered her fondly and to her dying day sent her letters. Evelyn was married to Winston Douglas aka Doug while he was in the army. Lunch - Babyled puree I was sent to try Dinner - steak and chips Sunday Lunch - scrambled eggs on toast for him, poached egg and smoked salmon for me For baby S -breakfast: You're a Treasure Pirate Card for Kids.
That whole week passed in a blur and it was only some time later I realised I had missed the birthday and not sent the card. I'm sharing this with: Outlawz Challenge Songs and Rhymes - Row, row, row your boat. Cardz 4 Guyz - All at sea. Our first week of weaning has gone really well so far, though it has been quite messy!
At the time of writing baby S has enjoyed carrot, sweet potato, butternut squash, broccoli and avocado. She's moving on to banana tomorrow which neither my husband nor I like, but apparently most babies love it! My husband took a few days off last week which was a bit last minute so I ended up changing the menu slightly, so some of the things I meant to make last week but didn't will be repeated this week. This week's meal plan is partly using up stuff in the freezer so I can make room for purees and partly inspired by Annabel Karmel!
Going to repeat the same thing today and try some other purees this week. Last week was pretty rubbish as my husband has been not feeling well for several days so I didn't make most of the meals I'd planned, or either of the desserts as we didn't go to the party. It's meant I have lots of random ingredients in the fridge to freeze or use up! This weekend should be quite exciting though as my little girl turns six months and we are going to begin weaning.
I've decided to do a mixture of puree and baby led weaning where you give them pieces of food to pick up and eat as they wish but starting with purees. I am intrigued by your mention of underground air raid shelters that must have been underneath Selborne Park.
There is adjacent to this, a huge underground car park and it would be possible that this is where the bomb shelter was situated. I hope that Walthamstow Memories readers will be able to clarify this. I am also fascinated by mention of a man with a pet cemetery who sold cats. Any further information that your family members can provide would be very welcome.
Hello Keith, In my local historian hat, I would like to address two of the points that you made in your post on this site dated 8th October. The first concerns Clevelands.
Peculiarly, there were indeed two separate grand houses called Clevelands in Walthamstow. One was at , Hoe Street and later was called Clarks College. Architecture of the building is clearly 17th century and in keeping with the popular style of country houses in those days. On the ground floor is a large marble-paved hall, with a wide curved staircase, six feet wide, leading to the first floor, which consists of three medium sized rooms, formerly used as bedrooms, with another three rooms on the second floor.
The southern wing consists of what was formerly a large kitchen and extensive cellars, where the rich City businessman stored his wine at 6d. The garden covered several acres of land at one time, stretching as far as Pembroke Road, where it bordered the famous Grosvenor estate, but during the past two centuries most of this land has been utilized for building. The house was obviously unsuitable for a family until improvements and additions were made by a well-known Justice of the Peace, Mr.
Eliot Howard, son of a famous meteorologist and managing director of a big local company. In more recent times, Cleveland House has witnessed the comings and goings of each succeeding generation seeking appointments either in the Commercial World or the Civil Service und the able guidance of the College Authorities.
Then came World War ll and under the Headship of Mr. But even then it once more played its part in history for the Ministry of Labour carried on its work within its walls from and during the war period. Fortunate to escape from enemy action despite its prominent position and size, Cleveland House once more became the seat of modern training when the College returned in to settle down to the tasks of peace.
Of late it has assumed a brighter aspect, having been completely redecorated inside and out, and is undoubtedly well-known to all who dwell or work in the area. However, after 54 years the Walthamstow finally closed in Cleveland House was taken over by the local authority and used for some time as a Health Centre.
In more recent years it was converted in to flats and returned to residential use. A group of houses on the north side belonged in to the merchant, William Coward. They stood on the site of Butler's Place, a large house which existed in Clevelands may have been the house which Sir John Soane altered and enlarged for James Neave in —3. It had a panelled interior and well staircase of c.
This is the house from which Cleveland Road was named and for which the new town centre development at the top of the High Street is to be named. My second point is about your reference to Elm House in the High Street. This did become the Walthamstow Conservative Party headquarters until they sold it for development and moved to their property at 76, Church Lane.
My memory is of a very large shabby room with a bar and a full size snooker table. I would guess that it was demolished circa I recall that it was situated in Linden Road.
Sadly a road which I think no longer exists. She also had a stall in the High street, up opposite where the old Monoux School used to be.
This extract was written by a man born in in Bethnel Green. His family moved to Walthamstow in and he attended school until he was 10 years old when he went to work. At that time, although fast developing, Walthamstow was still very much an agricultural community. Although, to an extent, carrying heavy weights is a knack, many labourers of the time were very strong men. That is a free down-load at: This was the situation before the development of welfare benefits and social services.
If a family or couple were admitted to the Workhouse they were split up and became inmates in different parts of the Workhouse. Richard, I think I remember it being a car repair shop for a while with a load of tyres outside it and there was definitely a launderette in the same row along with an offy. Hello Daniel, This is a piece [ read it here ] about Bill Boaks, who was a former Walthamstow resident and an eccentric if not to say an utter nutter, that some of your readers may remember.
Hello Mrs Hudson, sorry I do not know your first name , As you may have gathered from my posts on the WM site, my attendance record at school was at best sporadic, and at worst non existent. Am I right in thinking that he went to Australia in the late 50s, and returned to enter the senior school in perhaps the 2nd year? Or have I got the wrong person, as often happens these days!! I also had Mr Mackintosh as a form teacher in my third year I think, his subject was geography, one of the few lesson I actually enjoyed.
I actually think he was the only person who remembered me from McGuffie, and that was only because he once persuaded me to stub a cigarette out on the back of my hand: It wasn't until we chatted on the Friends site many years later that he revealed the trick to it!! I have class photo somewhere taken in Greenleaf School, I am sure Malcolm is in it, as soon as I get my new scanner I will try and post it on the WM site.
I think you may be interested in the information on this link [ http: I attended this school in Sevenoaks, Kent, back in the s and we were taught about the school's early history in your Walthamstow and how the school was originally founded for the daughters of missionaries.
My son lives near Walthamstow and last weekend we went in search of the original school - we walked to Walthamstow Village and had a very enjoyable time but could find nothing about the school in the Vestry Museum. My son did a bit of research later on and found your website. I do have a History of Walthamstow Hall probably in the loft with a drawing of the original school, so I will try and look that out.
Hope this is of interest to you. I have just found this site and was a pupil at McGuffie from to I met my husband there who we believe was in your class, Malcolm Hudson. You also mention on a previous post Dave Street , who we are still in touch with. So many names I recall of the teachers, Mr Smith taught me Maths and I was terrified of him, in one lesson he kept shouting at me until in the end I told him to stop picking on me and I thought that I would surely get the cane but instead he was really nice to me and left me alone after that.
It taught me a valuable lesson: I had several cooking disasters in the building above the woodwork room and remember walking up the road in the rain to get there.
My last form teacher was Mr Mackintosh , who was a very good teacher, but we all knew to tread carefully if he was having one of his migraine attacks. Hello, What a great website, we stumbled on by mistake.
John remembers a second hand cloths shop just off the high street call Annies , but cant remember exactly where. Hello Daniel, Many years ago health services in Walthamstow were a lot more personal. These were supplemented by a number of specialist clinics situated in different parts of the Borough so that they would be readily accessible to their patients. It took six months for me to see a hospital doctor. As I have COPD A pulmonary illness that could cause problems during the anaesthetic the doctor said that he wanted a risk assessment carried out.
Another six months passed before I saw a nurse who spent five minutes filling out a risk assessment form. Several months late I had the operation. When I came too, I was put in a hospital bed in a dingy Victorian ward. Later that evening the surgeon who had performed my operation visited. Many thanks once again, Bill, for the huge contribute you give to the WM site!
Was in Walthamstow yesterday and thought I would look at Chapel End School which gave me my first year's paid employment as a teacher But I couldn't find the school so searched the internet instead only to discover that the school had been knocked down. Many happy memories but names elude me. Remember marching boys to football games somewhere nearby - but couldn't find that either Hi Bill, Thank you so taking the time to write us this fantastic list.
This will definitely help with the project a huge amount. I am sure we will be in contact again soon. Yes, I too think the butchers was Wests. I have a booklet from the Walthastow Historical society which has an old photo of the top end of Marsh Street in There was row of very fine houses. Left to right they were Longsdale House which stood where the gas showrooms were , Clevelands, Elm House which later became the Conservative Club and I am sure that was still there in the 50s, for I recall a large white house set back behind railings.
Next came Mansfield House, and then Eastfield Lodge. Sadly all of which ended up being replaced by shops or other establishments of course. So maybe my facts are wrong about there being a Clevelands in High Street as well. Your mention of careers brought back a memory of my visit to what I think was called the Youth Employment Office, it was situated in Hoe Street opposite Grove Road.
Possibly on the site of the of the old Grosvenor House. I left school this time legally, through the front gate in late July , and a week later I was seated in front of a Mr Foskett whose daughter Judith had been a pupil at Greenleaf School.
So Mr Foskett sent me to E. The owner, Mr Freddy Garner, was a real gentleman who treated his workers well, but when he retired soon after I started, his son, who took over, seemed to want to revert to the working days and ways of the Charles Dickens character 'Scrooge'. Sadly though if any 'Spirits' ever visited him, they never convinced him to change his ways. So after 13 months I moved on to slightly bigger and better times at Unichems It was though a good place to work Very topical as this waqs the bus used to transport WWI troops.
I remember in the High Street a draper's shop called Lidstones at the lower end of the street near Coppermill Lane. It was on the corner of Pretoria Avenue. On the other corner was a funny little shop called the Penny Bazaar. In Lidstones there were wires running overhead from each department to the office in the centre. When you purchased something the assistant put your money in a "cup" with the invoice, then pulled a lever which sent it to the office.
It was then returned with your change. Co-op - Hoe Street, Walthamstow. Wire system with central high-up kiosk for the cashier in ss. I wonder if anyone can help. My great grandfather William Martin lived at Collingwood road in the late 19th century. I wonder if anyone has got any pictures of Collingwood road before it was demolished.
It was a complete success and we're now in the stages of planning our next show. This is going to be set in an old fashioned department store, the kind that were around in the 70's. I am not sure if there were any in Walthamstow, but I'm sure there were in Waltham Forest.
If you have any information on these, that would be great. We know that Andrex started in Walthamstow and there's a lot of information on transport linked to the area. We're hoping that you can point us towards some amazing memories for us to base our project on, so are really excited to see what's out there. Ann's years were and respectively and my years were , and , and no: Back to school the list of teachers we can remember are: Headed by Mrs Butterworth , who cried when she caned you and Mr Tomlinson , who used to cane you in front of assemble until Alan knocked his wig of one morning.
Halfway through break time smoke could be seen coming from the boys outside toilet, where they went for their cigarettes.
Girls play ground was too small for Netball so the court was drawn in the boys play ground as boys and girls were kept apart at break times. We can also remember the 3 types chocolate biscuits sold at morning break, mainly because I was a milk monitor and it was part of my duties to sell them until I was demoted for fighting with Mr Williams, the sports master. Also remember having to walk up to the woodwork metalwork cookery and typing rooms at the top end of Greenleaf Rd.
E lessons we would either walk to Lloyds park Girls - boys would go by coach to Salisbury hall playing field on the North Circular next to the dairy and Phillips records and were left to find our own way home. Sports day was held at George White ground in Billet Rd. Just past the swimming baths is the old school which was a Careers Advice Centre in the early sixties.
Something of a pointless exercise and which I found somewhat insulting. Richard, I found this location in the census and it was a greengrocers run by a Caroline Whisker , a widow and her four sons all listed as assistant greengrocers.
Her 17 year old daughter is listed as a servant. Brilliant days thanks for reminding me. This is a brilliant website. I don't know if you accept announcements like this, but there are lots of people who knew Alan Golledge , who lived in Exmouth Road, a few doors down from our house, and latterly St. It is with great sadness that I have to say he passed away last Monday, almost a year after his wife, Beryl.
He was a truly wonderful bloke and he will be missed by family, friends and neighbours alike. He worked for many years at Notons near the Standard, and Al and Beryl had many friends there. Your web site is great for us E17ers and it is hoped this message might be seen by folk who knew this very popular friend of mine. Alan Golledge rest in peace. Because of the size of the crowd, nearly 50,, the replay was switched to Highbury home of the Arsenal.
Unfortunately Avenue lost 5 — 2. I was at McGuffie at the time and the replay took place on a Wednesday and because of the interest some of us were allowed the day off! I can remember walking on my own to Chapel End School at about age 6yrs and having to stay behind after school, under the large clock in the assembly area because I did not know all my times tables.
I moved on to 13 more schools after this. I later ended up working in the National Provincial Bank, Northampton, before marrying and moving with my young son and Chartered Accountant husband to St Ives, Cornwall, in We are now living in retirement nearby.
I was so interested to see photo of the old school and recognised it. Thank you for the posting. My son achieved a science scholarship from prep school Penzance to Kings College, Taunton, then a scholarship to Cambridge finally achieving a double first. He now is electronics troubleshooter in San Diego, California. So much for his mother not knowing her tables! Hi Daniel, Having lived in St Barnabas Road as a lad from I can't recall any ancient shop being on the corner of Chemsford Road and Boundary the next turning to mine.
I recall it being quite a small shop, very dingy with the air regularly infused with the smell of Ada's dinner cooking! On the right hand corner was Randall's the green grocers. Bare floorboards with potatoes, carrots, onions, etc all covered in thick mud, cabbages full of insects and an enormous pair of brass scales to weigh everything in. Randall's became Snell's the motorcycle shop in the late 's whose expertise was Villier bikes, although he carried plenty of other spares, including racks, spotlights and windscreens, for my Lambretta during my Quadrophenia days.
Foster's shop closed in the late 50's and was for a while in a used car lot with an array of old bangers adorning the forecourt. That side of Chelmsford Road was demolished in the late 70's and a few new houses built where the shop once stood. Snell's old shop on the other corner still remains, but of course Snelly has long gone. I'm pretty sure that all the property in that area was built on virgin land at the turn of the century, although Foster's old shop did possibly appear to be a little earlier, so possibly could be the ancient shop.
Hello Daniel, here is something [ read it here ] a little different that was the result of serendipity a fortunate happenstance I was having a rest from research and reading a Walthamstow history book when I came across a paragraph that explained something about a local but now forgotten name for a corner of Walthamstow. Of itself, this was unremarkable but it contained one line that made all the difference.
This one line allowed me to make a link with another bit of Walthamstow history that I want to share with Walthamstow Memories readers. Hello Wathamstow Memories problem solvers, The following message was posted recently by Richard Holmes. My particular reason for commenting on this post, is that this is a graphic illustration of what has been happening for some time to little parades of shops and pubs in Walthamstow and other parts of London You will note that only one, of this small parade of four shops,is being used as a retail shop.
Due to a combination of factors that include: I can remember him and the band going on tour with the rolling Stones and Inez and Charlie Fox in fact he got an E P signed by the Stones last I heard he was living in Germany. I think there is even a school photo from those days. A couple of years before she passed away, she went back to the area with her brother, but I could tell they were disappointed. The whole area had changed so much, and it was totally different to how they remembered it.
Good in some ways, not so good in other ways I guess. I really enjoy reading about the East End as it used to be, even though there was a lot of poverty back then. My mother had rickets as a child, and had to have her legs broken and re-set, and she was always at the dentist because her teeth crumbled away gradually.
Due to poor living standards of the time, and a lack of vitamin C. A social worker once approached my grandmother who was a single parent, and said that mum could be taken into care, as she looked so underweight and poor. Although my grandmother was difficult to get along with over the years, I do admire her for her decision back then. All their meagre belongings in a cart during the night, then they were gone!
I have just found that I have a genealogical connection with the famous Manze family - my third cousin Doris Putner married Albert Edward Manze, one of Luigi's sons; and her elder sister Henrietta Putner married Joseph P Manze I'm not yet sure where he fits with the others. Our family basically hails from Herefordshire and it was through one young lady going into service in London that marriages were made into the Putner and Manze families.
I discovered Bill Bayliss's most interesting article about L Manze of Walthamstow High Street which has provided fantastic background information. I feel very pleased to be linked however distantly to the Manzes and just wanted to say thank you for putting this research on line. Hello Simon, As you will see I recently published part I of my article on the history of Whipps Cross Hospital that is the 3rd of my series about Walthamstow Hospitals.
Although I have included some information on the hospital use in WWI, unfortunately this is limited and I am sure that Walthamstow Memories site will be delighted to publish any article that you write on the subject.
It may be that Walthamstow Memory readers can identify the location and I give the YouTube reference in the hope that this will happen. To me it looks like a local football ground and in the background are arches in a railway viaduct and an industrial chimney.
Hello Aileen, My name is Hilary and Marlene Kettle lived two shops along from my home in Tower Mews, where the entrances were for the flats above the shops.
I am still in touch with Marlene who celebrated her 72 birthday very recently. I have passed on this information from your Walthamstow Memories. Her daughter she has two girls has just had an op so she is unlikely to do anything just yet. I will leave it to Marlene to tell you her news. The information came through John Andrews, who found your correspondence and thought a friend of his, Carol Frances as was had a friend called Marlene Kettle and she in turn is a friend of mine and the rest as they say, is history.
Great web site I have been on this for 2 hours! It seems lots of people remember the live eel stalls with fascinated horror. I remember it well although we were a Tottenham family Mum used to take me to the market regularly. The other thing worth mentioning. When I married in my wife and I lived for a while in a flat in Somers Road, behind the market.
One day I went into a bookmakers almost under the bridge in St James Street and who should be standing there behind the counter but Bud Flanagan. He seemed quite at home behind the counter and appeared to be enjoying his other career.
He must have made a lot of money that day. Alan Miles pointed me in the direction of your Cooks Ferry Inn article a venue which I have fond memories of. The first time we headlined as the only group which was great for any group at the time. A great gig with a fantastic atmosphere. I too remember the scrabble for the silk from the parachute mines. The women used them to make undies and wedding dresses. Clothing was particularly hard to obtain especially if you were a young woman.
The landmine parachute or any parachute for that matter was greatly sought after as they were made of pure silk, even the guide ropes were platted silk twine, very soft. Ladies being ladies, if they could get their hands on a parachute it very quickly got turned into a variety of ladies' under garments, silk slips, silk knickers were the most popular.
As for the parachute chord, this was unpicked and the individual strands of twine rolled into balls. Then the girls would re-knit the twine into dish cloths, nothing was wasted.
Its very hard to imagine today, people having to perform such tasks. Hi Bill, I am like a dog with a bone re this enquiry as I believe what I saw was factual and not just in my head at the time. Tried as I might to no avail I may add to get some positive information regarding this I then remembered you, my last hope, other than the Vestry House Museum.
Hope you will be able to help so as I can put this to bed as it were. I know German Bombers did cross over Lloyds Park on occasion as my Mum told me one such night a landmine was dropped via parachute and the next morning women raced cross the fields of the park to grab what was left of the parachute silk.
On the corner between Boundary Road and Chelmsford Road there are the remains of an ancient shop. Do you know what this shop was and are there any pictures of it when it was open and thriving? Thank you very much in advance and kind regards,. I was at McGuffie from to I also remember Miss Thrippleton or 'Thripp' as she was nick-named.
I only knew her after she retired from school teaching, but she did teach swimming at the Walthamstow Baths and was also involved with the town twinning idea, indeed she was quite fanatical about the subject. The other teachers I remember are: Miss Berkery , Mr Tomlinson Head. Mrs Farrow deputy head. Mr Finch , history. I also remember Miss Ettie Lovell who did a lot of piano accompanying for the school choir, she was very good.
At least when we left school in those days mostly at around the age of 15 or 16 we could read and write!! Anyone know the whereabouts of Margaret Burnand who was at McGuffie more or less the same time as me??
Dear Daniel, I hope you are well. John Knowles suggested that I email you. I understand that you are involved with the Walthamstow Memories project. We are looking for people who might have a memory of the following event in I wondered if you had any suggestions about how we might proceed, or if any contributors to your website might have this kind of memory? Do please feel free to call anytime on the numbers below, or to reply by email. Had a mate called Johnny Cox and went out with his sister Jenny for a while.
There are a few other songs that mention Walthamstow. Of these, perhaps the best is the Baron Knights: It starts with the immortal words: However, as an aside, I wonder just how long the main corridor in Whipps Cross was?
Thanks again for a truly wonderful article. It was by an Australian named singer or band named Lucky Star.
You have to listen very carefully, but somewhere in the second list of places the good old 'Stow' gets a name call. It is on Youtube, look for it here: A Cup and which we drew against the great Man U. I am writing regarding a heritage project I am running for Eastside Community Heritage, based in Ilford. As you may well be aware, the hospital was implemented as a war hospital for the wounded, and there a few interesting stories, one recurrent one including the visit of His Majesty in We are collecting photographs, memorabilia and hopefully interviewing any descendants of the hospitals staff or patients from this time.
We will be holding reminiscence sessions at some stage, we hope, with both Waltham Forest Libraries, and within the hospital itself. I was wondering, first of all if the Walthamstow Memories website may have any stories relating to the hospital from near this period?
The hospital in the s and early 20th century are also relevant to our research. Secondly, I wonder if the Walthamstow Memories has any mailing lists, where I might put a call out for anyone with some social history of the place? Thirdly, if I were to write a short article on our findings so far, would the website be able to publish it?
Hello Daniel, Here is a photo of the top of the High Street , possibly early to mid 60s:. I am sure many people will recall either passing or indeed buying from these stalls, and the array of shops that surround them. Also Sansoms not sure of this name though Menswear. If anyone can name other places, or correct any mistakes I have made, I would be much obliged. So, this is the story of the Whipps Cross hospital [ read it here ] and is part of my mini series on Walthamstow hospitals.
Unlike most of the stuff that I write, this subject had a large accessible factual base and, as a result, space does not allow me to give individual voices. For over half a century, like very many other Waltham Forest residents, Whipps Cross Hospital has been an integral part of my family history and I have a large store of personal anecdotes about the place.
My wife was there giving birth to my second son. When I first knew the hospital it seemed to be staffed by predominantly Irish nurses and over the years I have seen the staff become of an increasing multi-racial heritage. It was also physically a much different place being much more open and less developed.
Since then, the hospital has grown continually and the site is a sprawling mass of buildings and car parks. There have been many times when, waiting to be seen by medical staff, I have cursed because of the delays caused by very long waiting times or had appointments mucked up by poor administration.
There have been times when I have been nearly overcome with relief and gratitude because skilled and caring medical staff have successfully treated the problem. Like a huge number of local people, in recent years, I have played a small part in the campaign to save the hospital being downgraded and having much of its facilities and status transferred elsewhere.
Very recently, I have been hurt and disgusted by the appalling treatment of a handful of staff to some elderly and vulnerable people and angered by the poor performance of the hospital in some important aspects of medical treatment.
They were an English pop rock, skit and poetry group, that was formed as a merger of The Scaffold, the Bonzo Dog Band, and the Liverpool Scene for two concerts in at the suggestion of John Gorman.
The band name was an acronym formed by the initial letters of each member's surname:. G orman, John The Scaffold — vocals Remember the hit songs: They fink they're better then you and me We're the Womble bashers from Walthamstow We make Womble trouble wherever we go From Wimbledon to Luton, Beds We play soccer wif Wombles 'eads Whoever 'eard of cuddly toys Makin' such a boddly noise Their mimin' ability's minimal If you ask me the whole fing's criminal So if you've got a Womble in your home You'd better watch out when your alone 'cause one dark night we'll make a call Bash the Womble, you and all!
I was just looking on Google maps at the house in which I born and raised, it was in Campbell Road. I followed the road down to where it meets Somers Road, and came across this picture..
The entrance between the two houses used to lead to a factory, or factories. From speaking with my family I learnt that during - and possibly before WW2 - there was a timber yard based there. It was destroyed by incendiary bombs, dropped perhaps by planes that had been following the railway lines that ran into Hoe Street Station. It was not probably the intended target, just an accidental hit.
My recollection of who used the premises in the 50s and perhaps up until the 80s, was a company called Parkers. I believe they made metal cabinets or containers, certainly I think some form of metal workings took place there.
Do you have any information on a company of that name? I also recall being told that the house on the left of the picture was once a shop, possibly a small general store of sorts, and it served people out of the front window. Although it was never that during the years I lived in Walthamstow, but I wonder if anyone knows more about any of this.
I worked at Davis's clothes shop about , but it was in the High st next to Percival's pram and toy shop. There was a cafe in Eldon rd just off Erskine rd where most of us got our 3p jug of tea. Dont know if any help! The name Phillips had already sort of drifted into my aging memory cell yes, singular!
Anyway, it does give me the chance to bore everyone with the tale as to why it was of importance to me in the first place At that time, although the school did not have a compulsory uniform, it was rumoured that if they did have, the colour would have been green. So my lovely Mum took me off to a shop called Northamptons , that was in Forest Road, and was situated on the corner of either Mersey or Diana Road. They sold sensible but not particularly fashionable clothes, shoes, and general haberdashery.
Most importantly though, they took Provident Cheques!! I am fairly sure we left the shop with various items of school wear, but in truth the only two items I can honestly recall were two pairs of very baggy and extremely heavy duty bottle green corduroy trousers, with 2 inch turn ups.
When I say heavy duty I mean heavy duty If they were lined I'm sure it was with titanium!!. Being a football fanatic albeit, a very poor player, but at least a fanatically poor one I did my level best to wear a hole in those breeches.
I would dive to the playground floor for no good reason at all in fact I may have invented what they now call 'simulation' in the pro game just to try and ruin those damn trousers. For two years it went on, eventually after excessive trouser abuse and the use of an acid bath and a flame thrower I wore both pairs out. Now at that time the mens clothing shop that we will call Phillips , were displaying in their window a wonderful pair of beige slim fit cavalry twill trousers: I begged, I crawled, I said I would actually go to school on a more regular basis Bless her heart she finally relented and bought them for me.
Oh, wasn't I the bees knees, as I went off to school the next day, smart wasn't the word for it. Dinner time came and out we went for the obligatory game of football I think you know where I'm going with this I'm sure you guess the end of this sad story Although this advert dates from , it does give some idea of those wonderful trousers although these are much smarter than mine were , and it still sends shudders through me just thinking about them!!
As a true born MANC. It never ceases to amaze me how despite getting such a wacking during the BLITZ that all the time they speak of such happy memories in e My nan worked at Manzes Walthamstow in the 50's her name was Rose Looker does anyone remember her?
In trying to develop and record my own Personal History I was looking on the internet for an image of Winns Avenue Primary School when I came across this site. I thought the two attached photos might be of interest to you.
The first one I am not too certain about but I think it was Mrs. I can still remember the names of many of the class — but not all! As my fifth birthday approached I was very excited to prepare myself for school. Sadly, as we drew near to the school gate and I beheld the tall dark railings in the wall surrounding the perimeter, my courage failed me.
She could not afford for me to become too emotional about this event because, for financial reasons, she really could not afford to be too late into work. The choice is simple. When I was taken to my first teacher, Mrs. My family faced difficult times a few years later but the school were very kind and compassionate towards us.
I was in my third year at Winns Avenue Junior School when my father had his first major heart operation. I believe it was the first open-heart surgery performed in this country. John Payne, my teacher that year, was very kind to me and my family at this difficult time. In fact, on the day of the operation he took Joan and me to his home after school where we had a meal and waited for Mum to come and collect us when she returned from the hospital.
It would seem from my behaviour towards the end of my education at Winns that I had not taken in as much as I should. However, upon reflection, I think things turned out alright in the end! I wore my badge with great pride but they do say that pride comes before a fall! I used to enjoy my short journey to school from where I lived at 74, Bemsted Road, and would regularly walk along kicking my hard rubber ball against the walls in front of the houses.
When I arrived in school the ball would be stowed away in my coat, hanging on my peg, until I made the return journey in the evening.
I never played with this particular ball on the school premises because being so hard and heavy, it was banned in case it caused damage or injury. However, not far into the Autumn Term, in September, we had finished our lunch and naturally we wanted to channel our energy into a game.
I believe it was a little too warm for football so the lads decided that it would be more appropriate to have a game of cricket. Sadly no one had brought a suitable ball to play with. I was asked to get my ball from the cloak-room but I declined saying that it was not allowed.
Such a brave decision!
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