I was three or four when Grams and Pop Pop moved from Monaca to 168 Lincoln Avenue in Bellevue, a borough in Allegheny County near Pittsburgh. There are not too many memories from that time frame. Following my fifth birthday in 1952, when we moved back to our Washington Drive house near Perrysville from Camp Carson, Colorado and Dad was serving in Korea, my memories do creep back.
Spending time with my paternal grandparents was always a joy. Whether it was simply an afternoon and evening for dinner or a weekend overnight, the time was always a welcoming, fun filled experience.
Grams and Pop Pop's area in the apartment was huge. I never realized that the house was an apartment. Perhaps that is just the memory of a young elementary school kid. I would love to wander through the space today.
Walking through the front door was a vestibule. I remember there was a somewhat large oval framed picture on the wall. Pop Pop once told me that the man in the picture was Grandpa Snazzy. I now wonder if that strange looking man was actually a relation. That picture seemed to loom over the vestibule watching the comings and goings of the family, hence, I always referred to 168 Lincoln Avenue as "the Grandpa Snazzy" house.
|The Hughes brothers as coal dealers in West Hartlepool, England.|
I believe this photo was taken after John George Hughes had
immigrated to the states. The two unidentified me are probably
Samuel Hughes and Thomas or William Hughes
|Talk about craftsmanship. |
Just look at that wood!
|J. Chein Tin Litho Wind-up Roller Coaster|
The streetcar line ran directly in front of their house taking passengers into Bellevue, Avalon, Ben Avon and probably further down the Ohio River and through the North Side and into the City of Pittsburgh. Very convenient for Grams who never drove a car and Pop Pop who could take public transportation to work. Grams and I took the streetcar into Bellevue to grocery shop and occasionally into Pittsburgh.
Grams and Pop Pop moved from the Grandpa Snazzy apartment circa 1956-1957. They stayed in the borough of Bellevue and I continued to visit. Treasured times spent with them, and in particular Grams, nurtured a close relationship which carried on until their deaths.
BTW. I do not remember that Grandpa Snazzy moved to the new apartment with Grams and Pop Pop.
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