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(Before the MEGA Reunion)
Here are two of our HHS grads remembering the Hicksville
of their youth. Not too many of you will be able to
top their memories. Thanks to Ray Muller, Class of '55
and Pat Koziuk, Class of '56.
Ray Muller started the ball rolling with this email:
Here are some brain burners
1. Do you know where Hutners Dept store was located.
2. There were two bakeries on Broadway
3. The LIRR was not elevated
4. Broadway was only a two lane road no divider
in the middle
5. Where was the Hudson Car Dealer located
6. Where were the two previous locations of Goldman
7. Where was the Sweet shop located before it's
8. There were two three hardware stores in Hicksville,
name them .
9. Schiners Drug store, where was it located .
10. Where did Northern State Parkway end .
11. Kraft Jewelers do you remember .
12. What was located where Robert Chevrolet is now
13. Where was A & P grocery located .
14. Where was Bohack grocery store located and when
they moved what
moved into their located .
Ray Muller class of 55 HHS
Pat Koziuk quickly responded to Ray Muller's List.
I know the answers to these questions. They sure
brought back many memories. Schiners Drug store
made a great lime fizz that hit the spot on a hot
evening after the Jr. High Friday night dances.
Hutners Dept. Store was on the corner of Broadway
and Marie Street and had the most beautiful staircase
right inside the main entrance.
The A&P was a tiny store on Broadway just down
the block from Braun's Meat Market. The Bohack store
was on Marie St. and I think Grand Union took them
over. The Hudson car dealer was on the corner of
Broadway and Old Country Rd. and I think they also
carried the Nash Ramblers.
Thanks for the memories.
At this point, I got another email from Pat that
really floored me. She really has a flair for putting
her wonderful memories down on paper. She agreed
to share them with everyone. I hope you enjoy going
back in time to the old and golden years of our
After reading the 'brain burners' from Ray Muller,
I remembered what Hicksville was like BL (before
Levittown). It really was a small town with many
farms. I remember at harvest time the local farmers
would hire women to help in the fields. My grandmother
would put on her sunbonnet and pick potatoes, beans
and other veggies along with the neighbors. It seemed
more like a gossip party than work. I can't remember
any migrant workers. Us kids would 'work' on Saturdays
along with our Moms, aunts and grandmothers. We
usually picked just enough to pay for a trip to
Then Mom and Grandma would prepare food for the
winter. They would can, pickle and make jelly. We
had a room sized pantry in the basement and a root
cellar under the shed in the back yard. My Dad was
the only one brave enough to go into the root cellar,
where apples, beets, potatoes and other eatables
were stored. It's amazing how long they lasted stored
As I said before, the A&P was a tiny store,
so on Saturday morning, we would all pile into our
Hudson Hornet and drive to Hempstead for a day of
shopping. Dad loved a black and white cake that
he found in the BIG A&P in Hempstead and I think
we brought one home just about every Saturday. Dad
always treated us to lunch and one of our favorite
places was a hot dog stand in the bus stop. We knew
the waitress by her first name. Hot dogs and orange
soda, what a treat ! I also remember a small stream
in a small park that we would visit with Dad while
Since my Dad worked for Sperry for 27 years on the
night shift, we didn't see him much during the week.
He tried to spend time with us on weekends. Those
were the days of free admission to the Bronx Zoo,
the Metropolitan Museum and other attractions. Gas
was 25 cents a gallon so we were taken to NYC on
a regular basis.
Sometime we would go to places like the Statue of
Liberty and other tourist attractions. I do remember
going to Radio City Music Hall several times. One
time in particular, we went to see "Seven Brides
for Seven Brothers" and I couldn't believe
that he paid $2.75 for admission! I think the movie
house in Hicksville was 40 cents at the time.
On Friday nights, Mom, Aunt Jennie and a bunch of
us kids would go to the farmers market. It was the
forerunner of the big one on the Hicksville/Bethpage
line. The thing I still remember about those trips
was that they always bought celery and it smelled
up the car. Then we would go home and watch "I
Remember Momma" on our little black and white
There was always lots of family around and a holiday
was always a family reunion. We grew up with many
cousins, aunts and uncles. You didn't dare get into
mischief because you were sure to be seen by a relative,
no matter where you were.
Although we had Hutners and Goldman's in town, we
usually drove into Jamaica for our winter coats.
Some of the NYC dept. stores had branches there.
We did go into NYC at least a couple of times a
year to shop. My aunt Helen was a millinery buyer
at Bergdorf's on 5th Ave. She was know as Miss Aneila
and worked there for years. I think I drove everybody
"nuts" because I rode every escalator
in every dept. store in the city!
My Dad never was called to serve in W.W.II and it
wasn't until after the war that we learned why.
It seems he was considered more valuable to his
country at his bench at Sperry's than overseas with
a gun. He had something to do with the bomb site
for the atomic bombs.
Well, that's how it was when I was a Hick!
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