Wednesday, May 16, 2007

chessnut tree

  I lived on sixth ave. the tree was in our yard  had many fond memories in the fall when all the school kids would come and throw rocks etc  just missing our windows  my mother watched that tree flower in spring for over 30 yrs  then the neighbour next door filed a petion to cut down the 2 big beautiful trees ...... and that was it ,they were gone , such a wonderful site to see every spring . i guess it was easy in those days and people didnt care to much for the evoriment etc....
anyways they were beautiful and i wont forget my brother and his friends climbing the big old tree and shaking it , all the chessnuts would come falling likes candies from a pinata .........memories..

19 comments:

the lad MSN said...

Aprilgal   Remember that like yesterday...guy on bottom flat would come and scream at us..someone always had a smart answer for him...we tossed whatever we could at the thing.Big reward was to peel it open and get the prize inside..Never broke the windows.Since our moms went way back I heard about it..Best thing was I ended up working with the guy in bottom flat who yelled at us...never had the heart to tell him we used to torment them..Looking back now guess I would not have liked either. But back then....lotsa fun..   Lad

dannyb--1 MSN said...

Hi aprilgal, I remember that chestnut tree very well. My friends and I would put a hole in them and feed a string through leaving a chestnut on either end of the string and then would throw them around for target practise. They really hurt if you got hit with one. Was it you that played with Debbie Maisonette all the time as a kid. Her family lived in the middle flat closest to the lane. She was hurt really bad by a bus as she was crossing Verdun avenue. Danny

les__f MSN said...

How about splitting the shells in half,.and then trying to do the old gag of skaing hands with someone to stick the needles in their hand..........hahahaha nice kids eh !! hahahahaha   Maisonette,........I do Remember that family and if you look in this picture you can almost see the door to their 2nd floor flat,.imeediately beside te apartment bldg on te corner,.you can see the white door on the second floor,.there are two doors on that balcony,.and I think the second one was their's ,......I lived at the far door ,2nd floor ,up the adjacent staircase,.the last door of the three,.there was two flats on the second floor,& two flats upstairs,in the middle door.   .The old Guardian was nextdoor,.........then Mackasey's moved in there for a while,..........I moved from here to Wellington Street (you've been in the house on Wellington DannyB,.but were you ever in my house here on Verdun,.we would have been in very early grade school) Yikes,....................how many years ago was that.................hahahahaha Remember Paul Figueroa ,.he went to school with us,.as did Kevin Neeson,... Barney Meaney,....the Foisy's too,......DannyB your memory is better it seems than mine ,.but Remember other names ,.Turner,.Woods,....Bak,.Long,...Martineau,........Marceau,....Murphy,.Gallagher,..... Clahane.........Victor Moore who sucker punched me in the Stomach,.so I kicked him in the face when he was bent down tying his shoe,........hahahahahah I never had another problem with either,.we all got along after that,......... of course there's many more names,...Ken Mc,.Art (of course)..etc etc . Now wasn't there a Johnny Maisonette??     good Memory Prompt DannyB ,.Thanks ........                                               .have fun & Remember Verdun           

the lad MSN said...

Les   That picture you posted of Rielle and Verdunl. I lived in that bldg. for a year.Top floor are apts. Now this was back in 75-76.Some of those names also ring. Any ideas of what happened to Victor?   Lad

les__f MSN said...

Yoou know   (the lad:)  I really don't Remember what ever happened to Victor,..I don't remember if he even went on to high school with us,.or not,.. Mind you 'attendance ' was not my forte (sp?) Getting kicked out I was really good at ...........hahahahaha  

the lad MSN said...

Les   I hear that..tell me did you know a Cliff S. lived around the Gordon area.   Lad

les__f MSN said...

the Lad:  I am not sure if I Remember Cliff ,..although as kids around that area ,.we probably did know each other,.....I had friends that lived on Gordon (btwn Verdun towards  Wellington,.and Lasalle Blvd too,..as well as other friends that lived of course on Rielle from Bannantyne on down to the River ,...and many other streets as well,........There always seemed to be a lot of kids around,...............I think a good 'sit down beer session' is in order to kickstart our collective memory banks,.........I already have a plan to one day get back to Montreal & see DannyB (he's our tour guide,and navigator...hahaha) ,....So hopefully within a couple of years I can get back for a Total Recall type of visit,..and a million laughs,.at some of what we considered 'normal antics' of our tenure in Verdun................hahahahah ..............................DannyB  's ready ,..he's just waiting, (practicing)hahaha    Cheers !!!                          .Have Fun & Remember Verdun...                                    so if your still in the area ,.we'll have a 'sit down beer' hahahahahah

the lad MSN said...

Les   Sounds like a plan...a real good plan...to be polite I might have to have one or two pops..as they say....     Lad

aprilgal MSN said...

hi this is april,  yup i lived at 628 sixth avenue all my childhood life and debbie was a good friend i remember when she was going on a message crossing the street to steinbergs and got hit,  boy she was hurt real bad and suffered brain damage it was so sad she was in the hospital a long time .                                         April.

edbro68 MSN said...

Did you know Shirley Peddle across the street from you in the 50's/60's?   Ed

dannyb--1 MSN said...

Hi aprilgal, I thought it was you. My father was very good friends with all the Maisonetts family. I hung around with Bobby at that time. I believe Debbie lives with her mother in Chataguay. Do you remember the big boxer dog they had. I cannot remember his name but he used to roam all over Verdun back then. Danny

dannyb--1 MSN said...

Hi Les, I'm not sure where Victor (Slim) Moore is living these days but was living in Lachine the last I heard. I believe that Eddy Flynn might still be intouch with him. The last time I seen Eddy was at Girard Hughs funeral a few years back. Seen many of the old gang from the poolhall and Pop's at the Parlor's. Victor and I drove Mrs. Barabi crazy when we were in grade one. Danny 

dannyb--1 MSN said...

Les, I was never in that house but do remember you living there. If you remember when this site first started my first post was to you and I was trying to find out if you were who you are ( if that makes sense). So My first post asked if you lived on Wellington above Encore Mart and lived on Verdun ave around Reille in the early 60's. A few more names for you are Amyott, Tomnie, MacDonald, Keenahan, McDermit, Murray, Cortellino, Coveyduct to name a few.

dannyb--1 MSN said...

Les, Do you remember a few doors down from Paul F. was Mike Remiard (not the right spelling) and the Sawyer brothers Tommy and Peter lived across the lane from Paul. I used to go to Mike's house for lunch some time's and have Chicken noodle soup and the coldest glasses of milk I ever had. Their fridge was much newer than ours. Mike even had his own room something I did not even know was possible. Danny

les__f MSN said...

Hi DannyB ,.........I think it's Mike Remilard ???  ,.and if so I'm waiting for a return call from one of mt sisters in Vancouver (Chilliwack actually),....to find out if Mike is hooked up with a gal that we know,....in Toronto,.I'll let you know later if she calls me back tonight,......................blah blah blah Hey ,your still our Pilot right,..............hahahahaha  We've been soliciting some so-pikots for our Montreal Memorabila / nosatlgia Tour.........(just don't know when yet................hahahahha)   Stayu in shape ,.and Bettylooca too said she wanted to go,..........We may need a Bus,...........hahahahaha                                                                                                  HF&RF

fresco750 MSN said...

Les,
I thought I knew every tick as a kid but I never split the chestnut shell in half and then shook someone's hand. I love it. It sure brings home the 'point' of a welcome handshake. I'll have to get in a time machine, go back 50 years and try this out. I can remember the challenge of climbing fences, getting to the chestnut tree, get the chestnuts and then get out of the yard. Many a time a door would fly open and we would have to run for our lives. I wonder if kids still play chestnut today?

aprilgal MSN said...

hi ya i remember the big boxer yup he was all over the place lots of roaming dogs back then   lol.     didnt debbies grandmother live accross the street? did u know eric abbott or donny willit  or glenn maclean  all lived on sixth      april

the lad MSN said...

Aprilgal   Remember the big German Shepherd who lived across from you over the dep. Gallery backed on to lane between 5th and 6th...upstairs...   Lad

Eric Abbott said...

April

Eric Abbott from 6th Avenue, I was friends with Glenn Maclean back in the sixties and you are?