I delivered newspapers (The OD !!) on Sunset Ave when I was 12 years old. Between Sherman and Newell. That was a nice neighborhood (compared to mine at the time). I also delivered to Faxton Hospital and the Old Aged Home across the street, which at the time was a large wooden firetrap with the tallest run of front door stairs I'd ever seen. No old person was ever going to get out the front door, that's for sure. On the corner of Sunset and Sherman, was a nice house that belonged to a retired State Senator, I believe, but I don't remember his name. He wasn't my customer. Kids I remember in the neighborhood were Jim Vitale on Sunset, Dick Engle on Sherman, the Nichols triplets on Bennet and Pete McNamara on a side street whose name I can't remember. Rev Gasek, the pastor of Grace Church, lived on the corner of Sunset and Newell. He was a paper customer and his wife was the nicest of ladies. The Blazes lived further over Newell past my cousins, the Gaffneys.
Last Edit: Mar 3, 2008 17:24:26 GMT -5 by dgriffin
Dave - my youngest daughter (now 38 years old) delivered the evening OD paper also where the Firehouse is, the side street next to Murnane Field, and another side street above where the Firehouse is located (forgot the name of the street).
She was 12 years old at the time and thought she was rich with the few dollars she made. All her customers use to tip her and all the them paid her on time.
You are right - it was a great neighborhood "back in the old days".
Wow Dave, that old building was the Old Faxton Nursing Home. I worked there for years. Worked Faxton Hospital 3 to 11 and then use to walk across the street to double shift 11 to 7 at the nursing home. We use to call it the "old dungeon." How right you were when you called it a fire trap and I was so happy when they tore it down, not only because it was a fire trap but because it was so dark and gloomy in there that the poor old folks living there couldn't wait to die. Was a very, very depressing place to live in and work in.
Now you really got me thinking. It was affiliated with Faxton Hospital but I think, not positive, it was titled The Genesee Nursing home. Pretty bad when I worked in a place for so long and I can't remember the right name . That IS a senior moment. Can't blame it on the being Polish or being Blonde.
My husband delivered papers on Genny and Sunset and Higby, I think, when he was a kid in the late 70'sm early 80's! I delivered papers as well...I HATED my paper route! I had a looooooong route, on a busy street with no sidewalks, had to deliver to a nursing home and they never tipped, we didn't have a car so nobody could give me a ride, even when it was 10 below 0 and there was a foot of snow on the ground...man, I hated that paper route!
I'd rather die while I'm living than live while I'm dead. Jimmy Buffett.
Thelma, That was my older brother’s paper route around 1955 or so. Got his papers at the firehouse, corner of Sunset and Shepherd Place. (Engines 4 and 9? Or were they up at the south end of Sunset where it turned back toward Genesee just before New Hartford?) His route took him up Sunset and on to Mildred and Rose Place, too.
My firsts route, from ’55 to early ’57 took me from Hager over Newell, down Bennett to Sherman, up to Sunset and back up to Gasek’s at Sunset and Newell. In the Summer of ’57 I took my cousin’s Pete Gaffney’s route for the summer. That was on Newell and Bennet, but mostly consisted of selling papers at Faxton, Children’s and the Old home. Your mention of “waiting to die,” reminded me that I’ve had a story kicking around in my head for awhile about “Albert,” a nice old gent who used to buy the paper from me at the Old home. I always wondered, by the way, was Faxton Home the original hospital? When we moved back to Cornhill in ’57, I got a Sunday morning route that was long and ugly, as I remember it. Took me all over the place from St. Jane/St. Agnes, up Clementian, on the Parkway a bit, down Mohawk, Plymouth Place, Arthur St., all over the godamn place, as I remember it, and collecting the money was more work than delivering the papers.
Dave - my daughter had her paper route in 1983-84. We were renting a flat on Hampton Place so this route was very convenient for her. Since I got home around 4:30PM from work, I always drove her on her route - I wasn't taking any chances on her walking the streets by herself; especially during the Winter months when it got dark early.
Dave, I was trying to remember how things were years ago and I have to say Faxton hospital is right where it is now and has been there from day one. They are now merged with St. Lukes Hospital and is called the Faxton Campus but remains on Sunset Ave. Children's Hospital which is attached to Faxton was used for kids with polio. It remained the Children's hospital but after the Polio epidemic it was used for long term patients, both kids and adults, and had a hugh physical therapy department there along with departments for hearing and speech therapy. Eventually down the line a big part of it it was changed to offices for the hospital's use. My Mom and Aunt both graduated from Faxton's Nursing school as RNs and I worked there myself for 10 years.
That's about all I can remember. I am pretty sure that the old Nursing Home across the street from Faxton Hospital facing Genesee St., was called the Genesse Nursing Home and eventually after that was closed down they built the new nursing home, the Faxton-Sunset Nursing home right across from the hospital facing Sunset Ave. The old original St. Lukes Hospital where I was born is now the Cag Apartments on Whitesboro Street.
Wow, you really did tact my memory. Hope I remembered all correctly. Time for a nap to rest it.
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Dave, I forgot to ask you. You mentioned something about having cousins, Gaffneys, living on Newell Street. Are any of them now lawyers or doctors? Just asking because I am friends with some of the Gaffney docs and John Gaffney, (lawyer), who retired as the Workmens Compensation's attorney. The Gaffney docs are his nephews. Any relations to you?