2006-08-18 / Columnists

Erin On The Rox

By Erin Baumann

The Baby Boomers who hosted the 60th Birthday Bash would like to thank Mary Armour, Jeanie & Mike Byrnes, Isabelle & Pete Glowacz, Laura & John Heeseman, Jane Morgan and Dee & Walter Ward for hiring photographer Kathy Sebade to capture the memories made that day that lasted through the night. The photos were the finishing touch to a great party. We would also like to thank our offspring for our generous gift. Thanks again and we hope everyone had a great time as we did, Nancy & John Benevento, Larry Fitzgerald, Ed Madson, Dan McMahon, Kathleen Monahan, Kathy & Jack Naus, Cliff Ris, and Richie Siniscalchi.

Happy Birthday Wishes go out to: Annmarie Willis ~ August 2, Maureen Dengler ~ August 3, Harry Fauser ~ August 4, Thomas McEnroe ~ August 9, Teresa Naus ~ August 12.

Congratulations to Matt Knox on his full scholarship to Brooklyn Law School where he will be attending in the Fall.

Mr. Newland's memories of the formation of the Moonshiner club continue this week. I want to thank him again for sharing this with me and with all of Roxbury. Thanks to him I now know that my grandpa was a lifeguard years ago....

"...Records show that there were overall 55 members that had belonged to the Roxbury Moonshiners. The largest amount at one time being 26 men, not including their wives or girlfriends. Several Octobers found the club at an annual picnic at either Hempstead State Park or the one in Valley Stream. Golf, football and drinking were our favorites at these outings. We then would sojourn to Joe Stehn's house in Garden City where he had a one-armed bandit from Las Vegas. In February we would go to Fernwood, Williams Lake, The Citadel, Tammamount, Mount Airy and several other places. At the gatherings we would take our children where they enjoyed winter sports.

"Our happy moments were when we had Saturday night parties on our platform or the Sunday Bob-Cat lounge with our mixologists Bob Wiener and Al Catty. Those were great times. Bud Connelly always entertained us with his Ukulele. Horseshoe contests were every Sunday afternoon and lasted until our wives called us home to put the kids to bed. Doc Diffendale was always available in keeping the platform in tiptop shape.

"Memories: Tom Murphy- climbing one of the two water towers and putting a wad of black jack chewing gum on the uppermost dome.

"Tom McLaughlin-at the time the youngest Mayor elect. His great impersonation of the leader Adolf Hitler. A leader being what's on the side of the house that passes water.

"Moonshiners winning the baseball championship in 1946 and 1949.

"The last of the original senior baseball league: Jackie Lennon, Jim dangler, Art Trefferson, Dave Newland, Bill Uncle, Bill Ryan, Dave Hock and Bobby McEnroe. They represented the Roxbury club and won the championship in 1955 for Dave Hock senior.

"Pete Mitesser's sister Dotty winning the Roxbury beauty contest held in Kaufmann's Tavern in 1942.

"The humpback whale surfacing in the middle of the bay.

"The fun and comradeship that existed when the Roxbury Fire Dept competed with each other in fire drills, hooking up hoses, climbing the greased poles and hitting a target with water and pulling those two wheeled jitneys.

"There was a little known fact that one of our members was in finances and suggested that each member donate a set amount of money into a fund that this accountant would control and invest. That idea started in 1939 up to and included to Dec 2005 a period of 66 years. You know how much that has grown to.

We do not know how to fairly split this bonanza up since there are only five active members left: John and Bill Diffendale, Dave and Rob Newland and Tommy Hedderson. On further investigation of the minutes I discovered a note asking me (Dave Newland) to put into writing some form of a plan in anticipation of the growth of this fund."

Take Care,

Erin eroxcolumn@yahoo.com

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