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Name: Jafa
Date Entered:2/3/1999
 
Beautiful pages and photos, it felt great seeing the neighborhood where I was born, raised and still living in on the world wide web.With your permission I would like to link you to our site. Jafa
 

 
Name: Jack Moran
Date Entered:2/3/1999
 
Hea Fairmount, born and raised here. I Know we all Drank or ate at Aspen Street Taven, Connies Bar or the West ,or F.J.Moore Post and so manny more. i need to say nomore you all know me (Wacky Jacky) Hope to see everyone Again.. Webmaster's Note: I sometimes wonder whether I should admit to being related to Jack. :) RJM
 

 
Name: Kelly ODonnell-Griffin
Date Entered:2/3/1999
 
I was born and raised in Fairmount at Taylor and Parrish, just across the St. from Beato,s. I remember playing softball for the babydolls-winning the championchip when on the angels in1980. When I got older I would hang at the pavilions (top and bottom) with my friends like Jack Moran, Wacky to the nab. I still come to the area to vist friends and family and in the summer I play softball for the womens' league. I love it there, and no matter where I am living, I am a Fairmount girl forever. Hi to all my friends like Andrea Sahm, Vosha Moran, Kate Ferry, Jack Moran (best bud forever), Bernie Gallahger you are too cool. see you this summer. Webmaster's Note: I went to St. Francis with Patricia O'Donnell. RJM
 

 
Name: Kim Cornish
Date Entered:2/2/1999
 
You can take the girl outta Fairmount, but you can't take Fairmount outta the girl. I was born and raised in Fairmount. I lived on Brown Street right next to Jumbo's Bar for 19 years. I went to St. Nick's and St. Franny's - graduated Hallahan in 1985, gave birth to a baby girl 1987 and moved to Bucknell St. for another 7 years. I moved out of Fairmount in July 1994. I go back often because my family is still in Fairmount. I must say that the nighborhood has changed a lot from when I was a kid. They don't have the fun we had... with the fireplugs on at 2:00am. Everyone knew everyone, you felt as thought you were safe... now when I walk them streets I feel somewhat safe, but I don't know the faces like I did back then. Nobody hangs out the bridge no more, or on cripple hill as we use to call it, there is no more Maxine's on Judson or 25th sts.
 

 
Name: Amy Miller
Date Entered:1/8/1999
 
I am so thrilled to have found this website! My husband and I moved to Philly a few years ago from Kansas City. We just bought a house on Woodstock Street. It is nice to find out some history on this neighborhood. Everybody is so friendly in this part of town, which has helped with the "culture shock." And now with this website my friends and family all over the country can see where I live. Thank you!
 

 
Name: mark kinsey
Date Entered:1/11/1999
 
born in fairmount you are forever a fairmounter!!
 

 
Name: Regina
Date Entered:1/11/1999
 
I am an resident of the fairmount section of philadelphia. I live in the brewerytown section. I have lived there all my life and my family has been here for forty years before. I am an recent house parent at Girard College and really do enjoy working at the school.
 

 
Name: Danny DiPersia
Date Entered:1/24/1999
 
I`m a mailman in the Fairmount section.
 

 
Name: Edie & Joe Kelly
Date Entered:1/30/1999
 
Joe and I are long time Fairmount residents (he longer than me, he is older). We both attended St. Franny's. I went on to Hallahan'71, he to Bishop Newman. He is from Olive street; I'm from Brown street. His Mom was the crossing guard at 24th and Fairmount. He hung at 24th and Aspen, I on Swain Street. We have four children and now live on 23rd Street. If we knew you when we were kids we'd like to hear from you, if we didn't like you then don't bother now. Long live 24&Aspen and the RRRats. Everyone knows the Kelly's. :)
The RRRats were the RailRoad Rats, known for hanging out at the railroad tracks on Pennsylvania Ave. across from 2601.

 

 
Name: Joe Vigilante
Date Entered:1/30/1999
 
well, what can i say. i am 17 and living in one of the greatest neighborhoods in Philadelphia. great family and friends everywhere you turn. i will always be apart of Fairmount.
 

 
Name: Mary Anne
Date Entered:1/30/1999
 
I am a fourth-generation Fairmounter who lives on the 700 block of 23rd street. I went to St Franny's and went to high school at Hallahan. I am a freshman at Community College. LONG LIVE FMT!!
 

 
Name: FAIRMOUNT SPORTS ASSOCIATION
Date Entered:1/31/1999
 
Webmaster's Note: The entry for the sports association was so long, I decided not to show it here (it was posted before there was a 500 character limit on the entries). However, the listing gave a great history of the FSA, that I decided to make a webpage for it. You can see it HERE.
 

 
Name: Danielle Hart
Date Entered:1/31/1999
 
Well i have lived in Fairmount for 18 years...I honestly think it sucks. There is nothing to do. Everyone talks trash on everyone, people are on drugs, and sell them on just about every corner or from there car...and if they are not doing that they sit in bars and drink all day long, so if this is what you enjoy you will love Fairmount, otherwise i'm getting out of here. Webmaster's Note: We always try to show the bad with the good. Fairmount does have a drug problem. It is a shame that with so much going for the neighborhood, it has such a bad rep. However, to say there is nothing to do but drugs or hang in bars is very wrong. With Fairmount Park, Center City, all the museums, history and culture available in the area, you'd be very hard pressed to find nothing to do. But that's just my humble opinion. RJM
 

 
Name: Jeff Bera
Date Entered:1/31/1999
 
I've lived in Fairmount my whole life and worked at Ellis Pharmacy on 25th and Brown for almost as long. When I'm not there I'm either finishing up my computer science degree at Temple or playing in ****** local bands. I got to play on the first undefeated Roman Catholic football team (since 47) in 1993. Fairmounts alright... most of the people I've grown up with around here are great people.
 

 
Name: Linda Mattingly
Date Entered:11/3/1998
 
I am visiting from Arizona with my family and intend to see as much of Philadelphia as possible. All of the points of interest pertaining to the Declaration of Independenceto the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross' House, and Old Christ Church. Philadelphia is a wonderfulcity and I will be back!
 

 
Name: chas mcgowan
Date Entered:11/9/1998
 
born and raised in fairmount. still nice to go back and see some of the people.stillman and parrish. Webmaster's Note: I went to St. Francis with Mary McGowan. I just remember she was one of the smarter, and of course, prettier girls. :-) RJM
 

 
Name: Diane C. Murphy
Date Entered:11/10/1998
 
I am currently an architectural thesis student at Temple University. My site for my thesis project is the empty lot at 22nd & Fairmount next to the Penitentiary. The proposed 'project' is a Learning Resource & Community center. I would welcome any info on history or community feelings on what should go on the lot. Also I am interested in how strong the community groups are in the area and anything on home-schooling or alternative schooling methods in the area. Thank-you :-) Webmaster's Note: Of course, now the lot is a paved and gated parking lot. I remember the days when there was a drug store, Speedie's Steaks (before he moved across the street) and the Midway Bar on Fairmount Ave. On Aspen and 23rd., there was a maroon candy store. We use to catch grasshoppers in the empty lots on Meredith St. Ah, the good-old days. RJM
 

 
Name: Bob(Bobby) Tiegs, Linda (Wagner) Tiegs
Date Entered:11/12/1998
 
I attented St.Francis Xavier and Bishop Neumann68)Linda also attented St. Franny's and Bishop Neumannfor girls at 5th. and Girard. We now live in Walterboro, S.C. We have two children Jeremy and Jennifer and three grand children Derek, Lee Ann, and John-Morgan. Linda and I hung out around 24th. St. We visit Philly for Thanksgiving and when ever somebody turns 50,like my brother Hal (Howie), did last Sept. I-95 runs right through Walterboro just like it does in Philly so we feel like we are living justdown the block.
 

 
Name: Sara Paige Curry
Date Entered:11/15/1998
 
I really liked the Joan fo Arc page. When I discovered it, it helped me out with my research paper that I had for one of my classes! Thank-you for making it!
 

 
Name: PATRICK J. BRADLEY
Date Entered:11/26/1998
 
I LIVED IN FAIRMOUNT FROM 1942 TILL 1964 AT 2208 ASPEN STREET I ATTENED SAINT FRANICIS XAVIER 1948 THRU 1956 - BISHOP NEUMAN FROM 1956 THRU 1960. I MARRIED A GIRL FROM 748 CROSKEY STREET ) MARIIETTA AMICHETTI. IT WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE A GREAT NEIGHBOR HOOD. HUNG AT FAIRMOUNT BOAT HOUSE
 

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