Norman Maneely

Norman Maneely writes:

 THINGS I REMEMBERED: IT WAS A HUGE SURPRISE TO FIND THAT A WEBSITE HAS BEEN CREATED FOR THE KALLMAN HOME FOR CHILDREN.  FIFTY ODD YEARS AGO; IT SEEMS SO LONG AGO. I HAVE PASSED BY THE KALLMAN HOME MANY TIMES SINCE THE DAY I WAS ABLE TO RETURN TO MY FAMILY. WHEN YOU SEE THIS MASSIVE STRUCTURE APPEAR IN YOUR LINE OF VISION YOU ARE AWED EACH & EVERYTIME BY ITS CITADEL APPEARENCE. I HAD ENTERED THE HOME ONE YEAR AFTER MY TWO SISTERS TINA & DARLENE BECAUSE I WASNT THE PROPER AGE. THIS WAS AROUND 1953/54 I BELIEVE. I HAD SPENT THAT TIME OF SEPARATION FROM MY SISTERS IN A CATHOLIC ORPHANAGE. THE PERSIKO’S WERE IN RESIDENCE THEN. I VAGUELY REMEMBER THEM. I REMEMBER MRS.COLBY, MR. LOCKWOOD AND BOB FARRELL AS HOUSEPARENTS AND THERE WERE MORE BUT I CAN’T PLACE NAMES. AS FOR OTHER CHILDREN I DO REMEMBER THE PEREZ’ S ,ANITA & FREDDY, THE PETERSON;S NANCY & JIMMY, THE WISE BROTHERS,RICHARD & ARTHUR; SAM & PAT FOGLER; THE BENNETT’S, BOB ELLIOT & CLARENCE HILL. BOTH KIDS & ADULTS WOULD COME AND GO. THERE WAS MORE ACTIVITY AT THE HOME IN THE EARLY YEARS THAN IN MY FINAL TIME THERE. THE KALLMAN BAND USED TO PERFORM AT VARIOUS CONCERTS. I REMEMBER PLAYING OUTSIDE AND YOU COULD HEAR THEM PRACTICING UP IN THE AUDITORIUM ON THE 2ND FLOOR. I WASNT MUSICALLY TALENTED, BUT DARLENE WAS. I REMEMBER PILING INTO THAT DARK BLUE TRUCK AND GOING TO CONEY ISLAND OR TO DIFFERENT STORES. THERE WERE BAZAARS,& DIFFERENT FUND-RAISER EVENTS THAT WE ATTENDED. WE WENT AWAY EVERY SUMMER TO CAMP JOY IN CARMEL,NEW YORK, AND THE TRIPS TO STEEPLECHASE PARK SPONSORED BY THE N.Y.C.POLICEMANS BENEVOLENT ASSOCIATION. I ATTENDED P.S.185 ACROSS THE STREET & MRS. SHINDELL WAS THE PRINCIPAL. I HAD IN MY EARLY YEARS THERE CAUGHT THE WHOOPING COUGH AROUND EARLY MARCH EACH YEAR LIKE CLOCKWORK AND SPENT MY TIME IN THE INFIRMERY, WHICH AT THAT TIME WAS ON THE 2FLOOR NEXT TO THE DOORWAY LEADING TO THE KITCHEN. I REMEMBER THE DIFFERENT PLAYGROUNDS WE HAD. I REMEMBER THE HOT DAYS WHEN THEY PUT ON THE WATER SPRINKLER AND WE WOULD GET SOAKED. ALSO, THE YEARLY TREKS TO ROBERT HALL FOR OUR EASTER ATTIRE. WE USED TO HAVE TO CLEAN THE KITCHEN BY DUSTING & MOPPING EACH NIGHT TO PREPARE IT FOR THE NEXT DAYS USE. WE TOOK TURNS AT THIS ASSIGNMENT. THE BOYS BEDROOMS{3 TO BE EXACT} WERE RIGHT ABOVE THE KITCHEN. THE BOYS ABOVE USED TO LOWER A GUNNYSACK BY ROPE TO THE BOY IN THE KITCHEN AND HE WOULD FILL IT WITH GOODIES, TIGHTEN THE DRAWSTRING AND YANK ON THE ROPE FOR THE BOYS TO HOIST UP THE BAG. WE ALSO SENT DOWN SEPARATELY A EMPTY JAR WITH A CAP WHICH WOULD BE FILLED WITH COFFEE OR WHATEVER DRINK WAS AVAILABLE {JUICE/WATER} AND IT TOO WOULD BE SENT BACK UP OUTSIDE THE BUILDING. THIS WENT ON FOR AWHILE TILL WE GOT CAUGHT. THE NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE STREET ON 85TH STREET WAS CURIOUS AS TO WHY THERE WAS A EITHER A GUNNYSACK OR A JAR GOING UP AND DOWN. THERE WAS AN EVENT THAT OCCURRED THAT WILL ALWAYS STAY WITHIN MY MIND. JIMMY PETERSON AND MYSELF WERE DOWN ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE DRIVEWAY ON THE 86TH STREET SIDE ON THIS VERY COLD WINTER DAY. WE HAD JUST COME FROM SCHOOL ACROSS THE STREET. IT HAD SNOWED A FEW DAYS EARLIER AND REALLY FREEZING WEATHER HAD MADE THE SNOW THAT HAD ALREADY FALLEN VERY SOLID & ICY. WE WERE APPROACHED BY 3 OLDER NEIGHBORHOOD BOYS WHO WERE LOOKING FOR TROUBLE AND JUST AT THAT MOMENT, A CITY BUS WAS COMING ON THE SCHOOL SIDE HEADING TOWARDS 4TH AVE. THESE BOYS TURNED THERE ATTENTION TO THE ON COMING BUS AND DECIDED TO MAKE IT A TARGET FOR SNOWBALLS, WHICH THEY BEGAN THROWING IN RAPID SUCCESSION. THE BUS DRIVER HAD OPENED HIS WINDOW AND WAS STRUCK ON THE SIDE OF HIS HEAD WITH AN ICEBALL. HE STOPPED THE BUS, GOT OFF THE BUS AND MADE HIS WAY TOWARDS US CURSING & YELLING AND WAVING HIS ARMS. THE OTHER KIDS TOOK OFF. I JUST STOOD THERE FOR A FEW SECONDS THINKING I DIDN’T GET INVOLVED IN THE FIRST PLACE. WHEN THIS BUS DRIVER WAS NEARING I THEN REALIZED FROM THE LOOK ON HIS FACE THAT IT WAS TIME TO GET GOING WHICH I DID. UP THE DRIVEWAY WE WENT.  MR. SCOTT, WHO WAS THE DIRECTOR, MUST HAVE SEEN SOME OF THIS BECAUSE JIMMY & I WERE SUMMONED TO HIS OFFICE. WE WERE JUST IN THE WRONG PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME. HE GAVE US A FINE. ON A CARD HE WOULD WRITE AN AMOUNT SUCH AS $20.00 AND IF YOU HAD MONEY {WHO HAD MONEY?} YOU PAID IT. IF NOT, YOU HAD TO DO CHORES FOR DOUBLE THE AMOUNT WHICH WOULD BE 40 HOURS. YOU WERE SUPERVISED FOR TIME SPENT ON THESE CHORES AND WE DECIDED THAT THIS WAS TOTALLY UNFAIR. SO JIMMY & I DIDN’T WORK ANY CHORES. MR SCOTT APPROACHED US SOMETIME LATER AND WHEN HE SAW THAT WE DIDN’T DO ANY CHORES WE WERE MARCHED TO HIS OFFICE. WE STILL INSISTED THAT WE HAD DONE NO WRONG BUT HE WAS ADAMANT AND WE WERE BEATEN WITH A SIZE13 – TRIPLE E SNEAKER ON OUR BUTTS. WHAT WERE WE TO DO, KEEP GETTING SNEAKER WHIPPED OR WORK THE CHORES SOWE CHOSE TO DO THE CHORES. YEARS, LATER MR.SCOTT WAS ARRESTED FOR STEALING. A FEW YEARS AFTER I LEFT THE HOME THEN IT CLOSED.

 I MUST SAY THOUGH THAT THERE WERE MORE GOOD TIMES THAN BAD.

Sincerely Norman Maneely


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