BC: The End | Completely written and compiled with love for my children to remember and grandchildren to know. by Peg Hitman Ims 2012
FC: Remembering Hammonton | Our Home for 50 years 1961 to 2011
1: 739 Central Ave | The 4 Grandparents, Dave, Mary, Evelyn & Harry
2: Exterior Front and Rear | When MomMom Mary came to live with us in 1994 at age 83, an extra room was added to accommodate her and she was very happy here for 10 years. Sam decided it was too crowded then & left to seek his independence in the west. | In the beginning it was a little bungalow and Mitch dug out the last 1/3 of the cellar; we added the upstairs,garage,porch,deck,tennis court and MMM's wing.
3: Our oak Woodmode kitchen from 1967 never quite got finished until 2010; but a lot of great dinners came out of it that were made with LOVE... | Inside begins with our 43 year old... | Kitchen | I said good bye to this clutter in 2010
4: Richard did all the work except the counter, floor & cabinets!. | Is there anything this man won't do?.... | Updating the Kitchen 2010 | Remember my 43 yr old beloved 3-bowl sink? GONE. | New lighting over the new sink and under the cabinets. | Rip out the radiator; paint the whole ceiling; rip out the sink; install new one; update electrical outlets, etc.
5: Richard helped me make it like I always wanted it to be; completed on the other wall. It had to be up to snuff to put it on the market! He did the lighting, plumbing & painting to help me accomplish this. xoxo | Up-dated Kitchen
6: This was where all the action took place! The walls were busy with family photos. | Sarah checks out Tammy's slick piffle move | The famous Piffle Game. | A teaching moment at the table of how to light Hanukah candles. | DINING ROOM
7: Living Room | Where all friends and family gathered. It was really a "lived in" room!! | Poppy enjoying the kids at Christmas. | New Years Day 2006 with our dear friends...who knew what fate would bring?..... | Poppy was given this wonderful Shofar in celebration of his 40 years as caretaker of Beth El Synagogue.
8: Back Porch | Where most of the photos were taken. | Men | What can be better than being surrounded by grandchildren? | The
9: GARAGE | Since it was built in the sixties, it was well used. First as a roller skating rink and then for 2 cars. Our back yard was always a fun place. Here Deb and Tam find something to laugh about even while visiting about 2007. | Sam came back home about every 3 wks when Dad was real sick in 2007. | Between the garage, the attic and basement, moving out would be a major undertaking. We HAD SO MUCH!!
10: K & H AUTO STORES | In 1935, PopPop Harry & MomMom Evelyn discovered Hammonton & opened their own auto parts store here. It was the only one within a 20 mile radius. Over the years the people grew to love Harry and the Hitman name gained a fine reputation. L: That's Harry in front of the original store in 1939... | K&H eventually expanded into the building next door.The business supported all of us with a good living for 69 years and became an icon in the Town of Hammonton. | 1939 | Memories
11: Mitch worked and worked and worked in K & H his whole life until it had to close due to the changing business that he couldn't keep up with. At left he checks out the tenant's belongings in the warehouse about 2004. Peg took care of getting it cleaned out & rented, but only since about 2000.Before that it was full of junk. | Day and night you could find him in the window going over paperwork. | Keeping the inventory up to snuff. | K&H Continued | Newspaper quoted Mitch about business downtown. | Too devoted to the business. It eventually brought him down.
12: Mom Mom Evelyn & Pop Pop Harry were the roots of K&H their entire lives. | How lucky we all were that all 4 grandparents were around us until 1991 when PPD died. PPH died 1994; MMM came to live with us then for 10 years. Both Moms died in 2004 at ages 95 & 93.. | 157 Maple St; their home | 216-18 Bellevue Ave | The """Team"""
13: Then one day, in Oct 2004, Sam came home to help with a big "sale". People came from everywhere to get a souvenir from K&H at a large discount. After that the auctioneer came & people got the inventory for 10 cents on the dollar. It was so sickening to Mitch, he waited outside... | Sam, Sheldon, Keith and others came to show support and help. Mitch grinned & waited for the madness to be over. People seemed like vultures stealing his life away...melanoma came back & he spent the final years fighting for his life. He died Jan 3, 2008. | The Sale & Auction | Bob is in the window trying to note the numbers.
14: The Memorial at Oak Grove Cemetery | What better place to all gather to eat after the memorial for Mitch than at the former K&H building (below) which is now Annata's Wine Bar? It was a fitting tribute to all the Hitmans who worked so hard for so many years for all of us who are left.We felt their presence there. We are grateful too. Between 2004 and January 3, 2008,Mitch mostly struggled with retirement and his illness.He was on Hospice from July 2007 until his death. As he got sicker, the children came back to be with him.It was a heartwarming time. He got to go to Disney, Elderhostel, a Phillies game, casinos & more. | May 31, 2009 | Paster Mike's 1st unveiling; Deb played Mitch's clarinet "Over the Rainbow" for him; Rich planted flowers; the children all participated; Bob & Bunny, Meyerah & David all were there.We missed Tammy.
15: Soft hands, a soft soul...hard to change..hard to change..a creature of habit...oh, so hard to change..a chair with arms..a shirt with pockets..7th inning lap..a pinky whistle, a comforting presence; a simple energy..consistency breeds strength; the roots of an oak breeds the wings of a butterfly; a tip to the mailman, an open hand of coins, a left handed forehand, a classical song..can you come home early for my birthday party Daddy? A source of values, a steady force. Take on a new adventure, no remorse; the smooth from him,the grit from her. That was my team. I don't even think you liked the water..but together they were my team..back roads, smooth stops.. gentle touch,a soft heart..who threw these nichols on my porch?! Honest business, back to basics; a genuine listener; no need to fly, we'll drive..Marjor apartments, Temple Beth El; a sounding board, a sharp mind..Keep it simple; your heart is kind.. "I feel like skipping steps; is that ok? I want to go fast. How do I slow down if I sky dive? Where can I land," said the child..the roots of an oak breeds the wings of a butterfly..oh yeah; back roads and smooth stops.... by Sam Hitman, May 31, 2009: eulogy for his dad.
16: A New Beginning: Mom gets a second chance June 1, 2009 | 2 Chairs for Mary Ann & Mitch | No one was formally invited: 12 close loved ones came.. We were so glad they did! | We had dinner & a cake at the Crab Trap in Somers Point. | Pastor Mike officiated both the memorial & our wedding, which made it very special. | Thanks Sam & Sarah for coming from Denver & helping so much.
17: Debbie, Alex, Jacob, Leah, Sam, Sarah, Mary, Tom, Meyerah, Perry, Bob & Bunny attended. | It was a dream come true for me to be married on Ocean City beach! Deb took all the photos; Bless her heart! Thank you! | With Leah cleaning out the sand. | The Beach Wedding | 2 Chairs for Mary Ann | & Mitch
18: By May 2010, I decided that we needed to sell our home of 50 years in Hammonton. A daunting job to say the least! Richard began working on the court; power washing & repairing the deep crevices in it along with all the other chores.. His middle name is Mr. Fixit; Bless his heart. | Selling Hammonton; oye : ( | The court was black with huge craters in it. What a huge job for one man! | Oye ga vault
19: By summer of 2011, the repairs had pretty much held up and Nickolaus Construction was hired to resurface. They were the original company that surfaced it in 1978 & were very impressed at the integrity of the filled craters over the winter. Done just in time for the July family gathering!! Yippee!!! | After working very hard, Richard came up with a composite of mortar and acrylic hardener to prepare the court for final finish.. | Brand New 36 yr old Court | 2011
20: Deb was workin it.. | 2nd Yard Sale: Sept. 2011 | 2 treasures | Living room, cellar and closets all full. | Just a few things in the garage.... | Mary & Deb & Kids helped Soo much. | RECYCLE ! | WHEW!
21: Our wedding day Feb 14,1959; Halloween with Ims & Missy; 1 of many photos on the steps; at Keith & Maria's wedding!
22: The Family Convenes...July 2011 | On July 16, 2011, the whole new family got together to renew acquaintances and say goodbye to the house. It was happy and sad at the same time. The good part was that the Ims & Hitman families were now merged after 50 years of friendship.. Sam & my Deb & families came earlier & stayed later to enjoy more time with each other. | Jacob played a mean piano. | Aaron brought his girlfriend, Robin. | Sam always engages the kids. | Go Alex!
23: Enjoying Being Together | Make us look good, Jackson! (One house phone. How quaint!) | Louise just starting to walk & wanted to do dishes! | Bro & Sis | Louise & Sonny getting cleaned up in the pink room!! | Sam, now the family man; still hits a great ball.
24: Tennis & Swimming in "Hammonton" 2011 | Doesn't the court look great!?! I loved having it back. It was always a source of FUN!! Thanks Richard!!! | Sonny & others played barefoot. Made MooMoo have the heebie jeebies! | Richard just began to learn to play at age 73 when we got together in summer of '08. | Look at Sarah go! She is just learning also! | MooMoo tries to hit the ball too.
25: MooMoo & the grandchildren! : ) At the Hammonton Swim Club. I loved it so much!!! | Look at Leah's form already!!! GO Girl! | So much FUN!! | Regev slams 'em too! | xoxoxoxo
26: Fun with Louise! | MMMary's rockers from when little to old. | MooMoo & Paka had a ball with Miss Louise | Floor time...
27: Jack helped with the yard | The Gang's A.lmost All Here! | Deb & Leah enjoy the Hammonton pool. | Miss Louise
28: Everyone seemed to have a good time and we were so glad this event took place. Now it is up to each one to reach out to each other. | The Re-acquaint PARTY | Moschiks,Fanes, Melkers & Mincers joined us. We missed Tam,Matt, Kate, Rick & the other Grands. | Kate, Helmut, Ingrid & Debbie
29: Everyone took turns holding Louise. She was such a doll and loved everyone. | Fred noticed right away that I needed some Vodka. Where has that been all my life?! | Bob was on his way to re-enact a war some place. | Kids had a ball. We missed Matt. | The Party Con't...
30: The Hammonton Tour ! July 2011 | Sam commandeered the family into this tour; it was 100 degrees; we were all grouchy; it ended up being the highlight of their trip ! | Everyone hard at work picking the blues. | Old Town Hall in front & new Town Hall in back; after a 7 year fight for it downtown.. | Sneaking ice cream before dinner. | They ran the bases of the Little League Field with Sam as he reminisced the times he spent there playing and reffing.. | On Pleasant Mills Rd farm in 100 degrees.
31: Old High School on Central Ave is now St. Joseph's H S. | Little old library-museum was moved to Veteran's Park near the school & is home to Historic Society. | Hammonton Elementary was built when Sam was 3 so he got to go to a brand new school. | Part of the tour was to visit Mitch's grave in Oak Grove Cemetery near the new HS. | Thanks Sam for being so enthused, insistent and making this a memorable tour! | Tour Continued...
32: The Warehouse was 1st a theatre built in 1921, then a church in the 50's, then K&H warehouse from the 60's til 2006. It's now the Eagle Theatre again and I feel that Mitch's spirit is in there and has something to do with it. | Mitch has the first star across Vine St. | Still on Tour | The EAGLE aka the Warehouse | Then | Now
33: Visiting Mitch's Star at the Eagle Theatre & Annata Wine Bar: | Anattos' Wine Bar | Visiting the Star | Living in Hammonton the children had 4 loving grandparents. Peg's parents moved to Fl in 1978 but were still here in spirit and coming full circle, MMMary moved in with us in 1994, 3 years after PPDave died. Sam was out of college by then.MM regretted terribly not being able to be with all of us during tho children's growing years & loved being able to spend the end of her life here. She was especially grateful to Mitch for being so good to her & "taking her in". This is a tribute to K&H, the Hitmans and Hammonton, the little town that could. We remember fondly... | The transformation of K&H!!