S: CAPUANO FAMILY
BC: MEMORIES 1945-2012
FC: OUR MEMORIES THE CAPUANO FAMILY OF 243 SALTONSTALL AVE
1: Frank & Rae on their Wedding Day and on their 50th Anniversary. As Poppy liked to say to Mea "Look what we started.
2: Dominic & Mary Acquarulo and John (Folco) & Antoinette Capuano started our family. | 243 Saltonstall Ave and 68 Minor St. were the home fronts for us.
3: First to arrive was Annetta in 1946. | Two years later John arrived. I guess they didn't have a shirt for him. | Now there are three with the addition of Frank, Jr. | Easter Sunday dinner at Gramma Greats on Minor Street.
4: Joanne came along in 1957 and Rick followed along two years later. Now the family is complete. As you can see the oldest kids worked in the fields for their keep.
5: Sunday Dinner at 68 Minor Street. The bottle of Chianti is out on the table and so is one of Grams cakes.
6: This book is made up of a lot of memories. We are a very close family and have carried on the tradition of getting together each month for Family Day. We still have Christmas Eve together and almost everyone is there. This keeps alive the early memories of gatherings in Noni's kitchen which then became Mea's kitchen. By keeping this tradition our children and their children will have the great memories we five have of our childhood and be able to pass it along to the next generation. If you look closely at the pictures you are sure to have memories and that is what this book is all about. I can remember my first day at Lloyd Street school and my kindergarten teacher was Mrs. DeCapua. I can remember having lunch at Aunt Viola's house on Wolcott Street and then going back to school. She would make soup and a sandwich and we would watch the Soap Operas until I had to go back to school. I remember May Crownings with Cousin Larry. We played dodge ball, hop scotch, Red Light, kick ball, double dutch, hide and seek, tag, I'm thinking of a color and Simon Says. We were outside playing until we were called to come in. We listened to shows on the radio like the Lone Ranger, Amos & Andy , Abbott & Costello, The Shadow and Molly Goldbberg until we got our first 13" black & white TV set but we only got two channels. You knew everyone on and around your block and there was a grocery store on every corner.
7: We didn't have all the electronics that the kids have now. We were content with a rock to play hop scotch and we used the rock to draw the outline not chalk . We were lucky to have a bat and ball and were careful not to lose it. We didn't shop at supermarkets we had the vendors come to our door. There was the bread man, the Foxon Park soda man, the milk man, the fish man came every Friday and the man with the veggie cart came by. We also had the cleaners come to the house to pickup and deliver. The insurance man came every month to collect. We had Candido's come around selling dry goods like shirts, underware, aprons, dresses, bed linens and towels from the trunk of his car. We also had a truck drive down the street very slowly and the man would yell out what we thought was "Shabbarake" and we didn't find out until years later that he was saying "Cash for rags". We also had our corner store Delucia's Market and Sanduch and Miss Vi were the owners. Mom would give us a list and we would bring it to Sanduch and get the groceries and say to put the total amount on our bill. On Friday when dad got paid we would go and ask Miss Vi to add up our bill, take it home to mom who would give us the money to pay off the bill. That is how we shopped for groceries back in the day. We went to church every Sunday and when we came home you could smell the sauce cooking.
8: On Sunday you spent the day with family. It was a day of rest. All the stores were closed on Sunday and it was important to be with family. We would either be down Noni's house or on Minor Street at Grandma Greats house. Back in the day you knew everyone in the family and you were close with all the cousins. Every spring Noni would plant his garden of tomatoes, Italian squash, peppers and zucchini. He would trellis the Italian squash up the side of the garage and onto the roof where it would grow big. I can remember Noni would take his coffee grounds and fish heads and bury them in the ground because he said it was good for the plants. In those days we burned our paper trash and had a garbage pail build into the ground. Once a week they would come to pick up the garbage. Dad had a workshop in the back yard garages. He loved spending time there making things and there was always a remodeling project going on somewhere. When I think back on those days they were simple times and you were satisfied with what you had and you could always count on the family. When we went to Minor Street Gram made her own bread and pasta. She never bought bread or pasta. I would go there and she would take me with her to the farmers market. She would buy eggs, fresh veggie and fruit and she would also buy live chickens and tie them to the cart.
9: Learning from the masters.
10: As you can see most of the group shots become a clown fest. Ringling Bros. left a couple behind.
11: The Capuano Five
12: The stair photos seem to be very popular. We always look like the step family. | Rick is ready to do the Hustle.
13: Looks like we dressed for dinner. | Turtlenecks were big in the 60's. | Long hair and beards were in fashion. | It's Christmas and I hope Santa brought razor blades.
14: Rick's 50th "B" Day. The Can Man of Wadsworth Falls. A group picture with Mom. The Out Our Way gang.
15: Family group shots. This doesn't happen very often that we get everyone to sit for a photo.
17: This is what happens when you eat too many crabs & snails. You start looking very strange.
18: Every year we had a visit from Santa. The top left is the first picture we have of Santa. Julie looks to be about two in that picture. These early shots of Santa are in Noni's kitchen. The earliest dated picture is 1977. The next page continues in Mea's kitchen. Can you guess who the Santa's are? You can see how the kids change as the years unfold.
22: The new generation of the Capuano Family to carry on the family traditions.
26: September 24, 1995 50th Anniversary
27: The Capuano Five October 2012