It is 1941 and America is about to enter World War II. This neighborhood that we call Elmhurst and Middle Village has just changed from farm lands to a community of affordable one family homes. The people of 80th Street became a solid front for the American way of life. They had a picnic that united them with each other and from this they reached out to the community to become volunteers, serving as wardens, sky watches, firemen and whatever else they could do to be of help in the war effort. The women saved fat, newspapers and string. They also got involved and started the first civic association, thus a neighborhood was born. Most of these people are gone now but some of the children remain. Some of the names were Fischer, Gutierrz, Maguire, Kelly, Smith, Johnson, Weiner, Garibaldi, Buoncore, Dondel, Seeman, Colburn, Suelis, Pound and Stahl to name just a few.
Originally published in the June 2002 Juniper Berry Magazine
80th Street Picnic – 1941
Joyce Fischer Beaudoin
Women at the picnic
June 2002 Table of Contents
- Letters to the Editor – June 2002
- Is your favorite restaurant a pig sty?
- Remembrance: Gen. Slocum Steamboat Tragedy! A German-American Tragedy!
- Pre-K Gets Fired Up
- What a Difference a Century Makes
- Ceremony a Fitting Tribute to Recovery Efforts
- Welcome to Middle Village!
- New Children's Playground Opens... Quickly & Quietly
- The First 6 months: The Juniper Berry Critiques
- LaFres & Gander Keep Midville Dodgers Rolling
- "Survival of the Fittest" Juniper Valley Park
- The NYC Parks Department: Putting Juniper Valley Park Users in Harms Way
- Tips for Kids around Dogs
- Welcome to the Capital City of Garbage
- Reporter receives community service award
- Bloomberg greets Holden at Gracie Mansion
- Professional & Knowledgeable Brian Thomson gets the Job done... with class.
- Community Spotlight: Gus Antzoulis – Maspeth Dry Cleaners
- Don't take cops out to the ballgame!
- Bermel Monuments Middle Village
- Upper Ballfields Reconstruction Underway... to Open this Fall
- DO YOU REALLY KNOW THE UNITED STATES ONE DOLLAR BILL?
- Flogging the Dead Horse Harder: Council Committee Passes Draconian Penalties Against Sidewalk Cycling While Sidewalk Motorists Face Few Sanctions
- Berry Book Review – June 2002
- GABRIELLA M. ARTH: OLH's Youthful Prodigy
- Do You Remember?
- Technology-driven Dental Practice
- 80th Street Picnic – 1941
- Middle Village Volunteer Fire Dept. World War II
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