This is what it was like when I moved here 58 years ago

The Enquire-Gazette - - News - Mary McHale 301-735-3451

The McHales moved to 5904 (now 4304) Sky­line Drive in June 1958. Our real­tor was at­tor­ney John McAl­lis­ter, who we later learned lived just around the cor­ner on Pine Lane. Among my first ac­quain­tances were nextdoor neigh­bors Ted and Lee Burke and Gla­dys and Tom Cave, and down the street, Dot and Joe Cur­cio.

We soon learned our house and wa­ter were oil heated, served by Clin­ton Oil Com­pany in the lit­tle Sky­line shop­ping cen­ter which also boasted John­son’s Bar­ber shop, Morn­ing­side Va­ri­ety Shop, Sky­line Hair Stylists and Sky­line Restau­rant. We ser­viced our Chevy sta­tion­wagon at the Esso, cor­ner of Suit­land Road and Sky­line Drive.

I bought my gro­ceries at G.I. Mar­ket (A. B. White, pro­pri­etor) or in Suit­land at Safe­way. We pa­tron­ized Peo­ple’s Drugs, Ernest Hard­ware, Scheer’s Men’s Wear, the Bo Peep Shop for chil­dren’s clothes, Joseph’s for shoes, and the Lane Shops, for me. Or I drove into Wash­ing­ton, parked in Hecht’s park­ing lot, shopped in the store and lunched in the tea­room.

We bought our glasses at Charles H. McGin­nis & Sons, op­ti­cians, on Marl­boro Pike, and some years later Char­lie McGin­nis him­self moved to Sky­line Drive. We even­tu­ally found the lit­tle Suit­land Li­brary near the Suit­land Bowl­ing Cen­ter, and on spe­cial oc­ca­sions, we dined at Al Beck’s Lamp Post Inn or China Sea. With five (later six, then seven) young chil­dren, about the only movies we saw were at the Hill­side Drive-in in Co­ral Hills.

We at­tended Sun­day Mass in the multi-pur­pose room at Morn­ing­side School.

As fall set in, I reg­is­tered my old­est, Kath­leen, in Morn­ing­side School and son Mike in Mrs. Irene Smith’s Morn­ing­side Co-op­er­a­tive Kinder­garten.

We never did fig­ure out what the I-C-E Club was.

Baby Hay

Bob and Suzanne Hay, of Auth Vil­lage, have a new grand­son, Colum Rory, born June 9 to Bobby and Meg Hay. Lit­tle Colum, who weighed in at 9 pounds five ounces, has a big sis­ter, An­abella, and a big brother, James.

Peo­ple

Vir­ginia Stine, my neigh­bor for many years on Sky­line Drive, called me last week to say she that she’d had a stroke at her home in Win­gate, and is now in Lake­side As­sis­tant Liv­ing in Sal­is­bury. She turned 95 in May and is sad that she can no longer quilt. She mourns her sis­ter, her last sib­ling, Rachel Hun­ni­ford of De­catur, Ill., who died Jan­uary 10 just five days be­fore she would have turned 106.

Carol Swen­ton of Morn­ing­side was among Louse’s Danc­ing Starlighters who per­formed at Louise Pyles Dance Stu­dio’s 7th An­nual Spe­cial World of Dance on May 14 at the Camp Springs Elks Lodge.

Each spring the Arch­dio­cese of Wash­ing­ton rec­og­nizes priests cel­e­brat­ing spe­cial an­niver­saries: Three priests cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of their or­di­na­tions for­merly served in our lo­cal parishes: Fa­ther Leonard James Down at both St. John’s in Clin­ton and Mount Cal­vary in Forestville; Mon­signor Fran­cis G. Kazista, Mount Cal­vary; and Fa­ther Rod­er­ick D. McKee, St. Bernar­dine of Siena, in Suit­land.

Mar­jorie Hay, who died May 1, has many ties to Morn­ing­side. I’ll tell you more about her next week.

Chang­ing land­scape

A new Air Force One fleet is planned at Joint Base An­drews, in use pos­si­bly by 2024. They will be Boe­ing 747-8 planes, heav­ily mod­i­fied to suit the fu­ture Pres­i­dent’s needs.

Ash­ley Fur­ni­ture Home­store is hold­ing a grand open­ing cel­e­bra­tion at Ritchie Sta­tion Mar­ket­place, off Ritchie Marl­boro Road.

Not only has the For­ever stamp re­verted from 49¢ to 47¢, post­cards are down a cent to 34¢, for­eign 1st class from $1.20 to $1.15, flats (large en­velopes) from 98¢ to 94¢ and that ex­tra ounce from 22¢ to 21¢. So, now you can go back to writ­ing let­ters.

May they rest in peace

He­len Kay Emanuel, 64, who grew up in Morn­ing­side, the daugh­ter of Flo­rian and Emma Witczak, died May 30 in South Carolina. She was a re­tired teller with First Cit­i­zens Bank. Sur­vivors in­clude two chil­dren, Sean and Jen­nifer Emanuel; grand­son, Mitchell Wide­man; and sib­lings, Ge­orge Witczak, Mary Lou En­twistle and Martha Ann Mencer. She was also the sis­ter of the late Mae Glagola who lived on Suit­land Road across from her hus­band Ge­orge’s ser­vice sta­tion.

Leroy “Shot­gun” San­difer, 79, who as a young man pitched for the Wash­ing­ton Black Sox base­ball Team, died April 18 in Clin­ton. He was a res­i­dent of Forestville and had worked 32 years for the D.C. Depart­ment of Public Works, re­tir­ing as su­per­vi­sor.

Mar­garet Jean Mc­Cabe Pat­ter­son, 83, for­merly of Suit­land and District Heights, died May 7 in Hern­don, Va. She was born in Ed­in­burgh, Scot­land, grad­u­ated from Holy Cross Academy, and worked for the Ed­in­burgh Public Health Depart­ment un­til she mar­ried Ver­non Pat­ter­son. She man­aged the Jiffy Shoppes restau­rant in District Heights from which she re­tired in 1994. Sur­vivors in­clude three chil­dren, six grand­chil­dren and two great-grand­chil­dren.

Mile­stones

Happy birth­day to Glo­ria R. John­son, June 24; Michael Tay­lor and Larry Frost­but­ter, June 25; An­gela Booth and Mable Hemmes, June 26; Rose Hoffman, Charles “Chuckie” Henry, Veda Cur­cio, Shawn Kumra and Cathryn (Cordero) Pracht, June 27; Mike Dud­ding, Juanita Ep­pard, Erica R. Webb, EvaMarie Anthony and my grand­daugh­ter Leah Kather­ine Mudd, June 28; Faith “Dy­cki” Brown and Alexis Schuler, June 29; my great-grand­son Wes­ley McHale, June 29; and Karen (Beard­more) El­lis, June 30.

Happy an­niver­sary to Jack and Kim­berly Hay on their 30th, June 28; and to Carl and Sue (Stine) Ma­son, their 31st on June 29.

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