Kent Family History: Gen’s Childhood Memories

Today my grandson, Sean,  asked me to answer several questions about my younger years, like what did I do for fun, how I celebrated my birthdays, where did I live, and how many states have I visited, etc.  It was rather fun looking back and remembering how I spent my growing-up years.  So here are my responses with some accompanied pictures.

I was born in 1946 in Cortland, New York and lived there until I went to Powelson Business Institute in Syracuse, NY in 1964, where I lived with my sister, Charolotte and husband, Al and family.

I have so many wonderful memories growing up in Cortland.  The first house I recall living at was on 197 Port Watson Street Street (a two-story duplex) which is still there.  My father passed away while living on Port Watson when I was six month’s old, so I really never did get to know my father.  My two oldest sisters, Betty and Doris were already married and having families of their own.


My sister Jane, Me (Gen), and my sister, Shirley.


 My sister, Jane, me, and neighbor, Kathy Seymour.  Gosh, I love these pics.

How surprized I was when my mother passed away in 1995, that the Seymours were at her funeral service.  Good neighbors, I’d say!


Myself (Gen) and neighbor, Ronnie Rosatto.  I was most likely about 3 to 4 years old in these pics.  My elementary years were spent at Randall School on Randall Avenue.

We moved to South Avenue (formerly Railway Avenue) sometime between 1950 and 1952,  It  certainly was a multi-cultural neighborhood, with folks from Russia, Portugal, Italy, Holland, Canada, Germany, some with native American backgrounds and so many more ethnic groups than I probably realized. Everyone pretty much knew everyone on the street, respected and cared for one another.

We so enjoyed playing outside from dawn to dusk when not in school.  We played hopscotch, kick the can, hide-n-go-seek, experienced hoola-hooping, jump roping, roller skating at the train station, played tennis in box cars (probably shouldn’t have done that), and caught pollywogs in the creek across the street.  We formed kids clubs, making membership cards, and having talent shows,  meetings in our basement, picnics in the yard, tent making sleep overs on the porch, and trips to Beaudry Park.  I joined Girl Scouts just down the street at Owego Street School.  Often we would ride our bikes or walk to Suggett Park on the Northside of town to swim at the pool and partake in the Summer Park Program.   One year I won a bike at Suggett Park and so there was no more having to walk the distance to the park. We sure did have plenty to do, and were never bored.

The neighborhood kids at 4 1/2 South Avenue.  My brother, Chuck, is in the center back, with me in the front, and some other boys from the hood….no clue to who they are.  I’ll post of Facebook and see if I get any responses.


Me (right) and my niece, Barbara in front of the Steel Workers of America Office
on South Avenue.  Check out that lovely purse!  Barbara was pretty good at
buttoning her coat, wouldn’t you say?  Later my best friend, Penny, would move into the apartment above this building with her mother, Polly and brother, George.

Photos of me at 4 1/2 South Avenue the first in 1954, age 8 and the second
in 1955, age 9.  Always loved hats!  Always wearing a smile…I was a happy kid!


Happy moment for me winning the bike at Suggett Park.  I must have been 10 or 11 in this photo, and can remember being pretty fond of waffle-ironed hair.

Fun in the neighborhood at 24 1/2 South Avenue.  Not sure who some of these are?
Photo on left:  (l to r) My niece, Valerie, ?, Dorothy Bellinger, Kathy Salce, My niece, Dixie, ?.
Picture on right:  (l to r) Carol Christmas (I think Leo Christmas’s daughter), Joey Salce, Harriet Bellinger, Kathy Salce,  Dorothy Bellinger, and girl in front ?  

I can remember spending much of my time with the Salce family.  Tina and Guido were like second parents.   And can I tell you how much I loved their Italian food and hanging out there watching the Mickey Mouse Club.


Refreshments on the front lawn.  (l to r) Terry(?) Straight, Dixie Monty, Valerie Monty, and ?.  The house in the background was a former grocery store owned by Russian immigrant, Onufry Pushkar.  Samuel Movadvorsky, also a Russian immigrant lived there and worked for Wickwire Co.  Mr. Pushkar had a beautiful backyard with a flourishing concord grape vine that made its way into our backyard.  He was always kind enough to let us enjoy some of those tasty grapes!


Home Bible Study Group at 24 1/2 South Avenue.  Front to back, my sister, Shirley,
myself (Gen), next two, Bible study friends, and in far back, my friend, Lyda from down the street.  Cannot remember Lyda’s last name?


How I celebrated birthdays…usually a party with family and friends.  (l to r)
First blonde girl ?, my best friend, Penny Button, my niece, Valerie, myself (Gen), my niece, Dixie, Not sure of girl in back of her ?, Terry Straight, Dixie Oliver, and my mother, Dora.   And I think that is a baby’s hat in the right front??  My sister, Doris, a professional cake decorator, always made the most beautiful birthday cakes.  And look 2 cakes!!  We usually played several games and awarded small prizes for winners, and served cake and ice cream and sometimes tea sandwiches and relishes.

I remember going to George’s Grocery store on S. Main Street with my friend, Penny (a Penny and Jenny friendship) and getting ice cream and candy from their penny candy case and charging it to Penny’s mom’s account which was paid weekly.  We usually chose ice cream sandwiches and we both loved Mallow Cups.  I used to  fear that her mother would get after us for charging all these goodies on her account.

Melody Land Pizza was just a short distance away and we frequented their establishment at least once a week for many years.  The Diorios were such special folks, and it was like being one of the family.  Melodyland Restaurant is still in operation today and my daughter enjoys stopping in for Pizza occasionally.

Another of my favorite stop off’s was Marion Margaret Ice Cream on  Huntington Street.  Just happened to be right on the way home from school!  My favorite was their vanilla ice cream cup topped with maple syrup and a dusting of malt powder, topped with whipped cream and cherry eaten with a wooden spoon!  Pretty tasty!

Thankful for the Wonderful Memories,
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Ahh, New York rhubarb!

Thanks to our friends, the Webers, we have a good supply of rhubarb.  Wendy packaged up a gift bag of rhubarb and kept it cold on the flight from New York to Arizona.  “Happy am I!”  Don’t know why, but it is a hard grocery item to find here in AZ.  I got it all packaged up (9 cups) and into the freezer.  Now I am dreaming of rhubarb desserts.  Wendy has the most wonderful garden in New York, and I always enjoy checking it out when we visit New York.  How great it was to have them visit us here in Arizona, and we so enjoyed their stay with us.  God has truly blessed us with such dear friends.  We truly did miss having their eldest son, Eric, here with us also.

Just a note:  Kristopher has photographed his mom, Wendy, by garbage cans all across our country??????  Okay??

Webers in AZ Collage

Hmm…Strawberry Rhubarb Pie, Strawberry Rhubarb Jam, and Rhubarb Cream Dessert!


Rhubarb Cream Dessert

Rhubarb Cream Dessert

Smooth and creamy–serve in dessert dishes or as a pie.

4 cups sliced fresh rhubarb
1/4 cup water
3-oz. pkg. strawberry or raspberry flavor gelatin
3/4 cup sugar
10-oz. pkg grozen strawberries or raspberries
1 pint (2 cups) vanilla ice cream

In saucepan, combine rhubarb and water; bring to boil.  Cover and simmer over medium heat until rhubarb is tender, about 15 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in gelatin and sugar until disolved.  Add frozen strawberries or raspberries and ice cream; allow to thaw stirring occasonally.  Pour into individual serving dishes.  Refrigerate until firm, several hours.  4 servings.

Rhubarb Cream Pie:  Pour mixture into baked 9″ pastry shell.  Refrigerate at least 6 hours.

Have a wonderful day,




Showers of Blessing for Rachelle and Josiah

Congratulations to my dear friend, Rachelle, and her fiancé, Josiah on their upcoming wedding in July.   What an amazing couple they are!  God has paired them so well.  On a personal note, Rachelle, I am thankful for being allowed the privilege to give the devotional for your wedding shower here in Arizona this past weekend.  Following are the notes I told you I would post.  10264025_10202445796401084_7503267492190857_o (1)

Congrats to you and Josiah on your plans to spend a lifetime together.  A lot of planning and hard work has brought you to this point in your lives.

As you continue planning for your future, may I share some scriptures with you that will help you to be good life managers.  Life can be demanding and the busyness of life can be overwhelming.

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.   So what are God’s plans for you, Rachelle & Josiah?   Let’s look at God’s priorities for your lives.  Notice the order…first things first.

1. The Lord

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you. Matt 6:33

Give God your first fruits – your time, your energy, your resources, your devotion.  If you are too busy for God, you are too busy…Being Under Satan’s Yoke.  Be a good combo of Mary and Martha, devotion first (attending the collage at the feet) and then service, in that order.

Find a good Bible believing, doctrinally sound church to attend so that you may “Not forsake the assembling of yourselves together.”   Faithfully attend your church services so that you may fulfill God’s purpose for His church (as the bride of Christ) to (acronym, WIFE)  Worship, Be Instructed,  Fellowship and  Evangelize.  Rachelle, go to church even if Josiah is not able to go with you (unless he is sick),  go when company comes,  and go when you are on vacation.  (Shared your finding a church while on a piping trip.)

2. Husband

“An excellent wife is a crown of her husband..”
Proverbs 12:4

An excellent wife makes her husband feel like a King.  As proverbs 31 says, “her works praise her in the gates.” Her excellence as a wife is know by her husband’s colleagues.  Her reputation precedes her.  Be worthy of Josiah’s trust.  Do him good all the days of his life.   It takes a lifetime to really get to know one another.  Spend time together.  Schedule date nights for time alone one with another (even if it is just a mall walk, holding hands,  and enjoying a cup of coffee, tea or soda.)


3. Children

“Behold, “looky hear” children are a gift of the Lord.”
Psalm 127:3

Children are on loan to you to be good stewards of.   Not to be raised by the baby sitter or school system, but to be raised by their parents in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  Practice the Shema of Deuteronomy 6. Shema means “hear what is being said”… looky hear, listen up.  This is God’s directive for you to know, memorize, to do, and to teach your children the Word of God so that it penetrates hearts, minds and wills.  (You want how many children??)

4. Home

“She looks well to the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.” Prov. 31:27

God has called you to be a good household manager.  This will often mean early mornings, and late nights, and a willingness to get and provide for your home.   Prov. 31 woman did not do it all by herself–so don’t forget to use resources–children (training them to be good home-makers), ask Josiah for help if you are both working, and hire help if need be.  You may have money but no time, and someone else may need the money and have the time.

Proverbs 31 repeatedly talks of her hands, her hands.  Her walk precedes her talk. She is industrious and not lazy.

Practice hospitality–invite people in to your home so that you may get to know them better.  If you have an “Open Heart” you will have an “Open Home.”  Purchase a guest book so you can look back at the good times you’ve shared with others.  (Cloyce suggested to use the unused pages in the back of your wedding guest book to get started.)  Great suggestion!

5. Yourself|
“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Matthew 19:19

This is a 2-parter… Love yourself and love others in your realm of influence.

Yourself–take care of yourself. ..physically, emotionally, intellectually.  Take good care of yourself so you can properly take care of others.  We all know that we should eat healthfully, exercise and rest.  Look your best…especially for Josiah, and remember others have to look at you also. Dress modestly–your private body parts are for Josiah’s eyes only.

European women are so good at taking time for themselves, and they always seem to look and feel great.   Have spa days with bubble baths, soothing music, and glowing candles. Take time to relax, to take a leisurely walk,  or to sit under a tree and read a good book.  Be a life-long learner.  There will always be something new to learn.

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Others–God expects you to meet the needs of others. We live in a hurting world and you will be needed as a “stretcher bearer” to lift those who are hurting.  God uses us to be the answer to those we pray for.  Practically speaking that might be to give a hug, send a caring note, a fix a needful meal, give a few extra dollars, to pray, or just give a listening ear (not giving advise, but just listening.)  Don’t enable people to become dependent on you,  but direct them to God and His word where they will find real answers for real life problems.

 6. Outside the Home

“Go ye, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
Matthew 29:19

God has called us to be light in a dark world (getting darker my the moment.)  Out of a sincere love for what the Lord has done for us, it would only be reasonable service to want to share the joy and peace our relationship with the Lord has brought to us.  Help train others to serve Him.  Invite people to church.  Awana is such a great discipling tool, training young people to serve to the Lord and you have been fortunate to be an Awana leader in the past.   Be a mentor to younger folks than you.  Your investment into others’ lives will be a blessing to you.  We are saved to serve and not to sit.  Practice Mr. C ‘s favorite verse (paraphrase) “Be ye steadfast unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing your labor is not in vain.” 1 Cor. 15:58


Well, that’s what God has planned for you and Josiah.
And as you head out on this new adventure in life, we pray the Lord gives you both all you need to accomplish His directives.  May God’s riches blessings be upon you both.
You are dearly loved!