West Hartford’s ‘Monday Memory’

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Test your knowledge of West Hartford history with this ‘Monday Memory,’ courtesy of the Noah Webster House and West Hartford Historical Society.

By Ronni Newton

It’s time to take a look back into West Hartford’s past to either stir up some memories, reflect on how much things have changed, or both. And if you have no idea, we love the photo captions, too!

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Last week’s photo (at right and in larger size below) was a bit tough to identify – but a place that many parents of current and former preschoolers recognized right away.

“WOW! This weeks flashback pic (March 13th) is a tough one,” commented Lucien Grillo.

“That is The School For Young Children on Steele Road. Presently owned by University of St Joseph,” commented Lisa Benet.

John Maloney, who added his comment on Facebook, identified the building as its initial occupancy: “Beach Park School.”

Libby Flynn Cooper recalled attending Beach Park School, as did Polly Flynn Davies who added: “We were just talking about our memories of Beach Park ! Especially going home for lunch everyday.”

“I remember playing hide and seek and hitting my head on the branch of a pine tree in the front of the school. Only had to walk back home for Dad to fix the problem,” added Frederick Flynn.

Norma Berson Kramer also shared some personal memories of Beach Park on Facebook: “It was a lovely elementary school. There was only one classroom of each grade. I remember the teachers of my classes there in the 50’s. 3rd grade, Miss McNally; 4th grade Mrs. Church; 5th grade Miss Sullivan and 6th grade Mrs. Neville!”

Amy Rogin Bisconte also recalled walking home for lunch from Beach Park School, and Ginny Burgess recalled Mr. Wiggins stopping by with the junior high band on tour.

Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

This week’s photo (at right an in larger size below) is a place that may or may not be recognizable to our local history buffs.

Where is this?

What was this business?

What is in this location now?

When was this photo taken?

Please share your memories below.

Thank you to the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society for providing us with the images. They are always looking for new images to add to the collection. Visit their website atwww.noahwebsterhouse.org for more information about membership and programs.

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Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

Former Beach Park School, now the School for Young Children on North Steele Road. Courtesy Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society

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  • Either the old Yankee Flyer Diner on New Park Avenue (now East/West Grill) or the original location of the center diner which was still under the facade at Edelweiss Restaurant and now Treva.

  • That is the Yankee Flyer Diner on New Park Ave which is now East – West Grill . Appears to be early 70’s

  • I remember that as the New Park Diner which also might have been called the West Hartford Diner. It’s now an Asian restaurant.

  • Without a doubt this was the Yankee Flyer Diner, owned and operated by John Kokinis for most of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Located on New Park Ave.

  • That’s definitely the Yankee Flyer Diner.
    I should know.
    It was my home away from home.
    Thanks Dad for an uniquely amazing upbringing.
    Thanks Mom for typing all those menus every day and to our employees/ family members who made it to work no matter how deep the snow was.
    Finally I’d also like to thank all of our loyal customers.
    The luckiest kid in the world.
    Your son,

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