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Portsmouth Natives Share 'Memories' on New Facebook Page

Do you remember the old roller skating rink? How about Joe's Lounge? Well if you do, you might want to check out this new Facebook 'Memories' page.

Do you remember the old roller skating rink where is located now? How about Kauffman's Hardware Store? Or walking to Nadeau's?

Well, you might just want to check out a new Facebook "Memories" page properly entitled, "If you grew up in Portsmouth, RI share some memories."

Native Portsmouth residents, both young and old, are posting their memories of growing up in the small town from dancing at the to something called simply "The Duck."

The Facebook group's message is simple and posted at the top of the page:

"For people who either grew up, lived in or passed through Portsmouth RI for any period of time....Share your memory of our town, the birthplace of democracy....We would love to hear from you!!!"

The open group has already reached 109 members as of Friday morning and is growing fast. This is just one of many "Memory" sites on Facebook, which has quickly taken off or "gone viral" in recent weeks.

To view the Facebook group or join, click here.

Marshall Lundberg August 07, 2011 at 02:54 PM
I lived in Springfield, VA for a few years and there was a wonderful small hardware store nearby. I spoke to the owners, and when I told them I was from Portsmouth, the wife asked, "Have you ever been to Kaufman's Hardware?" I don't think that Bernie knew that he was already a legend! Marshall Lundberg
Portsmouth Senior Citizen August 07, 2011 at 04:17 PM
OMG - The roller rink was the place to go. As a young child, I spent all day Saturday and Sunday afternoons there. My family were members of the Skating Club and once a year they would put on a show. I still remember the Monkey Man - God Rest His Soul.. As for Nadeau's, they had the best soda fountain. That was the place to go for delicious Ice Cream Sodas, Milkshakes and great Sundaes and next door was the Post Office. Lets not forget about the P Club on Friday nights (I was too young to go) but when I got older there was the Rec Center (Mom at the Rec Center was the best caring person on earth). Those sure were the good old days. How about Island Park where the 501 Cafe is now (great hang out) with the amusement area right next door. And across the street was the place to go for steak dinners, family style fries and the slaw was to die for. Portsmouth sure was a great place for the teenagers. My father (God Rest His Soul) relied on Kauffman's Hardware Store as that was the place for everything and anything. Remember the penny candy store in Island Park? I went there every Sunday after going to Church in Island Park - unfortunately, the church would only get have the money my Mother would give me for the collection plate (Sorry St. Anthony's and Mom - I just couldn't pass up getting my weekly sugar high). Hope you all enjoyed going down a small part of memory lane with me.
Old Tax Payer August 07, 2011 at 10:46 PM
Lets go back a little further, how about the Island Park Move Theather, the Bowling Ally and the Old Roller Rink that was in the area of where the 501 Cafe is now and before the Rec. Center. The night it burnt down my Dad and I was there watching the Ports Fire Dept. trying to put out the fire. At that time the Fire Dept. was all volunteer. How about Chases Meat & Butcher Shop, Burnies Dried Goods was accross the street where Armors Studio is now. How about Stones Diner were Redies Diner is now, all the teenagers at that time used to hang out there all the time. Talking about the Slaw from Tremblies, when Mrs. Braso stop cooking there and was moving to FL. she gave my wife the receipe for the Slaw. How about Charlie Horseman who lived on Park Av., he was so LARGE when he died they buried him in a Piano Crate.
Al Souza August 09, 2011 at 06:02 PM
Wow talk about fond memories. The amazing thing is that just this weekend at a family cookout we were remanicing about tremblys' and the retirement parties we had there.Of course the main thing everyone remembered was the fabulous slaw. would love to have the recipe for it. Would you be willing to part with it?
Old Tax Payer August 09, 2011 at 06:19 PM
Al, how do I get in touch with you ???
Al Souza August 09, 2011 at 06:31 PM
You can either email me at Al656charter.net or my cell is 508-536-8784
Al Souza August 09, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Sorry just realized I left out the @ in Al656@charter.net
Susan S October 29, 2011 at 01:11 PM
I lived down the street from the roller rink. Loved going. Took lessons. I remember Al (who adjusted the wheels on skates...) and does anyone remember Mr Knowles (old man that used to skate). Also the Davis's? And Nadaeus... I remember I stole a braclet or something small from there and felt so quilty I told my Mother and she made me go there and return it..! lol
Jim L October 29, 2011 at 05:12 PM
go to " if you lived in portsmouth . com 1600 folks on there now, grat pictures and tales
Eva Camara Fieldhouseeva July 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I worked at the theater in island park. Remember the old stone bridge, my Mom lived across what is now point Rd restayrent, My mom owned a.small restaurant there first we only had 8 stools and window service it sure was busy, I worked there while my husband was in Nam for a year. Remember Pete and Flo's my Moms hang out for many years . I lved there until I was 20 years old on Weyerhauser Rd. I worked for the Danis' at the little store they owned on Bristol ferry Rd. We dad no high school so I went to St. Catherine Academic. In newport. Many happy memories. Eva Camara Fieldhouse
John ("Anything But Sue") July 14, 2012 at 11:55 PM
WOW: NOW I feel like a youngster. I lived in Island Park starting in 1966. Anyone remember Jacksons Shell Station. Always had my '66 396 Chevelle serviced there. There used to be a Tropical Fish store down the street ..on the left..near where 15 Point Road is now....memorys..
Barry Stone July 15, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Does anyone remember who owned the Five and Dime in Island Park? It was Zenon St. Laurent and his late wife. "Babe" St. Laurent is still alive today, still resides in Island Park and will be 108 years old the end of July. Yes that is 108!!!! He lives on his own (with help from his grandson and his wife), dances a couple of times weekly and goes to the senior center Monday thru Friday, plays pool and plays the guitar. He still loves the ladies and his dessert!!! God bless him!!! Now he can tell you some stories.
Jack Baillargeron July 15, 2012 at 06:29 AM
Your rights there, he is a hot ticket, was at a party at the house one time and he had to leave he said because it was VFW dance time and he never misses it lol. He dosn't look a day over 90 either. "Sandy To the headline, it is Jo's not joes. Jo the owner was female and a very very nice lady, loved that place and the workers, always great as well as the clientel."
Jim L July 15, 2012 at 06:22 PM
" facebook!! "IF YOU GREW UP IN PORTSMOUTH .COM great mix of town fols from the 1950's and up
Winifred Grebey Lynde May 08, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I grew up in Portsmouth on West Main Rd. Went to sleep most nights with the Hog Island fog horn lulling me into my dreams. Would walk many times to the cross on the Priory Hill to look at sunsets over the Narragansett. Lived near the old grist mill on Lehigh Hill. Mother did a painting of it. I love Portsmouth.

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