Among the envelope of old black and white photos provided to the Westfield Historian by Julie Mathews McGill in the summer of 2011 were three shots of a group of five young women and two young men enjoying each other's company in front of a Christmas tree. One of the women was identified as Marion Hiller. So since Hiller lives nearby, and one of her relatives is a regular at the historian office at 3 East Main Street, during the 2011 Christmas holidays I asked the relative if she would please ask if Hiller could identify the others in the photos, and perhaps provide a date and location.
The results were delivered to the office on a blustery wintry day in early January 2012:
The date is 1942, and the house was on First Street here in Westfield;
The women apparently doing their nails or reading, from left to right: Ethyl Scarpine; Doris Holbrook; Mary Leah Mascaro; Jane Mathews; and Marion Hiller.
The group met weekly to play cards during the war; and
In each photo, the woman in the plaid dress on the right is Marion Hiller.
How many of these men and women do you remember?
Marybelle Beigh is the current Public Historian for the Town and Village of Westfield. Her office is located at 3 East Main Street in Westfield, N.Y, 14787 - inside Parkview Ice Cream Parlor. Her scheduled office hours are Monday through Friday 9 to 11 a.m.; other hours by appointment.
Beigh can be reached at email@example.com or by calling 326-2457 (office), 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).