Recently, an old photo provided by Donald Bova of North East, Pa., was published in a Buzzings showing the late Tony Baideme's "Polar Bear" painting in the background of the photo of Tony DiPasquale and an unknown waitress.
In response to a plea for any reader who could identify the waitress to please contact the Westfield Historian, a series of phone messages and conversations were exchanged between the historian and Barbara (Beehler) Howard. Howard was a former Westfield resident and graduate of the Westfield Academy and Central School Class of 1961 who is now residing in Florida.
With a chuckle, Howard observed the "scanty" outfit worn by the woman in the photo with Tony "Bark" was not typical of waitresses in Westfield in the 1950s. She also recalled the Genesee Brewing Company of Rochester had a promotional "Miss Jenny" who appeared on signs, placemats and advertising photos for the company during the 1950s.
The women standing next to Tony DiPasquale was identified as a ‘Miss Jenny.’
An Internet search turned up many sites having collectibles showing the Miss Jenny image. And Genesee Brewing Company's website has a history timeline which includes the following for the year 1952, "Genesee launches its most successful advertising campaign: 'Miss Jenny.' Daphne Dore is the first Jenny girl. The campaign ran for more than a decade."
A big thank you to Howard for solving another history mystery.
The sharp eyes of Debbie Cash, while she was studying the photo in the Thursday, July 12 Buzzings from BeeLines, led to a quick phone call message from Florida on Saturday, July 14, just after noon.
Marybelle Beigh is the current Public Historian for the Town and Village of Westfield and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 326-6171 (home) or 397-9254 (cell).
"I get the Westfield Republican and I was just looking at the unidentified people in the photo of (Randy) Arnot's staff," she said. "I think the one in the back is Virginia Imm. You might want to check with her."
Immediately I picked up my Westfield phone book, found Virginia Imm listed, not more than half a block from where I live, and left her a phone message asking her to please call me back and either confirm or deny Cash's suggestion.
Not long after leaving the message, my phone rang.
"This is Virginia Imm," she said. "Yes that is me in the photo. As soon as I got your message I ran down and got a paper to check."
After thanking her, Imm asked me if I knew who she is, and I said that her name is very familiar. "I work at The Westfield Apothecary," she said, and we both had a friendly laugh.
In addition to working for Arnot at The Bark Grill, Imm shared she had also worked previously for Tony "Bark."
Looks like I'd better find some more history mysteries to solve.