BRISTOL BITS: Lunch at 150 Central and possibly the last WWI widow

Published on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:35
Written by Bob Montgomery

I’ve been on a Dave Lepore kick recently as a fan. I thought I’d do this segment as he might have written it. Dave, who passed away in 2003, was humorous and talented as a writer in Bristol. I was at 150 Central for lunch on Wednesday with Woody Anderson, Tom Downs, Ed Lorenson and Terry Fletcher, and saw some nice folks having lunch there. Here’s how Dave may have wrote it up:

“While bopping around town to check out the luncheon scene on ‘hump day,’ I stopped at 150 in “The Village” around 1:50 p.m. There were some cool people at the eatery, including Donna Janazzo and Louise Goodspeed, who frequent the joint often. With this, I thought I’d snap a close-up of them and share it with those in readers land.”

The last WWI widow?

Not too long ago, Carol Denehy mentioned to the audience during a WWI program at the Bristol Historical Society that Bev Strong, who was there in attendance, was or could be the lone widow of an American serviceman from that war. How so?

Well, Ralph Strong, her husband, passed away in 1992 at the age of 97 and that would make him 122 years old today. It’s doubtful that many WWI widows remain, because they would generally be somewhere between the ages of 102 to 122. If Bev, who turns 80 on Dec. 5, isn’t the lone surviving widow then she is among a very small number.


This license plate has been knocked around lately and now I know what it’s all about. I received an email from attorney Ed Krawiecki and in it he wrote that it belongs to Carol Scheriff, a longtime friend of his and a paralegal, and added that she is the biggest Bruce Springsteen fan on earth. Thus, the “Born 2 Run.”

Bristol Press rewind - 1997 (20 years ago)

This one comes from the late Dave Lepore’s “Hometown” column:

“It was great to see Stretch Murphy receive the key to the city for his many years of service on the City Council and in local government. At Wednesday’s council meeting, the first since Stretch lost his bid for re-election, Mayor Frank Nicastro said that Stretch served the city with dignity and honor. Truer words could not have been spoken.

“Stretch is one of those people that embody and symbolize what Bristol is all about. Born and raised in Bristol, where he remained to raise his own family, Stretch became active in local politics in 1959. Through his public service and his family’s ownership of Lake Compounce, Stretch had significant ties to the community and used those bonds to help better the city and its quality of life.”


I received a phone call from Charlie Marseglia on Monday and he referred to the picture in Monday’s edition of The Bristol Press of Joe Sheyd, a 92-year-old who hit his first hole-in-one on Nov. 2 at Shuttle Meadow in Berlin. Charlie, 90, recalled getting an ace in his early 80’s. This took place at the Pequabuck Golf Club on the sixth hole using a driver.

Did you know?

On Oct. 16, 1893, the Borough Board - the equivalent to today’s City Council - voted to appoint a committee of three to investigate the matter of establishing a police force in Bristol and to report back to the board at its next meeting. Thus, burgesses W.S. Ingraham, G.S. Hull and W.E. Sessions, - equivalent to today’s city counselors - recommended that a police force be established with Howard G. Arms to be appointed its first chief with two patrolmen to do night duty and one, a supernumerary officer, for day duty on Sundays. The recommendation was approved on Dec. 5, 1893.

Bristol’s Christmas tree

If you’ve been downtown the past couple of days, you might have seen some fellows decorating the tree in front of Webster Bank with Christmas lights. I remember when the World War II Honor Roll was in that spot and recently wrote about it being taken away sometime in the 1950’s, because it was deteriorating. Sometime after that, I assume the tree was planted and it’s now grown to the height of the bank building. Does anyone recall it being planted and around what year? I thought I’d place a date on the tree for historical purposes.

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol, General News on Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:35. Updated: Tuesday, 14 November 2017 21:41.