BRISTOL BITS: Step back in time to remember Miss Bristol from 1964

Published on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 21:04
Written by Bob Montgomery

The Miss Bristol photo that was in Monday’s edition of the Bristol Press was of Rochelle (Oliver) Levins. I asked for input on the photo and Rochelle emailed and said it was her. She writes:

“This was my official Miss Bristol 1964 portrait done by Bernie Gilman after I was crowned in October 1963. There were 34 contestants that year and was reduced to 10 by residents voting for their favorite by ballot. The top 10 then competed in a pageant at Bristol Eastern auditorium.

“Barbra Molusis, who crowned me with Miss Connecticut Valerie Stetson, was the outgoing Miss Bristol. Nineteen sixty four was the first year Bristol’s pageant was affiliated with Miss America as an official pageant. Geri Tobacco and Barbara Pergoda were my chaperones and Joe Tobacco and Harry Pergoda were my managers from the Bristol JCs.”

Diana Peterson guessed correctly, too, and added that Sandy Piasecki, her sister, went to New York City with Rochelle in winning a trip for two to the Big Apple. Barbara Cafora answered correctly and I thank the other readers who took a stab at the photo.

Just because

Just for the heck of it, I thought I’d jot down the names of some of the kids I knew or knew of from Rochelle Oliver’s 1962 Bristol Central senior class:

Esther Baker, Norm Bourgeois, Bernie Cohen, Ray Gagnon, Bill Gawitt, Donna Harrigan, Raymond Kowalec, Dave Krpata, Kathy McCarthy, Chuck McLaughlin, Dan Madden, Kevin Phelan, Jo Ann Peters, Bob Usher, Edward Vaughn, Pete White and Carl Wusterbarth.

Bristol Press rewind 1958 (60 years ago)

E. Ingraham Co. was notified by the office of U.S. Rep. Emilio Q. Daddario that it will be provided with a $975,000 industrial loan to move from North Main Street to build a new plant in the Redstone Hill Industrial Park. The loan will cover 65 percent of the cost for the new location and is necessary because the current location would be in the way for the urban renewal project slated to take place soon;

Mayor Walter Murphy Jr., stated this morning that he will suggest to the City Council this evening that the former Sessions Foundry (now the area of Price Chopper) on Farmington Avenue be considered as the future location of the City Yard for the Public Works Department.

Golden Key “Good Sport” award

With Maryellen Holden being honored this year with the “Good Sport” award by the CT Sportswriter’s Alliance at its annual Golden Key Dinner, she’ll join others from Bristol who have received the honor since 1988. Those before her were Jason “Coachie” DeCarolis, Paul LaFleur, Fran Mullins, Julie Larese, Bob Watson, Dave Greenleaf and Ed Beardsley.

I recall when I was a member of the association that I pushed Julie Larese’s name for a Gold Key. He did receive the “Good Sport” award and his speech to the audience brought a lot of positive chuckles.

Did you know?

Paul Oehler (1894-1952) and Norris Bean (1904-1978), related by marriage, operated fruit farms in the section of town bounded by Oehler Drive, Peacedale Street, Apple Road, McIntosh Drive, Glendale Drive and Baldwin Drive.

Terry Burke

Bristol native Jim Kane, now a longtime resident of Florida, said that Terry Burke, a first team 1962 all-state basketball player for Bristol Eastern, is recuperating from a serious shoulder operation in upstate New York. Anyone wanting to wish him well can do so by contacting me for his phone number. I don’t want to give it out to just anyone. Thank you. I’m screening for him like he used to screen for his teammates on the basketball court.

Dave and Mike Pasqualicchio - Nuchie’s Restaurant

This is a test. Do not look back at the spelling of Dave and Mike’s last name and see if you can spell it without cheating. This is just a test, a prizeless one for the fun of it!

Write to Bob Montgomery, ℅ The Bristol Press, 188 Main St., Bristol, CT 06010. Call 860-973-1808 or email:

Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol on Tuesday, 6 February 2018 21:04. Updated: Tuesday, 6 February 2018 21:07.