The boys are standing on what used to be called Railroad Avenue. Only a few months after this photograph was taken, it was renamed Southside Avenue in honor of the Southsiders in service. The young men are probably standing in front of the club building, though the photographer has angled the shot so that the building is outside of the frame, on the left. We are looking south – in the background you can see the old footbridge that used to cross the railroad tracks at the bottom of Washington Avenue and led to the office building of Anaconda Wire & Cable Company on the waterfront.
We posted this photograph on Flickr about two weeks ago with the idea that we would use it as a mystery photo since we didn’t know the names of any of the young men. Almost immediately, Paul Duddy left a comment saying that he would get to work on the identifications. But as fast as Paul is, Bryan Healy is faster. He took the photograph down to the Senior Canteen at the Community Center where Eleanor McGinigle, Anne Schnibbe, Eddie Shuluk and Helen Rakotz had no trouble in putting names to the faces. The young men are, left to right: Stanley Yochonarish, Ernie Grascia, Pete Kucap (hand on flag pole), Mike Seman (kneeling), Tony Grascia (flapping tie), and Benny Sciepura. Stanley, Peter, and Benny's names appear on the printed Hastings Honor Roll for World War II in the society’s collection. Bryan also pointed out that March 30th of 1945 was Good Friday, which explains why everyone is dressed up. Thanks for all your help, Bryan!
Southside Social and Athletic Club with their service flag marching down Warburton Avenue in the 1946 Memorial Day parade.