|Gene Gochenour and Joyce Ramer. 1948. Grand Island, NY|
My grandparents Lynne and Evelyn Ramer and their four children, Joyce, Nancy, and twins Don and David moved to the Sheridan Park Project during WWII. Gramps worked as a testing engineer in the airplane factory. He also obtained his MA in Mathematics from the University of Buffalo and taught there after the war. Mom was the 'jitterbug queen' of the project. Sadly, she never could teach me to jitterbug.
My Aunt Pat, Dave Ramer's wife, and her sister Bonnie told me that ALL the girls had a crush on dad.
|1946, Mom age 15, at Sheridan Park Project|
|Shy teen Gene|
|My teenaged mom, Joyce Ramer, at dad's Military Road house.|
|Steve Capuson jitterbugging with Joyce Ramer at|
Sheridan Park Projects dance
|Joyce Ramer, 1947, Sheridan Project|
|Joyce Ramer, Sheridan Parkside|
"One day on the way home from school a policeman stopped me because there were five people on the cycle. He stood with his hands on his hips, looked at me and said “Where do you think you are going?” I said we were just coming home from school. Since I only had a Junior driver's license, I had to have a valid reason for driving. He shook his head and said “Get some handles on this thing!” So when I got home I put some cupboard handles on the rear seat.
"The photo below is what we looked like, although it is with my father, sister Mary, a cousin, me, and my sister Alice. The year was 1947.
|1947. Dad's motorcycle.|
|Joyce at Putt's Farm, 1948|
|Gene Gochenour at Greenwood home|
|Joyce Ramer, age 15, at her Grandparent Greenwood's home|
|Gene and Joyce at Watkin's Glen, NY|
|Joyce and Gene|
|Joyce in graduation gown,|
Sheridan Parkside Projects
|Joyce Ramer's Senior Photo 1949|
"Joyce took up comptometer courses and got an office job after her graduation. The job was in Buffalo and she had to take a bus to get there every day. After I graduated I got a job at the construction company working on the [new Philip Sheridan Elementary] school, then when the station was ready to open, I went to work for my father.
"When I was single I was paid twenty five dollars a week at the station, then when I married, my pay was forty two dollars a week. Not very much money, even then!
|Gene Gochenour at Military Road|
|Joyce Ramer high school graduation 1949|
|Joyce and Gene at Senior Dance, Kenmore High School, 1948|
|Dick Watkins, Gene Gochenour, Joyce Ramer, Nancy Ramer|
Mom and Dad's wedding 1949
|My Mom, Joyce Ramer Gochenour|
"The apartment was upstairs from where my mother and father lived, behind the station. My sister Mary and her husband Clyde lived in the apartment below us.
"Joyce found a job closer to home, but she did not like the people, or the work. She still had to ride the bus to work, and in those days, women that worked in offices did not dress casual, but spent a lot on shoes, suites, make up, etc. Since she only made twenty five dollars a week, we decided she should quit, and be a housewife. I was happy she quit, but we were very poor then. When I was single I was paid twenty five dollars a week at the station, then when I married, my pay was forty-two dollars a week. Not very much money, even then!
|Joyce and Gene|
|Gene and Joyce in Allegheny|
|Joyce Ramer Gochenour and Nancy (me!)|
|Nancy Gochenour and Debbie Becker (daughter of Lee Becker,|
Dad's uncle) 1953. Rosemont Ave and John Kuhn's barn in background.
|Joyce Gochenour and Mary Becker with Nancy and Debbie|
on Rosemont Ave, 1953