Sheepshead Bay in 1918
Here's an anecdote, courtesy of Bill Fitzsimmons,
about Uncle George (pictured above)...
Harold, once told me the following story:
He was about 9 years old at the end of the war, and one day
while standing in front of the family house in Sheepshead Bay
with his uncle George Fitzsimmons ,
a messenger came by with a telegram from the War Department for
He said that his
uncle George took the telegram and opened it, saying "I'd better
look at this," and then read the telegram out loud. It said
something like "We regret to inform you that your son, George
Fitzsimmons, is missing in action, and presumed dead."
The elder George
Fitzsimmons then folded the telegram and put it in his pocket,
saying, "Harold, these things are sometimes wrong. Let's just
keep this between ourselves for now, so we don't upset anybody
till we're sure."
A week or so
later, Uncle George (the one in the photo above) came walking
home down the street following his discharge from the military,
to a big family welcome. According to my father, his uncle
pulled him aside one day, took out the telegram, and tore it up.
"No reason to tell
anyone about this" he said. "It will be our secret."
And, my father
said, it was never talked of again.
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Born this Year...
The World in 1918...
- November 11th - Germany signs an armistice
with the Allies, bringing an end to World War One.
1918 Photo Gallery...
1918 at the track...
George Walls up
Trainer James Fitzsimmons (with binoculars)
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