Peter M. O’Neill
- Mailing address:
- When and where were you born?
1946, Summit, NJ.
- When did you come to Mountain Lakes?
- Tell us something about your family. Did your parents also live here?
- Where have you lived in the Borough? In which houses?
58 Melrose Rd.
- What do you remember particularly about the houses and properties where you lived?
- What are some of your special memories growing up in Mountain Lakes?
The lakes; the active sports environment; parking on lawns; “Whistle Stop”; hitching allover town.
- Where did you go to school? What particular memories do you have from your school years? Are there any special stories you associate with that time of your life?
I went to Lake Drive school (grades 3-6), then the High School (grades 7-12).
- Where did you and your family shop?
- What were the roads and the lakes like?
Tight roads, safe (then) for bicycles; Only dirty part of lakes was canal between Wildwood and Mountain Lake.
- Are there any special people you remember who contributed to the life of the town? Why do they stand out in your mind?
George Wilson was responsible for a generation of honest, hard-working, high-achieving athletes.
- What did you do for fun formal recreation, sports and entertainment in general?
High School sports; summer Hub Lakes games; basketball by the Whistle Stop.
- Are there any special events that stand out in your mind?
Fourth of July!!!!!
- Did your parents and the parents of your friends work nearby? In New York or elsewhere? How did they get to work? How did commuting change over your time here?
- How did various laws affect the way people lived?
- Did you have a sense of Mountain Lakes as a unique place in its lifestyle, its homes, as a community?
- How did the world’s events — World War I, the Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the assassination of JFK, Viet Nam, Watergate, etc. — affect you and fellow Mountain Lakes residents when you were growing up?
JFK’s death was my 17th birthday. Time stood still.
- What made living in Mountain Lakes special to you, as you think back over your life here?
A magical place in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Never to be duplicated.