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Peggy Barron, born Margaret Corrine Nash in upstate New York from parents also born in upstate New York.
People said she looked most like her father, but when you saw her beautiful eyes her mother’s spirit shone through. She was the oldest of four children, with two sisters and one younger brother.
She was an active child and liked outdoor sports, especially her favorite, ice-skating.
Peggy has fond memories of Christmases she spent with her mother’s parents. Christmas Eve was always a time of joy when she was with the Eichler clan.
Being of Irish descent another traditional holiday spent by the family with St. Patrick’s Day. And there was often family reunions that Peggy would speak about.
Peggy’s maternal grandparents mostly influenced her life because they always listened and were very interested in what she had to say. .
The family moved often from one rental house to another.
But when Peggy was a freshman in high school the family moved to New Hartford, New York where her parents bought a small home with three bedrooms, one bath, a kitchen, dining room, and back shed.
They were into the modern age where they had electric lights, a gas stove and a wringer washer.
They kept warm in the winter with a coal furnace that was later changed out to gas heat.
She shared her bedroom with her sisters and there were many fights over sharing clothes.
Peggy and her siblings attended Saint Francis Catholic school; and because of the family move from Utica to New Hartford, she attended two different high schools: Utica Free Academy and New Hartford High School. Peggy was a good student and got good grades. Her favorite subjects included: Math, English and all subjects except for Civics, which she did not enjoy.
She often attended high school football and basketball games to cheer on her team.
In those days families did not travel often except for the typical fishing or hunting trips that she went on with her parents.
One trip that was her favorite was one to Lake George with her maternal grandparents and aunts and uncles.
When she was older and started working, she would frequently take the train to Syracuse and New York City.
Favorite color: Pastels
Favorite season: Summer
Favorite holiday: Christmas
Favorite book: The Robe
Favorite movie: Gone With The Wind
Favorite flower: Pink roses
Favorite candy: Caramels
Favorite sport: Ice-skating
Favorite cookie: Molasses Spice
Favorite ice cream: Pistachio Nut
Favorite song: The Snow is Snowing (I’ve got my love to keep me warm) by Billie Holiday
Peggy was never idle and she had many hobbies including: sewing, knitting, and bridge club, crossword puzzles, any type of card games and spending time with friends.
Her favorite type of travel was to warm, sunny beaches.
Her favorite vacations were to Hawaii, Australia and Florida.
Some of her favorite recipes included Italian dishes, Hungarian Goulash and desserts.