Sunday, May 3, 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009


Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

Darmstadt - Lincoln Village, May 2009

116 comments:

Brian said...

I have only a few memories of Darmstadt. I was a military brat before I went into the Air Force. My father was stationed at CFK in the USAFSS. When going through his old military records, I found the following address for where we lived:

Bldg 4424, Apt B-8
Lincoln Village
Darmstadt, Germany

I'm wondering if this this the same Lincoln Village.

Brian Hendrix
http://usafssdad.com

Brian said...

I also have an address later of:

Bldg 4438, Apt B-4
Lincoln Village
Darmstadt, Germany

Brian Hendrix
http://usafssdad.com

Anonymous said...

I lived in Darmstadt from the summer of '59 - summer of'62. In fact, the picture with the AYA in the background, the building to the right was the building I lived in. Talk about fond memories!My dad was Air Force and worked out at 6910th RGM out by Stars and Stripes. What great years those were. Didn't realize it at the time, but certainly do now.
Mary Lynne(Mock)James
Frankfurt Am. High School -'63

Anonymous said...

This is the place you lived. I am a former resident too.

Karen said...

We were stationed in Darmstadt in '83 (I was 8 years old), then went to Frankfurt and Giesen, then back to Darmstadt. Lots of memories.

4424 Apt. A-4
Lincoln Village
Darmstadt, Germany

Looks like I have a neighbor!

Karen said...

We had a similar address while we were there in '85 -'87 (I was 13 when we left for the states):

4423 Apt A4
Lincoln Village
Darmstadt, Germany

Hey neighbors!

Allen said...

I lived in Darmstadt from 78 to 80.

We were at Bldg 4438, Apt C-6. There was a German store right across the street from us and I used to go in there and look at all the lead soldier molds they had.

I remember waiting for the bratwurst and ice cream trucks to come around. So good! Pistachio ice cream on a shell shaped cone!

Anonymous said...

Wow, so many memories fluding back after reading these comments.I lived in Darmstadt from 89-93. I am not sure of the exact address but it was definitly Lincoln Village in the building directly across the street from the junior high.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Lincoln Village from 1981-1985. OUr building was right next to the DYA. I remember a little old german couple who had a house there that sold snacks. I would have loved to have gone back before they closed it just to see what it was like . I went to Darmstadt American Middle School and elementary.

Gretchen

Anonymous said...

So sad to see the place now. My cousin taught at the Elementary School here, back in the early 2000s.

Anonymous said...

I also lived in Lincoln from 76-84 in 4439 B-6. Attended Elementary and Junior High there before Frankfurt High. My parents recently went back to visit Darmstadt and updated me: The entire housing area is fenced/gated off, vacant, and dark. I remember it fondly as a very vibrant community and would like to remember it that way too.

Shawn

Chiara said...

I lived there also, cant remember when we moved there but we moved to the states in ´92- i was 11.
for those who might know me, u can find me in facebook or myspace.
chiara soto

ramsey01 said...

I lived in 4410 A-1; and 4424 A-1. Was there from '79 to '89. Check out facebook and join the darmstadt pages

ramsey01 said...

Karen I lived in 4424 A-1 the same time you were in A-4. Small world!

Anonymous said...

I lived in lincoln village from 1999-2004 in Bldg. 4430 C-2. I also attended the elementary and middle school there. I was so sad when I had to move. I really miss the apartment. It's pretty sad the place closed down.

Anonymous said...

69-72, 4412 A-1, Darmstadt Elementary School. I was there last year, fenced and gated, no access even with a CAC card. Even the base was closed, I remember the walk from the village to the base being much farther than it really was!!

JDR said...

1972 - 1975 Lived in 442? apt A4, to the right of the building that stood across the street directly in front of the school. Very close to the AYA building and the little German house / store where we bought bakery items and a sort of dried strawberry snack (anyone know what that was called?) I also remember the daily soft drink and ice cream vendors.Also, sneaking with friends to the woods on the edge of the housing area to watch trains pass. In addition to walking to CFK, family would sometimes take the trolley to Eberstadt to the pool. Wasn't Frankenstein's castle nearby? By the way, Dad was a first sgt. with the 94th engnr bn, at Ernst Ludwig Kaserne. Recently found that the 94th is now stationed at Ft.Wood MO. Really had a wonderful time. Thanks for reminding me!

Marquis said...

That's crazy! I lived in 4424 A3 from '92-'98.

Dawn said...

Seeing these pictures of what was once our home is just so sad. It's so eerie looking now...

Makes me wish we all could go back and make it alive again with laughter and friends, children playing, etc.

Lincoln Village, 4419-B-6, 2005-2008.

Kendra Purnell said...

didn't know that the village was closed that was sad. We lived in Jefferson Village from 86-90 I used to think Lincoln village was fun to visit a=cause that's were all my friends lived!! :)

Anonymous said...

I did an internship at the child development center back in 2004.

It was Bldg 4413.

I didn't know they closed down... that's sad.

Andres said...

I was at CFK in 2007-2008 when they were already closing down or reducing many services. It was sometimes like a ghost town but it had its share of things going on. I was a Military Police officer and we would patrol CFK, Lincoln Village, St. Barbara, Langen, Griesheim Town Housing, Start and Stripes, Kelley Barracks.... the whole entire Darmstadt community. It's fun to see some pictures on here from all the places I used to patrol on a daily basis. Too bad it shut down.

thatsavagegirl said...

I lived in Darmstadt from late 2000 to early 2003 and went to the elementary school. So many memories! It's really sad to see a whole community closed and vacant.

Anonymous said...

mike lived in darmstadt lincoln village 1976-79 my bldg was right in front of baseball field i was part of the 78-79 v corp useuer dya basketball champions darmstadt trogans looking for foto of that team darmstadt was a small but beautiful place fond memories mike street 76-79

mike v said...

i lived in lincoln village 77-82 right next to the junior high. so many memories, remember opening day of baseball. played one year at the bigger field with the green fenced in bleachers behind home plate. remember the egg lady, she had the white van and she sold ice cream and candy. i still have my green dya jacket (trojans).

Anonymous said...

God I miss this place. 4402 C2. I miss every day of hanging out with my friends from 99 to 07.

Arthur Gardner said...

Beautiful photos. Absolutely beautiful. My heart aches for this place so much despite the fact I know there is nothing left but memories there in Lincoln Village. Lived there from late 99 into 2000-2003's Christmas Eve. In the span of the 4 years I lived there, it started with resistance which ended up becoming a deep, unfathomable longing for a community I'd not felt so much kinship and close knit ties since then. I could honestly care less for my high school experience while living in Germany, but LIVING in Germany was a whole other story. I miss the seasons, the weather, the people, the food, the long walks through the forests and that path leading up to Darmstadt CFK as well as periodically stopping by the Santa Barbara community where I knew some of my other friends lived. Most of all I miss that baseball field, that very same one shown in the photos, where I spent countless hours of my summers sitting inside of, watching the clouds because it would be just that beautiful to be outside for. I've so many memories I'm glad I made there and even a few people who I still keep in touch with as some of my closest friends to this very today. As I mentioned, there's nothing left there despite my longing to go back even if just to look at the place one last time... it's weird looking at those photos because EACH. AND EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. of those photos tells a personal story from some sort of third person perspective of what I was doing, exactly where and how I felt in each one of those frames. Surreal. Truly, surreal.

My name is Arthur Gardner of Building 4424, Apt. C-4 (1999-2003). I was a Darmstadt/Lincoln Village military brat who at the age of 14 up till 17 lived in a place that will forever remain in my mind, my heart and my dreams. Many other people can have their paradise... for a moment, I think I lived mine in this very place, and I wouldn't change it any other way. It's weird to see the place closed down, overgrown and frankly forgotten. I miss it so much and I'm sure alot of other people I knew back in the day feel the exact same way. Y'all know who you are if you read this.

Anonymous said...

My dad was stainoed here from 1992-1995. I was 8 to 11 years old. 4424 C-6

Sue Hettinger Stark said...

We lived at Lincoln Village Sept 1976 - 1979. My husband workd at Kelly Barracks. Our apartment was 4402-C, but can't remember the apartment number, it was on the third floor. Our neighbors were the Tinnermans, Creeks, and Browns, but also can't recall the last names of the other soldiers in our stairwell. I remember Christmas, decorating our stairwell, sipping hot red wine with cinnamon, everyone having so much fun! My sons all played ball on those ballfields and I volunteered at the DYA. This was the only apartment we ever lived in during our years in the Army and was probably the best tour we ever spent in Germany!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I just happened on this site a few minutes ago. We lived in Lincoln Village from 1960-63 and then again 1968-69. We lived in 436 and in 415 A-5, I don't remember the floor or number on the first one. We played endlessly in those woods, and also in the woods between Lincoln Village and Cambrai Fritsch Caserne, that we referred to as "up post". I have many fond memories of Grades 1-4 and then 9th Grade at Darmstadt American School. A certain Roger Stowell had been my math teach at Frankfurt Junior High in 1966-67, he later got into trouble and is now in prison. He was Asst Principal in Darmstadt. I was there this past January during a trip to see friends in Belgium. I walked all the way from my hotel near the Bahnhof to Lincoln Village in most of a foot of snow. How we loved playing the snow back then, what a gas. And the German gardens over the fence, the train tracks back behind the area where the carnivals set up, and the firing range on the other side of the tracks where the Americans took firing practice. Quite an idyllic life for a grade schooler then. I brought back a pine cone from one of the big pines in the woods, and plan to see if I can get it to germinate. My Dad was also USAFSS and in the 6910th, his name was Oliver Wickey. Both my parents are gone now. It was a very wistful trip to see the place in January. It is all fenced off now as the city of Darmstadt tries to find a buyer, the place looked like it was still in good shape. I saw quite a few upgrades that must have happened after we left. I asked the caretaker's kids if I could go in, I still speak fairly good German, but was told they didn't let anyone in anymore. At the end of my afternoon of nostalgia, I took the streetcar from the stop right at the foot of the hill that goes up post. If anyone was there at the same time as me, please get in touch on Facebook, you can find me under Doug Wickey. Thanks!

Mary Skaggs said...

We were stationed there 68-71. My favorite teachers were Miss Fender (5th grade) and Miss Nagle (4th grade)We lived in Lincoldn & Jefferson Village. Loved Darmstadt!

Anonymous said...

i lived in Lincoln Village from 72-76, i lived in the building butted up to the "four fields" where the Carnivals set up, 2nd building in from the furthest back. no idea what number, went to Darmstadt elementary and remember Mrs.Frey and her cat eyes, the candy man ringing his bell, Eberstadt pool and mooning the people eating down below the deep end, Playing for the Darmstadt Trojans and traveling all over Europe, Coach Jones(MPI)was the best!!i miss the snow, Hamburgers at the AYA, Cheap movies on base...shall i continue.....wow what fun.

Anonymous said...

Anyone remember SST Jerry L Wilson, he was hit by a German Vehicle 1978 leaving a 12 year old son behind?

Cathy said...

We lived in Lincoln Village from Oct '83 to late 84, then moved to Frankfurt, Am Fischstein till June '86. We lived in the first building where you entered the village (don't remember number). Just to the left of the road as you drove into the village the woods were full of blackberry brambles, & I remember picking buckets of blackberries with my kids & all the kids in the neighborhood. What a great site this is, to bring back all these memories!

leslie solorzano said...

I lived in Darmstadt 2005-2008<3
I have so many memories and dreams about Darmstadt. If only it still existed the way we all left and remembered it. This is a place i truly NEVER forget. I love Darmstadt soo much & I miss the people I got the chance to know. I am truly blessed to know that I got a chance to get to live and know this place.

Robert D. Pisarcik said...

I lived at 4424 B-1 from 1969-1975. Played with the Trojan football Team and remember taking the steet car to the Frankenstein castle. Very fond memories of the Elementary School and the carnivals at the four fields. I loved catching lizards in the old German gardens as a kid.

lance said...

my nmae is lance williams i lived in bldg 4412 apt a6 from 78 to 81 i was by the playground ,and the german gardens and the power house.i had some friends from bldg 4415 throught 4410.

Melissa said...

I lived in Darmstat from about 1994 to 1998; ages 4 through 8. It will always be a part of me. It is where I learned to ride a bike, rollar skate, its where my brother was born, where I first went to school, where me and my firends ran wide in the forest. It's been almost 13 years since we moved back to the states, but there are still days when I feel almost homesick for it. It was a wonderful place to be a kid.

P.S. to Annoymus from July 26, 2010 if I have my timeline right, you and I went to the same school for about a year, just different grades.

Tracy Berberena said...

I live in Darmstadt when I was a kid, my step-father was in the Army, we lived in bldg 4409, Apt A-2, if I remember correctly. I remember going through the woods and visiting the German gardens, the local residents there were always nice... not to forget the pool in Eberstadt (sp?). I went to Darmstadt elementary... was a long time ago, but I have nice memories from there. Thanks for sharing your blog and pics...
Tracy

Donna said...

I was in Lincoln Village from 76-78 and went to Darmstadt Elementary K-2. I remember having Ms. Woods and Liebig. I'm sure I have TONS of photos at my moms place. I lived near the playground and learned to ride a bike on the road around the Power House. I loved the Carnivals in the huge field, taking walks through the woods with my father and siblings, the candy truck (chocolate cigarette anyone?), bratwursts, nutcrackers, and fries! I remember going to the DYA and Halloween was off the chain, kids everywhere trick or treating! So many fond memories.

tim said...

have many great memories of Darmsdadt,lived from summer of 77 to spring of 80,I was 15 when we moved there.played football for the trojans 2 years,#32 nickname was "tank".by far these were the best couple of years of life.don't remember bldg. number but it was between the little german store and the little league baseball field. I would love to reunite with some of my old teamates and friends, if anyone remembers me please post

Ron Krows said...

Our Dad was in the Signal Corp stationed in Darmstadt during the winter of 1959 to June 1963, we moved to Lincoln Village 4421 Apt C-3 Oct 1960 across from the school.

I have memomries of our mother being a homeroom mother with the 4th grade class taught by 50+ female who wore a gym whistle to control the class..Remembering my 3yr sister making a comment to her during the Halloween party asking why she blew her whistle all the time was she a MP. Teacher called her a nosey brat and mother should have taught her better manners..Mom stopped being a homeroom Mother soon afterward.

5th grade memory, my 2 friends
and myself got a failing grade for a prehistoric diarama we had to create in a shoebox with clay and natural items, rocks, moss and such. Reason, we included cavemen and dinosaurs in the same scene (Parents to the rescue, I remember getting a passing grade of C)..

During the 5th & 6th grade I was a safety patrol boy on the corner by the school gym and caddie corner across from the AYA..I normally stayed on patrol later until my sister and the neighbor girl finished ballet class..

The picture of the Baseball dugout brought back the memory of when our Dad and Capt friend of his helped in the reconstruction in the spring of 1961 still looks the same after 40 plus years. What memories...

Does anyone remember what year Billy graham was at the base chapel...and...the scouting group called the Royal Ambassadors "A FRIEND OF MINE AND MYSELF WERE SENT HOME FROM CAMP FOR BEING HOMESICK"

My creepiest memory was going to the base theater and seeing a double feature of 13 Ghost and Psycho with 2 friends and walking back through the woods that night..Every noise was a reminder of a ghost or killer..We actually ran scared back to the village.

As Mother said, " You Boys are lucky you weren't kidnapped BY a STILL PRACTICING NAZI, when coming back from those kind of movies" ("Oh" brother!!!)

WHAT MEMORIES WERE HAD THEN !!!

RON KROWS - COLORADO

Anonymous said...

Names Mike, lived at 4406 apt. b1 lincoln village from 72-76. Some of the best times you could have at 13.

Kim said...

I lived in Darmstadt from 63 to 66 and also lived in the bldg across from the school C6. The AYA was directly behind my bldg separated by a big field of rocks. The HS cheerleaders practiced there. Also there was a small store surrounded by a privacy fence & inside a garden full of gnomes:) Went to kindergarden in the AYA,then 1st grade in the basement of the school across the street w/teacher Miss Schuller (reallY) 2nd gr. up post in library bldg w/miss Van Meter. tradin comics door 2 door was very big then. Remember downstairs neighbors Febra & Felicia, Felicia played barbies w/me:)Also remember walkin across the tracks and up the hill w/"black forest" on either side to get up post to the movies, EVERY saturday..quarter went far back then lol... I also remember the craziest swimmin pool off post..it was built on a hillside and the deep end wall was "glass" so was like seeing a human aquarium and there was a cafe there and you could buy ice cream etc.

Colin said...

Lived in Germany for 18 years. My father was a teacher at Darmstadt Elementary from the early 80's to the late 90's. He probably taught some of the people that have posted here. I have many fond memories of Lincoln Village. It is quite sad to see it this way.

Forgotten Memories said...

Boy, I never thought Lincoln Village will generate so many comments... Looks like this meant a lot for so many of you. I had the chance to take a tour of the whole area some time ago, but - unfortunately, I was not given the permission to take photos while there.
Indeed, it was (and still is !) a great place. Pity it didn't have a PX. Now it's empty and nobody knows what's going to happen with all those buildings.
I'll try to keep you updated on the future of Lincoln Village and I really appreciate all your comments.

Gene said...

http://knudsenphotos.com/p17273636
FREE photos of DJHS 1976-77 available at the link above on my website. I was a teacher at the school for 5 years. I'm slowly going through thousands of photos that will eventually go up on my "Guten Tag" site.
Dr. Gene Knudsen

ArchGrafiX said...

Thanks, Dr Knudsen, for posting those pictures. They were taken about 10 years after my time there in Darmstadt, but the AYA/DYA looked familiar. I posted your photo site URL on a Facebook site called "I lived in Darmstadt Germany." They are dying for pictures of Darmstadt there. I was there in Santa Barbara my junior uear of high school at Frankfurt, '67-8. -- Buddy Lerch

Jeannine Cox Madigan said...

I grew up in Lincoln Village 74 - 77, lived in building 4405 C-6. I had four brothers and we had tons of frends to hang out with. The DYA always had something going on, I was a cheerleader and played softball, my brothers played baseball, football and basketball. We always had special Christmas programs at school. Halloween's were AWESOME! We were a tight knit community. I have found 6 of my Lincoln Village friends on Facebook, it has been fun to reconnect. Such happy memories of this place.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Darmstadt from 75-79. Graduated from FAHS in 79. I can't remember the building number but we were on the outter edge close to the restaurant. I have very very fond memories of living there. Kim (Swanson) Pitman

Annette T. said...

Annette T. I lived here in my teen years. From 1975-1978 in Bldg 4402 C-6. This was the most amazing and memorable time of my life! I am looking for old friends so if you know of them or where they are, hit me up on FB. I had an older sister, Danita, younger brother "Bubbie" and little sister "Snookie". I was a cheerleader and played softball. I dated Wayne B. and Gerald L. Looking for Lisa P., Lisa C., Kim C., Danielle A. (who ended up marrying Gerald L), Donna D., William L. (Spook), "Roach", "Pepper". I have been in contact with Ricky J., Jeff M., Juanita M., Tracy H. I lived in Germany for a while after I was married and actually went back to CFK and spoke with Christine D. (german girl dating Carlos L.) and Ricky J. Lots of laughs and good memories. Thanks for this blog...

Ken Lewis said...

My Dad was a Sgt with 7th Evac from summer '68 to end of '70. Some of the best times of my life. My mother was AYA director. We lived caddy-corner from the school – I think it was 4425 A3 – on the corner of Franklinstrasse and Einsteinstrasse. When we first got there we lived in temporary quarters in one of the buildings across from the junior high, 4423 I think. I was in Little League at the baseball field when it had the cool green wooden grandstand. Played in the district playoffs there. Played football at the new field in '70 that barely had grass on it. Ran laps up the hill at the Four fields during football practice. Raided the German Garden. Got gummi and sour sticks at the Candy Store on Heilderberstrasse. Walked home from movies at CFK through the woods even though I wasn't supposed to. And, sorry to say, threw rocks through the windows of the little German store in the middle of the village where we got limonade. Ate pizza at, I think the name was Sorrento's. I was in sixth grade in the annex buildings behind the school. I should remember more teachers but I can recall the beloved Frau Zilch, Miss Schramm with whom I had much trouble, Miss Harden for History And I think the principal was Mr. Stohl. Watched the Comets at Memory Field while my Dad drank beer on Rummel Hill and he and the other sergeants would march opposing strikeout victims back to the dugout. I could go on and on. Great memories.

wayne5600 said...

Lived there twice, the first time 60-63 and then again from 66-69. The first time lived in 408-C6 (by the woods and in 412 on the second floor. The second time was a blast riding the bus to FHS,AYA dances, and playing Fussball at Umberto's upstairs while yes, having a couple of beers. D'stadt will always be remembered as the best of times and good friends. It is sad to see it abandoned and no sounds of laughter and good times.

Looking4LoveNAllTheWrngPlcs said...

I have started a Facebook Page Remembering Children and Faculty Who Attended Darmstadt Elementary School, Please LIKE.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Darmstadt-Elementary-School/171831212912742

n4cer75 said...

I lived in darmstadt Lincoln village from 1974 - 1977. Have pics of the village and friends. My name is Reginald Keith Watson class of 1977 Frankfurt American high school. Every one called Keith so hit me up on face book under Reggie Watson with the profile of the dancing mouse on ice. Looking forward to talking to you all.

Anonymous said...

I lived in Lincoln Village 79-80 and still remember lots of the people. But I hated moving there because I really liked the place we lived before better. Moving to Darmstadt felt like a punishment. Anyway, I had fun there and it did feel like home after a year. Typical Army Brat experience! --Dave

Luana June said...

I cannot believe this is actually a blog (much to my delight)! I lived in Lincoln Village - 4438 B4 from 1971 - 1973. My best friend was Lizzy and she lived above us in B6. Just the other day I was showing picutures to my daughter and thought I would "google earth it". From the satellite it looks unchanged - the photos on the blog have brought back so many pleasant memories! It looks as though Brian lived in our unit. I don't know how the units are maintained, but in my bedroom the wood floors are in a herringbone pattern and I was able to pull up many of the boards before my parents busted me.

Tina D said...

Hi to Tim "Tank" O. I actually have a picture of you on my FB page of the homecoming court. You were with Jackie S. Moe P was also in the picture. Found quite a few Darmstadt people from that time period on FB on the I lived in Darmstadt Germany page. Check it out when you get a chance.

Tina D.

Anonymous said...

I lived at 4426 apt a-1. I cant believe there are so many of us with such good memories of living in lincoln village. I remember the baseball games sponsored by the dya. I remember the "egg lady" and her snacks and the "beer man" that came a couple of times a week. My parents would buy the lemonade and beer from him. I went back several years ago and everything seemed so much smaller than i remembered. Such great times....

Anonymous said...

Melissa, please look me up on Facebook, Chris Sirrine. I am trying to become friends with people I may have known while in Darmstadt.

Shanica McClintock said...

I had the pleasure of living in Lincoln Village on two different occasions, (1989-1991) and (1994-1995- we then moved to Wiesbaden). My apt was 4403 apt. a-3 and 4406 apt. c-4. I absolutely loved Lincoln Village and all that came with it, from the candy lady in the white van and the beer man that came on Monday afternoons to the precious lifelong friendships I gained. I would love to take my kids there and show them where I practically grew up!

Angela Seibold Morris said...

Hi, I'm Angela Morris (Seibold)I lived in Lincoln Village from 93-96(ages 5-8), BLDG 4433 Apt C-4. I have such great memories of that place. I used to have dreams about going back to the playground behind my building, visiting my elementary school again. I finally got the chance to go back in 2009, but I was too late. I read the school was shut down a few months before, and there was an ugly green fence around the whole building complex. Needless to say, it was a sad day. I cried.

Anonymous said...

We used to call it the Ding Dong school, don't remember why. Went here from 66-69, Mr Lane & Mr Butterball where the favorite teachers. My best friends were Jimmy McBride, Don Bennett, Rodney Canning...to name a few. Most of us lived in civilian housing. We were also very good friends with Louie &Mr Kaiser who lived in the german cottage in the village. Louie got married to an American girl and lives in the states somewhere, Kaiser (aka Pete Eckardt) still lives in that cottage. We had Great times, and parties in that village. Most of us went on to Frankfurt or to some other american school in Germany. A lot of are still in contact after all these years, friends for life. Not many can claim that achievement...Darmstadt ueber Alles!

M Canavan said...

Lived at 4400 A-5 Lincoln Village...great memories

Robert D. Pisarcik said...

69-75 I remember Kim and Cheryl Crockett, Patty and David Morgan, Doug Bibey, and many more. Played Trojan FB and enjoyed the 4 fields. later moved to El Paso Texas (still here). Those were the best times of my chldhood years.

Anonymous said...

The Massey's 4435 A-1 1973/76

Anonymous said...

D'stadt 1967-1969. Loved it. What wild teenage times!

Wanda Helmer Peterson

Anonymous said...

Reginald Watson 1974-1977 lived in Lincoln village. Stayed in building 4400. Haven't seen or heard from any of my old friends since we all move to Texas, Fort Hood. Green and Gold Trojans all the way.

Gigi borden said...

this brings tears to my eyes as i have the most fond and best memories of childhood here. This is where i met the bestest friend in the world, who i am still best friends with to this day, and i just love this place, and it will always be my home, and never forgotten!

Sonja Hinckley said...

My maiden name is Sonja Liveoak. I lived in Darmstadt's Lincoln Village and attended Darmstadt Elementary School from 1st thru the summer before 6th grade, so roughly from late 1994 until summer of 2000. I've been trying to find old friends and teachers will no avail. I absolutely loved Darmstadt, with some of my best memories being from there, as well as Leighton Barracks, the Military base in Wurzburg. It breaks my heart to see these places I grew up being completely abandoned and overgrown. Speaking of which, does anyone else remember the creepy old abandoned building/factory over near the elementary school? I remember all the ghost stories and all of the dares to sneak in, lol. But no one ever did!

Bill Wood said...

Lived here 1965-68; 9th grade @ D'stadt, 10-11 @ FAHS. Lived in temp quarters (4th fl. 8 bedrooms!), then moved to perm -- 4408? first building coming in from the road to the caserne, on the left, next to the gardens, and backing up to the woods. Father was also USAFSS.

Bill Wood

Gary Wilson said...

Does anyone remember SGT. Jerry L. Wilson Darmstadt Germany 1978. He was almost killed by a German car while entering Lincoln village>?

Cathy Stewart said...

this is way too cool! i lived in lincoln village from 68-70. we lived in the building that faced Heidelberg Strasse. can't remember the number. what fun to remember. :) my name then was Cathy Johnson. i was 14, 15, yrs old then.

Anonymous said...

John Bleich Lived in Jefferson village 1962 to 1967. Our housing was at the top of the hill by the 93rd signals motor pool. My dad was a school teacher at Darmstadt Elementry, Herm Bleich. He was the gym (mainly)/ science teacher. Anybody remember the teachers Miss Urbalonis, Miss Passacucci? Gawd, I miss that place, did and learned so much there. We were and are so lucky to have done and seen things that when ya tell people your stories they are in awe and I don`t think they can comprehend how much fun we had...... If anyone was in the elementry school those years feel free to contact me on FB

Paula Beltz said...

We lived in 4414 and 4415 while they remodeled the buildings in 1977-1980. Someone said that they called the elementary school Ding Dong school in 68-69. We still were calling it that 10 years later.

Christopher DuRant said...

Wow ! What an awesome Web page, my family lived in Darmstadt from 1970 -1973 (I thnk) The base commanders name was Brig General Cutrona. their family was awesome Tim was in a band called "The Locomotives" they were brilliant , (He had two really pretty sisters, Maria and Lisa.) I saw the band perform at the AYA in Lincoln Village. We lived in Santa Barbara Village. I played on the AYA Pop Warner football team called the CHIEF's . One of my best friends names back then was Brad Murdock, ,Tom Farkus David Gardner.,Allen Gardner.,Brian Patton,Roland Bleigh, Jimmy Floody.,Danny Parton.,David Parton, Ricky Lynch, Jeff Stsrk,Todd Sledge,Mark Quinlynn.,David Johnson.,Eddy Johnson.We were undefeated until the very last game against Rheine Miene We played all the Army AYA teams and whooped em all.., so Air Force AYA teams started challenging us.. I missed the bus for the last game of the season.., My Dad offered to drive me there, but I declined. To this day,,,,,, I still wonder what the turnout of that game would have been If I hadn't missed the bus. My name is Chris DuRant...

Christopher DuRant said...

My family was there in 1971 to 1974 or 1970 to 1973 something like that. We lived in Santa Barbara Village off of Heidelburg Strasse...When we first got there we didn't like it and were always taking about "Can't wait to get to the USA..When we finally did get back to USA we were depressed. We were asking my Dad can he get orders to go back to Germany. The Fruit Man would come into the neighborhood and get out of his truck ringing a bell. saying "apples ,cherries,strawberies, oranges" he also had Gummy Bears, the cocoa - cola gummies, hard candy, all kinds of delicious stuff...and BEER... Nowhere else in the world that I have ever been to would do this. If my Dad had finished his crate of beer had all the bottles back in the crate,,he could leave the crate on the front door step and the Fruit Man would leave a full case and come back later for payment... I really loved the friends and the Germans culture .Totally Awesome ..!

Anonymous said...

this is so neat! i am now 17, i moved to Darmstadt when i was 5 and moved back to the U.S. when i was 10. it's awesome to remember and see all these photos! i used to go to the skate park all the time! it brings back so many memories! i miss it there!

Anonymous said...

Growing up as an Army Brat (and darn proud of it too!) I have many fond memories of all of my father's assignments. We were in Darmstadt 65-68. I lived at 456 or 345A Santa Barbara Village across the street from Robin Leake. I have great memories of picking blackberries and raspberries in the forest, learning how to bake homemade pies, hearing a French horn player next to the railroad tracks in the forest, the German carnivals, the "coal man", road trips though-out Europe and sooo much more!. I attended elementary school in both Lincoln and Jefferson Village. Does anyone have any pics available of Santa Barbara Village or the adjacent forest? Miriam Mustelier in Austin TX

Karen Farnsworth said...

Lived in Lincoln Village 68-71 and 76-78 (5th thru 7th grade). Played DYA softball and cheered for the Trojans! Went back to visit the area in 2012 and was saddened by what I found. The village fenced off and the Kaserne closed. Best years of my early life were spent there. Just wish I could remember the building number!!!!

Coachrob004 said...

We lived in Darmstadt from 1980-84, 4414 3c South Lincoln Village. My Dad was in Charlie Co, 11th signal Bn on ELK. I went to school in Darmstadt@Colin, your dad probably taught me. I went Rhein Mein Jr high in 1983.

I came back in 89 when lincoln Village was still open.

Coachrob004 said...

I really miss that place

gqmac 11 said...

My Dad was stationed in Darmstadt from 1972 through 1976. I attended elementary school there from the 5th grade through part of the 8th grade. We lived off base in Biebesheim am Rhein. I played on the AYA Pop Warner football team called the Ram's and I played for the Trojans after that. One of my favorite teachers was Mrs. Miller.

Anonymous said...

My family and I moved to Darmstadt late August 1960 (our dad already there). We first lived in an apt on the economy for 1-2 months then moved into an apt in Lincoln Village for another couple of months. We finally were assigned a duplex home in Santa Barbara Village. I attended FAHS 1960-1962 (jr & senior yrs)....my brother Dale and little sister Barb went to the elementary school in Lincoln.
I remember catching the s'bahn, with my friend Penni McTaggert, to the swimming pool with the big glass window, walking thru the woods to the teen club, drinking cherry cokes at the PX, that LONG bus ride to Frankfurt....
Nancy Miller, Austin TX

Anonymous said...

This brings back so many great memories! ! I lived in 4429 B3 from 96-99

S.Hamby Hamby said...

Ur mom is Grace right? Pls have her contact me. Sandy

Anonymous said...

I lived at 4402 c3 from 1987-1991. Such fun memories are flooding back. Tears in my eyes just thinking of the place I called home is now covered in weeda.

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Vince PInaula said...

Hello Everyone.
I lived on Cambrai Fritsch Kaserne from 1988 till 1990. I married a school teacher and moved off post, but remained at Darmstadt, ETS'd and worked on Nathan Hale Depot till May 2008. Yes, I was there 20 years and worked in the Housing Office. I was in and around all the Housing Areas, Lincoln Village, Jefferson Village, Santa Barbara, Griesheim, along with our leased housing areas as well. When my wife transferred, I stayed in the BEQ in Griesheim. I have many great memories living and working in all the housing areas.

P York said...

I also have memories of Darmstadt, (Lincoln Village" I live there '69-74. I think it was 4404 c-6 not sure. Played football one season, (Steelers) I remember one player got the nick name "Tree" he ran into a tree our first day of practice. Tuned out to be one of our best players. I remember Frau Lewis and Mr. Bledsoe.
Attended the elementary school. Had an older sister who was kind of a B word. There was a family who moved in on the first floor. Mixed race couple Patty, older daughter and twin brothers Ricky and Ralphie, Patty and Tanya were friends. I had a brother a year older than me and a younger brother 2 years younger. I wasn't a great student, well known or liked. My mother married the American Service man (step father) he was a very brutal man and beat me relentlessly, that's why some memories are not as great as those you guys had. It's not to say I don't have good memories. I danced my first dance with a girl at the AYA, (my little brother had a crush on a girl named Patience Perry, my fondest memories was playing outside with the group of kids Mr. Ingalls would gather together to play softball and things. Because of my home life was so horrible most of the kids my age 8-12 had their friends and I was too insecure assert myself and become part of group. I did have a few friends, Ricky and Ralphie, a few more I can't remember the names of. Wish I could. You guys are the only reason I survived the hell I lived through. (No one knew) I think older sister finally said something, I remember a counselor calling me in, inspected bruises and scratches York subjected me to, but nothing ever came of it. That's when I realized it would never stop and I could go to no one for help. (Why most of the kids never really knew me.) again, even with all that I tear up when I think of the friends I did have. The teachers I likes and those who never understood me. Now that I am older, I realize that all those years there started me on the path to who I would become. I would not change any of that or it would change who I became. I thank Lincoln Hights and all of those who lived there when I did. Oh, the winters! I miss them so much. All the snowmen and angles. The HUGE snowballs we would make, would take 6 of us to push it. There was one day, me and two friends started building a snowman, lost all track of time, by the time we finished, the school day was over. Got in big trouble for that, but is one of my best memories.

Anonymous said...

Lived in Lincoln Village from 74-77. Went to k-3rd grade. I remember the elementary school was on the nearby base. We had to eat lunch in the attic. I remember when the movie Jaws came to the post theatre and how long the line was. We lived in the 3rd building on the right. We played on the "Big Hill" behind the building. I am sure it was not that big. But that is what we called it. Most importantly, my father's name was SSG Hicks. He coached DYA teams. I remember a football team and a basketball team. I think I remember the Rams or Vikings. Iremember they won a big game in Baumholder in the fog. I was young and cant remember much. Thanks

Anonymous said...

Wow. So many memories. BEQ in Griesheim even. Our first housing in Germany was across from the BEQ in the Siedlung that was basically a carbon copy of one Lincoln Village building. I remember the balcony, playing with coal after delivery out back, exploring the woods a little - and finding a spent cartridge and evidence of a bunker in the woods. We moved onto the economy from then on, but I spent countless time with friends in Lincoln Village. I was there from 64-68, then again 74-78 when I went to Frankfurt (FAHS). Started school and went through 2d or 3d grade at Cambria Fritsch Kaserne before going stateside for a few years. Someone mentioned Mrs Liebig - I remember her as a favorite teacher (2d grade) even if she called me a "leather neck" for rough-housing with a buddy when we supposed to be going downstairs to assemble outside in an orderly fashion. Cobblestones everywhere. Streetcars, moped (mofa), and my brother having a car for a while - there was a lot to do. Eberstadt and Griesheim pools, Biebesheim lake,...

Anonymous said...

What a treasure it is reading these comments. Darmstadt Comets uber alles! Dad was in the USAFSS and we lived in Lincoln Village from 1969 to 1972 in 4401 Apt. A-1. So many memories- AYA baseball and football, dances at the AYA, walking to the movies at CFK, the fruit man, my teachers at school, Mr. Smith, Mr. Ginn, Miss Schramm, etc. wish I could remember them all. The ski trip we all took to Chiemsee in 6th grade, eating brats and pumpernickel and ice cream at the famous pool in Eberstadt, snow on the ground almost all winter. What great times for a young teenager . . .

S.Hamby Hamby said...

Lived there 80-83 Lincoln village then Jefferson Village. I worked in the cafeteria. My Husband was Forrest Nunley. So sad to see the pictures of the places we called home. Brings back a lot of memories.

Anonymous said...

Before my Air Force father was transferred to Augsburg, we lived in Lincoln Village in Darmstadt from 1969-1972. (I went to high school in Frankfurt until 1972.)

I spent a lot of time at the AYA and I loved when the carnivals came to town! They were just down the hill from me and I helped out with the pony rides. I remember riding "the swings" and hearing "In the Summertime" by Mungo Jerry. Of course, there was always room for zucker popcorn and gingerbread hearts--yum!

C.W. Cox said...

Anyone else remember hanging out and partying in the laundry rooms in the basement on cold night? Chris cox 86-91

Unknown said...

Hey sandy this is lance ..yes grace was my mother but sadly she passed away in 2002 here is my email address badbird1970@gmail.com if u wish to contact me .

Unknown said...

Hey sandy this is lance ..I have been trying to get in touch with you ..here is my email badbird1970@gmail.com.. U also can look me on fb under my name ..hope to chat with u soon

Anonymous said...

I'm 59 years old now, but still remember my address! 4419 A-5 Lincoln Village. Last stairwell on the left, third floor. Overlooking the big fields where the German-American Carnival was held every year. I still have the set of forks I won in the Bingo tent. I remember the Germans always buying a ton of the American ice cream, it was something special then. My family lived there while I was in 4th to 6th grade. I think it was 1966 to 1969. My name was Karen Winter.

Tina Marie Carter said...

Hi Gretchen. I went to Darmstadt schools from 79-85. I think I remember you. Was your last name Combs? I still have the yearbooks. My name was Tina Marie Ramos. Please reply

Tina Marie Carter said...

I was there 78-85. Probably went to school with you. I miss it. Went back in 99 when my brother got stationed in Germany. I went back to 4439 A-1. The second place we lived in Lincoln village as a child and the man that lived there just happened to pull into his parking space marked A-1. I explained that I lived there for 6 years as a child and surprisingly he asked if I wanted to see what the apartment looked like now. It was totally renovated! Wish it was like that when we were there. It was beautiful. Tina Marie Carter please message me on Facebook. Thank you! My last name use to be Ramos.

Tina Marie Carter said...

I'm pretty sure you use to babysit my brother and I. Was your mother German? I You liked looking at body builder magazines. That's how I learned about Arnold Schwarzenegger😊. Please reply to my Facebook. Tina Marie Carter. My last name was Ramos and my brother was Chris. You had a little sister, right?

TANYA PAQUETTE said...

I lived there 72-75. Was cheerleader for Trojans. Practiced at AYA. Used to get sweet rolls at little German store. Took empty soda bottles to money for fruit truck so i could get coke gummies. :)

TANYA PAQUETTE said...

I was a cheerleader for Trojans during that time. Mr Byrd (history) was my favorite teacher.

TANYA PAQUETTE said...

I was there during this time. Any photos of Trojan football team or cheerleaders?

Anonymous said...

I have great news for all of you!!!

Lincoln Village is no longer dark and lonely :-D

The city has started renovating a lot of houses (keeping most of the interrior) and people from all over the world are living there now.
All generations are coming together in a place you used to call home.
A lot of new things are build in this place, fore it´s going to host about 3000 People in the future.
Maybe some of you´d like to visit again someday.
My husband and me are planning to move in as well in the next months.

If you like to see some pictures of it now, visit
http://www.immobilienscout24.de/expose/88247255?referrer=RESULT_LIST_LISTING&navigationServiceUrl=%2FSuche%2Fcontroller%2FexposeNavigation%2Fnavigate.go%3FsearchUrl%3D%2FSuche%2FS-T%2FWohnung-Miete%2FHessen%2FDarmstadt%2F-%2F4%2C00-%26exposeId%3D88247255&navigationHasPrev=true&navigationHasNext=true&navigationBarType=RESULT_LIST&searchId=e4d2b676-6bdd-359c-a7ca-4ef01170ce33

If you can speak German, more Informations can be found at
http://www.lincoln-siedlung.de

Many Greetings
Anja


Anonymous said...

I lived in Lincoln village in 1963 from Sept till may that year. We moved up to Jefferson Village for two years. I would love to do it again. We came home for 3 years and back to Mainz.

me male said...

How old were you in 1989,i was i , the military then and iam looking for a wheeler girl,sharice or shanice

Anonymous said...

You were are math teacher for junior high. Right? You used to talk about how to do a Boston accent "I paked my ca in the habor yad" or at least that's how I would think it would be spelled. You had my brother skippy in 77 i think and I had you in 79/80. Your wife taught 4th grade?

Anonymous said...

How funny I lived in 4425 A-3 from 76-80. 4th to 7th grade

Anonymous said...

4425 A-5, 87-91

LaBrina Tolliver said...

I lived in 4404 c6 around that time. I always wanted to go back! !!! I really wanted to take my old route to the school so I could see the "black top" I use to play on during recess lol. But wasn't the black top red tho?

LaBrina Tolliver said...

I lived in 4404 C-6 I believe from 91-95... I keep thinking about my childhood there...so many memories, fashings tag....those long journeys through the woods they did once a year with the gym teacher...I use to be so hyped to do that...man I could go on....who was there around that time?

Forgotten Frankfurt said...

I am sad to say, but a majority of the buildings in Lincoln Village have been teared-down to make place for a new residential area.

I will get back in a separate post with a collection of photos taken before the conversion started.

Check for Lincoln Village tag, as those will be back-dated to the time photos were taken.

David Crews said...

Wow just found this blog and the pictures and comments brought back a lot of memories. I lived in Lincoln Village from 1957- 1963. My dad, a former Marine, became a teacher and taught at the junior high school in the village as a Science teacher. His name was Irving (Jack) Crews.

David Crews
Advance, NC

Ashley Turner said...

Yes I lived right by the old factory! My building was 4414 A-3. I remember walking down the steps and making a left to head to school such great memories! I lived in Lincoln village from 95-2000

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Whoever can help with history of Camp Eschborn, please add your memories of the place as it used to be in the 70's through 90's.

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