Stories: Alicestasia Davis
"The Neighborhood Place Meant A Lot To Us"
My name is Alicestasia Mattern Davis. I was born and raised in
Butchertown. In 1946, my family moved to 811 E. Washington Street, only a few
doors from Wesley House. Since my parents, John and Annabell Miffert Mattern
never owned a car, the neighborhood place meant a lot to us. My fond
memories are many.
My best times were the ones I spent skating there with my two sisters
Georgia Mattern Ford and Joann Mattern Hardin and best friend Norma Milburn
Dupin. In the large gym was this big juke box that had all of those great
songs to skate by like "I'm In The Mood." There was a small fee but
it was well
worth it. My sister Georgia said she learned to skate at Wesley House.
There were other activities also. My mother and two sisters and I
attended some classes like cooking, sewing, etc. There were movies that were
All of the outside area of Wesley House was concrete so us girls would
put on those metal skates and skate often. There were outside basketball
hoops that were used often.
I could never forget Miss Mandlebaum, a little lady with a lot of energy
who was always on the job to see that everything ran smoothly. She did a
wonderful job along with other staff. For me, all of this was over 55 years
The house we rented at 811 E. Washington no longer stands but it holds
memories like living there for a few months after my marriage to David L.
Davis on April 1, 1951.
I pray the Lord our God will allow Wesley House to continue the work they
Some good neighbors were Cowan, Milburn, Nalley, Carpenter, Owens,
Palmer, Fowler and Beeler.
Alicestasia Mattern Davis