EJ Rocky Neck Photo update From Fred Bodin

Fred writes-

Hi Joey, 

EJ asked: Who Remembers This? | GoodMorningGloucester, and I commented about a photo I have of the same building in 1929. So here it is.


The building on the left became the first Rudder restaurant in 1957, and later became the Joan Kerry studio. It has been replaced by a new house. The building on the right has been owned by the Sibleys since 1919. It is now the residence of George and Ellen Sibley. The photo was taken from the vicinity of Sailor Stan’s restaurant.

Fredrik D. Bodin

Bodin Historic Photo

Here was EJ’s original post-

Who Remembers This?

Posted on January 29, 2013by E.J.

rocky neck

and have you been to Rocky Neck recently to see what has gone up in its place?

E.J. Lefavour


  • That’s awesome! Thanks for posting that!


  • Great edit Joey, for putting it all together. You’ve got the tools, and you know how to use them. Thanks. Joan Kerry was a very nice person. We worked on a couple of community projects together for Rocky Neck.


  • Robert Publicover

    The building was also used for filming the Rt 66 episode “Once to Everyman” September 15-21 1961. The upstairs was their “apartment”. The filmed both Buz & Tod do dozens of takes going up and down the stairs. In different clothes, carrying groceries and even luggage. Both Marty Milner and George Maharis kidded to the director it was actor abuse. The next day they filmed at the railways including and accident that looked bloodier in person than on our Black & White TV. Make up artist Abe Haberman let me watch as he made his magic. During that time we were visited by Hurricane Esther, they filmed much indoors on Eastern Point as they could.

    Before Evie Pqrsons opened the Rudder there my little boy memory says that building housed an old fashioned tea house that my grandmother took me to on occassion. But I have no facts to back me up. Maybe it was her first incarnation.


  • I am sure Peter Anastas or one of the Wonson’s or maybe Karen Bell would remember. I vaguely remember a tea house on Rocky Neck but for some reason I picture it elsewhere… I do remember going by boat as a very small child to the Rudder Restaurant and picking up a mooring in Smith’s Cove in the 1950’s. Because my grandparents were long time pre war friends with Emile Gruppe, I mostly remember them and their studio in that era.


  • that old building had such mystique. Every time I walked by it I secretly wished I had the means to purchase it and do a restore! Do you know if they repurposed any of the pieces of the original structure? There’s nothing like that Victorian scrolled woodwork. Another dying skilled craft…..


  • Hey EJ. I have that same exact photo – except for the lighting. It was shouting ‘Rocky Neck’ to me.


  • After that picture was taken, the “front yard” was filled and there was grass between the street and the building. I cut the grass for the owners when I lived in Rocky Neck from 1943 to 1946. The restaurant was named “Aunt Jean’s” and was run by the Sample family who lived across Rocky Neck Avenue and Wonson St. about three houses up on Rackclffe St. next to the Publicover’s home across from the Rockaway where I also cut the grass.The “tea house” became the restaurant and was famous for the baked bean suppers on Saturday night.


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