Salesian Junior Seminary

Salesian Junior Seminary 1956 Richmond ca

Dominic Vautier
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In late 1957 I went off to the seminary in Richmond, California run by the Salesian Order founded by St. John Bosco.  I would eventually spend 7 years with the order, three years at Richmond, one year of Novitiate, and three years at their college in Newton, NJ.    

This adventure was in somewhat stark contrast to my previous time at St. Edwards Seminary in Kenmore, wa.  Richmond proved to be a thrilling environment where I can remember making many friends and having a lot of fun as well.  Although my sophomore year was a bit on sketchy, my junior and senior year was good because I was joined by some good classmates. I still keep contact with these classmates today.

The campus was quite large as indicated in this 220 degree composite I took the first year I was there.

 

This is the 1957 Richmond sophomore class; (L to R) Adrian Webber, Dominic Vautier, Ed Clemowitz, Pat Heilman, Bill Young, Rodger Millett, Ron Merritt, Remo Scagliotti, and Steve Stover.  John Depies was not present. 

Rodger, Ron, Ed, Adrian, and Bill did not return for their Junior year.

1957 Richmond sophomore class; (L to R) Adrian Webber, Dominic Vautier, Ed Clemowitz, Pat Heilman, Bill Young, Rodger Millett, Ron Merritt, Remo Scagliotti, and Steve Stover.  John Depies was not present

I don't have a picture of our Junior class but here are the six members of the Salesian Junior Seminary graduating class of 1960.  In fact it was to be the last class to graduate because the school was moving to Watsonville the following year and the campus was to become Salesian High, a college prep high school which today is quite active. 

(L to R) Rich Wanner, Remo Scagliotti, Larry Milally, Fr. ?, Dominic Vautier (God what a bad haircut), Phil Mandile, and Pat Borrage.

Pat Heilman and John Depies had left that year before graduation.  We all made it through novitiate.  Pat, Phil and Remo became coadjutor brothers while Larry, Rich and I went on to DBC.  I dropped out in my third year and Larry later.  Rich went on to become a priest and later resigned.    

 

salesian junior seminary 1957 Richmond graduating class 1960 L to R) Rich Wanner, Remo Scagliotti, Larry Milally, Fr. ?, Dominic Vautier, Phil Mandile, and Pat Borrage.
I managed to get this shot of the 1957 freshman class on a hike.  Here is an enlargement that identifies some of the students. Salesian Junior Seminary freshman class 1957

 Richmond Salesian Seminary student body 1960
This was taken in 1960 of the entire Richmond Salesian Seminary student body.  It's not very good but several people are recognizable.  I have a much better picture of the entire student body of 1957 at a higher resolution where I was able to identify many students.

  

 

Songs and Music

The Salesians loved to sing.  There were all kinds of camp songs and religious songs especially when we went on the bus.

Here I have tried to record words and music of some of these songs.

 

 

Sports

We had the usual sports like basketball, baseball, flag football and soccer.  In addition there were some really unusual sports described here.

 

Other Pictures

 

Chapel just before Easter 1957.  I became very familiar with this place. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a slightly better picture of the chapel.

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary chapel 1957 easter

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary chapel 1957

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary cafeteria statue st. dominic savio 1957

In front of the cafeteria entrance was a statue of St. Dominic Savio.

 

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary barber shop 1957

The old barber shop is being removed.

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary dorm 1957

I got this shot of the dorm.  You were not supposed to take pictures in the dorm.  Here we were getting ready for a hike.

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary bee hives 1957

Fr. Simms raised bees behind the laundry building.  We had lots of honey to eat.  Every year the bees would swarm and we had to stay away.  The sky was full of bees.

 

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary chapel mass during lent 1957

Easter was a special time.  Lots of singing and ceremony. 

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary cafeteria 1957

The old cafeteria was pretty crowded in those days before the new one was built in 1960.

 

Hikes

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary hikes 1957

Twice a week we went on a long hike often to the San Pablo hills.  I got a bad case of poison oak my first time out..

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary hikes 1957

Taking a brake.  I am second from right standing next to John Depies.

 

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary hikes 1957

Waiting for the bus.

The seniors are collected at left (Froeler and Gibson) while a group of juniors led by Bob Simioni are talking to freshmen Dan Santillan and Tom Jaso. Ron Epperson strolls leisurely down the road.

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary hikes 1957

On one hike up in the San Pablo hills, we found a dead cow.  My classmates are grouped together (L to R) Miller, Webber, Depies, and Merritt (with funny hat).

 

 

Initiation

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary initiation 1957

Bloom gets the chair

In the previous year Andy Sneider had built a wonderful and diabolical electric chair--the thing gave only a slight shock--but it was enough to send fear and dread through the hearts of even the most stalwart of freshmen.

Every year it was the tradition that on Halloween we would conduct our annual initiation of new members--all lots of fun.

Seniors would stage mock trials and burnings and throw dummies off the roof of the main building.

In the picture above Borrage and Merritt are up on the post  while Mulally watches on high.  At bottom (L to R), Montgomery, Newicki, Fisher, Bloom, Simioni and Webber.

Flag Football

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary football 1957

Organized Sports got plenty aggressive.  In this flag football shot, Bro. Dan tries to get some yardage.  (L to R) Dave Purdy, Bob Simioni, John Depies (mouth open), Bro Dan (with ball), Weber reaching for flag.

We enjoyed a lot of rather rough organized activities, such as long flag, dodge ball, and the more infamous "hop the chicken."

Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary fr. murphy 1957 Fr. Murphy tries to referee wearing his customary sunglasses.  It's his excuse not to play anything.

 Richmond Salesian Junior Seminary hikes 1957 Remo Scagliotti at bat

Remo Scagliotti slugs a few.  In the background is the south "stoop"  We would usually gather in the morning at the north "stoop" and sing a song before classes began. 

 

New Chow Hall

Salesian Junior Seminary Richmond new cafeteria 1959

In 1960 work was begun on our new cafeteria.

Salesian Junior Seminary Richmond new cafeteria 1959

The building was open by April. 

Classes

Salesian Junior Seminary Richmond senior class 1960

Goofing off in study hall (L to R) Remo, John Depies, Pat Heilman. 

Webber falls asleep in Bro. Dick's Latin class.

 

Salesian Junior Seminary Richmond class 1957
 Klem (Ed Klemowitz) reads in Bro. Jerry's English class.

Salesian Junior Seminary Richmond study hall 1959

Studyhall was a quiet time.  Montgomery is in foreground.

 

Bonnie Doon

Salesian Junior Seminary camp at bonnie doone 1959

Camp at Bonnie Doon.  One day Bonaparte and me had laundry detail and we short-sheeted the entire sophomore dorm.

Salesian Junior Seminary camp at bonnie doone 1959

1960 Seniors inspect the pool at Bonnie Doone. (L to R) Mandile, Scagliotti, Mulally, Fr. Grasetti.  Below is Borrege getting a close look.

 

Salesian Junior Seminary trip to big sur 1959

Trip to Redwood Forest at Big Sur.

1960 Seniors enjoy a quick snack after tearing down the old laundry building. (L to R).  Mandile, Borrege, Wanner, Mullaly)

 

 

Here I am in the Grotto. 
Salesian Junior Seminary dominic vautier 1957

And the library..

  Salesian Junior Seminary dominic vautier in study hall 1957

Salesian Junior Seminary hike 1957

Sophomores decide to climb a tree. (L to R) Merritt, Vautier, Heilman. bottom Miller. 

 

 

I have some more pictures here.

 

Salesian Junior Seminary trip to stimson beach 1957

On our way to Stimpson Beach, Bro. Jerry gets into the drivers seat while Joe Lockart waves at me.  We would often sing on the road.