The June 19, 1953 execution of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were members of the Communist party convicted of passing plans about the A-bomb to the Russians, coincided with a milestone for my parents - the purchase of their first home. At the time my sister Linda was 2-1/2 years old and my mother was a month away from giving birth to my brother Darrell. Mom and Dad were understandably anxious to move because they wanted to be settled in by the time my brother arrived.
The new house on Roosevelt Ave. was in McKees Rocks, seven miles northwest of downtown Pittsburgh and overlooking the Ohio River. It was part of a new development, Hanover Heights, that was very near to the small farm where my father grew up. Ours was one of the first homes completed and after a string of delays our fledgling family moved in on June 30. My brother was born a few weeks later and I came along four years after him. And it's where my mother still lives (as of June 2020).
The early 1950s was rife with paranoia about Russia's plans to overtake the U.S. Thus, the Rosenberg's actions were portrayed as having seriously comprised the nation's security. Still, as a young mother, Mom felt some uneasiness over their execution since they had two young sons, Michael and Robert (pictured below), who were orphaned. The execution of their parents in the electric chair took place at Sing-Sing prison in New York State.