Businesses Around Woodbridge In 1953 And More

by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-Does anyone have memories or past information on the semi pro football teams-The Hopelawn Greyhounds or the Woodbridge Golden Bears from the 1930s and 1940s? Were there any other pro football teams in the area? I would like to do a column or more on this or any sports memories or past material that readers may have. Please tell me what you know.

This part of the column is from material dated 1953 given to me for my columns: Here are some of the businesses that were in the different sections of Woodbridge. Are any still operating today? Have any memories or more information from what is printed in this column. Let me hear it! The numbers in parentheses are the number they were located on the street.

Avenel-Diesel Engineering Equipment Co. on Jansen Ave.

Hopelawn-New Brunswick Ave.-Curtis Woodwork (75), Allied Motors-used cars (162), Boving Tile Co.( 211), Fords Cabinet Works, (144), M & G Transport Co. (51), McHose Clay Co., H. Prang Trucking (112), Robbins-Rankin Lumber Co. (75), Steve’s Service Station (153), Such Clay Co., S. Wcislo (14). On Florida Groves Rd.-Andy’s Servicenter, City Line Pork House (341), L & S Tavern (363), Lefty’s Confectionary (311), Lund’s Confectionary (323), Pfeiffer’s Grove, Inc (633) and Peter Rader’s Tavern (281).

On Lee-J. Beni; grocer (18) and Jack’s Food Market (18). On Loretta-A. Benyola (90 ) and Dump Truck Owners Association of America (30). On W. Pond Rd..-Purdy’s Calso Station (127) and on Route 9 -J. O’Brien’s Texaco Servicenter

Iselin-Cooper’s Dairy

Keasbey-Colonial Sand & Stone Co. of N.J., Fee’s Store; groceries on Smith St, Natco Corp. Jigg’s Tavern at 322 Smith St. On Crows Mill Rd.-General Ceremics and Steatite Corp., J.C Green Co., Jennings Yacht and Storage Yards and Keasbey Ship Building and Storage Yard

Sewaren-Shell Oil Co.; order maintenance and sales dept. at 111 State

Woodbridge-Amboy Stamp Mfg. Co.; rubber stamp was at 8 Jean Ct., Windsor Lakis photography at 74 Main St. and Stern and Dragose; real estate at 97 Main St.

Would love to hear more memories or receive past material for any section of Woodbridge. Have past information from Avenel, Colonia, Fords, Hopelawn, Iselin, Keasbey, Menlo Park Terrace, Port Reading, Sewaren or Woodbridge Proper? I have heard many terrific memories and received much past material from many readers. I know there is so much more out there. Do you remember any stores that gave S & H Green Stamps or other incentives to its customers? Send me your past plays, graduation, school, town, church, scouting, past bar and business info, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter, or summer past information. This request goes out for all the towns listed below. Looking forward to printing more reader contributions!

If you have your own memories or past material for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send “copies” of your material to me at CMD Media P.O. Box 1061 Rahway, NJ 0706

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