Great Beds Lighthouse & Other Perth Amboy Memories

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by Diane Norek Harrison
PERTH AMBOY—Some businesses that were in Perth Amboy in 1943 included Cher Radio, Dolly Dress Shop, Fine’s Dress Shop, Label Youth Center, Lady Fair Salon, Linoleum and Carpet Factory outlet, Miller’s Beauty Shop, and Olstowski Studio over Grant’s 5 & 10. These were all located on Smith Street. There was also the Photo Shop on State Street.

South Amboy resident Rose Ann Pawlik gave me a copy of the Great Beds Lighthouse post card from her late father, Leo Wieczorek’s, collection.

The back of the post card reads: “Great Beds Lighthouse, Raritan Bay. The year 1918 began with two enterprising gentlemen playing a golf game on the frozen waters of the Raritan Bay. By Jan. 6, the intense cold had made the ice so thick that thousands were out on the Bay, and at least four automobiles drove around the Lighthouse and back to Amboy.” Thank you Rose Ann!

Here are two past Perth Amboy tidbits: From about 1800 to 1870, the public school classes were held in the court house. The first public school, School # 1 on State Street, opened in 1870. There was a Ladies’ Society of the Presbyterian Church in 1857.

Haven’t sent me your memories or past material? What are you waiting for? Remember your name does not have to be used with your past material in my column. Please state if you don’t want your name used with material sent. Send me organization history, ladies auxiliary info, block parties, school, mom and pop stores, stores that gave out H & S Green Stamps or Plaid Stamps, or other incentives, parades, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, winter, summer, sports, other holidays, etc. What activities went on in the town that no longer do?

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 dianenorekharrison@juno.com or send copies of your material to me at CMD Media, P.O. Box 1061, Rahway, NJ 07065.

This vintage postcard photo shows Great Beds Lighthouse in 1918.


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0 comments for “Great Beds Lighthouse & Other Perth Amboy Memories

  1. Diane
    November 7, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Ella,
    If you would like more information on the Great beds Lighthouse, please email me through the column. Diane

  2. October 25, 2008 at 6:05 pm

    is this the lighthouse out in Raritan Bay? If so does it still exist and can it be visited. How can it be reached. Is it still operating.
    My friends have visited lighthouses all up the coast from
    Florida to Maine, told them about this one.
    Ella Jacobsen

    Are you aware that back in the 30′s ort 40′s. the bay had frozen over so solid that you could walk out to the lighthouse. Could also walk to Staten Island from Sewaren and Perth Amboy.

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