Morgan’s Past

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by Diane Norek Harrison

SAYREVILLE-In 2007, I received an email from Morgan resident Frances Drake asking me if I had any past information on the Morgan section of Sayreville. She was writing a paper for a class at Rutgers University. She has since sent me a copy of her paper with permission to share her research in my column.

“Welcome to Morgan, New Jersey-The Original Gateway to the Shore”

Farming was another big industry with many farms in and around the Central New Jersey area. Farmers could go to Morgan Beach where a pier jutted out into the Raritan Bay. Small boats from New York would head to the pier and buy goods such as apples, blueberries, and fresh produce from the farmers. In the area of what is now Parker Avenue, on top of the cliff overlooking the Raritan Bay, was Henderson’s Egg Farm. The Henderson family merely needed to walk to the pier to sell fresh eggs to the awaiting boats traveling back to New York or other nearby ports. Interestingly, there are several references to this same area being called “40 Horses” at some time, but as of writing this paper I have been unable top determine the origin of the name.

Applegate’s Pond in Morgan is a fresh water pond that sprung up from one of the clay pits that was dug in Morgan. The Applegate Coal and Ice Company cut blocks of ice from the frozen Applegate Pond during the winter and stored the blocks of ice in sawdust in a barn. Storing the blocks in sawdust created sufficient insulation to keep the ice frozen enough for sale throughout the year.

Stewart’s Restaurant on Route 35 offered “car-hop” service, but to the dismay of many local residents, closed its doors in 2006. Other businesses that have come and gone include: Krauser’s and Peterson’s Pharmacy on South Pine Avenue, Morgan Garage on Atlantic Highway, and Club Krome-formerly known as Club Bene.

Frances also has in her paper that Morgan has a newer restaurant named the Spanish Riviera on Route 35 and Morgan Avenue, but since she wrote her paper, I believe that it has become a part of the past of the Morgan section of Sayreville.

At the end of her paper, Frances put a sources page which includes my name and my “Remembering the Past” column in the Atom Tabloid & Citizen-Gazette, Ed Pytel, a Sayreville historian and member of the Sayreville Historical Society, and her Morgan neighbors Harry and Lillian Applegate. I will have more from this material in the future.

Have you done some research of any of the towns in the area and want to see it in print? Send it over! You can email me at dianenorekharrison@juno.com or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, P.O Box 1061, Rahway, NJ 07065.


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