Sayreville Through The Years

pastby Diane Norek Harrison

SAYREVILLE-This first part was given to me for my column. Circa 1917, there was the Victorian Troop Marching Band. The members at this time were: William Hockenjos, Moon Bailey, Frank Johnson, John McCutcheon, Charles Burkshot, Emit Karwatt, Willis Shuler, Neal Chevalier, Otto Weck, John Sugrue, Ed Engelhart, Andy Nelson, William McCutcheon, Mike Kynch, Fred Fortenbacker, Joe Fritz, William Letts, John Hartman, Douglas Lochs, James (Clarence) Guilfoyle, F. Freeman, Joe Kupsch, Ed Fritz, Eric Shuler, Francis Wagner, Walter Karwatt and Joseph Smith. Have similar material from any town?

This part is from my accumulation of looking for the past in Sayreville: The 1954 Members of the Governing Body were: Mayor Anthony J. Popowski, Councilmen were: my grandfather; Edwin J. Baumann, Charles P. Buchanan, Alex P. Loniewski, Raymond J. Presnal, Alfred W. Schussler and Joseph F. Ziemba.

Keenan’s Farm was where the DuPont Parlin Plant is now. There once was a No. 89 Forresters of America (F.of A.) organization, Sayreville Marina Club and Seagull’s Men Club with the late Clement Hill as founder.

These past businesses are very much missed by the Sayreville and South Amboy residents: Sayreville Bar on Cecelia St., Tasty Subs on Pulaski Ave. and Mr. Dee’s Hotdogs was on Johnsons Lane and Ernston Rd. All closed recently and were very popular and well patronized.

Other past businesses that closed a long time ago and some more recent: Activewear; Washington Rd., Ciro’s American Italian Deli, Cutting Crew; Route 9, William McDonald’s law office; Main St., McCarthy Employment Agency; Mini-Mall Ernston Rd. in 1974, Ekhart Drugs; Route 9 and Garden State Shop-Rite was at 341 South Pine Avenue in 1954. They were selling sirlon steak at 69 cents a pound and porterhouse steak at 75 cents a pound.

JD Dairy, Oishi Sushi; Raritan St., One Hour Photo; Ernston and Washington Rds., P.J.’s Bar; Washington Rd., Panda Gardens; Ernston Rd. and Washington Rd., Parkway Motor Lodge; Route 35, Sam’s Greenhouse; Johnsons Lane, Shot in the Dark Tavern; Washigton Rd., Sunshine Pil-Am Store; Washington Rd., Quiznos Subs; Ernston Rd. and Washington Rd. and Wally’s Bar; Washington Rd.

Playing at the Amboy Drive-In in Sept. 1970 was “Cheyenne Social Club” and “A Man Called Horse.”

Have similar past information from any of the towns?

If you have your own memories or past information for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge you can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503 , Elizabeth NJ, 07201.

sayreville-through-the-years-harrison-0322009The late New Jersey Congressman Edward J. Patten speaking at the President Park Fire Department Building Dedication in the Parlin section of Sayreville on September 11, 1976. Congressman Patten was from Perth Amboy. Photo by Diane Norek Harrison

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