Remembering the Past: Happy Father’s Day

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY—This is from material given to me dated June 1964. Father’s Day in 1964 was on June 21. Holden’s Jewelers which was at 106 No. Broadway had great gift ideas for Dad; watches, fraternal jewelry, electric razors-Schick, Norelco and Remington, rings, lighters, ash trays, tie tacs and cuff links.

A coffee house and open house was held at Christ Church in Memorial Hall on Sunday, June 14 for Father’s Day after the 8:45 am Family Service. The get-together commemorated Father’s Day and the closing of Christ School. At B & E Liquor Store on Raritan St. in Sayreville, on the border line of South Amboy, had an ad “Dad Deserves The Best.”

All in 1964, the three pharmacies on Broadway, Arky’s, Madura’s and Peterson’s alternated being open on Sundays. Arky’s is long gone, while the other two remain open. The Gay 90s which was at 267 First St. had entertainment on Friday, Saturdays and Sunday with Stas and Ted Rusek as the proprietors. An added attraction at this time was Johnny Morgan.

I still have my Gay 90’s tee shirt with the picture of Stas, smoking his cigar, on it. A real South Amboy collectable! The waterfront beach had a lifeguard on duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., 7 days a week.

More of South Amboy’s past from my never-ending scrap paper. In 1901, was John Johnson’s Haberdashery Shop.

In 1979, Marathon Transit Co. was at 107 Stevens Ave. “Charter A Bus Anytime.” Dependable service, relax-enjoy your trip-group outings, company tours, conventions, church socials, school functions. Amboy Coach, Inc. with Joseph A. Bartlinski, group travel consultant.

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.

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