Remembering The Past: Clark And Elizabeth Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

CLARK-This is from my own research dated 1882: Phillip Trussler had a bleaching and calico print-works for several years, but in 1845 part of the building was destroyed by fire. In 1847, after the property had become worthless, William Bloodgood, Esq. of New York purchased it. At a large outlay of money the building (what was left of it) was repaired. Other large buildings were added for the manufacturer of felt goods, started by William E. Bloodgood, at first on a small scale. After a time the business rapidly increased. On July 4, 1869, the main building of the factory was entirely destroyed by fire, but immediately rebuilt.

The firm conducting the business at present (1882) has been organized about six years and is composed of Mr. W.S. Taylor and William Bloodgood, Jr. A mill has stood on the site of the present works, for more then one hundred years. The various mills, with the residences of the two proprietors and the tenements occupied by the workmen and their families, are located on low land quite near the banks of the river.

The dwellings and a village store owned by the firm are situated on the higher ground that rises pleasantly above the banks of the stream. Felt goods of all descriptions are produced here, and the annual production of the mills is at least two million square yards of feltings per year. The firm pays out at least $75,000 per year in wages to the operatives.

ELIZABETH-Here are some more memories from Barbara Cook: “The North End of Elizabeth is divided up into several areas. It was predominately Irish way back in the day. It was never called North Elizabeth, but North End. My mom’s family lived in the ‘Port,’ or as they put it ‘by St. Patrick’s.’ A lot of my relatives described where they lived by what church they attended. If someone was Polish, they lived in either Bayway or on Inslee or Ripley. The men of the family would give their area they lived in by what bar they could be found in.”

Thanks Barb for all your help with my column through the years!

If you would like to see my column continue, I need some new contributors to show there is an interest. After Sept. 4, my column will only be printed with readers’ memories or past material since my own material is shrinking.

Start sending you memories or past material for any of the towns listed below. It is never to early to send your Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or winter memories for end-of-the-year columns. All memories or past material must be from around the towns, schools, houses of worship, organizations, etc.

If you have your own memories or past material for Clark, Elizabeth, Linden, Rahway or Roselle 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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