Remembering The Past: Woodbridge Feedback

By Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE—After I printed Thomas Saboy’s memories with the mention of former pro baseball player, South Amboy’s own Allie Clark, Mr. Saboy wrote back “I once won an autographed ‘Allie Clark’ baseball at an AS&R (Gugie’s) picnic at Vardy’s Grove in Fords in the late 1940s.”


I received the following letter from Sewaren resident Catherine Burns after my March 27 column: “Dear Ms. Harrison, At the northern end of State Street in Perth Amboy, before the bridge over the Woodbridge River, a left hand turn to the west is Maurer Road which meets Amboy Avenue. On the south side of the road and east of the railroad tracks of the Jersey Central the depot welcomed passengers going to Boynton Beach in Sewaren.”

She also sent me an excerpt from “Woodbridge New Jersey’s Oldest Township” book by Virginia Bergen Troeger and Robert J. McEwen published by Arcadia Publishing.

It reads: “Henry Maurer, an enterprising German immigrant, arrived in New York City in 1830 at the age of 18 and worked several brick-making businesses. In 1856, he bought the Excelsior Fire Brick and Clay Retort Works just over the Woodbridge line in Perth Amboy in a 75 acre section later known as Maurer, and also 11 acres of excellent fire clay banks off upper Main Street in Woodbridge.

“He invested $50,000 to upgrade his fire-brick factory, which employed about 100 men. In 1881 he manufactured 520,000 hollow bricks, and 1,750.000 fire bricks, as well as gas retorts and French roofing tiles. His bricks were used in many New York City buildings, including several owned by the well-known Vanderbilt family. Maurer, who invented various machines to speed his manufacturing processes, maintained his business office, a depot, and his home in New York City. Maurer and Sons continued operating until 1937.”

Thank you Mrs. Burns for adding to my column!

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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