Remembering The Past: Sayreville Through The Years

By Diane Norek Harrison

SAYREVILLE-After my July 2 column on the Morgan Family cemetery in the Morgan section of Sayreville, I received an e-mail from South Amboy resident Ed Campbell.

“Diane, Just a note to let you know that the Morgan Family cemetery, which you wrote about, is 173’ by 228’. There are over 50 relatives buried there. There are however several unmarked grave sites not now known to family members. Every United States conflict up to the Granada invasion is represented in this cemetery. Nicholas was hung by a group of Tories and buried here. There are also a few slave graves just outside the cemetery fence. One of the people buried there is Dr. Lawrence O. Morgan, who was a surgeon at the Battle of Gettysburg, Pa. It is overwhelming what this family has done!”

Thank you Ed!


“Board of Health Is Unable to Meet Because of Wreck”

“After the Feb. 6 1951 train wreck in Woodbridge of ‘The Broker’, the meeting of the Sayreville Board of Health was postponed on Feb. 6 because of it.

“Hugh Singleton, borough health officer and a member of the board was called to duty at South Amboy Memorial Hospital, while Fred C. Muth of Morgan, a newcomer to the board was a passenger on the wrecked train.

“Edwin J. Baumann (my grandfather), secretary of the board, rushed to his home upon hearing of the wreck to find his daughter (who later became my mother), was a passenger on the wrecked train, had escaped with a bruised knee. She was in the car directly behind the last derailed coaches.

“The Baumann family were particularly thankful that she and two girl companions had not heeded a trainman’s suggestion that they go to the head coaches, where he said seats were available. They stood in the aisle from Newark to the scene of the wreck.”

On July 7, 1909, the committee received an invitation to help celebrate “German Day.” The invite was accepted promptly thereafter a motion was made “that the Police be on duty at Allgair’s Park on German Day and that three extra constables be appointed for the day.”

On March 13, 1918 John Hart, Jr. applied for permission to have a carnival conducted in the Township for the benefit of the local firemen. The request was granted. The day of the “Chautaqua” had long since passed into oblivion and the day of the traveling carnival had arrived.

On May 18, 1949, the council received notice of the formal dedication of the President Park Fire Co. to be held on May 29, 1949. Not only had the governing body ratified the creation of this independent company, but had aided it by donating land for its headquarters and transferring title to a Dodge fire engine formally used by Morgan Fire Co.

On Aug. 31, 1952, a Dedication Ceremony was held at the opening of the new Emma L. Arleth School on Washington Road.
Lifelong Sayreville resident told me before Truman school was built on Taft Place in the President Park development, the kids in the area would play baseball there.

In June 1874, The Mouse Trap Lounge, formally Morgan Seafood on Route 35 had music and dancing on Friday and Saturday nights until 2:30 a.m. with Jack Olsen & The Cavaliers. Monday was Ladies’ Night with “Go-Go Boys” from 8 until 11 p.m. Julia Mosinak was the proprietor of the Mouse Trap Lounge. The Sand Box Lounge which was on Route 35 had entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights with “Plum Loco” Proper attire was required. Club Helene on Route 35 had a “Lobster Festival”

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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