Remembering the Past: More 1930s Woodbridge Memories

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By Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-Here are some wonderful memories from Martha Storey Webb: “Diane, I was born in Woodbridge and wrote these memories for my own pleasure.”

“Let’s Travel Up And Down Main Street, Woodbridge, N.J., In The 1930s”

On the corner of Main and School Sts. was Toborosky Fruit and Vegetable Store. Raymond Jackson & Son Pharmacy was on the opposite corner. At one time they had a soda fountain as well. This corner is now replaced by Goddess Boutique. Carpet Haven is located where The Fruit Exchange was.

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Parnes Bakery was where Liberty Tax Service is and Handerhan’s Fish Market was where the Mexican restaurant is, but not sure if they were in the 1930s. Blakes Paper Store was where Dr. M. Pollack and Sr. M.S. Speigel have their offices.  State Jewelers moved from their location by the State Theater to a new location next to National Bank. Auto Parts of Woodbridge, owned by the Larsen family took over the National Bank and the
building next to it, which at one time was a movie house, before the 1930s.

The College Inn owned by the Van Tassel family since 1943. It is now home of Restorante Venezia Restaurant. The Inn was a place where the politicians met for relaxation.

Dr. Collins beautiful home and office was about where Red Dumpling Noodle Shop and Main Street Barber Shop are today. Ceasar Sweet Shop owned by Ceasar and Mary Vornoli sold newspapers, cigars, candy, etc. Then came Middlesex Hotel on the corner of Main St. and Amboy Ave. It was owned by the Galaida Family. Now cross over Main St. and we will travel back to where we started. There was a gas station where Bank of America now stands.

Where J J Elek Realty is, was a building with 2 entrances. My friend Catherine Gilrean lived on one side. Later, in 1940 or 1950, Dr. Moss had his office in the building. The A & P and Woolworths were moved from the corner of William and Main Sts. Main St Farm took the place of Woolworths and A&P was replaced by CVS. Woolworths had a lunch counter with 8 or 10 stools. There were 2 houses next to Christensen’s Dept. Store. One was taken down by Woolworths was built in 1940. The other was replaced by Mae Moon Store and is now replaced by News Treat, Alexander Shoes and Neves Jewelry Store.

Christensen’s Store was  next, originally being on the other side of Main St. since 1895. They moved to this side in 1933. They were wonderful people who helped those less fortunate in the depression years.

To be continued!

If you have your own memories or history from Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge, you can email me at dianenorekharrison@juno.com 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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