Remembering the Past: A Few Extra Notes On Woodbridge In The 1930s

By Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-Here are more wonderful memories from Martha Storey Webb:

“Mr. Cataldo Lupo came around in his Fruit and Vegetable truck and people came out of their homes to buy fresh produce.


“In the late 1930s, Msgr. Charles McCorristin from St. James Church would take his walk every night at 6 p.m. He would go from Amboy Avenue down to Pearl Street, cross over Main Street and go back to St. James Street.

“On Pearl Street you have a playground. I don’t know how old this park is, but I played in it back in the 1930s. A little further on Pearl Street towards Green Street is a little tiny house. It was a Western Union and taxicab station owned by the Couplands and later by the Dimock family.

“Between School Street and the park tennis courts was a large wading pool. Every now and then they would empty the pool and a musical band would come and play for those who wanted to dance. They would dance in the empty pool. Where the VFW is today, there was an ice house owned by Moe Berstein. Ice was 10 or 25 cents for a block. Most people had ice boxes. ‘Don’t forget to empty the bucket when the ice melts or you’re in deep trouble.’

“On New Street the Krewinkels had a bakery-PLUS. They delivered by truck to homes. We were lucky to live so near. They also extended credit. Behind Floral Expressions was the Telephone Company where operators answered your call and connected you to your party. The building is still there.

“In 1939, I had an appendix operation. I rode in the first ambulance Woodbridge ever had. The operation cost. $125 and for seven days in the hospital was $3 a night. Operating room was $15 and lab work was $2. All this is true as I still have the bills.”

“I hope you enjoyed my story and the trip back to the 1930s with me!”

Thank you Mrs. Webb for all your wonderful memories for 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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