Remembering The Past: Sayreville Through The Years

by Diane Norek Harrison

SAYREVILLE-In October of 1944, Navy Day was proclaimed in Sayreville. Mayor Phillip McCutcheon issued a proclamation calling upon all residents of the borough to join in the observation of Navy Day on Oct. 27. He called upon all schools, civic clubs and organizations, as well as businessmen and manufactures and all citizens of the borough to take appropriate action to observe the day in a fitting manner.

In December of 1959, The Firemen’s Relief Association re-elected Walter Buczek as president. Joseph Pero, a former chief of Melrose, was elected vice-president and Paul P. Janocha, also a former fire chief, was re-elected secretary. Former borough clerk, Frank P. Kolb, was re-elected treasurer for the 26th year.


Henry Sutter was elected trustee for a term of five years. The trustees elected Andrew Cross, chairman. William Nagel was elected to represent the Exempt Association at the New Jersey State Relief Association Convention as a delegate. John F. Baumann was named alternate. Nagel was also appointed to represent the association as a member of the relief association.

Some old businesses that I have never printed: In 1910, Ernston Farm sold really fresh eggs. You could order by mail or telephone at the number 1S4-W.

Woodland Farm had pure milk and registered Jersey cows. Morning and evening delivery was available.

In 1920, the Liberty Theatre was showing “Heart O’ the Hills” with Mary Pickford for one day only on Jan. 17.

In the 1930s, M.N. Nichols offered art student summer classes on Scott Avenue and William A. Ericksen provided taxidermy skills and mounting of all kinds on Oak Street. Superior Dry Cleaning and Laundry was located at 60 Main Street and on Laurel Street in Melrose with Bernard Cosnoski as the proprietor.

In the 1950s, Four Roses Drive-Inn was on Rose’s Corner and sold root beer, orange drinks, hot dogs and ice cream. James and George Harkins were the proprietors. M&M Diner was located on Route 35 in Morgan. Jay’s Diner was on Route 35, next to Stilo’s and was open seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

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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