Remembering The Past: Perth Amboy Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-I was asked to ask readers if anyone knew who the owner of Puritan Dairy was. They were located on Fayette and Wilson streets. Please let me know for an inquiring mind and for another column.

After my Dec. 11 column with the mention of Holy Spirit Parish, Thomas Saboy sent me these memories: “I went to Holy Spirit Church and remember Father Kerr well. I never forgot his homily when he didn’t want to be known as ‘Buffalo Bill’ at the bank. He was looking for greener pastures.


“Father Davis was the founder and first pastor. The church started at Perth Amboy Vocational School. He was replaced by Father Kerr. Bishop Reese then Father Reese was an assistant pastor in charge of high school students. I still remember his talk about love and fascination to us high school kids. A great guy.

“As a child I went to St. Stephen’s with my mother and father. The Masses were in Polish. From there we went to Parnes Bakery and then to my grandmother’s house on Brace Avenue for a big Sunday dinner with all my aunts, uncles and cousins. I spent the entire day ‘dressed up.’ We would have a sandwich when we got home on Sunday night.

“I made my First Holy Communion at Our Lady of Peace in Fords and my Confirmation at Holy Spirit in the basement church.”

Do you have memories or past material for my Easter, Memorial Day, spring or summer columns? Please send it as soon as possible.

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.

An old postcard showing the Samuel E. Shull School in Perth Amboy. Provided by Irene Britton.

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