Remembering The Past: President’s Day

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-Remember having off from school on both Lincoln’s Birthday (Feb. 12) and Washington’s Birthday (Feb. 22.)?

In February 1942, School No. 1 held exercises to mark famous birthdays.


The program included:

“America” and Flag Salute by the entire school

“A Little Girl” and Washington”-Doris Rehfuss, “Lincoln”-Joel Christe and William Fuller, “Washington and Lincoln”-Donald English, August Charmello, John Keelyn and Mitchell Patuchinea, “The Sweetest Poem”-Doris Saylor and Doris Ryan and “Like Washington”-Burk Lambertson.

“One Girl”-Patricia Ducha, “A Girl’s Idea”-Jean Fox, “Song Lincoln”-First Grade, “Washington and Me”-Bruce Copper and “Valentine”-Adrian Zeh,

The song “Washington”-First Grade, “Being a Hew”-Billy Cost, “The Red, White and Blue”-Joseph Davey, Adam Lovely and Kathryn Fisler, “My Valentine”- Janet Gardner, “Valentine Song”-First Grade, “Who Knows”-Paul Semoneit, “The Flag Message”-Janet VanDusen, Ann Dill, Jane Dill and Ann Marie Cannon.

“George Washington”-Irma Hemstreet, Patricia Bloodgood, Peter Whithead, Harold Bloodgood and Edward Ellington. “Our First President”-Richard Clazey, “Like Washington”-Cary Stratton, and “Our Country’s Flag”-Jeanne Ann Birmingham and Joan Bean, “Lincoln”-Alexander Baranowski and Jack Criswall.

The song “George Washington” was performed by the pre-primary class, “Brave as Washington”-Charles Refhuss, “Brave and True and Kind”-Rober Lambertson and Raymond Davis, “A Valentine” Mary Ann Tustin, “My Valentine”- Mary Helen Reed and Jean Farrell, “Our Flag”-Rose Marie Delefetti-Barbara Ann Troniec, and “Our Valentine”-Marion Holton and Anita Dexheimer.

The announcer was Iola Horan and “Flag Salute”-Second Grade, “Brave, True and Kind”-Richard Johnson, James McKeon, Harold Mehrlander and Arnold Sandberg, “A True American”-Rhoda Cohen.

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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