Remembering The Past: South Amboy In The 1940s

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY—Reader Elizabeth Szylagi remembers Balogh’s shoemaker shop was on Broadway in the 1940s.

This is from my own research: On Nov. 20, 1946, Protection Engine Co. held their annual dance at the Hoffman High School auditorium. Music was provided by Walter Kross featuring Hank Leonard as soloist. Tickets were 60 cents including tax.


The week of June 20, 1947, South Amboy First Aid played Corvino’s Tavern in softball. Monday, The Bell Telephone team won over the First Aid 8-7. Tuesday night, the V.F.W. won over Bell Telephone by the same score and Wednesday night the First Aid were the victors over the Sacred Heart team by a score of 6-6 tie for eleven innings. The following week The First Aid played Corvino’s Tavern, Bell Telephone clashed with Abby’s and Abby’s played the Shell team.

On Sept. 9, 1947, Allie Clark of the New York Yankees “South Amboy’s Baseball Pride” appeared at the benefit show and baseball game for the South River Girl scouts sponsored by the South River Lion’s Club. Another famous South Amboyan, former Governor Harold G. Hoffman was the master of ceremony. Tickets were on sale a Quinlan’s Smoke Shop, which was on Broadway in South Amboy.

Some businesses from the 1940s I never printed: On Broadway were: The Ben and Marge Seafood and Steak House, The Candlelight Card and Gift Shoppe sold Duncan glassware, lamps and greeting cards, Al Corvino; Dependable and used cars, Joe’s Live Poultry Market “We Kill and Clean.” State of New Jersey Motor Vehicle was in the Timmins Building with Robert P. Jason as the agent. Double Dip was on Broadway and Main Street in 1941 and sold cones for 5 cents, soda for 10 cents and Reids ice cream. They had breakfast specials with Joseph Siegmeister as the proprietor.

Foley’s Fishery was on Bordentown Avenue and Home Craft Repair Shop was on David Street, specializing in sewing machines and electric trains. Luke’s Beauty Salon was on Catherine Street, Abby Photoshop was on Stevens Avenue with the phone #18 and Stary Cleaners was on Main and Feltus street, and specialized in reweaving, cleaning, dyeing, pressing, spot cleaning and tailoring.

If you have your own memories or past information from Middlsesex or Union counties, 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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