Remembering The Past: A Well Of Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

Memories from William Frolich: “In the old days, many smaller communities did not have city water systems, and residents depended on their own wells in their back yard for water. Even after the city water became available, many of those wells remained in use for decorative and gardening purposes.

“Some still exist in my Roselle neighborhood. One of then has a fancy well-house around it, with a windlass and bucket for drawing water. Another one is out of service and covered with a large flagstone, but the well is underneath. At one time there was a pipe with a pitcher type pump attachment to it, but that all rusted away. When a light snow covers the stone, a round area of that large area of snow melts because of the warm air beneath it in the well. There were other wells in the area, but they have been filled in with dirty for safety. Their brick-lined walls are still in the ground.”


If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, 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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