by Diane Norek Harrison
EDISON-From Harold Miller: “My memory of Mirror Lake centers around 1 year only. I was 10 years old in the summer of 1940. I was staying with my Aunt Helga and Uncle Henry Clausen who lived on the corner of Beech St. and Western Ave. in Bonhamtown.
“The place known as Mirror Lake at that time was what we called a clay pit. It was a big hole in the ground. At the bottom of a big hill, that had been excavated to dig out the clay for use in bricks and whatever else.
“Around 10:00 am we would start walking up Beech St. to Woodbridge Ave., walking west, parallel to a 8′ high steel fence around Raritan Arsenal, which is now Raritan Center, and Middlesex County College, We would go up to Mill Rd. in Nixon. At the corner of Mill Rd. and Woodbridge Ave. was a tavern, grocery store and the Nixon Post Office. We would then turn left onto Mill Rd. and walk along the Arsenal fence, past the Officer’s Club for the Arsenal, and walk southeast to about where Saw Mill Pond Rd. is now, turn right and go across a big area excavated clay pits.”
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