Remembering the Past: 1880 Perth Amboy Businesses

by Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY-Businesses was once on Smith St.: Joseph L. Hare; furniture, carpets and oil clothes, Marsh Bros Florist, Wm. H. McCormick flour feed, W.B. Mount; home furnishing goods, M. Peterson; boots and shoes, C.C. Pierson’s Old Family Shoe Store was opposite R.P. Barton, Skidmore’s Meat Market.

The Perth Amboy Republican newspaper was published every Friday. Subscriptions were $1.50 per year.


Miss Gertrude P. Smith School for Young Ladies and Children was on Market St. People’s Bakery was on High St. with J.B. Ford as the prop.

Mrs. Joseph Moore sold candy, toys, tobacco and cigars on Fayette St. Patrick White Founder and Marcus Schantz Engineer and Machinist were on Water St. Spencer Dayton; carpenter and builder was on State St.

There was Carlton & Blackford Ship Chandlers and Grocers, Roll & Milles Ship Wrights and Repairers, Marine Railroad and Basin Dry Dock and Ashland Emery Co. with Chas Alden; manager and N.D. White Treasurer.

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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