Remembering The Past: 1910 & 1920 South Amboy Businesses

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by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-In 1913, Wisconsin Creamery was at 235 Broadway. “We are doing more to reduce the high cost of living than any concern in America. Strictly fresh laid eggs in cartons and easy to carry home. Economical housewives cannot afford to pass us by.”

Here are many businesses that were once in South Amboy in the 1920s. On Broadway were: Ehrlich’s Store sold solid red beet salad every day. Munn’s Diner had special breakfasts, ham, bacon, eggs, rolls or bread and coffee for 30 cents. Roast Beef Dinner: stewed corn, vegetables, mashed potatoes, bread, butter and coffee for 40 cents and steak dinner, potatoes, vegetables, rolls or bread, butter and coffee, tea or milk for 50s.

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The Paris Shop and The Phoenix Tea Co. was next to Lucitt Bakery. American House, formally  Broadway Restaurant had rooms with or without board. One dish each day at cost. Eat it here or bring
dish and eat it home. Have a $1.00? 5 course chicken dinner in our cozy dining room in Sunday. They also had music.

The South Amboy Bargain House with Samuel Lerner as the prop. Cohen’s Boot Shop “The only shore store in town.” Broadway bargain Store with J.I. Senberg as the prop., Farmington Dairy was at 171 No. Broadway and sold butter, cheese and eggs were their specialty.

The Supplee Ice Cream and Bergen’s were on Stevens Ave and on Stockton St. was South Amboy Auto Landry had J.C. Bikler as the prop. Car washes were $2.00. Quinlan’s Confectionery and ice cream was at 110 So. Pine Ave. They sold tobacco, cigarettes, soft drinks and school supplies.

If you have your own memories or past information for South Amboy or Sayreville you can email me at dianenorekharrison@juno.com 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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