Remembering The Past: Metuchen’s Past

by Diane Norek Harrison

METUCHEN-Past businesses from various years: China House Chinese Restaurant; Rt 27, Costa Cottage, Dixie Bell Inn; Rt No. 25, L & S Store,
Lawler Company; machinery for chemical mining, paint and ceramics, Metuchen Beauty Parlor in Main St., Metuchen Center, Metuchen Food Market; Rt 27 and Richmond Radiator Co.

From 1942: The mayor was Charles Taylor. Council members were: Ernest B. Pape, John C. Stockel, Huyler Romand, Charles E. Errickson, Herbert R. Morris and Edward R. Parker. The Clerk was William E. Schultz.


Overseer of the Poor was John C. Bowers, Enos J. Fouratt was the Police Chief, Fire Chief was Michael Donato, Engineer; W. Franklin Buchanan, Attorney; DuBois S. Thompson and Tax Collector was Arthur T. Strong.

Zoning Board of Adjustment members were: Luther E. Riddle; president, with Ralph G. Seiler, Alf F. Larkin, Ralph Crowell and Richard S. Johnson. The Superintendant of Public Works was Herbert J. Jensen. The assessors were: R. Christian Miller, Fred W. Bates and Erich Schuster.

Board of Health members were: Edward H. Koyen, A. Clayton Hollander, Mrs. Mildred Moss, Mrs. Bessie Abbott, John D. Witmer, Horace J. Orr and Clarence J.M. Hofer.

Board of Education members were: Sherwood H. Mundy; president, Howard Lee, Allan E. Burns, E. Kenneth Baumann, Mrs. Gertrude Hume, George Englert, CharlesĀ  Bacha, Clarence J.M. Hofer and David Ross.

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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