Remembering The Past: New Year’s Eve In 1950

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-In December 1950, Police Chief David Quinlin had cops present for special protection at the sleigh riding streets in the city. They were stationed at South Feltus Street, Stockton Street, Center Street and Conover Street.

The local unit of the Order of the Eastern Star held a New Year’s Party at the Masonic Temple on Main Street starting at 9 p.m. A covered dish was served and all members were invited to attend. Mrs. Emily Bowen and Mrs. Albert Mortanaon were the event chairs.


Barry’s Tavern, which was at 114 South Broadway at the corner of Henry Street invited people to “COME ONE-COME ALL” to the Ringing in of the New Year’s Eve Party. There was dancing and other amusements with a free supper for all.

You could also ring in the New Year at Red’s Package Store, 106 South Broadway, which was next to the where the post office used to be. It had all the mixers for a wonderful New Year’s Eve Party. The phone number was S.A. 1062.

If you have your own memories of the past for South Amboy or for any section of Sayreville you can 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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