Remembering Perth Amboy’s Past

By Diane Norek Harrison

After my Oct. 22nd column on the Masonic Temple, where I wrote the General Contractor was Hans Krogh, I received the following in an email from Mark Krogh:

“Hello  Diane,
It was my grandfather, who built the temple.  He was a contractor in N.J. then.  He was a member, and past master of the lodge. My grandfather, Hans Hansen Krogh, came over from Denmark and was sponsored by my grandmothers family in Perth Amboy, NJ.  He then married my grandmother Meta Ostergaard.  Her father had a ceramics factory in Perth Amboy.”


In 1915 there was the American Coffee Roasting Co. at 75 Smith St. They sold fine Santos coffee for 18 cents a pound, but was on sale for 15 cents, Golden Santos coffee, regularly 28 cents, on sale for 20 cents. No. 1 Maracaio coffee regularly sold for 28 cents a pound, on sale for 23 cents, American blend coffee 30 cents a pound on sale for 25 cents, No. 1 Bogota coffee regularly 35 cents a pound on sale for 30 cents. Best tea all kinds-25 cents, 35 cents and 50 cents. U.S. Mail soap-white floating soap 7 cakes for 25 cents. There was also a location of this store at 84 John St. in South Amboy.

On Sept. 7, 1939, The American Legion Post No. 45 held an outdoor bingo at the Albert G. Waters Stadium. $3,500.00 was given away in awards in one night. $10.00 given with every regular game prize. 200 prizes were given including a Plymouth Sedan. Admission was 50 cents.

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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