Remembering The Past: Happy St. Patrick’s Day

by Diane Norek Harrison

SAYREVILLE-Mr. Dee’s Hotdog cart, which used to be on Johnsons Lane, served green sauerkraut on St. Patrick’s Day.

SOUTH AMBOY-1914, “Shamrock and Rose” a romantic drama of Irish life, in four acts, was the attraction at St. Mary’s Hall on March 17, 1914. The menu included olives, pickles, potato salad, boiled ham, biscuits, cake, ice cream, crackers, cheese and coffee.


1924, The Ladies’ Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church, held a St. Patrick’s Day Supper in the lecture room of the church. Tickets cost 60 cents each and supper was served at 5pm. Served was hot roast beef, brown gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, Spanish pickles, combination salad, coffee, rolls and lemon meringue pie.

1959-The South Amboy Council #426, Knights of Columbus, held their annual St. Patrick’s Ladies Nite Social at the Columbian Club on March 14, John R. Everitt was chairman. Assisting Everitt was: Thomas Fitzmorris, Albert Astarita, John Miller, Edward Wallace, Vernon Tice and William Fleming. It included community singing, dancing and refreshments.

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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