Remembering the Past: Memories Of Fords

By Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE—Here are some more memories from Harold Miller:

“Across Crowsmill Road was a Sunocco Gas Station which was built by Julius Iszo. Mr. Iszo worked many hours a day and built up a good business, later he added a repair shop. He also built a house in the back of the shop facing Crowsmill Road on the west side of Clum Avenue. He built a building for a confectionery with an apartment above. Further west was School #7 and Helen’s Beauty Shop was across the street.


“At the fork in the road at Hoy Avenue, at the triangle, was a little candy store which at one time had been a gas station. This candy store was owned by a Mr. and Mrs. Brown called ‘Brownies.’ You could buy cigarettes for a penny each. Across the street on the north side was a gas station. Then on the corner of Mary Avenue on the east side was a dry goods store owned by Yalube [note: the store was actually known as Yakubik’s Department Store] and on the west side was Frank’s Tavern. Further west there west Fords Lawn Mower Repair Shop. At the corner of Egan and Maxwell streets was a grocery store owned by a woman named Swanick.”

If you have your own memories or past material for any section of Woodbridge, please send to be included in an upcoming column!

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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