Remembering The Past: More Highland Park Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

HIGHLAND PARK-More memories from a former resident: “Some of the businesses I can remember in Highland Park: One was a brewery that was located where Montgomery Apartments are built.  Then there was the Waldren Machine company that was located off Cleveland Ave (Manor section) across from where my husband and I built our home in 1956.  Turner Tube was on Raritan Ave but went out of business after WWII.  Flako products was also located on Cleveland Avenue, and they made the first ‘pie crusts’ in a box.  On the same street was a candy factory called Birnn where my kids and school mates helped make candy after school.

“Factories in Highland Park, North side, was  Janeway & Carpenter Wallpaper Co.  I think it burned down and property was built up by Waldren Machine Co and Highland Park Building Co.

“As a kid I can remember parades that lasted two hours. People from Edison, New Brunswick, Highland Park and South River usually attended.  After the parade there was always a big picnic in Donaldson Park.  We used to get ready about two hours in advance so we could get to Raritan Ave. in the heart of the town and get a place to stand.

“Highland Park was also the birthplace of the first ‘Band Aid.’  This was made by Johnson & Johnson whose estate was on River Road.”

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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