Remembering The Past: Fords Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-After my March 18 column I received the following: “I read your article, Memories of Fords. It brought back a lot of memories of the town I was raised in and also reminded me of some I had forgotten. I am writing this because in the article you have a dry goods store on the corner of Mary Avenue as Yalube.

“The name of the store is Yakubik’s Department Store. The store is owned by my mother-in-law. Can you please print a correction for this so I can show it to her. The store was owned by her mother and passed it to the present owner. Thank you.”


Corrections are always welcome. Sometimes a contributor doesn’t know the correct spelling of some of their memories, but mistakes are never intentional.

More memories from Harold Miller: “Across New Brunswick Avenue was Chris Rasmussen & Sons Rigging Company, and the Fords Coal and Lumber Company. Across the railroad bridge was a large factory, name unknown. Further down through the Sand Hills section and before the Raritan River was the very large Heyden Chemical Company and Catalin Company.”

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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