Remembering The Past: More Highland Park Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

HIGHLAND PARK-More memories from a former resident: “The Race Tract section of Highland Park borders Edison on three sides. This section was composed of Italians, Hungarians and German descended people.

“We had vendors who drove in our back yard to sell spaghetti or all kinds of pasta.  There was a fruit and vegetable man who came and at that time nothing was sold by the pound.  The weighing process came later after WWII.  A milkman delivered milk, butter and cheese. Hathaway Bakers came with bread, cakes, pies and cookies.  On the whole, most people did not have to go to the store for these items.  Bread at that time was ten cents a loaf.


“Heading into our city on Woodbridge Avenue, there was a garage, gas station and a new care dealer.  At Eleventh Avenue, was our elementary school – Irving school which went from first to eighth grade but later changed to first through sixth when the secondary school was built on South Fifth Avenue,

“Still travelling on Woodridge Avenue, we had a funeral parlor, another car dealership, the Highland Park Diner was on the corner of South Seventh and Woodbridge.”

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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