Remembering The Past: More Woodbridge Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

WOODBRIDGE-More memories from Ed Wilson: “Woodbridge was a wonderful place to grow up. The town was large enough that it had decent stores, was close to Perth Amboy if you preferred that shopping experience, but was small enough that enough people knew us kids and would call our parents if we misbehaved. We had party-line telephones. Our home number was Woodbridge 8 2217 W, our neighbors were 2217 J.

“My dad John, was one of the founders of Woodbridge Little League. I remember the wonderful tickertape parade when Captain Kurt Karlsen, the hero of the Flying Enterprise, made his triumphant return to Woodbridge after staying with his ship as it sank. I watched the parade in front of Christansen’s Department Store, and my picture was on the front page of The Independent Leader, our local paper, published by my neighbor, Mr. Campion.


“I remember the historic train wreck, the hotel fire at the corner of Main Street and Amboy Avenue and so many other evens, including the funeral of the gypsy who was killed by a passing train in Woodbridge.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at or send copies of your past material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201

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