Remembering the Past: Elizabeth Memories

By Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-Here are more memories from Edward Levy on Levy Brothers:

“I also remember two very colorful people who worked in the store back in the 1950s and possibly in to the early 1960s. There were two sisters, Pauline and Katherine, who worked in the toy department on the main floor in the back of the store. It is possible they retired by 1960 or ’61. They were there since I was a kid in the 1940s.

“My father also ran the haberdashery department (ties, shirts and accessories.) That was in the front of the store where they had the revolving entry door (closer to Elizabeth Ave.)

“The store had for a long time a restaurant. In the early days it was in the basement and later it was on the 2nd floor. They also had a shore repair department at one time.”

Melvin Baker forgot to add to his Aug. 5th memories that he also remembers the Elmora Theatre.

I’m looking for contributors for my 2012 columns. Please send your own memories or past material you have saved through the years. Past information can be from school, sports, past businesses, history or memories from old family businesses, town activities, holidays, your old neighborhood fun, scouting, etc.

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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