Remembering The Past: South Amboy Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-Cleaning out some folders I found more wonderful memories from the late Adam Kierst: “In the early 1930s, we played a lot of sandlot football in the empty lot on Ward Ave. We did not have organized sports during the Depression. When Wolf’s Dept. Store, which was on No. Feltus St. and Main St. across from Sacred Heart, was going out of business and had a ‘closing sale’ and included old time shoes from the 1890s. They had high buttons and very hard toes for men. Some of the boys in the neighborhood got the shoes for about 10 cents and used them for kicking the football. They were very funny looking shoes. Mr. Wolf’s home was across the street from his business.

“Not to slight the girls in the neighborhood at this time, they would play double Dutch jump rope, salt ‘n pepper and hide and seek.

“About 3 houses from my home lived Mr. Pearl Grover, who had a blacksmith shop and a barn yard where he kept horses and equipment.”

If you would like to share your own memories of the neighborhood you grew up in, the mom and pop stores, corner bars, the great old fashioned fun you had, etc. please write them down and send them over to me. Please let me know the town and neighborhood you are writing about.

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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