Remembering The Past: Elizabeth Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-Memories from former Elizabeth resident, Robert Damora: “After reading your Jan.13 column, I realized that the city has changed. Despite the changes that wonderful city has endured, I do hold some fond memories of my own.

“One clear memory I have of Elizabeth is when I would go to the Ritz Theater with friends, and family. It was a grand old movie theater that made Elizabeth a special place to be on Friday and Saturday evenings.

“Another memory of I have of Elizabeth is a restaurant where my father loved to take us, Johnny Murphy’s Brass Horn Inn. It was located across the street from Smith Cadillac. I didn’t like the dealership, they sold my father a Cadillac Coupe that was a lemon. Speaking of cars, up the street was a small Mobil gas station that sold an obscure German-made compact car, the NSU. I don’t think the car gained popularity, and I am not sure what happened to the company. There are some people who still have NSU automobiles, and they live throughout the United States.

“I attended Immaculate Conception School in Elizabeth, and despite all of the controversy the Catholic Church has endured, I received a great education there.

“In my heart Elizabeth will always be a wonderful place to live.”

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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