Remembering The Past: Elizabeth Memories

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-More memories from Ed Levy: “I remember the doughnut guy from Morris Avenue in the 50s and 60s. On Morris Avenue, just south of the North Avenue intersection, near what is now Keans College, there was a guy in an old orange-colored school bus that made the greatest doughnuts and sold them for $0.60 per dozen, about a nickel each. He had only one type and they were the traditional doughnuts with a confectionery sugar coating on them. When they were fresh and warm, they were delicious. In those days, they did not have all the varieties like today, but these were light, fresh and tasty. Nothing like them exists today.

“I can remember my father on a gray, rainy Sunday afternoon stopping there and picking up a dozen. What a treat! Even though my dad was VP of Levy Brothers, he was a very ‘down to earth’ guy. He was friends with everyone and it did not matter if you were a millionaire or broke.

“As I age and look back, I realize, in retrospect how wonderful those times were. If only I could have 10 minutes back in those times. I would give anything for it. It is not until it is gone that it is appreciated.”

If you have your own memories of the past in Middlesex or Union counties, email me at dianenorekharrison@juno.com 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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  • alvin201

    I remember the DONUT man, we never stopped but you’d get the temptong aroma of the fresh baking as you drove ny. I believe it was an old bus (1930s) and was pained brown on the lower half, tan on the top. I was told the owner lived (and kept the bus in off-hours) around Catherine Street.