Remembering The Past: The Past Around Union County

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-I received an email with the following: “Do you have any pictures of Pennington Street or Elmora Avenue from the 1940s or 1950s? I have also been looking for a picture of the Union County News dealers located on Brunette Street behind the Main Elizabeth Library.”

If anyone has anything to share from this request please send to me to forward.

Melvin Baker remembers from the early 1960s that a guy would be sitting on the corner of Broad and West Jersey streets selling pencils. Every day at 4 p.m., someone would pick him up in a Cadillac. He also remembers a newspaper stand on the corner of Broad and East Jersey streets.

Below is from my own research:

LINDEN-In the 1960s, Cheryl’s Children’s Department Store was on St. George Avenue, Mayfield Ford was on Elizabeth Avenue and Kiddie Mart was on Route 1. In the 1930s, Sentry Stores was on North Wood Avenue.

RAHWAY: In 1899, Thomas Jardine & Son on St. George Avenue sold granite and marble monuments, tombs and vaults and A.F. Kirstein was the druggist and music dealer of Rahway.

In December 1926, the New Empire Theatre in Rahway was showing “The Return of Peter Grim” and “A Poor Girl’s Romance.”

In the late 1920s, Henry Frahme, surgical service and Dr. Schwartz, dentist, were both on Broad Street.

Remember when Lampert Farm Stores were in Clark, Elizabeth, Roselle, Linden and other Union County towns?

What do you remember from any town around in Union County?

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 material to me c/o CMD Media, 1139 East Jersey St., Suite 503, Elizabeth NJ, 07201


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