Remembering The Past: Early 1900 New Brunswick Businesses

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

NEW BRUNSWICK–In 1902 there was “The Club” Cafe on George Street with B.F. Hammel as the proprietor. The “Office” was on George Street with John Scheidig as the proprietor. He sold all kinds of wet goods, cigars, oysters and clams. It was opposite the P.R.R. Depot.

In 1914, The Daily Home News of New Brunswick cost two cents for 12 pages.

Will J. McDede, undertaker, was at 23 Easton Avenue. They transported to any section of the country. There was a mortuary chapel for patrons. It had the most elaborate showroom in the state. They had automobile ambulances.

1930s had J. Friedman at 243 George Street at the corner of Oliver Street. They were formally at 109 Somerset Street with the phone number 1387-J. He made First Class Ladies’ Suits at a cut price: $40 and was cut to $25.

Monigan’s Pharmacy was at 376 George Street with the phone number 549. They sold articles needed by every family: hot water bags, fountain syringes, nursing bottles, nipples, sponges, sponge brushes, rubber rings, sponge bags and invalid cushions. They sold “Wearever” and “Faultless” rubber goods.

Thank you to all who have contributed to my column for the last nine years in this publication. I’m always looking for wonderful memories and past material to share in my column. Please send what you remember or have saved from the past.

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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