Remembering The Past: Early South Amboy

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Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Harrison Harrison

SOUTH AMBOY-From 1920s material: The borough of South Amboy was established in 1888, with Cornelius McGonigle as the first mayor.

In 1920 the officials were: Mayor Francis H. Gordon; alderman-Michael J. Stanton, president; Daniel J. Delaney, alderman-at-large; George A. Kress, James W. Hackett and Jacob A. Schuey; clerk, Peter J. Coakley; collector, James A. V. Vandusen; recorder, Francis H. Gordon (acting); solicitor, Francis P. Coan; physician, Dr. Eugene M. Meacham; Board of Education-Richard M. Mack, president; Daniel J. Delaney, Richard U. Rue, William Woodward and Francis P. Coan; clerk, James Holton; Board of Health-B.J. Monaghan, Thomas Lovely, Stanley Witko, Dr. S. Kenny; and Thomas Tomazewski, clerk; inspector, Nicholas Howley.

The First Presbyterian Church was organized in 1864 and the church was erected in 1868 on Broadway, The Methodist Protestant Church was organized on Jan. 17, 1873 and two years later a church was erected. On Feb.11, 1873 the First Baptist Church was organized and a church built in 1878.

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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