Remembering The Past Around Union County

by Diane Norek Harrison

Here are some businesses that were once around Union County. I’m looking for readers to share their own memories or past material from around the county in my column.

ELIZABETH-L&M Art Gallery on Broad St.,Long’s Electric Center on Westfield Ave.  Monarch Rambler, Broeker’s Union Square Hotel; Elizabeth Ave., Duchin’s Paint and Wallpaper, L.A. Dunn-stationery and blank book manufactures  Broad St., Hotel Elizabeth Carteret,  Jersey Match Co. and Olsen’s Radio Service on Elizabeth Ave.

On March 16, 1965, Christie Lee’s Gaslight, on Cherry St. held a Spring fashion Show. A complete dinner was served for $5.95.

In 1898, Mrs. Ahern Millinery was on East Jersey Street, Reid’s Nurseries in 1800s and on March 22, 1940 “Gone With The Wind” was playing at the Regent all evening for $1.10 and matinee was 75 cents. Twin City Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge was on Edgar Road near the Bayway Circle and The Lynn Caterers was on Westfield Ave.

FANWOOD-Green Meadow Farms

GARWOOD-Railroad Warehouse Outlet on South Ave.

HILLSIDE-Jack & Loretta and Hillside Beauty Salon was on N. Broad St.

LINDEN-Cheryle’s Children’s Department Store on St. George Ave. and Kiddie Mart on Route 1.

MOUNTAINSIDE-CHI-AM Chateau on Route 22

In the late 1800s was J.S. Keiser & Bros-manufacturers on N.C. Gas Burners and The Regina Music Box.

More next week!

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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