Remembering The Past: Around Union County

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

Here are some more 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.

PLAINFIELD-Hammond Organ Studio, Griffith Piano Company, Nusbaums and The Book House. Do you have memories of the Academy Roller Rink?

RAHWAY-Anthony’s Sport Shop and McCollum’s Emporium Food Market were on Irving St., General Merchandise Co., and Sulo Bros. Slipcovers were on Elizabeth Ave. and there was Elmer Laboratories; basement and waterproofing. Joe’s Pet Shop was on Irving St. and Em-Bee Opticians were on Cherry St., selling frames as low as $1.35 and Beverages Unlimited was on St. Georges Ave.

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

ROSELLE PARK-had G.H. Horning-Druggist on Chestnut St.

SCOTCH PLAINS-Bow Craft Ski Shop was on Route 22, Card and Party Shop on Park Ave., Jerry’s Men Shop

SUMMIT-American Apron Co., Charline’s on Springfield Ave. and Fred S. Carver-hydraulic equipment

UNION-H.A. Smith was a grocer in the 1800s. Do you have memories of the Route 29 Drive-In Theatre?

WESTFIELD-Andrew’s on Central Ave, Bandstand Music on E. Broad St., Hahne & Company ,P.J. Windeldt & Son, Inc; E. Broad St., Rotchford Pontiac and Terrill’s Office Supplies and Equipment; North Avenue West

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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