Remembering The Past: Donut Bus Memories

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

I received the following from Kevin Power after my April 19 column: “The ‘donut bus’ was a must stop for my parents after visiting relatives, truck farmers, in Union, New Jersey. One, ‘Uncle Arthur’ owned a few acres right off of Route 22 and some other relatives, Corrigan’s, also lived and worked in the Union area.

“The rumor on the donut bus was that it was owned by one or more WW II veterans. The ‘aroma’ surrounded you as you approached it and you always got a ‘baker’s dozen’ (13), if you ordered a dozen. By the time my father got back in the car, to continue on to Staten Island where we lived, the bag was dripping grease.

“But, those donuts were the very best. Hot out of the grease and just covered with powdered sugar.

Can taste them as I write this and would love to be able to eat one but the bus is long gone and replaced by rubbery, air-filled, chain donuts. Sad, when you think about it.”

If you have your own memories or past material for any town in Middlesex or Union counties, please 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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