Christmas Time At Levy Brothers (Part 1)

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH-Memories from Ed Levy: “It was on a Monday in December in 1952, about two weeks before Christmas, that an event took place that changed my perspective on life from that time on.

“When I walked out of the main door of Hamilton Junior High on Westfield Avenue in Elizabeth there was a gentle snow coming down that made me feel comfortable because it always reminded me of those snowy nights, in years gone by, when the streets of Elizabeth were covered with snow and one could faintly hear the far off horns in the night of the boats in the bay. Somehow, on those nights, the snow muffled the street noises but allowed the sounds of those fog horns to flow through the night air on a sort of a magic carpet.

“Well, that Monday night when my father got home from his job at Levy Brothers, he had an interesting story to tell of what happened that day. The beginning of the story sounded very sad but it had a beautiful ending; especially as I look back over the years. In essence it was the shaping and molding of a fine character in a young person. Certainly a wonderful story at Christmas time of what I call a bringing out the best in a person. A true Christmas story of understanding and giving.

“That Monday morning when Levy’s opened up my father went in and went up to the 8th floor to his office, which was next to my uncle’s – he was President of Levy Brothers.

“Just after my father entered his own office he got a call from down in the Receiving Department that required his immediate attention. He took the special express elevator down to the lower level (basement area) where Receiving was and found out from the department manager that one of the younger employees was crying hysterically. She was supposed to have been married on the previous Saturday but the man she was engaged to never showed up at the altar.”

More next week!

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