Remembering The Past: Elizabeth memories

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek HarrisonBy Diane Norek Harrison

ELIZABETH – The following is from Joan Busch: “I remember working in the Singer Manufacturing Company, shopping Thursday nights on Broad Street and Twin City Arena skating. There were seven movie theaters and busses to everywhere. It was all good!”

The following is from Otto Picard, after my January 23 column: “Ms. Harrison: Thanks so much for your comments about Elizabeth. The map was very interesting. The map shows a reservoir on Chilton Street. Later, a house was built on the land. My boyhood friend, Alfred Schuchmann, lived in the house with his parents. He now lives in Missouri.

“My maternal grandparents owned grocery stores near the start of the twentieth century.One was on the corner of Fifth Street and Marshal Street. My mother was born in the apartment over the store. The other store was on the corner of Catherine and Bond Streets. My grandparents’ last name was Binge. They were German immigrants.

“I believe the Stratemeyer’s also owned a grocery store in the area. Their son later wrote the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew stories.The sons name was Edward Stratemyer, who wrote under the pseudonym, Carolyn Keene.”

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 NJ TODAY, PO Box 1061, Rahway, NJ 07065

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