Author Archive for Diane Harrison

Remembering the Past: A Mixture Of Facts From Past South Amboy

by Diane Norek Harrison SOUTH AMBOY—Here is another “cleaning out my folders” column from my own research: The Long Ferry at the foot of High Street in Perth Amboy that went from South Amboy to Perth Amboy started in 1684.…

Memories Of 1920s Woodbridge

by Diane Norek Harrison WOODBRIDGE-This is from some of my own material dated 1920: The beautiful High School on Barron avenue was built in 1911. There are, in addition, seven excellent public schools, located as follows: No. 1, Central Avenue,…

Early Perth Amboy History

By Diane Norek Harrison PERTH AMBOY-In honor of Perth Amboy’s 325th Anniversary here is some early history of the city. This column is from material given to me a while back by readers Rose (Tarloski) and Jerry Celecki: Perth Amboy…

Remembering the Past: Raritan Township Schools

By Diane Norek Harrison EDISON-This is from my own material dated 1882 when Edison Township was known as Raritan Township: Although the allotment of a portion of the common lands for the benefit of schools is evidence of the interest…

Past Perth Amboy Around The Raritan Bay

By Diane Norek Harrison PERTH AMBOY—This is from my own material dated 1920: The Perth Amboy Dry Dock Company, with W. Parker Runyan, president and Charles D. Snedeker, secretary and treasurer, was incorporated in 1887, and developed from a marine…

Remembering the Past: More Memories Of South Amboy

By Diane Norek Harrison SOUTH AMBOY- Here are former South Amboy resident Adam Kierst’s memories of his way home from St. Mary’s School on Augusta Street to Ward Avenue in the 1920s. I had his walking to St. Mary’s School…

Remembering the Past: Battin High School Memories

by Diane Norek Harrison ELIZABETH-Here are some more memories from reader Barbara Cook: The Blue Gym Suit “Long ago, (1957-1958), in a high school named Battin, there existed a tradition of getting the young ladies dressed up in a comical…