In digging into the past history of the most famous Presbyterian church in the are, I came across a number of very interesting articles relating to the early years of the church and the search goes on. I found it particularly interesting as I dug way back to the years when the church was constructed in order to replace what was called the "Presbyterian Meeting House." Above are 3 very relevant articles that I have taken the time to embellish with appropriate tweaks in order to magnify the significance of these early 1800's news articles.
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Friday, July 24, 2015
1933: The year I was born. America was in the throes of what would become "The Great Depression." The economy was in the tank, unemployment and poverty was all around us. President Roosevelt signed the National Recovery Act which basically brought industry to a program of fair competition and price controls where possible. The photo above was on a huge R.C. Maxwell bill board that was once located on the north side of Perry Street at the intersection of North Warren Street. I have superimposed the very familiar "NRA" with the equally familiar "We Do Our Part" slogan emblazoned on the bottom of the ad. The ad was created in 1933, the year the NRA law was passed. You will see MANY very familiar Trenton commercial entities listed as committing to the NRA policies.
Did you know that a deep Delaware stretched from Delaware Bay right up the Jersey-Pennsylvania sides of the Delaware up to South Trenton? Here's a fascinating set of graphics I put together telling just a small part of the story. Ships from all over the world came here and stories from some of my amateur radio contemporaries recall going aboard some of those ships as the DVRA (Delaware Valley Radio Association) members toured the various radio rooms aboard foreign vessels. Note also in the background, Lamberton Street homes are seen and in front of those homes, the old Farmers' Market stalls are seen. An interesting and informative peak at a time when America was in the depths of the Great Depression and Trenton was struggling with the rest of the nation.
Thursday, July 23, 2015
The city of Trenton is completely different from that of my young years. I would guess that the tallest buildings were the Broad Street Bank building and the Bell Telephone building. Today it is a completely different city. Indeed, a few years ago I went through the city when I was detoured from Hamilton Avenue en route to Sacred Heart church when I was a parishioner there. I had to detour to the freeway, exit at Perry Street, then to No. Warren and down toward the center of the city. WHAT A CHANGE! I realized how Rip Van Winkle must have felt after taking that long nap.
High rise glass encrusted building all over the place!
By the way: The Auburn Cord dealer was included at the bottom of the graphic; a special gift to our automotive historian.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Thanks to Tom Krawiec for correcting my former caption where I erroneously listed building being on the Corner of Division St. and Emory Avenue. Eagle eye Tom noted that the street sign clearly says Elmer. Your input is really appreciated, Tom. Thanks for the heads up on my error. Once again, thanks to Duke University Archives for this exquisite photo from R.C. Maxwell.
Friday, July 17, 2015
TO ALL MY FRIENDS AND RELATIVES WHO LIVE OR LIVED IN EWING TOWNSHIP: HERE IS A LONG READ FROM THE MANY PEOPLE WHO VISITED THIS WEBSITE. WITH A FEW GRAPHICS SHOWING THE EWING OF YEARS GONE BY. IT IS HERE THAT YOU WILL FIND NOT ONLY MY MEMORIES OF EWING, BUT THAT OF MANY WHO REMEMBER EWING WHEN IT WAS A MUCH MORE RURAL AREA OF MERCER COUNTY. READ ON:
Ewing became very familiar to me back in the 1950's when I made my daily commute to 1812 North Olden Avenue in Ewing to what would ultimately be a dead end job at the old Trenton Bearings Company where I worked for over 40 years and didn't even get a thank you Timex watch. I remember patrolman Bellando of the Ewing police force, and after more then 60 years memories of Ewing will be with me always. Speaking of Ewing, do you remember Bill Blackwell's? The Pioneer? Jack and Bob's? The Glendale? Frank Ayre's Esso Station? Cook's Luncheonette on Parkway Avenue? Trenton Axle, Wheel and Brake? Lee's Pharmacy? Vernam's Dairy? Ryan's Dairy, The Ewing Drive In? Marty's Frozen Custard Stand? Moffatt Bearing Co.? Lanning School? Fisk School? Union Op? Breihler's? Biter's Transfer? The first MacDonald's in the area, on North Olden Avenue with burgers for 15 cents each? Mrs. G's? Electrolux? The Garden Supply Co. on Pennington Road, Wow! I'm impressed at how many I remember. Any other Ewing persons, places, and things, are very welcome for inclusion in this post.
FOLLOWING ARE A FEW OF THE COMMENTS I GOT
FROM FOLKS WHO REMEMBER EWING:
Congrats on your well-deserved commendation from Hamilton Township!
I have to ask: I remember the name "Union Op," but have no recollection of what it was? Can you fill us in?
Many thanks.(As I recall, It was a primitive Walmart type store, Bill)
Here's another memory relating to that particular part of the world: remember the House of Hi-Fi?
Love your blog.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I worked at Wendy's on North Olden.remember Seafood Shanty and Korvettes. My Dad had an office on Parkway near the High School (Appraisal
Exchange)..Lenny's Gas Station near that as was a Chinese Restaurant and the Pizza place across the street. Cousins lived on Heath Street I remember that hill and Deli Delite. I remember the bug spraying truck coming by in summer. As a kid from the Burg I never saw a bug truck before. I also remember the Halo Farms. I remember Dales on the circle too:)
From Noel Goeke
Just a few memories of Ewing I'd like to share.We bought our first living room set from Korvettes, 1 sofa, 2 chairs, 2 end tables and 2 lamps for $199. Breihlers had the best ice cream sundaes on earth and Lee's Pharmacy also had a lunch counter where we ate many suppers. I could go on about places in Ewing that we went to.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
There was a small Tomato Pie place called Whitey's wedged into that slice of land on Olden just past Arctic Parkway and the pie was exceptional. In the early 60's across from Korvette's was the Blue Moon Diner and they built a hot dog eatery like McDonalds next to it called Franksville, that became Special Pizza City which is still there. Whitey had the best pie in that corner of Ewing
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sally Logan Gilman said...
Hi Tom: It's been six yesrs since my husband and I have been in Trenton. It was for the funeral of our dear friend Connie DeRemigis who lived in Ewing. You mention the new Parkway Diner -- is it new since we were there last? There was once a tomato pie place on Parkway, across from the diner.I can't remember the name. My family shopped on Olden Ave. and there were some great tomato pie places along there too. You see where my menories are centered. Regards
Monday, November 28, 2011
Here I am down south minding my p & Q's,when you come along again, and pique my memmory about No. Olden Ave!
EJ Korvettes arrived at what was to become Capitol Plaza, after Phil Leavitt bought the tract from the Pennsylvania Railroad. A little known real estate novice from South Trenton had put togeter a group of his buddies from the Trenton Elks lodge 105 consisting of Andy Caola, Bill Beitle, Jack Moran to compete with Leavitt for this former Pony farm. When everyone finished calling us crazy, the first real Shopping center came to fruition.
I played Soccer on that Vacant land, and the Vegotsky family had a stand on the corner of Princeton and Olden, across from Extenion Patio.
Union Op was located west of the Plaza, just past "Jay's Kiddierama".
I don't recall a "Parkway Diner" as Sally mentions, but the original Parkside Diner was run by Johnny Rasomovich and his family for many, many years. Across Olden Ave. was the Sherwood Inn, where Russ Radice and his band held court virutally every weekend of the 50's. Was Sally thinking of "Pizza City" across from Union Op, next to the railroad tracks?
It was near the metall fabicator ultimatey owned by Sid Sussman that became what is now Home Depot (?). How about Olden Paint & Carpet, Don Young's, Dollittle and
Allen furniture, Johnny Koslowski's fine furniture across the street. Remember Earl Cathcart's Ponitac dealiership at the corner of Olden and Artic?
House of Hi Fi, great guy owned it, was next to Coronet Appliance sales, just down from where Mrs. G relocated when the City bought her property "New Jersey Plumbing Supply" next ot Van Sciver's on South Broad St.
Now the coup de grace; Feeling poorly, and had to see a vascular surgeon down here. I asked the nurse where Dr. Piotrowski was fron since there were so many in the Trenton area. She replied "Pittsburg". When I met him, and asked about Pittsburg, he said Pittsburg, I grew up in Yardley, and spent most of my time with relatives in Ewing Township!
Turns out he worked at Carvel's for fifteen years with his cousins who lived just behind the AAMCO shop on the corner. Small world, getting smaller!
Leo Smolar was the first McDonald's franchisee on Olden ave, He was from Chicago, abd went on to control all of central NJ'golden arches. Olden Ave, cost him $25,000. for the exclusive rights.
Now the question: Was it "Alantic Mills" that was fitted into the old Industrial building Helen Bohme owned next to Frank Rasimovich's go go bar that u;timately burned down and was across Olden Ave. from Capitol Plaza? I know the answer lies within the reader's of this marvelous column.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Back in the 1950's the intersection of Olden and Princeton centered around the Extension Fields of the local soccer clubs, they would be razed to make way for Capitol Plaza anchored by E. J. Korvettes and my our favorite ice cream place Costa Cottage, a laundromat and McCrory 5&10 and Sav-On Drugs.
Prior to all of that just before Capitol Motors on the corner of Arctic Parkway was Union Op which was a not so classy department store that mostly made it's money from the large arcade on the north end that was filled with pin-ball machines. You had to be careful because that was the hang out of the "hoodlums" with the "DA" haircuts and motor cycle boots that lived in the Donnelly Homes. The other corner of Princeton and Olden was Extension Patio followed by Reed Hardware and Mower shop, Extension Tavern, Bounceland trampolines and The 19'th Hole driving range. Two diners on Princeton Avenue (the original US1) were the places to eat Fritz's and the one that was razed for Gino's, The Uncle Sam Diner. Lang's Ski would later build a "swiss chalet" peak on the arcade plaza of the Union Op building and open for business. The moved down Olden and are still open as Lang's Ski & Scuba.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sally, there was a small Tomato Pie place called Whitey's wedged into that slice of land on Olden just past Arctic Parkway and the pie was exceptional. In the early 60's across from Korvette's was the Blue Moon Diner and they built a hot dog eatery like McDonalds next to it called Franksville, that became Special Pizza City which is still there. Whitey had the best pie in that corner of Ewing
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sally Logan Gilman said...
Ed: Thank you so much for the info on Whitey's -- my friend Connie and I used to go there. It was on the right hand side just past Arctic Parkway like you said. We loved it there. Such yummy memories. It was great pie. Thanks again Ed for jogging my memory.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wow! Some great memories of Ewing! I worked at The Glendale Inn and at Briehlers. When the Generals Quarters restaurant opened at Mercer County Airport I worked there for 12 years. Remembering most places spoke of here. Also remember The Parfait House. It's a shame that they tore down both the Parfait house(years ago) and the Glendale(about a year ago). Thanks for all the memories! John
Friday, November 23, 2012
Bud Patel said...
You wouldn't have a photo of the old glendale pharmacy in ewing would you?
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Born in 57', my pop worked at Addressograph on the Brunswick Circle, spent a lot of time growing up doing all types of family things on/around N.Olden Ave. Landmarks remembered, Murphy's Chuck wagon @ Olden & Prospect, who could forget Phillip's Ewing Bazaar?, mentioned earlier here Whitey's (Great $3.00 large pizza), Parfait House, which became Stoy's (spelling) Ice Cream Parlour, The Sherwood Inn, Mike's Steakhouse-near McDonalds on the same side of Olden Ave, Don Youngs-went to high school with his kids. Gr8 Blog/Thanks for the memories !
Monday, June 10, 2013
dean cliver said...
I grew up in ewing and do I remember a lot of places I used to love to go to.i went to ewing high class of 62 we used to hang at mikes steak house the best chesse steaks ever,pops tomatoe pies and they did not fit in the box,and then the broken drum on prospect street,oh the memories
Monday, November 17, 2014
Robert Zuczek said...
For those of you who have commented on the diner at the corner of Olden and Parkside Ave. I would like to set the record straight. it was the Extension Diner which was established by my parents, John and Edlina Zuczek in 1946. My family owned and operated the diner until 1990. We sold the business and the new owners changed the name to the Parkside Diner. There have been two more owners since then, with the current name of the diner being The Two Peters Diner.
A note from Tom to Bob Zuczek: Your dad was a prince of a man. Few men worked harder than he did. I was a daily visitor to the Extension back in 1952 when I started working for the Trenton Bearing Company at 1812 North Olden Avenue Extension. One of his waitresses that I remember after all these years was a gal I only knew as "Ann." She was a very nice and cordial lady.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
As anyone who has followed the hundreds of columns I have written over the years will agree, Miss Louise S. Baird, the vocal music teacher at Hamilton High School during Judy Britton Glover and Tom Glover's attraction to this incredible lady has left an indelible impression on both our lives. Those of us were privileged to have been in her music classes as choral singers will agree that we not only learned how to sing in 8 part harmony, we also learned about the cultural and theological aspect of living. After we graduated together in 1951, my dear wife Judy and I maintained almost daily contact with Miss Baird, or as she was known to her very closest friends, "Ouise" pronounced "Weeze." At the time of our graduation in 1951 Miss Baird was caring for her aging mother and it was that summer that she passed away, leaving Ouise alone and very lonely. Judy and I loved being with her as she taught us the wisdom of the ages as seen in the 5 or 6 scrapbooks that she kept with notable quotations from the likes of Helen Steiner Rice, Kahlil Gibran and other deep thinkers. She also had a delightful piano in her Hamilton Avenue apartment and would always sit down and play our favorite musical pieces. Judy's was "Traumeri," and mine was the "Moonlight Sonata." To be honest, Ouise is largely responsible for the man I have become. She has left me with memories of some of her quotes which she said every man should live by. Three of them are alive and well in my lesson on living: "Greatness is Humble," "The true test of a man's character is what he would do if he would never be found out," "Though you travel the world over in search of the beautiful, you must carry it with you or you find it not," and this gem from Keats: "A thing of beauty is a joy forever; its loveliness increases. It will never pass into nothingness."
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
I have a number of the old "TRENTON" magazines in my collection and it is a bittersweet journey back to the years when Trenton was a thriving community with factories, retail stores and neighborhood development. The article above was enhanced and tweaked via Photo Shop graphic software. It is an interesting look at the new Lincoln Homes that were just completed. Note especially the lower part of the first column: "Lincoln Homes, designed for negro residents...." A good in your face example of what was known as segregated housing back before the middle of the 20th century. Today, I have "negro" (I hate that word) neighbors all around me here in the Bromley section and we get along beautifully; our colors don't rub off.
Thursday, July 09, 2015
Were it not for Miss Louise Simpson Baird, my Hamilton High School Julliard educated music teacher, I and many other alumni of Hamilton High School would never have been exposed to Kahlil Gibran, Italian opera, John Keats, William Shakespeare, Helen Steiner Rice and other cultural giants, now recognized by a relatively small minority in today's society. The above photo of St. Joachim's in Chambersburg announces the operatic presentations being presented back in 1909. Of special interest to me is the presentation of Mascagni's Cavaleria Rusticana which contains the song that "Ouise" (pronounced "Wheeze") Baird taught those of us high school students who were lovers of music. Incredibly lovely music emanated from the room 300 tower at Hamilton High School during my years there. One of the most heavenly pieces she taught us to sing was "Intermezzo from Cavaleria Rusticana," or as we called it "The Prayer from Cavaleria Rusticana." It always brought me to tears it was so beautiful as we sang the English lyrics to this ethereal musical masterpiece in incredible harmony. Certainly Mr. Mascagni is firmly leading a heavenly choir today along with Louise Baird.
Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Here's an update on my 9th annual Kuser Park Gazebo summer Sunday sing along series. Last Sunday and the Sunday before saw about 70 music lovers coming out to the bucolic shady glen at Kuser Park and enjoying 2 hours of songs; songs ranging from love songs, to hymns and songs of faith, and the songs of Rosemary Clooney, Joni James, Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, well, you get the idea; music that has a melody, understandable lyrics and is as far from "Acid Rock," "Rap," and "hip hop" as the East is from the West. The event is free. My partner Jack Pyrah and I are not professional singers, but we can both carry a tune and bounce around some harmony now and then, and by the sound of last week's crowd as we sang the National Anthem and "God Bess America," most of them could also belt out a very nice sound! Come on out Trenton, Ewing, Pennington, Princeton.....the water's fi....oops, scuse me, the music's fine and fun!
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
The top photo is the original planting back in mid May when my son Ken constructed the terrace around the huge Sycamore tree on my front lawn. Below is a closeup of just a few of the flowers which have thrived in this newly found treasure. My emotions bring a tear to my eye as I think how my dear Judy would have loved this work of art. Somehow I feel that she is smiling down on on our Atlantic Avenue home as she gazes at a floral delight that dad had no talent to achieve. I love those
Monday, July 06, 2015
Did you know that when you approach the White Horse circle from Bordentown that you are entering one of the oldest and most historic areas in Mercer County? As you cross the bridge crossing Crosswicks Creek, you are passing by the old draw bridge that was there during the Colonial era. There was a rebel skirmish at that location back during the Revolutionary war. Furthermore, as you pass by and look to your right, along the NORTH shore of Crosswicks Creek, You are looking at the site of the former Robert Pearson House; long since removed and now the approximate location of an apartment complex. As you reach the infamous White Horse Circle and make your turn on to Sout Broad Street. The site of the very historic White Horse Tavern comes into view. (See the Google Map; I have superimposed the old tavern on its original site.) That's your history lesson for today.
Friday, July 03, 2015
"Tulip Time in Holland is a time for merry fun,
Market place is crowded and the joy has just begun,
We are here to celebrate and when the day is done,
We will not forget those happy hours..."
"The Way We Were: is one of the wonderful songs I sing at Jack Pyrah and my Kuser Farm Park Gazebo summer concerts. I will always be so very grateful to the Hamilton Township school system for giving me such a well rounded education. Of course, most of my concentration was on the musical programs we performed both at my Kuser grammar school and then on to Hamilton High. My partner Jack Pyrah and I both lost our Hamilton High School sweethearts and God has gifted both of us with the gift of masculine baritone voices. We both come across songs that we are not quite emotionally ready to sing yet; song like, "Miss you, since you went away, dear," "Sweet Sixteen," "The Girl that I Marry," and others that have lyrics reminding us that we both lost our wives after 60 plus years of marriage. I've said it countless times and it is true: Music is a gift from God.
Wednesday, July 01, 2015
My research indicates that Mr. Taylor's Pork Packing plant and the surrounding stock yard was located in the area of today's Perrine Avenue between North Clinton Avenue and today's Trenton Freeway. The body of water and the bridge in the left of the engraving makes it very difficult to place the actual building and stock yard using Google Earth and other current maps of the area. However, I think it is safe to speculate that the canal in the photo placed the Taylor plant site in an area of Perrine Avenue that must have been eliminated in future years.
One of the songs in my computer's "Broadway" repertoire is "June Is Busting Out All Over" and indeed it is. Thus far we have had an encouraging number of music lovers relaxing in the summer breeze under the shade trees in front of the gazebo at Kuser Park. Our June 21st presentation saw approximately 70 in attendance and the June 28th with ominous clouds managed to keep some away. We did have upwards of 45 to 50 in attendance. Jack and I both believe that the Lord meant it when he said "Wherever two or more are gathered in my name.."
Friday, June 26, 2015
St. Joachim Parish has a splendid historic heritage. Do you realize that those Italians who settled in the borough of Chambersburg back in the latter 1800's into the early part of the 20th gave of themselves completely as they labored in digging the foundation of today's St. Joachim Church. Most of them worked at back breaking labor all day and worked after dinner and into the evening as they did their part to have their own church with their own language.