You crossed the tracks. I brought the developer Joe Barry to Trenton from Hoboken who turned the Stokely Plant into a sucessful low income apartment complex. The Pottery burned down in the 40's or 50's and Sid Hoffing developed a small shopping center on the vacant land.It is directly across from the old Shultz's Steakhouse, and Rabbit grille, now a Portugese Restaurant. To help jog your memory, there was a Dunkin Donut on this old Pottery site, and a small supermarket.
Past it frequently enroute to Jr.Four. Mike Kuzma PS: Your Brother Chuck was a good friend for a long time, a great guy and excellent doctor. His wife the twin, just lost her brother in law a few months ago; Vince Bogdan.
That's the old canal bridge, and yes you are headed towards Junior 4 away from the River. Stokeley's is located on your immeduiate left.
The first RR crossing sign marked the siding where Fruit Grower's Express railroad cars used to line up for Stokeley - Van Camps. THis was another source of free ice for hot kids in the summertime.
Mike, do you remember a great pretzel bakery in the third or fourth building past the tracks on the right? Was it Leibensberger's? I think he started out on the corner of Genesee and Beatty St, where the old Paramount Bakery was located. Sold pretzle rods in 5 gallon tinned steel cans that were incredible.
THAT OLD STOKELY PLANT IS NOW TWO SEPARATE APARTMENTS: VILLAGE I ON LALOR STREET, AND VILLAGE II ON STOKELY AVENUE. SACRED HEART PARISH ON SO. BROAD ST. HAS TAKEN OVER CARING TO THOSE WHO CAN'T GET TO CHURCH. I HAVE BEEN DOING A COMMUNION SERVICE FOR THEM FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. 9 AM SUNDAYS AT VILLAGE I, 9:30 AM AT VILLAGE II. TOM GLOVER
Funny you should mention Paul Lipsenberger the pretzel man. Here I am in Virginia nibbling on a lousy stick pretzel 1/3 the size of those I salivated for from Parker school to THS. Those tall tins were a welcomed site. The pretzel factory was in a one story Cement block building a few blocks east on the Hamilton Side of Lalor just before Sacred Heart Cemetary (St. John's) across from the Gas station near where Home Ave. come out to Lalor. Such fond memories. Bill do you remember when Shultz's Steak house began on Liberty St. only a block from the greatest school in Trenton or for that matter the State; Jr.#4 roll up the score, we'll rally round thee to fight the foe, etc. etc. etc. Class of 49 was mine!
Mike, I'm a Schultz, with a "c", and not related to the Steak House. Do remember the steak house, and I do remember those pretzels, for sure. Fresh baked, just excellent.
My father was graduated from Junior Four in 1939, and I was graduated in 1961.
You looking for great pretzels? Try a web search for Martin's Pretzel Bakery in Akron, PA. The pretzels are old fashioned and unbelievable! Hand made (while hymns being sung), slow baked (I think in a coal oven) till some minor charring sets in.
The best buy is to order an eight pound box of broken pretzels over the phone. They ship them. No credit cards. Pay by mail when you receive them - if you like them. And they are just wonderful folks.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Hey guys, notice how all our posts eventually end up talking about food? My grandparents lived on the last block of Second St, across from the cemetery. In the summer, as a kid, I stayed with them a lot and remember each time the 1st day of ketchup making started at Stokely's. Smelled delicious. But, about the third day I never wanted to touch ketchup again. The smell permeated the walls of the house and lingered for days. The Good Old Days.
Whenever I was on Lalor St. amywhere near 2nd street, the only thing on my mind was somthing good( and they all were) from Richie Koslowski's coal oven Bakery "The Elite Bakery". His rye Bread was beyond compare, as were his rolls. Now the donuts were another story. We used to laugh; his "sinkers" were lethally heavy, and you didn't dare go swimming at " B A B" Where the Thunder stadium is until at least two days after consuming one of Richie's donuts.
Did you live in one of the brick row houses across the street from The Elite, or on the same side?
I mentioned the Shultz steak house in an earlier post on this subject. Billy Shultz was a good friend of mine from Jr.#4. They began on Liberty St. and moved to Lalor across the street from this photo's lot. Rabbit's Cafe was ont he other side of the cut through st. that led back to Cracker's dump than on to Duck Island and the PSG&E plant along the river.
Saturday, January 07, 2012
Mike, I actually only stayed with my grandparents in the summer. They lived directly across from Riverview in the last block of Second. Four houses joined together but with shingle fronts, not brick. I sure remember the bakery up the street and we would go just when the rolls came out and stand at the doorway & give our order. Kinda remember that to be a "dutch door" that remained closed at bottom. I was a kid then and followed my grandpop around. He was from England and a great story teller and comedian. The neighborhood kids would sit on the 3 step stoop and listen to his ghost stories. When it got dark & he finished the scary part, the kids would run home thru the two alleys to Lalor like demons were after then.