BELOW IS AN EMAIL I RECEIVED FROM MS. KATHLEEN GREENER HARTER , A MEMBER OF THE HAMILTON HIGH CLASS OF 1945:
Thank you so much for taking the time to write, Kathleen. Tell your mom, she was in the same class as my brother William "Bud" Glover (not to be confused with "Bud" GRover, another HHS '45 classmate.) Above is a special graphic I put together just for your mom. You can print it out and she won't have to see it on your computer screen. (Just RIGHT CLICK on the image, choose "SAVE LINK AS" and copy it to your computer.) My brother Bud says he remembers her name, but like most of us in that era, we had different circles of friends. Bud is battling COPD and other health issues that we seniors all must experience.
There were two Army & Navy Stores on Olden Avenue. One was across from Saint Joe's Church and the other was Phillips Ewing Bizarre (also an Army/Navy), and was close to Parkside. It is possible that the one from Saint Joe's moved to the Ewing site during the 50's however. The original Mike's Steak House was on Princeton by Fuld and then he moved to the Olden Avenue location by Route 31. He expanded one more time and started one in Pennington that is now Suburban Wrench Auto Repair. "IHOP" was on the corner of Olden and Parkway at Ewing High. That stretch had a lot of places to eat back then, Whitey's Tomato Pie at Arctic Parkway or The Blue Moon Diner as well as the original Parfait House and Franksville Hot Dogs. How about the Costa Cottage for ice cream that was in Korvette's plaza?
Mike Tramontana began his "Mike's Steak house: career on east side of BRUNSWICK AVE, between Phillips Ave. and Fuld St. after several years, he sold that site which was than operated by his sons to Lenny Navarro. It became "Len's Steak House" while Mike's sons and Georgie Malek opened up on Olden, near Pennington. Georgie ultimately bought it for himself.
Len's was taken over by is brother Joe, who shared a locker with me at THS. If I'm not mistaken, before I headed south, Mike's became Pete's Steak house operated by Pete Tonti's son.
My mouth water's when I think of those quarter steak sanwhichs which was enough to keep you going for days.