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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

1964: HAMILTON MOVES FROM RURAL TO METROPOLITAN

The "MERCERVILLE" folder in the local history collection houses this 48 year old photo above which shows one of Hamilton's busiest intersections as it looked way back in 1964. I remember commuting to New Brunswick to my dead end bearing company job and encountering that dangerous
"five points" as it is commonly known. Clearly seen in the photo is Bill's Olde Tavern, and and Esso gas station where the current Trent Jewelers is located. Wow, how time has flown!

6 comments:

Ron Bound said...

Remember going that way often, rather than Rte 33, to go down Nottingham Way, where I spent time at my Grandpa/Grandma's place...in later years on my way to Robbinsville. Thanks for posting. I remember the gas station, the bar, and I thought there was a fire station on/near one corner. Ron

Tom Glover said...

YOU'RE RIGHT, RON. THE MERCERVILLE VOLUNTEER FIRE COMPANY IS ON THE FAR LEFT IN THE PHOTO.

TOM

Anonymous said...

The Steinert brothers owned the Esso station. The tavern was Gropp's in the fifties, I think. Also, when the firehouse was smaller, there was an A&P between the firehouse and the corner. On the other side of the firehouse, another columnist, June Cunningham _____ (forget her married name) used to live. She said after a while they never noticed the sirens!

Tom Glover said...

THANKS, ANONYMOUS. JUNE'S MARRIED NAME WAS HAMILL. THANKS ALSO FOR THE LAYOUT OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD AS YOU RECALL IT. I REMEMBER ALL THE AREA SITES YOU MENTIONED.
TOM

Anonymous said...

"Five Points" was fun to drive through before the lights were installed.
I don't know when the lights went up as I left the area in '65.
I noticed the lights in '03 when down for a high school reunion and just happened to go through that area.

Bob - HHS Class of '58

Anonymous said...

Man - back in '71-72 time frame we would don our Steinert lettermen jackets and camp out on the steps of Gropp's until someone purchased beer for us ~ never had to wait too long:)