Monday, February 23, 2015

Apartment Buildings in the Early 20th Century

Above: The Hamilton, built in 1911, considered the first apartment building in East Orange; SE corner of Central Avenue and South Munn Avenue

Above: 31 Washington Street (NW corner of Washington Street and Essex St); built in 1912, demolished 2001.

                                    Below: Charlotte Apartments, 175 Main St, SE corner of Main Street and South Maple Street; behind it at 2 South Maple Street are the Maple Apartments; both built circa 1911

                               Above and Below: the NE corner of North 19th Street and Eaton Place; The building that fronts on 19th Street is the Greenwood Apartments; the narrow one next to it on Eaton Place is the Stockton Apartments; both built about 1910.

 Above: Carolyn Apartments on the east side of North Grove Street near Eaton Place, probably built circa 1911

         Below: Grove Court Apartments on the west side of North Grove Street near the railroad tracks, probably built circa 1910

Below:The Fairbanks Apartments in Orange, on Main Street about 300 feet west of the Orange/East Orange line; built circa 1908

Monday, February 9, 2015


Sabloff's confectionary store at 101 Eaton Place was one one of the most important places for kids in the Stockton neighborhood for several decades. It was on the SE corner of Greenwood Avenue and Eaton Place, just a block from Stockton School and a few hundred feet from the Eaton Place entrance to The Oval. The store was best known for ice cream and candy, but it also had magazines, newspapers, comic books, and fountain drinks.

Below: The building (on the left) in 1916 that eventually was Sabloff's; view is looking south along Greenwood Avenue across the Lackawanna railroad toward Main Street

Sidney and Ida Sabloff, both Russian immigrants, operated the store and lived above it.

Below: Herbert Sabloff, son of Sidney and Ida, as a senior in the University of Maryland Dental School yearbook

Here is an image from the 1940 census form. Sidney (8/11/1889-5/1/1967) and Ida Sabloff (12/10/1890-12/1981) were born in Russia. Their son Herbert (8/24/1913-11/1976) is listed as a dentist. Their business is listed as a "confectionary store" on the census form, and it looks like they lived over the store at 101 Eaton Place. Sidney's brother Morris is shown as living with them, and Morris is listed as a widower and shown as living in Berlin in 1935. Looks like he made it out of Germany just in time.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Roy's Barber Shop

In the 1950's, one of the most popular spots for boys in the Stockton neighborhood was Roy's Barber Shop. The shop was at 6 North 19th Street in that storefront shown above under the fire escape. While Roy did give a good haircut, the main incentive to visit the shop regularly was Roy's giant collection of comic books which he sold or traded or just left out for reading while waiting for a haircut. In a back room, he had what appeared to be hundreds, if not thousands of comics; many of them were new ones left unsold at retail stores. The stores then cut off the top half of the cover and sent those top halves back to the publishers for credit, and somehow, probably for a very small fee, Roy ended up with the rest of the comic. 

The building shown above was built about 1910 and was named The Greenwood Apartments.

Roy was Leroy Z Rutger, born 9/10/1894 and died 12/01/1971. He lived with his mother Rose at 1 North Sterling Street near the NW corner where Main Street, Hedden Place and North Sterling Street converged. Rose had a boarding house there. That area including Sterling Street was destroyed during the work on I-280 in the mid-1960's.

The last listing for Roy's Barber Shop is in the 1963 city directory. 

Below: an early 20th century photo of The Greenwood Apartments

Roy lived on the right side of where the #402 is and his business was where #542 is (from a 1911 map) 

Below: Leroy Rutger in the 1940 census

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

St. Mary's Cemetery

Below: the 1895 map

From a history of St. Mary's Church: "Since [Newark] was constantly growing the authorities ordered the closing of cemeteries within the city limits, including the old St. Mary’s Cemetery on Grand Street near the original location of the church. Father Rupert thus bought a plot of ten acres three miles outside of the city in East Orange. The first burial in the new cemetery was the transfer of the body of Father Valentine Felder in the summer of 1860." 

                                                       Below: the 1911 map

St. Mary's Church is at the NE corner of William St and Martin Luther King, Jr Blvd (aka High St) in Newark.

                                                Above: Rutledge Avenue entrance

                                               Above and below: Springdale Avenue entrance

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Dr. Kenneth Goodman

Dr. Kenneth S Goodman was our family doctor during the 1950's. His home and office were a five minute walk from our house, and he made  house calls when I was home sick with the chicken pox and then mumps and then measles. At age 5 when I fell off (actually, pushed off by a "friend") of a brick backyard grill and hit my head, I was taken to Dr. Goodman's office for stitches. A few years later, when another "friend" hit me in the head with a garden trowel, I was taken to his office again, this time for a repair with some kind of clamps. And, for a while, I was taken to his office fairly regularly for nosebleeds that my parents couldn't stop. So, the good doctor was a regular part of my childhood and my parents and I were lucky to have a caring person like Dr. Goodman so close to our home.

Below: photo from the 1958 East Orange High School yearbook

Another East Orange resident has written "Dr. Goodman made a house call to help my mother who was bleeding profusely from her nose. We lived on Hawthorne Avenue, four houses in from Main St., and he came from Park Avenue because our neighbor, Dr. McClellan, who lived across the street, refused to leave his patients in his office with the excuse that if he came out for one, he would have to do it for others! He told us to call Dr. Goodman, who did not hesitate to come out of his way, and I recall that he was very nice. That is something I could never forget!"

Kenneth Goodman was born in Pennsylvania, but by early childhood was living in East Orange at 344 North Maple Avenue (near Springdale Avenue). He graduated from East Orange High School in 1930 and was then a scholarship student at Princeton, graduating in 1934. At Princeton he was a member of The Triangle Club, a group which included Jimmy Stewart and Jose Ferrer at the time. He graduated from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1938. During the 1950's his home and office were at 141 Park Avenue, the SW corner of Greenwood Avenue and Park Avenue.

From his daughter: "He interned at Kings County Hospital In N.Y. He was a captain in the Army during WWII and was stationed in Sydney, Australia in a MASH unit. He enjoyed belonging to the Masons. His most accomplished hobby was teaching himself to read, write and speak Ancient Greek. He loved to read while listening to WQXR the classical radio station. He took me to operas and Broadway plays. Swimming was one of his passions as well as golf. Wherever we went he had his camera with him; he just loved to capture the moment."

Below: Dr. Goodman's senior photo from the 1930 East Orange High yearbook courtesy of the East Orange Public Library

From Princeton Alumni Weekly: 

Published in Oct. 8, 1997, issue

"Ken Goodman died at home in Livingston, N.J., May 22, 1997, after an extended illness. He was 84. Following graduation, Ken attended the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and gr
aduated high in his class in 1938, earning membership in the honorary medical society Alpha Omega Alpha. His postgraduate work was cut short when he volunteered for service in the Army Medical Corps, where he was among the first troops to deploy to the South Pacific. He separated from the Army in 1944 as a captain and returned to East Orange, N.J., where he established a medical practice that he maintained until he retired in 1992. In addition, he spent a number of years as an emergency room physician at Morristown Memorial Hospital. Throughout this period he pursued his love of the classics, and taught himself to read and write Greek. Ken always maintained a deep and abiding love for Princeton, and attended many reunions over the years. He is survived by his wife, Eileen; his children, Kevin Pyhel, Elizabeth Gorman, Ken, and Mary Ellen Carbone; and by five grandchildren.
The Class of 1934"

                                           Below: Dr. Goodman in the 1929 East Orange High Yearbook when he was a junior

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

1953 8th Grade Columbian Junior High School Graduation

      Students above: Top row left to right: 1) unknown, 2) Peter Locey, 3) Elliot Peterkin, 4) Wayne Clifton,      5) Douglas Jones, 6) unknown, 7) unknown, 8) Donald Burke, 9) Larry Mills, 10) Richard Anderson;
Middle row: 1) Joan Aloia, 2) unknown, 3) unknown, 4) unknown, 5) unknown, 6) unknown, 7) unknown, 8) Sally Salasky (sp?), 9) Barbara Ann Quinn (?), 10) Winnie Brandt
Bottom row: 1) Jane Martino, 2) unknown, 3) Mildred Frane (sp?), 4) Barbara Louise Quinn, 5) Unknown, 6) unknown, 7) unknown, 8) unknown

Saturday, December 27, 2014

1961 8th Grade Graduation, Columbian Junior High School

Program courtesy of 1961 grad John Petrocelli

 Above: Former Stockton students: Carl Aiken (2nd row from top, 3rd from left), Tommy Aiken (4th from left), Alison Bedkowski (5th from left), Yvonne Patterson (2nd row from top, 6th from right), Warren Davis (Top row, 5th from right)

Above: Former Stockton students: Lee Neal (3rd row, 4th from left), Robert Cunliffe (3rd row, 5th from left). John Tenney (5th row, 6th from left), Pat Quinn (4th row, 6th from left), Sandra Ruffin (6th row, 3rd from right), John Petrocelli (3rd row, 1st on right), Peter Rullo (3rd row, 6th from right).

Above: Former Stockton students: Janice Harris (3rd row, 4th from right), John Petrocelli (3rd row,3rd from left)

                                 Photos courtesy of 1961 grad George Coppola