Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 

Remember when... (An American store)
An American store in the 1920's was on the corner of Chestnut street and East Kings Highway.  It gave part time work to high school aged boys.  The salary was 75 cents on Fridays after school until 7 PM. and Saturday's hours were from 8 AM to 9 PM for the grand sum of $3.  The fringe benefits were exceptional, however, as every time one passed the box of prunes there was a sample taken, and a piece cut from the big round cake of cheese was delicious with a soda cracker, any time.

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Uncle Louie or Max Caravelli gave haircuts for 35 cents.  Remember leaving the barber shop with the fifteen cents change from a fifty-cent piece, and crossing the street to Flitcraft's Drug Store where a plain milkshake cost ten cents and a pack of crackers five cents?  If one wasn't hungry, 15 cents got you a milkshake with ice cream!

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Remember leaving the school grounds during recess at the Lincoln avenue school and going to Schlecht's Bakery at the railroad and East Kings highway?  There one could get an ice cream cone or pie, but the delightful smells coming from the bakery at the rear of the shop were free.

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There once was a diner on Haddon avenue where the post office is now.  It did not know enough business, for some reason, so it moved out of town.

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On Washington's birthday every year the penny candy stores sold hard cherry candy balls, four for a penny, that fit into the hollow handles of the cardboard hatchet that he used to chop down that cherry tree.  Whatever happened to that hatchet sale and those penny candy cases?

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About 1911 Haddonfield school children were taking their pennies to school to put into the collection being taken to build the dam at Mountwell when the pool was being built.

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The lifeguard at the Mountwell Pool was Miss Bess Taylor, and Florence Redman remembers learning to swim when a child, by Miss Taylor holding her above water by a long pole that had a hook in the end that was stuck through a ring in the harness that was wrapped around her waist.

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On the shore of Evans Lake were many canoes.  A seasonal trip each year was to paddle down Cooper's Creek with the tide all the way to the Delaware River.  It was tide water from Evans to the Delaware as there were no dams then to interfere.  The return trip to Haddonfield on the incoming tide was easy on those tired shoulders and arms.

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Mrs. Jesse Haydock recalls what a picturesque ride that was through the countryside that was so primitive and untouched by civilization and industry.


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