Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 

Bits & Pieces
I thought it would be fun to have some interesting items.  Who can remember the following interesting past?

The old Victorian house belonging to the Kay family which was torn down to build the Haddonfield Trust Company.

Bing Crosby staying at the Haddon House when he attended the races at Garden State race track.

The story of Dolly Madison drinking tea in the hip roof house, when in town visiting at the Indian King.
Bray's candy store on the Main Street near Haddon Avenue, with the protective bar across the window which the kids swung on while looking at the goodies.

The "T" model Ford taxi owned by "Blackie" that ran to Berlin for ten cents a customer when he got a load of customers.  It was stationed at Ellis Street and Main Street in front of the old Post Office.

Dr. Izaard making his house calls in the only Rolls Royce in town.  Doc was quite proud as he owned the only Rolls Royce in Haddonfield.

The old ladies coming to town dressed like gypsies and carrying hooked knives, who walked around town digging dandelions out of the lawns to make wine from the leaves.

The old iron bridge on Grove Street across Cooper Creek that was exactly like the one down on Ellis Street that crosses the creek there.

Cy Marter's first coaching year when he beat Collingswood for the first Haddonfield football victory over them in fifteen years.  This was about 1934 and the captain of that team that year was Pat Turner.

Marlene Dietrich looking for her chauffeur when she came out of Oppenheim Collins store on Main Street, when she was appearing at the Music Fair down in the park.

When a Haddonfield's family son, Orm Downs, was the drummer in the Ted Weems orchestra, and would get back in town when dates brought him close.

Mr.Brick, the horse radish salesman, travelling around town with his pushcart full of roots which he would sell in any quantity and grind up.

Doc. Cotton, the dentist, whose hands shook with palsy, but he still fixed everybody's teeth in town

Mr. and Mrs. James Lane Pennypacker's open house every Halloween with the tables full of cold pieces for every kid in town.  This is the house on Main Street where Doc. Barron's dental office used to be.

Santa's mail box in front of Neumeyer's every year where all the small fry dropped their letters to St. Nick.

The two ice businesses in town owned by the Taggie and Dumphey families that delivered ice to every house in Haddonfield all year long.

When motorcycles with sidecars replaced bicycles in the police Department, but most of the force still walked beats allover town and ran in at the call boxes that were on every telephone pole.


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