Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day


Do you remember? - Christmas Tree
If you can remember some of the following,, I'll move over to make room for you in the club.

The Christmas tree that was lighted every evening which the Borough placed every year in the "V" of the trolley car tracks at the dead end of Haddon avenue on the Main street.  Haddon avenue had not yet been cut through to Ellis Street.

The immense oak tree on the corner of Ardmore avenue and Haddon avenue.  Alongside of it was the "Big Oak" frozen custard stand that was a favorite gathering place for the young.

The two-winged airplane parked behind the billboard on the corner of Hopkins road and west Kings highway.  It was owned by the Krauss boys.

Mayor Lippincott's mansion on the corner of Friends avenue and east Main street.  Friends avenue was called Quaker lane then, and there was an orchard where the houses are now.

Mrs. Wright's kitchen on Grove street where she made that delicious jelly which could be bought in stores uptown.

The little penny candy store on Lake street that was operated by Fritz Endlein.

The Marlton Medford railroad running through Crows Woods and across Center street that the freight cars traveled over to town with loads of vegetables and fertilizer that was sold right from the cars on the side track at the Main street station.

Old Man Browning with his very own white full bear mustache every Christmas Day on his horse and wagon riding around town talking to all the kids as they came out to see him.  He gave no gifts, only conversation, and he as Christmas for the old as well as for the young.  All waited for those wagon bells that announced his coming.

Lou Schaub's baseball team that played in a field off Haddon avenue out in the vicinity of Ardmore avenue.

Mrs. Coy's special schoolroom classes in the old White Building on Lincoln avenue.  Many a bank director and corporation president will remember Mrs. Coy.

Remember the cross that was burned one night in the center of Kings highway at Friends avenue by unknown parties.

During summer nights the endless train of horse drawn wagons filled with tomatoes coming form Ellis street across Main street and down Mechanic street to Haddon avenue where they traveled down to Camden and the Campbell Soup Company.

Across form the firehouse on Haddon avenue a Haddonfield resident, Mr. Ross Murray, maintained one of the East's first Chrysler car agencies.

When Mountwell pool had a dirt bottom with bull rushes at one end opposite to the dam.

The organ grinder man with the little monkey in his little suit and cap, that danced when the music played.  He would then hold out his cup for a penny. Homepage
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