Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 

 

Who can remember?

Who can remember the following items of Haddonfield's 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 iron bar across the window which the kids swung on while looking at the goodies.

The "T" model 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. Izzard making his house calls in the only Rolls Royce in town.

The old ladies coming to town dressed like gypsies, and carrying hooded 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 victory over them in 15 years, this was about 1934, and the captain of that team was Pat Turner.

Marlene Dietrich looking for here chauffeur when she came out of Oppenheim Collins store on Main street, when she was appearing at the Music Fair.

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

Mr. Brick, the horseradish man, traveling around town with hsi 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 office used to be.

Santa's Mail Box in front of Neumeyer's every year where all the small fry dropped their letters.

The two ice businesses in town owned by the Teggie and Dunphey 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 all over town and rang in at the call boxes that were on the telephone poles.


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