Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day



Reminiscing is fun
It may be a sign of old age to reminisce, but anyhow it’s fun to recall things that used to be.  So here are a few items that may stir up some memories and some remembrances probably will differ which will make even more enjoyment.

1. The water fountain on the curb at Mechanic street and east Kings highway where horses could drink, citizens could quench thirsts at the bubble fountain, and dogs could lap out of a small cup at the base.  The town supplied ice daily for the coils.
2. The town’s pride when a new ferry boat named “Haddonfield” was launched on the Camden-Philadelphia run.
3. The wooden diving tower and roped in area on Hopkins Pond.  The lifeguard was none other that Dr. Stan Davis.
4. When church services were held on Sundays in the morning and evening with Sunday School at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
5. The high school football games were played on the Elizabeth Haddon School Field.  Well remembered players were Finney Wood, Al Driscoll, Cliff Garwood, Polly Holloway, Marv Regensberg, Buss Sheridan, Bumps Richardson, Don Rummel and Mike LaBove.
6. The tennis star, Bill Tilden, playing on the  courts that were on Ellis street, where the Bell Telephone building stands now.
7. When a doctor charged $1 at the office, and $2 for a house call.
8. Tom Brookshier, now a sportscaster, after retiring with a broken leg for the Eagles football team, living in the Kings Highway Apartments on Potter street.
9. The garbage collectors, pig farm owners, going into every backyard as they made their rounds, to empty the cans at back doors.
10. The ragman tying up your old newspapers, weighing the bundle with his hand scale, and paying you the going rate for paper.
11. The wagon sheds back of the Friends Meeting on Friends avenue, and the sheds at the rear of the Baptist Church where all the kids played.
12. Remember when the house gas lights grew dim and a quarter hastily had to be found to put in the meter down in the cellar to replenish the supply of gas.
13. The freight station that once stood on Washington avenue.  To see it today, go down to the lumber yard on the Kresson road in Batesville where it is now.
14. Rockhill and Fowlere’s feed store on Ellis street just off Kings highway where all the kids trooped in to get weighted on the big scale when there was nothing else to do.
15. When a crystal set was a real luxury and a family was well off if it had two set of earphones.
16. Boxing bouts being promoted at Marne avenue in the building that later housed a car agency.
17. The clothes prop peddler traipsing around town with his shoulder laden with his stock that sold for eight cents each.
18. The little barred-window brick building in the rear yard of the house at the corner of Walnut and Ellis street.  In an early day it was the town jail. Homepage
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