Days of Yore
 
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 


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Here’s a memory quiz.  How may of the following do you remember?

When an ice cream cone cost a nickel, and a large plate of ice cream cost fifteen cents.
Men’s high shoes that had hooks which the laces were hooked up around, instead of holes.
When every boy had a top and pretty colored string to spin it with, in one side pocket of his pants, and in his other side pants pocket, he carried a bag of  marbles with which he challenged all comers.
When the borough limits were extended out Grove street to the bridge over Cooper’s Creek which put the Fargo section in Haddonfield.  This was and agreement reached with Haddon Township.
The high school football pep meetings on Friday evenings, the snake dances over to the Lizzie Haddon field, the huge bonfires that were burned after our football victories.
Freddie Cooper being kidded as to how he was always slowing down on his way down the field during a touchdown run as he passed those many Haddonfield photographers.
When a number of the employees of the tannery out on the Kresson road lived in town.  The tannery was in the old Nelson-Johnson bus garage when that line was in competition with Public Service in Philadelphia.
A one-chair barbershop operated by old Hen Coward near where Woolworth’s store is now.  A child’s haircut cost fifteen cents.
The Keystone Telephone Company, with a few phones in town, with an operator on the second floor of a building near Woolworth’s.
When the contractor paving Main street look so long to do the job that one merchant planned rows of corn stalks in the middle of the street to simulate a growing garden.
When an old Haddonfield resident, Lou Round, owned a bright red roadster in 1917.  It had a floor-levered gear shift at the driver’s left side, a horn with a rubber bulb to squeeze to make it work, and there were no doors, just cut our openings to climb in and out.
When half the herd of cattle on the E. T. Gill farm, which is where Tavistock is now, had to be destroyed when it became diseased.  What a shame.
The “trees of heaven” standing on the curb in front of the old Mann property near the corner of Hopkins lane and Kings highway.  The trees, with their uniquely shaped trunks, are noted as good shade and ornamental trees.
The yearly carnival that was run by Legion Post No. 38 between Haddon avenue and Ellis street.  The legionnaires would spin a dozen or so wheels of chance at a nickel or a dime a chance to see who would win the gaudy prizes on display.


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