Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day



Interesting Items - wool
Things to be remembered that were almost forgotten

During World War I, the supplies of wool that could be secured at the Community House, where Ricci’s is now, that the kids in town would knit into twelve inch squares that when taken back to the Community House, would be sewn together to make blankets for the boys in France.

The local daily newspapers were The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Public Ledger, The Philadelphia Record, The German Tagablatt, The Evening Bulletin, The Evening Courier, and The Morning Post.

Near where Woolworth’s is now, was Pete’s twenty-four hour restaurant, with a Greek, Van, the night cook.  He served Haddonfield’s bluebloods, in the “wee” hours, both with food and also with his tall tales.

When alcohol in car radiators in the winter kept that water form freezing.  Frequently it boiled away and had to be replenished.

When trousers had watch pockets and every watch had an ornamental fob attached.  A man’s wristwatch was unknown.

The Presby AA baseball team playing Saturday on the Clever Field.  Remember Pinkey Whitney and the Phillies playing an exhibition game?

When rimless eyeglasses were all the rage, and bifocals were pasted on the lenses..

When coal wagons were a common sight on the streets and with their metal chutes on racks underneath to transfer the load of coal form the wagons through the cellar windows into the cellar bins.

The Don Rommel - Bumps Richardson forward pass combination during a football game back around 1926.

When a popular pastime was roller-skating on newly paved Kings Highway form Haddonfield to Ellisburg and return.  Care had to be taken on the trip for at least a half dozen cars would pass.

The double building that stood on Main street near where the bank clock is now.  One side of the building was the Haddonfield National Bank, the other side was Jim Stretch’s funeral establishment. Homepage
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