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PaulH

Blairstown, NJ

#126 Jun 20, 2014
Well I searched for Plainfield schools and ended up here. Let me tell you a story about the "Queen" city in the 60's. Raised there, prscott place in the west end, Irving school, clinton, jefferson then PHS for four years ending in 62. Those times were great. Left for the Corp and returned to a town I didn't recognize in 66. Married and had daughter. Had job with Sig Div of fire dept. On the night of the riots we heard the local blacks saying they were going to hit Herbs market. Well sure as hell they did and all hell broke loose. Wife called the PD and was told they are not coming inside the perimeter. WTF! Wife called the Plainfield radio station and was hung up on. Got the wife and daughter to a friends house on the border which was Clinton Ave and I stayed. Booby trapped the house porch but left after three days. I will never forget the site in front of the firehouse when Kelly showed up. Tanks as far as you could see. Damn I came back from Vietnam for this! Moved out in 67 and have never been back. Good times as a kid yes, all trashed by the miscreants that moved there.
Will F

Fombell, PA

#127 Jun 20, 2014
Plainfield might have stayed "the 'Queen' city" into the future if people like you had stood your ground instead of packing up and moving away, Paul. I stayed through high school, and my family and a lot of my friends families (Eighth Street, Hillside Avenue, Central Avenue) stayed even longer, but eventually there was nothing to come back to.
Will F

Fombell, PA

#128 Jun 20, 2014
Where was Herb's Market, btw?
PaulH

Blairstown, NJ

#129 Jun 22, 2014
Herbs was one store over from the corner of 4th st and Prescott Pl. They used to own the luncheonette on the corner before the Hoxie's ran it. And just when were you in high school? You were obviously too young in 67-8th,Hillside Ave and Central Ave(unless by the firehouse) was well out of harms way. So when did the family bail?
Debi SARDONE

Jackson, NJ

#130 Jun 24, 2014
My mom and I worked at the Tea Romm in the late 60's. anyone remember Dbi and Dottie Chereliia?
Will F

Fombell, PA

#131 Jun 24, 2014
I sat in front of Debi Cherelia my senior year in History, IIRC, 4th period with Mr. Pi. Was there some guy you were in love with you used to talk about?

Also, did you work at Bloomingdale's at Tyson's Corner during the '80s? I think I ran into you there.
Renee

Dallas, TX

#132 Jul 20, 2014
https://twitter.com/trade_group/status/471755...
Will wrote:
<quoted text>I was there that day, too, Dawn. I was already outside, across the street smoking, when this enormous wave of humanity flooded its way out of the building. My girlfriend Laura and our friend Lynn and I left ASAP for Laura's house on Kensington, as she lived the closest. I didn't stick around, and I didn't go to the Park Avenue Tearoom, which would have been my usual thing to do.
I had a black friend, Valerie, who'd hung out with us (mostly whites) at the Tea Room. She went there that day and some particularly nasty people threw her out, called her names. Some time afterwards, she accused me of being "one of those people down at the Tea Room who called me a n***** b****." I could hardly convince her I hadn't been there that day, but I hadn't.
I never went back to the Tea Room after that. It turned into the Concerned Citizens of Plainfield -- no, wait, it was SOC, for Save Our Children. I was glad to get away from Plainfield around then.
I can't remember anyone named Dawn. Which part of town did you live in?
Renee

Dallas, TX

#133 Jul 20, 2014
Anyone remember Bamberger's
wcar

New Brunswick, NJ

#134 Aug 23, 2014
John Inskeep class of 58 wrote:
Wow, all I see is crime on this board. I grew up in Plainfield and was a 58 grad. I would love to find some old photos of the area from around that time.
I am also tying to find out the name of a little luncheonette that was located on Park Av around 1959-61. As you faced Front St, it was on the right side between 6th and 7th st. It was not the Park Av Tea Room. It was a hangout for the school kids.
Thanks for any help,
http://home.cfl.rr.com/inskeep/Leaping%20Elep...
John
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wcar

New Brunswick, NJ

#135 Aug 23, 2014
Tepper's Department Store

Brothers Adolph and Max Tepper opened for business on West Front Street in 1907. The building remembered today as “Tepper’s” opened across the street in 1919. The Plainfield Courier-News reported:“In developing their own business, Tepper Brothers are going to add very materially to the mercantile greatness of Plainfield.” The building was expanded twice and shoppers flocked to the store from surrounding communities until reduced sales resulted in the store closing on May 7, 1977. Although the building is still standing, the facade was modified in the mid -1960s. It was converted to apartments in 2005.

Other major department stores in Plainfield were Bamberger’s, which later became Macy’s; Montgomery Ward; Rosenbaum’s; Sears; and Steinbeck’s.
EPHEM2
Advertisement, n.d.

10399
Snowy view of Tepper's, n.d.
Paul Revere Collier
EPHEM1
Fall & winter fashions catalog,, 1914-1915.
C20400
Window-Deltox Rugs, 1939.
Paul Revere Collier
C20401
Window-Hickok Belts, 1939.
Paul Revere Collier
C21264
Under Construction, n.d.
Paul Revere Collier
C21313
Tepper's side view, n.d.
Paul Revere Collier
U4166
Tepper's Front Street, n.d.
Unknown photographer
U4176
Tepper's Italianate style facade, n.d.
Unknown photographer
C20399
Window-Father's Day Old Spice, 1939
Paul Revere Collier
V7271
Front Street view during Art Festival with, n.d.
T. J. Lowe
postcard
Tepper's - View from
Front Street, n.d.
Vintage Postcard
wcar

New Brunswick, NJ

#136 Aug 23, 2014
from plainfield since 1960's till present love it but now it's getting bad for the last 5 years to much shooting ect'

see plainfield old pictures love the history of it
wcar

New Brunswick, NJ

#137 Aug 23, 2014
Search Results all about plainfield nj 1700--present
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wcar

New Brunswick, NJ

#138 Aug 23, 2014
Will F wrote:
Plainfield might have stayed "the 'Queen' city" into the future if people like you had stood your ground instead of packing up and moving away, Paul. I stayed through high school, and my family and a lot of my friends families (Eighth Street, Hillside Avenue, Central Avenue) stayed even longer, but eventually there was nothing to come back to.
been pn plainfield since 1960" still living in town itest getting bad for the last 10yrs or so but i love the history to bad the QUEEN CITY is not the same hope it can come back to its glory days
jamestow

Brooklyn, NY

#139 Aug 25, 2014
wcar wrote:
Tepper's Department Store
Other major department stores in Plainfield were Bamberger’s, which later became Macy’s; Montgomery Ward; Rosenbaum’s; Sears; and Steinbeck’s.
EPHEM2
Advertisement, n.d.
10399
Snowy view of Tepper's, n.d.
Paul Revere Collier
EPHEM1
Fall & winter fashions catalog,, 1914-1915.
C20400
Window-Deltox Rugs, 1939.
Paul Revere Collier
C20401
Window-Hickok Belts, 1939.
Paul Revere Collier
C21264
Under Construction, n.d.
Paul Revere Collier
C21313
Tepper's side view, n.d.
Paul Revere Collier
U4166
Tepper's Front Street, n.d.
Unknown photographer
U4176
Tepper's Italianate style facade, n.d.
Unknown photographer
C20399
Window-Father's Day Old Spice, 1939
Paul Revere Collier
V7271
Front Street view during Art Festival with, n.d.
T. J. Lowe
postcard
Tepper's - View from
Front Street, n.d.
Vintage Postcard
Was Montgomery Ward on Watchung Ave north of Front St and possibly the store I was referring to in an earlier post?
Are the below references to pics on the Plainfield Library website or somewhere else?
Will F

Pittsburgh, PA

#140 Aug 25, 2014
jamestow wrote:
<quoted text>
Was Montgomery Ward on Watchung Ave north of Front St and possibly the store I was referring to in an earlier post?
I don't remember a Montgomery Ward in Plainfield. I lived there until the early '70s.
Marjorie

Yorktown Heights, NY

#141 Sep 23, 2014
I lived in Plainfield from about 1972 -1975 and remember how much I loved skating on Cook Pond. We lived on Terrell Road, so the walk to school was a long one. Perhaps the Gayle Sarace on this from prior postings is from the family where we got our first kitten?
Jim T

Brooklyn, NY

#142 Oct 8, 2014
Will F wrote:
Plainfield might have stayed "the 'Queen' city" into the future if people like you had stood your ground instead of packing up and moving away, Paul. I stayed through high school, and my family and a lot of my friends families (Eighth Street, Hillside Avenue, Central Avenue) stayed even longer, but eventually there was nothing to come back to.
So then, you eventually left too?!
Joystar

San Diego, CA

#143 Oct 29, 2014
Will F wrote:
<quoted text>There were three places that could justifiably call themselves "tearooms." One was Clara Louise, across the street from Teppers, IIRC; another was The Geier Girls, which I think was either on Park or Watchung, south of Front Street (we were a Clara Louise family); and the Park Avenue Tearoom, which was between E. 6th and 7th on Park Avenue. It got a PHS crowd, whereas the first two were for downtown shoppers.
I'm trying to think of who JS might be from Hartridge '71. I knew a few girls there that year (Vinnie, Nancy, Linda, Gretchen, Goochie, Janet, Chris, Carol, Mallory).
I'm Sally Stark, BTW...(VBG)
Will F

New Castle, PA

#144 Oct 29, 2014
Joystar wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm Sally Stark, BTW...(VBG)
Oh, hi, Sally. Your name sounds familiar, but I can't picture you. I don't remember if we ever met.
Will F

New Castle, PA

#145 Dec 23, 2014
For Christmas, a friend gave me "Plainfield, New Jersey's History & Architecture," by John Grady and Dorothe M. Pollard. Nice history, with photos, of residents and homes on Eighth Street, Central, Stelle, and Hillside Avenues, Netherwood, among other locations, as well as downtown businesses.

http://smile.amazon.com/Plainfield-New-Jersey...

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