Plainfield, need a little history aro...
Que Haz

Alliance, OH

#22 Sep 15, 2010
I grew up in Plainfield from 63 to 75. All I can say at this early morning hour is that I will always remember this town. When I moved away as a twelve year old to the West Coast, I would always dream about my friends and the neighborhoods( Carlton Ave and also the dead end street of East sixth street) that left such a lasting impression. Plainfield, forever. Can anyone say Don's submarines sandwiches on South Avenue?
Joanne

Summit, NJ

#23 Sep 19, 2010
Does anyone remember the name of the tea room on Somerset St that was back in the 1950s-60s? It became Costa Del Sol in later years.Thanks for your help.
Bill Garrett

AOL

#24 Sep 19, 2010
It was the Clara Louise Tea Room. Favorite hangout for the doctor's wives, and the perfect spot for that three martini lunch.
Gayle Sarace Powers

Boerne, TX

#25 Jan 14, 2011
I have enjoyed reading about what you all remember about Netherwood Heights although in the years I lived there (69-74), I never heard it referred to in that way. My family lived in the tudor house at 609 Belvidere Ave. It was a beautiful house with a most enormous basement and a wonderful attic. My father replaced all the gutters and downspouts with original copper replacements, I can't imagine what that would cost today.
Some of the many people I remember were the Loizeaux on Denmark Rd, the Williards on Park Terrace, the Lanzones, the Zacharias' on Berkeley, we all went through 5,6,7 and 8th grades together. I remember having to walk under the underpass to get to the school across the tracks, Saddler field? After that it was Maxson Jr. High, all of us white kids only made it two whites in a class of thirty students. It was hard during the civil rights stuff. I looked at that school's profile and now it's even less than that. Is there still a pronounced racial line in housing that exists today?
Elizabeth Faraone

Plainfield, NJ

#26 Jan 15, 2011
Chrissy Loizeaux was my friend in grammar school. She lived behind my house. I am now friends with Vincent Gay. I think you know him. We re-met on this site.

Check out the website I created for the Talmadge Mansion. http://thehenrypearltalmadgehouse.webs.com

Their is still racial division in Plainfield, as there is everywhere in the US. Sleepy Hollow and Netherwood are predominantly "white." What has changed about Plainfield is that there are a lot of new immigrants from Mexico, Central and South America and I like that very much.
Gayle Sarace Powers

Boerne, TX

#27 Jan 15, 2011
Emilie and Chrissy were my friends, Steven was just alittle older. I remember swimming in their pool and going to summer camp with them. Do you have any news on how they are doing, I would love to get in touch again?
The racial issue was a bad deal, I'm sorry to hear it still exists, and I did notice that it was becoming more Hispanic instead of only AfroAmerican.
Do you know exactly where the Netherwood Hotel stood? In the block where my house was, there was a lane that serviced the backs of the homes, was the hotel on top of this lane somewhere?
I've been trying to load your website but it always comes up with having a problem loading, I'll keep trying.
Bill Garrett

AOL

#28 Jan 16, 2011
Gayle,

The hotel did indeed stand where your house is now. It dominated most of the block, and the carraige house is still there, converted to a quaint home with gothic style arched windows, board and batten siding, and pointed shutters. Try the library website for a picture of the hotel. Back when they were building the hotel, it would have been an impossible task to haul the millions of bricks needed to build such a structure. The answer was to find clay locally, and make the bricks on site. The clay was found where Cook school is now located. The hole that resulted from digging out the earth is now the pond.

Bill Garrett
Gayle Sarace Powers

Boerne, TX

#29 Jan 16, 2011
Thanks for that info,Bill. As a kid many a time was spent waiting for Cook pond to freeze thick enough to skate on. When the flag went up all the neighborhood kids went skating. We even got some parents to drive their cars up to the pond and shine the headlights so we all could skate at night!
hope

Newark, DE

#30 Jan 20, 2011
i think that everybody should fight to take back plainfield lets take a stand an fight back... lets do something
Elizabeth Faraone

Plainfield, NJ

#31 Jan 20, 2011
Gayle, the website is finally working. Webs.com was having problems. Again, the site is http://thehenrypearltalmadgehouse.webs.com

Bill Garrett contributed a lot to the site. He was in possession of the diary of Arthur Talmadge, so I was able to include it in the site.
Bill Garrett

AOL

#32 Jan 20, 2011
Gayle Sarace Powers wrote:
Thanks for that info,Bill. As a kid many a time was spent waiting for Cook pond to freeze thick enough to skate on. When the flag went up all the neighborhood kids went skating. We even got some parents to drive their cars up to the pond and shine the headlights so we all could skate at night!
Your right..I forgot about the cars lighting up the ice. You could drive right up to the pond back then. You also reminded me of learning on skates with two blades per foot. They were awful, and the other kids laughed at me. Over at Cedarbrook Park, there was a small wood house with a pot bellied stove inside. Benches were around it, so you could sit, and put your skates right up in the heat.
Will

Pittsburgh, PA

#33 Mar 21, 2011
I lived in Plainfield until 1969, when I went away to college; my family stayed until just after my mother died in '77. She wasn't going to be chased out of her home and her neighborhood (W. 8th near Monroe Avenue), but my father moved to Edison not long after she died.

I had two friends who lived on Belvedere, Bill and Clifford Owings, and Steve Loiseaux was a FOF, Peter Saunders, who lived on Rahway Road. I knew lots of people all over town really.

It's sad everyone moved away like that. You know? Nobody HAD to move. The 1969 "riot" was like a blip in time and space. Everyone could have stayed, and moved on from there, not out of there.

I only went to Plainfield schools my last two years, but I ate breakfast or lunch at the Park Avenue Tea Room almost every day until I got my driver's license. Then all the cool kids wanted to go to Carroll's (sp?), a pre-McDonald's burger joint on South Avenue near Sam's.

And I went downtown on Thursday nights and Saturdays. I was a big record collector and I had to hit Brooks Records at least once a week. Hey, it was the time of the Beatles and the Stones, and Motown. Can't go record shopping anymore.

I only went to Gruning's on Sundays. Edna sounds real familiar, but I may be conflating her and Gladys at the Park Ave Tea Room.

Did they ever fill in that Park-Madison Project that was nothing but a parking lot where they tore down a bunch of businesses?

I have dreams where I'm shopping on E. Front Street and I don't recognize anything because it's turned into some horrible nightmare scenario from a Bruce Springsteen song. Hey, "My Hometown," right?
Karen Selzer Leopold

North Miami Beach, FL

#34 Mar 27, 2011
I was born at Muhlenberg Hospital in 1949 and lived in Plainfield until 1967 when I went away to college. Even the hospital is gone. My mother grew up there too, and we had some of the same teachers at PHS. My dad, Nat Selzer, was the owner of Handy Andy Auto Rebuilders, right next to the police station. He bought it from John Andy after WWII. Plainfield was a great place to come from.

It wasn't Al's Deli, it was Larry's Deli. I should know. Larry bought it from my dad. It was Nat's Deli first....
Bill Garrett

AOL

#35 Mar 27, 2011
The hospital is gone, but the thousands of babies (like us),who were born there,are still around. I remember Handy Andy. When you called there, a woman answered the phone. I think her name was Bea (Beatrice). Am I right? Hey, when Larry's closed, all we had left in Plainfield was the Teaxas Lunch.
Karen Selzer Leopold

North Miami Beach, FL

#36 Mar 27, 2011
Can't believe you remember Bea! Bea Alpert was her full name. Did you know my uncle Abe Simon? He ran the shop. My dad ran the office.
Jim

Hicksville, NY

#37 Mar 28, 2011
Hi,I only lived in plainfield for a couple of years (68 & 69), but I remeber going to Tepper's Dept. store and I loved going to Brooks Records to buy my very first '45s.
JFF

New Kent, VA

#38 Mar 29, 2011
Hi, I recently bought a house in North Plainfield. I know this is about Plainfield but I wanted to say that I'm touched by reading about all the history in Plainfield and how people are gathering here and each add their own piece of history to puzzle (sort to speak). I want to drive around and find great historical homes that are still around. I was wondering how all the change came about. Nowadays Plainfield doesn't have a good rep. What was the start of the downfall... It's a shame, but there has to be ways to turn that around...albeit much more dificult.
Jay

Pittsburgh, PA

#39 Jun 11, 2011
Jim wrote:
Hi,I only lived in plainfield for a couple of years (68 & 69), but I remeber going to Tepper's Dept. store and I loved going to Brooks Records to buy my very first '45s.
Jim, I practically lived at Brooks Record Shop, beginning with my very first girl group/Beach Boys/Four Seasons 45s in 1963. Mr. Brooks reserved a copy of each Beatles album and 45 for me as they came out, too. It wasn't a bad place to grow up.
Elizabeth Faraone

Plainfield, NJ

#40 Jun 12, 2011
JFF wrote:
I was wondering how all the change came about. Nowadays Plainfield doesn't have a good rep. What was the start of the downfall... It's a shame, but there has to be ways to turn that around...albeit much more dificult.
In my humble opinion, much of what was responsible for Plainfield's rise was also responsible for it's demise. Once that is understood, Plainfield can rise, and be better than most places.
bill bartholomew

Myrtle Beach, SC

#41 Jun 26, 2011
i grew up in plainfield in the 40s and 50s. we lived on dorsey place.what a place to grow during that time.john inskeep, i knew your brother pete.does anyone have any information on the netherwood golf course on cushing road. i sure would love to relive the old days back then. oh well it aint gonna happen

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