Anyone have memories of downtown Clem...

Anyone have memories of downtown Clementon in 50's or 60's?

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Manzanillo, Mexico

#1 May 4, 2007
Hi, I lived in Clementon most of my life and am now writing a memoir. I have so many memories of the Lake, the Park and the town but was hoping some of you would refresh my memory with your own.

I remember most of the shops, Sids Jewelry, the Triangle, the bank, Premier Toy Land, Frish's Dept Store, Pete's Little Cigar Store.

What do you remember?

Larry T

Seymour, IN

#2 Jun 2, 2007
I remember the primary school that is now the wooster towers. And going to woosters for Ice cream on halloween. How about carl and lenas deli.and the movie theater.and right next to petes was Grubers and the milk creek diner near the park.. I also grew up in clementon and it was a real nice town until they tore the whole thing down

Uruapan, Mexico

#3 Jun 3, 2007
Hi Larry-- wow -- what a blast from the past -- the only part I didn't remember was the Deli -- I remember the Triangle and Sids Jewelry and Frish's where you got uniforms and clothing. I loved WT Gibbs school -- I graduated highschool in 69 -- you?

As I was writing about the park and the lake I actually got homesick and wished I had appreciated it more when I lived there. Remember nickel day at the park? And the diving and animal acts? Wasn't the principal at Gibbs Mr Miller? And the custodian was Mr. Pennypacker -- who used to let me help him put up the flag in the morning.

Thanks for the memories

Barbara (Flanigan) Hart
San Pancho, Mexico

Brentwood, TN

#4 Jun 28, 2007
My parents ran the record hops at Clementon Park in the 60's with Larry Brown. I remember Saturdays swimming in the lake and going on the rides AFTER we helped my folks clean up the hall to get ready for the Saturday night dance. Lots of people got their start at those dances and had lots of fun.

Coatesville, PA

#5 Jun 28, 2007
My family owned homes along the lake in those days. Those hot summers were great Clementon memories. Now, Im glad to say I live in one today. Marge, I remember those shops...what memories (teary eyed :()
One of the Smith kids


#6 Jan 6, 2008
My grandmother lived in Clementon all her life. I was born in 1953. Every summer Grandmom Smith would get all her grandkids those little round tags with safety pins so we could swim in Apple Lake, which eventually led into Clementon Lake. I remember every Sunday night as my Dad drove us back home to Collingswood, NJ, we would drive by the wooden roller coaster of the park, and there were ALWAYS boards missing/falling out. But, when you rode the coaster with both hands up in the air, you'd proven your worth! Remember the ferris wheel which had house/gondolas that held entire families?? And the penny arcade which spit of postcards of movie stars!!! I loved those days, that era.
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Orlando, FL

#7 Feb 18, 2008
I was Raised in clementon during the late 60s and 70s I remember most evert thing you all have written but to add just a few things like drinking coffee in the belview as Joe Romeo the owner slept atop the cash register and being thrown out of the Kate Theatre for pea shooting down from the balcony only to sneak back in the rear door.Trout night at rowans. buying samon eggs at Fred's live bait. The Bradford house where we would sit and drink coffe for a quarter and refills were a dime. Walking thru Grants and seeing for the first time falsies for sale in the womens dept and putting them in other peoples cart. kissing some one on the side of the skating rink( back on the benches)Ice skating on thin Ice on the Island at the end of clementon lake. Eating a doughnut from Wassermans and thinking how much better they were than Seabolds Bakery
Sitting on the steps at Pete's waiting for everyone to gather there. Sids juke box listening to E.lvis whale out burning love.a plane crash in Silver Lake bring by the Parks back Gate when A black Caddy was Blown up ABeing told many times that Women were not allowed to be in the pool hall Going to the barber Shop and getting George to cut my hair instead of Frank. Watching the Tv"s that were left on all night at Sids Appliance store. Being hassled by the tough guys that hung out in the Triangle. A piece of pie in the millcreak The smell of Carl and lena"s and watching one of my friends take a pickle out of the barrel take a bite and return it. Sledding down smith terrace and signal hill Riding my bike down Erial road and getting air on the side walk across from scott Ave.Tearing down a town for Urban rewnal that never came. the high dive and being up in the ballroom for Wee Wilie Weber. I go back every now and then and still see the town behond what it is now And Run into some of the people I shared many a year with.
Gale Lederer Sayers

Philadelphia, PA

#8 Mar 20, 2008
That has to be Tommy Meade talking about the old Clementon. You left out quite a bit of detail, lol.
I actually found this site while searching for info. on WT Gibbs School. What great memories, was hoping someone would try to plan a reunion of some sort for the old kids of Clementon. Strange that Barbara Flannigan writes about her memories of Clementon Lake Park. I was just telling a friend of mine the other day that it was Barbara that first took me on the salt & pepper shaker at a young tender age of about 8. I freaked out the whole time, crying, let me off. Do you remember Barbara? I have fond memories of going to the lake all summer. We would get seasons passes. I also remember nickel day, how about Pepsi day? I also remember as a teenager every Friday night on my walk home the fireworks going off, imagine that, walking the streets at night by yourself & not having to worry about some weirdo out to kill you. Tommy, I know you remember the Harvest House at Grants & everyone remembers the bench behind the skating rink. Glad I found this site, it's been real nice reminiscing. Makes me feel young & skinny again. Hope you're all well.

Bud Wright

United States

#9 Mar 22, 2008
Thanks for the memories, i met and fell in love with a young lady alberta staily who lived at 199 Erial RD. She passed away july 2007 she went to school at ST lAWARNCE Grammer and took the 50 bus to Camden for high school at Camden Catholic yes we walked up the hill went to the movies and the train made so much noise it shook the old movie theater we always sat in the balconey this was a great place to grow up until they distroyed the town . we shopped at Grant City swam at pillings partied at Rosie Smiths thanks for the wonderful memories.
Kathy Parks

Philadelphia, PA

#10 Mar 28, 2008
I lived in Clementon my entire life until I married and moved to Magnolia and later to NC. At the time, life seemed very ordinary and there was always that part of you that wanted to grow up and move away to someplace more exciting. Reading all these great memories makes me so homesick and it makes me realize what an ideal life we had. I wish my children could experience even a small part of what we had. The world is so different now. One favorite memory I have is of walking with my sister and brother to Johnny Falato's ice cream on the White Horse Pike. You could get the best frozen custard with chocolate "jimmies" for something like 15 cents. Johnny also had "flying saucers" for 10 cents. I can remember how the custard would melt and "run down" your arm faster than you could eat it! Just when you thought you had it under control - look out... by now the melting custard had made the bottom of the cone soggy and the cone would spring a leak at the bottom. Of course we didn't care - that was part of the fun!! As for the park - my favorite was the merry go round. I loved it. But not the horses that went up and down.(I was afraid to go up that high.) I always took one of the stationary horses on the outside! Boy if I could re-live those times... I'd never pick the stationary horse again!!
Gale Lederer Sayers

Philadelphia, PA

#11 Mar 31, 2008
I remember Falato's ice cream, how about the Dairy Pub on the opposite side of the pike, across from the old air port? Does anyone remember going to Pete's cigar store & sitting at the counter for an ice cream soda? How about going to Pete's at the end of the school year & getting a cigar box for the following year to keep your pencils in. What great memories. I'm not recognizing most of the names here. I'm 52, what about everyone else & what are your maiden names. I grew up on Scott Ave off of Erial Rd.
Karl Fey

Marlton, NJ

#12 May 22, 2008
I was born in 1963 and may have been one of the last kids to attend the Primary school before they tore it down. I have such wonderful memories of that little school and the Gibbs school was simply the greatest. My trek to school always led me past Pete's cigar store, where I always spent my daily lunch money(25 cents) on a pack of baseball cards.
My mother worked the tobacco kiosk at Grants from @'68 to '72 and then became a crossing guard in town. Believe it or not, she's still at it 36 years later.
The Lederer name is very familiar to me, but I'm having trouble placing faces with names. I think my sister Karen knew someone from the Lederer family.
I grew up at Indian Spring Road and Princeton Ave, a few blocks up from the bottom of Erial Road. In fact, my parents are still living there.

Voorhees, NJ

#13 Jun 20, 2008
I remember shopping at the Acme on the hill by the railroad tracks. My brother and I would roll down the hill on the back of the shopping carts. One time our car stalled out on the railroad tracks as a frieght train was coming. A couple of men in a car behind us pushed us off the tracks. We use to try to sneak into the Pine Vally Golf Club behind the park. We also always when to Pepsi-cola day at the park and I danced with Chubby Checkers at the movie theatre once. We use to love to go to the laundermat with my mother so we could go into the toy store nearby and buy penny candy at the store next to the movies. Whenever we when to thepost office we would stop to throw rocks in the stream next door. I loved the HOT DOGS served at Grant snack bar. They always toasted the roll.

Voorhees, NJ

#14 Jun 20, 2008
I could never forget the "salt and pepper shaker" and the "whip" at the park and the trick mirrors.
Gale Lederer Sayers

Philadelphia, PA

#15 Jun 24, 2008

Funny you should mention the hot dogs at Grants. A friend & myself were just talking about how great they were, it was definitely the rolls, yum. I remember the old Acme, where Produce Junction is now, got caught shoplifting candy there when I was about 8 or 9. What's your last name & how old.

Kathy Parks

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Jun 24, 2008
Gale Lederer Sayers - I remember your name. Do you have a younger brother Scott? I was in the same grade as he was. I have an older sister Barbara and a younger brother David. We lived on Watson Blvd - off the White Horse Pike. I do remember the Dairy Pub and there was a little grocery type store next to it owned by the same guy Harry. If Scott is your brother - how is he doing?
Gale Lederer Sayers

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Jun 25, 2008

Yes, Scott is my brother, unfortunately he passed away in 93. I thought your name was familiar. I'm pretty sure your sister Barbara is a year older than me & trained me for my safety patrol post. Ask her if she had the parking lot at WT Gibbs as her post.
Luann Topham now Cline

Garner, NC

#18 Jul 29, 2008
I moved to Clementon when I was about 8 and met Denise. That night we went to the park as part of a church gathering. I enjoyed the park. My favorite ride of all time was the salt and pepper shaker. We would spend hours there. I remember all the shops people mentioned. It brought back alot of memories. My cousin Ruth and I were always at the lake in the summer. That is where I learned to swim. I remember going down Erial Rd and Sitley hill on a sled, halloween parades in town, the bakery (great donuts), spending all day in the movies watching the movie over and over and the house behind the park with all the Christmas lights. Rember Park Grille, La Casa (best roast beef sandwiches) and Grubers? I can remember when Clementon area was safe. You could walk anywhere and not worry. I remember you Barbara. You can visit myspace if you remember me. It is Luann Cline

Fort Wayne, IN

#19 Aug 4, 2008

You lived on the next street over from me. I was a friend of your brother. Boy could I go on about growing up and all the fun we had with your father.

I remember the flying saucer ride at the park and how I was to small to work the front wing so my older brother had to drive. He would jerk the wing causing the cart to dive and the chains to clank. I was so scared but I loved it.

I remember Republican day at the park. My grandfather (who was a carpenter at the park) would get us all wrist bands and we'd get in for free. My mom told me we we're Democrats but it was still O.K. to go. Didn't make any sense to me.
Kathy Parks

Philadelphia, PA

#20 Aug 14, 2008
Gale, I am sorry to hear about Scott passing. I have a lot of nice memories of him from school. I think you are right about my sister Barbara and the safety patrol. Barbara is two years older than I am and Scott and I were in the same grade and I think I remember you being between Barbara and me.

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