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Herald published a special edition named "Illustrated Industrial
Edition" that was about the various Industries and Businesses
located in the Elizabeth area. Below is the front page from that
Many of the
photos on this page are from that edition and were copied by me from
a CD created by John Dziama for his high school classmates who
graduated in 1948 from Elizabeth High School.
Elizabeth Marine Ways
This photo of a wood working
mill does not have any other specific identification
information, William Boucher advised that the location of the
mill was on the south side of Church street at Second Avenue
extension, next to the railroad tracks which based upon this
location would probably mean it was part of the Elizabeth Marine Ways.
The article below from the Elizabeth Herald
indicates that a "Mill" was part of the
I have placed the article
from the above page into a logical sequence to
make it easier to read. Just click on the
small images below to enlarge for easier
Below are close up of the
three photos on this page:
This is a letter
written to the S&D Reflector, a
magazine devoted to Riverboat
history, concerning the history of
the Elizabeth Marine Ways.
This letter was published in their
March 1977 edition which had a
lengthy article on the river history
of Elizabeth, PA and was written by
Steve Mackinack an Elizabeth, PA
resident who was considered a River
Historian. Steve wrote various
informational letters that were
published by the Reflector
concerning articles in their
quarterly published magazine.
to read an article on the history of the
Elizabeth Packet Company.
The photo on the left of a store operated by
George Bennett JR. located at 2nd and Plum Street, was taken sometime in the early 1900s, appears to be
General Merchandise. The middle photo shows George Bennett JR. Restaurant
and Grill located at 312 Market Street during the mid 1930s, after
The photo on the right shows two of George's children, Mabel and Jim, in the alley behind 312 Market Street.
Elizabeth Municipal Building
Hall's Pontiac Garage
Herron's Department Store
McMains Novelty Store
Petric Hauling had this mobile location, if there
was an actual building this business was located at please advice me
and I will add that information. If anyone has additional
information concerning this picture, such as year and type of truck,
please share and this information will be added. Photo is from the
collection of Jeremy Stiehl.
Pollack Taylor Shop
Julius Pollack's Taylor Shop was located at 195 Market Street. This
photo is dated by the calendar hanging on the back wall as April
1924. Julius was
born in Liachowicz Russia (which is now
followed his older brothers, mother, and sisters to Elizabeth, PA at
turn of the century, birth/death dates
U. S. Post Office
circa 1930's showing an unknown child with a riding toy under the
corner canopy of Marraccini's Market and the Post Office is in the
background across the street.
Postcard Views of Business
The dates of these two photos are not known;
however, due to being informed by a resident who was actually there
that parking meters were not installed in Elizabeth until after
the estimated time
frame would be mid to late 1940s. The movie playing at the
time of the photo on the left was "Easy Come Easy Go" and was
made in 1928 starring Richard Dix and Nancy Carroll. The photo
on the right has the film "Getting Gerties
Garter" with the original made in 1927 starring Charles Ray and Marie Prevost and
featuring Sally Rand famous for her Fan Dance. This film was
remade in 1945 starring Dennis O'Keefe; therefore either film might
have been shown when the photo was taken.
These three photos hang in the lobby of the
present day GRAND THEATRE, the photo on the left shows the early
exterior, center photo is the lobby, and the right photo shows a
packed theatre ready to see a show.
owner of Cox's Funeral Home,
John Cox, is
mentioned several times in the
journals. Originally this was the J. Will
Martin Funeral Home, as shown on photo on left, and John Cox worked for Mr. Martin, Mr. Cox became
the owner upon the death of Mr. Martin.
John Collinson Candy Store
Boucher advised me that this building was next to today's Red Lion
Restaurant and it is easily recognized in a few of the photos of the First
National Bank above. The building is also shown in photos of
the Grand Theatre above and housed the Spotless Cleaners during the
1940s. William also wrote that this building was once the
location of Mel-Tom Paint Shop. Today this space is a one story
entrance to the Red Lion Restaurant on Second Avenue. The time frame of the photos
above appear to be early 1900s. The street is brick and the sidewalk
appear to be wood, if not
then brick. Comments are appreciated.
These photos are from the collection of Betsy
Norris Banzen, placing your cursor on the photos will give you her
email address for questions concerning these photos.
Rothey General Store was located in "Lock 3" probably in the front
of the family home.
N. W. McDonald Ford Garage
I do not have knowledge of the location of this
Ford dealer nor do I know the years this business was in operation.
The photos above appear to me to be ad photos from Ford that could
be used by dealers across the country, changing names, and I
doubt if these actually show the McDonald Garage. I know that a
Ford dealership in the mid 1930s was owned by the Rockwell family,
as noted in the photos below taken during the March 1936 flood, and
would assume that Rockwell took over the McDonald Ford Garage
sometime between 1923 and 1936 probably in the same location.
Additional information is requested to make corrections to my
Of note is that JW Lynch wrote in his journal that on March 20,
1940 that Mrs. N. W. McDonald dies at age 69, the W stood for Wylie.