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Name: Phyllis Martin-Borrero <>
Date: 2015-11-08
City, state Stewartsville, NJ USA
Can't wait to really take a deeper look into your site.

Name: Barb Romanczuk <>
Date: 2015-02-08
City, state Columbus, Ohio
My grandfather came here from Poland in 1903. I don't know how longed he stayed here as he was in Dayton, Ohio by 1910. His passenger manifest said that he was staying here with his brother-in-law Jan Bukovsky. I'm not positive of the spelling of this name. I'm anxious to find out more about his first few years here.

Name: Philip Slobodien <>
Date: 2015-01-30
City, state Palm Desert,CA U.S.A.Past hea
Past member board of health.

Name: Jacqueline Francis <>
Date: 2014-06-28
City, state Westfield NJ USA
I am looking up info for a family tree for my husband whose grandfather George Allgair was originally from South River. I see photos listed, so will try to come visit to see and photograph them.

Name: Fran Fee <>
Date: 2014-01-17
City, state Goodyear, AZ. USA
Graduate of Campbell School and South River High School. Daughter of Kathryn and Jim Fee. Dad at one time or another owned Jim Fee's Tavern on Main St.; a habadashiery store also on Main Street; and Fee Paint and Wallpaper (where Lee's Auto parts is located). Granddaughter of John Fee, Jr. , former mayor of S.R.

Name: Kathi (Fee) Palacios <>
Date: 2013-12-28
City, state Plano, Texas
I was born and raised in South River. My folks lived there at 21 Beryl St. for all my childhood and a lot of my adult life until my dad passed away. My dad's family lived in South River all his life also. He was one of seven children and his dad served as Mayor for one term, if not two (not sure on that# His dad's name was John Fee and, as a matter of fact, while he was mayor they were naming some streets and he named them after his children - James #my dad), John, Augusta, Cora, Helen, Florence, Margaret. My father also owned a bar in South River for many years as well as later a paint store, first in the building that is now Clementi's restaurant and later in the building next to that. I would love to purchase a copy of the commemorative book at South River. Currently none of our immediate family lives in the South River area.


Name: EMily VArga Comella <>
Date: 2013-04-05
City, state Naples Florida
Daughter of Rev. Emil and Emma Varga. A SRHS graduate in 1960. Taught social studies at SRHS from 1967 to 1975. SR was a great small town in which to grow up in the 1950s and 1960. Many wonderful memories of good times and caring people.

Name: Linnea Murphy <>
Date: 2013-02-13
City, state schenectady, NY 12309
I am a descendent of the David Carter Rose family. My great grandmother was Katherine Johnston, also buried in Washington Monumental Cemetery.

Name: Rosemarie Doyle McKenna <>
Date: 2013-01-10
City, state East Brunswick, New Jersey 08816
I would like to meet with your organization about LEO KUBERSKI. He brought alot of history and outside money to South River. I wish to work with your society to see if I can bring any remembrances of Mr. Kuberski and have them preserved by your society for the boro of South River. Also, I am the great niece of William Campbell. Please let me know if I should meet with someone or wait till your next scheduled meeting. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME>

Name: Nellie Smith Wiant (Lebedkin) <>
Date: 2012-12-19
City, state Silver Spring, Md. U.S.A.
I grew up in a beautiful old house. It was located at 274 Main Street, South River, N.J. I was born in St. Peters Hospital in 1955. My father was employed at the Kimberly-Clark factory in Spotswood, and my mother worked in a sewing factory downtown in the late 50s and 60s. I attended Campbell School and SRJHS. We attended Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and Sunday school. The last time I saw my old home there, it was April of 2009. I was sorry to see the disrepair and neglect of such a historic home. When we owned it, it was well kept and charming. I was too young then to appreciate the beauty and history of our home and S.R. itself. Those were magic days, growing up there. My parents and grandparents lived,worked,and loved their community. They now rest in peace at the cemetary on Kamm Ave. South River, remains my beloved hometown.

Name: Nellie Smith Wiant (Lebedkin) <>
Date: 2012-12-19
City, state Silver Spring, Md. U.S.A.
I grew up in a beautiful old house. It was located at 274 Main Street, South River, N.J. I was born in St. Peters Hospital in 1955. My father was employed at the Kimberly-Clark factory in Spotswood, and my mother worked in a sewing factory downtown in the late 50s and 60s. I attended Campbell School and SRJHS. We attended Sts. Peter and Paul Church, and Sunday school. The last time I saw my old home there, it was April of 2009. I was sorry to see the disrepair and neglect of such a historic home. When we owned it, it was well kept and charming. I was too young then to appreciate the beauty and history of our home and S.R. itself. Those were magic days, growing up there. My parents and grandparents lived,worked,and loved their community. They now rest in peace at the cemetary on Kamm Ave. South River, remains my beloved hometown.

Name: Robin A. Peck <>
Date: 2012-10-31
City, state Orlando FL USA
I grew up in So.River and I still miss living there I feel it was and still a great placwe to live.

Name: A. Marshall Rosen <>
Date: 2012-10-12
City, state Newbury Park, CA, USA
I was born and raised in South River. My family lived on William St before moving to 179 Main St. where I grew up and lived thru 1963. The family business was the South River Bottling Co. which manufactured and distributed soft drinks in various sized bottles as well as distilled water in 5 gallon glass bottles and fountain supplies. Distribution was on both a wholesale and retail level with private homes comprising a large portion of the business.
As recently as 2008, a case of our product (24 7 oz bottles# was still located at Trygar's #sp) Hardware Store on Ferry st. in South River.
Graduated SRHS in '62 and am now in town for 50th Class Reunion. Go RAMS!!!!!!!!


Name: Leslie Tannahill <>
Date: 2012-05-30
City, state Ewing, NJ USA
I found your site on a search - I grew up in Old Bridge and worked at several businesses in S.R., but am most interested in any old photos you have of the Kuberski stables on Whitehead Avenue, where I learned to ride and kept my horse. Sad that the old barn, as well as the Kuberskis, are now gone. I noted there was a photo listed for your 2000 calendar - won't you consider posting some of these old photos?

Name: Edward Wellstead <>
Date: 2012-03-19
City, state Tampa, Florida
Just came across this site by accident.
I was with George on that terrible day. We were close friends and shared much together. God Bless his soul. I know for sure that he went to heaven.


Name: John Michael Kupik <>
Date: 2012-02-20
City, state Alexandria, Virginia, United States of America
I am the grandson of Bronislaw and Anna Trzaska who for many years lived on Whitehead Avenue where I was born.

I now live in Alexandria Virginia and work and walk among the United States military photographing the final honors at Arlington National Cemetery. My one website is

I have also written the FIRST book about a historic US Army Post with origins during the US Civil War when it was known as Fort Whipple - "Images of America - Fort Myer" was published in JUN 2011 and is the website which complements the book.


Name: jorge araujo <>
Date: 2012-01-28
City, state south river nj usa 08882
just researching since im into metal detecting/

Name: Al Zampieri <>
Date: 2012-01-17
City, state Lewes,De.
Grew up in Spotswood in the 1950's.Remember going to the Capital theater.Remember waiting for the bus back to Spotswood in 1952 after seeing High Noon.Across the street was a tavern at the time.The door was open and I could hear the band playing.It was Hank Williams.

Name: Jan Grodzki <>
Date: 2012-01-13
City, state Robbinsville NJ
This is my new E-Mail address, anyone remember me?

Name: pam knowles <>
Date: 2012-01-04
City, state south river, nj
Hi, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed seeing all the old pictures of town. Especially the houses long ago & at present. I used to live on main street so I love the history. If you have any information about the clay pits or the brick factory, I would love to find out whatever you have. Thanks!

Name: tom Lyons <>
Date: 2011-11-26
City, state annville,pa. usa
born and raised in south river for the first 15 yrs of my life. attended st marys school get back to visit every now and then (funerals ..weddings.. do you have any pictures of south rivers first little league team? chet zodowski was the head man (1950)the rec center was on whitehead ave. and chet was in charge.

Name: Holly Pitti <>
Date: 2011-10-29
City, state Monroe, NJ
I came to the site while researching the Haussermann family. Fred Haussermann was my mother's grandfather. He was the proprietor of the Riverside Hotel located on the causeway around the turn of the century.

Brian has been very helpful in providing information on the subject. I cannot wait to share the artifacts with my mother as a surprise for her upcoming birthday. Thank you to the volunteers who are keeping the history of the town preserved.

Holly Pitti
(Monroe, NJ)


Name: Kevin James Thomas <>
Date: 2011-10-21
City, state Laurens, South Carolina USA
My Great-Grand Father came to South River area in the late 1800's from Hungary.He was on of the founders of the St. Stephen's Church in South River. He also worked for the Aukumn Embroidery Co. and eventually open his own Embroidery Company on his property at 13 Williams Street in South River for 40 years. Also related to one of the founders of the Thomas & Chadwick Co.

Name: Robert Maxfield <>
Date: 2011-09-13
City, state York, PA
For years now I have been researching my family. Recently my search brought me to your online museum. Specifically what brought me here was the R. Van Dyke Reid Scrapbook of Marriages. On page 3 of the scrapbook are a couple name Peter R Gordon and Sarah J Maxfield that married in 1854. Would it be possible for you to e-mail me all the information on that marriage?

Name: Terry Barnes McAndrew <>
Date: 2011-08-11
City, state Haddon Heights, NJ 0835
What a great web site! I lived in SR (1957-1967)until we (sibs: Robin, Gene, Judi) moved to EB. My grandparents, George & Sophie Zohovetz moved there @1916 from Russia. My mom Sophie and her sibs: John,George,Kay were raised there and attended Sts.Peter & Paul ROC. My cousins Sari,Greg,Ray,Mark and Dan Varga were raised there also and attende SR schools and Hungarian Reform Church.

Name: Candy Torres <>
Date: 2011-06-18
City, state Houston, TX
I was born in New York City, the middle daughter of three. We lived in Harlem and a housing project in The Bronx until I was five years old. Then we moved to Newark, New Jersey. At age 9, my family bought a house in a small town called South River where I lived for 20 years. I participated in all sports during my school days. Our public school teachers were excellent because they provided me with a solid foundation for my future in science, sports, history, literature, and geography. I put my education to good use:


Name: Glenn Bara <>
Date: 2011-06-14
City, state Cheney, Ks
My father, Stanley Bara was born in South River and lived there until he entered the Army Air Corps during WWII.

Name: Dorothy L. Marciano <>
Date: 2011-04-07
City, state Jackson NJ
I lived in SR from 1963-1974. Graduated SRHS in '73. Recently passed through, Dailys Pond area, where I lived. The restoration to the park and memorial to 911 are outstanding. I'm so glad to see my old neighborhood so beautiful. I have many fond memories of South River. Thanks to the Historical Society for the wonderful information on the website.

Name: Edwin Stephen Burke <>
Date: 2011-04-01
City, state Edgewood, NM 87015-9422 usa
I am wondering if Mae Weck my former supervisor at NJ Bell in New Brunswick back in the 70's is still with us. Her husband John was in an executive position with the old 1st National Bank on Main Street. I often thing of Mae and her sense of humor. Thanks Ed Burke...

Name: Brian Harto, Milltown Borough Historian <>
Date: 2011-03-30
City, state Milltown NJ 08850
I really enjoyed the postcard collection!

Name: Charlene L. Kravec <>
Date: 2011-03-26
City, state Ocean Grove, NJ
I am looking to obtain information about the former Van Ness house 330 Old Bridge Turnpike. This is presently Serenity Day Spa. Was this owned by John Van Ness who is listed in the list of residents in 1851? Many thanks.

Name: Paul Hasak <>
Date: 2011-03-12
City, state Kirkwood, Missouri
Grew up in South River. Graduated SRHS in 1961.

Name: Ray Bevacqua <>
Date: 2010-12-29
City, state Centreville, Virginia USA
It's really great to go through this site. SR was a great place to grow up. I do try to get there when I can, even if it's only for a 30 min. cruise-by.

I'm Class of '62; grew up on 168 Turnpike rd with my door about 50 yds from Dick Meyers' (and Brue and Kathy and Lee)
front door. Moved to 40 Morningside in ~'57 My grandparents lived at 24 Wilson Ave.for about 40 years.

If any of my classmates are wondering - yes, the Hotel Continental still stands in Washington DC. Anyone thinking of a 50th reunion??


Name: Patricia Moran <>
Date: 2010-09-12
City, state Toms River, NJ 08757 USA
Where would I find a listing of the Brights buried at Washington Monumental Cemetery?

Name: Marie Reedy <>
Date: 2010-09-07
City, state Fairborn, Ohio
Found your site while searching for Baptist Churches in the area. I'm research 3 Conover siblings: Samuel S., Ralph R. / Rafe and William who were born in or near Cranbury, NJ between 1811 and 1816. I'm trying to find their correct parents and their places of burial. Samuel married Sarah Frances Weeks from NY, Ralph married Ellen/ Elnore Snedeker the daughter of John and Margaret Smock Snedeker and William married Anna Catherine Warth, a Swiss immigrant. The Warth and Snedeker lines I've documented but other relatives of each side have no documents to help. Believe the men are related to Harmon Covenhoven but cannot prove that. Your site is very nice.

Name: Charles Angersbach <>
Date: 2010-08-26
City, state McGaheysville, VA USA
I was hoping to find some information about my grandfather, Charles Angersbach a former police officer in South River. He died while on duty either by suicide or accident. If you have any information about him please let me know. I think he died around 1940, but that is a guess. Thanks for your help.

Name: Sharon Bigelow Brown <>
Date: 2010-07-20
City, state Effingham, IL
I lived in SR with my family from about 1954 to 1968. I graduated from SRHS in '67, lived on Burton Ave., went to St Steven's RC church. My father had a gas station on Prospect Ave for a while. I still think of SR as home and enjoy this website a lot!

Name: maureen sobrino <>
Date: 2010-07-06
City, state fort worth, texas USA
I grew up on Clinton St. in South River. I always loved that town. I left at the age of 19 and have not been back. Olimpio Sobrino was my dad, he now resides in Florida.

Name: Laura Lipkin <>
Date: 2010-06-05
I tryed mailing a vendor letter for National Night Out to the address I had last year and it was returned. If you want to join us please let me know and I will send the letter to an active address.
Laura Lipkin


Name: Richard Koob <>
Date: 2010-05-31
City, state Houston, Texas
May 31, 2010
SRHS Class of 1962 Remembering Major Andy Ivan,a
classmate and great friend


Name: gustavo romero <>
Date: 2010-05-27
City, state maracaibo venezuela
i used to live in south river for 15 years , and it was very nice to meet so nice people , now iam living in venezuela againg. nice city kisses gus

Name: Joseph W. Paul <>
Date: 2010-03-21
City, state Toronto, Ontario, Canada
My brother (Ron) & I were raised in South River in the 1950's.
My mother (Josephine) was raised in S.R., maiden name Wilczynski -daughter of Antonia & Joseph. She was born in 1921. Her mother, Antonia (or Anna) came to South River around 1910 from Poland.


Name: Dr. Alfred J. Bogush, Jr. and Mrs. Alta Bogush <>
Date: 2010-03-17
City, state Huntsville, Al USA
We were married in the Church on August 16, 1953. Is there any information available concerning how the church was built and funded in those difficult days by the Polish People living in South River, NJ? Who was directly involved in planning in the actual building especially the altar? I know it is listed as the place to visit by the Historical Society in the state of NJ

Name: Michael J Brylewski <>
Date: 2010-02-07
City, state Hampton Bays NY
As a member of Troop 83 my Eagle Scout project 1n 1973 involved inventory and categorization of the second floor of the library

Name: John Mirraglia <>
Date: 2010-01-18
City, state Old Bridge, NJ

What can you tell me about the body of water that runs thru South River? I assume that is the river from which the town gets its name. From a Google Earth map it looks like a tributary of the Raritan. Was it a commercial water way in past times? Is the water brackish or sweet? Any fish in the river?




Name: John M Bosko <JMBCO3@MSN.COM>
Date: 2010-01-12
City, state Aurora,Co,USA
Still a little interested in South River's Going's on, About time you guy's got in the 21st Century.

Name: Phyllis Willett searle <>
Date: 2009-12-31
City, state Roseville, CA USA
I believe I am descended from the original Samuel Willett of Willettstown, NJ.and am interested in learning all I can about the family.

Name: Mrs. Barbara Farrand Doxey <>
Date: 2009-12-25
City, state Stony Brook, Long Island, New York
I am looking for more information on my Willett line. My father was Frank Freeland Farrand and his mother was Helena Willett Alger (1870 to 1929), wife of Frank Farrand. The mother of HWA was Helena Willett Freeland (1846 to 1879), wife of Charles Alger. The mother of HWF was Eliza C. Bryan (1823 to 1901) who was first the wife of John Augustus Freeland (1807 to 1860). The mother of Eliza was Margaret Robertson McQueen (about 1800 or 1801 to 1882). Margaret was born in New Jersey to John McQueen, possibly born in Scotland and Helena Willett, born in 1759 or 1760 and died in Manhattan in 1840. Helena's obituary said that she was the widow of John McQueen and that the family had originally been of Middletown, New Jersey. Saw that there were descendants of Willetts in South River and became curious. Other children of John McQueen and Helena-Helen Willett were Ann, born about 1785 who never married and died in 1871 in Brooklyn, N. Y. and Catharine W. McQueen, the wife of the Rev. Joab Goldsmith Cooper (died Dec. 1832). Catharine died in 1879 at Mobile, Alabama at the home of her nephew Dr. Henry T. Cox whose mother had to have been another McQueen sister.

Name: Rob Miller <>
Date: 2009-11-24
City, state Brookline, MA, United States
Cool site.

Name: Jolanta Sadowska <>
Date: 2009-11-12
City, state Walbrzych ,Poland
Family Dzielinski contact please.

Name: Rob Miller <>
Date: 2009-10-21
City, state Brookline, MA, United States
I liked your site.

Name: Donna Ragucci <>
Date: 2009-10-01
City, state Neptune Beach, Fl USA
Thank you for all the work in creating this interesting and informative site!
SRHS alumni- class of 1986


Name: bernie behrens <>
Date: 2009-09-14
City, state Fullerton CA
To Whom It May Concern,

My late mother was Edith Pansey Behrens 1919-2008) who was born and raised in South River NJ. Her parents were Dr Abraham and Anna Pansy. He was a doctor in South River for several decades, from the 1920s-1960s. His practice was at 5 4th Street near Jackson Avenue. Would anyone among you recall the Pansy family ?


Bernie Behrens

son of Edith Pansy and grandson of Abe and Anna Pansy


Name: Joseph C. Blakaitis <>
Date: 2009-08-23
City, state Duck,NC
Born and raised in South River. Lived with parents at 5 Fairview Ave., attended Campbell school and South River High and graduated in 1957. Great town. Went to Lafayette College and then went to work for DuPont in Parlin with my Dad and Mom ultil about 1966 and then moved to the Morristown area in north jersey. Love to hear from some old friends.

Name: Jan Grodzki <>
Date: 2009-07-03
City, state Robbinsville, New Jersey
Looking for Judy Glock or Paula Goss, Went to Junior high with them Mid 60's.
Feel free to E-mail me at
Thank You,
Jan Grodzki


Name: Doris A. Hamelin-Basilico <>
Date: 2009-06-20
City, state Kendall Park NJ USA
Peter Kondratyk is my grandfather. I was raised in South River and graduated from South River High School in 1981. My mother, Irene Kondratyk still resides in South River on Fairview Avenue.

Name: Debby Lucas Kobel <>
Date: 2009-05-13
City, state Mendham, NJ USA
My grandfather was Joseph Sebeny--proprietor of Budapest Tavern on Thomas Street in SR. He, along with my grandmother, Margaret Sebeny, raised their six children (including my mother Helen Sebeny Lucas) on Prospect Street. My parents and I lived in this house when I was pre-school age before moving to Milltown. My Aunt Margaret Sebeny Molnar was a long-time teacher in Willet School and lived on Claremont Ave. until her death. Another aunt, Elizabeth Sebeny Farnsworth, was also a lifelong SR resident until her death a few years ago. My Sebeny relatives are buried at Washingtom Monumental Cemetary. My mom Helen was the last surviving sister and she just passed away at 91 this past January. So I do have a HISTORY with this wonderful little town! As the Historical Society, I have a question for you--Would you know where I could find a BUDAPEST TAVERN calendar that would have been printed in the 1940's??! I know its an odd request, but nothing remains from his tavern and I do know that these existed! Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your great website. Deb Kobel

Name: Michael Khariton <>
Date: 2009-05-07
City, state \Minsk, Belarus
We search for the relative who lived in South River, New Jersey in 1960th years. His name was Ivan Filimonchyk. We shall be glad to any information on his descendants.

Name: Pat Williams <>
Date: 2009-04-22
City, state Newton Centre, MA
I enjoyed your site.

Name: Karen "Grompone" Clark <>
Date: 2009-04-18
City, state Noblesville, In
I just happen to come upon this site. I grew up in South River only for a short time from 1960-1971 but have wonderful memories. I attended Campbell School. I can remember every inch of that school and all of my teachers. It was a wonderful old school. I was a part of Mrs. Drumwright's 5th grade class that did the mural of South River. Apparently I am in some pictures that are in the museum. Is it possible to get a copy of that picture? I have been trying for years to find something out about what happened to that mural that we all worked so hard on. How wonderful that it is now hanging in the towns museum.


Karen "Grompone" Clark


Name: Dana Wilhite <>
Date: 2009-04-12
City, state Ormond Beach, Florida
As a child I lived in an apt. on the first floor down a hallway through an entrance of a building right on the corner of Main and Ferry. I am curious as to what the building originally was, if anyone has any photos of it, and what it is currently being used for now. Please reply if you have any answers. Thank you.

Name: Kathy Lee <>
Date: 2009-03-04
City, state Boca Raton, Florida
The site is wonderful, and makes me proud to be a South River, New Jersey girl! South Florida is where I live, but South River is HOME! Congratulations and thank you to everyone for all your hard work; your efforts keep "Go Rams Go" alive!
P.S. Dick Meyers is my brother, so I'm doubly proud!


Name: Judith Ann (MacFarlane) Trever <>
Date: 2009-02-22
City, state Albuquerque NM
I grew up in South River. Left in 1968. My grandparents and uncle John Bosko had embroidery factories in South River. I believe that my sister, Louise Bruhn, is a member of your historical society.

Name: jeffrey b. susan <>
Date: 2009-01-25
City, state lebanon,tennessee,USA
I miss my little hometown of South River.I have such fond memories of growing up in the 1960's thru 2000.Still consider myself a S.R. Ram for life.

Name: velma buttcher-witkowski <>
Date: 2009-01-15
City, state 49 erickson ave. Monroe twp.,nj 08831
I am the granddaughter of Charlie and Margaret Buttcher and my Grandfather worked in Nussbaum Butcher shop in Ferry Street across from Spitilarie's Furniture. I remember walking in the butcher shop with my dad...Grandpa worked in Fultons Fish Market in New York City in the early years of our family and had 9 children and then my dad had the most kids and we had 6 and grandpa worked in Nussbaums for many years as a butcher there and his 9 kids came in from time to time to visit the shop. If anyone has pictures of the that shop or remember Charlie Buttcher please let me know. Grandpa worked very hard for Mr.Nussbaum and we all had go food to eat because of this butcher shop and with 9 kids to feed grandma and grandpa Buttcher needed a good butcher shop don't you think, so God Bless You Mr. Nussbaum and South River.... It was a nice place for him to work,I think..

Name: Peg Byczkowski Raciti <>
Date: 2009-01-06
City, state Reading, MA
SRHS class of 1984 here. Loved what you did...bravo. I would like to know where you viewed the Sanborn Fire Maps. Online perhaps? Keep up the great job!

Name: Steven Waksmunski <>
Date: 2008-12-27
City, state deltona, Florida, USA
I grew up in South River NJ. Born 1968 and moved to FL in 2000

Name: Alice Jones <>
Date: 2008-12-15
City, state Colorado
I graduated from SRHS in 1962. I would like to hear from anyone who graduated from SRHS between 1960 and 1964.

Name: Martin Spielman <>
Date: 2008-12-14
City, state East Brunswick NJ USA
Greetings. Might I suggest you might want to cross reference with some of the graves in our cemetery. I have also found to have some amazing information.

Martin Spielman, Vestryman
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Spotswood NJ


Name: Gina M. Washington <>
Date: 2008-03-26
City, state South River, NJ
This is a great site. I am impressed at the amount of history that is available here on South River. We are very excited about the positive changes that are taking place in and around the town. This is a great place to live!

Question: How often does the train run that crosses over Whitehead Avenue?

Gina M. Washington
Licensed Realtor
"Supporting Your Real Estate Needs Every Step of the Way"


Name: Michael Ayers <>
Date: 2008-03-12
City, state South River, New Jersey, USA
I enjoyed viewing your post card collection on this site.

Very interesting to see South River in the past.

Michael Ayers, South River Resident


Name: ilona Marie Figat <>
Date: 2008-02-25
City, state Dover, DE, USA
My father and his family were born and raised in South River. I was shocked to see this site pop up when I was doing research on a cousin.
My father's name is Leo E. Schnatter. My uncles include Andrew, Harry, and Frank --- all of South River.
thanks for remembering wonderful folks that are too often forgotten.


Name: Art Amos <>
Date: 2008-01-25
City, state San Jose, Ca
I was Googling South River and came on this site. I was born in 1946 in New Brunswick, NJ. We lived in South River, in the old Alexander Bldg. My first haircut was had at a barbershop on the left hand side, next to the Capitol Theater. We moved to East Brunswick, on Wallace St. when I was 5 but we continued to use the downtown area of South River for years. I attended many Saturday shows at the Capitol as a boy. I used to ice skate at Daly's pond and attended the Hungarian Reformed Church(then changed to 1st Reformed Church) ( the street I don't remember). My grandpa helped to provide the money and install the steeple. The pastor was Rev. Emil Vargas. I left NJ in 1964, never to return, except for short visits but I've not been back for 25 years. I now live in San Jose, Ca.

Name: Teri Admire aka Teri Maimone <>
Date: 2008-01-24
City, state Palatka, FL USA
Was on your site a couple of years ago and just saw it again. This is a great site. I grew up in South River but haven't been there for 28 years. Gosh I'm getting old! I left South River for sunny Florida after graduating from SRHS in 1980.

Name: Amy W Guilford <>
Date: 2008-01-23
City, state Northborough,MA,USA
My mother grew up on Main St of South River. Her mother was a teacher there as well. Her name was Roberta Ann Hucks and is now Roberta Whitlock on marrying Alexander Tuthill Whitlock of New Brunswick. She has told me many tales of life in South River. It was nice to see that it has kept some of the same look. I really liked the photo journey.
Thank you.
Amy Whitlock Guilford


Name: Robert A Coughran <>
Date: 2008-01-19
City, state Davenport fl zip 33837
I grew up in south river 70years ago.It was the best time of my life growing up in that town. went 2 st.Marys school joined the military after high school,served in Korea.
I wouldn't trade my childhood 4 anything in this world 2day Every one new each other,every one was poor ,we all pulled 2gether & made that town a great town .i'll never 4 get where i came from. Tnx!!!!!!!!!!!


Name: Walter Bissett Gallant <>
Date: 2008-01-19
City, state Rindge, NH
You have pictures of a house on Jackson Street which is labelled "Arthur W Bissett". I believe it should be labelled "Asher W Bissett". He is my great-grandmother's cousin ...

Name: Glen (Greenberg) Gilbert <>
Date: 2008-01-12
City, state Little Rock, AR
My grandparents, Samuel and Anna Greenberg, owned the home at 236 Main Street for many years up until the late sixties. I was delighted to find it on this wonderful site. I'm only sorry the porch I remember in my youth has been taken down. The house as I remember it looked more like the earlier photo, but the new residents have done wonders preserving such a wonderful home.

Name: Eileen Nusbaum <>
Date: 2007-12-13
City, state Pembroke Pines, Florida
I grew up in South River in the 50s-60s and just attended my 40th South River High School reunion!
I used to get your calendars when I knew Ed Roginski some years ago...and it only occurred to me last year that I could order a calendar through your website...thanks for the memories. If Ed is still there, tell him I asked for him!


Name: mona <>
Date: 2007-12-08
City, state monroe township, nj
my office is at 143 william street, south river. how can i find the history of this building?

Name: Pete Pawlowski <>
Date: 2007-11-16
City, state Lexington, NC

My daughter Amanda told me about this web site that she found while reseaching some of our family history, and that you were a contributor. It would be great to hear from you - hope things are going good for you.

Pete Pawlowski


Name: Larry Pizer <>
Date: 2007-11-07
City, state Louisville, KY USA
I have my roots in SR and just was wondering how the old home town has changed since I left.

Name: Maryjane Baska <>
Date: 2007-10-30
City, state Madison, NJ
I was born and raised in South River and joined the Air Force a year after graduating from SRHS. After 10 years of active duty, I joined the Air Force Reserves and completed my nursing degree. I still serve in the Reserves and my mother still lives in South River.

Name: Cindy Takacs <>
Date: 2007-10-26
City, state East Windsor, NJ
Please disregard my previous posting! I just found the information. Thank you!

Name: Cindy Takacs <>
Date: 2007-10-26
City, state East Windsor, NJ
I grew up in South River, graduated from the high school in 1981 and lived there until I was 28. My mother still lives there. I just found this website, and I'm wondering why there isn't any info about WWII casualties from South River, or a memorial in the town.



Name: robert widuta <>
Date: 2007-10-10
City, state south river nj
wow nice to see some old pics in there. i lived in town all my life along with my mom and dad grand parents too. I do remember some of what the pics had to show. keep tryin to get some stuff from the late 50's etc.. would be nice to see kuberskis as it was and the woods up where the HS is now along with pre Kamm avenue area.


Name: bob lepucki <>
Date: 2007-10-10
City, state los angeles, CA,USA
Keep up the good work. Makes me feel homesick in a good way

Name: Tim Trewyn <>
Date: 2007-09-29
City, state Fort Pierce, Florida, USA
I came to this website to learn more about a city I may move to some day. My son has passed his second audition at the American Boychoir School, and it would be good if I could find a job and a home near him if he goes to school there. I appreciate all the work that goes into putting a nice site like this together.

Name: Margery A. Gillum nee Zeller <>
Date: 2007-09-07
City, state Somerset,Kentucky
I was born in New Brunswick and raised in Sayreville. My Great Grandparents (Frederick and Augusta Hirth), Grand Parents (Emma and William Zeller), Uncle (James Zeller) and Father (Fred Zeller) are all burried at the Washington Monumental Cemetary on Hill side Avenue. I have not been to the cemetary in almost 40 years, but plan to visit next week. Is there a way I can confirm the location of the family plot? I have a vague recollection of it's location, but it has been a while. Thanks for your help. Marge Gillum

Name: Feuza <>
Date: 2007-08-16
City, state South River, NJ
Hi- I do not have additional info per se- but I see there is not much info on the recent immigrant flow in the town, with the Portuguese and Brazilian community, I would love to see more info on recent immigrant trends because the census is unrealistic due the fact that the immigrants are left out. thank you


Name: Anthony Malgioglio <>
Date: 2007-08-10
City, state South River, NJ
Nice site.

Name: Mike Krzeszewski <>
Date: 2007-08-05
City, state Middletown, New York
I lived in South River Until 1974. The corner of Arlington Ave and Turnpike RD.
I visit there quite often. What changes.


Name: Jay Armstrong <>
Date: 2007-07-24
City, state Port Orange, Fl 32127
My father graduated from South River High in 1935.
His father owned "Armstrong's Ford Dealership"
Looking for pictures at that time, for I am putting together a movie of "Still" shots for his 90 th birthday.


Name: Edwin B. Zaslow <>
Date: 2007-06-12
City, state North Miami Beach, FL USA
I grew up in South River, living there from 1951 to 1979, first at 19 Jackson Street until 1962, and then at 510 Old Bridge Turnpike, where my father had his optometric practice. I attended Willett School, and South River Junior and Senior High Schools, graduating in 1969. My mother, Anita Schwartz, was born on Whitehead Avenue in 1915. All my grandparents lived in South River until their passings. My parents retired and moved to Florida in 1982. My maternal grandfather, Joseph Schwartz, was one of the founders of Congregation Anshe Emeth, which was located on Whitehead Avenue. He owned the building located at 19 Jackson Street, which I believe he had constructed. He operated a general store on the first floor. My father and uncle had their optometric and dental practices on the second floor of this building, which also had an apartment. My paternal grandparents lived at 10 Garwood Street.

Name: Lori Grobelny <lori-bunny @>
Date: 2007-05-29
City, state Edison,NJ, USA
My late father graduated from South River High School in 1936. I always liked looking at historical pictures of towns, but I'm especially interested in South River becuase of my father's ties to it.

Name: Nestor Lanas <>
Date: 2007-04-23
City, state Harleysville PA
It was nice going through this website, being an alumni of South River I enjoy any kind of history.

Name: Mary Witt <>
Date: 2007-04-06
City, state South River, NJ 08882
Please tell your members about a South River Web site which is part of a sociology project by a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. Check it out! Some of you may want to join and put your events on the calendar or some pictures of South River. Your pictures are great! The web site is and South River is listed. Hope to see some of you join. Mary Witt

Name: Philip Slobodien <>
Date: 2007-04-06
City, state Palm Desert, CA
Happy to see the old pictures of South River.

Name: Chris Hughes <>
Date: 2007-04-05
City, state Melbourne, Australia
Hi guys,

I desperately need some assistance with a research question. Could you tell me exactly where the music venue called 'Union Jack' was located, in South River (circa 1983).

I am researching a major project on the history of a prominent US rock band and i will credit your organisation with any assistance you can provide.

cheers from Melbourne, Australia
Chris Hughes


Name: Jeff Susan <>
Date: 2007-03-06
City, state lebanon, tennessee, wilson
I grew up in South River my whole life and miss our little town so much.My family has a great history with South River with my mother's family coming to America from Russia during the early 1900's.We are related to the Sivess family who where involved with a great deal of South River - Russian history. Thank You Jeff Susan

Name: Dawn Turick <>
Date: 2007-02-22
City, state Jamesburg, NJ
My great grandparents George and Elizabeth Gall resided on Northside Ave and are buried in Washington Monumental Cemetery. My fathers parents were married in the Presbyterian Church in 1935. I graduated from St. Mary's Grammar School and was sad to see it close. I am looking for any documentation regarding my family for my family tree and wasn't sure who to contact in the town. Do you have any church marriage records or would I have to go directly to the church. I appreciate any help.

Name: Stephen J. Przybylko, SRHS '59 <>
Date: 2006-12-06
City, state New Bern, NC
There is a concrete building on Radcliffe St. You can't miss it. It is now a machine shop, but it used to be the B&M Printing Co. owned by my father Stephen C. He had it built about 1946. Across the street, used to be Leon Kuberski's riding stables, before he moved out to what we used to call Snake Hill Road (River Road). I would be honored if you would take a picture and put it into your data base.

Name: Stephen J. Przybylko, SRHS '59 <>
Date: 2006-12-06
City, state New Bern, NC
Regarding the picture of the building on the corner of Thomas and Main. I believe what you are looking at is the Northeast corner. On the Northwest corner used to be Boyt's Drug Store.


Name: Stephen J. Przybylko <>
Date: 2006-12-06
City, state New Bern, NC
Grew up and lived in SR from 1941 to 1963. My parents owned the B&M Printing Co. on Radcliffe St. Attended St. Mary's school and SRHS(59).

Name: Clare Bloodgood <>
Date: 2006-11-25
City, state East brunswick,NJ USA
I grew up in South River and I used to live on Price Place with my parents my mother was a stay at home mom. My dad was a prominient plumber in the town. I remember that everywhere that my dad took us, everyone knew him. He built his plumbing and heating business on long hours and hard work. His word was his contract that if he got the job that he would make darn sure that it was done the right way.

Name: Cynthia Gabrielski <>
Date: 2006-07-25
City, state Basking Ridge, NJ
Members of my family use to own the 124 Main Street house that was sold to the Baptist Church in the 1950-06s. I think I see a picture labeled the house on the corner of Jackson and Main.
I just heard that there was an article in the Sentinal about how the church couldn't afford to preserve it. Why doesn't the Historical Preservation Society look into it.
Of what I remember - it is a lovely large Queen Ann Victorian style house with a wrap around porch, generous rooms and easy access with a long drive way and yard.
I have some different pictures with its awnings on and also a winter scene before the church was built on the very corner.
If you are interested let me know.
Cynthia Gabrielski
Neice of the owner Joseph & Hedwig Bienkowski
who purchased and lived in the house from 1930s to 1975ish.


Name: Robert A Holmes <>
Date: 2005-12-01
City, state 4-1 Kioi-cho (Room 3101), Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Japan 102-8578
I was born in South River April 9, 1935 in a little home at Mian and Exton Streets. My Mothers name was Voorhees daughter of James Voorhees and my father' was Raymond Holmes, son of Robert Holmes of George Street. Other relatives included Holt's of Hillside avenue and Doeler's also of Hillside Ave. L plan to visit South River with my wife Yoko in February - first time in about 40 years.

Thanks for the pictures and history.

Bob Holmes


Name: Ed Steve Burke <>
Date: 2005-10-03
City, state Cedar Grove, New Mexico USA
I would like to pass on my regards to Patricia Carney. Ms. Carney was my history teacher during my Junior year at SRHS. I was one of her introverted students. The class stars where Edmund Chicchi and Michael Hoey. We were all part of the class of '70. Ms. Carney was part of the trio of history teachers that made one think! The other two: Emily Varga and Judith Olufsen. I have never forgotten them. I think of them often. My buddies in Spotswood remember too! Bruce Eckman and John Eichenlaub.

Name: John H. Froude, Jr. <>
Date: 2005-10-01
City, state Panama City Beach, FL
I just went down "memory lane" on your site. I grew up in South River first on Roosevelt street until 1963 and then David Street. SRHS Class of '71. Thank you.

Name: John H. Froude, Jr. <>
Date: 2005-10-01
City, state Panama City Beach, FL
I just went down "memory lane" on you site. I grew up in South River first on Roosevelt street until 1963 and then David Street. SRHS Class of '71. Thank you.

Name: Teri Admire <>
Date: 2005-08-23
City, state Palatka, Florida
It's great but went back before my time. I lived in S.R. from 1965-1980. I lived on Johnson Place and went to Corpus Christi School and Church. What happened to them? I didn't see anything mentioned.

Name: Kathy Dey Baker <>
Date: 2005-07-25
City, state Fort Lauderdale, Florida
I really enjoy seeing the pictures and website. Keep up the good work. My loss that I did not visted the Historical Museum when I was home last. But I surely will next time. More old pictures please - they are great.

Date: 2005-06-03


Name: Chris Wright <>
Date: 2005-01-24
City, state South River NJ

Name: calvin vladyka <>
Date: 2004-12-01
City, state chang rai, Thailand
More photos are available, although commentary about each picture is lacking, I can supply more photos as well as Mr Duschock(the pharmacist). C. Vladyka

Name: gail robinson <>
Date: 2004-11-25
City, state fairbanks, ak
Thanks so much for the work you have done on these historical pictures! I especially appreciate the pictures of Tabernacle Baptist Church, and the George Radcliffe home on Obert Street. My mother and her siblings grew up in this home after their father died when my mother was 9-years-old. Their mother was the housekeeper, and they lived in an apartment in the attic of the house. I did NOT have a picture of the entire house - just pictures taken in the yard. I played there as a very young child.

I graduated from SRHS in the class of 1952! Thanks also for the picture of the old high school. You have done a great job with this last update; I found it when I wanted a copy of TBC for a Christmas card I was making. I had saved the Web site on Favorites, but hadn't checked it for a while.

South River seems a very long way from Fairbanks, AK, but it reminds me a lot of SR while I was growing up there.

Thanks again for you fine work, and for sharing it with us older grads!!

Gail Robinson


Name: John Jano <>
Date: 2004-08-16
City, state grand rapids, michigan

Name: william pope <>
Date: 2004-06-30
City, state fort myers,fl
great to see old places, wish thier were more.grow up in sr in the 50's and 60's the more things change the more thay stay the same,onward through south river

Name: william pope <>
Date: 2004-06-30
City, state fort myers fl
what ever happen to the eastmens bob eastmen was moyor back in 1969 or 1971,any how i like your web site glad to see ya all set it up good job thanks wm.pope

Name: Theodore Goldman <>
Date: 2004-06-16
City, state farmingdale, NJ
I grew up in south river. I was born at 157 white head avenue in 1917. I liked your website and it brought back many fond memories. If you'd like to contact me; I can be reached at
954-974-5268. I am now 87 years old and have many memories of south river.
Thank you
Theodore Goldman


Name: Michelle Mendoza <>
Date: 2003-08-04
City, state South River, NJ
I was just looking to find out what was located at 60 Main st where Mary and Paul's Card & Gift Store is now located. I heared some say it was at one time a grocery and fish store way back but I wanted to see if any one else has anything on it.

Name: Joseph Cuomo <>
Date: 2003-04-19
City, state Orlando, FL
I am a graduate of SRHS 1952. I found your site most interesting. Congrats on the fine work you all did.

Name: John Gavel <>
Date: 2003-01-17
City, state melbourne, florida
I grew up at 26 Washington Road on the Sayreville side of the South River bridge in the 50's having been born in 1947 when my parents lived on Reid St. The site brought back a lot of pleasant memories; buying my first paperback book for 35 cents in a drug store on main street, picking up hard rolls and jelly doughnuts from the bakery by the Russian church and when the Sunday newspaper at Becker's, catching nightcrawler's on the Whitehead mansion lawn to go fishing with, the hitching post by the doctor's office on Main, Boyce's Diner and many, many others. I'm a medically retired Air Force Officer and sometimes a trip to the "golden past" makes a day more pleasant. Thanks!

Name: Rob Biro <>
Date: 2002-10-28
City, state santa monica, ca.
i thoroughly enjoy looking at the archives, great job comparing then and now. keep up the terrific work.

Name: Jacob Nenichka <>
Date: 2002-10-14
City, state South River, New Jersey
Is the old Image of the home at 138 Jackson St mirrored?

Name: Richard Meyers <>
Date: 2002-07-16
City, state Princeton, NJ
As a S.R. native whose Peterson ancestors first came to the area in the late 1700's, I truly enjoyed the tour. Thanks very much for the time and effort you invested. The finished product is something you can be proud of.

Name: John M. Holod <>
Date: 2002-07-10
City, state Las Vegas, NV
A message to Ms.Carney.
I remember when you started at SRHS. I was in the class of 68. You were my history teacher senior year. It is nice to see that you stayed and that you have completed this great project. I actually wound up with a degree in American History from Brown University.

You can be very proud of this page and the kids you are working with . Great job, keep up the good work.

And, Thank You for being a great teacher.
John M. Holod
SRHS 1968


Date: 2002-05-19
City, state SOUTH RIVER,NEW JERSEY 08882



Name: Mary Ann Hoffman <>
Date: 2001-12-12
City, state South River (and proud of it!)

What a great site, congratulations on this accomplishment. I look forward to seeing my house at 279 Main Street on this page one day.

And greetings to Mrs. Carney, one of the greatest teachers I had at SRHS!

Keep up the great work, and publicize it more. The residents of South River should know about the great work you are doing.


Mary Ann


Name: Eddy Kamont <>
Date: 2001-12-01
City, state Somerset N.J.
Congradulations 2001 RAMS Central Jersey Group 1 Champions Hats off to Coach Marchesi and a GREAT Athletic Director Walt Koziatek
from a 1973 grad and very proud to be an aluminum of a very fine school