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A Stroll Down Memory Lane

The interest in "remembering when" shown in recent comments prompts the Turtle Lady to get nostalgic

I thought I would take a break from all of the tension and angst surrounding the flooding and other politically tinged issues leading up to Monday’s township committee meeting, and follow the lead of some recent Patch comments on a stroll down memory lane. I encourage everyone to chime in with their own particular reminiscences – let’s make each other smile for a couple of minutes instead of jacking up our blood pressure!

So…  I’ll go first. Here’s a sampling of some of my recollections. I hope they’ll jog your memory and inspire you to comment or post other tidbits you look back on nostalgically. (I’ll save my tales from more than 20 years in the music business in and around Philadelphia for another time.)

Yes, Robert Flynn, I remember the cows being walked across Rt. 130 from Millside Farms to graze where the Target is now – back when there was a grass median strip on the length of the highway. I also remember getting ice cream, in the shiny metal bowl with a little character on a tooth pick stuck in it, at Millside Dairy. Before changing its name, Hunter’s Glen was called Millside Manor, named for the farm it replaced.

How about these?

The now vacant antique store on Broad Street was Keating’s Tavern;  The aroma of fresh pastry wafting from Klipple’s Bakery at 4:00AM on Sunday mornings; The paintings of the Mouse King from “The Nutcracker” in the dance studio window at Broad and Main Streets; The first floor of the dance studio building was originally an American Store (predecessor to A&P); The corner apartment above the dance studio was a doctor’s office; The 5 & 10 and the Sharon Shoppe on Main Street in Riverton;

The movie theater in Palmyra-Red pin bowling at midnight every Saturday at Riverside Lanes; The skating rink in Riverside; The nail salon at Cinnaminson St and Broad Street was a Cumberland Farms; The building where Riverton Fitness is located was J.S. Collins, and their lumber yard was across Main Street, where the office complex is now; The bank turned residence next to the Riverton Post Office was Captain Drew’s Imports; Smyth’s Landscaping was the East Riverton fire station; The train stations, later just platforms, in Riverton and Palmyra; Sledding down “Double Bunker” at the golf course, and thinking it was a big hill; 4th of July fireworks at the riverbank in Riverton, then at Taylor’s Lane and then the Riverton Park before they were gone for good; There was an actual fountain at Andover Road and Rt.130 to mark the entrance to Fountain Farms; Asbury Methodist Church was moved from its original site, facing Rt.130; Getting a season pass to Holiday Lake – for $6.00!; Elephant keys, the Elephant tram and the pony rides at the Philadelphia Zoo-

The #9 Public Service bus on River Road – with bus driver Dorsey Van Bibber, my grandfather (before my little brother became a hot shot executive at New Jersey Transit, he was a bus driver, too, on the same route and the older drivers called him “Mini-Van”); Driving from Beverly to PHS with only 2 traffic lights, one in Riverton and one in Palmyra; There was a gas station where the Palmyra Wawa is now; The Rivers Edge Hayride (I was the witch who lost her head in the guillotine dozens of times each night!); Gino’s in Cinnaminson and Duke’s in Florence; The pond that ran down the center of the Moorestown Mall, complete with little foot bridges and live ducks, and the parrot in the garden at the Haddonfield Road end of the Cherry Hill Mall; The old draw bridge on Rt.130 over the Rancocas at Bridgeboro Road, with the sharp turn at the bottom of the hill heading northbound, and the steep hill on Bridgeboro Road at the traffic light when you were coming from Moorestown (it once took me 10 minutes to make the turn there when I was just learning to drive a van with a manual transmission)

I think that should be more than enough to get us started. I hope you'll post your own memories and any photos you might have!

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Lo Do February 05, 2013 at 04:59 PM
We also reciently post a picture of Steve when he was in a band I was also in...and someone also commented on how pretty your mom was!....
Lo Do February 05, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Steve was also in all my classes starting in kindergarten!,,,I have a picture (somewhere) of our kindergarten class...
Nick Fagan February 05, 2013 at 06:15 PM
@Lowell, can I hit you up on facebook?
John February 05, 2013 at 06:23 PM
@Mark, if U have read all the posts U would see that I am new to the area and the historical information is great to read about....I also looked at the tax records above and I am completely amazed at the rates in the 2 years posted....Its really sad that I was not born here, so the information is great to read about and other people have made comments also....not just me....thanks
Ed CHS 1974 April 14, 2014 at 12:11 AM
Interesting to read about my home town. I recall riding my bicycle to We Three Records in near Mill Side Shopping Center in Delran to buy the latest rock albums... I do have memories of the roller skating rink in Riverside. I figure I was there some time in 1965-7. As I recall it was all wood frame and the organist played up in the rafters, it looked like it could have been in a set of Happy Days! If I have the correct bldg, when I drive by now, It looks like a ware house of some type. Anyone else remember this place?

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