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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John February 03, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Not trying to put a damper on this historical review but what were the taxes back than...What were the assessed values ( hope they were not over market prices) back than, When the schools were built what was the population and how could they not include replacement funds for schools....Just curious, I guess houses were built to last and schools were not....The simple life is no longer simple, sorry to say we are stuck with the NEW system...Oh yea, I can remember being DRAFTED IN THE ARMY for service in Vietnam...No parties for us....oh well times have changed
Barb Rivera February 03, 2013 at 10:53 PM
We have been in Cinnaminson since 2003. We purposely moved here for the Schools. From what many of you remember and have shared, Cinnaminson sounds like a great town to raise a Family. Well that's how I use to think and share about the town until WE have had to live through MAJOR Flooding.
John February 04, 2013 at 12:17 AM
@Barb, all because some people put ratables over family health....very poor judgement...not the simple life any more sorry to say....
Cindy Pierson February 04, 2013 at 01:54 AM
@John - check out the pictures that accompany this post. I included the tax bills for my house from 1947 and 1967 just for a chuckle. The population stats are available by looking up Cinnaminson on Wikipedia. @Lowell - I grew up in Beverly, so I only went to high school in Palmyra, but my aunts and uncles all lived in the house I live in now, and until they moved in with us, my grandparents lived in an apartment on Main Street in Riverton - so I spent alot of time around here as a kid. My Uncle Leonard graduated from PHS in 1941 and my mother (Phyllis Van Bibber) graduated in 1947 (She lived in the house at the end of my street that used to be a little gray bungalow). She was one of 21 Cinnaminson 8th graders in 1943. One of her teachers was Miss Rush, for whom the Eleanor Rush school is named, I had brothers graduate from Palmyra in 1968 (Terry Horton - sometimes went by Bob) and in 1971 (Barry), I was class of 1975.
Mark February 04, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Lowell, My parents bought the home and store. Beswick's Market was never re-opened. My mother tried to get the okay from the borough hall, but the ordnances had changed and she was not allowed to open it. So hence, it became a storage building until it burnt down I believe it was 1978 or 79. Late night fire, our neighbors saw it from their kitchen. My mother eventually had the buidling grazed. If I am correct, if you were to dig down in the back yard about 8-10 feet you will come across the antique meat case that went into the basement when it got knocked down.
Lo Do February 04, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I remember Terry....He's in my class year book...Blond hair and glasses right? He graduated with my sister Alice.
Lo Do February 04, 2013 at 02:42 AM
@John...back in those days Cinnaminson didn't even have a high school...OR most of the houses that cover the town now a days.
Cindy Pierson February 04, 2013 at 03:14 AM
That's him - we were all cursed with the curly blond hair and glasses. As for the building at the end of my street, it's still there. When I was a kid, it was a commercial laundry, dumping suds right into the creek. Later it was owned by the Schaefer company, and now it's an environmental water testing lab - how's that for a turn around?
John February 04, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Wow, U mean to say that the schools did not exist back than, and now we have a tax bill of 60% for teachers and administration, I say lets bring back the horse and buggy and the heck with gasoline and cars....Now we are paying for improvements with flooding and new schools...the joke is on us....
John February 04, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Oh boy I guess those were the GOOD OLD DAYS, Yes I remember gas at .299 wow I also remember the old cars which were simpler to work on, not today and not with taxes so high....I guess I should go back to school to learn the new math on assessments being over the market conditions and how the water can flood an area oh well, life is not so simple now....good luck tonight at the meeting....with Barb
Montrell Swilliams February 04, 2013 at 04:49 PM
I reckon kids would be smarter these here days if we got rid of the schools!
John February 04, 2013 at 04:53 PM
@Ric, did U read the tax bills from above...wow....this is unreal....enjoy reading them
Nick Fagan February 04, 2013 at 07:33 PM
Lowell, you're Steve Heller wouldn't have happened to have a sister named Nancy by chance, would he?
Lo Do February 04, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Yes...he did....she was a cutie!...did you know the family?
Lo Do February 04, 2013 at 11:32 PM
No @John, I didn't say anything about "no schools existing"....I said Cinnaminson didn't have a high school....Then I said "OR most of the houses that cover the town now a days." Sorry if you didn't understand.
Lo Do February 04, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Lo Do February 04, 2013 at 11:36 PM
There was also a little brother names Willie!
John February 05, 2013 at 12:21 AM
@Lowell, I was looking at the tax bills above and they did not say anything about a school tax like todays 60%....Now they want to spend more money for either a new high school or improvements to the old one....someone back then paid a real low tax rate for living in town....All the houses built have cause flooding and we have to add the ratables like shop rite etc the list is endless and the zoning people let it go..
Mark February 05, 2013 at 02:59 AM
@ John. Please do ALL of us a favor and keep the comments about the current state of the townships economy off of this thread. I do not think that Ms Piersons intentions were for anyone to go the route you are obviously trying to get them to go. I think that after tonights township meeting, there will be plenty of other stories for you to rip apart.
Nick Fagan February 05, 2013 at 03:01 AM
Hahaha, I will have to tell my mom you thought she was a cutie ;) So, yes, I do indeed know the family. One of my cousins who still lives in the area told me that my uncle Steve had been brought up in a post here. Sadly, Steve passed away in 1980 when I was 10. We all still miss him very much. It's good to hear a story about him, however small.
Cindy Pierson February 05, 2013 at 03:06 AM
@Lowell - don't even bother responding to him. He's one of the only people who didn't get the spirit of this post. I remember the Christmas music downtown! That's what gave my dad the idea to put a record player on our front porch during the holidays. He would load it up with 10 or 15 45s, so that it would play for around half an hour at a time - and then he would send one of us kids out into the cold to reset it. Did your dad's store have someone who gave piano lessons? My oldest brother took lessons somewhere on Broad Street, but I was really small and the memory is fuzzy.
Cindy Pierson February 05, 2013 at 03:12 AM
Here's one some of you newcomers may not know about. Take a look at the municipal building in Palmyra. Mentally take away the additions on the building's left, and take out the lowest floor where the police station was. What you have left was the original Epworth Methodist Church - that's why the cemetary is behind it. One of the main reasons they moved was because of the train whistles interupting services. Oh, and the Lutheran church at Broad and Highland was originally a bank! And the chiropractor on Cinnaminson Avenue was one of 3 Snover Funeral Homes.
Cindy Pierson February 05, 2013 at 03:26 AM
The property where CHS and Rush School are located was once owned by Father Divine, a religious leader who was well known in the 30s, 40s and 50s.It is unknown whether he ever lived there, but his church had vast real estate holdings. He also owned the Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street in Philadelphia, one of the first integrated hotels in the country. Jim Jones, of the Peoples Temple, was one of his followers, and tried to take over the Father Divine's church after the pastor died in 1965 in Gladwyne, PA.
Dan Reynolds February 05, 2013 at 03:27 AM
Thats neat.. I always wondered about the graveyard...
Lo Do February 05, 2013 at 01:11 PM
@Nick...Very cool!...you mom is Nancy Heller!!! wow I'd love to find out more about the Heller family as they moved away when we were teenagers.
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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