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Hackensack's 1963 Memorial Day Parade
« on: February 13, 2017, 09:00:03 PM »
Mom comes through again!

I just found two little 3"x2" pictures in an old photo album - the type of album whose black pages seem to be made of carbon powder. My fingers were black after going through it.

The first (somewhat-out-of-focus) picture shows a marching band and the better second one shows a group of Brownies. In the background is the Fox Theater marquee (can't read the movie names), a soda shop or luncheonette that appears to begin with "STE", a Mercedes car dealership (all I can see is ".......Motors") and a place called "Teen Towners".

Usually, Mom wrote lots of info under each shot, but this album had no info at all. I dislodged the photos to scan them and found "May 30, 1963" on the back of each and "Troop #730" on the Brownie one.

It turns out that the troop was Holy Trinity Troop #730 and my then-HTS-3rd-grader sister Geri is one of the Brownies - why my mother was there. I found no other pictures of this parade.

"Well, I saw my kid................time to go home".


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Re: Hackensack's 1963 Memorial Day Parade
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2017, 10:39:32 PM »
Was "Teen Towners" like a precursor to "The Gap"?


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Re: Hackensack's 1963 Memorial Day Parade
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2017, 11:35:09 PM »
I found a couple of things, though the first one doesn't seem likely. The name of the book this came from is in the URL.

If you can find March 5, 1962 company business filing information for Teen Towners in Hackensack, you might have your answer.

If you go by the 1959 Teaneck High School yearbook, it might have something to do with draperies or furniture covers. 291 Main appears to be the right address.


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Re: Hackensack's 1963 Memorial Day Parade
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2017, 02:08:52 PM »
I believe the luncheonette was called Stelje's or something similar. I attended Hackensack Middle School from 70-72 an would take the
#80 bus to school. When we got dropped off we would walk over there and get a toasted and buttered english muffin for about 45 cents. I think at that time State street was still 2 ways, or maybe only 2 ways from Mercer St. north to Passaic. I recall folks unloading sides of beef from train cars in back of the Armour building. There was also the big bus depot across State St. from the Armour building and a small diner on the other corner. The "J&M" diner?

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Re: Hackensack's 1963 Memorial Day Parade
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2017, 07:25:00 PM »
I believe the luncheonette was called Stelje's or something similar.

Could the name have been "Stellje's"?

I blew up that part of the picture (below) and that spelling looks like it might be a fit, but, of course, there could be others.

It sounds like a place that Ol' Homer might have frequented, so maybe he knows.



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