Memories and Memorabilia - Discussing Haddonfield's Gas Stations and Auto Dealerships of the past- Tuesdays 9-11am
Documenting the history of Haddonfield gas stations and auto dealerships
Haddonfield has just one gas station – Carl’s Haddonfield Service – on the corner of N. Haddon Ave and Wayne.
But in 1957, when Carl Nieukirk opened his Sunoco station (at age 27), there were more than 15 gasoline and filling stations in town. And at least four auto dealerships. The joint was jumping!
As part of the celebrations for Carl’s 65th anniversary last June, Borough co-historian Doug Rauschenberger gave a presentation on the history of auto dealerships and gas stations at the 65 Club.
The talk generated so much interest and triggered so many memories that it spawned a grassroots project – “Memories & Memorabilia” – to record the first-hand knowledge and recollections of Haddonfield residents of things past, starting with gasoline stations and auto dealerships.
Doug Rauschenberger will reprise his (updated) presentation at the Mabel Kay Senior Center on Tuesday, January 24 at 9am. All are welcome.
Following that, the Senior Center will host a series of weekly Show-and-Tell sessions – starting on Tuesday, January 31 at 9am – during which those who attend can share their memories and memorabilia related to Haddonfield’s auto dealerships and gas stations.
The organizers’ hope is that these sessions will generate first-hand material for the Historical Society’s archives and collections.