Horse & Buggy Days

by Newark Talk Collective


Robert L.:

Does anyone remember the real horse and buggy days in Newark?

I mean the real horse and buggy days, when no one really had a car, before cars replaced them. My father was born in Newark in 1911, and I think I remember him telling me that he remembered horse and buggy days there, which would mean they weren't all replaced by cars by the time he was about 7 or 8, (about 1918). Then, he would have well remembered those days. I'm also pretty sure he said that the ice man still delivered ice with a horse years after automobiles replaced the buggy. BUT, does anyone remember when it turned over, OR the period from when there were almost exclusively horse and buggies to the era of only automobiles, and their memories of this in old Newark...Or is this transition period simply too long ago..

peter grimm:
Ballantine beer used horses to deliver kegs to down town newark. A 4 team can out maneuver a truck. The horses do it themselves and each outfit had a Dalmatian dog the dog lived with the team.

Jule Spohn:

When I was a kid in the early-late 1940's we had Danny the Ice Man. He delivered the ice in his horse drawn wagon. Seems like the horse knew which house to stop in front of by himself.

Mary Ray Beggio:
The milkman delivered to our house on Wainwright St by horse drawn buggy till 1947. If very cold out the cream would raise to the top, a real treat if we could get to it before Mom.

Joan Niven:
How about the Rag Man. The fruit and vegetable man. The umbrella man. My mother was a young girl in Newark in the horse and buggy days. She always tells the story about the poor horses who would slip on the ice and break a leg. They would shoot them right there in the street.

Martha Imperiale:
My mom was also born in Newark in 1911. I can remember my grandfather taking my sister and I for a ride on a big sled, the kind you sit in pulled by a horse or donkey . There were very few cars back then. In the city people could walk to work or the store.

Carol T:
I remember summer days when the fruit man would be slowly making his way down Bergen Street in his flat bed wagon pulled by a horse. The wheels of the wagon fascinated me because they were so big and the fruit was piled high also remember the rag man and his pushcart and the man who sharpened knives. This was around the early 50's

peter grimm:
when i was a kid all the homes along mt. prospect ave had hitch
posts and step ups. Our Dr Barcardi drove a buggy during
World War II

Jule Spohn:
Speaking of horses and buggies, several months ago a friend of mine asked me whatever happened to the "troughs" that were scattered throughout downtown for the horses to drink out of. I don't remember them. Does any else remember them, and where were they?

Now that's amazing, The homes on Mt. Prospect Avenue had HITCHING POSTS still left the old police or fire call boxes still around today here...they are marking them to restore/preserve them...My father said when he was about 17, he was working as a surveyor up on Orange Mountain, he cut a gash in his legs, so they put him in a tin lizzie to take him to the doctor's ...shows how old he is, he said..

peter grimm:
The milk wagon horses knew when and what house to stop at. The
milkman would whistle like calling a dog and the horse would come to him. They later replaced the wood wheels with air tires.

A quick horse and buggy "tail" with a "lunch twist". Come back with me to about 1932 {Wow, I can't believe I said that} I worked for a "fruit, veg peddler with a horse and wagon. The horse knew where to stop and the "peddler" shouted out his items. Ladies heads appeared at the windows and gave their orders. My chore was to deliver, apt. to apt. Sometime a penny tip was forthcoming. Now to lunch . Three beautiful fresh rolls,still warm, cost one nickel. To drink, coke was 6 ounces,n/g seven-up was 7 ounces {hence the name }n/g. Now a new drink on the horizon PEPSI COLA 12 full ounces, that was the drink of the day. Eat , drink and be merry ,it doesn't cost much .


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