Reading the Newark memories submitted by
Teri brought back a lot of memories. I lived on Fabyan Pl. right
across the street from Harry's tavern.
I remember walking home from Clinton Place Jr. high school and stopping
in Walt's candy store to hang out and play the pin ball machine
with my friends who lived on Leslie St., Wainright St., Fabyan Pl.,
and Shuley St.
As kids my friends and I would go to The Colber Corp. on Buffington
St. The company made accessories for model trains. We would go through
the garbage cans looking for the lead figures they made for the
I remember looking in the windows and watching the women seated
at these long rows of tables painting the little lead figures by
hand. The company would also put out large trays of sawdust that
was dyed green to dry in the sun. It would later be packaged and
sold as grass for train layouts. Needless to say we were often chased
but seldom caught.
One day we did get caught by one of the owners, I think his name
was Tony Colletti(?). He marched us into his office and at first
appeared to be very angry. We were pretty scared thinking he was
going to call our parents. He made us empty out our pockets on his
desk and told us he could call the police and have us arrested for
stealing. Being 8 or 9 years old you might imagine the effect it
had on us. After he archived this desired effect his whole manner
changed. He told us if we would stay out of the garbage cans he
would give us each a set of the little lead figures that we coveted
and he was true to his word.
I have a vague memory of the house next to the Colber Corp. I think
one of the boys living there was named John(?). I think Teri was
friends with my neighbor, Gloria Jean.