PARAMUS BOWLING ALLEYS

The Paramus Bowling Alley contained 42 lanes, a sandwich shop and cocktail lounge.  It also had a 400 seat grandstand from which spectators could see 1950’s television shows such as “Make That Spare” and “Championship Bowling”.  When the alley closed in became Sports World an entertainment complex that hosted children’s birthday parties.

Past Weeks


PARAMUS FIRE DEPARTMENT – COMPANY 2

The first fire company was organized unofficially in 1904 as a result of a rash of barn burnings,  Company 2  located on Spring Valley Road started as a bucket brigade.  Built in 1868 and used by the Protestant Church of North America, the original firehouse was purchased by the members of Company 2 for fifty dollars.

EGOMATIC EGG MACHINE

This Egomatic machine invented in early 1940 sorted eggs.  Eggs were placed at one end and moved along a conveyor that sorted them by weight.  The Egomatic Company eventually produced a machine that could sort 80 cases (28,800 eggs) per hour.

FIRST POLICE OFFICER

Barney Martin was the first Paramus police officer and first police chief.  He was “on duty” 24 hours a day.  His office was on the front porch of his house.  He served from April 1925 until April 1936 when Carl Jockish became Police Chief.

HOUSES IN THE 1940’S

This ad shows what $4990 would get you around the 1940’s.  A 6 room house with attached garage for payments of only $21.05 a month including taxes.  They were built by Reis Homes.

BERGEN COUNTY ISOLATION HOSPITAL (Bergen Pines)

This hospital opened in 1916 for Polio, Diphtheria, and Scarlet Fever patients.  In 1920 the Small Pox pavilion was completed. The Tuberculosis pavilion was opened in 1922.  At that time these diseases were highly contagious.  The hospital became known as Bergen Pines in 1923.  The nine story general hospital building was built in 1952.  The […]

ROUTE 4 & 17 CLOVERLEAF

This major intersection before the “flyover” ramps of today.  Note the large building in the photo,  That was Alexanders Department Store.  You may remember the mural on the building (extreme left of photo)

HOWLAND MEMORIAL LIBRARY

This envelope commemorated the first Paramus Library in 1954 that was located on Spring Valley Road.

FRITZ BEHNKE BARN

This barn stands today on property at the corner of Farview Avenue and Colorado Avenue.  It was used by Fritz Behnke to farm the land west of the barn running down toward Route 17.  The farm produced a variety of vegetables that were brought to New York City markets in his horse and buggy via […]

SPRING VALLEY ROAD ONE ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE

This structure remains today on Spring Valley Road just north of the Spring Valley Road Fire House.  The bell tower has been removed however the exterior is much the same as the photograph.  It is currently a private residence.

The Fritz Behnke Barn

The barn today still sits on the property on the corner of Farview Avenue and Colorado Avenue.  This is the original barn that was used when Fritz Behnke farmed many acres of land going west toward Route 17.  Most of the artifacts at the Paramus Fritz Behnke Historical Museum came from the barn.  For many […]