Jackson High School, NJ-Class of '68

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Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Nial User
posted on June 22, 2009 at 10:27 AM Reply to this Message Write
Walt:
Not sure that Marilyn's family owns Gerfen's anymore. The newspaper said that she and her husband were retiring from business.

Maria:
The bank and the post office is still there (kind of across the street from each other). Both still in use. They are about 1/4 mile from the Cassville Tavern. Just past them (going towards Lakewood), on the left is a fairly new housing developement of larger homes that goes pretty far into the woods.
There are now TWO Jackson High Schools.
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Maria User
posted on June 20, 2009 at 05:07 PM Reply to this Message Write
Charley, CONGRADULATIONS on your 40th. My hubby and I will also be married 40 years in January. Where has the time gone, right? Seems like yesterday. I don´t think I could ever live in Florida. From what I hear it is hot and humid. I like neither. I live near the beach and thank heavens there is always a nice breeze. Stay well and happy.
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Maria User
posted on June 20, 2009 at 04:58 PM Reply to this Message Write
Thank you Nial for that picture of Burke´s. Wow did I get a chill when I saw it. Oh the memories. I still remember the old post office on the other side of the road. I remember that somewhere between that intersection and my house was a bank. But I think back then, that was it. OR? If anyone with a better memory has anything else to add, I´m listening...... :)
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by walt User
posted on June 20, 2009 at 08:35 AM Reply to this Message Write
marilyn gerfen i had her first name wrong. surprised they still own it. too bad jamisons' sold that property, it was a sweet spot. is rova farm still there? i have been thru jackson in about 10 or 15 years. probably get lost from all the changes i hear about

walt
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Nial User
posted on June 19, 2009 at 03:26 PM Reply to this Message Write
Bingo, Walt. Thanks!
Wally Jamison is the name I couldn't remember. Mark Jamison was good pals with Charlie.
Seymour.

The Tavern is now owned by John and Marilyn Fariello (I just checked the Jackson Times online newspaper and read this). The paper also says that Marilyn Fariello's owned Gerfen's at one point.

Later on, it was called "Gerfen's Tavern and Picnic Grove". I remember onetime when Malcom Forbes and Elizabeth Taylor came there on a motorcycle. These days it's called "Just Plain Janes".
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by walt User
posted on June 19, 2009 at 03:07 PM Reply to this Message Write
wally jamison sons mark and steve great party site back in off reed rd lots of fish in that little pond spent some summer nights with those guys back there in 71-72 cassville tavern at one point it was owned by linda gerfen (66) and her husband forgot his name i think i ended up there with charlie gargayo one night after rova farm last call and then it became a regular spot for a while wow amazed i can remember that stuff! walt
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Charley User
posted on June 19, 2009 at 08:21 AM Reply to this Message Write
Hey all,
Nial, that's not a bad shot of Cassville Tavern. Looks better in that shot then what I remember. Someone told me the Gerffins own it now, or someone in their family. But oh well! We'll be back up there next year sometime in July to visit family, so we'll check out some old stomping grounds.

Maria,
I married Pat O'Hearn after graduation, and we just celebrated "40 Years" of happiness together. We moved to Florida in 1989, opened our own business in 2002, and love it here. WE still have lots of relatives in the area and my Mom is just up the road in Lakewood.
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Nial User
posted on June 18, 2009 at 09:51 PM
edited on June 18, 2009 at 09:53 PM
Reply to this Message Write
Hi Charley! (and Wayne and Maria).

Polebrook was a campsite located on property that is now owned by Great Adventure. Wally (can't recall his last name?) owned it. There was a car-port sort of thing that you could camp under. We camped out there a number of times. Wally's two boys graduated after me. I'm having a mental bloke on their names but one was great friends with Charlie Seymour.

The Cassville Tavern is on Routes 571 and 528. I drove past if yesterday (going from my daughter's place in Hamilton to my brother's place in Jackson.

We always called it "Whitey's " because it was owned by "Whitey" Lengyel and his wife, Grace. They sold it around the time I got out of college ('72) and some other folks have owend it ever since.

The picture is one I took yesterday. Forgot to bring my camera, so I shot it with my mobile-phone and sent the picture to my e-mail account...as a result, it's pretty low-quality, but you get the idea. You can see Burke's store to the left of the tavern. Burkes still work there (last time I was there in late '08). It looks exactly the same as always. Kel's burned down after they sold it to a new owner. There was always some suspicion about that fire, but no proof. It was right across the street from the fire station!
The present owners of the Cassville Tavern have used some BRIGHT purple paint for trim...a little over-the-top for me.


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Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Maria User
posted on June 18, 2009 at 06:20 PM Reply to this Message Write
Thank you Charlie for the info. I guess with aging comes the memory loss (ah-ah). How are you and are you still living in Jackson? You´re right, I think we all have good memories of growing up in Jackson. Things were different back then, it was a good place to grow up. Of course if I were to go back now, I would get lost if I had to drive around Jackson by myself. Everything has changed soooooo much and our High School, well I was shocked. Guess I have to start going home more often and take in the sights. Big Kiss
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Charley User
posted on June 18, 2009 at 04:28 PM Reply to this Message Write
Hi Maria, Nial, Wayne.
Maria, the Cassville Tavern was on the corner of I believe 528 & 527. Next to Burke's General Store, and across the street from the Cassville Methodist Church. Just up the road from you're house. Everyone should remember Nick & Del's for sure, but I'm not sure about Polebrook.The other great place for us Cassvillites was Kel's Dairy Bar. What fun growin' up back in those days in Jackson. Ahhh, great memories. Catch ya all later.
Charley
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Maria User
posted on June 15, 2009 at 03:35 PM Reply to this Message Write
OK, great Nial. So you know where all this is. I´m impressed. Now would you please explain to me where Cassville Hilton and Polebrook are located? Since you know where I used to live, directions, please :)
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Nial User
posted on June 15, 2009 at 09:53 AM Reply to this Message Write
Yep, Nick and Del's. I remember it too!

I think the Cassville Hilton was the Cassville Tavern. It's still there (I drove past it yesterday). I have heard it was for sale recently and they wanted $1 million for it. If that's true, it's pretty wishful thinking!

I spend time at Polebrook. I'm sure me, Charlie Seymour, Wally's kid (name?) and others had some fun camp-outs there. I remeber me and Charlie both drove our Austin-Healeys (fast!) down that dusty road without air filters on our engines. Probably not the best idea.
Topic RE: Jackson memories posted by Maria Santos User
posted on June 14, 2009 at 09:33 PM Reply to this Message Write
Hi Wayne. How are you? I remember Nick & Del´s really well, but where and what was the Cassvile Hilton and Polebrook????? I guess I will have to ask "The Man" Oscar about that. He knows everything :)
Topic Jackson memories posted by Wayne T User
posted on June 13, 2009 at 07:22 PM Reply to this Message Write
does anyone remember Nick and Del's
the Cassville Hilton or
Polebrook
any other hang outs ?

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