Letter: Column stirred memories of summers on the boardwalk

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To the editor:

In response to your “In another time” column of March 6, I worked at Spencer Avenue and the boardwalk in the summer of 1951, ’52 and ’53.

It was called “Marguerite’s Fudge Shop,” owned by Marguerite and Paul Renne. They made their own salt water taffy and fudge. It was two store fronts, one side of which sold candy, the other side had an ice cream fountain, with tables and booths in between. 

Although I was a soda-jerk (I take no offense at that title) I had at various times to stir the cooking fudge. After all, if the ice cream business was slow, they didn’t pay 25 cents an hour to stand around doing nothing.

Fudge was, and is, stirred in a figure-8 pattern in a copper kettle over an open gas flame on a nice hot summers day with no air conditioning.

Besides fudge and salt water taffy, they also made “turtles,” macaroons and other candies. They sold “Abbott’s/Jane Logan” ice cream which I ordered from a building at Spicer and New Jersey avenues (which is still there).

I was also there when the boardwalk collapsed during the Fourth of July fireworks show in 1947 or 1948. We were within 30 feet of the collapse. 

Richard Dietz
Rio Grande


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