Marlboro General Store
"I believe that my grand-parents were depending on that store to get their groceries filled. It is the one that was owned by Dr. McCue's brother... Charles 'Speck' McCue. They would call in their order after they got a phone and because my grandfather didn't drive they would deliver when it was too big for him to carry home." Dorothy Y.
"Spent many hours there! Along the side you can see he stacked up all the return deposit soda bottles. He knew the kids would take them and bring them back in for a quarter...never said anything unless you got greedy. Most bought groceries from the store on the other corner where the 6-11 convenience store. Speck's items were liable to be on the expired side. I kind of remembered his Father had owned the store before him... The other store was also on 79 and school road east but on the corner closer to freehold. A Mr. Fox owned it in the 50's and then the Laub's bought it and ran it till it closed (I think)." Laura H.
"One of my uncles ran the Marlboro General Store for 28 years before selling out and moving to Freehold just after World War II. He sold everything from meat to overalls, gasoline to chewing gum, varieties of over-the-counter medications and newspapers and magazines. He and his wife lived over the store, and they generally had in their employ one of the patients from the Marlboro State Hospital who watched over the place and did the general cleaning. There was an old blacksmith shop right behind the store with 12x12 wooden beams and floor boards, which he converted into a warehouse for textiles. It later became the Marlboro Textile Corporation, with most deliveries by the Central New Jersey Railroad. Marlboro was pretty much all potato farms in those years, with the usual workers who followed the crops. It was also on the direct route from New York City to Atlantic City, but who bothered to stop? As you stated, Marlboro is just like all the other suburban villages in this area." Ted S.
Details & Timeline
Marlboro General Store, was located on the corner of School Road and Rt 79. It was located where the 6-12 is now.
I did some research and found out prior to 1940, Nathan Liss owned this business. He had a partner who was Philip Silverstein. Nathan Liss died and his interests in the business were sold by his estate to Philip Silverstein August 1940. (8/1/1940 Red Bank Register)
As people remember McCue later, the business was apparently sold to Charles 'Speck' McCue at some point after 1940.
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