Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day
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Simpler Days
It was so much simpler in the old days.  This statement is so true in may of our modern ways of life.  It was particularly true when the procedures are compared now to that which prevailed in 1910 to 1917.  When a seventeen year older wanted an automobile license in the State of New Jersey.  Now birth certificates, permits, appointments, written examinations, eye tests and driving tests are required before an applicants is granted a license.  It was not so in the earlier era.  Mr. Stan Redman was asked by Mr. Ellis to get a license to drive the delivery truck for the Ellis Meat Market in 1917.  Walt Ellis took him out kings Highway one Sunday morning and put him behind the steering wheel.  With no traffic to worry about, Stan drove to Moorestown, then down Camden Avenue to Camden.  Walt took over from there and with a little traffic from Haddon Avenue to Haddonfield.  Stan had never driven a vehicle before.  He performed his chores in the truck all the following week, and Friday afternoon Mr. Ellis took him down to a real estate office.  A man at a desk asked their wishes, and when told that a driver's license was desired he asked Stan if he knew how to drive, what kind of car he would be driving and where he'd be driving.  He then wrote out a license which was one or two dollars.  (The exact amount is now forgotten.)  Permits were unknown, and oral or eye or driving examinations were not required.

A senior in town also relates how he drove a four cylinder Flanders truck made by Studebaker Automobile Company in 1912.  He delivered all over town orders from a store. It had a gear shift which was needed for the streets were unpaved.  When the snow ruts in the in the winter froze it was difficult to get the truck out of the ruts to turn a corner, and in the summer the mud ruts were just as hard to maneuver around.  Haddonfield is greatly improved now except for taxes.


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