'Flashback' photo inspire memories of the 1930s

To the Editor:

I am submitting a correction to a March 19 Spectrum Flashback photograph.

The caption stated the Atlantic & Pacific (A & P) store was located on the north side of Bank Street. In fact, the store was located on the south side of Bank Street.

The location noted in the caption (north side of Bank St.) housed the well-known food chain "First National Store" (FINAST).

The photo brought back some childhood memories and a bit of history.

Having lived on Bridge Street as a youngster, I often roamed around Railroad and Bank streets when at times a merchant would ask any youngster on the street to do some small chores in the store, such as sweeping or raking the sawdust on the butcher's floor, or whatever.

I often worked at the A&P store back in the years of 1937-38 to "peck potatoes." The job would be working in the basement of the store where 100-pound sacks of potatoes were stored.

My job was to repack the potatoes into paper bags which held one peck of potatoes (eight quarts), secure the bag with string and carry the bags upstairs to the fruit and vegetable department. The bags were then sold as a "peck of potatoes."

My reward for this job was two cents a bag, which was well earned for a youngster of 13 years old.

In later years, I helped serve customers in the butcher section in the store on Saturdays, which were always busy days.

The butcher section was managed by Nick Hine, the father of the former New Milford police officer Joseph Hine, who worked with the late Edward Wojciechowski.

My older brother, Angelo Rosato, at 16 years old also worked in the store as manager of the fruit and vegetables department.

I hope you find this little bit of history interesting.

Louis A. Rosato

New Milford