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Audio recording of the interview with Mrs. Stianson
Mrs. Lois Henderson Stianson (Mrs. John)
(Interview taped 10/15/1970)
When we came here in 1923 there was one house going up across from our house on Merrison St. and another down the hill. The Schultzes were at the foot of the hill. There were no other houses. The street was cut through and the sewers were in. Late that year they paved it. It was country living. At night we could see the lights of Hackensack and the hills beyond. In the winter strong winds blew across from Garrison Avenue. There was nothing to break the wind. The pipes would freeze.
We were a family of six girls and two boys-- Florence, Amy, Bob, Dot, Kan, myself. Two were married. Marion married Gustave Terhune.
Before World War I John and Gus had a sporting goods store in Hackensack . We went to Emerson school. The trackk were at street level then. Water used to rush down Cedar Lane. I remember after the Longfellow School fire those kids went to Emerson. We used to cut across farm land on Garrison Ave. I went to Hackensack High in my junior year. After high school I went to work in New York. After my marriage I joined the Woman's Club and became music chairman.
Mr. Stianson's parents came from Norway. He was a ship's captain and a master at 21. He gave up the sea when he married. They moved to Ridgefield Park and came to Teaneck when John was 3. He did building and was a partner with Mr. Ayers--he did the building. Held second mortgages on many houses and then came the depression. I don't remember much about the depression, but every one helped out. They all do in a big family.
I remember when they built the George Washington Bridge. One day we hiked up Fort Lee Road to see them building it. I remember when Clarence Chamberlain landed a plane on the bridge. His plane had the first diesel motor. He called it Miss Teaneck. Van Waggoner was mayor.
Cedar Lane is so different now. The Garrison house used to be high on a hill that ran clear to Maple Avenue. There were gypsies around.