The following are excerpts from Nat Bodian:
Gottfried Krueger came to Newark from Germany at the age of 16
wearing wooden shoes. At the age of 27 he opened his own brewery
after a long apprenticeship. Krueger Brewery on Belmont Avenue was
the first brewery in the world to put beer in cans?
On the Krueger Mansion:
The rundown and neglected Krueger mansion on High Street was bought
in the early 1950's by Gladys Scott who ran a string of black beauty
parlors and became wealthy doing it.
In the early l950s she bought Weather Check storm windows aluminum
combination storm windows and screens for the mansion. There were
140 windows. I got this from the salesman who made the sale to Gladys
Scott. The company who made the windows was located at 7 South Avenue
in Garwood on the Cranford line. Today it is auto body shop. I wonder
if the Weather Check storm windows are still on the mansion.
On the Krueger Auditorium:
There was a Krueger Auditorium on Belmont Avenue at Court Street
for many years. It was rented out for dances and Ed Koch and his
brother worked the Krueger Auditorium checkroom relying on the 10
cent tips for their income. Ed Koch writes about working in the
Krueger Auditorium in his bio. He went on to 5 terms as Congressman
and 3 terms as Mayor of New York City. In the 1920's it was also
used for High Holy Day prayer services for the Jews of Newark's
Third Ward who had no synagogue affiliation. I attended with my
parents as a child.