Louise?s parents moved to Paramus in 1917 where they rented a residence next to Mt. Saint Andrew. At that time, there was a lot of truck farming, Midland Avenue wasn?t paved and forget about Route 17 as a major artery. Her father inherited $1600 dollars and got himself a cow, thus the birth of Paramus Dairy.
When she was about 8 years old, along with her sister, Louise went up and down dirt trodden Midland Avenue selling milk. The price .. hold your hat .. a staggering, mind boggling 8? a quart.? Remember when?
Another revelation by our icon was about Annunciation Church origins. There was a place on Midland called the House of Divine Province which although in Paramus, claimed? a Ridgewood? location. There was a fire which destroyed this establishment and in 1953 Annunciation Church was built with the bricks from the House of Divine Province.
Louise studied to be a baby nurse in Montclair and then went on to private duty to many doctors. She and Charles, her husband, moved to Paterson after they were married. Louise continued her infant care career there and when I mentioned that I was a Dr. Jolson baby, her eyes lit up. Dr. Jolson, at that time, delivered most of the babies on the eastside of town. Of course Louise had worked with him!
Her family moved into the historic Harper House on Paramus Road near to Morningside. The happy couple also moved there and then a few years later moved to the Jerome Avenue address where she is still living. In 1955 she teamed up with Mrs. Lawson to start helping out in the borough. At that time, since Mrs. Lawson didn?t drive, she was the chauffeur. They even made house calls.
Charles joined the Ambulance Corps in a very droll way.? It was suggested to Louise that she join the Corps and her name was put in. She was out one evening when her phone rang and her husband answered. The voice on the other end asked for Louis and Charles corrected him? . told him his name was Charles. The man then told Charles that he was accepted into the Ambulance Corps, an honor that thrilled him no end. He served in that noble organization for many years in various capacities until his demise. Louise never got the appointment!
Proud of her son Charles and daughter Carol Koenig, Louise also can boast about her three grandchildren, Jason, David and Melissa. They all call her to make sure that she is okay and are eager to assist in any way.
Spending about 30 years in Paramus employ, she is or has been active in: Fritz Behnke Paramus Museum, various nursing homes, Welfare, SALT (Seniors And Law Together), church, Meals on Wheels, Friendly neighbors, Girl Scouts and Bud Forss? Paramus Boys Club where she taught baby sitting.