There was another gas station located on River Vale Road at the end of Piermont Ave. Actually if you were traveling east on Piermont and did not turn when you reached River Vale Road you would have driven right into the place. It was operated by an old couple named Kastfield. I can remember having to walk all the way up there to buy a plug of Red Apple chewing tobacco for my uncle whenever Mr. Holdrum was out of it. I think I received a nickel for my efforts...
Another gas station was on the south west corner of the Demarest
Avenue and Cedar Lane intersection. It was operated by a Mr. Wiedmann.
As I remember he sold Tydol gas and would do minor repairs. The station
is still on the same corner.
Traveling north on Cedar Lane you would come to The Pascack Pool
on your left (Hillsdale) and yet another gas station on your right. This
was run by Mr. Ploger and had a repair garage just to the right. For
quite a few years, Bob Winters from Hillsdale was the mechanic that did
all the repair work for Mr. Ploger. If you wanted a Country Club ice
cream cone you would go to Plogers. If you wanted a Breyer's cone you
would go to Peters. You could get any flavor that you wanted as long as
it was vanilla, chocolate or strawberry. Oh yes! 5 cents.
On River Vale Road just below Orangeburg Road was a old grocery
store that was run by Mrs. Scarangella. It was in "upper River Vale" and
we didn't go there too often because it was too far to walk when
Peter's was so much closer. If I remember they had gas pumps in front of
the place, so there was one other place that you could buy gas. This
place operates as a country store till this day although the gas pumps
have long since been retired.
In those days there were no gas stations open at night. If you
ran out of gas at night you'd better remember where your car stopped
because you would have to go the next morning and retrieve it. Shortly
after the war a station in Westwood, Pete's Esso, would remain open
until 10 PM so that was kinda like an oasis of sorts. Not too long after
that others would stay open in the evenings also, including the one on
the Four Corners in River Vale.