Welcome to EverythingCroton, a collection of all things Croton--our history, our homes, our issues, our businesses, our schools--in short, EVERYTHING CROTON.
INTRODUCING CROTON MEMORIES, a new series that will focus on Croton from the 1940's through the 1970's, more or less.
COMPAGNIE PARENTO - Did you know that there used to be a perfume factory on Brook Street? COMPAGNIE PARENTO, still in existence today though not in Croton, was started in the 1920’s. (Click on the photo then the link to see one of their perfume offerings in 1946 http://www.flickr.com/photos/22283683@N07/6187962542/in/photostream)
Perfume oils and flavors were manufactured in the factory well into the late 50’s and were used in soap, face cream, powder, etc. Flavors for soft drinks, baking goods and candies were also produced there and shipped all over the U.S. and abroad. We've heard stories that during the Easter months, the entire street smelled of citrus and chocolate and at Christmas, peppermint hung in the cold air for weeks at a time. In the spring, the place smelled like violets. One resident said that her parents would tell her that Santa Claus was visiting the factory whenever she smelled peppermint--and a result, she thought she lived in the most magical place on earth.
Stay tuned for more Croton Memories. To see past editions of this series, click:
--VARSITY CHEERLEADING THEN AND NOW; more here
--CROTON FOOTBALL MEMORIES: THE 1940’S http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2011/09/croton-football-memories-1940s.html
--THE CROTON STEAK HOUSE A.K.A. COUNTRY KITCHEN A.K.A. PEWTER HORN A.K.A. VICTORIAN MANOR A.K.A. COBBLESTONE INN; more here