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Apgar Bros. Bound Brook, NJ


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Hello -

Apgar Brothers was started by my grandfather (and his brothers) in the late 1920's.  He had sold his portion by the late '60's early 70's.

He registered the first tractor trailer combo in NJ.  He went to the Somerville DMV to get it registered and they couldn't get past something called a tractor not coming from John Deere or the like.  He had to drive it to Trenton to get the process figured out.

His brother Irving held a patent on a jack knife prevention hitch plate (you can tell I'm not a driver) 

They started with just one chain-drive Mack.  His father was very critical of such a large purchase by a young man, but it worked out.  A restored chain-drive Mack in Apgar livery is in the Mahan Heritage truck museum in Basking Ridge, NJ.  Thankfully he bought it when Apgar Bros dissolved several years ago.

Bob Haas was the manager for decades, and probably worked with your father.

You're right about the cleanliness of the trucks - it was legendary.  Those green & cream B-61's were all over the place when I was a kid, but that museum piece is the only one left in those colors.

John Haelig          jrhaelig@yahoo.com

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i remember Apgar Bros very well. always spotless trucks. 

the company still lives in the fact they were located on Apgar Drive Somerset NJ.

i have not been down Apgar drive in a while now, but the last time i was the terminal was still there. 

when you are up to your armpits in alligators,

it is hard to remember you only came in to drain the swamp..

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i went to look at my pops old yard beacon fast freight a few years ago and whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat////// it was gone there was a shopping mall there now...i remember when they built it in 1970....i was thinking there was probably some bottom feeder jippo in there now...lol.bob

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dolly wheels wow...i remember when i started tractor and box driving....i was only 20,,,went to stab the trailer it was a little low and the air ran out of the brakes it must have rolled 15 ft i was shitting my pants ...good thing there was nothing behind it...bob

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My name is Dennis   my cb handle’s Hobo i worked in the Erie terminal from 1977 until  the Erie facility was closed in 1995   i believe Doug still lives in edinboro    most of the crew from erie are gone now    i remember the chain drive Mack , it sat on display , clean and shiny , in front of the office    when i started , the Bound Brook office was in town    there was also a terminal in Tampa Florida    the anti-jackknife fifth wheel that Irv designed was known as the Holland-Apgar trailer master    Bob Haas actually began employment week-ends washing trucks , worked his way up to being operations manager    Apgar Bros had such a good reputation , they sometimes operated test tractors for Mack    I was once asked to test a new tractor for one year    it was testing a 25,000 mile service interval   the tractor had a 54 quart oil pan , after 100 ,000 miles it was torn down and checked for wear   if i think about it , some time i’ll write some more   when the erie terminal closed , i sent Irv a letter thanking him for the years of employment he provided , and how my family benefited   Irv sent me a book , the Pioneers of Trucking   it included a story about Apgar Bros

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