Introligator (Troll) Family
Max Entroligator, born in 1885, came to American in 1900 through the port of Philadelphia. The clerks at Philadelphia immigration changed the ‘E’ to “I” for Introligator.
Max started as a peddler and eventually opened a self- service Department store (Max’s Department Store) on 700 Anderson St. (The first serf-service Department store in New Jersey.)
The store carried, hardware, toys and appliances. Is lasted until 1947.
Max bore three children Sam, Bill and Sylvia.
Sam, born in 1910 bore two children, Sheila and Barry. The Introligators lived above Greenwood Theatre. Sam met his wife in Long Branch, then a vacation community and married 1932.
Bill married Bertha Olin and bore children: Jerri and
Sylvia married David Zabinsky whose children were Ronnie and Barbara.
Work was the by-word of this struggling family. Son, Sam, did everything for Max (plumbing, electrical work, trucking, etc.)
Max, Sam and Bill also operated recreational business at Gropps’ Lake off the 206 Circle and Log Basin in Stacey Park. Recreationers utilized both these recreational sites for canoeing and swimming (renting bathing suits and providing privacy for changing clothes.)
In 1948, Sam opened Extension Toy and Patio on Princeton and Olden Avenues. Originally he rented 2500 sq. ft.; later expanded to 7,000 sq. ft.
Three years later he bought half the store (shared by Electrolux and Moffitt Bearings). Shortly thereafter, as business boomed, he bought the entire store
To accommodate autos, he bought three adjacent houses for parking.
After the mega-store, Korvette’s moved in area, Sam’s business patio furniture, something Korvettes’ did not carry and also provided a higher mark-up.
Bill owned Trenton Department Store on Broad and Perry Streets, right across from bus station. He did a teeming business with soldiers on leave from nearby Fort Dix.
Sylvia married a pharmacist David Zabinsky, who operated the Sanhican Pharmacy successfully until 1955 flood.