An Interview with Elizabeth Danowski


Mrs. Danowski did not live in Center Moriches, but most of her life she attended school in Center Moriches along with other students from surrounding towns. In her lifetime, Mrs. Danowski has seen major changes in the community. Center Moriches was the community center for many of the surrounding towns because it was where the school and library were located.

Mrs. Danowski was there when the library was first built. The amount of money it cost to build the library came out of the taxpayer’s pockets. Members of the library had a fee to pay as well. The fee was paid in the form of taxes. Mrs. Danowski heard her classmates talk about being members of the library and she would go to there once in a while herself. Mrs. Danowski loved books. Before the library was established, her mother would buy her books from the bookstore.

Mrs. Danowski and her friends would hang out at the pharmacy, which is now a restaurant in town. She used to love getting milkshakes at the counter. The pharmacy was the hang out spot. When Mrs. Danowski looks in the restaurant now, she can still picture where the old milkshake counter used to be.

Businesses are not the only things that have changed in Center Moriches, the cost of goods has changed as well. Everything used to cost either a nickel or a dime. Mrs. Danowski remembers buying ice cream, soda and other delectable treats for 5 to 10 cents. Now prices are much higher.

Although Center Moriches is small, it has been around for a long time and has seen many changes throughout the years.

~Written by Nicole B.