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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

1990: PROUD TO HAVE GIVEN 3 YEARS OF MY LIFE

I am uncovering so many columns among the many hundreds I have written over the years. I began writing way back in 1981 and only missed one deadline when I had emergency gall bladder surgery in the 1980's. I would guess that I have written nearly a thousand columns over all these years. Above is a column that I had completely forgotten about. As we old military veterans look back on our service years, they seem to have taken on a charm of their own. Was I ever that young? Were that photo to appear in any other place without the caption I posted, I would not recognize myself! (105 pounds fresh out of the shower, a 31 inch waist, and not a wrinkle to be seen.) Wow. My army service in the Army Security Agency will be with me until I meet the Lord whenever he calls me.

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014: PHYLIS SEITZ'S MERCERVILLE



What a wonderful taste of the WWII era and growing up in Mercerville! For years I have been imploring folks to recall the persons, places and things the recall growing up in their respective neighborhoods. The above very interesting recollection above, along with the 3 photos give a nice glimpse of the Mercerville School, Regina Avenue when it was a dirt road, and grandpa Seitz holding a very young Phylis. This set will be saved in the Hamilton Township Public Library "MERCERVILLE" and "NEIGHBORHOODS" folders.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014: FINAL SUNDAY AFTERNOON SING ALONG

The last of my 2014 Kuser Farm Park singalong presentations was beyond all expectations as more than 50 and nearly 60 local citizens came to enjoy a summer evening of listenable music. It was my privilege to have my son Tom make an appearance at the event, and as usual, he had the audience in palm of his hand as he did a few of his Irish songs, mixed in with a few John Denver selections. We did a couple of duets together and found that we still have the ability to do perfect harmony. Lord willing, I will be back at the microphone next year and as the Lord allows me to keep my 81 year old voice from failing.
NOTE: TO KICK OFF THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE "HOME BODIES," I WILL BE BRINGING MY MUSIC TO THE BEAUTIFUL LAWN AT THE HAMILTON LIBRARY ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 FROM 3 TO 5 PM.

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014: AS THE CURTAIN FALLS ON KUSER PARK SEASON 8

It's wonderful folks like Ms. Denise Darnell who has helped to make my summer Kuser Farm Park gazebo singalongs worth the time and effort I spend as I bring my musical presentation to the community. As I closed out my last Sunday Kuser program last evening and son Tom and I were putting our equipment away, along came Denise with the above framed replica of this website as a very clever "thank you." It will be a treasured addition to my "memories" wall in my Hamilton Library workshop. As a staunch proponent of community volunteerism, it really warms my heart when I hear all the wonderful POSITIVE comments I have received over these years. Comments from common, ordinary people who really enjoyed spending a warm and sometimes hot and humid evening under the stars once again hearing songs that are rapidly being forgotten by the present generation. No, we didn't have senators, assemblymen, assembly women, governors, nor mayors at these wonderful community gatherings; just those I call "folks in the nickel seats" as they gathered in numbers that ranged from 20 to nearly 60 at last night's final Sunday presentation.  Denise has been one of my "regulars;" seldom missing any of these weekly presentations. Above is Denise's special "thank you" to me; a scan of the front and back surface of a keepsake that will find a special place on the wall of my Hamilton Library workshop along with the huge photo I got last year from two other regulars, Nancy Briggs and her sister Barbara.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1950: THE STORY OF AN AWKWARD TEEN AGE BOY

This is a re-run of a post I posted back in 2009, re-telling the story of the experience of a typical teen age boy who had more problems than a math book. There are probably a number of viewers of this page who will relate to this Hamilton diary. My contemporaries will agree that coming of age in the 1950's was far, far different from this year of 2104.

Friday, August 22, 2014

1889: CHANGING THE NAMES OF TRENTON STREETS

This is a very comprehensive list of street names that were changed back in 1889. This was originally a 37 inch single Trenton Evening Times classified ad column and much too long to be legibly seen on a computer screen. It has been digitally converted to 4 columns. It provides an excellent reference for Trenton history minded citizens whose research lists old Trenton city names.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

1983: TOM GLOVER'S COLONIAL FIRE COMPANY

I wrote a couple columns relating to the fire company of my youth. At the time, "Big John" Lenhardt was the Chief and as you can see in the column I wrote back in 1983, I was not cut out to be a fire fighter. My buddy, the late Jess Anderson was the epitome of the perfect fireman. I can still see him parked in front of my Hartley Avenue house as the distinctive Colonial siren went off. He'd hop into the 40 Ponitac, kick over the starter and zip up Newkirk hell bent for leather. Some of the names I remember from that great Colonial gang, beside all the Lenhardt boys, were Costigan, Norm Bade, and the Peterson boys.
 


1988: DON SLABICKI MY BEST FRIEND THROUGH THE YEARS

"Is there really a Don Slabicki?" Among the many questions I have gotten over these 32 years of writing my columns, that is one of them. My answer of course is "of course." The first 25 percent of my life was spent with Donald from the time we were old enough to walk around the block to and from each other's homes which I would guess would be around 1939 or 1940. We spent many years working for Fritz and Edna Kuser at Kuser Farm. When Fritz Kuser looked for a replacement for my brother Bud to run the 35 millimeter motion picture projectors, he approached us. Bottom line: Don was the guy who had the knack. I tried to learn it but always ended up with a mis-threaded film path that usually damaged the film. It was Don who was the expert replacement for my brother.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1930's - 1940's: WHEN MUSIC WAS MUSIC

Listenable and singable music: It was with us right up to around the last quarter of the 20th century when America's musical taste yielded to the younger generation who, even though they retained a number of easy listening "Barry Manilow" songs,  opted for the more modern, perhaps a bit noiser music. My 30 year crusade to keep that music alive resulted in my many appearances at local senior citizen clubs as we sang along to the great music of the eras from the 1930's to the early 1950's, before "Be-Bop," " Rock 'n Roll," "Acid Rock," non melodic "Rap," which is rhythmic poetry minus musical accompaniment. The above graphic shows a young Bing Crosby in 1933., and again in the WWII musical "Here Come the Waves."

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

1964: MY SACRED HEART CHURCH

The photo above was taken in 1964 when my dear friend, the late Father Leonard Toomey baptized my son Tom. He was very close to my wife Judy's family in his seminary years when he was a close friend of the late Father Jimmy Russell, who was Judy's cousin. He was also the man who converted me to the faith back in the early 1960's.

I spent many happy years as a communicant at Sacred Heart church on Centre Street in Trenton, serving as Lector, Eucharistic Minister and Usher. For 10 years I did Sunday Morning Communion services for the elderly and infirm at South Trenton's Village I on Lalor street (9 o'clock A.M.), and Village II on Stokeley Avenue (9:30 A.M.) 

Monday, August 11, 2014

1922: THE ST. JOHN'S FOOTBALL TEAM

When I started this local history website which is approaching 800,000 "hits," I added the slogan which will always be a part of this website, "Local History With a Personal Touch." In keeping with that slogan, I am presenting the photo which Ed's Secretary Katy Palombi sent to me today.
I received this scanned 1922 photo of the St. John's football team from Hamilton Councilman and friend, Ed Gore. His Dad is seen in the photo as the 4th man from the left in the back row.

By the way, Katy, the Palombi family played a very important part in the Glover family during those years in the 30's and early 1940's when we were deep in the depths of poverty. "Pop" Palombi and his two sons are still in my memory as I remember them way back when I was a young boy of 8 or 9 and went to their South Olden Avenue store. I can still hear "Sy" Palombi with his white butcher's apron singing opera and doing it quite well!

Saturday, August 09, 2014

"2014 IF I WERE A RICH MAN"

"If I were a rich man, ya da dah dah da dum..." So goes the song from "Fiddler on the Roof." Indeed, if I were a rich, rich, ,man, I would be first in line to seek out those historic sites that are being neglected and allowed to deteriorate due to the lack of funding to restore, or at least preserve them for possible future restoration. The link above was sent to me by my friend and auto historian Ray Paskiewicz. The link will take you to a video telling the story of the very first "Air Force One" which was a Lockheed "Constellation" used by President Eisenhower. A real sad story as we see at the end of the video the historic aircraft rotting away in the Arizona desert. Below is a photo of one of Hamilton's historic treasures which is now boarded up and presenting a depressing site on Nottingham Way here in Hamilton. It occurred to me that this historic old structure built back in the 1890's by Charles Fulkert would be a wonderful headquarters for Hamilton's exquisite "Grounds For Sculpture"or another local entity with the interest in historic preservation. Ahh, If only I were a rich man!"

Friday, August 08, 2014

2014: SONNIE BATTISTE AND TOM IN A DUET

Weather permitting, the 6th week of my 8 week Kuser Park Gazebo volunteer music sing along concerts will be performed on Sunday evening August 10th from 6 to 8 P.M. The program is free to all area residents from Trenton, Hamilton, indeed any area within traveling distance of beautiful Kuser Park in Hamilton. The graphic was taken by Trenton Times photographer Mary Iuvone who spent some time speaking with those 40 or so lovers of easy listening* music who were in attendance. Sonnie, Nancy, and "Barb" have all come forth when I ask for them to take the "open mike" and sing along. 
*Easy listening: Pretty melodies, understandable lyrics, no screaming vocals, nostalgic sentimental journeys back to the era when music was music. 

Thursday, August 07, 2014

2014: THE NORMAL SUMMER SLOWDOWN

The graphic is an extract of the activity on this website. When I began this website back in 2005, I wondered how many would be interested in a site that concentrated on persons, places and things of LOCAL historical interest. As seen in the extract above, the interest has been quite positive. We are now in the summer doldrums when folks are doing less on the computer.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

1914: THE "SEASHORE" 100 YEARS AGO

From the "WHIMSICAL" folder in the Hamilton Township Public Library, this remarkable article tells how to spend a week down the shore, or "seashore" as it was commonly known in earlier years. It is interesting to note that this article appeared 100 years ago; a mere 3 days shy of August 9, 2014!

Monday, August 04, 2014

1951: MARRIAGES MADE IN HEAVEN

One of the songs I sing at my numerous community singalongs is the Vince Gill classic, "Look at Us." The lyrics are especially apropos to those of us who have married our high school sweethearts. In my case, in my 61st year of wedded bliss. The couple on the left are two of my classmates from HHS 1951, Bob Beckett and Pat Stoy Beckett.

Saturday, August 02, 2014

1947: HHS CLASS OF 1947 TO CELEBRATE 67TH!

I saw the notice of HHS 1947's 67th reunion in yesterday's Trenton Times and am proud to post it on this website as well as www.glover320.blogspot.com and my Facebook pages. As I paged through that beautiful copy of "RETROSPICE," many old friends were pictured. Eddie Kamp, Clem Edmonds, Merrick Francis, etc. Having just attended my class of 1951 60th reunion, it warms my heart to see that the orange and black lamp still glows brightly for the class of '47. God bless all of you and may you all have a wonderful afternoon remembering those good times we had in the 1940-1950 era.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

1944: HERE COMES TELEVISION!


I remember it well; that a network connection of TV stations from Schenectady, to Philadelphia, to Washington D.C. It was the true beginning of  television coverage along the northeast coast. Channel 3, WPTZ, Channel 6, WFIL the Philadelphia Inquirer station, and channel 10, WCAU. Aluminum and primitive aerials began to appear on rooftops all over the area. It would be 3 or 4 years before the Glover family journeyed over to Bond's Electric on Hamilton Avenue and purchased a 10 inch Admiral "Consolette," thanks to my brother Bud's Navy mustering out pay. What a thrill it was! Every afternoon WPTZ ran old "B" westerns on their 1 hour "Frontier Playhouse" program. Saturday nights were set aside for Sid Caeser and Imogene Coca and "Your Show of Shows." Sunday afternoons in the Glover house included a then popular program called "Super Circus." In those very early years of commercial television, programming began around mid day and went off the air before midnight. The non broadcast hours were filled with what we all found was called a "test pattern" which television technicians used to adjust focus, clarity and the complete definition of the many horizontal and vertical lines that were part of the design.

Friday, July 25, 2014

1884: THE MASONIC TEMPLE: AN ARCHITECTURAL MASTERPIECE

 
It must have been the age. There is no way I can understand why that majestic structure that once stood on the Northwest Corner of North Warren and West State Street ever became a victim of the dreaded demolition of one of Trenton's true historic architectural treasures. These two articles, gleaned from my "MASONS-MASONIC" folder tell of the beginning of that beautiful building.  As I recall, Mr. Rider's school took up the 3rd floor of that building. 
Thanks to my regular visitor Joe Battiste for correcting my. I located the building on the corner of No. Warren and E. State instead of W. State. Street.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Fellow Hamilton Hornets will spend a very pleasant Saturday afternoon at the beautiful Stone Terrace on Kuser Road. (The site of the former Italian-American Sportsmen Club.) The 1950's was a special time to be a high school student. Drugs were relatively unheard of except for prescriptions and in some drug stores, a soda fountain. Our legendary Saturday night canteens had no fights, no police, and no smoking those funny cigarettes. Indeed, a kinder and relatively innocent generation led by a caring faculty.  
Mark your calendars members of HHS class of '54!
Mark your calendars members of HHS class of '54!

2014: AUGUST 26 LAKESIDE REUNION!

Ms. Nancy Johnes Fell and Ms. Eleanor Goldy Guear, presenters of this historic community reunion event even had the presence of mind to consider we seniors who do not like to drive at night! As you can see by the press release in the graphic, the folks who are or were Lakeside Park residents and friends, will be flocking to the huge room on the lower level of the Hamilton Township Public Library to meet, greet, and remember their life experiences in this lovely suburban community that was established way back in the early part of the 20th century. I have posted an article from 1944 with the names of many of the more prominent citizens and pioneer families of Lakeside Park. It will be very interesting to see how many on that lengthy list will be there or have relatives of those listed. I hope to see you there! 

MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW AND NOTE THAT
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1903: TRENTON WARD AND PRECINCT BOUNDARIES

Future generations just might find this article of interest. I know I did. As you can see the 14 city of Trenton Wards' boundaries are defined, along with the associated precinct numbers. An article well worth preserving.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

1897: TRENTON NEARLY BECAME THE CAPITOL OF THE U.S.

It was a very early battle of the north versus the south. Many northerners wanted Trenton on the Delaware to be the nation's capitol city. The southerners wanted the location to be on the Potomac on the Delaware. As you can see in the article above, the site on the Potomac was chosen in December, 1801. One can only imagine what Trenton would have become had it indeed become the political center of not only the U.S. but the entire world!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

VINTAGE ADS FOR VINTAGE VISITORS

My Mom used "Chipso;" also "Duz" (Duz does everything), "LUX,"  "RINSO" and before we got an electric washer, "OCTAGON" brown soap and that old reliable corrugated wash board to get out those really deep dirt stains on our clothes. There are many memories in that graphic from my "NOSTALGIA" folder; from "Cuticura" soap to Knickers to battery operated auto fans with the rubber fan blades that was aimed at the windshield of our 1930's automobiles.

1989: MEMORIES OF AN 80 YEAR OLD "COUNTRY BOY"

Do you remember how much fun it was to plunk down a penny and punch out a disk on one of those long forgotten "punch boards?" Indeed, do you remember punch boards? Do you remember going to your local "corner store" and standing at the penny candy counter and pondering just what tasty delights you would find in that little brown paper bag that held the aforementioned penny candy? If you were a country kid as I was, do you remember getting your foot impaled on one or two of those prickly cream colored "stickers" that grew wild along the pathway to your store? (we didn't have sidewalks in our neighborhood.) Read my old THE WAY WE WERE column and return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear....from out of the past come the thundering hoof beats of the great horse, "Silver;" the Lone Ranger rides again!"

Friday, July 18, 2014

1944: PREPARED HAM OR PORK ROLL

They were very sure we of the older generation were wrong when we sat down to a breakfast or dinner of prepared ham and eggs. In the early years, that famous Trenton delicacy was indeed known as "prepared ham," "prepared pork," and the MORE RECENT designation, "PORK ROLL" from Cloverdell, Taylor and of course, Case. Here's an ad in the Trenton Times, 1944: "PREPARED PORK" known for years as "PREPARED HAM."

1944: FROM MY "NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT" FOLDER

How great it is to be able to meld yesterday events and directly connect them to current situations and locations! Here's a 1944 real estate ad from Brundbook Builders offering 8 modern brick homes. I am speculation has it that the Google view above from the 200 block of today's Oliver Avenue in Ewing are the very same homes offered in the ad 60 years ago and quietly reside in my "EWING" and "NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT" folders.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

1944: THE FINKLE BOYS "BACKING THE ATTACK" IN WWII

When I started this website back in 2005, I coined the slogan, "Local History With A Personal Touch."
As I page through the millions of pages in my personal collection of Trenton newspapers from the past 145 years, I often find notable and historic articles, ads and photos relating to folks with whom I am familiar. Such is the case here when I hand-scanned this article on the Finkle brothers of Jackson Street. These Finkle boys may or may not be related to my friend and fellow historian Art Finkle whose Trenton Jewish Historical Society website provides a fascinating view of Jewish life in Trenton.
(http://trentonjewishhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com). Recalling how my mom worried with two of her sons involved in WWII, I imagine Mr. and Mrs. Finkle had a triple WWII worry with two sons serving honorably in the military during the war.

1944: LET'S NOT FORGET THE WOMEN OF WWII

So much attention is given to the male heroes of World War II that we sometimes overlook the incredibly historic and courageous service provided by the women of the "Greatest Generation." The WACS, WAVES, SPARS along with the military combat nurses and even "Rosy the Riveter" gals who replace many of the male factory work during World War II. It took me a bit of tweaking and repairing the graphic above to remove scratches and other imperfections, but it is well worthwhile to remember these female heroes of WWII.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1944: ADOLPH HITLER GIVES HERMAN GOERING DICTATORIAL POWERS

July, 1944: The writing was on the wall. As the allied military of American, French, and British troops moved ever closer to Berlin from the west, the Russians were moving toward Berlin from the east. This graphic was re-formatted to fit the computer screen.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2014: FOR "THE GREATEST GENERATION"

Actually, "FOR THE GREATEST GENERATION" as the title of this post would also apply to those of us who are now in our 70's and 80's, but most of the golden memories listed above came from my childhood as an  80 going on 81 senior citizen in this year of 2014. So, to you younger folks who were not around as you read these vestiges of a time which I describe as a "simpler and more less complicated time in America, come back with me to that aforementioned "simple and less complicated era.!"

Thursday, July 10, 2014

1991: HAMILTON GROWING OUT OF ITS RURAL CHARACTER

This very interesting article published 23 years ago shed interesting light on the town that has grown by epic proportions since nearly a quarter of a century ago. Imagine if today's Hamilton were indeed annexed to the city of Trenton. It was a very scary scenario considering the fact that in the ensuing years, Hamilton has grown and prospered and Trenton has fallen on very hard times.

1991: TOM GLOVER REMEMBERS HARVEY HESSER

Harvey Hesser was the epitome of the man who walked softly but carried a big stick. Soft spoken, dignified, intelligent, strict, and compassionate, are all adjectives that describes this Principal of Hamilton High School (West) during my years as a student there. It was my privilege to meet with him numerous times after I left Hamilton High school. He and his lovely wife Dorothy were frequent visitors to Louise Baird's apartment on Hamilton Avenue where Judy and I spent many years after we graduated.

1951: REMEMBERING "IF" FOR BOYS

Each of us has our favorite teacher or teachers from our grammar and high school years. For my dear wife of 60 years, Judy and I, it is most certainly Louise Simpson Baird who was the vocal music teacher at Hamilton High during our years there, and for MANY who were privileged to have been in her music room in the "tower" at Hamilton High, room 300. "Ouise" as she was known to all of us who loved her, was not only a Julliard educated music teacher who taught us how to sing in eight part harmony, she also introduced us to the beauty of Beethoven, Bach, Brahms, the militancy of Wagner, and the delightful music of Gilbert & Sullivan, Rudolph Friml, Rogers and Hart, Rogers and Hammerstein and so many others. She also taught both boys and girls about the meaning of life, exposing us to Kahlil Gibran,
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Saints. Augustine, Francis and others who opened the doors to the keys of the Kingdom. I created the graphic above as I recalled that we boys were exposed to Rudyard Kipling's "IF" for boys by this remarkable teacher.Louise Baird also planted in my psyche a quotation that I carry with me to this day. It is especially relevant to any man (or woman):

"The true test of a man's character is what he would do if he knew he would never be found out."
TRULY WORDS TO LIVE BY!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

2014: PARKSID AND OLDEN AVENUE IN EWING

This is for you, Sally Logan Gilman. The intersection you and I remember is nowhere near what you see in the Google photo above. John's old diner has been replaced by the large diner  you see in the background of the intersection. I think it is called the 3 Peters Diner.

Monday, July 07, 2014

1936: E. STATT.E ST. APPROACHING BROAD ST.

Here's another nice enhanced view of downtown Trenton, 1936.Note the cars parked on the street! A real "no no" when I was a young driver back in the 1950's. This photo an exquisite detailed view of the center of the city as it looked 77 years ago.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

1936: NO. BROAD APPROACHING STATE STREET

What a splendid view! I did a bit of re-formatting this photo to highlight the more interesting Trenton environment as it looked in 1936. I love that old Yard's "Panel truck" as we used to call those enclosed vehicles which are now deep into the antiquarian category of automobilia.

Friday, July 04, 2014

1925: RIDER COLLEGE E. STATE STREET TRENTON

I did a bit of enhancing on this Maxwell photo in order to bring a closer view to the old Rider College which has since moved into the major leagues and become today's beautiful Rider University in Lawrence. My grand daughter Jessica Saiia is currently attending that stalwart old -faculty and I understand she is on the Dean's List.

"TYPEWRITING - MATHMANTICS - SHORTHAND - BANKING"
From austere beginnings as the Rider-Moore business school along with another "Stewart" connection,
the early years of the school were to train students for business experience.  

2014: HAPPY AND SAFE 4TH TO ALL OUR VISITORS?

From my "HOLIDAYS" folder in the Hamilton Township Public Library Local History Collection, this splendid 1869 engraving of the celebration of the 4th of July in the country. From one of my "HARPER'S WEEKLY" magazines. Here's wishing everyone a happy and safe 4th!

Thursday, July 03, 2014

1909: BROAD STREET PARK DIARY


As the article above which I wrote a number of years ago indicates, Lawson Tattler was a figment of my imagination, as was Eli Mount. I took my father's "veddy, veddy" English middle name "Eli," and combined it with my mom's maiden name which was Mount. ( My mom's Mount roots go back to John Adams, the Borden family, Lord Cornwallis, and COUNTLESS others who are connected genealogically 7, 8 and sometimes 9 times removed.) The Tattler surname came from the Trenton connection with the pottery industry, and Lawson was the name of one of my Kuser School-Hamilton High friends and classmate. Assuming this little 800,000 visits venture survives into the future, generations to come will be very grateful that those of us who believe in preserving our historic heritage took the time and sometimes arduous research to come up with a valuable historical database.

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

1992: TRENTON'S "NEGRO" SCHOOL

 
I did this column back in 1992 during Black History Month. The African-American history in the city of Trenton and throughout Mercer County is a very interesting study. At the current time the Hamilton Township Public Library Local History Collection has