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Saturday, June 24, 2017

1909 PANORAMIC VIEW OF TRENTON




This graphic is much too large to give a closeup, but I sure did try. Here's an attempt to segment and enlarge.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

UNDATED STATE AND BROAD STREET

Here's an un-dated circa 1939 photo of center city Trenton showing traffic moving west on E. State Street at Broad Street. The clarity of this photo has been tweaked and enhanced and gives a beautiful view of the downtown Trenton main thoroughfare as it looked in the late 1930's

Monday, May 22, 2017

I am now writing for the monthly "HAMILTON POST;" a very popular community newspaper which is sent to every Hamilton resident via mail, and also available at the Hamilton Township Public Library. I have returned to my original byline, "The Way We Were" as used in the late great "Mercer Messenger" and "Hamilton Observer." Here's my May edition telling one and all that my singing partner and Hamilton High Class of 1950 classmate Jack Pyrah and I are back at the mike bringing "The Music We Grew Up With" to those who love to hear those great old songs from the past.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

1930'S AND 1940'S: SCENES FROM TOM GLOVER'S CHILDHOOD


Never to be forgotten!

1945: ST. JOACHIM BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS

Here's the 1945 St. Joachim basketball team which has earned a spot in the Hamilton LIbrary's Local History "ST. JOACHIM" and "CHAMBERSBURG" folder. Quite a number of prominent Chambersburg names here.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

February 3, 1917 President Wilson addressed Congress to announce that diplomatic relations with Germany were severed. In a Special Session of Congress held on April 2, 1917, he delivered a 'War Message.' Four days later on April 6, 1917, The Trenton Evening Times front page headline read, "WAR DECLARED, WILSON SIGNING THE RESOLUTION AT 1:13; ALL GERMAN SHIPS HERE SEIZED BY ARMED U.S. FORCES" Congress overwhelmingly passed that War Resolution which brought the United States into the Great War. I put this graphic together and embellished it with a figure of a WWI "Doughboys" to accompany Lady Liberty as she waved Old Glory.

2017: "BACK IN THE SADDLE AGAIN!"


As I enter my 23rd year as the Hamilton Local History archivist, you probably noticed that this site has been lacking in new posts over the past year or so. Let me explain. After years of coping with space problems, Interim Director Scott Chianese gave the green light to our ever talented Harry Meeks to construct shelving to accommodate the ever growing inventory of yet-to-be catalogued and digitized historical material. My workshop was overflowing with LARGE full cardboard boxes of donations, boxes from my personal collection, and other space stealing objects. It was a shameful scene that one would see if a grenade were lopped into the room. Now all of that has changed and thanks to those aforementioned problem solvers, I am able to breathe again and resume this website which will soon realize 1 million visits. Thank you for your indulgence and as we move forward, let me her from you via the "Comments" feature of this site.

1917: SPRINGTIME COMES TO MERCER COUNTY AND THE DELWARE VALLEY

This delightful catalog page from the Trenton Evening Times of April 11, 1917 brings back many familiar memories of tools that I remember very well from my younger years. The push mower with the steel wheels with horizontal treads, the very common high sided wooden wheel barrow, and in the photo I also see the roller that my buddy Don Slabicki and I so often used to roll the Kuser tennis court. The article indicates it was full of water which could be drained, but I seem to recall that the Kuser tennis court roller was oil filled. A fascinating page from an era when Hamilton was largely open farm land.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

HHS '67: A REUNION TO REMEMBER!

This class can be included in the "Hornet Class with Class!" These folks are going all out with a 50th to remember down in Atlantic City! Further info on the reunion can be found at their website www.hhswreunion67.com. Have a great time, fellow Hornets!

Friday, March 03, 2017

1875: EVERT AND STEWART'S PENNINGTON RE-FORMATTED BY TOM GLOVER

This beautiful map of Pennington as it was in 1875 was scanned in at HIGH definition in order to bring the names of the citizens, merchants, and other landholders as it was way back in 1872.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

1897: TRENTON'S CADWALADER PLACE - EXCLUSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD.

This interesting linkage of 3 different items from the "CADWALADER-WEST END" folder adds a bit of very interesting history of legendary "Cadwalader Place."

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

1905 and 1908: TRENTON'S FOURTH PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
















 This historic edifice still stands the test of time. Even though the ultra needle type steeple was knocked down many years ago by a lightning strike, the sturdy brick walls remain much like they did when the church was built in 1858. The 1905 photo above is from a penny post card and the graphic was quite faded. Thanks to Photo Shop, it has been restored to its former glory,






 






Tuesday, November 22, 2016

HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL MY VISITORS!



May we all remember to give thanks to our Creator for all He has done for us!

Monday, October 31, 2016

1909: THE JERSEY DEVIL ALSO KNOWN AS THE LEED'S DEVIL AND THE "WOZZLEBUG."

When you have been writing for over 32 years and when 20 of those 32 years involved digital computing, it is a very rewarding experience to dig back and bring preserved and digitized photos and news articles to still another generation. I would bet that there are few in the younger generation who are familiar with the "Leed's Devil," also known as the "Jersey Devil." I know I wasn't until I found these absolutely fascinating articles as I pages through the millions of pages in my 100 year collection of Trenton newspapers. Enjoy and imagine!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

1940: THIS IS THE TRENTON I REMEMBER

Sorry folks, I just can't get enough of these photos of the Trenton I remember from my youth. I have modified the original of this photo to zoom in on the thriving intersection of State and Broad when the "Parisian" occupied the corner where Yard's would ultimately locate. Such pleasant memories of the Trenton we all know and love.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

EARLY BIT OF HISTORY OF TRENTON'S LEGENDARY ST. FRANCIS HOSPITSL

Here's a vintage look back at Trenton's legendary St. Francis Hospital. In the very beginning times were really rough on the Sisters who managed the hospital which served everyone; especially those in need and too poor financially to pay for excellent treatment. Check out the lower right of the engraving and you will see Sister Hyacynthia's greenhouse where she carefully grew and cultivated food for the patients. What a blessing S.t Francis has been over the years! I thought I heard or read somewhere that the Sisters of St. Francis are giving up the hospital and going back to their Mother house.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

1946: ROUTE 130 AT ROUTE 33 IN ROBBINSVILLE

This exquisite Duke University R.C. Maxwell photo shows a rural view of the Hamilton Square "cut off" from Route 130/33 as it looked in 1946. How that area has changed! Robbinsville has made incredible changes from the old rural potato shipping station of the last century and into the first of the 20th century.

1940's: TRACY'S LEGENDARY "FIVE AND DIME"

This was originally a black and white photo which happens to be a place I hold dear to my heart. I, and many others were regular visitors to this charming place where one could find anything from knitting needles to dish cloths to curtains and curtain rods...and let's not forget their toy department. This photo led me to the decision to revive my love of coloring books when I was a boy, and I used my photo enhancing software to hand color the old black and white and bring a delightful memory back to life in living color. I even had the option to give myself the green light in the foreground!

1891: THE PROSPECT STREET PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

 Above photo is from "TRENTON ILLUSTRATED;" an 1891 folio of exquisite engravings showing the city of Trenton in that era. Below is a postal card from the TRENTONIANA collection at the Trenton Free Public Library and digitized by Mr. Tom Tighue.
It is difficult in this year of 2016 to envision that neighborhood which bordered an area known ad "Berryville." It was also in the Cadwalader, Hiltonia, Berkeley Street area where our more affluent Trentonians resided.

1902: SPRING STREET: "THE RESIDENCE" A HOME FOR THE MORE AFFLUENT ELDERLY WOMEN

It was known as "The Residence" and as you can see on the accompanying map, crudely identfied as "The Old Ladies' Home."Judy and I spent many evenings visiting that home when our Hamilton High vocal music teacher found that she was no longer able to live alone and took a room in that exquisite example of early 20th century architecture. Here is a news photo showing the building when it was in its early years. The Roebling family played a large part in the establishment of this home for aged women which would have been a much more acceptable description than is shown on the map.

Monday, September 26, 2016

BROMLEY FROM THE AIR: WHO LIVED WHERE

lMany years ago, I acquired this incredibly fascinating aerial photo of my Bromley as seen by a pilot flying over Greenwood Cemetery and taking this incredibly clear photo. Then much to my delight, my Hamilton High Class of 1951 classmate Bob Shinkle (Dickinson Avenue) located fellow Bromleyites with the identifying labels I posted on the original photo. This is a huge map and only here will you be able to see the full photo. I have posted a "zoomed" image of the map on my Facebook pages. THANKS BOBBY! YOU'RE THE BEST!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016




This is a 4 page tabloid size insert that was in an April 1889 supplement to the old Daily True American. This is what the Hamilton Township Public Library's Local History Collection is all about. To many, this is boring and droll subject matter. To Me and others who are interested in the roots of the area, it is a true treasure. It is important to note that this graphic will not be too legible on Facebook. Scanning, tweaking, framing and digitizing this 4 page supplement required multiple scans due to the size of the page and the process was quite time consuming. However the content makes the time spent well worth while.

Thursday, September 08, 2016

1961: HAMILTON TOWNSHIP INTRODUCES GRICE AND REYNOLDS MIDDLE SCHOOLS.

Steinert High School, Nottingham High School and Junior high schools. What a change in the educational system of the Hamilton Township public school system occurred as the second half of the 20th century arrived.! With the once rural farm filled township now experiencing phenomenal growth and expansion, with the very rapid loss of the countless farms being sold and turned into housing developments, it became clear to the township officials that Hamilton High School and the neighborhood schools were no longer capable of accommodating the influx of new residents. Thus the construction of two "Junior" high schools noted in the above article which I have re-assembled from the original full page Trenton Times edition of August 23, 1961.

Friday, September 02, 2016

PENNINGTON BELL TELEPHONE DIRECTORY FOR WINTER 1932-1933

It would be a huge project for me to digitize the entire Mercer Country Bell Telephone Directory the cover of which is shown in the upper left of my graphic. However, the little and very classy town of Pennington, the town I visited so often to the Howe family during my years with the Kusers, left me with the unrequited desire to live there. I loved that town but unfortunately real estate in that area is reserved for the more affluent among us. In the meantime, I took the time to put together the pages  from the depression era N.J. Bell Telephone directory with the phone numbers of the residents during that time. I am posting this on Facebook, but the graphic will probably be illegible there due to the size limit on the size of graphics they allow. Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2016

1885: ORIGIN OF TOWN NAMES IN MERCER COUNTY

This is a truly historic artiicle which tells the derivation of the names of Mercer County's town names. Over the many years I have been doing local history research, the fascinating story of Hopewell and Amwell keeps appearing in different articles from various years. This is one of them, as is the reference to "LIttleworth" a name that was given to today's Trenton in the very distant past.

Monday, August 22, 2016

HAMILTON SQUARE FROM "HISTORY OF MERCER COUNTY, NEW JERSEY

I'm sure future generations will be very happy to know that this "bare bones" history and nostalgia website was created. Assuming that this technology remains the same over future generations, there will be countless future historians, scholars, genealogists, and other like minded history lovers to vist these pages.  Unfortunately there are a number of graphics from the 2010 era that will not show the graphic I originally posted. Through some glitch on my or Google's part, they were removed and replaced by a triangle with an ! in the middle. It would take an excessive amount of time for me to go back and repost the graphics. Accordingly I am asking anyone who encounters the afrorementioned triangle to go to the top of the page and enter the EXACT entry including punctuation and email me at tglover320@optimum.net and I will attempt to re-install the graphic. This site will soon receive its one millionth visit and I humbly submit is  great site for historic research and local history.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

1869: A DETAILED ACCOUNT OF THE FIRING ON CHARLESTON



THE ABOVE ARTICLE HAS BEEN
TRANSCRIBED FROM THE STATE GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 27, 1869
USING OCR (OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION
The Swamp Angel:  The entrance to the harbor of the city of Charleston is formed by Sullivan’s island on the north and Morris Island on the south. Morris Island is a low, sandy reef, about three and three-quarter miles long, and varies from twenty five to one thousand yards in width. Its area is some four hundred acres. The outer end of the island that nearest the bar is separated from Folly Island, a sand reef of like description, by Light House inlet. Across this stream at day break, July 10, 1863, the successful bombardment and assault of the rebel batteries was made by the Tenth Army Corps, under general Gillmore. This fight secured to the Union forces about three-fourths of Morris Island. A half mile from the inner end of  the island Fort Wagner stretched from  the sea shore to Vincent’s creek, which  with another sand fort, called Cummings’ Point Battery, gave the rebels a foothold  on the island. Let me remark, in passing, that this last mentioned Battery is the one which fired upon the Star of the West, January 10, 1861, and all descriptions of the bombardment of Sumter which followed that event, call it an iron clad fort. It was made simply of sand, more impregnable indeed than if covered, as was supposed, with bars of rail road iron, or erected of the heaviest masonry. This point is exactly 6,616 yards, about three and three quarter miles from the wharves of Charleston. Morris Island is made up  of sand ridges, the highest thereof being twenty feet, while just in front of Wagner it is but two feet, and in the Spring the tide here breaks entirely across the  reef. It is separated from James’ Island by deep and almost impossible marshes from one to three miles in width. Crooked and often very deep creeks or bayous traverse these marshes in every direction.  Indeed Morris Island, as well as the islands adjacent, are but deposits of sand made by the sea and wind upon the surface of these salt marshes. On the sixteenth day of July 1863,  Gen. Gillmore directed Col. Edward W. Serrell, 1st New York Engineers, and Lieut. Peter  S. Michie, U. S. Corps of Engineers, to examine these marshes to ascertain if a battery could be placed on- our left front  within range of the city of Charleston.  For several days they continued their reconnaissance, accompanied by Lieut. Nathan M. Edwards, of Serrell’s regiment, and they reported its feasibility. Soundings were made in the marsh with an iron rod thirty feet long and three quarters of an inch in diameter. They found the mud about twenty feet deep, the weight of the rod carrying it one-half the distance and easily pushed the rest with  one hand. The bottom of the marsh was apparently sand, while the top was
covered with wild grass and reeds some four  feet high, but with such little root as to  furnish no sustaining power whatever.-  Two men standing on a plank on the surface of the mud, and throwing their weight from side to side made waves of  mud, vibrating like jelly for many yards  around. Several trials of the sustaining power of this mud were made. A platform was erected and loaded with sand bags. It sustained about six hundred pounds to the square foot, but on increasing the weight to nine hundred pounds, the pile upset and most of the sand bags vanished in the mud. A man of one hundred and fifty pounds weight sank in the marsh eighteen inches at every step if he moved rapidly. A witty officer, when ordered to do some work in this swamp sent in his requisition to Col. Serrell asking for a detail of “twenty men eighteen feet long” for duty in fifteen feet of mud!  It was decided to locate the battery about half way between Morris and James islands, at a place in the marsh where a deep creek flowed in front and to the left side. It was just 7000 yards to the lower end and 7,410 yards or nearly four and a quarter miles to the heart of the city of Charleston. It was in easy range of Forts Hascall, Simkins and Cheves, and indeed of all the batteries on James Island. This made it necessary, of course, that the work should be done at night. An estimate of the labor required in the construction of the battery was made on the morning of the 2d of August, and the order was immediately issued for its erection. Large working parties commenced felling trees on Folly Island, and men were employed day and night, making and filling sand bags. A pile driver could not be used had one been at hand. Two platforms were at first placed on the surface of the marsh. The plank to be driven into the mud, sharpened on one end, was fastened to a long pole by taking a bight thereto with a rope. The short end of the pole was then attached to one of the platforms, which had been loaded with sand bags, and five men on the other platform, pulling at a rope adjusted to the long end of the pole, pressed the plank down to the solid substratum of sand. As soon as enough piling had thus been driven in two places on opposite sides of the proposed battery, the plank was  attached to the centre of the pole and  then parties on each end thereof, pressed  the pile down as before. Cheerfully, with great enthusiasm, and very rapidly, the men worked exposed every moment to shelling from the rebel batteries. When the foundation was thus constructed, cross-beams, or to speak technically, a grillage of large yellow pine logs was bolted together strongly thereon. Thirteen thousand sandbags, more than eight hundred tons in weight, were then carried by the soldiers from the Engineer camp, over a mile and a half distant, and a parapet, with a return or epaulement constructed in form like one-half of a hexagon. A road two and a half miles long,  made of logs and sand-bags, was also built from this place to our left batteries  in the approaches to Wagner and another  round the left flank to the edge of the  creek before alluded to. Over these roads the entire armament of the battery was carried. A bout this time, August 12th, boats armed with naval bow howitzers commenced to picket the streams leading to James Island and Charleston, and heavy log booms were fastened across them a little distance from the battery to obstruct, if possible, the approach of the enemy from the harbor. A mock battery was also built by the soldiers, of boards and sand-bags to draw the fire of the James Island batteries, and in this it was to some extent successful.  An eight-inch parrott rifle gun, a 200 pounder, was on the 17th of August, ordered by the commanding general to be mounted in the battery. This gun, I may add, is often confounded with the great 300 pounder which battered down Fort Sumter. The gun erected in the swamp never fired at Fort Sumter, the ten inch rifle, or 300 pounder, the only one of that caliber at this time in the Department never fired into Charleston. The latter gun was in position at Fort Strong, on our left batteries and the muzzle was blown off by the premature explosion of a shell. It threw nineteen thousand pounds of metal at the gorge wall of Sumter. The gun in the marsh was manned by a detachment of the 11th Reg’t. Maine Volunteers, Lieutenant Sellmer commanding.  On all official papers it is spoken of  as the “Marsh Battery,” but the soldiers  called it the Swamp Angel, and I have  also heard it referred to by them as the  “ Marsh Croaker" and the "Mud Lark.”  At nine o’clock on the morning of 21st  of August a communication was sent by Gillmore to Gen. Beauregard, Commanding the rebel forces at Charleston, demanding the surrender of Fort Wagner  and assuring him unless it was done the city would be bombarded from batteries  established within easy and effective range of the heart of the city.” Of course Beauregard laughed at Gillmore’s presumption and took no heed thereto.  That night the order of Gillmore reached Lieut. Sellmer and the “Swamp Angel” was ranged for the steeples in Charleston city. Heavy woods on James Island near Fort Simkins hid the city from their view.  An elevation of 31°, 30’ was given the gun, sixteen pounds of powder the charge and one hundred and fifty pounds the weight of the projectile. At half past one on the morning of the 22nd, the firing commenced. "Through the air, with a rush and a yell, with a screech and a roar went the howling shell" 
and the fiery missile was pitched over the James Island batteries, the harbor and  into the city. As we lay on the sand hillocks watching its flight, it seemed to go up among the very stars and its burning fuse lit up its track as it descended on its course of destruction. The ringing of fire bells, the screaming of whistles from tug boats in the harbor told us truly that they had reached the city. Fifteen shells at this time were fired and the Charleston dispatches of that day to the department at Richmond report “twelve shell as having fallen into the city.” Just at day break Beauregard sent a message to Gillmore telling him that his firing “with the most destructive missiles used in war upon a city filled with sleeping women and children would give him a bad eminence in history." His protest was four pages in length and enclosed remonstrance from the English, French and Spanish Consuls against burning the city. The latter official said that although “all the women and children have been removed from the city too, “thereby falsifying Beauregard’s pathetic appeal. Gillmore replied very briefly and on Sunday night, twenty more shell were fired into the city.  All the rebel batteries which could obtain the range of the Swamp Angel commenced a furious cannonade. But still our shell kept flying in the midst of their iron hail storm. It was a wild night and the whole Army corps watched and listened for each report from the gallant little party in the marsh. On the thirty sixth discharge the entire breach, just behind the vent blew out and the gun was thrown forward on the parapet. The band which always encases the first re-enforce of Parrott guns was split and has now become entirely separated from the piece.  The Parrott projectiles were the only kind ever used in this gun. Some were called incendiary and contained port-fire mixed with the explosive material. Some of the shell also contained “Short’s Solidified Greek Fire,” and some with powder alone. The Greek Fire was encased in tin tubes three inches long and three quarters of an inch in diameter, closed at one end. These tubes were placed in the shell and the interstices filled with powder. As near as I have been able to ascertain, ten of the fifteen shots fired the first night contained each some twenty pieces of this Greek Fire, and were so far, seacoast mortars were placed there for the purpose of drawing the fire of the James Island" batteries when the navy should commence their part of the siege; which they never did.  Immediately on the surrender of Cumming’s Point, Gilmore had guns mounted thereon, calling it Fort Gregg. It was three and three quarter miles from Charleston. I have the record of one of these guns, a thirty pound Parrott rifle which threw more than four thousand six hundred shells four thousand two hundred and fifty-three of which were seen to fall into the city.  No great military results were ever expected from the erection and firing of the Swamp Angel. As a difficult problem in engineering, as a severe testing of heavy guns, as a novel method of damaging an enemy’s city, over the heads of its army and their fortifications; the result, as we  have seen, was highly successful.       

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

1941 SEPTEMBER: THAT LEGENDARY "SUN-RAY" STORE ON S. BROAD STREET

What a fascinating page! Just take a few minutes and check out the variety to be found at this very popular downtown Trenton store. My mom spent many hours and dollars availing herself of the many bargain prices offered.

1920: FROM THE HAMILTON LIBRARY'S "CULINARY" FOLDER

Every family has kept at least one and probably many more of Mom or Grandmom's classic recipes. My daughter Juliane saved the ingredients of my dear Judy's recipe for chili, and it was handed down to Judy from her Mom, Elizabeth Britton. Interestingly, Juliane's children will also probably carry on the family tradition and 70 or 80 years from now, those family recipes will still shine. Over in the Chambersburg area, today's descendants are known for saving "Nona's" recipe for "gravy" or sauce. Every nationality has carried on the tradition of saving family recipes. Mom Britton's recipe for stuffed capon was to die for, as was her Thanksgiving turkey stuffing recipe. .

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

1938 GENERAL MOTORS COMES TO TRENTON

I had no way of knowing it back on March 17, 1952 when I went for a job interview with the Trenton Bearing Company at 1812 North Olden Avenue Extension that I was  entering a profession that would ultimately see America and the Trenton area lose industrial supremacy to foreign manufacturers who could produce products at prices far, far below those required by the American manufacturers. Indeed, I started as a delivery driver for the bearing company, making daily deliveries to the COUNTLESS industrial entities in the area at that time. Just to name a few: General Electric, C.V. Hill, Ternstedt Division of General Motors, Fairless Works Division of U.S. Steel Corp., L.A. Young Spring and Wire Co., Bayer Aspirin, and as indicated above, COUNTLESS other factories and businesses that required machine replacement parts. The graphic posted herewith was one of our MAJOR customers. I made daily trips to Ternstedt Division which ultimately became Fisher Body. They were a major source of income for our little bearing distributorship as was U.S. Steel Fairless Works in Morrisville, Vulcanized Rubber and Plastics also in Morrisville, along with other far flung industries such as Cold Spring Bleachery in Yardley, Warner Company and really, too many others to list in this posting. I ultimately became an inside telephone-counter salesman at the Trenton Bearing Co. along with my equally talented side kick, Bill Kuestner. Things went great until the imports began to arrive in the latter part of the 1950's. Datsun, Renault, Volkswagen, began to bring their autos into America with prices far below those of our American counterparts, all of whom had to price their vehicles far above the foreign competitors in order to offset the relatively high union worker's, and upper management wages. From then on it was DOWNHILL. I remember that U.S. Steel Fairless Works Purchasing agent let it be known that anything foreign would place a vendor on the "no bid" list. Indeed, I remember the day then salesman Charlie Brown returned from a sales call at Fairless and told us of the foreign boycott that extended to even our use of American only automobiles. Trenton and American never recovered from the true "Industrial Revolution" that occurred in post-war America, and today our heavy industry is only a memory.

Monday, July 25, 2016

1929: BUILDING A LEGENDARY HIGH SCHOOL

This Trenton Sunday Times Advertiser washed out and faded photo took quite some time to enhance and restore to at least a legible specimen. This is an historic photo that will be looked upon in future generations who will be studying the history of Trenton's school system; especially the legendary high school system that began on Mercer Street in the 19th century. This photo is also being posted on various Trenton Facebook pages, but I fear it will not be legible enough to read the small print of the caption.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

1943: BELIVE IT OR NOT, THERE ARE THOSE WHO WANT TO ELIMINATE CURSIVE WRITING!

Many years ago, Kuser School Custodian and close friend George Scott called me and told me he had been following my many Kuser School columns as had many of the teachers at Kuser. He said he had a very large black trash bag that he was told to dispose of and he thought of me. How grateful I am that he did. In that bag were countless VINTAGE class photos, and other memorabilia from the glorious past of Kuser School. Unfortunately, there are some administrators who are more interested in "tidiness" than they are in preserving precious historical photos and documents. Ironically, I have returned the collection to Principal Roberto Kesting with the promise that they will be saved and preserved for future generations. I am assuming that they are now back in their rightful place in the historical files at Kuser. HOWEVER, there is one that I have opted to keep. It is the one class room instructional poster that I remember quite well. I am hearing the very stupid opinion from some quarters that "cursive" writing is now an unnecessary subject to cover in today's society with the advent of the computer and its ability to communicate via the written word replete with "spell checking." What an idiotic observation! Hand writing was near the top of the list for those of us who attended grammar school in the first half of the 20th century. I remember how we were instructed to sit up straight at our desk, feet planted firmly on the floor, and to assume the posture of the students in the photo. Summoning all the humility in my power, I am proud to say that my handwriting at the age of 82 is every bit as good as it was when I was a student. Indeed, my handwriting ability has even led to a number of folks requesting that I calligraphically label wedding name tags. (No, I no longer do that service.) I remember when there was a class known as "PENMANSHIP;" which we all were subjected to. I also remember that constant use of the pencil and later the "straight pen" left a physical "bump" on our middle finger from extensive use of our writing tools. No need to ask me my opinion on "Common Core." I prefer the antiquated disciplined and work hard ethic of learning taught by teachers whose hand writing was beyond splendid.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

1897 AND 1882: THE WCTU "UNION LIBRARY"

This is a combination of a February 26, 1885 article on the "Union Library" which was once located where today's N.J. Bell Telephone building is on 20-22 East State Street. There were so many incredibly beautiful architectural structures in down town Trenton in the 19th and early 20th century, all of which gave up their beauty to "progress." The building was the headquarters of the WCTU
(Womens' Christian Temperance Union) and was one of the many local meeting places back in the 19th century and into the early 20th. The Trenton Free Public Library purchased most of the books and other memorabilia from the old Union Library and undoubtedly was one of the catalysts that began the incredible "Trentoniana" collection.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

1932: BORDENTOWN - READY TO RELIVE ITS PAST

I was pleasantly surprised that I am genealogically related to Joseph Borden for whom this bucolic town is named is directly related to my mother who was a member of the MOUNT family; pioneer settlers in Monmouth County in the area of Navesink and Locust. She nor I never knew that she was directly descended not only from the Borden family, but also John Adams, Conrwallis, and COUNTLESS historic personages from our historic past. Above is a full page scan of the town's history and I am working on page 2. It is a really cumbersome effort to scan these full "broad sheet" pages of the Trenton Times.

Monday, July 18, 2016

1898: THE NEW TRENTON HIGH SCHOOL

What an historic treasure! Here's the original "DAILY TRUE AMERICAN" engraving of the new Trenton High School which was to replace the old Mercer Street Trenton High School. As you can see by my re-formatted graphic, the old newspaper page has been resurrected, brightened up, color added and is now a qualifying digital piece of Trenton area history! This building was on the corner of Hamilton and Chestnut Avenue, and as can be seen in the True American engraving, was an architectural gem. Can you even begin to imagine walking the halls in that splendidly beautiful building? Can you imagine how great it would have been to save that splendid beautiful building? Dream on! The original page is shown below and you will agree that it was impossible to fit this within the boundaries of the computer screen. It is also my goal to make these historic graphics as appealing to the eye as possible. Here is the article and graphic before formatting:

Friday, July 15, 2016

1875: THIS WAS WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP NJ

Here's an excellent antique map of Robbinsville and indeed the whole township of WIndsor showing the many prominent old time names of residents. Robbinsville was a major potato shipping center back in the 19th century.

1916: HAMILTON'S BROAD STREET PARK - ROWAN SCHOOL

These LARGE graphics do not play well on Facebook, but here on www.glover320.blogspot.com they shine clear, legibly and brightly. This is about 90 percent of a full page dedicated to Hamilton's Rowan School as published in the Trenton Times during 1916 highlighting many of our local schools. The photo on the bottom, along with the Hamilton Library Local History graphic have been added as "fillers" and to complete the page. The very interesting mini articles by the various students adds a certain charm to the page.