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Thursday, November 03, 2011

Ca. 1905 HELEN MACK (SUTTERLIN) ON KUSER FRONT LAWN


Many years ago, I interviewed Mrs. Helen Sutterlin, the young girl in the photo. on her relationship to the earliest years of Kuser Farm. Her father, Herman Mack was the second caretaker of the property, and also the builder of many of the buildings on the property that still exist including the corn crib, the old chicken house and the garages. Mrs. Sutterlin's reminiscences of those years were very interesting. Note that the mansion is seen as it was in its original state before the "wrap around" porch was enclosed. The original railing on the second floor was removed in 1950 when a hurricane knocked down a huge mahogany tree that was located precariously close to the building. When the township took over the property in the 1970's then Mayor Jack Rafferty replicated the railings on the upper level.
Blogger Michael said...

Hi Tom:

I must commend you on your detailed history of the Kuser Family and their involvement in the greater Trenton area, both socially, and as industrialists.
I like many others recognize your affection for the Kusers, and your personal relationship with the "Farm". I became acquainted with some of the Kusers over the years. At the farm and tennis through my good friend and tennis partner ( he carried me) Edgar Levy. Edgar would reflect how his dad, and Fritz Kuser bailed out Darrel Zanuck and 20th Century Fox Studios in the 29 crash. in gratitude Fox sent prints of films not yet release to Fritz for his Sunday viewing pleasure. Others through family contacts, and business. Many people, not paying attention, would hear my name, and assume I was "Mike Kuser of Kuser Mountain." Perhaps you can illuminate the connection between the Kuser's and the Jim Kearny family. I always had a great relationship with the Kearnys since Jim was originally from Cooper St. and the family beonged to Sacred Heart Church, my home parish. The Kearnys supported the church till the last.

Always happy to learn somthing new from reading your writings.
Continue the great work.

Sincerely

Mike Kuzma

Thursday, November 03, 2011


3 comments:

Michael said...

Hi Tom:

I must commend you on your detailed history of the Kuser Family and thier involvement in the greater Trenton area, both socially, and as industrialists.
I like many others recognize your affection for the Kusers, and your personal relationship with the "Farm". I became acquainted with some of the Kusers over the years. At the farm and tennis through my good friend and tennis partner ( he carried me) Edgar Levy. Edgar would reflect how his dad, and Fritz Kuser bailed out Darrel Zanuck and 20th Century Fox Studios in the 29 crash. in gratitude Fox sent peinrs of films not yet release to Fritz for his Sunday viewing pleasure.
Others through family contacts, and business. Many people, not paying attention, would hear my name, and assume I was "Mike Kuser of Kuser Mountain"
Perhaps you can illuminate the connection between the Kuser's and the Jim Kearny family. I always had a great relationship with the Kearnys since Jim was originally from Cooper St. and the family beonged to Sacred Heart Church, my home parish. The Kearnys supported the church till the last.

Always happy to learn somthing new from reading your writings.
Continue the great work.

Sincerely

Mike Kuzma

Tom Glover said...

EDGAR LEVY GAVE MY BEST FRIEND DON SLABICKI AND I AN OPEN PASS TO GREENWOOD THEATER FOR AS LONG AS WE WANTED IT! DON AND I SAW EACH AND EVERY 20TH CENTURY FOX MOVIE AT THE KUSER THEATER FROM 1945 THROUGH THE EARLY 1950'S BEFORE THEY PREMIERED AT THE FAMOUS "ROXY" THEATER IN NYC. I AM INVESTIGATING THE KEARNEY CONNECTION AND IT IS A DAUNTING TASK...THE TIMES, SALLY KEARNY KUSER, ETC. RIGHT AT PRESENT IT IS NOT ON MY IMMEDIATE "TO DO" LIST. THANKS FOR BEING SUCH A GREAT VISITOR AND COMMENTATOR ON MY POSTS; THEY ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO THE GOALS OF THIS BLOG.
TOM GLOVER

Anonymous said...

Mary Kerney, the daughter of James Kerney (1873-1934) was married to Fritz's brother, Rudolph G. Kuser, Sr.
~Mary Ellen