Even as Bill's Olde Tavern" in Mercerville was once known as the "Mercerville Road House," so too was Widman's Yardville Hotel identified in the early years of the 20th century as the "Yardville Road House". It was the gathering place for many transients who were going to or from the depot at Sand Town on the Camden and Amboy Railroad. It was also the location of Zwerlein's German oriented hotel and restaurant where many prominent local men gathered for a lively pigeon shoot....yes, with live pigeons. The Kuser boys were avid shooters.
On December 15, 2011, Kathleen Ivins wrote:
Widmann's Yardville Hotel was owned by the parents of John Phillip Widmann who married Mary Hand Widmann. (Note the two "n's" on the end of Widmann.) When John's father died his mother was not allowed by the "city fathers" to run the hotel as she was a "woman" and it would be unseemly. She moved from her hotel into the little voting house next door to the hotel where she raised her children. John enlarged the house after he married Mary. They raised four sons in that house. Their fifth son died at the age of 7 after being hit by a truck. Mary Hand Widmann still lives in that house. Her oldest son, John P. Widmann and his wife, Charlotte live with her. Mary celebrated her 100th birthday on July 22, 2011. Yes, local men gathered there for pigeon shoots. One year Annie Oakley attended a shoot where John Widmann (the first) out shot her.
Thank you Ms. Ivins. Your input is appreciated and historically valuable.