Wednesday, October 31, 2012
TODAY (OCTOBER 31) IS MY FIRST DAY BACK AT THE LOCAL HISTORY WORKSHOP IN THE HAMILTON TOWNSHIP PUBLIC LIBRARY. IT WAS A VERY STRESSFUL TIME FOR MANY LOCALS, MYSELF INCLUDED AS WE ALL WAITED TO SEE WHAT HAVOC HURRICANE SANDY WOULD BRING TO THE MERCER COUNTY AREA. THE SERIES OF PHOTOS BELOW SHOW THE RESULTS OF SANDY'S VISIT TO THE KUSER FARM. THESE ARE ONLY TWO OF THE MANY TREES THAT WERE LOST OVER IN THE WOODED AREA BORDERING NEWKIRK AVENUE. THE LAST TIME I WAS INVOLVED WITH A HURRICANE AT KUSER FARM WAS BACK IN NOVEMBER, 1950 WHEN A DEVASTATING HURRICANE KNOCKED DOWN COUNTLESS TREES AT THE FARM. BACK THEN, WE USED A TWO MAN CROSSCUT SAW, A SLEDGE HAMMER, AND A STEEL WEDGE TO CLEAN UP MANY, BUT NOT ALL OF THE DOWNED TREES.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
It took a little longer than I expected to come up with this location due to the fact that it has changes so very much. It gives a good idea of just how rural we were back in the late 40's and early 1950's. I blew up the original and lo and behold, I was right! The enlarged cut and paste of the road sign lower left removes all doubt that my guess was accurate. Am I correct in remembering that the big green and white mansion (not seen in the photo on the other side of the house on North Olden Avenue was the Glenside, or am I fabricating history?
THANKS FOR CORRECTING ME AND MY SENILE MOMENT, MIKE. OF CURSE IT WAS GRAVATTS! SORRY FOR THE GOOF.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Comments such as this from a visitor whom I will only identify as "Grace" are what makes the Hamilton Library's Local History Collection a pleasure. While Grace's guest book entry below was sent to me, it is important to remember that the support of Mr. George Conwell, our former Director, and our current Director Ms. Susan Sternberg, without whom there would be no local history website.
I LOVE YOUR HISTORY PAGES! WISH THERE WAS SOMEONE LIKE YOU IN VERY NOOK AND CRANNY OF THE U.S. I HATE TO THINK OF THE TIME TO COME WHEN THESE HISTORIES AND MEMORIES ARE LOST FOREVER.
NO, I'M NOT FROM THE HAMILTON AREA, I GREW UP IN MORRISTOWN IN MORRIS CO., NJ IN THE 40s AND 50s AND REVEL IN EVERY SPECK OF HISTORY I CAN GLEAN OF WHAT I CONSIDER MY HOME STATE.
I WAS LED YOUR WAY BY A POST CARD OF THE 1907(?)
HAMILTON SQUARE SCHOOL ON EBAY. GRAND PIC!
I HAVE LIVED IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR 50 YEARS.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO TO MAINTAIN YOUR FASCINATING WEB PAGES.
It has been a very long time since these two guys were the young and vibrant lads shown in the above graphic. My high school singing buddy, Airman 1st Class Lee Belardino is shown in the photo on the left and Private Tom Glover on the right, both new recruits as we filled our obligation to serve time in the U.S. military. On a personal basis, I think we would have far less juvenile crime, gangs and social unrest if America would return to the years when each young man was obligated to give a minimum of 2 years to his country. My guess would be that many young men who are now gang members would see there is another path to life's journey with a term of military service under his belt.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Monday, October 22, 2012
I have been working on the growing "ST. ANTHONY" folder in the Hamilton Library database. I will be compiling the files for a future presentation. My St. Anthony memories go back to the late 1950's when I converted to the faith.The move from the Anglican St. James P.E. Church to the Roman Catholic faith was really a lateral move; both religious persuasions have much in common. The memory of my years at that great old church on South Olden Avenue could easily fill a lengthy book. From my years as a lector, president of the holy name society, the PTA, and general all around volunteer bring back some bittersweet memories.
Without Nancy and Barby who posed with me during one of my Kuser Park Gazebo programs during this past summer, there would be no Tom Glover musical events in the community. Unfortunately, our age group is experiencing a dramatic shift insofar as attendance at these affairs are concerned. At one time, Sunday afternoon activities were avidly attended, but that was when we were young and mobile. The music I bring and will continue to bring to the public is not the loud and raucous sound of rock and roll that is targeted at the younger generation. Rather, it is the music older and mature folks prefer with soul stirring and redeeming lyrics; seldom heard in today's youth-oriented society.
Here is a press release I received from Ms. Bob Walter announcing a very special Mass to be held by the Cathedral High School alumni. If you have a friend or relative who is not on the computer, please call them and advise them of this very important event.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Were I a billionaire, I would like to form the "VINTAGE MOTOR COMPANY." I would have the money to re-tool existing antique auto body parts and using contemporary materials, create a 2012 Chevrolet. No fiberglass bumpers on this beauty. It would use the same material as found on the duplicated original but brakes, tires and other non cosmetic features would be replaced with modern technology. The interior would be the same, but there would be 21st century updates like air conditioning, AM FM satellite radio, heated seats, etc. My first vintage auto would be a 1930's Pierce Arrow. Dream on, Glover!.
Oops! We have a fender bender here dating back to the year 1941. I tried to find the newspaper account of the accident but was unsuccessful. The photo comes from the Hamilton Township Police Department History files and shows the mangled fender and other front end damage on Prior's Diamond T delivery truck. The ad above is from my "BUSINESSES-TRENTON" folder in the Hamilton Library Local History Collection.