Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
With the Colonial era history of Trenton and Princeton getting most of the public's attention, little recognition it given to Hamilton Township's numerous historic sites, and the heritage therein. When I was the Historical Society President a number of years ago, I tried to emphasize the fact that Hamilton needs to give more attention to other historic sites such as the Beck Homestead, Bow Hill Mansion, the Watson House, the "mansion" at White City, Kuser Mansion, and others too numerous to list. While we rightfully give attention to those structures which have survived the years and are now historically important, we must place some emphasis on historic sites around the township. Specifically sites like the Henry N. Smith Fashion Stud Farm, The Interstate Fair, White City, Reed's Mill, Laurie's Mill, and others, once again too numerous to mention.
One of the reasons I chose to establish this website came about when I realized that little emphasis has been given to Hamilton Township's past history. The internet is a perfect platform on which to spotlight those persons, places, and neighborhoods which are an integral part of Hamilton's impressive historical heritage. Unfortunately, the majority of senior citizens, and most Historical Society members are not computer users. The bright side? As time marches on, the younger generation will be able to harvest many interesting historical photos and articles relating to our wonderful Township of Hamilton.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Following is added info from Groveville historian Gary Lippincott. Gary has been a Groveville Fireman for many years. Thanks, Gary.
Having been challenged and sugar-plummed into commenting, I will much oblige. I personally only recall meeting two Grace Baptist members, James Manser and Damon Silvers, in the 1950s and 1960s.
The 1897 host, Theodore Matthews, and wife Anna joined First Baptist Church “by letter” in 1886. I do not believe their transfer to Grace Baptist was recorded in the First Baptist roll book, which I have transcribed. The James Gordon mentioned - numerous references spell his name with two O’s and no E - was a Civil War veteran and Pennsylvania Railroad employee. He joined First Baptist Church “on experience” in 1895 and was a member of the Advisory Board there. James lived on Perry Street and died at the age of 74 in 1912. His obituary stated that he founded the Fleet Wing Hook and Ladder Company of Lambertville.
It appears that the longest-serving pastor of Grace Baptist was Rev. Oscar Henderson, who led the congregation from 1923 or earlier to 1962. He was succeeded by Rev. Kent Kiser. Rev. Harvey Chollar was an earlier Grace pastor, leaving the West End in 1916.
In 1923 Grace Baptist burned its mortgage on the building constructed in 1901-02. The match was applied by the oldest living charter member, Charles Bennett.
In 1979 Grace proposed a merger with First Baptist, but the mother church declined.
However, in 2006, under Rev. Vaughn Foster, Grace offered to share its facilities and collaborate with the Perfecting Saints Church, shepherded by Rev. Ethan Evans, who is now the sole pastor of the combined congregations, known as Grace Baptist and Perfecting Saints.
Finally, since it is that season, I have transcribed a brief item from the Trenton Times of December 31, 1897: “The West End Baptist Mission, J. Robert Weber, superintendent, had an enjoyable Xmas entertainment on Wednesday evening. Old Kriss was there and 60 children and as many guests were loaded down with gifts of handsome baskets of candy, nuts and fruit, also toys for the boys and girls. The mission was only started in September, and although but three months old, has grown to good size.”
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
The photo posted is a 1940 Custom built Brockway 250 GPM pumper. Photo was from the 35th anniversary parade from 1949.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
We just lost another classmate......Peggy Petry Oszvart. She was a very close friend.
I saw it in today's obits and am very saddened by it. She was my buddy from before Reception Grade in Farmingdale School. We went all through school together and went to the same church.
Our mothers used to take turns walking us to Farmingdale School every day. They did that until we went to on to the 4th grade in Greenwood School.
She and I lived across the street from each other on Norway Ave. She was the one who took me to get my driver's license and asked me to be in her wedding party.
Very sadly, we lost track of each other after I'd married and moved down here. Several times I looked for her by way of the computer but couldn't find her, so I thought that she'd probably moved away..........and there she was......still in Mercerville, all of this time.
FROM THE TIMES OF TRENTON:
| Margaret K. Oszvart TRENTON - Margaret "Peggy" Katherine Oszvart, 75, of Mercerville passed away Monday in Royal Health Gate Nursing and Rehab Center. Born in Trenton, Mrs. Oszvart was a lifelong area resident and lifetime member of Bethel Lutheran Church of Trenton. She graduated from the Helene Fuld School of Nursing, class of 1955, and was employed as a registered nurse at Helene Fuld Hospital and at the office of Dr. William Hipple in Trenton, from where she retired. Predeceased by her parents, William and Margaret Petry, and her son-in-law, Daniel O'Brien, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, John Oszvart; two sons, John W. Oszvart and his wife, Joan, of Robbinsville and James S.; her daughter, J.A. O'Brien of Hamilton, and her grandchildren, Jason and Jessica Oszvart of Robbinsville. The funeral service will be held 10 a.m. Saturday from the Saul Memorial Home, 1740 Greenwood Ave., Trenton. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton. Family and friends may call 9-10 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Home, www.saulfuneral home.|
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
(*By the way, that is "Juliane" with one "n;"
named after Franciscan Sister Juliana.)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
FROM THE STATE GAZETTE IN 1979 BC. (BEFORE COMPUTERS) ,
BEFORE SCANNERS, AND BEFORE THERE WAS SUCH A THING AS "OCR" (OPTICAL CHARACTER RECOGNITION):
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1868
DAILY STATE GAZETTE
The present building is the third edifice erected for the use of this congregation. The first was built something like a century ago, the second in 1837, and this undertaken in 1867, and completed within the present year. Each time, an improvement in the character of the structure has been gained, keeping pace with the age in which we are moving. It will be difficult, however, for the next generation to improve much upon this latest effort of this enterprising people. Their church is in every way, a most decided success; the exterior and interior being equally modeled after the finest style of architecture and finish. You might suppose now that nothing remained for this people to desire. This, we regret to say, is not the case. They have before them, we understand, the resignation of their present pastor, Rev. Robert S. Manning, under whose pastoral care the congregation has been thirsting for the last thirteen years, and through whom this enterprise has been perfected, and their desire is, no doubt, to retain him. Otherwise they would be in a very highly favored estate. Whether Mr. Manning is retained or not depends upon the path of duty which may be marked cut for him. We understand that he has been solicited to engage in the work of aiding in the establishment of the Van Rensselaer Institute, located at Hightstown, and if he consents to engage in this work, it is fair to presume that it will contribute toward furthering that object. His energy and business tact is proverbial and this is what is requisite to succeed in life whether in the service of the church or the world. The dedicatory sermon, on the occasion referred to, was delivered by Dr. Hall, of Trenton. It is needless to say, from the well known character of our townsmen, that it was fully equal to the occasion.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
1928 Trenton newspaper. Note the 4 digit phone number, also not the street on which the Frenking business was located.
The parsonage of the First Baptist Church of Trenton was at 1204 Riverside Avenue from 1946 to 1959. The church sold that home and purchased one at 3 Heights Terrace, Yardville, in 1959 or 1960 for Rev. Richard Mercer, who had three small children. In the 1970's Rev. Larry Dobson was accommodated at 125 Centre Street, across from the church. This building had also been the parsonage or Rev. John Wicker in 1900. in between, the site was the home of a physician, Dr. Carroll. In recent decades First Baptist pastors have received a housing allowance and hang their cloths where they choose. Rev. Roberson in the 1990s resided in Lawrence. The incumbent, Rev. Jim Coston, calls Centre Street home and can walk to church and serve his milieu on the Trenton City Council. My own parents married at the home of First Baptist's Rev. Milton Perry on Christmas Day 1937. Further research is required to pinpoint that location. A marriage certificate might help. I have always taken their word for it.