IN THIS ISSUE: Snowflake Soiree (p. 3) Find the secret drawer (p. 4) Sampler Exhibit Opens (p. 5) Zelley Family History (p. 6) Happy 100th Birthday to the Cooper-Collins House (p. 10) ... Compared with the Good Old Days of 1906 (p. 12)
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It has been an extremely busy fall at Smith-Cadbury Mansion and it doesn’t look like things will slow down any time soon! The new National Register plaque looks wonderful by the front door. I admire it each time I go in and out. I hope it was noticed by all the visitors who came to see the Moorestonians in Time of War exhibit, those who gathered at Smith-Cadbury for the Ghost Tours, and those who came to visit on Candlelight Night. We had wonderful turnouts for all events with a record number of 133 visitors signing in between 9/11 and 11/11. We know the actual number of visitors was much higher, so to have that many recorded says a great deal about how well we are doing. Thanks again to each person involved this fall. Soon to the delight of children and adults alike, the air in Smith-Cadbury will be filled with the aroma of spices and our Annual Gingerbread House Competition and Open House will immediately follow the December 1st Lion’s Parade on Main Street. Plan to visit after the parade to see the wonderful houses along with the fabulous Christmas decorations by the Moorestown Garden Club while you enjoy some holiday treats. Please spread the word at the parade, since many residents and visitors have never had the chance to come in. It is this time of year when many people feel that Smith-Cadbury is most lovely. If you can’t make it then, Second Saturday follows on December 9th with a children’s craft and we will be open regular hours on Tuesdays the 4th and 11th. Our final holiday event will be on Friday night, December 14th when for peanuts you can have some kicks at A Home Front Christmas Party. You’ll be greeted by the dynamite MHS Madrigal Singers singing seasonal songs, natch. Inside, the place will look sharp and the food will wow you! So, don’t be cold fish and deck out in your nylons, Dollies, fire up the hot rods, Guys, and come ac-centtchu-ate the positive as we pay tribute to The Greatest Generation in 1940s style. This cool party is sure to be a lulu folks — and that’s not whistling Dixie! For members only, by reservation please. After closing for a brief time, the museum will reopen in January with a new exhibit featuring the 17 works in the Society’s Sampler Collection. Also to look (continued on next page)
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forward to, exciting plans are underway for another winter Soiree in February, the Society’s major fund-raising social. So rest later, as you won’t want to miss a minute of all that is in store for you from the dozens of Society volunteers! Hope to “See you at the house”!
The Historical Society of Moorestown Officers President
Ann Langerhans Vice-Presidents
Ann Langerhans President
Julie Maravich Cathy Ruff Treasurer
Harry Koons Recording Secretary
Tres Magniﬁque! Program / Meetings The recent visit from the Marquis de Lafayette was enjoyed by over 75 people at the fall meeting in October. His closeness to General George Washington, his role in the American Revolution plus his possible connection to Moorestown and our Smith-Cadbury mansion made him a fascinating guest for the Society. Special thanks to Laura Cooper, Joan Moretti-Seddon and Lisa Cash for their help with the refreshments and to Chef Christy McHale of Christy’s Cuisines (235-3131) for her delectable pastry. The speaker for the April 10, 2008 Annual Meeting (please remember to mark your calendar!) will be appraiser Ronald Shaffer. An old friend of the Society and highly respected in his field, Ron will educate us about the Smith-Cadbury collection of samplers (seventeen in all). In addition, Mr. Shaeffer invites you to bring your own antique sampler for his comments. Please contact me if you would like your sampler to be included in this wonderful program. The Society is fortunate to have many new members! Perhaps it would be helpful to know more about the various times we meet. Due to the limited space at Smith-Cadbury Mansion, the Society holds its two large membership meetings at the Community House. The Annual Meeting is held in April. There is a brief business meeting with the election of trustees and officers and a program is given. The General Meeting, held in October, has a brief business portion, no elections, and a program. The highlight of each meeting is the fascinating speakers we invite who educate, entertain and delight our members and guests. The program subject matter typically is related to a current exhibit at the Mansion or some other topic relevant to the Society. Traditionally, these two meetings are free and open to the public. The Board of Trustees meets regularly to conduct the business of the Society. The Trustees also chair numerous committees within the Society that meet at Smith-Cadbury Mansion or at private homes depending on various factors. It is time now to begin planning the program and exhibit for fall 2008. We would love to finally bring Audubon back to Moorestown. The Society is seeking an organized and dependable person to take charge of programs. This is a good opportunity for someone who would like to get more involved and perhaps is working full-time. If this sounds interesting to you, please don’t hesitate to call me to discuss. Ann Langerhans at 235-5747 or [email protected]
Gloria Senno Trustees
Susan Acker Lynne Brill Lisa Cash Ann Condon Laura Cooper Maureen Fries Cathy Hartley Stephanie Herz Midge Ingersoll Lisa Knell Dolores Kocyan Harry Koons Ann Langerhans Susan Mammarella Julie Maravich Joseph MacMichael Nan Pillsbury Cathy Ruff Gloria Senno BJ Tetlow Wayne Urffer Susan Zikmund Jr. Trustee: Charlie Langerhans Newsletter Editor
Lisa Knell Library
SNOWFL AKE SOIREE
Mark your calendars and save the date!
The “Snowflake Soiree” will be held at the home of Allan and Jill Singer , 618 Chester Avenue, on Saturday February 9, 2008 from 7-11 PM. The cost is $100 per person. There will be dinner, dancing, an open bar, a live band and beautiful surroundings.
The Singers have a magnificent, large home and we would love to fill it for this extraordinary event! We hope the entire membership will attend, and please encourage your friends to call us too.
This year, in the interest of using our funds more efficiently, we have decided to issue invitations by request. If you would like to attend, please contact us by email: [email protected]
or by phone 856-235-0353. Include your name, address, and phone number. Contact us by Monday, January 7, so that we can print the correct number of invitations. (Those who attended or donated last year will automatically receive an invitation. ) Check the website for additional information and updates (we are hoping to raffle an original painting! ).
Make a Gingerbread House 2nd Saturday Craft December 8th 1:00 & 2:00 PM
Because of last year’s turn out, we will be making Gingerbread Houses again for our December craft. We will have two seatings for this event, the first will start at 1:00 and the second will start at 2:00. Due to limited space, please RSVP as soon as possible to insure a space and house to decorate.
This craft is targeted to kids 5 and up. While crafting the kids can also get inspiration from the beautiful gingerbread houses that will be displayed throughout the Smith Cadbury Mansion. The suggested donation for this craft is $3.00. To make your reservation, call or email Susan Acker ([email protected]
com or 231-0010) or Jill Singer ([email protected]
Moorestown Garden Club Decorates For
Once again, talented members of the Moorestown Garden Club will decorate Smith-Cadbury Mansion for the holidays. After months of research and planning, assembling materials and holding several workshops, MGC members will transform 12 High Street into the home of a Moorestown family in the 1940s. World War II was a time of SACRIFICE, a time of HOPE; a time that united everyone in a common cause. There were heroes in the battlefield; there were heroes on the home front. The home fires were kept burning until the FINAL VICTORY, “ Till the Boys Come Home.” With an array of original artifacts plus decorations reminiscent of the era, the Moorestown Garden Club will turn the Smith-Cadbury Mansion into the site of a party for a young soldier on his last furlough before shipping out to war. Big band music and carols will greet visitors as they enter this Christmas recreation of a time of pride and hope and dreams postponed, when The Greatest Generation selflessly gave its all for the benefit of future generations. Many thanks to this wonderful committee! Co-Chairs: Diane Burgoyne and Carmen Herrera-von Wrangell Committee: Mary Ann Alberti, Marguerite Celani, Joyce Connell, Joanne Folz, Nancy Froelicher, Debbie Heller, Kathy Huffman, Clorinda Moore and Jolee Greenberg
A Secret Drawer . . . ? Museum Message The museum committee has been busy completing fall housekeeping tasks. Just like at home, cleaning and organizing was top priority while the inventory project waited in abeyance. Working in the dining room, we had removed the contents of the sideboard, dusted the drawers and carefully lined them with acid free board and pacific cloth. As we are all new to working with the furniture collection, an exciting and interesting discovery was made by Judy Holmes. Putting away the Koons silver, Judy noticed something unusual and after further investigation found the sideboard had a “secret drawer” — and it is huge! Unfortunately, it was not loaded with silver, money or jewels, but previous owners of the piece must have used it for storing silver, as completely deteriorated silver cloth lined the inside. Trustee Jay Taylor, who owns a custom wood working and cabinet shop, cleaned up the inside, Jacquie Ebert has beautifully lined it and now we have some much needed additional storage space. The next time you are in the dining room, see if you can figure out “where is the secret drawer?”!
Historic Preservation Commission Update The Moorestown Historic Preservation Commission has met eight times so far in 2007, and has spent a good deal of time discussing priorities for the Commission. Members have decided to concentrate on two main activities: first, we want to establish whether there are structures in Moorestown that are not protected from demolition by the current Historic Preservation Ordinance, but perhaps should be; and second, we want to continue to educate the public regarding historic preservation in general as well as this Commission’s work in Moorestown in particular. An additional priority has been to recommend to Town Council a few very minor changes to the operational definitions of “demolition” in the Historic Preservation Ordinance. These changes will not alter the role of the Commission or the scope of the Ordinance in any way, but simply will clarify for residents what demolition is and is not. The Commission hopes to present these recommendations to Council before the end of 2007. We also have interviewed three candidates for the position of consultant to the Commission. An experienced consultant will help the Commission to carry out its responsibilities, with an insider’s knowledge of the various legal and practical considerations in the complicated world of historic preservation. Finally, the Commission has evaluated two site plan applications, one for the Cornerstone Bank on Main Street at Union, the other for renovations that the Moorestown Friends School wishes to make to the former “little Acme” on Chester Avenue. Commission members commended the architects who presented plans on behalf of both clients for making such great efforts to design buildings in harmony with the historic Moorestown streetscape. Although the work of the Historic Preservation Commission can be time-consuming and challenging, all members of the Commission recognize that the time and energy they invest in preserving Moorestown’s past is an investment in Moorestown’s future. - Wayne Urffer
HATS OFF! Hats off to new member Peter Trentacoste who quietly showed up several days this past fall to spruce up the flower beds around Smith-Cadbury Mansion pulling bags of ugly weeds that detracted from our lovely plantings. Hats off too, to Mary Lou and Jack Glassburn along with Peter Trentacoste, Gil, Charlie and Olivia Langerhans came on a beautiful Sunday afternoon this past fall to plant hundreds more bulbs for your enjoyment next spring. With some luck we should have a continual display of antique variety flowers surrounding SmithCadbury Mansion from March until May. If you missed the display last April, photos are archived on the website at www. moorestown.com/ history under “HSM Past Events”.
A Sample of an Exemplary Sampler Exhibit
The “ABCs” above, are from a sampler in the Society’s collection that was stitched by Mary French
Exemplary is the perfect word to describe the upcoming sampler exhibit at the Historical Society of Moorestown. It is rather fitting that the word sampler happens to be derived from the Latin word exemplar as well as the French word essamplaire. This exhibit will run from January through April of 2008. It is being directed by B. J. Tetlow, the Chair of Textiles at the Society. Once you see the display for yourself, you’ll think that using the word exemplary to describe it would be an understatement! Our samplers are pieces of coarse or fine linen stitched with a silk thread. Samplers originally showcased designs and only recently were hung on walls. They have a rich and fascinating history. While initially a way to remember newly learned stitching patterns, they now provide a very unique record of the past. The earliest that we are aware of was made during the Sixteenth Century in what is now Peru. The first samplers were long, thin, and were made by adult women. Over time, samplers became much more ornamental and were increasingly stitched by younger girls. In the Eighteenth Century German/Dutch seamstresses began stitching scattered patterns into their samplers. The samplers that the Society possesses span the years 1771 through 1845. During that era, stitching was a big part of a girl’s education from the age of ten through fourteen. In fact it was so important that people were able to tell where a girl went to school based on the stitching pattern she used on her samplers! As if that isn’t remarkable enough, experts could often tell who a girl’s teacher was based on the stitching pattern! The pride of the Society’s collection is a silk thread on linen sampler made by Mary French that dates from 1800. For you sampler aficionados out there, this is a must see! Historian Betty Ring in her Girlhood Embroidery – American Samplers & Pictorial Needlework Vol II 1650 – 1850 described it as “one of the earliest and finest examples of the Bell Decorated Cut Cornered Form.” And we will be displaying it at the Historical Society of Moorestown! The Society’s collection includes pieces from some of the most famous families in Moorestown’s history; the samplers it has were either owned or made by the Doughtons, the Warringtons, the Haineses, the Joneses, the Frenches, the Robertses, or the Lippincotts. Roughly half of the samplers the Society possesses were generously donated by Susanna and Beulah Parry in 1973. Even people not particularly interested in samplers should take the time to see this exhibit. What better way to gain first-hand insights into the culture and interests of some of the best known names in Moorestown? In addition, this sampler exhibit will be a great one for trivia buffs. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about interesting sampler facts such as: when girls were in school they would stitch the year into their samplers. After they left school some would remove the last two digits from the year so that people wouldn’t be able to tell how old they were. Another interesting bit of sampler miscellany is that some American samplers are known to have imperfections that English seamstresses would never have tolerated. This is just a sample of the exemplary sampler exhibit that we will be proudly displaying this January through April. Samplers were a significant fixture in the lives of many famous Moorestonians. While the golden age of samplers may have passed into history, that history will come alive once again at the Historical Society of Moorestown. — Kevin Stephany
History of the Stanwick Avenue Zelley Family A special gift includes photos, maps, correspondence: In May the Historical Society received from Mrs. Sara Smith of Medford, the gift of numerous photos and documents recording the genealogy and life style of the Zelley family whose farm was located off Stanwick Avenue, and where the original farmhouse, now transformed by modernization, still stands, surrounded by suburban development. Some outstanding items in this collection are: Interior photos of the homestead wherein one sees an early model telephone and a framed sampler hanging on the wall. There is Carrie B. Zelley, riding sidesaddle, which qualifies as an “action’ shot”. There is Emmor Zelley, suited up in his mailman’s uniform, equipped with a mailbag, standing by a bicycle, his mode of transport. A marvelous exterior image of a Moorestown Friends School building, now demolished, features the students and teachers, in winder dress, assembled outside the building. Carrie E. Moore has been identified as one of the pupils.
Lloyd E. Volckening
MEMORIAM The Historical Society of Moorestown and its Board of Trustees is deeply saddened by the passing of
Mounted on board is an excellent example of the community spirit of area farmers in a photo of a large group of them gathered with their families for a grange picnic.
Lloyd E. Volckening
It is interesting to note the connection Moorestown had to Philadelphia in the 19th century as many of these photos, both cartes de visite and cabinet size, were taken by Philadelphia photographers. The marriage certificate for Benjamin K. Kille and Mary L. Wills records their ceremony in the city.
In addition to photos of brides, grooms and wedding parties, there are some excellent examples of beautiful wedding invitations-engraved and embossed- by Philadelphia engravers. A bijou of interest is the authentic Quaker-style wording of the invitation: “David Davis requests the pleasure of thy company at the marriage ceremony of his daughter...” For those interested in the fate of the Zelley farm a large document called the “Zelley Tract,” and unfortunately, undated, is a drawing of the Zelley farmland divided into housing lots. Streets identified are: Elm, Zelley Avenue, Pearl Avenue and Stanwick Avenue. Cross streets are Oak, Central, Linden and Third Street. — Ann Condon
of Topsham, ME Moorestown, NJ. Lloyd served the Society for many years as a Trustee, Membership Chair and in a number of other capacities. He was the husband of former Society president Elizabeth Volckening. His quick smile, witty humor and willingness to help anywhere he was needed will always endear him to the hearts of our members and all those who knew him.
Caroline (Carrie) B. Zelley riding sidesaddle in front of the Zelley farmhouse, February 1896
David Davis: Engraved Wedding Invitation of Mary Davis to Chalkley B. Zelley (Engraver: MacDowell Engravers, 1029 Chestnut St., Philadelphia)
Wedding Portrait of Chalkley Zelley and Mary Davis (Photo by B.F. Reimer’s Gallery, 624 Arch St., Philadelphia)
Group photo of Chalkley and Mary D. Zelley and their family, Christmas Day 1913
Diagram of the Zelley Tract divided into housing lots
The Historical Society of Moorestown Cordially Invites You To
A Home Front Christmas Party
At Smith-Cadbury Mansion with
The Moorestown High School Madrigal Singers and
Decorations by the Moorestown Garden Club… “Christmas on the Home Front — A Soldier’s Welcome” plus
Our team of four Society member chefs has created a menu featuring “tried and true” recipes for your pleasure from famous food companies still thriving since WWII. Featuring: Underwood, Hormel, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Hershey Toll House, Skippy, Kraft, Hellmann’s, Campbell Soup and King Arthur Flour. We’ve compiled a recipe gift for you!
Watch for a sale at the HSM Gift
Please come and enjoy! $10 per person donation suggested
Shop in January!
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Celebrating Smith-Cadbury’s Historic Status In a special ceremony held on Sunday, September 23rd, Smith-Cadbury’s new National Register of Historic Places plaque was unveiled. The house was placed on the State Register in 1973 and the National Register in 1976. Current HSM President Ann Langerhans and past President Diane Reid with Dr. Nan Pillsbury
Dr. Pillsbury and Sara Homer unveiling the plaque
Dr. Pillsbury speaks about the history of Smith-Cadbury
The National Register of Historic Place plaque that now hangs on Smith-Cadbury’s front porch
Celebrating 100 Years:
Happy Birthday to the Cooper-Collins House Although the walls didn’t talk, guests enjoyed learning about the rich history of the Cooper-Collins House when they recently attended a 100th birthday party for the house held by the current owners Charles and Lynda Brady. In fact, the attendees, comprised of neighbors, long time Moorestonians, local historians, previous owners, architectural historians, Historic Preservation Office colleagues, and friends, were able to provide the Brady’s with information about the house and its previous owners that they were unaware of. The Bradys provided a brief written history of the house to the attendees and positioned signage throughout the house explaining the imprints and changes made by previous owners. The signs also encouraged comments or corrections to help the Bradys add to their knowledge of the house. The house was built in 1907 by Steward L. Maines (May 23, 1862 - September 10, 1930), the second generation builder of the Maines family. (The fifth generation of this prominent building family is still active in residential construction in Moorestown.) The house is an interesting example of old and new technology of its time. Examples of the old can be seen in the construction technique of the first floor shutters and the handmade doors and fireplace corbels. Examples of the new are the use of steel beams as the main structural elements in the basement and the exterior hollow terra cotta tile walls. The hollow terra cotta tile construction was an early twentieth century effort at building a “fireproof” house. The first owners of the house, located at 365 East Camden Avenue, were Benjamin W. and Mary A. Cooper, formerly of Philadelphia. Mr. Cooper was employed as the Secretary of the George D. Wetherill Paint Company located at 56 North Front Street in Philadelphia. This was the first company in the United States to manufacture white lead, an important component of the paint manufacturing process. Previously, white lead was imported primarily from England. Their factory, located in Philadelphia on the banks of the Delaware River, began manufacturing white lead in 1804. Early in the War of 1812, the British fleet sailed up the Delaware and, as an act of military and economic warfare, destroyed the factory with cannon fire. The George D. Wetherill Company products were later branded as Dutch Boy Paint. After relocating to Moorestown, Mr. Cooper became very active in the local community. By 1916 he was a Director of the Moorestown Trust Company. He was also an organizer and First President of the Burlington County Game Protection League and served as a member of the New Jersey Fish and Game Association. Politically, he was the President of the Moorestown Republican Club as well as a member of the Burlington County Republican Committee. He was an active member of The Friends Society of Moorestown and also a member of the Moorestown Pomona Grange and the Moorestown Lodge #158 F. & A.M. On October 17, 1922 the Coopers subdivided their property and gave a section from the eastern side to their daughter, Helen, in trust, for a fee of $1.00. This property, with an address of 361 West Second Street, included a new house built in anticipation of her upcoming wedding. Six days later, on October 23rd, Helen Passmore Cooper married Charles A. Collins, the son of Aaron L. and Sadie E. Collins. The best man was Benjamin J. Roberts of Moorestown. The wedding was held in the backyard of 365 Camden Avenue and
4TH YEAR OF THE GHOST TOUR The Ghost Tour ran on four Friday nights this year and was sold out every night! The tour began at Smith-Cadbury Mansion and tour- goers were able to wander through the museum. This meant that an additional 300 people were able to enjoy Ann Condon’s wonderful exhibit. For the first time in decades the old town jail at 40 East Main Street was opened to the public. A huge thankyou goes out to the Begley and Gaskill Law Firm for so enthusiastically allowing us in! It was creepy and scary—just as we like it! Julie Maravich and Susan Acker were hard at work over the summer pestering the owners and occupants of Main Street and dug up many amazing stories which were included in the new script. Joe and Michelle Wetterling of Moorestown Ghost Research, were tour guides again this year. They contribute their knowledge and experience which really lends authenticity to the event. They even had their new baby, Justin, in tow! Thank-you! We also had a new guide, Lauren Ward, who let tours on two nights. Thanks Lauren! Thanks also to the interact club kids who came faithfully each night! Alexis Gertie did a great job organizing and coordinating schedules! I really think they could run the tours without us! Thanks also to Gina and Doug Zegel for providing the large signs that were our only advertising! Placing the sign on Main Street was truly the most exciting afternoon of my life! For details... ask Gina. Remember for next year... the tours sell out fast! Thanks to all who volunteered and helped to make this a spectacular event. —Julie Maravich
was attended by 200 people. The bridesmaids wore satin dresses in apricot, green, orchid, blue and yellow. Their bouquets were made up of pink roses, clarkia and heliotrope, with lace paper edges. After the wedding they honeymooned at Pocono Manor. Upon their return they took up residence at 361 West Second Street, across from Cooper Park, now known as Remembrance Park. On September 8, 1934 the Coopers gave their daughter Helen P.C. (Passmore Cooper) Collins the 365 Camden Avenue property, in trust, for a fee of $1.00. The Collins sold their home at 361 West Second Street and moved into 365 Camden Avenue with the Coopers. Charles A. Collins operated a nursery. He was also very civically active. He donated substantial funds for the development of Strawbridge Lake and was also involved with Rivikio, a local developer/builder, in the development of homes in the Fardale section of Moorestown. He was also a Director of the Burlington County Trust Company. On November 20, 1935 Benjamin W. Cooper died from a heart attack as a result of an automobile accident on what is now Route 130 in Florence Township. He had just withdrawn his candidacy for the chosen board of freeholders of Burlington County due to ill health. His funeral was held from the house as was the custom of the time. It is not clear when Mary S. Cooper died, however, a 1958 directory shows a Mary S. Cooper living at 263 South Lenola Road in Moorestown. In 1962 Helen P.C. Collins died. Charles A. Collins remarried and continued to live in the house until his death in 1974. Lawrence E. Wildrick and Adele L. Wildrick purchased the house on May 15, 1974, and resided there for only two years. On June 16, 1976 the Wildricks sold 365 Camden Avenue to Dr. G. Robert Van Sciver and Margarete I. Van Sciver who, by performing extensive maintenance and repair, saved the house from its long period of slow decline. They also built a new 1200 square foot addition for Dr. Van Sciver’s orthodontist practice. On March 24, 1994 the Van Scivers sold 365 Camden Avenue to Gordon S. Thomas and Ellen R. Thomas. The Thomases did much work on the house, most of which was geared towards making the house more suitable for contemporary living. In 2000, there was a fire which started in the master bathroom. Damage from this resulted in the replacement of the second floor windows on the east side of the house and the complete remodeling of all three bathrooms. No structural damage occurred. One of the contractors involved in the reconstruction, said that if not for the hollow tile construction, the house would have been “lost”. This is a testament to the “fireproof” nature of this method of construction. In January, 2001 the Thomases sold the house to the Bradys who have continued its preservation and restoration, including extensive efforts in gardening and landscaping. In summary, the home embodies its 100 year life and the experiences and needs of those who lived there. During its life the house evolved from a seven bedroom home with a sewing room and single bath to its current configuration of five bedrooms, a laundry room and three and a half baths. Other changes include swapping the locations of the dining room and kitchen. The Bradys have developed their history of the house and its previous owners based on six years of experience living in the home, much research and equally important, feedback obtained from guests at the 100th birthday party. They are pleased to be the current caretakers of the house. — Charles and Lynda Brady
The owners of the Cooper-Collins house on Camden Avenue had a party to celebrate the 100th “birthday” of the house
Library News The Historical Society Library staff continues in its ongoing task of PastPerfect collection data entry, and in addition, we spend much time fielding and researching questions about Moorestown history from the general public and press. Without the help of our diligent volunteers, including Bill Archer and Kevin Stephany, none of these activities would be possible. Volunteers of all skill levels who are available to work on Tuesday afternoons or on the second Saturday of each month are needed and would be much appreciated. Attentive reader Jack Cresson brought to our attention an error in the “Ramble On” article that appeared in the last issue of our newsletter. The building depicted in the photograph on page five is not the Burr dry good and drug store but the Burr residential house. The Burr store was actually located directly to the west of the Burlington County Trust building (now Wachovia Bank) as seen in the photograph (see below).
The HSM/ Smith-Cadbury Stewardship Ideas corner provides ideas on how you can help the HSM as well as yourself
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In our continuing series of reprints of “Under the Old Hat of The Country Editor” by Percy Lovell, we present his column from the December 7, 1950 issue of the News Chronicle. — by Stephanie Herz COST OF LIVING NOW COMPARED WITH THE “GOOD OLD DAYS” OF 1906 — We were reading the other day (last week, in fact) that the cost of living had now reached an all-time high. Then, as against that, one of our good friends showed us some prices from the advertisement of the S. C. Childs & Co. published between June and December of 1906. S. C. Childs was the founder of a chain of grocery stores, which through the years finally became the great American Stores and the Acme Super Markets which is 1948 did a business of
$417,000,000. Childs was a philanthropist and did a vast amount of good with his money. As we have written before, the Childs store in Moorestown occupied the original Leworthy Building which stood on Main st. on the site of the present offices of the Stockwell-Knight Co., the Leworthy Building being razed when the StockwellKnight Co. building was moved one lot east to its present location. The inventory of the Childs’ store in Moorestown in 1906 amounted to $872.60, and many of the (continued)
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items are not only interesting for their low prices, but they hark back to another era before many labor-saving devices had been perfected: the washing machine for instance. In 1906 women slaved over the wooden wash tub and Childs was selling “a good washboard for 15c,” 3 cakes of laundry soap for 10c (now you’re lucky to get one cake for 11c), and 40 clothespins for 3c. How many of our older people remember the silver 3-cent piece of years ago? Steaks were 11c pound, now they are 89C or better. We won’t go into the prices of coffee which then began at 12c. Salmon was 15c pound can, now is 59c. BACON WAS 15c POUND, now 59c with eggs at 80c doz. Somehow this reminds us of a bacon and egg story. Several salesmen were eating a breakfast together in a small Southern hotel. All ordered bacon and eggs, except one who said “eliminate the eggs.” In a few minutes the waiter returned and asked: “Boss, how did you want them eggs?” “I said ‘eliminate them,’” was the reply. For the second time the waiter came from the kitchen, and pausing for a moment, blurted out: “Boss, we can’t eliminate them eggs, for the eliminator am done busted.” The 59c bacon and the 80c eggs do eliminate themselves from many a breakfast table today, although with economy we are generally able to have “a egg” nearly every morning. And just think of a pot roast, with no bone, at 9c a pound! One of our friends who was inclined to be rather hoity-toity as far as food was concerned once remarked: “Pot roast! Why I wouldn’t know what to do with a pot roast if I had one in the house!” As far as we are concerned we don’t know anything better than a good pot roast (especially if it is cooked in an old-fashioned iron pot) with plenty of rich brown gravy, and several vegetables. Everybody knows Vogt’s pork products are excellent. Think of stepping in a store today and buying several pounds of that company’s scrapple at 6c a lb., or Jersey Sausage (to go with the waffles) at 14c a lb. as one did in the good old days of 1906. Speaking of Jersey Sausage we are wondering if the farmers around Moorestown still have the old fashioned “hog killings” of the yesteryears. They were great occasions with the neighbors helping, and a veritable feast served all the workers at the noonday dinners. Today, in New York, quite a number of restaurants list “Sausages” (note the “s”) on the menu. But what are they? Nothing but little things just somewhat thicker than a lead pencil and mostly beef at that. THE 37c SACK OF FLOUR WAS UNDOUBTLY GROUND AT THE J.C. HOPKINS MILL on Mill street (now Albert Ellis’ plumbing establishment) with Walter Cline and Frank Shreeve as the two expert millers. The whirring of the machinery made a pleasant sound and the men were always white with flour dust. Well, folks, here are the prices when a dollar was really a dollar, not a 47-cent piece as it is today as far as buying power is concerned:
COFFEE Golden Rio. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golden Santos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Golden Peaberrry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special Blend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MEATS Lean Beef Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Lower Cut Round Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Top Cut Round Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rib Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chuck Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rump Steak . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross Cut Roast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pot Roast, no bone . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stewing Beef. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liver or Blood Pudding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Vogt’s Scrapple . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jersey Sausage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Loin Mutton Chops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Legs Yearling Mutton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Stewing Mutton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Hamburg . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finest Bacon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Chipped Beef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salt Pork . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Picnic Hams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MISCELLANEOUS Good Tea in airtight box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ivins Butter Thins. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Potatoes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Best Shoe Peg Corn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Onions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Salmon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Milk and Honey Jumbles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Starch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . White Norway Mackerel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Boxes Selected Spices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Finest Butter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Graham Crackers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cakes Laundry Soap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A Good Washboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Clothes Pins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Yards Clothes Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Best Granulated Sugar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . New Rolled Oats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cape Cod Cranberries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12c lb. 15c lb. 17c lb. 19c lb. 10c lb. 11c lb. 12 1/2 c. lb. 12c lb. 8c and 10 c lb. 12 1/2 c lb. 12c lb. 9c lb. 5c lb. 10c lb. 6c lb. 14c lb. 15c lb. 12c lb. 6c lb. 10c lb. 19c lb. 25c lb. 16c lb. 10 1/2c lb. 10c 1/4 lb. 12c lb. 39c bas. 5c can 3 lbs. 5c 15c can 11c lb. 2 lbs. 5c each 7c 25c 32c lb. 10c lb. 10c 15c 3c 17c 5c lb. (4 lbs. 19c) 3 lbs. 10c 9c qt.
Best Pure Lard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13c lb.
—Percy B. Lovell
We needs lots of help to keep the Historical Society running throughout the year. Here is a list of jobs, big and small, that we need to fill: • Activities/Events – Helps plan, organize and hold Society events • Archives/Library – Assists with archives, Tuesday or Saturday afternoons • Docents – Museum and special exhibit guides • Exhibits – Helps create interesting displays • Fund Raising – Helps plan and hold income-generating events • Hospitality – Helps with refreshments for various events • Legal – Consult with Board on various questions • Mailings – Affix labels and/or postage for membership mail • Museum – Helps with maintaining collections and museum • Office – Helps with files, phone & mail • Oral History – Collects oral histories and oversees written work • Photography – Attends events and take digital photos for our archives and publicity • Programs – Helps select programs and speakers, coordinates meetings • Property and Grounds – Cares for Smith-Cadbury Mansion and garden • Publicity – Helps get Society information to the members and public • Research – Helps answer inquiries and investigates historical information • Textiles – Works with textile collection • Typing – Adds collection information to the database • Writers – Provide articles for the newsletter or website If you can help out, call Ann Langerhans at 856-235-5747 or e-mail [email protected]
The Moorestown Historical Society appreciates the continued support of its members. Many exciting events are planned for the winter and we look forward to seeing you then. We welcome the following new members: Deb Alexander Joan P. Beard Harvey Berk Matt & Kim Bunn Mr. & Mrs. Michael Holt Mr. Thomas Marasheski & Ms. Zeynep Yurderi Kenneth M. & Julia A. Miller Mr. & Mrs. Robert F. Morris, Jr. Mary Anne Polk O’Meara & John O’Meara, Jr. Charles & Kathleen Rossetti Mrs. John P. Ramsay Mrs. Mary Waling Carmen & Charles Von Wrangell
Karl & Jacquie Ebert Mary & Les Heselton Mr. & Mrs. Mark LaGatta Mr. George W. Matteo, Jr. Ms. Patricia K. Phelan Laurette Rauﬀenbart Mr. & Mrs. Earl Waxman Carol Williamson Thomson North American Legal Peter & Lisa Cash BENEFACTOR
Mr. & Mrs. John N. Culbertson
Thank you, Mary Ann! The Historical Society of Moorestown Board of Trustees and membership would like to extend their deep appreciation to Mary Ann Alberti for her many years of dedicated service as a Trustee as she leaves the Board. During her term, Mary Ann served as Membership Chair overseeing the annual membership renewals and records. She was one of the first volunteers to use the Society’s Past Perfect software for museums entering all the membership data to keep our records straight. She is an avid gardener and member of the Moorestown Garden Club and has been and involved with decorating Smith-Cadbury for Christmas a number of years also serving as past chair. Mary Ann has graciously agreed to help new Membership Chair, Lynne Japka, to ensure as smooth transition as she takes over this important responsibility. We hope to continue to see lots of Mary Ann and Paul when they are not at the shore.
NEW MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION NAME(S): ADDRESS: MEMBERSHIP CATEGORY: BASIC MEMBERSHIP: Student $10 ___ Individual/Family $25 ___ DONOR LEVELS: Patron $100-499 ___ Contributor $500-999 ___ Benefactor $1,000+ ___
Make check payable to: Historical Society of Moorestown Mail to: Historical Society of Moorestown P.O. Box 477 / Moorestown, NJ 08057 14
For Membership information, contact: Lynn Japka at 856-802-0204
CALENDAR OF UPCOMING EVENTS DECEMBER 2007
Second Saturday & Children’s Craft, 1:00 & 2:00 PM; Tours 1-4
GIFT SHOP SALE!
A Home Front Christmas Party at Smith-Cadbury; 5:30 PM Museum closed Dec. 18th through Jan 7th
APRIL 2008 10
Gingerbread House Display & Contest; 1 PM (following parade)
A reminder for those of our readers who have attained age 70 1/2 and have an IRA! If you wish to gift a part of your IRA to charity, including the Historical Society of Moorestown, you must contact, on or before December 31, 2007, the custodian of your IRA and authorize a gift to the charity of interest to you. The gift may not exceed $100,000. There are no tax consequences to making this gift (you are not taxed on the amount distributed from the IRA and you don’t get a deduction for the amount gifted). As it now stands, this law is expected to expire on the last day of 2007, unless Congress acts to extend it beyond that date. If you are under age 70 1/2, you may also make a gift from your IRA but will be taxed on the proceeds, and be able to deduct the amount you give to the charity. This transaction probably will not end up being tax wash, however, since the amount you withdraw from the IRA will be higher than the amount you send to the charity. The difference, however, may not dissuade you from considering such a move. If you wish to make such a gift or any other form of gift (cash, securities, bonds, autos, real estate, annuities, life insurance, etc) to the Historical Society in return for a gift annuity, please contact the Historical Society for an illustration. A gift annuity is a contract between you and the Historical Society in which you are paid a guaranteed sum of money for the rest of your life, or the lives of you and one other person. For example, a person age 60 will receive a rate of return of 5.7%: for a person age 70, the rate of return is 6.5%, and a person who is age 75, the rate of return is 7.1%, a portion of which is tax free. At this time of the year, many folks think on the status of their estate planning. According to Leimberg and LeClair, Inc, attorneys, there are 10 most common mistakes made in estate planning. One of those 10 mistakes involves wills. They are: 1. The greatest mistake is to die intestate, that is, without a will. Therefore, do you have a will? Is it current? Births, deaths, adoptions, marriages, divorces, separations, move to or from another state, and tax revisions all may render an existing will inappropriate. As regards tax revisions, for example, A. Are your assets in excess of $675,000? If so, are you aware that NJ revised its estate tax law in 2001, effective as of January 1, 2002? The new law taxes assets exceeding $675,000 at a tax rate that begins at 10% on assets in excess of $675,000 and rises to 47%, as taxable assets increase. B. If you would you like to hear about the 10 most common mistakes made in estate planning, let us know by contacting the Historical Society. Sometime in late January-early February, we will conduct a meeting on the subject, if at least 15-20 individuals express an interest. C. If you live in retirement community and the leadership of that community would like us to present these 10 issues, again, contact the Historical Society to arrange a meeting at your community’s meeting place. Please note, the Historical Society is not licensed to practice law or accounting. Therefore, our illustrations and presentations are informative only. Any need for legal documentation must be referred to an attorney. Also, how your tax liabilities will be impacted will need to be referred to an accountant. — Joe MacMichael
1 Handful of Life Everlasting . . . The donated Zelley Family History (see page 6) included this handwritten recipe for Balsam Apple Salve. The name “E.C. Moore” was written on the back. The salve was probably used to relieve pain and inflammation. Balsam Apple is a plant in the gourd family with red or orange-yellow cucumber-shaped fruit. Life Everlasting (also called Cudweed) is a plant with many medicinal uses.
E.C. Moore’s Recipe for Balsam Apple Salve 2 Balsam apples, 1 handful of Life everlasting, 1/2 lb. of Lard, boil and strain it, then add 1 oz. of Rosin, 1 oz. of Beeswax, and a little gum Camphur.
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