One of my all time favorite comic strips was Calvin and Hobbes. It was one of the few comics, in addition to the Far Side, that I really looked forward to every day. I even shed a tear when it was discontinued. I especially loved the time machine stories when Calvin and his pet tiger, Hobbes, would step into their cardboard time machine, put on their time travel goggles, and go back in time for some interesting adventures.
When I saw a big cardboard box at the Transfer Station the other day, my mind flashed back to Calvin's time machine adventures. I thought that it would be fun if we could step into a time machine and go back to an earlier time in New Gretna to see what was going on. Well, I brought that old cardboard box home from the Transfer Station and made a few adjustments that I learned from Calvin. So, put on your goggles and step into the time machine with me while I set the control buttons to December 18, 1941 in New Gretna, exactly 67 years from today. Let see what was happening . . .
December 18, 1941
Rev. A. D. Elwell of Ewan, N. J., called on Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Mathis and several other families Tuesday afternoon of this week.
Mr. and Mrs. J. Pratt Cramer of Atlantic City were Wednesday evening dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Cramer and family.
Mrs. Joseph Shropshire of
, N. J. returned home after a weeks visit with Mr. and Mrs. Walter L. Mathis. Trenton
Mrs. William Magee and daughter Peggy of
, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Peer and children Walter, Jr., and Stella of Manahawkin, Private John Edward Mathis of Atlantic City , and Mrs. Carroll Allen of Tuckerton were Sunday visitors with Mr. and Mrs. Eugene P. Mathis. Aberdeen, Md
Mrs. Viola Cramer was an overnight visitor with her daughter Mrs. Peter de Flesco in
, Wednesday of last week. Trenton
Mr. Richard Woodward of Riverton, N. J. and Mr. Leslie Reeves of
, N. J., members of the Burlington County Real Estate Board, were Saturday afternoon callers of Mr John S. Mathis. Riverside
Several members of the Fire Company responded to an alarm which caused a slight damage to the chimney in the residence of Mrs. Mattie Berry, last Saturday at .
Mr. and Mrs. Marvin B. Mathis entertained at dinner at their home last Thursday, Mr. and Mrs. Asbury Mathis, and Mr. and Mrs. Delvin Bozarth.
Mrs. H. Z. Mathis and Mrs. J. Robert Maxwell motored to
, Monday to obtain material for sewing and information in regards to the organization of a branch of the Red Cross Chapter, in New Gretna. Mt. Holly
Mr. and Mrs. William Hurff, Mrs. Fanny Richer and Mr. Walter Carr of Ewan, N. J., former parishers of Rev. Taylor, were Sunday afternoon callers of Rev. and Mrs. H. C. Taylor, at the Parsonage.
Dr. D. C. Simmerman and Attorney A. McKean of
, were Sunday visitors of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin B. Mathis. Germantown, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Vanslyke and son
Douglasof Lakehurst, N. J. were Wednesday afternoon callers of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mathis. Mr. Van Slyke was at one time the Educational Advisor and Director at the Veterans C. C. C. Camp here, and is now Instructor and Manager of the Y. M. C. A. in Lakehurst.
Rev. E. C. Enslin and Miss Erva Cramer were Sunday dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Milton R. Kauflin.
Mr. and Mrs. Foster Lamson and family of Paulsboro, N. J. visited with their parents Mr. and Mrs. Marvin B. Mathis Saturday.
Mrs. C. C. Mathis was an
shopper Monday of this week. Atlantic City
Mr. and Mrs. Russell P. Mathis visited with Mr. and Mrs. John S. Mathis Sunday afternoon and evening.
Mrs. Mabele Cramer has gone to
where she will remain until after the holidays with her daughters and their families. Philadelphia
Mrs. Elizabeth Schutte entertained in honor of her daughter Betty’s 10th birthday, Tuesday afternoon, with seven of her little friends present at her home on
North Maple Ave.The guests were Bob, Elvin and Georgene Mathis, Betty McAnney, Lora Jean Hickman, Barbara and Sheila Shanley and Betty Schutte.
Many of you out there with New Gretna roots should recognize some of the names mentioned in our time travel trip. If so, let's hear some memories or stories from you.