The greatest curiosity in
township is in the possession of constable Joseph B. Cramer, of New Gretna, and consists of a four-legged chicken. The fowl walks on its front legs, and becoming tired sits down its back legs. The chicken seems to enjoy the novelty of being a quadruped and struts around with its extra pair of legs sticking out behind with all the dignity of a Chinese mandarin. Mr. Cramer is going to send it to the Zoological Garden. ( Bass River Mt. HollyHerald 6/6/1885)
1. Joseph B. Cramer (08/06/1850) Farmer, Constable, and Justice of the Peace.
The post-office at New Gretna was established in about 1853, with Franklin Adams as postmaster, which position he now holds. The office was formerly kept in a store erected by Mr. Adams. At the time he purchased the hotel property it was moved to a building adjacent the hotel, where it is at present located. ["History of Burlington and Mercer Counties" by Major E.M. Woodward and John F. Hageman, 1883, p. 230.] Moderator's Note: Woodward and Hageman were incorrect regarding the date of the first Post Office and the first Post Master which shows that you can't trust all history books. It always pays to have more than one source, if possible.
5. Joseph B. Lamson (11/02/1885) Builder and proprietor of the New Gretna House.
6. Ida Deacon (06/06/1889) Sister of Charles Deacon.
There is trouble here over the post office. When Miss Deacon was appointed she received 14 signers and the objection to her was that it would be kept in her brother’s hotel. He stifled this by saying he would abandon hotel-keeping when his license expired. Now there has arisen family trouble and Miss Deacon and her brother are on the outs. She applied for a room at Lamson’s [The New Gretna House] for the post office but was refused. [
Herald Mt. Holly 8/14/1889]
There has been a shakeup in the post office in New Gretna, and postmaster Alfred M. Sullivan is out, Miss Laura Leek having been appointed to take charge of the office for the present. The reason assigned for the change was that Mr. Sullivan was short on his accounts. [Note: Sullivan disputes the charge in the article and attributes it to politics.]
Herald Mt. Holly 3/16/1901
The Route 9 home of Mary Leek, minus the second story which was destroyed by a 1939 fire. See the January 23rd Blog entry for a newspaper account and a photo of the house right after the fire. It is currently the home of the Earl Cramer family. (January, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
12. Maybelle Ray Cramer (07/01/1944) Operated out of her home on North Maple Avenue. After her husband Harvey "Gid" Cramer drowned, Maybelle married Eugene "Booter" Mathis.
Maybelle ran the Post Office out of her North Maple Avenue house which is currently the home of the Sellner family. (February, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
13. Naomi Margaret Post (09/15/1944) Operated out of Miss Margaret Adams home on Route 9 and later from her own home on Route 9. After her marriage to William Maurer, Naomi Post Maurer was reappointed in 02/02/1946.
Naomi began her Post Mistress career in the closed in front porch of Miss Margaret Adams house which is adjacent to St. Paul's United Methodist Church. (January, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer)
The Route 9 house of Naomi and Sharon Maurer that served as the New Gretna Post Office for many years. (January, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
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14. Helen E. Carty (11/29/1957) Operated out of Naomi Maurer's home on Route 9.
15. Bernadette M. Murphy (06/30/1979) Operated out of present leased facility. Helen worked as a clerk for Naomi before becoming Post Mistress.
16. Joshua O. Weber (11/14/1981) Operated out of present leased facility.
17. Melanie A. Klix (01/02/1988) Operated out of present leased facility. Melanie is currently the Post Mistress at West Creek.
18. Richard W. Irion (12/28/1991) Operated out of present leased facility.
19. Michele L. Scamoffa (01/25/2003) Operates out of present leased facility.
Operates out of present leased facility.