Class Trip Gretna Grammar School
Seventy years ago on
the 8th grade class of June 9, 1939 at departed for a visit to historic New Gretna Grammar School Then on to the Franklin Institute and Zoo located in Valley Forge, Pa. As I remember it was a beautiful June day. Departed from home with a brown bag full of goodies to eat and share with my classmates, and in my pocket two dollars to spend as I saw fit. Life couldn't get better. The trip was sponsored by the P.T.A. and included students from the grades 7 & 6. Philadelphia, Pa.
We didn't have to wait for anyone and departed as scheduled with the school bus being driven by John Bozarth. I believe Milton Cramer (Photo on right as a young man) had the bus contract and the manufacture was REO. Taking Hammonton road passing through Wading River, Green Bank, Basto, turning right on the White Horse Pike, around the Camden airport circle, Admiral Wilson Blvd. across the Ben Franklin bridge up Vine St. got a glimpse of William Penn at top of City Hall and along the Schuykill river to our destination.
Unlike the present time Valley Forge was under the control of the Pennsylvania Parks Department and it was more of a picnic area, but it did have some historic buildings, Washington Headquarters, replica of huts used by revolutionary soldiers, cannons, a tower which you could climb for a view located on a hill surrounded by picnic tables were we ate our lunch. Trying to imagine conditions during that winter was difficult. Sitting on the tables we were approached by a park ranger who inquired where are you from? We replied! New
. Then he proceeded to inform us that "tables are for glasses not asses" therefore remove yourselves, which we did rapidly. I haven't sat on top of a picnic table since. Gretna, NJCannon at the picnic grounds at Valley Forge. Elsie Smith (teacher - center), John Bozarth (the bus driver sitting on right wheel). Students: Robert Crompton, Clif Brown, Jackie Clark, and Harold Sears. I'm not sure regarding the order, but I believe it may be from left to right. (June 15, 1939 photo courtesy of Clif Brown.)
Luckily it was time to leave for the Franklin Institute. As we entered a large area was roped off with canvas draped from ceiling to floor. Taking a peek, a large statue of Ben Franklin was inside which was to be dedicated at the coming 4th of July celebration and which is still there today. Many interesting exhibits and experiments were available which were hands on friendly. In the basement were larger exhibits and one that caught my eye was a gigantic
Baldwinlocomotive. We were allowed to climb in the cab and a attendant garbed as a railroad engineer explained the many gauges, valves and etc. I was standing in front, he spun me around and said to the group "Met Casey Jones" put my hands on the throttle and the locomotive started move. Wow! What an experience.
On to the Zoo. It was my first exposure to captive wild animals, except Frank Bucks Wild Animal Show on the boardwalk pier in
. As I remember all the animals were caged and not displayed in open areas as they are today. It wasn't as thrilling as I expected. Atlantic City
Time to head home, all had a full day, stopping only for a rest stop outside of Hammonton and spending my last nickel for a candy bar. We came to life after crossing the
. Someone started singing "Merrily we roll along" and as the bus stopped to discharge a classmate they were serenaded with "Goodbyes". Wading River
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Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Jacob Magid Hall:
Jacob Magid was an entrepreneur from Philadelphia who bought the old Civic Hall on Allentown Road, now North Maple Avenue. The building, now the home of the New Gretna Volunteer Fire Company, was originally erected by the Women's Guild of the New Gretna Presbyterian Church in 1929 as a facility for community functions and events. The timing of the project was just right, as the Presbyterian Church was installing stained glass windows and donated the old church windows to the Civic Hall construction project.
Baby Carol Gray with her grandmother Willets in front of the old Civic Hall which would become the Jacob (or Joseph) Magid Hall in the late 1940's. (Photo courtesy of Franklin Willets Gray.)
Sometime in the mid 1940's the building was purchased by Jacob and/or Joseph Magid for the housing of a sewing factory. The factory was welcomed by the community as it produced needed jobs for many local women. Sarah Mathis, a local Insurance and Real Estate agent, was hired by Magid to recruit a local labor force as evidenced by the following May 27, 1948 Tuckerton Beacon classified advertisement.
Sarah Mathis helped in the hiring of local women for the Sewing Factory. (Photo courtesy of Murray and Jean Harris.)
Sarah Mathis operated an insurance business out of her home on Allentown Road, now North Maple Avenue. The home is currently owned by the Neuweiler family. (February 1, 2009 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
Sabrina "Tink" Downs in 1946. (Photo courtesy of Tom Williams.)
Dot Allen with daughter, Eleanor, in 1945. (Photo courtesy of Almira Cramer Steele.)
As mentioned in the May 16th Blog posting, the Magid Hall was used for movies (See ad below). They appear to have been held only on weekends. I am somewhat puzzled by this, as the movies were being held in the same time period as the operation of the Sewing Factory. I don't know how both operations could have been held in the same building.
Tuckerton Beacon Ad - June 21, 1947
No one seems to remember the movies, so it is likely that they were held for only a short time. The only ads I could find were in June, 1947. This was before the Sewing Factory occupied the building, allowing the movies to be held on the main floor of the facility. This would explain my puzzlement as to how the movies and the Sewing Factory could have been held in the same building.
(1) Who was Joseph Magid? A Philadelphia businessman who purchased the New Gretna Civic Hall in the mid 1940's.(2) Where, in New Gretna, was his hall? It was on Allentown Road, now North Maple Avenue.(3) Other than movies, what was his hall used for? Skating Rink and, presently, the Fire Company.(4) Is his hall still standing, today? Yes, it is presently the New Gretna Volunteer Fire Company.(5) Have you ever been to a movie in Joseph Magid Hall? Still haven't heard from anyone on this.
Dick Storey's Whizzer:
Apparently, at least one person in the area purchased a Whizzer, as evidenced by the following classified ad placed in the May 10, 1951 Tuckerton Beacon by Orville Fithian of Parkertown. I don't know if it was originally purchased from Dick Storey but, somehow, from the wording of the ad, "to sell cheap", I get the impression that the Whizzer wasn't too popular an item. I wonder if it is still available. With the price of gas inching up again, I just might give Orville a call.
A big thank you to Joan Exel from the Tuckerton Historical Society for giving me the Whizzer Classified clipping.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Dick and Gladys Storey out front of their Real Estate office in the mid 1950's. (Photo courtesy of William Maxwell.)
Addie Hilaman and her grandson, Billie Maxwell, out front of the Hilaman Sunoco Station. The car in the photo belonged to a Sunoco salesman who took the photo. (Photo courtesy of William Maxwell.)
October 23, 1947 Tuckerton Beacon Advertisement.
The Storey Real Estate business building is now a private home. (June 11, 2005 photo by Pete Stemmer.)
Friday, May 22, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Rev. G. H. Jackson, Pastor
Sunday, March 3, 1946
A. M. Morning Worship A. M. Sunday-school
P. M. Evening Worship
8 p. m. The Concetta Bible Class will meet next Tuesday evening at the home of Mrs. Charles Watson.
Last Sunday morning the Rev. Leon Martorana a former pastor of the local church was the speaker at the service,
having recently been discharged from the U. S. Army of which he has served as Chaplain overseas. The evening service was in charge of the Rev. Ziba Adams, retired Minister of Port Republic, N. J.
NOTES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Rev. George R. Cox, Jr., Pastor
Sunday, March 3, 1946
A. M. Sunday-school
A. M. Morning Service
P. M. Evening Service.
Last Wednesday afternoon the Ladies Auxiliary held their monthly luncheon meeting at the home of Mrs. Gertrude F. Cramer.
Sunday services were observed with appropriate sermons and singing of hymns suited to the 85th anniversary of the organization of the Church. In the evening the Men's Chorus were guests of the Pastor and Congregation at which time they rendered several selections, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Fred Shropshire. A delegation was present from Tuckerton and several other out of town visitors were present at this service.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Shropshire announced the engagement of their daughter, Mildred to Theodore G. Felsburg, son of Mr. and Mrs. T. G. Felsburg of
Pleasant Ave., Pleasantville, N. J. Mr. Felsburg has recently returned home from service in the . Marshall Islands
Maurer – Post
A wedding of distinction and beauty took place in the New Gretna Methodist Church Friday afternoon,
February 22, 1946 at , when Miss Naomi Post, our Postmaster, only daughter of John Q. Post, and niece of Miss Margaret C. Adams, and William Maurer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurer of Wading River, N. J. were united in Holy Matrimony by the Rev. Leon Martorano, recently discharged Army Chaplain, and a former Pastor of the local Church. He was assisted by the Rev. Blain Detrick of Cherry Run, N. Y., also a former Pastor of Lower Bank Circuit. The double ring ceremony was used.
The bride was given in marriage by her father and was charming in her gown of White net over white satin with extreme length train, a coronet of lace and net adorned her head attached to her veil of net and lace with long train, a string of pearls encircled her neck, she carried a Brides Bible, with a white orchid attached from which hung streamers of ribbon with tiny bower The matron of honor, Mrs. Marguireite Updike Detrick, of Cherry Run, N. Y. wore a blue satin dress with white appliquéd net over dress, and a Polk Bonnet of blue for a head dress and carried yellow rosebuds.
The two bridesmaids, Miss Mae Corlis of Trenton, N. J. and Miss Jeanette Brinker of Philadelphia, Pa. were dressed in contrasting colors, one wearing yellow satin dress with white appliquéd net over dress, and matching Polk Bonnet carried a bouquet of white carnations, the second Brides-maid was attired in a dress of pink satin with appliquéd white net over dress, and wore a Polk Bonnet of matching color, and carried variegated pink and white carnation.
The flower girl, Jacquelin Barnes, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Barnes, local, was cute and very pretty in her gown of rose colored taffeta and carried a basket of snapdragon and Carnations. Mr. Maurer chose for the best man, his brother Norman Maurer of
, N. J. and the two ushers were James Clarence Post, brother of the bride, local, and William Mee of Rahway , N. J. The wedding march was played by Miss Naomi Freestone, organist at the Fellowship Church, Philadelphia, Pa. Mrs. Rae Holloway of West Creek, rendered two solo's, "Because," and "At Dawning." A duet, 'Saviour Like A Shepherd Lead Me" was sung by Mrs. Holloway and Mr. Clarence G. Mathis, while the young couple was kneeling in prayer. Rahway
Miss Margaret C. Adams, aunt of the bride was dressed in Navy blue appliquéd Crepe with matching hat and wore a corsage of red rose buds. Mrs. Paul Maurer, mother of the groom, wore a light blue silk jersey flowered print dress, with black hat and wore a corsage of red rose buds.
After the young couple were given a ride around the village they and the wedding party returned to the Civic Hall, where they were greeted by over 275 friends, with a reception following. The Church which was beautifully decorated with Palms, Ferns and cut flowers by Fisher, the florist, of
, formed an attractive setting for the wedding, likewise the hall in which only the bridal party was seated at a table where a three tier wedding cake graced the center, and ferns, carnations and snapdragon added to the attractive decorations. Atlantic City
A buffet supper was served to the guests which numbered over 275 and after the cutting of the wedding cake the young couple left for
, thence to Atlantic City where they are spending a week. It is the unanimous wish of the Community and nearby towns that the young couple spend a long and happy wedded life together. Richmond, Va.
Mr. and Mrs, Eugene Bernstein of
, N. Y. spent the holiday and week end with the formers mother, Mrs. Constance Bernstein. New York City
Mr. Thomas Wood of
spent Saturday in town. Clementon, N.J.
Mr. James C. MacDonald, Supervisor of State Conservation and Development of Forestry, was a business visitor in
, N. J. Tuesday. Trenton
Mrs. Newton Mathis and daughter Arlene and young son of Wildwood, N, J. were week end guests of their aunt, Miss Theora B. Cramer.
Mrs. John Leepa who has been confined to the Hahnemann
for five weeks following a major operation returned to her home last Sunday and is convalescent at this time. hospitalof Philadelphia
The Rev. and Mrs. Leon Martorana of
were guests of Mr. Franklin A. Gray and parents for the holiday and week end. Mrs. Martorana was taken ill with Grippe during her visit and was unable to attend the Maurer-Post wedding. Boston, Mass.
Miss Jean Shropshire and mother Mrs. Fred Shropshire, were
visitors Saturday. Atlantic City
Mr. and Mrs. W. O. Salmons of
S. Maple Ave.had as their guest Friday, Mrs. Evelyn Baker of 15 W. Adams Ave., Pleasantville, N. J.
Sorry to report that our School Janitor, Walter L. Mathis, was rushed to
hospital early Saturday morning in the Tuckerton Ambulance, where it was found necessary to perform Atlantic City
an emergency operation. He is doing very well at this time, and has the best wishes of the Community at large for his complete and speedy recovery.
Mrs. Marjorie Frantz of Philadelphia, Mr. and Mrs. William Sweiker of Phila. Pa. and Miss Mildred Leepa, Chief, and Mr. and Mrs. R. Scott of Laurel Springs, N. J. were Sunday callers and visitors over the week end at the Leepa Home.
Relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Gerew who attended the wedding of Miss Naomi Post and were guests of the Gerews, were: Mr. and Mrs. Leon Barrett, Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Pote of
Collingswood, N. J. and Mrs. Ada Mathis of Vineland, N. J.
Mrs. Thomas Newell is visiting with her husband, Ensign Thomas Newell, in
for this week. New York City
Mrs. Sara Mathis was the guest of her niece and husband, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Holloway for the day Monday, when they motored to
on a shopping trip, after which en route home they were Dinner guests of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Holloway and daughter Jean at their home in Chatsworth. Philadelphia
Mrs. Mary Black who has been visiting in
with friends and relatives spent Tuesday in town attending the funeral of her sister, Mrs. Annie Nelson. Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. and Mrs. James Updike of
Wading River left Sunday for a visit with their daughter and husband, the Rev. and Mrs. Blain Detrick of Cherry Run, N. Y.
Guests arriving Thursday evening at the Adams-Post home for the Post-Maurer wedding on Friday were: Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Cramer of Jersey City, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Freestone and daughter Naomi, Miss Iva Young of Philadelphia, Miss Mae Corlis of Trenton, Mrs. William Paterson and Miss Marian Lashley of Mays Landing, Miss Lucy Bombacci, of Boston, and Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Thomas of Philadelphia.
Mrs. Marjorie Kent and friend of
and Mrs. L. Newcomer of Westville, N. J., Mrs. Dora Maxwell of Philadelphia were all guests of Mrs. Dora Sutton Friday when they all attended the Maurer-Post wedding. Philadelphia
Mrs. Levi Downs and Mr. and Mrs. W. Salmons were visitors in
GermaniaSaturday evening where they attended the auction which is held there weekly.
Mr. and Mrs. W. Roy Mathis, Mrs. Walter L. Mathis and daughter, Georgine, Mrs. Fred Shropshire, were all Monday evening visitors at the
hospital where they visited with Walter L. Mathis, who is recovering from a major operation performed last Saturday morning. Atlantic City
Sorry to report that Miss Betty McAnney is confined to her home with illness, she is recovering nicely, and is reported to be a very good patient. Her grandfather,
Capt. L. D. Robbins passed his 83rd birthday the 26th day of February. Capt. Robbins is very active and still carries on his Oyster Shipping business at the Bass River Dock. His brother-in-law, Samuel Allen was 85 years old last Friday the 22nd.
Mr. Kelsey Moore of Oaklyn, N. J. brother of Mrs. A. Caroline Mathis, was a visitor with his sister, Caroline. Together they spent Monday with their two sisters in
. Atlantic City
Mrs. Pitman Mathis who has recovered from a six week illness, the while she was with her son Herbert Strickland and family in Port Republic, was a caller of Mrs. Sara Mathis Tuesday afternoon.
Guests of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Maurer at their home in Wading River were Mr. and Mrs. Norman Maurer, Mr. William Mee of Rahway, Mr. and Mrs. Martin Maurer of Palisades, Mr. and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Pilles, Mr. and Mrs. William Brinker of Sea Girt, Mrs. Otto Ulbrick and daughter of Westfield. All were hero to attend the Maurer-Post Wedding.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Rendell and son Noel of Tuckerton were Saturday evening callers of Mrs. Sara Mathis.
Rev. George Cox Jr. was a Saturday afternoon caller of Walter L. Mathis at the Atlantic City hospital
Coxswain Theodore Felsberg of Pleasantville was a Thursday evening caller of Miss Mildred Shropshire, C.N., at her home.
Miss Mary McGrath, Primary teacher, was a wednesday evening dinner guest of Capt. and Mrs. Pratt Cramer and son, Donald.
Miss Betty Schutte has recovered after several days illness at her home on
North Allentown Road.