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.