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Chronicling the past with an eye to the future - The Sun Newspapers
Delran Historical Society asks residents to share their pandemic experiences
Taking “Then” and “Now” photos to the next level. Haunting and cool at the same time.
These Then-And-Now pictures bring together some of the more unforgettable pictures of post-battle Gettysburg with modern versions taken from the same location as the originals. For many, these photographs conjure feelings of awe and amazement along with sadness and despair. These feelings are often....
Over the years I've removed some big hives. I even had one go viral, "Holy Huge Comb," a couple of years ago. Monday I removed the largest hive I've come across. Coming in at over 30 feet of combs, this was the big one.
History was made in Delran this past weekend. On Saturday, June 6, Delran, along with its neighboring town Riverside, supported organizer John Walls in a Black Lives Matter protest march that started at the Delran middle school and reached through both towns. Delran and Riverside Mayors, town council reps, police, fire, and EMS departments along with a HUGE turnout of supporters (over 1,000 people) and many volunteers peacefully rallied side by side bringing awareness of an important cause and the need for change.
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Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Bezos. You probably recognize those names, but what about Stephen Girard? The lists vary, but the one I used lists Sephen Girard as the 6th wealthiest American of all time. Mr. Girard lived in Mount Holly during the British occupation of Philadelphia (1777-1778) He was also on the front line of the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793.He writes a friend in France: "A malignant fever which has prevailed here for the past month added to the ignorance of our doctors and the freight of our people has carried off more than 4,000 of our friends."
Mr. Girard was on the front line in a makeshift hospital referred to as "The Pest House" Girard also helped resettle French refugees who were in Philadelphia to Mount Holly until the epidemic was over.
Navy vet finds remains of 1700s shipwreck in Bordentown
Traces of the Bordentown shipwreck hadn’t been recorded since the 1980s. A Navy veteran and anthropology student was the first to revisit the wreck
Due to unfolding events we will not be having our March Monthly meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 PM. Please be safe and be aware of your surroundings. Wash your hands. See you next month!
Courtesy of Rey Rosario, check out this THEN and NOW aerial view of old Millside Farms.
Rt 130, THEN & NOW! A huge thank you to Rey Rosario for getting the “NOW” pic of Rt 130 South and the Bridgeboro Bridge!!! It’s a great shot! Gotta love the world of drones we live in!!!
To give you an idea of how “downtown” Delran has changed, the red line in the NOW pic gives you an idea of where the old bridge over the Rancocas and Rt 130 used to run; the green line in the THEN pic shows where the bridge and Rt 130 run today. The old pic was about 1945. Businesses and homes in that part of Bridgeboro were torn down to make way for the new bridge and Rt 130 on and off ramps. Zoom in...many buildings still standing.
Help preserve Burlington County’s first Revolutionary War battlefield site.
Preserve Petticoat Bridge Battlefield before it is Too Late
Happy Valentines Day!
St. Valentine, patron saint of lovers
While Cupid or the ancient god Eros gives us the inspiration, St. Valentine supplied the name of our current holiday. There are a number of Valentine legends as to why his name is linked to lovers. One is that the Roman emperor Claudius II thought that single men made better soldiers and therefore forbade them to marry. St. Valentine is said to have secretly married many young lovers and therefore became their patron saint. Another story has Valentine, while being imprisoned for his Christian faith, falling in love with his jailer's daughter and sending her a love letter before his execution.
The roots of Valentine's Day most likely came from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which had been celebrated for eight hundred years on February 15th. The day was dedicated to the god Lupercus and young men would take a woman as a sexual companion for a year, by means of drawing her name in a lottery. Pope Gelasius changed this custom, which was unacceptable to the Catholic Church. He decreed that the lottery be changed so that both young men and women drew the names of saints to emulate for the coming year. Valentine instead of Lupercus became the patron of this feast. Despite this change in custom, Roman men continued to seek the affections of women on this date and sent notes of endearment to their sweethearts, including Valentine's name in their missives.
It would seem that the ancient god still lives, for today the spirit of love and desire resides as strongly as ever in the hearts of those struck by Cupid's arrows, be they young or old.
Happy Birthday Delran!! Delran is turning 140 years old today, 2/12/2020!!!
Brief Township History….The area of land at the junction of the Delaware River & the Rancocas Creek started out as a Lenape (Delaware) Indian fishing & hunting ground. The first English owner was Mathew Allen who purchased his property in 1680 from the proprietors of West Jersey. In 1694, Burlington County was formed. Chester Township, covering a large expanse of land from the Rancocas to the Pennsauken Creek, and from the Delaware River inland to Mount Laurel was established.
This status remained until 1860 when the township was split in half into Chester & Cinnaminson. Twenty years later on February 12, 1880, Delran became its own township with Riverside seceding from Delran in 1895.
In the 1740s a new road from Burlington to Coopers Ferry (Camden) was laid out necessitating a ferry over the Rancocas Creek. This road evolved into Route 130, the principle thorough fare thru Delran today. This road and the ferry laid the groundwork for business in the area, starting with a few taverns and growth of a village. A bridge was commissioned to be built in 1793 that replaced the ferry & eventually gave the village its name, Bridgeboro.
Borton’s gristmill was built to the south on Swedes Run about 1750. This property became Millside farm until the 1960s when a shopping center was erected (Target). Part of the farm on the other side of the main highway became a large apartment complex and business industrial park. Other farms evolved into housing developments by the 1960s to 1990s changing Delran from the strong farming community it once was and transforming into the thriving and proud suburban township we know today.
If you would like to know more about Delran and its history please visit our website at www.delranhistoricalsociety.org and join us at our monthly meetings every 3rd Tuesday of the month at the municipal building at 7:00 pm!!!
We are looking for longtime Delran residents to interview. The information that we learn about the town is so interesting. If you are interested or know anyone that might be able to contribute to our personal interview program please contact us. Looking for information about how Delran used to be back in the day.............
Delran Historical Society is considering a trip to the 911 Museum in NYC this coming September or October. We would like to know if our followers are interested in going on a bus trip with us. Available dates to be posted soon. Comment below and like if interested. Thank You!
Happy New Year! Our next meeting is January 21, 2020, 7:00 PM at the Delran Municipal Building. Its Show & Tell night. Bring your interesting item to show and tell. Hope to see you!
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With the new decade upon us, police in Maine are advising people to write out the year 2020 when signing legal documents.
Guy Lombardo Tribute (New Year's Eve. 1977-1978)
This Tribute To Guy Lombardo Aired Shortly After The Countdown On New Year's Eve. 1977-1978. Guy Lombardo Had Died On November 5th, 1977 And His Brother, Vic...
Some of us dressed in our fanciest tonight to ring in the new year; others dressed in their fanciest PJs to welcome 2020!!! An interesting read below on “fancy” shoes from days of yore!!
The Delran Historical Society wishes everyone peace, laughter, prosperity, and a bit of magic in the coming year and new decade!! Happy New Year, 2020!!!!
Going to foolish lengths for fashion.
An interesting read on 1960 and 70s entertainment in our area.
For almost two decades in the 60s and 70s, when listing the centers of the entertainment world; Cherry Hill's Latin Casino could be said in the same list as Hollywood and Vegas. Last week Netflix released their epic Scorcese film "The Irishman" which is about mob member Frank Sheeran but the story delves deep into Hoffa mafia empire....and the Latin Casino is recreated in a key scene in the 3.5 hour long movie. Which Supermarket was used for the exterior of the famed venue?!
Interesting phone prediction...
Local Holiday Events 🌲
Inexpensive ways to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year in Philadelphia...
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Tomorrow, Tuesday November 19th
Delran Historical Society Meeting
7PM Delran Municipal Building
Guest Speaker Chris Doerner
What to do with your stuff!!!
Chris talks about Auction options, provide tips on what to do with house items inherited and over time!
Light refreshments served!
Hope to see you tomorrow!
The 19th Amendment was born out of Progressive Era politics
Local Event to enjoy!
FREE tours. Saturday and Sunday! Come enjoy the beautiful Shipman Mansion and its waterfront setting along the Delaware River, Saturday and Sunday November 2 & 3 from 1-4 PM.
Learn about the history of the Shipman Mansion and the ongoing restoration work. The Shipman Mansion/RDCC community looks forward to hosting this event for our friends, neighbors, paddlers, boaters and non-boaters alike. All are welcome.
Did you know that there is a restored, historical privy on the Shipman Mansion property? Come out and see all that is "new" at the Shipman Mansion and the Red Dragon Canoe Club.
Tours are free and open to the public! A docent will guide you through the mansion and you can wander the beautiful grounds on the banks of the Delaware. Maybe sit and relax on the front porch and enjoy the beautiful view.
Tours are conducted on the first Saturday and Sunday of every month from 1 - 4 PM from April through November.
Tours are free and open to all. Donations are happily accepted with all proceeds going toward the continued operation and ongoing restoration of the Shipman Mansion.
"Like" the Red Dragon Canoe Club on Facebook for up to date info on all events.
Halnaker Tree Tunnel, northeast of Chichester, West Sussex, England. Photograph By: Arron Strutt
On this day in 1764, John Adams, future second President of the United States, marries Abigail Smith.
When you think of John and Abigail Adams, you probably imagine the older versions of them. Do you immediately see a snapshot of the John Adams presidential portrait in your mind?! He was in his 60s when he was President. Or perhaps you envision the snapshot of Abigail when she is older and somewhat wrinkled?
I doubt that is how they saw each other.
They were once young. They wrote love letters and had pet names for each other. But as a young, newly married couple in 1764, they could not then know how they would be called upon in future years: They would have to put their relationship on the line for the American cause.
Poor Abigail must have felt that Adams was *always* traveling! He served in the Continental Congress that drafted the Declaration of Independence. He traveled to France, Britain, and Holland as an American ambassador both during and after the American Revolution. Traveling abroad was a time-consuming business back then. It took Adams nearly two months to travel across the ocean on his first trip to France—and it could take as much time to travel back. Thus, Abigail and John were separated more often than they were together during much of this time. They communicated by letter, but their letters, too, could take months to arrive. It wasn't unusual for a letter to be lost or delayed for a while. Obviously, the difficulties of war would sometimes further complicate the delivery of mail. At times, one or the other of them would think that the other had not written. Abigail would not always know if John was safe.
It was a difficult way to be married, but their correspondence shows a strong relationship, maintained against all odds. Abigail Adams was a remarkable woman. John relied upon her in many ways and sought her advice on political topics. They were truly partners, despite the physical distance between them.
Through all these difficulties, their love did not fade.
On their 18th wedding anniversary in 1782, the two were once again separated. Rather than celebrate a wedding anniversary with her best friend, Abigail could only write him a letter.
“Look to the date of this Letter,” she told John, “and tell me, what are the thoughts which arise in your mind? Do you not recollect that Eighteen years have run their anual Circuit, since we pledged our mutual Faith to each other, and the Hymeneal torch was Lighted at the Alter of Love. Yet, yet it Burns with unabating fervour, old ocean has not Quenched it, nor old Time smootherd it, in the Bosom of Portia.”
Abigail must have been fairly melancholy that night. She wrote of the “untitled Man to whom I gave my Heart,” almost wishing that he were less accomplished so that she might spend more time with him. “How dearly have I paid for a titled Husband,” she mourned, “[but] should I wish you less wise, that I might enjoy more happiness? I cannot find that in my Heart.”
Later that year, Abigail wrote again: “[S]hould I draw you the picture of my Heart, it would be what I hope you still would Love; tho it containd nothing New; the early possession you obtained there; and the absolute power you have ever mantaind over it; leaves not the smallest space unoccupied.”
Naturally, the picture is of a young Abigail. I suspect this picture is how John saw his wife, even after many decades of marriage. What do you think?
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Worth the trip to see! It’s also close to where flight 93 went down. Beautiful area, good for a weekend getaway!
In 1935, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house atop a waterfall in Pennsylvania.
Figuring out how exactly you're related to the people in your extended family can be surprisingly tricky. -------------------------------------------------- ...
Old Ceramic Holiday trees back in style!
Grandma's favorite holiday decoration is back in style.
Who is in your family tree? How am I related to a member in my tree? This chart will help you understand.
If you live in the Burlington County area there is a good chance that you have heard about the Anderson Peach Farm also known as The Rainbow Meadow Farm. Being married to Mal Anderson, a cousin of the farmers, I am generally asked if I am related to the “Peach Farm”. I am always proud to answer yes! We have always enjoyed the company of our cousins and the wonderful huge fresh peaches every year. Since I love to cook, I have baked many peach cakes over the years from the Anderson Peach Farm Peaches.
On July 14, 2011, I interviewed Raymond Scott Anderson, better known as “Ray” the fourth generation Anderson farmer. Ray told me that the Anderson farm started way back in 1906 when Ray’s great-grandparents, Alice Lawler Hackney Anderson, b 1860, d 1950 & Wesley Wells Anderson, b 1855, d. 1936, purchased the original 23 acres from farmer Barclay Murray, who had field crops, chickens and cows. The original farm had 1000 feet of frontage on Creek Road from the current bridge at Laurel Run to the current packing house, all the way back to the Rancocas Creek. In 1915, the meadow on the creek was diked to grow celery and lettuce, which in turn increased the acreage to 50 acres. Celery and lettuce was grown for 25 years thereafter.
Alice and Wesley Anderson had seven children, four of the youngest children, Raymond Josiah, Russell, Milton, and Claremont, lived on the farm with their parents. Raymond Josiah Anderson b 1895, d 1962 (Ray’s grandfather) was the only sibling that took an interest in the farm. Raymond Josiah married Amelia C. Hanson and had one son, Philip Arthur Anderson (Ray’s father). Sometime after WW 2, Raymond J. Anderson acquired acreage next to the farm, two other subdivisions, to increase the total acreage to 135 acres. It was so very interesting to learn that the original farm also grew a massive amount of eggplant in the 1940’s and sweet corn in the 1950’s. This was one of the first farms in the area to be placed under irrigation, drawing water from the Rancocas Creek, which has a never ending supply of water.
Many local people worked on the farm over the years, one was Charlie Karn (1940’s), grandfather of Charles “Buster” Karn & Janice Karn currently of Riverside. Our son Rich Furniss also worked on the farm in 1992 making peach boxes so the peaches could be shipped out quickly.
Ironically, Philip Anderson also married a girl named “Alice” Alice Elder (like his grandfather Wesley) and they had 3 children, Raymond (Ray), Leigh & Brian Anderson. In 1950, after high school graduation, Philip Anderson ran the farm full time with his father Raymond Josiah and in 1960 the farm became strictly a Peach Farm. The farm joined the Jersey Fruit Co-op in 1960, that stipulated only USDA grade # 1 peaches and or U.S. Fancy peaches were to be shipped all over the country. The peaches were ready to be picked from July 1 through mid September. Migrant workers helped pick the peaches to be shipped. Some types of peaches that were grown on the farm were, White Peaches (local farm market only), Garnet Beauty, Red Haven, Loring, Crest Haven, and Harrow Beauty. Some older varieties-Jersey Queen, Jersey Land, Sun High, Summer Queen, and Blake, the best for canned peaches and the most popular; they had a red color near the peach pit. I remember helping my mom use those type peaches to make a cake as a child.
I asked Ray how many peaches they sold every year. Roughly 25,000 boxes a year, each box was 38 pounds so if you do the math that’s 950,000 pounds of peaches not counting all of the seconds that never made it to the box. Remember, only USDA # 1 peaches were going into the boxes to be shipped. In 1960 they had roughly 12,100 peach trees. The farm was set up to have 110 trees to an acre. They had 110 acres of peach trees!
My next question was the one so many people ask me. Why did they stop producing peaches? Everyone misses the Peach Farm! Reason- “Economics!” The county wanted the land, a wonderful option for the family and the Anderson’s wanted the land to be preserved and not developed. Their ancestors had proudly cleared the land by hand so it could be farmed. So, in the year 2000 the land was sold to Burlington County, except for 10 total acres, 7 acres on the creek, and 3 along road that were kept by the family.
The Peach Farm remained open as a tenant farm until 2006. Now other tenant farmers are growing soy beans on the land until the county moves forward with their passive open space recreation plans.
There are still other peach farms in South Jersey where you can purchase peaches. Most are in Salem and Gloucester Counties. In the near future The Delran Historical Society will have a special presentation where you can learn more about the Anderson Peach Farm. We will keep you posted of the date and maybe even serve up some of my grandmother’s special Peach Cake that night. Hope to see you then!
Our regular meeting’s are on the third Tuesday of every month at the Delran Municipal Building, 7 PM. New members are always welcome and it’s wonderful to learn about the area where we live. Donations are always being accepted.
Nancy J. Anderson, Treasurer, DHS
900 South Chester Avenue
Meetings are held every third Tuesday of the month. 7 PM-10 PM Location: Delran Municipal Complex
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