Historical Society of Rockaway Township

06/05/2019
U.S. Army

U.S. Army

Honoring the past, securing the future.

John E. Bistrica was a draftee and a part of the 1st Infantry Division wave that stormed Omaha Beach on D-Day. Listen to him vividly recall D-Day 75 years later.

#DDay75 #ArmyHistory

06/04/2019

⚒1993 & 1994 Mt. Hope Miner's Reunion Video Copies⚒

We have been preparing to make copies of the 1993 & 1994 Mt. Hope Miner's Reunion Video!

The cost of having the initial VHS transferred to DVD, plus copies made breaks down to $10 each.

In order to have this available to all in a timely manner, please send us a Private Message with the number of copies you would like to purchase by:
EOD Sunday, June 23rd.
***Please include your contact information so that we may contact you once the process is complete!***

If you reply by the June 23rd deadline, the copies should be ready to be picked up at our Independence Day Open House:
Date: Saturday, June 29th & Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Time: 11:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House
629 Mt. Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ 07866

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06/04/2019
The History Girl

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In the news: "It was the last day of school when a bus aide had Lisa Money pull the bus over to the side of a muddy country road in Franklinville [#NewJersey].

Ms. Marie was her name – that’s all Money can remember. She got off the bus on that rainy day in 2009 and waded into the middle of a field filled with tall grass and weeds. Money followed the woman, but she didn’t see anything, not even the tombstones of Civil War soldiers that Ms. Marie wanted her to notice. They were members of the 22nd United States Colored Troops (USCT).

Money, a Sicklerville resident who no longer drives a bus, did something selfless. She appointed herself caretaker for this small burial ground, which also contains veterans from World War I and World II. After every winter, Money and her daughter, Faith, cut the grass, pulled weeds and lugged large branches to the side of the road. This year, though, she was getting tired, and needed more help with the upkeep. And, she wanted to honor the soldiers with some kind of sign to tell their story."

https://www.nj.com/camden/2019/06/nj-civil-war-cemetery-was-forgotten-until-woman-stepped-in.html #njhistory #SpreadTheHistory

⚒ ROCKAWAY: IRON SPIRIT ⚒"One of the first iron mines in the United States was located, around 1710, in the Mt. Hope...
06/03/2019
NJDEP - New Jersey Geological and Water Survey - Map Archive of New Jersey's Abandoned Mines

⚒ ROCKAWAY: IRON SPIRIT ⚒
"One of the first iron mines in the United States was located, around 1710, in the Mt. Hope section of Rockaway Township, Morris County."

The New Jersey Geological Survey is a public service and research agency within the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. Founded in 1835, the NJGS has evolved from a mineral resources and topographic mapping agency to a modern environmental organization that collects and provides geoscience in...

Does the headframe for the New Leonard Mine in Mt. Hope count as a skyscraper? 🤔
06/03/2019

Does the headframe for the New Leonard Mine in Mt. Hope count as a skyscraper? 🤔

Welcome to June! It is Skyscraper Month!
We'll be highlighting several of New Jersey's elegant & tallest buildings this month.

First, is the NATIONAL NEWARK BUILDING. It was the tallest building in NJ until 1989! There are some beautiful interior Art Deco elements.

FUN FACTS: Built 1931; 35 stories; Tan brick & limestone exterior; Father & son architects - John H. & Wilson C. Ely.

Its $68 million renovation in 2002 was a Historic Tax Credit project, monitored by NJ HPO staff.

#njshpo #skyscrapermonth #newarknj

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
06/03/2019

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

ON THIS DAY in 1886, New Jersey's own, Grover Cleveland is the first President to marry in the White House. One year after his election, he married Frances Clara Folsom in the Blue Room. She was 27 years his junior (he was 49). She remains the youngest First Lady, at age 21.

The Clevelands were a close & affectionate couple whose relationship was also characterized by mutual respect. Together, they had 5 children – 3 girls / 2 boys.

After his second term as President, they retired to Princeton, NJ. He died in 1908 at age 71, and is buried in Princeton Cemetery.

#njshpo #grovercleveland #princetonnj #OTD

New Miner's Brass Check Tags! ⛏⚒Hot off the press!• Mt. Hope Mine• Hibernia Mine (NEW! *Limited Run*) Available ...
06/01/2019

New Miner's Brass Check Tags! ⛏⚒
Hot off the press!
• Mt. Hope Mine
• Hibernia Mine (NEW! *Limited Run*)

Available at the Faesch General Store during our Independence Day Open House:

Saturday, June 29th & Sunday, June 30th
Ford-Faesch Ironmaster's House
629 Mt. Hope Road, Rockaway, NJ
Open 11AM - 2PM each day!

Whippany Railway Museum
05/31/2019

Whippany Railway Museum

It's time for another nostalgic look back to the 1960's and 70's, this time featuring Morris County Central steam locomotive 385. Now on display at the Whippany Railway Museum, the locomotive is seen in these photos operating on the New York, Susquehanna, and Western tracks out of New Foundland , NJ in 1976 (color photos), and running on the Morristown & Erie Railroad out of Whippany, NJ in 1965 (black & white photo). The color photos very nicely highlight the green paint scheme that 385 wore at the time, which was inspired by that used on the Southern Railway for their PS-4 passenger steam locomotives.

America's 11 most endangered historic places
05/31/2019
America's 11 most endangered historic places

America's 11 most endangered historic places

The National Trust's 2019 list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places includes sites from rugged Utah to Washington, DC.

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
05/31/2019

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

Are you familiar with the colossal bronze sculpture in Newark, NJ’s Military Park – Wars of America?!

It was ON THIS DAY – Memorial Day 1926 – when the much-anticipated, monument was unveiled amid military parades, much pomp & circumstance, and thousands of people. The massive piece was created by artist, Gutzon Borglum, who’s next project was sculpting Mount Rushmore!

It all began when businessman Amos H. Van Horn bequeathed to the City of Newark, $100,000 for a ‘Soldiers & Sailors Monument’ to be erected in downtown’s Military Park. When told of his selection for the commission, sculptor Borglum enthusiastically said, “With that much money at my disposal, I can create a monument that will truly do honor to the brave men who have served America in times of war.”

He envisioned an incredible work in bronze – the largest ever erected in the US. It measures 43’ long, 18’ high (24’ with the pedestal) and is comprised of 43 human figures over 7' tall, and two horses. Over 40 tons of clay went into the project, which was then cast in bronze in Italy and shipped back across the Atlantic!

Visually, the sculpture embodies the citizen soldier rising to arms to defend the values of home. It does not romanticize war, but illustrates the ideals of individual sacrifice for the greater good.

Thousands of people were on hand to witness the unveiling that rainy day, both inside & beyond the park, as well as in the windows of surrounding buildings. At the appointed moment, Alice Mae Waer, grandniece of Amos Van Horn, drew apart the flags that had been covering the monument and two large yellow balloons dramatically carried off a flag of Newark. In addition, 96 homing pigeons were released – two for each of the 48 states – allegedly to carry messages to their respective governors.

Hundreds of soldiers, sailors, & marines marching, or mounted on horseback, pulled caissons of artillery in the formal parade.

In 1990, the monument was rededicated, after undergoing a two-year structural restoration. Borglum’s daughter, Mary Borglum Powers, was in attendance once again, as she had witnessed the original unveiling as a young girl.

Thanks to Garden State Legacy for their research on this monument.
World War One Centennial Commission
#njshpo #militarypark #newarknj #warsofamerica #ww1 #ww1centennial #ww1nj #OTD

Rockaway Strong! Thank you for your service to Rockaway Township, Steve Derewicz!
05/30/2019
Snapshot NY: 85-Year-Old Firefighter Still Going Strong

Rockaway Strong! Thank you for your service to Rockaway Township, Steve Derewicz!

In the latest edition of Snapshot NY, CBS2's Steve Overmyer introduces you to an 85-year-old firefighter still serving his community.

A few more photos from Monday's Memorial Day Parade!
05/30/2019

A few more photos from Monday's Memorial Day Parade!

Trenton Makes The World Takes ❤️
05/30/2019

Trenton Makes The World Takes ❤️

Trenton has a vibrant history of tile making in the 19th & 20th centuries. Lucky for us, many of the buildings in town are laden with beautiful extant tiles!

One of the most striking is the Crescent Temple on N. Clinton Street.

Constructed in 1929 for the Shriners – a fraternal organization who adopted an exotic Moorish/Orientalist symbol system to sustain their rites and practices – it features decoration in local terra cotta, arch motifs, vast opulent spaces, and high-quality modern construction with durable materials. The auditorium seats 3,000, and a banquet hall on the lower level seats 800. The building is enormous.

Crescent Temple was designed by Philadelphia architect and movie house specialist, Walter Hankin, who was also a Shriner. The building contains tile from Mueller Mosaic Company (Trenton, NJ), vitreous floor tile by Crescent Tile Company (Trenton, NJ), brick, limestone, and Italian marble.

Today, the building is owned by the Pentecostal Church Assembly of God, a Hispanic congregation that also occupies a neighboring building.

#njshpo #crescenttemple #trentonnj #trentontile

Preservation News Link
05/30/2019
Preservation News Link

Preservation News Link

Cannons from 1790s British battleship HMS Colossus to be auctioned in Launceston

Morris County Tourism Bureau
05/29/2019

Morris County Tourism Bureau

After six years of fundraising and construction, the Morris County Historical Society at Acorn Hall invites county residents to a June 6, 6 p.m., celebration of Acorn Hall in Morristown, to get a look at exterior restoration and a behind-the-scenes tour of the recently restored butler’s pantry, servant staircase, and collections storage. For more information: http://morriscountyhistory.org/

In nearby Warren County ❤️
05/28/2019

In nearby Warren County ❤️

10 Days of #10Most: The 1835 Port Colden Manor is the Port Colden Historic District's largest and most impressive contributing resource. It is an outstanding provincial example of Greek Revival architecture. Built by William Dusenberry in 1835, who earlier erected Port Colden settlement's first storehouse on a lot just north of the Morris Canal in 1833. Dusenberry purportedly intended for the large hotel to serve as a summer resort. He energetically sought to develop his new property on the canal and promote the fledgling community.

The building became a boarding school for girls in the mid-19th century, was used for local school district offices for much of the 20th century, then was converted into professional offices in the 1980s when the building underwent renovations that respected its historical architectural character.

Currently the building is privately owned and is occupied by a residential tenant. The owner has made some minimal repairs while they negotiate with the township for approval to convert the structure into apartments; which at this time, seems to be at an impasse. Preservation New Jersey urges all parties to come to an agreement soon, before deterioration causes irreparable harm to the local landmark.

#PreservationMonth #ThisPlaceMatters

More info at: https://www.preservationnj.org/listings/port-colden-manor/

We miss you, Greystone's Kirkbride Building 💔
05/28/2019
Greystone's Last Stand

We miss you, Greystone's Kirkbride Building 💔

We felt like sharing something different today.

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05/28/2019
Sid Miller

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Bill Hayes, a retired Army colonel, died this week at a San Antonio nursing home at 100, leaving only three Pearl Harbor survivors in the area: Navy Radioman 1st Class William St. John, 97; retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Platt, 98; and Gilbert Meyer, 95, a retired chief petty officer who served aboard the USS Utah.

“They knew what they wanted and how to get it,” Hayes wrote. “They knew the waters better than our Navy. They knew the inside of the military setup, the locations of vital installations, and had maps of the same that were as good as ours.”

Hayes will be buried in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. May 31 in Shelter No. 1.

What an amazing Memorial Day Parade! The HSRT was honored to be a part of it! 🇺🇸
05/28/2019

What an amazing Memorial Day Parade!
The HSRT was honored to be a part of it! 🇺🇸

Today, we honor our fallen. 🇺🇸We strive, each day, to ensure that those who have made the ultimate sacrifice did n...
05/27/2019

Today, we honor our fallen. 🇺🇸
We strive, each day, to ensure that those who have made the ultimate sacrifice did not do so in vain.
We are forever grateful for all that they & their families have given - they are appreciated, they are remembered and we honor them, always.
We will never forget what they have given for this country and its people.
Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. ❤️

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office
05/27/2019

New Jersey Historic Preservation Office

MEMORIAL DAY
Today is a day to remember our war dead. The young men & women who were killed in the brutal wars this country has fought since its inception, both here & abroad.

Please take a moment.

Photo: Tomb of the Unknown, May 1943
#njshpo #memorialday

Our Memorial Day Parade Route:
05/27/2019

Our Memorial Day Parade Route:

Rockaway Township parade route.

Nearby Chester, NJ ❤️
05/26/2019
Morris County Tourism Bureau

Nearby Chester, NJ ❤️

Did you know...? The oldest settlers in Chester Township came in 1640 when “Black River” established itself as a settlement primarily because of the intersection of two Lenape Indian trails. These old trails, used for hundreds of years by the native Americans were traversed by the early settlers to go to all regions of New Jersey.

Learn more on the Chester Township website: https://chestertownship.org/about-chester-nj/history/

05/26/2019
U.S. Army

Never Forgotten ❤️

To our brothers and sisters in arms:
Your sacrifices will never be forgotten, rest in peace.

#MemorialDay #HonorThem #ServeWithHonor

U.S. Army video by The United States Army Band

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05/26/2019

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Let's address the confusion. Thanks to Sodoff Baldrick.

05/25/2019
John

Please see the information for a memorial being held in Rockaway Borough:
Saturday, May 25th at 1pm on Church Street.
Thank you for sharing this information, John Covert!

At 1:00 pm we will remember the 33 men that drowned in the Cumberland River in May of 1863. The ceremony will take place at the Civil War Statue on Church Street in Rockaway Boro. We now have new information on the recovery and burial of 27th NJ soldiers that will be announced at our ceremony on Saturday May 25th. All are invited to attend.

Captain John Covert
27th Reg't New Jersey Co F
Reenactment Group

"BLAST FROM THE PAST" 💥This May 13th, 1951 edition of the Newark Sunday News Magazine was preserved with HSRT Archive...
05/24/2019

"BLAST FROM THE PAST" 💥
This May 13th, 1951 edition of the Newark Sunday News Magazine was preserved with HSRT Archives in the Ford-Faesch House & recently donated to Picatinny Arsenal's CCDC Historian's Archives.
Picatinny's CCDC Armaments Center Historian, Jeff Ranu, has just photographed the magazine & this article as part of his ongoing effort to digitize the contents of the archive in its entirety... a sizeable undertaking, to say the least!

The King's Highway: Route 1
05/24/2019

The King's Highway: Route 1

The road would be so bad that a carriage would ride along the hard sand on the beach coming up by the wash at high tide. Washington speaks of this in his papers on the way to Varreens in Pawleys Island. You can see where Washington came right through Surfside Beach.

Rockaway Township
05/24/2019

Rockaway Township

The Rockaway Township Staff and I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.

Please take a moment to remember our service men and women who have fought and are fighting to protect our freedom.

Enjoy your family and friends, the weather looks promising.

Mayor Michael Puzio

Happy Anniversary, Brooklyn Bridge!
05/24/2019

Happy Anniversary, Brooklyn Bridge!

ON THIS DAY in 1883, the Brooklyn Bridge is opened, connecting New York City and Brooklyn for the first time in history.

But, it was Emily Warren, Washington Roebling's wife who oversaw 11 years of the construction after her husband fell ill. She quickly became the surrogate Chief Engineer of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Emily’s father-in-law was John Roebling who conceived of & planned New York’s Brooklyn Bridge – the longest suspension bridge in the world at the time. Shortly after the beginning of its construction, John died of tetanus. His newly-married son, Washington Roebling (Emily's husband) took over as Chief Engineer, however he soon contracted caisson disease leaving him partially paralyzed, partly blind, deaf & mute. For the next 11 years, from 1872 to the bridge’s opening in 1883, Emily managed the project – giving orders to crew, working with assistant engineers, negotiating with funders, handling press relations & correspondence. In addition, she studied bridge engineering & cable construction.

When the bridge was finally completed, Emily Roebling was the first to cross the bridge by carriage. She was honored at the opening ceremony by Congressman Abram S. Hewitt who said the bridge was “… an everlasting monument to the sacrificing devotion of a woman, and of her capacity for that higher education from which she has been too long disbarred.”

Emily Warren Roebling, a resident of Trenton, NJ, later received a business law degree from New York University, served on NJ’s board of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, was presented to Queen Victoria in 1896, & attended the coronation of Russia’s Tsar Nicholas II.

Emily Roebling, the “first woman field engineer,” died in 1903 in Trenton, NJ, at 60 years of age.

#njshpo #emilyroebling #trentonnj #brooklynbridge #OTD

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