I hope you enjoy learning some of Maple Shade's history.
Historical House For Sale-
While we are on the subject of little known historical properties, here is a house for sale! Extremely historical but you wouldn't know it by an outside look!
662 Sunset Avenue Trulia.com
Made out of a Church. Arthur Tippett's Christ Free Church. See the Tippett pages I have at the left links column! Owner said to me "See that's another thing- all the beams for the first floor in the basement are different sizes." That's how Arthur Tippet built things. All lumber donations as he went along. I think some of the house timber came from a 1800s barn. See the Tippett pages. Below is an Arthur Cutler quote. It was said (by him) he knew the history of every house in Maple Shade!
100 Years Later Almost
William Brown first published the "Maple Shade Progress" newspaper, printing it in his home, at 537 Cutler Avenue.
The first issue was in November of 1916 just prior to the Chester Township election of Township Committee candidates. Some were from the Moorestown section and some from Maple Shade and we wanted to elect ones who had Maple Shade's best interest (Progress) in mind.
We were told not to vote for Mr. Darnell of Moorestown who certainly did not. A few more Maple Shade Progress papers and we would learn that "Moorestown Wants A Divorce." In 1917 there was an election of whether to have "East Chester" Twp. (Lenola and Moorestown minus Maple Shade)
Towards the end of 1917 William Brown was sick and sold the paper to Frank Gerkins Sr.
Now here we are on an election time one hundred years later and they are going to tear down that house.
"Maple Shade's first newspaper, "The Maple Shade Progress," was issued for the first time on November 4th, 1916. William Brown, who had a small printing press in his home at what is now 537 Cutler Avenue, was the original owner and publisher. Brown later sold out to Frank Gerkins, Sr., and his son has carried on since his retirement, and is still the publisher of the paper."- Arthur N. Cutler
I searched on the web for the last property owner's name and then I went to the Burlington County Clerk's record search page and the deed recorded on 7-14-2016 said the last owners sold it to the Maple Shade Board of Education.
Interesting how the Board of Education told the Courier Post reporter one story and the story they told me when I called them was, "The house had been empty for awhile. Someone tried to break in and steal the pipes. One of the neighbors suggested we buy the property as you can't have an empty house with someone trying to break in maybe and steal the pipes. So we bought it for a parking lot. I didn't know the house was William Brown's. I'll tell the other Board of Education members about that."
Chalkley Matlack pages-
Sept. 15, 2016- I went to the NJ State Library in Trenton today and got more page copies from Chalkley Matlack's Book of Thornes.Book of Thornes pages
This is a detail from the 1877 G.M. Hopkins map of Chester Twp. showing Fellowship Road (now Rt 73) meeting Kings Highway. The Asa Matlack farm where Chalkley later lived is now Park Crossing Apartments. The Asa R. Lippincott farm was the Thorne farm named Thorndale which was down Farmhouse Lane. You can see the Matlack's saw mill nearby it.
From the Villa Capri fire page concerning the Barlow Mansion which stood at Mill Rd. and Spruce Aves.-
When the depression hit and the bottom fell out of the real estate market, the family lost the mansion. This was in the early '30's. The family moved to a bungalow across the street.
Well a few years back or so the "White House Restaurant" in Lenola tore down the old Barlow Realty office that was at the southwest corner of Lenola Rd. and Camden Ave. This office was operated by Thomas JS Barlow Jr. who also owned the Barlow Mansion and then lived in the bungalow across the street when they lost it during the Depression, so that they could at least see their house from across the street. As of 9-11-2016 I see they razed that house during the last week to build several houses on the lot.
This was the next in line of historically important houses on Mill Road. The Schoolboard razed the Samuel Roberts Italianate house on the corner of what is now the Maude Wilkins school lot. Samuel Roberts left his older house near his mill and moved up his property to live at that house he built in 1861. (src.- Chalkley Matlack)
In The Orchards
The early developments (pre WW2) would leave the farm houses on larger lots and many were One Acre farms lots which would later be divided. Builders built on a side so they could be subdivided at a later time. One would also wonder what farming remained on unsold lots.
At the top of South Lippincott Avenue there were pear trees. The development around the Levi Lippincott farmhouse was even named "The Orchards." Below is a photo of children on a swing in the side yard of a house on Anna Ave. (looking toward S. Lippincott) I think those pear trees actually are on lots on the east side of the street. (The right side where the farmhouse is, I know from several elderly people, was pear trees up to Main Street.)
Oh, by the way a man who had lived on South Lippincott said when he was a boy there were no street signs and the children called South Lippincott Ave. "Pear Street."
Studies of Stiles, The Stiles Families of Maple Shade
I put my "book" up online that I made for a Maple Shade Historical Society meeting I talked at. This is in HTML format and not printer friendly. I have yet to make the small additions and corrections to the PDF version.
New- Arthur N. Cutler, This Is Your Life-
It has some great early history on him. It does not even touch upon his GREAT work to the Maple Shade Historical Society or Maple Shade Lions Club.Arthur Cutler Tribute from Realtors
Early History TalksMy Youtube videos on Pre Maple Shade background history
Ad from Phila. Evening Ledger Oct. 31, 1914
There are different starting dates to Barlow & Co. but I would actually think that 1912 was it. The first office was on the corner of Holly Ave. and Main St. near their house. (I thought it was at their house until I read a Arthur Cutler paper saying it was a small office built on the corner.)
The Cutler agency took over the Shuster tract and Maple Shade Land & Improvement, as well as the George Martin tracts of One Acre Farms. One Acre Farm sales were a common thing of the time. They really catered to the "regular guy out there" and not to wealthy people. This was also a time period of Temple Baptist Church Pastor Russell Conwell (My Grandpop's pastor!) who spoke a "prosperty Christianity" with a book and sermon entitled "Acres of Diamonds."
I'll add this to the Barlow Ads page later. -den
For Sale Again- 919 East Main St., Maple Shade
John Muffet & Son Brick and Tileyard house
Originally a double house, built about 1863. Read the Brickyards page for more info.
This house is highly historical and should be preserved and revered in that manner!
21 Bars? (Well liquor licenses)
There was always that elusive number 21. You would see a few Maple Shade Progress headlines saying 21 licenses this year, and when you read down the list there was always only 20. Well here is a real candidate for number 21 (never opened) Again one would have to double check this out-
Burlington County Twps. Population for 1950, 1940, and 1930
Compare Maple Shade esp. to 1930 and see how early we turned mostly suburban! Be sure to think of the land area sizes of each of the Twps. as well!
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This website is back again as of October 12, 2013. All the history lovers out there will be glad! Be sure to attend all Maple Shade Historical Society events as well as those events of surrounding historical societies that you might be interested in. -den