den's Maple Shade History Website

Maple Shade, A Brief History-
Est. of MS.pdf
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to print, otherwise cuts Pg #s.

Maple Shade Poem

Matlack Family Historians
Asa Matlack Notes
Some of Chalkley Matlack's
Book of Thornes pages (See folder)

Maple Shade Historical Society:

Arthur Cutler Tribute from Realtors

Den's Maple Shade Historical Society Talks

Corrections to Arcadia book
Maple Shade Nostalgia:

Oldest Church Building in MS
Arthur Tippett, Christ Free Church
Arthur Tippett, Hustling Parson
Parade of Business
Snyder Amusement Co.
The 1930s- The Depression
Jaycees Carnival

Township Historical Sites:

The Maple Shade Train Station
The Collins Lane House
Chesterford School
Samplers made at Chesterford School
Burrough, Kaighn, Tippet, Schoolhouse
Old Burl. County District Schools
Pioneer Families:

Pioneer lands idea image
Roberts Memorial book
Studies of Stiles book
Thorne Family and Perry Frisby
Roberts-Lippincott-Mason farmhouse
Some various maps
From Farmland to Suburb:

Maple Shade Village- a German Town
Maple Shade Timeline 1900-1950
Thomas Barlow and Barlow & Co.
Barlow & Co. Advertisements
American Contractor Magazine Excerpts
Alden Park

Planning the Moorestown and Camden Turnpike
Moorestown and Camden Turnpike
1926 Barlow whole page ad
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Stores and Business:

The Two Brickyards
Pre- William Frech Co.
Frech Wagon Interview
MS Stores Over The Years
Parade of Business
Snyder Amusement Co.
Coat Factory- Municipal Bldg.
Maple Shade Industries
Barlow Mansion Over Years
Villa Capri Fire
Maple Shade Gambling Casino
den's Other Stuff-

densdoor YouTube videos
When you turn your computer on
Picture Puzzles
Best Buys page
Bible Study tests I took

Links to Other Websites-

Air Victory Museum
Alice Paul Institute
Jack Allen Memorial Early Country Living Museum
Burlington County Historical Society
Burlington County Historian
Camden County Historical
Evesham Township Nostalgia
Griffith Morgan House
Phil's Camden, NJ Website
Maple Shade Alumni
Moorestown Historical Society
N.J. State Archives
Historic Pemberton Train Station
Pennsauken Historical Society
Prison Museum (Mt. Holly)
West Jersey History Project
Old Bench Marks
Talk and early actions of Public State Aid payed roads. (The Moorestown and Camden Turnpike was purchased by the County in 1907 due to Trolleys.)
Travels and Events of
Nathan Perkins Book

Search the NJ Mirror


Old NJ Maps- Rutgers
Villanova Library 1877 Atlas
1847 map with Maple Shade area
1853 map with Maple Shade area
1877 map with Maple Shade area (But can get whole map image from Villanova College site)
Some Sanborn Insurance maps in color. Has Maple Shade 1923

Other Historical Projects-

Moorestown- Out In The Country
Back To The Country
200th Anniversary of a 21st Birthday

(pdf books and movie slideshow)
Moorestown Related pages-

Moorestown Our Neighbor
Rogers/Collins Dev. Moorestown
More For Phil (Moorestown Tidbits)
Moorestown Separates in 1922
Moorestown Pre Separation Elections
The Hooton or Hooten Page

Other Items-

Horace Roberts in Google Books
(Click on the page's text to go to Googles Books page.)
Horace Roberts excerpt Apples
Horace Roberts excerpt 1907
Horace Roberts excerpt 1908
Horace Roberts excerpt 1910
Horace Roberts excerpt 1915
Horace Roberts excerpt 1918

If you wish to save a above Horace Roberts talk in PDF format, here they are-
Horace Roberts PDF files
(See folder)

Nathan Perkins Vs. Turnpike Co.


I hope you enjoy learning some of Maple Shade's history.

1973, When my family came to Maple Shade-

My family usually moved every few years. Up until 1973 we lived primarily in Moorestown except for one year in Edgewater Park where I started Kindergarten.

My Mom and Dad were in the Maple Shade Jaycees when we lived on Church St. in Moorestown. We knew many Jaycees from going to backyard picnics, Jaycee Kid's Christmas Parties at the 25 Club or Happy Hour, Jaycee kid's Easter Egg Hunts, Jaycee parade floats, and last but not least the great Maple Shade Jaycees carnivals held at Steinhauer School.

So before we even came to Maple Shade we knew so many people there already and my parents actually knew these people prior to that because in the 1950s Maple Shade attended High School at the old Moorestown High School which was on Second St. in Moorestown. And the kids all went to the dances together at the Moorestown Community House.

In mid year 1973 we moved to the Alden Park section of Maple Shade. It is funny how I overlooked how old the bungalows were until I owned one. I had prior lived in many old houses with the claw foot tubs and radiators, but in Alden Park we lived in a 1950s rancher.

When we moved in there was one place to buy pizza- Mom's Pizza in the Barlow Building. There was one place to buy hoagies- The Sub Shoppe on Fellowship Rd. And the honest truth is the pizza and hoagies never got any better than right then in the early 70s. For Deli meats you went to Ronnie's Deli near the Towne Crier (which sold my Mad magazines).

Main Street had several empty blocks in the center of town. First came was little Joe's pizza which had the best Panzorottis ever (He made them his own way), thinner shell and deep fried with the cheese and sauce inside!

The mart stores building was built at N. Forklanding and Main and a bakery opened at Main and Maple where Olt's garage formerly stood.

The Post Office remained for several years at Main and Margaret and was later a bank. Select Sea Food opened.

The roads in Alden Park were very bad and there was a water shortage and the Twp was hooked up to a hydrant in Moorestown as we were buying water from them. You see a lot happened! 1500 apartments were being built at Spring Hill apartments! The High School was only 2 or 3 years old!

The street signs, at least in Alden Park, were still the ones Arthur Cutler and the Lions Club helped put in in the 1950s. Cement with names written down vertically. There are still maybe a dozen remaining around town. If you wanted a maple tree along your curb you would call up the "Shade Tree Commission."

The E.B. Haig school on North Poplar ave. had been struck by lightning and the roof was damaged so my brother, I believe, went to class in the Immanuel Baptist Church's garage building for a short time til they re-routed people.

Main Street had 5 bars on it. The Jade, The Red Carpet Lounge, The Antler's Grille, the Blue Heaven, and the Alden Cafe.

Penn Jersey Auto supply sold bike tubes, etc...

We came as Maple Shade got reinventing- We had no idea of who Ralph J. Steinhauer was but several things in town were named after him. We had no idea of (us kids anyhow) of what was on the blocks where the new Post Office etc... would be built. I missed the Moorestown Rec Center and all there was to do for the kids in Maple Shade was sports which I did not care for. We did find woods to play in.

I lived in Maple Shade since 1973 and feel like it's my home.


Old and new street signs shown side by side

Collins Lane House Razed April 3rd-

I went back later on to see what the animal(s) they found were while tearing it down. It turned out to be 3 baby squirrels which seemed now dead. I should have taken my camera because on top of remaining rubble lay copies of the book "Maple Shade A Story of 300 Years." Almost poetic! I grabbed the two on top of the ground copies as it was drizzling out. Maybe I should have left them as a reminder for who else would come. But then again they might soon be back to fill the hole. There were a few more copies in the cellar steps. I guess the MS Historical left a box inside. I know we lost our cabinets we bought from Mike's Hardware store when it went out.

SAD DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think after the demo crew cleaned up the area one of the workers who must've found the "Maple Shade A Story of 300 Years" books put the books on the edge where a wall would have been and one blew several feet away and several others fell down the cellar stairs. I saw the two copies on top which were a stark response to what had happened (Like in the Bible the stones will cry out!) so it was drizzling rain and they appeared still half good so I grabbed them up.

Video on correct Twp. History-

My Youtube was actually hacked and someone put the Twp website URL with "for more good history" down in my text description. (fixed on April 17) I got like the most comprehensive Twp History website in the United States and the TWP ignored it over the years it would seem. I could go on and on and on!

Well maybe to give it the benefit of the doubt, perhaps I entered the wrong URL in the text.

Brief History Project-

I try to write briefs. I guess I am breaking it down as well and this is part one of several parts.-

Establishment of Maple Shade Township pdf

Effort to save the Collins Lane House

Courier Post newspaper story

Burlington County Times newspaper story

Maple Shade Historical Society at Sidewalk Sale

I was at the table selling the Progress books.

1859 Map shows Maple Shade's first brickyard

1859 Map at Library of Congress

You can download this 1859 Map of Burlington County in high formats like TIFF, large jpg. Maple Shade had a brickyard in 1859. The symbol is hard to understand but easy when you compare it to the brickyard that was at the "Mini Pond" as we used to call it as kids - the little park with children's swings near Strawbridge Lake in Moorestown.

Good "book" online to save and search through-

PDF book Burlington NJ Post Towns by Jack Edge

Do yourself a favor and click FILE, SAVE PAGE AS at your left top corner of your web browser thereby saving the PDF file which will take a minute or two to load as it is 14 MB!

When it is a saved PDF the magnifying glass or SEARCH will let you find instances of things say for example "Maple Shade" quickly.

Great read as it tells of the times back when post offices started there was not even a concept of a telephone. This is how important they were! Also it says Stiles Corner (or Corners) for Maple Shade's earlier name. No history of Maple Shade should be without that mention.

Maple Shade Historical Society
Progress of Maple Shade book

One Hundredth Anniversary book

This is in time for Christmas!

The book contains scans of most of the first year of the Maple Shade Progress newspaper. (100th Anniversary) The book is- 174 pages, 8.5 by 11 inch format, price 20 dollars.

You can look at the book at the following libraries- Maple Shade Library, Moorestown Library, Cinnaminson Library, and Burlington County Library.

Here is a short preview video I made and put on Youtube-
Book video


Buying Books (post December 17th sale)-

If you live in Maple Shade and did not get out to the sale and want to buy it direct-
Email me with your phone number or call me and we'll make an arrangement for you to get a copy. The Maple Shade Historical Society makes more money off of direct sales. We have books we ordered that NEED TO SELL! Support the Maple Shade Historical Society and honor people of the past.
-Dennis (member of Maple Shade Historical Society)

Or buy off
Progress book at

100 Years Later Almost

"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

Courier Post newspaper story

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.

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."

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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