den's Maple Shade History Website

Maple Shade, A Brief History-
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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
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.

Maple Shade Historical Society-
Chesterford Schoolhouse Open House

Saturday March 25th at the Chesterford School
10 AM to 2 PM
Across from the Custard Stand and Steinhauer Park on Main St. near Coles Ave.
School built at end of 1811 as a neighborhood school and became a District school and was lastly named the Maple Shade School Number 1, replaced by a new school on Poplar Ave. in 1909.

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 call me- 856-667-8728

Or buy off
Progress book at

What's the book about?-

It is about today we might complain that the air conditioner isn't cold enough in the summer, but in 1916-1917 you had oyster shells being spread on mud roads! It is about Lenola toying with the idea of its boundaries and becoming a Borough yet going with Moorestown. It is about the Political tension between Moorestown and Maple Shade. It is about World War One and Maple Shade's Home Guard. There are few stores and they are General Stores. Arthur Tippett Christ Free Church is going strong. A bungalow here and there are always being built. Someone is selling a cow, or chickens, or honey. The School only goes to the 4th grade here. Many Canning recipes! etc...

Further Book Insights-

Issue 41- Ed D' Ancona

Mentions him working at an Acme store and being a salesman. He was "taken in" as a boy by Thomas Barlow and raised as a son by him. Childs Store in Maple Shade at Main and Forklanding became an American Store (merge/ by out) and American Stores became Acme later.

If the are meeting "at the school" that is the Maple Shade School No. 1 on Poplar Ave.

If they say meeting at the "Parish House," that is St. John's Episcopal Church on Linwood Ave.

Events at the "Club House" or more so referred to as "the Country Club" was the Joseph B. Stiles brick mansion on Stiles Ave.

The development there was owned by Horace Roberts and he sold the mansion to Thomas Barlow. Horace Roberts was an orchard farmer who came to own 23 farms. Ones in Lenola and north of Main St. mostly Maple Shade were given over to be developed by Barlow & Company.

When they say "Buy your 1917 Scripture Calendars from Arthur Tippett at Main and Coles Avenue" that is because the Chesterford Schoolhouse (later Maple Shade School No. 1) is already converted into a house with Arthur Tippet living there.

Issue 8 "Forty Six years ago" was when the Frechs bought the house and blacksmith shop from its previous owner. (Where Charlie Browns and Ronnie's Deli store are. The daughter married a Mennel so Mennels Dry Goods. Fahrs and Myers were also related.

I believe Joe Booth later became a council member of Maple Shade. I think his name is on the old Municipal Bdg. plaque. (now Fontanas pizza)


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

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.

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

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.

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.

Studies of Stiles book

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 Talks

My 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