den's Maple Shade History Website

Maple Shade, A Brief History-

write up Proposal
Est. of MS.pdf
Maple Shade Poem

Maple Shade Historians:

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

Den's History Talks
Corrections to Arcadia book

Maple Shade Nostalgia:

Early history of the MS Police Dept
Early history of the MS Fire Dept
Streets trivia
Custard Stand lot
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
Burrough, Kaighn, Tippet, Schoolhouse
Old Burl. County District Schools

Pioneer Families:

Pioneer lands idea image
Roberts Memorial book
Chalkley Matlack talks Ben Stiles Family
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
Big Image- Slow Loading!

Stores and Business:

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

Links to Other Websites-

den's OneDrive cloud
densdoor YouTube videos
den's Bindery pages
Windows 7 better than Windows 10 (My opinion)
Maple Shade on Flicker
Air Victory Museum
Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields Burlington County Historical Society
Evesham Township Nostalgia
Griffith Morgan House
Phil's Camden, NJ Website
Maple Shade Alumni
Moorestown Historical Society
N.J. State Archives
Prison Museum (Mt. Holly)
West Jersey History Project
Old Bench Marks
Talk and early actions of Public State Aid paid 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


den's Map page

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
Here is just MS Sanborn- MS 1923 Sanborn maps

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
Old House Shed Additions
Rogers/Collins Dev. Moorestown
More For Phil (Moorestown Tidbits)
Moorestown Separates in 1922
Moorestown Pre Separation Elections
The Hooton or Hooten Page

Other Items-

Williamsburg section Edgewater Park, NJ
Horace Roberts PDF EXTRACT files
Nathan Perkins Vs. Turnpike Co.


Photos Shared-

Here are some photos people sent me-
Photo Share folder at my OneDrive

I still have some Books for sale-

The Maple Shade Historical Society ordered 20 "Maple Shade, a Village in Chester Twp." books. I sold about 10 already and have 10 left. If you are local- You can get a book SAME DAY, 20 dollars if you contact me- 856-667-8728. Great to learn about Maple Shade's history.

-Dennis Weaver

Dennis' books on Lulu

People who the Maple Shade Schools are named after-

From the Courier Post newspaper, January 6, 1990
School Number 1 (Later Wee Love daycare) was renamed after Elizabeth B. Haig.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, August 25, 1966
School Number 2 was renamed after Rev. Ralph J. Steinhauer.

From the Courier Post newspaper, February 17, 1971
School Number 3 was renamed after Maude M. Wilkins.

From the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper, October 25, 1989
School Number 4 was renamed after Howard R. Yocum.

A Story of the Public Schools of Burlington County, NJ

BC Schools book

Great book on the early history of Burlington County, NJ schools. You can read it online or download the PDF.

School Math in 1804-

From Enoch Roberts' cyphering book (spelled today- ciphering)
2- 8- 1804
(At Burlington Historical Society)

There is a circular pond, whos area is 5028 4/7 square feet, in the middle of which stood a pole 100 feet high; now the pole having been broken, it was observed that the top just struck the brink of the pond; what is the height of the pole?

Ansr 41.99
(I also have a 68 written)

Two men depart from the same place at the same time, one travels 30, and the other 35 miles a day; how far are they distant from each other after 7 days, supposing they both travel the same road, and how far apart if they travel in contrary directions

ansr 35 miles were going the same direction
455 miles contrary way

If the earth be 360 degrees in circumfurance and each degree 690 miles, how long would a man be in traveling round it, who advances 20 miles a day; reckoning 365 1/4 (I also wrote 364 1/4) days in a year

Ansr 3 years 155 1/2 days

Chesterford School-

We know it was named that if not from the very start to within a few years of it because of the sampler Lydia Burrough did in 1814. There is a VERY similar sampler done in 1812 (both of the Westtown Friends school where the young girls aspired to go) but doesn't have Chesterford School written on it.

The name Chesterford School would probably have more to do with the South branch of the Pennsauken Creek than the North branch which one might think, looking at the school district when it became a County District school and then a Twp. District School and had the Maple Shade area for the most part excluding the Matlack family/ apartments section.

You see when it was built in 1811 the neighborhood had nothing to do with counties. Children went to that school from both sides of the creek. Members of the Burrough family owned the land on both sides of the south branch of the Pennsauken Creek almost entirely (like 95%) along the Maple Shade area border.

The old school it replaced was on former Rudderow land somewhat near Collins Lane and the school teacher Emmanuel Beagary was renting that house from the Estate of Samuel Burrough of Evesham. He was also very involved in St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Colestown with the Rudderow family.

Little Samuel Burrough Jr. had just turned 21 years old and inherited his "new house" on what is now Maple Ave. Cherry Hill. Also Cropwell Meeting House was just recently built which the rents of the Collins lane house and the new house helped at least in a small way build.

Joseph Burrough built on the very edge of his land and ALSO note- on the not too old road (1794) our Main street the new school for the area.

So the name Chesterford- The school was in Chester Township not Waterford Township. (Also note that had a FORD in it) now Cherry Hill. So I would think they were saying It is in Chester Twp. but don't forget where it was built from over here across the creek or saying that to those people from that side even.


Books for sale-

Dennis' books on Lulu

The Maple Shade books use a large font (for older eyes). I cannot see anyone buying the "Maple Shade Village" book and not being so happy for the things they will see and learn. It is all upped a level over what I have at my website.

The Moorestown book would probably be of more interest to Moorestowners or broader history lovers.

All profits I give to the Maple Shade Historical Society.

Lulu has a promotion code sale like every 3 days for 10% off or sometimes even 15% off your order.

For the "Village book" the back cover description is sort of the time frame but not the essence of the book so it might be a bad description if its supposed to say what the book's contents are. Here are the "chapters"-

The Story-

The Toll Road-

The Trolley-

The Train Station-

A House and a Blacksmith Shop-

A German Town-

Other New Comers-

The Two Churches-

The Schools-

The Two Brickyards-

Early Directories-

The Two Realtors-

Horace Roberts-

Police and Fire Departments-

A friend of mine added the "MS Village book" to his local history books library.
I see he has books on Marlton, Levitt town, Willingboro, The Pine Barrons, Haddonfield, etc...

Turkey Farms

There were two turkey farms in Maple Shade. One was on Orchard Ave. owned by John and Therese Martin. (Swiss French) Another was on Kings Highway owned by the Martinovich family.

Across the street from the Martin's turkey farm on Orchard Ave. was Rudy Zillincar's farm where he sold eggs. He was known as "the egg man." He left the eggs out and you took them and paid by the honor system.

The Evan Martinovich turkey farm was on Kings Highway just west of Lenola Rd. aprox. where the Iron Hill Restaurant is now.

Here are some newspaper articles on the Martinovich turkey farm-
den's OneDrive cloud

Website Announcements-

I need to talk to Bill Gerkens. I lost your email addy and need to get in touch so please email me.

Someone bought a copy of each of the three books off Lulu on August 2, 2020. There was spelling errors and things changed and 6 additional pages added to the "Village book" soon after and I made it right on the 3 other copies sold besides this sale. If you are local I can exchange you with the corrected book at some point.
-Dennis Weaver

Historical Destruction-

It's almost like I see it coming. What's the most historical thing to take out next?

They are razing Mennels/ Red Carpet/ Charlie Browns but this block of old houses and even more specifically this house was the original village of Maple Shade!

Here is an early mention in an advertisement from the New Jersey Mirror newspaper-
January 18, 1855, Page 2, Column 6

Two story house and Blacksmith Shop to let
Two story house and Blacksmith shop to let. They are situated on the South Side of the Turnpike Road between Moorestown and Camden, about 3 miles below Moorestown and 6 miles from Camden. Possession given on March 26, 1855. Benjamin Stiles.

John and Laura Mennel-

Laura Mennel was the daughter of Christian and Louisa Frech. Below is a summary of her marriage announcement to John Mennel from the New Jersey Mirror, March 2, page 2, column 8-

In Camden, March 2, 1896, by Rev. Clarence A. Adams, John Mennel, of Merchantville, and Laura Frech, of Burlington County were married.

John and Laura Mennel lived in the hamlet of Sorrel Horse, across the street from the Sorrel Horse Hotel. Sorrel Horse was located where Haddonfield Road and Route 130 meet.

John and Laura Mennel and family moved to the village of Maple Shade about 1904 and first lived in the northern half of the large double house on South Poplar Avenue. In 1905 due to her efforts and the community’s, Maple Shade again had a post office which was at the Mennel’s store.

In 1909 William Frech bought back from the Larzelere family the old (circa. 1850) blacksmith house, his father and mother once lived in, for his sister Laura Mennel. The Mennels then moved their store to there, “Mennel’s Dry Goods store and Maple Shade Post Office.” Within a few years a right side addition was put on it.

The Maple Shade Post Office would be at their store until 1926 when it was moved to 16 South Forklanding Road. John and Laura Mennel had a son Harry B. (Sr.), and a daughter Louisa. Harry later changed the store to a bar called Mennel’s Inn. Later it was bought and made the Red Carpet Lounge, and today it is a Charlie Brown’s Restaurant.

Not much else was on Main Street then and it was the Maple Shade Post Office

Gerkens Brothers-

Bill Gerkens Jr. emailed me and after he saw the Maple Shade in the 30s and 40s video he said, "I really enjoyed the video. In the first minutes of the film, in the newspaper, are my father Bill Sr. the young boy and his oldest brother Frank with glasses." He didn't know who the other man was smoking the pipe and talking on the phone was.

Frank Sr. And Minnie had the house on Wallace Ave. My father William and brothers Frank, Paul and sisters Elizabeth and Elsie all grew up there.

Frank Jr. on Mecray Lane, Elsie on Woodlawn Ave. (Maple Shade gardens), Elizabeth in Marmora, William on Terrace Ave., and Paul in Somers Point who passed away two years ago at 103 yrs.

Oh, the house on Wallace Ave. was not torn down. It was moved to Mildred Ave.

Here are the brothers, top down Frank, Paul and Bill.

In the newspaper, Frank left and Bill right.

Maple Shade in the 30s & 40s movie

This collection of old movies of Maple Shade, NJ aired on the Maple Shade Cable TV network. This has been copied from a VHS tape and is not the best quality, but I am not sure how good it got. The beginning and end photos of the Roxy have been added.

Do yourself a favor and open the video up in Youtube- Maple Shade, NJ in the 30s and the 40s That way in the Description you can see the contents and time stamp links.

Real Good Historical Books on PDF-

Historical Books in PDF format

This is like the best of the best. Download the whole folder! (Go up a directory to Public, then click on the folder and choose to download it.)

The one called MatlackFamily has writings from Chalkley Matlack and also covers some of the Roberts family and Stiles families, etc...


From the Maple Shade Progress July 5, 1973.
Only lists 24 although says 25

From Lumber Trade Magazine 74 (Google Books snippet view only)
Barlow & Company ordered their lumber for their bungalows through John S. Collins and Son Lumber co. which had several locations. Their main yard was in Moorestown but they had one in Maple Shade as well.

John S. Collins & Son Lumber Co. on N. Forklanding Rd., Maple Shade in 1959
Photo by John P. Stroup

Buying "Progress of Maple Shade" Books-

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 and we'll make an arrangement for you to get a copy. The Maple Shade Historical Society makes more money off of direct sales.
-Dennis (member of Maple Shade Historical Society)

Or buy off
Progress book at

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!

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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