Joseph Stiles, a son of Benjamin Stiles inherited all the land north and east of the Turnpike and Fellowship Road, which included the "Old Place of the Stiles," long left vacant and at the time delapidated. Benjamin J. inherited the land west of Fellowship Rd., predominately on the south side of Main Street.
In the late 1800s, Joseph Stiles built an imposing brick mansard roofed mansion house at the corner of Linwood and Stiles Avenues. The house was sold by Joseph Stiles' son Benjamin in 1912 to Horace Roberts, a real estate developer who used Barlow & Co. as his agent. The huge mansion found its use as a factory building for a silk mill. It was probably razed by the early 1940s by one of the succeeding owners, and the modern factory building added on to.
The Factory is usually remembered for making coats as it did toward the end and for once housing the companies of Warick Fashions and E.W. Twitchell. In the early 1990s the factory was renovated into the new Maple Shade Municipal Complex.
According to the "Maple Shade A Story of Three Hundred Years" book, the house was sold to an Improvement Association and razed to make way for a factory. That is incorrect. It was sold to Horace Roberts and later used for a factory building.
The Joseph/ Benjamin Stiles Mansion was used by the Pen-I-Sauken Silk Mill as part of their factory.
Note- This mansion gave "old timers" juice to their stories of how the R.R. Station was moved from Stiles Avenue to Forklanding Road, when it fact it was not. The house was built too late and the Old Place was deserted for a house where OLPH now stands on Main Street. The whole area was "Stiles Corners."
Warick Fashions Co. profile from a 1955 Progress newspaper.
A 1960 MHS Nutshell yearbook ad.
A sale ad from an old Moorestown paper.
From an old Progress newspaper-|
From old website Questions Page-(Not deamed all accurate)
Question- What exactly was the building on Stiles Ave , now the Municipal Complex? I always heard "Coat Factory" as a kid.
Prior to the new Municipal Building, it was the Warwick Coat Factory. My mother had worked there in the early sixties.
The Coat Factory was exactly that. Originally it was Warrick Fashions. (This was back in the '50's before it became a sister to the original Burlington Coat Factory).I can't remember the names but one of the owners was Morris somebody. My mom worked there for many years while it was a family owned operation. The top floor was for the "finishing work" and the bottom for the "production area". It was an ethnic paradise. I remember being about 4 years old coming in to "pick up" mom from work. I distinctly remember being told "I'll get your mommy dahling". By a broad New York accent. Was also called beautiful in at least 3 European languages. I learned to love the sound of the languages.
The building was the Burlington Coat Factory. Before Burl. Coat Fact bought it, it used to be a coat factory by another name....my Grandmother used to work there! FYI....my mother went to school with a Joann Goldman and her father owned the factory before Burl Coat....They were from Moorestown
In early 40's it was a string and rope factory called Twichell's
When I was a little girl, I grew up on Linwood Ave. down the street from factory. It was called "Twitchell's" before Warwick's. My brother's mother-in-law worked there when they made Villager fashions (*I think coats). The original Burlington Coat Factory was actually in Burlington City off Route 130. I went there to buy a coat! Right where they made them.
Coat Factory -- when I was very young, it was called Twitchells (spelling??) and it was a clothing factory. They made coats for Villager later but I don't know the exact name. It was vacant for a bit & then the township bought for the municipal complex.
My Mom worked at Twitchells in 1946 for about three years. At that time they were weaving on looms, making car seat covers out of colored "raffia". They were surely something to see.
On your page you say that prior to the Municipal Building... it was the coat factory. This is not altogether true, Yes it was the coat factory BUT when it closed, it was bought by Ralph & Leroy Mehr and opened as Tri-State Electronics. It remained as Tri-State for a number of years before it closed and re-opened as the Municipal Building.
Notes from Industrial Directories, etc...-
Municipal Bldg. Chain of Title-The Township of Maple Shade
took title on March 9, 1990
under deed book 4007 page 256
sold by Bonnie M. Weistein and Stephanie M. Caprio, Executrixes under the will of Ralph R. Mehr, deceased, and Leroy M. Mehr, partners trading as L & R Mehr Company
for the sum of $525,000.
Leroy R. Mehr and Ralph R. Mehr, as L & R Mehr
(Company run as Tri-State Electronics)
took title on July 28, 1975
under deed book 1922 page 1040
from the Agee Manufacturing Co. Inc., a New Jersey Corporation
Park and Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, N.J.
for the sum of $210,000.
The Agee Manufacturing Co. Inc.
having its office c/o David Epstein, Haddonfield, N.J.
Arthur Goldman- President, Bette Goldman- Secretary
took title on January 31, 1973
under deed book 1834 page 309
sold by The Villager Realty of New Jersey
(Search Villager Rlty of NJ Corp)
having its principal office in the City of New York
for the sum of $250,000
(Another name that turned up was The Villager Inc.)
Sidenote- deed 1811 page 664 is the Villager Realty of NJ Corp. buying the Burlington County Coat Factory in Burlington on August 9, 1972, for $640,000. There are many deeds in conjunction with this such as 1662/117 and 1656/44.
The Villager, Inc., a Delaware Corp.
took title on October 31, 1967
under deed book 1656 page 36
from Mode Craft Co. Inc., of the City of Burlington
(Note- Mode Craft ran Warick Fashions Inc.)
For the sum of ten dollars and other vauluable consideration
Being the same lands and premises title to which became vested in Stiles Avenue Realty Corp., a New Jersey corporation, by a deed dated November 13, 1953 from E.W. Twitchell Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, and recorded in the County Clerk's Office in Burlington County on November 18, 1953 in Book 1171 of Deeds, page 320.
Being the same lands and premises aquired by Mode Craft Co., Inc. due to a consolidation between Stiles Avenue Realty Corp., and Mode Craft Co., Inc. on September 28, 1966, a certificate of which was filed with the Secretary of State of New Jersey on October 3, 1966.
"all that certain farm tract or parcel of land and premises, with the buildings thereon erected situate near Maple Shade, in the Township of Chester, County of Burlington and State of New Jersey bounded on the South by the Camden and Burlington County Railroad Company on the West by land of Henry C. Patterson now Alexander M. Mecray M.D. and the Maple Shade Land Company; on the North by the North Branch of the Pensauken Creek and on the East by land of Richard D. Jones now Theodore Sauselein, containing about one hundred acres of land, be the same more or less."*****
"all that certain farm and plantation situate near Maple Shade, in the Township of Chester, County of Burlington and State of New Jersey bounded on the South by the Camden and Burlington County Railroad Company on the West by land of Henry C. Patterson now Alexander M. Mecray M.D. and the Maple Shade Land Company; on the North by the North Branch of the Pensauken Creek and on the East by land of Richard D. Jones now Theodore Sauselein, containing about one hundred acres of land, be the same more or less."
"Being the premises which Benjamin Stiles became seized of in fee by virtue of deed of conveyence one from Joseph G. Bower, Sheriff of the County of Burlington bearing date the twenty ninth day of Oct, A.D. 1903 and of recorded in the Clerks Office of the County of Burlington in Book No 379 of deeds, page 402 &c., and the other from Joseph B. Stiles and Hannah B. Stiles his wife, bearing date the Eighteenth day of November A.D. 1908 and of record in said Clerks Office in Book 439 of deeds, page 400 &c.,"
Excepting Therefrom and thereof all the land and rights conveyed by the party of the first part by two certain deeds, as follows; one to Eugene J. Aldridge... One to Lillie V. Eagan... (smaller tracts 5 acres I think and other 3 1/4 acres, both in 1911)
There wasn't a Linwood Avenue yet in 1900, and the Stiles' Mansion was lived in by Benjamin Stiles, the son of Joseph Stiles and faced "Station Avenue." This was the previous name for Front Street. Another, I believe later, name was Railroad Avenue. The directory also states that Joseph B. Stiles was retired and lived on Poplar Avenue.