2022 is the year of Maple Shade's 100th anniversary as a township.
Here are some big years-
From the New Jersey Mirror newspaper, March 29, 1922-
A referendum election which has been called for April 25, at which time the voters of Moorestown, Lenola and Stanwick will decide whether they will secede from old Chester township and form "Moorestown township." If the voters decide in favor of secession, Maple Shade will be the only town left in Chester township. The legislature passed a law giving Moorestown, Lenola and Stanwick the right to call a referendum to decide on forming a new township.
The action of the legislature was greatly opposed by residents of Maple Shade, but they have not requested the right to participate in the impending election, because it appears that voters are somewhat divided on the proposed change. Thomas J.S. Barlow, one of the founders of Maple Shade, says that the town might have a hard struggle at first but must face the inevitable. The town is developing at a rapid pace. an evidence of which is the fact that more than 100 new houses will be erected in the town this year. Many persons feel certain that the town will become self-supporting quite rapidly.
From the Camden Post Telegram, Friday December 1, 1922-
Maple Shade Train Station updates-
I fell behind updating the train station page and am working on another book. Here is some info I have to add to the page later-
From the New Jersey Mirror newspaper- February 1, 1893, page 3
From the Maple Shade Progress newspaper, May 4, 1917-
Isn't it about time that Maple Shade had a real railroad station? Surerly Harry Gilbert is entitled to something better after his many years of service there, to say nothing of the commuters.
From the New Jersey Mirror newspaper, May 1917-
Residents of Maple Shade have asked the Pennsylvania Railroad Company to give it the same train service that is afforded Merchantville and Moorestown and erect a new station.
From the New Jersey Mirror newspaper, July 7, 1920-
Moorestown- Maple Shade, near here, has just recieved its tenth promise from the Pennsylvania Railroad that the station will be rebuilt. The ? is about twenty times as large now as when the small shed that serves as a station was built.
From, I think, a Mount Holly newspaper-
From the Courier Post newspaper, October 17, 1921-
Enlarge Station At Maple Shade
The Maple Shade Pennsylvania Railroad station is at last being enlarged to meet increased patronage. An addition is being placed on the eastern end of the station which will be used as a ladies' waiting room, while the agent, William Eisinger Jr., will enlarge his present quarters and occupy the present ladies' waiting room. A baggage room is to be built on the west end of the station, relieving the crowded condition of the men's waiting room. When completed the building will be about 75 feet in length. Two boarding cars with living quarters have been placed on the siding for the accommodation of the workmen.
From the Courier Post newspaper, August 24, 1938-
MAPLE SHADE ACTS TO RETAIN STATION
Maple Shade, Aug. 23- Local merchants and civic organizations will oppose the proposal of the Pennsylvania Railroad to close the local station and place it under the jurisdiction of West Moorestown.
A public hearing on the railroad's application will be held in the State House, Trenton, Sept. 20, before the Public Utility Commissioners.
Merchants contend that when the Pennsylvania Railroad Company obtained the legal right-of-way through Maple Shade from N. E. Perkins, a clause was inserted in the agreement, stating that "an agent must always be maintained at Maple Shade station." A bitter fight will be waged, it is understood, to compel the railroad to live up to the agreement.
Recently the railroad was given permission to remove four trains from the local line.
The approval of the application by the Public Utility Commissioners will change the status of the Maple Shade station from an independent passenger, freight and baggage station, part-time, to a non-agency passenger, baggage and freight station, coming under the jurisdiction of West Moorestown.
Information (not an exact quote) from the Maple Shade Progress newspaper, 1959-
Maple Shade Depot Will Be Closed For Ticket Sales, Freight Business;
By Earle W. Johnson Sr.
(Note from Dennis Weaver- Earle was a free lance writer for the Maple Shade Progress and had several articles on the railroad. He is wrong about all the "moved the station from Stiles Avenue and built the station at Forklanding Road in 1874" talk but correct on other items as he married the daughter of Harry Gilbert, the second station agent.)
Sunday November 1, 1959 the Maple Shade station will be closed for ticket sales and freight business. The building to the east known as the "Jumper House," which housed railroad equipment, is in the process of being demolished.
From the Courier Post newspaper, Sunday Nov. 25, 1990-
The station, which had three additions built on during the early 1900s, was essentially shut down in 1959 when the railroad pulled out its station agent, area train historian Frank Kozemple said. The station, however, was used as a passenger stop until 1969.
Last passenger service of the railroad-
April 25, 1969
There is other information on the type of train which took the last passenger service trip that day but I would have to probably get permission for some of the details to copy. (trains forum)
Here are some railroad information links-
First Maple Shade Police Headquarters
Notice- Lulu books known mistakes-On April 6, 2022 the books were updated/ revised.
Burlington County old photos-
Really great photos Historical of area towns including Maple Shade.
Main Street Diner-
There was first a diner at the NW corner of Main St. and Forklanding Road as seen on a 1929 Sanborn map.
New page! Margaret Brown subdivision-
Ida W. Sauselein subdivision-
Another subdivision, besides Margaret Brown's, made by a woman was the "Plan of Lots of Ida W. Sauselein."
The above chart is from FamilySearch.org
mapleshade.com WRONG history-
I hope they fix it. So wrong for so long! So many Mayors and Council did not fix it over the last 17 years or so.
The Little Red Schoolhouse in Maple Shade Paperback-
The next time you make an order on Amazon.com, you could add this book.
Great article on Brooks/ McElwee family and last pandemic-
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-
From Lumber Trade Magazine 74 (Google Books snippet view only)
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 want to buy it-
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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