The Maple Shade Post Office from 1926 to 1946
2022 is the year of Maple Shade's 100th anniversary as a township.
Here are some big years-
Roberts Monument book reprint now available-
The book looks REAL good. Paper and ink are first class.
Website tool- Aerial views over the years-
I just found out about this site the other day. You can view aerial photos of a location from many different years. Try "Maple Shade, NJ" and look at Alden Park development for an example. I did make a find in that Lenola RR Station was there in 1965 but not sure how long after. Anyhow here is the link-
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.
New Page- Chester Township, Burlington County-
Spam and Spoofing advise and examples-
Just to educate people. Got some choice examples!
Almost 100 years ago- 1922-
Background- Maple Shade was a part of Chester Township. It wanted to be connected to Moorestown's water works and have many improvements. If it got enough people (voters) it could gain more committeemen and more votes and get whatever it wanted.
Actually that is probably a result (cause and effect), but also if there were more homes then there was more the justifiable need for the improvements and tax revenue. Anyhow, Moorestown since trying to separate in 1917 wanted them "off their backs."
When do you think most of the Barlow bungalows were built? Before Moorestown separated in 1922? Around the time of the Ben. Franklin Bridge opening in 1926? Barlow & Company began in 1912 but incorporated in 1921 and in 1922 and 1923 most of the Barlow Built Bungalows (a sales phrase we first see in 1922) were built.
From the New Jersey Mirror newspaper, March 29, 1922-
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-
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-
Books for sale-
Dennis' books on Lulu
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.
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.
Lulu book known mistakes-
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.
If you live in Maple Shade and want to buy it-
Email me with your phone number and we'll make an arrangement for you to get a copy. They now cost 15 dollars.
-Dennis (member of Maple Shade Historical Society)
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!