The Township or a group involved with the Township is having events throughout this year of Maple Shade's 100th anniversary-
Books for sale-
The Maple Shade Historical Society will be ordering a quantity of the "Maple Shade, We Celebrate 100 Years" book soon to sell. Will be announced on the electric sign. Please remember I and this website is not the Maple Shade Historical Society and is not their website etc... But I am a member of the Maple Shade Historical Society. They will also give people a chance to join at the book sales coming this year.
If you purchase the books on Lulu all the profits will still go to the Maple Shade Historical Society but you will incur the shipping cost then but have full choice of all the books.
The book and most of the books are written with a large font (size No. 18) for older eyes!
"Celebrate" book's contents-
"Village" book's contents-
There are many items repeated and even expanded upon in the "Celebrate" book but for the earlier history of the train station, information on the Moorestown & Camden Turnpike, trolley, older residents from late 1800s this is the one to get for that.
100 Year Anniversary-
2022 is the year of Maple Shade's 100th anniversary as a township.
Here are some big years-
I phased out much of this website. (Still going to be here and have some stuff up) I do not want to encourage people to take history for granted and not support the Maple Shade Historical Society. I have been making books which cover much and in some ways more than what has been up at the site.
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-
First Maple Shade Police Headquarters
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.
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-
Buying "Progress of Maple Shade" Books-
If you live in Maple Shade and want to buy it-
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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