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Read Trenton Times Newspaper Archives, May 18, , p. 3 with family history and genealogy records from Trenton, New Jersey and special trolleys meet these trains at Clin- ton street station A band will be on board to Clara and Bessie Ber- gen Sunday Mr and Mrs Joseph T S Mershon of New Brunswick. PATERSON, NJ- Standing beside two diesel powered trolleys on the site on city streets with the schedule being adjusted to meet demand. This meet features operating Trolley and Rapid Transit layouts in O Scale and HO Convenient to the the NJ Transit commuter rail station at New Brunswick, NJ, downstairs at the east/north end of the Trenton bound side of the train station.
Detective John Clancy killed Paul Golobotzsky accidentally. Annie Mahaney found dead in her chair. Sacred Heart parish girls held jubilee procession in the rain. Valentine appointed battalion adjutant. Croasdale, who was quickly captured.
Second Presbyterian church decided to accept resignation of the Rev. National President Huber arrived to settle carpenters strike. General Sewell sailed for Europe. Decision that Board of Freeholders hold its election of officers at regular May meeting. Former City Surveyor Robert T. Calhoun street option held by Johnson syndicate expired. Barnhart selected to succeed Charles E. Bird as president of Common Council. Trenton Times purchased by the present management. Bids for new court house opened at court house.
Simmons badly hurt by being thrown from his wheel. Emma Jenkins commences suit against the Pennsylvania Railroad Company. Motion made to non-suit the case of Mrs. Emma Jenkins against Pennsylvania Railroad Company denied.
Croasdale sentenced to five years in State Prison for attempt to commit highway robbery on Miss Charlotte Turford. Foster seriously hurt by being crushed under his car. Sambor Tot killed on Pennsylvania Railroad. Machinists at Oliphant Specialty Manufacturing Company win victory, returning to work at nine-hour day and twelve and one-half percent increase in wages.
Endebrock selected coach of Princeton basketball team. All hotel licenses granted before Judge Rellstab, despite remonstrances. Delaney, a brakeman in employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company, cut in two by car wheels near Chambers street bridge.
State Military Board abandons purchase of Fischer lot for armory. Chambers lot of Princeton avenue, selected by State Military Board for armory site. Ewing street cigar factory becomes part of American Cigar Company. Dahlgren and Harry S. Lehr married in St. Justice Gummere appointed commissioners to assess benefits of residents along macadamized roads. Remonstrances filed against Millham portion of East Trenton intersecting sewer and against sewering of East State street. Edward Merrick, of Center Hill, Pa.
Green appoints two teachers from State of New Jersey to go to Philippines. Princeton won by score of 15 to 5. George Woolman, of Burlington, attacked by two vicious bulldogs and severely bitten. Supreme Court decides that trolley companies and other concerns using highways must be taxed as real estate. Strike of linemen on Johnson trolley line to Princeton.
Former Vice Chancellor John T. Bird, president of Bar Association of Mercer County, announced standing committees. Allen narrowly escaped roasting to death. Home Telephone Company acquired by Philadelphia financiers. Notices of suit to Supreme Court served upon authorities over dismissed Company D men. Interstate Telephone Company decided to double its stock. Osborne, treasurer of Princeton University, died at the home of his bride-elect.
Hunt, well known newspaperman, died. Lizzie Fawcett frightfully burned. Barker put on trial for attempting life of the Rev. Common Council decided to advertise names of taxpayers who have failed to send in their personal assessments. Edward Metcalf and Patrick Callahan committed to jail on charge of incendiarism. Common Council scored school commission. Bristol Street Railway Company chartered under new law of Pennsylvania.
Military funeral of Edward A. Burglars entered home of Mrs. Barker found guilty of assault of the Rev. Keller with intent to kill. Samuel Shinn arraigned on charge of murder of Thomas F. Court of Errors decided against Yardville line crossing Pennsylvania Railroad. Two local electrical worker unions unite. Russell accepted position as State Geologist. Jobes, of Bordentown, died. JULY The thermometer stood in the shade.
General Skirm retires from D. Severe shower and high winds do considerable damage.
More cases of heat prostration. Two year old Winfield Schley killed by the trolley. Sam Shinn placed on trial for murder. Samuel Shinn found guilty of murder. Skirm case hearing in Chancery Court. Lydia Ann Parsons, Morrisville, centenarian, died. Severe thunder storm does much damage. Conrad marries Miss Annette S. Cigar dealers decide to close Sundays.
Complaints made against pool in Passaic street. Alice Crook, of North Warren street, fatally injured in fall. Ephraim Kaufman dropped dead. Victor Holcombe, of Titusville, killed on railroad. New crematory tested and pronounced satisfactory by the committee. Harry Shock sent to the county farm for thirty days. Nutt made steward of the almshouse; Robert D. Vandenborg, overseer of the poor; and Walter Firth superintendent of the crematory.
City authorities and State Hospital managers at odds over proposed new sewer. Ex-Governor Newell died at Allentown. Burtis denied new trial in Mercer Court on charge of malicious mischief and petit larceny.
Henry Ridgely Robinson injured in a railroad wreck at Perth Amboy. Samuel Shinn removed to state prison. Holly, depriving the city of its water supply. James Boughey found drowned in the canal.
Knights and Companions of Friendship in annual session. Jones brings murder charge against asylum attendant. Moore, Ewing Township farmer, found with a bullet wound in his head; admits he shot himself.
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Ward admits he was derelict in his duty at the asylum. Lamphear decides to leave educational work at the Y. Pemberton Hutchinson died at Newtown. John Branigan seriously hurt at Mercer pottery.
Jones fails to appear at the asylum investigation, in spite of his promise to do so.
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Whittemore, pastor of Olivet Baptist church. First trolley car crosses Calhoun street river bridge. Public test of the crematory. Edward Scudder killed at Trenton Junction on the railroad. Murphy found dead in her home. Her husband charged with her murder. Green organized the State Normal school plan of study. Albert Harple killed in Bristol mill. Two persons shot at Bristol in an attempt to kill a mad dog. Baldwin stricken with paralysis at the asylum investigation.
Marv Gauntt burned to death in bed at Mt. Church, which is nearly years old. Seymour nominated for Governor by the Democratic convention. Ground broken for a new wing at Mercer Hospital. Divorce granted Edward H. Compton hangs himself at Mt. Williamson died of heart disease. Cigar dealers decide to open Sundays. Windsor post office robbed. James Henry found dead in store in Bristol. Annual session of the Daughters of America held in Masonic Temple. Briggs nominated for Mayor of the city by the Republicans.
Frank Huber drowned in the water power. Roebling exhibits a big display of orchids at New York flower show. Katzenbach named for Mayor by Democrats. William Coleman died at Windsor.
City flooded with counterfeit dollars. Fire in two potteries. Contractor John Margerum killed in a fall at Morrisville. Shockley, desperate negro from Mt. Holly, arrested by Detective Frawley as fugitive from justice. State Baptists in session at Flemington. With this encouragement, Fitch went about the organizing of a company.
The builder of the boat, Henry Voight, of Philadelphia, received stock of the company for his work. The boat was a small one, with an engine possessing a single cylinder of 3-inch bore. The first trials on the Delaware, held July 20,were unsuccessful. Fitch had experimented with several methods of propelling the boat; the plan that succeeded was that in which the side paddles were moved by cranks worked by an engine.
The first boat in America to be propelled successfully by steam moved on the Delaware on July 27, It was an enthusiastic Fitch who wrote to Stacy Potts from Philadelphia the next day. I will say fourteen in theory and twelve in practice. His first successful boat made several trips on the river near Philadelphia in the autumn of Delaware, however, confirmed his right to his invention.
Lacking skilled workmen, Fitch had to depend upon fumbling blacksmiths in the manufacture of this new engine. Their faulty work was the cause of many accidents and delays. Finally the boat moved on the river in full view of practically the entire Continental Convention August 22, Fitch thought it an appropriate time for once again petitioning the Continental Congress for aid; this time the bill was reported out of committee, but died on the floor of the House.SEPTA at West Trenton, New Jersey
The new boat traversed the Philadelphia-Burlington route for the first time in July At the end of the run, the boiler burst and the ship had to be floated back to Philadelphia. A new boiler was installed and on October 16 Fitch ran his steamboat, on which were a company of prominent guests, up the Delaware to Burlington, and then on to Trenton, returning to Philadelphia the same day. In order to cut down the time on the Philadelphia-Trenton run to five hours, an auxiliary company was formed to finance the building of a new inch cylinder engine.
During the boat made several trips to Burlington and Trenton, but regular service could not be maintained because of the unreliable machinery.
It made its last trips on the Delaware in An advertisement which appeared on June 14 of that year informed the public that: This craft was the first steam vessel anywhere to be employed in the business of transporting passengers and freight. The boat made more or less regular trips up and down the river during the summer and fall of Those who travelled on it placed its speed at eight miles an hour. Congress granted Fitch letters patent on his invention in April Tired and embittered, Fitch withdrew from a world that had shown him little kindness.
He settled on his tract at Bardstown, Ky. There he died on July 2,the circumstances of his death pointing to suicide. The grave is marked with a monument.
John Fitch Way runs from the municipal wharf along the river front as far as Assunpink Creek. It was formerly Commercial Avenue, but the name was changed by an ordinance passed early in The Fitch boulder was dredged from the river and set up at the lower end of John Fitch Way, near the municipal wharf.
After an appropriate bronze tablet had been attached, it was dedicated on November 30, Stevens thereupon sent the Phoenix from Hoboken down to Philadelphia under her own steam in A storm came up, the pilot boat became separated from the steamboat, and the Phoenix, long overdue at Philadelphia, was given up for lost.
The Phoenix, however, rode out the storm and ended up in Barnegat Bay, from which place she proceeded on to Philadelphia. She was the first steamboat ever to travel upon any ocean. Her running time between here and Philadelphia was three hours running with the stream and five hours against it.
The Phoenix was on this route untilwhen she grounded on the mud flats at Kensington. The presence of steamboats on the Delaware did not affect the extensive sloop trade to any marked degree at first. It was not until a decade later - about - that their competition began to tell. In the sloop Factor set out regularly from its Bloomsbury landing every Monday during the milder season, and returned from Philadelphia on Thursdays.
The sloop Traveller, too, maintained a regular packet service weekly on the same route. In we find the sloop Try-All, under the command of Captain Johnston, maintaining a regular packet service to Philadelphia. This sloop had once been owned by Alexander Chambers and General Beatty, 14 but the partnership was dissolved in and Chambers became sole owner.
The Trenton sloops played an important part in rendering the British blockade at New York and Philadelphia during the War of for nought. These sloops transported all sorts of military supplies from Philadelphia to Trenton, where they were loaded on wagons and taken to New Brunswick, there to be carried forward to New York.
From to there were several steamboats on the Delaware between Philadelphia and Bordentown, among them the Philadelphia. Stages met the boat at the latter place and carried the passengers forward to Trenton and New Brunswick.
Boats stopping at Burlington or Bordentown were also met by stages at these places. Nathaniel Shuff of Bloomsbury was the proprietor of one of these stage lines. His stage carried the passengers to Trenton and points as far beyond as New York.
The Philadelphia was also known as Old Sal, probably because of the grotesque female figurehead which she carried on her bow. In we find her on the Trenton route, running from Philadelphia every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8 a.
The Union Line countered with the New Philadelphia, which it put on the same route in Stevens, owner of the Philadelphia, did not permit this competition to pass unnoticed; he put the Franklin into the Trenton-Philadelphia service and lowered the fare to one dollar each way.
Carriages met the boat at the Bloomsbury wharf and carried the passengers up to the Trenton hotels gratis. This service was imitated by all the boats - the Stevens-owned Philadelphia and Franklin, and the Trenton of the Union Line.
Philadelphia-bound passengers were called for at their hotels on the morning of their departure and carried to the wharves free of charge. The Union Line Company, of which Benjamin Fish was the president, also carried passengers in its stages between the steamboat landing and Princeton, New Brunswick and New York, at fixed rates.
Atkinson was the Trenton agent for the Union Line coaches. Many of the sloop lines also found their way into the hands of this corporation.
Before this huge merging process took place there were a few changes in the list of river steamers. In came the Union Line Baltimore, 22 mentioned above, and this was displaced in a few months by the steamer Burlington. In May the Major Barnet, a foot boat, licensed to carry passengers, came to Trenton. Its owners intended it for the transportation of passengers and goods between Lambertville and Easton. The problem, of course, was to run the steamboat through the falls.
Several unsuccessful attempts were made in the summer ofbut it was not until November that the Major Barnet achieved the upper Delaware. Morris, a riverman, found the 22 inches of water necessary for navigating the boat, and steered it up through Trenton Falls to the foot of Wells Falls without difficulty.
At Wells Falls it was necessary to use full steam, two men with poles, and men tugging at a rope which had been fastened to the rocks at the entrance to the falls, before the boat got through.
It took the Major Barnet ten minutes to travel feet, but it was done, and the boat was the first steamboat on the upper Delaware. She was active in the Easton trade, but the railroad put her out of business. In the Hornet appeared on the Delaware and plied between Trenton and Philadelphia. The fare was 25c and persons leaving their name at the Rising Sun Hotel the night before would be called for by the omnibus the next morning. On May 7,the Edwin Forrest made her first trip to Trenton.
She ran daily except in winter between Trenton and Philadelphia for many years, being obliged to regulate her departure by the tide because of the shoals at Perriwig Island below. Her wharf was in the rear of Bloomsbury House.
The boat was owned by Joseph and Benjamin McMackin. As a matter of fact there were two Edwin Forrests, the first one a wooden steam-boat and the second, which began to run inbeing of iron construction. The second one carried great quantities of freight and was well patronized by passengers, making the river trip for business or pleasure.
McIntyre succeeded Captain Benjamin McMackin and was on the bridge up to the time she was retired in Considering that there was an Edwin Forrest in service for forty-seven years, it is not surprising that many local memories are enshrined about the name.
All freight brought to Trenton by the sloops and steamboats during the first half of the century was transferred to heavy wagons and hauled to New Brunswick, where it was placed on ships to be carried to New York. Some of the goods were kept, for the time being, in the many warehouses along the river. The steamboats which covered the Trenton-Philadelphia route in a later day included the Twilight, City of Trenton which finally blew up because of a boiler explosionPokonoket, Burlington, Columbia and John A.
The landing for these boats was just below Lalor Street, and adjoining it was a warehouse. He also had to certify shipments of merchandise bought in foreign ports, and the license papers of every ship operating over the route just mentioned.
The office was later transferred to Camden and Philadelphia. The present mayor of Trenton, Frederick W. Donnelly, has been largely instrumental in bringing about the necessary deepening of the channel. By Act of General Assembly, passed December 21,a commission was appointed to receive subscriptions for clearing the river above Trenton Falls as far as Easton.
The commissioners had power to clear, open, enlarge, straighten or deepen the river. The work was subcontracted out, Major Robert Hoops actually doing the work near Trenton Falls and completing the task in It was in the period immediately preceding the coming of the railroad that a real interest was manifested in improving the Delaware. In the inhabitants of Burlington and Hunterdon petitioned the Legislature relative to removing the sandbar on Perriwig Island.
The committee of the House was averse both to recommending a grant from the Treasury for financing the work or permitting a lottery to be raised locally. It did, however, recommend that the petitioners be allowed to present a bill which would authorize them to go upon Perriwig Island and remove the obstruction themselves.
Nothing, however, was done in the matter. On November 13,the Legislature had passed an Act authorizing the building of a lock in the river at Trenton, for the improvement of navigation. The purpose of this lock is indicated by the text of a like Act, passed February 9,authorizing Daniel W. Coxe, Samuel Wright, Jr. On June 25,the federal government adopted the project for a channel 12 feet deep at mean low water, and feet wide, from Alleghany Avenue, Philadelphia, to Lalor Street, Trenton, and for the construction of dikes at Biles Island, Bordentown, and Mud Island.
The greatest amount of dredging by far was done in the channel between Trenton and Bordentown. The project for deepening the channel above Lalor Street as far as the railroad bridge was adopted by the federal government on July 25, The plan called for a foot channel, feet wide, and a turning basin at the site of the municipal wharf, feet wide and feet long. By the River and Harbor Act of June 5,Congress combined this project and the one of into a single project.
Work on the municipal dock was begun May 6, ; the upper section of the united project, including the excavation of approximately 20, cubic yards of rock, was completed August The foot channel has made Trenton an important commercial center, since it enables larger ships to come all the way up the river.
The improvement of the channel, however, will continue. The River and Harbor Act of March 3,adopted a new project providing for an increased channel depth of 20 feet at mean low water between Philadelphia and the Trenton municipal wharf, having a width of to feet. This project is being urged by the Atlantic Deeper Waterways Association, which was organized in Philadelphia in and whose main object is the creation of an intra-coastal canal, extending from New England to Florida.
Invessels could navigate inland from Trenton to Beaufort, N. Further mention of this waterway will be made under the discussion of canals. At present the Philadelphia-Trenton-Norfolk Steamboat Company is operating barges and tugs for carrying freight, as well as the passenger boat William Penn which runs during the summer, over the foot channel. Sea-going barges of ton capacity frequently find their way up to Trenton. The municipal wharf and warehouses were dedicated on May 11, The dock is feet wide and extends inshore feet.
The steel warehouse shed, whose flat roof is used as a recreation center in the summer-time, is located at the upper end of the dock and measures feet by feet.
Only paths led from one Indian settlement to another. This path is supposed to have been opened by the Dutch early in the seventeenth century. When William Edmundson, travelling minister of the Society of Friends, traversed this route in on his way southward, he found only a narrow path leading to the Falls. Of his trip he wrote: We travelled that Day, and saw no tame creature, at Night we kindled a fire in the Wilderness and lay by it, as we used to do in such Journies; next day, about nine in the Morning, by the good Hand of God, we came well by the Falls.
About seventy years laterKalm, the Swedish traveller, was to say of the same route: On the road from Trenton to Brunswick I never saw any place in America, the towns excepted, so well peopled. The book of minutes of the Supreme Court provides us with interesting notes on the growth of the system of roads in this vicinity. The first overseers of highways in the first tenth were appointed May 22,and were John Woolston and John Shinn.
February 20,saw the choosing of an overseer for the highways of Nottingham Township for the first time. John Lambert was the first overseer for Nottingham. The duties of this office must have increased by reason of the laying out of more roads, for in Februarytwo overseers were appointed to attend the roads in that township. Here is the earliest mention of a road leading from Trenton to Burlington.
Inthe court ordered Nottingham and Chesterfield to lay out a road to East Jersey. Where this road was, or whether it was ever laid out, is unknown. The constable returned the following description of the highway: Begins at the partition line; by marked trees to 8 mile run; to a white oak in land of Johannes Lawrence; by marked trees to a white oak before Ralph Hunts door by the run; by marked trees to bridge over 6 mile run to Robt Lannings Land; thence direct through Wm Acres land and Jasper Smiths land and Thos Smiths land to 5 mile run to a hiceree tree; by Samuell Mathews and Saml Stacy to Shabakunck Bridge; thence through Mahlon Stacy to mill as trees direct.
Mention is again made of the road leading from Burlington to the Assunpink in the Supreme Court minutes under date of the 19th of the twelfth month February On that day the inhabitants of Nottingham presented the following petition to the justices sitting at Burlington: Whereas there has been for more than twenty years past a Highway Leading from the ffalls towards Burlington over Croswick Creeke through the plantation now of Samll Overton which Much Shortens the journey as well as for the Convenancy of Travelers as also for ye Inhabitants of the township of Nottingham and Whereupon the Inhabitants at their Last towne meeting Were Unanimously Concenting and did there all Concent and agree Excepting the said Samll Overton that the same should be so Continued and remaine as a free Bridle Stye and way for travelers and therefore humbly prays the Concurrence of the Court in Confirmation of the same.
Whereupon the Court Orders that it shall continue a Bridle Way. The description of the Burlington Road as a "Bridle Way" incidentally indicates what most of the "roads" of that time actually were, - paths wide enough to permit of the passage of a man on horseback or a packhorse.
These "roads" continued to be nothing more than bridle ways untilwhen the Assembly passed an Act for the "Further establishment of Fees, and Ferriages.
Inthen, but two land routes of any importance existed in this section: The road to Burlington was sometimes referred to as the road to Crosswicks. Thus, in the West Jersey proprietors agreed that: It will be noted that the proprietors were especially interested in having wider roads built than those in existence at the time.
This is the first example of a law, directing that compensation be given for the taking of private property for public use, in the legal history of New Jersey. In Marchthe Assembly provided that no action for waste would lie against those who cut and carried away timber standing within the limits of the highways of the Province, if it were used for making or repairing bridges and highways. The road must have become substantially wider and smoother to allow of this sort of travel, although there was still room for a great deal of improvement.
Our attention is narrowed down to the roads immediately in and around Trenton by the Minute Book of the Township of Trenton, containing the minutes of the annual meetings of the inhabitants f rom to At the first meeting, held March 11,the overseers of roads mentioned are: It is interesting because in it we find the first written mention of Penny-town Pennington Road. The description in the township minutes reads: The present line of Mulberry Street approximately follows the line of this road.
A survey made in established the course now followed almost exactly by that street. The period when hired workers kept the roads in condition and were paid out of the money raised by taxes was still, in those days, a thing of the future.
The road ran approximately along the route now followed by Prospect Street and continued north by east in the same line, across Shabakunk Creek.
Travel along the main highways during Colonial days was, at best, a very slow and uncomfortable experience. The roads were far from level, full of mire holes, rocks, stumps and pools of water. The bridges were not always in good repair; the roads wound this way and that, without any guide posts whatsoever to direct the traveller except in those cases where private enterprise had set up direction-posts and milestones. In the General Assembly decided to act in the matter, and on June 20 passed the following Act: The notices advertising this lottery appeared in the New York and Philadelphia newspapers in The straight roads project was, however, delayed by the Stamp Act agitation.
Daniel Coxe, of Trenton, is mentioned among those in charge of the drawing of the lottery, and is also announced as manager and commissioner of the road from Newark and Elizabeth-town to Trenton and Bordentown, agreeable to the Act of the year preceding.