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Saturday, October 25, 2014

2014: MY FINAL 2014 SUNDAY OUTDOOR SING ALONG

 As that old Thanksgiving songs says, "ere the winter storms begin." October has proven to be a lovely month with crisp fall days and low humidity. According to the weather prognosticators, tomorrow will be another lovely fall day with an afternoon temperature a breezy 61 degrees. I hope to see a number of our more hearty outdoor music lovers on the beautiful lawn at the library tomorrow at 3 P.M! Free and open to ALL who are within traveling distance of the Hamilton Library!

Monday, October 20, 2014

1951 - 2014: THE MEMORIES JUST KEEP ON COMIN'

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Over the many years, I have written many columns relating to the excellent education I received courtesy of the Hamilton Township public school system. They were the years that shaped my future and gave me the confidence that I was proficient in reading, writing, speaking, and singing. Whenever I can, I share these gifts with my friends and neighbors; most of whom can tender the same tribute to their education.  One of the greatest influences on my dear wife Judy and me, is the lady we had during our years at Hamilton High School. Louise Baird (we called her "Ouise" prounounced "Wheez,) was not only an incredibly talented vocal music teacher. Through her incredible collection of scrapbooks which she left to Judy and me, she taught us many of the secrets of philosophy and the keys to a happy life.
I put the graphic above together which focuses around page one of the three pages of secrets of a successful marriage and life that she wrote in Judy's yearbook. I treasure those years, and as I look at the two photos of Judy and me as we move into our 82nd year, I have come to the realization that life is so very short. Yes, even 81 years later! As our Hamilton Vice Principal Jim (Jim Crow) Coursen would say to us on many occasions, "Live as though this were the last day of your life.")

Thursday, October 16, 2014

1916 AND 1927


I am currently digitizing many vintage articles and photos relating to "Hamilton's Finest," better known as "the men in blue." Hamilton Township was a sprawling community back in the latter part of the 19th and into the 20th century. Our early law officers were known as "Constables." Frawley and Ceaser, were two that come to mind. The article on the left details the annual report of then Chief Henry Ceaser. who reported a total of just over 1,000 reports ranging from criminal offenses to dog violations. What a difference a century makes! On the right is the hand written document that comprises the forming of a real, genuine Hamilton Township Police force. My "POLICE-HAMILTON" digital database is constantly being added to and has already become a valued resource for present, and as time goes by for future generations.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

1968: HAMILTON'S MUNICIPAL PARK

Who knew? I did! What today is known far and wide as Hamilton's beautiful Veterans Park was founded way back in 1968 during the administration of my dear friend, the late Maurice "Maury" Perilli. Over the years we have been blessed to have town leaders who have succeeded in saving our precious farms and forests from the real estate developers.

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

1935: St. Mathias P.E. Church Rectory

1935: St. Mathias P.E. Church Rectory

The photo above is self explanatory. St. Matthias is still located on Park Avenue in Hamilton. I understand that St. Matthias is going to merge with St.James P.E. Church.

Monday, October 06, 2014

2014: TONIGHT'S MEETING OF THE HAMILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

We are really encouraged by the "uptick" in attendance at our first Monday of the month meetings of the Hamilton Township Historical Society. Our realization that bland, uninteresting and non local programs had resulted in fewer and fewer citizens joining or attending our meetings. Above is a dual graphic which shows the subject of tonight's nostalgia centered meeting and below, the announcement of the very successful Chambersburg on screen program which I dedicated to my dear friend, the late Maurice "Maury" Perilli.

Friday, October 03, 2014

2014: TOM GLOVER'S "INDIAN SUMMER" SINGALONG SUNDAYS



1943: THOSE WONDERFUL MOVIE SERIALS!

I am told that more and more senior citizens over the age of 60 or 65 are getting into computing. A few years back it was common knowledge that many if not most senior citizens didn't want to get involved with this incredible technology. This post and others to come are presented especially for the aforementioned over 60 fellow members of "wrinkle city." Enjoy and remember!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

2014: EXCITING NEWS FROM THE TRENTON MUSEUM SOCIETY!

For Immediate Release
                                                                     
Trenton Museum Society                                         Contact: Richard Willinger
Trenton City Museum at Ellarslie                                     or  Sally Baxter 
Cadwalader Park                                                              609-989-1191 

Trenton, New Jersey                                                         tms@ellarslie.org


Wednesday, October 01, 2014

2014: I HAVE STARTED A NEW TRENTON FACEBOOK PAGE

I have started a new Facebook page entitled "TRENTON NJ MEMORY LANE." The pages will be dedicated to historic and interesting photos and articles relating to the capitol city. Check it out. Unfortunately Facebook graphic size restrictions will not allow for reading large graphics containing text. These will be posted as they have been for 18 or so years on my www.glover 320.blogspot.com which has a current number of hits over 800,000.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1904: ITALIAN MADE WHEAT BREAD

How I love 4 or 5 slices of Italian Peoples Bakery's Italian bread! You can freeze it, but NEVER regain the texture and taste of the original tastes on the day you buy it. The above is a 110 year old article dealing with the early years of Italian baking in the Trenton area. Honest; what could be better than a steaming hot dish Spaghetti Bolognese, or pencil points, or baked ziti, and for me a frosty glass of Coke. (Sorry...I'm not a wine drinker.)

Sunday, September 28, 2014

2014: THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

I am so very happy that Tom Glover's Hamilton Library Scrapbook has been so well received by so many visitors who are interested in our local history. Above is just a small portion of the report I receive on a regular basis from Google who sponsor "Blogspot." Reports such as the above help me to choose subjects scan, modify and post. Thank you all!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

2014: TOMORROW WILL BE OUR FINAL KUSER PARK CONCERT


2014: THE TRENTON CITY MUSEUM AT ELLARSLIE

My SENTIMENTAL JOURNEY column for tomorrow morning (September 28) deals with the 200th anniversary of the oldest parish in the state of New Jersey: Sacred Heart Church at the intersection of South Broad and Centre Streets in Trenton. had just sent my column to my TIMES editor and within a few hours I had a visit from Mr. Richard Willinger who is President of the Trenton Museum Society. Mr. Willinger wanted the public to know that Sacred Heart Church is featuring historic photos, documents and ephemera in the Ellarslie mansion. 
The public is invited,
Museum Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed Mondays and municipal holidays

Phone: (609) 989-3632 or (609) 989-1191
Fax: (609) 989-3624


NOTE: MY COLUMN IN THIS MORNING'S TRENTON TIMES REDUCED THE DETAIL ON THE AREA MAP AND RENDERED IT VERY DIFFICULT TO READ. HERE IS THE FULL SIZE MAP:
 

1934: ENTERPRISE VOLUNTEER FIRE CO. MINSTREL PROGRAM

I have been a proud resident of Bromley for the 61 of my years of marriage. I have seen my neighborhood change drastically over the years. The "sick 60's" brought social unrest to Trenton and the suburbs, and along came the social disease we have come to know as "white flight." Ironically, those who did indeed choose to move further into the suburbs, left the neighborhood and in the case of the Glover family, one of the most beautiful streets in Hamilton Township. Huge oak and Sycamore trees still abound and form a God-made canopy of trees all along Atlantic Avenue. I have a 75 year old Sycamore on my front lawn which even though it sheds bark in the summer time is one of God's treasured gifts to the Glover's Atlantic Avenue abode. Who filled in the void after the aforementioned "white flight?" Wonderful neighbors, many of whom keep their homes and yards in better condition than those who left for greener pastures and the accompanying higher taxes.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

11937: YES, I DO REMEMBER THIS TRENTON MEMORY

I was only a young boy o 8 or 9, but I do remember the now archaic custom of stationing city of Trenton police officers under an umbrella, on a platform with the rotating "STOP" and "GO" signs. This was just a small memory of the Trenton of 70-Plus years ago apparently before the advent of today's traffic light; delightful nostalgia, delightful history!.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

1947: SOUTH CLINTON AVENUE AT THE TRENTON TRAIN STATON

I find these two photos to be very interesting. Returning WWII GI's were undoubtedly very familiar with the landscape shown above. From the notorious Hotel Leonard to lower extracted photo showing the little shops that lined up as a mini mall back in 1947, I would bet that many old Trentonians will see familiar memory.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

1947: TRENTON TRANSIT "L-9" ENROUTE TO CEDAR LANE

I could conceivably be on that bus! This was the bus that the Glover's and their Kuser Farm area neighbors took to take a trip "up town," or as some of us said, "down town." The end of the line was at Cedar Lane and Olden in front of "Bee Bee's Tavern;" now the Speakeasy. At the time, there was an open porch where we could wait and get out of the rain or snow. The porch has since been enclosed. As to old L-9 Liberty Street, she started at the Perry Street Terminal, down to State and Broad, South Broad to Liberty Street, Liberty Street to Sylvan, Sylvan to Cedar Lane and the end of the line.

Friday, September 19, 2014

2014: SALLY LANE - "THEN AND NOW" IN THE TIMES

 
The cut and paste in the top graphic shows some of the 50 plus columns Sally wrote over the years for both the Times and Trentonian. I am slowly but surely adding to the files as time permits. I have always admired Sally's writing style and her ability to bring local Trenton history to the fore.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014: BACK FOR 2 MORE WEEKS BEFORE THE TEMPS DROP

A number of folks have suggested a September series as a continuation of my 8 week summer 2014 series of music sing along programs, SO here we go. I have cleared it with Recreation Director Marty Flynn and Ms. Nicole Zoller and if the weather holds, we will do one last set of musical programs at the Kuser Park gazebo. September can be a lovely month of the year when there is no rain in the forecast. I am hoping that we will be favored with 2 nice crisp fall afternoonS with low humidity and comfortable temperatures. However, experience has taught me that September can also be a month with numerous rainy days. In that event,rainy programs will be cancelled with no rain date. Bring a folding chair, sweater or blanket and come for one last FALL FLING!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

1967: REMEMBER BILL BLACKWELL'S?

This is a repeat post which I added some years ago. I sure do remember this legendary Ewing 1950's garden center. I spent many years on North Olden Avenue Extension at the old Trenton Bearing Company and made numerous deliveries of V belts and ball bearings to Bill's place. The photo brings back fond memories for me, and I would bet also to many "Ewingites!"

1945: THE LUSCOMBE AIRCRAFT COMPANY

With the recent article in the local press relating to the vacant Ternstedt-Eastern Aircraft plant property, I have been doing some searching for the beginning stories that relate to our own Ewing Township and the very important part it played during World War II. Many of us in the senior citizen community recognize the Luscombe company who were an integral part of World War II history, and of course, Eastern Aircraft Division of General Motors Corp. Above is a full page from a rare World War II issue of
"The Bomber;" a publication of Local 731 of the United Auto Workers. A full page "broad sheet" newspaper is a challenge to the average computer monitor, but I do believe that the articles will be legible. EnjoyQ

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1925: EARLY FAMILY NAMES AT ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA HAMILTON

As I was reading this interesting column relating to the early years of St. Anthony parish, I found names that were very familiar to those of us who lived within the boundary of one of the first Roman Catholic parishes in Hamilton. St. Anthony has been on that South Olden Avenue location since its founding in 1921. (94 years!)

Monday, September 15, 2014

1951: CLASSMATE BOB SHINKLE HHS '51

We were so proud of these guys! NATIONAL TV! The Ed Sullivan Show! Bob points with pride to his years as an active strongman who with his very talented partners made both local and national television appearances. As I recall, Bob also appeared on WFIL-TV channel 6 with another of his partners, classmate George Mozer.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

1938: WE'VE COME A LONG WAY, BABY!"

The only weed that I smoke is an occasional "Black and Mild" filter tip pipe tobacco cigar. Like Bill Clinton, I don't inhale (no, I really don't). With the legalization of marijuana in the news and states falling into line to legalize it, the above 76 year old article is quite interesting. Strange that marijuana would be legalized considering the anti smoking crusade that has made a huge dent in the average American's smoking habit.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

2014: R.C. MAXWELL'S TRENTON


The graphic above is the title page of my on screen presentation which features the incredibly historic and equally incredible exquisite photos of Trenton as it looked during what I call "Trenton's Golden Years." 

"R.C. Maxwell's Trenton" will be one of the on screen programs which will presented at the Hamilton Township Public Library by the new and improved HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF HAMILTON TOWNSHIP in future months. After years of bypassing the illustrious history of Hamilton, Trenton, and the Mercer County area, the society has found that universally interesting programs will bring citizens to the meetings. Gone are the historic but far from local subjects of the past Einstein, Molly Picher, etc.) Come join us; you will love our new direction!

1946: ANYBODY REMEMBER "TONY'S TOMATO PIES?"

I was only 13 when this photo was taken and must admit that I never had a tomato pie at Tony's. Back then it was DeLorenzo's which was in walking distance of my Hartley Avenue home. I don't recall the diner either.

1988: BEFORE "COMMON CORE" (Thank the Lord!)

I will never forget the excitement of the start of a new school year. The very familiar (to this day) and distinctive aroma of the disinfectant used by the township at Kuser and other area schools back during my years in that wonderful grammar school. We were taught the "3 R's" with a vengeance. Reading, writing and arithmetic were taught by teachers who knew how to impregnate our young brains. I have very fond memories of learning to print, then write in cursive and how to string an intelligent sentence and compound that sentence into an intelligent composition. Only since succeeding generations took over our schools did we begin to hear that keeping a slower student back to repeat a school year was bad for his or her "self esteem." And now along comes "Common Core" with what appears to me to be a different approach to the  task of education young students. I am hearing educational "experts" opining that mnemonics are ineffective. In my personal experience even after 70 years of my 81 years, memorization was a key to my ability to comprehend grammar, math, and other critical subjects; going way back to my primary years when I memorized the alphabet, the times tables, the basic rules of good grammar and probably many more subjects that I didn't mention.
Only recently did I learn that some schools are eliminating cursive writing and its very necessary companion, Penmanship from their studies. BAD IDEA! (That is my opinion and mine alone.) No one appreciates the digital age more than I. It has led me on an incredibly fascinating journey of knowledge and enrichment. However in my not too savvy brain, I don't think using tablets and computers should replace the manual and mental dexterity required to write AND READ cursive. History? I'm hearing stories that our U.S. history books contain an abundance of revisionist history.  
SPEAKING OF SCHOOLS AND EDUCATION, I WILL BE PRESENTING AN ON SCREEN PRESENTATION TOMORROW EVENING FROM 7 P.M. THE PRESENTATION IS ENTITLED, "HAMILTON SCHOOLS; THE WAY THEY WERE." THE PROGRAM IS COMPLETELY FREE TO ALL AREA RESIDENTS WHO ARE WITHIN TRAVEL DISTANCE OF THE HAMILTON LIBRARY. THE MEETING WILL BE HELD IN ROOM NUMBER 3, LOWER LEVEL.

Friday, September 05, 2014

2104: MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

"School days, school days, dear old golden rule days,
readin' and writin' and 'rithmetic, taught to the tune of a hickory stick, 
you were my queen in calico, I was your bashful barefoot beau 
when you wrote on my slate, 'I love you so' 
when we were a couple of kids.."
This coming Monday evening, September 8th at 7 PM, the Historical Society of Hamilton Township continues to bring fascinating local history to our area. We will be presenting another fascinating on screen presentation to the public. We will take a nostalgic and educational journey back to those long ago years and take a look at the old one room school houses and also project on the library's huge movie screen some fascinating articles and photos of the vintage years of schools that have survived the years and still educating our current generation. For me, and many other romanticists, there is a certain charm and fascination as we see the way our grandparent and great grandparents were educated. It was the era when a strict school teacher knew how to control any errant students; an era of pot bellied wood burning stoves, and hand held slates for taking notes; it was the year of chalk, black slate blackboards, and felt blackboard erasers, of straight pens and ink wells. Be sure not to miss this fascinating presentation. As noted in the above ad, admission is free to any area resident within traveling distance of the library. Our meetings usually end before 9 P.M.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

2014: MAYOR GLEN GILMORE AND MAURY PERILLI; HONORED VISITORS

Glen and former Mayor Maury Perilli were two of the mayors who were interested in my local history project. In fact, Maury donated many of his of records, photos and papers to the local history collection.
With the hustle and bustle of every day activities these two gentlemen had to cope with, it was a real treat to give former Mayor Glen Gilmore a look at what we are doing here to preserve our incredible local historical heritage for posterity.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

1990: PROUD TO HAVE GIVEN 3 YEARS OF MY LIFE

I am uncovering so many columns among the many hundreds I have written over the years. I began writing way back in 1981 and only missed one deadline when I had emergency gall bladder surgery in the 1980's. I would guess that I have written nearly a thousand columns over all these years. Above is a column that I had completely forgotten about. As we old military veterans look back on our service years, they seem to have taken on a charm of their own. Was I ever that young? Were that photo to appear in any other place without the caption I posted, I would not recognize myself! (105 pounds fresh out of the shower, a 31 inch waist, and not a wrinkle to be seen.) Wow. My army service in the Army Security Agency will be with me until I meet the Lord whenever he calls me.

Friday, August 29, 2014

2014: PHYLIS SEITZ'S MERCERVILLE



What a wonderful taste of the WWII era and growing up in Mercerville! For years I have been imploring folks to recall the persons, places and things the recall growing up in their respective neighborhoods. The above very interesting recollection above, along with the 3 photos give a nice glimpse of the Mercerville School, Regina Avenue when it was a dirt road, and grandpa Seitz holding a very young Phylis. This set will be saved in the Hamilton Township Public Library "MERCERVILLE" and "NEIGHBORHOODS" folders.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2014: FINAL SUNDAY AFTERNOON SING ALONG

The last of my 2014 Kuser Farm Park singalong presentations was beyond all expectations as more than 50 and nearly 60 local citizens came to enjoy a summer evening of listenable music. It was my privilege to have my son Tom make an appearance at the event, and as usual, he had the audience in palm of his hand as he did a few of his Irish songs, mixed in with a few John Denver selections. We did a couple of duets together and found that we still have the ability to do perfect harmony. Lord willing, I will be back at the microphone next year and as the Lord allows me to keep my 81 year old voice from failing.
NOTE: TO KICK OFF THE LABOR DAY WEEKEND FOR THOSE OF US WHO ARE "HOME BODIES," I WILL BE BRINGING MY MUSIC TO THE BEAUTIFUL LAWN AT THE HAMILTON LIBRARY ON SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 FROM 3 TO 5 PM.

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014: AS THE CURTAIN FALLS ON KUSER PARK SEASON 8

It's wonderful folks like Ms. Denise Darnell who has helped to make my summer Kuser Farm Park gazebo singalongs worth the time and effort I spend as I bring my musical presentation to the community. As I closed out my last Sunday Kuser program last evening and son Tom and I were putting our equipment away, along came Denise with the above framed replica of this website as a very clever "thank you." It will be a treasured addition to my "memories" wall in my Hamilton Library workshop. As a staunch proponent of community volunteerism, it really warms my heart when I hear all the wonderful POSITIVE comments I have received over these years. Comments from common, ordinary people who really enjoyed spending a warm and sometimes hot and humid evening under the stars once again hearing songs that are rapidly being forgotten by the present generation. No, we didn't have senators, assemblymen, assembly women, governors, nor mayors at these wonderful community gatherings; just those I call "folks in the nickel seats" as they gathered in numbers that ranged from 20 to nearly 60 at last night's final Sunday presentation.  Denise has been one of my "regulars;" seldom missing any of these weekly presentations. Above is Denise's special "thank you" to me; a scan of the front and back surface of a keepsake that will find a special place on the wall of my Hamilton Library workshop along with the huge photo I got last year from two other regulars, Nancy Briggs and her sister Barbara.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

1950: THE STORY OF AN AWKWARD TEEN AGE BOY

This is a re-run of a post I posted back in 2009, re-telling the story of the experience of a typical teen age boy who had more problems than a math book. There are probably a number of viewers of this page who will relate to this Hamilton diary. My contemporaries will agree that coming of age in the 1950's was far, far different from this year of 2104.

Friday, August 22, 2014

1889: CHANGING THE NAMES OF TRENTON STREETS

This is a very comprehensive list of street names that were changed back in 1889. This was originally a 37 inch single Trenton Evening Times classified ad column and much too long to be legibly seen on a computer screen. It has been digitally converted to 4 columns. It provides an excellent reference for Trenton history minded citizens whose research lists old Trenton city names.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

1983: TOM GLOVER'S COLONIAL FIRE COMPANY

I wrote a couple columns relating to the fire company of my youth. At the time, "Big John" Lenhardt was the Chief and as you can see in the column I wrote back in 1983, I was not cut out to be a fire fighter. My buddy, the late Jess Anderson was the epitome of the perfect fireman. I can still see him parked in front of my Hartley Avenue house as the distinctive Colonial siren went off. He'd hop into the 40 Ponitac, kick over the starter and zip up Newkirk hell bent for leather. Some of the names I remember from that great Colonial gang, beside all the Lenhardt boys, were Costigan, Norm Bade, and the Peterson boys.
 


1988: DON SLABICKI MY BEST FRIEND THROUGH THE YEARS

"Is there really a Don Slabicki?" Among the many questions I have gotten over these 32 years of writing my columns, that is one of them. My answer of course is "of course." The first 25 percent of my life was spent with Donald from the time we were old enough to walk around the block to and from each other's homes which I would guess would be around 1939 or 1940. We spent many years working for Fritz and Edna Kuser at Kuser Farm. When Fritz Kuser looked for a replacement for my brother Bud to run the 35 millimeter motion picture projectors, he approached us. Bottom line: Don was the guy who had the knack. I tried to learn it but always ended up with a mis-threaded film path that usually damaged the film. It was Don who was the expert replacement for my brother.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1930's - 1940's: WHEN MUSIC WAS MUSIC

Listenable and singable music: It was with us right up to around the last quarter of the 20th century when America's musical taste yielded to the younger generation who, even though they retained a number of easy listening "Barry Manilow" songs,  opted for the more modern, perhaps a bit noiser music. My 30 year crusade to keep that music alive resulted in my many appearances at local senior citizen clubs as we sang along to the great music of the eras from the 1930's to the early 1950's, before "Be-Bop," " Rock 'n Roll," "Acid Rock," non melodic "Rap," which is rhythmic poetry minus musical accompaniment. The above graphic shows a young Bing Crosby in 1933., and again in the WWII musical "Here Come the Waves."