This Special Bicycle Weekend Edition heralds the upcoming bicycle events taking place in Riverton this coming weekend, June 10-11, 2017, and reports on their link to Riverton’s late 19th century bicycling legacy.
Much of this Special Edition first appeared in “The Fine Grounds of the Riverton Athletic Association,” by Mrs. Patricia Solin, the feature article in the September 2009 Gaslight News.
Now updated, it includes more information about the Historic Riverton Criterium taking place Sunday, June 11, 2017, the Historic Riverton Century, and bicycling events directed by Cynergy Cycling Club on Saturday, June 10.
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In A Grateful Community, Mrs.Patricia Smith Solin explains the Borough’s efforts to memorialize the courage and sacrifice of its hometown members of the armed forces after World War I, and tells how two residents helped conceive the American Legion organization.
HSR President Phyllis Rodgers recaps the Society’s upcoming Bicycle Weekend plans, congratulates Colin Cattell, our youngest member, for a winning national civics essay, and invites members to the Annual Meeting.
In a stunning coincidence, Barbara Stavely Clauser sharesWWI family mementoes relevant to Pat Solin’s recent three-part series on Riverton during WWI.
Inside this issue learn about Riverton’s Gold Star Boys of World War I.
President Phyllis Rodgers’President’s Message outlines what’s ahead. The Daniel Campbell Preservation Awards Night will be at 7pm on Thursday, February 16 at the Porch Club; Kate Butler’s The Golden age of Silent Film is on for March 23.
Your HSR Editor plays Show and Tell with some past items from rivertonhistory.com on page 4.
Pat Solin authored the feature article, “Riverton’s Gold Star Boys of Word War I.” It is the first of a series of three pieces honoring the valor and sacrifice of those who served in the Great War as well as describing the way on was here on the home front.
Two more essays, “On the Home Front” and “A Grateful Community, will follow in successive issues.
Here is a list of people from Riverton, Palmyra, and Cinnaminson who served during World War I as it appeared in the July 4, 1919 issue of The New Era, a hometown newspaper of bygone days. You just might see a name you recognize.
The Society would be honored to help preserve your information, documents, photos, and artifacts related to the roles played by Rivertonians during the Great War by displaying them here. Please contact us or phone 856-764-1551 and leave a message.
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We thank Mrs. Pat Solin for contributing this timely article on aspects of World War I history seen from a local perspective that one does not find in history books.
Rev. 1/27/17: The mailed newsletter had an error in the first paragraph on page 1:Armistice Day occurred in 1918, not 1919. These files for downloading are fixed. Thanks to Paul Schopp for the correction.
Rev. 2/13/2017: Page 3 of this newsletter lists the wrong dates for two June cycling events. The Historic Riverton Century and Community Ride runs on June 10 and the Historic Riverton Criterium June 11.
Save the dates for these goings-on coming up in May and June such as Garden Tour May 21, HSR Annual Meeting at Nellie Bly’s May 24, Historic Riverton Century and3-Mile Community Ride June 11, and Historic Riverton Criterium June 12
This looks like some February fun. February 1920, that is. Imagine zooming around on the Delaware ice by the Riverton Yacht Club in one of those crafts! Products of the inventive Hollingsheads, they even named the sailing rig on the left “The Whiz” after the trademarked line of household and automobile products that the R.M. Hollingshead company manufactured. Richard M. Hollinghead Jr, son of the founder, rose to the position of chairman of the board in the family business, but the world knows him better for his invention of another source of classic family fun – not this ice boat or ice auto
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