- In Ogdens Visit Clothier Home, Mary Louise and Ken Smith inform us of their Bank Avenue home’s rich history, host Ogden descendants, and erect a historical marker on the property.
- The Smiths will host our first meeting of the 2017-2018 season on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at 7 pm in their home at 503 Bank Avenue. The couple will present a Living History presentation on first owner Caleb Clothier and Riverton’s first Mayor, Edward Ogden, and his wife Sarah with a tour of the home’s basement. Reservations are required. Limited to first 30 registrants. Please RSVP by September 15 to Mary Louise at 609-304-5987 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Changing of the Guard introduces HSR President Bill Brown.
- In his President’s Message, Bill Brown highlights Society plans and underscores his interest in recognizing Riverton’s veterans of the US Armed Forces in time of war.
- Summer Recap updates readers on what posts they may have missed on our website, rivertonhistory.com.
- Thank-You Notes expresses our gratitude for several donated items.
- Forms for 2018 dues and contributions will be included with the mailing for the November issue of the Gaslight News.
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.
Open this PDF file and all of the blue highlighted underlined terms link to more content, such as larger images, newspaper articles, or Facebook and website posts.
- 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 shares WWI family mementos relevant to Pat Solin’s recent three-part series on Riverton during WWI.
- On the Home Front reports on Riverton’s role during WWI.
- President Phyllis Rodgers outlines upcoming events in President’s Message
- Marty Carhart donates firehouse bell to RFCo
Folks who receive paper copies in the mail will no doubt be scratching their heads wondering about the error in the In this Issue box on the front page. This version is correct.
- 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.
- Inside this issue learn how Locals participated in suffrage battles.
- Read a recap of the Oct. 27 Witchy Woman presentation.
- See what is in store during the Candlelight House Tour as the our Museum-for-a-Day returns to the Library Dec. 13.
- We honor veterans on Nov. 6 as four names are added to the War Memorial and will publish articles in 2017 to mark the centennial commemoration of the US entry into The Great War.
- A 2017 Dues Form is included with this issue.
- Find inside the 4th and last installment of Paul Schopp’s Digging for Some History.
- HSR President Phyllis Rodgers outlines plans for the 2016-2017 season
- Editor John McCormick invites you to see the refreshed website at rivertonhistory.com.
CORRECTION: Alisa Dupuy’s Witchy Woman presentation will be on Oct. 27, not Oct. 31 as published in the newsletter.
- 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 and 3-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
- See two program announcements and read our thank-you notes.
This somewhat delayed Gaslight News arrives in the nick of time to share with your visiting friends and family over the Holidays.
- Inside this GN, read Paul W. Schopp’s 3rd installment of his serial article, “Digging Up History in Riverton.”
- Get a review of our trip to Kenneth Frank’s Japanese beetle lecture at the Academy of Natural Science.
- Read the recap of Maggie Worsdale’s Nov. 17 performance as Martha Washington.
- Find the enclosed 2016 Membership and Annual Appeal Form