Gaslight News – January 2017

  • 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 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.

Rev. 3/25/2019: Page 2 original had a typo for Walter Kennedy’s age – should be 26, not 20, years old and Pratt passed at 17, not 18)

Published by

John McCormick

Teacher at Riverton School 1974-2019, author, amateur historian, Historical Society of Riverton Board Member 2007-2023, newsletter editor 2007-2023, website editor 2011-2023