Gaslight News – May 2017

  • 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.

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Gaslight News – March 2017

  • 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

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Mailed copies had two errors – one in the IN THIS ISSUE table on the front page and Edith Holvick’s name was misspelled.  This version is correct.


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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Open the PDF, pause your mouse over blue highlighted underlined text, and click on the links to reveal extra content.

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)

Gaslight News – November 2016

  • 167_gaslight_news_nov16-screenshotInside 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.

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Gaslight News – February 2016

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    Durborow, Evening Public Ledger, Feb 2, 1920 (1884x1461)
    Evening Public Ledger, Feb 2, 1920

    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 – the drive-in movie.

  • See two program announcements and read our thank-you notes.

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Gaslight News – December 2015

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GN Santa animatedThis 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

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