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Quarterly newsletter of the Historical Society of Haddonfield

Text of MARCH 2015 BULLETIN

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    W alt Whitman's arrival in Camden, NJ in 1873, may have been "originally an accident" in his words, but it was certainly a

    happy one for those who cherish the great poet

    and his unique imprint on local history. Traces

    of his influence can be found in his carefully

    preserved home on Mickle

    Street, in the memorial he

    helped design at his final

    resting place in Harleigh

    Cemetery, and in the tales of

    his travels throughout the

    area, including some

    Haddonfield encounters.

    The Historical Society of

    Haddonfield is pleased to

    welcome David Stedman to

    share some of these stories

    and to map the Poet's

    progress when he presents

    "Walt Whitman in Camden

    County" at the Society's

    annual Candlelight Dinner

    on March 25.

    Mr. Stedman has served as President of the Walt

    Whitman Association and has previously led

    tours of the Whitman House and Tomb. Trained

    as a Philadelphia tour guide, he has explored Old

    City, Valley Forge, the Powell House (built for

    Charles Stedman) and other historic sites. He is

    the Historian of the St. Andrew's Society of

    Philadelphia and is on the local board of the

    Presbyterian Historical Society, while also

    serving as Secretary of the Abraham Lincoln

    Foundation. He has presented talks on Whitman

    throughout the area and across the state,

    including to the Haddon Fortnightly and the

    Haddonfield United Methodist Church.

    After graduating cum laude from Dartmouth, Mr.

    Stedman studied at the University of London,

    traveled extensively through Africa and

    elsewhere, and pursued a life

    full of varied interests. He

    served as a schoolteacher in

    Camden for 32 years,

    winning honors as the City

    and County Teacher of the

    Year. He currently serves as

    President of the Clan

    Campbell Society and has led

    tours with the group in

    Scotland. A Haddonfield

    resident, he has devoted

    much time to local

    organizations such as the

    First Presbyterian Church

    and the Interfaith Caregivers.

    In perhaps another happy

    accident, he was confirmed in his interest in

    Whitman by the poet's quote regarding an early

    advocate, Edmund C. Stedman, of whom

    Whitman stated, "that Stedman is a lovely

    fellow." We're sure you'll find Haddonfield's Mr.

    Stedman the same. And, just as Whitman said of

    his accidental arrival, "but I shall never be

    sorry.... It has brought me blessed returns," we

    know you will not regret joining with your

    Historical Society of Haddonfield friends, on

    purpose, to share fellowship and to celebrate

    Whitman's life.

    Volume 59, No. 1

    MARCH 2015

    343 KINGS HIGHWAY EAST

    HADDONFIELD, NJ 08033

    856-429-7375

    Presidents Message 2

    Library News 3

    Collections Update 3

    Moving Houses Around & About

    4-5

    Book Club News 7

    Membership News 8

    HMHS AP History

    Students Update

    9

    Nominating

    Committee Report

    9

    Our Big Fiber Event 10

    News from our Neighbors

    10

    From the Museum Cellars

    11

    INSIDE:

    Candlelight Dinner: March 25th

    WALT WHITMAN IN CAMDEN COUNTY The Historical Society presents a poets life in Camden County featuring speaker David Stedman

    The Bulletin

    Dedicated to the study and preservation of Haddonfield History

    Historical Society of Haddonfield

    Upcoming

    HSH Events

    Annual HSH

    Candlelight Dinner

    March 25th Tavistock C.C. 6 pm Cocktails

    Fiber Event

    April 25

    Greenfield Hall 10am5 pm

    General

    Membership Meeting

    May 27th

    Greenfield Hall 7:30 pm

    TBD

    By David Stewart

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    PRESIDENTS MESSAGE

    S easons change thankfully and spring, we trust, is just around the corner. With spring comes the election of new trustees at the

    Historical Society of Haddonfield and sad

    goodbyes to some of our loyal friends who are

    leaving the area. Special thanks are due

    to Pam Chase, Trustee and Education

    Chair, who is relocating to warmer

    climes and trustee Nan Mattis, our loyal

    library volunteer and the go-to-person

    for any occasion when extra hands were

    needed. Nan, too is heading south and

    we will miss them both. We also miss

    Kim Custer, who resigned from the

    Board, but thankfully not from her

    active work with the HSH library, as she

    shepherds a student driven biography of

    Samuel Nicholson Rhoads, from study

    of Rhoads own musings and notes from

    manuscript to publication. Two of our

    Trustees, Pat Peacock and Sue

    Maslowski, are retiring from the Board

    but not from HSH. We appreciate their

    service and are so grateful theyre

    remaining in the area! We thank Mike

    McMullen, our past Treasurer, who has

    done so much over many years to keep

    HSH in the black; Mike and Dolores are

    travelling between both coasts and we

    wish them well. We are delighted that

    Ellen Stone has agreed to step in as

    Treasurer and that Marsha Marshall has

    agreed to co-chair the Education Committee

    with Jeff Boogaard. We know that our finances

    and Haddonfields students are in good hands

    with these successors. Finally a note of

    appreciation to our Administrative Coordinator,

    Nina Wallace, who along with her husband Dan

    Gutman, is also moving. Nina delighted us with

    her beautiful Bulletin designs and email blasts

    and kept us all on schedule and HSH running

    smoothly. We will miss her, but we are so

    grateful that Sarah Tambussi has stepped in to

    fill that role. Sarah and Nina together ensured

    a seamless transition and we look forward to

    having Sarah continue to keep us on track with

    our ever increasing projects and events.

    We had planned to celebrate Presidents Day at

    Greenfield Hall with a discussion of Doris

    Kearns Goodwins book on Theodore Roosevelt

    and William Taft, The Bully Pulpit, with the

    added highlight of perusing presidential

    political memorabilia from a private collection.

    Mother Nature had other plans, however, with

    the grueling winter storms that are leaving all of

    us reluctant to exit our homes. So please mark

    your calendar for the postponed meeting on

    March 15 and read portions of the book we

    talk of the power of the media today but it was

    no less significant in those days of muckraking

    journalism.

    On March 25 at the Candlelight Dinner at

    Tavistock we look forward to welcoming our

    new Trustees. We also look forward to HSH

    member David Stedmans informative talk on

    Walt Whitman, one of Camden Countys most

    famous residents and one of Americas most

    celebrated poets. Some of his best known works

    commemorate events that took place 150 years

    ago, yet his poetry continues to resonate with us

    today as we read Leaves of Grass or When

    Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomd, his

    eloquent tribute to Lincoln upon his death in

    1865. Please join us for what will certainly be a

    memorable evening.

    And please consider donating your time to the

    Historical Society of Haddonfield. We are

    always looking for volunteers, whether your

    strengths lie in helping with garden cleanups,

    hospitality for meetings, helping out in the

    library or serving on one of our many

    committees. Call or email the office or stop in

    and let Sarah know how youd like to take part.

    The success of any organization depends upon

    the enthusiasm and support of its members.

    This is an exciting time at HSH and we invite

    you all to be a part of it.

    Carol Smith, President

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    W e welcomed three classes of Advanced Placement history students from Haddonfield Memorial High School this

    winter. HMHS social studies teacher David

    Reader, with the support of colleague and

    HSH board member Jeffrey Boogaard,

    developed a research project for his AP

    students centered on a collection of World

    War II letters sent and received by then-

    principal William Bull Reynolds, (see story

    on page 9).

    In November, I hosted each class at

    Greenfield Hall for an overview of why

    archives are important and what they could

    expect doing research at the HSH Research

    Library. Students then scheduled individual

    research visits during December and January,

    and turned in their final projects to Mr.

    Reader in February. The project is a great

    example of how our collections can be used to

    connect students with the history theyre

    learning in the classroom, and we look

    forward to investigating more such

    partnerships in the future.

    In the meantime, we continue to assist other

    residents, researchers, and family historians

    interested in Haddonfields history. In 2014,

    we answered a total of 130 reference requests

    in person, by phone, and via e-mail.

    We also made progress in digitizing

    our archival and library catalogs to

    make it easier for users to access our

    collections. We now offer online

    access via the HSH web site,

    www.haddonfieldhistory.org , to

    starting catalogs of our maps,

    newspapers and serials, Haddonfield

    -related pamphlets, as well as lists of

    f a m i l i e s , i n d i v i d u a l s , a n d

    organizations featured in our

    manuscript collections. Stay tuned as

    we continue to add new research

    tools in the weeks and months ahead.

    As always, none of this would be

    possible without the hard work and

    dedication of our library volunteers.

    Thank you for all the hours of service

    provided by Kathy Tassini, Doug

    R a u s ch en b er ge r , Ch a r l e sa n na

    Fallstick, Helen Mountney, Robert

    Hawkes, Jean Gutsmuth, Sue George,

    Maura Peach, Dolores Landgraff,

    Kim Custer, Cliff Bunker, and Nan

    Mattis in recent months.

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    LIBRARY NEWS By Dana Dorman

    H anging in our museum's foyer is the newest piece of fine

    art in our collection by

    local artists donated by

    Liz Albert. It is a 4" by

    4" acrylic of Greenfield

    Hall painted from a west

    to east perspective by

    Ann May Kelly. We are

    thrilled to have this in

    our collection.

    Ms. Kelly is a local resident

    and graduate of Moore

    College of Art and Design

    and of the Pennsylvania

    Academy of Fine Arts who

    teaches and exhibits at the

    Markeim Art Center in

    Haddonfield as well as

    o t h e r S o u t h J e r s e y

    venues. Liz Albert is a long

    time member of the

    society's Board of Trustees.

    COLLECTIONS UPDATE By Dianne Snodgrass

    Has your book jacket for This is Haddonfield (1963) seen better days? We discovered a stash of

    pristine book jackets for this HSH publication tucked away in

    Greenfield Hall. Please let us know at [email protected]

    if you would like a cover for your copy (while supplies last).

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    By Helen Mountney

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    Moving Houses Around and About - XXVI

    THE WATER FOUNTAIN AT LIBRARY POINT

    I n January of 1898, Miss Rebecca Nicholson donated a triangle of land at Haddon Avenue and Tanner Street to

    Haddonfield for a park to be known as

    Nicholson Park. It was designated:

    . . . to public use as a park or open space

    for the benefit of the citizens of the

    neighborhood and as a location for a

    water fountain for the use of man and

    beast . . .

    The residents of Haddonfield and the

    many visitors and shoppers in town, have

    been fortunate to have had a large,

    ornately crafted water fountain on the

    Library Point for many years. The

    current fountain with a gold eagle on top

    has been there since 1964, when it was

    dedicated to our Haddon Fire Co. No. 1. It

    has been a welcoming focal point for all

    who enter town from Haddon Avenue ever

    since.

    When the fountain was installed, Haddon

    Fire Co., No. 1, accepted the responsibility

    for the care and maintenance of the

    fountain. Louis Fallstick, one of our long-

    time volunteer firemen, has been

    admirably performing most of the tasks

    associated with caring for the fountain.

    The fountain requires some seasonal care

    such as the lawn and general gardening

    around it, frequent cleaning out the basin

    beneath it, which is almost ten feet in

    diameter, as well as gilding the eagle and

    scraping and painting the rest every

    spring. The basin must be emptied and

    the water must be turned off by the

    Haddonfield Water Department for the

    winter, then tested, and turned back on

    again in the spring. After the fountain

    starts running in the Spring, it takes the

    birds about three weeks until they get

    themselves acclimated and return

    apparently they do not like the smell or

    the taste of the fresh water when it is first

    turned on!

    Since the renovation of Tanner Street,

    when the water source was disconnected,

    the water tap which was used for watering

    plants and general maintenance was not

    reconnected, making the maintenance at

    the site a more difficult undertaking.

    The bronze plaque attached to the basin

    was made by Precision Automation

    Company, Inc., under the supervision of

    Fred Rexon, a long-time member of the

    fire company and a current Trustee. His

    company also made the mounting. The

    bracket was designed and mounted by

    Donald Webb, another long-time fireman

    and fire company Trustee. The inscription

    on the plaque reads:

    DEDICATED TO THE VOLUNTEER

    FIREMEN OF OUR COMMUNITY

    THE BOROUGH OF

    HADDONFIELD 1764-1964

    This fountain originally belonged to Oscar

    and Mary (James) Twitchell, Sr., and was

    located along the inside of the iron fence

    in the side yard of their property at 240

    Chestnut Street. This must have made a

    striking appearance at the corner of

    Chestnut Street and East Cottage Avenue

    where it stood for many years. Mr.

    Twitchell had moved to Haddonfield from

    Philadelphia in 1883 and originally rented

    Contd on page 5

    Fountain in Twitchell house side yard at 240 Chestnut Street.

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    a house at 67 Chestnut Street. After a few

    years, he had the 240 Chestnut Street

    house built by William S. Capern. In this

    house, Oscar and Mary Twitchell raised

    their five children, the oldest of whom was

    Oscar, Jr., who married Enid Shearer.

    Oscar and Enid had two children, one of

    whom was Robert Twitchell, who was well

    known and admired here in town for the

    many civic roles he played until his death

    on May 2, 2013. Bob married Jan Divers

    who was from Havre de Grace, Maryland,

    and one of their four children still lives

    here in town.

    According to an old interview with Miss

    Helen Twitchell, Bob Twitchells beloved

    aunt, the fountain on the lawn was

    something of a nuisance since the porch

    was sprayed with water whenever there

    was a breeze from the south. Miss

    Twitchell said that her father arranged

    with then Mayor Fred T. Holloway to

    donate the fountain to the Borough. She

    said that the Mayor had it placed at the

    point where Ellis Street and Potter Street

    meet. When the point was cut back (as

    was recently done again) the fountain was

    removed to the waterworks down by

    Mountwell Pool. Apparently, the fountain

    pieces languished at the Haddonfield

    Public Works Department for many years

    until years later Miss Helen Twitchell

    spotted the fountain and recognized what

    it was. She contacted Mayor Fred Fox and

    told him about the fountain and its

    history. Mayor Fox enlisted the help of

    Haddon Fire Company No. l whose

    members restored the fountain, moved it

    to Library Point and were able to get it

    working for the enjoyment of the

    community once again. Fred Rexon,

    longtime fire company volunteer, provided

    the support and expertise of his business,

    Precision Automation Company, Inc.,

    which repaired or duplicated many of the

    component parts of the fountain, some of

    which had to be manufactured.

    Miss Helen, as she was known, was very

    active in many civic organizations around

    Haddonfield, including her role as a

    founder of the Haddonfield Ambulance

    Association. Helen Twitchell died in

    September of 1983.

    The house at 240 Chestnut Street was later

    purchased by the parents of Miss Helen

    Bryson, who was known, admired, and

    loved by those of us who grew up and went

    to school in Haddonfield years ago, She

    was the Principal of Central School and

    Haddonfield Junior School (at the same

    time) for many years.

    MOVING HOUSES from page 4

    Fountain at Library Point in 2014

    Plaque honoring Haddon Fire Company No. 1 on Library Point Fountain

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    S ave the date: Our February Book Club meeting has n o w b e e n

    rescheduled for

    March 15th.

    Sunday, March 15,

    2015, 2-4pm at

    Greenfield Hall, The

    B u l l y P u l p i t :

    T h e o d o r e

    Roosevelt, William

    Taft and the Golden

    Age of Journalism,

    by Doris Kearns

    Goodwin, will be discussed.

    This marvelous book was scheduled to be the

    topic of our Feb. meeting. The brutal weather

    that day prevented our meeting. So, you still

    have time to begin or finish reading this well

    r e s e a r c h e d a n d t r u l y d e l i g h t f u l

    book. Also, Joe Murphy has offered to share

    some of his political memorabilia of

    McKinley, TR, Taft and Woodrow Wilson for

    the event. All are welcome.

    RSVP Greenfield Hall 856-429-7375 or e-

    mail at [email protected]

    HSH BOOK CLUB NEWS By Connie McCaffrey

    Trustees

    Term expires Jim Hansen

    2015 Kenneth Kramer

    Sue Maslowski

    Pat Peacock

    Term expires Pamela Chase

    2016 Kate Hilgen

    Dave Stavetski

    Term expires Liz Albert

    2017 Charlene Kelly Creed

    Nancy Mattis

    Jeffrey Boogaard Committee Chairs

    Buildings Charles Chelotti Grounds Robert Marshall - -

    Collections - General Dianne Snodgrass Library Doug Rauschenberger - -

    Curator of Dolls Shirley Raynor Long Range Planning Charlene Kelly Creed - -

    Community Outreach Elizabeth Albert Membership Barbara Hilgen - -

    Curator of Tools Don Wallace Publications Kathy Tassini - -

    Education Pamela Chase Publicity Dave Stavetski - -

    Finance Ellen Stone Rentals Barbara Hilgen - -

    Fundraising Carol Smith Volunteer Management Kathryn Raiczyk - -

    Bulletin Editor Sarah Tambussi Web Coordinator Sarah Tambussi - -

    HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF HADDONFIELD Officers

    President Carol Smith

    Vice President Kathryn Raiczyk

    Treasurer Ellen Stone

    Recording Secretary Barbara Hilgen

    Corresponding

    Secretary

    Immediate Past

    President

    Legal Counsel John Reisner

    Lee Albright

    Sophie Dubiel

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    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

    MEMBERSHIP NEWS By Barbara Hilgen

    N ow that 2014 is over we are pleased to announce we have 328 Centennial Charter Members. Many thanks to those who

    renewed or joined in 2014 as a Charter

    Member.

    The Historical Society of Haddonfield could not

    survive without it members. You help to make

    it possible to share the history of our historic

    town in so many wonderful ways. We just

    could not continue without you!

    Martha Havens Kathy and Gil Freeman Philip Heck

    John Rihl Ellen Stone

    The type of membership desired is:

    Senior Citizen $ 25.00

    Contributing Member 35.00

    Contributing Household 55.00

    Patron Member 150.00

    Patron Household 250.00

    Founders Society 1,000.00

    Founders Household 1,500.00

    Contact Information:

    Name

    Address

    E-mail

    Address

    Phone #

    THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF HADDONFIELD 2015/16 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

    Please make your check payable to:

    The Historical Society of Haddonfield

    Questions? Call the Office (856) 429-7375

    Mail the Application & Check to :

    The Historical Society of Haddonfield

    343 Kings Highway East

    Haddonfield, NJ 08033

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    YES! I (we) would like to JOIN The Historical Society!

    YES! I (we) would like to RENEW my (our) membership!

    Call me about Volunteer Opportunities! I can help with:

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    This Slate of Officers and Trustees was approved by the Board of Trustees on February 11, 2015.

    At our March 25, 2015 Candlelight Dinner the general membership will be asked to vote their approval.

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    S tudents in Mr. David Readers AP United States History classes at HMHS utilized the Historical Society of Haddonfields library to

    complete research projects connected to their

    study of World War II. Each student was

    required to visit the library to read letters

    written from three Haddonfield servicemen to

    Haddonfield Memorial High School principal

    William Bull Reynolds. The students were

    each required to select a theme such as basic

    training, the European theater, the Pacific

    theater, New Jersey news, sporting events, etc.

    and conduct further research using scholarly

    articles to create their final paper. Students

    scheduled time to use the library over a period

    of seven weeks and were greatly assisted by

    HSH librarian Dana Dorman.

    In addition to their final paper, students shared

    information about their research with their

    classmates. Ari Liloia remarked that he, for

    one, had no idea that the archives at the HSH

    library even existed. He noted that the

    servicemen that he researched seemed very

    normal compared to todays teenagers and also

    observed that he could often match the

    handwriting to certain character traits. Liloia

    acknowledged that letter writing is a lost art

    and wonders what we will now use to record

    history. Olivia Van Dervort researched Willard

    Browning, whose service included a stint in

    North Africa. Through his letters, she was able

    to observe his changing

    i m p r e s s i o n s a n d

    perspectives of Africa,

    and the impact that he

    played in being involved

    in foreign policy. And

    H u n t e r F a s o l o

    immediately connected

    with one of his subjects, a

    high school junior whose

    father passed away

    shortly after he had

    completed his midterm

    exams. This was quickly

    f o l l o w e d b y h i s

    enlistment as a soldier in

    World War II. Fasolo

    commented that his research experience made

    him take into consideration how much easier

    life is for todays teenagers in Haddonfield.

    Many thanks to the library of the Historical

    Society of Haddonfield and Dana Dorman for

    their assistance in this project.

    AP US HISTORY CLASS WORKS WITH HSH RESEARCH LIBRARY By Jeffrey Boogaard

    HMHS history teacher David Reader stopped by the HSH library after school to check in on students conducting research as part of his AP history classes.

    Officers

    Treasurer

    Ellen Stone

    Recording Secretary

    Barbara Hilgen

    Corresponding Secretary

    Sophie Dubiel

    Trustees

    Term to Expire 2018

    Susan George, Sidney Hargro, Ken Kramer, John Rihl

    Term to Expire 2017

    Rebecca Perry filling an unexpired 2 year term

    Term to Expire 2016

    John Dowd filling an unexpired 1 year term

    Jim Hansen filling an unexpired 1 year term

    Respectfully submitted, 2015 Nominating Committee, Historical Society of Haddonfield:

    Dianne Snodgrass, Chair; Barbara Hilgen, Co-Chair;

    Jeff Boogaard; Dave Stavetski; Betsy Anderson member-at-large

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    S AVE THIS DATE! The following information is for all HSH

    members, their friends and neighbors.

    Fiber artists are invited to participate in an all

    day Demonstration and Sale on Saturday, April

    25th, 2015 at the Historical Society of

    Haddonfield in Greenfield Hall from 10 am to 5

    pm. If you would like to participate contact

    Dianne Snodgrass at [email protected]

    for details.

    Spinners, handweavers, carders, felters,

    knitters, and crocheters will be there to show

    you different methods of their art. For example,

    handweavers will demonstrate on rigid heddle

    looms, tape looms, inkle looms and hopefully

    there will be a tablet weaver and a 4 harness

    loom.

    Most fibers being worked will range from

    specific wools, silk, cottons, linen, and blended

    products. Some artists enjoy studying the

    different breeds of sheep and alpacas and what

    types of wool they produce - some lofty, some

    hard, some soft as butter.

    You are invited to come down to Greenfield Hall

    to learn about these ancient methods of making

    cloth, tapes, straps and fiber art. If you have a

    fiber project of your own underway and want to

    come and join us for a while, you are most

    welcome to do so. We have plenty of chairs.

    OUR BIG FIBER EVENT - APRIL 25, 2015 By Dianne Snodgrass

    Indian King Tavern

    Spring Is In the Air 18th Century Style at the

    Indian King Tavern on Saturday, March 21st.

    The day will feature a presentation by actor Bob

    Gleason as he portrays

    John Bartram, an 18th

    century American botanist,

    h o r t i c u l t u r a l i s t a n d

    e x p l o r e r . I n t h e

    afternoon Joel T. Fry,

    cur a t or o f Ba r t r a m

    Gardens,will speak on 18th

    and 21st century gardening

    techniques and the history

    of the Bartram Family.

    Packets of authentic

    heirloom flower and

    vegetable seeds will

    b e a v a i l a b l e f o r

    purchase. The events are

    free to the public and

    sponsored by the Friends of

    the Indian King Tavern.

    Markeim Art Center

    The Markeim Arts Center will feature

    "Fibers and Fabrics - a Juried Exhibition"

    from March 28 - April 23. The Markeim

    Arts Center invites you to

    s u b m i t c o n t e m p o r a r y a n d

    innovative fiber art works. We

    define fiber art as any type of

    artwork using fibers as the

    primary medium. The scope of

    f i b e r a r t i n c l u d e s w o r k s

    o f b a s k e t r y , b e a d w o r k ,

    br a id i ng , c l o t h i n g d e s i g n,

    crochet, dyeing, embroidery,

    fe l t i ng , h o ok in g , kni t t ing ,

    lacework, needlework, paper,

    q u i l t i n g , a n d s o m u c h

    more. Please visit their website

    or call the Markeim for details:

    856-429-8585.

    News From Our Neighbors

    EVENTS AROUND TOWN

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    From The Museum Cellars

    THE GREAT VALUE OF A TOOL CLUBS NEWSLETTER

    A nd a note of thanks to Mrs. Marion A r m s t r o n g r e l a t e d t o o u r Francis Collins.

    We have already seen the value in our having

    joined the Historical Society into the Early

    American Industries Association (E.A.I.A.)

    It has helped us with better tool

    identification through its newsletter, The

    Chronicle.

    In September this year another tool club,

    C.R.A.F.T.S. of New Jersey, published in

    their Tool Shed newsletter an article on

    Shipbuilders Bevels and The Dory by

    David E. Heckel.

    Our own shipwrights bevel was donated by

    Carl and Cynthia Seifling, whose last family

    member to come from England brought it

    with him from Porthleven in 1921. He joined

    his father and brothers at the New York

    Shipbuilding Company in Camden.

    They lived here in Fairview which was a

    virtual company town. The bevels furniture

    is mahogany taken from Admiral Nelsons

    flagship Victory according to the Seiflings.

    We tell the whole story of it here in the

    special case devoted to this story as one

    enters the Museum Cellars.

    The shipbuilders bevel was used for many

    operations in the craft of dory building. Its

    main purpose was to transfer angles from

    patterns to the parts to be cut out and

    trimmed to fit. The craft of boatbuilding

    requires a tool that can be utilized in the

    transfer and cutting of many angles. The

    bevel tongues were held in place in the body

    by friction joints. The two different lengths

    of the tongues were to enable the builder to

    place the rule in a confined space.

    We are so fortunate to have researchers like

    Dave Heckel (quoted above) and my mentor

    in tool collecting, Carl Bopp, to give us the

    depth of knowledge that we can glean from

    their significant and substantial efforts.

    The latest Chronicle, September, 2014, has

    Part One of Carl Bopps research into The

    Gage Tool Company of Vineland, New Jersey.

    Carl is known internationally as the go-to-

    guy for information about the transitional

    (from wood to iron) planes made by The

    Gage Tool Co. here in South Jersey.

    I cant wait for Part Two because Carl is

    laying this story out for all in the collectors

    world to know almost as much as he does

    about John Portius Gageand the pictures of

    his half-beard which got cut off in his

    machinery one day.

    Now heres a

    loud shout of

    THANKS for a

    $50.00 check

    f r o m M r s .

    M a r i o n

    Armstrong of

    P u y a l l u p ,

    W a s h i n g t o n .

    Mrs. Armstrong

    was inspired by

    my mention of

    Francis Collins,

    b l a c k s m i t h ,

    1682, because

    s h e i s

    descended from

    o u r f i r s t

    r e s i d e n t i n

    Haddonfield. I had drafted a thankful

    response, but when it was delayed I tried to

    obtain a telephone number from

    Information. I was told that it couldnt be

    done! Now she finally has confirmation that

    her check was received, because she always

    enjoys The Bulletin. Thank you Marion

    Armstrong! We should put this generous gift

    toward our librarys expansion project where

    I hope one day that my tool books will be

    available thereand kept dry!

    As a member closer to home here in

    Haddonfield, if you could be similarly

    inspired, please give me a name that relates

    to your earliest family member in

    Haddonfield and I will try to see that your

    ancestor is honored in one of my columns

    soon. It works best if he or she is a

    tradesperson or a home maker. This could

    speed up the librarys reconstruction of its

    new home over the present garage.

    By Don Wallace

    The bottom forging failed to distribute the molten iron completely, and you can see the hammerhead is missing its claws.

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