den's Maple Shade History Website

Learning the history of the township of Maple Shade, N.J.

1922- 2022
100th Anniversary

Maple Shade Historical Society

den's Town Write up-

Maple Shade history
Chester Township

Good Books-

Cowboy Mission, Tiver farm
Emma Brooks' childrens book
Phil Flanders Moorestown books
Dennis Weaver's history books
John Flack's Evesham book

Corrections to Dennis' books
Corrections to Arcadia book

Maple Shade Historians:

Matlack Family Historians
Asa Matlack Notes
Den's History Talks

Maple Shade Nostalgia:

Maple Shade Police Dept.
Maple Shade Fire Dept.
Maple Shade School names
Custard Stand lot
Oldest Church Building in MS
Arthur Tippett, Christ Free Church
Arthur Tippett, Hustling Parson
Loux Theatre
The 1930s- The Depression
Jaycees Carnival

Township Historical Sites:

The Maple Shade Train Station
The Collins Lane House
Chesterford School
Old Burl. County District Schools

Pioneer Families:

Pioneers Lands page
Roberts Memorial book
Chalkley Matlack talks Ben Stiles Family
Thorne Family and Perry Frisby
Roberts-Lippincott-Mason farmhouse

From Farmland to Suburb:

Alden Park- Tiver farm
Maplewood Apartments Land
Maple Shade Village- a German Town
Maple Shade Timeline 1900-1950
Thomas Barlow and Barlow & Co.
Barlow & Co. Advertisements
Margaret Brown Subdivision

Stores and Business:

MS Stores Over The Years
Parade of Business
Olt family
Snyder Amusement Co.
Coat Factory- Municipal Bldg.
Barlow Mansion Over Years
Maple Shade Gambling Casino

Links to Other Websites-

den's OneDrive cloud
densdoor YouTube videos
den's Bindery pages
den's Microscope Adventures
Maple Shade on Flicker
Air Victory Museum
Abandoned & Little-Known Airfields
Burlington County Historical Society
Evesham Township Nostalgia
Griffith Morgan House
Phil's Camden, NJ Website
Maple Shade Alumni
Moorestown Historical Society
N.J. State Archives
Prison Museum (Mt. Holly)
West Jersey History Project
Old Bench Marks
Talk and early actions of Public State Aid paid roads. (The Moorestown and Camden Turnpike was purchased by the County in 1907 due to Trolleys.)
Travels and Events of
Nathan Perkins Book

Search the NJ Mirror


Old NJ Maps- Rutgers
Villanova Library 1877 Atlas
1847 map with Maple Shade area
1853 map with Maple Shade area
1877 map with Maple Shade area (But can get whole map image from Villanova College site)
Some Sanborn Insurance maps in color. Has Maple Shade 1923
Here is just MS Sanborn- MS 1923 Sanborn maps

Other Historical Projects-

Moorestown- Out In The Country
Back To The Country
200th Anniversary of a 21st Birthday

(pdf books and movie slideshow)

Moorestown Related pages-

Moorestown Our Neighbor
Old House Shed Additions
Rogers/Collins Dev. Moorestown
More For Phil (Moorestown Tidbits)
Moorestown Separates in 1922
Moorestown Pre Separation Elections
The Hooton or Hooten Page

Other Items-

Williamsburg section Edgewater Park, NJ
Horace Roberts PDF EXTRACT files
Nathan Perkins Vs. Turnpike Co.


My bike rides observations of East Main Street-

I saw a old photo of the Roberts monument on its 1/8 acre lot with level ground with grass surrounded by a wrought iron fence.

The South side of Main Street down to about Givnish Funeral Home is higher that the north side of Main Street so originally there was a slope there where Main Street is cut out of the side of the hill.

Everyone knows the gun club is up on a hill and the Roberts monument is up on a hill, but look they're at the same height as the VFW.

The parking lot for Givnish Funeral Home has been somewhat flattened out compared to when the American Legion was on that corner with its uphill yard with two cannons on it.

Let's look at the area where the Roberts family bought a 1/8 acre lot across from the brickyard house on John Mason's farm. The brickhouse is like 2 feet below street grade on the north side of Main Street.

I don't bike up the hill into Maple Shade from Moorestown. It was hard when I was a kid but at least then I could make it. That was referred to as "brickyard hill" for a while in the past. I saw at least one newspaper article where they said pranksters greased the trolley tracks up brickyard hill and then the trolley slipped and couldn't make it up the hill.

Now picture the land was grooved out in the side of the hill when they put Main Street in. (The Market road was laid out as a straight line from Moore's Town to Cooper's Ferry in 1794.) We do not know all of the geometry of the land due to the brickyard which owned the land on both sides of Main Street which it bought from Joseph Walton (Cabinet maker) who's brother-in-law Thomas Lippincott (A Roberts) was a brickmaker. The brickyard had to have removed much clay from the land then the highway did more. But the top of the ridge looks closer to Main Street perhaps than from the top of it all on South Pine Street where the old farmhouse of the Roberts was.

It was a ridge so John Mason's farm on a 1877 Hopkins map is called "Pleasant Ridge Farm."


Here is quoted from Asa Matlack Sr.'s notes on Colestown-

Summer Cottages-

To get out of the cities part of the year many people had summer cottages. Most of Maple Shade's Barlow Built Bungalows were mostly built in 1922, 1923, and some in the following few years. I do not know how many were used as summer cottages. I would imagine there was a time during the One Acre farm years there were many "shacks" first used before a bungalow was built.

Summer cottages were anything from a shack to a mansion. I couldn't find it last time I looked but I remember seeing in a Camden newspaper that Alexander Mecray was staying at his summer house in Maple Shade. My one grandmother was from "money." (They didn't do the dishes. The help did them. They had a car when hardly anyone else did. etc.) I saw an old photo of her as a kid on the porch of a bungalow in Pennsauken. I said Grandmom I thought you said you were rich. That bungalow looks like mine. She said I didn't understand. That was her Aunt's summer cottage house who lived in Philadelphia. I have a few photos from my other grandparents of a house they built in Cinnaminson in the early 1920s which sat on a few cinder blocks at each corner and clearly had many building issues which would not pass inspection today!

I saw a few mentions of summer cottages in Maple Shade in newspapers. I did oral history of the east Moorestown area and the Miller family would come in the summers and had a shack with bunk beds and would drink beer and the kids soda and they would stake out the area where their "dream house" would be built.

Another topic- There is also Camden's industry which helped early Maple Shade's population to be addressed.

New Jersey School Legislation from the 1800s-

Some selected passages at den's OneDrive

We learn many things from these school reports. We learn that the front small room at the Little Red Schoolhouse was a coat room. (Then called a cloak room)

Coat rooms, no out houses and ventilation were several issues in the 1800s.

Another "conclusion" people would have is debunked. It has in the roots truth but when we see blacks attending school with whites in the late 1800s photos one would "conclude" that this was due to many Quakers in the area and also several teachers known to be Quakers so that is the reason. Wrong. It was the law. When the school was in the Township of Chester tax district after 1894 Moorestown was also in Chester Twp. and had a "Colored School."

It was considered honorable for a town to have a colored school and even Quakers thought so. That law was actually brought up later many years later in a court case which ended segregation. one source

Also in records is the people in each school's tax district starting in 1871 after the Free School law (Public School system). I got the 1873 list from the 1873 Chester Township Tax Assessor's book which years ago was at Moorestown Library. When I was at NJ State Archives in Trenton I read the list of the books they have on microfilm and that was one of the few books they were missing and I told them it was at Moorestown Library and the lady didn't look happy at all with that.

Mark K. Lewis at Phil's Camden website

A plaque for an addition to the school that was on North Poplar Ave. has in the center- Mark K. Lewis.

I already knew of this name due to many of one lot of the first year of the Maple Shade Progress said Mark K. Lewis on them in hand writing. The other half had copies with Theodore Sauselein written on them. There was even mentions of Mark K. Lewis in a copy or two. But this must be for the father- The newspapers are from 1916 and 1917.

They have been published in "The Progress of Maple Shade" book.

It's the son who was killed.

Early Barlow & Co.-

This letterhead or billhead paper is in an old MS Fire Company Treasurer's book. This is the early Barlow & Co. pre Barlow Building and Barlow Built Bungalows. Most all of the tracts listed are not owned by the Barlow family. Hang in there before printing the paper out as I have 400 DPI and 600 DPI scans which I will post later.-

Historical News-

Historical Society member Mike Geden (who is also in the VFW) had his old dog tags from the Air Force returned to him. Someone found them at the beach with a metal detector and mailed them to him.

I am the new President of the Maple Shade Historical Society and here is the announcements page-
Maple Shade Historical Society

I am making a Local history research webpage.

I have about 20 of the new book- "Pioneer Families' Houses of the Maple Shade Area." If you are interested in buying direct from me, cost 20 dollars with profits benefitting the Maple Shade Historical Society, email me at- or phone me at 856-667-8728 and leave a message.
-Dennis Weaver

New Book-

New book out- "Pioneer Families' Houses of the Maple Shade Area"
You can purchase at my Lulu page at top left of this webpage. The "trilogy" is the Pioneer Families' Houses then Maple Shade a Village then Maple Shade Celebrate 100 Years. The Ben Stiles book is also good to add.

If you order books and the printing is too light or a corner is bent contact Lulu for a replacement. Best to buy direct from me when I place an order. That way it is checked out and you even save on shipping cost.

To note- I usually give a copy to the Maple Shade Library for their local history books. I also give copies of some books to the Moorestown Library. You can preview or read the books from the library.

Two Subdivision Extensions-

When you are on Frederick or Thomas Ave. and at the point where they curve at an angle toward Center Ave., you are entering the "Orchards Extension." When you are on South Forklanding Rd. between Crawford Ave. and Mill Rd. you are on what was referred to as "New Forklanding Road" and Crawford "Old Forklanding Road" as Crawford Avenue was S. Forklanding Road on the Shuster Tract until the plan of the "Shuster Extension."

South Fellowship Road, Maple Shade from a Chalkley Matlack note book.

New pages-

Pioneers Lands page
Maplewood Apartments Land

I Had to re-do some of my Perry Frisby page (top write up)
Cause originally done in 2008.
I could trace title chains but didn't have right focus in the page. Something like that.
Thorne Family and Perry Frisby


I was looking at West Jersey History Project and downloaded the Clement re-drawn old surveys and found this and extracted the PDF page- Reuben Burrough land in 1828

Rose Ave. is where the "Old Moorestown Road" is which was the road from Schoolhouse Lane at Kings Highway to Cooper's Ferry referred as the old Market Road. The map shows the Chesterford Schoolhouse on the "New Moorestown Road." The grist mill at the end of "Rose Ave" although the Alden Park segment is probably curved a little. It shows Joseph Burrough's old saw mill near the creek that crosses Church Rd near the school. It shows the Custard Stand lot once the tollgate house lot was originally Burrough's land but Charles Coles sold it to the Stiles family who owned the Levi Lippincott and high school land. This happened after a road would go through as to clean up the boundaries, and not have a small portion of one person's land on the other side of a road. It shows Thorne land owned by Perry Frisby a colored farmer and Asa R. Lippincott- a Thorne descendant. This is a redrawn survey with update notes done by John Clement.

As Jackie Gleason would say, "How sweeeeeeet it is!"

Here is another John Clement survey drawing of the Samuel/ Enoch Roberts land. The Public Road is Mill Road and right where it meets the creek near Rt. 38 was the Roberts' saw mill. Nearby was Leconey's grist mill.- Roberts land

That is about the two best pages which pertain to the Maple Shade area. Both are in Book 4. There is a few more Burrough land pages (also in Book 4). Clement's surveys are mostly all Camden County. Well he does have a few Burlington County ones in the Pines area I believe.

From Moorestown Historical Society's Facebook site. The current bridge is now being repaired.

The coat factory was the building rehabbed into the Maple Shade Municipal Building.

From the New Jersey Mirror newspaper, March 29, 1922-

A referendum election which has been called for April 25, at which time the voters of Moorestown, Lenola and Stanwick will decide whether they will secede from old Chester township and form "Moorestown township." If the voters decide in favor of secession, Maple Shade will be the only town left in Chester township. The legislature passed a law giving Moorestown, Lenola and Stanwick the right to call a referendum to decide on forming a new township.

The action of the legislature was greatly opposed by residents of Maple Shade, but they have not requested the right to participate in the impending election, because it appears that voters are somewhat divided on the proposed change. Thomas J.S. Barlow, one of the founders of Maple Shade, says that the town might have a hard struggle at first but must face the inevitable. The town is developing at a rapid pace. an evidence of which is the fact that more than 100 new houses will be erected in the town this year. Many persons feel certain that the town will become self-supporting quite rapidly.

From the Camden Post Telegram, Friday December 1, 1922-

Maple Shade-
Oscar Anderson, local contractor for Barlow and Company, Inc., has completed the erection of 74 houses here and has the contracts for 100 additional ones to be built in the spring.

First Maple Shade Police Headquarters

Burlington County old photos-

Courier Post photos

Really great photos Historical of area towns including Maple Shade.

Main Street Diner-

There was first a diner at the NW corner of Main St. and Forklanding Road as seen on a 1929 Sanborn map.
Then it appears to have been moved by 1944 and looks like the same diner in 1953 photos. There was another diner later on at the corner owned by George Madias.

Diner Pictures at OneDrive Cloud

Turkey Farms

There were two turkey farms in Maple Shade. One was on Orchard Ave. owned by John and Therese Martin. (Swiss French) Another was on Kings Highway owned by the Martinovich family.

Across the street from the Martin's turkey farm on Orchard Ave. was Rudy Zillincar's farm where he sold eggs. He was known as "the egg man." He left the eggs out and you took them and paid by the honor system.

The Evan Martinovich turkey farm was on Kings Highway just west of Lenola Rd. aprox. where the Iron Hill Restaurant is now.

Here are some newspaper articles on the Martinovich turkey farm-
den's OneDrive cloud

Burlington County Twps. Population for 1950, 1940, and 1930

Compare Maple Shade esp. to 1930 and see how early we turned mostly suburban! Be sure to think of the land area sizes of each of the Twps. as well!

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