The Maple Shade Historical Society is selling the new book "Maple Shade, We Celebrate 100 Years" for 20 dollars each. We also have the "Progress of Maple Shade" books at a clearance price of 10 dollars.
If you want to learn a fuller understanding of Maple Shade, each of my books covers a time period and you should eventually get them all.
There are many items repeated and even expanded upon in the "Celebrate" book but for the earlier history of the train station, information on the Moorestown & Camden Turnpike, trolley, older residents from late 1800s this is the one to get for that.
The Toll Road-
The Train Station-
A House and a Blacksmith Shop-
A German Town-
Other New Comers-
The Two Churches-
The Two Brickyards-
The Two Realtors-
Police and Fire Departments-
The Township or a group involved with the Township is having events throughout this year of Maple Shade's 100th anniversary-
MS 100 Events
2022 is the year of Maple Shade's 100th anniversary as a township.
Here are some big years-
1922 Moorestown with Lenola separates from Chester Twp. to become "Moorestown."
1922-23 Barlow Built Bungalows are built by the 100s chiefly in the Maple Heights section of town.
1925- Water plant
1926- Dedicated Maple Shade Post Office at 16 South Forklanding Rd.
1927- Municipal Building housing Police and Fire Depts built
1927- Sewer system
I phased out much of this website. (Still going to be here and have some stuff up) I do not want to encourage people to take history for granted and not support the Maple Shade Historical Society. I have been making books which cover much and in some ways more than what has been up at the site.
I hope people will buy the books as that is the direction I am taking to document and share history.
I will be putting a lot of stuff back up that was taken down.
May 20, 2022
(On April 6, 2022 the books were updated/ revised.)-
I should have taken a half a page or whole page explaining Chester Township. The books are meant to be a series in time but I still should have explained more.
Introduction I lightened up on Patterson house from I find no hard evidence to Is there enough evidence?
the years for Harry Gilbert from Frank Kozempel is wrong. It was 1893- 1921.
Mary Myers was the sister of Christian Frech's wife Louisa and of Henry J. Fahr.
It should have said "Henry F. Fahr."
A brick store front addition was added to the "Myer's house" by builder Fred Fister for Amos Ferro, of Anna Avenue, who purchased the property. It was called the "Ferro Building."
I should have added that until recent years there was a small sign over a door that said "Ferro Building."
Henry B. Coles' mansion was at the southwest corner of Main Street and Coles Avenue, previously called Cooper Landing Road.
It should add the name- Cooperstown road, but luckily that name is mentioned on page 130
Back cover write up changed from the "tossed out of the nest" to something nice sounding.
BTW- If you order books from lulu.com and they arrive printed bad or book corners bent, tell them and they will replace it. Hopefully that one will be fine. I been through it with Lulu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
John Bonamo of Bonamo's Meat Market, Mill Road and Sunset Avenue about 1955
It should say Mill Road and S. Forklanding Road. (across from the Mill Road Inn)
Pictures book cancelled for the time being due to Lulu quality problems with photos.
Roberts Memorial book-
and that I was a much younger man then he was, he would like for us to go out there some day and he would show me the exact place, then I might tell those yet younger then myself,
The two "then" should be "than."
Celebrate 100 Years book-
Page 113 yet to be corrected-
Page 29 where it says the date the separation went into effect. I cannot find where I got that information but left it as I am certain that I didn't make it up.
Where it says that eventually Eckard Gibbs became the water plant operator. 95% sure that is most likely incorrect. Does not match census info also.
I got caught up in "Having to know who" and in all the work just quickly copied from the Maple Shade A Story of 300 Years book by the Cutler family. That has many errors and should not be quickly copied from!!!!!
Well actually their book is correct that he was first, but then shortly after Earle W. Johnson complained and stopped it. I bet Brooks was the one who got the position but not positive. I rewrote it as he eventually got the posititon. I have to omit the sentence if I do correct the books. Sorry. That's how you know you haven't arrived yet if you lightly quote or source information.
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-
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.
Courier Post photos
Really great photos Historical of area towns including Maple Shade.
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
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
If you live in Maple Shade and want to buy it-
Email me with your phone number and we'll make an arrangement for you to get a copy. They now cost 15 dollars.
-Dennis (member of Maple Shade Historical Society)
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!