Maple Shade Village- a German Town

If you were to visit the Village of Maple Shade in the late 1800s into the early 1900s you would meet business owners who were for the most part German immigrants. Most of these were related to the Fahr family, through Christian Frech’s wife Louisa.

How the idea about the village of Maple Shade being a “German Town” came about was because of two things- the predominately German business owners forming a business district of houses, stores and a wagon works between Maple and Spruce Avenues, and a street in town named “Germantown Avenue.”

Horace Roberts, a successful orchard grower who owned over 20 farms, was born in Fellowship and later moved to Moorestown in 1916. He got involved in real estate development with Barlow & Company building bungalows on many of the farms that he purchased in Maple Shade and Lenola.

On his subdivision plan of the Henry Van Vane farm on North Forklanding Road called “Maple Croft,” submitted to the County Clerk’s Office in 1914, he named a street “Germantown Avenue.” One can imagine his familiarity with Maple Shade over the years and the image which would be in anyone’s mind coming through here and hearing the accent among the German merchants.

Looking eastward on Main Street between Maple Ave. and Spruce Ave. in the early 1900s

The photo was taken after the "Chris Frech Builder" building was moved to Spruce Ave., and before the store addition was added to the right side of "Mennel's house."

Through the tollgate near Fellowship Road, you can see Fahr's house in the distance.

Looking southward from where “Wee Love” now is towards Main Street in 1897

Christian Frech's wagon shop was on Main Street. Mennel's store and post office were not there yet. The back of the Fahr's and Klinger's houses can be seen here. They had the first two stores in town. Henry Fahr had a general store and Adolf Klinger had a shoe store.

The G.M. Hopkins 1907 Camden and the Environs Atlas Chester Township map
The Post Office at that time was on South Poplar Avenue.

Germans of the “Main Street Area”-

John Winter, wheel wright - born in Germany

Christian Frech, blacksmith and wagon builder, and his wife Louisa– both born in Germany

William Frech, manufacturer of wagons, both parents born in Germany

Henry Fahr, grocer and at one time postmaster, and his wife Caroline (Klinger)- both born in Germany

Adolf Klinger, shoe maker, and his wife Mary- both born in Germany

William Myers, barber, and his wife Mary (Fahr)- both born in Germany

Charles Shuster, blacksmith and real estate, and his wife Elizabeth- both born in Germany

Edward Shuster, retired, born in Germany

Charles Zane, one parent from Germany, and his wife Mary- both parents born in Germany

John Mennel, grocer, and wife Laura (Frech) Post Mistress, He was born in Germany. Both her parents were born in Germany.

The Beginning-

John Winter-

John Winter bought his land in 1867 and 1871. He was a wheelwright and perhaps a house builder. John Winter left without telling I.W. Heulings and Sons Lumber and Planing Mill at Forklanding, Cinnaminson where he was going, and he owed them money! John Winter’s land was divided up for auction sales.

Christian and Louisa Frech-

Christian Frech was a blacksmith and wagon builder. Wagons called "truck shelvings" or "market wagons" were used by farmers to take their produce in baskets to market. The Frech Wagon Co. was continued by his son William and John Parker.

In 1870 Christian Freck, then of the city of Camden, bought a two story house and blacksmith shop, situated on the south side of the Moorestown and Camden Turnpike just below the toll gate near the Fellowship Turnpike and the old Benjamin J. Stiles farmhouse, and next to John Winter, a wheel wright, who had been there for several years working beside Edward Vandegrift, a blacksmith.

Christian Freck moved in with his wife Louisa and his children. He had formerly lived there at the time of the 1860 census with his first wife. From 1862 to 1870 the blacksmith shop and two-story house beside it was owned by other blacksmiths. In 1863 Christian Freck bought a blacksmith shop in Fellowship and ran it.

Fellowship was a larger village than Stiles Corners (later Maple Shade) but not in the best location. You didn’t get to Philadelphia by the Fellowship Turnpike directly but by the Moorestown and Camden Turnpike. Also at “Stiles Corners” the train was now there and the station at Forklanding Road called “Stiles Station” (Soon “Maple Shade Station”). This was an ideal spot to be and to stay!

Christian or (Chris as he was called) changed the spelling of his last name from Freck to Frech to sound more American. When John Winter’s land was divided up for auction sales, Christian Frech bought some of the land which was adjacent to his own.


1850 Census-

Christian Freck was not living anywhere in New Jersey. Why the “Established in 1847” on Frech Wagon advertisements? Perhaps the blacksmith shop, then owned by Benjamin J. Stiles was started there in 1847 with the onset of the Turnpike. Another theory could be that Christian, a boy still, began learning the trade at this point at about 12 years old or so. Still another idea is perhaps that was the year he emigrated from Germany.

1860 Census-

Christian Freck, age 24, Blacksmith
Catherine Freck, age 24
Charles Freck, age 3
(Note- Catherine Freck was probably his first wife and she died elsewhere then Burlington County as she isn’t listed at the Burlington County Surrogate’s Office.)

1870 Census-

(Maple Shade area)
Edward Vandegrift, 52, Blacksmith (Taxed)
John Winter, 55, Wheelwright (Taxed)

1870 Census-

Christian Freck, 35, Blacksmith
Louisa Freck, 20, Keeping house
Charles Freck, 14
Harry Freck (or Henry), 9
Laura Freck, 4
(No William yet)

1880 Census-

Christian Frech, 44, Blacksmith
Louisa Frech, 28, wife, keeping house
Henry Frech, 19, son, laborer
Laura Frech, 13, daughter
William Frech, 4, son
Mary Fahr, 25 (sister-in-law)
(Note some of the older children might have kept the last name spelled as “Freck.”)

First Lands to Christian Frech and John Winter-

Christian Frick of Camden
took title on September 13, 1870
under deed book A-11, page 214
sold by Edward Vandegrift and Hannah, his wife, of Chester.
land to the corner of the lot of John Winter.


John Winter
took title on October 31, 1867
under deed book U 7, page 1867
From Edward Vandegrift
Containing 13/100s of an acre of land
For the sum of a 1050 dollars


Edward Vandegrift of Evesham
took title on March 8, 1867
under deed book O-7, page 452
sold by Samuel B. Mitten and Eliza, his wife
for the sum of 1100 dollars
Bounded by lands recently sold by Deacon Brock to John Needles.
Containing one acre of land, being the same land and premises which Benjamin Stiles and Martha Stiles, his wife, by deed bargain and sale on March 25, 1862 and recorded in book of deeds U-6, page 339 sold to Samuel B. Mitten.


Samuel B. Mitten of Philadelphia
took title on March 25, 1862
under deed book U-6, page 339
sold by Benjamin Stiles and Martha Stiles, his wife
for the sum of One thousand and one hundred dollars.
Containing one acre of land, to land recently sold by Deacon Brock to John Needles. Being a part of the land Benjamin Stiles inherited from Isaac Stiles.

Advertisement from the New Jersey Mirror newspaper, January 18, 1855, Page 2, Column 6-
Two story house and Blacksmith Shop to let

Two story house and Blacksmith shop to let. They are situated on the South Side of the Turnpike Road between Moorestown and Camden, about 3 miles below Moorestown and 6 miles from Camden. Possession given on March 26, 1855. Benjamin Stiles.

Second Lands to Christian Frech and John Winter-

Christian Freck
took title on August 26, 1871
under deed book Q-8 page 49
sold by Levi L. Lippincott

John Winter
took title on August 26, 1871
under deed book Q-8 page 51
sold by Levi L. Lippincott


Levi L. Lippincott of the township of Chester,
and Lydia B. Lippincott his wife
took title on March 25, 1871
under deed book J 8 page 267
Sold by John Needles Jr. of Moorestown, and Sarah his wife

John Robinson-

He purchased the western side of the old John Winter land. He wasn’t of German descent. His house would later become William and Mary Myer’s home and barber shop at Main Street and Maple Avenue. (102 East Main Street)

John Robinson
took title on February 12, 1880
under deed book A 10, page 420
from Albert Heulings
for the sum of 1250 dollars
all that certain frame dwelling and lot of land having a front on the Moorestown and Camden Turnpike of 62 7/10 feet, and extending 400 feet
bounded on the north by the said Turnpike, on the east and the south by other land of said John Winter Jr., and on the west by land of Levi L. Lippincott.
Being the same lot of land and premises that Benjamin Lee Sheriff on March 11, 1876, under deed book H 9, page 336…

John Winter builder as said building and the lot whereon is erected. Building is a frame dwelling house thirty two feet in front by sixteen feet in width two stories high with an attic, with a two story kitchen in the rear sixteen feet by twenty two feet (maybe said thirty two), and a shed enclosed sixteen feet by ten feet, a portico in front recently eight feet long by seven feet, eight inches wide.

William J. Broadwater-

William J. Broadwater was the railroad station agent. He was Maple Shade’s first Post Master from April 28, 1887 to December 1, 1895, the mail being delivered to the station. He lived at what is now 106 East Main Street. Saint John’s Episcopal Church began by meeting at his house.

William J. Broadwater of the Township of Stockton
took title on November 2, 1881
under deed book L 10, page 446
from Christian Frech
for the sum of 1000 dollars
containing 84/100 of an acre of land
being part of the same parcel of land which Benjamin F. Lee Sheriff on February 23, 1877, under deed book K 9, page 539 conveyed to Christian Frech.
Land seized from John Winter for money owed. 85 dollars and 14 cents to William, Albert, and Isaac Heulings trading as “I.W. Heulings Sons.”

Henry F. and Caroline Fahr-

Henry F. Fahr and his wife Caroline moved to town in 1884 and opened the first store, a general store in their home at 108 East Main Street. Henry F. Fahr was Mrs. Louisa Frech’s brother.

In 1887 Charles Shuster bought the “Benjamin J. Stiles farm” and made Maple Shade’s first subdivision. The Fahrs bought several lots across the street and built a larger home at “Main Street” and North Polar Avenue and moved there. They also sold part of this land to Caroline’s parents, the Klingers.

Their store was moved to their new home and Henry F. Fahr became Post Master from December 1, 1895 to October 31, 1904, with the Post Office being located at the Fahr’s store.

The quote below is from Arthur N. Cutler’s book draft about Maple Shade. Arthur N. Cutler married Mary L. Fahr, Henry and Caroline’s daughter.-

Naturally, there are still a few people who remember the Blizzard of 1888. It was during this blizzard that Henry Fahr, who lived at 108 East Main Street, moved to his new home and store at the northwest corner of Main Street and Poplar Avenue. The family operated the general store until 1925 when it was purchased by Leonard Greenblatt, who, after a few years, tore it down and built the present two stores and three apartments at 121 and 123 East Main Street.

The Fahr’s children were Charles A., Mary L.F. Cutler, William M, and Margaret A. It is interesting to see the Fahr children as well as Nathan Perkins’ children, etc… in some old photos of the Little Red School house, then the “Maple Shade School.”

Charles F. Shuster-

The Benjamin J. Stiles farm passed through several owners until Hannah B. Gibson sold it to Charles F. Shuster in August of 1887.

Charles F. Shuster began the development of Maple Shade with the "Shuster Tract." It is mostly the farm land of Benjamin J. Stiles. A portion from Spruce Avenue to South Forklanding Road, excluding Christian Frech's land, was bought from Levi Lippincott.

Here is Arthur N. Cutler’s account from his book draft on Maple Shade-

Charles F. Shuster purchased most of the land running from the southerly side of the railroad to a little south of Center Avenue and from Forklanding Road to Fellowship Road. He laid it out in building lots, and erected two single houses and three double houses. The double house that was on South Poplar Avenue and single house that was at 35 North Poplar Avenue were destroyed by fire, but the rest are still standing.

C.F. Shuster Map 706              Filed on Sept. 13, 1887
Advantages of living at "Maple Shade"
Fourteen Trains each way daily.
High and Rolling Ground.
No Malaria.
Pure water at 16 feet.
Economy in Living.
Pleasant Walks.
Fine Drives.
The Properties are absolutely sure of increase in value. Sold for Cash or on Installments. No rent Days. Landlords unknown.

Charles F. Shuster's 1887 "Shuster Tract" didn't have Spruce Avenue going up to Main Street.
Note that the house where a bank now is was there at this time. It was razed by the Township in the late 60s after being vacant.

Below is the revised plan submitted to the County Clerk’s Office in 1889 with Spruce going up to Main Street. Charles Shuster had to buy the land for the street from Christian Frech first.-

Shuster Tract
Filed on January 10, 1889
map 701
Property of Charles F. Shuster
at Maple Shade, Burlington County N.J.
August 25, 1887

Land from Levi Lippincott Farm-

Charles F. Shuster of the City of Camden
took title on December 13, 1887
under deed book T-11 page 471
sold by Levi Lippincott
Land to the center of Fork Landing Road.

(Note- The rest of Levi Lippincott's farm, later Henry T. Bleam's land, from South Forklanding Road to portions of South Coles Avenue, would be sold to John F. Harned for a Barlow & Co. One Acre Farm lot development called "The Orchards."

Land from Benjamin J. Stiles Farm-

Maria Louisa Taylor
took title on November 6, 1889
under deed book 281 page 263
sold by Charles F. Shuster of Maple Shade, and Mary S., his wife.
Being Lot No. 182 on the Plan of Charles F. Shuster.


This is the Benjamin J. Stiles house, altered in appearance, moved to South Poplar Avenue from where OLPH Church and School are now. Also about this time Charles Shuster would have also taken the large barn to make it into the large double house that was on South Poplar. The reason the OLPH Catholic Church land is a large lot on the Shuster Tract plan was because for a few years, from 1887 to 1889 it was left as a “farm lot" containing Benjamin J. Stiles' house and large barn on it.


Charles F. Shuster
took title on October 22, 1889
under deed book 282 page 550
sold by Harry P. Cooper and wife.
Being Part of the same premises which Hannah Gibson on August 24, 1887,
under deed book Q-11 page 281 granted and conveyed to said party.


Charles F. Shuster
took title on August 24, 1887
under deed book Q-11 page 281
sold by Hannah Gibson
for the sum of 12,500 dollars
Containing 78 23/100 acres of land.
(Another deed is Q-11 page 285)

Before you go thinking of Charles F. Shuster as a big time suburban developer, it might have just been one of his business ventures, and you would have probably found him working for Christian Frech as a blacksmith.

Adolf and Mary Klinger-

Shortly after Henry and Caroline Fahr moved into their new house at Main Street and North Poplar Avenue, during the blizzard of 1888, they sold part of their land next door to Caroline’s parents, the Klingers.

Adolf Klinger was a cobbler and had a shoe store in his brick home which stood where two brick apartment buildings are now, the one being Dr. Stephen Paul’s office. In March of 1924 their land was sold to the Maple Shade National Bank under deed book 631, page 330. The two story brick house was razed but the bank was never built due to the Depression.

Adolf Klinger of Philadelphia
took title on January 31, 1889
under deed book 271, page 25
From Henry F. Fahr of Maple Shade in the Township of Chester
For the sum of 300 dollars
Being part of the land Henry F. Fahr bought from Charles F. Shuster


Henry F. Fahr of the Township of Chester
took title on September 17, 1887
under deed book Q 11, page 571
From Charles F. Shuster of Camden
For the sum of 500 dollars

Charles E. Zane-

Charles Zane’s farm was on the northeastern corner of Main Street and North Fellowship Road. Levi French submitted a subdivision plan for this farm, maybe for Charles Zane, or perhaps because Levi French was thinking of buying the farm if the subdivision was approved. On the 1907 Camden and the Environs Atlas map it is called the “Plan of Charles E. Zane.”

A barn from the Zane farm was moved and converted into a house at what is today 22 Stiles Avenue. Saint John’s Episcopal Church was once located on the Zane property but was destroyed by a fire. Alexander Mecray then donated land for it to be built on Linwood Avenue.

Charles Zane didn’t do well in his finances and all the farm’s unsold lots were sold to Edward Shuster. Charles E. Zane and his family still lived at a house there, as can be seen on the 1910 census, etc…

Edward Shuster Sr.
took title on January 9, 1897
under deed book 326, page 204
Sold by Joseph S. Fleetwood, Sheriff of the County of Burlington
Ordered to be sold mortgaged premises
sold for One Thousand Dollars to Edward Shuster Sr., being the highest bidder

First Tract-

Charles Zane
took title on January 1, 1891
under deed book 289, page 89
from by Joseph B. Stiles and Hannah B. Stiles, his wife

Second Tract-

From the Fellowship Branch of the Moorestown and Camden Turnpike to Stiles Lane, exempting out various lots, as marked on the Plan of the property of Charles Zane
Charles Zane owed Ten Thousand Eight Hundred and Eleven Dollars, Sixty Six Cents to Jacob H. Loerverstine.

Maple Shade Map 705              Filed on October 18, 1888
Plan of lots at Maple Shade
Levi French
Maple Shade, 6 miles from Camden
On the line of the Camden and Burlington County Railroad, and Moorestown Turnpike.
Lots for sale.
These sites are situated on the highest ground at Maple Shade, affording the finest views of any point within 15 miles of Camden.
Fine water at 18 feet.
No Malaria.
14 trains each way daily; also Post Office and Adams Express Office at Station.
Lots sold for cash or on installments.

(Note- Located from Fellowship to Stiles, and from the Camden Moorestown Turnpike (Main St.) to the Camden & Burlington County Rail Road. Later called the Plan of Charles E. Zane.)

William Frech-

William Frech was the son of Christian and Louisa Frech. William was only about 21 years old when his father Christian Frech died in June of 1897, William inherited his father’s house and business. Various properties were sold to William or others (I didn’t check them all out) by the Executive of Christian Frech’s will, his brother-in-law William Myers in 1902.

The business would then go under the name of the William Frech Wagon Company, and William moved all the wagon works to along Spruce Avenue. In 1915 he became business partners with John Parker.

William inherited the house Christian Frech had built for himself, which was vacant in 1966 and the Township of Maple Shade tore it down. Now a bank stands on the spot. This house was in the family for a while but William moved to a mansion on Mecray Lane as the Frech wagon business prospered.

William was married to Margaret (second wife) and their children were William C., Margaret, and Cornelius.

William Frech Wagon Co. on Spruce Ave. They made Truck Shelvings, Circus wagons, and later truck bodies.

The rear "paint shop" building still remains after the 1940 fire and is an auto body shop.

William and Mary Myers-

Mary Myers was the sister of Christian Frech’s wife Louisa and of Henry J. Fahr. She married William Myers. William Myers moved to town in the spring of 1900, according to Arthur N. Cutler.

William Myers out front of his Barber Shop at Main Street and South Maple Avenue
Notice the striped barber pole. This is an old photo in postcard format courtesy of Barbara Stevens.

William Myers’ obituary from the Maple Shade Progress, March 16, 1917

The Store-

A brick store front addition was added to the “Myer’s house” by builder Fred Fister for Amos Ferro, and was called the "Ferro Building." Over the years it housed the Burlington County Trust Company bank, the Arthur Cutler Real Estate office, Radford Jewelers, the real estate appraisal office of Harry Renwick, and currently it is used as an addition to Marista’s restaurant.

The Myers barber’s shop and house today at Main Street and South Maple Avenue, having the "Ferro Building" store front addition on it.

Barbara Stevens on the Fahr Family-

William M. Myers owned a barber shop in Maple Shade many years ago. My name is Barbara Stevens and I am his great- granddaughter. I live in Indiana. My mother was Mary Helen Myers, his granddaughter. He died before she was born and her parents died when she was very young. My mother grew up at the Masonic Home in Burlington. My mother did know her grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Fahr Myers.

My mother was 9 years old in 1930 when her grandmother, who was blind, died in a kitchen fire while trying to make dinner. As I mentioned, I have a very poor copy of a newspaper clipping regarding the death of Mary Elizabeth Fahr Myers in the fire but the date and byline are not legible and I do not know the name of the newspaper. In the article, the family name is misspelled as Meyers.

My mother's parents, William M. and Helen Myers, and her grandparents, William M. and Mary Fahr Myers, are buried in a family plot at Colestown Cemetery.

Just to help clear up some of the confusion about all the people in this family named William and Mary and Charles, my Mary Elizabeth Fahr Myers (Mrs. William M. Myers Sr.) was Henry F.'s sister. His other sister was Louise Fahr Frech (Mrs. Christian Frech). When these sisters were widowed they lived together in the Myers house until 1930 when Mary Elizabeth died in the kitchen fire.

Is there any information around town about the parents of Henry F., Mary Elizabeth and Louise? (There were also a couple of other brothers who moved to Pa.) I believe the parents were Matthew and Rose Fahr and they came from around Ulm, Germany

From The Moorestown News, March 26, 1930, page 3-

Mrs. Mary Meyers Burns to Death Preparing Lunch in Kitchen

Trapped by fire in the kitchen of her home as she prepared the noon-day meal for herself and two other aged women with whom she made her home, Mrs. Mary Meyers, 77, was burned to death at Maple Shade Wednesday of last week.

Summoned to the scene of the blaze located on the southeast corner of Maple avenue and Main street, Fire Chief William Frech found the victim was his aunt.

Just how the fire started is a mystery. It is believed Mrs. Meyers was making coffee and that her dress was ignited by the flame of the gas stove. Mrs. Meyers, it was said, was almost blind.

Two other women who lived on the premises, Mrs. Louisa Meyers, 80 a sister of the dead woman, and Mrs. Caroline Bosin narrowly escaped when hearing Mrs. Mary Meyers’ screams. They sought to extinguish her flaming dress.

Firemen extinguished the blaze in the kitchen with slight loss.

Mrs. Meyers was unconscious when carried from the house. Two doctors, who were passing, stopped their cars to see if they could be of assistance. They were Drs. Theodore Gallop and Sidney Corpening. Dr. Corpening pronounced Mrs. Meyers dead and a coroner was called.

The dead woman was the widow of William Meyers. Mrs. Louisa Meyers is the mother of Chief Frech and the widow of Herman Meyers, whom she married following the death of her first husband. William and Herman Meyers were brothers.

John and Laura Mennel-

Laura Mennel was the daughter of Christian and Louisa Frech. Below is a summary of her marriage announcement to John Mennel from the New Jersey Mirror, March 2, page 2, column 8-

In Camden, March 2, 1896, by Rev. Clarence A. Adams, John Mennel, of Merchantville, and Laura Frech, of Burlington County were married.

John and Laura Mennel lived in the hamlet of Sorrel Horse, across the street from the Sorrel Horse Hotel. Sorrel Horse was located where Haddonfield Road and Route 130 meet.

John and Laura Mennel and family moved to the village of Maple Shade about 1904 and first lived in the northern half of the large double house on South Poplar Avenue. In 1905 due to her efforts and the community’s, Maple Shade again had a post office which was at the Mennel’s store.

In 1909 William Frech bought back from the Larzelere family the old (circa. 1850) blacksmith house, his father and mother once lived in, for his sister Laura Mennel. The Mennels then moved their store to there, “Mennel’s Dry Goods store and Maple Shade Post Office.” Within a few years a right side addition was put on it.

The Maple Shade Post Office would be at their store until 1926 when it was moved to 16 South Forklanding Road. John and Laura Mennel had a son Harry B. (Sr.), and a daughter Louisa. Harry later changed the store to a bar called Mennel’s Inn. Later it was bought and made the Red Carpet Lounge, and today it is a Charlie Brown’s Restaurant.

The Maple Shade Post Office-

From April 28, 1887 to December 1, 1895 William Broadwater was Post Master, (r.r. station)
From December 1, 1895 to October 31, 1904 Henry Fahr had the Post Office at his general store
From October 31, 1904 to March 17, 1905- there was No Maple Shade Post Office.
From March 17, 1905- Mrs. Laura Mennel was Post Mistress followed by her daughter Louisa.

Mennel's Dry Goods Store and Post Office-

Mennel's Dry Goods Store and P.O. was at first on South Poplar Avenue in half of the "Joseph B. Stiles double house," then it was at Main Street and Spruce Avenue.

From a 1907 Chronicle Directory-
Mennell, John, storekeeper, Poplar Ave.
Mennell, Harry, wheelwright, Poplar Ave.
Mennell, Laura, postmistress, Poplar Ave.
Mennell, Louisa, Poplar Ave.

Mennel's Chain of Title-

Laura Mennel
took title on April 20, 1909
sold by William Frech
house and land southwest of the Moorestown and Camden Turnpike and Spruce Ave. 63 feet in front of said turnpike rd, and a distance of 128 feet in depth on said Spruce Ave. for the sum of 2000 dollars.
Being a part of the same land and premises which Sarah Larzelere, Feb. 5, 1909, and intended to be recorded in the office of the Clerk in the county of Burlington..., conveyed unto the said William Frech in fee.


William Frech
took title on February 5, 1909
under deed book 446 page 254
sold by Sarah Ida Larzelere
for the sum of 3000 dollars
No. 1- Beginning at a point in the middle of the Camden and Moorestown Turnpike Road on the westerly side of Spruce Avenue and running along the line of Spruce Ave. 302 84/100 feet to a point in Spruce Ave.
Bounded by the lands of William Frech, lands formerly of William J. Broadwater, Fahr's land.

(William J Broadwater bought two lots from Christian Frech and lost them later on to the sheriff selling them to the Merchantville Building and Loan. The lots are measured inward for coordinates from Maple Ave.)


Samuel Larzelere
took title on August 31, 1904
under deed book 387 page 495
sold by William Frech
Beginning at a point in the middle of the Camden and Moorestown Turnpike Road on the westerly side of Spruce Avenue and running along the line of Spruce Ave. 302 84/100 feet to a point in Spruce Ave.
Bounded by the lands of William Frech, and lot formerly of William J. Broadwater, to Henry Fahr's land, and the Merchantville Building and Loan.

Mennel's Dry Goods Store and Maple Shade Post Office

Today the downstairs of the house and store is a Charlie Brown's Restaurant. Photo is courtesy of the Mennel family to the Maple Shade Historical Society.

Houses on the south side of Main Street between Spruce Ave. and South Maple Ave.