Joseph Stiles/ Textile Factory/ Municipal Building Page

Joseph Stiles, a son of Benjamin Stiles inherited all the land north and east of the Turnpike and Fellowship Road, which included the "Old Place of the Stiles," long left vacant and at the time delapidated. Benjamin J. inherited the land west of Fellowship Rd., predominately on the south side of Main Street.

In the late 1800s, Joseph Stiles built an imposing brick mansard roofed mansion house at the corner of Linwood and Stiles Avenues. The house was sold by Joseph Stiles' son Benjamin in 1912 to Horace Roberts, a real estate developer who used Barlow & Co. as his agent. The huge mansion found its use as a factory building for a silk mill. It was probably razed by the early 1940s by one of the succeeding owners, and the modern factory building added on to.

The Factory is usually remembered for making coats as it did toward the end and for once housing the companies of Warick Fashions and E.W. Twitchell. In the early 1990s the factory was renovated into the new Maple Shade Municipal Complex.

According to the "Maple Shade A Story of Three Hundred Years" book, the house was sold to an Improvement Association and razed to make way for a factory. That is incorrect. It was sold to Horace Roberts and later used for a factory building.

The Joseph/ Benjamin Stiles Mansion was used by the Pen-I-Sauken Silk Mill as part of their factory.

Note- This mansion gave "old timers" juice to their stories of how the R.R. Station was moved from Stiles Avenue to Forklanding Road, when it fact it was not. The house was built too late and the Old Place was deserted for a house where OLPH now stands on Main Street. The whole area was "Stiles Corners."

1923, 1929, and 1944 Sanborn Insurance maps details of Factory-


Warick Fashions Co. profile from a 1955 Progress newspaper.

A 1960 MHS Nutshell yearbook ad.

A sale ad from an old Moorestown paper.
From an old Progress newspaper-

Warick Fashions
Is New Industry

Former Twitchell Plant Now Occupied By Coat Firm

Warick Fashions, makers of women's coats, are now selling at retail at their new plant on Stiles avenue between Park and Linwood avenues, Maple Shade.

According to Arthur Goldman, president of the firm, "buyers will truely obtain coats at wholesale prices." The prices will be the same as those paid by his regular customers, mail order houses and large chain stores.

The firm, one of the latest to move to Maple Shade, came from Camden when the plant at 925 North 8th street became too small. Full scale production was begun in February.

Goldman said that the firm has purchased the old E.W. twitchell plant and has already made extensive improvements. He said that he plans for improving the landscaping which has long been one of the outstanding features of the block-long plot.

The plant, the largest of its kind in South Jersey and one of the most modern in the east, can produce 4,000 spring coats or 3,500 fall and winter coats per week. There are now 100 employed, 29 of them from the Maple Shade area and the president says that he will eventually employ between 130 and 140 people.

On the Stiles avenue side of the building is the huge cutting and stock rooms. One corner is occupied by three designers, highly specialized men who actually design many of the items made and sold.

Another section has been taken from the room to make a lunchroom for employees.

Compare some of the names in the two columns-

From old website Questions Page-

(Not deamed all accurate)

Question- What exactly was the building on Stiles Ave , now the Municipal Complex? I always heard "Coat Factory" as a kid.

Prior to the new Municipal Building, it was the Warwick Coat Factory. My mother had worked there in the early sixties.

The Coat Factory was exactly that. Originally it was Warrick Fashions. (This was back in the '50's before it became a sister to the original Burlington Coat Factory).I can't remember the names but one of the owners was Morris somebody. My mom worked there for many years while it was a family owned operation. The top floor was for the "finishing work" and the bottom for the "production area". It was an ethnic paradise. I remember being about 4 years old coming in to "pick up" mom from work. I distinctly remember being told "I'll get your mommy dahling". By a broad New York accent. Was also called beautiful in at least 3 European languages. I learned to love the sound of the languages.

The building was the Burlington Coat Factory. Before Burl. Coat Fact bought it, it used to be a coat factory by another Grandmother used to work there! mother went to school with a Joann Goldman and her father owned the factory before Burl Coat....They were from Moorestown

In early 40's it was a string and rope factory called Twichell's

When I was a little girl, I grew up on Linwood Ave. down the street from factory. It was called "Twitchell's" before Warwick's. My brother's mother-in-law worked there when they made Villager fashions (*I think coats). The original Burlington Coat Factory was actually in Burlington City off Route 130. I went there to buy a coat! Right where they made them.

Coat Factory -- when I was very young, it was called Twitchells (spelling??) and it was a clothing factory. They made coats for Villager later but I don't know the exact name. It was vacant for a bit & then the township bought for the municipal complex.

My Mom worked at Twitchells in 1946 for about three years. At that time they were weaving on looms, making car seat covers out of colored "raffia". They were surely something to see.

On your page you say that prior to the Municipal Building... it was the coat factory. This is not altogether true, Yes it was the coat factory BUT when it closed, it was bought by Ralph & Leroy Mehr and opened as Tri-State Electronics. It remained as Tri-State for a number of years before it closed and re-opened as the Municipal Building.

Notes from Industrial Directories, etc...-
Warick Fashions Inc., a sub of Mode Craft Co. Inc.
then before that E.W. Twitchell Co. Inc. Textile Mill, then sometime prior to that the Pen-I-Sauken Silk Mill.

Municipal Bldg. Chain of Title-

The Township of Maple Shade
took title on March 9, 1990
under deed book 4007 page 256
sold by Bonnie M. Weistein and Stephanie M. Caprio, Executrixes under the will of Ralph R. Mehr, deceased, and Leroy M. Mehr, partners trading as L & R Mehr Company
for the sum of $525,000.


Leroy R. Mehr and Ralph R. Mehr, as L & R Mehr
(Company run as Tri-State Electronics)
took title on July 28, 1975
under deed book 1922 page 1040
from the Agee Manufacturing Co. Inc., a New Jersey Corporation
Park and Stiles Avenue, Maple Shade, N.J.
for the sum of $210,000.


The Agee Manufacturing Co. Inc.
having its office c/o David Epstein, Haddonfield, N.J.
Arthur Goldman- President, Bette Goldman- Secretary
took title on January 31, 1973
under deed book 1834 page 309
sold by The Villager Realty of New Jersey
(Search Villager Rlty of NJ Corp)
having its principal office in the City of New York
for the sum of $250,000
(Another name that turned up was The Villager Inc.)


Sidenote- deed 1811 page 664 is the Villager Realty of NJ Corp. buying the Burlington County Coat Factory in Burlington on August 9, 1972, for $640,000. There are many deeds in conjunction with this such as 1662/117 and 1656/44.


The Villager, Inc., a Delaware Corp.
took title on October 31, 1967
under deed book 1656 page 36
from Mode Craft Co. Inc., of the City of Burlington
(Note- Mode Craft ran Warick Fashions Inc.)
For the sum of ten dollars and other vauluable consideration

Being the same lands and premises title to which became vested in Stiles Avenue Realty Corp., a New Jersey corporation, by a deed dated November 13, 1953 from E.W. Twitchell Incorporated, a Delaware corporation, and recorded in the County Clerk's Office in Burlington County on November 18, 1953 in Book 1171 of Deeds, page 320.

Being the same lands and premises aquired by Mode Craft Co., Inc. due to a consolidation between Stiles Avenue Realty Corp., and Mode Craft Co., Inc. on September 28, 1966, a certificate of which was filed with the Secretary of State of New Jersey on October 3, 1966.

Chain of Title Cont'd-

Stiles Avenue Realty Corp
took title on November 13, 1953
under deed book 1171 page 320
sold by E.W. Twitchell Inc.
for the sum of $125,000

Being the same lands and premises title to which became vested in E.W. Twitchell Incorporated by two deeds, one from Roxborough Knitting Mills, Inc., a Pennsylvania corporation to E.W. Twitchell, Inc., a Delaware corporation, dated May 24, 1940 and recorded May 27, 1940 in Book 920 of Deeds, page 353, and the other from Township of Chester in the County of Burlington, a New Jersey municipal corporation, to E.W. Twitchell Incorporated, a Pennsylvania corporation, dated July 1, 1941 and recorded July 22, 1941, in Book 937 of Deeds, page 212.


E.W. Twitchell, Inc., of Philadelphia, PA
took title on May 24, 1940
under deed book 920 page 353
Sold by Roxborough Knitting Mills, Inc., located in Bordentown, NJ
for the sum of $15,000


Roxborough Knitting Mills, Inc.
took title on May24, 1938
under deed book 892 page 446
Sold by Pertex Hosiery Mills, Inc.


Pertex Hosiery Mills, Inc.
took title on March 5, 1937
under deed book 870 page 48
from Samuel B. Fortenbaugh Jr., and Katherine W. Fortenbaugh, his wife.
mortgage debt. of $12,500 reduced to $8,600


Samuel B. Fortenbaugh Jr.
took title on February 19, 1937
under deed book 864 page 408 from Frank Mercantile Corp. of New York
under deed book 864 page 410 from Louis S. Fribourg and Sarah W. Fribourg, his wife, of New York
Book 864 page 415 lists the plant's inventory of machinery after an agreement with Roxborough Knitting Mills, Inc., other party take posession


Frank Mercantile Corp.
took title on February 20, 1936
under deed book 850 page 322
sold by Carol-Richards Corp.
Said premises are used and occupied by the Maple Shade Hosiery Mills, Inc. as a factory for the manufacture of hosiery.
$6,250 security deposit for chattel mortgage

Maple Shade Hosiery Mills, Inc.
took title on May 7, 1936
under deed book 857 page 102
Sold by Carol-Richards Corp.


Carol-Richards Corp.
took title on June 7, 1933
under deed book 812 page 451
from Francis Keil & Son, Inc. of New York
for the sum of $15,000


Francis Keil & Son, Inc.
took title on September 14, 1931
under deed book 781 page 367
From Sheriff, Court of Chancery
a defendant was Pen-I-Sauken Silk Mill


Pen-I-Sauken Silk Mill, of Maple Shade
took title on April 17, 1923
under deed book 614 page 116
sold by Constant Scholer and Elise Scholer, his wife, of Moorestown
for the sum of $25,0000


(Note- According to the October 13, 1922 obituary for Ben Stiles, then of the Bordentown area, his old home was now being used as the "Maple Shade Silk Mill.")


Constant Scholer and wife
took title on March 5, 1920
under deed book 583 page 429
Sold by Thomas J.S. Barlow and wife
Being a part of the same land and premises which Horace Roberts on Feb. 15, 1915, Deed book 515 page 43, sold to Thomas J.S. Barlow


According to the "Maple Shade A Story of Three Hundred Years" book- In 1919 OLPH held its first Mass in the Joseph/Benjamin Stiles mansion.

1916 tax rateables state that Thomas JS Barlow owns a "Club House" on Stiles Avenue.


Thomas J.S. Barlow of Twp. of Chester
took title on February 15, 1915
under deed book 515 page 43
Sold by Horace Roberts of Moorestown and wife Elizabeth Page Hooton Roberts
as shown on Plan of Maple Terrace
Land between Broadway and Park Ave., and Stiles Ave. to Virginia Ave.
Containg Six acres of land, more or less


Horace Roberts
took title on August 31, 1912
under deed book 483 page 439
Sold by Benjamin Stiles

Maple Terrace Development-


Tapping into the deeds with- the German Kitchen Restaurant


Marie Michel
took title on Sept 28, 1933
under deed book 816 page 386
sold by Morris Greenberg


Morris Greenberg and Florence Greenberg, his wife
of Maple Shade in the county of Burlington and of the state of New Jersey
took title on July 10, 1919
under deed book 558 page 384
sold by Horace Roberts and Elizabeth Page Hooton Roberts, his wife.
(says- granted & conveyed unto said Morris Greenberg & Florence Greenberg, his wife, as tenants by the entireties.)
Lot 85 Plan of Maple Terrace, Harvard Ave. & State Highway S-41 (Rt. 73)


Housing development Plan of Maple Terrace
Map 715, Filed on April 22, 1913
owned by Horace Roberts
Barlow & Co. Developers
S.T. Hollinshead surveyor
Located from the corner of Broadway (with Railroad line) and Fellowship Ave. From Fellowship Ave. to the Pennsauken Creek.
Stiles Avenue runs down the center of its length. All the streets crossing it have college names- Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Swarthmore, Haverford, Cornell.


Horace Roberts of the Township of Mount Laurel
took title on August 31, 1912
under deed book 483 page 439
sold by Benjamin Stiles
For the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars.

"all that certain farm tract or parcel of land and premises, with the buildings thereon erected situate near Maple Shade, in the Township of Chester, County of Burlington and State of New Jersey bounded on the South by the Camden and Burlington County Railroad Company on the West by land of Henry C. Patterson now Alexander M. Mecray M.D. and the Maple Shade Land Company; on the North by the North Branch of the Pensauken Creek and on the East by land of Richard D. Jones now Theodore Sauselein, containing about one hundred acres of land, be the same more or less."

Benjamin Stiles
took title on October 29, 1903
under deed book 379 page 402
for sum of 128 dollars, being highest bidder, from Joseph G. Bower Sheriff
See Book 1 of Executions page 379 (wasn't there, they said stored at old jail maybe)
and the same land is mentioned under deed book 439 page 400
for the sum of one dollar from Joseph B. Stiles, the greater portion from last will and testament of his father Benjamin Stiles deceased bearing date 16th day of July 1864, other said tract from Richard D. Jones.

"all that certain farm and plantation situate near Maple Shade, in the Township of Chester, County of Burlington and State of New Jersey bounded on the South by the Camden and Burlington County Railroad Company on the West by land of Henry C. Patterson now Alexander M. Mecray M.D. and the Maple Shade Land Company; on the North by the North Branch of the Pensauken Creek and on the East by land of Richard D. Jones now Theodore Sauselein, containing about one hundred acres of land, be the same more or less."

"Being the premises which Benjamin Stiles became seized of in fee by virtue of deed of conveyence one from Joseph G. Bower, Sheriff of the County of Burlington bearing date the twenty ninth day of Oct, A.D. 1903 and of recorded in the Clerks Office of the County of Burlington in Book No 379 of deeds, page 402 &c., and the other from Joseph B. Stiles and Hannah B. Stiles his wife, bearing date the Eighteenth day of November A.D. 1908 and of record in said Clerks Office in Book 439 of deeds, page 400 &c.,"

Excepting Therefrom and thereof all the land and rights conveyed by the party of the first part by two certain deeds, as follows; one to Eugene J. Aldridge... One to Lillie V. Eagan... (smaller tracts 5 acres I think and other 3 1/4 acres, both in 1911)

According to a 1900 Directory-

There wasn't a Linwood Avenue yet in 1900, and the Stiles' Mansion was lived in by Benjamin Stiles, the son of Joseph Stiles and faced "Station Avenue." This was the previous name for Front Street. Another, I believe later, name was Railroad Avenue. The directory also states that Joseph B. Stiles was retired and lived on Poplar Avenue.

The Stiles mansion was razed in 1937.