Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day


The Borough of Haddonfield, the Borough of Collingswood, ant Borough of Woodlynne, and the Township of Haddon once comprised the Township of Haddon in the 1880's.  In 1875 the village of Haddonfield in the Township of Haddon became a Borough.  Five Commissioners of Streets and three Commissioners of Appeals were elected.  They governed the new Borough and could pass laws that were not covered by Township ordinances.  The township of Haddon continued to control assessments, taxes and vital statistics.  John H. Lippincoutt was President of the new borough.  In 1897 the State Legislature passed a new law called the Borough Law and it became necessary to hold an election to obtain a Mayor and six councilmen.  559 citizens voted J. Morris Roberts became the first elected Mayor of Haddonfield.  The six council Morrismen were Samuell Brown, R. Wilkins Budd, Richard Gardner, Isaac E. Shivers, Benjamin F. Shreves, and John R. Stevenson.  All legal connections with the Township of Haddon then ceased and records were set up for all phases of municipal government.  Prior to this time all records of births and deaths were reported to the Township.  The assessed valuation in 1898 was $1,521,925.00 and the budget was $7000.00 The school tax was $6,125.00.  The first freeholder elected in 1898 from Haddonfield was Samuel Wood.  He also represented the Township of Haddon.  In 1911 the State Legislature passed a "commission form of government" law and a special election was held on September 23,1913 with 692 votes cast in the four election districts of the Borough and Haddonfield thus had a new form of government, as 413 were in favor with 273 votes opposed.  Two months later at the Municipal Election the first board of commissioners for the Borough was elected.  The three citizens elected wer Joseph K. Lippincott, Montreville Shinn and Bayard C. Stavely.  Mr. Lippincott was named Mayor and President of the Board.  The Borough of Haddonfield has continued to operate under the Commission form of government from that time up to the present. Homepage
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