Days of Yore
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as recounted by

Bill Day

 


Remember these?
For years at the curb in front of Neumeyer's on East Kings Highway stood a large, round, black cast iron drinking fountain for horses, with a bubble fountain for humans.  At the base there was a small receptacle for dogs.

The water was kept cool by a daily ice delivery ordered by the borough from Arthur Teggie, the ice man.  The cake of ice was placed on the coils in a compartment under the sidewalk in front of the bubble fountain that had a metal lid level with the pavement.  On the ornament in the bowl's center was a small plaque, and raised iron letters on it informed the world that the Daughters of the American Revolution had donated the fountain to the town in memory of Elizabeth Haddon.

When the Main street was widened and resurfaced the old landmark was moved and nobody remembers whatever happened to it.  Just another unsolved mystery of the town's past.

The Contemporary Club, a literary minded group, existed in Haddonfield until the middle 1920's.  It sponsored programs that were held in the Indian King or the Artisan's Hall.  Members attending dressed for the afternoon or evening performances.  Cornelius Otis Skinner once came over from the Main Line to perform in the Artisan's Hall, now the Fortnightly building.  Fritz Chrysler played his violin for the Club in the Indian King on another occasion.

Years ago, the organ in the Grace Episcopal Church was powered by water pressure that operated the bellows.  The water used drained from the Church and ran down to the utter on east Kings Highway every Sunday morning while services were being held.  "Doc" Magill, the veterinarian, resided in the house next to the church and his ducks enjoyed themselves every Sabbath splashing around and swimming in the water.

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Once in the upstairs ball room of the Indian King, Mrs Clever, the piano teacher, gave recitals that were played by her pupils.  Proud relatives and friends of the pianists attended.  The recitals were free but Mrs Clever's lessons cost $1 per week.  She was Pop Clever's wife.  Pop was for years the math and chemistry teacher in Haddonfield High up on Chestnut street.

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During World War I, a popular community activity was the Victory Sing.  That was a patriotic song festival that was often a weekly occurrence.  It was held on the athletic field at the rear of the Presbyterian Church.  The old wooden grandstand would overflow with townsfolk and the crowd would be around the field.  Curtis Hartel, with his strong, trained voice, led the Sing.  War songs that were sung were, "Over There," "The Rose of No Man's Boy,: Silent screen star comic, Harold Lloyd's beautiful blond wife, Mildred Davis, was often at the Sings.  She was often visiting her father on Estaugh avenue.

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The baseball field on the corner of Chestnut street and east Cottage avenue during the World War I years was divided into square plots in which residents could plant and cultivate victory gardens.  The field was teeming daily and evenings with activity during the War years.  For the best crops prizes were given.

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