Days of Yore
 
as recounted by

Bill Day

 

 

Wood Tract

In the early 1930's Haddonfield was still a village with plenty of room for growth.

The section between Marne avenue and Hopkins avenue to Grove street was all one big farm in the center of which stood Sam Wood's farmhouse, on the site of Elizabeth Haddon's home, which had burned down.

A split rail fence encircled the area which was to become known as The Wood Tract.

Just to the rear of the YMCA Building (now City Federal Savings Bank) on Haddon avenue was a lane with several houses on it which were occupied by Sam's tenant farmers.

Between there and Hinski's funeral home was a stream running under Haddon avenue which was later piped underground.  This was part of Hopkins Pond water source.

Sam Wood was the president of the Haddonfield National Bank and was a familiar sight riding around town in his horse and buggy.  At the junction of tanner street and Haddon avenue Sam was in his wagon one day when an automobile struck and killed him.

A touching sequel to the tragedy was Mr. Wood's horse, freed by the accident, running home.  Mrs. Wood saw it rearing and braying in the barnyard and said to it, "Lady Horse, what is the matter with you?"  She then said to the hired man, Ben Peyton, the follow Mr. Wood's route into town and see where he was.  Old Ben soon saw the crowd on Haddon avenue and learned what had happened.


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