Days of Yore
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as recounted by

Bill Day

 



Woodbury's top citizen
During the early 1930's a tall elderly gentleman could be seen daily walking along the Main street.  He resembled, with his steel gray mustache, General Pershing.  The gold headed cane that he swung as he strode along added to his air of distinction.

He would stop in a cigar store on the highway and pay for his dozen El Producto cigars with brand new paper money that he extracted from his billfold.  This was in the depression years when most people were rolling their own cigarettes.

The man was Frank H. Stewart, who was the number one citizen of Woodbury when he gave that town his huge estate to be used as a public park and moved to Haddonfield to live in the Kingsway Apartment with his full retinue of servants.  He was the president of the Gloucester County Historical Society and he also was the author of a half dozen or more books dealing with Indian folklore and Indian trails in South Jersey.

Mr Stewart's work in the Historical Society is perpetuated by a memorial stone that prominently rests with his name engraved on it on the Battlefield at Red Bank near Woodbury.  For years, before selling the business to the General Electric Company, Mr Stewart owned and operated the Frank H. Stewart Electric Company that was located in the old mint building near Seventh and Race streets in Philadelphia.

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In June of 1905 the graduating class from the Haddonfield High School consisted of the following members, Susie Browning, Robert Ches, Edward Catlett, Frank Adams, Robert Russell, Frank Seeds, Calvin Bray, and Jesse Curl.  These students graduated by themselves because shorthand and typewriting had not become part of the curriculum.  Hence, those taking the Latin Scientific course had two more years of study.  At that time the commercial course was only a two year course.  Thank you, Jesse Curl, for this tidbit.

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Before 1900 Mr George Tule's blacksmith shop was on the point of Mechanic street and Haddon avenue.  All the race horses from Billy Thompson's Gloucester race track were brought to Tule's shop for new shoes.  The high strung animals were difficult to work on, but Mr Tule was an expert at his trade.  Later he became one of the three original carriers of mail in Haddonfield.

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