Days of Yore
as recounted by

Bill Day


In 1911, baseball team traveled by trolley
In 1922 Haddonfield High School's baseball team operated on a different plane than the one on which current Haddonfield High teams perform.

In that early day there was little sports promotion at the school.  The players were supplied uniforms, but the boys had to get the baseballs and bats themselves along with gloves and other equipment.  There was no travel allowance and the kids, at their own expense boarded trolley cars to play games in Collingswood, Camden and Moorestown.  When a Mt Holly game was scheduled they took a trolley to Moorestown and transferred to the steam train to reach Mt Holly.

The 1911 team was comprised of boys whose names are still remembered in town: pitcher, Dan Haney; catcher, Ed Loos; first base, Bill Cummings; and Bill Allen; second base, Warren Mulle; third base, Ed Trumbauer, and shortstop Carlton Collins.

The outfielders were Paul Wayne, Nelson Shivers, Scotty Downs and Charlie Birney.  Charlie reminisced about his 1911 baseball team.  His picture of the game is too faded by time to reproduce for publication.

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In the early 1900's the Haddonfield Tribune was the Haddon Gazette's competition and the Tribune carried its slogan on the front page every week "You didn't see it in the Tribune, eh?   Well, then, you know it didn't happen."

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In days of yore, Hopkins lane leading down from Grove street to Hopkins Pond and toward the Driscoll residence, Birdwood, was known to the young swains in as "Lovers Lane."

That is, to those living on the east side of Haddonfield.  The "Lovers Lane" on the west side of town, was known to the younger generation there, as the lane running form Chew Landing road (Highland avenue) to a dead end where Evans avenue is now.  That lane is now west Summit avenue.  These mementos by two old-timers must fill other old, old-timers in town with nostalgia.

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On national television talk shows, in Chicago base gangster movies, in New York or Philadelphia floor shows, the word "booze", is frequently used.  It is interesting to learn how that word originated right here in South Jersey at Glassboro.

Edmund C. Booz was in the wholesale liquor business in Philadelphia in the middle 1800's.  When William Henry Harrison was running for the Presidency with his log cabin campaign in 1840, Booz got the idea of a log cabin shaped bottle in which to package his liquor.  He had the bottles blown by the Whitney Glass Works in Glassboro.

They were handblown, thin, amber colored, beautiful bottles shaped like a log cabin.  Soon this unique bottle was to bee seen behind every bar in the Philadelphia and South Jersey area.  Customer began asking for "booze" from Mr Booz's product, and the word became widely used.

The Booze bottle is now a collector's item.  There are reproductions, but the originals have a quality that is in a class all of its own. Homepage
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