Days of Yore
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as recounted by

Bill Day

 


Where did borough's old suburb go to?
In the not-so-long-ago, within the memory of anyone who can remember the early 1920s, the city of Haddonfield had a suburb known as Delaware Township (Cherry Hill).

Sparsely populated, this district was principally farmland and orchards.  There were elementary schools, but teen-agers attended Haddonfield High School if they desired more education after passing the eighth grade.

Bud Tomlinson, for years the proprietor of Bud's Market on the corner of Friends Avenue, Haddonfield, lived in Delaware Township on a dirt street know as Whiskey Road (Chapel Avenue).  He and his family were there for four years and then moved to another dirt road (Kings Highway).  At that time there were four tenant houses and two farmhouses on Kings Highway between Chapel Avenue and the Ellisburg Circle.  Bud's new home was one of the tenant houses.

One farmhouse was Mr DeCou's residence near Chapel Avenue.  The other was Mrs Shay's home.  It was call "Three Oaks."  It still stands near Tampa Avenue and is now a funeral home.  Between Whiskey Road and Church Road (Colestown Cemetery) the only house was Mr DeCou's.

The Ellisburg Circle was then a crossroads where the old Marlton Pike (Route 70) intersected with King's Highway.  On one corner was the Ellisburg Inn, a large frame building that was well patronized by overnight guests.  It had a large stable in the rear for horses and wagons.  McGroarty's Liquors is now located there.  On another corner where there is now a service station, was Pflueger's General Store.  Mr Green's blacksmith shop stood where Green's Market is now and Ponzio's Diner was then just an empty field.

From the crossroads toward Haddonfield there were two farmhouses on the left side of the highway.  One was Mr Garwood's.  The other later belonged to Frank Trotman, a Haddonfield boy.  Opposite the Garwood residence was a double tenant house and in one side for years lived the Plum family.  These were the only houses on that stretch of highway.

This portrays the rural area that was immediately outside Haddonfield's borough limit.  Now the 29 square miles of Cherry Hill Township present a different scene.

In 1922, when King's Highway was first paved, it was a regular after-school activity for a group of Haddonfield youngsters to roller-skate on the highway out to Ellisburg and back to town.  It was a lot of fun, but it required constant watch, for passing automobiles were a hazard.  On both ways of the trip at least a dozen cars would be encountered.

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