Thursday, February 15, 2018

January 23, 1841 Clarence Mulford Slack was born

January 23, 1841 Clarence Mulford Slack was born.
By Ed Belding South Brunswick Historical Society
On January 23, 1841, in Hightstown, New Jersey. He studied medicine at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, then enlisted in the Union Navy and served as a physician during the Civil War. Upon returning from military service, Dr. Slack looked for a suitable place to live and work. In 1866, he found property north of Five Corners on the east side of Georges Road in Dayton. The land was purchased from S. Pullen. Slack had a house built on this land in 1870. This is where he also set up his medical practice. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Slack met with a few others to discuss plans to have a Presbyterian Church built in the vicinity. Slack had bought more property for just such a purpose. One such acquisition was the Mershon farm (56.8 acres) in 1879. Eight years later, Dr. Slack sold all his South Brunswick properties to Dr. Edgar Carroll. Included in this transaction was the first house in Dayton to have a bathroom. Slack moved to New Brunswick and set up an office on George Street. He bought a house on Livingston Avenue. Later, he moved his medical practice to his place of residence. Fifteen years later, Slack retired and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, where he lived out his final years. Dr. Slack was married twice. His first wife was Mary Elizabeth Conover of Middletown, New Jersey. His second wife was Lizzie Helm of New Brunswick. Besides serving the Dayton area for years as a doctor, Clarence Slack served as the Middlesex County Clerk by filling the deceased Charles S. Hill's unexpired term. In the next election, Slack won by popular vote and served a full term. Thus, our Dr. Slack served the public in more than one significant capacity. He was a person who gave much more than he received.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

January 22, 2004--Carolyn Galos Introduces The "Be My Buddie" Plush Pillow

January 22, 2004
by Ed Belding South Brunswick Historical Society
Feb 3 (4 days ago)

South Brunswick Township, and especially Kendall Park, was, and still is, a hotbed for new ideas.  Take for example, Carolyn Galos, who introduced her "Be My Buddie" product on January 22, 2004.  This is a pillow, containing a satin pull-out, that was designed by Galos to help soothe and comfort a fussy child.  She came up with the idea while shopping with her fussy first baby.  She took out her silk scarf at the checkout counter, when her child was at his worst, and stroked it by his cheek.  The baby quieted down.  Galos knew she was on to something.  Since silk is rather expensive, Carolyn decided to experiment with less expensive fabrics.  She finally decided to work with satin.  Next came developing various pillow shapes and choosing kid-friendly characters for the satin pull-outs for a child to play with.  Among those chosen were Pooh Bear, Piglet, Tweetie Pie, and Blue from Blues Clues.  A velcro strap was added to fasten the item to wherever the child might be.  The product is marketed through Techniform, Inc., which has a licensing agreement with Crown Crafts Infant Products, Inc.  The inventor is a commercial sculptress with degrees in Art Education and Design/Fine Arts from the State University College at Buffalo, New York.  Galos has garnered awards from the Industrial Arts Society of America and the Industrial Design Excellence Award for Medical and Scientific Products.  Carolyn Galos is a member of the New Jersey Association of Women Business Owners and the U. S. Women's Chamber of Commerce.  Many folks in South Brunswick Township may not have known of the accomplishments of this successful idea person, but they do now!

History Under Our Feet

History Under Our Feet
by Paul Weiner
South Brunswick Historical Society
Recently avid metal detectorists in New Jersey have uncovered numerous dug examples of the once rare George Washington first inaugural button made in 1789 for use by men he gave it to who served under him in the Revolutionary War or befriended him. The button at that time was looped onto vest coats, three to a side to be worn in some cases by those that came to the country’s first inauguration in New York City on April 30, 1789. In some cases these buttons detached from the vest coats and landed on parade grounds to be encased in soil and lost forever until discovered 5 inches under the ground by a treasurer hunter. One such button classified as A-12 in Alphaeus H. Albert’s Record of American Uniform and Historical Buttons was located in a parade grounds used by American Revolutionary troops in Kingston, New Jersey. The button is fashioned with a heraldic eagle and a six point estoile (star). It is composed of brass, bronze and copper and is 35mm in size. The village of Kingston is contained in South Brunswick Township and Franklin Township and was founded in the early 18th century after purchase of 1,000 acres from Native Americans. The areas was frequented by George Washington who lived about one mile outside town at Rockingham, a historic home still extant. British officers were housed in the town and several small battles took place in the area. The dug button was found near dropped musket balls and colonial coinage such as Spanish reales. A school built in 1926 and a church built in 1723 abut the area. The school and church are located on the Franklin Township side of Kingston.

February is Black History Month!

February is Black History Month!
African American Civil War Veteran Aaron Hush was born in 1845. Hush volunteered for the 32nd Regiment of the United States Colored Troops of Philadelphia in February of 1864 and served until August of 1865. He went to Philadelphia because New Jersey did not allow blacks to fight at that time. He was one of 2,872 black people who fought in the war.
He owned property in the Sand Hill area of South Brunswick and was buried there after his death on January 20, 1916.
Here is a picture of the proud Civil War Veteran Aaron Hush and his honorable discharge certificate.

January 21, 1723--Kingston Presbyterian Church Organized

January 21, 1723--Kingston Presbyterian Church Organized
by Ed Belding South Brunswick Historical Society
The very first Kingston Presbyterian Church was organized on January 21, 1723. It was located in a humble log structure by the Millstone River. This original location is associated with the cemetery overlooking the river. The noted Pastor in those early years was Rev. Eleazar Wales. He led a growing congregation which rivaled like-minded worshippers in Lawrenceville, Pennington, Princeton, and New Brunswick. The original log structure burned down in 1791, during a time when the Kingston congregation was losing members to the Princeton congregation. A new building was raised on the original foundation the following year. This church was used until 1852. A larger church was built on the main street (pka: Route 27) on land purchased from Elijah Stout in 1852. Thus, the church remained on the Franklin side of Kingston. In 1853, the old church by the cemetery was sold and later dismantled. All this occurred during a time of revival when the church experienced prosperity and growth. Two additions on the new church were built later. In the 1940's, Sunday School rooms were added in the back. In the 1980's, another addition included a new kitchen, an assembly room, and a Pastor's office. Many generations of residents on the South Brunswick side of Kingston attended services and participated in various programs at this venerable landmark church. It may lie on the Franklin side, but it is part of South Brunswick in the hearts of many.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

January 20, 2011--Kevin Hughes, South Brunswick Police Department, Graduates from FBI Academy

On January 20, 2011, it was reported in the news that Kevin Hughes, Deputy Chief of the South Brunswick Township Police Department, had graduated from the FBI National Academy.  He completed a grueling twelve-week program at Quantico, Virginia, along with representatives from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and twenty-two other nations.  Deputy Chief Hughes took a college-like course load which included "Understanding Terrorism," "Juvenile Crime," "Labor Law," "Stress Management," and "Fitness."  The culminating event of his last choice was the show-no-mercy "Yellow Brick Road" challenge run, which was 7.2 miles long.  Participation in this federal program was by invitation only.  It involved an extensive and thorough nomination process in order to get accepted.  Deputy Chief Hughes was the first South Brunswick officer to be accepted into this program in ten years.  According to then Police Chief, Raymond Hayducka, "Deputy Chief Hughes excelled while at the Academy.  His graduation will benefit our agency and community . . ."  Hats off to Deputy Chief Hughes for a job well done.

Fat Eddie's opens January 18th, 1978

On this day in South Brunswick History…
Fat Eddie's Groaning Board opens in Dayton in 1978. Fat Eddie's was a popular eatery on Georges Road. This historic building housed many businesses. Today it is La Taverna. Originally it was the Whitlock Tavern built in 1739.

Fat Eddie's-The Full Story

Some South Brunswick legends refuse to die. Of the stories about local eateries, one stands out above the rest even though the establishment closed its doors several years ago. At the site of the colonial public house, called the Whitlock Inn, Fat Eddie's Groaning Board opened its doors on January 19, 1978. It was located on the corner of Georges Road and Ridge Road in Dayton. To appease the ghosts that reside in this place, mention must be made of the first establishment there. The Whitlock Inn opened for business in the late 1700's, as a residence and public house run by James and Moses Whitlock. John Barricklo ran this popular watering hole in the 1790's. His son took charge and lasted until 1825, when William Schenck ran the place. W. B. Schenck kept a store there until the Vandeveer family took over. For the next hundred years the place served as a residence for various families. It was eventually sold to Mr. and Mrs. Ed "Fat Eddie" Grumes, who turned it into a restaurant which specialized in Mexican food. Grumes made extensive repairs before opening his new place of business. He created a seating capacity of a hundred. With Fat Eddie's unique way of doing things, a local legendary landmark was given new life and an interesting reputation. Besides his Mexican specialties, Fat Eddie offered the usual American cuisine, which included his intriguing and kid-friendly favorite--"Animal Burgers." He also featured Rev. John Maltby's irresistible homemade pies. Right after Fat Eddie's Groaning Board closed it doors, it was sorely missed. The place is not the same. Who will ever forget the signs on the restroom doors--"Groaners" and "Groanettes"! Many locals remember Fat Eddie's fondly. So do the ghosts who still frequent the place.