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Towns & places mentioned with the shown pictures include: Hasbrouck Heights, Hackensack (The Esplanade), Oradell ("near Bergen Pines Old Folks Home"), Passaic, Ramapo, Ramapo River, and Nyack.

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free shipping. good condition. 10 by 7 inches this is a photo album, a lady named Edna Gerecke of New Jersey took pictures and then put them in the album with commentary. for example there is a 'statue of Hackensaki Indian, municipal bus terminal, Hackensack. on the same page "The bells of Corpus Christi, Hasbrouck Heights." most of he pictures in the album are from New Jersey. One of my favorites are pictures of "Elephants in the Mounts back of Nyack. included in the album are pictures of her grandfather in a casket at his funeral as well as his grave in a cemetery and lots of flowers. another favorite of mine is their 1929 Auburn car. first time I ever saw an Auburn! really fascinating. but about half the pictures are not identified. still neat. some of the pages in the album are loose.
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Re: Old (mostly) Bergen County Photo Album - includes Hackensack
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2009, 01:09:04 AM »
I received an interesting email from a gentleman who has a lot of information to add to the above post:


While searching for the source for a copy of my dad's birth record, I stumbled upon the page describing this album.
 
Edna Gerecke was my aunt.  The sailor in the photos was my dad, August Robert Gerecke.  His picture was probably taken in the winter of 1942, when he was on leave after boot camp at Samson, NY, before he shipped out to Adak, Alaska, where he spent the rest of the war.
 
The Auburn sedan pre-dates 1931, when Auburn styling changed.  I'd stay it was from the late 20's.  I don't know who owned it in 1942, since I don't recall seeing it.
 
Edna lived at 27 Charter Oak St. in Wood-Ridge and commuted by train and ferry to her job in NYC.  On the train she met Charles Goddard of Hackensack; they eventually married but had no children.  After retirement, they moved to Fannettsburg, PA, where Charley died many years ago.
 
My dad was born in Bergen County in 1907 and died in 2002 in Las Vegas; he's buried in the Southern Nevada Veterans' Cemetery.  Edna was born 10 years after my dad, also in Bergen County; she died earlier this year in Chambersburg, PA, and is buried in Hackensack Cemetery.
 
I was born in Hackensack's county hospital in 1936 when my parents lived in Hasbrouck Heights; my mother's name was Amy Agnes Hoffmann.  She died in 2002 in Montclair, CA.  I live in Claremont, CA.  I have no siblings or children.
 
-- August Robert Gerecke, Jr.




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