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Auction Description :

<< Up for auction is a very rare soft cover book / booklet "Arbor Day Exercises Programme for 1893". Bergen County, New Jersey - JNO. Terhune, Co. Supt. 30 pgs. Good condition with signs of aging including slight discoloration on cover and chip in lower right hand corner. Slight tear in cover along spine.

Inside cover shows view of court house square, Hackensack, Bergen Co NJ. Inside is a proclamation by the Governor (Geo. T. Werts) - with his photo; a Circular Letter from Jno. Terhune and his photo; The Arbor Day Spirit message from Addison B. Poland and his photo; Why Arbor Day Should Be Celebrated message from James M. Green and his photo. Inside back cover shows View of River Street - Hackensack.

Amazing piece of Bergen County - Hackensack history!  >>

I saw that the seller notes that the printing year was 1909. Could this be a BCHS reprint? I also tried to make the page images more readable, but that cover was pretty bad to begin with (see auction image).

On the Bergen County Historical Society board, I started a thread called "Today's Local Image Finds". Rather than start a new topic every time I find an interesting  image to show, I'll put it in here. Please feel free to add any comments or information you may have. You can assume that a majority of them are from eBay auctions. If you want the item and can't find the auction, let me know.

I'll start with some images that are related to 2 Main St businesses. The second item has 3 images and stands almost 3" tall:

Hackensack Discussion / The Deborah Labrosse Freedom of Speech March
« on: March 15, 2009, 02:38:33 PM »
I took some cell phone shots of the Deborah Labrosse Freedom of Speech March to the Bergen County Courthouse this morning. The participants gathered in a parking lot on the northeast corner of Moore and Bridge Streets.

(VERY unrelated note: I wonder if any of them knew that that spot was the site many years ago of George's Club 20 at 20 Bridge St, where on December 26, 1965, King Curtis played. His guitarist - Jimmy James - is better known to you as Jimi Hendrix.)

In the first photo, the group heads out at about 10:15am. I think that's John Labrosse - her husband - leading the way (sorry - I never met them before, so I'm not sure).

In the second photo, Ms. Labrosse (left) holds up her sign as the one-block march to the courthouse begins.

In the third photo, they cross Court St and arrive at the courthouse.

In the fourth photo, the marchers do a loop around one of the courthouse's sidewalks.

The fifth photo finds the first speaker (sorry - I don't know her name) inspiring the group. Homeless advocate Robin Reilly and Ms. Labrosse also spoke.

The last photo shows Ms. Labrosse and her message surrounded by supporters.

The event ended shortly thereafter.

Bill from Bergen Record 1905 predecessor to the New Jersey & Hudson R.R. & Ferry Company for the gargantuan sum of 20 cents:

This photo just popped up on eBay. It's titled, "1914 suffrage campaign days in Hackensack NJ".

I spiffed it up a bit:

The sign was hard to read, so I split that out and darkened the image to make it more readable:

It appears to say:

Don't forget!
Band Concert
Sat Evening
Court House Fountain
Suffrage Speeches
of Great Interest To The Women

I'm not 100% sure about those last 3 words, but that's what it looks like to me.

The description says: "Description: Advertising mass meeting and band concert for August 21 - suffrage campaign days in New Jersey, Hackensack, New Jersey. Portrait of band members, left to right: Miss Erika Wilrich, Catharine Flanagan, Elsa Croup, Violet Deane, Emily Preison, Margaret Morrison, Margaret Morris, Margaret Whoof, Theodora Wheeler. Size of photo: 6.4x10. Quality of photo: med".

Are any of those names noteworthy?

Gotta have this picture? Go here:


Someone is selling a Holy Trinity High School Reunion mug from 1975 on eBay:


Hackensack Discussion / Clay Street Fire
« on: February 25, 2009, 03:49:50 PM »
There's a fire going on right now on Clay St near Park St. I just took a couple of shots with my cell from my apartment.

In this one, the wind is blowing the smoke northwest as a plane comes in above it on the way to Teterboro. The Gentile Funeral Home is in the foreground:

This photo shows the steeple of the First Presbyterian Church at Union and Passaic. Above it is the Channel 7 chopper, so maybe it'll be on the news:


Hackensack Discussion / Holy Trinity School Closing in June
« on: February 19, 2009, 04:02:23 PM »

A Catholic elementary school in Hackensack will close in June because of declining enrollment, the Newark Archdiocese said today.

Holy Trinity School, on Maple Avenue, has experienced about a 24 percent decline in students since 2000 and currently has an enrollment of 183, said Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese.

Church officials plan to merge Holy Trinity with St. Francis School, a parish school on South Main Street that also has suffered enrollment loss and is down to about 118 students.

The archdiocese decided that St. Francis School would be the one to stay open because it has received extensive renovations in recent years. The school is under a flight path for Teterboro Airport and received government grants for soundproofing, Goodness said.

“To try and level off the costs of providing education and stabilizing enrollment, which has fallen at both schools, the natural solution is that the parishes should combine their schools into one,” Goodness said, adding that such issues as transportation and staffing were still being worked out.

Holy Trinity is the sixth parish school that the archdiocese plans to close this year and the only one in Bergen County. The other schools are in Hudson, Essex and Union counties.

Goodness said that schools with declining enrollments typically turn to the parish for financial assistance. But with parishes also struggling with changing demographics and increased costs, their ability to support schools is limited.

“It is reaching the point in some parishes where they cannot support the school in the way they might have in the past,” Goodness said.

The pastor at Holy Trinity said the parish was contributing about $150,000 to $200,000 to the school, but the enrollment was still falling. The tuition is about $3,200 a year for parish families.

“The economy hasn’t helped us out much,” said the Most Rev. Charles J. McDonnell. “People can’t afford the tuition.”

A parent at Holy Trinity said he was concerned that his tuition would rise if he sends his third-grader to St. Francis next year but retains his membership at Holy Trinity. Catholic schools typically charge a higher tuition to families outside the parish.

Joe Barreto said he expects his tuition could rise by as much as $175 a month. He’s also worried that Holy Trinity Church will suffer if he and other parishioners join St. Francis to get the lower tuition.

“My fear is that my church is not going to get the funding and donations they need, because families may feel forced out of the parish,” Barreto said.

Goodness, however, said Holy Trinity parishioners should get the lower tuition at the St. Francis School.

 “That’s typically the way things work,” he said. “I don’t anticipate a problem.”


Hackensack History / Kates Bros.
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:17:10 AM »


Hackensack History / Hackensack Stimulant Package
« on: February 16, 2009, 11:13:16 AM »


Hackensack Discussion / Squadron over Main St............
« on: February 12, 2009, 11:15:25 PM »
..............and headed for Teterboro:

Cover those engine intakes!


From eBay: this program is from the First Annual Hackensack Horse Show, held on October 27, 1900 at the Oritani Field Club grounds. I guess we all missed the 109th Edition a few months ago on the tennis courts.

Here's the auction if you want this program:


No, not the one in The Record this week - this one's from four score and seven years ago:


This 230-page survey covers the public school education plan and the school building program, dated November 1921.Covers population growth, groups of students, types of desks, heating systems, blackboards, classroom size, toilets, gyms, teacher lounges and so much more! If you are an educator or administrator anywhere, but especially in and around the Hackensack NJ area, be sure to check this out. Loaded with historically-significant information regarding the deplorable school conditions of the era.

Want it? Here's the eBay auction:


Hackensack Discussion / A Hackensack Girlfriend
« on: January 19, 2009, 07:17:43 PM »

Beauty, ain't she? That's what you're missing out on by living in Hackensack NJ instead of Hackensack MN.

She's 17' tall and she's Paul Bunyan's girlfriend. Babe the Blue Ox might be cuter.

The town held a contest to name her and they came up with this gem: Lucette Diana KENSACK!

One day, Paul just couldn't take that face anymore and called in "Extreme Makeover: Statue Edition". This was the result:

I guess that's an improvement, but it looks like they left the spackling crew under her skirt. Maybe they house the town's snowplows there or perhaps THAT'S what a kensack is! Whichever, it's not exactly flattering.

She looks like she's Italian now, so I guess this is appropriate:

Of course, the pizzas are 5' in diameter and cost $83 each.

I think I'll stay put.


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