Montvale 1899 and 1900

As the borough historian for Montvale, Bergen Co., NJ. I will be posting some information concerning the history of Montvale and the genealogy of the residents of Montvale. The first is a paper I wrote in conjunction with the 1994 centennial Celebration.




Montvale, New Jersey Centennial

Montvale - 100 Years Ago

Montvale at the Turn of the Century - Newspaper Articles




Compiled by

Maria Jean Pratt Hopper

Montvale, NJ 1994

(Revised and Indexed November 1999)


On August 11, 1894, thirty one people (twenty five men and six women) all of whom were landowners in the proposed borough, signed a petition calling for a special election to become the Borough of Montvale. Nineteen days later 49 votes were cast in favor of incorporation of the borough with no votes opposed. Of the 31 people who signed the petition, eighteen were from old Bergen-Rockland "Dutch" families whose ancestors had immigrated to this country over two hundred years earlier. Typically, many were related to each other by blood or marriage. The other thirteen were a more versatile group, nine were foreign born, and three were married to someone who was foreign born.

1 Gerrit F. Hering was 57, the operator of the saw and cider mill at Hering's Pond and future mayor, and freeholder. He liv. in the Octagon House built by his father-in-law John J. Blauvelt. Gerrit was the father of Adelia Hering Ackerman, brother of John F.Hering, and son-in-law of John J. Blauvelt and his wife Sophia Bogert Blauvelt.
2. Mrs. Freeman C. Ackerman was Adelia Hering, the 29 year old, wife of Freeman Ackerman, manager of Ackerman Bros. General Store.
3. John F. Hering, was a 52 year old carpenter and brother of Gerrit F. Hering.
4. Sophia Bogert Blauvelt, was the 80 year old widow of John I. (J.) Blauvelt, (the builder of the Octagon House), and mother of Jane Amelia Blauvelt, wife of Gerrit F. Hering.
5. Isaac Forshay, was 71 years old, and "supported by his sons." He was a grandson of Michael Hopper who settled in Montvale in 1787, and a first cousin of Abraham A. Hopper.

6. Abraham A. Hopper, a 58 year old farmer, lived with his father Andrew M. Hopper, a 82 year old widower, on his grandfather Michael's homestead farm at 175 W. Grand Ave. He was also the son-in-law of Thomas J. Van Orden.
7. Thomas J. Van Orden, was a 77 year old farmer, who lived at 109 Summit Ave. He was the father of Charity Jane Van Orden, wife of Abraham A. Hopper, Garret Hopper Van Orden and Rachel Angeline Van Orden, wife of William H. Jersey.
8. Garret Hopper Van Orden, was 55 year old "farm laborer," presumedly working on his father Thomas's farm, as he and his family were living with his parents in 1895.
9. William Henry Jersey, was a 46 year old farmer, who later served as the borough's first marshal.
10. Rachel Demarest Hopper was the 40 year old wife of Jacob J. Hopper, a mason. They probably lived at 41 West Grand Ave. (recently demolished.) She was the half-sister of John J. Demarest.
11. John J. Demarest, was 54 year old veteran of the Civil War. He operated a boarding house, located on N. Kinderkamack Rd. and was the borough's first collector.
12. Albert C. Blauvelt was 82 years old, the father of John A. L. Blauvelt.
13. John A. L. Blauvelt was a 60 years old hotel keeper who ran the Mansion House (later Grove House) on the north west corner of Kinderkamack and Grand.
14. Abraham P. Harring was 55 year old farmer, of "Chestnut Ridge."

15. Daniel A. Post was a 51 year old farmer.
16. Peter P. Pulis was a 65 year old farmer.
17. James Van Houten was a 78 year old farmer who lived a 43 Spring Valley Rd.
18. James Demarest Van Riper was a 38 year old farmer and hunting guide, who served as the town's first assessor.

19. Mark A. Dewsnap, former shoemaker,who was born in England, was about 60 years of age and lived at 170 Chestnut Ridge Rd.
20. Phebe A. Dewsnap, the wife of Mark A. Dewsnap, was 64 years of age and had been born in this country, possibly the dau. of Jesse Van Gelder.
21. John J. Jones was a 54 year old farmer, who was born in New York. They probably lived on Spring Valley Rd.

22. Elizabeth Jones, the wife of John J. Jones, was 50 years old and the mother of six. She was born in Ireland and had immigrated in 1845.

23. Auguste Avenengo was a 38 year old New York waiter, who owned a farm in Montvale. He served on the first borough council and would later serve as mayor. He was born in France and had immigrated in 1875 and was a naturalized citizen.
24. John Male was a 60 year old bachelor and farmer. He lived on E. Grand Ave. and sold part of his farm for the site of School #2 (now the Library). He was born in Ireland and had immigrated in 1848 and was a naturalized citizen.
25. Otto Lusher was between the ages of 20 and 60 and was "foreign born" (not in Germany or Ireland.) He was living with his wife and three children all of whom were native born. He was not enumerated in the 1900 census of Montvale.
26. Capt. Jerome B. Silsby, was between 40 and 60 years old and and apparently an officer in the militia. He served as one of the borough's first "Commissioners of Appeal" in 1894. He owned a collection of rare birds and animals.
27. Fed Steiner was a cigar maker, and grocer, between 20 and 60 years old. He too was born in a foreign country (not Germany or Ireland), probably Switzerland.
28. Jacob Ter Kuile was a 41 year old farmer and steam ship agent, who served as Montvale's first mayor. He was born in Holland and had immigrated in 1872 and was a U.S. citizen.
29. Cora B. Ter Kuile, nee Marvin, who was born in NY, was the 29 year old wife of Jacob Ter Kuile. They lived at 79 West Grand Avenue and donated the land for the first St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Woodland and W. Grand Ave.
30. John A. Johnson was 36 years old and had been born in Norway, immigrated in 1880, and was a U.S. Citizen. His wife was born in Pennsylvania of Irish parents. He was the "brother" and apparent business partner of Hans J. Widness.
31. Hans J. Widness was 33 years old and had been born in Norway, and immigrated in 1876 and was a U.S. citizen. He eventually would own the farmand house now located at 109 Summit Ave.

Mrs. Freeman C. Ackerman, was Adelia Hering Ackerman, the daughter of Garret F. Hering and Jane Amelia Blauvelt. Adelia, and her two sons were confirmed on Feb 24, 1901 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Montvale. From her confirmation record, Adelia was born "April 15, 1865, in Pascack." Adelia died in 1923, and is buried in the Old Hook Cemetery (now Westwood Cemetery), Westwood, NJ. On September 20, 1886 in Montvale, (records of Pascack Reformed Dutch Church and Lizzie Campbell's Diary) she married Freeman C. Ackerman. He was the son of John W. Ackerman and Nancy Cole, born October 4, 1857, in NJ. In 1895, they were living in Montvale with their two oldest children and his mother, Nancy Ackerman (over 60), Edwin Ackerman (under 5), and Margaret Ackerman (5-20). In 1900 she and her husband and their two children were renting in her parent's house in Montvale, (probably the Octagon House.) His occupation was "salesman grocery." In the 1906-10 Railroad Directories he was the manager of "Ackerman Bros. General Store." This store was located on Grand Avenue between Kinderkamack Rd. and the railroad station. For a time during the 1895 to 1899 period the children in the eastern part of the borough attended school in a room on the second floor of the Ackerman Bros. Grocery Store.(50th p.12) According to the Zabriskie Genealogy, he later moved to Chicago, Illinois. He died in 1932 and is buried with his wife, in Westwood. References: Zabriskie Genealogy #9335; Blauvelt Genealogy #5589; Lizzie Campbell's Diary; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #77-82, 1900 Census of Montvale #11-11: RR Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; Ackerman Genealogy #8.1241: Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 12. 1905 state census Township of Washington Borough of Montvale p.1B

Children of Freeman C. ACKERMAN and Adelia Hering, (their children were reportedly married in Chicago):

1. Garret (Garry) Haring - b. October 15, 1887 in Montvale, (confirmation.
rec.) (12 in 1900 - at school 9 months)- a stenographer in 1905
2. Roland K. - b. August 26, 1894 in Montvale (confirmation. rec.)(5 in 1900 -
at school 9 months)
3. Earl Douglas - b. 1 Sep 1904 in Ridgewood (bap.rec.) bap. 16 Nov 1904 at St. Paul's Episcopal.Ch.

Auguste Avenengo was the son of Charles Avenengo. In the 1890 Census of Montvale, Charles was the head of a household in Montvale which included Auguste Avenengo and Baptiste Gualimitte, all three were foreign born males. The 1900 Census of Montvale, reveals that Auguste was born in January 1856 in France. His mother too, was born in France, but her name is unknown. His father Charles, was born in October 1824 in Italy, as were his parents. He had immigrated six years ago in 1884. Charles could not speak English and was not a citizen. Auguste had emigrated 25 years before in 1875 and was a naturalized citizen. He was living on a farm which he owned, however his occupation was listed as waiter. Auguste was married to Marie Gerard who was born in October 1867. She and her parents were all born in France. The record did not indicated when she had emigrated. In 1900, they had been married for twelve years. She had given birth to four children two of whom were still living. It is interesting that Marie was not enumerated with them in 1895, although she had given birth to Marsella in 1890 in NY and would give birth to Cirile in 1896 in NJ. "August" was elected as a Councilman in 1894 for a one year term and served as Acting Mayor of Montvale from August to December in 1904. According to the Anniversary Booklet: "In order to gain a quorum for the year's final council meeting in December, 1904, Acting Mayor August Avenengo had to issue an order to the Borough Marshal to round up and bring in the councilmen who had not attended the session because of a bad snowstorm? The Marshal did his duty and the meeting was held and the business of the borough dispatched. Mr. Avenengo was a loyal citizen to the borough and gained considerable notice by his prompt action in taking over the reins from Mayor Crotty, who had disappeared. New York newspapers carried lengthy stories about the New York waiter who had become Mayor of his home community."(50th p.38) The Railroad Directories of 1906-10 list his occupation as "emp. NY". He lived on the north side of West Grand Ave., just west of Akers Ave. (per 1902 map). References: #33-38; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #33-38; 1900 Census #22-24; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet pp.10.& 38; RR Directories 1906-7,07-08, 9-10

Children of Auguste AVENENGO and Marie Gerard:

1. Marsella - b. January 1890 in NY (10 in 1900 at school 9 months); Marcelle
(female age 20), died of double pneumonia on Apr 7,1910, with funeral on
Apr 13, 1910 from St. Paul's Episcopal Church, bur. Park Ridge (church rec.)
2. Cirile - b. December 1896 in NJ (1905 census Syrille b. Dec 1895 in NY);
Cyrille confirmed at St. Paul's 24 Feb 1910
3. August Albert Jr.- b. 6 June 1901, in Montvale (bap. rec.), (b. Jun 1900 age 4
in 1905 census - taken 20 Jun 1905) bap. as an adult on Apr 17, 1932 at St.
Paul's Episcopal. Church, Montvale; m. Evelyn W. Krebe
[Note: At age 93, Gus Avenengo was honored at the 1994 Montvale Centennial
Celebration as the oldest living native born person.]
4. Lucien - b. Oct 1902 (from 1905 census b. NJ )(7 in 1910)
5. Charles - b. April 1904 in NJ. (from 1905 census b. NJ )(6 in 1910)

Albert C. Blauvelt was the son of Cornelius Blauvelt and his second wife, Margaret (Grietje/ Peggy) Margroff (Megrauve/Degraff). According to his age at death on gravestone, he would have been born November 11, 1812, reportedly on a farm near Wyckoff, in "NJ". He died January 15, 1899, in Montvale, aged 86 years, 2 months and 4 days. On March 10, 1832, he married Elizabeth Wortendyke (Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church records). From her age at death she would have been born March 15, 1817 in "NJ". She died March 4, 1875,and is buried with her husband. On February 14, 1877, he was married for a second time to Rachel De Baun, daughter of Isaac De Baun and Elizabeth Youry. She was born January 13, 1819 which would have made her 58 at the time. However, it was apparently her first marriage as she was "Miss De Baun" in Lizzie Campbell's Diary entry of the marriage. In 1895, living with Albert and Rachel in Montvale, was Lavinia De Baun (aged 20-60). His will dated February 8, 1898, and probated January 25, 1899 (Bergen Co. Will 28-269) mentioned: his son John A. L. Blauvelt, his daughter Margaret, wife of Daniel Durie; and Margaret, wife of John P. Haring, Lea, wife of Ralph Banta, and Mary, wife of George Blackwell, (three daughters of his deceased son Cornelius.) Also a bequest to Venie De Baun, a niece of his wife's. Rachel died September 4, 1901, her will dated June 15, 1900 was probated September 17, 1901 (Bergen Co. Will 31:528). References: Blauvelt #2793 or Revised Blauvelt #7-2972; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #42-47; 1900 Census of Montvale - "John A. L. Blauvelt"- #12-12 (for Albert and Elizabeth's states of birth ); Research of Pat Wardell; Ethel Konight Kolenut's Ackerson/Eckerson Family in America (1994) p.130

Children of Albert C. BLAUVELT and Elizabeth Wortendyke

1. Cornelius A. - b. Oct 6, 1832; md. Anna Maria Kough (See Blauvelt #5078)
2. John A. L. - b. September 20, 1835; md. Leah Ackerman (See their record.)
3. Margaret Ann - b. March 10, 1842 (Bible), bap. May 15, 1842 at Pascack;
md. Daniel P. Duryea (See Durie #292.)

John A. L. Blauvelt, was the son of Albert C. Blauvelt, and Elizabeth Wortendyke. He was born September 20, 1835 (1900 Census born September 1836 in NJ, but he was 64!). In 1895 and 1900, he and his wife were living in Montvale, (he owned a "house" rather than a farm). Boarding with them in both censuses was George Strosal (Strochall), born July 1881 in NJ of German parents, a farm laborer. John's occupation in 1900 was given as hotel keeper, this hotel know as the "Mansion House" and later "Grove House" was located on the north west corner of Kinderkamack Rd. and Grand Avenue. His stables were across the road on the south east corner of Grand and Kinderkamack Rd. which were added to and rebuilt and for many years served as three stores with residences above.(50th p.7) [recently demolished and replaced with modern stores.] He died March 16, 1902, and is buried with his wife in the Pascack Reformed Cemetery, Park Ridge, NJ. On January 11, 1854 (records of Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church) he married Leah Ackerman. She was born April 20, 1836, (gravestone) in NJ. Her parents are unknown. Census records indicated "Lea" had given birth to two children, one of whom was still living, and they had been married 44 years (?should be 46?). She died Oct 13, 1904. His will was dated January 20, 1902 and probated April 14, 1902. (Bergen Will Co. 32-:321) Leah's will dated August 13, 1904 and probated November 5, 1904 (Bergen Will Co. 34:497). References: Blauvelt #5079; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #41-46; 1900 Census of Montvale #12-12; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 7

Children of John A. L. BLAUVELT and Leah Ackerman:

1. Elizabeth Ann - b. August 5, 1856, bap. in 1856 at Pascack Reformed Dutch
Church; md. Stephen Burhalter Hering (brother of Garret F. Hering)(See
Blauvelt #7867)
2. Margaretta - b. November 13, 1867, bap. April 2, 1868 at Pascack Ref. Dutch
Church; md. George Baker

Sophia Blauvelt, was Sophia Bogert Blauvelt, the widow of John I. (J.) Blauvelt Jr. and the daughter of James S. Bogert and Jane Meyers. She was born January 2, 1815 (gravestone) in Westwood, NJ. She died February 19, 1897, in Ridgewood, NJ. She is buried in the Old Hook Cemetery (now Westwood Cemetery), in Westwood. NJ. On May 20, 1830, (Hackensack Reformed Dutch Church records) she married John J. Blauvelt Jr., son of Johannes (John) J. Blauvelt and Margrietje Perry. He was born February 24, 1812 and baptized April 19, 1812 at Tappan Reformed Dutch Church (bap. #3920), in Rockland Co., NY. In 1856 he inherited his father's property and saw mill located in Montvale, on the north side of West Grand Ave., east of the Pascack Brook. This property had been purchased by his maternal grandfather Johannes Perry in 1817. He continued the operation of the saw mill until his death, after which it was continued by his son-in-law, Garret F. Hering. (See picture in Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet.) He also inherited the land and house at 23 So. Kinderkamack Rd. (see picture in Kakiat Patent p. 101.) The house which his father had built, was on land which his father had purchased in 1823 (25 1/2 acres at $37.50 and acre.) In 1883 the home passed into the ownership of his daughter Margaret and her husband. Around 1855-60, he built the Octagon House at 13 West Grand Ave. His family lived in the house until his death and later his daughter Jane Amelia and his son-in-law Garret F. Hering lived there. He died intestate, in Montvale, on January 3, 1882, and is buried with his wife in Westwood. His estate was administrated February 3, 1882, in Bergen Co. His heirs were his widow Sophia, and three daughters: Margaret, wife of Abram G. Hopper of Ridgewood, Amelia wife of Garret F. Hering of Montvale, and Sophia, wife of Irving Stephens of Clarkstown, NY. On the 9 May 1883, his widow and and daus. Margaret and her husband and Sophia and her husband deeded the proberty from the Pascack Brook to Railroad Ave. (excluding the mill which had already been deeded to Garret F. Hering) to his Dau. Amelia Herring. (Bergen Co. Deed I-11 p.---) Sophia's will dated December 4, 1889 and proved March 10, 1897 also mentioned her three daughters (Amelia was "Jane Amelia") and also her grandchildren: Sophia Bogert, John Blauvelt Hopper, Eveline Blauvelt, Adelia Ackerman, Anne Hutton, Edith Stephens, Gerrit Voorhis Hopper, John B. Herring and Myron Stephens.(Bergen Co. D:300) References: Zabriskie #2339; Blauvelt #1623; Kakiat Patent Part I. pp. 101 &135; Bergen Co. Historic Sites Survey #0236-7, Hopper #891-3

Children of John J. BLAUVELT and Sophia Bogert (born in Montvale):

1. Margaret - b. October 20, 1834; md. Abraham G. Hopper (See Zabriskie #5460 or Hopper #891-3 for children)
2. Sophia - b. in 1842; md. Irving Stephens (See Zabriskie #5461 for children)
3. Jane"Amelia" - b. in September 1840 (1900 census) or 1844 (gravestone); md. Garret F. Hering (See their record.)

John J. Demarest, was the son of Jacobus (James) J. Demarest and his first wife Rachel Westervelt, and the half brother of Rachel Demarest Hopper. He was born Oct 18, 1840 and baptized November 29, 1840 in Pascack Reformed Dutch Church in Park Ridge, NJ. He served in the Civil War in Co. D of 22 nd NJ Infantry. A letter written by J. J. Demarest on February 14, 1863 to his parents in Montvale refers to his wife Hannah and instructs his parents raise the price "of the baskets and then raise the price of the goods to Hannah about it and see what she thinks.' He also said, "Although I am tired of soldiering, but not discouraged yet, I feel as if I could easy go in the battle field and stand the fire because I think that the cause is just. If this is my luck to go in the field, then I won't flinch one step, so help me God, that is sworn to."(Relics). He was Montvale's first Collector in 1894. In 1895 and 1900 he was living with his second wife in Montvale. His occupation in 1900 was keeping a boarding house, however, no boarders were listed as living with them. The 1902 map of Montvale shows a house belonging to J. J. Demarest was on the east side of North Ave. (now Kinderkamack Rd.) north of the railroad tracks. On the north side of the house is a house belonging to the estate of C. Demarest. He was not listed in the 1906-10 Railroad Directories of Montvale. He died August 7, 1911 in Nyack, NY, and is buried in the Pascack Cemetery, in Park Ridge, N. J. He married first, Hannah Demarest, the daughter of James Al. Demarest and Margaret Storms. She was born April 9, 1839, and died Oct 13, 1920, in Morris Plains, NJ. They were divorced and he married second on November 10, 1892, at Pascack, NJ, Anna "Oldeburrel." She was born in Oct of 1863 in Germany (her parents were also born in Germany.) The census record did not indicate when she had emigrated or how long she had lived in this country. Anna "Oldenbuttel" died in 1910 and is buried with her husband. References: Demarest #8-452; Relics: Vol. 28, #147, p.8; " A Soldier's Letter - 1863"; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #75-80; 1900 Census of Montvale #67-69; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 10; Breed's Rail Road Directory 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10;.

The Children of John J. DEMAREST and Hannah Demarest:

1. Charles - b. January 14, 1864 at Pascack
2. Simeon J. Z. Demarest - b. January 22, 1865 at Pascack (per Demarest Gen)
pos. the "James son of John J. and Hannah Demarest b. 16 Feb 1865 at
Pascack" (Wash. Twp. Vital Records p. 27); md. Mary L. De Baun (See
Demarest 9-666)

Mark Dewsnap and his wife Phebe A. Dewsnap, was b. 24 Apr 1824 in England. He d. 3 Sep 1898. He is bur. with his wife in Valleau Cem. His wife Phebe (possibly nee Van Gelder), was from her gravestone b. 20 Sep 1829 and d. 27 Oct 1903. In 1850 Mark was liv. in Hackensack Twp. aged 26, a shoemaker b. in England, liv. with his bro. James Dewsnap. In 1870 .Mark 48 and Phebe 40 were liv. in Washington Twp. Liv. with them was Jesse Van Gelder 65, b. in NJ. and Amelia House 15, b. in NJ. Jesse Van Gelder 75, and married d. of suicide on May 1875 at Chestnut Ridge, b. in PA the son of John Van Gelder and Phebe Coles. It is likely that Mark's wife Phebe was Jesse's dau. In the 1876 Walker Atlas of Bergen Co., the house of "M. Dewsnap" was located on the corner of Chestnut Ridge Rd. and Old Chestnut Ridge Rd. now 170 Chestnut Ridge Rd. This area was then know as Chestnut Ridge and later as Upper Montvale. An article in the Bergen County Democrat, issue of August 17, 1894 referring to the people of "old, conservative Chestnut Ridge" mentioned that "Mark Dewsnap, A. P. Haring, W. Weller, and a number of others" would be in Montvale while others of the area would be in Woodcliff. Mark and Phebe were enumerated in the 1895 census of Montvale they were both "over 60", he was "foreign born" (not in Germany or Ireland) and she was native born. Living with them were James Fredricks, native born (aged 5-20) and Henry Creamer who was foreign born (aged 20-60.) In 1900 Phebe aged 70 was a wid. liv in a rented home in Saddle River, NJ. References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #4-4; Montvale Centennial Newsletter March 1994, p. 6; Walker Atlas of Bergen Co. 1876; Bergen Co. Historic Sites #0236-20; Research of Pat Wardell which cites 1850 census of Hacken sack Twp. 554-584; 1870 census of Washington Twp. #3-3; 1900 Census of Saddle River #203-215.Valleau Cem. p. 100, plot 903

Isaac Forshay or Forshee was the son of William A. Forshee (Forshay) and Letitia (Teetje) Hopper, and the first cousin of Abraham A. Hopper. He was born June 12, 1823 in NJ and baptized on July 6, 1823 in Pascack Reformed Dutch Church. In 1895 "Isaac Forshay" (in 1900, "Isaac Forshee") was living with his wife in Montvale, his occupation in 1900 was listed as "supported by sons" He probably lived on south side of Grand Ave. west of Kinderkamack Rd. where the "I. Forshay" house is indicated in the 1902 map of Montvale. He died May 2, 1901, and is buried with his wife in the Pascack Cemetery in Park Ridge, NJ. On 6 May 1846, at the North Schraalenburgh Reformed Church in Dumont he married Sarah Elizabeth Demarest. She was the daughter of Albert Demarest and Rachel Berdan. She was born June 27, 1828 (gravestone?) or January 1829 in NJ (1900 census and 71 years old.), and died February 27, 1907. In the 1900 census they had been married 53 years and she had borne two children, both of whom were still living. References: Hopper #868-2: Demarest #7-399; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #45-54; 1900 Census of Montvale #11-11

Children of Isaac FORSHAY (FORSHEE) and Sarah Elizabeth Demarest (probably born in Montvale):

1. William Henry - b. 1848; md. Priscilla Bogert (See Blauvelt #6833)
2. Margaret Elizabeth - b. 1850; md. Albert De Voe (See Bl.#6834)

A. P. Harring, was Abraham (Abram) P. Harring, son of Peter A. Harring and Jannetye (Jane) Duryea. He was born May 8, 1839 and baptized June 2, 1839 at Pascack Reformed Dutch Church, Park Ridge, NJ. In the 1895 census of Montvale, Abraham and his family were in house #7 and his father Peter A. Harring was the only occupant of house #5. In 1900 he was living in Montvale, a 61 year old farmer who owned his own farm. He lived on the west side of Chestnut Ridge Road, just north of West Grand Ave., in an area then know as Chestnut Ridge and later as Upper Montvale. An article in the Bergen County Democrat, issue of August 17, 1894 referring to the people of "old, conservative Chestnut Ridge" mentioned that "Mark Dewsnap, A. P. Haring, W. J. Weller, and others" would be in Montvale while others of the area would be in Woodcliff. (Newsletter p.6) Record indicate that he bought the property were the first district school was located on the Corner of Chestnut Ridge Rd. and Summit Ave. in 1901 for $173.00 (Montvale - 50) From 1906-10 in the Montvale Railroad Directories, Abram P. was a farmer. He died in 1918 and is buried with two of his wives and two of his children in Pascack Cemetery, Park Ridge, NJ. He was apparently married three times as buried with him was his wife Jemima E. ______ She was apparently his first wife and the mother of his children as she was born in 1839 and died in 1881. From her daughter's census record Jemima was born in NY. In 1900 his wife was Maria _______aged 48, who was born in April 1852 in NJ, and had given birth to no children. She and Abraham had been married for 15 years, therefore married c. 1885. As she was not buried with Abraham, she was probably a widow when he married her, as women in those days were usually buried with their first husband. Also buried with Abraham was his wife Margaret M. ______ who was born in 1844 and died "19-_ _ " As her death date is incomplete on her gravestone, it would seem that she survived her husband, and was probably his third wife. References: Durie #272; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #7-7; 1900 Census of Montvale #45-47; Montvale 50th-Anniversary Booklet p., 12; Centennial Newsletter March of 1994; R.R. Directory

Child of Abraham P. HARRING and Jemima E._______:

1. Jessie (male) - b. c. 1875-1890 (age 5-20 in 1895) not with father in 1900
2. Daniel - b. 1877; (not with father in 1900); d. 1912; buried with parents
3. Stella - b. February 1880 (single in 1900 census); died unmarried in 1906, bur. with parents

Garret F. Hering, was the son of Frederick (Fredericus) J. or I. Haring and Margaret Demarest. and the brother of John F. Hering. He was born June 7, 1837 in NJ. From a petition relative to his wife's father's estate, he was living in Montvale as early as February 3, 1882. He served as the borough's first freeholder in 1894. In 1895 he was a "Commissioner of Deed of County of Bergen" (St. Paul's - Ter Kuile deed) and a notary (census). He was Montvale's second Mayor from 1898-1901. (50th p.10) In 1900 he was living in Montvale with his wife "Amelia," ("J. Amelia in 1895), and his occupation was "cider manufacturer and saw mill." "An ad in the 'Circle Hall' program in 1896 listed Garret F. Hering and Son makers of and dealers in sweet sparkling cider."(50th p. 7) This mill was previously owned by his father-in-law John J. Blauvelt.(See his record.) The pond formed by the mill dam was known for many years as Hering's Pond (later Huff's Pond). His son and later the Huffs conducted an ice making operation on the site. Also living with them in 1895 and 1900 was his father, Fredrick J. Haring, who was an 89 year old widower, who was "supported by son." In the 1906-7 directory of Montvale Garret was a "station agent", in the 1907-10 he was "comm. of deeds," Garret and Amelia lived at 13 West Grand Ave. in the "Octagon House," built by his father-in-law. Tradition tells us that he flagged down the trains from the belvedere of the octagon house. He died in Montvale in 1921 and is buried with his wife in the Old Hook Cemetery (now Westwood Cem.), in Westwood, NJ. On December 20, 1859, he married Jane "Amelia "Blauvelt. She was the daughter of John J. Blauvelt and Sophia Bogert. She was born in September 1840 (census) or 1844 (gravestone) in Montvale and died in 1922. On 15 Aug 1925 John B. Haring and Evelena Blauvelt exr. of the estate of Amelia Haring dec'd. sold the land she had received from her father and her husband's estates (including the mill pond and Octagon House) to Fredrick Huff (Bergen Co. Deed 1353-102). References: Zabriskie #5462; Blauvelt #3199 & 4097b; Demarest #7-404; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #39-44; 1900 Census of Montvale #14-14; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p 7.and 10 (See p.10 for picture of G. F. Hering); R.R. Directories 1906-10

Children of Garret F. HERING and Jane "Amelia" Blauvelt (all born in Montvale):

1. Evalena - b. November 24, 1861, md. William Blauvelt (See Z#9334 or Bl#7367 for their children)
2. Adelia - b. April 15, 1865; [Delia dau. of Garret (a mechanic) and Amelia
Haring Pascack - Washington] (Washington Twp. VR p. 26); md. Freeman
C. Ackerman (See their record)
3. John Blauvelt - b. October 22, 1867; md. Ida Marie Page (in 1900 and ice
dealer #70-72) 1906-10 employed factory) no known children - see Z#9336 or
Bl#5588)(p. 32 - of Montvale - 50 for a picture of his house.) In 1905 a
machinist liv. in Montvale in a rented house. [1905 state census p. 1B)

John F. Hering, was the son of Fredrick (Fredericus) Haring and Margaret Demarest, and the brother of Garret F. Hering. He was born December 3, 1842 and bap. 15 Jan 1843 at Tappan RDCh.(#4626) On 9 Oct 1869 at -------, he m. Hannah Durie, dau. of Nicausi (Nicholas) Durie and Maria Demarest. She was b. 22 April 1850 and bap. 9 June 1850 at Schraalenburgh RDCh in Bergenfield.(----) She d. 16 Apr 1904. They resided first at Closter and later in Montvale, NJ on land purchased 5 Aug 1871 from John J. Blauvelt, situated on the southeast corner of Kinderkamack Rd. and Hamilton St. In 1900, John F. was a carpenter living in Montvale, aged 46 years, with his wife Hannah, aged 50, who was born in May 1850, in NJ. The census record indicated they were married 38 years this must be in error for 28 years! The record also indicated that Hannah had given birth to three children all of whom were living. Her parents were both born in New Jersey as well. John F. Harring, carpenter, was listed in the 1906-08 Railroad Directories of Montvale but not in the 1909-10 directory. He d. intestate on 18 Nov 1911 and is bur. with his wife at Westwood Cem. (formerly Old Hook Cem.) (p.---) On 16 Aug 1920, the heirs sold the homestead property to Joseph Maconkey. References: Demarest #7-404; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #43-48; 1900 Census of Montvale #17-19; Blauvelt 4097d; RR Directory 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; Durie #269, (containing probate and Deed abstracts); Deed s D8-391; 1080-324; Research of Pat Wardell

Children of John F. HERING and Hannah Durie (latter two prob. b. in Montvale)

1. Rachel Ann - b. 9 May 1870; m. Lewis Blackwell
2. Irving C.- b. 9 Jan 1876 (20-60 in 1895); m. Nellie Campbell
3. Steven A. Hering - b. 19 April 1884 in NJ; m. Ella Flate (in 1900 he was a
grocery clerk and had been unemployed for 0 months that year)

Abraham A. Hopper, or Abraham Andrew Hopper was the son of Andrew M. Hopper and Hester Ackerman. He was born in Montvale on 13 November 1836 (gravestone) and baptized January 13, 1837 at Pascack Reformed Dutch Church in Park Ridge, NJ. His entire life was spent on the homestead farm on #175 West Grand Avenue in Montvale., which his grandfather Michael settle in 1787, and he inherited from his father in 1901. In 1880 he was a farmer living in what was then Washington Township. In both the 1880 and 1895 Abraham and his wife and daughter were living with his father Andrew M. who was the head of the household, but by 1900 Abraham was the head of the household and his father was an 88 year old widower. Abraham was a member of the Pascack Reformed Dutch Church and served as a member of the Board of Education in Washington Township District #24 for four years. He was listed as a farmer in the 1906-10 Railroad Directories of Montvale. He died March 15, 1909, in Montvale of disease of the heart (NJ Vital Records), aged 72 years 4 months and 2 days (gravestone); buried with his wife in the Pascack Cemetery, Park Ridge, NJ. On December 18, 1861 in Montvale (records of the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church) he married "Charity Van Orden of Montvale." Charity Jane Van Orden was the daughter of Thomas J. Van Orden and Lavinia Hopper. She was born November 22, 1842 (gravestone) and was baptized January 15, 1843 at the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church in Upper Saddle River, NJ. She died September 22, 1924. References: Hopper #441, #871, #871-2 & #1074-3; History of Bergen Co. by Westervelt p. 376; Zabriskie #5005; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #32-37; 1900 Census of Montvale #26-28 Pascack Historical Society "Records of Kenneth Dickson"; RR Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10

Only child of Abraham Andrew HOPPER and Charity "Jane" Van Orden born in Montvale:

1. Laura Hopper - b. January 7, 1870; m. Robert Dickson of London, England, a
banker (See Westervelt p. 376 for more on this family) Two of their children
Jeanettte (Janet) (Mrs. Edward Zibell) and Everett shared the house for many
years. Janet Dickson Zibell was still living as late as 1993, when her brother
Kenneth died.

Rachel Hopper, was Rachel Demarest Hopper, the wife of Jacob J. Hopper and the daughter of Jacobus (James) J. Demarest and his second wife Elizabeth Brower. She was the half sister of John J. Demarest. She was born September 18, 1854 (grave stone) or September 1853 (1900 Census) and died July 10, 1925. "On May 26, 1870 Rachel Demarest, daughter of James (a farmer) and Eliza age 17 of Pascack married at Pascack RDCh. Jacob J. Hopper, a mason aged 25" (Lizzie Campbell's Diary and Washington Township Vital Records), he was the son of John G. Hopper and Jane Post, born September 23 1846 (bap. records give this date as birth date, but 1900 census gives September 1844) in Upper Saddle River and baptized in the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church there (no date). In 1880 they were living in what was then called Washington Township with their two sons. In 1895 they were living in Montvale with her mother "Elizabeth Demarest" (over 60), who was listed as the head of the household. He served as one of the borough's first Commissioners of Appeal in 1894. In 1900 they were living in Montvale, he was a mason, living with them was son Charles Hopper, a "masoner," and his family. In the next enumerated house was son James Hopper, a carpenter, and his family. He may have lived at #41 West Grand Ave. (The former Lucia home demolished in 1983.) This house identified on the 1902 map as the I. J. Hopper house (I. was often substituted for J. in those days.) From 1906-10 in the Railroad Directories of Montvale, he was also listed as a mason. He died October 20, 1913 and is buried with his wife and children in the Pascack Cemetery in Park Ridge. The will of Jacob Hopper of Montvale, dated Oct 16, 1895 was proved November 1, 1913. A petition for probate revealed his heirs to be widow Rachel, sons - James B. Hopper and Charles J. Hopper all of Montvale. (Bergen. Co. Petition J:106) On September 17, 1921, at Montvale Rachel married second Philip Amos. He was the son of Godfrey Amos and his wife Jane _______. He was born in 1857 in Old Tappan. The estate of Rachel Amos also known as Rachel Hopper was administered 21 July 1925 in Bergen Co. Her heirs were her two son Charles J. Hopper and James D. Hopper all of Montvale. References: Hopper #1073-5; Lizzie Campbell's Diary; Demarest #8-456); Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 10.; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #37-42 & #38-43; 1900 Census of Montvale #15-16; R.R. Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10

Children of Jacob J. HOPPER and Rachel Demarest born in Montvale, and baptized at Pascack Reformed Dutch Church in Park Ridge:

1. James Demarest - b. April 14 1872, bap. 5 Oct 1872; md. Alice Evelyn Wrede;
(1900-1910 a carpenter in Montvale)(See Demarest #8-456 for children)
2. Charles J. - b. February 7, 1878; bap. June 1, 1878; md. Jennie Melinda Smith
(1900-1910 a mason in Montvale)(See Demarest #8-456 for children) Living
with them in 1905 was the 77 year old wid. Elizabeth Demarest occupation
"capitalist." [1905 Census Montvale p.3A]

William H. Jersey, or William Henry Jersey, the son of John I. Jersey and Adaline Hopper, was born in May 1848 (1900 census), probably in Montvale, NJ. According to Howard I. Durie, in 1842 his father and grandfather "purchased a farm of eleven acres on the north side of West Grand #121 West Grand Ave., "... the stage coach was operated by Mr. W. H. Jersey and Mr. Blauvelt, whose places of residence were on the land which was later owned by Mr. Ter Kuile,.." (50th p.5) He served as Montvale's first Town Marshal on a $3-a-day "when needed basis". "Marshal Jersey also was paid for working on the roads and for snow removal in 1894 and '95."(50th p. 24.) On August 1, 1867 "William Henry Jersey and Line Vanorden were married" (Lizzie Campbell's Diary). She was Rachel "Angeline" (Line) Van Orden, the daughter of Thomas J. Van Orden and Lavinia Hopper. She was born June 6, 1850, probably in Montvale, and was baptized in 1850 at the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church in Upper Saddle River, NJ. In 1900 "William and Angeline" were living in Montvale, he was a farmer who owned his own farm. She had given birth to four children, all of whom were living. He was listed as a farmer in the 1906-07 Railroad Directory of Montvale, but was not in the next two directories. References: Hopper #1074-4 & #1278-1; Durie #153 p.117; 1850 Bergen Co Census 790-868 ; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #34-39 (next to them #35-40 was Nelson Jersey and family); 1900 Census of Montvale #25-27; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 5 and 24; RR Directory 06-07

Children of William H. JERSEY and Rachel "Angeline (Line)" Van Orden :

1. John Nelson - b. about 7 December 1868 ("Line Jersey had a young son"-
Lizzie Campbell's Diary) and John Nelson - 11 in 1880)
2. Minnie Sylvina - b. c. 1874 (6 in 1880)
3. Edith - b. September 1880 (19 and single in 1900)
4. Florence - b. March 1890- (10 in 1900 at school 9 months)

John J. Jones and his wife Elizabeth Jones - John J. Jones served as one of the borough's first Commissioners of Appeal in 1894. The 1900 Census of Montvale reveals that John Jones was, a 60 year old farmer who owned his own land. He was born December 1839 in NY, and his parents were born in Wales. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in March of 1844, she was 56 and had borne 6 children only one of whom was living. She and her parents had been born in Ireland and she had emigrated 55 years ago in 1845 (though listed as native born in 1895). Living with them was a 16 year old farm laborer. The 1876 map shows one house on the west side of Spring Valley Rd. as belonging to J. H. Jones, the 1902 map of Montvale as belonging to "Mrs. Jones". The 1913 map shows two houses on the east and west side of Spring Valley Rd. as belonging to "J. Jones" The 1906-10 Railroad Directories lists only James D. Jones, farmer, a possible grandson. [From St. Paul's Episcopal Church Records and 1910 Census Records- he was James Demarest Jones, born 16 Dec 1866 the son of Rynard H. Jones and Sarah Post - He and his wife Margaret Josephine Sorhan, were the parents of ten children including: Lilly Margaret b. 9 Sep 1903, Anna b. 19 May 1902, Henry Paul b. 14 July 1906, George Dewey b. 6 Dec 1908 and Arthur b. 26 Mar 1911 all of whom were bap. at St. Paul's with their father on 4 Oct 1914. [George Dewey Jones was the former Montvale Police Chief.] References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #10-10; 1900 Census of Montvale #49-51; R.R. Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; 1910 Census

Children of John JONES and Elizabeth _________
1. pos. Louis (aged 5-20 in 1895
2.-6. Unknown

Otto Luscher - in 1895 he was enumerated in Mont Vale but not in the 1900 census. The 1895 Census does not give much information other than he was foreign born (not in Germany or Ireland) and was between 20 and 60 years old. Living with him were Annie Lusher (aged 20-60), Gussie Lusher (5-20), Mary Lusher (5-20) and Ida Lusher (under 5) all of whom were native born. They were probably his wife and three daughters. References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale 23-26

Probable Children of Otto LUSHER and Annie
1. Gussie - b. c. 1875-1890 (5-20 in 1895
2. Mary - b. b. c. 1875-1890 (5-20 in 1895)
3. Ida - b. c. 1890-1895 (under 5 in 1895)

John Male - The 1900 census of Montvale reveals John was a 66 year old farmer who owned his own land. [mortgage in 1905] He was born in May of 1834 in Ireland,[Mat of 1837 in 1905 state census - 68 yeears old] and emigrated in 1848, and was a naturalized citizen. His sister Jane Ball, a 54 year old widow, [b. 1849 56y old in 1905] was living with him. She too had emigrated in 1848 [during the potato famine]. Both of their records indicated their father was born in England and their mother in Ireland. Jane had born four children none of whom were living, Yet, John's "niece" Elizabeth Ball, aged 11, (born June 1888, age 11, in NY and whose father was born in New York and mother in Ireland [16, mother b. in NY in 1905), and "nephew" Richard [J.] Ball, age 1, (b. July 1898 in NJ and whose father was born in NY and mother in NJ)[6 -at school in 1905] were living with them. [They may have been Jane Ball's grandchildren.] In 1895 the only other people living with John and his sister were Lizzie B. Male (aged 5-20) and Charles Uvilinter (foreign born - not Irish or German aged 20-60).. He was also listed in the 1906-10 Railroad Directories as a farmer in Montvale. John Male sold the lot where School #2 [now the Montvale Library, 11 East Grand Ave.] was built (probably in 1900 for $100. "Additions to School #2 were purchased from Mrs. Jane Ball in 1908..." (50th p.12). His house can be located on the 1902 Montvale Map as located on the north side of East Grand Ave. just east of the land given for the school. He may have been one of the borough's first Councilmen as a John "Hale" reportedly was elected for a three year term and he has not been located. References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale 45-52; 1900 Census of Montvale #7-7; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 10.and 12; R.R. Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10

D. A. Post - or Daniel A. Post son of George Washington Post and his wife Hannah. Daniel A. Post was born 9 September 1843, in NJ. He d.3 Aug 1921, bur. with his wife at Pascack RDCh. On 21 Feb 1867 at Saddle River Lutheran Ch. he m. Alma Eckerson, dau. of David D. Eckerson and Catherine J. Debaun. who was b. 1 Sep 1848 and d. 15 Apr 1933. She was an heir of her father in 1876 as Alma wife of Daniel Post of Upper Pascack. The 1900 Census of Montvale reveals that he was a 56 year old farmer who owned his own land. He had been married 33 years to his wife "Alma", who was born in September of 1848 in NJ. She was 51 years old and had borne one child who was still living. "The petition filed in August of 1894, pursuant to incorporation of the Borough of Montvale, contained a survey describing the boundaries of the proposed borough as progressing 'westerly along the New York State line to a point which is five hundred (500) feet westerly from the dwelling house of Daniel A. Post; thence south -westerly...' " (Tour p.2.) The D.A. Post house is located on the 1902 map of Montvale as being on the west side of Spring Valley Rd. on the state line. [Note: the house tour booklet thought they were referring to the Jacob Eckerson-Foxlee. House at 280 [250?] Chestnut Ridge Rd. However, that section of Montvale was annexed at a later date and according to Howard Durie the house was owned at the time by the estate of James Ledwith. (Relics p.7 and 1913 map of Montvale)] References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #19-21; 1900 Census of Montvale #55-57; "Jacob Eckerson/Foxlee) House 250 Chestnut Ridge Rd." by Howard I. Durie Relics #129, p.7); Research of Pat Wardell and Ethel Konight Kolenut; Zion Lutheran Ch. Records p.22

Child of Daniel A. POST and Alma Eckerson:
1. prob. Catherine Jane - b. 26 Apr 1868; m. Charles A. Quackenbush

Peter P. Pulis, or Peter P. Pulis Jr., was the son of Peter P. Pulis and Catharine Holdrum. He was born February 6, 1829, in NJ. In 1895 he was over 60, living in the same house were John H. Pulis (20-60), Martha Pulis (20-60), Catharine E. Pulis (5-20), Peter Elivin Pulis (5-20) and Anna Maria Pulis (under 5). Next to him was son James and his wife Maria and daughter Ada. In 1900, he was enumerated in Montvale as a 71 year old widower and farmer, who owned his own farm. Living with him was son James, a 45 year old teamster, and his family. In 1905 he was a 75 year old farmer liv. with him was the wid. Martha Pulis, a dressmaker (b. Feb. 1856) and her two children Elvin (a plumber) and Anna (at school). This house was #67 Spring Valley Rd. (northeast corner of Hilton Place) which can be located on the 1861, 1876 and 1913 maps of Montvale. Three farmers Peter P. Pulis, Peter H. Pulis and James D. Pulis were also listed in the 1906-10 Railroad Directories of Montvale. He died May 15, 1909, aged 80 years, 3 months, and 9 days. He is buried with his wife and parents in the Pascack Cemetery, in Park Ridge, NJ. On December 12, 1845 (Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church records), he married Catharine Demarest, the daughter of Peter D. Demarest and Maria Demarest (nee). She was born July 20, 1824 (gravestone) and baptized September 5, 1824 at Pascack Reformed Dutch Church. She died May 16 1894, aged 69 years, 9 months, and 26 days. References: Demarest #7-539;1895 Census of Mont Vale #25-28, #24-27 1900 Census of Montvale #35-37 and #35-38; B. C. Bergen Co. Historic Sites #0236-20; R.R. Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; Zabriskie Genealogy #8342 said John Henry Pulis was the son of Henry Pulis and married to Martha (Mattie) Zabriskie (b. 28 Feb 1856).

The children of Peter P. PULIS Jr. and Catharine Demarest:

1. Martha Ann - b. July 13 1852 (per Demarest #7-539)
2. James Duryea - b. September 31, 1854 (per Demarest #7-539) or (It is possible that this James died young as the census listed James D. Pulis as born in
December 1855); md. Maria E. _________(1900 Census Montvale#24-27)

Jerome B. Silsby - "Jerome B. Silbee" served as one of the borough's first "Commissioners of Appeal in 1894. He was enumerated in the 1895 census but not in the 1900 census of Montvale. The 1895 census tells us only that he and his family were all born in the United States, and that he was between 20 and 60 years old as were Mary, Albert H. and Mary J. Silsby. Also living with the Silsby was Edward Clark, native born (age 5-20). What their relationships were was not stated. On the 1902 and 1913 maps of Montvale the house of "J.B. Silsby" was located on the south side of E. Grand Ave., just east of Isaac Forshay's house, across from Forrest Ave. He was apparently not a year-round resident as he was not listed in the 1906-10 Railroad Directories. The Anniversary booklet tells us that from 1895-1899 room for a school was first rented above Ackerman's store and "later in the house on Grand Avenue then occupied by John Silsby." The weekly county newspaper the Bergen County Democrat reported on July 13, 1894, that "Captain J. B. Silsby and his son corporal A. H. Silsby are in camp at Peekskill with their respective company." [apparently NY Militia units]. This would mean tha Jerome was probably between 40 and 60, and Albert between 20 and 40 years of age. That paper also reported on August 3, 1894, "Capt. Silsby has purchased two talking crows." And on August 31, 1894: "Capt. Silsby has invested in another peacock. He has a varied collection of rare birds and animals." References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #46-51; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 10. & 12.; Bergen Co. Democrat

Children of Jerome B. SILSBY and prob. Mary ____________:

1. Albert H. - b. abt. 1855-1875 a corporal in 1894; pos. m. to Mary _______
2. pos. Mary or she could be Albert's wife - b. c. 1855-75

Fred Steiner or Fredrick Steiner as he was enumerated in the 1895 census of Mont Vale. He and his wife Eliza were both between 20-60 years old and were both foreign born though not in Germany or Ireland, with them were what appears to be their four children. They were not enumerated in the 1900 census. Lizzie Campbell's Diary indicated that on May 4, 1882 "Fred Steiner married a lady from Switzerland." The Landscape, of June 1882 stated "Fred Steiner, cigar maker, has married a girl from his old home in Switzerland. From the Borough Bugle July 15, 1895 "R. J. Sandell, the grocer of Upper Mount Vale is putting up a large store and dwelling combined on a corner lot purchased from Fred Steiner, opposite Van Riper's house. This store was located on the south west corner of Spring Valley Rd. and Summit Ave. (See Montvale 50th p.3). References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #2-2; Lizzie Campbell's Diary; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 3.; Landscape Vol ! #1

Children of Frederick STEINER and Eliza _____

1. Clara - b. c. 1880-1895 (5-20 in 1895) prob. b. after 1882
2. Charles - b. c. 1880-1895 (5-20 in 1895). prob. b. after 1882
3. Lavinia - b. c. 1880-1895 (5-20 in 1895) prob. b. after 1882
4. Verina - b. c. 1890-1895 (under 5 in 1895).

Jacob Ter Kuile and his wife Cora B. Terkuile The 1900 Census of Montvale revealed that Jacob was a 47 year old farmer who owned his own land. (In 1905 he was a steamship agent who ownned his own farm.) He was born in April of 1853 in Holland (his parents had both been born in Holland as well). He had emigrated 18 years ago in 1872, and was a naturalized citizen. His wife Cora Belle Marvin was born in July 1865, she was 34 years old and had given birth to five children, all of whom were living. Cora and her parents had all been born in NY. [Her maiden name was obtained from St. Paul's Church records] Living with them were two female, black servants Ruth Hires 20, and Mary E. Jours 47, and a farm laborer Leo Ass, 22 who was born in Norway and was a boarder. In 1895 Elias and Lina Woodward (both aged 20-60 - she was foreign born) were living with them. In the 1906-10 directories of Montvale he was again a farmer. The Ter Kuiles lived at 79 West Grand Ave., corner of Terry Ct., the stone wall still in existence along this section of Grand Ave. gives an idea of the extent of their land. A deed dated March 26, 1895 between Jacob Ter Kuile and Cora M. Ter Kuile and the Trustees of the Episcopal Fund of the Dioceses of Newark, deeded land to the Dioceses for the sum of one dollar. The land bordered on the south by the public road from the Montvale Depot to Spring Valley and on the east, north and west by the land of Jacob and Cora Ter Kuile. The land was to be used "for the beneficial use an occupancy of a religious body of Christians now associated together, know as St. Paul's Episcopal Mission at Montvale..." The church was erected in 1895 and served as St. Paul's Episcopal Church until 1955 when the new church was built on the hill, (north west corner of Woodland and E. Grand Ave.) The church is currently the International Christian Church. It would seem that Mr. Ter Kuile was well respected by his new countrymen for he served as the borough's first Mayor from 1894-1897. Jacob Ter Kuile died 15 Feb 1910. The will of Jacob Ter Kuile of the City and State of NY, was dated 26 Apr 1890 and probated 9 March 1910 in Hackensack. "All real and personal to my wife Cora B. Ter Kuile so long as she remain my widow then to my issue me surviving per stripes not per capita." Cora retired to Florida, she was liv. there on 10 Nov 1941 when she executed a deed to St. Paul's Church. References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #36-41 1900 Census of Montvale #23-25; Records of St. Paul's Episcopal Church Montvale; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 10. (See for picture of Jacob); Bergen Co. Historic Sites #0236-26; Breed's Rail Road Directory 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; 1905 Census #57-60; 1910 Census #46-46; Bergen Co. Deeds 407:68, 1226:668, 1357:667
Children of Jacob TER KUILE and Cora Belle Marvin:

1. Egbert - b. in Sept.1887 (12 in 1900 at school 9 months)(1907-10 "emp.
NY")(22 in 1910 em. manager Steamship Co.
2. Curtis - b. at Oct 1889 (10 in 1900 at school 9 months) on Montvale's World
War I Honor Rol
3. Julia - b. in Oct 1891 (8 in 1900 at school 9 months)
4. Conrad - b. in December 1896 (3 in 1900)/ signed deed 1934
5. Anna - b. in Oct 1898 (1 in 1900)
6. Cornelia Weed - b. in September 1900 (1905 census/9 in 1910/22 in 1923)
m. July 21, 1923 at St.Paul's to Irving Wagner Mittag
7. Reynolds (Reinold) William (twin) - b. Sep 25, 1903 in Montvale and bap. Sep
4,1904 at St. Paul's/ signed deed 1934 "Reinold W."
8. Roger Covel (twin) - b. & bap. as twin Robert in bap. record but signed deed
1934as "RogerC."

James Van Houten was born August 25, 1816 (gravestone) or August 1812 (1900 census but 82 years old?) He was probably the son of James Van Houten and Elizabeth Blauvelt. The 1900 Census of Montvale reveals that James was born in August of 1812 in NY of parents who were both born in NY. He was an 82 years old widower and farmer who owned his own farm. Living with him were his daughter Catherine, and two sons. John was 39 and single with no occupation listed. Garret 33 was a "cloth cutter" and his wife Sarah 32, who was born in England, and their son Edwin J. was 9 (in 1895 he was Edward under 5) In 1895 the same people were living with him, as well as his wife Lucretia, who like James was "over 60." He died February 10, 1903 aged 86 years 5 months and 16 days. He is buried with his two wives and children in the Nanuet True Reformed Cemetery in Nanuet, NY. He was married first, on June 13, 1839 at Kakiat Reformed Church in Kakiat [West Hemstead], NY, to Elizabeth Blauvelt of Clarkstown. She was the daughter of Daniel A. Blauvelt and Rachel De Clark, born on August 16, 1821 and baptized on September 2, 1821 at the Clarkstown Reformed Dutch Church. She died on May 31, 1858 aged 36 years, 9 months, 15 days.and is buried in the Blauvelt plot with her husband. He was married second to Lucretia Hopper who from her age at death was born about December 17, 1833. She died March 11, 1899, aged 65 years, 2 months and 22 days. She was probably the Lucretia, age 16 who was liv. with John G. Hopper in Ramapo Twp. Rockland Co. in 1850. It is not known what her relationship was to John, if any, as she was not mentioned in his will. It is pos. that she was John's dau. (omitted from the will for unknown reasons), by his second wife, Mary Wanmaker, as it was common to name a child of a second marriage in honor of a decd. former spouse, and his first wife was Lucretia Zabriskie. When James Van Houten wrote his will on 12 June 1873 he was a resident of Montvale, NJ. According to Howard I. Durie he lived at #43 Spring Valley Rd. in he Holdrum homestead which "James Van Houten purchased on February 4, 1854, for the sum of $2,200 including..the 46 acres remaining out of the farm. The property was owned by the Van Houten family for the next 68 years through the ownership of James... and then his son John who died in 1922..When it [the house and 22 1/2 acres] was sold in 1922 it brought $3,500.) See picture Pre-Revolutionary Houses p. 360). In the 1906-1910 Railroad Directories James and John R. Van Houten were both farmers and Garret Van Houten was a laborer. References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #27-31 & #27-32; 1900 Census of Montvale #32-34; Kakiat Patent Part I; Relics Vol.22, #121, p.4."Homestead of Nicholas Holdrum" by Howard I. Durie; Van Houten p. 188; Bailey pp. 297, 360; R.R. Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; Hopper Family Gen. #668

Children of James VAN HOUTEN and Elizabeth Blauvelt:

1. Catherine (b. about 1852) (aged 48 and single in 1900)
Children of James VAN HOUTEN and Lucretia Hopper:
2. Elizabeth - b. Oct 25, 1859; d. March 20, 1860 bur. with parents.
3 John R. - b. March 1861 in NJ (39 in 1900 and unmarried no occupation listed)
(1906-10 a farmer)
4. Rachel - b. April 2, 1863; d. November 7, 1866; bur. with parents
5. Garret H. - b. December 1867; m. to Sarah _______ ca. 1890

Garret H. Van Orden, or Garret Hopper Van Orden, was the son of Thomas J. Van Orden and Lavinia Hopper. He was born on July 16, 1839 in NJ and baptized in August 1839 at the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church in Upper Saddle River. In 1900 he was 60 years old and living with his father the "head of the household" his father was a farmer and he was "a farm laborer." From 1906-1910 in the directories of Montvale he was a farmer. According to Howard I. Durie, he later lived in a home on Park Ave., in Park Ridge, NJ. He died in 1923 buried with his wife in the Pascack Cemetery in Park Ridge, NJ. He married Ellen Maria Campbell, daughter of Abraham A. Campbell and Mary Ann Wortendyke. She was born May 4, 1844, in NJ, and bap. in 1844 at the Pascack Reformed Dutch Church. In 1900 she was 56, and was the mother of only one child who was still living. She died in 1927. References: Zabriskie #5004: Hopper #1074-2; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #12-13; 1900 Census of Montvale #51-54; R.R. Directories 1906-7, 07-08, 9-10; Relics Vol 22:119 p. 5-6 "Homestead of Barent Forshee" by Howard I. Durie

The only known child of Garret Hopper VAN ORDEN and Ellen Maria Campbell
1. Marinda Lavinia - b. August 31, 1865 and bap. in 1865 at Pascack Ref. Dutch
Church; (34 and single in 1900); md. Abraham Hopper Holdrum son of
Cornelius Holdrum and Adaline Hopper. Tradition has it that this couple courted
for 20 years before finally marrying in 1907. References: Relics Vol 22:119 p.6;
Hopper #895-2-2

Thomas J. Van Orden was the son of Jacob Van Orden and Maria Peterson. He was born July 18, 1817 (bap. record) or June 1817 (1900 census) in his grand- father Thomas Peterson's home at #109 Summit Ave. Montvale, and baptized 27 Jul 1817 at the Pascack Reformed Dutch Church in Park Ridge, NJ. His parent's and later he and his family continued to live in the house which he eventually inherited from his grandfather. When his Garret's daughter was born in 1865, there were five genera- tions living under the same roof. In 1900 Thomas was 82 year old widower who owned his own farm. (See son Garret's record.) According to Howard I. Durie, "On September 21, 1907, Thomas then 90 years old, sold the homestead and 83.2 acres on both sides of Summit Ave. to Hans J. Widness. (Relics #119, p.6.). He was not listed in the 1906-10 directories of Montvale but his son Garret was listed as a farmer. He died March 20, 1910, in Montvale, and is buried with his wife in the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Churchyard in Upper Saddle River, NJ. On January 31, 1835, (records of the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church) he married Lavinia Hopper, the daughter of Garret S. Hopper and Marytje Hopper (nee). [He was 17 1/2 and she was 15 - they were married for 61 years!] She was born in Upper Saddle River on September 20, 1819 and was baptized as "Glaurvina" on October 10, 1819 at the Saddle River Reformed Church. He and his wife joined the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church in April of 1842. She died in 1896 (gravestone) 25 Jan 1896 (per HID notes). References: Hopper #1074; Zabriskie #2106; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #12-12; 1900 Census of Montvale #51-54 Kakiat Patent II (Peterson #62): Relics Vol 22:119 p. 5-6 "Homestead of Barent Forshee" by Howard I. Durie; Notes by HID in MJH's files.

The children of Thomas J. VAN ORDEN and Lavinia Hopper all except the youngest baptized at the Saddle River Reformed Dutch Church:

1. Sally Maria - b. August 15, 1836, bap. Oct 2, 1836; m. pos.Jacob J. Hopper
2. Garret Hopper - b. July 16, 1839 bap. August 1839; m. Ellen Maria Campbell
3. Charity Jane - b. November 22, 1842, bap. January 15, 1843; md. Abraham A.
4. Rachel "Angeline" - b. June 6, 1850, bap. 1850; md. William H. Jersey (See
their record)
5. Catherine "Melissa" - b. c. 1854 (6 in 1860); md. John G. Berdan living, in
Park Ridge in 1910

J. D. Van Riper, or James "Demarest" (Res) Van Riper, was the son of Frederick P. Van Riper and Charity Ann Demarest. He was born May 16, 1856 in NJ and baptized at Pascack Reformed Dutch Church on April 14 1858 In 1879 he pur-chased the home on the north west corner of what was then called Main St. (Corner of Summit and Spring Valley Rd.- Since destroyed - see picture in Montvale 50th) He was the borough's first Assessor in 1894. In 1895 he was the enumerator of the state census in Montvale. Living in house #15 Family #16 in 1895 were: Rasmus Sandall, (20-60 male, foreign born), Hansine (female 20-60 foreign born), and Albert Sandall (5-20) Harriet Sandall (5-20) both native born, William Hengen (20-60 born in Germany), James Van Riper, his wife and five children, Hattie Culver (20-60 native born) and Chas. Ross (20-60 foreign born, - fourteen people in all. In 1900 he was a 44 year old farmer living in his own land in Montvale with his wife "Minnie " and four children. In 1905 he was a carpenter, liv. on his own mortgaged farm. He died April 23, 1940. "On November 13, 1878, James Demarest Van Riper age 22, a farmer of Chestnut Ridge, married Amelia Gibson age 20 of Park Ridge, witnesses F. P. Van Riper and family and Euphemia Gibson." (records of Pascack Reformed Dutch Church) "Demarest Van Riper and Amelia Gibson (Minnie)" (entered November 23, 1878 in Lizzie Cambell's Diary.) She was born December 14, 1858 (Demarest Gen.) or Dec-ember 1857 (1900 census and 20 at marriage/ Dec 1858 in 1905 aged 47) and died March 26, 1951. She was still living in 1944 when the borough celebrated its 50th Anniversary and contributed to the anniversary booklet, which mentioned she was a first cousin of Charles Gibson the artist. She also mentioned that her husband used to lead hunting parties in the area which was also referred to by the local newspaper. From the Bergen Co. Democrat: Aug 31, 1894 - "Mr. Foster of Hoboken, with his trusty guide Res Van Riper made a slaughter of gray squirrels last week." Nov 2, 1894 "Res shot 7 woodcocks and 1 partridge in less than an hours time." References: 1895 Census of Mont Vale #15-16; 1900 Census of Montvale #53-55; Demarest #8-501; Blauvelt #6759; Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 5, p.38./1905 Montvale Census. p. PA
The children of James Demarest VAN RIPER and Amelia Gibson, born in Montvale:

1. Clyde D. - b. July 1879 (25 in 1905 - a bank clerk)
2. Percy - b. March 1, 1881; (19 at school in 1900); md. Anne Sharpless (See
Demarest #8-501 for children)( a machinist in 1905)
3. Lucie Elizabeth - b. March 26, 1884, (16 in 1900) md. Frank C. Fredrick (See
Demarest #8-501 for children.)(a dresmaker in 1905)
4. Olive - b. December 1887 (12 in 1900 in school)(a bookkeeper in 1905)
5. Annetta - b. June 1894 (5 in 1894 in school/ 10 iun 1905 at school)

Widness and Johnson - It is possible that they owned land together in Montvale in 1894 as according to the 1900 census they were "brothers." [whether half brothers or brothers-in-law is not known]:.

John A. Johnson was elected Councilman for a two year term in 1894. In 1895 John A. Johnson was enumerated in Montvale, with his wife and two children also Mary (20-60) and Jennie (5-20) Haskins (or Harkins), and Mattie Anderson (20-60) all native born, Augustus Sclunvogt (20-60) born in Germany, and Samuel Crowley (20-60) who was born in Ireland. In 1900 they were enumerated in Park Ridge. - John Johnson, 42, a hotel keeper was born in June 1856 in Norway, as were his parents. Enumerated with him and his wife and two children were ten other people including his "brother" Hans J. Widness.(See his record.) There were fourteen people in the enumerated unit many of whom were foreign born. John had emigrated in 1880 and was a naturalized citizen. His wife Nellie _____ 37, was born in June 1862 in Pennsylvania of Irish parents. They had been married for 12 or 19 years (?hard to read) years. She had given birth to three children one of whom was living. (Possibly in error for three children one of whom was not living.) They were not listed in the 1906-10 Directories of Park Ridge or Montvale by which time, Widness had apparently taken over the hotel. References: RR Directory; 1895 Census of Mont Vale #11-11; 1900 Census of Park Ridge #113-117

Children of John A. JOHNSON and prob. Nellie ________:

1. Mary E. - (Mammie 5-20 in 1895) - b. June 1885 in PA
2. John A. Jr.- b. September 1990 in NY

Hans J. Widness was not in the 1895 Census of Mont Vale However in 1895 the Johnsons were house #11, and in house #12 were Thomas and Garret Van Orden, whose house and land was "subsequently taken over by Mr. Hans Widness, who operated a stock and dairy farm." (50th p.5). In 1900 living with John A. Johnson, and his family was listed as John's "brother." Hans J. Widness, age 39, a shoe dealer. He was born in December of 1860 in Norway, as were his parents. He had emigrated in 1876 and was a naturalized citizen. He was listed in the 1906-1910 Railroad Directories of Park Ridge as Hans J. Widness, owner and proprietor of Park Ridge Hotel, house the same, also a bottler. The Pascack Historical Society has a Widness bottle. According to Howard I. Durie, "Widness also purchased other land in the same area, assembling in all nearly 165 acres. This was transferred in 1913 to Chestnut Ridge Farms, Inc., which in 1916 lost ownership by reason of a mortgage foreclosure" (Relics #119 p.6) References: Montvale 50th Anniversary Booklet p. 5.. Relics Vol 22:119 p. 5-6 "Homestead of Barent Forshee" by Howard I. Durie

NOTE: This compilation reflects on only a few of the families living in Montvale at the time of its incorporation in 1894. The 1895 state census reported that there were 354 people, in 86 families living in 79 dwelling houses in the borough. Of those, 354 people: 183 were males, 171 were females, 33 were children under 5, 87 were 5 to 20, 191 were 20 to 60, and 43 were over 60. People were also enumerated as native born white - 287, native born colored - 10, Irish foreign born - 10, German foreign born - 16, and all other nationalities - 31 (24 males and 7 females).[For the purpose of this summary male and female numbers have been combined, except were there was a significant difference.]


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by Maria Pratt Hopper, Borough Historian

Written for the December 2000 - "Borough of Montvale Newslettter"

What was Montvale like at the "Turn of the Century?" One of the tools historians can use to answer that question is the census. There was a federal census taken in Montvale between June 1st and Jun 7th of 1900 which helps present and interesting picture of what life was like in Montvale at the time. (I hope everyone filled out their 2000 census, so in a hundred years one of my successors can write a similar article!)

In the year 1900 there were 416 people enumerated in the borough, of whom 153 had been born in NJ, 142 in NY, 28 in other US states, and two were US Citizens born in another country. Of the 91 people not born in the US, 33 were from Germany, 19 from Ireland, 7 from France, 7 from Hungary, 6 from England or Scotland and the rest from other countries including: Russia, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Holland, Austria, Spain, Cuba and Canada. Of the 34 foreign born men, 23 were naturalized citizens and 11 were listed as aliens. As women were not eligible to vote until 1920 the citizenship of adult women was not indicated. In addition 89 of the people who were born in the US, many of whom were children, had at least one parent who was born in a foreign country.

All but ten of those enumerated were white. The others were either black or colored, the enumerator seemed to have trouble with this and C and B were written over each other in several cases. Assuming the respondents were answering truthfully, all but eight of the most recent immigrants could speak English and only ten of the adults could not read or write.

Of the 416 people enumerated - 158 were children under the age of 18. Sixty- five children had attended school during the previous year. The youngest child was three month old Margaret Thomson, the second child of Charles and Annie Thomson. Charles was a 24 year old farmhand and, they were living with Annie's 44 year old widowed mother Mrs. Griffin.

There were 22 people 65 years old or older, five of the males were listed as retired or supported by son(s). The oldest resident was 90 year old Maria Pulis, a widow, who was living with her 61 year old daughter-in-law Francis Pulis, listed as the head of the household, who was also a widow. The oldest male resident was 89 year old Fredrick J. Haring, who was supported by and living with his son Garret F. Haring, a cider manufacturer and saw mill owner. Garret Haring lived in the Octagon House, built by his wife's father. His mill and mill pond, known as Haring's (later Huff's) Pond, were on the nearby Pascack Brook.

There were 218 males and 198 females in the borough. Of the adult females thirteen were female servants. Other than the servants, only two women had occupations listed. Adelia Ackerman was listed a saleswoman in a grocery along with her husband Freeman also a salesman in a grocery, and Kate Stocking and her husband James were both listed as raising poultry. That is not to say the women were idle - the 99 married women and 21 widows had given birth to a collective 301 children. Large families were not unusual 25 women had given birth to 5 or more children, and eight had at least eight children including Martha Allison 51, who had given birth to eleven children in thirty years of marriage - the youngest of whom was twelve.

Twelve of the 91 families in town had servants. Of those 16 servants, 13 were females, four of whom were married to either servants, day laborers or farm laborers who also worked for the same family. Seven of the servants were European immigrants, four were black or colored, three were from Ireland, and two were from New Jersey.

Not surprisingly, many of the men made their living on the thirty-three farms in town, including two managers, 29 farmers and 22 farm laborers. One farm was owned by future mayor, Gus Avenango, whose occupation was listed as waiter. From what we know of local history several of the men who were listed as farmers had other occupations as well. Former Mayor Jacob Ter Kuile, is known to have been a steam ship agent, and Paul Pratt, worked in Hackensack with his brothers in their Soap Manufacturing Company, and only lived in Montvale during the warmer months. In addition, three people worked raising poultry and two grew mushrooms. [The Serell Mushroom Caves can still be seen at the end of Westminster Ct.]

The other men were employed in a wide variety of trades and professions -52 different occupations were listed including: several carpenters, masons, mechanics, day laborers, and grocers, and a school principal, clergyman, engineer, teamster, shoemaker, nurse, lawyer, traveling salesman, ice dealer and many others. Neither John Blauvelt the hotel keeper, nor John Demarest who operated a boarding house listed any of their guest. In the summer months the population was probably much larger than the 416 enumerated, as during this time Montvale and the surrounding towns were popular with city residents as places to spend the summer.- but that's a subject for another article.

Twelfth Census of the United States; Schedule No. 1. Population; State of New Jersey, County of Bergen, Washington Township, Borough of Montvale, Supervisors district No.3 Enumeration district No. 27; enumerated by Alfred M. Crotty; pages !A-5A. (A copy of which is in the Montvale Public Library.)



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6 January 1899

The Caso cheese factory will take u new quarters.
Ice from herring's pond is being cut twelve inches thick.
The Campbell & Dean apron factory, after a week of holidays will start again on Monday.
John Male's hay stack, containing eighteen tons of hay, was destroyed by fire on Friday. Mr. Male claims that the fire was caused by a spark from a passing train, and intends to bring suit against the company for damages.
A. M. Crotty hs sold the Romeo farm to Comptroller Geo. R,. Hough, of Jersey City for $1,000. He proposes to improve the property. Mr. Hough is the owner of another farm, in the neighborhood.
Officer Henry I. Haring on Wednesday began proceedings in foreclosure upon the personal effects and machinery in the Jobey pipe works. Mr. Jobey came here a few years ago, interested largely in real estate, erected a factory and employed upwards of fifty hands, but the business did not pay. His liabilities, including mortgages upon the property, will reach about $30,000. Mr. Jobey had his furniture and some machinery moved to Virginia. It is to be regretted that he found it necessary to close the factory.

13 January 1899

The Attorney General has accepted the proceedings for bonding the borough for the purpose of erecting the two new school houses and work will be commenced at once.
Mr. Flubert froze his fingers while working on Hering's pond storing ice on Tuesday.
Work had commenced on the Plehn boarding house.
Ex-councilman Barrie, who has been confined to his home by sickness is gradually on he mend.
Campbell and Dean have dissolved partnership in the apron factory, Mr. W. H. Dean will continue the business.
Mr. albert C. Blauvelt is still very ill.
Officer Henry I. Haring will on Jan 19th sell under foreclosure , the contents of the Jobey pipe factory,

20 January 1899

The ice houses are filled.
Councilman w. Allison is cutting tenders? for the Erie R. R. Co.
Mr. Hough will at once improve his property recently purchased of Mr. Romeo.
Mr. Eugene Mahlerby and family occupy their new home near Mr. Barries.
Theodore Yayger and family occupy the Jobey property.
The personal effects of Mr. Jobey , at the factory, were sold under foreclosure yesterday.
Mr. albert C. Blauvelt died on Sunday morning after an illness of five weeks. He was in his 87th year, and had live in old Washington township for seventy-years; Mr. Blauvelt was born in Campgaw, and at an early age went to Washington township where he became a carpenter by trade, and afterward carried on the building business. He was a life-long Jacksonian Democrat, and one of the subscribers to the DEMOCRAT in 1861. He leaves a widow: John A. L. Blauvelt,m of Montvale and Mrs. Daniel P. Duryea of Park Ridge are his children. The funeral took place at the Old Pascack church on Wednesday afternoon.

27 January 1899

Peter H. Pulis is dangerously ill.
Mr. Phlen is building a house in the borough.
Mr. Peter H. Crouter, aged 82 died on Monday.
Applications for the board for next summer are already being made.
The Travis Company shipped away a safe on Wednesday weighing $2,800 pounds.
The apron factory is making all arrangements to start up in about ten days.
Mr. Morton Bogert, of closter, has the contract for painting the recent purchase of Mr. Hough.
Messrs. John a. L. Blauvelt and Daniel P. Duryea are the executors of the estate of the late albert C. Blauvelt. The estate is equally divided among his children and widow.
County Supt. Terhune was here last week and was present in the school room. The Board of Education will dispose of the school bonds on Feb 1st and then the work of building the two proposed school houses will be commenced. These houses are needed and the sooner they are completed the better for the educational interest of the town.

3 February 1899

George Brangrove is overhauling all the buildings on the Romero arm.
The school lands were sold on Wednesday evening, and the two school houses will now be built.
Mrs. Peter Post, 0 years old, died suddenly on Friday at Nanuet. She was the mother of Daniel Post, of Hackensack.
Peter H. Pulis died on Friday after a lingering illness.
The apron factor has again commenced operations.
The Acme filter Company has located at upper Montvale, and is doing a good business.
Mr. Peter H. Pulis was buried on Sunday from his late home, Upper Montvale; he had a complication of diseases.
J. F. Stocking & Co. have made extensive additions to their plant.
Mr. Frederick J. Hering passed his 88th birthday on Jan 31 and is still in good health.
The Triumph Poultry farm managers are still making improvements to their buildings and surroundings.

10 February 1899

Ralph Banta has moved to New York State.
Lou Westphall has just recovered from his recent illness.
The scarlet fever patient has recovered; but the grip is prevalent.
The Borough Council is engaged in examining the collector's accounts.
Indications are that there will be no contest for local officers at the coming Spring election.
W. H. Dean is putting in a gasoline engine for running his sewing machine in the apron factory,
A syndicate is forming for purchasing the Jobey pipe factory, and for starting a new factory.
Snowdrifts blockaded some of the roads in the vicinity of Montvale, but they were soon removed.
Mr. F. R. Felter, formerly of New York fire department has received a new appointment in same place.
Comptroller Hough has engaged a Pennsylvania man and family of experience to run his two farms and chicken brooders.
The old officers and board of management were elected at the annual meeting of Eureka B. and L. Association. A new series was opened, an 1st shares taken; $#7,000 was sold ???? per cent.
Mr. Hough purchased all of the bonds leased by the Board of Education for the building of the two proposed school houses. He is the Comptroller of Jersey City, and has invested in considerable property in the Borough of Montvale. It was intended to begin the erection of the school house this week but the storms prevented.

17 February 1899

24 February 1899

The borough was pretty well blockaded during the past week. It took days to open up the highways.
The wife of Squire Bogert died on Monday. She had been stricken with paralysis, and was over 73 years old.
The building of two school houses will commence on April 1st. it is impossible for the Board of Education to begin work before this period.
Mr. Geo. H. Dorhman and family from New York has moved on the farm which he purchased a upper Montvale.
Frank Blandor and family have moved on the late purchase of comptroller Hough, and will take care of his interest in the farm and poultry business.
The patriotism of Mr. Dean was shown on Washington's Birthday, by closing the factory.
Charles O. Ellsworth was in town on Wednesday.
John A. L. Blauvelt butcher his porkers on Monday.
Comptroller Hough is still making improvements to the building and surrounding on his new purchase.
The contractors are patiently waiting for more moderate weather to commence the new school building.

3 March 1899

Mr. Wm. H. Dean and family will reside in the country this summer.
Comptroller Hough has employed John F. Hering to build larger chicken houses.
Mr. J. W. Allison is getting out boat fenders for the Erie R. R.
Mr. Terkuile is spending a two week vacation in the city.
The Borough Council met at the mayor's office on Monday night and concluded business for the year. The books and accounts were found correct, and they recommended that the following amounts be raised by taxation for expenses for next year: Borough purposes $400, for repairs of roads $200.

Mrs. Pulis visited her summer home on Tuesday, preparatory to making some additions thereto.
Dr. Mandelstam is making extensive improvements to the buildings on his farm W. D., Woodley is the contractor.

10 March 1899

The Board of Registration met at the Grove House on Tuesday and revised the registration list. There are 82 voters on the list.
The primary for nomination of borough officers takes place tonight at John A. L. Blauvelt's. [Note from transcriber - John A. L. Blauvelt's hotel was known as The Grove House.
The work of building the two proposed school houses began last week, the storm this week stopped further progress. They will however, be finished within the next two months.
The barn of George Smith was totally destroyed by fire early Sunday morning. The barn was struck by lightning and took fire. Two horses, two cows, a bull, and all the wagons and harness in the building, together with a large quantity of hay and straw, were burned. A heifer escaped but was badly singed. Barn and stock were partially insured.
Some of the highways were blockaded by reason of the storm on Tuesday.
Election next Tuesday at the Grove House.
Members of the Board of Education will be elected on March 21.
J. J. Hopper is slowly recovering from an attack of the grip.
John F. Hering is erecting chicken houses and making improvements on the farm lately purchased by Comptroller Hough of Jersey City,
M. Bogert of Closter, has completed the decorations on the interior of M.F.C. Ackerman's house. [Note from transcriber - probably in error for Mr. F.(Freeman) C. Ackerman.]
Mr. C. Van Zandt will occupy his summer cottage about the last of April.
Dr. Mandlestamm is making various improvements on his farm. Contractor Woodley is doing the work.

17 March 1899

Mr. Crotty has sold the Silsby farm to parties who will occupy the same about April 1st.
Mr. E. R. Teller holds a position of Inspector and Appraiser in New York city.
Mr. C. H. Stocking is on a business trip through the West.
Mr. W. H. Dean has leased the Robert's house.
James Hun has leased his farm to Mr. Lentz.
*Mrs. James Van Houten was buried on Tuesday. She was found dead in bed by her husband when he woke up in the morning. Heart failure was the cause of death.
*Mrs. James Van Hunter, aged 65 years, died on Saturday after a brief illness.
The independent primary at the office of A. M. Crotty on Saturday night was a failure. But it did not deter Mr. Crotty from nominating a stump ticket: however, three of the candidates immediately posted notices declining to serve. Crotty wants to be a justice, and a great many people don't want him. Thirteen of his votes were rejected, as being marked. Beyond this the election was very quiet.

[Note from transcriber: Mrs. James Van Houten was his second wife Lucretia Hopper. She is buried with James and his first wife Elizabeth Blauvelt in the Nanuet True Reformed Cemetery in Nanuet, Rockland Co., NY. from her gravestone she died March 11, 1899, aged 65 years, 2 months and 22 days. March 11 would have been a Saturday so the two entries for Mrs. James Van Houten and Mrs. James Van Hunter refer to the same person. It would seem from this and other columns that information for the articles was supplied by more than one source.]

24 March 1899

Mr. Van Zandt proposes building near Montvale.
The land is being cleared for the two proposed school houses. The old school house and lot will be sold.
Thos. Hanan of Pearl River, is on his way to Manila. He belongs to the engineer Corps. and was at Santiago.
Up to the present time none of the many threats made by a disgruntled candidate for office have been carried into effect.
Chas. Van Zandt has sold his farm to a New York party. The new purchaser is already making improvements to the property.
The personal effects of the late Albert C. Blauvelt will be sold at auction next Thursday. Alonzo Campbell is the auctioneer.
F. C. Linderman sold a few thoroughbred Plymouth Rock fowls to Dr. Mandlestamm, who is making preparations to enter the poultry business on an extensive plan. Mr. Linderman gives a great deal of attention to poultry and has only the best strains on his farm.
The council met and organized on Monday night, John H. Hering was appointed borough clerk; John F. Hering, president: William H. Jersey, commissioner of highways and also marshall, James D. Van Riper, overseer of the poor, and James D. Jones, poundkeeper.
The annual meeting for members of the Board of Education resulted in the election of Garret Van Houten, James d. Van Riper and Jacob J. Hopper. The appropriation as well as the trustees received an unanimous vote. The people are satisfied with the management of the school funds, and therefore returned the members to their former positions. The total amount voted was -----(unreadable).

31 March 1899

Miss Hattie Ellsworth was married last week.
Ground has been broken for the new school houses.
Henry Van Lee is building an addition to his house.
The estate of Louis Westphal was settled on Wednesday.
Mr. Ellsworth's family have returned to their country home.
Mr. De Graff was moved on his farm purchased from Chas. Van Zandt.
Mr. W. H. Dean and family have moved in the Roberts house, which he has leased.
Mrs. Freckman was in town this week, having arrived from California. Mr. Freckman is at present in Chicago.
Mr. Gomby and family will occupy the Triumph poultry farm form April 1st. Mrs. Marshall will be absent during the season.

Mr. wm. H. Dean and family will reside in the country this summer.
Comptroller Hough has employed John F. Hering to build larger chicken houses.
Mr. j. W. allison is getting out boat fenders for the Erie R. R.
Mr. Terkuile is spending a two week vacation in the city.
The Borough Council met at the mayor's office on Monday night and concluded business for the year. The books and accounts were found correct, and they recommended that the following amounts be raised by taxation for expenses for next year: Borough purposes $400, for repairs of roads $200.
Mrs. Pulis visited her summer home on Tuesday, preparatory to making some additions thereto.
Dr. Mandelstam is making extensive improvements to the buildings on his farm W. D., Woodley is the contractor.

7 April 1899

Chas. Van Zandt has broken ground for his new residence.
Mayor Andrew Perry, of Park Ridge, is building sidewalks along his property leading to the new school site.
Mrs. Clara Puels is making extensive improvements for the buildings and surroundings of the Puels homestead.
Andrew Horn's horse ran away on Friday and was captured at Park Ridge. the harness and vehicle were damaged.
Henry Storm's trotter frightened at the depot on Friday, and ran away smashing the wagon.
The express train on Tuesday morning struck and killed John Male's Newfoundland dog, valued at $300.
Mr. DeGraaf, of Jersey City, will become a resident of Montvale next week, having purchased the Van Zandt property.
John A. L. Blauvelt has invested in a trotter. Last winter he lost three horses.

14 April 1899

C. V. DeGraaf of Jersey City is now renting the Van Zandt, farm which he recently purchased.
Isaac Forshay on Tuesday set fire to a brush heap. The dying grass caught fire, and in a short time the entire field was ablaze and came near burning buildings in the immediate vicinity.
The land upon which the two school houses are to be built has been cleared and the work of erecting the buildings will be begun at once. It is not expected that the houses will be completed before the close of the present school year.
Mr. Hugh has invested in three new brooders.
Mr. Wm. H. Dean has a Brooklyn artist decorating his residence.
The Borough Council at the meeting on Monday evening accepted the bond offered by Freeman C. Ackerman, and he is now collector of the borough.
The road superintendent has been ordered to commence work on the roads as soon as practicable.
Mr. J. Terkuile is extending his sidewalk to Mr. Crotty's line. Jersey & Pullis are the contractors.
There were several forest fires on Tuesday, but no material damage was done. The broom and brush brigade were out in full force, and saved two buildings which were in danger.
Mr. Hays is now employed by Mr. John Male as his right hand man. Mr. Male has built an addition to his dwelling, and painters are giving the whole a dressing of paint.
Mr. Van Zandt has his new barn nearly completed, and is digging a cellar for his new house.

21 April 1899

Mr. R. E. Stockel and family will summer at Ackerman's this summer.
Hering and Son will have a new delivery ice wagon this season. The general delivery season has opened.
The Triumph Poultry farm is furnishing breeders for the Holland House, New York.
Mr. Wm. H. Dean made a large shipment of aprons to Seattle, Wash. this week.
Fire burned part of Mr. Teller's barn doing considerable damage.
Farming is very backward and very little plowing has been done on account of the wet ground.

Mr. Graff has planted a quantity of plum and pear trees all of the best tried varieties, and will enter largely in profit growing in connection with farming; he has made a great improvement to his dwelling house enlarging and painting it and in general improvement in all its surroundings.
Mrs. Blauvelt, widdow (sic) of the late Albert C. Bogart expect to move from Montvale and will probably reside in Hackensack.
The lots for the two school houses have been cleared from trees and brush and the work of building will soon be commenced.
Farmers in this section predict an abundance of fruit this year.
Street Superintendent Jersey will shortly begin work on the highways.

28 April 1899

The Shints, mother and son are again fighting in the courts. This time it is in the Court of Chancery. Both mother and son have had frequent quarrels. There was a sale on January 14th of the Shint farm: both claimed the goods which were sold at auction; the son claims possession by virtue of a bill of sale. The Court of Chancery will settle the matter.
A. M. Crotty has sold the property at Montvale to Leon F. Walters of New York for $2,750.
Andrew P. Perry is grading the walks about his property.
Former Mayor Terkuile is building a sidewalk along the entire length of the property.
Street improvement will soon begin under the supervision of W. H. Jersey.
Messrs. Van Riper, Jersey and Pulis were shad fishing at Piermont on Tuesday and caught a large number.
Mrs. Wagner has contracted for the building of a house.
Mr. Genung who was elected a justice of the peace proposes to qualify May 1st.
Two Passaic County fishermen were in town on Wednesday and fished for trout in the Pascack Brook.
The Democrats on Monday night elected Wm. H. Jersey member of the County Executive Committee and John B. Hering alternate.
Stocking & Co. have been shipping live ducks to market.
Expert accountant Chas. H. Stocking will arrive home about May 5th from his business trip through the West after an absence of three months.
Mr. Ellsworth has arrived from the West where he has been looking after the interest of his copy books. Charles O. is drumming up the home trade.
Mayor Perry has made great improvement to his possession in the borough by the new walk made around his plot.
The Westphal farm has been leased by a party from Union Hill.
Brakeman George Havemeyer killed a black snake measuring five feet on Wednesday, north of Montvale.
The Building and Loan Association meets next Thursday.

5 May 1899

Louis Westphol is away on vacation.
Mr. J. Male is growing some fine mushrooms.
John B. Hering has placed his colt in the trainer's hands.
Triumph poultry farm is supplying some of the best hotels in New York with broilers.
Stephen Genung qualified this week as a justice of the peace and is ready for business.
F. C. Linderman has purchased a lot and proposes to erect a blacksmith shop.
A. P. Perry has complete improvements on his property.
The Puel family of Brooklyn, will move to Montvale next week.

Superintendent Jersey began the making of road improvements on Wednesday. All the highways will receive attention,
Trout fisherman continue to flock to this section. There were several here from Jersey City on Wednesday.
The old blacksmith ship on the Perry property will be vacated by the present occupant next month.
Former Controller Hough, of Jersey City who purchased two farms in Montvale, is improving his property.
Cornelius Carlock has traded sixteen acres of land with George Blackwell for a house at Pearl River. The latest intends building on the land thus acquired.
Chas. Van Zandt has his new barn completed, and frame for his new residence has been raised. Morris Gurnee is grading the land adjoining the buildings.

12 May 1899

Louis Westphal has returned after a brief vacation.
Mr. Gormly is traveling through the South on business.
John B. Hering has invested in a new ice delivery wagon.
Res Van Riper and family have moved in their new house.
Mr. Puel's family are at home in their cottage for the season.
Mr. J. Terkuile has arrived home from his two weeks' vacation.
The road leading to Pearl River has been put in excellent condition.
Mr. Dean is receiving plans and estimates for power in his apron factory.
F. C. Linderman proposes erecting a building this summer near the Grove House.
Borough Council transacted no business on Monday evening no quorum being present.
During vacation the new school houses will be erected. The land has already been cleared for that purpose.
The Mablerby house is still uncompleted. The building committee refusing to accept it in its present condition.
Geo. Blackwell has purchased about fifteen acres of Cornelius Carlough and will at once finish the building thereon.
The Park Ridge fire company with their engine passed through town, thoroughly equipped to get a record of time necessary for going a certain distance. The made a fine appearance.
Mr. A. M. Crotty has purchased from Cornelius Demarest all of his possessions lying on the west side of the public road leading to Pearl River, about thirty seven acres, and has commenced the building of a commodious house thereon.

19 May 1899

Wm. H. Jersey has sold five acres of land to Mr. Van Taube for $50(?).
Fred Linderman has plans drawn for a building on South avenue.
Mr. Thos. Buttridge of New York spending a few days at John Male's.
Street Supt. Jersey has graded South avenue and put in excellent condition.
A. M. Crotty on Wednesday began the erection of a residence on his new purchase.
Mrs. Andrew Perry has leased her house in Montvale to a party from Pearl River.
Mr. Genung has failed as yet to get a certificate as Justice of the Peace, although elected.
Garret Van Houten is taking the school census. There are less than one hundred children of school age in the borough.
The contracts to have been signed and bonds given by the contractors for the building of the new school house in the borough.
The New York parties who purchased the Crotty property will take possession today. Mr. Crotty has temporarily leased the Blauvelt house.
Farmer John Male met with an accident in driving home from Pearl River on Tuesday. In turning the corner of North and South ave ---(?) on the way home a wheel broke down and both occupants jumped from the vehicle and escaped injury. Every spoke of the wheel was broken. Mr. Male and his companion were obliged to foot it home.

26 May 1899

Mr. Crotty has sold the Fred Steiner farm to a New York party.
Contractor P. Nelson is working on the new Crotty buildings.
Assessor Van Riper is making his daily rounds.
The first boarders of the season have arrived at J. J. Demarest's
Mrs. Gormley has arrived home from Baltimore, Md.
Mr. Dean has just put an engine in his factory for running the sewing machines.
Mr. J. W. Allison has taken a trip to the seashore for the benefit of his health.,
J. J. Blauvelt the Pearl River florist will furnish bulbs for planting the bed by the depot.
D. Woodby (?) and John F. Hering are building a dwelling for Thos. Atherton.
Mayor Perry of Park Ridge has moved his old barn to a place farther from the road giving a better appearance to his plot.
After the usual summer vacation, Montvale will have two school houses now in course of erection.
John A. L. Blauvelt is suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism.
Summer boarders are already locating in the borough for the season.
The store building will next month be abandoned as a school.
The present teachers at the public schools have been re-engaged for another year.
Former Comptroller Hough, of Jersey City, who owns two farms in this section, has made extensive improvements to the property.
Mr. Genning is on a visit to Elizabeth this week.
Mrs. Van Wagoner has contracted to remove her present house to another site and will also build a new one.
There are six houses in course of erection in the borough, besides two school houses.

2 June 1899

Albert Sandall holds a position in New York.
The Acme Filter Co. are doing an increased business.
Fredrick Linderman has made an addition to the lot purchased from Mrs. Hopper.
Mr. Crotty occupies Mrs. A. G. Hopper's house while having his own built.
Chas. Van Zandt has completed his new house and will soon move here from Hackensack.
Mr. Crotty has finished the building of a barn, and carpenters are now at work erecting a residence for him.
Geo. Blackwell has plans drawn for a house and barn on the property recently purchased from Cornelius Carlock. Mr. Blackwell is now operating the farm.
Mrs. Perry has leased her house on the road to Pearl River to parties from Ogdensburg who moved here this week.
Edward Seaman has occupied a position in New York. His position in Ackerman's store is filled by Percy Van Riper.
The new boarding house of Knopping and Plehn is finished; and all the rooms are taken both in the old and new buildings.
Dr. Von Taupe has returned from the city for the summer and many of his pupils came with him to board during the vacation.
Mr. DeGroff has invested in a trotter as has Mr. Van Lee. One of the latter's horses broke loose in the barn a few days ago and ate bushel of wheat. The animal will recover.

9 Jun 1899

Honey Bees Drove a Church Congregation into the Open Air to Worship

Messrs. J.F. Stocking Co. are shipping a large number of dry picked ducks to market.
The parties who bought the Morris Gurnee plot have moved into the house.
Mr. Crotty's barn is completed and occupied. His new house is nearing the same end.
Mrs. Terkuile's mother has returned to her New York State home, taking with her her granddaughter, Julia.
Mr. Manlerby has had his building completed by day workers. The contractor Oliver Conklin, failing to complete the same.
Two swarms of honey bees in the upper Montvale church on Sunday last compelled Rev. Joseph Ware to administer in the spiritual needs of the congregation in the open air. Seats were placed in the shade of trees, while the humming bees had possession of the interior part of the house of worship. Res. Van Riper hived one swarm, one being smothered in the stove pipe.
In excavating for the cellar of the school at Van Riper's the men came on an old foundation wall long since forgotten. It was in a good state of preservation; even the lime on the inside of the cellar wall was plainly coated. The oldest inhabitant does not recollect of a building there.
In Montvale the thermometer registered 100 in the shade on Tuesday.
Former May Terkuile is continuing improvements to his property. He had a handsome residence and grounds.
The school closes on June 30th,
Louis Westphol met with an accident while shoeing horses on Wednesday morning, by which he so injured his back as to be unable to follow his vocation.
A. M. Crotty has sold six acres of land near Saddle River to a New York party, who expects to build.

16 June 1899

Plehn & Knopping are furnishing their new boarding house.
Fred Steiner has moved into Mrs. Van Riper's house.
Louis Westphal is still confined to his bed the ---?? illness
Mr. R. Stockel and family have arrived at Sunny Terrace and will remain for the summer.
Mr. Van Taube is building a bridge over the Pascack stream to his new purchase from W. H. Jersey.
In driving to Englewood on Tuesday, Mr. Stellman's horse took sick at Closter and died in a few hours.
The schools closed on Tuesday and on Wednesday enjoyed a picnic at Leach's Glen. The teachers accompanied the children.
Mr. Hering aged 90 was about town on Wednesday. He is in the enjoyment of excellent health for one of his years.
Chas. Quackenbush has the contract for the building of a house for Mr. Blackwell on property recently acquired by the latter.
Builders have commenced operation on both the proposed schoolhouses. These buildings will be completed in time for the reopening of the schools in September.
Mr. Unger, a farmer, lately invested in a team of broncos which had seen service among the Rough Riders in the war with Spain. On Tuesday one of the horses kicked Mr. Unger on the jaw and throat, frightfully injuring and disfiguring him. He was taken to the Hackensack Hospital where his wounds were dressed and he remained at that institution for a few days.

23 June 1899

Fred Linderman supplies the town with strawberries.
A. M. Crotty is erecting an office building near the depot.
Foundation walls for the second school is ready for the frame.
A wedding will take place in the town during the summer.
Chas. Van Zandt, of Hackensack has moved into his new house.
The Upper Montvale school has been closed for the annual vacation.
Mr. Plehn's horse ran away on Saturday smashing the wagon: no one hurt.
Mr. Abraham Hopper and Edward Brown are shippers of fine cherries to market.
Mr. Bonnet of Park Ridge is gathering the hay from Mr. A. G. Hopper's farm.
Mr. Knopping had an operation performed on one of his eyes, which has improved since.
The teachers in both schools have been reengaged by the Board of Education for another year.
*Cornelius I. Demarest, a former resident of Montvale died at Nanuet on Sunday. He was 82 years old.
Springsteen Bros. of Pearl River, are erecting a house and barn adjoining that of Mr. Van Zandt.
The bronco which kicked Mr. Unger in the neck and face had another exploit on Saturday. The animal ran away and succeeded in damaging the vehicle. Mr. Unger who was badly hurt, is out of the Hackensack Hospital, and is in the care of a New York physician.
Sydney Genung was last March elected a Justice of the peace by a large majority, but for some unknown cause he has failed to receive a certificate from the Secretary of State. The friends of Mr. Genung cannot understand what reason there can be for withholding the document.

30 June 1899

Builders at work erecting the two school houses. They will be completed for the opening of the schools in September.
The Montvale Board of Education will receive from the State appropriation for schools $68.25 (?) for the coming year. This is exclusive of appropriations heretofore voted for schools.
Carpenters began the erection of A. M. Crottys office building, near the depot on Wednesday
Mr. and Mrs. Stagel and children, of New York are spending the summer in Montvale.
Charles Van Zandt has moved into his new house.
By the new timetable, Montvale gets an extra train each way.
Improvements to Henry Van Lee's residence have been completed. Mr. Van Lea has invested in a new trotter, with a record of 2:50.
Carpenters have started the frame on the school.
Mr. A. Methany has returned from his southern trip.
Mr. and Mrs. Peter Puels, of Brooklyn, was in town on Tuesday it being the anniversary of his mother's birth.
The sale of the Jobey mill property has been adjourned for anther week.
Mr. Terkuile is doing considerable grading around his new buildings. Jersey & Pullis are the contractors.
Percy Van Riper has invested in one of the latest improved wheels.
Cherries are plentiful and hay is scarce.
Jacob J. Hopper is the first to finish the gathering of his hay this season.
Artie Hering has graduated from school this season.

7 July 1899

A. M. Crotty has moved into his new office building.
Garret F. Hering is among the oldest NJ & NY railroad employees. He has been station agent for the past eighteen years.
There are many more city boarders in Montvale this summer than in any previous year. One boarding housekeeper finds his accommodations so limited that he proposes to convert his woodshed into a sleeping quarters.
The Board of Education will meet tonight. Miss Stagg of Hackensack and Mrs. Ware of Montvale, have been engaged as teachers in the new public school, now in course of erection. Rev. Mr. Ware, who resides in the borough, will teach for another year in Saddle River.
The Borough Council met on Monday night. It has bee decided between the councils of Montvale and Park Ridge to improve the highway known as the "Division Road." The center of the road is the division line between the two boroughs and has been neglected for a long time. Superintendent Jersey will next week commence the work of improving it. [Note from transcriber - this would be the present West Grand Ave from Lake St. west.]

14 July 1899

Mr. W. H. Dean contemplates enlarging his apron plant.
Mr. Mc Cabe was sworn in on Monday night as councilman of the borough. In place of Christopher Evans, resigned.
Mr. Travis has shipped the last of his oil tanks to New York.
Roads are now being worked; the late rains making the ground in good condition to make the work satisfactory.
Garry Van Houten caught a real kissing bug on the new school building.
Plehn and Knopping are the proprietors of three boarding houses in the Pascack valley. Besides adults there are nearly one hundred children at the houses for the summer.
W. S. Banta of Hackensack, is disposing of his real estate in this section. On Monday he sold forty acres located on the Middletown road to a party from Rochester, N. Y., who intends to build a residence and barn on the property.

21 July 1899

Mr. an Mrs. Thomerman of Brooklyn are at the Octagon cottage.
Chief John J. Cashman is staying at Mr. E. R. Teller's
Mr. R. E. Stockel has purchased a yacht which will be used on Hering's pond.
Mrs. Von Leh has her house full of summer boarders.
Abram P. Haring has his complement of summer collegiate boarders.
Mr. Martin, of New York, purchased the Jobey mill and property at sheriff's sale,
Otto Welsner has the contract for grading around the new building of Mr. Crotty.
Mr. Chas. Stocking during his vacation is personally supervising the stock farm of G. F. Stocking & Co. They ship very fine stock to market.
Mr. Chas. H. Taft and family are boarding at Mrs. Taft's parents, Mr. and Mrs. S.S. Barrie's.
Builder Nelson finds it necessary to employ an additional force of men. He has the contract for building both school buildings - the one is nearing completion, while on the other the foundation only has been laid. Both should be completed on September 1st.

28 July 1899

Mr. John A. L. Blauvelt is ill.
Mrs. Walters is ill with malaria.
The Borough Council will meet on Aug 7th.
Mr. Crotty sold the last of the Castalona property on Monday.
Both school houses will be completed and ready for occupancy on Sept. 1.
Mrs. Joseph Methudy of St. Louis, Mo. is visiting her aunt Mrs. Clara Puels.
Mr. John Murray the purchaser of the Stiner farm is erecting a store building on his place.
Mr. Stockel has invested in a pony and cart for the use of his family, who are boarding at Mrs. F. Ackerman's.
Lightning on Saturday night struck a large tree on the property of F.(?) F. Wortendyke, knocking it to splinters.
The purchaser of the W. S. Banta farm, existing --------------, is preparing to build a handsome residence upon the property.
The road which divides the borough of Montvale and Park Ridge has been greatly improved and is now passable. It had been in bad condition. The Middletown road has also received attention.

4 August 1899

Alfred M. Crotty has completed his new residence and occupying it.
The lower Montvale School building is finished and will now be furnished.
John J. Demarest is confined to his house by illness.
John A. L. Blauvelt went to Sneden's Landing on Tuesday. he caught over one hundred crabs.
The contract for the erection of a residence, barn and outbuildings on the property formerly owned by W. S. Banta was awarded on Tuesday and operations will begin at once.
Charles Hopper has the contract for building a tile well in the new school cellar.
Morris Gurnee has finished digging the cellar on the Blelock farm.
Ex-comptroller Hough is making large improvements to his grounds.
Mr. Isaac Forshay dropped his watch at the depot while getting out of his wagon and did not miss it until he arrived home. A young lady found it and returned the same to the owner,
The hack at the station is doing a thriving business,
The Jobey factory is still occupied,
Mr. George Blackwell;s new house is near completion,
A large quantity of apples are nightly shipped to the city,
Mr., Mandelsamin (?) contemplates the building of a large hotel and summer boarding house on his farm.
Upper Montvale Sunday school picnic was held in Neer's grove on Wednesday.

11 August 1899

Mrs. John a. L. Blauvelt is afflicted with malaria fever.
*The population of Montvale is increasing. A new girl has arrived in the family of Chas. J. Hopper and a son in the family of Nicholas Stalter.
The Montvale Borough Council met in monthly session on Monday evening. Little business was transacted. The assessor's books will be revised next week.
Montvale seems to be a favorite spot for city people to summer at. Messrs. Plen & Knapping have on hundred and twenty-eight boarders: A. P. Haring thirty, JOhn J. Demarest 10, Mrs. F. Ackerman six, R. J. Sandall fifteen and Henry Van Lee twenty.
Morris Gurnee has the contract for excavating for the foundations of the new buildings on the Banta property,m and Jacob Hopper will do the mason work.
Mr., Crotty is now occupying his new house,
J. J. Hopper has the contract for the cellar work of he Blelock house.
The Dean factory has commenced work on flannel.
Ex-Mayor Turkuile's family are off on a vacation.
Park Ridge's mayor. Mr. Andrew Perry has turned the office building into a flat,
Mr. Clark, of Rochester, has taken charge of the Belock farm.
The settlement of the Jobey property has not yet been made.
The depot hackman has retired from his labors.
Mr. J. J. demarest has recovered from his illness.
The Uln?? boarding house on the Ridge has received a number of boarders.
Mr. J. D, Van riper has set himself down to real farming, and his maturing crops show the good results of his labors.

18 August 1899

The new school is nearly completed.
Geo. Bennet's harvesting a second crop of hay on the Hopper farm.
Paul Hilbig is the owner of a thoroughbred Belgian bloodhound pup.
Louis Trippel - training for the track ----(?) contest at t he Rockland fair.
A party from "Sunny Terrace" drove to Caspar Hill and spent the day in the mountains.
Hering & Storms have received the contract for placing steam heaters in the new school houses.
Special meeting of the Borough Council called for Friday night for the purpose of inspecting the assessment books.
Mr. Garret F. Hering and party of fifteen drove to the mountains near Nyack on Wednesday morning and spent the day.
Mr. Murray, who lately purchased the Steiner property is building an addition to the house.
The assessment roll in the Borough of Montvale has been increased $???over last year. The increase largely due to the building of additional houses during the past year.
Mayor Andrew P. Perry of Park Ridge is the owner of the "little butcher shop around the corner" which has been unoccupied for some time. This week he leased it to Jackson whites and the neighbors are indignant.
Oliver Van Lendigo and Mr. Genty quarreled on Monday morning, resulting in a Bought in which Gentry gave Van Lendigo a terrible beating, Gentry was arrested and gave bounty for his appearance at the September ---???court.

25 August 1899

George Blackwell, of Pearl River, moved into his new house in Montvale on Wednesday.
Both the school houses will be completed for the beginning of the Fall term, on Sept. 1st.
The school furniture has been ordered and will be placed in position at once.
Summer boarders are homeward bound.
Mr. Chas. Dutcher is improving the buildings on the Jacob Horn property, and has leased the same for a term.
J. W. Allison is still spending his time at the shore.
Mr. Terkuile's family have returned from Asbury Park.
Lightning struck in the residence of Mr. Hartle Monday night the ball exploding in the room where he was sitting, without doing much damage.
The wedding bells will ring in September at the Puels homestead.
James Slunt has started for Cairo Mich., where he intends to make his future home.

1 September 1899

Plehn & Knopping have closed their boarding house for the season.
Abram P. Harring still has his full compliment of boarders.
Mr. Dean has ordered fifteen additional sewing machines for his apron factory.
Mr. R. E. Stockel is taking a business trip to the West.
Mrs. Blelock is to have a well bored on her purchase.
Fred Linderman is clearing up his lot preparatory to putting up a building.
The furniture for the new school house arrived this week and the buildings will be ready for occupancy next Tuesday.
Mrs. Mayer has moved to A. Avenengo's house.
One of the buildings on the Banta farm has been finished.
The Horn homestead is receiving a thorough overhauling at the hand of carpenters.

8 September 1899:

Mr. Von Leh is placing boarders in his house.
The new schools are ready for the furniture.
A great many grey squirrels have been shot this season.
Mr. Clyde Van Riper is at home on his vacation.
John F. Hering attended the encampment of the G.A.R. at Philadelphia on Monday.
*Charles Hopper's family has increased; the new addition being a little daughter.
Mr. C. Lundburg and family are visiting at his mother's home.
Mrs. Poinsette and child, of Burlington county, are staying at her cousin's Mrs. G. B. Hering.
Mr. Leopold Methudy, of St. Louis, is here to attend the wedding of his sister Lou which will take place Sept 12.
Edward Brown, formerly borough clerk was removed to the Morris Plains Asylum on Tuesday. He had become a raving maniac and stabbed himself seven times in the right breast inflicting terrible wounds. Brown is highly educated; for the past two years he was given to drinking excessively.

15 September 1899

It is now W. H. Dean and Sons of the apron factory; the new partner Wm. H. Jr. arriving on Sept 8 (?) th.
Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Aicken have been stopping at Mr. and Mrs. Dean's.
Mr. Von Leh had added to his farm by purchasing from the Mrs. Peterson estate.
Mrs. Blelock and Miss Clark and Prof. Warner and wife are at Mrs. Ackerman's Sunny Terrace.
*Miss Lou Methnay of this place and Mr. Calvin B. Brisco of Newark, were married at the Puele homestead Tuesday; about fifty guests were present. The bride and groom started at once under a shower of rice in the carriage which was decorated by the guests, to Hillsdale where they took a train for their wedding trip. Upon their return they will settle down in Newark.
Many residents attended the Orangeburgh fair this week. The fair closes to-day. The New City fair will be held in October and will also attract many residents from this portion of Bergen County.
The new Upper Montvale school was opened on Tuesday, but there is delay in the opening of the other school, because of the non-arrival of furniture purchased some time ago.

Montvale's valuation on real and personal property reaches $184,118 (?) and the amounts of taxes to be paid to the State and county are:
State School $?09.45
Count y ?27.20
Bounty and Interest 71.18
County Poor 46.37
Poll tax 97.00

22 September 1899

Hering & Son's cider mill is in operation.
Mr. G. R. Hough is erecting a poultry house on his farm for the purpose of raising only pure strain stock.
Mrs. Clara Puels and family have gone to the city for the winter.
On Monday a car load of fertilizer was shipped to Montvale, and was unloaded on Wednesday. The stench about the depot was horrible and passengers left the station to get a sniff of fresh air. It is the duty of the Board of Health to put a stop to this nuisance.
The lower Montvale school was opened on Wednesday morning. The Board of Education was obliged to borrow seats from the Episcopal church, because of the non-arrival of the school furniture ordered two months ago.
John A. L. Blauvelt on Wednesday celebrated his sixty fourth birthday. For twenty three years he was constable in old Washington township and then resigned.
There will be a perceptible decrease in the tax rate this year.

29 September 1899

Professor Wanner and family have gone to the city for the season.
Herring's cider mill is in full blast.
Mr. Dean had added another lot of sewing machines to his apron factory.
Mr. John Wanamaker is confined to his home on account of sickness.
The new school seats are heard from they are now on the way.
Samuel E. Brown sold his personal effects on Wednesday, and will hereafter reside in New York.
The Jobey factory has been closed up; the intention is to start another pipe factory in the same place.
Mr. Avenengo has started the building of a house on his grounds opposite Mrs. Abrams house.
Abram A. Hopper has finished his peach season, and now turns his attention to his apple crop. He is the raiser of the largest quantity and variety of these fruits.
*Miss Ackerman sister of Mr. Freeman Ackerman, died at her home on Sunday night after a week's illness. The funeral took place on Wednesday.
The furniture for the school house has not as yet arrived. The delay is inexcusable. Temporary seats have been procured and the school opened.

6 October 1899

School closed for one week.
Ackerman Bros. light their store with Acetylene gas. It makes a brilliant light.
John A. L. Blauvelt is confined to his house by illness.
The street superintendent is improving the condition of the highways.
Mr. Crotty is drawing plans for another new house on his purchase. It will be commodious and have all modern improvements.
The Board of Registration meets on Tuesday at the Grove House and will organize. The registration of voters will occupy but a single day, and the Board will again meet on the following Tuesday.
The school furniture has not yet arrived. The manufacturers say: It is on the road." The Board of Education has be obliged to borrow seats from the Episcopal chapel.
Mrs. Blelock's building is progressing rapidly, and when completed will be an ornament to Montvale borough. It will contain all modern improvements including the telephone.
It seems that the lower Montvale school is run to suit the teacher. This week Mrs. Ware told the scholars that they need not return until next Monday and this too in the face of the fact that the school over which she presides, has been open for fifteen days. Mrs. Ware is an officer in a temperance, association, which meets this week, but that is no excuse why her duties as a teacher should be neglected. Parents of pupils object to the unnecessary closing of the school, and formal complaint will be made in the Board of Education, and if that body does not act then an appeal will be made to the county superintendent. The school has been closed too often and is greatly interferes with the progress of the pupils.

13 October 1899

Louis Westphal has purchased an interest in a Pearl River blacksmith shop.
Ex-Councilman Hough is building another extension to his poultry business and yards.
Mrs. Blauvelt, widow of the late Albert C. Blauvelt, intends moving to Paterson.
The Democrats will hold their primary for the election of delegates on the ?rd at the Grove House.
The residence of mrs. Blelock is nearly completed and the new dwelling of Mr. Avenengo is under way.
Street Supt. Jersey has been making decided improvement to highways. The borough is gradually putting all its roads in repair.
Mr. DeGraaf found one of his horses dead in his stall on Sunday morning. The animal sowed no signs of sickness on Saturday.
Mr. Bevins formerly with J. E. Stocking will take the position occupied by Mr. L. I.. Chevany with the Triumph poultry farm. Mr. Chevany has a lucrative (?) position near Nanuet.
Plehn & Knopping who were the proprietors of several boarding houses and who entertained as many as one hundred and fifty boarders during the past summer have dissolved partnership, and there will be a sale of their personal effects.
The Board of Election at the Grove House on Tuesday elected Sidney Genung, Dem. judge J. J. Demarest, Rep. Inspector; Geo. Smith, Dem. and John W. Allison; Rep. clerks. They at once proceeded to make the canvass for voters. There are less that one hundred voters in the borough. The Board will meet again at the Grove House next Tuesday.
The new sets of furniture has arrived and on Saturday the lower Montvale school was properly furnished. It is safe to say that hereafter the Board of Education will run the schools in the interest of the public and not permit teachers to close them to suit their individual interests. Teachers ought to satisfied with the customary two months' vacation besides legal holidays.

20 October 1899

Mr. Von Glehn is very ill in New York.
Mr. Peter A. Haring occupies the Brown homestead for the winter.
There are ninety four voters on the registration lists.
The Democrats will hold their primary at the Grove House on Monday evening.
Chestnuts are very plentiful, so are the pickers.
Mr. Sandall has disposed of the Listhardt place to New York parties.
Mr. Hollis has commenced carting material for his new dwelling.
Res Van Riper is hunting deer in the wilds of Western New York.
Daniel Duryea has sold his milk route to Clarence Cooper.
Oliver Avenengo began the erection of a house on Monday.
A. M. Crotty want to be a coroner and is seeking the nomination from the Republican convention.
John DeGroff has shipped over three hundred barrels of apples to the New York market.
Mr. F. O. Page and wife, one of the veteran engineers of the Pennsylvania railroad, are paying their niece Mrs. J. H. Hering, a visit.
Stone throwing still continues. Tuesday night five boys were seen throwing stones at the new school but it was too dark to distinguish them.
Mr. Benson's horse fan away on Monday. The horse had been driven to Pearl River, was tied to a post, and broke loose. The horse with only a bridle, was found on Wednesday in Ogdensburgh, Sussex county. where the animal had stopped at the former residence of Mr. Benson. This is the second time the horse has run away and gone to Ogdensburgh which is at least fifty miles from Montvale.

27 October 1899

Collector F. C. Ackerman is sending out the tax bills.
Mr. John Male is supplying the Hotel Martin with mushrooms and fancy fruits.
Mr. Van Olalin (?) is seriously ill in the city.
The Board of Education has furnished the two schools with new flags.
Mr. Chas. Evans and family of Jersey City have moved in Mrs. A. G. Hopper's home.
Herman (unreadable??) and family will move to the city for the winter.
A. M. Crotty has been reelected a member of the Republican County Committee. There was considerable opposition to him; twenty seven votes were cast. Crotty received 14 and 13 for J. D. Van Riper.
Louis Westphal has given up the idea of establishing himself in business at Pearl River, and will remain in Montvale.

3 November 1899

Mrs. A. C. Blauvelt moved to Paterson on Monday.
The new bridge on the Middletown road has been completed.
J. V. DeGroff intends building on his property.
Mr. Thompson is negotiating for the purchase of the Crotty property.
Mr. Avenengo's house is nearing completion. He will occupy the residence himself.
Two names were added to the registration list on Tuesday, making a total of ninety-six voters in the borough. The election will be held at the Grove House.

10 November 1899

The Jobey factory is still idle.
The apron and gown factory is in full blast.
Mr. Denton has sold his farm to New York parties.
The election passed off very quietly. Only sixty votes were cast.
Fred Linderman has deferred the erection of a building near his shop until Spring.
Daniel Neer moved to New Brunswick.
The Peter Duryea property has been sold to Mr. Losser (?) of New York. The farm consists of 72 acres.
Isaac Forshay is seriously ill. He is one of Montvale's oldest residents.
Mr. Hough has commenced shipping live poultry from his immense brooding yards.
Mrs. Clark has gone to Rochester to supervise the packing of her household goods for shipment to this place.

17 November 1899

The Avenengo house is rapidly nearing completion.
Mrs. Walters has embarked to the chicken business.
Mr. J. Male has been confined to his house by illness.
Mrs. Oliver (?) Gumbe (?) the mother has returned to New York for the winter.
Mr. Denton and family have moved to Richmond Hill, L.I. The Denton farm is now occupied by the new owner Mr. Wader.
Mr. Hough is still busy enlarging and improving his chicken plant which when completed will be one of the finest in the state.
A horse driven by Mr. Geo. Clark ran away on Tuesday. Mr. Clark was thrown out, falling on his shoulder and was slightly injured.
While sportsmen were engaged in chasing the cotton tails. Fred Linderman went hunting for honey. He cut down a large tree in which a swarm of bees were located, but got less than a quart for his trouble.
David W. Neer disposing of his personal effects today and will move to New Brunswick where he has accepted a position with his brother.

24 November 1899
(very poor copy)

Mr. Male has recovered from his illness.
D. W. Neer has moved to New Brunswick to reside.
Road improvements have been suspended for the winter.
The artesian well has been bored on the farm of Mrs. Blelock.
Mrs. A. L. Blauvelt is visiting her daughter in Hillsdale this week.
Mr. D. Ebberingk ???? has arrived from Holland and is stopping with Mr. Terkuile.
A resident killed three porkers this week weighing together eight hundred pounds.
Mrs. W. H. Martin was taken to the Hackensack Hospital on Saturday night for on operation.
Both of the local schools are closed from next Wednesday afternoon until the following Monday,
The commissioner of appeals will hear complaints------------------on tuesday at the Grove House.
Chicken thieves -------J. J. Demarest and received ---------------
F. C. Lindermann has postponed the building of his proposed shop until spring provided lumber -------------------
Mr. and Mrs.---------------------------------------------------------------------
The family of Frank Warner was in town on Monday. He has been absent for nearly two years ---------------------------------------------------------------------------

1 December 1899

The Commissioners of Appeals with Assessor and Collector met at the Grove House on Tuesday. There were but few complaints.
The Benson family has moved from Montvale into the Brambell house in the Borough of Park Ridge.
Mr. Avenengo's new house has been completed, and he will soon occupy it.
John Male has resumed the cultivation of mushrooms for the season. Mushroom growing is now quite an industry in this section. They bring $1.00 a pound and upwards in market.
Mr. Nestierhorn moved on Monday to Upper Saddle River.
*The residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Jersey was the scene of a charming wedding on Wednesday night when their daughter, Miss Minnie was married to Mr. Abram Jersey, of Oradell. many relatives and invited guests were present and the couple received numerous gifts. They will reside at Pearl River.
Res Van Riper has shot 72 woodcock this season. Messrs. Frank Meyers and Elwin Van Riper captured two raccoons in the Bears Nest last week.
Last week thieves stole over 2,000 feet of copper wire from the trolley poles on the White Line in Passaic county.

8 December 1899

Edward Knopping is much interested in poultry farming and raising fine ducks.
Mr. John F. Hering is seriously ill.
Mr. Benson has moved into the Bremhall house.
John A. L. Blauvelt, on Tuesday killed a porker weighing two hundred and 80v (?) pounds.
Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Jersey have moved to Pearl River.
The schools will be closed during the holiday week.
A. M. Crotty and others are planning an entertainment, the proceeds of which will be used to provide libraries for the public schools.

15 December 1899

New York parties on Tuesday purchased forty acres from the west end of the Teller farm. The intention is to cut the land into plots and erect buildings thereon at once.
Mr. A. C. Blauvelt is quite ill at Hackensack.
John A. L. Blauvelt is struggling with the grip.
Garret F. Hering is the grand juror from this section.
Collector Ackerman will be at Sandall's grocery store tomorrow to receive taxes.
It is reported that the Jobey pipe factory which was vacated about a year ago is to be converted into a patent leather factory giving employment to many hands.

22 December 1899

The Council meets on Jan 2d.
*A baby boy arrived in the family of Monzo Mann on Monday.
The Methodist will observe Christmas on Monday in their chapel at upper Montvale, while the Episcopalians will hold services in St. Paul's Chapel on Sunday.
*Wm. Serven received a Christmas gift on Wednesday evening in the shape of a little boy.
A portion of the new school furniture has been exchanged for something more suitable for the larger scholars.
Collector Ackerman will next week settle in full with the County Collector for all appropriations.
Mrs. Henry O. Ellsworth and her son Charles sailed on Saturday for a three months visit to her daughter, Mrs. J. Yardley Johnston, who resides in London.
The schools of this borough are to have school libraries at last. The credit is due to Mr. Crotty, who raised $46 by an entertainment. This with a like amount from the State will furnish a fair supply to begin with. Supt. Terhune has been after this district a long time. He finally wrote to some intelligent citizens and Mr. Crotty did the rest. Mr. Terhune received notice from Mr. Crotty to send blanks for the State application, seven o'clock Wednesday evening. He went back to the office and mailed them at once. He was too anxious about the limited appropriation to raise a single mail. He says some officers are unreasonably dilatory about purchasing after the money is raised. This leaves but one school in the county without a library, and North Arlington will have no rest until it falls in line.
[NOTE: From the Park Ridge column of the same date:
The military drama, "Between Two Fires," produced at Foresters Hall on Tuesday night, attracted a large audience. The proceeds were for the benefit of the library fund of the school of Montvale. There was a strong cast, fine costumes and appropriate scenery. The performance was followed by a dance, The entertainment netted a profit of $46.]

29 December 1899

5 January 1900

Ex-comptroller Hough and family have returned to Jersey City for the winter.
The ice on the pond of Herring & son is eight inches thick and will be ---------- next week.
The Jobey factory has been rented for one year, and if the business can successfully be carried on the parties now in charge have secured the right to purchase the property.
Among those who visited the city for a holiday vacation was Mr. and Mrs. Garret Van Houten.
One man in town who is particularly busy now is blacksmith Linderman who is a committee of one looking for a location for the new canning factory.
J. J. Brickell has purchased from Andrew P. Perry six acres of woodland which he put in charge of woodcutters.
Mrs. Belock has completed her new residence and will move into it on Jan ?th
Parties interested in the building of a two hall here ae meeting on Saturday night and discussed the possibilities. It looks as though the borough will have a hall in the Spring.

Is it an Elopement?

Mrs. Brown who is the daughter of William Forshay and George Russell disappeared on Saturday and it is rumored that the pair have left together. Mrs. Brown's husband is employ at Paterson. The relatives of the woman think that the pair are locate in a town up the Hudson river, but cannot definitely state the location.

12 January 1900

No tidings have been received of the eloping couple Mrs. Brown and Russell.
Hering & son and Mr. Ellsworth are filling their houses with ten inch ice.
David Forshee has sold his house and four acres of ground.
Wm. H. Jersey, has the contract for finishing a well for the canning factory.
Fredrick J. Hering who is 89 years of age is convalescent, after a brief illness
A pleasant Social party met at Freeman Ackerman's Sunny Terrace, Wednesday evening.
Mr. Male is starting a mushroom bed.
Ferdinand Denoucourt is furnishing mushrooms from his new cellar to the New York market.
John A. L. Blauvelt one of he best known residents of the borough, has been on the sick list for the past month. When, Montvale was a part of old Washington township he served as constable for more than twenty years and finally resigned the office.
The funeral of Mrs. James Serven was held in Pearl River on Tuesday. After months of suffering she died on Saturday, as the result of an injury sustained last August at Booton, where the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western train started as she was alighting. Mrs. Serven was thrown against the guard rail of the car and her left thigh was broken.
Louis Westphal was obliged to kill his trotter on Sunday morning. Some time ago the horse was bitten by a mad dog. The horse on Saturday became vicious and it was dangerous to approach it. Westphal now wants the Borough Council to pay him for his loss. Louis bought him four years ago for $15, but he now asks $30. The Councilmen are under the impression that the raise in horse flesh in not warranted in this case.

19 January 1900

26 January 1900

The runaway couple are located at Nyack, N. Y.
Mr. Ellsworth is shipping apples to the New York market.
A son of Pat. Hays killed a snake on Tuesday on the bank near Stiner's spring.
Mrs. Martin is steadily improving from the operation performed in the Hackensack Hospital.
Ackerman Brothers are making extensive alterations to the inside of their store.
Contractor Jersey is digging the well for the coming factory.
The hall committee have the option on a plot of ground adjoining the school house and including the part on which the blacksmith shop is located.
Mr. Male has finished the digging of a well near his barn and has a fine flow of water.
Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Crotty entertained about twenty members of the "Criterion Club," at their home on Tuesday eve. The club will give an entertainment for the benefit of Brookside Lodge. No. ?725 K. of H. about Mar. 1st.

2 February 1900

The dean apron factory is crowded with work.
The purchasers of the Dixon farm are receiving estimates for extensive improvements.
A proposition for lighting the borough will be received at the next Council meeting.
G. F. Stocking co. are furnishing eggs for hatching at the poultry show to New York.
Mrs. Marshall is putting up a new wind mill and pump. The one erected a year ago was a failure.
The R. R. Co. has extended the time to Feb. 16th as the final date for filing application for space in the Summer Homes Book.
The meting called by the secretary of the hall building committee was not well attended on account of the storm.

9 February 1900

Hering & son have their ice houses almost filled with ice.
Mrs. Blelock has moved into her house on Middletown road.
Mayor Garret F.. Hering has been confined to the house through illness for several days.
Mr. John Becker mother of Fredrick (?) Linderman (??) died on Monday. She was 75 years old.
The Montvale Borough Council meets on Monday evening when the collector's statement will be received.
The barn of Capt. Mc Adams was burned on Saturday night. The Captain, who is an old New York fireman, assisted by his neighbors, managed to save his horses, sleighs, wagons and harness, gut a large number of chickens were burned. The building was insured.

16 February 1900

The town hall project is meeting with success. It will be built in the Spring.
The John Hunt farm has been sold to a Brooklyn resident.
Mr. Navarra has commenced the digging of a cellar for a house to be built on his recent purchase.
Mr. Charles O. Ellsworth has a lucrative position in London, England, with his brother-in-law J. Vardly Johnson.
A petition is in circulation asking the Borough Council for a franchise to extend the electric lighting system through the borough of Montvale. This petition will shortly be presented to the Borough Council for its consideration. If the highways are to be lighted it means an appropriation for that purpose.
Louis Westphal, whose horse had to be killed because of its being afflicted with the rabies, appointed three appraisers to determine the value of his charges. The horse had been bitten by a mad dog and Westphal claims damages from the Borough council. The appraisers fix the value at $30. What the council will allow is anther thing,.

23 February 1900

The borough primary will be held a the Grove House on March 9. Two councilmen are to be elected this spring.
The election for members of the Board of Education takes place on March on 20, appropriations will also be voted upon.
The Messrs. Hering have succeeded in filling their houses with a fine crop of ice.
Sydney Genung, who last spring was elected justice of the peace, but for some reason failed to get a commission, will again be nominated an no doubt re-elected.
Mr. Genung has put an Aceyteline (sic) gas machine in the new residence of Mrs. Belock.
Squire Crotty has invested in a "Remington typewriter."
William Forshee will take up his residence with his son John in Paterson.
The Mutual Improvement and Public Benefit Society are rehearsing for an entertainment.
Mr. Mader was caught in the snow storm on Saturday night and had to put up at the hotel until Sunday morning.
The State Line Poultry Farm has started its incubators.
Ex-Comptroller Hough pays regular visits to his poultry yards, and intends to make a fine showing in the spring.
Mr. J. Male is making arrangements for the coming season's work.
The borough council will met on Montvale night to settle up business for the year and receive the collector's report.

2 March 1900

Borough officers will be nominated next Tuesday night.
The election for members of the Board of Education occurs on March 30th.
Mr. Dinancourt has returned to his home for the summer. The Jobey mill will be started up during the month of March.
Mr. Hollis is receiving lumber from the West for the building of his new residence,
Meeting of the Board of Registry at the hotel of John A. L. Blauvelt next Tuesday between the hours of 1 and 9 p. m.
At the borough meeting on Monday evening the Collector's accounts were reviewed and audited. Two different applications for the right of setting poles and stringing electric wires were received and laid over.
The Democratic primary to elect a delegate to nominate a candidate for Freeholder will be held to-night at Blauvelt's Hotel. The convention takes place in Westwood on Saturday evening.

9 March 1900

Two councilmen and one justice for an unexpired term are to be elected at the coming election, in addition to freeholder.
Mrs. Van Glahn, who has been confined to her home for a long time, is out again.
Miss J. Townsend has received a prize dog from Peekskill, N. Y.
Mr. William Forshee has moved to Paterson.
John Wanamaker, and aged resident is suffering severely from la grippe. The disease is prevalent in this section.
The Montvale Board of Election revised the registry list on Tuesday. Five names were taken from the roll and one added, making the total number of votes 93.
A citizens' primary for the nomination of two councilmen and a justice of the peace will be held at the Grove House to-night.
Election for members of the Board of Education Tuesday, March 20. There are two schools in the borough.

16 March 1900

Catching muskrats has become a lucrative business in this section.
The Borough Council will organize on Monday night.
School meeting next Thursday evening in the Montvale School house.
Francis Ajas has made a purchase of land upon which he will build a residence.
The building for Mr. Navarra (or Navarro) is in ----- of construction.
One of the new turnabouts on the road is the team and surrey of Mrs. Blelock.
F. J. Hering who is in his 90th year, walked to the poles on Tuesday and voted.
The town hall question is again being agitated.
While driving a cow with a rope Mr. I. Forshee was thrown and his hands badly bruised.
On account of the expense of carriage Mr. Dean will remove his apron factory to a location nearer the depot.
The Jobey factory is being put in shape for business. General repairs and painting will be commenced next week. An electric dynamo will be placed in the "building for lighting."
Mr. John A. L. Blauvelt, who has been suffering from acute rheumatism during the Winter, is now afflicted with inflammatory rheumatism. His left arm and hand are swollen and in consequence of his continued ill health, he is desirous of disposing of his hotel property. known as the "Montvale Grove House." one of the oldest hostelries in Bergen county.,

23 March 1900

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Avenango died on Sunday.
The meeting of Borough Council was adjourned until next Monday night.
Mrs. John H. Hering goes to Auburn N. Y. Saturday on a visit to her relatives.
Mrs. Irving Stephens and daughter Edith of Nyack called at the Octagon on Sunday, on a sleigh ride.
Mr. Ellsworth will start a book bindery in Circle hall. A part of the machinery has arrived.
Ida Guntbe and Arthur Hosel where married last week and are keeping house in New York.
The school meeting passed off quietly. Mr. J. J. Sandall and Eugene H. Mahlerby, where elected for three years; and Mr. Jacob Ter Kuile for two years to fill the unexpired term of Jacob J. Hopper resigned.
William Forshay, an aged resident of the section known as Forshaytown, died in Paterson on Sunday. He was visiting at the home of his son, when he died, and his remains were brought here for interment on Tuesday. Deceased was over seventy-five years old.

30 March 1900

John A. L. Blauvelt has purchased the homestead property of the late Albert C. Blauvelt and has taken possession.
Messers. Jersey, Van Riper, and Pulis have purchased the boats, fishing outfits, including nets, etc. belonging to the estate of James J. Blauvelt of Pearl River.
A. M. Crotty has sold several tracts of land lately to new York parties.
The Borough Council has completed its organization. The highways will soon receive attention.,
John H. Jones is disposing of his personal effects to-day, and will probably leave this section.
Wm. Collins has returned to the borough for the spring and Summer.
Rev. Mr. Ware goes to the Methodist Conference next Wednesday. He will probably be given another appointment, having served five years in this section.

6 April 1900

Mrs. John D. Pulis and family are occupying the Van Riper hose at Upper Montvale.
Miss Edith Stephens is at the Sunny Terrace.
Hering and son have purchased a plot of woodland, from which they will cut timber.
Pulis & Co., have the contract for grading the hill on the road near Mr. Van Lee? residence.
Mr. Gorsuley and family leave on May --- for the seashore, and will be absent for the Summer.
Mr. August Nicoller, has taken possession of the Jobey factory building, and is placing machinery for the manufacture of -------frames.
Mr. and Mrs. F. P. Blauding have returned to there former home in Tully, Onondaga Co., NY.
Controller Hough, of Jersey City, has engaged a professional to take charge of his poultry farm.
Louis Westphal has quit the blacksmith ----------in Montvale, and in now employed by Dexter Folder Company at Pearl River.
Rev. Mr. Ware is attending the Methodist Conference at Paterson this week. He will probably be transferred to another charge.

13 April 1900

The wire factory will be put in operation on May 1st.
Mr. Isaac Forshay, eighty years old, is seriously ill at his home.
What has become of the project to erect a town hall? The borough needs such a building.
Miss Stagg, teacher in the upper Montvale school is afflicted with scarlet fever, and a substitute has taken her place.
The lunch party for the benefit of the Congregational church was well attended and the proceeds were satisfactory.
Street Commissioner Pulis, has commenced road improvements in the upper portion of the borough.
A. M. Crotty has contracted for the erection of another house on the road leading to Pearl River.
Frederick Steiner and family left for Maryland on Wednesday morning. They have resided in Montvale for the past thirty years but recently sold their property here and purchased a farm in Maryland.
Rev. Mr. Ware and family have moved to Waldwick, where he is principal of the public school. Mrs. Ware remains as principal of the lower Montvale school.
At the Borough Council meeting on Monday evening two applications for franchises to erect poles and string wires for electric lighting were received and laid over for future consideration.
Mrs. Maria Pulis, who is the ninety-second year of her age, is suffering severely as the result of a fall at her home on Monday, by which her hip was broken. The aged lady is helpless and the physician states that she will never again be able to walk.
The people of Montvale are looking for manufactures to locate their works in the borough. Negotiations are pending for the establishment of a factory which manufactures brass goods; the site has been selected and the chances are that the firm will locate here. There is abundant room for factories in this section.

20 April 1900

John Linderman has started a kennel Club.
Isaac Forshay is recovering from his recent illness.
R. J. Sindall has employed J. Demarest as store and route help.
Artie Hering is employed as clerk in a Pearl River grocery store.
The Madison School, Mr. Von Taube principal, will locate at Montvale May 1st.
Edward Jersey and family now occupy the Hunt farm, which he has purchased.
A substitute in in school No. 1, Mrs. Ware having moved, Miss Stagg, being ill, there is a substitute in her school.
J. Christie Ware has ben enjoying a short vacation from the College, which he is attending in Conn.
H. W. Ellsworth is shipping school copy books to new York. His book bindery in Circle Hall is a success.

27 April 1900

Mr. Elderink is again stopping at Mr. J. Terkuile's.
Herman Piehn and family have removed to their farm.
Rev. B. S. Crowscroft has charge of the upper Montvale M.E. church.
The Madison school, Inc. has purchased a plot of ground of G. F. Hering & sons.
The Puels homestead is being fitted for the occupants who will take possession May 1st.
Services were held in the Episcopal church last Sunday evening with Rev. Thos. Stephens officiating.
The Democrats will assemble at John A. L. Blauvelt's hotel on Monday evening to elect a delegate to the State Convention an executive committeeman and an alternate.
Rev. Mr. Ware has become a resident of Allendale. Mrs. Ware has resumed her duties at the Lower Montvale school, and during the week boards with Mrs. Stalter. She expects to resign as teacher to take effect at the close of the term.
Mrs. Henry Van Silen, died on Monday in her seventy-fifth year. The funeral under the direction of Campbell and House, took place on Wednesday from the German Church at Tappan and the internment was at Old Hook Cemetery.
Mrs. J. V. DeGroff was summoned on Wednesday morning to Tom's River, NJ where her father Mr. H. H. Hooper age 98[or 96], years and Mrs. Hooper 91 years old are both dangerously ill. Mr. Hooper, who retired from business several years ago, was on e of the first employes of the publishing firm of Harper Bros. and was also in the employ of Ge, P. Rowell, the well known advertising agent of New York.

4 May 1900

The Borough Council will meet on Monday night. Electric lighting franchises may receive consideration at this session.
Sydney Genung is the delegate to the State Democratic Convention, and W. H. Jersey succeeds himself as a member of the county committee.
Mr. H. H. Hooper, father of Mrs. DeGroff, died at Toms River last week at the age of 92 years. Mrs. Hooper, aged 100 years is in a critical condition.
The burning of the barn on the Terkuile farm on sunday evening recalls the fact that two years ago, a barn standing on the same site was destroyed by fire.
Summer boarders are already arriving in the borough. There isn't a more delightful spot in the State to spend the summer than in Montvale. Last year there were more than one hundred strangers who spent the Summer months in this borough.
The Puels homestead is occupied by parties from Newark, who moved here on Tuesday.
Eugene Malberbe has invested in a new turnout.
The immense barn on the premises of Mayor Terkuile, together with the contents - horse, wagons harness, hay, etc. was destroyed by fire during sunday evening. The barn was one of the largest in this section and comparatively new. The loss is estimated at over $6000 [or $5000]. The origin of the fire is not known. The Park Ridge firemen responded to the alarm, but their services were of little value, as the flames had gained too much headway. The frequency of the destruction of barns by fire in the upper end of the county warrants a close investigation by the authorities.

11 May 1900

Mr. Paul Pratt is investing in some new strain of fowl for his poultry farm.
Stocking Co. have commenced shipping live ducks to market.
A borough meeting will be held on Monday night next.
Blacksmith Linderman has a horse mowing machine on exhibition.,
The paraphernalia of the Madison School, formerly of Madison Avenue, New York, has been stored in the buildings of Prof. Van Tauge until the school building can be completed which will be at close of vacation.
Mr. Isaac Forshay, who is nearing his eightieth year, suffered a relapse on Tuesday and fears are entertained for his recovery.
John A. L. Blauvelt will shortly replace the liberty pole which blew down some months ago, with a sixty foot chestnut pole.
The district clerk has commenced the taking of the school census for 1900. Enlarged school facilities are needed in Wyckoff.
David Neer, last Fall, sold his farming stock and moved to New Brunswick. This Spring he returned to Montvale with his family and has resumed farming.
The case of Mrs. Maria Pulis is pitiable. She is over 92 years old, and recently fell breaking her hip. She is now helpless and it is feared that she will not recover sufficiently to walk again.
The Closter baker, who has a route through Pearl River and Montvale, experienced a runaway on Monday. He permitted the team to stand alone while waiting on a customer near Pearl River: they frightened from some unknown cause, and started on a run toward Montvale, scattering bread, cakes and pies broadcast along the highway. Near he hotel of John A. L. Blauvelt one of the horses tripped and fell, and was dragged some distance by his mate. The horse was injured about the head. The only other damage was the baker's loss of his load

18 May 1900

Alfred Crotty is dangerously ill at his home. He is suffering from heart illness.
Mrs. Freeman Ackerman has leased her home, furnished for the season to New York parties.
Benjamin Pratt, of Rutherford, will soon be a resident of Montvale.
Mr. De Alien of New York, has leased the Perry house; on the road to Pearl River.
A physician form Ridgewood contemplates locating in Montvale borough.
Mr. Sandall, recently elected justice of the peace, has no desire to assume the role of judge.
Gustav Molbergh, who has lately arrived from Germany, has occupied the Abram J. Hopper farm.
Nearly every house in the borough is now rented and the demand for houses continues.
John A. L. Blauvelt has raised the Montvale Liberty pole,
Mr. J. J. Demarest is receiving daily applications for boarding.
The Sunny Terrace grounds and building ave been let, furnished, for the summer months.
Mr. Jacob Terkuile is making arrangements for rebuilding the barn recently destroyed by fire.
Dr. Mandelstam and Mr. --- Jeanson (?) with their families have returned to their Blue Hill farm for the Summer.
Exc. Comptroller Hough and family are domiciled at the State line poultry farm.
An apron and neck tie sociable was held at Mrs. Blelock's Tuesday night, for the benefit of the Congregational Church.
Mr. Crotty's eldest son is dangerously ill with heart trouble.
The Montvale fishermen went to Piermont on a fishing expedition on Tuesday, and had the usual luck.
The Board of Education met on Tuesday night and passed several claims. The Board contemplates making improvements to the school properties during vacation.
Godfrey Amos died at old Tappan on Sunday. The funeral, under he direction of Campbell & House, took place on Wednesday. he was nearly eighty-five years old.

25 May 1900

Mr. B. J. Platt moved into the store apartments on Wednesday. [Note from transcriber per census and newspaper of 12 Oct 1900 - should be B. G. Pratt.]
Isaac Forshay, who has been ill for a long time, is improving.
John H. H. Hering and wife entertained a party of relatives on Tuesday night, it being the sixth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Hering's marriage.
At the meeting of the Borough Council on Monday, orders were given for extensive improvements to the roads near Mr. Barrie's property.
Alfred M. Crotty Jr. the eldest son of former Mayor Crotty, died from heart disease on Sunday, and was buried on Wednesday. Two of Mr. Crotty's younger sons were taken with symptoms of diphtheria, though mild in its form; the patients at once received the utmost care and are recovering. The community sympathizes with the family in its affliction.

1 June 1900

The David C. Neer farm has been sold to parties from New York.
A. M. Crotty affected the sale.
Services were resumed in the Episcopal church last Sunday.
Engineer hering has surveyed the property purchased last year by F. C. Linderman, who will soon begin the erection of a building.
Demarest Van Riper has finished the school census, which shows a large increase in the number of children of school age.
Mr. Slote and family, of Brooklyn, have moved in to the "Sunny Terrace," and will remain for the Summer months.
Freeman C. Ackerman and family are now residing at the "Octagon," where they will live until Fall. [Transcriber's note: As mentioned earlier the Ackerman's had renter their home "sunny Terrace' for he season. Mrs. F. C. Ackerman was Adelia Hering dau. of Jane and Garret F. Hering. Jane Hering owned the Octagon house built by her father John J. Blauvelt. So the Ackerman family rented their house for the season and went to live with her parents.]
G. F. Hering and Son have purchased all the wood on a plot owned by Mrs. Margaret Hopper.
The public schools will be provided with libraries. The Board will receive the profit of the entertainment given at Park Ridge on Tuesday night.
Mr. Tallman, of Rockland Lake, was a visitor in town on Wednesday. He was driving the well known horse "Blue Ribbon," formerly owned by Jacob Ruppert, of New York.

8 June 1900

The schools close on June 2(?)th.
The six-year old child of Chas. Baders died on Tuesday afternoon.
Enumerator Crotty is making rapid progress with the census enumeration.
Edward Seaman has become a clerk in Ackerman Bros. store.
Mr. Isaac Forshay, who has been ill for some time, has suffered a relapse.
F. C. Linderman will next week begin the erection of a building to be occupied as a blacksmith shop.
The entertainment at Foresters' hall netted a profit of $50 for the purchase of libraries for the two Montvale schools.
The main road leading to Pearl River, near the brook, has been greatly improved and a new bridge over the stream is needed. The present structure is rotten and worn out.
Some miscreants are making the rounds destroying shade and ornamental trees which stand by the roadside. It is proposed to offer a reward for the depredators, who, if detected will be prosecuted.
An immense barn, five horses, wagons, harness, besides farming implements were burned at Blauveltville, near Montvale, on Sunday night. The barn belong to the Catholic Orphanage, and will be immediately rebuilt.
Montvale depot came near being destroyed by fire on Tuesday through a cinder being thrown under the platform by the east bound express train. Messers. Garret F. Hering and A. M. Crotty tore up the platform, and had a hard job in keeping the flames from the depot proper. The succeeded in saving the building. Bystanders suggest tat the building should be permitted to go down, and then Montvale might get a decent structure.
Frank Bevans, proprietor of the Triumph Poultry farm, and his workman mysteriously disappeared during Tuesday night. The farm is owned by Mrs. Marshall, who was indicted a few years ago for "maintaining a nuisance." The nuisance complained of were a lot of ducks, the quacking of which seemed to annoy a few residents, whose sense of smelling was also so keen that they began to think that the duck pond was detrimental to public health. Mrs. Marshall was acquitted and invited her neighbors to a barn dance in celebration of the event. It was a great night. She will no doubt be surprised to learn of the departure of Bevans.

15 June 1900

The Nicollet (formerly Jobey) mill is in operation full time. Large quantities of wire are being manufactured.
R---- has been revived at the Dean apron factory which was closed for a time.
Jesse DeGroff has embarked in the commission business. Mrs. DeGroff is at Toms River on a short vacation.
All the schools in the borough have been closed for the vacation.
The many friends of Mr. Garret F. haring fended him a birthday surprise on Thursday evening at the Octagon. He has reached his sixty-third birthday, and the event was a pleasant one for all present. Music was provided and a collation served. [Note from transcriber: Garret F. Haring (Hering) lived in the Octagon house which his wife inherited from her father.]
The schools have received the necessary cases for the proposed libraries. The funds necessary for the establishment of these libraries was raised principally through the efforts of Mr. A. M. Crotty.

22 June 1900

Mrs. Ware has severed her connection with the public school and will reside at Allendale.
Miss Meriam Clark will spend her vacation in Rochester, N. Y.
Stocking & Co. are shipping large numbers of Spring ducks to the New York market.
Mr. Ditmar and family are stopping with the Brisco family at Puels' cottage.
Mrs. John A. L. Blauvelt is afflicted with malaria fever.
Mr. John F. Hering was has been ill for seven moths is improving.
Mrs. Moreau and family, of New York, are stopping for the Summer at the residence of John J. Demarest.
School No. 1 held its annual picnic in Leach's grove on Tuesday. The children enjoyed the event.
Arrangements are being made for building of the Madison school on the property recently purchased.
The Board of Freeholders met in Montvale on Wednesday and decided to build an iron bridge on North Avenue, to cost not more than $1,300.
David Neer, who recently sold his farm to a New York party, has re-purchased the place and will continue farming. It was a costly transaction for Neer.
Miss Laura daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Abram A. Hopper and Mr. Robert Dixon of Saddle River, were married at the home of the bride on Wednesday afternoon. The wedding was private and immediate relatives and a few invited guest being present. The newly-married couple left on a wedding tour and on their return will reside in Saddle River.

29 June 1900

Frightful Runaway Accident - Ms. Lohman and Others Seriously Injured

Montvale was the scene of a terrible accident on Saturday. Mr. Lohman, who is a ----pie baker in New York, has a Summer residence near Pearl River; on Saturday his wife and two lady friends and a small girl were out driving, and when near the depot the horse shied and started to run away. The horse galloped at a terrific pace, and in turning a corner upset the vehicle; Mrs. Lohman was dragged over the ground for some distance with her face downward, besides a wheel passed over her head. An arm and her nose were broken, and her face was a frightful sight. She also received internal injuries. Mrs. Lohman was unconscious when picked up, and bled profusely. One of her companions had an arm broken, and was otherwise injured. Both were taken to their homes and medical aid summoned. Another occupant of the surrey received slight bruises while the girl had on of her legs injured. The vehicle was a total wreck. Mrs. Lohman who was driving and received the most serious injuries is in a far way of recovery, but the chances are that she will be disfigured for life.
The Board of Freeholders has allowed an appropriation of $2,300 instead of $1,800 as reported for the building of an iron bridge on the road to Pearl River.
Former Mayor Terkuile has plans drawn for a new barn upon the site of the one recently destroyed by fire. Mr. Terkuile has had two barns destroyed by fire within two years.
The Borough Counsel will meet of Monday nigh.
Has the agitation for the building of a town hall died out? The borough needs such a structure.
J. V. DeGroff is suffering from a severe attack of sciatic. John is one of the most genial and accommodating men in Montvale, and even rheumatism fails to ruffle his temper.
A new town hall ground is being prepared on the Hering farm, west of the depot.

6 July 1900

Jacob J. Demarest on Tuesday received four additional boarders from the city,
The planking about the depot is to be removed and a new platform will be built.
Mrs. Lohman and the other parties who were badly injured in a runaway accident last week are improving.
Twenty-three members of a Presbyterian church of new York City came in a body to Montvale on Tuesday evening, and ar stopping for a week at the home of Mr. Abram P. Haring.
There was a flag raising at John A, L. Blauvelt's on Tuesday evening. Mr. Blauvelt, with the assistance of neighbors, had erected a sixty-foot pole on the place opposite the Grove House, and a handsome flag was flung to the breeze

13 July 1900

John A. L. Blauvelt has sold his 3? year old cold "The Lady."
Material has arrived for the proposed improvements to the depot property.
No teachers have as yet been engaged for the two public schools.
Paul and Percy with companions have been spending a few days at Glen Island,
Mrs. Marshall, of duck indictment fame, has closed out her duck business for the season.
There are nearly one hundred Summer boarders in the immediate vicinity of the railroad station.
John B. Hering has invested in a new horse for his Ice route. John has no connection with the New York Ice Trust.
Plans and specification have been drawn fore the proposed new bridge, for which $2,000 has be appropriated.
The Democrats are preparing to organize for he Presidential campaign. At Park Ridge the Democracy is also getting ready for the battle.
Montvale has a baseball team, lately organized with Garret H. Ackerman as captain. The team will ge know as the Red Stars, and played its initial game on Wednesday afternoon with the Pearl River team.

20 July 1900

Mr. J. TerKuile is receiving bids for a barn and other buildings to take the place of those burned some time ago.
R, Sandall and party were not very successful at the fishing banks on Tuesday,.
Mr., and family are occupying a cottage on Short Cut Avenue.
Mr. Brisco was struck by a base ball bat while viewing the game on Saturday. He was badly injured.
The game on Saturday between the Montvale juniors and the Pearl River Club was won by the latter the score of 9 to 7,
The ordinance requiring all brush on the road side to be cut by Aug. 15 is being enforce. Unless he owners of he property obey this ordinance the brush will be cut and the cost therefore added to the tax bill in the fall.
The Borough Council have refused permission for the placing of poles for electric or telephone wires on he public highways. The Council is standing in the way of public interests. Telephone and electric lights means progress and the quicker the Council wakes up to this the more rapid Montvale will grow.
The Democrats of he Borough of Montvale, Woodcliff and Park Ridge, through the members of he County Committee, have determined to unite in the formation of a union club, working together for the interest of One party. Committees on permanent organization, enrollment and headquarters have been appointed and the club will meet again next Saturday night when the committees will report, and a permanent organization effected.

27 July 1900

3 August 1900

The depot is undergoing improvements.
Harry Abrams has started a public hack from the depot.
Mr. Darwin Woodly will be the master mechanic on Terkuile's buildings.
The Criterion Club took their outing to Rockland Lake on Wednesday.
Fred Linderman, forman for J. Westervelt, is off on a vacation.
John B. Hering and family, and Miss May Emily of Philadelphia spent a quiet day at the seashore on Wednesday.
A number of residents went on a picnic to Haverstraw on Tuesday with the Reformed sunday school.
Bids for the building of a bridge on the road to Pearl River will be received on Saturday and the contract awarded.
In the game with the Union Stars od Hillsdale on Saturday, the Vernons were defeated by a score of 10 to 9. The latter go to Westwood on Saturday.
Former Mayor Turkuille has awarded the contract for the building of a large barn to mr. Woodly of Park Ridge. The mayor has been unfortunately, this will be the third barn erected on the premises. Two buildings on the same premises were destroyed by fire. These barns were among the largest on any farm along the line of the N.. & N. Y. R. R.
Henry Van Lee, who is in business in new York and resides in Montvale, was badly injured while superintending the making of repairs in his place of business on Monday. A beam fell and struck him on the right foot, breaking several small bones. He was removed to a hospital and Wednesday brought to Montvale.

10 August 1900

Mr. Crotty has had a much needed vacation.
Mr. Van Lee who was badly injured in an accident in New York, is recovering.
The Board of Education on Monday evening engaged new teachers for the coming year.
The Isaac Forshay has so far improved as to take a stroll out to his barn.
The Nicollet wire covering works are making shipments of their manufactured goods.
The Dean apron factory are shipping their gods to points all over the United States.
The Red Star baseball teams defeated the Mascots of Park Ridge on Saturday a score of 6 to 5. Former Mayor Turkuile presented the winners with a purse.
This week the depot and the freight house have been painted and the old shanties present a improved appearance.
Mr. Murray whose house was destroyed by fire some time ago, is building on the same site.

17 August 1900

F. C. Lindeman has returned from a brief vacation.
The public schools will be reopened on September 4th.
The road overseer has been working again on the roads.
Miss Cora Gilles is visiting her uncle Feeeman E. Ackerman.
What has become of the project for the building of a town hall?
Some of the land owners have been cutting brush and briar by the roadside.
J. B. Herring's blooded mare Maggy has a fine sorrel gelding colt by her side.
No quorum of Council on Monday night. There will be a meeting to-night, Friday.
Contractor johnson has commenced the hauling of material for the proposed new bridge.
Mr. W. H. Dean and party are camping at Rye, N. Y. and enjoying the bathing and fishing.
Mr. Murray the Upper Montvale grocer whose buildings were destroyed by fire some time ago, is now rebuilding.
Mr. Terkuile's workmen are making rapid progress with his building. he is also building a large silo for his stock.
Mail matter is no longer distributed at Ackerman Bros' store. That is now done at the depot, where the pose office is located.
The postmaster has placed 124 letter boxes in the depot, making it convenient for the public and adding to the appearance of the depot, since it has been repaired and painted.
Henry Van Lee, who was badly injured in an accident in New York city several weeks ago, has recovered sufficiently to attend to business, though unable to walk without this aid of crutches.

24 August 1900

Mr. Knopping has moved from the Plehn farm to Pearl River.
Mr. Briscoe's family will return to newark Sept. 1st and Mrs. Peter Pueln and family will occupy the Pueln homestead during September.
Mr. James Forshay, Jr. and family are spending vacation time with his grandfather Isaac Forshay.
This week G. F. Stocking received three crates of ducks for breeding purposes for improving his stock
Mr. W. H. Dean returned from his vacation Saturday - badly ---- from the effect of salt water and waves.
Mrs. Elsworth and daughter Mrs. I--rman, returned from Niagara, where they have been visiting relatives.
The upper Montvale church was struck by lightening last week and considerable damage was done to the -----
Mr. Von Let has so fare recovered from the accident he had as his place of business that he is ----- ----to get around --------
The------House Ball team of Rivervale defeated the Vernons last Saturday by a score of -- to ---The Vernons will play the nanuet team on Saturday on the Montvale grounds.
The iron work for the proposed new bridge has arrived, but the contractor has not yet commence operation in removing the old structure.

31 August 1900

A.M. Crotty has invested in a trotter.
The schools will not be reopened until September 10th.
Teachers have been engaged for both schools.
Linderman's increasing blacksmithing business has compelled him to ad a a helper.
Miss Frost and Miss Barrie, two noted painters, are sketching along Hering's pond.
Mr. and Mrs. G, Van Houten are taking their vacations.
The contractors for building the bridge near Mr. Crotty's house are riding the material for the same, and will have it completed in October.
The road from the hotel along the grocer has been worked to fifty feet wide, making it a speedway for owners of fast horses and for bicycles.
The ice in the houses of Herring & Son is about out, necessitating the purchasing from outside parties.
Contractor Johnson on Wednesday began the erection of the bridge on the Pearl River road.
The road commissioner with a force of men is this week building a sewer across North ave. The road leading to Pearl River, Park Ridge and other points are being improved.
The Vernon baseball team defeated the Nanuet by a score of 16 to 10. The Union Stars of Hillsdale will engage in a game with the Vernons on Saturday, and on labor Day the local team will play two games with the Colonials.

7 September 1900

Democratic primary on monday evening next.
Dr. Watson and family from Brooklyn are at Mr. Genung
summer boarders are rapidly leaving this section. But few remain in town.,
J. J. Demarest has a family from Brooklyn boarding at his cottage.,
Jersey and Pullis are building a retaining wall on the lower school grounds.
Mr. Terkuile' new building will soon be completed.
George Hedman shipped two loads of string beans to the New York market last week, having been rejected at the canning factory.,
Constable Linderman will lay aside his sledge and hammer and attend ---cially court at Hackensack.
G. Voorhis Hopper has men cutting his corn fodder. He has about five acres of as fine ensilage corn as can be grown.
John J. Demarest was in New York on Tuesday. It is said that John was looking after an inheritance of a cool $50.00
Mrs. Boar and family of Captain Boar of Old Dominion Co. Steamship Jamestown, have taken possession of the Puels Mansion. Mrs. Mayer, of Richmond, Va. is stopping with her.
The Board of Education is having the grounds around the school house in the eastern portion of the Borough graded, and the property otherwise improved. The schools open next Monday.
Matthew DeGroff and wife, parents of John DeGroff are here on a visit. They reside at Ulster Park, in Ulster County New York, and have been spending a season at Long Branch. but the town was a little too fast" for the old gentleman and he came to Montvale.
The Vernon Base Ball team on Saturday defeated the Union Stars of Hillsdale by a score 12 to 10. On Labor Day the Vernons played two games with the Colonials of Rivervale. In hew morning the score stood 15 to 11 in favor of Vernons, but in the afternoon the latter were defeated 27 to 34.
The many friends of Alfred M. Crotty will regret to learn that he finds it necessary to leave this section and locate in Colorado for several months, because of the condition of his health. He has had several hemorrhages lately, the most recent on Tuesday. he will close his business temporarily on Sept 15th, and leave for Colorado. He is one of the most active business men in this section, having effected numerous sales of property and been instrumental in bringing about the erection of many homes. It is hoped that the trip will prove beneficial to him.

14 September 1900

The wind storm on Wednesday stripped the trees of fruit.
Mr. Terkuile has invest in a corn harvester.
No quorum at the council meeting on Monday night and consequently nothing done.
W. H. Jersey has the contract for grading the school property,.
A. M. Crotty leaves on Saturday for Colorado for the benefit of his health.
Mr. and Mrs. Freeman Ackerman are spending a week at Asbury Park.
Frank Warner has accepted a position in Ackerman Bros. store.
John Bell of Monsey, has become a resident of Montvale.
isaac Forshay, 77 years old, has recovered from a long illness.
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew DeGroff have returned to their home in Ulster County, N. Y.
John DeGroff, on Tuesday, while picking apples, fell from a tree and fractured two ribs.
Sydney Genung represented the Democrats at the State Convention and Mr. Smith will attend the Congressional Convention at Paterson next Wednesday.
Both schools opened on Monday with a good attendance. Miss Bertha Richard of Tenafly is in charge of the one near the depot.
Mr. Robber Dean and his wife, the latter a daughter of Mr. Ellsworth, sailed for London on Wednesday, where Mr. Dean will look after the interest of Mr. ?.J. Yerdley Johnson, his brother-in-law,

21 September 1900

The Republicans will elect delegates to the county convention this Friday evening.
Mr. J. Terkuile has received hors power and machinery for cutting an filing his silo.
Mr. Aiken will make his permanent home in Montvale.
Mrs. Blelock has returned from her visit to Peekskill.
Mr. Wagner is visiting his brother's family on the hill.
The season for gunning for squirrels and other game not being open until Nov. 1st did not deter some from trying their luck. The game warden was on their tracks.
Mr. I. Forshay Jr. has returned to his home.
Mr. N. Genung is placing an Acetylene machine in the new home of Theo. G. Volger.
George Valentine, of Westwood, has leased the house of John A. L. Blauvelt on the road to Park Ridge. Mr. Valentine moved here on Monday.
The Board of Education is building a wall along the east side of the school building to prevent the ground from the hill being washed over the school lot. The new teacher is giving excellent satisfaction. John Wanamaker had been appointed janitor of the school.

28 September 1900

Louis Westphal's youngest child,until last week, was a son twenty-two years old. The new baby is a girl and weighs six pounds.
Democratic primary at the Grove House on Tuesday evening nex.
There is an abundant room for improvement to the walk and roadway above the store near the depot. large cobblestones lie loosely on the walk and in the road and if the pedestrian is not careful he is likely to sprain an ankle.
The Pratt family moved to River Edge on Wednesday.
Mr. and Mrs. Morgan Tripp are occupying Mr. Peter Pulis' house.
Wm. H. Jersey has furnished tow hickory poles 70 feet long for the Bryan and Stevenson banner at Park Ridge.
The new iron bridge over the Pearl River brook is still in a dormant state,
Mrs. Mayer, who has been visiting her mother at the Puels mansion,m returned to her home in Richmond, Va, by the Old Dominion SS. Jamestown, of which her father is Captain,on Tuesday.
Freeman Ackerman has returned from his vacation and is in his accustomed place, Ackerman Bros. store.

5 October 1900

The cider mill is again in operation.
W. H. Jersey lost a valuable horse on Saturday from colic.
G. Bell occupies the rooms over he store vacated by B. G. Pratt.
A daughter arrived in the family of former Mayor Turkuile on Saturday.
The Erie Railroad Company is this week removing the old worn-out platform at the depot, and is also laying drain pipe across the highway. This improvement was necessary.
The Democrats on Tuesday night elected Sydney Genung as delegate to the county Convention, He is also the member of the County committee.
John F. Hering, in jumping from a ladder last Saturday afternoon, severely sprained an ankle. He found that the ladder was sliding and to save himself, he sprang to the ground.
Freeman C. Ackerman and family are again occupying their house,. The parties who leased the place for he summer have returned to the city,
Mr. Crotty has sold the property of Mrs. Roberts, and lately occupied by Mr. Dean and family,
Mr. A. M. Crotty has sold the following property this week. Farm 120 acres at Orangeburg owned by Mrs. Marshall to Grave D, Curtis of New York City; House and plot on Main street, Park Ridge, now occupied by W. H. Dean to Ernest E. Quaife, of Jersey City,; the Waller farm of 11 acres, on Chestnut Ridge Montvale, purchased by Mr. Crotty himself.

12 October 1900

The school ws heated Tuesday and Wednesday.
Miss Richards is making satisfactory progress in her teaching.
Vincent Benero and family will leave this section on the 15th, and reside in he city.,
On account of the storm on Monday night no quorum was present at the Borough Council.
John F. Hering, who severely injured his foot by the falling of a ladder on which he was working is slowly improving.
Fire was started in the depot on Tuesday. No frost had made its appearance here this season so far,
Mr. Terkuile's new buildings are nearing completion. They are fitted with all modern improvements,
During Tuesday night dogs killed six of John A,. L. Blauvelt's fowls. John is looking for the canine with a double -barrel gun.
J. D. Van Riper and James Pulis on Tuesday caught a mess of eels weighing over one hundred pounds,
The Democrats of Montvale and vicinity have arranged for a open air mass meting on he green, opposite the Grove House, on Saturday night. Distinguished speakers will be present and discuss the issues of the campaign.
The Board of Election organized on Tuesday by the election of Abram P. Haring as judge; John J. Demarest, inspector, and Chas. Hopper and Joseph Westphol, clerks. There are 99 voters in the borough an increase of six over last year,
Mrs. James DeGroff left for Toms River, this State, on Wednesday. She will return next week, accompanied by Mrs. A. C. Hooper, her mother, who is ninety-one years old. Mrs. Hooper will make this section her permanent home.
The bridge committee of the Board of Freeholders met a t Montvale on Wednesday and decided upon the exact location of the proposed bridge, which will cost about $2,000. The contractor has since commenced the work of building.

19 October 1900

Mr. G. Hough is still extending his possessions.
Mrs. Marshall has returned to New York for he winter.
The number on the registry list is 97 last year it was 91.
The Terkuile buildings are about completed and the silo is about filled.
Rapid progress is being made with the new bridge on the road to Pearl River.
The Board of election was in session on Tuesday. There are 96 voters in the borough.
The Nicollet wire covering woks are shipping some of their products to San Francisco.
Mr. Bernero, who disposed of his personal effects on Monday, has gone to the city to reside.
The Democrats were out in force on Saturday night. The weather did not interfere with the meeting. It was an enthusiastic gathering, and the old Pascack Valley will give a good account of itself on election day.
Mrs. Mary Martin's house was entered by burglars on sunday night; and jewelry, and silverware stolen. She was alone in the house, and being deaf did not hear them. It is supposed to have been done by those who came from Brooklyn Saturday night and were staying in the vicinity on Sunday.
Tax rate in Montvale Borough jumped from $1.25 to $1.40 on a $100. The increase is due to the court's decision compelling the Borough of Woodcliff and Montvale to pay a proportion of the bonded indebtedness of Orvil township for macadamizing roads. When the boroughs were formed it took a slice from Orvil's territory. The borough at first declined to pay, and they were taken into the courts. In the courts the boroughs were victorious, but in an appeal was carried to the Court of appeals the decision below was reversed and now the people must pay,

26 October 1900

The tax rate is $1.45 on$100 valuation.
The Weller farm has again changed owner.
The election will be held at the Grove House this fall.
The father of Arnold J. Hines died in New York on Sunday.
Mr. McCabe had gone into the poultry business on a large scale.
John F. Hering is slowly recovering from his broken foot. It will be some time yet before he will be able to do his work.
The Erie Company has removed the old platform about the depot and graded the place with ashes.
The new bridge on the road to Pearl River is finished, and the road is again open to travel.
George Strph?ahl was riding his wheel on Tuesday. The bike struck a stone, throwing him and wrecking the wheel.
Joseph Bradley, a veteran of the 23rd Regiment died at his home on Saturday night. This makes three deaths among the veterans within the last two weeks.
The Board of Registration will meet at the Grove House on Tuesday next between the hours of 1 and 9 p.m. to review the registrations Hats. This will be the final meeting before elections.
J. D. Van Riper, of Montvale and Mr. Fender of Brooklyn, went to New York State on a hunting expedition this week. They bagged considerable game. [James Demarest Van Riper was a hunting and fishing guide who lived in a house on the nw. corner of Main St. and Summit Ave.]
John Bell, the blacksmith, ran a nail into his right leg on Monday while a work. The injured limb became inflamed and swelled to immense proportions. he is still suffering from the effects of the wound.
Burglaries are becoming frequent in the neighborhood. On Sunday night the residence of Mrs. Martin, wife of the late Lawyer Martin, was entered, and a large quantity of silverware and other articles stolen. Suspicion rests upon two young men who carried large bundles and were seen at the Montvale depot at 5 a.m. waiting for the early morning train. Mrs. Martin is deaf, and was alone in the home at the time.

2 November 1900

Mr. Hough is making extensive repairs to the buildings on the Armstrong place.
John Bell has not recovered from his illness.
Cornelius Carlough and family have moved to the Morris Gurnee farm.
The new bridge at J. Demarest' has been completed.
The Board of Registration on Tuesday added two names to the list making a total of one hundred voters in the borough,
The Republicans will hold an open-air meeting to-night. The borough has no hall, and so Judge DeBaun of Ramseys will be obliged to speak under a tree,
The Dramatic Society is arranging a play, to be given in the Winter, for the benefit of the church fund.
Mr. Stocking, who resided in the Methodist parsonage, moved on Thursday to New York.
A score of residents drove to West Nyack on Monday night, and heard Mr. Bryan speak from his car.
[Note: William Jennings Bryan was the Democratic candidate for President - he lost President mcKinley was re-elected.]
Whispers of a sensational scandal are heard in the French colony. If the story be true lawsuits well undoubtedly be the result. The parties interested are well known.
The election on Tuesday will be held at the house of John A. L. Blauvelt.

2 November 1900

Mr. Hough is making extensive repairs to the buildings on the Armstrong place.
John Bell has not recovered from his illness.
Cornelius Carlough and family have moved to the Morris Gurnee farm.
The new bridge at J. Demarest' has been completed.
The Board of Registration on Tuesday added two names to the list making a total of one hundred voters in the borough,
The Republicans will hold an open-air meeting to-night. The borough has no hall, and so Judge DeBaun of Ramseys will be obliged to speak under a tree,
The Dramatic Society is arranging a play, to be given in the Winter, for the benefit of the church fund.
Mr. Stocking, who resided in the Methodist parsonage, moved on Thursday to New York.
A score of residents drove to West Nyack on Monday night, and heard Mr. Bryan speak from his car.
Whispers of a sensational scandal are heard in the French colony. If the story be true lawsuits well undoubtedly be the result. The parties interested are well known.
The election on Tuesday will be held at the house of John A. L. Blauvelt

9 November 1900

The school year is being graded.
The upper school is without a teacher.
Professor Von Taub is running his Madison school
As the result of a recent scandal an application for divorce will shortly be made.
John Bell, who accidentally ran a nail in his left leg and suffered intense pain for some time has recovered and returned his occupation as a blacksmith. [sic]
The main road from Montvale to Pearl River has been re-opened to travel, the new bridge having been completed. It is one of the largest and best bridges built in this section.

16 November 1900

Wm. H. Jersey has invested in a new horse,
The Upper Montvale school is still without a teacher.
Mr. Sahlmon has sold his house and two acres of ground to Rev. Chas. A Howells of Galston, Pa., who will take possession about December ed. Rev, H. B. Pratt, of Richmond, Va. owns the adjoining farm. [Note: from transcriber Rev, H. B. Pratt, was my gt. grandfather]
Miss Bertha Richards is giving good satisfaction in the school near Mr. Forshay's
Herman Plehn has given up his city residence and will make his farm a permanent home for himself and family.
Ex-Comptroller Hough and family still occupy their summer home, being loth to surrender the pure air and beautiful scenery for their city home.
The hard wind blew down the new sign from the depot.
The work of grading the school grounds was completed on Monday.
The (Friday) evening the followers of G.O.P. will assemble in the real estate office to elect a County Committeeman. The present incumbent desires to succeed himself.
Within the past two weeks three residents each lost a horse, two of which were over 30 years old, while the other was not.
The commissioner of Appeals have selected the Grove House as their place of meeting on November 27th

23 November 1900

The station which blew down has been repaired and put in place. [See previous should be station sign.]
Mr. Sahlmon and family have purchased a place at Westwood and will make that their home.
In the Upper Montvale school a male teacher will wield the birch.
Hering & son are building another ice-house.
Mr. Paul Pratt is setting out fruit trees received from Richmond Va.
The Wire Covering Company have removed heir machines from the old Jobey factory to New York.
W. H. Jersey has purchased a new horse.
Stocking & Co. are making improvements to their poultry yard.
The Democrat recently noticed briefly that a scandal was brewing in the neighborhood, and the matter is to be tried in the Supreme Court of New York. The principals in the case are Henri F. Mosquin (or Mosaquin) and wife.

30 November 1900

John A. L. Blauvelt this week slaughtered two porkers, each weighing nearly 300 pounds.
The commissioner of Appeal met at the Grove House on Tuesday and made several changes in assessments.
There was another marriage at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Jersey on Saturday night. This is the second wedding which has taken place in the household within the past year. On Saturday evening Miss Edith Jersey was married to Mr. Lewis Stark or Park Ridge. The couple received handsome presents; they will reside at Park Ridge.
The superintendent of the Almond poultry farm has disappeared. There were two cows, two horses and a flock of poultry on the premises, and the superintendent reside alone. Last week he went ostensibly to New York to inform Mr. Almond of the death of a cow. Since that time he has failed to put in an appearance, thus leaving the stock without feed. On Sunday the horses became wild from hunger, and kicked down the partitions and doors and got away. The remaining cow also died.

7 December 1900

Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Aiken have taken up a residence in new York City for the Winter.
Rev. C. A. Howells and family have moved on the Sahlmon farm recently purchased by them. The domine will embark in the poultry business.
The cider making season is closed. Hundreds of barrels have been made ------season.
James V. DeGroff has launched out in the real estate business.
The storm on Tuesday had its results in the locality. Trees and limbs were blown down along the road to Pearl River, and blocked the highways.
The Lindermann property at the Blue Hills has been sold to new York parties.
Mrs. Lillian Davis, daughter of Jesse De Groff will be one of the artist in the presentation of "The Strollers," at the Waldorf Astoria.

14 December 1900

Mrs. Wanamaker is recovering from her illness.
Christmas exercises will be held in the Upper Montvale Chapel on Christmas Eve.
J. V. DeGroff has gone into the real estate business.
On Sunday there were several parties from New York in town looking for building sites,
The fair in school No. 1, last Friday evening was a success. The proceeds are for the benefit of the piano fund. It is intended to purchase a piano in the near future.
Fred P. Van Riper on Tuesday slaughtered a hog weighing 301 pounds. Next week Mr. Van Riper will kill another hog equally as heavy.
Mr. Henry Van Lee celebrated his birthday on Saturday evening. Among those present were relatives from Newark and New York, besides immediate neighbors. Mrs. Van Lee provided an elaborate dinner, and the festivities were continued to a late hour.
F. C. Ackerman's tax receipts are growing. People are anxious to avoid the 12 per cent tax on delinquents.
Prof. Von Taube has built a large addition of stone to his buildings for the accommodation of the pupils of the Madison school.
Charles G. Hopper is enjoying the life of a juryman at Hackensack.
Mr. Hough is making extensive improvements on his buildings.
Res Van Riper shot a silver-grey fox while hunting for quail.

21 December 1900

Mr. A. Crotty has plans drawn for his cottage on a plot adjoining the one he now occupies which is sold.
Mrs. Shorter and husband moved their possessions to the Lord's farm on Monday, where they will now make their home.
Mr. Crotty is employed by the Erie RR Co. in a special position.
Res, Freeman C. Ackerman is confined to her bed with erynipalas [erysepelas] (?).
Ice is now six inches thick on Hering's pond.
Both the local schools were closed yesterday for the holiday season.
Hering & Son has commenced the storage of ice; which measures in depth nine inches.
Wm. H. Jersey is one of the happiest residents in the borough this week. He has become a grandpa.
Confirmation services where held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Tuesday evening. The Bishop from Delaware officiated. Eleven candidates were confirmed. The church was crowded with people from the neighborhood,

28 December 1900

Mrs. F. C. Ackerman is rapidly recovering from her illness.
Ex-Mayor Terkuile is confined to his home by illness.
Mr. Pleonbout has sold his farm and removed to Bayonne.
An organ has been purchased for the Upper Montvale school from the proceeds of their late fair.
The employees in Ackerman & Bros. store were remembered by their employers on Christmas,
Hering & son are this week building an additional ice house. The firm anticipates a large crop of ice this Winter.
Louis Westphal was a visitor in Montvale on Wednesday. He came to celebrate Christmas with friends. Louis retired from the blacksmith business in Montvale last Spring.
There was no Christmas service at St. Paul's Church this year.
Both the public schools will reopen on Wednesday next.


See Also:

Montvale Web Site


Montvale Historic Preservation


Montvale Library History and Eighth Grade Photos


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