Join us at our June monthly meeting when our featured speaker will be Alice Smith. Alice Smith will highlight the guidelines outlined in Donald A. Ritchie’s book Doing Oral History. This book is considered the premier guidebook to oral history used by historians, archivists, and genealogists as a core text throughout the history community. Alice will be discussing setting up oral history projects and conducting interviews. She will also be sharing some of the information gathered from an oral history project conducted about ten years ago while interviewing persons who worked the Russ farm in Delano. Genealogy involves researching historical documents, oral history and now DNA. Alice M. Smith has been involved with the Riverside Historical Society since 1999. She is a resident of Delran and is also an active member of the Delran Historical Society.
Join us at 7pm on Tuesday June 21 at the Delran Township Municipal Building. Light refreshments to follow.
The Delran Historical Society is sponsoring an “historic” guided bus tour to Washington D.C on September 17, 2016. The trip will be narrated by Patty Kolodi who is a retired Delran High History Teacher and current councilwoman for Delran Township. Our first stop will be Arlington National Cemetery to see the tomb of the Unknown Solider and the Changing of the Guard. Our next stop is the National Mall where you will be free to explore the Smithsonian Museums – National Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American Indian Museum, American History Museum, Smithsonian Castle, or Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. You can also choose to visit the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress, the United States Capitol, and the National Archives. Lunch is not included in the price but there are plenty of options available on the Mall or at the museums. To maximize the time you have to visit the sites, we will provide a box dinner on the ride home. The bus will leave Delran at 7am and return to Delran at 9pm. The cost is $75 for members of the Delran Historical Society and $80 for non-members. To reserve a seat on the bus, please email Nancy Anderson or call (609)410-1602.
Delran Township was established in 1880. Since that time, 43 people have served in the position of Mayor. Dee Wells, a member of the Delran Historical Society has been searching for photographs of all the people that served in this capacity. Howard Bishop came to the April meeting and brought photographs of his grandfather – Frank Yansick. Frank Yansick was Delran’s longest serving mayor. He took office on January 1, 1936 and remain the mayor until December 31, 1952. Early in his term, he approved plans for a new development on Fairview Street, planned as Riverside Estates. Mr. Bishop brought a copy of the site plans for this project. Hard to believe that the total budget in 1936 was only $18,170 a slight increase over the 1935 budget. The budget surplus was $11,289. The township budget included $175 (the amount of tax revenue on dogs) to pay claims presented by residents for poultry killed by dogs. At one meeting in the spring of 1936, a resident presented a bill for $47.50 for 29 dead chickens.
The Delran Historical Society is still seeking photos of of nine mayors. If you have an old photograph or can provide a lead to tracking down the family of these people, we’d love to hear from you. Send us an email. Here’s a list of who we are still searching for.
Charles W. Beaty 1904 – 1910
George Friday 1900 – 1904
Silas G. Hatcher 1897
Emerson Haines 1894 – 1896
Abram E. Conrow 1890 – 1893
Elwood P. Austin 1887 – 1890
Theodore H. Haines 1885 – 1887
Xavier Walter 1883 – 1885
James Bramall 1881 – 1882