Screen Shot 2016-06-06 at 3.48.22 PMDelran 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