Delran Historical Society

Collecting, Preserving and Educating

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Round 1 – Delran Sign Fundraiser

Thank you for supporting the Delran Historical Society and your interest in purchasing a Delran street sign.  We received an overwhelming number of requests.  Unfortunately we could not fulfill everyone’s request.  If the sign you requested was available, you received an email confirmation.  This email explains how and when to pick up your sign.  If you have not received an email, unfortunately, this means by the time we got your email, the sign was already spoken for.

Delran Township’s effort to replace all of our street signs is ongoing.  We will post another message when we have additional signs for sale.    If you requested a street sign not listed, we’ll keep your email and let you know when we have that sign.

 

Street Sign Fundraiser – UPDATE

We want to thank everyone for their interest in owning a piece of Delran. We received an overwhelming number of requests for street signs available now.  If the sign you requested is available, you will receive a confirmation email by October 3. Unfortunately, many people requested the same streets and we will be unable to fulfill all requests.  Additionally, due to the volume of requests we’ve decided not have them picked up at Delran Day. We are in the process of scheduling times at the Delran Township Municipal Building for you to pick up and pay for your signs. Further details will be included in the email confirmation. Thank you for supporting the Delran Historical Society and make sure to stop by and visit our pop-up museum at Delran Day.

Delran Street Sign Fundraiser

Looking for a unique one-of-kind gift for the holidays, consider purchasing an old street sign. The Delran Historical Society is selling Delran Township’s old streets signs for $20 on a first come first serve basis. At this time, total of 282 signs from 115 streets are available. Delran Township is in the process of replacing street signs, so if your street isn’t listed it should be available in the near future. A list of available streets are posted on our website.

If you are planning to attend Delran Day and would like to purchase a specific street sign, please send an email by September 23 indicating the street you’d like to purchase. We’ll bring the sign and you can stop by our tent to pick up and pay. If you can’t attend Delran Day, you can reserve your sign and we’ll bring your sign to our October 17 meeting at the Delran Township Municipal Building.

The goal of the Delran Historical Society is to protect and preserve Delran Township’s history and to educate the public about our special town. We hold meetings on the third Tuesday of the month. Our meetings start at 7pm and are open to the public. Check out the Delran Historical Society on Facebook and our website.  We also encourage you to considering joining DHS. A family membership is just $15.

Hoagie Sale

It’s that time again.  Support the Delran Historical Society by purchasing a hoagie from Vid’s Hometown Deli located at 1107 Fairview Street.  The sale runs from May 1 until July 31, 2017.  For $5 you can choice an American, Italian, Ham and Cheese or 3 Cheese hoagies.  Contact Mal Anderson, Karen Ruza or send an email to  for tickets.

A Program for September’s Meeting…

Join the Delran Historical Society for their September 20 meeting where the featured program, “First by Stage Coach, Then by Bus” will be presented.  Learn some interesting facts about one of Delran’s main thoroughfares.  The Society meets every third Tuesday of the month at the Delran Municipal building at 7:00 pm.  Light refreshments are served.

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Another Mayor Found

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

Arm Chair Genealogy

Debra Hammond presenfamily treeted Arm Chair Genealogy at our February meeting.  The presentation included live access to Ancestry.com.  She shared great tips for researching your family history using historical documents.  She modified her presentation and added screen shots of the records from Ancestry.  If you have any questions, you can email her at debra.hammond@comcast.net.

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