Inventors: The Havemeyers

Three generations of Havemeyers were inventors.  As you know, Theodore A. Havemeyer came to Mahwah in 1879 and established Mountain Side Farm, much of which is Ramapo College.  He died in 1897.  Although Theodore had nine children only his sons, Henry O. Havemeyer and Frederick C. Havemeyer, continued a presence in Mahwah.  Henry O. Havemeyer…

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Inventors: Fitzwilliam Sargent (1859-1939)

Fitzwilliam Sargent was called the “father of brake-shoe engineering” and he obtained multiple patents for improvement of railroad brake shoes. He was born in 1859 in Philadelphia and attended Lehigh University where he graduated in 1879 with a Civil Engineering degree. He came to Mahwah (then Hohokus Township) in 1902 as the chief engineer of…

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A Look at Mahwah’s Inventors

For a 2015 gallery talk I profiled the following inventors. Click on the links for a short history of each: Fitzwilliam Sargent who lived on Olney Road Howard S. Avery of Alcott Road Charles E. Ellis of Armour Road, The Havermeyers of the Ramapo Valley Edward Gorcyca of West Mahwah and Robert Armstrong Smith of…

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