Vanishing Mahwah Farms: An Interview with Alvina Pelz Frey and Judy Pelz Coughlin

This article, by Carol and Dick Greene, was first published in “The Old Station Timetable” in Fall 1987 The American tradition of the “family farm” lives on in Mahwah because of one tenacious holdout — Alvina Pelz Frey. She is Mahwah’s last true “farmer.” A farmer, by popular definition, is one who produces most of…

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The North Jersey Rapid Transit Line

This article, by Charles Anderson, was first published in “The Old Station Timetable” in March 1984. Although the North Jersey Rapid Transit Company had trolleys running from East Paterson to Ridgewood in 1910, it was not until June, 1911 that tracks were completed through Mahwah to Suffern. After leaving Ramsey, the route continued to parallel…

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Mahwah Cemeteries of the Past

This article, by Charles Anderson, was first published in the “The Old Station Timetable” in March 1983. For the most part churchyard cemeteries were the last resting places for the early farmers of the Ramapo Valley. Ordinarily they would attend the nearest church. The state line was no barrier to the people who lived at…

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Strawberries Were the Cash Crop

This article, by Charles Anderson, was first published in “The Old Station Timetable”  in December 1979. Masonicus, like most of Mahwah back in those days, was an area of farms, pastures and orchards. There were wood lots, but open fields allowed views east to the Palisades and north to the Ramapo ridges. Strawberries were the…

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