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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The Farmer Goes to Market: The Railroad Connects Mahwah Farms with the City

This article, by Dick Greene, was first published in “The Old Station Timetable” in Fall 1987. Blandina Bayard, Mahwah’s first recorded non-Indian settler, the Hoppers, and the Dutch and English farmers that followed, had a very local market for their harvested crops, livestock and dairy products. After satisfying their family’s need for sustenance, residual products…

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