This Day In History: 1935-02-20
Mahwah’s Poormaster Harold Johnson gave his monthly report on the relief work in Mahwah. He stated that in all of his nine years in the post there had never been a heavier month. There was an average of fifty families on relief in the Township. Since January 18th he had committed four persons to the Hackensack hospital, had eight cases treated by a doctor and buried an indigent child. He was happy to report that he had obtained a supply of food form the Emergency Relief agency and was distributing it to the poor. In addition to his duties as Poormaster, Johnson was also treasurer of the Township Committee and custodian of the school funds, financial secretary of the fire department, a director of the Savings and Loan assistant treasurer of the Writner Lumber Company in Suffern. He stated that the post of Poormaster was the most arduous since it took up much of his free time, including Sunday. For this post he received a salary of $25 a year.