This Day in Mahwah History
Mahwah historian John Bristow published columns entitled “This Month in Mahwah History,” in the Home and Store News from 1985 to 1992, and “Events in Mahwah History” in 1993. He preserved his research in the form of index cards, keyed to the date. We are publishing that content on our website and will be adding more events to those that he found.
If you are interested in helping enter events from index cards, or have new events to suggest, please contact Cathy Moran Hajo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 1875 John Y. Dator announced a sale on his stock of vehicles, Wagons, Carriages and Sleighs, could be picked up at very attractive prices at his place in Ramsey.
- 1930 Mrs. R.A. Smith presented a library of 100 books to the Mountain School. These books were donated from the libraries of the Delphian Society members to encourage reading among the children at school and their families.
- Fire Department
- 1940 A new car was destroyed and total damage to the building equipment and stock estimated at $4500 was caused when the Mahwah Center Station , operated by David Sandberg on Franklin Turnpike and Miller Road was swept by a freak fire. The building owner, by John A. Winter, was not insured. The fire started , when William O. King, local insurance dealer entered the building, while workmaen were removing the gasoline from the new car which belonged to John A. Winter. Not realizing what was happening, he lighted a cigarette. Fire immediately swept the frame of the building. All the windows and doors were closed at the time. the Mahwah Fire Company was called, but could do little to stop the spread of the blaze. King was waiting at the garage for the Shortline bus to New York. Fireman Thomas Ackerman cut his hand , when he broke the window of a locked car parked next to the building in an attempt to move it to safety. He was given First Aid treatment on the scene by TWP Clerk R.F. Dator. Dator also treated Sven Losbon for minor burns around the hands and face. Four others suffered minor injuries in the fire, which was under control after 3/4 of an hour. The building was valued at $1500, the stock and equipment at $3000. The latter was partially insured, as was the car. Traffic was diverted around the scene via Ramapo Road by police. (Bristow)
- 1909 Mr. George Crocker died at his 64th Street home in New York City, after a 2 year bout with cancer. He was born on February 10, 1856 in Sacramento, California. His father was one of the pioneers of the building of the railroads in the Far West and gave his son an estate worth $4.000.000 to $6.000.000 dollars after he proved that he could keep sober for five years. George Crocker had a spectacular career as a railroad man and financier. He left an estate between $10 and $20 million dollars. Eight year age , he bought the estate of Mr. and Mrs. Darling of Darlington for $100.000. Here he proceeded to build a magnificent mansion, on what he called the finest site in the U.S. it is furnished throughout with valuable Antiques. In addition there is an immense greenhouse with about 17.000 sq feet of glass, where flowers, vegetables and grapes are raised. The farm is stocked with fine horses and about 60 head of valuable Jersey cattle. Unfortunately just before the mansion was completed, his wife died, also of cancer. After the funeral in New York City, two special Pullman cars stocked at his order with food from the Darlington Estate , conveyed the funeral party to San Francisco for the burial. All of his holdings will be sold and the proceeds devoted to the George Crocker Special Research at Columbia College, for research into the cause, prevention and cure of cancer. The Darlington estate is expected to be sold as a unit at a private sale. He left many legacies, including a $25.000 legacy and a gift of $10.000 to his Japanese valet and $2500 to his nurse. All of his servants were reputed to have received $100 for each year they served him. (Bristow)
- 1978 75 foot Norway Spruce from Immaculate Conception Seminary grounds lighted in ceremonies as the 46th Rockefeller Center Christmas tree.
To see a listing of all events entered thus far, see These Days in Mahwah History!