1896 Wenonah Students Enter Contest and Win a Piano for the School

The Philadelphia Times newspaper devoted an entire page to the awards ceremony where the newspaper presents a piano to the Wenonah School.

Read all about by following the link to the PDF below.

A town of fewer than 500 amasses a total of 411,099 votes to win a piano for the school. The school colors were described as crimson and gold. Is that still accurate?

Creek and River Travel

The Mantua Creek served as a highway before improved roads or railroads made land travel easier. Other creeks served other towns - Raccoon Creek made Swedesboro accessible to Delaware River traffic. Bridgeton was served by the Cohansey Creek and Millville by the Maurice River.

Will Fell shared a number of photos and some memories of river transport. A facebook discussion followed.

West Elm St, before the bridge was built

The buildings match the east end of West Elm St where the pedestrian bridge was later built. The fence the photo was taken through was to keep school children off the tracks. The tower in the house on the left, the Wakefield house matches as do the porch pillars. Beyond the Wakefield house you can see the Burger house. The house on the right, once Mr. Bentley's house has undergone considerable renovation with the porch enclosed and a dormer added above it.

July 1, 1971 US Post Office enters a new era

The caption reads:
NEW POSTAL ERA - Wenonah Postmaster James Elberson (left) stands by as Mayor Jack Sheppard holds the flag being raised by Joseph Carbrey, Wenonah postal clerk, to signal beginning of a new era in U S. postal service with takeover of the mails by a private corporation.

On May 18, 1971 a stamp for a letter when up from 6 cents to 8 cents and stayed at 8 cents until March 2, 1974 when the stamp was 10 cents.
January 27, 2019 stamps went to 55 cents.

The old seal below in use from 1792-1971.

1916 Circa, Wenonah School Class

Here's another class photo from Wenonah School, circa 1916 (courtesy WHS museum).

Top Row: Gladys Mason, Dorothy S. Shuman, Adele Langston, Evelyn Wright, ?, Miss Ellis, ?, ?, ?, Josephine Broes

Middle Row: ?, Josephine Fink, Ed Carlson, ?, Edward Grosscup, Harry Loper, Charles Garver, Jack Warren, Paul Sargent, ?, Muriel Akin, ?

Bottom Row: Frankie Broes, Henry Fredrick, Boysi Stevenson, ?, Charles Holloway, J. Davis Scott, Charles Fredrick, Paul Reinhard, William Wagner, Joseph Steuber, DeHart Fink

A little bit about one student, Adele Langston.