Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Grove Street Lackawanna Station, 1917

Above and below: looking west; Firehouse #2 (Eastern Hose Company No. 2) can be seen in background at left

                        Above: looking east toward Greenwood Avenue from Grove Street Station

                                           Below: looking west toward North Grove Street

                 Below: looking NE toward Greenwood Avenue and Eaton Place intersection

                                   More history and images of the Grove Street Station.

Roseville Lackawanna Station 1917

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Ampere Lackawanna Station Area, 1915

                     Above: looking north on North 18th Street across intersection of 18th Street,                                                                        Springdale Avenue, and the railroad

                                Below: looking NW across Springdale Avenue intersection

      Above and below: looking east on Springdale Avenue toward Newark, Crocker-Wheeler to right, Hotel                                                                      Ampere to left

Above: looking southeast, Crocker-Wheeler on left, Ward Bakery in distant center with tall smoke stack

Below: Ampere Station with the newly  Ward's Bakery in background

Above: Hotel Ampere at corner of Springdale Avenue and Division Streeet

Below: looking NW along railroad toward Springdale Avenue with firehouse at intersecton of railroad and Springdale Avenue

                        Above: looking NW with Crocker-Wheeler on right and Ampere Station on left

                                                            Below: looking SE

                                                           Above and below: looking SE

Above: looking SE across Springdale Avenue

Below: Firehouse #4 at intersection of railroad and Springdale Ave. This building was moved a few hundred feet and became the Ampere Library

Below: looking NW toward the Springdale Avenue intersection

Friday, August 8, 2014

East Orange Lackawanna Station area, 1916

                 Above: looking south on North Arlington Avenue toward railroad and Main Street

                                                     Below: looking west on Main Street

Above: looking NW at the Main Street/railroad intersection; station is out of view to the right

                                                  Below: looking west on Main Street

Above:  looking east across South Walnut Street
Below: looking north on North Munn Avenue from Main Street 

Above: Commonwealth Building

John Burroughs Teaches at Eastern School

One early teacher at Eastern School near the SW corner of Main Street and Maple Avenue in Orange (the Eastern district of Orange became East Orange in 1963) was John Burroughs who taught there from 1859 to 1861 and would go on to become a world famous naturalist.

A biographer of Burroughs wrote: 

"This time he hired out in East Orange, at wages of fifty dollars a month, his spirits rising with something definite again in view, and with leisure once more to pursue his studies. The nearness to New York City was another advantage; he promised himself an occasional trip there to hear Chapin, Beecher, and Everett. On the whole it was a disheartening winter our young friend spent in teaching that East Orange school. He was forlorn and lonely, living in a boarding-house, yet longing for a home. Though already two years married, the young couple had not begun housekeeping, the more practical wife foreseeing difficulties which seemed unsurmountable to her, though made light of by her sanguine spouse.
We sympathize with that earnest, aspiring youth as he unburdens his heart in a letter of that period:
    ... Oh, why is it that trouble and disappointment are the inevitable result of our earthly condition! I look at the stars, I look at the setting sun, I look toward the blue horizon, I ramble through the busy city, I search my own heart, I delve into the sea of books, I struggle with the mysteries of eternity, and nothing satisfactory can I find. All is a sliding sand-bank beneath me. Peace, Beauty, Satisfaction, Rest-where, oh, where can ye be found? . . .
But this is only a mood. Optimism, a practical and forceful handling of details, a sweeping away of trivial objections, and the young couple are soon cozily settled in a little three-room apartment in the suburbs of Newark; the young man walking daily the few miles to his school in East Orange, the tedious grind of teaching supplanting his visions of wealth, now vanished into thin air. Youth and hope are his companions and the sun again shines on his path."

Above: Burroughs (with beard) with Thomas Edison (far left)
Below: Burroughs and Henry Ford in 1896 in Ford's first vehicle.