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Of the foregoing several held more than one term.
The oldest Past Grand now a member of the lodge is
Joseph A. Shrope, who served in 1852. ■ Only twenty-
two of the above list are now members, the rest
either having died, removed, or lost their connection
by non-payment of their dues.


The Order of United American Mechanics was
established here in 1866. Joseph A. Shrope, with
George Halm and Henry Miller, were among its
charter members, and the latter was its first Councilor.
Their hall, on Belvidere Avenue, near the Windsor
Hotel, was burned in 1880, and their charter, records,
etc., lost. The charter, however, has since been re-
newed. Their present place of meeting is in Fireman's
Hall, upon the same street. The principal officers at
this time are William Kinnaman, Councilor; Charles
Christine, Rec. Sec. ; and William Weiknecht, Fin.
Sec. The society meets weekly, on Tuesday evenings.

A few years ago this organization was strong and
efficient, but now, with some 150 members upon its
rolls, it is far from being prosperous.

"Warren Degree Council, No. 1," a degree branch
of Liberty Council, was instituted about two years
later than the last named, and meets in the same hall
once a month.


This juvenile temperance society was started about
two years since, and is the only temperance organiza-
tion now extant in the borough. It is under the su-
pervising and fostering care of Mrs. Joseph Johnson
and Mrs. Oscar Jeffery.


was organized some twenty years ago, and has always
sustained an enviable reputation. The " Washington
Brass Band" is considered one of the best in Northern
New Jersey. In 1868 it took the first honors at the
Warren County Agricultural Fair. Among its for-
mer leaders may be named Bush, now of Beth-

Washington i:<>i:on;n.


lehem, Pa.; Thomas Coates, .-'i present residing at
Easton, I'a. ; and Thouia- Hurry, now located at
Council Blufls, Iowa. .1. 0. Wilier i- the present
Leader, The band embraces twenty-one pieces, and
is at present constituted as follows:

j. c. Welter, Leader, J. J. Shlolds, J. Cress, K flat cornet; Ph. J. Law.
rence, Jamea Crevellng, H Bat comet; J. D. GrolT, clarionet ; J. 0.
Johnston, Wm, A. Hummer, John Bamen, tenora; It m PI
tons; John Teata, John Qornbaker, Hilton Wamaley, George 0.
Campbell, Levi Bowlby, altos; David Dilts, B Hoi tiasi; Uoberl

Hornbaker, Lambert Ik.-, i: Hut boas; Aaa Treat, i Irom; An-

droit Yard, small dram; Lemuel Smith, dmbala.

M- services arc in considerable request in this
neighborhood, and it is often called to places quite
remote. It meets weekly at the town ball.


This musical organization, although of recent for-
mation, baa already attained a considerable local
reputation. It was established in 1878, with seven

bers, but more recently was reorganized, and

at present is composed of the following members and
pieces :

i ii PhlUp J, La* renco, pi >no; l'. II. KrflfBr, John Ha

violin; George 0. Campbell, second violin : J. 0. Waller, cornet; J. 0,

Gron*. i larionet ; Ja iJohnaton, plccol ; Jamea I Orovellng,tr bono;

William Plotta, French born.

The orchestra have an assembly-room in the Beatty
building, where they ineit weekly for practice, etc.
Its gen ices are in much demand for halls, parties, pii -
nics, etc'., both at home and abroad,


•• Their name is legion." Nor is it attempted here
to enumerate them all; yet to name enough to dem-
onstrate thai Washington has, at one time and an-
other, had in her midst a representative of al si

every known secret organization, without the fabu-
lous "Sons of Malta" I"- an exception. And socie-
ties, not secret, have also flourished, and likewise gone

(low II.

Washington Lodge, No. 17, L 0. of G. T., started
in 1867, or earlier, was iii existence in 1871, at which
timet'. P. Bowlby was Worthy Chief Templar. When
it in-! met is a date not in our possession, but it was
some years ago

Shabbekong Tribe, of the Independent Order of
Red Men, on,-,- kindled their council-fires here, but
the fires are since gotu out, the t ci Iii- having removed
to Hampton Junction a few years ago.

I'mIlii. g Lodge, No. 90, Knights of Pythias, were

in full blast in 1876, but have si ■ suspended.

In 1862 n " 1 'i\ ision" of the Sons ol I em |
was in existence, bul after a few j ears I he i am of its
existence was naught. Nothing daunted, the friends
of temperance organized anew in l.sii'.i. The Star of
Januarj 28th, of that year, says, "A division of the
S. of T. was organized in 1 1 1 i- place last Thursday

li, \|.iii. i - 1 1(0 membera, and i


cveiiiiiL', and -ixty persons connected themselves with
the order." That society i- now no more.
Tin- •• 5foung Men's Christian Association, ofWash-

iiiL'lon," had tor it- otlicers in lXlJx, Daniel Span^cri-

berg president, G. A. Thatcher vice-president, Wil-
liam H. Thompson recording secretary, John II. Cook
corresponding secretary, A. W. Creveling treasurer.

It is now inoperative.

The same may be .-aid of the " Washington Lecture
Association," which was in existence in 1868-69.

A "District Sunday— ei i Teachers' institute,"

tor District Mo. 2, met for the first time net. 2f

in Washington. It met in .May. 1870, at Asbury.

When and when- it met last it is impossible to say.

"Post Henry, No. 80, G. A. R.," was the first post
of the Grand Army in Warren County. Instituted
al Washington, Aug. 17, 1870. Col. W. H. Seip,
Post Commander; Andrew A. Neal, Adjutant; Dr.
N. Jennings, Surgeon. The post was named after
the late Col. Henry, of Oxford. They have since

'' broke camp" and inarched away.

I he encampment of Odd-Fellows long in exi
here is also now inoperative; and "Independent
Council. No. 11," of the Junior Order of United
American Mechanics, ceased to exist about three

years ago.


The First National Bank of Washington, Warren
Co., N. •!.. was organized Nov. 10, 1864. George W.

Taylor, William Shields, .lame- k'. Swayze, A. P.
Berthoud, William W. Strader, John V. Mattison,
William Winter, Seldon T. Scranton, and Byram S.

French were elected it- lirst directors. Since the lirst

election then- have been changes in the hoard of
directors, and the following-named persons have been
elected and acted as directors: Jacob S. Vough,

Philip II. llann. .laine- II. » iro'l. William Sweeny,

Joseph Vliet, James A. Swayze, Aurelius J. Swayze,
Daniel Vliet, Samuel T. Smith; and at present, Dee.
27, 1880, the director- are William Shields, Philip II.
I hum, James \. Swayze, Daniel Vliet, Samuel T.

Smith, and Aureliu- .1. Swayze. the article- of asso-
ciation having previously been changed bo as to make
the board consist of six instead of nine directors, as
originally constituted.

Nov. 14, 1864, .lame- EL Swayze was elected the

first president, and Philip H. llann the first cashier.
The former was annually re-elected, and held the
Office until his death, in May. Is7s; the hitler has
continuously held the office of cashier since his first

election, and is the present incumbent The neces-
sary preliminary arrangements having been com-
pleted, the association commenced a regular banking
business on the 22d day of May. 1865,

At the commencement of business, John F. Wood-
ruff was employed by the cashier as first teller, and

continued until April 1. 1872; and from that date to
April I. 1876, Jacob V. Carter acted a- first teller,



and from April 1, 1876, William Gonsaules has occu-
pied the position, and still is first teller.

W. C. Weller, Daniel V. Wyckoff, Louis J. Hann,
and Aug. P. Hann have each occupied, at different
times, the position of second teller.

Jan. 25, 1S75, James H. Groff was elected vice-
president, which office he occupied, by annual re-
election, until the death of James K. Swayze, presi-
dent, when he was elevated to the office of president,
which he held until his death, after which James A.
Swayze was elected to fill the vacancy. The latter
had previously been vice-president from the date of
Mr. Groff's election as president to the time of his
death. James A. Swayze served as president until his
death, March 8, 1881, when Aurelius J. Swayze was
chosen to the position. Aug. 28, 1880, Augustus P.
Hann was elected by the board of directors assistant
cashier, which office he still holds.

Of the persons who have been directors and officers
of the bank the following are deceased : Byram S.
French, William Winter, George W. Taylor, William
Sweeny, James K. Swayze, Joseph Vliet, James H.
Groff, James A. Swayze, and John F. Woodruff.

The counting-room of the First National is located
in the Mattison (or Beatty) block.


The progenitor of the family here was William
Hann, who, with his wife, Elsie, came from Germany
and are supposed to have first settled on Long Island.
In 1754 they removed to Schooley's Mountain, in
Morris County, where he purchased of James Hollo-
way a farm of one hundred and fifty acres. Mr. Hol-
loway had purchased the same in 1732 of Samuel
Schooley, who was the owner of a large portion of
the mountain, and most likely from whom the moun-
tain took its name.

William Hann died in 1794, aged about ninety
years ; his wife died about 1791, at the age of ninety.
Prior to his death he sold his farm to his son Jacob,
who had two sons, Philip and William, and two
daughters, Anna and Elizabeth.

Jacob died suddenly, after which his son Philip,
grandfather of Philip H. Hann, subject of this sketch,
purchased the homestead, upon which he resided un-
til his decease, in 1821. His children were Mary,
Jacob, Elizabeth, John, and Philip, all of whom are
deceased in 1880. The homestead farm still remains
in the family, having been continuously kept in their
possession for five generations, and during a period of
one hundred and twenty-six years.

Jacob, father of Judge Hann, born in 1782, mar-
ried, in 1802, Miss Susan Gray, of which union were
born four sons and ten daughters, of whom the fol-
lowing grew to manhood and womanhood, — viz., Ann,
Eliza (deceased), Clarissa (deceased), Ellen, Jane (de-
ceased), Philip II., Tamzen, Jacob (deceased), and
Rachel. In 1809 he removed to Warren County and
purchased a farm in the township of Mansfield, which

he owned the remainder of his life. About 1824 he-
returned to the old homestead, in Morris County,
where he resided until 1852, when he again took up
his residence on his place in Mansfield, where he re-
sided until his death, in 1867. Politically he was a
Democrat, and while a resident of Mansfield the first
time was many years a justice of the peace, receiving
his first appointment in 1816, and while a resident of
Morris County the second time he was also justice of
the peace, and was a judge of the Court of Common
Pleas for five years. He was a man of good judg-
ment, and his counsel was frequently sought by the
citizens of his township, and in matters of convey-
ancing and clerical work his services were often re-

Judge Jacob Hann was known as a man of strict
integrity, temperate habits, and a promoter of all
worthy local objects. He was a member of the Pres-
byterian Church while a resident of Morris County,
and after his return to Warren County he took an
active part and contributed liberally in building the
Methodist Episcopal Church at Anderson, of which
he became a member.

Philip H. Hann was born on the homestead, in
Mansfield, Aug. 6, 1819. Most of his minority was
spent at home on the farm and in obtaining an educa-
tion, which he received at an academy at Schooley
Mountain Springs, and under the private instruction
of Rev. Holloway W. Hunt. In early manhood he
took an active interest in local politics, and at the age
of twenty-three was elected to the office of constable,
and at the age of twenty-five he was elected justice
of the peace in Morris County, which latter office he
held while he remained a resident of the county.

In 1848, Mr. Hann settled on the homestead, in
Mansfield, but after four years purchased a farm of
his father adjoining it, where he resided until 1854,
when, upon his election as surrogate of Warren
County, he removed to Belviderc, where he resided
during the continuance of his official term of five
years. In the spring of 1860 he removed to AVash-
ington, N. J., and for two years carried on mercantile
business. In 1864 he was appointed judge of the Court
of Common Pleas, and by reappointment held the
office continuously for ten years.

The same year of his appointment to the bench,
upon the organization of the First National Bank of
Washington, Judge Hann was elected its cashier and
appointed a notary public, which positions he has con-
tinuously filled since. He has also been a director in
the bank nearly since its organization, and was a di-
rector of the Phillipsburg Bank for several years.
During his connection with the bank its management
has been largely under his control, and the financial
standing and stability of this institution bespeak the
judicious handling of funds and the executive ability
of its officers.

In 1878, Judge Hann was elected collector of the
county, and by re-election is the present incumbent



of that office. Wherever he ha- r • ~ i ■ I ■ -■ J le lia- been

interested in church and kindred interests, and a pro-
moter of all local enterprises tending t" the public

good and the peace ami jrnud order of society. In

18 15 In- married Miss < Jaroline C., youngest child and
daughter of Rev. Johnson Dunham, one of the earl]
Methodisl ministers, who married Mary, eldest daugh-
ter of Daniel Bunt, Esq., and a few years after his

marriage located at A-luiry and engaged in mercan-
tile business, where be remained mosl of his life. He

had three son- and three daughters, all of « le.in were
horn at Anbury.

Mrs. llann'- maternal grandfather, Daniel Bunt,
was an influential and prosperous merchant at As-
bury, N- J., as far back :e 1790. He took an active
part in all that pertained to the prosperity of the little
town, '_':i\r the ground on which the Methodisl Epis-
copal church now -tand-. and contributed largely to
it- support, Be was one of the earliest Methodists of

Warren ( 'ouniy, anil hi- house wa- ever the " welcome

home" of the Methodist preachers of long ago. Bishop
Asbury, father Boehm, and other- used to find a rest-
ing-place there and a welcome at his hospitable hoard,
lie ami Col. William McCollough were ever verj in-
timate friends, and their children continued friendly

relations Until they were married and scattered.

Judge llann and his wife are both members of the
Methodisl Episcopal Church at Washington, where
they reside. Their children are Mary, wife of Rev.
S. W. Gehrett, a clergyman of the Methodisl Episco-
pal Church, and a member of the Philadelphia Con-
ference; A umi -tu- P., assistant cashier in the bank at
Washington; and Louis J., at present residing with
his father.


This institution was established about the yeai I S70,
and had for it- firsl or early officers Joseph Johnston,
President; Daniel Spangenberg, Treasurer; Oscar
Secretary; and a directory composed of W.
Sweeny. .1. Vliet, J. D. Taylor, E. W. Alleger, P. T.
I'.. Van Doren, II. W. Johnston, and M. K. Raub.
It carried on a flourishing business for Rome time,

pUl for the pasl few year- has .lone 1ml little, and is

bow about closing up it- affairs.

VII.- in i: POST-0 '

wa- established in the year 1814,
" Mansfield," and changed to its
1852. For the following list of

1814 to the present ti we are u

.). E. Fulper, the present accom

Kb, it. imi, John G, Bobliliu; lug.24, 1816,
IT, 1816, ImU III iko; Julj •'. 1M7. June
Jonph Bmloii . Vprll i, i 11 N,, holm I .
ObulM G Wllaon; I rt 14, 1880, Charle

.!„Iiii Petty, Jr ; July 28, 1841, Hi i n

Swtdi ; Sep! 10, I84S, .i"lm C. w tutor;
little; June 19, 1840, John R Barl in, J

. .1 .'. 1- i I, William I.. Cyphoni

Oypliara; Jul) 10, 1881, llonrj \


under the title of
present nam, in

postmasters from
nder obligat ions t"
lating incumbent ;

v Wilson; July


: March

. Johna in : Jan. :. 1830,

Feb I, i
Fob 18,1)

M| I,, n-


Sealer; Feb. 18, I860, Nathaniel JenDiogs; Hard
L.Coni«„ll; May 7, 1870, Jamea Stewart; March 28, 1871, Jama
i i; March 13, 1875, Jamea Stewart; Man ,.



Tin- Presbyterian church was burned in 1862
About ten years later two lire- occurred, within a
>car of each other, which destroyed the Bchool-house
and Mattison's planing-mill respectively.

On Wednesday night, Nov. 29, 1869, the largest
building in the place, the five-story structure known
as Mattison's Block, together with the entire corni r,
embracing four buildings and eight mercantili
lishments, was entirely destroyed. The following
were the principal sufferers: Cummins, Rockwell
,n Co., merchants; 8. E. Craft, hardware; Trow-
bridge & ( libbs, dentists : Joseph F. Vanderveer, jew-
eller; J. W. Van Doren, cigars ; N. A. Folsom, saloon
and billiards; J. W. Van Doren, meat-market; Mr.
Mattison, flour and feed ; the National Bank; Matti-
Concert Ball; lodge-room of the Good Tem-
plars, etc. The loss was estimated at over .-170.000.

Another destructive lire, destroying a business

block and a hotel, occurred about half-past ten o'clock
on Saturday night, March I'll. 1S70. It was supposed
to have been the work of an incendiary, and origi-
nated in the hack cellar of Carter \ V an I loren's drug-
Store. The Phillipsburg steamer arrived about three
o'clock in the morning, but too late to Bave the build-
ings; they, however, promptly extinguished the
flames, and prevented their further spread. The loss
was not far from $50,000, involving the following per-
sons: John M. Wyckoif. Carter & Van Doren, Jacob
Weller, Annie M. Castner, William M. Horn. Albert
Camfield, of New ton, etc.
There has he,n no large fire Bince, although on

March 17. 1SX0, the store of Mary t '. \'an 1 loreii was

burned. It was occupied by Jacob Wandling's gro-
cery and the hall of the (I. I'. A. M. society .

The tire department of Washington consists mainly
of a large Babcock Fire Extinguisher, mounted on

w he,!- (c isl $2 1), supplemented bj several smaller

extinguishers, which, in case of a tire, are carried on
the backs of the citizen firemen. Also a hook-ami-
ladder apparatus. A steamer is needed, to afford

ample protection against the " fire-fiend," and w ill no
doubl be Boon purchased. This prophecy i> based

upon the fact that her citizens are enterprising | pie,

of metropolitan notions, who will stop at nothing
short "t attaining all advantages that other cities pos-

-■ - . \ -team fire-engine added to her present appli-
ance- will give her an efficient department, equal to
almost anj possible emergency . if an adequate watei
-upply be provided.

IX. MANI l mi i RING in fBRBSTB.
Washington enj -•■• the reputiticn oi hem,, the
heaviest manufacturing town of its bum in the State.
and, in one line of industry, in the Union, Among



other branches here carried on are agricultural imple-
ments and foundry, by Bowers & Brother ; carriage-
and wagon-making, by William Van Atta and Charles
McCracken ; furniture-manufacture, by Jacob Fitts &
Son and Jesse Pittinger ; marble-work, by Josiah E.
Linn ; tannery, by G. 0. Gerard ; and the sash-, door-,
blind-, and moulding-factory of E. W. Alleger. The
planing- and turning-mill of E. W. Alleger was
erected in 1S70. William Van Atta established his
line here in 1869. The firm of G. H. & J. H. Sawyer,
who several years previously had engaged in the man-
ufacture of tombstones, monuments, etc., removed to
Belvidere about the year 1S70. In the


several firms are largely engaged. Perhaps the most
extensive organ-manufactory in the State is that of
Daniel F. Beattv, located at the corner of Railroad


Avenue and Beatty Street. The factory is in the
shape of a gigantic E; is 165 feet long and 40 feet
wide, with wings extending back 80 feet, of 30 feet
width. It is a frame building, painted in a dark
color, with the proprietor's name in large white let-
ters, which can be read a mile away, indicative of the
man, who is one of the most extensive advertisers in
the country. On the first floor is the engine-room,
the " trap-work" department, where the intricate wire
and metal work is prepared, and the packing-room,
where boxes stand ready for shipment. The second
floor is a wilderness of machinery ; there are found 30
wood-working machines, all in motion. On this floor
is done all the scroll-sawing and carving, and to one
side is the drying-room. In the west wing of the
third floor are the offices of the superintendent and
secretary. The superintendent's office is connected
by a Bell telephone with the mayor's up-town office
and the telegraph-offices at the depot. On this floor
are also the stock-, the action-, the fly-finishing, the
correcting-, and inspecting-rooms. On the fourth
floor the cases are put together; and in the west wing
are the varnishing- room and twelve commodious rooms
for the " voicers" and "filers," whose duty it is to put
the new reeds in shape. The building is heated by
steam, and has an elevator large enough to accommo-
date the largest-sized piano. In all its appointments
it is most complete. Its five floors aggregate an area
of 57,000 square feet. Its machinery is propelled by a
60 horse-power engine. The instruments manufac-

tured at this factory are sent to all parts of the United
States, to South America, Europe, Asia, etc. Al-
though now working at its fullest capacity, it cannot
begin to fill its orders.

In January, 1881, the number of organs manufac-
tured was 528. Two hundred men are employed in
this establishment, which is under the superintendence
of Hon. John M. Wyckoff. Lewis Hann is assistant

And this is only one of the several establishments
in the borough devoted to this branch of industry.
The manufactory of the " Star Parlor Organ" was es-
tablished in 1869, employs 60 men, and has a capacity
for turning out 225 organs per month. Its factory is
a large new building, 140 by 40 feet, four stories in
height, located on Railroad Avenue, near the depot.

H. W. Alleger commenced the manufacture of or-
gans in Washington in 1870. In 1874, in connection
with C. P. Bowlby and Thomas McMurtrie, he com-
menced to make the organ styled the " Gold Medal,"
which name was changed about one year later to the
" Star Parlor Organ," and Edward Plotts admitted to
the firm. The following year Mr. McMurtrie severed
his connection with the firm, which then consisted of
H. W. Alleger, C. P. Bowlby, and Edward Plotts,
under the title of Alleger, Bowlby & Co. They con-
tinued to manufacture the Star Parlor organ until
Aug. 1, 1880, when Mr. Alleger disposed of his inter-
est therein and commenced the manufacture of the
" Acme Organ," on the comer of Church Street and
Jackson Avenue, in which he is still engaged. The
present capacity of this last-named factory is about
60 organs per month, although the demands for an
increased manufacture are so great that an enlarge-
ment is proposed the current year which shall give a
capacity of 100 finished organs per month.

Messrs. Cornish & Co. are the manufacturers of the
" Cornish Organ." This establishment was founded
a little over two years ago by Dawes & AVyckoff, and
within a year thereafter was purchased by the present
firm. They turn out some 50 organs per month. As
with their present capacity they cannot fill their or-
ders, they are about to increase their power and facili-
ties. Their factory is located on Belvidere Avenue,
at the canal, and is about 80 by 26 feet, three stories
in height, with basement. The building was originally
the grain-store of Peter T. B. Van Doren. This firm
make a specialty of large organs for churches, where
volume of sound is required.

John A. Smith, now manufacturing organs near
Erie, N. Y., began the making of melodeons here
about 1850. He was the first musical-instrument
maker in Washington. He was quite a musician, and
taught singing-school while living here. But Robert
Hornbaker is the pioneer organ-manufacturer of

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