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October, 1842. Rev. John H. Townley officiated from
July 26, 1843, to October, 1851, after which Dr. Hugh
N. Wilson was the pastor from 1852 to 1858. Again
the subject of building a new church was agitated. It
was commenced in 1859, during his successor's, F. R.
Harbaugh's, pastorate, and finished in 1861, when
Rev. G. C. Bush was the pastor. He was succeeded,
in 1867, by Thomas McCauley; he by Rev. Alex-
ander Proudfit, the present pastor. The present value
of the church property, including the parsonage, is
about $30,000, and the present membership is 450.*


was erected in 1859. It is a mission belonging to the
Convocation of Newark. The pastors have been Revs.
Mr. Morrison, Peter Jaques, Mr. Martin, and the
present pastor, Rev. Levi Johnston. There are 12


This society was organized in 1832. There was no
regular Methodist appointment prior to that time,
though services were occasionally held. A meeting
was held Dec. 1, 1832, at the house of Jacob Sharp.
Rev. Jacob Hevener was called to the chair, and
Nathaniel Hoagland was appointed secretary. After
resolving to "build a house for the public worship
of Almighty God," they chose seven trustees, as fol-
lows: George W. Cummins, William Wright, Silvane
B. Down, Richard B. Bray, Christian W. Cummins,
Jacob R. Shurts, John and P. Sharp. They further
resolved to take upon themselves the incorporate
name of the "Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church
of Hackettstown," and that the seal of the cross be
chosen as the seal of their incorporation. This seal
was recorded in the county clerk's office at Belvidere,
vol. i. file 16, Dec. 18, 1832. The trustees purchased
a lot of ground from Amos Moore, lying on the east
side of Main Street. It contained 1J acres, and the
consideration was $200. Jan. 10, 1833, the trustees
met at Jacob Sharp's house to receive proposals for
building a new church. They resolved to erect a
church 30 by 48 feet. Martin Clawson and Peter
Perine agreed to build the house for $1575, and gave
bonds for the proper fulfillment of their contract.
The church minutes state at this time (1834) that
Aaron Gearhart was preacher in charge. Feb. 11,
1835, the trustees resolved to sell part of their lot, for
$35, to Rev. Jacob Rusling.

At this time Methodism was in its infancy in this
part of the State. The ministers had circuits or sev-
eral appointments, covering large portions of the
State. There were two preachers assigned by Con-
ference to each circuit, and, on account of the number
of their appointments, they could only preach every
two weeks. This was the case here until the town

* The Danville Church was a colony from the HackettBtowB Church in
1&S1, prior to which date it was in the pariHU of the "First Church."

grew and the membership increased, when they were
able to have preaching every Sabbath. There are six
years in which no record of the church can be found.
In 1840-41, Rev. John S. Swaim was pastor ; Richard
B. Westbrook, 1842; Mathew Mattison and Jacob
Hevener in 1843 ; Mathew Mattison and Ebeuezer
Gregory in 1844 ; Rev. George Banghart and Garrett
Vanhorne were on this circuit in 1845 ; Rev. George
Banghart was returned, and, with Samuel Post, occu-
pied the pulpit in 1846-47 ; Revs. James M. Tuttle
and Palmer M. Force, 1848^9; John O. Winans.
In April, 1849, the circuit of Warren was changed
or divided, making a separate charge called Hacketts-
town. William P. Corbitt was appointed pastor in
1850. Mulford Day was sent to this charge in 1851,
but died in June of that year. In September, Charles
S. Coit was sent to fill the vacancy. John M. Crane
was pastor in 1852-53. In 1854, Jacob P. Fort was
called to the place. In 1855-57, C. A. Lippincott
was pastor, at which time it was a station. In 185S r
Rev. David Groves was pastor, serving two years.
He was so well liked the Conference sent him back
in 1860. After his time expired Rev. Vanhorne was
here three years; 1863, C. S. Van Cleve. In 1864,
J. S. Porter was sent, and remained three years.
Rev. J. T. Crane preached in 1867. James R. Bryan
was pastor for three years; Charles E. Little one
year. The church has been supplied since then by
the following j^astors : J. M. Freeman, E. E. Cham-
bers, S. B. Rooney, C. E. Little, and A. H. Tuttle.

One of the oldest members of the church living is
Mrs. Kemple, who resides on the edge of Morris
County. There were Methodist meetings he.Id at her
house many years before the first church was built.
The renowned Lorenzo Dow once preached in her
house. There was a new edifice built in front and
nearer the street in 1858 ; the old one is now used as
a Sabbath-school room.


This denomination in Hackettstown enjoyed ser-
vices in their church for the first time in 1864, that
beiug the year of its erection, under the pastorate of
the Rev. Edward McCosker, who had charge of the
Newton, Franklin, Hackettstown, and Stanhope sta-
tions. His predecessors had been the Revs. Messrs.
McMahon and McKay. St. Mary's Church was dedi-
cated by the Very Rev. B. McQuade, now bishop of
Rochester, and then vicar-general of the diocese of
Newark, and administrator during the absence of
Bishop Dr. Bayley, who, in 1872, was transferred to
Baltimore as archbishop of that see.

Before the erection of St. Mary's Church the few
Catholics in Hackettstown and immediate vicinity
had services once a month in a house near the Morris
and Essex Railroad.

In 1872 the mission was divided, the Rev. Edward
McCosker retaining Newton and Franklin, Hacketts-
town and Stanhope being assigned to the Rev. Wil-



Hum Henry Oram. The membership at present is
about 200.


The first burying-ground we find any record of was
on the lot adjoining the old Presbyterian church.

I'cople were interreil there a- early a-* 177't. In 1702

a deed was given by Obadiah Ayers to the Presby-
terian Church for a lot of ground to be used as a
cemetery. The consideration was five shillings. It
was situated on the wesl side of Main Street, and was
used as a union cemetery by all the churches until
about the year I860, when, on account of bein
up, a new pine of ground was purchased near the
outskirts of the town, in the southeastern part, which
has Bince been used as a cemetery by the several de-
nominations, This cemetery is Bituated across the

liUBCOnetCOng River, near the Morris County line.


The earliest record of any school being kept in
Hackettstown was L797. One pers nly can be

found now living who attended sehoo] at that day.

This is Mrs. Nancy Pownell, who is ninety year- of
age. The schools were n bat were known as "subscrip-
tion" bcI Is, the parents paying a Btated sum quar-
terly lor their children's instruction. The Bchool-

house stood where Mrs. Vanhorne'e house now stands,

but it was re \ed many years ago. In 1826 a new

school-house was built, and when it became too small
for the needs of the settlement it was converted into a
dwelling. It is now occupied by Mr. Metier. A her

ancient building, which was form,rl\ used a- a SChool-

aou ' . and Blood near the old churchyard, is now oc-
cupied by William B. Cramer as a carriage-shop.

One of the earlj teachers was a Mr. McGregor. Hi
taught the higher branches, auch as Greek, Hebrew,
and Latin. Among his pupils were Alpheusand Wil-
liam » lu-tin, Thomas Stewart. Joseph W. I lampbell,
ami Aaron Robertson. His terms were $5 per quar-
ter. Joseph Met 'n,d taught scl I in 1885, and

among his Bcholars were many men who have occu-
pied prominent positions in public life. Those who

became st celebrated were Hon. Jacob Vannatta,

Theodore Little, attorncy-at-law. Rev. Peter Vannatta,
thi i lole family, Le« i- ( '. and John S. Cook, who are

prominent physicians in the place. John and Theo-
dore < Irane, George 1 1 a-. 'en. president of the Common

il, and Dr. Rliel Stewart. There were two

school di-trict- formed as the town gre« in popula-
tion, which embraced part of the -urn. ling country.

In Is; i i he facilities for school purposes were con-
aidt red inadequati . m«\ a fine three-story brick build-
ing was civ, ted at a cost of $89,000. E. R. Warrener
i- the superintendent

The number of the Hackettatown district i- 18, and
' port of the State superintendent of public
instruction for the year ending Lug. 81, 1879, it-
found to be as follows :

Amount from sett.- appropriation $1,849.72

Total amount receired Anon public

acbo I] £;.

Present rail r school property ..

Whole number of children between lire and

eighteen yean ••! age residing in the district

nambei of children in attendance 296

One male and eight female teachers are employed
in this district.

The "Kindergarten" i- a private Bchool taught by
Mr.-. Elizabeth ' Ismun. It was opened only two j ears
ago, ami has been conducted verj successfully Bince.
It ha- ;m averagi of 25 scholars.

int. ii:mi\ii:v OOLUEGIATE institute
was projected by the Newark Methodist Episcopal
I lonference at it- session in 1 366. \ number of places

competed for the honor of it- location, but finally, in

1868, Hackettatown was -elected, who-,- citizens con-
tributed si o. in cash with ten acres of eligible land.

The -election was made on account of the grandeur

of the scenery, the purity of the water, and the health-
fulness of the climate. The corner-sl • was laid

Sept. 9, 1869, « hen addresses were delivered by Bishop
Simpson, Chancellor ttunyon, David Campbell, K-p.
C.Walsh, Esq., and Rev. L. It. Dunn. During the
centenary year contributions were made amounting to

$12, The -in,, was increased by the gift of $10,

from David Campbell, Esq., of Newark, and by sub-
scriptions at the laying of the corner-stone oi $6000,
making $38,000 for the commencement of the enter-
prise. In 1869 the Rev. George H. Whitney, D.D.,
was elected president. The edifice was five years ha

process of erect ion, the tin -lees having wisely adopted

the tto, "Pay as you go." During these five years

subscriptions were solicited through the bounds of the
Conl rence. Thi ministers nobly subscribed from
their own resources $80,000 ; the

eroii-ly pledged Si Jii.imiii. I 1 1 (hi- amount more t han

$20,000 were given l>> David ( lampbell, Esq., of New-
ark, and over s pi, nun by George J. Ferry, Esq., of

Orange. The entire cost of tin- edifice, furniture, etc.,
exclusive of grounds, was nearly $200,000.

The building i- of I, rick, five stories high, with
three tower-, and is constructed in the most substan-
tial manner. It i- heated throughout by steam,
lighted by gas, and supplied with mountain spring-
water on every floor. Provision is made against fire
by the most modern improvements. The sleeping-
rooms are furnished with black-walnut bedsteads,

bureau-, spring-mattresses, carpets, and every requi-
site. Great attention ha- been paid to ventilation.
The , lining-hall and chapel are spacious and well fur-
nished. A powerful pipe-organ add- to the attract-
iveness of the chapel, which will accommodate over
600 persons. Three elegantly-furnished parlor- opt n-

iiiL' Into each other form a -uite of room- 20 by 70,

with ceiintg i i it (•■t. [here is al-,> a gymnasium
in a -eparate building.

The institute was dedicated Sept. 9, l ~-7 1 ; a large
cone, an - , was present, and addresses were delivered
e Hon George J. Ferry, Governor Joel Parker,



David Campbell, Esq., and Rev. C. N. Sims, D.D.
In the afternoon, in the chapel, Mr. Ferry, president
of the trustees, delivered the keys to the president of
the institution, Rev. Dr. Whitney, who then delivered
his inaugural. It was followed by brief addresses.
Much credit is due Cornelius Walsh, David Camp-
bell, and George J. Ferry, the successive presidents
of the board of trustees, for their noble efforts.

The institute opened with 183 students, 130 of
whom were boarders. The first graduating class num-
bered 25, 11 of whom were ladies. The ladies' depart-
ment is a full chartered college. Diplomas are granted
to ladies who complete the belles-lettres course or
the classical course. There are courses in music, art,
and commercial branches. In the gentlemen's de-
partment students are carried through classes in
Greek, Latin, mathematics, and the sciences, being
prepared in the most thorough manner. A proof of
this thoroughness is attested by the fact that for two
late successive years the prize at Wesleyan Univer-
sity for " best college preparation" has been taken by
pupils from Hackettstown Institute. Its students
stand foremost also in Harvard, Yale, Boston Univer-
sity, Princeton, Rutgers, etc. New Jersey may be
proud of this magnificent building and the splendid
career of this institution. The science course is wider
than in any similar institution, the students having
special facilities for thorough work in the chemical
laboratory. The president of the institute, Dr. Whit-
ney, had the organization of this great school from
the laying of the corner-stone till its formal opening,
since which time he has had the pleasure of seeing
the enterprise grow continually in strength and in-
flueuce, taking rank as superior to most and second
to none of the collegiate institutes of the land. In
addition to his other duties, Dr. Whitney has written
several works, among which may be mentioned " A
Hand-Book of Bible Geography," the result of years
of patient investigation, and which has reached a
very large sale both in this country and in England.
He is at present engaged upon a work to be known as
" Old Testament Archaeology."

During the seven years of its history the Hacketts-
town Institute has had over 1500 students in attend-
ance, representing various denominations and many
of the States of the Union and nine foreign coun-
tries. Because the building and equipments of the
school are the free gift of the people, the trustees are
enabled to offer board and tuition at the exceedingly
low rate of $225 per year.

The faculty is constituted as follows : Rev. George
H. Whitney, D.D., President, and Professor of Mental
and Moral Philosophy and Logic ; Miss Fanny Gu-
lick, M.L.A., Preceptress, Belles-Lettres and Ger-
man ; L. H. Batchelder, A.M., Professor of Chem-
istry and Mathematics ; A. O. Hammond, A.M.,
Professor of Ancient Languages; E. A. Whitney,
Professor of Commercial Department ; A. M. Free-
man, A.B., Professor of Latin and Natural Sciences ;

Professor F. C. Bauman, Musical Director; Miss
Anna Nicholl, M.L.A., History, Painting, and Draw-
ing ; Miss Charlotte E. Crane, English Literature,
French, and Italian; Miss Stella Waldo, Piano,
Organ, Vocal Music ; Mrs. C. L. Blake, Matron.


George H. Whitney was born in the city of George-
town, D. C.,on July 30, 1830, and is a son of William
Whitney, a native of Connecticut. The family are of
both French and English descent, and were among

the early settlers of Connecticut, many of them having
been numbered among the benefactors of mankind,
notable among whom was Eli Whitney, the inventor
of the cotton-gin.

While yet in his infancy, Mr. Whitney's father re-
moved with his family to the city of Washington,
D. C, where young Whitney obtained his rudimen-
tary education. After leaving school he became a
bookkeeper in a large establishment, and subse-
quently, when only seventeen years of age, he became
the city editor of the Daily National Whig. Two years
later he removed to Irvington, N. J., where he taught
a select school for two years. On attaining his ma-
jority he became one of the teachers ofthe Wesleyau
Institute, at Newark, N. J., where he remained three
years. On terminating his connection witli that in-
stitution he entered the Wesleyan University, at Mid-
dletown, Conn., where he was graduated in the class



of L858. Among lii- classmatee were II. 1'. Shepard,
professor in the Albert University, Canada; Nathaniel
Fallows, principal of Wilbrahain Academy, Massa-
chusetts; and Daniel < '. Knowles, principal of Pen-
nington Beminary, New Jersey.

Soon after graduating, Mr. Whitney was chosen

principal of M tdon Seminary, Macedon Centre,

N. V., ami from 1859 to 1861 he occupied the same
position :ii Oneida Seminary, Madison County, X. V.
In L861 he joined the Newark Conference of the
Methodist Episcopal Church, and was stationed the
first year at Somerville, N. J. His subsequent pas-
toral appointments were as follows : Elizabeth, V J.,
two years; Newton, N. J., three years; Plainfield,
N. J., two years; Trinity Church, Jersey City, two
years; and Passaic, N. J., where he ministered for
three years, daring tin- time being the means of
having a fine stone church building erected, al a cost
oi - ".<

A short time previous to the laying of the corner-
Btone of tin' Centenary < iollegiate Institute, at Hack-
ettetown, N. J., which took place Sept. 9, 1869, Mr.
Whitney was chosen president of that institution, the
selection being but a fitting recognition of hi- ener-
getic ami valuable services in the establishment of

that useibl seat of learning. He superintended the
construction of the building, and during the erection
thereof performed pastoral 'buy. preaching educa-
tional sermons and soliciting aid for the completion
of tb' -i met n re. The institute was finished and dedi-
cated Sept. 9, 1874, and he at once entered upon his
duties as it- principal.

The school opened with large classe-, and the at-
tendance has been to the fullest capacity of the edi-
er since, It is designed to afford the amplest
facilities for both Bexes to receive a superior educa-
tion, and to prepare young n fur the higher classes

in college or iii the theological seminary. The de-
partment for ladies is a regularly-chartered college,

empowered to confi tpon those w ho com-

plete the prescribed course of study. The edifice,
which cost about $200,000, is an elegant and substan-
tial one, and in taste and adaptation to it- purpose is
our ot the mo-t admirable structures of the kind in

the l aion, aud in everj respect impresses the st

scrutinizing visit >r with tin fc rethought displayed in
its construction and the abilitj of its present managi -
nient. No detail that add- to the eaiv. comfort, or
of the students seems to have been omitted.

In addition to his other labor-, Dr. Whitney has
Written several work- of value, among which may be

mentioned " A Bible Geography," the result of years
of patient investigation, and which has reached a large
sale, and a " Commentary on International Sunday-
-el I Lessons," which was also received with great

favor. He has also been a valued contributor to \ari-

"ii- magazines and periodicals, and i- at present en-
gaged on a work to be entitled " Old Testament Ar-
chsBology." It i- in i ended to comprise fifteen volumes,

and to be published by the Methodist Book I ktneern,
the entire set to be known as "The Theological Li-

Since I >r. Whitney has been at the head of the Cen-
tenary Collegiate Institute he has been called to some
of the leading institutions of learning in the country,
but he has chosen to remain at Ilaekett-town to con-
tinue the work bo auspiciously commenced and suc-
cessfully carried on under his scholarly supervision.

lb- was married, on Nov. 17. 1858, to ( 'arrie A. Shep-
ard, of Northern New York, who died Dec. 19, 1865,
a son, Irving Shepard. now engaged in the

mercantile business in New York City. He was united
to his present wife, Miss Nettie, daughter of P. M.
French, of Plainfield, X. .1.. on Dec. 24, L867. By
this marriage have been born two daughters, May
Vincent and Bertha Burst Whitney.

VII. - "< IK I II -

I N Hi-fi: s i>i:si i. i i. Ho. 29, ft LSD \. M.

was warranted on Ma\ 9, 1813, William Hampton.

Master; Hani.! McGregor, S. W. ; Benjamin Gustin,

.1. W. i tn the 1 lib of November, 1817, the warrant

was surrendered. <>n Nov. 18, 1822, the warrant was
restored, Caleb II. Valentine, Master; < '. K. Line-
back, S. W. ; Ceorge Heberton, .1, W.

Nov. 13, 1827, leave was granted to meet at Spring-
town. The 8th of November, 1842, Independence
Lodge was ordered to be struck off the rolls. < In the

13th day of May, 1858, a dispensation wa- granted by

Most Worshipful Grand Master Trimble to revive
Independence Lodge. The following officers were
duly installed by him, — viz., Andrew Ingals, W. M.;
E. P. Ml.,,, proxj for C. I '. B. Moore, S. W.; Wil-
liam S. Osborn, J. W.; Caleb II. Valentine, Treas.;

Eben Wi n, Sec. ; E.J. I'.-t.S. D.j Marcus Ford,

.1. It.; George H. Cagler, Tyler.

Jan. 12, 1859, a charter was obtained for Independ-
ence Lodge, No. 12 instead of No. 29, as formerly),
the name- appearing on the charter being Andrew

[ngals, W. M.; C. F. B. M e, S. W.; William S.

Osborn, J. W. Present membership, 98. Present
officers (1881): B. F. Ferris, W. M.; C. M. Wade,S.

W.; Nathan Klot/., .1. W. ; 1 >. Met'lellen. Trea-. ;

A. G. Freeman, Sec. ; A. Lundy, J. I). ; J. J. Harre,


Ml SCONETl OSG L I , No 81, I.

was organized May l, L845. It- present officers are
S. c. Larison, N. G.; T. s. White. V. G.j Jacob

Wiley, S.e.: .la - Burrell, Permanent Sec.; J. M.

Everett, Treas. The present membership i- 53.

.-. !■ S POST, N i-. ■■ i t: .

is the only post of the Grand Army in Warren < !ounty.

This order i- composed of 12 member.-, every one of
Whom is a veteran of the late n ar. The officers are :
i. .t. D Btnltli; Vlco-Commander, .t Chamberlain; Adju-
tant, Aihtr.'u I
lain, t: i Mi i id lai P I lh« Day, B B I

Bdlaj ;
Qnartonnatta ■S»m t, William Hall.



Their hall is above the Gazette printing-office, and
is well and neatly furnished. They have a full stand
of arms, and on the walls hang battle-flags, many of
which are torn in shreds and perforated with bullets.
They show unmistakable evidence of having been
through many a hard-fought engagement. Around
the room are hung some beautiful paintings, promi-
nent among which are " Evacuation Day," " The
Battle of Gettysburg," "Sherman's March to the
Sea," and the famous painting " Decoration Day."
The appointments of the lodge-room are very credit-
able, and evidences that the society is a live institu-


The post-office at Hackettstown was established
prior to 1800. The names of the first postmasters
cannot be learned from the meagre records in this
office. About the year 1825 Nathan Stiger was post-
master, with the post-office near the bank of the river,
on what is now Mill Street, where he had a store.
Subsequently the office was moved to a store in front
of the Warren House, where Redding Bell now lives.
Here it was kept by one of Stiger's sons. The next
incumbent was Bobert Steel, and the post-office was
located next to Mrs. Rusling's, on Main Street. Fol-
lowing Steel came William and George W. Johnson,
who kept the post-office in their store for many years.
It was next kept by Wm. Allen, where is now D.
McClellen's hardware-store. He was postmaster
until Andrew Johnson became president, when Lam-
bert McAVilliams was appointed. He died two years
later, but his wife served out his unexpired term.
Joseph K. Rice then secured the post-office and held
it for ten years, when the present incumbent, Robert
Rusling, Jr., was appointed.


There are few towns more favorably situated for
the introduction of water. At a comparatively small
cost a fine reservoir was built on the side of Schooley's
Mountain by damming up the largest mountain stream,
thus securing an abundance of pure cold water at a
sufficient altitude to throw it over the top of the highest
buildings. In 1853 an act of incorporation was granted
to the " Hackettstown Aqueduct Company." Wil-
liam Rea, Robert Steel, Lewis C. Cook, William L.
Johnson, and Robert Rusling were appointed to re-
ceive subscriptions to the stock. The charier placed
the capital stock at $10,000, with privilege to in-
crease to §20,000, to be divided into shares of $20

The company secured a site for a reservoir on Mal-
vern Hill, and went to work. Pipes were laid through
part of the town, but the supply was insufficient. As
it was found a change would be necessary, legislative
aid was again sought, and by an act approved March
17, 1870, the directors of the " Hackettstown Aque-
duct Company" were authorized to transfer and con-

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