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Union, Peter Angle, Jesse Knowlea.

i ■ '.i iliiiini Allen, \\ ilh.,,,i Cooki I man, Jcase B »le ,

i ■ , ph Allium.
i 10 i H)ah P n m 'I i larl w, I , i I i i I i Knowlei


1817. Peter Angle, John Hay, Anthony Belles, Gerahom Bartow, Ml

i, ,, 1 Kailli.

■ : , Bartow, I i , Inthony Belles, H 1111 un Coi i

,i,L. ob Bwlaber, William Hnnklne in.
1810.— Anthony Belles, William IIn.iikin.sou, Jacob Bwlaber, Snmucl

R I, Petei Angle.

1820. tntbony Belles, William Ulon, 1 , ' - , ,. - iel

Reed, Peter Angle.

,1 irk, William Allen, Gersl i Bartow, Danli 1 Sway/,,

1 ■ p

1822.— Jamoa Vanklrk, Garrel Howell, Thomas Ycomons, D. Bwaj

h nil Ne« man.

iklrk, Garrel Howell, Elijah Allen, Daniel Sway/.-,

V. 1111 km Allen.

,i I hi, ih Allen, Daniel Sway:
William Allen.

Bel I i ■ . i 1i ' in, Di il Swayze

William Ulan,

•'. Illl in.-, .in Dockenl BlUah Pleraon G

i inmmerieit, Bllshn Cooke, Gerahom
Hallow, Bllafl Jonas,

BYoderl lade, I rfclt, Ellsha I

I Bartow, John I. Blair.

, nmmerfelt, Abram Newman, .1 -

Ramsay, John I Blnlr.
lohnJ luhn Kerns, Ji . si, ..mi Newman, J

1831.— John J. Vanklrk, Philip J. Snider, Ge irge Green, William Hay-

beyer, Qeral i Bartow.

iiui Kern, Jr.. William Wcller, Goorge Green, William Hay-
hey. i, William K. Ml. n.

1838 "in Well William I'. Allen, Samnel Uayberry, Charles

il . i i .,,■: ' i -linn, Bartow.

',,, Hay, Ji . Philip Rs ii . Sam i il ttayl arry, Charli H

laud, \ ■■ It. 1 1.-.

i. .|,ii llai. Jr., Philip Rani . 9 1 Uayben

Oammlus Harris.

iiin Hay, Jr., Goral i Bartow, Sa I alayberry,

i i . Cummin I

i , . , | HI o, W illlani il. DaTta .ii. Samuel Uaybi i •
R I :,,. . . >.'. Illl
1830.— John Tool, John J. Angle, Philip J. Snider, J ib B
Philip i
Jobn .1. \o: le, Jobn I

1,1, .1 \,r If .1 ||| I

1843.— John J. Angle, Join

1844.— Jnhii .1 A, ■ ■ Dowltt, Robert M.


1843.— Jusiuh Dewiit. .loliii J. Vankirk, Wiiiiaui A.Jobnson, Peter Brug-
l.-r, Ellsha B. Angle.

1840.— John J. Vankirk, William A. John It, Peter

BlUha E. Angle.

William A. Johns loalali Dewlll, Jacob I. Taal

\ii ,i i, r tei Bruglar.

Hum A. Johnson, Philip Belles, Derrick All
Beck, Jacob I.. Tool.

i njamln Bartow,
i i ii, M.\aieler Snyder,

.niiii Bartow.
1852-53.- 1 . Henry Unifier, Jr., Alexander Bnydor,

.1. , Kujbpaugh, Henry Bartung.
i-l Henry Bnigl

Snydor, Henry Harrung.

I - , II l:, ,, I, , : I .iiiiuii.-.

i- .... ii Bruglor, N. I. r J ihn H. linr.ij;,-, M. Cum-


Jesse Klshpaugh.H. Bruglor, N.L Bellas, A. Snyder, '
I860.— J. 11

George Uatiterman.
i Kl lipaugh, J. II. Bunl Jobn S. Bmltli,

1863.— George lilies, Smith, M D.M ,JohnB Burdge, A. Snyder.

iiii, i Smith, H D. Uc ire, i. Snyder.Ji
1806.— G. lilies, C. Smith, M. D. Mooro, Will i errick Al-

1866 D U iel Jacob D. Addis, William G Bellas, John Loller,

LewlsC. Wellei
1867.— D. Albertson, W. 0. Belles, J. Loller, w. II Swisher, John

18C8.— J. holler, W. H. Swisher, John Young, M. Cummlus, I

18C9.— W. II. Swlaher, .1. Young, M. Cummins, J. '. Smltl


. D Ubertsun, \ Snyder, Edward Hulshwr, M. Cummins, G.

- , i ,, Huudtcr, John BV

Isto, — i. Beck, A. Snyder, 8. S. Bogart,Petei Bailee, John Young.
1873.— J. Beck, S S Bogart, P Belles, J. Young, W. H •

hi. p Belli -,i- 1 ,",'-. H il ■■" »hor, «
1876-71 ».n Swisher, W Hunt, I Howoy, William Mc-

, , , i en, Jami - Prall.
1877-78.— B. F. Howey, J Prall, If! HcCracken, Jacob O. Tttm

G. Smith.
1870 i Prnll.J. G. Smith, Harrison Blair.
- i Prall Poh r J.I -. H Bl il


located in the southwest comer of the tow nship
the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Etailroad,
was Grsl settled as earlj as 1795, bj James and eVdam
Ramsay. In iliis >m:ill and somewhat scattered ham-
let was located the pioneer Episcopal church. Sere,
too, v.;i~ located the pioneer Baptist church, built of

brick, and long i bandoned for the purposes r<>r

whicb ii was built. There are ni present at Ramsays-
burg .1 steam saw-mill, the old church building, and
about a dozen dwellings, James Ramsaj was post-
master at iliis place in I B 16.

DEI \" \i:i BTA1 ION,

I on tbi Delaware, Lackawanna and Western
Railroad, in the southwest ] >;i rt of the township, and
,-ii the southern terminus of the Blairatown Railroad,
i- comparatively a new town, having been built up
since the advent of the former railroad. The town



is beautifully situated on the left bank of the Dela-
ware River, whose waters majestically sweep around
its southwestern border, while the mountainous lime-
stone knobs rise abruptly in rear of the village, pre-
senting a rock-ribbed barrier to ingress or egress in
that direction.

The land upon which the village is located was
purchased by Hon. John I. Blair, and in 1856 sur-
veyed into squares and building lots. In 1846 there
were but three houses in what is now the village
proper. These were the old Dr. Jabez Gwinnup
house, on the corner of Arthur and Ann Streets; the
Samuel S. Bogart house, on Mill Street; and what
is now the Presbyterian parsonage, on the corner of
Clarence and Valley Streets. Just when these houses
were built we cannot state, but probably as early as
1815 or 1820. The Delaware, Lackawanna and West-
ern Railroad was built through this place in 1856,
and the passenger trains commenced running in July
of that year. The pioneer storehouse in this village
was built in 1860, of brick, by John I. Blair, on the
northwest corner of Clinton and Valley Streets, and
James R. Dye was the pioneer merchant. He was
succeeded in the mercantile business by James Prall
& Co., and that firm by Prall & McMurtrie, the
present merchants in the brick store. The brick
storehouse is now owned by James Prall. The
frame storehouse on the southwest corner of Clinton
and Valley Streets was built in 1871 by Charles Har-
tung, who is still the owner. Theodore McCollum
commenced the mercantile business in this store in
the spring of 1880, and still continues in the busi-
ness. The pioneer blacksmith in this village was
Albert Ammerman, who located here in 1866, and is
still engaged in the general blacksmithing business.

The " Delaware House," on the southeast corner of
Clinton Street and Railroad Avenue, the only hotel
in the village, is a large frame building erected in
1858 by Charles Cool. He subsequently sold to
George Hiles, and Hiles to J. & D. Hildebrant, of
whom D. S. Ayers, the present owner and proprietor,
purchased in 1867. The large frame building on the
northeast corner of Clinton Street and Railroad
Avenue, in which is Charles Cool's restaurant, was
built in 1860 by George G. Flummerfelt, who is the
present owner.

The pioneer postmaster at Delaware Station was
Charles Cool. He was appointed in 1857, and was
succeeded by James R. Dye, when the post-office was
removed from the hotel to the brick store. James
Prall has been postmaster at this place since 1863.
The bending-works of C. T. James, on the northwest
corner of Amelia and Valley Streets, was built by
him in 1863. Troxell & Brands' bending-works
was built by that firm in 1870, and located on Valley
Street, north of Charles Street.

Dr. Jabez Gwinnup was the pioneer physician at
what is now Delaware Station. He located here in
1815. Dr. L. C. Osmun is the present village physi-

cian, with residence and office on Clinton Street,
between Railroad Avenue and Valley Street.

At present, January, 1881, there are at Delaware
Station, two churches, — Presbyterian and Protestant
Episcopal, — two stores, two bending-shops, one black-
smith-shop, one restaurant, one hotel, post-office and
railroad depot, with W. H. Hemingway as agent, and
W. A. Hemingway assistant agent, and J. W. Angel
telegraph operator. The population of the village
is 235.


This is a small hamlet in School District No. 70,
in the southwest part of the township. How the
place came to be named Centreville is as much of a
conundrum to the present generation as it probably
was to the first; yet it was for many years, previous
to the cutting off of Blairstown and a part of Hope
townships from Knowlton, the great centre of town
business, and town-meetings were held at this point,
and when the post-office was established the name
Knowlton was given it, as it is near the Knowlton
frame church which was established here as early as

The first postmaster within the memory of any of
the present generation was Peter Blair. His house
was on the site now occupied by the fine residence of
Charles Leida. He was also the second tavern-keeper
at this place, and in rear of his tavern was his little
store, where he exchanged codfish and molasses, sugar
and rum, the good old Bohea, and snuff, tobacco, and
calico for such surplus truck and cash as the sur-
rounding farmers had to dispose of. At the time Mr.
Blair was postmaster at this place the mail was car-
ried on horseback from Columbia to Hackettstown by
a Mr. Drake, and the postage on a single letter was
twenty-four cents.

The pioneer tavern-keeper was Francis Hegeman,
who built and kept the tavern afterwards kept by Mr.
Blair. The pioneer blacksmith at Centreville was
John Hodge, who located here in 1818. His succes-
sors have not been very numerous. The pioneer shoe-
maker was Gabriel Woolverton, whose shop was in the
house occupied by J. D. Faunce. Mr. Woolverton
subsequently located in Hope village, and was for
many years a justice of the peace for Hope township.
John McCain was postmaster here in 1846.

J. D. Faunce built his present storehouse in 1846,
where he commenced the mercantile business, in
which he is still engaged. He was appointed post-
master during the first term of the martyred and
sainted Lincoln, an appointment of which Mr. Faunce
feels a just pride.

The first wheelwright-shop at this place was estab-
lished in 1875, by Gideon L. Ryman, who subse-
quently abandoned the business at this place.

At present there arc at this place a store and post-
office by J. D. Faunce, a blacksmith-shop by Jesse
Kinney, and six or eight dwellings, with about 40 in-




This ancient-looking villa;.' 1, is located on the right
bank of the- Paulinskill Creek, about tour miles from
its confluence with the Delaware River, and the same

distance north. -a-t from Columbia, ami on the llynd-

shaw tract, surveyed in I7i".>. For many years this

locality bore the name of "Sodom," whether to warn

the dwellers therein of the fate that befell its ancient
iuunesake, or for other and better reasons, we cannot
say. Hainesburg was the name given when the post-

olliee was established, and that in honor of John

Haines, who made a liberal donation to the school

district in which the village is located. For the same

the school district was named "Hainesburg


I rom 1816 to 1848 the land upon which the village

is situate. I was owned by Andrew Smith. His house
was a small one-story frame building, ami stood on
the south Bide of the foot of the lane that leads from
the main road up to the present residence of Jabez
Grwinnup Smith. In 1828, Andrew Smith built the

old "Mansion House" on the corner where John
Beck now lives. Mr. Smith sold what is now the
villa-re property to Jacob M. Blair, about 1st"., and
Blair sold to the Beck brothers, when the land was
cut up into village lots.

The storehouse in which is now the store of Dern-
berger was built by Andrew Smith about 1885.

In 1880 a store was kept in the old stone building,
near where the railroad depot now stands, by William


Slnrman & Shackelton were the first merchants in

the building now occupied by Dernberger. They
were succeeded by Jacob M. Blair, and he by Wil-
liam McCrncken, who was followed by Joseph Andrua
from I860 to 1877, when I. Dernberger, the present
merchant, assumed control of the mercantile business
at I [aim

The pioneer tavern at this place was kept by a Mr.
Ridgi way in the old " Mansion House," and in 1845
Lewis C. Weller hung out the first tavern-sign from
the present hostelry,

The piomer blacksmith in Hainesburg was Isaac
Allen, who locate. I lore in 1840. His shop stood on
the site now occupied by the hotel shed. He was suc-
ceeded by a Mr. Robins, and he by .lame- Snover,

when the -hop was v, .| across the road.

The present wheelwright-shop was built 1>\ Jacob
M. Blair, and Bold by him to lick, ami b\ Beck to

Samuel Bnover, whose estate now own the property.

The old stone grist-mill .hi the Bouth side of the
creek was built prior to the Revolutionary war. The
" toll -coop.r" in 1 885 was [gnatiue Dockaday. lb-
was succeeded by Bartley Lareu, who remained in
charge of the ..id mill for several \ ears.

In is |n a tannery was built, on the -ite now occu-
pied i.\ the saw mill, bj Jacob Hibler. He sold to

Aaron Ki/er. and he to Levi Albert-. m. The tan-
nery was quite an extensive one. in which a large

amount of work was done. It was burned in \ • ■
and immediately rebuilt by Aaron Kizer, and in 1880
was removed to make room for a new -uvv-mill built,
in 1**1, by Ceorge Adam-. Mr. Adam- also built, ill
1880-81, the frame grist-mill on the we-t side of the
..Id stone mill.

In January, 1881, there were at Hainesburg one
church | Methodist Episcopal . one school-house, hotel
b\ Robert Smith, -tore by I. Dernberger, two black-
smith-sliop-by I'.elles Brothers and Valentine licit rick.
grist-mill and chap-mill by ( ieorgc Adams, with John

Linaberry as miller, saw-mill, wool-carding shop by

David Pierce, railroad depot of the Rlair-town Rail-
way. William ('. and John M. Belles are the wheel-
wrights. Joseph Amlrus is the present postmaster.
The physicians at this place have been Dre. Mills,
Wilson, Vaughn, Hunt. Bond.from L850 to 1868, and
Charles Kline, the present physician.


i- a -mall hamlet on the Highlands, in School District

No. 87. A post-office was established here during the
administration of James K. Polk, and named in honor
of this T.niiesseean. There are at this place a store
and post-office by Amos Flummerfelt, school-house, a

ph\ -ieian. 1 >r. Hubert Bond, cooper-shop, and a few


situated on the left bank of the Paulinskill, about
half-way between II aim-burg and t he Delaware River,
is a small hamlet, where there arc a grist-mill, tavern,
post-office, railroad depot of the Rhiirstown Railway,
and about half a do/en dwellings.

IXB1 \

I In the left bank of the historic old 1 tela ware River.

and three mil.- si.utb of the celebrated "Delaware

Water Gap," situated on a plateau about forty feet
above the level ..f the riv.r, i- the quaint old village
Of » lolumbia, once the pride and glory of BO much of

tin- valley a- lies between the Blue and Manunka
(.'hunk Mountains. The village at present does not

manifest the enterprise of year- gone by.

Iii l s 1 J. Francis Myerhoof, with a colony of Ger-
mans, located at this place, and engaged in the manu-
facture of glass-ware, building a manufactory for that
purpose; also built several residences. Myerhoof is
spoken of as a gentlemau of education and refine-
ment, and naturally appeared to ie as rather aris-

After an outlay of many thousands of dollars, the
glass-works were finally put in operation, the sand
having to be hauled from Sand Ron. I. in the extreme
north end of I lard wick township, a distance of twelve

miles. The flint and wood used in the manufacture

of the glass were products of Knowlton township.
The factory gave steady employment to over thirty

persons, ami was in its way a L'reat curiosity, people
coming Lm; distances to witness the operation of

"glasfi blowing," and !•> this day there are in the



houses in this vicinity not a few mementoes of the
skill of those old Germans, in the form of eanes, mugs,

In 1825, through various causes, the glass-works
suspended operations, and Myerhoof was sold out by
the sheriff, and the result was the transfer to other
hands of nearly all the property at Columbia. The
only German that settled here during the operation
of the glass-works, and whose descendants still remain,
was a Mr. Geiss, who came from Philadelphia about
1S15, and purchased a tract of land, a part of which
is now in possession of his descendants.

After the failure of Myerhoff, Abram Pish became
manager of the glass-works, who also was obliged to
suspend business. He was succeeded by Liliendohals,
who met with no better success than his predecessors,
and gave up the business, when he was followed by a
Mr. Smouth, who tried his hand at glass-blowing
with ill success. The old saw-mill at the mouth of
Paulinskill belonged to the glass-works, and was used
as a stamping-mill to pulverize the clay used in mak-
ing glass.

The pioneer merchants at this place were Messrs.
Johnson & Shafer, who built a storehouse in 1817,
though Abram Pish had a small grocery here' some
time previous to this. There were four hotels in the
place at that time, and each doing a flourishing busi-
ness. The large old house standing on the corner oppo-
site the present Columbia Hotel was built about 1817 by
George A. Sesseuberg, and occupied by him as a resi-
dence, though subsequently there was an addition
built to it, and occupied as a store and tavern.

A ferry was established across the river at this isoint
by William Able, about 1800, and sold to Myerhoof
when he came in 1812.

In 1817 a company was formed, and capital sub-
scribed, for the building of a bridge across the Dela-
ware River between Columbia and Portland, but a
financial crisis nipped the enterprise in the bud.

In 1828, ex-Sheriff Vankirk commenced tavern-
keeping in what is now the " Columbia House," where
he remained several years, and in 1846 was postmaster
at this place.

This village has some peculiar advantages for build-
ing purposes over most other villages in the county.
It is on a level, with easy drainage. The purest of
water is found at a depth of forty feet below the sur-
face. The streets are laid out at right angles. It has
one of the best water-powers in the county; the whole
of the Paulinskill Creek can be easily utilized for
driving machinery.

There is in the village at present one church (Meth-
odist Episcopal), a small, old, octagon stone school-
house, a tavern by a Mr. Lisk, who is also the village


There are in this township eight school districts,

named and i beiv.d as follows : Water Gap, No. 85;

Haincsburg, No. 86; Polkville, No. 87; Mount Pleas-

ant, No. 88 ; Walnut Corner, No. 89 ; Columbia, No.
90 ; Chapel Hill, No. 91 ; and Delaware Station, No.
92. The statistics of these districts for the school
year ending Aug. 31, 1879, are as follows :


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The above does not include District No. 87, for
which no report was received in 1879.


This church is located at Delaware Station, in
School District No. 92, in the southwest part of the
township. Just when or where the pioneer Episco-
pal services were held we are unable, for want of
proper data, to state positively, but probably at the
house of Robert Allison, who was one of the pioneers
and a devotee of this branch of the great Christian
family. There have been three church edifices, in-
cluding the present one, belonging to this society.
The pioneer was built in 1784, at the point of rocks
near the Delaware River, below Delaware Station.

The lot upon which the old church stood, also the
school-house lot, and a lot for burial purposes, all ad-
joining, were the donation of Robert Allison, who also
was a liberal contributor towards the building of the
house of worship. The old church was taken down,
and rebuilt in 1841 , of stone, near where the old one
stood. This second church was dedicated March 13,
1842, by Rev. George Washington Doane, D.D., bishop
of the diocese of New Jersey.

This church was of rather more modern architec-
ture than the first one, having Gothic windows and
door, all painted red, yet the inside was never defiled
by the painter's brush. This building was burned on
Wednesday, June 27, 1S66. The fire was caused by
sparks from a passing engine on the Delaware, Lack-
awanna and Western Railroad, the fire catching in
the belfry. The present church edifice was built in

1869, and is located between the Belvidere road and
Railroad Avenue, in Delaware Station. It is of wood,
32 by 60 feet, with basement for lecture-room, Sunday-
school, etc., and cost $6000. It was dedicated May 23,

1870, by Rev. W. H. Odenheimer, D.D., bishop of the
diocese of New Jersey. This church was first opened



for divine service on Sunday morning, Dec. 1-. 1 $69.
IK. record of its organization ia as follows :

"In accordance with an act <»f the Legislature <<f New J - i -<v. the con-

n mol ii tho church on U lay, April 13, 1789, when a sermon

i preached by Rev. John Frederick Ernst, who wa
emtor, and did tlion and there i .".-• the followii

i eeidenl of the board, G Aordaunt, Br., Peter 1]

Paul Bngle, Si , J oph • umnilngs, Sr., Joseph Coats, and John Teeplo ;

Robert AUI and Potoi tppleman; Clerk, John Ti

tinman, Jacob Lernon, Gcoi i Hordi t, Sr., Joseph ('...a-, Paul Engle,

b las Albertson, Matthias Cummlnge, Jacob Cummlngi
jamln Goodwin, Bl ihurd '■■ d .... Ji 'i Ii m it B wman J ill

. 'hi iigs, Jr.

" ,\t ilii- meeting n><- t. neteee adopted the name oi ' Proti itani Epla-

,.,},,,] Chun ii ol St .1- - in Kuowltou, county <■! Sussex, and State

..I N. w Jersey.'"

On June 9, 1789, the trustees met at the house of
Peter Appleman and took the required oath of office,
administered bj John McMurtrie, Esq., one of the
judge of the Courl of Common Pleas of Sussex
County. Aug. 8, 1789, tin. following-named persons
wiii- duly elected a committee of accounts: < Cornelius
Uberteon, Benjamin Goodwin, Peter Bellis, ami

'I'l ia- Tarry. April 5, 1790, divine sen ice was con

dud.. I by .Mr. Caleb II. .[.kin-. May J."., L790, Rev,
I"/al Ogden preached, and Caleb Hopkins was ap-
pointed i" reprcscnl ilii- uocietj in a convention of
nit Episcopal clergy, to be held in Trenton on
Wednesday, .Inn.- 1, 1790.

This parish was reorganized in accordance with an
act of ill.' State Legislature, passed Feb. 17, 1829, in
which the officeof trustee was abolished, and under

acl Hi.' parish was incorporated. The fol-

named persons were elected under tin new
Organization: Wardens, II. nn Hartung and John
Hay ; Veatrj nun. II. nn ' orgi W. Rib-

I rancis » '. Stine, John All

Henry Hartung, Jr., and William !•'. Albertson ; Sec-
1 1 en r> Hartung, Jr. ; Treasurer, Henrj Albert

The following officers were eh cted Man b 29, 1880:
Wardens, David Shannon and William F. Albertson;
, ii. Derrick Albertson, Charles Hartung,
1 1, mi-, a n .it; -..ii. Matthias ( luminings, Philip H. Al-
bertson, Archibald Shannon, William II. Hartung,
ami Alfred Silverthornj Treasurer and Secretary,
Matthias < lunimings.

,M r. i i u n treasurer of this church

Bim .■ 1844.

,,. will of the ' ammings (deceased

lowed w illi a fund of $1000,
the interest of which was t.. be and i- applied on the
Bj a pro\ ision of thai will, the in-
i iods « ben the church was with-
out a rector should be applied to tin- principal, thus
Increasing both principal and interest.
The present meml : James' i- ".•"• : value

i ii property, $6000. This parish is under the
pastoral .-air of Re\ . Chai . » In. is also

rector ••!' i bo I • h id< re parish.
The parish Sunda} -scl 1 i- under the supervision

..i Derrick Albertson,'Vith an average attendance of

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