Metuchen-Edison Historical Society


P.O. Box 61, Metuchen, NJ 08840-0061

Fall 2000


A Message From Walter Stochel, Jr., President

As a member for the past 22 years, it is again an honor to be selected as President of the Society. I would like to express my thanks to outgoing President, Phyllis Boeddinghaus, who has been one of the hardest working Presidents ever. During this Metuchen Centennial year, Phyllis has connected MEHS to many events, and organizations, giving the Society greater exposure.

The new century, and millennium finds the Society preserving local history from five centuries (17th, 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st). Archived in the Grimstead Room at the Metuchen Library, our collection has grown during the past 10 years, as many residents have donated photographs and memorabilia. Our curator, Marie Vajo, recently completed printing the last of Lloyd Grimstead’s photographs of Metuchen and Edison, taken in the 1930’s. These photos will be displayed on Sunday September 17th from 1:30 to 4:30 P.M. at the Metuchen Library.

The Colonial Cemetery Committee, under the leadership of Bill Smith, Dr. Ainslie, and Len Hill, has done a tremendous job of restoring this hallowed ground. In one year they raised enough funds to install a fence, benches, a flagpole, and new steps. All this work was highlighted at the June 2000 Revolutionary War Reenactment held at the Cemetery.

The Genealogy Club was unable to enlist volunteers to hold offices this year. But Heritage Quest magazine and other Genealogical information will remain in the library for reference use. Also, we may have a special program on Genealogy in the future.

I look forward to working with the many energetic and talented people of the Society in the year ahead as we continue to generate interest in our local history.

Officers 2000-2001


Walter R. Stochel Jr., 2118 Oak Tree Rd., Edison, NJ 08820


1st Vice President

William Ainslie, 122 Clive Street, Edison, NJ 08820


2nd VP/Programs.

Phyllis Boeddinghaus, 87 Linden Avenue, Metuchen NJ 08840



Steven Reuter, 16 Durham Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840


Recording Secretary

Carolee Szajko, 25 Home Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840



Edith Guattery, 180 Maple Avenue, Metuchen, NJ 08840


Corresponding Secretary

Tyreen Reuter, 16 Durham Ave., Metuchen, NJ 08840


2000-2001 Schedule of Meetings and Programs
Metuchen-Edison Historical Society

September 17, 2000

Sunday, 1:30-4:30 P.M.
Metuchen Public Library

Grimstead Photo Collections.

September 29, 2000

Friday, 7:30 P.M.
Centenary United Methodist Church

Speaker: H. Ray Vliet
Topic: New Jersey Lighthouses.

October 27, 2000

Friday, 7:30 P.M.
Centenary United Methodist Church


Ghost Stories
Teller to be Announced

November 17, 2000

Friday 2:00 P.M.
Metuchen Senior Center

Butter Churning Demonstration
By Jane Chrysostom


No Meetings

February 11, 2001

Sunday @ Metuchen Library
From 1:30-4:0 P.M.

Local History Day

With display and history of Gort Bone China,
By Joan Breen. [ Collectible Gort Bone China was made
in Metuchen in the 1940’ and 50’s.]

March 9, 2001

Friday, 2:00 P.M.
Metuchen Senior Center

Speakers: Molly & Mary Jo von Tury
Topic: Francis J. von Tury, Master Ceramist

April 6, 2001

Friday, 7:00 P.M.
Centenary United Methodist Church

Speaker: Arlene Zatsz
Topic: Dismal Swamp (visual presentation) by students

May 11, 2001

Friday, 7:30 P.M.
Centenary United Methodist Church


Mitch Dakelman , Member of the Lincoln Highway Association
Topic: Lincoln Highway Association

In the event of inclement weather, call 906-0529 for meeting cancellation information.

NOTE: At selected meetings, there will be open discussions about possible field trips to The State Capitol in Trenton and Drumthwackett in Princeton.

Metuchen-Edison Historical Society



Marie Vajo
12 Woerner Court, Edison, NJ 08817


Oral Histories

Phyllis Boeddinghaus
87 Linden Avenue, Metuchen NJ 08840


Special Projects

Bob Collins
Metuchen NJ 08840

Publicity and

Carmen Collins
Metuchen NJ 08840

Colonial Cemetery

Bill Smith
110 Spear Street, Metuchen, NJ 08840


Members at Large

New: Margaret Viquerat, Nancy Zerbe (Class of 2003)
Current: Jim Conlon, Rosemary Crowley (Class of 2001)
Ellen Miller, Sylvia Taylor (Class of 2002)

For Sale: From Metuchen-Edison Historical Society

Brand New Book Available!

Images of America: Metuchen ($21)
By Stacy E. Spies

Limited Edition:

Boyhood Days in Old Metuchen
Written by David Marshall ($15.00)

Limited Edition Note Cards & Notepaper:

Historic Homes Note Cards: Boxed set of 12/ $5.00
Metuchen Butter Mold Note Cards: $3.00
Main Street Metuchen Note Paper [Designed and
donated by Bill Smith] Set of 10/ $5.00

Still Available:

Videotape of Old Metuchen (44 minutes) $30.00
1888 Cookbook: Crumbs of Comfort $7.00

Series Postcards:

50 cents each

Booklets, Prints, Posters & Maps:

Metuchen #1: Allen Ayers House

Souvenir Booklet: Metuchen Fair 1994 $1.00

Metuchen #2: The Train Station

Booklet: How to Research a House 75 cents

Edison #1: Edison's Laboratory

Franklin School Prints (Signed & Numbered) $20.00

Edison #2: Shotwell House

Toonerville Trolley Poster $3.00

Metuchen Country Fair (1980) 25 cents

Map: 1868 – Metuchen - $3.00 each

Horse Trough, Middlesex Ave

Map: 1876 - Raritan Township $3.00 each

St James Church, Woodbridge Ave., Edison


Send check to: Metuchen-Edison Historical Society, PO Box 61, Metuchen NJ 08840-0061.
Call Walter Stochel @ 906-0529 for more information about Publications and Photographic Reproductions from our Collections. Allow 4 weeks for delivery.


are sold at Boro Art Center & Brass Lantern in Metuchen. Images of America: Metuchen is sold at many places in town, including Boro Arts , the Metuchen Library and through the Historical Society.

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Last updated 8/28/00.