Glen Ridge History Quiz #7
Glen Ridge Public Library, the Glen Ridge Historical Society & the Glen Ridge Recreation Department have joined together to bring you a weekly opportunity to learn some Glen Ridge history while sheltering in place.
This week’s quiz features “A Smidge of Glen Ridge” cartoons by former resident Jon Russo. Jon’s weekly “Smidges” ran in the Glen Ridge Paper from 2008-2014 and offered a fun perspective on tibits of Glen Ridge history.
You can read more about Jon and his Smidges in the Feb. 2011 (p.3) and Feb. 2015 (p.5) issues of The Gaslamp:
Search for quiz clues on the websites of:
Glen Ridge Public Library -
Glen Ridge Historical Society -
Glen Ridge Borough -
Glen Ridge Wikipedia page
Quiz will begin after this vintage 1918 Spanish influenza poster
Jon Russo and his gaslamp friend, Ray
Edward Page Mitchell was recognized for several notable achievements: metropolitan newspaper editor, leader of the secession movement in Glen Ridge, and an originator of science fiction literature. Even in his personal life he promoted forward-thinking ideas. What modern convenience improved his house on Ridgewood Avenue?
Hot and cold running water
When the pilot of a Piper Cub airplane ran into difficulties while flying over Newark in 1947, he attempted to make an emergency landing in Carteret Park. But two children below ran too close by, and he was forced to crash land in a nearby backyard. Luckily, he did not sustain significant injury. Luckily, too, he would not have needed a “park permit” for his unusual use of Carteret Park, as the Borough Recreation Committee had not yet been appointed. What year did that take place?
In 1909, Glen Ridge commissioned John Nolen, a nationally renowned landscape architect, to develop a master plan for Glen Ridge. Nolen was impressed with the Borough’s early achievements and intentions up to that point EXCEPT:
Its enlightened public policy
Acquisition of the Glen as public land
The creation of a Utopian community
Support for generous public expenditure
The Matchless Metal Polish Company building (now the Lofts in the Glen, just west of the Glen Ridge swimming pool) is located on property that was originally part of the Bromley Mill. During the 20th century, several other businesses operated on Bromley Mill property except:
Howard Johnson’s Restaurant
Rite Aid Pharmacy
John Rassbach & Son, Florist
Grand Union Supermarket
Benson Mill operated on the northwest corner of Belleville and Sherman Avenues from 1878-1932. Initially, it produced silver-plated copper for reflectors in carriage lamps. Over its fifty-four years of operation, it also manufactured sheet brass, harnesses, and Flit guns. But from 1887-1888 the workrooms at the mill were used for what unusual purpose?
Sunday school classes
Women’s sewing circle
English language classes
German choral singing
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