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112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — Post II

Today, I’m posting three more pages from my grandparents’ guest book, which went into service in June 1908. I have not had time to research the names I don’t know but figured I would go ahead and post the pages anyway since some of these unknowns may be known to you!

I love the entry made by my great-grandfather Andrew Douglas Brodhead, who clearly had a great sense of humor, and the “namesake” remark in the entry made by Mrs. F. C. Bishop, which confirms my grandmother was indeed named after her. Other visitors included my grandmother’s oldest and youngest sisters—Jennie and Bertha. I think Bertha in particular must have been a lot of fun. She was a very clever and artistic young woman and probably in art school in NYC at that time.

1910: Miss M. E. Woodruff’s “Button,” 902 Salem Rd., Elizabeth, NJ – I remembered this photo and now I am wondering: Is this the Mary E. Woodruff who visited on July 9? The address is Jennie Woodruff Coleman’s — did Mary move out of 854 and in with Jennie and her husband at 902? 

Another visitor was Mary E. Woodruff (Aunt Mary) and I believe this was probably Mary Elizabeth Woodruff (1835-1924), a younger sister of my grandmother’s grandfather Francis Woodruff and the younger sister of Ogden Woodruff (father of guest Fannie Woodruff Townley who appears as a guest here and in the previous post’s pages as well).

This Mary E. Woodruff’s address was 854 Salem Avenue, which is in present-day Hillside, NJ. If you Google this address, you will find a very grand 6,000+ square-foot home built in 1874. Incidentally, it is just two doors down from another home I have mentioned in this blog—the old Woodruff homestead at 866 Salem Avenue! Anyway, if Mary lived at 854, her comment in the guest book “A lovely little home” may have had her mentally emphasizing the word “little” as she wrote that. 😉

The most distant visitor was M. Margaret Fritz of Wilkes-Barre, PA.  I know some Brodheads lived in Wilkes-Barre back in those days, and, perhaps, she was somehow related to them. In any case, I will leave you to enjoy these few pages and if you have any info to add, please do leave a comment!

Jennie Belle Woodruff Coleman (1873 – 1955)

Bertha Winans Woodruff (1888 – 1973)

A. D. Brodhead (1853-1917)

  • Jennie Belle Coleman – 902 Salem Road, Elizabeth, NJ – “Our fourth anniversary”
  • William J. James and Harriet Eadie James – 920 1/2 Grove Street, Elizabeth, NJ
  • Elizabeth A. Terrill – 1074 Lafayette St, Elizabeth, NJ – “We did not ride in a coach”
  • Alice F. Rath – 141 Jefferson Ave, Elizabeth, NJ – “ditto”
  • Homer L. Wandling – 518 Walnut St., Elizabeth, NJ – “ditto”
  • William T. Rath – 141 Jefferson Ave., Elizabeth, NJ – “Good Luck”
  • Gertrude L. Younglove – 407 Jefferson Ave. – Elizabeth – SS Teacher”
  • Bertha W. WoodruffConant St, Elizabeth, NJ – “A diner for dinner”
  • Vera A. Stinson – 157 5th Ave., Roselle, NJ – “A diner for supper”
  • Adelaide H. Russ – 458 N. Broad St., Elizabeth
  • M. Margaret Fritz – 820 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA – “On again, off again”
  • Alice F. Rath – Elizabeth, NJ – “Here for lunch”
  • Elizabeth A. Terrill – Elizabeth, NJ – ditto
  • Fannie W. Townley – Elizabeth, NJ – “Here for tea”
  • William E. Townley – ditto – “Baby with us”
  • A.D. Brodhead – a wanderer – “Just for a shave”
  • Mrs. F.C. Bishop – 920 Salem Ave, Elizabeth, NJ – “Namesake”
  • Mary E. Woodruff (Aunt Mary) – 854 Salem Ave, Eliz, NJ – “A lovely little home”
  • Anna Bowles Hesse – 154 Elm St., Eliz., NJ – “Everything fine”
  • Louise Hesse – ditto – “Dinner a big success”

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112-year-old Brodhead family guestbook — Post I

Honeymoon photo, Frank M. Brodhead and Fannie Bishop Woodruff, married June 6, 1908

In the coming weeks, I’m going to be publishing the pages of a guest book that was given to my grandparents when they moved into their new home at 736 Jersey Avenue in Elizabeth, Union Co., New Jersey, in June 1908.  Their minister Rev. William Force Whitaker of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth was the first guest who signed in, and his handwriting matches the handwriting you see here, so the book evidently was a gift from him. About 18 months’ worth of guests is recorded. Many of you will recognize the names of those who stopped by. I’m not publishing all the pages at once since I will have comments to make about certain names and want to research some others.

I am going to assume that the house number 736 is correct, however, a previous post I did on my grandparents’ wedding contained a newspaper announcement that gave the house number as 732.  It could be that parents (Andrew D. and Margaret Brodhead) lived at 732, since I have seen that as their address, and my grandparents at 736.  A visit to Google street view indicates that both those homes have been replaced (quite recently it appears) by a townhouse-looking structure, so, alas, the number discrepancy is neither here nor there—there shall never be real estate listings showing the inside of those two dwellings.

The pages below show a child’s scribbles, revealing that my Dad or his brother must have gotten his hands on the guest book at some point. Or perhaps the scribbles were made by the children of some visitors…

The first page shows the following guests — after the Reverend (who resided at 142 Stiles Street, Elizabeth, NJ):

The Van Horn Children: Abigail Van Horn, Frances Van Horn, and Robert Osborn Van Horn

In any case, I will welcome your comments as you see names you recognize. Please feel free to share any information you may know about the people behind them for the benefit of other family members who follow this blog. Thank you!


Categories: Baker, Barksdale, Brodhead, Coleman, Elizabeth, Union Co., Family Homes, Heirlooms, New Jersey, Presbyterian, Townley, Woodruff | Tags: , , | 10 Comments

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