Emma Shea- Historical Society
re- a Schwerdt-feger, ; Information Sought Concerning Three Organizers of First Union Historical Society Created in 1869 Elizabeth Information concerning concerning three of the organizers of the first Union County Historical Society, Society, created by an act of the Legislature Legislature Apr, 1, 1869, Is sought by the present society for inclusion in its records, according to Callahan J. McCarthy, chairman of the publicity publicity committee. Only the names of the three men are known to the present organization, organization, which has recently delegated a committee to arrange for publication publication of its proceedings. They were: Isaac P. Brown, Henry Stephens and Edward N. Fuller. Any information concerning these men, their residence, occupation or other data may be forwarded to Warren R. Dix, president; Mrs. Roland Roland F. Calhoun, registrar, or Mr. McCarthy, at the Court House. Mr. McCarthy's statement, relating the history of the historical society, follows: follows: "The first Union County Histori cal Society of New Jersey was organized organized Apr. 1, 1869, by an act of the New Jersey Legislature. The object of the society was to procure and preserve the history of Union County and the State of New Jersey, especially in relation to the early National, civic, literary and ecclesiastical history incident to tne formation of the United States. The Organizers "The organizers were 25 of the leading citizens of Union County, representing the legal and medical professions and historians and educators, educators, patriotic and historically-minded historically-minded historically-minded citizens. "The following were the Elizabeth subscribers: , "Orestes A. Brownson,' a noted writer on historical subjects; John Gilmary Shea, historian "and former ambassador to Chile; William J. Magie, former Chancellor of New Jersey; Robert Stockton Green, centennial centennial governor of New Jersey (1887-90); (1887-90); (1887-90); James R. English, William William F. Day, John Davidson, members members of the legal profession; Lewis W. Oakley, representing the medical profession; Frederick W. Foote, publisher of the New Jersey Journal; Journal; Andrew Dutcher, Supreme Court reporter; John H. Whelan, captain, Co. K., 3rd N. J. during the Civil War, member from the First Assembly District of Union County; County; William J. Tenney, former superintendent superintendent of the Elizabeth Public Schools, and a member of the first Board of Chosen Freeholders of Union Union County; William A. Coursen, superintendent of public schools, former mayor of Elizabeth. "George E. Sibley, member of the legal profession and Dr. Henry R. Cannon, first clerk of the County of Union (1857-77). (1857-77). (1857-77). Both were from Plainfield. "From Rah way Nathan Harper, an associate judge of the Union County Court of Common Pleas; Dr. De Witt Clinton Hough, member of the Assembly of New Jersey from the Second Assembly District; Joseph Joseph T. Crowell, member of the General General Assembly and the first speaker of the Assembly from Union County County (1S65). "A. Oakley Hall, former mayor of New York, and Gus J. Thebaud, New York attorney, both of Summit. Summit. "James Ritchie, court crier, of Fanwood. and William K. Blood- Blood- good, manufacturer, of Picton. "Three of the organizers of the society, society, Isaac P. Brown, Henry Stephens Stephens and Edward N. Fuller, left no reeorda at the municipalities In which they resided. There are no records or minutes of the society's meetings, and as a result, no information information about them is in hand except except that their names appear in the act of incorporation, Apr. 1, 1869. The society, however, did not function function very long. Present Society "After a lapse of 50 years, the present Union County Historical Society was organized In March, 1931. The original officers and trustees trustees were: "President, Charles A. Philhower; vicepfesident, Warren R. Dix; vice-president, vice-president, vice-president, Arthur L. Johnson; vice-president, vice-president, vice-president, Cavalier H. Jouet; secretary, secretary, James C. Connolly; treasurer, Edward D. Frost; trustees, Augustus Augustus S. Crane, James C. Connolly, Warren R. Dix, Melville Egleston, Edward D. Frost, Charles A. George, .Edward J. Grassman, -Frederick -Frederick C, Hyery Arthur L. Johnson, Cavalier H. Jouet, Charles A. Philhower, Dorothy Dorothy A. Pinneo, Mary N. Putnam. William N. Runyon, Emma L Shea, Elias D. Smith, and Mary G. Van Vranken. "The organization adopted a con stitution and by-laws by-laws by-laws providing for quarterly meetings, which have been held In the Union County Court House regularly. "During the three years after the society s formation the following historical articles were presented at regular meetings of the society, and in 1923 these articles were pub lished in book form as "The Pro ceedings of the Union County His torical Society: u 'Quit Rents in Colonial New Jer sey,' by Judge James C. Connolly; 'New Jersey Paper Currency, 1790 to 1786,' by William W. Bradbeer of Cranford; 'The Aboriginal Inhabitants Inhabitants of Union County,' by Charles A. Philhower of Westfield; 'History of Summit and Vicinity,' by Dr. Willis Fletcher Johnson of New Providence; The Early History of Scotch Plains.' by Chaplain J. Madi son Hare of Scotch Plains: 'Early Industries of Union County,' by Dr. Arthur L. Johnson of Cranford The Movements of Our Revolution ary Troops in Union County, by Schuyler M. Cady of Elizabeth; 'Old Houses of Elizabethtown the Bel cher Mansion,' by Warren R. Dix. A. M., L. L. B., of Elizabeth. "At the November, 1933, meeting, a committee, consisting of Dr. Ar thur L. Johnson, Roland F. Calhoun, J. Crawford Ogden and Callahan J, McCarthy, was appointed by the president of the society. Warren R. Dix, to edit and publish the pro ceedings of the society for the per iod embracing the years 1923 to 1933 inclusively, which are now in the hands of the printer. "The Union County Historical So ciety will appreciate any informa tion pertaining to the residence and occupation of Isaac P. Brown, n.d ward N. Fuller and Henry Ste phens." Hunterdon Herd Reports Listed Flemington A, D. Case of Pitts town and Dorf Brothers of White house had the highest herd aver ages In butterfat in the Hunterdon Somerset Herd Improvement Asso ciation during the month of Janu ary according to the report received bv Francis Phillips, supervisor. A. D. Case's herd of 28 Holstein and Guernsey cows averaged 31.5 pounds of fat while Dorf Brothers herd of eight Holsteins averaged 31.3. Other herd3 averaging over 25 pounds of butterfat were owned by Richard Stevenson, N. J. Sana torium John Stettler, Taylor Estate, Annandale Farms, E. J. Rozzo, W. C. Voegtlen, C. E. Snyder and H. P. Kinney. Forty-one Forty-one Forty-one cows which produced 45 or more pound3 of butterfat. These cows were distributed in the herds as follows: N. J. Sanatorium, 9; Mrs. Jennie Shoe, 5; Annandale Farms, 4; H. P. Kinney, 3; Richard Richard Stevenson, 3; Pettes & Welsh, 3; A. D. Case, 3; C. E. Snyder, 2 Taylor Estate, 2; W. C." Voegtlen 2; Fred Teets, 2; one each for John Stettler, E. J. Rozzo, Dorf Brothers and Russell Trout. 71 cows which produced 1,200 Dounds or more of milk. These were distributed In herds as fol lows: N. J. Santorium, 22; Annan dale Farms, 10; C. E. Snyder, Pettes & Welsh, 4; Mrs. Jennie Shoe. 4: Fred Teets, 3; W. Voegtlen, 3: Taylor Estates, 3; A. D. Case, 3; H. P. Kinney, 2; John Stdttler. 2; Richard Stevenson, William Hoppock, 2; one each for N. J. Rozzo, Dorf Brothers, iiusseu Trout, H. M. Seals, Earl Schomp and Frank E. Kinney. Heart Attack Fatal Carteret (JPh-James (JPh-James (JPh-James II. Carr, 52, of Elizabeth, was found dead during during the night along the Central Railroad tracks. He was employed by the railroad to clean snow and ice from the switch. He suffered a heart stroke.