A blog about living in Aberdeen, New Jersey.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

John Marz, Jr - Mayor of Matawan Township

Matawan Township (the former name for Aberdeen) was once governed by Township Committee, with three members each serving three year terms.

From 1935 to 1952 , the Committee's chairman was John Marz, Jr. (26 May 1904 - October 1972), son of German immigrant farmers John and Emma Marz. Marz became the township's first mayor when that title for head of government was adopted in 1952. He was still mayor when the township centennial was celebrated in 1957.

Marz was one of seven siblings (ages 16 - 29) living with their parents in Cliffwood in the 1930 US Census. John and his younger brothers Martin, Gus, and Fred worked on the family farm with their father, who was 60 years old at the time.

Marz Way in Cliffwood Beach is likely named in His Honor's honor.


Township of Matawan, 1857-1957, compiled by Mrs. Frank Tiemann and published by the Matawan Township Centennial Celebration Committee.

US Census for New Jersey, Monmouth County, Matawan Township, Cliffwood, 1930.

Social Security Death Index

Menzel Family, www.ancestry.com


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