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Saturday, August 21, 2010

History: Matawan Journal, August 1875

A few interesting pieces from 135 years ago as found in The Matawan Journal 7 August 1875:


A pair of horses belonging to Kortenius Hyer, of Holmdel, made a narrow escape, on Monday morning, about boat-time. Mr H had just delivered his load at the gang-plank, and alighted from his wagon, leaving George Hoffman in charge of the horses. At that moment the boat let off steam, when the horses started to run. Hoffman held on to the reins, but as soon as he passed the warehouse, the horses turned short to the right, ran forward and plunged into the bay. A smash-up was the instant result. Hoffman was considerably, but not fatally injured. One of the horses was nearly drowned, the other but slightly injured. The wagon was somewhat broken. To save the horses and get them to land, it was necessary to get a scow and tow them to the shore.

A grave at Holmdel Cemetery for Koerteneus G Heyer (1817-1881) looks to belong to the above Mr Hyer. Federal excise tax records for NJ District 2 dated 1862-63 list Kortenius C Hyer and Peter O Hyer of Holmdel. This Old Monmouth of Ours, by William S Hornor, contains details about this Hyer family.


Glenwood Institute, Matawan, NJ

The Glenwood Institute presents advantages equal to any in the State for the acquisition of a thorough practical scholarship in all branches. Thoroughness will be the motto of the Principal and his assistants. The Fall Term begins Wednesday, September 1st. As a Home Boarding School for both sexes, parents will find in Glenwood all they can desire. Students preparing for college will here receive thorough drill. A liberal discount will be made to Clergymen. Special rates to Boarding Pupils on the line of Railroad, who may wish to be at home from Friday evening to Monday morning.

The Primary Department will be under the supervision of the Principal, and the direct care of Miss Mary C Alliger, formerly of Ossining Institute, of Sing Sing, NY. The Tuition in this Department will be $5.00 per quarter.

For circular, containing further information, address

Chas W Fountain, Secy, Board Trustees, or Chas Jacobus, AM, Principal


Free Excursion Between Matawan and Red Bank

M Landsburg, well known in Matawan, where he formerly engaged in business, will give a free excursion ticket, on the New York and Long Branch Railroad, from Matawan to Red Bank and return, to any person who shall purchase a suit of clothes, or part of a suit, at his clothing store on Front Street, Red Bank, at New York prices. Call in and look at my extensive stock of clothing and gents' furnishing goods. Suits ready made, or made to order, with a good fit guaranteed.

Marks Landsburg, 49, of Prussia, was enumerated in the 1870 Federal Census as a merchant tailor residing in Red Bank, along with his wife and six children. He was listed in May 1865 as a retail dealer in Middletown Point on a Federal excise tax roster.


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